Friday, April 19, 2019

The Circle of Life is Simple and Complex

Ever notice that people say "Spring is Here!"  They also may say, "So glad winter is over!" and "Autumn is my favorite time of year."  I believe we often relate to the seasons of our lives in the same way.  Spring brings new birth after the dark days of winter.  The autumn of our lives is that time when we are slowing down but still enjoying the effects of summer, that exciting fun time of our lives.

Beautiful garden all around...and no WORK!

I especially enjoyed spring this year.  I have attempted to take a few moments each day to relax on the deck with a tall drink -- watching the dogs roll in the grass and raising their heads to smell the airwaves. It has been many years since I have had a yard allowing me to do this.  I KNOW! What did I ever do to deserve that?  The fruit trees are starting to sprout buds.  The berry bushes are bursting with new growth.  I have no clue what lurks beneath the topsoil but waiting with great anticipation.

We are enjoying our new home especially the beautiful garden, not knowing what color or type of flower will perk up each morning.  I love gardens and hate gardening.  This house came with a gardener.

It has forced this workaholic to sit down and relax for a few minutes each day and it is starting to become a routine -- one I surprisingly am loving.

Aging Pets

Driven to complete each job I begin....and finishing on time - can be as much a curse as a blessing.  So pushing myself to relax with the pups is a huge step for me.

Pets are family

Old pets

Our precious 15-year-old Gunner is showing serious signs of aging that is causing us to think about his future in ways that no dog lover wants to admit.  We have gone through this too many times after rescuing over 30 dogs and falling deeply in love with each one.  He has been part of our lives for only four years -- why can't he live forever? It isn't fair that their lives are so short, is it? 

His little wife, Star, depends on Gunner for her daily grooming. They eat together out of the same bowl, sleep together, and are together 24/7.  When we learned of their severe abuse during the first ten years of their lives, we realized how much they depended on each other and that Gunner took a lot of the criminal, painful kicks to protect his little Star from the wicked feet of their previous owners.

Ever been audited?  It's no party!

Missing a week of work while in the Bahamas for the writer's cruise set me back and with it came a load of more deadlines to meet.  The following week our accountant stayed at our home for eight days to finalize our taxes and complete the government's ridiculous demands for an auditStressful is an understatement because this takes priority over any pending deadlines.

If only we lived closer...

The next week brought great joy:  Rochelle and the grands spent six days with us.  I loved every second of their visit and wept when they left.  I am jealous of anyone who is blessed with living near their kids.  An observation our friends made during the kids' visit was that they do not tire you out.  They are extremely well-behaved and polite and.......helpful.

Children and dogs
Skookumchuk Rapids

"What doing, Gramma?"
"Making dinner."
"Can I help?"

"What chew doin' Gramma?"
"Loading the dishwasher."
"Can I help?"

"What you doing?"
"Can I help?"

It would be nice if this never stops and considering her seven-year-old brother is just as helpful.........we can hope.
Future CEO

This video is that three-year-old helping her daddy change a tire on his big work truck.  We are fully confident that this kid will be a CEO someday.  Watching this play out will bring us much pleasure.

Rochelle brought two of her large dogs and they loved the privilege of a yard where they could run free without being leashed.

Spring time

After three weeks of travel and guests, it was time to hone in on the jobs piling on my desktop.  Of course, I decided to add to it by taking on more tasks including developing a new website (so excited!!)    Determination will pay off and in a couple of months, I will see the fruits of that labor along with blooms on the fruit trees in the garden.

This post is part of a monthly fun blogging challenge.  Here are this month's contributors....ENJOY each one and please comment -- they will be grateful.

Baking In A Tornado                  
Spatulas on Parade                     
Follow Me Home                        
The Crazy Mama Llama               
Bookworm in the Kitchen             

Friday, April 12, 2019

Why Is It Taking So Long To Get There?

Many of us have read The Station by Robert J. Hastings at some point in our lives.  I have read it numerous times over the years.  It never gets old or dated.  It is always a fresh message.  It always bears repeating.  It is unadulterated truth.  Read it.  Think about it.  Pass it on.

