• 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…

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    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

    I See You….

    Throughout my daily travels, my working in a busy hospital, and in all aspects of my life, I have found myself to be quite the people watcher. I am an Empath, I guess. The one who seems to see more in people than just what they are on the surface. As I lay in bed last night, I replayed several of my interactions from this past week and I wanted to share some of my thoughts. Perhaps there are some of you out there that need to hear this message…or perhaps, I just need to get it out. I see you…. To the obese girl on the work shuttle every…

  • Front Porch Ponderings

    So, I want to be a farmer….you say, Why?! I say, WHY NOT!

    So, after ten years (since we bought our property), I have convinced my dear husband to turn our 3.5 acres into a little homestead. I grew up with friends who were raised on farms and I always loved the idea of the lifestyle. My son Tyler (who lives with us) has jumped on the bandwagon and he is also excited about the prospect of making our place more self-sustaining, while also being able to pull in a little extra income to help cover the expenses of keeping livestock. I am guessing that Dan is already regretting his decision, as Tyler and I have spent countless hours researching chickens, goats, and…

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    For What It’s Worth…Here is my 2 Cents worth on the $15….

    Hey ya’ll….I just looked at the date, and it has been over a month since my last blog! I am sorry, and I hope that you will all hang on and keep reading when I DO post! I have been busy on the road working, dealing with the family, and frankly, I have had a bad case of writer’s block! But the ever-present social media posts about our new governor (in Illinois) pushing for the $15 minimum wage, has me ready to do something that I never do….make a “political” post. If my views offend you, I apologize, not for my ideals….but for the offense that may cause you not…

  • Front Porch Ponderings

    Goals….both large and small (My hopes for 2019)

    Yes, I am finding myself still stuck in the “what do I want to accomplish this year?” mode. Like a lot of other people. I find that the new year brings thoughts of organization, de-cluttering, to-do lists, and plans for the year to come. Probably also like many others, I can find my list to be overwhelming and it is common to toss it to the wayside…but I decided to choose some of the ones that I think may be obtainable (and are on my shortlist). So for 2019, here is my top 10. 1. Stop smoking….once and for all. 2. Have two date nights a month. (I was shooting…

  • Front Porch Ponderings

    Living in the Moment….

    If there is one thing that I have decided to strive to do in 2019, it is to live more in the moment. Stop worrying about the past, or stressing about the future….but instead, try to just enjoy being, and living in the moment. So much of our lives is wasted on the “what if’s?”. What if I would have done this? What if I decide to do that? One can get SO caught up in it that you cannot just take a moment to enjoy where we are RIGHT NOW. If there is one thing that I have come to understand…it is that EVERYTHING happens for a reason. Even…

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    Resolutions….

    Happy New Year everyone! I have enjoyed scrolling through social media and seeing all of the resolutions that you all are posting. Many of the same ones, about weight loss, saving money, quitting smoking, etc….and a few others that are more original. While I am cheering you all on, I have decided NOT to make any resolutions this year….I am just no good at them. Of course, I have some things that I want to work on this year…giving up these dang cigarettes tops the list, and I am planning a quit date to prepare myself for it. But, instead of setting resolutions of what I won’t do….I wanted to…

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    When One Door Closes…

    Sipping coffee this morning, trying to get the cobwebs out of my head and get ready for my long commute to work. Sigh. I am so grateful for this job, even though it may not seem like it sometimes. It has been a wonderful experience, and I am surrounded by kind and supportive co-workers. Working in the PACU (aka Recovery room) has been a really nice change of pace for me, coming from such a busy ER.  It has enlightened me that I can be happy doing something else. If only this job was closer to home, I would be happy to stay there and just continue down this path!…

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    When your dreams change…

    Sometimes we try so hard to make things happen… things that we think are our dreams. For years, being a travel nurse has been my dream. In the beginning, Dan and I had visions of palm trees and fat bank accounts, along with most people who consider travel nursing. But after almost four years (combined) as a travel nurse, we are finding that it is becoming increasingly difficult for us to manage life/family with me on the road all the time. Instead of exotic beach locations, we have found these last (almost) 3 years to be me burning up the interstate between home and work, living out of a suitcase,…

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    Be the Change…

    In this life, there are so many things that we have no control over. It is easy to let those things take control over us! Sometimes, the hardest thing that one can do is to sit by and watch these things in shock and horror, wanting so badly to be able to fix them…to spare those involved the suffering and heartache that we knows these things may bring. But, sadly, the old phrase rings true…”I didn’t cause it. I can’t control it. I cannot change it”, or something along those lines. Instead of being consumed by the frustration and grief that often comes with this realization, my goal is to…

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    ‘Tis the Season…

      Good morning, friends! The dogs and I were up early and I am sipping coffee in the garage, watching the news, and trying to get the cobwebs out of my head. Everyone else is still asleep and the house is quiet. How I miss writing from my rocker on the front porch! This cold weather is pretty harsh, considering it isn’t even winter yet! Thanksgiving is over and everyone seems to be in full blown Christmas mode. I haven’t gotten there yet. My multiple totes of decorations are still sitting in the loft in the shop, and although I did make a few minor purchases on line this past…