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Arby’s Turns 50!


Arby’s restaurant chain, home of the famous beef ‘n’ cheddar, Arby’s sauce, and more, will celebrate their 50th anniversary on June 24th.  Arby’s, the brainchild of the Raffle Brothers (get it? RB’s, or Arby’s),  originated in Youngstown, Ohio.




Read more here.

New House

Ed and I have finally found a house that he wants to purchase.  He signed the papers and put a down payment on it a few days ago.  I am thrilled!

The house needs a LOT of work. We had a home inspection done, and thankfully, the owner is willing to pay for most of the repairs.  The ones he was unwilling to pay for are inconsequential, like a new kitchen floor. I would have wanted to choose the tile, etc so we’re paying for that.

I will be going to the house tomorrow to take ‘before’ pictures of the interior and will post them here.  But below is the front of our new home.

new house

First Choice

I may not be someone’s first choice, but I am a great choice.
I might not be rich, but I am valuable.
I don’t pretend to be someone I’m not, because I’m good at being me.
I’m not proud of some of the things I’ve done in the past, but I’m proud of who and what I am today.
No, I’m not perfect. But then, I don’t need to be.
Take me as I am, or watch me as I walk away.

~ author unknown

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Life Quotes

  • Life isn’t about finding shelter from the storm. It is about learning to dance in the rain.