Happy New Year – 2013

I really like this list!

I don’t usually make New Years resolutions, but I do like the idea of making life style improvements, and this list just about covers all of the areas of interest to me!

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So, as I sit here and drink my coffee, and watch football, the french toast is baking in the oven.

I guess the healthy eating will come later ūüôā This is probably why I don’t make resolutions.

But, I am looking forward to reading my book today!

Happy New Year 2013!

Weekly Photo Challenge: My 2012 in Pictures

This gallery contains 12 photos.

My 2012 in pictures. ¬†A year full of new places and adventures! ¬†I am so blessed by the love and care of a wonderful husband, and an amazing family.   I am looking forward to 2013, with hope in my heart, and a sincere desire to find the bright spot in each new day.

Thankful Thursday – 3 gifts remembering

3 Gifts Remembering…

There are a lot of things that I don’t remember….sometimes, my memory just isn’t the best one around. ¬†But thankfully, there are things in life that are exactly what I need to help me remember, and for those things in life, I am truly thankful.

1.  The clever little pill-box, aids me in remembering to take my pills every day of the week. ( It  also comes in handy for remembering what day of the week it actually is! :))

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2.  Visiting the Golden Gate bridge, and remembering the phone call from my daughter the night she got engaged.

San Francisco

3. Remembering the good times I have hanging out with my very best friend!

I am so very thankful for him!

Paul at the Green Flash

Mission accomplished!

A few weeks a go I was feeling a little overwhelmed by Christmas, and all of the events that would take place in the month of December.

I was determined to not let it get the best of me, so I gave myself a few goals.

My goals were to relax and enjoy each moment of the season. Celebrate time-honored traditions, reflect on the special family memories, and be willing to make new ones!

No two Christmas’ are ever alike, and this year was no exception!

I spent Christmas Eve and Christmas Morning with my very best friend. We went to the Hotel Del Coronado to see the huge Christmas tree, one of our time-honored traditions!

Christmas 2012 at the Del

We had good conversation and a great dinner at a quaint little restaurant. We laughed, we looked at the lights, we wrapped presents, and drank coffee together.

On Christmas morning, we exchanged a few, very special gifts. Gifts that we will treasure because of the love and the thought that was put into giving them.

I also learned a very valuable lesson, and it was probably my best gift of the year.

I learned that sometimes the unplanned events and moments can be the very best moments of all! The month was filled with these moments, Christmas day included.

I wasn’t able to be with my own kids at Christmas, but I did get to hear their voice, and the voice of my grandkids. ¬†An unplanned moment, and priceless gift indeed!

The afternoon was spent with my best friend, my mom, my niece and her husband. ¬†The plan for the day had always included lunch with my mom, but the bonus was¬†my niece and her husband. ¬†They were a much welcomed, surprise visit!¬†Another unplanned moment. ¬†I was able to celebrate Christmas with my sister’s daughter. ¬†I know she really would have liked that a lot, and that makes me happy.

It was great to spend time together, talking and laughing, and enjoying the comfort and love of family.

And…I also met my goal!

In fact, I think this Christmas is going to hold a very fond memory for me. ¬†I’m glad I gave myself these goals. ¬†Especially the goal to try and enjoy each moment, because the moments, both planned and unplanned, were good, and I really did enjoy this Christmas!

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A perfect ending to beautiful day!  Mission accomplished!

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Merry Christmas 2012

Christmas in the manger

Christmas in the Manger

by: Nola Buck and Felicia Bond

I am the star that shines in the east,

I light the stable for man and beast.

I am the donkey, soft and gray,

I carried his mother from far away.

I am the ram, with my curly horn

I guard the stall where the child is born.

I am the ox, strong as steel,

before the only son I kneel.

We are the shepherds who watch the sheep,

tonight a holy watch we keep.

We are the wise men, gifts we bring

for baby Jesus, our newborn King.

I am Mary, the mother mild,

how I love my tiny child.

I am the baby asleep in the hay,

and I am the reason for Christmas Day.

Weekly photo challenge: Surprise

It was a beautiful day at the beach, no surprise here!

As we were eating breakfast outside on the patio, we saw this young man set up his “band”. It was a pleasant surprise to hear the music he was able to make with a Home Depot bucket, 2 tambourines, and a ukulele.

He whistled and sang, and strummed a few happy tunes. ¬†He graciously remarked “thank you” as the people passing by dropped money in his hat that was sitting on the sidewalk.

I think everyone got a little surprise that day!

The people, by the music, and he, by the people’s generosity.

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