Life is like a swim down the river.  There are smooth sections where we can leisurely float along doing the backstroke, and treacherous, often unexpected, rapids that require every ounce of strength and courage just to keep ourselves from going under.

It was during one of those trying times that I coined the phrase mermaid in a mudslide. That’s exactly how I felt as I tried to maintain my focus, direction and positive disposition in spite of the mud swirling around me.

One thing I have learned after  fifty five years on this planet as a daughter, sister, friend, wife (35 yrs) and mother of four (32,29,25,20) is that every one of our life stories is peppered with different versions of a finite, cosmic collection of triumphs and tragedies; ones that could happen to any human…

..or mermaid. 😉

The purpose of this blog is simply to share..opinions, recipes, stories, life lessons, my faith…

Mostly though, its an attempt to be a conduit for thoughts and observations that might be motivational, thought provoking or at the very least helpful in some tiny way.

I know I don’t always hit the mark, there are a few rants here and there, but please know my motives are pure..

Don’t hesitate to let me know how I’m doing.

I appreciate you stopping by,






  1. Mermaid in a Mudslide – the caption of the blog just pulled me in and the section of this page intrigued my interest more 🙂 Couldn’t agree more, looking forward to read more from u 🙂

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    • You are so welcome! I love your blog..I especially liked the post about salt. Of course I remember too when salt was a big “no-no” and now there are stores here that just sell different “gourmet” SALTS…and they’re expensive!


    • The key is you’re “going through” the bad time. It’s when we give up in the middle of the tunnel that things get so much worse. Like that saying goes, when you find yourself walking through the valley..keep walking!! Thanks again for taking the time to alert me to my website issue. I love your photos! Hope you have a good day.- cindy

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  2. I love the name of your blog and it so suits life in general. I agree that the river flows easily at times and then is stormy, the next. And yes, sometimes we feel alone as if this only happens to us or our family. Reassuring to know and read that others experience the hills and valleys as well. Looking forward to reading more about your chaos and your calm as we experience our’s as well. Cheryl

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    • Well thank-you.😊 I’m not sure what that means, but I will check it out!- Cindy PS- I love your gravatar (sp?) photo.. One of the early pictures I put in my online gallery was of my friend’s hedgehog at Christmas. He’s so cute!

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      • I wasn’t sure either until I got nominated! I think it’s an award given out between bloggers to show their appreciation, and to promote the blogs you like.

        Yes, I adore hedgehog’s too. Thanks for the compliment! 🙂


      • So I must really be a dumb bunny. I finally sat down to figure this out and I have two questions right off the bat…#1 Can a link just be your full web address typed out? I don’t know how to create a link like you did on your page. Also, regarding the logo..do you just cut and paste it into a post? Onto the sidebar? You are probably SOO sorry you nominated me..HAHA!!! 😖 CIndy

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      • Hi Cindy. Of course I’m not sorry! And I’m no computer whizz myself. If you are talking about links to nominees blogs, just copy what you see in the top left bar when you are on their blog page. Then paste it into the URL part of your wp media library. If you notice underneath is an option to name the link. So just type in their actual blog name. ‘Mermaid etc’ and it should show up on your post.

        With the Logo, I copied and pasted it into the header (using Add Media) of my blog post.

        Hope that helps! If you need ‘talking down’ I will be around tomorrow afternoon. Just email me at Angela10551@hotmail.com, and we can work something out. I am in Switzerland, so it may be morning for you!

        Oh and if it’s too much hassle don’t bother! I nearly didn’t! But it’s all good experience I suppose! The wp techie stuff I mean. 😃

        Best of luck! Angela x


      • Thanks Angela..I will try to figure it out..I am pretty determined to understand all of this stuff. If I can’t I will email…Die Schweiz..🇨🇭 how lucky! I used to live in Germany -dad in the air force..many years ago.

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  3. Hi Cindy! Thank you for liking and following my blog! It means a lot to me!
    I also wanted to add I really admire your story and the way you perceive the world! Life is so unpredictable. Good things happen and bad things happen, yet at the end of the day we are able to choose how we respond good or bad. Lets stay in touch!

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    • My son is married, but I have three daughters..two of whom work unbelievable hours. (the other one will be going to college this fall) There are just not a lot of options for meeting guys..so whatever works. 💛 Thanks so much for stopping by! 🌸


    • I was braced for the worst, but have been very pleasantly surprised. 😊 There’s a little more “maintenance” involved..haha..but hey, I’m totally willing to work at it…want to stay healthy & happy for my family and myself!

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      • I was just discussing this with my daughter. We just had a big, rolling birthday week-end full of great food, great drinks..tons of fun and I think my body is still trying to return to normal. I haven’t slept well in days, I’m hot, achy and cranky..just not myself. Don’t get me wrong, it was totally worth it (esp the margaritas 👍) but I am physically SO much better (and in balance) when I eat well. 😎

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