Weekend Bliss

GEDSC DIGITAL CAMERADon’t you just love weekends?  I sure do. And, this weekend there is an extra day.  Ah, bliss!

Today we have enjoyed our day at home.  After a busy week when we go out each day, it is so nice to stay in and relax. This morning, we made our breakfast, have enjoyed watching some tv movies, read, I have written, Ian has been playing, and Kirk has been staying busy with projects.

Our local radio station plays a lot of old songs from the 70s, 80s, and 90s and we enjoy that.  I crank up the volume and enjoy dancing!  I just love the Bee-Gees, Kool and the Gang, Michael Jackson, and many other artists too!

Tonight is Boomsday.  Many people attend the festivities. This is a fantastic fireworks show held each Labor Day weekend.  We always know that it is fall when this and football start.

Tomorrow we will go to church, more than likely eat lunch out, and then come home and relax.  There may be a nap, or a favorite show or sports team to watch, and a walk — if it isn’t too humid and rainy.

Monday will be going to a cookout with family and enjoying that extra day of weekend bliss. Happy Labor Day indeed. Then Tuesday, it will be back to our usual routine.  We will however, have had loads of time to rest, relax, and enjoy ourselves.

This photo to me is all about relaxing.  This was taken during a recent visit to Cypress Gardens.  It is the swamp — full of water, water lilies, amazing trees, and animals. The beauty of nature is so calming, as shown so well in this photo.

I wonder what else this long weekend will bring?  It should be fun to find out!

Throwback Thursday – Toes In the Sand

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAHi and Happy Thursday!  For today’s Throwback Thursday, I decided to post a photo of Ian taken in 2009.  We were at a great shelling beach in Fort Pierce, Florida. He was 2-years-old at the time and always with his paci (pacifier).

I love the sand on his hands and feet and that he is so carefully and intently studying the stick. I also love the look of wind blowing through his sun-kissed hair. It is hard believe that this picture was taken 5 years ago.  My how time flies.  My short and sassy two-year-old now is almost 7-years-old.  Now he is just under 4 feet 1 inch tall.

The notion of time flying is especially true knowing that my best friend from college has a son who is leaving for college this week. She wrote a lovely blog about him, which absolutely made me cry – both sad and happy tears.  I have a feeling that it will touch you as well.  The link is http://gibsongirl247.wordpress.com/2014/08/27/good-byes-are-hard-they-just-are.

I remember meeting Dawn in college during our freshman year.  All four years, we were in the same dorm, just changed floors a few times. We even roomed together during our senior year.  That first year, we clicked right away and have remained friends ever since.

We have been through good and bad together and we’ve had some very funny times and some very sad.  She is someone who I have a very long memory of and love dearly.  To have a friendship like we do is very rare and I am so very thankful for it and for her.

And, now her son is going off to college.  I remember the year he was born and seeing the two of them at the hospital, along with her hubby.  I remember when her son was the age Ian is in the above picture, and at 7-years-old. And, so quickly he grew up into an amazing young man.  Now he is leaving for his own college adventures.

I hope that he has as much fun in college as we had.  And, I hope that he learns as much as we did and that he makes some life-long friends.

There is a song that states how I am feeling this week, “Time keeps on slipping into the future.”  It goes go by so fast.

I wonder if I will remember to savor each and every moment? I plan to since before long, Ian will be off to college. For now, I will enjoy our adventure as he enjoys 1st grade.

Sneezes and Coughs

Summer.7-28-2014Ah ragweed.  You are my enemy!  So are your friends grass and mold.

Be gone with all of you!!

Oh rain, where are you?  You could help take care of these allergens!

As you can see, I am frustrated and uncomfortable because of my allergies.  It seems that every fall and every spring, nature gets me.  It is no fun to be allergic to all of these things.

I really do like nature.  However, a few times a year, nature doesn’t like me and my body reacts to those allergens.

I always have a better time of things when I am at the beach.  The breeze from the ocean and the salt water really help me.  Unfortunately, it isn’t practical for us to live there.

