Writing Prompt – Giggle

Giggle.4-18-2016Hi and Happy Monday. I cannot believe that it’s been an entire week since I have written a blog. My week went by so fast. I have been fighting pollen allergies and have been tired and away from the computer more than usual. One writing prompt that I missed last week was Giggle. I have much to say about that.

I love to laugh and to giggle. In fact, when I was a child, I had two dear friends and my sister who loved to giggle. We created our own club — the Giggle Gal Pals — Patti, Tammy, Cindy, and Sonya. We would regularly laugh together and chat about all kinds of things that elementary age children talk about.  We had a blast together. We remain in touch today and still have fond memories of these times together.

I loved that we knew even at a young age the importance of laughter and being with your friends. Now they are finding that laughter has medical benefits.  It is something that people are being encouraged to do each day.  So is spending time with loved ones. We could have told them that. If only someone had asked. Wisdom of the young, right?

Now I love to laugh over an inside joke with a friend or family member, a funny television show or movie, or tickle time. And, I especially like to hear Ian laugh. His laughing/giggling is lovely music that I cherish. When he laughs, I also laugh, and so usually does Kirk.  We then just look at each other and break back into fits of giggles. Before long, we may not even remember what we were laughing at in the first place.

This photo demonstrates our love of laughing and being totally ridiculous. It is of my brother, my sister, and me at Christmas time. My nephew Isaac is the arms of the tree. This photo makes me smile and giggle a bit. These are some of my favorite people to laugh with. We have many inside jokes from a lifetime of amazing moments. I will always cherish them.

A few shows and movies that make me laugh are:

  • “Clue” starring Tim Curry and a wonderful cast.  I laugh the entire way through and especially love to watch this with my brother.
  • “Young Frankenstein” and all movies by Mel Brooks. He can make me laugh like no one else.
  • “Will and Grace” is one of my all-time favorites and truly pushed the boundaries but I cracked up laughing each episode. I miss this show and am thrilled to see it in reruns.
  • “Mike and Molly” is quite funny and won’t be on much longer.  I do like the cast quite a bit.
  • “Designing Women” was and remains one of my all-time favorite funny shows.  I must say that I liked the original four the best — Julia, Suzanne, Charlene, and Mary Jo.
  • “Golden Girls” is a classic.  It is hard to believe that all but one of these great actresses is gone. Although the clothes and makeup are from years ago, the humor lingers on.
  • “Hot in Cleveland.”  This was on for a few years and another favorite. These gals were their own family and always made me laugh. And it was fun to see Betty White.
  • “The Cosby Show” was one of the all-time greats. This was clever and had great family dynamics.
  • “Friends” was another favorite. I grew up with these characters and loved to laugh along with them during their adventures.
  • “Cheers” and then “Frasier” were also great and consistently smart humor.

My list could go on and on. I am quite picky with my comedy and always know exactly what I like.  How about you? What are your favorites?  I would love to hear what makes you laugh or giggle. Please share since there is so much more out there.

A few quotes about laughter and giggles:

  • “Perfect happiness is a beautiful sunset, the giggle of a grandchild, the first snowfall. It’s the little things that make happy moments, not the grand events. Joy comes in sips, not gulps.” — Sharon Draper
  • “A laugh is a great stimulator, a pushful entry into life; and once we can laugh, we can live.” — Sean O’Casey
  • “At the height of laughter, the universe is flung into a kaleidoscope of new possibilities.” — Jean Houston
  • “Sometimes I laugh so hard the tears run down my leg.” ~Author Unknown
  • “Laughter is poison to fear.” — George R. R. Martin
  • “To laugh is to live profoundly.” — Milan Kundera
  • “A good laugh and a long sleep are the best cures in the doctor’s book.” ~Irish Proverb
  • “May your day be filled with giggles.” — Unknown

I wonder if I will be able to giggle each day? I already have giggled some this morning and hope to again later, and each day after that!  Hope you have a great week!

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June 3 – Silly

GEDSC DIGITAL CAMERAAre you good at being silly?  We sure are — as demonstrated in this Photo-A-Day Challenge photo for today.   The word for June 3 is Silly.

I took this as a selfie photo of the three of us.  I think I was talking at the time so that is why my mouth is open. My husband had tripped and got that bruise on his head.  Ian was smiling before and after this photo.

