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How many heartbeats does one person have in a lifetime??

An old friend from years past got me thinking about this…heartbeats…how many have I used and how many do I have left…and how exactly will I spend them?

So…let’s say I live to be 75 (average life expectancy) …that gives me 15 more years of heartbeats at a rate 72  of beats a minute…to use…I am not going to bore you with the math.

Hmmm….it seems I have used up a good percentage of MY available heartbeats…so I had better not waste what may be remaining.

I also got wondering…how did  I spent all those past heartbeats ?

AND  SO….

Some years ago I spend numerous heartbeats … writing children’s stories/poems.  Last week when cleaning out a space in my home, I found a binder with all the creations I had long since forgotten about. In thinking about heartbeats…I thought I would share some of them here on this blog …I suppose in doing this…

 This is a way of sharing my present and past heartbeats with all of you.??

Sam…Don’t

My mom will always tell me

“No, no, you shouldn’t, don’t

I find that quite confusing

Cause normally I won’t

But when she says “don’t do that !!!”

Whatever that might be

She makes me think about it

I get confused…you see???

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When mom says please don’t do that

the first thing that I think

I really want to try that

Before I can even blink

Like when she says “don’t eat that”

before she has a clue

that thing if right inside my mouth

And I begin to chew

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When in the tub… mom always says

“Don’t splash and please no bubbles”

But splashing makes the bath such fun

Which always causes trouble

Why does mom say “Don’t touch that” ??

Cause it makes me want to try

And so I touch it quickly

And then she wonders why??

On days when it is rainy

with big  puddles on my street

Why does she yell  “No splashing Sam”

Then… I can’t control my feet

And when I crawl in bed at night

Mom says  ” Don’t suck your thumb”

But that just makes me want to

Isn’t that just  dumb?

Mom gives me straws to drink my milk

Then says “No blowing bubbles”

If she would just not say such things

I’d cause her fewer troubles

My mother always tells me

She wants me to be good

If she didn’t give such fun ideas

I’d behave…I know I could.

Written by…ME…

Sally Unrau … May 23, 2006

Thanks for sharing my heartbeats today….I hope you enjoyed the first of many kids stories.

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I go to nature to be soothed and healed, and to have my senses put in order.
John Burroughs

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I have spent hours on our lake waters the past three years…and each year I am amazed by the changes of the landscape and the wildlife that find a home within.  However…. …Where are all the ducks, geese, small wading birds and muskrat???   Why would there be many one year and almost none  the next???

The only thing that comes to mind is the differing water levels each year.  This year the lake water were extremely high…and moving too fast….could that be the reason???

Was there no place for nesting to take place??   I miss  watching the young grow up…and looking forward to finding them each time I  visit the lake.

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 However…the  Turtles…the beautiful painted turtles seem to be a constant in the landscape…everyday around 10 am.

I love to float beside them …near the reeds…as they  hug a piece of driftwood and raise the heads toward the sun in unison, is always a special moment.

thCAXRF6AP For everything you have missed, you have gained something else, and for  everything you gain, you lose something else.

Ralph  Waldo Emerson

Yes…I am missing something this summer…. the creatures …however…I have  spent more time observing the trees and the plants as they grow and change during the summer…more than ever before.  I have observed the changing of the shores…how the rain , sun and wind affect the growth, in and around the waters edge… how the water surface explodes some days with new growth…and how it can  visually change from being glasslike in one spot yet  choppy with waves in another.

Ahhhh…change.  Mother Nature seems to embrace it and accept the consequences .

Now…if only I could be as flexible as she.

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Hope is the state which promotes the belief

in a good outcome related to

events and circumstances in one’s life..

Think about it for a minute….unconciously we are all… hoping…hoping everyday…all the time without even thinking….. hoping that it will be sunny…hoping that we get to work on time…hoping the traffic  light does not turn red….hoping  you will  receive an email from a friend….and the list could go on and on.  We hope all the time.

        There are of course… times when hoping is what helps us to get through a tough day or a difficult time and is more conscious thought.

   It is at those moments  when having hope is what gets us through the day.

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Hope, like the gleaming taper’s light,

adorns and cheers our way;

and still, as darker grows the night,

Emits a brighter ray. 

