Monday, March 31, 2014

13.52 motivational monday

We had our annual Sunday School picnic today and I skipped there for a few hours.
Found this young guy hanging out in the tree.
He assured me he is a good tree climber.
At their other house they had a huuuuuge tree that he used to climb in.
No, he never got stuck up there and he never fell.
He just jumped down.
Yup, all the way down!
I believed him.
I've heard tales about this one.

As long as he is the professional tree climber,
he won't need the wisdom of this week's motivation.

Even if you fall on your face, you're still moving forward!
-Victor Kiam
Linking to Leann for the final post of this month!
In case you didn't realize ... that means 25% of this year is gone.
At least you still have 268 days until Christmas.
Keep. Calm.

Monday, March 24, 2014

12.52 motivational monday - the 2nd time around!

Apparently I have the entire hardware store full of irons in the fire,
'cuz I really screwed up this week's post!
My list on my phone didn't match the list that the rest of our circle had.
Voi etta.
Will try this again and am hopeful that this won't happen again.
Just don't hold me to that!
Spring is nature's way of saying, "Let's party!"
-Robin Williams 

Spring use to scream the color yellow to me in the form of dandelions.
This spring ... it is the luscious taste of fresh made lemonade!
Linking to Leann for a view into her spring!

Monday, March 17, 2014

11.52 motivational monday

Just because it hasn't been done before doesn't mean
you shouldn't try it.
- Howard Schultz
I was a tad bit surprised to open the kitchen cabinet the other morning.
Not my usual storage place for Mt. Dew.

Although she denies it,
it just might be the same gal who was just testing
the stethoscope ....

and found that it really does work
like a microphone!
Off to Leann to see what they're trying out over there!

Thursday, March 13, 2014

for the love of pete

I celebrated a birthday this week.
I'm not the big 50 yet, but getting a bit closer than I almost dare to admit.
The folks at work were extra kind and sugared me up
quite properly.
A dozen donuts .....

Enough chocolate cake to keep me plugged up until I'm 80.
Just to keep things honest here .... I am not responsible for the sole consumption
of over 3 pounds of cake.
There is something about this aging business that I'm not crazy about.
Like, does my body have a line on the wall calendar or what?
18 hours before I flipped another year,
I was timing hot flashes like they were contractions.
Like, seriously, what is up with that?
Every 30 minutes ... then every 20 minutes.
I was seriously ready to run for a camera and head to the hospital.
I texted my mom and said thanks.
She didn't reply.
Not 12 hours after that, I managed to bang my head
into an open cupboard door.
If these glasses survive on my face through all this head banging
(this wasn't the first time)
it will be an outright miracle.
My head still smarts ... and that was yesterday!
There's even more but some things just aren't worth sharing.
I was "kicked out" of work a wee bit early that day.
On my way to pick up Tia from school I had an extra 10 minutes so
I buzzed into Goodwill real quicklike.
I'm not a yoga pants wearer.
I stuff myself into blue jeans even after a long shift where you come home
bloated and feeling less than comforable in denim.
Even if it stretches.
Today, I said bag that business!
I came home with a few pair of comfy britches.
If I'm going to be cranking the air conditioner every 30 minutes
and eating chocolate nonstop 
(do you know that the weight of the huge chocolate cake from Costco is 7 pounds?!)
I may as well be comfortable doing it.
In the meantime, I'm seriously wondering what other fun things around the bend!
Don't tell me ... I probably couldn't bear it.

Monday, March 10, 2014

10.52 motivational monday

You are never too old to set another goal
or to dream a new dream.
- C.S. Lewis

Over the past weekend we joined grieving loved ones and friends
in performing the last act of love for Kevin Simonson as he was laid to rest
following a battle with cancer.
Where is the motivation to be found in this tragic event?
Kevin was young, he lived only 56 years on this earth.
There are some people who would walk through that same space of time.
They might dawdle along doing the same thing day in and day out.
That's not a bad thing either, it just wasn't Kevin.
As was so eloquently spoken over the weekend, Kevin ran his race.
He had dreams to fulfill and goals to achieve.
There were other continents to visit, there were cruises to take with his family,
there were bike rides and hunting trips waiting for him.
New goals and new dreams were around the corner that
wasn't meant to be seen or traveled.

Yet, the goal that Kevin was most striving for while he was still on this earth
is his victory.
He has reached Heaven.
We are never too old
for the hope of Heaven.

To you dear loved ones of Kevin who are struggling:
The days ahead of you may be filled with darkness,
feeling the light of life and living is outside your reach.
If for the moment you can't dream a new dream or set a new goal,
then cling to the one we all shared with Kevin.

The goal of heaven and the dreams of being one day reunited ...
with a big hug and a kiss.

Monday, March 3, 2014

9:52 motivational monday

We finally got rain!
Torrents of rain mixed with a little hail.
The view out the front door (I dared not step much further than this)
was rather awe inspiring.
"Promise me you'll always remember: You're braver than you believe,
and stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think."
-Christopher Robin to Pooh
"Promise me you'll never forget how to laugh and to play."
-Mom to Tia
Now a zip off toward Colorado to see what Leann found in the promise.