As we wore these red noses, we all sounded funny.  It cracked us up as we tried to talk and sounded so very different.  We certainly didn’t sound like ourselves and that made us laugh and be even sillier.

We bought these noses in support of the recent Red Nose Day, a fundraiser for childhood poverty. This is a serious problem that we hope and pray will be changed.  NBC recently had a three-hour special and raised quite a bit of money.

Isn’t it fun to laugh?  I am serious when needed, but there are times that I love to let loose and just laugh and laugh.  Silliness is something I can be very good at.

People say that laughter is good for the soul.  I have to agree and know there is nothing like being silly and laughing.

A few silly and funny things I am thankful for:

  • Sharing a private joke with a friend or family member
  • Giggles with my childhood friends
  • My son’s laugh and joy about life
  • My husband’s sense of humor and wit
  • The laughter of my family
  • Tickle time
  • The ability to make a fool of myself at times
  • Play time for the family
  • Laughing at favorite shows and movies
  • Laughing until I cry
  • Laughing until my sides hurt
  • Laughing until I can’t remember why
  • And then laughing some more
  • Having fun with friends and family

I wonder what silly things we will be doing today?  I am certainly looking forward to finding out!  Have a great one!

10 things I love

GEDSC DIGITAL CAMERAI often think of people when I say the word love, but there are some things and activities that I love to do and participate in.  And, some things that I am privileged to have.

Here is a list of 10 of them.  I will be writing another list again soon.

  1. To laugh.  I have loved laughing for as long as I can remember.  I love to hear Kirk and Ian laugh as well.  Funny TV shows or a funny movie can make me laugh.  Also, jokes and stories from family and friends make me laugh. Earlier today we watched the movie, “Mom’s Night Out.”  It was silly, funny, and I truly enjoyed it.  When I was younger, my sister, two dear friends, and I created a club in which we loved to laugh and often did.  We knew the importance of being silly and for that, I am forever grateful.
  2. Having a garage on a cold and snowy day, or on a day when it’s pouring rain.  I have lived a few places with no garage but instead a parking space. That is fine on a sunny day, but when it’s 8 degrees outside, it is so nice to not have to wait for 5 minutes while the car warms up.  Earlier this week, we enjoyed the benefit of our garage. Our garage truly makes me feel spoiled.
  3. Cub Scouts and sharing that with Ian.  I have several family members who have been in scouting for a while so I was aware of it.  However, being involved has been more than I could have imagined.  Ian has learned a lot, has grown and blossomed, and made some great friends.  The first year the parents are required to be involved and I have really enjoyed it too.  Soon, we will be doing the Pinewood Derby Race.  That will also be lots of fun. The photo is a scouting outing to the bowling alley.
  4. Stories.  I can’t imagine my life without words and stories. I grew up listening to stories created by my grandfather and absolutely loved them.  He was an amazing influence on my love of stories.  He was also a great writer who I have learned a lot from.  I think my writing is similar to his and that makes me smile.  Ian is quite good at making stories up as well.  That makes me super happy.
  5. Writing. This is something else that I cannot imagine not having the opportunity to do.  As I mentioned when I started this blog, I didn’t write at all for about a year after Ian was born.  Then one day, I realized that something was missing.  So I starting writing again and that helped.  My outlet of getting my thoughts and feelings out there was again in business!  I have worked as a writer and now really enjoy blogging and doing other writing.  And, I am working on ideas for a few books.  It is one of my dreams to have a book or two published.
  6. Reading. My life has been so enriched by the love of books and reading.  I also like magazines and newspapers as well.  I am thrilled that Ian too loves to read.  We started him out very young and are so happy that we did.  Now seeing him read and listening to a special story is a great way to spend some special time.  Some of my favorite books as a child were “The Little House on the Prairie” series, “The Secret Garden,” and almost anything by Dr. Seuss.
  7. Watching TV – both current shows and classics.  I am a TV girl for sure.  I like a variety of shows and always watch the news in the morning and evenings.  I am one who follows a few shows very faithfully.  Some of my favorites are “The Good Wife,”  “Madam Secretary,” “Downton Abbey,” “Chicago Fire,” “Magnum, P.I.,” “Diagnosis Murder,” “Murder She Wrote,” “Hot In Cleveland,” “Hart to Hart,” “Scorpion,” and “Mike and Molly.”  I like a wide variety and enjoy tuning in.
  8. Soap Operas and magazine.  Okay, I will admit that along with reading and writing and liking PBS shows, I also like my soaps.  I have been watching “Days Of Our Lives” for years.  This show will celebrate 50 years of being on the air soon and that is cool.  Generations can watch the never-ending saga and drama.  It may be repetitive at times but I still like it.  And, 20 years ago, Mom and I got to visit the studio, so that was a lot of fun.  Now there are four daytime soaps left. I keep up with them in the Soap Opera Digest.
  9. Photography and photo gifts. I love pictures and enjoy capturing special moments. My sister has made me several fabulous photo books — one of the first year of Ian’s life and then from our special vacation spot.  My mother has made several great calendars — the most recent of our childhood home.   I always have my camera at family gatherings and also try to shoot nature and other things that interest me.  And, I love old photos of our family and friends.  It is so fun to look back at my grandparent’s honeymoon dessert photo, my sister and brother and I in our 70s or 80s finest, and a very old photo from childhood of us sitting on Grandpa’s lap for a special story.
  10. Singing and dancing.  Music has always been in my life and I love that.  I love to sing and dance.  Whether it’s the radio, singing hymns at church, or the choir, I love singing.  This season of “American Idol” has some good talent.  I haven’t watched this in a while but have enjoyed the first few audition shows.  For dancing, I like the 80s and 90s dance music the best — “Vogue,” “The Electric Slide,” and “Push It” are some of my faves.  I also like a few by Earth, Wind and Fire, Stevie Wonder, En Vogue, C&C Music Factory, Janet Jackson, and the list goes on.