   [Oliver Goldsmith]

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Now… I am the first to say that, by just hoping ,we cannot  make sure a good outcome to occur…however…it can sure make you feel better…more positive about the possible future…

So if all of this is true…why would we ever,ever want to…TAKE AWAY ANOTHER PERSON’S HOPE?

Oh no..!!!!!  Makes me wonder.. have I ever taken away someone’s hope??

Have you found your place….next to another?

Do you both sparkle?

Do we help each other sparkle?

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This got me wondering  about sparkling….do I sparkle?

….How about you?…..have you found your place?…your constellation??

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…Do you sparkle?….do you care?

I think there are days when we all sparkle….however….I know there are days when I don’t.

Hmmmmm……

I wonder …is  there is a way to keep my  sparkle ??….

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a96735_heligan-head     So….here we all are….looking forward to another year….  !!!      Will it be full of things that never were????

For me….for the past 3 years….I have  made and kept a New Year’s resolution… I know that most people say….Bah, Humbug….to any kind of resolutions…We have all made them and tried our best to keep them with little or no success…so why bother???….Well…I have come up with a way  to be able to make and keep a resolution….easily……The trick is to decide on a change that adds to your life….not one that causes stress

For example….one year I vowed to buy only vine ripened tomatoes when available….nothing less….then there was the NOT turning on the radio in the car unless driving more than 16 kms….how nice and quiet my rides were….and last year I decided to ….around the first of each month…to go clothes shopping for an item or two….to help update my shabby wardrobe.   Now you must admit…..very easy resolutions to make….and follow through on.  Not a bit of stress involved ….and the feeling of accomplishment at the end of each year.  And these resolutions I have continued to carrry on till the present!!!!!

So….now comes the difficult part….coming up with a new resolution for 2013…..but thanks to some friends of mine….on New Year/s eve….we did some brainstorming on possible ideas for resolutions…..such as….

  • Once a month…..do a first….maybe trying a new food….or…buying a new kind of soap or shampoo ….or….watching a new tv show…or…how about just brushing your teeth with your other hand…or maybe going into a store you have never visited ….pay for a stranger’s coffee …etc. etc…!!!
  • Once a month….Taking one item out of my freezer downstairs and using it….(I keep putting items in but never take them out) so it might be an adventure for me

I am feeling that the freezer idea will be it for me in 2013 ….I think  once a month ….would be a good way to go this year…..Now I am a bit excited to find out what is lurking in that freezer downstairs. ….I am just going to have to come up with a date to start…..hmmmm….I suppose if I do it sometime during the first week of each month….will be it…..Hmmmm…although the thought of firsts really intrigues me …..could I maybe….do both…????

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Could  this is be a gentle way to step out????

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Expectations

looking forward to…anticipation a looking for as due,proper, or necessary thing looked forward to…a reason or warrant for looking forward to something;…prospect for the future, as of advancement or prosperity…the probability of the occurrence, duration, etc. of something

We all have expectations….of life….of our friends and family….of events….and ourselves……..we have expectations of zillions of things.

Many of those we are not even conscious of…take for example….a voice on the radio….. I can listen to that voice for a long time without much thought about the person ….until one day … I  when I saw  a photo of that …VOICE/person… I was surprised with what I saw…I don/t know what I had expected… however…what I saw did not seem to fit… I actually was impressed with what I saw..

So that goes to show that our expectations can not only disappoint us….but in some cases…far excede our expectations….What made me think about this subject was this …my blog.  Upon developing it my thoughts were….hmm…not exactly sure what to write….and if I do…who will even want to read it?

To my surprise….it now has over 31,000 hits…and I have to say…I am quite amazed about that….and on top of that….people actually took the time to comment….I did take a break from writing….but with the winter months rushing in…and the snow on it’s way….and seeing how many hits I have gotten….I am motivated….I am in a writing mood once again.

How about you….have you experienced any….”GREAT EXPECTATIONS ” lately???

The greater danger for most of us lies not in setting our aim too high and falling short; but in setting our aim too low, and achieving our mark.
Michelangelo

Yes…only one life….that is all we are allowed….all we are given to make use of ….

