A Random Picture Tuesday-Nov 25

It has been a couple weeks or so since I did one of these.  I decided today was a good day to do another one.  I was given number 23 and here it is.

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This was taken one morning while on a trip to Qgunquit, Maine. We decided to walk what is called the Marginal Way. Although it was a cloudy day, it was beautiful. If you ever find yourself in Oqunquit-and you should-you will definitely have to find the time to walk this beautiful footpath! I know I would love to return for a visit to this quaint town and gorgeous area!

Share Your World-2014 Week 47

There is only one question to answer this week…and here it is. I must get thinking for this one! Here are my ‘things’ as they come to mind.

List at least 50 Things You Enjoy.

  1. Writing
  2. Music
  3. Movies that make me laugh or cry
  4. Coffee-fresh ground
  5. Traveling
  6. A warm breeze on my face
  7. Art
  8. Drawing
  9. Mountains
  10. Nature-the more green I see, the better!
  11. Family!!!  And may I add, this list is NOT in any particular order!
  12. Babies-the cuddling, the smell!
  13. Cooking
  14. Blogging
  15. Genealogy- I love learning about my ancestors
  16. Photography
  17. Motorcycle trips with friends
  18. True friends
  19. Clay Aiken
  20. Check ups that are normal
  21. Being a mom
  22. Good conversation!
  23. Social media-the positive aspect of it
  24. Giving presents TO people
  25. Making a difference
  26. Remembering the people who are gone-even while missing them much!
  27. Reading
  28. Cats
  29. Going out to dinner with friends
  30. Exercising my right to vote
  31. Getting comments and likes on my blog :)
  32. Having family artwork hanging on my walls
  33. My talented and kind children
  34. Watching my husband laugh and smile while with our friends
  35. National Inclusion Project Gala every year
  36. Getting my hair ‘done’ when it is past due-the renewal is great
  37. Keeping up to date with family and friends on Facebook
  38. Holding hands
  39. Hugs
  40. Cooking for holidays
  41. Crocheting
  42. Laughing
  43. Playing Cards Against Humanity and laughing until I cry
  44. Being tall
  45. Being an author
  46. New York City and most especially Broadway shows
  47. Collecting angels of all kinds
  48. Christmas tree lights
  49. Trying new restaurants
  50. Doing this challenge every week!

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Why I “Strongly Dislike” Halloween!

What?  Halloween you say? But it is Thanksgiving this week!  Why Halloween now?

Simple answer is, I was putting away old photos and ran across one that I thought maybe had disappeared. Maybe, it was wishful thinking. But no. There is was once again-tormenting me, laughing at me, like it was all just yesterday.

I have never liked Halloween. Ever.  Some people love it. Love to get dressed up. I never did.  I was always just glad when it was over.  I do believe it all goes back to my childhood and what this picture will show you.  It is the costume, I had to wear. Not just one year, either.  I remember having to endure it for more than one!

Here is the picture…can you pick me out?

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Let’s look at the girl costumes.  The gypsy?  Not me.  The witch? Not me. So what is left?  The boys.  We have a pirate-my older brother. Skeleton and saber tooth tiger-also brothers.  That leaves the one in the middle of the back.  Just what IS that costume?

Guesses?  Obviously it is a Fred Flintstone mask. The rest? It is Howdy Doody. Yup. You read it right.  I had to wear a Howdy Doody costume with a Fred Flintstone mask.  And if you think that a young girl never forgets how humiliating that feels, you would be right.  Some times, I can remember it like yesterday. As crazy as it may seem to some, it is one of those things that obviously affected me a lot and not in a good way.  Funny how some things always stay with us.

P.S. Happy Thanksgiving to all!

Share Your World-2014, Week 46

On a vacation what you would require in any place that you sleep? 

I am sure like most people would, cleanliness.  I was going to say a clean bathroom, which is a given, but then I got to thinking, that really, the whole room better be clean! Be honest, if it wasn’t, why would you want to give anyone your good money to stay there?  Also, just ew!

Music or silence while working?

Music. Always. It is actually less distracting than silence is for me. I find it more inspiring, too. I think my mind tends to wander in the silence. I can’t even fall asleep at night if it is silent.

If you were to move and your home came fully furnished with everything you ever wanted, list at least three things from your old house you wish to retain?

Let me think on this one! Things. Such a general category. Okay, number one is all the original artwork on my walls! Many pieces from so many talented people in my family! The following piece is one done in 1906 by my great aunt.

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Two would have to be the piano that is sitting in the living room. It was one my sister bought and we bought from her.  It’s an old upright and the one my daughter used during piano lessons-it is hers to take with her at some point! Three. I have been sitting here wracking my brain….  I think I will make it general too! Three will be all my personal mementos, angels, books and anything and everything else that means something to me!

