The Sunshine Factor

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Versatile Blogger Award


My good buddy Tom from has given me this award.   I am almost speechless (and for me, that says everything!  LOL)  Tom, you were my first follower ever on Sunshine, and I credit you with half the enthusiasm I have for blogging!  I hope my readers look you up.  Thank you so much for this award!

I am supposed to pass this award on to 15 other versatile people.  Tom, hope you don’t mind, but that has to wait till later…

Next, I am to list seven interesting things about myself.  Well, they’re interesting to me, and hopefully they will be to you, too.


1.  I was married last December 12, 2012 — the same day that Tom Lucas introduced his new book, Leather to the Corinthians to the world.  From Florida to Minnesota, there was just one huge happiness party!  🙂

2.  One day when I was in kindergarten, I came home from school and told my mom this fib:  “Mom!  Ya know what I learned in school today?  The colors blue and red are best friends!”  Maybe I was born with this wild imagination!  🙂

3.  I was a profound sleeptalker and sleepwalker as a child.  As an adult, a medication I took rendered me totally forgetful about what my actions were the night before, so I might have walked (or did other things) in my sleep, and occasionally I still talk in my sleep.  Fortunately for me, the chemo side effect of insomnia has finally gone, and I don’t need any sleep aids.

4.  When I was in second grade and my sister was in fifth, our class got to see her class play.  But I panicked because I couldn’t see my sister on the stage.  I didn’t recognize her with her stage makeup on!

5.  I played “Auntie Em” in my 4th grade reading class school play of “The Wizard of Oz.”

6.  As a child, I won a trip on a helicopter for a new store opening.  But alas, the helicopter never showed up!

7.  I am now back to a normal, 5 day a week schedule at work.  I changed it because my writing career is taking off.  I am blogging, reviewing books, am a professional proofreader, and hope to enter writing contests and write articles – as well as write all the books on my long list of writing projects!  And I will write them all!   🙂




Attention: Could My Yahoo Correspondents Please Read This!

Hello ~

My Yahoo email account will not be working till late afternoon today here in Minnesota.   Please know that I am not ignoring you; in fact, I am chomping at the bit because to not be able to get to my email is very frustrating.  🙂

I will post the Sunday Showcase (or as I laughingly refer to it with a girlfriend of mine, Sunday Showdown) on Monday; that way all the links you sent to me for the Showcase will be used, indeed.  Thank you for your entries!

And now I should alert my other readers about the disappearance of Sunday Showcase till Monday.  🙂

May you have a peace-filled day!  🙂


Happy June!

photo credit: terrydu via photopin ccMy favorite flower

photo credit: terrydu via photopin ccMy favorite flower

English: Russian Olive (Elaeagnus angustifolia)

English: Russian Olive (Elaeagnus angustifolia) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

June is one of my favorite months.  Here in the Twin Cities of Minnesota, the mosquitoes are not at their peak yet, so it’s easier to be outside.   The humidity is not so cumbersome yet.  In early June, the blossoms on the trees such as the crabapple and lilac bushes might still be around for a little while yet.

June seems to be the harbinger of new beginnings, such as graduation from school or college  –and weddings too.  For me, it’s always a time for me to take more walks outside and enjoy nature.

Trivia question:  do you know that in the beginning of the month of June, when you walk past a Russian olive tree, you can smell something spicy, like cinnamon?   My neighborhood had a lot of vacant lots where the deer and other critters lived, and the vacant lots were edged with my “cinnamon trees”.  Alas, now the new subdivision has moved in.  The deer and turkeys are still around; however, my walks don’t smell spicy anymore.  😦

I wish you a very happy month of June, and prayers go out for a safe and remarkable month for you.


My Morning Constitutional

English: An illustration of a European Robins ...

English: An illustration of a European Robins by Henrik Grönvold (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

My walk today was wonderful –

English: Mated pair of Pileated Woodpeckers.

English: Mated pair of Pileated Woodpeckers. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

not because I got a lot of thinking and planning done

but because I felt like I was on a science class trip.


I saw and heard the great Canadian geese

come back for the season and trumpet

The lone male mallard

was just standing in the middle of the street, waiting

I even saw two loons (the bird type!)

hover over one of the small ponds around here

(Apparently they live down here in the Twin Cities now

Mourning Dove

Mourning Dove (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

instead of just up north around the lakes)


The rest of the birds

mourning dove (who didn’t mourn today)



and the rest of the regular variety

performed their own impromptu concert

They didn’t remember

that this neighborhood is known to be a quiet one

I guess I’d rather have bird songs break the quiet

and woodpeckers drilling on trees

than cars driving, music blaring

and people yakking


The ones from the amphibian world

the frogs that are always mating or dating

were still asleep – imagine that


And the weeping willow:

she was not weeping today

she is still trying to find the spring


As for my friends

I wish they were right here

but I will settle for them being in my heart

where I have a nice, comfy place for them

which I guard intensely


Dear friends,

As you greet the new day

remember I love  you

you’re never farther

than a thought away

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English: IDS Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota ...