So instead, I have to put up with some problems a few times a year.  For example, this week I am sneezing and coughing because of ragweed, grass, and mold. This is a vicious cycle.  We love to be outside, but certain times of year, we just can’t.

So instead, we see our doctor and we stay in, drink lots of fluids, get our rest, and take medications to help us.  Hope we’ll be better soon.

By the way, this lovely photo of nature was taken during our visit to Cypress Gardens in South Carolina.  Such a stunning place.

Take care and hope you stay well.  If you are ill, hope you get better very soon!

August 22 – Words

Words_POD_8-22-14Today’s photo challenge is Words.  I decided to include a note that is one of my favorites that I ever received from Ian.  It says, “Mommy, I will love you forever.”  Honestly, what is better than that from your child?

The photo is a little fuzzy since it is hard to take a photo of a piece of white paper.  I did the best I could. Ian wrote this for me last year when he was regularly calling me Mommy.  Now, he’ll say “Mommy, I mean Mom.”  Still not used to the new name, but I am getting there.

Seeing this sentiment in writing from my son was so very special.  This note is on the side of a photo that he drew for me.  I think it was for Mother’s Day.  Honestly, it was more special than any store-bought item could ever be.

I don’t know about you, but I love words.  Just love them!  As a writer, I spend a lot of time with words and can’t get enough. The written word in my writings, books, songs, and other writings are very special to me, as are spoken words.

One of the funniest commercials on television right now is about Words and that Words can truly hurt you.  It is a Geico commercial.  Have you seen it?  I sure hope so.  I crack up each and every time I see it.

As an editor, I have had to check the correct spelling of words as well as their usage.  This is something I also enjoy.  Another thing I like to do with words is Word Finds.  I can spend hours and hours on these. And, some days actually have.

Most people seem to either like numbers or words.  I definitely am a words person.  A few of my favorite words (but by no means all) are:

  • Love
  • Family
  • Child
  • Parent
  • Mommy or mom
  • Daddy or Dad
  • Grandparent
  • Grandchild
  • Husband
  • Wife
  • I Thee Wed
  • Hug
  • Friend
  • Trust
  • Forgiveness
  • SRP
  • Brigadoon
  • Home
  • Clumping
  • Prayer
  • Belief
  • Faith
  • Be still and know that I am God
  • Trust
  • Honor
  • Respect
  • Happiness
  • School
  • Learning
  • Celebration
  • Compassion
  • Reading
  • Singing
  • Fun
  • Laughter
  • Aunt and Uncle
  • Cousin
  • Niece and Nephew
  • In-laws
  • Beautiful
  • Waves
  • Ocean
  • Beach
  • Beach house
  • Breath
  • Imagination
  • Blessings
  • Jesus loves me this I know
  • I Still Wonder Where Rainbows Come From

What are some of your favorite words? Please share them with me and our other readers.

Throwback Thursday — Zoo Visit

SANYO DIGITAL CAMERAFor today’s Throwback Thursday, I decided to post a photo of Ian at the San Diego Zoo in 2010.  It was a fun day and he loved it.

This was during a short break in the Children’s petting zoo. He decided to sit down and rest for a minute. We went with my grandmother, parents, and aunt.  We had such a good time and Ian was just fascinated with all of the animals.

He has changed so much since this photo was taken 4 years ago.  Our little guy has grown so much. I love his tiny crocs and sweet dimples. He still has the dimples, but the shoe size has changed quite a lot. Seeing an old photo like this makes me realize how quickly time flies.

Today I am thankful for:

  • Hugs from my son
  • Listening to him read a book that he chose at the library
  • Watching him play with his Lego elements
  • Hearing Ian say, “Mommy, I mean Mom.”
  • Ian being excited about Daddy (I mean Dad) returning from a business trip
  • Walks to school in the morning
  • The three of us being together
  • Time with extended family

I wonder what fun adventures today will bring.  Can’t wait to find out!

So Not Fashion Forward

DSC00725Hi and Happy Monday!  Over the weekend, I read a fashion magazine full of the latest styles and trends, cutting edge fashion, some pricey items, and a lot of pale faces.  I realized, this is so not me.  I am so not fashion forward.

