Howdy! Welcome! My name is Nancy. I’m a cat loving, kid loving, family loving 50-something year old living in a small town in Southern New Jersey. My most happy place, when I’m not busy working, at the local elementary school, is on my porch with a book or a sketch pad. I do my best to live healthy (although I do have a weakness for most baked goods), exercise, and generally stay positive. Sometimes keeping that positive outlook requires a good sense of humor (and maybe a glass of wine 😉).
My husband (D-man) and I both make our living within the crazy wonderful world of public school education. Our goal for the past twenty-something years has been to live simply, focus on what is truly important and strive to live within our means..most of the time. We’ve been blessed with two great kids, a college junior (Miss Dee) and a recent college graduate (Mr D). This means that in the evenings I deal with young college type people and during the day I’m surrounded by elementary school students. I also volunteer weekly at a nearby senior center so this means that I tend to see life from many different perspectives. That can get pretty interesting!!
This blog is meant to be a creative outlet, a chance to share some of the little things that brighten my days as well as any great tips or ideas that cross my path. It is also a happy place for the most part because there is already way too much negativity in the world. Finally, and most importantly, it’s a place where I can connect, learn, and be inspired by all of you!
So thanks for stopping by. Hang out. Put your feet up and stay a while!
I just enjoyed your coffee share for this weekend and found no place to leave a comment or greeting. I have very few grounds anymore for being clueless on how WordPress works, so – in case you did not intend this, you most likely know how to fix it. Anyway thanks for the visit and if you need to be reminded as to how to turn on comments, you need only ask.
Thanks for the heads up. I changed some setting and hopefully fixed it. Have a great week!
Welcome back to our Coffee Share time.
Today is Feb 2, 2020 and you may have posted your share yesterday.
I’m just commenting back to both welcome you and to let you know that you may have forgotten to click that little box that allows us to add comments to your article.
WordPress does this to me all the time. That box defaults to “allowed” for “posts” but for pages, I have to click it each time by hand and if I get rushed or just “senior” this step is often neglected.
Anyway, I’m pleased to have you with us. You sound friendly and I really enjoyed your “About” essay above. If you’d enjoy a few quick laughs, my writing project is to create and share quick and funny autobiographical stories that sound like we’re just sitting around, sharing a meal or a drink together and laughing at what life has thrown at us. I like to offer new guests to my site 2 examples of what I write and would be honored if you were to give them a test read. One is from my grammar school days and the other is from my early marriage when I was the kid’s ministries director. Both could be the dictionary definition photo for “What Could Possibly Go Wrong?”
I hope your new laptop proves to make it easier for you to be a part of our weekend get-togethers as it has proved to be a real joy for me. Great folks, from around the globe. I think you would like these folks as much as I do.
Love your profile photo… Can not believe you are 50. You don’t look a day above 35 max. Lovely blog you got here, will follow you from now.. Keep up the good work Nancy 🙂
Thanks so much! Glad you came to visit!
Followed your blog. Check mine out sometime.
I have and I did! 😊 Thanks so much for stopping by.
Hi Nancy! Happy to have found your blog! I love the layout, the style, the content…everything! Looking forward to reading more 🙂
Thank you very much. I am very glad you stopped by and I look forward to hearing more from you!
Well, I checked out your blog and I really like it too! I can’t sing at all and have no desire to be on stage in front of people but I think you and I would have a great time organizing and scrap booking our way through all the memorabilia we both collect!! Can’t wait to read about your adventures.
Oh Thank you so much Nancy! hahah yes, we could definitely do that! Thank you for stopping by! 🙂
After 30 years as an elementary special ed resource teacher, I gave it up, and we started our Encore Voyage! Glad I found your little place in the blogosphere! As a fellow lover of good books and the occasional glass of wine, I’ll be checking back often!
Thanks you so much for stopping by!
Nice to ‘meet you’ Nancy, thanks for stopping by Kyrosmagica, and commenting.
Your welcome. You have an interesting site.
Thank you Nancy. 🙂
I like you blog it looks great. Happy Mr D was not hurt to bad. Baseball preseasons games are MLB now. My team is the Seattle Mariners. They cannot do worse than the last few years. Whole new team..