Some of my listing may seem trivial or silly.  However, I have learned in life to find things that I am happy with and that I like.  And, I love what I love.  I hope that you do as well.  After all, we all have our favorites.  Some are sports fanatics, others like the soaps, some like reality shows, and others like talk radio.

What is on your list?  I would love to hear about some of the things that you love!  Please share them with me and our readers.

February 21 – Funny

SANYO DIGITAL CAMERAHi and Happy Friday!  I just want to say – TGIF!!  How do you like my roses in the header photo?  Aren’t they lovely?  With all of the cold recently, I thought a picture of some pretty flowers was needed.

Today’s photo challenge is Funny.  I decided to include this photo of my son from several years ago at the beach. Caption for photo, “That’s funny Mommy, wet sand feels very different than dry sand.”

As you can see, he is a ham for the camera.  He loves to make funny faces and big expressions and I just love it!  We laugh and crack ourselves up. Isn’t that what childhood is about?!

I don’t know about you but I love funny things, funny quotes, funny shows and movies, and funny people.  My son is pretty funny and has a great sense of humor for someone so young. I love to hear him laugh. When something or someone tickles him, he totally lets go and enjoys the moment.  Kids are so awesome for that.

It is important to me to find the funny things in life and be around people who make me laugh.  I love getting together with my close friends and family and sharing a laugh and a special story.

Last night I went out to dinner with some friends who I have known since high school.  Once a month we have a girls night out.  It’s not always the same people, but whoever gets together has a blast.  We laugh about memories and people from years ago as well as things more current in our life.  It is always fun.

A few of the funniest famous people ever, in my opinion, are Lucille Ball, Carol Burnett, the entire cast of Golden Girls, the cast of Designing Women, Bill Cosby and the entire cast of The Cosby Show, Jerry Seinfeld, the cast of Psych, the cast of Friends, Ellen DeGeneres, and Dick Van Dyke.  I know there are others but this is who I can think of right not. Who would you add to this list?

I hope that you can find a funny person to spend time with today.  And, I hope you can find things that will make you laugh.  After all, laughter is good for the soul.  And who can’t use more of that?

I wonder if I will find a few things that are funny today?  I sure hope so!

Jokes By Ian

SANYO DIGITAL CAMERAFor being only 5 years old, my son Ian has a great sense of humor.

Here is Ian pictured in 2011 being a ham at the beach.  He loves to be silly for the camera!

He loves to laugh and loves to be tickled.  In fact, he told me that being tickled makes him happy.   I wrote a blog about that in 2011 — entitled “Tickling Brings Out My Happy.”

Ian is an active and lively boy who likes to have fun.  For that I am thankful.

And, he is pretty good at telling jokes.  Well, at least for someone his age.  Here are few jokes that Ian told me about one month ago.  They may be more questions but he was giggling when he told them, so I did too!!

I hope you enjoy these as much as I did.  His delivery was great with these — which is part of telling a good joke or funny story.

