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"Aha" moments.

Monday, December 13, 2010

Yesterday while at church we were asked to put a prayer request in a basket so that they could be prayed over during the services. I asked for a healing of my spirit, specifically, my continued dredging up of hurtful moments between myself and my sister. For some reason I keep mulling over things that have happened and how I can best protect myself. Mind you, I get along very well with her most of the time and I love her dearly. Last night, just out of the blue, she dropped by and we spent a wonderful hour of conversation and sharing. It wasn't until later in the evening that I realized that my prayer had been answered!!! Pay attention!!!!

My second "aha" moment was today. I have a lot of stuff to get done today. Had to do some shopping and actually took the time to make lists of the things I needed, planned how I was going to organize the trip...which store first etc. I even remembered to take my lists with me:)) Within 2 hours I had visited 4 stores, gotten everything I needed, and was sitting down for lunch. I then put my car away in the garage so I wouldn't be tempted to go out for something else and could concentrate on what I had to do at home. I am soooo proud of myself. It was so not stressful and very productive.

My hope for myself is to remember these 2 things every day. Celebrate the moment:)

  
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CATHYGETSFIT 12/16/2010 1:44PM

    Boy I understand what you are saying! It can be hard sometimes to not let little moments in life trip you up. Just because you have one bad visit with your sister that does not define you relationship with her since birth. I understand about making a shopping list, actually taking it with you and planning the most efficient way to get it all done! Little things like the ones you talked about and the big moment with your sister really do add up!! Life is all about the lessons we learn!

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SEASONS_CHANGE 12/14/2010 12:07PM

    Very good post, and motivating. Strong in spirit and life tends to deliver these a-ha moments of self-discover and hope.

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EDWARDSC393 12/14/2010 10:42AM

    My sisters never call me, but I had a notion last nite to call one of them to see how she was doing after her 8th back surgery. She was so happy we called cause no one elsed did. She has a rod down her whole back to hold her up straight, shes only 57. But I,m glad I called. Cherie

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SCOUTHARPS 12/13/2010 10:14PM

  Isn't it a nice feeling! Glad your prayers were answered--and so quickly!

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TEAWONDERFUL 12/13/2010 9:27PM

    I miss spending time with my little sisters. They both live on the other side of the country. Glad to hear you got to spend some time with your sister. That is always a gift in and of itself.

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TREATL 12/13/2010 5:52PM

    One lesson from your sister's visit--never underestimate the power of prayer, right?

Love to you from a sister in spirit.

Lynne

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JESSIEJUICE 12/13/2010 3:42PM

    Sounds like a great day!

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'Tis the season

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Amid the drowning rain, the breath robbing asthma, and crushing fatigue, there is such joy in my life. Friday my grandson spent the night with me. I had just decorated my Christmas tree and he lay down in his sleeping bag next to it and watched Charlie Brown's Christmas while I tried to make gingerbread cookies. We decided they were better ornaments than cookies. LOL


The next day we went over to his house where I joined them for the annual Christmas tree hunt and cut. Pouring rain, mud, and, above all, joy! A ride on the wagon pulled by 2 Percherons (taking the place of the clydesdales that have gone on to greener pastures). Found the perfect tree and everyone had advice for Dad as he wallowed in the mud trying to cut it down. In the end, the tree was downed, we had hot cider, and bought some new ornaments. Nap time (at least for me:)




This morning I attend church to celebrate the feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe. Mass in Spanish and some English. Beautiful ceremony with dancers and icons and offerings of food. A reception after mass offered tamales and pasteles (I think that's right) and a very thick hot cocoa drink. More dancing and fun. It really brought the meaning of the season into my heart. It also gave me a good idea of what it must be like for people to move here and not be able to speak the language. It can be terrifying and isolating. I hope to keep that in mind this season.



Next week-end it is the Filipino celebration with food to follow. I better get exercising. But what a great way to celebrate the many cultures in this area.

Feliz Navidad!

  
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FLEMIDG 12/12/2010 11:51PM

    Thank you for sharing this wonderful story and the beautiful pictures. It is wonderful to be able to share other cultures' ways at Christmas. Thanks again.

Darlene


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SEASONS_CHANGE 12/12/2010 8:16PM

    Thanks for posting this... made me smile. The tree is beautiful and looks like everyone was having a very good time... mud and all!

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TREATL 12/12/2010 6:37PM

    The photos and your narrative are charming! I wish you all the warmth and loving kindness of the season.

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PK2H2000 12/12/2010 3:09PM

    emoticonblog! Feliz Navidad to you and yours as well! emoticon

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Riding on winter streets:(

Sunday, December 05, 2010

Update on riding.....went for a ride again today. Different shoes, different pedals. What a difference. Nice day, no rain, cool but I warmed up quite nicely. And then....just as I turned into my street, about .5 miles from home my front tire went FLAT! Can you say bummed. So I got in a nice little walk too. Now to figure out how to change a tire with a disc brake on it. Sigh.

Flowing Water I thought of you as I was walking my bike back home. I can't believe it. But it is what it is and I am having a good lunch and chilling.

At least I got out there. It makes me feel much better:))

  
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SCOUTHARPS 12/12/2010 10:23PM

  Ah, the joys of the flat! One I would rather skip myself. Someday i will upgrade my bike, and one thing I want is for both tires to be the same size!

