Throwback Thursday / Random Thoughts

DSC00725Hi and Happy Thursday!  For Throwback Thursday, I wanted to use a photo I really like of me with Ian. This was taken many years ago at the beach.  We were sitting together and looking at something.  We are both very into what we are doing and having fun.

I like that we are both wearing hats and that he is sitting on my lap. I like that this picture captured both of us totally enjoying what we are doing. I love to wear a hat and wish it would come back in style.  This is on of my favorite hats. And a baseball cap on a boy is precious.

Living in the moment is something that he has taught me so well.  I find I can do that more and more with him.  Yes, we do have fun together.

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For this blog I also wanted to include some random thoughts.

**This week has been full of ups and downs — from losing a dear person to spending precious time with family and friends.  That was the upside of the memorial service.  We had the chance to catch up with dear family and friends we hadn’t seen in years. Some very special memories were made despite the sadness.  We truly appreciated her precious life.

**My son lost his second front tooth over the weekend.  It is hard to believe that my baby now has permanent teeth coming into his mouth.  This was a week after the other front tooth came out.  Ian placed the tooth under his pillow and discovered the next morning money and a treat from the tooth fairy and no tooth.  He was very pleased.  The tooth fairy has been busy.

**30 years ago yesterday, I was run over by a car and survived.  This wasn’t an April Fool’s joke but something that really did happen.  I still can’t believe it and am so thankful that I had a second chance at life. Two years ago, I wrote a blog about it.  You can read it at https://patticates247.wordpress.com/2012/04/02/my-miracle-no-foolin/ . Please check it out.  Have you witnessed or been part of a miracle? Please share with me and our readers.

**Earlier this week, I was re-reading my blogs since I am now in the 400s, in amounts of what I have posted.  I had forgotten some of what I’d written about but enjoyed the trip down memory lane.  When I first started, I was doing more writing and very little images. Lately I have been incorporating photos and photo challenges and writing along with that.  I guess the more I do this, the more places I am finding to be inspired.  I don’t, however, want to get away from the writing since that is my passion and what the blog is really about.

The thing I like about it is that it is similar in style to how my grandfather used to write.  He was my inspiration for this blog. I wanted to highlight a few of my postings from 2011, 2012, and 2013.  I hope you will check them out again or for the first time.

I wonder what subjects, photos, quotes, or people will inspire me next?  I cannot wait to find out!!  Have a great rest of the week.

 

Random Thoughts – See, Roy G. Biv, Manmade

Note-To_mommyHi and Happy Friday.  Today I have written on a few prompts that I have read about from a variety of sources.  I didn’t want to cover just one so I thought I would include all three.  They are See, Roy G. Biv, and Manmade.

I am posting three pictures — one that was a thank you note that Ian wrote (thus manmade) that I was happy to see and read.  That picture takes care of those two subjects.  The second is of a rainbow that Ian and worked on together — thus Roy G. Biv, and the third is a special quote.

See

This was a prompt for today from Five Minute Friday.  I decided to bypass the usual rules and just write on the subject.  To be able to see is a true blessing.  I have often wondered what it would be like not to.  I didn’t like that thought at all.

Seeing is something I don’t take for granted.  Ever since 8th grade, I have worn either glasses or contacts so I know my eyes need help.  When I don’t have them on, it is truly hard for me to see anything but fuzzy images.

There are several things that I especially like to see — my husband’s grin and grabbing of my hand as he tells me I am precious to him, my son’s smile as he tells me he loves me and thanks me for something special, and my family and my friends who I love to spend time with.

I also like to see a sunrise over our neighborhood, a sunset into my favorite ocean, the beauty of a rainbow or the starting of spring, a play in action, being able to read a favorite book, seeing a friend’s book be published, and the list goes on.

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This was a prompt from WordPress.  Do you know what that name is?  I remember learning this acronym in 8th grade.  It is the colors of the rainbow — Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue, Indigo, and Violet.

I love all of these colors of the rainbow and rainbows themselves.  There is nothing like seeing a rainbow in the sky after a day or two of rain.  It is so lovely and lets you know that things are going to improve.  I remember one of my favorite pictures that is now on a necklace.  It is of a rainbow on top of our family’s beach house.  Talk about special.

Many of you know how important rainbows are to me.  After all, my grandpa’s character who inspired the title of this blog was always trying to find where rainbows come from.  It was his life’s journey to try to find that answer.  Each story ended with Willie scratching his head and saying, “I Still Wonder Where Rainbows Come From.”  Keeping this blog going is my way of keeping my grandpa and Willie alive and their quest for finding answers.

