• 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.…

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    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

    STOP THE INSANITY!

    When does the insanity stop? When I STOP IT! I haven’t written in a while. Been suffering from writer’s block, I guess. Too many raw emotions over this past week, so I have just retreated back into my shell. A friend told me yesterday that it is a wonder I am not insane with all that I have dealt with over the last few years. I guess she is right, it is a wonder. Actually, there are days that I wonder if I am not out of my mind. But the truth is, that I don’t have TIME for a breakdown. Another friend suggested that I get into therapy to…

  • Front Porch Ponderings

    Time Change…Ugh.

    Time change is painful. Can I get an AMEN?! On Saturday night, we turned our clocks back an hour and all day yesterday my entire family’s internal clocks were thrown off! By 7:15 last night we were all exhausted, and even my six year old grandson was begging to go to bed early. When a little boy says “Can we go to bed now?”, you know that even he is feeling the effects of the change. What on earth is it that makes a one hour change- in either direction- throw us off SO completely?! One would think that we had changed by MANY hours, by the way it makes…

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    What Do We Hold On To?

    When it becomes unbearable, as it sometimes does, and you just wonder if everything will ever be normal again….what do we hold on to? I hold on to the hand, and the love of, my grandson. I hold onto the promise of a new tomorrow and the hope that one day, the love of family and the grace of a higher power will be enough to bring them back to us. I hold onto the knowledge that, over all, people are good and kind. Even though the news will show us the violence and the hate in the world….I choose to believe that this is not the norm, and that…

  • Front Porch Ponderings

    Senseless Tragedy, and the Flashbacks that Come with It

    It is a cool and rainy October day, and I am finding that my mood matches the weather. This week, a 40 year old local man lost his life. He was kicked in the face. That is the only detail that I know from the news, and although there is a lot of speculation over the reasons behind it, and the rumor mills are on overdrive, I don’t need to know any other details. A young man lost his life. His children lost their father. His parents lost a son, and his siblings lost a brother. Although I knew this man, we were not friends. We were barely acquaintances, but…

  • Front Porch Ponderings

    Vote Like Your Rights Depend On It….

    Since I work out of town, and I wasn’t sure if I would be in home on election day, I went to the county building and voted last week. Although I have very strong opinions about the current state of our country, and politics in general, I seldom enter into political conversations in mixed company or on social media. I learned years ago that the topics of politics and religion can lead to heated debates, and especially in the current climate of our world. I see friends and neighbors turn on one another viciously over their differences. This post is NOT an attempt to sway anyone to vote the way…

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    Random Saturday Thoughts….and the Lottery

      Hello, Friends! I am writing to you on a VERY windy Saturday afternoon. The sunny skies are beautiful, and the temps are in the mid-60’s, but HOLD ON DOROTHY, this wind is something else! I got home late yesterday evening after my first week as a recovery room nurse, on a new travel assignment. Dan and I just enjoyed a quiet evening together and went to be early. This morning was lazy, too….sometimes, we just need those mornings! At noon, we picked up our 6 year old grandson, Riley, and took him for lunch and shopping for a new coat, and a couple of other things….actually, he got me…

  • Front Porch Ponderings

    To New Adventures…

    Good morning, friends. I come to you from my makeshift office, within my garage, since porch season seems to be over. It got cold last night, and there is frost on the ground. I miss my porch, and the morning sounds of nature, but I am grateful for the warm haven of a comfortable chair, my fresh coffee, and the news in the background on the TV that my husband mounted out here for me. Today I will pack up my car and head back to my camper, which is parked about an hour and a half north of here. Tomorrow I will return to work. I have been off…

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    Hello, My name is Gilly….and I am the mother of an addict…

      I had a dream the other night. I haven’t told anyone about it, until now.  I still shake when I think of it. My sons were small boys. We were sitting on the front porch, laughing, playing, enjoying a beautiful summer day and being together. Then dark clouds came from nowhere….the wind began to churn, and thunder and lightening overtook the skies. The winds became overwhelming, and then we heard the noise of a tornado coming over the horizon….I screamed their names… “Hold on boys! Hold on!”. I grabbed them both into my arms and held them close to me, but I could feel them slipping. I was screaming…

  • Front Porch Ponderings

    Today I am Grateful For…

    It is easy to wallow within oneself, when things are not going the way we had hoped, or planned. But today, I choose to be grateful. In spite of the storms around me, I have so many wonderful things to be grateful for! As you go about your day today, try to look for the good around you. Remember your many blessings. And face the day with gratitude….have a blessed day!