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VEGGIE_POWERED 12/6/2010 7:50PM

    Not sure where you're riding but it's five below zero here and I'm stuck waiting until it get's up to at least 10 before I can ride again. So ya, just a bit jealous. :)
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FLEMIDG 12/5/2010 11:51PM

    At least you got some exercise in. Hope you can manage to fix your bike soon.

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TREATL 12/5/2010 7:28PM

    You are definitely a SURVIVOR! :-)

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RRP546 12/5/2010 5:23PM

  ah the benifits of the gym

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Thoughts

Friday, December 03, 2010

I have been having a lot of resistance to writing things down recently...even when it is all good. So I forced myself to sit and write instead of playing games as I have my coffee.

Last night I fixed myself and awesome dinner of an egg poached in Trader Joe's low sodium roasted red pepper and tomato soup. I put it over half a piece of whole wheat sour dough bread that I toasted. With this I had a bowl of mango and some yogurt. For some reason that was the best meal I've had in a long time. Weird but yummy. Got to stay off that sugar!!!!

Yesterday afternoon I was with my grandchildren and what a time that was!! I was so in the moment as my 6 year old grandson read a book to me and his sister. She, on the other hand, had her legs across mine and her arm around my neck. As he read, my grandson also put his arm around my neck:) Can you say, "encircled with love!". It took him a long time to read the whole book and we all just stayed and listened and commented and really enjoyed this time. I often hope that I leave them with wonderful memories and a feeling of being loved unconditionally. Maybe this will be one of those moments.

Getting ready to meet a friend to ride my new bike. It was so nice that my biking buddies were almost as excited as I was about this bike. It sure adds to the pleasure when others share in the experience. I hope I remember to ask him to take a picture of me on the bike. We'll see.

Grab this moment and revel in the experience of being alive:)

  
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WANAKA 12/4/2010 11:26AM

    I enjoyed reading about your grandchildren moment and your "circle of love". Mahalo for sharing :)

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MAKULEWAHINE 12/4/2010 11:20AM

    Thank you all for your sweet and loving comments. It lifts my heart to read and reread these notes in the morning as I have my coffee. What a blessing you are:)

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TEAWONDERFUL 12/3/2010 11:07PM

    I'm sure that will be a great moment for your grandkids to remember. The most special memory I have of my grandma is when I was young and was sitting with my head on my grandma's lap and she was running her hand through my hair as she talked with the other adults. I felt so happy, loved and content in that moment and I will never forget it. She's still around and we are still making great memories, but that one always stands out. So simple and yet so meaningful.

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TREATL 12/3/2010 6:33PM

    You should make a living as a writer. Your descriptions of scenes with your grandchildren absolutely leap from the page (or computer screen)! Thank you for sharing your experiences with us.

Warm regards,
Lynne

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FLEMIDG 12/3/2010 5:53PM

    I love the story of you reading with your grandchildren. What a blessing that was. I am sure they have fond thoughts of you and will remember the good times they share with you. Glad you are getting out to ride your new bike. You'll have to post a picture to show us. Hope you are having a great day. God bless you.

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a wonderful Thanksgiving!

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

After a harrowing drive through slush and icy roads I finally arrived at my son's house on Thanksgiving Day. He had to work so dinner wasn't until later in the evening. Neighbors joined us at at the table and the food was awesome. No pies.....but wonderful cakes. I'd like to say that I didn't over do it but I'd be lying. The weather was very cold, into the teens for a couple of days, so no outdoor activities. We took the day after to stay in our jammies and do projects or just veg out. Wonderful!

On Sunday we went to church and then shopping. I wanted to go check out the bike shops so after lunch that is what we did. I found the bike I wanted, now to find the money. I planned to come back at end of Dec. to buy it. But wait.....there's more! My DIL called my son and told him I had found my bike and he told her to buy it for my Christmas present!!!!!! Way cool. Now I am motivated to get back riding on my new mountain bike so I don't disappoint them:)

I can't tell you how grateful I am for such a loving and generous son. I don't know how he got that way (I suspect his wife had something to do with it) but I'll take it and feel very blessed. I spent some wonderful times with the grandsons, reading and talking about their lives.

I so much to be thankful for and I hope I never take things for granted.

Have a peaceful and joyful holiday season no matter what you celebrate.


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HERE2PERSEVERE 11/30/2010 9:47PM

    It really does sound like a wonderful Thanksgiving!

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TREATL 11/30/2010 9:30PM

    I don't know about you, but I love the cakes. I just have limit myself to one slice only! :-)

Lynne

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CLIMBNRUN 11/30/2010 8:04PM

  Aren't you the lucky one, in more ways than one! That bike is no joke!! CONGRATS on your very awesome new mountain bike! They've given you a gift of health!!!

Ride on!!

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FLEMIDG 11/30/2010 6:16PM

    So glad you had an awesome Thanksgiving. Your son is very loving and thoughtful. His wife may be partially responsible for that, but I am sure you had a lot to do with it as well. Happy bike riding. Hope you're having a wonderful week.

God bless you.

Darlene
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SEASONS_CHANGE 11/30/2010 5:57PM

    Very happy that you enjoyed your time with your son. Another holiday is around the corner, so maybe next time, there will be pies

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