October 30 – Wet


Today’s photo challenge is Wet.

I decided to go with a cute picture of Ian from spring 2012.  We sprouted beans that then grew into a plant.

On this particular day, Ian was watering the plant with the hose in his hand.  He got absolutely soaked and as you can hopefully see in the picture, his entire outfit ended up wet.

He had an absolute blast.  Such a fun day.   After we went inside, he took a warm bath and I washed his clothes.

Wet — an usual choice but so many ways to go with it.

We are wet in the rain, tub or shower, our clothes are wet while being washed, the foreheads of people being baptized are wet for a short time. And, we are wet while swimming in the pool or ocean, surfing, and sometimes while fishing.

Whether we are wet or dry, we can have fun and enjoy ourselves.

Hope you have a great day!

October 29 – Hair

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAHi and Happy Tuesday.  Hair is the photo challenge for today.

That was the name for a musical with a lot of fun and wild music.  It has been quite popular too.

It also makes me think of several people who I know who have helped with Locks of Love.  This amazing program provides real hair for wigs for cancer victims and others.  There is a certain length it must be.

Here is a photo of my son from several years ago. We had fixed his hair after bath time at the beach.  It has a fun beachy and wild and crazy look. You can also see my beachy hair.

I don’t know about you but my hair is always different at the beach.  It often looks like it has more body because of all the wind.  I do like that.

Often I like to wear hats — sometimes for bad hair days, but often just because I like to wear them.  I am someone too who looks better with short hair — at least I think so.  I have had a variety of styles over the years.

May you have a great day filled with fabulous hair and fun!  LOL.

Lazy But Yucky Weekend

sad faceHi and happy Saturday.  Hope you have been having a good one.

My son and I are both under the weather so ours has been very lazy.  We’ve both had computer time, watched television, Ian has been playing, and I am close to finishing a great book.

We are resting and lot and getting plenty of sleep and taking our medication and vitamins.  We both have sinus issues. Hopefully we will be better very soon.  I have even managed a few naps, which I rarely get anymore.

We went to the doctor yesterday afternoon and got the word on what we had.  I was glad we went since my symptoms had started on Thursday afternoon.  I caught it before it turned into a sinus infection.  Ian, unfortunately has a sinus infection.

The drastic change in the weather this week may be part of the problem.  This morning it was below freezing and there was frost on the grass and houses.  It was a lovely sight and I was glad to stay in.

For lunch today, I made chili soup (without beans which I am allergic to) and homemade tortilla chips.  They both were yummy and truly hit the spot.  Ian ate mac ‘n cheese and was happy.  We are also having lots of liquids as you are supposed to do while getting better.

Sometimes you just need a lazy weekend where you stay in your pjs all day and putter around the house.  We are doing this along with the meds.  Guess it can’t be ideal, can it?

Well, I must get back to my book — about a woman who opened a cupcake cafe.  It is a fun book with some great recipes.  Take care and stay well!

I plan to be back to regular postings and my photo challenge by Monday,  Until then, my time will include rest, kleenex, meds, and lots of liquids.

Happy Anniversary Kirk!

Our Wedding DayHappy Anniversary to my husband, Kirk.  Today is our 15th anniversary.  It is also my Dad’s birthday.  (Please see the birthday post from yesterday for him.)

Here we are on our wedding day.  What a fun day that was!  Talk about Throwback Thursday.

Since that time, we have lost several dear family members and friends, but also many have been added to the family.

Our flower girl graduated from college and is now a teacher and doing really well!  We are very proud of her.  Our ring bearer celebrated his 20th birthday this week.  He is in school and working and we are also proud of him.

It is hard to believe how grown up they are now.  Time flies, that’s for sure.  My nephew who was 1 when we got married just turned 16 years old.  He is a fine young man and enjoying school.

I understand that for the 15th anniversary, the traditional gift is crystal and the more modern gift is watches and timepieces.  Not sure about a gift of crystal but I think Kirk would like a new watch or clock.  We have a few special ones that we have gotten over the years.

It is fun to think back over the years of our relationship and the fun and great things we have done together.  We have traveled to Scotland and Hawaii to visit family, have purchased a variety of cars, moved from a condo to a house, and, the greatest adventure, having our son Ian.

I am blessed by these two men in my life — my best guy and my best little guy.  I thank the Lord each day for the two of them and how they have enriched my life.

When Kirk and I met, it was at an evening service at my church.  I never expected to meet someone there — let alone it be my future husband.  I believe that the Lord ensured that he was there when it was time for us to meet.  We do believe in Divine Intervention.  We clicked immediately and had a 12-hour first date.

Later that year, we were planning a wedding that included our dear friends and family and a surprise visit from my best friend from elementary school.