***What jiggles in a house when people are eating it? —   Jello

***What has two wings, glides across the sky, and has a driver? —  An Airplane

***What skittles side to side, has claws and a shell? —  A Crab

***What buzzes around and has wings and is yellow and black?  —  A Bumble Bee

After telling these jokes (questions) to me, I told him I enjoyed those a lot and that he was pretty clever.  As you can imagine, he grinned from ear to ear.

He then said, “Mommy, I am going to tell you a funny tale,”  which was a tale about someone named Drack Drack who had a long ponytail.  Get it?!

Ian is also good at making up stories and will often tell them to me before he goes to bed.  He has a very active imagination.  I love that he is creative, happy, and loves to laugh.

My son is a real blessing and brings joy to me each day!  I thank the Lord for him.

There is a quote that says Laughter is the best medicine!  I do believe that is true.  Having Ian in my life so adds to that medicine.  I hope that you too have someone in your life who brings you joy and laughter.

A few quotes about laughter:

  • Laughter is an instant vacation. ~Milton Berle
  • Laughter is the shortest distance between two people. ~Victor Borge
  • What soap is to the body, laughter is to the soul. ~Yiddish Proverb
  • A good laugh and a long sleep are the best cures in the doctor’s book. ~Irish Proverb
  • A good time to laugh is any time you can.  ~Linda Ellerbee
  • Carry laughter with you wherever you go.  ~Hugh Sidey

Pray Often, Laugh More, Love Much

Pray Often… Laugh More… Love Much

These six words are on the shower curtain at my brother-in-law’s and sister-in-law’s house.  I noticed it when we visited them last night and realized how much these words really mean.

Pray Often — the Bible says to pray without ceasing.  Now, clearly, you probably can’t pray all day every day without some strange looks from people, but the point is to be in the attitude of prayer. We are to regularly communicate with God.

We are teaching Ian about prayer and it is so beautiful to listen to his prayers.  He has a few great ones and my favorite is, “Dear Jesus, please help me stay out of trouble.”  I think we could all benefit from a prayer like that.

Laugh More — the medical community has been saying for a while now that laughter is good medicine.  And I must say, I love to laugh!  Whether it’s watching “I Love Lucy” or “Psych” or talking with a funny friend or family member, I have found some definite ways to laugh.

I think it’s important to be around people who make us happy and able to laugh.  I hope that you have people in your life who you can laugh with.  I am blessed to have several and even a code word with a few friends.  We have always loved to laugh or giggle.

Love Much — It is important to let your family and friends know that you love them.  At my first job as a reporter, I met a wise paramedic who advised me to never be a grave hugger.  His advice has stayed with me ever since.  He wanted me to be sure and remember to always tell my loved ones that I loved them and never to let the words go unsaid, since you don’t know if you’ll get the chance at a later time.

I am fortunate to love some dear family and friends and be loved in return.  I hope that you too have that blessing.

I wonder if we can truly remember to Pray Often, Laugh More, and Love Much.  I will certainly give it a try – how about you?

Birthday Blessings

Yesterday was my birthday and it was a great day!

My day started with a very early wakeup call wishing me a happy birthday. After some more resting, my husband and son prepared breakfast in bed for me and we enjoyed that.  What a wonderful way to start the day.

Then I read notes on Facebook from many dear friends wishing me a happy birthday.  Some of these dear people I haven’t seen in years yet they remain very dear and precious to me. Isn’t it amazing that with some people, you can be apart for a while but when you are together, it is like no time has passed? And, you can get right back into the rhythm of your friendship?  I hope that you have people in your life like that.

One friend I have known since elementary school. She mentioned a time that we got in trouble in a class which for the two of us was rare — really it was.  The funny thing is that right before Thanksgiving I saw the teacher at the grocery store. This was the teacher who had us go to the coat closet as punishment (where we continued to talk). It was great to see this man who’d been so important in my younger days. This friend and I have always liked to laugh and continue to do so! A few years ago we had a great time at the beach with our children and hope to get together again!

I heard from another friend who I’ve also known since elementary school. She mentioned making Christmas ornaments at one of my birthday parties and that she still had the ornament and had put it on her tree.  That really made my day! What a fun memory.

Thanks to them and all of my friends and family who gave me such wonderful birthday wishes and songs and kindness. All of you mean so much to me and it was so nice to hear from you!

