Happy New Year

So here’s a hearty welcome to 2018. I don’t typically make New Year’s resolutions. After having breakfast with a friend yesterday, I drove up to Ontario Beach Park to take a few photos. For the most part it was way too cold to be taking photos, however, it was rather nice being out there without all the crowds you have to contend with during virtually all other times of the year. It was very peaceful. So, while I’m not calling this a resolution, I will attempt to get out more with my camera.

Life happens …

Life throws us a curveball and we forget about following through on things like finding something to be grateful for each day. When someone near and dear to you ends up in the hospital, it serves as a reminder of what the important things in life are. For the past three days I’ve been grateful for the ambulance crew who acted so professionally and treated their patient with care and respect. I’m grateful for all the hospital staff providing great care. I’m grateful for coworkers who step up to help. I’m grateful for Michael who is always there for us.

Patience

I forgot to post my gratitude for yesterday. That makes me especially grateful to be human and even more grateful for the human capacity to forgive, especially the capacity to forgive one’s self.

November is for giving thanks..

Too many people today get roped into all the negative thoughts and drama. I see this every day in my work. I can’t think of a better way to get this blog moving forward than to work on being grateful for something each day during the month of November.

Today I’m grateful for the opportunity to have a blog on which to write.

A trip for a wedding…

I never would have imagined that my youngest son would be the first of the three to marry, but May found my mother and me traveling to North Carolina for his wedding. It was a long trip, but very well worth it!  I’m quite pleased that Brandon and Angela were married on May 24th and that not only have a I gained a daughter, but two granddaughters as well.  Welcome to the family Angela, Mina and Lilith!

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This photo was taken the day before the wedding and is one of my favorite photos of the weekend.  Those smiles just melt my heart! The wedding was held in the back yard of Angela’s parents house and was absolutely beautiful.  Angela did a wonderful job at planning and getting everything all taken care of.  Many thanks to her parents for hosting this happy event!

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I was also able to spend some time with my middle son, Kevin, and his wonderful fiance’, Laura which I thoroughly enjoyed.

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One of the best aspects of the whole trip though, was all the time I was able to spend with my mom.  Thanks mom for joining me!  I’m so happy you came and were able to also spend some time with your grandsons!  I’m most very blessed to have you as a mother. I love you!

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Catching up – Trips

The month of May has proven to be a month of excursions.  The first was April 30th – May 3rd where My friend Elizabeth and I drove to Cape Cod to meet up with friends Librada and Michelle.  Oh what fun we had!  We ate at a wonderful but slightly expensive restaurant on the first night.  I can’t complain about the cost because the food was absolutely delicious! I thought I took photos, but apparently I did not since I can’t find them! The best place we found to eat was a little ice cream shop in Sandwich, MA called ‘The Ice Cream Sandwich.’  They made the ice cream right in the shop and had the most delightful flavors!  My two favorites were Cranberry Bog and Lemon Mousse.  It was so delightful and delicious that we went back there for lunch on Saturday!

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The lobster rolls were pretty good too! 🙂

We also went to Plymouth on Friday where the views were fantastic and the gift shop rendered some fairly inexpensive mementos.

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We did find one yarn shop and while the premise was fantastic (set in an old barn, behind which was a mill where yarn was dyed), the owner was a bit stand offish and Librada was not even allowed to use the facilities.  What kind of rule is that? Hmmmmm.  We also found out about a place where we could purchase some fiber and we even went there twice, the second time during the hours it was supposedly open but still was not.  While we didn’t get to purchase any fiber, my friends spun a tale that could easily be made into the next Freddie Kruger movie!  Was there really an axe in this wood pile? Was that horse really giving us the evil eye? Or maybe, just maybe, it was the tree! We also figured the bodies must have been buried under those stones —

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The stuff nightmares are made of……

Librada and I found a veteran’s park that had a memorial to JFK and also a Korean War Veteran memorial.  It was incredibly cold at 6:30 in the morning on Friday and almost as cold on Saturday when we brought Elizabeth and Michelle to see the beach there!

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Yes, I did take a selfie of Elizabeth taking a selfie! 🙂 Brrrrrrr It was cold!

We had so much fun and did more than what is in this post, but as usual, I have loaded way too many photos into just one posting!  It’s a good thing that most people have high speed internet these days!

…. Trip number two and a wedding in the next post!

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