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Saturday, August 28, 2010


I am awakened by my cat, Tickles, at 4:50 this morning.  She wants to be sweet and cuddly after a week of being stand-offish.  I assumed she was miffed that we had added a new pet to our menagerie, Duders, a Crested Gecko.  I did not want Duders but GianPaolo couldn't keep him in his dorm.

I spent a few hours learning about the Crested Gecko and discovered they can live five to ten years with proper care.  I almost felt a stab of nostalgia at the thought of Duders not living to see my sixtieth birthday.

Having just read Fiona's blog on her upcoming fortieth, I realize how time does fly!  I was just forty a few days ago.  I remember Randy hosting the party for me and all of my friends and family came.  My dad was at this party and he was only sixty-two.  How old would he be today if he were still alive?  OMG!  He would've been seventy-six on August 9th!

Forty was great, but, I am in a different place than when I was forty.  I'm a bit simpler.  Maybe it is because my boys are becoming men and I want to afford them the best opportunity for their future adventures.  I have been really working on my rich life on a budget as I cannot afford to spend the way I used to.  Putting them through college is terribly expensive!  But, this day and age, one cannot afford not to go to college even though it is so unaffordable!

I can live simple.  At least for now!  I have a whole lot more time for living big, if that is what I really want one day.  I have my health, I have my family (and their health!), I have my pets, I have my home, I have YOU!  I am rich beyond measure.


  1. Debra,

    You are a good mama doing all you do for your boys. I know some moms (I'm thinking of one mom in particular) who won't sacrifice a thing for their kids after they turn 18.

    Let's see a picture of your newest addition! I hope Tickles doesn't get to him....that would be bad, I've seen that cat in action!


  2. Oh, definitely! I will take a photo of Duders and post it. Good Idea A! Thank you for sharing your thoughts and giving me such a wonderful acknowledgement!


  3. Debra,

    If I can look as wonderful as you in 14 years I will be very happy.

    Your generous heart is very inspiring and Tickles sounds adorable. I miss being woken up with cat cuddles.

  4. Debra,

    You are ARE rich beyond measure! In the end none of that other stuff matters...

    Love the name Duders!


  5. What wonderful comments, Fiona and Linda! Thank you!

  6. If I could look as wonderful as you I'd be happy too! I'm working on getting motivated to get in shape. Trying to find time to make exercise a priority on a regular basis. I agree sacrificing for your children is one of the best things you can do. There isn't anything I wouldn't do for my two boys. You will never regret the sacrifices you are making.

  7. I love talking with mom's who have two boys! You are so right, there is nothing I'd rather spend my money and time on than what will provide a content and successful life for my sons. Next Thursday I will address a workout program for your situation. Stay tuned! (How old are your boys?)