At the time I was singing in the choir at church.  The choir sang us a beautiful blessing during our service.  I had to really work not to cry.  And, my aunt who always played the piano for family gatherings was there to play special family music prior to the service.

All in all, it was a glorious day.  And, thanks to my hubby and son, I have had many glorious days since.  My favorite thing to do is have the three of us talk in bed and laugh and giggle when we wake up.  It is our special family time.

Now.Oct.21Kirk, I love you more than I ever thought possible to love someone else.  I cherish our life and love more and more each year that we are together.

A few quotes about anniversaries and love:

  • “Our wedding was many years ago.  The celebration continues to this day.”  ~ Gene Perret
  • “A wedding anniversary is the celebration of love, trust, partnership, tolerance and tenacity.  The order varies for any given year.”  ~ Paul Sweeney
  • “An anniversary is a time to celebrate the joys of today, the memories of yesterday, and the hopes of tomorrow. ” ~ Author Unknown
  • “For you see, each day I love you more, Today more than yesterday and less than tomorrow. “~ Rosemonde Gerard
  • “Love one another and you will be happy.  It’s as simple and as difficult as that. ” ~Michael Leunig

Happy Early Birthday Dad!

Patti_Dad_2006Tomorrow, October 24, is my dad’s birthday.  It is also my anniversary.

He was generous enough to share this special day with us and we are very thankful.  The year we got married, 1998, he truly enjoyed being The Father Of The Bride.

I wanted to wish him a happy and special day and wish it early.  We look forward to seeing you today and hopefully tomorrow too, or another day this week.

Here we are pictured are together in 2006, before Ian was born.  We were having fun on vacation as we usually do.

Dad, thanks for everything!  You have been and continue to be a great dad and grandfather.  I am so thankful for you and our relationship and your love.  And, I am thankful that you love to play with Ian and visit and be with Kirk as well.

You have taught me so much and I cannot thank you enough.  You are a man I greatly admire and love.

Happy early Birthday to you!!  We love you and wish you another amazing and fun journey around the sun.

A few quotes about fathers that I thought you might enjoy:

  • “He didn’t tell me how to live; he lived, and let me watch him do it.  ~Clarence Budington Kelland
  • “Fatherhood is pretending the present you love most is soap-on-a-rope.  ~Bill Cosby
  • “Blessed indeed is the man who hears many gentle voices call him father!  ~Lydia M. Child
  • “A father carries pictures where his money used to be.  ~Author Unknown
  • “Dad, you’re someone to look up to no matter how tall I’ve grown.  ~Author Unknown

Tuesday Tunes – “What Do You Got?”

musicHi and Happy Tuesday.  How do you like that title?

It’s not my favorite but it is the name of a Bon Jovi song that I wanted to write about. So despite a few grammatical issues with the song, I do really like it and overlook it since it moves me.

We listened to it on the Bon Jovi Greatest Hits CD while returning from a trip on Saturday afternoon.  Ian loves this CD and loves to sing along with the songs.  I have to say that they are his favorite band so far and I do love that!

His favorite song on the CD is “Who Says You Can’t Go Home” with Jennifer Nettles of Sugarland.  He also likes “Wanted: Dead or Alive.”  It is such fun to hear his voice singing along with these songs that I have loved for a long time. Here is Ian playing a friend’s guitar a few years ago.  It is bigger than he is.

Ian.guitarIn 1988, a friend of mine and I went to see this great band in concert.  They were as good then as now.  It was a blast.  On Saturday, Ian told me he wanted to see them in concert.  Wouldn’t that be fun?!

The lyrics of “What Do You Got?” are very powerful and all about the importance of love. With my anniversary this week, it truly moved me when I heard it most recently.

I like that the band sings that despite all the success you could possibly imagine having, it doesn’t matter much without love. In fact one line of the song is, “If you ain’t got love, it’s all about keeping score.”

Isn’t that  true? In our quest to improve and get ahead, we can keep score and make that the important thing in our life.  When clearly, it isn’t.

I think that short of the line, “who do you hold in the dark of night,” love could be anyone special in your life.  Then again, you can cuddle with your child or another family member, and I sometimes do just that.

The love of a mate is amazing, as is the love of your child, your parents, siblings, cousins, aunts and uncles, in-laws, grandparents, and friends.

Here are the lyrics:
“Everybody wants something, just a little more
We’re making a living and what we’re livin for
A rich man or a poor man, a pawn or king
You can live on the street, you can rule the rule
But you don’t mean one damn thing

What do you got, if you ain’t got love
Whatever you got, it just ain’t enough
You’re walking the road, but you’re goin nowhere
You’re tryin to find your way home, but there’s no one there
Who do you hold, in the dark of night
You wannt get up, but it’s worth the fight
You have the things, that you’ve been dreamin of

If you ain’t got someone, you’re afraid to lose
Everybody needs just one, someone to tell them the truth
Maybe I’m a dreamer, but I still believe
I believe in hope, I believe the change can get us off our knees

(repeat chorus)

If you ain’t got love, it’s all just keeping score
If you ain’t got love, what the hell we doing it for

And it continues with another few lines and chorus.  I like these lyrics in that they talk about the fact that love is important.

