Staycation Destination

February 24, 2021 at 12:49 am (Creative Non- Fiction, Memoir, Uncategorized) (, , , , )

This week I am on staycation. I have really looked forward to having some time off and as luck always has it, friends are usually not available the week I am off so I keep busy around the house. There are so many projects I put off because either I am too tired or not interested in finishing them up. My office, I finally have it put together the way I want it.(Minus the old computer setting by my closet that is). I am trying to find out if I can recycle it somewhere.

I like to find new recipes to make during my staycation time. I glanced at my B&B booklet I picked up a few years ago when attended the Association Open House Tour. So many easy meal and desert options to explore. With the cold dreary days of winter, I like soups and sandwiches, baked chicken and veggies, and a cobbler for desert.  I am one who puts on instrumental music, set a nice table, pull out my nice dinnerware and set down to a delicious meal. (I do not have a fireplace or I would never leave the living room). I meet with a fun group of ladies for bible study once a week, the rest of my time will find me finishing up cleaning out two rooms of clutter.

When you live in a four season climate, you learn to enjoy all seasons. My least favorites are spring and summer. I do not enjoy the soggy grass and mud being tracked into the house, my allergies kick up, getting ready to plant again, and pulling pesky weeds. I was never one who thought pulling weeds to be relaxing. I have a real simple yard with nice urns and Hydrangea bushes in the front yard. My back yard has several trees and soon to have pergola. In the works is a water feature and I think the yard is complete.

I am glad my late husband and I bought our forever home; I think he would like the changes I have made to the home. I have always love the Victorian era and was give many of my accessories like end tables, a coffee table, my furniture I bought for a steal, my window treatments I bought a J.C. penny’s. The house has been painted inside and out for a fresh look, new bedding, updated bathroom, everything to make my staycation a beautiful place to refresh. Sometimes, I find it difficult to unwind after a hard week in healthcare, coming home for a few days, nourishes my soul so I can continue to give to my residents when I return to work next week.

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Great Neighbors

February 18, 2021 at 3:22 am (Creative Non- Fiction, Memoir, Middle age, Uncategorized) (, , )

The last couple days have seen continued light snow, crazy drivers who think it is still summer roads, staying home being the option, dressing in layers, making a big pot of chili and cornbread.

Waking up in the morning to five inches of snow and a kind neighbor is shoveling my driveway for me. The afternoon more accumulative snow action. The next afternoon, another kind neighbor  used his snow blower to remove the snow off my driveway for me after the snow plow came through.

In a time when people say they don’t even know the neighbors, I am blessed to have part of this neighborhood for the last thirty- six years. Everyone is friendly and and will be there to help in a time of need.

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Time In A Bottle

February 12, 2021 at 1:49 am (Creative Non- Fiction, positive thinking, Uncategorized) (, , , , )

We always wish we could save time in a bottle. A special memory shared with a friend who are no longer here, just one last day at the beach, to visit that spooky haunted house one more time. Sometimes a walk down memory lane can good for the soul.

Sometimes I find myself thinking about how our lives changed after my husband died from his disease. I remember our first valentine’s day and feeling lonely. I had a young son playing in his bedroom so we went on a date to McDonald’s and he played in the playland, going for a treasure hunt in the forest to see who could find the interesting rocks, having lunch at Levi’s school, going to his school plays and field trips with him.

On snowy days, I could always find him outside sledding down a small hill with the neighbor, my dad pulling family around the block with his Willies Jeep and when we couldn’t feel out fingers and toes, going inside the house for hot cocoa and home made cookies, taking Levi to the Spokane Arena to see his favorite Power ranger who took the time to talk with Levi for quite awhile that day. Going camping with friends and family over the weekend for boating, fishing playing on the Skidoos, building a campfire at night and telling ghost stories. I remember when a Dutch Uncle and my dad helped Levi to build his first fort in my parents backyard- it is still standing the test of time.