….ours to use in what ever way we want….

There are no reruns….no chances to do it over again…to do it better or different…THIS IS IT !!!

You must have control of the authorship of your own destiny.  The pen that writes your life story must be held in your own hand.  ~Irene C. Kassorla

Are you holding the pen that is writing your story…your life???….Are you in control of your own destiny???….As the hours tick..tick…tick …away….hours that belong to only you…are you happy in how they are passing????

I must admit…until breast cancer became a part of my life….I don’t think I really thought about it too much…My life was so busy I never had time to stop and reflect…to really think about it….But when your life is in jeopardy…when you are not sure if you have much of  it left to live…there comes a strange awakening…an Epiphany of sorts…. which made me suddenly  feel my time was more important than ever before…and…there came a feeling of ownership of the future hours left in my life….I now felt that ..as long as I did not impose on …or negatively affect anyone else….I was going to  spend my time as I really wanted….without feeling guilty….If I wanted to watch TV for hours???…why not…after all …it is my time to spend !!…or…like now…kayaking…if I want to be …out on the lake every morning….and spend my hours that way…I will.

It has  taught me how important  time is….it has also taught me that….my time is no more important than yours…and vise versa….I believe that our minutes are  precious….they are ours to use as we wish….To  waste another person’s time… is a travesty …a crime….Each of our life’s time is limited…and…we cannot retrieve it once it is gone….we can only use it…enjoy it…No one should be allowed to steal any of it from us.

I think of life itself now as a wonderful play that I’ve written for myself,

and so my purpose is to have the utmost fun playing my part. 

~Shirley MacLaine

What kind of play have your written for yourself …so far????

 

 

Yes…there may come a day when our life will flash before our eyes…would ours be worth watching???

Have you ever had a moment … a moment when something caused your life to flash before you???…a moment when something  caused you to take a serious look at the years that have passed. ..how you have  spent them..something that made you wonder about the years to come and how you will spend them???…If your life flashed before you today…can you say…Yes…it was worth watching or do you think you would want to change the channel ???

Wouldn’t it be wonderful if we had the ability to look back…and change the channel if we did not like what flashed before us???

Well…we all know that is not possible…what is past is past…However .. if our life has not been worth watching…or if our life could be a better watch…do we have the capacity to change that???…Can a person make their life…a …more worth while watch??…In the hustle and bustle of our daily routine…can a person make changes  to  their own channel???…Can we work to change  the inevitable “life flashing  before our eyes” so we will be happy with the channel our life has been on???

That got me wondering…Is it possible in looking back…  that what we see flash before our eyes …is in part …reality combined with our  perceived reality???…Is it possible that the life that might flash before us…is a mixture of…people and events and behaviors…that we have come to believe as our life…but may not have actually occurred as we remember???….Can there be memories of our lives…that  have been manufactured by others…or…redesigned by ourselves to suit our needs and attitudes ???

Reality is merely an illusion, albeit a very persistent one.  Albert Einstein

I wonder about this …as there are days I pick up an old journal I have written …and…I read and find to my surprise that…what I wrote about an event or feeling or behavior of a certain day…is very different from what I… now remember it to have been….In some cases it may have been only a few years and still…my memory has …over time… become distorted…So now I wonder about… if my life flashes before me one day…will it be my real life or my life distorted by time and the tricks my memory might have played.

So now I wonder…How  much of my life …that I remember to be my life…really is???…How much is a distortion of it???…When my life flashes before me one day…will I truly be watching my channel or might it be a bad connection somewhere…causing distortion???…

Only in quiet waters do things mirror themselves undistorted.

Only in a quiet mind is adequate perception of the world.

Hans Margolius

Think about it….How quiet are  your waters ???…How distorted are your  perceptions???



I have been invited to take part in an internet radio series about resilience.

I suppose my next post should be about just that…resilience!!

I found this quote and it made me smile…

mostly because…

even in it’s shortness… it says so much.

be kind whenever possible…it is always possible

This simple little statement made me wonder … it sounds so simple…BE KIND…yet in practice…it is not…However…for  us to be kind…it does not cost us anything…it does not hurt us…it doesn’t take much of our time…and….we all know how to do it…so why then… is it so difficult???

