Category Archives: Mountain Living

Taking a ‘time out’ from the chaos

Excuse me while I dust off the keyboard here! I can’t believe it has been almost a month since I last posted. Let me start today’s post with this question: Did you get everything done this summer that you planned to do? For many of you, the summer season is full of activities – you…

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What to consider if your husband stresses out while you are away from home

Have you ever left the house by yourself, even for a short time, only to come home to find your PTSD/TBI husband having a tizzy, or in a bad mood, and neither of you really know why? I didn’t know it at the time, but in 2008 the clues were staring right at me, smack-dab…

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Life Lessons in Leadership and Motivation: Solving Problems I Didn’t Know I Had

God works in mysterious ways.  I just received some answers to problems I didn’t even realize I had.  Just a few moments ago I stepped out on my back balcony to calm myself from the chaos of my day.  All I expected from this soiree to the balcony was a bit of sunshine and a…

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Torrey’s Top 10 Jedi Mind Tricks to Instantly Improve Your Day

Remember in the movie Star Wars when Obi-Wan Kenobi used a Jedi mind trick to convince Imperial Stormtroopers that “these are not the droids you’re looking for” in order to avoid being captured? Obi-Wan was somehow able to implant his own thoughts into his adversary’s to get him to take any action he desired. I’ve…

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Top 5 Reasons Why You Should Never Piss Off a Wounded Warrior’s Wife

Wounded Warrior’s Wives are not to be trifled with.  Here are the top 5 reasons why: 5:  We are ready to fight, just like our husband’s once were. We know how to fight because we practice it every day.  We spent years following our husbands across the globe, always ‘ready’ for his next mission.  Now…

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Essential Oils for Cleaning and Aromatherapy: Ten best uses in your home

In the spirit of this month’s RD edition of “13 Things Your Housecleaner Won’t Tell You” I am sharing more secrets with my blog readers.  You won’t read these tips in Reader’s Digest! I rounded up some of the most popular scents in my essential oil stash, most noted for their aromatic and cleaning benefits,…

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Holiday fireworks and gunshots are a real danger for combat veterans

Now with the Fourth of July looming near (or any other holiday involving fireworks), I need to bring this issue up once again. I love a good fireworks show, I really do.  But I haven’t seen one in years for a very special reason. Last month I posted a casual plea via Facebook titled, “Fireworks…

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The 6 Life Lessons I learned — just from bowling.

In 2002, Dan was on a sponsored bowling league and placed 2nd in the city.  I had stayed home with the baby while he took the older boys with him.  I never seemed to get a chance to do something together with him, let alone learn how to bowl.  I could have stood in the…

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Drake the salesman…"What’s your number?"

Originally created by Torrey Shannon on Friday, December 4, 2009 at 6:10am <—- (Please note the time before reading this entry) My youngest son, Drake, is fascinated by infomercials. He recites them verbatim all the time, even getting the inflection of his voice and hand movements incorporated for full effect. It’s…hysterical. Well this morning I…

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Padiddle, assmosis, and where did you say that Chinese restaurant was?

Originally created by Torrey Shannon on Wednesday, May 26, 2010 at 8:24pm We drive a LOT now that we live in the middle of nowhere. Dan’s VA appointments generally require 170-350 miles of driving for each one, and we typically go once a week to some form of appointment. Obviously, we have to entertain ourselves…

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Oh, my aching tentacles!

I was just reminiscing about some of the darndest things my kids have said over the years, and this one in particular still makes me laugh out loud when I conjure the memory. Shortly after we moved to Colorado we drove up to the Colorado Springs Airport to pick up our oldest son, Nick. He…

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