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…..

Random Picture Tuesday-November 4, 2014

First things first-Happy Election Day!  No matter what party affiliation you are, make sure you go vote!!!

Okay, today is Random Picture Tuesday yet again.  I am wondering if I should keep it up or not?  Any thoughts?

Today’s number is 25, thanks to my son.

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I must have a lot of pictures of New York City on my computer as here is another one!  I like this one as it shows the map of Central Park!  We had walked here from our hotel room, which was many many many blocks away! It was my first time at Central Park and I was amazed as to the size of it. It really wasn’t anything like I expected.  It was actually so much more. We were looking at the map to see where we were in comparison to Strawberry Fields. We knew if there was one spot in Central Park that we had to go it was there. It was quite a walk to find it, but definitely worth it.  The picture of the Imagine memorial to John Lennon was the wallpaper on my phone for so long. I have a picture of it from my last trip there as my cover picture on Facebook right now! I am pretty sure that it will be a given, each time I travel there, to make a visit to Central Park and Strawberry Fields. There is just so much to see at the park that it is hard to cover in any short trip!

Share Your World-2014, Week 44

What is your most vivid memory of the kitchen in your childhood?

First, the one I think of is my Grandma’s kitchen.  It was small but I loved sitting in it, talking to her, sometimes eating her made from scratch biscuits.  Sometimes at Christmas it was standing room only for those who would like to gather there to talk and hang out.

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We had several kitchens through the years in my family.  I remember the one I baked my first cake in. We lost this house in a tornado in 1968.  We lived in a rental for a year before we moved into the house that would be the last one I was in with my family and that my mom and stepfather owned before he passed away.  The kitchen in this one was also a gathering place at Christmas. It was also the first room you entered when you went to visit mom.  The one we always had the coffee in!

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As a child, who was your favorite relative?

As a child, it was easily my maternal grandmother..you know, the one with the kitchen!  I didn’t know many of the relatives on my dad’s side.  That said, my Granda Ritter was amazing!  I am sure I got my cooking ability from her, but aside from that, she loved her grandkids and always loved having everyone in her house at Christmas time-even when there got to be so many of us, some of us ate dinner sitting on the steps!

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What did you or did not like about the first apartment you ever rented?

I am trying to remember my first apartment. It has been so long. All I know, is I bet I thought it was great, because it was my first apartment! I do remember one of the first ones I had, we had to share a shower down the hallway.  It was disgusting.

What kind of TV commercial would you like to make? Describe it.

One with great music. One that you don’t watch and think, What the HECK was that?  I dislike stupid commercials or ones that have nothing to do with the product they are selling.  So I guess not only one with great music, but one that is relevant to what the commercial is selling!

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 family.  I enjoyed an impromptu lunch with a couple of my sisters.  Most of all, I am grateful that I had my aunt Alice in my whole life and I had the honor to know her!

I am looking forward to seeing some relatives that I haven’t seen for awhile, even if the reason is a sad one.

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Thoughts On This First Day of November

My last blog was on the imprints we make in others life.  I mentioned losing too many lately with the possibility of losing others.  I wondered why I had woke up thinking about it that day.

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Yesterday, I lost my wonderful Aunt Alice. She was not my aunt by blood but she was as much an aunt to me as those that are. She was married to my Uncle Roy and was one of my mom’s best friends.  I don’t know anyone who could say one bad thing about her.  She was such an inspiration to me.  She had first battled cancer so long ago. It was the first time she beat it.  It came back and she beat it again.  Then again.  This time, she was older, probably tired of fighting.  But I don’t want to tell you more about that part.  I just want to share that she was a bright light in this world.  Always happy, smiling and laughing with a laugh that was so unique and uplifting.  I can’t imagine another family reunion without her and her potato salad, or hearing her laugh in the background, or her asking you how you were.  RIP dear Alice.  The world is a bit darker now without you.

I was looking out the kitchen window this morning, wondering how it could be November yet again. Wondering how it is possible. Wishing time could slow down just a little bit.  We live in such a fast paced world these days it seems like it flies by faster all the time.  I was looking out, missing the green leaves, the green corn that has long turned to brown and mostly has been harvested by now, leaving behind the brown fields of all. I was thinking that soon it would be winter with all of its cold, snow and blizzards. I was dreading it. I had to stop myself because I don’t want to lose a minute of the joy of this day or the beauty of it worrying about what will be, especially something like weather.  Winter will come, and we will endure again, even finding the beauty in the falling snow that is inevitable.

Lastly, I was thinking about family and friends.  About how some people, even if you are related by blood, doesn’t mean you are close.  I know some family that don’t even like each other.  There are many who are not related by blood who become our family.  Those who we call friends, but who are so much more.  Those that you know would be there no matter what. I was thinking about those not here and how that thing called time has flown much too fast.  In a blink of an eye, it all changes. In a blink of an eye, so many are gone. In a blink of an eye……

Right now, so appropriately, Knockin On Heaven’s Door is playing in my earbuds. Think I will go listen.