I would guess that we can all very easily…think of a time  when someone …was  NOT kind to us…when someone said or did something that hurt…that made us feel bad…or….how about the times when…we have done that to others…when we have not been kind.

Why if being kind… is such an easy thing to do….do people choose NOT TO  BE..?

I would like to believe that …we all want to be kindwe all do our best to be …as kind as we can be…so why are there times we are not??… Could it be that we don’t really think about it?? …Could it be that we don’t realize our unkindness??…Could  it be that we are in such a rush to get on with our lives….that we sometimes…forget about those around us??…Maybe it is that we are just too tired to even consider it some days…being kind.

I think you would agree that. ..people love it when  someone is kind to them…..and that…it sure make us feel good when we are kind to someone… so why then… why wouldn’t we all want to be kinder to each other …more often???…Do we not like feeling good???….Is it that other things and emotions ….get in our way and make being kind … more difficult than it should be?

Sure we all partake in those special little acts of kindness…those good Samaritan acts… But what about our everyday actions??…How kind conscious are we with them???…How kind conscious are we to our kids…our husbands….the people we see everyday??…How kind are we from minute to minute???…Is it possible to be kinder…or not???…If there were a seminar on learning to be kind….how many of us would consider taking part?.

How kind do you want to be???… Think about it.

Be kind whenever possible…it is always possible

isn’t it???




Last night…I was given the gift of laughter…over and over an over again…as wonderful friends…entertained me with photos…stories…gifts…cards…writings..books…and songs…that I will never forget..!!  What a night!!!!…I was encouraged to wear…  a plastic , glittery tierra…a shiny beaded necklace…a mask …. as I blew out candles …did  blowing of soap bubbles in the frozen outside with friends…Lots of clowning around all night…made me feel…Forever Young.

So…Why did they do that you might ask???…Why give me the gift of laughter???….Well…Maybe because they just wanted to …or…maybe because it has been a long winter and we all needed a laugh…or…could it be because I sent out invites to all of them…and asked for it…a night of laughter????…Yes…I did ask for laughter….and why not???…Remember the old song…It’s my party and I’ll cry if I want to???….Well….I thought it was time to change that to…It’s my party and I’ll laugh if I want to…and so…being my party… I laughed…and laughed and laughed…I laughed so hard..for so long …that my cheeks actually ached  !…I must say..it is all … “Thanks to a bunch of wonderful friends !!..the why is not important.  

So that got me to wondering about…asking  for and receiving something…versus… hoping/wishing  and waiting for…something to appear or occur in our lives….But how many of us…who really want something  from someone..do nothing to get it ???…How many of us… would rather wait and wish and hope???…and …how many of us find…we  are only  disappointed time after time???…How often do we NOT get what we would like???….How often do we keep waiting…keep not acting or asking???

Is it possible that if we don’t ask or act…we could be waiting forever???….Is it possible that  we could be constantly dissapointed…over and over again???…Does all the wishing and hoping… give us what we would like..???…Have you ever really thought about that???…Now I am the first to say that wishing and hoping are great attributes..in some situations…and definitely have their place… in the bigger scheme of things.

However…Many years ago…when my mortality was staring me in the eyes…I began to think about all the little things I had always hoped to get…the little things I had always wished would happen ..the little things that had now… become big things …Those  very little things that…the  longer they never occurred …the bigger they became… in my mind…It is not a bucket list but rather….my little plastic pail  list…..I began to look at that list and decided it was time to take action…Just like the other night…for my birthday asking  for a night of laughter…and…laughter I got!~!!..How simple was that????….All I had to do was …ASK ..!!

How did I feel about that???…Asking for something???….Would it have been better to get it without asking???…Might I have gotten it if I didn’t ask???? …well…I will never know….but with my cheeks still aching from the laughter I received…it couldn’t have been …any better !!!

“Stop the mindless wishing that things would be different. Rather than wasting time and emotional and spiritual energy in explaining why we don’t have what we want, we can start to pursue other ways to get it.”