MANMADE

This prompt is from Fat Mum Slim’s Photo-A-Day Challenge.  Our world is full of things made by God and nature and those which are manmade.  I love the beauty of both.   For manmade items: there is beauty in the Eiffel Tower in Paris, a painting by Monet who is my favorite, a photo of my young son by my photographer friend which made me cry when I received it, and a special note that my son wrote for me.

Man has been working on inventions and things to make for many years.  I love the fact that someone invented a toaster, a computer, a camera, a washing machine, a garage door opener, a pen and pencil, a Post-it Note, a staple remover, a hairbrush, a tea kettle, a microwave, and a telephone.  That is just the tip of the iceberg but many things that I use almost every day.

I have often thought it would be great to invent something but what can I come up with?  I will try to think of something. What are some of your favorite manmade items?  What about them is special to you? Are they big like a car or small like a staple?

May you have a wonderful Friday and may you See many things around you, enjoy the Manmade items in your life, and appreciate the colors of ROYGBIV.scan0154

Thoughts and Thanks

Another week has come and gone.  Hope it’s been a good one for you!  Mine has been good but quite busy as most are these days.

I can’t believe it’s already 10 days after Ian’s birthday.  We had been so excited about him turning 5 years old and now we are almost two weeks after the big day already.  My time flies.

Today I wanted to share a few random thoughts from the week and a few items that I am thankful for.

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First is a quote that I read a few days ago.  Socrates said, “May the outward and inward man be one.”  This has stuck with me and I have been thinking a lot about it.  To me it basically means to be yourself and be comfortable in your own skin.

I hope and pray that you are comfortable with who you are and what you believe in and stand for.  I also hope that you don’t feel the need to wear masks or hide yourself.  People who are worth knowing and truly care about you will love you anyway.

It is hard, though, at times, to completely put ourselves out there warts and all.  Hopefully we can figure that out as the times present themselves.

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Last night as you know was the Vice Presidential debate.  My mother wrote a thought-provoking item on Facebook that I have to mention.  She noticed that the people who support Obama think that Biden did a better job and the people who support Romney thought that Ryan was better.  No surprise there!

Here are a few of her words, “Intelligent, thoughtful people draw opposite conclusions from watching the same debate, because we see the world through our own perspective and we look for an echo of what we believe in what we hear.  We need to remember that we all have the privilege to decide and vote according to our criteria.

“It is time to ask that the Lord’s will be done in this election, and that loving concern for others, civility, tolerance, mutual respect, reason, and a spirit of cooperation will settle upon us as a nation,” was her conclusion.  Well said Mom!!

It was a lively debate and I must say that I really like knowing that so many people are engaged in the process this year and care about voting.  For many years, a large portion of the population hasn’t exercised the right to vote.  I hope that changes this year!

What I don’t like is when people are mean or attack someone who feels differently than they do. I would like to think that people can present their view without attacking someone else’s, but I realize that is quite naive.  I want to echo my mother’s prayer about our attitude and remembering to respect one another.

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I love the fall!!  This week we have had to pull out our sweaters when we’ve gone outside and have to wear socks to keep our feet warm.  The weather is changing and with that, the change to gorgeous fall leaves.

Last weekend we made pumpkin spice pancakes on Saturday morning with turkey bacon.  Such wonderful tastes of fall with the syrup on the pancakes!  Ian helped us make this yummy breakfast and it was a blast!

Last weekend, I also had my first pumpkin spice latte and it was DELICIOUS!  Don’t you love the tastes of fall?  I sure do.

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There is so much to be thankful for!   I hope you have some items as well.  Here are a few of mine:

  • After putting on a dressy outfit, Ian telling me, “Mommy, that outfit looks great!”
  • Enjoying an autobiography about Dick Van Dyke.  I will be writing about this when I finish it.  I have liked him for years so it is fun to read about his life.
  • Finding inspiration in a quote or a comment that someone has made.
  • Looking with anticipation at my sister’s choices for a photo a day challenge that she is going with some of her friends.  They are very clever and creative.
  • Watching a friend debut on a new television show this week.  He did a great job, I must say.  The show is “Chicago Fire.”  Please check it out.
  • Cherishing a date night with my dear hubby with dinner out and time to shop.
  • Painting my fingernails and toenails with confetti nail polish for a birthday party.
  • Seeing Ian set up and play with his new train set, which he received at his party.
  • Realizing how precious it is to live in this county and be able to think and believe as we want to.
  • Listening to differences of opinion and learning how other people tick (so to speak).
  • Receiving a hug from my son and husband.

May God bless you this coming week!  Hope it’s a great one!!