The Station

Tucked away in our subconscious is an idyllic vision.  We see ourselves on a long trip that spans the continent.  We are traveling by train.  Out the windows we drink in the passing scene of cars on nearby highways, of children waving at a crossing, of cattle grazing on a distant hillside, of smoke pouring from a power plant, of row upon row of corn and wheat, of flatlands and valleys, of mountains and rolling hillsides, of city skylines and village halls.

Friday, April 5, 2019

Is It True that Time Heals All Wounds?

Who is the one person in your life you never thought would walk away....and then they did?  How did you handle it?  
That was the question posed to me for this month's writing challenge.  Immediately, a flood of emotions and memories almost overcame me.  

 Does time heal all wounds?  

These scars can be reopened by triggers and often are unexpected.  Birthdays, holidays, anniversaries, a memory, a person from the past can all trigger the emotion that is still raw - no matter how much time has passed.  This creates a feeling of hopelessness - knowing there is nothing you can do to change it.

Friday, March 22, 2019

Have You Considered a Cruise to the Bahamas?

From snow to sunshine

Two days before heading to the Bahamas, the ferries leaving our coast were canceled due to bad weather.  It was our only means to get to the airport and I was definitely concerned.  The next day there was a window of escape, and we rushed to the mainland to spend the night at the airport.  

If you have ever been to a conference of any description, you usually have great anticipations of gaining knowledge and having fun.  I have been to a few writers' conferences and thought I knew what to expect.  I was elated when the Seymour Agency's Winter Escape Cruise far exceeded my expectations.  The editors, film producers, publishers, and other representatives promised to make this cruise a significant one.  It did not disappoint.

It was my first cruise and considering I don't tolerate temperatures above 70 degrees very well, I was concerned.  It was confirmed many times that I would need a sweater to handle the AC in the meeting rooms.  What a waste of suitcase space.  I was uncomfortably hot from the moment I landed in Miami until I got home. 

Sunday, March 17, 2019

Be What You Want Your Kids to Be

A story worth remembering and thinking about......  

A successful businessman was growing old and knew it was time to choose a successor to take over the business.  Instead of choosing one of his directors or his children, he decided to do something different and called all the young executives in his company together.

He said "It is time for me to step down and choose the next CEO.  I have decided to choose one of you."  The young executives were shocked as the boss continued.  "I am going to give each one of you a seed today.  This is one very SPECIAL seed.  I want you to plant the seed, water it, and come back here one year from today with what you have grown from this seed.  I will then judge the plants that you bring, and the one I choose will be the next CEO."

Planting a seed

Jim, one of the executives, went home and excitedly told his wife the story.  Together they got the pot, compost and soil to plant the seed.  Every day, he watered it and watched it closely to see the progress.

Saturday, March 9, 2019

Knocking Yourself Out About Mistakes Makes it Worse

How many 'if only' moments do we get?  If only I had not said that.  If only I had not gone there.  If only I had made a better choice.  If only I had called them.  If only I had made the effort to see them one last time.  If only.......

@BatteredHope   if only I had

Once we have said it..... it is spoken.
Once we have done is done.
Can we take back the words, undo the deed?  No.

Friday, March 8, 2019

Nothing Can Stop You - No Matter How Old You Are

 Nothing can stop you - no matter how old you are

How many times have you awakened in the morning and wondered what happened with the past three, four, five, six or seven decades?  Or have you looked into the mirror and felt it was unfair that life passed you by without giving you a chance to pursue the career you always wanted?  As much as some people look forward to retirement, what if you don’t have the income to maintain the lifestyle you have grown accustomed to?  Then there is the backdoor threat of Alzheimer’s.  You may wonder how you are going to stay alert and focused when your days may only be filled with volunteer community work or gardening.  Is your only option being a Walmart greeter?

Friday, February 15, 2019

Moving Twice in One Year -- Are You Insane?

Moving twice in one year is not something I would recommend.  Every move is major but some more major than others!  Although I purged when we moved last year, I was able to take a good look at what I was saving and purged even more this move.  

Christmas concert

It has been a whirlwind experience and took a few days to recover from.  While we were at my daughter's for a week at Christmas we got the call.  "There is an offer on your house and the sooner you can move out, the more it will be worth your while!"  In other words, an offer we couldn't refuse.