Greg Anderson

So..my question is….what are we all waiting for.???…If there is something you would like.. !!! …It doesn’t matter if it is a laugh from your friends…roses from your husband….a wonderful gift for your birthday….it might even be a night out at a restaurant for dinner….or…a little hug…or maybe…that simple little swivel disc for exercising…(that is a story for a later day)…If you want it ….act/ask…why have we been waiting ????….

Do all  good things come to those who wait????…..or rather…is it…Ask and you shall receive…!!!

Hmmm….something to ponder….


Inside every older person is a younger person wondering what  happened.

As another decade passes for me…in my mind…I do wonder…What the hell happened…for sure…However…I am..for sure… a young person…at least that is my perception of me…How about you???…Young…old…in between…not sure??…Well as each year passes…I tend to check my inner age…and funny thing…it never seems to change much…but why is it then…that the mirror reflects ..Grey hair??? Wrinkles???…Who the heck is that person in the mirror????….Hmmm…Maybe we shouldn’t have all those mirrors… might we be more content without them???

So…It is because of the passing of another birthday for me…that…Today I want to say a word or two about Face Book…Yes..I said Face Book…What might a birthday have to do with Face Book?????…What does the passing of another year have to do with…that social network you either love or hate…that network that they even made a movie about…the movie that I watched while flying over the Pacific ocean last week….Face Book… Well…I am one of those people who love this social network… it keeps me in touch with friends and family who live far away…it allows me to see photos of them and what they are up to….it connects me to people I might never have the chance to see…However…I must admit… at times I can hate it…like when I read  that someone baked a cake …or that someone did not get any sleep last night…or that someone is having a tough day at work…etc…???…What is that all about???…

However…yesterday was one of those days I loved it….Why???….well…I received over 40 emails…over 40 birthday wishes…from family…friends…acquaintances…and even people I have never met… saying Happy Birthday…through Face Book….You may say…ahh…but it only took them a minute to do so…Yes…I will agree with that….the messages  were simple and short…and probably took less than 60 seconds to send…but you know what???…all of those people could have spent that minute …that moment in time….doing something else…but they chose to think of me  …and without Face Book…that moment in time would have been missed…a moment when we were on each others minds….and how cool is that!!!!

So I would say to all of you who use Face Book …Every once in a while…take just a minute…take a minute and connect with someone…Give them a minute of your time …just 60 seconds….and know that when you do so… not only will you be thinking about that person…but they will be thinking about you…as well.

Isn’t it those moments …those moments when we think of someone else…or some one else thinks of us…that bring a smile to our face???…Are not those moments …sometimes…just as important…just as welcomed…as any bigger ones???…Think of all the moments/minutes…are lives are made up of…all the minutes/moments that we remember…all the moments that we shared…or still can share…how precious a moment can actually be !!  So…instead of wondering …”what the hell happened”…instead of wondering where the time went…maybe we should all …instead…think about…were we want our time to go???…How we want to spend our future moments???

Do you have any idea …. how you will spend the next… moments …in your life????

To all of you who have a birthday in February like me….I wish you a HAPPY ONE !!

Is there anyone out there whose birthday falls on Feb. 16th too????

So far…me…Cindy…and Neil…any others?????

 

Yes…You may have guessed…I have been away on holiday…Maui Hawaii to be exact….great to get away for all the snow and cold to break up the cold Manitoba winter..

I am now back and ready to blog once again…   However…as I am still in the process of unpacking…it may be a bit before I have time to sit down and write….lots to share.


“Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak.

Courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen.” 

— Sir Winston Churchill

Courage….ever think about it….you and courage???….Is it having the strength to stand up and speak???…or…Is it being strong enough to sit down and listen???…..Or…is courage having the knowledge….to know WHEN to stand or  when to sit???…Is such courage something that we learn or something we are born with???…Is courage something we can all aspire to…or…is it something alludes us???

It all makes me wonder …if there was some kind of meter…a meter that could measure….this courage…A meter that  could measure…not how often you speak up or sit and listen…but rather…the success of those moments you do so…the appropriateness of them…A meter that could measure the times you …courageously fought your impulses…and instead…showed  your courage…showed your ability to control   actions and not let them control you….If we had such a meter…10 being the most courageous…1 being the least….how would you fare???…a 3… 5…or are you a  9???….Is it possible for anyone to be a 10??

