Friday, May 23, 2008
Thursday, May 01, 2008
Yes, I have installed my new front door to my home. It is a gorgeous door with a beautiful leaded glass window.
This post was written on April 30th -- even though the date above shows the 1st of May. Today, I am celebrating my 52nd birthday. WOW! I have been blessed with so very many wonderful things -- and I thank the Lord for each and every one of those blessings. The most important of those blessings is my good health, my friend D and that I have both my mom and dad still alive and well!
This has been a month of important things:
It may be most of us write our own life story
Making it up as we go along
But others seem to have lifes’ shaped and planned
As perfect as a circle
Yes, some lives form a perfect circle
While others take shape in ways we cannot predict or always understand
Loss has been of my journey
but, it has also shown me what is precious
And in that I have found a love for which I can always be grateful….
The last month has been a month of good-byes
Yes, good-bye..... such an incredibly sad and regretful event in one’s experience …..
I have said Good-Bye to my last love – Di
One whom showed me what true love is really all about and what I must have in future relationships now.
One whom I married and cherished
One whom I was to spend all my days with…..but
Yes, alas “all my days” was really only to be 9 ½ years
One who will always have a place in my heart
However, my purpose in reality, was to take her through her last days only, not mine
That was my real purpose ….. that was my life …..
And yes, I did that well and to the absolute best of my ability!
Friends are made of Gold, but
I have had to say Good-Bye to my Friend – S
One who will always have a special place in my heart
For it was she, who put life and things into perspective after Di’s passing at six months
It was her that provided love and friendship at a time when they were so needed
Unfortunately, I have now become cumbersome and something that complicates her life
And thus, I have been let go of - at this point in time
But yes, I am still grateful and thankful for all she has been to me
Friends are made of Gold and Yes, I will hold her as my friend forever…..
Also, I have a good friend -A - who lost her mom this past month.
I did not know her mom, but I feel so very much for her with her loss
I thank the Lord every day that I still have both of my parents alive and in good health.
I can only hope that they know how very much they are appreciated and loved!
New Doorways ----
Yes, the future is bright and blessed! Thank You Lord!!!
Thursday, March 20, 2008
The Call of Spring by Norman Schlichter
Spring is always a beginning. The bleariness of winter is over and all of the colours of the earth are coming out. The sounds of the birds and sounds of children’s laughter and playing outside are rampant. Such wonderful sights and sounds! Such a celebration of the earth!
I think about the years I spent just passing through
I am so Blessed!
Tuesday, March 04, 2008
Life as it Is Today......
The projects are still going on – my master bedroom, my master bathroom, and my kitchen – all are still “works in progress”. For one thing, Mother nature has not cooperated with my schedule and thus I am behind. I was talking last night to my friend D and telling her how I could be a procrastinator. But in this sense, Mother nature and other activities have not allowed me to keep up with my projects. However, I am having a dinner gathering on the 15th here at my house, so this weekend will be focused on getting the kitchen cabinet with the sink & dishwasher back into operation. You know how hard it is to have a dinner gathering without a kitchen sink???!!!!
Speaking of my dinner gathering – 10 to 12 soccer referees -- most of which have known each other for years – a whole bunch of war stories -- and just good friends getting together. I am not sure exactly what the menu will be at this time, but that will come. Could anything be better???? !!!!! Well maybe…. But I won’t go there (at least right now)!~
I went back to work the beginning of February. It was time. I am back in sales and really having a good time, but the transition to working every day normal working hours was definitely something that tried my patience. Things are good though as I work with good people and have a wonderful boss. It’s so nice having a boss who actually cares about his people!
Yesterday, I lost a Friend – one who has been very dear to me especially across the last year. You know, in my book real friendships are beyond gold, and it hurt to lose such a friend – especially for the end result. My friend gave up everything including her “self” to “get back” with her significant other. I do not understand the thought process of allowing one’s self to lose the “self” for someone else. In my book, you always must always be ultimately true to yourself as opposed to giving up yourself just to be with someone else. After all, if the other can not accept you for what you are and appreciate all of what you are, then why bother with them???