Well, our team is the Philadelphia Phillies and they had an absolute horrible season last year so we can only go up! Hope your team does the same. Thanks stopping by.
Looking forward to reading your blog!
Thanks! I going to hop on over to check out your’s!
Great blog! I will be back to explore it more!
I have nominated you to join the 3 Day Quote Challenge! For details check http://incahootswithmuddyboots.com/2016/01/30/step-right-up-to-the-3-day-quote-challenge-day-2/
I hope that you will join the fun! Sabine
Thank you! And thanks for visiting!
You are welcome! 😊
Hello, Nancy! Just clicking around the blogosphere and commenting on blogs that I think are fun and interesting, and you’re one of them. October is my birthday month, so consider this an invitation to my month-long birthday party. Hope to see you over at That’s So Jacob sometime! Ciao for now!
Thanks for stopping by and happy birthday! I will definitely stop over to check out your blog.
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So nice to meet you! I grew up in Southern New Jersey – Pitman. Are you nearby? Great blog!
Yes! Very close!!!!! What a small world.
Nancy – I’ve just nominated your blog for the Liebster Award, congrats! It is well deserved. To accept the award, please follow this link and the instructions.
Thank you! And thanks for your kind words about my blog. I really appreciate it!
I gather those are your own sketches or drawings on your blog and they are truly beautiful. You have a gift! Keep it up xx Rowena
Thank you very much. I really enjoy getting creative. Glad you stopped by!
What a nice positive and uplifting blog!
Thank you very much. That’s what I was aiming for. I appreciate your stopping by!
Hi, Nancy. Most appreciative of you finding my blog today! Popped over to have a look at yours and think I’m going to stay for a bit…do hope you don’t mind! 🙂
Not at all! Feel free to hang out!😊
You have a lovely blog. My front porch is my “happy place,” too! 😊
Thank you very much! A farm house front porch sound great!
We’re sitting on a porch with a glass of wine? Hello, new friend. 🙂
Gasp! And I’ve just noticed your Goodreads feed – you’ve just discovered the great Sir Terry!! Long time fan here. I read The Carpet People in 1979! (If you want a good entry to the Discworld, I would recommend Wyrd Sisters.)
Thanks! I have been wondering where to start in that vast world! Right now I am working on a totally different venue “Dead Wake” a nonfiction about the last crossing of the Lusitania. Good, but slow reading. After I finish, I will need something more fun and now I know where to go! 😊
I’m currently reading “A Slip of the Keyboard” which is a collection of his speeches, letters and other non-fiction writing. Much of it is hilariously funny. There’s a great piece about how he came to write Nation. And even he recommends not starting at the beginning of the Discworld series because it took him a few books to get where he was going with it. 🙂
I’m thinking he would be a great dinner party guest!
I have just had the thought that given you are a fan of old movies and particularly Fred Astaire, your entry to Discworld should really be “Moving Pictures”. You’ll get all the jokes.
Then read Wyrd Sisters. 🙂
I’m intrigued! Time to go to the book store…😊
PS…thanks so much for the wine!
Nice to meet you. Thank you for visiting and following my blog. Warm Greetings form Magny
Right back at you! Your blog looks wonderful. I can’t wait to explore.
So lovely to meet you Nancy! Thanks again for the follow, looking forward to reading some of your adventures as well!
Saw you on another blog and thought I would stop by. Looking good!
Thanks! Glad you stopped by!
I love the vibe here! I look forward to reading more! Best, Karen
thanks! I’m following now!
Is there a button for following this blog?
Only the actual WordPress “follow” option at the top. I haven’t figured out how to put one in the sidebar yet!
Hi Nancy! I received your message, and just want to say thank you for stopping by and sending such kind words! We do share a love for books and Sherlock (and apparently vampires)! If you don’t mind, I sent you a friend request on goodreads and I’d love to be friends on that platform as well. Do keep in touch. 🙂
It’s nice to meet you! One of my reasons for doing A to Z was to meet new people. I look forward to reading more from you. 🙂
My very best wishes for you and your great family,
I am looking forward intensively.
Kind regards, ❤