High fashion is something that a lot of people like and are fascinated with.  There are shows about it and a huge industry.  And Carrie on “Sex And The City” was always looking for the next great, but expensive, pair of heels.  Not me.  I prefer flip-flops, tennis shoes, flats, or chunky heels.

In addition, I prefer hand-me-downs, garage sales, yard sales, consignment shops, and Goodwill stores.  Other stores I like to shop in are Target, Walmart, and Kmart. You get the idea.

The latest look of no makeup on the models is a bit odd. This look was throughout this magazine that I read.  To me, if I want to look like I have no makeup on, I just don’t wear it. I won’t be paying money to put on makeup for the same effect.

And most of the sizes in this particular magazine, I couldn’t wear.  I am a plus-size woman.

So why may you ask, was I reading this magazine?  I like to read about what is current but still make my own decisions about what I will wear.  And, we got the magazine for free by cashing in unused frequent flier miles. See, I can’t pass up a great bargain!

Over the years of my bargain shopping, I have found some great deals.  One was a lovely Liz Claiborne purse for $5 at a consignment shop.  It is cream-colored, just the right length of strap and a great size.  The shop was having a deal of any 4 items for $20.  That purse was part of the deal.

Other bargains have been lovely blouses, scarves, and shoes.  I know that may be gross, but I wear socks with them, have sprayed them, and only buy those in decent shape.  After all, there is nothing like a worn-in pair of shoes.  And, since my feet are wide, it takes a while to find comfortable shoes.

Perhaps this is TMI but I figured, why not share my quirks? I think we all have them regarding fashion.

My favorite things in fashion are the accessories.  I love to wear hats, scarves, pins, bracelets, rings, earrings, and necklaces — but not all at once.  I like the variety of them and how much they add to an outfit. I am always on the lookout for the next fun and unique piece or something that just catches my eye.  I shop in a few great places that sell everything for $5.  I make a point to go when these deals are available.

When I was working full-time, I was called the hat lady since I wore hats so much.  I liked that and continue to wear them.  And, I like big or long earrings.  I think they work well with short hair.  Here I am with Ian — notice our hats, and my earrings.

This morning I found out that August 9th was National Garage Sale Day.  Who knew there was such a day?  I didn’t!  I wish I had known.  Perhaps that weekend, I could have gone out to celebrate!

Are you someone who has to have the latest trend? Or are you more like me, trying to find the bargain version or just creating your own style, regardless of what is current? I’d love to hear your thoughts and learn about your quirks.

Have a great Monday!

August 15 – Clouds

Clouds_POD_8-15-14Hi and Happy Friday!  Today, I decided to post a photo for the Photo-A-Day challenge.  It has been quiet a while since I have done this.

Today’s word is Clouds.  I took this picture a few weeks ago during a trip through the mountains between North Carolina and Tennessee.  It was a lovely afternoon drive.  I think we were on the Tennessee side just past the mountains.

I was in the passenger seat and my hubby drove us home.  So, I had a chance to take some pictures.  It was fun.  I took quite a few of the clouds that day since they were so pretty.  This one is my favorite.

A few quotes about clouds:

  • “The sun always shines above the clouds.”– Paul F. Davis
  • “Clouds come floating into my life, no longer to carry rain or usher storm, but to add color to my sunset sky.”– Rabindranath Tagore
  • “Clouds suit my mood just fine.”– Marie Lu
  • “Be thou the rainbow in the storms of life. The evening beam that smiles the clouds away, and tints tomorrow with prophetic ray.” — Lord Byron
  • “Heavy hearts like heavy clouds in the sky, are best relieved by the letting of a little water.” — Christopher Morley
  • “Aren’t the clouds beautiful? They look like big balls of cotton… I could just lie here all day, and watch them drift by… If you use your imagination, you can see lots of things in the cloud formations… What do you think you see, Linus?” — written by Charles Schultz

I wonder if I will see more clouds today?  I will be on the lookout for them.  How about you?  Have a great Friday!