There are times when our emotions cause us to be impulsive…to make wrong decisions…to make situations worse and more difficult…They are the times when we act before we think….when we don’t have all the information…when courage is the very last thing in our minds….when our focus is off…our perspective is all wrong…It is at those times that our meter…if we had one…would register much closer to zero!!

So next time you go to say something in a moment of  emotion…consider… should you  STAND/SPEAK…or…. SIT/LISTEN…and think about that meter and where you would like it to read….zero or ten????  …How courageous can  you be????

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A golden Monopoly board…

Yes…did you decide whether to make a resolution or not????….and…if you did…did you choose one yet???…or are you still sleeping on it???

As for me…I have chosen a few actually…I thought about it a lot and decided on this one…I will go shopping…and buy one piece of clothing…at the start of each new month…Now how is that for an addition to my life….Maybe you shop all the time…but I don’t and it is about time….also….On New Year’s Eve my husband and I filled a box with a few of our bad habits we are willing to try to get rid of….tossed the box  into a fire …along with my Breast Cancer Radiation mold…out with the old…as they say….and…I will do my best …to keep these resolutions…and bring in the new.

Have any of you heard of the 21 day theory????….What it states is that….if you do…or stop doing….something for 21 days…consecutively…it will then become a habit….If for some reason on day 19…you slip…you must begin all over again with day one….I will attest to the fact that I have tried it in the past…with teeny weeny things….and yes… it actually works!!!….how ever… the difficult part is reaching day 21…And so…I am on day 5 …with bad habits under control….and doing quite good so far…but…I will not begin to feel good until I wake up on Jan. 22…and… am able to look at my calendar with 21 x’s on it….and…with any hope…my bad habits will have skedaddled….for good!!!

So…how about you…making any changes for 2011????

Got to go…have not done my January clothes shopping yet!!!..Yikes!!! ….Hmm…will it be a shirt…pants…sweater…??? …Usually just finding something that fits is the biggest battle….so off I go to battle with  …debit card in hand…and the car gassed up.

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Before I go…I will leave you with one picture.  My newest virtual collection will begin tomorrow……till then

How is that for snapping a photo …at the most interesting time…now that could make a fun holiday photo!!!

Just like a birthday….a new year needs to be embraced…just the fact that you …are… there to embrace it…is reason enough to  do so…don’t you think???

Happy New Year

to all my visitors and their families

 

Another NEW YEAR…another beginning…another chance to make those resolutions…and with only two more days left…it is time to do some thinking on that.

A New Year’s resolution is something that goes in one year and out the other.

I wonder how many out there have even thought about it at all….I wonder if anyone has a wonderful…different resolution…they want to attempt to  try…attempt to be successful at…I think the trick is to decide on one you can actually do!!!…One that we can blend into our lives…one that will make us feel good…not bad…and one that will add to our life.

Now of course we have all tried the …eat better…lose weight…exercise more…only to fail miserably at it…only to feel bad in a few months…Valiant attempts mean nothing  when it comes to New Year’s resolutions…So why do we keep doing it???…making resolutions that is???…Why do we keep trying and keep failing…and the next year…go and do the same thing???…I thought wisdom was supposed to come with age…so why then…with each new year…each year we are older… are we not wiser when it comes to resolutions???

So now…it is time for a change…time to start a new year…not with the hope of keeping a resolution…but with the excitement of adding one to our lives…why not???…It seems that most resolutions we have made in the past ….consist of trying to NOT do something …such as no more candy bars….no more chips…no more procrastinating…no more ____….

How about this year you add something little and concrete to your life…and make it easy and doable…like…getting a smile once a day (all you have to do is give one)…or…buy a new pair of socks once a month….or…buy someone’s coffee at Tim’s or Starbucks next time you are there…how about…have fresh flowers in the house regularly…or…once in a while when you decide to send an email/get on the phone instead…There are zillions of ideas…Yes some of mine involve spending a bit of money…but truly…aren’t we going to spend it somehow anyway???…so why not use it to make your ..and possibly …someone elses day…just a tiny bit  better????

