Weekly Photo Challenge: Habit

A daily habit of mine…after every shower, after every bath….

The scent will change from time to time, but the habit remains the same.

Lotion! All over my arms and legs.

Every where!

Every day!
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For more of the everyday stuff and habits, check out this link!

It’s just a matter of time

“Time only counts when you have a purpose”

I came across this line in a book I’m reading.  It made me stop and pause for a moment.

Is this true?

Without purpose, time doesn’t count?

I know that without purpose in my life, it can feel as though I have no value.

But does this mean that if I don’t keep track of time, there is no purpose?

Hmmmm….

Value. Purpose. Time.

I think they might all just go hand-in-hand.

If I have a purpose, I feel valued.

If I feel valued, I have purpose.

If I have purpose…time and the things I do in that time, will count.

It certainly helps to have purpose and meaning in life, but I really think that with or without it….time still counts.

Four things you can’t recover

After they’re gone….

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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!

Finally….the annoying cough is gone!

At least I think it is anyway.

Three boxes of Mucinex later. Eating cough drops like they actually taste good, and drinking endless amounts of hot tea.  I think I may have finally reached the end of this cough!

It still likes to make its annoying presence known every now and then, but it’s nothing like it was a few weeks a go!  I can actually go to sleep at night without having a 10 minute coughing spree first!

Who would have ever thought that the lady at the drugstore would be right?!

When we bought our first box of Mucinex, she told us, (more like “warned us”)… that this “thing” would stick around for a long time.

And boy, did it!  It’s been 2 full months. If  I remember right, she said it would last for 8 weeks or so.

I guess Drugstore lady really knows her stuff!  And…I guess I should be grateful for her warning.

Thankfully, the cough drops and Mucinex have been removed from my daily diet, however, I still enjoy a good cup of hot tea occasionally!

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!

Weekly Photo Challenge: My 2012 in Pictures

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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.

Time with a dear friend

I had coffee with my dear friend today. I always look forward to our time together. After twenty years of a friendship, we never seem to run out of things to talk about. We’ve been through a lot of life together, and I’m sure that I am a better person because of her.

Life keeps us busy and we don’t get together as often as we would like, but when we do, we’re always able to pick up right where we left off.

She’s a very good listener, listens from her heart and her ears. A true and loyal friend.

I’m so thankful that our paths crossed so long a go, and that we’ve made the commitment to stay connected, even when time and distance make it a bit of a challenge.

Good coffee, great conversation….a perfect combination.

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Overwhelmed by Christmas

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas!

Well, actually it has been looking like Christmas since the day after Halloween!  Not at my house, but everywhere else I go!

No wonder I feel like I’ve fallen desperately behind in getting ready for the Christmas season!  I only have 20 shopping days left before Christmas, and there are 3 birthdays to celebrate between now and then!

The “Christmas Season”.

I don’t want to feel overwhelmed by it, and so I have to step back and reevaluate almost everything I do. Why am I doing it, and who am I doing it for?  I really do want to keep loving this time of year.

And…I want to enjoy it for what it is.  The celebration and the joy of a very special Gift, which in turn affords me the opportunity to share a gift with those I love.

My goal this year is to keep Christmas, simple and focused.  Enjoy the moments, and relax.  Create new memories, and remember the ones from the past.

I can do this!  I will do this!

Merry Christmas!

Long distance Grandma

Next month we will be celebrating our second grandsons 1st birthday!

I was so excited for his arrival, but I was also a little reticent at the prospect of being a “long distance Grandma.” I was afraid that I would miss out on all the special moments and changes that happen in the first few months of this little guys life.

If ever there was a time that I would want to be in two places at one time, this was it.

Since the day he was born, there have been multiple pictures, face time sessions, and frequent visits either by car or by train.

It’s the life of a “long distance Grandma”, but I’m pretty sure that as a result of these efforts, when he saw me last week-end, and his little eyes lit up, it was because he knew who I was!

And once again…my heart melted.

I’m so glad we have made the effort to be committed to the priority of connection across the miles.
I have to admit it though…I would still like to live closer to him.