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What can I say?  My picture above shows you that I have lived a long time.  It was taken in 2008 for our church registry. 

I was a stay at home mom until my last child was in school.  I was widowed when I was forty four and was glad that I was already employed at the local radio station.  I stayed in the same job for thirty years and after I retired at 65 and took a trip to Europe with a friend, I started working again and stayed for another ten years.  I have only been writing poetry since 1999 when I wrote to relieve my grief when my only son died.  I married again four years after my husband died and was widowed again in 1995.  I am an avid gardener and belong to two local garden clubs and am on the board of the district club and state garden club so have lots of meetings to attend. I have my own poetry corner in the state garden club's publication. I live in my home by myself and rent my farm land to a local bulb grower.  I am surrounded by beauty.  All of mv family lives close to me.  Two daughters, six grandchildren,
eleven great grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren. We live in Washington State in Northwest Washington and love it here. 

News Flash

Blog Posted:5/24/2013 8:35:00 PM
Last night my tv program was interrupted with a news flash and never came back.  The entire evening tv coverge was on the fact that one of our Washington State main bridges had fallen in the river.  It turned out it was our own I5 bridge here between Mount Vernon and Burlington. I panicked because at any given time some of my family is on that bridge. As it turned out one of my granddaughters had crossed over on it just about 5 minutes before it fell. Two cars and three people fell into the river and got tangled up in the iron grid of the fallen construction.  It took about about three hours to get them all out because of the danger and they were taken to local hospitals with hyothermia.The Skagit River is big. deep, with heavy current and cold this time of year.  We were very lucky.  Not quite the disaster that some states have suffered but it will be a big mess around here for a long time.  There are two other bridges that will have to take over.  One is small and old on a narrow road and the other one leads right through the main part of Burlington, but this one was the bridge on the main road between all points south and the Canadian border.  Lots of big trucks use it and in fact it turns out that one of these trucks had hit a corner of the girder and caused it to buckle.  I need to cross that river twice on my way to the cemetary at Burlington to decorate graves tomorrow.  I expect to be caught in traffic but we will have to get used to it. Joyce
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  1. Date: 5/27/2013 9:41:00 AM
    Glad YOU are safe, it seems we will being having more and more of this until our infrastructure is updated.

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  1. Date: 5/26/2013 8:22:00 PM
    so happy you and your family are safe Joyce...and that no one was seriously hurt...that is a miracle..

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  1. Date: 5/25/2013 11:27:00 AM
    Not a good situation but glad noone got hurt.take care

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  1. Date: 5/25/2013 9:01:00 AM
    I'm so glad your family is safe, Joyce...and thank God no one was killed! That is a miracle. We've crossed over this bridge ourselves many times while visiting your is a scary thought to think how quickly, and unexpectedly this came tumbling down!!

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  1. Date: 5/25/2013 8:21:00 AM
    My Hubby is from up there and knows the bridges well... Thank goodness no one was badly hurt...

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  1. Date: 5/25/2013 6:30:00 AM
    I saw this on the news last night! Sorry to hear... its a miracle no one was hurt!

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My Past Blog Posts

Out of commission for a while
Date Posted: 4/8/2015 5:43:00 PM
Happy Easter
Date Posted: 4/5/2015 10:27:00 AM
Merry Christmas
Date Posted: 12/25/2014 9:22:00 AM
Date Posted: 2/2/2014 9:52:00 PM
Back on line
Date Posted: 8/4/2013 2:53:00 PM
Computer Woes
Date Posted: 7/12/2013 2:17:00 PM
My Absence
Date Posted: 7/9/2013 11:14:00 AM
News Flash
Date Posted: 5/24/2013 8:35:00 PM
Date Posted: 5/21/2013 10:49:00 AM
Computer is back
Date Posted: 5/20/2013 4:31:00 PM
Computer Troubles
Date Posted: 5/17/2013 2:55:00 PM
Date Posted: 4/8/2013 10:33:00 AM
My 8yo daughter is the next American Idoll
Date Posted: 4/2/2013 6:56:00 PM
Poetry Soup Team
Date Posted: 12/28/2012 12:22:00 AM
Merry Christmas from the West Coast.
Date Posted: 12/24/2012 8:21:00 AM
Thank you
Date Posted: 11/11/2012 2:25:00 PM
Date Posted: 11/9/2012 6:43:00 PM
At Last
Date Posted: 11/6/2012 9:13:00 AM
Daylight time
Date Posted: 11/4/2012 10:22:00 AM
My Favorite contest
Date Posted: 9/7/2012 3:25:00 PM
Judging my Contest
Date Posted: 9/3/2012 11:56:00 AM
My Contest
Date Posted: 9/3/2012 8:52:00 AM
email request
Date Posted: 8/6/2012 6:01:00 PM
Hugs for PD and save some for Hannah
Date Posted: 7/27/2012 6:54:00 PM
Prayers for Carolyn Devonshire
Date Posted: 6/20/2012 12:10:00 PM

