• Nurses Notes

    Burnout

    A co-worker showed me this cartoon the other day. She said, “Gilly, when I saw this I immediately thought of you!”. We looked at it together and laughed. I know her heart was in the right place and it is just a cartoon, but it made me stop and think….is THIS the image that I am portraying to my co-workers and patients? My family and friends? I think it just might be. ———————————————————————————————————————————————- Merriam-WebsterDictionary BURNOUT 1 the cessation of operation usually of a jet or rocket engine; also : the point at which burnout occurs 2 a : exhaustion of physical or emotional strength or motivation usually as a result…

  • Front Porch Ponderings

    Dreams

    Looking back over these (almost) 50 years, I have been reflecting on the dreams and goals that I have had in my lifetime. As a little girl, I had a lot of crazy dreams. I was gonna be a truck driver, join the air force, be a vet and move to Colorado with my BFF, Nancy, and run a horse ranch! I also wanted to be a nurse and a mommy (both dreams that would come true!) But the one dream that I always wanted more than anything else was to be a famous singer in Nashville!  I spent the better part of my early life consumed with this possibility.…

  • Home

    Mama Gilly’s Place

      Hello and welcome to Mama Gilly’s Place! Come on in, kick your shoes off, grab a cup of coffee (or a cold beer) and enjoy yourself! To the left of your screen you will see the “CATEGORIES” drop down menu. Simply click on the category you are interested in and off you go! Check our my FRONT PORCH PONDERINGS for random thoughts and inspirations. You can go to GILLY’S KITCHEN for recipes and household tips. MUSIC includes some videos and pictures of my days performing, and some at home that I call The Kitchen Sessions. Coming soon are NURSES NOTES- an area dedicated to my life as an ER…

  • Short Stories

    Thoughts of Dad on Father’s Day 2018

    Each year, since my dad passed in 2014, Father’s Day brings with it a mixed bag of emotions. I have been thinking so much of Dad this year. It really started the week the hummingbirds arrived. Dad had a huge flock of hummingbirds every year. I mean HUGE. Hundred of buzzing, swarming hummingbirds took over his back deck each spring, and he would make nectar by the gallon. Some of his birds were even tagged and studied by Southern Illinois University, in Carbondale. A photographer once created a book of dad’s birds, entitled Henry’s Hummers. He was so proud of it, and loved to show it to anyone who would…

  • Front Porch Ponderings

    A Blast from the Past and Memories of My Senior Year (1985-86)

    This coming Saturday evening, some of my high school graduating class (Cumberland High School Class of 1986) will be gathering at our home to catch up, enjoy cold beverages, sit around the fire, and have a meal together. I am excited to see them, as there are some I rarely get a chance to see. Although there are a few that I run into at the grocery store from time to time, or stay in contact with via social media, there is rarely an opportunity to have a conversation or meaningful exchange of words. Because I am often out of town working, I have had to miss the last couple…

  • Works of Fiction

    New Beginnings- Part 16 (fiction)

    It was on an early July morning, when the phone rang at the diner. Jake was in his usual spot at the counter when Darcy answered the phone. “Just a minute,” she said, “I will get him for you.” With that, Jake realized that he had left his cell phone on the nightstand and made a mental note to go back for it before he went to the shop. The look on Darcy’s face when she handed him the phone, however, told him that this was not just another customer calling with a repair job for him. “Hello?”, he said, as he placed the receiver to his ear. “Jake, this…

  • Front Porch Ponderings

    Cousins…our First Best Friends

    I was up at my usual 4:45 this morning. It is still pitch black outside as the sunrise is getting later and later….so I resolved to bring my “office” into the garage where I can have light to see my keyboard and still not wake everyone else up. I will likely move out to the porch when I see the sun start to appear, as it is much more pleasant and conducive to my creativity than this garage. Today is my husband’s birthday. It is the first time in a few years that I have been home on his birthday (I am usually working on the road somewhere). We are…

  • Works of Fiction

    New Beginnings- Part 15 (fiction)

