Thursday, May 28, 2015

Meet My Family

Just as the life that pulses in our bodies goes back to the beginnings of the Earth, so too does that heartbeat carry the pulse of those that come after. By the power of our imagination we can sense the future generations breathing with the rhythm of our own breath or feel them hovering like a cloud of witnesses. Sometimes I fancy that if I were to turn my head suddenly, I would glimpse them over my shoulder. They and their claim to life have become that real to me.

Joanna Macy
My grandchildren amd mydaughter.

My great grandchildren.

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Wednesday Quote

A cloud does not know why it moves in just such a direction and at such a speed... It feels an impulsion... this is the place to go now. But the sky knows the reasons and the patterns behind all clouds, and you will know, too, when you lift yourself high enough to see beyond horizons.

Richard Bach

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Tuesday Memories and Then Some

When you finally go back to your old hometown, you find it wasn't the old home you missed but your childhood. 

Sam Ewing 

Lisa as a little girl.

Me at the same age.  Can you see the resemblance?

We moved into this house when I was five years old.  The house used to be green, and the extension had not been built.  And the trees?  They were wee little things when we lived there. I remember the house to our left.  A young wife and mother lived there.  The husband came home one day and found her hanging in the basement.  Not only were we children and did not understand, but doctors didn't understand Post Partum Depresson at the time.  Today she may have been saved.  

My bedroom was in the back and Kathleen's house was right behind it.  I've found a few friends recently and we shared some fun memories over the weekend, but I've not found Kathleen.  Maybe one day.  As I learned this past couple weeks, miracles can happen.

 Approaching my house.  It is situated on the right just before the turn.

Not sure how old I was, but looks like maybe high school.

At grandma's house.

My dad is the one in the back.  Now tell me he isn't a dead ringer for Elvis Presley. 

My daughter and newest great granddaughter.

Well, that's about it for today.  Have a good one.

Monday, May 25, 2015

Happy Memorial Day

How sleep the brave, who sink to rest,
By all their country's wishes blest!
When Spring, with dewy fingers cold,
Returns to deck their hallow'd mould,
She there shall dress a sweeter sod
Than Fancy's feet have ever trod.
By fairy hands their knell is rung,
There Honour comes, a pilgrim gray,
To bless the turf that wraps their clay;
And Freedom shall awhile repair,
To dwell, a weeping hermit, there.

William Collins
I visited my dad's grave the other day.  It's the first time I was able to lay flowers in person.  I've always done so via 'Find a Grave."  I hadn't thought I would be so emotional.  Neither of my parents were meant to be parents.   A totally dysfunctional family.  But, he is my dad, and I love him no matter.  RIP dear father, and thank you for your service.

It was the first time I cried for him om years, and all the grief came once.  I am so grateful that I had this opportunity.

As for the meeting with my daughter, it went so beautifully.  She is so loving despite the fact that mom treated her just like she treated me.  She is so much stronger than was.  She promised mom that she would be there to take care of her, and she left her home, her job, and her husband to do so.  Yet still mom insults her.  Grrr!  My one wish is that woman finds the ability to love before it is too late.

Talk to you all tomorrow.  

Happy Memorial Day

Friday, May 22, 2015

Friday Roundup

I truly believe we can either see the connections, celebrate them, and
express gratitude for our blessings, or we can see life as a string of
coincidences that have no meaning or connection.
As for me, I’m going to believe in miracles, celebrate life, rejoice in the
views of eternity and hope my choices will create a positive ripple
effect in the lives of others. This is my choice.

Mike Ericksen

Look how tall my money tree is getting.  Time to transplant and set on the floor.

Good morning everyone.  This is my day.  A time for celebration. I'm off to see my daughter.  I feel so blessed with what's happened in my life.  A second chance.  Not all of us get that.  Speaking of second chances....

Gained .6 pounds, but it's something that I expected.  Sodium puts water weight on me right away, and I not only got into hubby's Jalapeno chips, but also  had some low sodium turnkey yesterday for lunch, and I've learned that even though it says low sodium, the level is still higher than what I should be eating.

Had quite a scare yesterday. After Weight Watchers I went to C Town to pick up a few items. They have a few items I can't get at my regular store. So, I went to the register and swiped my card and it said wrong pin...over and over again. Embarrassing and frightening. I was scared that someone had gotten hold of my information. Embarrassingly, I told the girl I had no cash so everything had to be put back. I then stopped at Met Food and bought a couple items just to see if maybe their machine had been at fault. Same response. 

I left Met Food so upset I was halfway down the block before I realized I was still pushing the shopping cart. LOL!!! Had to take it back. By the time I called Ralph I was almost in tears. All I could think of was that all my money was gone. He came immediately and drove me to the bank.

Turned out to be something very simple. No one had touched my money. It seems that the first time I typed my pin number I was one number off and a question mark went up. I don't quite understand. I've been wrong on the pin before but may TD bank is getting stricter. I don't know. All I do know is that I am very grateful and much relieved.

Well, that's about it for this week.  Have a wonderful weekend.  Talk to you all on Monday.

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Thursday Photos

Often while traveling with a camera we arrive just as the sun slips over the horizon of a moment, too late to expose film, only time enough to expose our hearts.

Minor White

Couldn't resist getting a picture of the sun. This winter we didn't see it for days on end, and spring hasn't been so hot either.  Despite a lack of rain, we've had many cool and cloudy days

Took this picture on my way to art class Tuesday.  

Tried to get my little friend to stand still for a selfie with me but she kept pulling back.  Better luck next time.

This is my Japanese friend at art class.  She has got to be the most creative person I know--makes all her own jewelry, excellent artist, does origami, and crochets the loveliest hats and scarves.  

And finally, this is my art teacher.  I will forever be grateful to him for volunteering his time to teach us oldsters how to creative beautiful objects of art.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Wednesday Quote

Your life is like a balloon...if you never let yourself go, you will never know how far you can rise.

  Linda Poindexter