Wordless Wednesday: Never Gets Old

Old Glory

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Weekly Photo Challenge: On Top

On top…looking down!

What an awesome sight. Opening Day of baseball in San Diego!

 Petco Park

There’s always more…take a look at some more amazing shots from On Top, by clicking here!

Thankful Thursday: 3 gifts round

3 gifts round…

1.  I’m thankful for the round sun. For the warmth that it brings during the day, and for that never-ending moment of awe, when I get to watch it “fall down” into the ocean!

sunset

2. I’m thankful that there are still these moments in life when it really doesn’t take a lot to bring joy to someone else.  We took our grandkids to Toys R Us (oh my!) and they each had a dollar to spend.  A dollar isn’t much in a store of that size, but much to my grandson’s delight, we found these round marbles…priced at $1.00.  Perfect!

marbles

3.  And last, but not least…I’m thankful that Opening Day for baseball is right around the corner!  I’m looking forward to seeing this round ball hit out of the park a few times…but only by my team of course!

Official ML baseball

These are just a few of the many things that I am thankful for today. It’s important to stop…take a moment…and reflect on the good things in life.

Will you join me in counting the blessings on your journey through life?

In ordinary life we hardly realize that we receive a great deal more than we give, and that it is only with gratitude that life becomes rich.” ~ Dietrich Bonhoeffer

 

Counting the days

Yes!!

Spring training is right around the corner, and the count down is on!
baseball

P.S. It’s 74 days now! 🙂

They won!

The Padres beat LA in the home game Season Opener!

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It was a beautiful day for a ball game!

The stands were filled to capacity, and the sights and sounds of baseball are back in town!

They started the season off a little slow, but hopefully, last nights game will be an encouragement to them.

Looking forward to a good year!  Maybe, just maybe they will make it to the world series this year! 🙂

Take me out to the ball game!

The day I’ve been waiting for is finally here!  The first home game of the season!

I have been a baseball fan since I was about 12 years old.

One of my first and fondest memories of baseball ….It was 1974 and it was the World Series.

World Series 1974

Oakland A’s vs Los Angeles Dodgers.

I didn’t know much about baseball, but I did know that Rollie Fingers had a pretty cool mustache, and Catfish Hunter was a very intriguing name!

Rollie Fingers

It was just me and my Dad, and I was soaking up every bit of this very special moment.  So I started cheering for the A’s…. and my Dad, well he cheered on the Dodgers!

I was excited about the game, but more than anything I was loving the camaraderie with my Dad.  Daddy’s little girl, and I was going to make him proud!  He didn’t seem to mind that I wasn’t cheering for his team. He patiently taught me the basics of baseball so that I could cheer on “my team” too!

Unfortunately, that was the last game I watched with my Dad.  He died just a few short months later, and I never had the pleasure of watching another baseball game with him.

I carried the love for the game in my heart, packed it down a little and left it dormant for a while.

Fast forward to the year 1984.  I’m living in San Diego, and the San Diego Padres are having a pretty good year!

It was the year of Tony Gwynn, Garry Templeton, Steve Garvey,Dave Dravecky, and Goose Gossage, just to name a few!

garvey-gwynn

And my love for the game was brought back to life!

I just found a new baseball team to cheer for!  I mean after all, I was really never an “A’s” fan, so why not!

The Padres were the NL West Champions that year, and they made it to the “big game“!  They didn’t win, but it was a pretty amazing start for this new fan.

My husband didn’t play or watch baseball much, so it was fun for me to be able to introduce the game to him, and to my son.  My 1-year-old daughter even became excited about it when we would watch, and she would stand in front of the TV and cheer them on!

My son and daughter are married and on their own now, but they are still Padre fans to this day!

And my husband…well, he likes the game because I do! And I love watching it with him!  Over the years, we’ve taught each other to enjoy our favorite games together!  He likes football and golf, I like baseball.

We both like to watch all three of them now! Together!

This year, he surprised me with tickets to the Season Opening Day game!  I’m really looking forward to the game, and I really hope they win!

Padres baseball

And, thanks Dad, for teaching me about the great game of baseball!  I still can’t cheer for your team, but I think you would be proud of your little girl and the legacy of baseball you passed on to her!

Play ball!

Those two little words that we have been waiting all winter to hear!

PLAY BALL!

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In just a few short hours, Opening Day 2013 will start for Major League Baseball teams all across the USA!

The game I’m going to be watching is, San Diego Padres: @New York Mets, Monday, April 1, 1:10 p.m.

Let’s go Padres!