Life hasn’t always been so fun and games. Being a single parent had presented it’s own challenges. I was mom and dad both and the sole provider to my young son and I. I raised Levi from childhood through his teens- no easy feat. I am proud of the fine young man he had become. I remember how proud he was when he bought his truck. he worked laying carpet at the time, his boss was glad he had another vehicle to carry product. Levi enjoyed laying carpeting and installing granite countertops. hard work looked good on him. I remember the last time I bought him a tank of gas. I asked if I could go with him and ride in his new car. This is the best memory I will ever have. we laughed and joked and when he dropped me off to go home  and we said i love you we had no idea these were the last words we would speak to each other.

we are not promised tomorrow only today, this minute. I have learned to make each minute count and make the most out of everyday. life really is too short to be angry all the time or have a bad attitude. Sometimes, like they say if live gives you lemons, you put in how much sugar you think it takes. Life is worth living and memories are made to share and remembered.

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We Got This

February 4, 2021 at 5:45 am (Creative Non- Fiction, Memoir, Uncategorized) (, , , )

Last week was a real doozy for me literally. My schedule had been changed, it was difficult to remember everything I needed to do. My co- worker and I muddled through the day, both  desiring it to just end. But we both survived the ordeal and neither one of us quit that day. Sometimes, it is hard to remember how powerful words can be, when you are tired, not feeling well, or a miscommunication happens finding it is easy to bite back. The next evening, we had our usual coffee over charting and we were friends again.

Sometimes grace can come in short supply; you have to care for your grandchildren but you have a splitting headache, you wish school could be full- time again, businesses would open back up, we could eat together as a family, we could attend our favorite sport again, go to a concert or a play, go shopping, unmask, I miss a hug, a family gathering not social distancing, actually cooking together and baking with our grandkids, running a real Ironman, going to the park and play with the other kids. It is amazing how different our lives have changed in a year looking back. The ups and downs and personal struggles we have endured that made us stronger.

When they say we got this, yes indeed, we got this.

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Food For Thought

January 27, 2021 at 2:07 am (Creative Non- Fiction, Uncategorized) (, )

 

 

 

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Adventure Tuesday

January 19, 2021 at 3:20 pm (Creative Non- Fiction, positive thinking, Uncategorized) (, , , )

Today is a new day. I say Let’s embrace the sunny skies, the first cup of morning coffee, the joy of getting our little ones off to school, plan on a great staycation this year. Plan on catching up with your best girlfriend over coffee, taking that long awaited scenic drive, breathing in the crisp air, taking a nature hike.

Tomorrow isn’t promised; in these uncertain times, take time to smell how sweet the roses are, your smile brightens someone’s day, someone looks up to you, appreciate what you have and remember how richly blessed you are. Be the sunshine in the midst of all the lemon tasters be the inspiration to others.

There is so much fear right now, with a new Administration coming in soon people are worried about what is around the corner. Fill your day with laughter, friendships, good coffee, gardening, a day- trip, trying a new recipe, baking with the grandkids, movie marathons, apricate the time you are given with loved ones.

 

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It’s A New Day

January 11, 2021 at 12:11 am (Creative Non- Fiction, Uncategorized) (, , , )

Today is a new day. I don’t know about you, but I am going to try and live each day to the fullest.

last night, I finally took down my Christmas decorations and after putting them away I realized I was not wanting to look to the future right now. With all the chaos still going on, the new president, lockdowns, social distancing and mask wearing it feels like we are on 2020 overflow. I decided there is so much I cannot do anything about so I will make the best of what I can everyday.

I have always been one who finds the beauty in each new day. I turned my son’s old bedroom into my dressing room after he moved out. I didn’t know my life would change forever when he died in a tragic car accident the next year. I put his life in pictures on the wall to remember the fun times and laughter he brought to my life. I am proud of the fine young man Levi had become. The holidays are the hardest for me as I do not always feel like decorating the house but I know after I am done it is like he winks down from heaven to say ‘nice job mom’.