After we had lunch, the three of us watched the movie Hello Dolly starring Barbra Streisand and Walter Matthau. This was another trip down memory lane and stirred up a lot of memories for me.  I was in the musical  production of Hello Dolly at our community playhouse in the summer of 1984.

It meant a lot to be in this show since a few months before I had been injured in an accident. Another friend and I were run over by a car and a third friend was bumped by this same car and flew through the air. After the accident, I was home from school for three weeks because of injuries all over my body – including having my braces come out (thank the Lord for those or I would have lost the top row of my teeth).

While watching this movie, I thought back to that time and the fact I was so glad to dance in a show after having been hurt just a short time before. I remembered some of the lines word for word and a few of the songs as well.  I mainly was thanking God for me and my friends and the fact that none of us was badly hurt. What a miracle! And watching my son enjoy the music and costumes and dancing and the actors ride on a train added something very special. Needless to say, happy tears were shed!

After that the three of us met my parents for dinner at a Japanese restaurant – some of my favorite food. That was really nice and a fun evening. Then another member of our family joined us and we then came back to our house and had cake and opened presents. Yesterday wasn’t the first time I had celebrated.  A few weeks ago, my cousin and I had a joint birthday party where I received some other very nice gifts and had wonderful times with family. And since then, my son Ian has been singing for me and wishing mommy a happy pre-birthday!

Ian helped me blow out my birthday candles after singing Happy Birthday dear Mommy, happy birthday to you. That on top of the rest of my day was the (pardon the pun) icing on the cake. I am so blessed and so thankful for all of these wonderful people who I know. You all rock!

I am in my mid-40s now and truly appreciate and understand the importance of friends, family and the time I spend with special people in my life. Each day is precious and a real gift.

Thank you Lord for another amazing trip around the sun and another great year full of life, love, loss, and much happiness. I wonder what new adventures await me between now and my next birthday.

“Tickling Brings Out My Happy”

A few days ago, my 4-year-old son said, “tickling brings out my happy.” 

My husband and I both laughed and thought what a great comment.  And, when I later thought of it, I realized, that is quite profound for someone so young. Our son often will say, “Daddy, please tickle me.”  You see, he loves to be happy and loves to laugh.  He is truly a gem in our lives!!

I too love to laugh and be happy. When I was young, my sister and two of our closest friends had a club dedicated to giggling and having fun. We had a special name for ourselves and a special quote that we always shared. I will have to check with them to see if I can share it. But, needless to say, these were fun times that I will always remember.  We are all still friends and still enjoy being happy together.

But since I have been an adult, some days it’s harder to be happy and to be able to laugh.  Sometimes sad and terrible things happen or stress can overwhelm you, or you may deal with a health crisis or a serious loss. Sometimes all you can do is try to make it through the day, much less even consider laughing. But I do honestly believe that with time and faith in the Lord, that each day can get easier.  Even after a great loss, you eventually will stop having so much pain and can remember the good and fun times that you have shared with the special people in your life.  As the song goes, One day at a time, sweet Jesus!

I have several things that make me laugh and truly happy: the laughter of a child which seems contagious to me — especially my own son; a funny story from a friend or relative; the inside joke with a close confidant; the jokes that my cousin tells; movies such as Airplane, and Mel Brooks movies; tv shows like The Cosby Show, Designing Women, and The Golden Girls (yes I am a child of the 80s); and current shows Psych and Hot In Cleveland

And, I have to say one of the funniest people who I have ever seen is Carol Burnett. I really enjoyed her variety show and thought she, Vicki Lawrence, Tim Conway, Harvey Korman, and Lyle Waggoner were some of the funniest people ever on television. Do you remember the Gone With The Wind sketch? Carol Burnett has said that sketch had the longest laughter response of any they did. And, I can understand why – every detail is hilarious. Let me know if you haven’t seen it and I will explain. Even thinking about it now makes me laugh and seeing it, I laugh until I cry.

In the movie, Steel Magnolias, a great line is “Laughter through tears is my favorite emotion.” I have laughed so hard that I started crying. I don’t remember the reason that led to that, but I do remember what fun it was.  Another quote I have heard for many years is, laughter is the best medicine. Do you agree? 

I hope that you too can laugh and truly enjoy each day you are blessed with. 

And, I will close this blog with a final thought, I wonder if despite what may happen in our lives we can still find our happy. I hope that we can!