In memory of…

A very special lady…my sister, my friend!

Aug. 7, 1954 - Aug 1, 2002

Aug. 7, 1954 – Aug 1, 2002

Miss you, miss your smile.  I can’t believe it has been 11 years since we last talked on the phone.  It seems like it was just last week.

The time has gone by, and so much has changed, but my memory of you is still the same.  You were my protector, my friend, and my confidant.  We laughed and we cried together, and sometimes, we even laughed so hard, we cried.

Oh how I wish you were here, so that we could share these days together.  The days of our empty nest, and amazing grandchildren. The days we talked about so much, and we were so looking forward to going through together.

Sharing in each others joy and crying on each others shoulder, talking and listening and learning from each other. And don’t forget…laughing too! Lots of laughing I’m sure!

But for reasons I will never understand this side of heaven, it just didn’t work out that way.

So on this day, as well as many others, I remember you and the very special person you were to me and to the world!

You will always be in my memory, and forever in my heart.

Thank you for your unconditional love to me.  I love you!

Thankful Thursday: 3 gifts before 9 am

3 gifts before 9 am …

1. A  hot cup of coffee brought to me each morning by my very best friend, my husband.  He’s pretty awesome!

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74 and Sunny in San Diego

2. A nice hot shower to wake me up – sorry no picture for this one, but you get the idea!

3. A little something for my tummy, to give me fuel for the day

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Just a few of the many things that I am so very thankful for today.

What are you thankful for?

Will you join me in looking for these gifts and sharing them with others?

We tend to forget that happiness doesn’t come as a result of getting something we don’t have, but rather of recognizing and appreciating what we do have.” Fredrick Koeing –

I hope you have a wonderful “Thankful Thursday!

Thankful Thursday: 3 Gifts in the kitchen

3 gifts in the kitchen…

1. A gift from a friend – a pretty little teapot made for one!

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2. A gift from my daughter – a colorful set of teaspoons to brighten up my kitchen!

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3. A gift from my brother – a monogrammed cutting board, graces the counter with elegance.

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What about you?

There are a lot of bad things in this world, but there are a lot of good things too.  I would love to hear more about the good things.

Will you join me in looking for these gifts and sharing them with others?

This weeks theme is “3 gifts in the kitchen“.

Write a new post about the 3 things you are thankful for to go with this weeks theme, (with or without pictures) – and make sure to include the link to your blog.

“There is not a more pleasing exercise of the mind than gratitude.  It is accompanied with such an inward satisfaction that the duty is sufficiently rewarded by the performance.”  ~Joseph Addison

I hope you have a wonderful “Thankful Thursday!”

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Thankful Thursday: Love

Yep….Love!

After all, it is Valentine’s Day! 🙂

I am thankful for the true meaning of love…God.

I am thankful for the ability to love and to be loved.

I am thankful that there are people in this world who are willing to love.

I am thankful for the healing power of love.

I am thankful for the happiness that true love can give.

I am thankful that I have someone who loves me so very much.

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I’m thankful that I found that special someone, and every day, I am even more thankful for his love.

For our love!

Happy Valentines Day to the love of my life, my husband…my very best friend.

Traveling with my best friend

I have found that blogging while traveling can be a bit of a challenge at times.

However, traveling with my best friend is well worth any of those minor challenges!

As we set out to explore what’s in store for us today, I am once again reminded how blessed I am to have such an awesome husband and friend.

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I’d like to think of us as the couple in the middle of those pictures…

I just like being together 🙂

A life of regret

I heard a song about the value of time, and looking back on life with only regret.  The old guy in the song is talking to a younger guy, telling him all about his regrets in life, because he didn’t take time.

Time for his family, time for his friends, time for a smile, time for a hug. His advice was to slow down, and enjoy what you have each day, because before you know it… it will be gone.

I know that time goes by quickly.  Every day it seems to go by just a little bit faster.  I’m not sure how that happens, but it does!

And, I guess we will all end up with a few regrets at the end of our life.  I know I have a few, and there will probably be a few more as my life goes on.

Of course there will be things in this life that are out of my control, that may or may not cause regret.  I realize this.

But is it necessary to live a life full of regret? I sure hope not.

So, what does the word regret mean?  I looked it up.

  • sorrw aroused by circumstances beyond one’s control or power to repair
  • an expression of distressing emotion (as sorrow)

It looks to me like I won’t be able to get though life without them.  But I think that by making good choices, I just might be able to limit the number of regrets, and maybe even eliminate a few along the way.

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And that’s what I want.

I want to smile, and enjoy the moments of every day, and hopefully not end up like that old guy in the song!

What happens in Vegas…stays in Vegas

At least that’s how the saying goes. I didn’t do anything in Vegas that I couldn’t bring home with me, but it was an interesting experience that’s for sure.

I joined my husband on a business trip. My first time to Las Vegas since I was a kid!

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He worked.  I explored!

And if I were a gambling person, which I’m not, this would not have been my week-end.

It started with disappointing results at a long-awaited restaurant.  I’ve wanted to go to this restaurant for years, and lets just say, it’s going to be hard for me to give it a second shot.

That was strike one.

Strike two came the next day, when I ventured out to another restaurant.  One that had been recommended to me by a friend. Unfortunately, the results at that restaurant were less than desirable as well, although I may be willing to give this one another try.

And the final strike was on the last day.

A much-needed pedicure was cancelled by the spa. 😦 Oh, but I was comped the daily fee for the use of the spa facilities. And yes, I took advantage of this offer.

3 strikes and I’m out!

It wasn’t all bad though.

My hotel was great! I got to meet Taylor Hicks, and hear him in concert! The people watching was spectacular! The water show at the Bellagio was beautiful!  I even witnessed a couple getting married right there on the sidewalk in front of the hotel!

The Bellagio at night

It was fascinating. Bigger than life. Much brighter than home, but certainly not home!

It was another great adventure with my best friend! 🙂