English: IDS Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota reflecting the nearby Wells Fargo Center (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Wednesday morning I woke up to a new art display outside from Jack Frost.  It seems he lost his way and got back to the Twin Cities of Minnesota.  The trees were just lovely, and now there were no green spots left on the lawns.  But this was April 24th!  Someone said that’s how the winters here used to be, back around 10 years ago.  Well, I have lived here since 1984 and I kid you not, there has never been snow in April!

What’s really amazing is today it got up to 70 degrees, and there is still some snow left on the ground, although it is very dirty by now.  Anyways, it just shows you can’t always trust what the seasons “should” do .   🙂

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How I Handled Perfectionism Yesterday – Day 12 of Antiperfectionism Series

You can determine to get the perfectionism monkey off your back.   When you let go, your life may become calmer.

Yesterday when I had a day off work and Minnesota was in the midst of a snowstorm, I chose to be home all day.  For a homebody like myself, that wasn’t a hard decision.  But what I did at home is something that’s different for me…

1.  Usually I write a “to-do” list that’s longer than anyone could possibly do in one day.  Today I just said, “I’ll clean the lower level today, and that’s all.”

2.  I started the dishwasher, washed a load of clothes and  cleaned the bathroom. ON PURPOSE I left a few smudge marks on the mirrors!  Kind of like therapy that puts you right in the middle of a situation you hate.  (aversion therapy?)  I used to have to clean everything perfectly (or so I thought), but today I deliberately didn’t clean in an excellent manner.  And you know what?  I felt good about it!

3.  Vaccuuming and dusting were “supposed to” come next.  But, lo and behold, my heart was pulling me upstairs to my office.  I wanted to write very much, and so I did.  Sometimes maybe I need to follow my heart, even if it’s for a small decision.

4.  Well, my perfectionism (new, toned-down version) was ready to say, “But you didn’t clean the whole lower level like you wanted to!”   But alas, all of a sudden I was saying to myself, “what you cleaned today is a good start to cleaning plans you had for the weekend.”  No harm done!  And I still accomplished something.  🙂

5.  I want to remember to speak kindly to myself like in #4.     I hope you are thinking the same thing about yourself.

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April Snowstorm in Minnesota!

Christmas Eve

Christmas Eve (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Easter came early this year.  And because we have been having winter weather here, it is for this reason I keep thinking Easter is actually still coming.  🙂

I am so glad I have Thursdays off, because travel is treacherous today.  I even canceled two appointments I had set up, and I can get gas and groceries on Saturday.  Ahh, a day all to myself in which to do house projects!  I even worked on one for two hours after I got home from work yesterday!  The Prednisone is giving me energy, just like when I had cancer.   🙂

This snowy weather reminds me of when I had a chemotherapy appointment scheduled for Christmas Eve Day.   I was two months into chemo at that time, still working but feeling weak.  We were having a horrible storm, but I was so afraid to cancel my appointment because I thought I had to have chemo right on schedule…or else!  But thankfully, Dr. J called me himself and canceled the appointment.  I felt honored that he himself called me, and he didn’t leave it for his receptionists to do.  And he called me on a holiday!  That’s how dedicated Dr. J is, he’s a marvelous doctor.

The trains in Minneapolis are not running currently – there was so much ice on the power lines, and then all this snow, that they were rendered helpless, and buses came to take passengers to their destinations.

The hardest hit in this storm was a town somewhere else in the state — Worthington – – 90% of the town was without power because of all the ice, and now they have a lot of snow on top of it.  Please pray for these folks if you think of it!

Blessings to you today,


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Romance in Everyday Life

English: St. Lorenz Lutheran Church in Franken...

English: St. Lorenz Lutheran Church in Frankenmuth, Michigan, USA. My great-great grandfather was one of the settlers who founded this church, and I lived near St. Lorenz until we moved away when I was 7.(Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Today I’ve been reminiscing about how my parents met.  To an ultimate romantic like me, their common little life was a big romantic event.  Back in Michigan, my dad was a farmer who courted his honey, my mom, by driving into the city and picking her up for lunch where she worked.   They probably looked unusual to people in the bank – he with his work clothes on and my mom in her very sedate business attire.  This story speaks of people with very different occupations finding a common ground.   Awwww!

I am sure at the time they got married, they had no idea that they would not end up in Dad’s hometown  (and many, many years later, mom moving to Minnesota to be with her youngest daughter (me) and son-in-law).  Or that Dad would semi-retire and become a lumberjack AND a cherry farmer in Traverse City  (always the gardener, he made our home gardens beautiful and later added trees of apple, plum, peach and apricot to the cherry orchard across town, with a very good, high view of  West Bay).

Apparently, romance can happen when and where you least expect it – and one can never know for sure just where he or she will end up and what kind of life they will have.  Romantic!

I now turn the podium over to guest commentators with tales of romance about themselves or their family members.  🙂  You know how we on WordPress love stories!