What about You? (Sunday Quick Questions #43!)

We answer ‘quick questions’ here on I Tripped Over a Stone on Sundays.


Because… I blog. I get sick of me. I want to hear from you!

Don’t think, just answer!

  1. Why do you think friends are important?
  2. What realistic advice do you give someone you care about when times are tough for them?
  3. What are Sundays like at your house?


  1. Friends allow you to get out of your own head! The unique thing about friends is, they don’t have to love you, they don’t have to take time for you, they don’t have to do anything with or for you… they CHOOSE to.
  2. The truth. Life is hard! But you are strong.
  3. We move RV parks every other Sunday. On our Sunday off, we cook, watch Joel, and play a board game. We always cook a special dinner on our Sundays off!


Tribe Bracelets, Yes, “Tribe!”

I color. I doodle. I Zentangle! Now I make Tribe Bracelets! It’s just me, making what is otherwise known as friendship bracelets. When I am in pain, I escape by creating a bracelet. It is mind work. It is healing.

There are two patterns that I really like, so I make them. (They are not big and bulky but nicely sized, fun pieces!) I like the knotted pattern and the staircase pattern. I think they look cool in twos! I have made many, none are perfect. Conquering pain is not a time to strive for perfection. However, good energy is focused on each and every knot in every single bracelet!


I’m considering selling them; here on my blog. I can’t wear them all…my hubby can’t wear any more either. (We tried.)



Update! Now available for purchase!  Tribe Bracelets! Thank you for all the interest! Time to find YOUR tribe! I invite you!!!

PayPal will only allow me a single payment option… so a set of TWO bracelets will cost $6.50. The shipping and handling charges are included for USA shipping as well as overseas! If you do not have PayPal but still want to purchase a Tribe Bracelet set, email me at itrippedoverastone@yahoo.com. 

Click here to purchase!

If you wouldn’t mind, and you have time, answer a couple (non-binding) questions for me;

  1. Do you have PayPal? (Since I’m a full-time RVer, this would all have to be done through PayPal!)
  2. Would you pay $5 for a matching set of two Tribe Bracelets?  (I’d just be recouping my costs, shipping/handling in the USA add $1, shipping/handling overseas add $2.)

This is what my Tribe Bracelets mean to me...

  • Tribe Bracelets are physical reminders of the inner strength you possess to ‘get through’ the tough times.
  • Tribe Bracelets are so you always remember, you are not alone.
  • Tribe Bracelets are your worry beads, your wish bracelet, your grounding tool.


Live your best life!




Shoot the Hostage

I like to think I am prepared for almost every situation. Safety first is what I’m about! Let’s say you find yourself in a ‘hostage’ situation. Hey! It could happen. Back to the issue at hand… If you are ever in a hostage situation, and you are armed, “Shoot the hostage!” Well, ‘maim,’ (don’t kill the hostage), take out a knee, basically, drop the hostage, then you got yourself a bad guy! Brave face, take no prisoners, shoot first, ask questions later. That’s how I roll!  After all, it’s better to be judged by twelve than carried by six.


I don’t know about you, but it exhausts me to even read that first paragraph. How the hell did I live that way? Sounds exciting. Then again, so does snake charming. It’s just not for everyone. It’s certainly not for me. Anymore.

Try to like the simple things; a rainbow, a hummingbird, soft music, and fuzzy slippers… just kidding! I am not dead, people! I still have a little sass in my bossy pants!

Put on your sassy, bossy pants!!!

I enjoy nasty thunderstorms! I yearn to hunt with the majestic eagle! I will air guitar my way through Back in Black! I will proudly wear my combat boots if I still had those (damn). I will proudly wear my flip flops!


I’ll have a beer with my hotdog at a BBQ. I will have a warm pretzel with mustard while at a hockey match. Movie theatre popcorn rocks! (Yes, I want more fake butter on mine, please!) There is nothing better than an ice-cold Coca-Cola on a hot summer day. I will have that Coke and a smile!

My sassy, bossy pants are intact… are yours?