My Recent Poems

Date PostedPoemTitleFormCategories
11/29/2015 Jack Frost Acrosticweather,
11/23/2015 Holy Christ Child Rhymebirth,child,
11/9/2015 Unaware Lyriccat,fear,
11/8/2015 Winter Escapade Dodoitsucat,fear,
11/8/2015 Apple Pie Versefood,
11/1/2015 A Poet's Dozen Verseseasons,
10/27/2015 If I Were Rich Rhymehome,
10/20/2015 Thanksgiving Day Quaternfood,holiday,
10/18/2015 Call of the Wild Rhymecat,nature,
10/12/2015 Kids Love Funny Dogs Rhymedog,
10/12/2015 Daylight Saving Time Andaree Rhymebird,time,
9/22/2015 Seasonal Rhymeseasons,weather,wind,
9/12/2015 Titles Rhymedeath,
8/22/2015 My Dream Quatrainappreciation,
8/8/2015 Mother's Hats Rhymebeauty,
8/8/2015 Finding Myself Rhymeage,
8/8/2015 July Acrosticbirth,
8/1/2015 Why July Free versebereavement,
7/30/2015 Heat Unrelenting Rhymeadventure,
7/26/2015 Everyody Does It Rhymeanxiety,bird,
7/26/2015 Traveling by Train Rhymeadventure,america,appreci
7/11/2015 Fourth Of July Acrosticamerica,
4/26/2015 Spring Offerings Sonnetflower,
4/3/2015 Illumination Lanternelight,
4/2/2015 The Wolf Rhymeanimal,
4/2/2015 Easter Goodies Rhymeeaster,
3/31/2015 An Easter Story Dramatic Verseangel,angst,jesus,
3/23/2015 Linnie Mae Ethel Acrosticmother,
3/15/2015 Nightfall Villanellelost,
3/2/2015 The Nineteen-Forties Narrativememory,
3/2/2015 Payback Limericktime,
2/24/2015 A Pierced Heart Rhymebirth,death,
2/15/2015 Spring's Dance Abecedarianspring,
2/4/2015 God's Gifts Rhymeworld,
1/21/2015 Rains of Winter Quintain (English)rain,writing,
1/21/2015 Heavenly Welcomes Rhymeheaven,
1/20/2015 Happy Valentine's Day Rhymelove,valentines day,
1/19/2015 Interlocking Rhymewriting,
1/5/2015 Punxsutawney Phil Rhymeweather,
1/5/2015 Faith Is A Powerful Thing Acrosticfaith,god,
1/3/2015 This Year Quintain (English)art,time,
12/4/2014 Christmas Clerihew Clerihewhumor,
12/3/2014 Santa's Synchronized Trip Rhymetime,
12/2/2014 Jangled Nerves --Chop 111 Rhymewar,
12/1/2014 A Lonely Christmas Cowboychristmas,star,
12/1/2014 Christmas Madness Rhymechristmas,
12/1/2014 The Christmas Boxes Rhymechristmas,
11/30/2014 A Chrismas Snow Rhymechristmas,
11/22/2014 A Mouse Family's Christmas Narrativeadventure,christmas,
11/20/2014 A Word From the Sty Limerickhumor,
11/16/2014 Windy Weather Rhymewind,
11/16/2014 Pretty Pets Sonnetanimal,
11/15/2014 A Well Filled Life Iambic Pentameterdeath of a friend,eulogy,
11/15/2014 Life's Stages Rhymedaughter,
11/14/2014 Hated Job Sonnetwork,
11/14/2014 Preferences Limerickfood,
11/13/2014 Sequence Cinqkubereavement,
11/3/2014 Thanksgiving Dinner Epulaeryufood,thanksgiving,
10/27/2014 Conundrum Narrativedeath,student,
10/25/2014 Sieze the Day Carpe Diempoetry,
10/15/2014 October Rhymefun,
10/15/2014 A Multitude of Pies Light Poetryfood,
10/15/2014 Frustration Tableau Versecat,
10/10/2014 Cowboy Hoedown Quatrainfun,
10/6/2014 November Dreams Sijogarden,
10/5/2014 Idealized Love Acrosticwedding,
10/4/2014 The Veranda Floor Rhymepoetry,
10/3/2014 Her Wedding Day Rhymewedding,
10/2/2014 It's Halloween Rispettohalloween,
10/1/2014 Lustrous Illumination Rhymelight,
9/30/2014 Autumn Acrosticnature,
9/25/2014 Bewidering Autumn Chokaautumn,
9/21/2014 God's Kind of Poetry Rhymeseasons,spring,
9/21/2014 Tiger Iambic Pentametercat,love,
9/13/2014 When Poetry First Began Light Poetrypoetry,
9/9/2014 Sunrise-Sunset Ethereesky,
9/7/2014 Well, I Declare Rhymefootball,fruit,
9/7/2014 Waiting Rhymeromantic,sea,
9/7/2014 Lonely Feelings Terza Rimaprayer,
9/6/2014 A September Alouette Rhymefootball,september,
9/6/2014 The Gift Versecry,death,god,
9/6/2014 A Plea To My Mirror Rhymevanity,
9/6/2014 Autumn Colors Dodoitsucolor,
9/6/2014 A Prayer for Bryan Free verseprayer,
9/3/2014 Last Hurrah Tankaautumn,
9/1/2014 Ungrateful Child Rhymechristian,
8/26/2014 Hope, Faith and Love Tankagod,
8/26/2014 Blind to the Truth Rhymeaddiction,
8/25/2014 Pretty La Conner Quatrainplaces,
8/24/2014 To The Forgotten Veteran Rhymesoldier,
8/24/2014 Alice In Wonderland Abecedarianchildren,for kids,
8/23/2014 The Wanderer Rhymepoetry,
8/23/2014 Combinations Free versewords,
8/22/2014 Lost In The Mist Ottava rimasorrow,
8/21/2014 Honest Comments Quatrainwriting,
8/15/2014 John 3:16 Rhymegod,
8/6/2014 Chance Meeting Rhymelove,memory,
8/5/2014 Dated Verseadventure,
7/30/2014 Words Free verseword play,writing,
7/28/2014 The Dance Hall Girl Quatrainscary,

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An Invitation to Dance Sonnetmusic,nature,
Echoes of the Heart Rhymeuplifting,
as I drift Haikusea,
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