RIP Johnny! 😭

On April 25, 2019, I got the word that Johnny Welch, Jr. had passed away. He has been the biggest love of my life since 1986. We've had an on-again, off-again relationship for over 30 years and it breaks my heart that he's no longer in this life. I know he's much happier and better off in the arms of our Savior and I know without a doubt that I will see him again. But for now, I'm truly heartbroken and feel very empty. For some reason, I always had this feeling that I would attend his funeral and not the other way around, but I never expected it to be so soon.

Today, we celebrated his life at Lone Oak Baptist Church with family and friends and laid his ashes to rest next to "Big Johnny", his Dad. Even the sky was crying. It was so fitting to see a red truck hauling pipe go by just as we were leaving from the cemetery. Was that you saying a final goodbye??

It was a short 54-year stay here on Earth, but he did a lot of living. While some of it was a bit rough, he had 2 children that he dearly loved, a great family and friends that loved him.

August 21, 1964 - April 25, 2019

Johnny had a big heart, beautiful green eyes and dimples that didn't quit. Unfortunately, that heart failed him and he fell asleep peacefully in this life and woke up in the next. Shouldn't we all be so lucky? He was handy and could fix anything on wheels, with electricity or around the house and always impressed me with his skills and knowledge. He will be sorely missed and it'll be terribly difficult not to expect him to show up at my door again or flash that smile when I see him at various functions where he would normally be in attendance.

Johnny loved his trucks and he was a good driver. I'm glad that one of the photos I took many years ago was one of his prized possessions and he had it with him until the end. I don't think I'll ever forget the trip I got to take with him across several states right after taking this photograph and truly seeing him in his element. In his version of Heaven, I'm sure there's a truck in it.


Until we meet again...much love as always. 😘



Take Note Chat

I am thrilled to be invited as Michele Christensen's first guest on the Take Note Chat, a monthly show covering all aspects of keeping it altogether in OneNote. We will be discussing Personal Organization in OneNote and I've got lots of ideas and tips to share with you. The chat window will be open for those that want to ask questions or comment during the live session.

Join us live on YouTube
Tuesday, April 16 at 3:30 pm CDT
or catch us later for the replay


Michele is the owner of the OneNote Bullet Journal group on Facebook and the One Noteworthy Life blog. She began this chat several months ago with another OneNote enthusiast, Jared DeCamp, owner of Class and Office and organizer of the Learn OneNote Conference, where I was a presenter this past November. I got to meet both of these lovely people in March while I was traveling in California for a conference and for pleasure and it was a blessing, indeed.


Wallabee Uniques Trading


Attn: Wallabee Unique Collectors

I am currently taking trade requests for my Sweet Potato and Sandman uniques at https://tx.ag/wallabeeutrades You should be able to fill in your name by your preferred number and your offer on either spreadsheet. If you don't collect a specific number, you can offer a trade at the bottom of the lists and I'll rearrange as I send them out. Lists currently go to 150, but not set in stone.

Don't have snowmen or sweet potatoes? I'll take other trades as well. 

I am collecting #827 on regular sets
For Uniques, I prefer 12, 27, 68 or 92

Other favorite numbers
1836 - Texas became a country
1968 - I became a native Texan
1992 - Graduated Texas A&M University (Whoop!)

Find me on Wallabee or Munzee as NativTxn

I Finished the PCT Trail

I have been "walking" the Pacific Coast Trail on the Walking 4 Fun website for a LONG time. This trail is 2689.6 miles long and runs from Mexico to Canada. I finally finished it on January 12, 2019!

Pacific Crest Trail Map

Walking 4 Fun has multiple world-famous trails to chose from and it's all for free. Pick a trail and manually add your steps for the day or connect it to your Fitbit and let it log your steps for you. At the end of the day, you can see photos on the trail for the location you are in. Type notes if you like for future travelers to read. Invite friends to walk with you and you can see each person's progress on the trail. As in most other location-based platforms, you can find me on the trail as NativTxn. You do not have to finish a trail before moving on. Is it winter and you want to see warmer climates, try the Arizona Trail.  Is it summer and hotter than Hades? Check out the Wonderland Trail. Try the Camino Francés and walk the trail portrayed in the movie The Way


I am now currently on the Great Allegheny Passage.  The Great Allegheny Passage (GAP) is a rail trail connecting Cumberland, Maryland, with Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Most of the trail was built on the abandoned grades of the Western Maryland Railway through Connellsville, then on the Pittsburgh and Lake Erie Railroad on to Pittsburgh. See you on the trail! 🚶🏻‍♀️



RIP Johnny! 😭

On April 25, 2019, I got the word that Johnny Welch, Jr. had passed away. He has been the biggest love of my life since 1986. We've had ...