Life feels different right now. I know with the pandemic and lockdowns it is different. People have a different attitude about life and moving forward into this year. We do not know what to expect, we wonder what the new normal is going to look like, many worry if they will be able to enjoy sports in the arena like a real game again, the theatre and art galleries, shopping, going to the movies and not streaming, getting together with friends and family again. So much is unknown and yet we are trying our best to carve out a normal today. There is only so much foo’s ball one can play with the kids. In warmer climates, families can at least get out and garden or swim in the pool.

 Some families turned the backyard into a resort retreat. Before the pandemic hit, they renovated the backyard to include a outdoor kitchen, outdoor fireplace, firepit to gather around with friends and family.  Kids were busy with sports and practice, parents work schedules, vacations were getting harder to plan. It is easy to transform a master bedroom into a tranquil retreat new bedding and pillows, the family room gets a makeover with a new rug and decorative pillows, plants do the trick in the walkway leading to the front door. Painting a room can inspire a vacationing look, Online shopping is at an all time high to refresh the home. Home Chef and other meal kits have made it easier than ever to stay safe and get quality meals the whole family can help make.

Our lives look a little different right now, but we will get through this, and in the end, appreciate what we have and who we have around us. Find the beauty in each new day, take the time to smell the roses, and let your loved ones know how much you love them.

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2021 Has Begun

January 6, 2021 at 1:47 am (Creative Non- Fiction, Memoir, Uncategorized) (, , )

I don’t know about you but right about now, I would like to escape to a deserted island setting on a beautiful white sandy beach with a fruity drink with an ambarella sticking out of it and forget the garbage that is going on around us. The virus is out of control, the rush for a vaccine, officials telling hospitals to administer the vaccines or face a $100,00 dollar fine. I heard on the early morning news today that ambulance personnel have the right to decide to transport you or your loved one to the emergency room if they think your loved will not pull through.

I understand the need to get this pandemic under control so we can open back up and start thriving as a country again. Steps are being taken to try and solve the crisis that has taken over, but what will the end result be? The scary reality for me is this is global not just in America or Switzerland. The news are not any more comforting, with constant speculation about what might happen in the coming days. I can understand why so many are just afraid and confused and are lining by by the hundreds to get the vaccine.

I think with all that is going on around us, most have given up on life as it was. We wonder how long we will have to social distance or not be able to gather together to watch football games again, have a outdoor pool party, go to the movies, go shopping again, the Museums and Art Galleries, the Aquarium, all the simple pleasures I am sure we will never take for granted again. People are so fed up that they flew during the holidays and risked being infected. It is almost feeling like being in a Sci-Fi TV Show but you can’t change the channel.

Eventually, we will get back to normal but what will normal look like? Will we ever be able to enjoy the simple pleasures again? Will kids be back in school and getting an education instead of lagging behind? These and many more questions may be answered on the next episode of Soap. Isn’t it what it feels like anymore? We went from a strong economy to this pandemic overnight that was global during an election year to boot. I find this very interesting how the virus effected so many and how it still has lasting effects globally.

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Happier New Years Everyone

January 1, 2021 at 6:26 am (Creative Non- Fiction, Uncategorized) (, , )

This has been quiet the year indeed. There are so many people who are afraid to begin a new year with the uncertain times we live in.

Some think January 1st someone is going to wave a magic wand and the pandemic is going magically disappear. I wish it were true but I feel we have a few months to go. We as a nation will get back a place of normal but until then, we will work together to care for our elderly, vulnerable, our neighbors and get through this.

Some talk we are finished as a nation. I do not believe this statement. I know there are uncertainties we feel as a new administration takes over, we will survive. No one knows what lies ahead but we will keep moving forward to a new year and new possibilities.

Happy New years everyone.  May this new year be your year!

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Happy Birthday

December 27, 2020 at 2:30 pm (Uncategorized)

On my way home this morning, I admired the beautiful drive home. The morning is dense with fog and yesterday’s fallen snow. As I was getting ready to turn onto my street, I noticed three deer crossing the road heading to the river. I smiled because today is my son Levi’s heavenly birthday. I think my son is smiling down at me and laughing his mischievous laugh.

I love and miss him, but on this day, I will remember the special gift I was given and can reminisce what a fine young man my son had become.

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