What’s your least favorite mode of transportation? 

Considering ALL of the troubles I tend to have while using it….FLYING!  I was going to actually write a blog this morning about the latest along with all the others but decided to hold off and do this one today instead! There is always just SO much that can and seems to go wrong.  Not to mention how they have made it SO uncomfortable to fly now. Trick to getting leg room?  Grab an exit seat!

Bonus question:  What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up?

I am grateful for safe travels and time with family and friends! I always feel so blessed when I get to spend time with any of them. As to the week coming up??? Temperatures maybe warming back up? Hey, it is too early for cold and snow and if it can warm back up even a little, I will be grateful for that!

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Share Your World-2014 Week 45

What is your favorite color? 

Burgundy. Love the depth of it. I can’t ever remember NOT liking it! I like that it is one of the popular fall colors!

In what do you find the simplest of joys?

So many things. Music. Other people’s joy and happiness. Hugs. Hand-holding. New books. Warm breezes. Beautiful sunrises. Considering that ‘Find Your Joy’ is my every day motto, it is no surprise that I find the simplest of joys in many things!

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Would you prefer a reading nook or an art, craft, photography studio?

Yes! Oh, not an answer?  Okay, for me, easily it would be an art studio. Fully equipped, plenty of room, great lighting.  And it would probably have a corner with a comfy chair for reading breaks!

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What is at least one of your favorite quotes?

“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” -Maya Angelou

“Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened.”
― Dr. Seuss

Bonus question:  What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up?

I am grateful I got to hug a lot of people who are really important to me that I love a lot!  It may have been for a sad gathering, but it was so great seeing people I hadn’t seen for far too long!

I am looking forward to time away with my daughter for a few days!  I always love traveling!

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NO Complaining For 24 Hours?!

I am sure many of you have seen the post of Facebook that shows up, off and on, about trying to not complain for 24 hours and see what happens.  I know I have and today it surfaced yet again.  I have often thought of TRYING to do that, knowing I probably wouldn’t last long at all.  For a moment, think about what you complain about in a day.

It’s too cold. It’s too hot. My head hurts. My back hurts.  No one can pick up after themselves. There is too much laundry.  There is never enough money. There is snow in the forecast already. Drivers are not safe and are aggravating. No one pays attention. Gas is too expensive. Groceries are too expensive. Nothing is on tv. The internet is too slow. My pants are too tight. The waitress is too slow. My house is too messy. I don’t like my car.

You get the idea.  I started thinking about it and was shocked at how much we (me) complain in a day!

So today, I am going to try this challenge.  24 hours of no complaining.  I have no doubt I will slip up.  If I do, I will try again.  Even if I catch myself complaining, I will not allow myself to quit at that point.  I want to go the whole 24 hours and see what happens. See how I feel and possibly how others around me feel, too.

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Will you join me? Then report back.  I would love to know how you did.  Did you last? Did you quit?  Was it hard? Or easy?

Most of all, what positive things happened because of it?

Ready, set, GO!

I Went To A Funeral…

…and I came away with so many feelings and thoughts.

About funerals.

As I sat there, I wondered why we do funerals the way we do. I don’t understand why we don’t just have a celebration of that person’s life. Why do we think it is okay for a stranger to read some words about our loved one? Often it just the obituary. Sometimes they get a few stories from the family, sometimes not. I don’t see how they can truly catch the essence that was the person without knowing them.

Many times, there are a lot of things that make it feel more like church.  Don’t get me wrong, I am not against church for those who attend, but as so happens often, the person has a Faith and a Belief, but they don’t attend a church. Truly, if I wanted to attend a church service, I would do that on Sunday. Nothing wrong with a prayer or two at a funeral, of course, but sometimes it seems to turn into a sermon. I have even seen people napping through it.

I wonder why we don’t make it more personal?  Why don’t we have someone who knows them, talk about them. I want to remember with someone who actually knew the person and knew what it felt to be around them, to know them, to talk to them, to laugh with them. I want it to be a Celebration of LIFE!

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They say funerals are for the living. I want to gather with my family and friends and hug and cry, but also laugh. I want to celebrate that person. I want to remember events, good times, even times not so good.  I can read the obituary on my own-I don’t need to just know the dates, the facts that we all have. You know, born, school, work, marriage, kids, survived by, proceeded in death by…  Tell me what happened between the dates.  I want to hear all about the dash!

No matter what, it should be what the family wants. But me?  I want a celebration…a CELEBRATION!  Wear jeans, Harley shirts, sweaters, whatever!  Play some upbeat stuff. Rock. Talk about the dash. And smile and laugh as you remember…..