Ahhh resolutions…I am sure many of you are going…BAh humbug…no resolutions for me!!!….but…I would encourage you to think again…think about what you might be missing without one….consider that…this is not about changing…it is adding to your life…and now really…is it possible that your life is so perfect???

And so…with two days left to ponder…I will do just that…and I am bound and determined to come up with that little addition to my life…Let’s see…in the past it was…buying only vine ripened tomatoes when grocery shopping…another year was…enjoy the quiet when driving in my Honda  (radio off)…and…giving a hug a day…..and I was able to do them all…to this day..Hmmm..so what will I add for 2011…I must brainstorm…

….3 days left till the big morning!!!

Remember when you were a kid….and you did some serious thinking about…what you wanted for Christmas???…Making lists…cutting pictures out of catalogs…writing letters to Santa????

How about now….Do you ..ever really …seriously…think about …what you want for Christmas???…How about this year???

Today I received something that did just that…Made me think about what I really want for Christmas this year….Today I received an email …one with some very tragic news…which gave me cause to pause…and think .

You see…the email informed of a high school classmate…(whom I have not been in contact since grad in 69)…who… while on vacation with his wife…took a  serious fall hitting his head on a wall…sending him to hospital….One thing led to another…and…the outcome was a  tragic one…The email was sent  by …Keith…a fellow 69  high school grad…to a group of his us …and what followed was moving….You see…his facebook page started to fill up with comments…they kept coming in …from all of us….from all over north america….with condolences to the family…and to he who was a good friend of Tim’s….All I can say is….It was nothing short of …overwhelming!!!..No way for anyone to have to spend the holidays.

Wow…I will admit…I don’t really remember “Tim” much…however….the news of his passing… made me stop and think about life…how very precious it is…how fragile it is…and how in a split second…lives can be ended and/or changed forever…I have to say…social networking…may at times be overrated…but thanks to Face-book and Classmates…a wonderful…emotional…. reconnecting was able to occur…which I would hope…might  be comforting to  ….Tim’s family…and to Keith…a good friend of Tim’s.

So… what do you want for Christmas this year???…

Me???…well…right about now….All I want is …to be able to enjoy…. just one more Christmas season…in the comfort of  family and friends.

Only 9 days left????

Need a giggle during all the hustle and bustle of the season???…Check this video out —

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rkHwhz-3yJg sorry…having trouble with this link…

you can cut and paste it into your browser…or….google…you tube…message from the monkey queen.

Where did the past month go???…I am not ready yet…Every year I say that same thing…and every year Christmas comes…ready or not!!…So let’s see now…most cards are out…gifts that have to be sent …are…the decorations are all in place…Christmas oranges are on in the bowl…Christmas eve and day are planned…as well as New Year’s eve…so what’s left???….I still have a few gifts to buy and wrap.

Each year at about midnight on Christmas Eve…I spend time wrapping the last of the gifts…If you are like me…I am usually wondering why oh why…didn’t I do all of this earlier in the day/week???…however…each year…I find myself doing the same thing…Wrapping the final items…while I would much rather be cozied up in our bed…

But I have vowed….. NOT THIS YEAR!!!…No way!!…This year I am going to arrive home from  Christmas Eve  activities…put on my PJ’s and get into bed…You heard me..no late wrapping for me…no sir…not going to happen.…not this year.   (reminders from all of you would be welcome)

Something just popped into my mind…this could be a fun idea…The Holiday Song  Alphabet …I can’t find songs for all the letters…can you???  (without checking in your song books or on the internet???)…Would your list be different???  Fun activity to do  alone …or…at a family gathering…you can even try singing  as much as everyone can… of each song.

All I want for Christmas …  B…   Chestnuts roasting on an open fire …  deck the halls…  e … f.. . Go Tell it on the Mountain… Hark the Herald Angels Sing …  It came upon a midnight Clear…   Jingle Bells …  k … Little Town of Bethlehem…  m…  n… O holy night….  q…  r … Silent Night…Twelve Days of Christmas…Up in the rooftop … v … White Christmas … x … y…  z

The funny thing about this is…I am so not musical at all…hmmm…Could it be …that I have …. some hidden musical desires…that comes out only at Christmas time???

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