      There was no time for a honeymoon, with so much going on. The days that followed their wedding found Jake and Darcy at full speed in completing the cabin, the market, and getting the ground broken and seeds planted for the gardens behind the diner. Nick had turned out to be a wonderful asset, with his background in farming, and he had been assigned the task of designing the gardens. Jake had purchased two tractors, and since he was not quite sure how to operate them, he was grateful when Nick climbed up onto one and handled it like a master. One was to be used for mowing and…

  • Front Porch Ponderings

    For the Love of Dad…

    Tomorrow is my father’s birthday. He has been so heavily embedded in my mind these past few weeks as I care for the hummingbirds, and set about weeding my flower beds and such, preparing our home for fall. Dad will have been gone for four years, in October, and his passing left such a void in our hearts. I see so much of him in my son, Tyler. He has Daddy’s long, skinny feet and legs, and when he sits cross legged, in that laid back easy manner that he has, he reminds me so much of him! Funny how he has also developed such a love of cooking, the…

  • Works of Fiction

    New Beginnings- Part 14 (fiction)

    When you know you want to spend the rest of your life with someone, you want the rest of your life to start as soon as possible… The next few weeks were a blur. Jake and Darcy set about planning the wedding, and construction on the property was going at a fevered pitch. Jake had brought in more crews to get the barn erected, and although it wasn’t near completed, it was framed and under roof and was transformed into a lovely reception hall. There were tables placed throughout, with simple flower bouquets for centerpieces, and lights and lace were strung from the rafters. It would be a gorgeous setting…

  • Works of Fiction

    New Beginnings- Part 13 (fiction)

    When Darcy’s alarm clock went off at 4:30am, she reached over and shut it off, and then rolled over to look at Jake. It was a wonderful feeling to awaken with him still by her side. For the first time, he had spent the entire night with her. She watched him sleeping, and thought about last night. The gorgeous dinner and proposal….the time that they had spent exploring one another when they got back to her apartment, and then the hours that they had spent, just curled up around one another, talking about the future that they would build together. Darcy’s thoughts were so consumed with everything that she hadn’t…

  • Works of Fiction

    New Beginnings- Part 12 (fiction)

    Winter, although brutally cold, had passed quickly. Chloe had returned to school just after the New Year, and Jake and Darcy had busied themselves with the plans that they had for the land behind the diner. Starting with graph paper, to lay it all out, they had engaged the assistance of a construction company, in Mt. Sterling, to draw up the blue prints and help break the ground for the cabin.  Although Jake wanted to do much of the work himself, he knew that time was of the essence, as Casey had spent the winter on Darcy’s couch and they were really cramped in the little apartment. Darcy and Lilly…

  • Works of Fiction

    New Beginnings- Part 11 (fiction)

    On the day after Christmas, Darcy put on her new Wonder Woman t-shirt, and opened the diner as usual. She hadn’t seen Jake since Christmas Eve, although he had called last night to tell her about his day with Chloe and his dad. They had gotten up early to do presents, he and Chloe had cooked, and they had a nice holiday dinner together.  His father had told him how much it meant to him to have Jake back home, and that Chloe could be there for Christmas. He feared that this would be the last holiday that he would be able to have his father at home, as he…

  • Gilly's Kitchen

    Apple Streusel Cake

      Most of this weekend I kept scrolling across the most wonderful looking Carmel Apple Cake recipe, so when I got home this afternoon, I decided to make it. As is usually the case, I didn’t have all the ingredients I needed, so I improvised. What resulted is a melt in your mouth masterpiece!! Preheat oven to 350 and generously spray cake pan (I used a bundt pan) APPLE STREUSEL CAKE CAKE INGREDIENTS 2/3 cup brown sugar 2 tsp cinnamon 1 cup (2 sticks)  butter room temperature 1 cup sugar (I used about 3/4 Cup Splenda instead) 2 large eggs 3 tsp vanilla 3 cups all-purpose flour 3 tsp baking…