I have finally taken up the challenge and started a blog! Woo Hoo! Choosing the name was a most difficult task but I think what I came up with is better than the suggestions of my husband- "Flannel Lady" (I don't even own any flannel; fleece, yes, but no flannel) or "Kitty in a Basket" (I like kitties but what does that have to do with a blog?). Brian wasn't very helpful either, "How about 'Laurie's Blog?'" he says. Hmm, thanks Brian for the idea. It seems a blog is a place to share thoughts, memories, and moments, both the good and the unpleasant, that we encounter on our journey through life- all the joys, adventures and trials that shape and grow us. So, Petals and Thistles it is, and there are plenty of both along the path I travel. This thorny-looking thing is a cactus that Leanne got stuck in her hand when we were in Mesa, AZ last winter visiting Gma and Gpa. Ouch!!