(I have no plans to shoot a hostage any time soon.)

Life was meant to be lived! Not lived through.

Live your best life!


What About You? (Sunday Quick Questions #42)

We answer ‘quick questions’ here on I Tripped Over a Stone on Sundays.


Because… I blog. I get sick of me. I want to hear from you!

Don’t think, just answer!

  1. Do you have a bucket list? (Well, you should!) Name 3 random items you would put (or do have) on your bucket list.
  2. What is the funniest thing you ever heard a child say?
  3. What is the time and temperature where you are as you are reading this?


  1. See Alaska. Learn how to speak Spanish. Live by the sea!
  2. “I’m having the BEST day ever… AGAIN!
  3. 11 AM. 72 degrees.

Being Tough


Check this out, “Don’t Make it Wierd.”

I recently happened upon a great blog! OK, ‘Grace,’ aka ‘Karen,’ aka ‘Karen Grace,’ at MSGraceful…NOT! reblogged an incredible post by this blogger. I was reading this post, and I felt understood!!! I agreed with his words. I agreed with the sentiment. I was utterly gobsmacked when I finished reading the post! (And I continue to re-read this incredible post!)

Sam at Don’t Make it Wierd is not to be missed!

Check out  Taking Stock of Positives and Possibilities!  Click on that title!!!

Don’t forget to come back here and tell me what you think! Did it speak to you? Hurry, I have to know!!!




In 1963, Martin Luther King delivered the following speech…

I hope you take the time to really read this iconic peace of literature in its entirety.

We remember you, Martin Luther King Jr.


What About You? (Sunday Quick Questions #41)

We answer ‘quick questions’ here on I Tripped Over a Stone on Sundays.


Because… I blog. I get sick of me. I want to hear from you!

Don’t think, just answer!

  1. What three essentials (besides your phone, iPad, or laptop) do you carry with you when you are out and about?
  2. What items (do you recommend) to make your home a cozy place to be?
  3. Tell me briefly about your favorite book and why it is your fav?


  1. A small cooler with crushed ice OR Mentos (helps with stomach issues), eye drops, chapstick.
  2. I recommend fuzzy blankets, get an ottoman to put them in when not in use. Funky pillows of your choosing. I always have a wedding picture up, just a small one (it reminds me of my happiest day), and soft lighting. Cozy!
  3. My favorite book is The House of Spirits by Isabelle Allende. This book spans three generations of some very tough women and men! There is magic, there is culture, and there are ghosts! You will become invested in the characters and begin to live through them. You will travel with them, hoping and dreaming of what matters most to them. It is a glorious escape!  

Protecting the 1st Amendment OR Allowing Abusive Posts by WordPress Blogger?

I have something significant to ask you.

  • Should a person be allowed to write ‘how-to’ manuals about how to abuse women?
  • Should this person be allowed to publish these ‘how-to’ posts on a public blog?
  • Should this person be allowed to follow women bloggers who are writing about their escape from an abusive past?

WordPress believes this is a freedom of speech issue. I think this is definitely an issue! The issue is abusive behavior!!! Some behaviors, written or no, are flat out WRONG.

Read this excerpt…

“Anyone else who has also experienced rape, assault, abuse, stalking, or anything similar is likely screaming at the computer screen as much as I did when I read that myself. Admittedly, the support people probably were not prepared for the words I had to say, which, I’m proud to say, were righteously indignant but also respectful. But the reality is that we live in a society and a time where victims of crimes are often more afraid to report the crime than they are to live with it, and where there still is lacking a basic understanding of the psychology of trauma from the viewpoint of the victim.”

To read the full story, and it is unfolding RIGHT NOW with WordPress…

Click here, on Gwen’s site:


I hope you are as outraged as I am.

I have no more words.


What About You? (Sunday Quick Questions #40)

We answer ‘quick questions’ here on I Tripped Over a Stone on Sundays.


Because… I blog. I get sick of me. I want to hear from you!

Don’t think, just answer!