This past weekend I was in Riverside at the AYSO Section 1 playoffs. Teams that have excelled through their regular season in their home regions coming together to compete against other regions. It was such fun refereeing. It was such fun watching the kids compete. Sunday, I refereed two very good L.A. teams – it was a wonderful match with both sides working as hard as they could. Soccer is such a good game for all ages – it truly is a “game of life”. The experiences within the game all translate to life and it’s experiences.
I mentioned my friend D earlier in this post. She is a very unique and special person. D is one who can look at little things and find ABSOLUTE joy in them. A lesson for me to learn, as so many times it is those little things that come to mean so very much. It is so very nice to have her friendship and companionship in my life now. I am Thankful and I am Grateful…..
Monday, December 10, 2007
An Early Christmas Present
Friday I left home for the lands of Alabama and Tennessee -- or more specifically Huntsville, AL and Colombia, TN. I was going to visit friends....
Bill, Lin, Kathy, & Mary in Huntsville who I have not seen or talked to in 31 years --YES, 31 YEARS! The years have been good to B & L as they looked just like they were when I saw them last -- except for just a tad bit of gray hair. K & M (the daughters) last I saw were very small and are now all grown up. What fun it was to re-connect and catch-up with what has happened over the years, after all they have raised a family since I saw them last! B & L are also in the midst of a remodel of their house, so it was fun to talk about all that was going on with their remodel vs. what is happening with my remodel. Such stories....
Then on Sunday I drove up to Colombia to see friends I have worked with in the past, but have not seen for 8 years. Again such fun to catch-up with and share what's been happening with each of our lives. Judy & Wallace had just come back from Chile and Argentina -- so lots of pictures and some short movies of the cool things they saw there. We compared notes on our trips -- theirs to Chile & Argentina and mine last year to New Zealand. J & W also have a gorgeous new home that was wonderful to see.
What a wonderful early Christmas present!
Thursday, November 22, 2007
Happy Thanksgiving to All
Sunday, October 28, 2007
I am just plainly depressed from the events of the last week – primarily the Santa Ana’s (winds) and the fires. Very little has been positive and while I am normally very positive about life itself, this past week has just been “one of those weeks” where I just can’t seem to shake things to the other side. Also, unfortunately the good things that did happen have now been overshadowed by all of the other things that have happened. [Some very good things happened, and I really need to bring them back to the forefront of my mind.] I need an attitude adjustment! Hopefully, the coming week will change my attitude.
Of course, California has been in all the news this past week with all the fires going on. I had no less than 5 fires close to me. The smoke, ash and cinders were all around throughout the week. The fires, smoke and ash sure brought back memories of the Old Fire which I lived through four years ago beginning coincidentally October 25th, 2003. I remember being ready to evacuate – dogs in one car and the cats in the other, losing power around 2 in the afternoon, saving my house [and the neighbors’] by putting out a fire in the back yard with the hose, staying up on the roof and hosing the house down every hour until just before midnight, and taking a walk throughout the neighborhood at midnight and just seeing how many houses were either gone or on fire. I remember the succeeding days without power as slowly life was restored. I remember neighbors helping each other. These were days and events I really do not want to relive. My heart has been with those who were going through what I did four years ago as I watched the images on the news. My gratitude has been to those who have worked so hard for those affected.
Not a lot has happened on the projects this past week due to the fires and the terrible air quality. I did not want to open up the house to work on my bedroom/bathroom, so I worked on other things inside. This week I am hoping the tides will change and I will accomplish a good bit on my bedroom/bathroom. Also, this coming week – a new front door! I’ll post pictures after it’s installed!
Today, has been a day of music and reflection. I have found this wonderful artist called DAVOL. Their/His music is inspiring and really easy to listen to. Again, I have been reflecting -- what’s really important and what is not for me. I can only hope that I have my priorities correct and those that matter can see…..