Wednesday, January 01, 2014
2013 has been filled with challenges, some more difficult than others, with a few milestones that made us proud. Two painful losses and a few that filled our hearts to overflowing… As A. A. Milne so poignantly wrote “Sometimes,' said Pooh, 'the smallest things take up the most room in your heart.”
Over all it was a wonderful year as I continued to learn how to live my life to the fullest no matter what!!! That’s the trick I’ve learned and yes it has taken me 66 years to put it into practice… just one of the perks of living a long life.
You must live in the present, launch yourself on every wave, find your eternity in each moment. Fools stand on their island opportunities and look toward another land. There is no other land, there is no other life but this. ~ Henry David Thoreau
"In terms of days and moments lived, you'll never again be as young as you are right now, so spend this day, the youth of your future, in a way that deflects regret. Invest in yourself. Have some fun. Do something important. Love somebody extra.
In one sense, you're just a kid, but a kid with enough years on her to know that every day is priceless." ~Victoria Moran
Welcome 2014… and there’s reason to believe maybe this year will be better than the last… "CHEERS"
Friday, November 29, 2013
Autumn is my favorite season, Thanksgiving my favorite holiday. Reflecting on yesterday I’ve concluded that every year just keeps getting sweeter and sweeter. Our family continues to grow… this was our youngest grandson’s 1st Thanksgiving and at 10 months he participated to the fullest while his mommy & daddy savored the poignant reality that babies do indeed grow up to quickly.
Thanksgiving always reminds me of my 1st child’s birth day… born 43 years ago he sits now with his family and reminisces about all the years he and his three siblings have sat at this very same table and given Thanks for ALL our blessings.
His son, our 1st grandchild, lead the prayer while we all held hands… his voice cracking as he eagerly approaches his teens. This year there was lots of back-to-back measuring going on before dinner.. he is now taller than his mother, great-grandmother and one Aunty. I have no doubt he will be taller than me and his other Aunts by next Thanksgiving as his voice will be many octaves lower by then as well. His sister, 10, wore her braces and first bra… blushing when great-grandma hugged her tightly commenting on both.
Our 2nd son continued the prayer with his new found voice, having been baptized this month, he is very aware of God’s infinite blessings and had no problem thanking Him. Their little ones sat next to me as we proceeded to decorate our finger tips with black olives in honor of my Dad who joined my brother in Heaven six years ago. Our oldest daughter and her family couldn’t make it this year so they were sorely missed as well.
Of course the feast was enjoyed by all but the hours we sat around the table talking about Thanksgivings past is what made this one so memorable. All our children and their spouses are adults now with families of their own. Their daddy and I sat across the table from each other sharing a smile and a knowing wink, for this Thanksgiving we are most grateful for what wonderful parents they all have become and I so enjoyed telling them when it was my turn to share.
I pray your day was filled with sweet memories as I look forward to future Thanksgivings’ where my favorite side dish will always be a healthy serving of lovely memories… past, present & future.
"If the only prayer you said in your whole life was, "thank you," that would suffice." ~Meister Eckhart
Monday, September 30, 2013
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Friday, August 30, 2013
And that’s OK because I’ve never had a problem with my age… it’s the side effects of aging that are beginning to take a toll on this old barefooted hippie chick.
I got “Officially” old the day I told my DH that I didn’t want any more gifts for birthdays, anniversaries, Christmas etc. It was as if I was hearing my grandparents telling me the same thing many, many years ago when I would ask them what they wanted for their birthdays. Ouch, I became my mother long ago and now my grandparents… see officially old.
I don’t feel that old, well some days I do. I don’t even look that old… well actually when I look in the mirror or at a picture of myself I see a lot of all the old folks in the family who, sadly, aren’t with us any more. And IF I was paying any attention at all I’d acknowledge that once my 85 year old mom and her younger sister, my Aunt pass I will be THE OLDEST person in the family.
While camping with the family this week DH leaned over at the evening bonfire and whispered “We are the oldest ones here!!!!” Actually DH is four years younger than me… lucky stiff, enjoy it sweetie!!! One thing I know for sure… I’m too old to go barefooted any more… to hard on the knees, hips and that occasional broken toe from cutting corners to sharply… double ouch!! I can’t go bra less in public any more either… too old. Although we were NOT the first ones up each morning, while camping, nor did we venture over the sand dunes ten times a day to the ocean, we are still able to tent camp, walk half a mile to the bathrooms, over and over and over... even in the middle of the night!!! We held our own making dinner for 25 people when it was our turn to cook. We walked 30,000+ steps a day for 5 days while exploring Pismo Beach, the famous San Luis Obispo street fair, Avilla Beach, Moro Bay, Cayucos’s Brown Butter Cookie Company and finally spent a full day wine tasting in the Edna Valley just a few miles from the coast. That was the first time we’ve gone wine tasting and for some reason by the 5th stop I loved ALL the wines on the tasting menu We are looking forward to wine tasting again and more importantly camping again next summer with the family. Because even though I’m officially old I’m not too old…. YET.
The oldest (66) and the youngest (7 months)... what troopers we were!!
Planning to go back.
One of four campsites we all shared.
Just a few of the fam settling in the first night.
Driving on Pismo Beach.... FUN FUN FUN!!!
Playing in the sand.
5 of the 10 kids at Avila Beach.
More grandkids on the dunes.
Wildlife watching from above.
Moro Rock. Put a bra on lady... I know you're camping but sheesh!!
So much beauty in the coastal art communities.
Time for a little wine tasting.
Gorgeous countryside... such good company!!!!
Ate them right off the vine... bought some in a bottle =]
Pick Me... Pick Me!!!!
Last day at the campsite.
Another successful adventure thanks to Sparkpeople and my younger hubby who can still swing an ax and put up a tent!!!!!
Oh, and by the way I would never turn down a good bottle of wine if someone asked me what I wanted for my birthday or an anniversary or Christmas or Groundhog Day or….
Cheers and "May you never forget what is worth remembering, or remember what is best forgotten."
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