Feed your soul …

So far Alaska has been fun and relaxing. I have been spending time with some dear friends eating, shopping, talking and hanging out. I even took a nap in the grass! It’s exactly what I’ve needed.

Well, I hope you all have day that feeds your soul!!!

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A perfect summer day …

We had a great 4th of July. We have had some super fun Independence Day celebrations in the past, but yesterday was one of the best I have ever known. Then … I got questioned about it.

Hmmmmm.

I’ll be honest, I am that person who can show up virtually anywhere, have fun and leave with at least one new friend. My closest friends and family can attest to this. It’s just how I roll.

Despite a change in our typical 4th of July plans, it all went without incident. We usually have a house party first then go to the park in the evening for fireworks. This year, after our neighborhood brunch, we packed up and headed to the park where we had secured a spot earlier in the morning. We stayed there for the rest of the day hanging out with family and friends, eating, relaxing and enjoying our day. It was so easy going. Things just went right. Life, and us in it, fit. I was surrounded by the people I love most, sitting in beautiful weather, celebrating our great country. Does it get much better than this? 

Perhaps I’m a simple woman. Life doesn’t need to be extravagant for me to be happy. Sure I love the details of party planning. It’s my thing. To me, it adds to my enjoyment, it doesn’t stress me out. Perhaps my attention to detail and amenability to change are too much for some folks to grasp. May “simple” doesn’t make everyone one happy. For me, a good life is directly related to the experiences I have. And I am thankful that I find it pretty easy to have a great time and connect with people. Maybe that’s not enough for some people. But it is … for me.

Well, I hope you all have a perfect summer day!!!

A BIG SIGH of relief …

I woke up this morning feeling something I hadn’t in a very long time. RELAXED. Sidney has been home from college for about a month now. George graduated from high school last night. Libs and Reese have their last day of school today. Our absolutely exhausting, unpredictable, and stressful school year is OVER. There were many times when I wondered if we were going to make it out of this one unscathed by our circumstances. It was a tough one. This past week one particularly memory has come to mind time and time again.

I was just recently out of the hospital. On top of everything else my vision was terrible even with my glasses on. Between the medications and being so sick everything was just a blur. But there George and I were, sitting in front of his computer finishing up his college applications. I remember thinking HOW? How exactly are we going to get from HERE to THERE? And what if we didn’t? The worry was incredible. So much “hinged on” those applications. Too much to even imagine the loss. He needed my guidance. He needed my help. No excuse was good enough. It all had to get done and it had to get done then. His future wasn’t going to wait for me to feel better and for me to see clearly again. So we did what we had to do and got them done despite our obstacles.

And here we are. Many months later. Sid home for summer and soon to be entering her Junior year in college. Libs with a Distinguished Scholar Award for keeping a 4.0 her Freshman year. My Reese thriving and ready to take on 2nd Grade. And George, a high school graduate leaving for college in just two short months. I can’t believe we got from THERE to HERE. Their resilience amazes me. They persisted and it all paid off. We made it. THEY made it.

Well, I hope you all have a day where you breathe a BIG SIGH of relief!!!

More harm than good …

Sunday I got my nails done. I spent the entire time in a massage chair. I kept it on the rolling and kneading setting that runs up and down your whole back. At the time it felt wonderful. Now. Not so much. I can no longer use my right shoulder without pain. Swell.

Well, I hope you all have a day where relaxing didn’t cause more harm than good!!!

Mouth guards and relaxing …

Some days you wake up and know that you are either getting nothing done or that it’s going to take a while to get going. It might feel like a struggle at first. A guilty pleasure of sorts. But when you finally accept the lounge-y laziness that a day presents, it can be quite a wonderful thing.

You just have to make sure that your 5 year old is on board with it too. They may seemingly be totally up for laying around all day, even willing to climb back into bed with you for a nap. But beware. The second they get onto your big bed they tend to become very bouncy. And all daredevil like. And good LORDY, be cautious if they bring their electronics with them. Because as relaxed as you may be feeling, that all goes away when they need “help” with their notebook and smash it into your face so you can see up-close what needs fixing.

Right now … I am thankful I still have teeth.

Well, I hope you all have a day where relaxing doesn’t require a mouth guard!!!

Calm the heck down …

Sitting on the couch. Reading. Relaxing. Minding my own business.

Then … a teeny tiny tickle happened.

Aaaaaand I went bat-poop crazy! Flailing around. Screaming. Flopping. Yes, lots of that. And shooing it off me … whatever IT was. 

Truthfully I think it was a hair because there was absolutely NOTHING there that should have caused my insanity spurred convulsions. You’ll be happy to know that when I finally stopped flinching and my heart rate went back down to normal I gave myself a really good subconscious talking to. Good freakin’ lord …

Well, I hope you all had a day where you told yourself to calm the heck down!!!