I hope that you have love in your life and someone who you can share your dreams and hopes and sad things with and someone who will be honest with you.  As I mentioned, this person can be any number of people in your life.  May you have love and be loved.

I wonder if we can truly appreciate the love we have in our life.  And, wonder if we can share it with others?  I certainly hope so.

October 21 – Then and Now

Hi and happy Monday!

This morning we woke up to fog and chilly weather.  We had to wear our heavier jackets for the morning.

This afternoon it will be 70 degrees.  Tis the time of year for a 30 degree temperature difference.

Then.Oct.21Today’s photo challenge is Then and Now.  I had a lot to choose from but decided on these two pictures of my family.

The first was taken at the beach in 2008.  The second was from Mother’s Day this year at a restaurant. Now.Oct.21

Ian has grown up a lot since that first picture was taken.

The three of us have a lot of fun together.  I do love my family and especially these two guys.

What Then and Now pictures could you post today?  Hope you have fun figuring it out.

Wash, Rinse, Dry, Fold, Repeat

5minutefridayTGIF!  I don’t know about you but I am so glad it’s Friday.  Weekend, I can see you from here.

Today is the day for Five Minute Friday.  Today’s word is Laundry.  The laundry process is full of wash, rinse, dry, fold, repeat — thus my title.

Here are the rules:

1. Write for 5 minutes flat – no editing, no over thinking, no backtracking.
2. Link back here and invite others to join in.
3. And then absolutely, no ifs, ands or buts about it, you need to visit the person who linked up before you & encourage them in their comments. Seriously. That is, like, the rule. And the fun. And the heart of this community…

Now Go…

Laundry is a part of my everyday life.  Well, at least every other day.

When my son was a baby, it seemed I was washing a few times every day.  Spit up and spills and accidents, oh my.

Now that he is in school, there is still plenty of laundry but it seems to be every other day.  That is nice.

One of my favorite things I have at my house is my laundry room.  In this room, we have a sink, shelf and cabinet space, and the washer and dryer.

I had my own apartment during my first job.  There wasn’t any room for laundry there.  I had to go to the laundromat once a week.  That was a unique experience to be sure.
There were some real characters that went there.

Because of that, I got used to doing load after load, all in a few hours while reading or doing something else. It took me a long time to break that — until Ian came along.  Then I realized the laundry has to be done as needed — not waiting until one huge day.

My husband and I work well with it.  He starts the loads in the washer, moves them to the dryer, and then takes them out.  I fold and put away.  I like our teamwork.

Grateful.11-22-2012This picture is a stack of items that my son folded a few months ago.  He did a great job, didn’t he?  I was so proud and impressed.

Wash, Rinse, Dry, Fold, Put Away, Repeat.


Here are a few quotes and fun sayings for the laundry room:

  • “An income tax form is like a laundry list — either way you lose your shirt.” — Fred Allen
  • “We should all do what, in the long run, brings us joy, even it is only picking grapes or sorting the laundry.” — E.B. White
  • “It turns out that a husband who does the laundry, it’s very romantic when you’re older.  And it’s hard to believe when you’re younger. But it’s absolutely true.” — Sheryl Sandberg
  • Laundry — it all comes out in the wash.
  • Life is like laundry — loads of fun.
  • Laundry — sorting it out one load at a time.
  • Laundry today or naked tomorrow.
  • This home is full of endless love and laundry
  • Laundry makes me a basket case.

If you want to read other thoughts about laundry, please see http://lisajobaker.com/2013/10/five-minute-friday-laundry/.

First World Problem / Throwback Thursday


Today’s photo challenge is First World Problem.

Although it’s not a world problem, it was the first real problem we had with Ian and pens. As you can see, he drew on his legs in permanent marker.

He made a nice design and thankfully didn’t get the pen on anything else.  However, we weren’t too pleased since it took a while to fade off.

I thought this picture would do nicely for Throwback Thursday since he was about 2 years old when this happened.

He didn’t look too pleased with himself in this picture.  I think that he knew he was in trouble before anything was said.

Now he channels his artistic ideas onto paper with pens and crayons.

October 16 – Leafy

GEDSC DIGITAL CAMERAHi and Happy Wednesday.  Hump Day.

Today’s photo challenge is Leafy.

The first photo on this blog is from the garden at the church where my grandparents met.

Isn’t it a lovely garden?  I thought so.  And, the church was really nice too.

This other photo is from last year after the leaves had started changing color.  I love the vivid oranges and reds.SANYO DIGITAL CAMERA