Throwback Thursday – Mommy to Mom

Ian.Saturday.8-14-14Hi and Happy Thursday.  For today’s Throwback Thursday, I decided to post a really old photo of Ian.  He wasn’t even 1-year-old yet.

I decided it would be fun to post one when he was so very young.  We were at a restaurant while on a trip to the beach.  He was ready for some food or to give a wet and sloppy kiss.  He certainly looks ready for one, doesn’t he?

I wanted to remember my sweet little boy since he informed me yesterday on our walk home from school that he will no longer be calling me Mommy.  My how quickly things change.

“I am going to start calling you Mom,” he said.

“When did you decide this Ian?” I asked him.

“Today during school,” he answered.  “I am in first grade now.”

So, I have been promoted, I guess.  I supposed this is good that he is ready to grow up and move on. But I have to admit I have really liked being called Mommy for all of these years.

I have loved my son at all ages and am continually amazed what a great little person he is becoming.  This too is part of the journey.

I almost forgot to mention, as he was getting ready for bed, he slipped and called me Mommy.  YES!!  I suppose it may be both names for a while.  I will enjoy that extra syllable as long as he is willing to use it!

I wonder what he will tell me or call me next?  Should be an adventure finding out.


Loss and Heartache

cropped-gedc2754.jpgA few days ago one of the funniest people I have ever seen on television or in movies passed away.  It was sad to hear that Robin Williams had died, and even sadder still that he apparently took his own life.

It is hard to wonder how someone who outwardly seems so happy could do this.  But, I don’t know his mind or his thoughts or what he was dealing with. From what several reports have stated, he had suffered from depression as well as substance abuse.  These are real conditions and things to be taken very seriously.

Yet, there are people who are judging and being critical of him, and calling him selfish.  That bothers me just as much as him seeming to feel there was no other way to deal with whatever it was that was paining him.  My heart truly goes out to his family and his friends.

A lot has also been discussed since this happened regarding depression and how little is known about it.  I agree that more needs to be discussed.  Depression is something that shouldn’t be a thing of shame but as with other conditions, something that can hopefully be diagnosed and treated.

I have read a few postings about depression that have been very insightful.  I have also seen numerous postings for suicide prevention hotlines.  The number for the National Suicide Prevention Hotline is 1-800-273-8255.  Calls will be answered by trained counselors.

I reposted a picture yesterday that really moved me.  It said, “Be Kind. For everyone you meet is fighting a battle you know nothing about.”  This is so true.  No matter what pain we are in, I hope we won’t belittle others and what they are dealing with.

We all choose to show the world and our loved ones what we want to.  I just hope and pray that through this tragedy, we can learn to share with each other and reach out when help is needed.

I pray that those dealing with depression can get needed help.  I also pray that friends and family can be supportive and listen.  May we truly help and love one another.

1st Grade Adventure

GEDSC DIGITAL CAMERAIt is hard to believe that Ian just started 1st grade today!  It seems like he just got out for summer break. Now, here we are a few months later and it’s time for school to begin again.  The summer went by so fast.

He was so excited this morning for school to start.  I love that he loves going to school.  What a blessing that is!  In his class, there are a few of his friends from last year as well as several new students.

Ian was also excited about getting new tennis shoes and a new backpack.  This photo is one from this morning.  I thought the cropping would be fun and different.

I really hope that he enjoys this year as much as he did last year.  His teacher seems nice and she has a nice classroom.

A few quotes about school and education:

  • “Education is not preparation for life; education is life itself.”  ~ John Dewey
  • “The object of education is to prepare the young to educate themselves throughout their lives.” ~ Robert Maynard Hutchins
  • “The best teachers teach from the heart, not from the book.”  ~ Author Unknown
  • “Often, when I am reading a good book, I stop and thank my teacher.  That is, I used to, until she got an unlisted number.”  ~ Author Unknown
  • “Education’s purpose is to replace an empty mind with an open one.”  ~ Malcolm S. Forbes

To all of you with kids going back to school, hope you have a great first day and great school year.  To all of the teachers, principals, and school staffs, my hat is off to you and I thank you for all that you do!!