1. WHERE were you born?

2. Name your go to store for clothes shopping. (The truth is I need ideas for an upcomming wedding!)

3. You have guests coming over. What meal, snack, and/or beverage are you likely to serve?


  1. I was born in a hospital in Alexandria, Minnesota, USA.
  2. My go to is usually Poshmark, or Old Navy.
  3. My guests can always count on spinach dip with fresh bread and a fresh veggie tray!


Kim Being Tom … Being Tom

I know! The title is confusing. My friend Tom (at Tom being Tom) has bestowed upon me the name of one of Santa’s eight reindeer! I am now known in some circles as Donner. Is Donner cool? I hope Donner is cool.

And I received an award! The Blogger Recognition Award! It really is an honor! The Rules… we are to ‘tell a tale’ of how we began blogging and give new bloggers a piece of advice! Then nominate UP TO 15 bloggers.

Thank you, Tom! If you haven’t, check out this gifted writer’s site! Tom Being Tom. I will accept this award and do my best! First here is a little example of Tom’s work;

“My advice? Copy everything you see here, post it somewhere else, and give me all due credit. You can call your blog, “Me Being Tom Being Tom.” Really, there will be no blog like it in the world, unless, of course, 12 of you do it, then there would be only 12 of them like it in the world.” -Tom at Tom Being Tom


Here we go, I’ll begin with a little tale…

I was in a complete mental shut down. I had undergone seven surgeries in quick succession. My brain was mush! I could not put a sentence together. I could not think clearly. Could I write complete sentences? Could I think clearly enough to put down words on paper and have them make sense? I began to color… then journal… and then, BLOG. (The jury may still be out on the making sense part!)

It was a painstaking process. I had to re-learn how to think clearly. I had to process my thinking and put those thoughts into a format that would ultimately be a blog post. I found one mentor, then another! (Both will be nominated.) Then I began following a few blogs. I will never forget the feeling of communicating with people. I was writing! I was communicating! I was absolutely passionate about this ‘thing’ called a blog! From then on, I was hooked.

A piece of advice for new bloggers.

I’m a chronic illness blogger, so for those with personal blogs, I may have some advice! First and always, write for yourself. If no one else reads a post you’ve written, it doesn’t matter. Your blog will become a piece of your history. This will be a record of your life! Don’t worry about likes, follows, comments, or becoming a ‘brand.’ (A brand… really?) You may not be everyone’s cup of tea, and that’s OK! Your tribe is out there, and they will find you! So write your story!

(And probably don’t post every day because you become VERY difficult to follow…)

My nominees.

My mentors, who I’ve followed through thick and thin for years, are Wendy and Mer! These two women have always had my back! They have been encouraging my writing from the very start. I have learned much from these two women. I hope you will both accept this recognition award!

Wendy at Picnic With Ants

Mer at MerBear’s World

I would also like to nominate some of the very first bloggers I ever followed and continue to follow! I am still amazed by the quality blogs you four women put out! I thank each and every one of you! Please accept this recognition award.

Terri at Reclaiming Hope

Gwen at Beauty of Imperfection: The Kintsukuroi Life

Caz at Invisibly Me

Bella at Thoughts ‘n Life

My life is better because of these bloggers! There are many more bloggers I am proud to call ‘friend.’ Some of you do not ‘do’ awards; others will simply smile and nod… you are all my tribe!



What About You? (Sunday Quick Questions #39)

We answer ‘quick questions’ here on I Tripped Over a Stone on Sundays.


Because… I blog. I get sick of me. I want to hear from you!

Don’t think, just answer!

1. What does your ideal morning look like?

2. Three words that describe your intention? (Your ‘code words’ for how you live this life of yours.)

3. What one person, place OR thing do you really, really dislike?


  1. Coffee and a protein-rich blueberry muffin! Good Morning America on the TV. A cozy blanket and my dogs snoring at my feet. It is the simple things… new PJs help as well!
  2. Living with intention… my 3 words are; kind, empathetic, and faithful.
  3. I really, really dislike ‘mean’ people. I had a bumper sticker on my car for MANY years that said, “Mean People Suck.” Such an energy zapper!