Monday, May 21, 2018

Chuckles and Chortles

Happy Monday, everyone. How was your weekend? Did you do anything fun or interesting or inspiring? Did you get a chance to kick back and relax? Did you get out and about? Yesterday we drove to a small city about 40 minutes away to meet my older daughter and her boyfriend for brunch. It was very nice to see them and catch up on news. They're both doing well. My daughter is going on her first business trip next month and the two of them have been discussing buying a house. These are such...grownup...things. Where did the years go? I still remember her wide-eyed and bushytailed on her first day of kindergarten. *sigh*

Now let’s get to the funny stuff, so we can all laugh a little.

Have a good one!

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

You Asked, I Answer (First Years Of School, Influences, Worldview)

Last week I was in Montreal and never got around to answering your questions. Today I'm getting to the last two of the year.

Let’s do it!


Jim asked:
Your first couple of years in school......what incident/situation/event stands out the most for you?

There are a few such moments. One of them is my first day of school. I was overjoyed to finally be going. I even remember one of my teachers very well (we had two). Her name was Miss Brennan and she had long brown, silky hair. She was wearing a pretty mini dress and those exceedingly popular Dr Scholl's exercise sandals that were all the rage back then. I thought she was the goddess of wisdom! Read a post about that first day here.

Another incident that stands out is the first sentence I read. This was one of the most exciting moments of my young life because I was really eager to learn how to read and write, so I could enjoy the stories in books. My fanaticism love for books goes way back, possibly while in the womb (slight exaggeration).

Then there’s my first crush in first grade that makes me feel all gooey inside whenever I think about it. His name was Michael, and I liked him so much that I snuck him into my home one day after school. We made a beeline for my room where I showed him my toys and books and all the things that were special to me. Things were going well until I realized that although I had successfully snuck him in, I might not be able to successfully sneak him out. You can read the full story here:

But the most precious thing during those first couple of years of school was my father’s pride in me and how he affectionately called me his “little teacher”.


E asked:
Who has had the greatest influence on your life and worldview?

My brother Steve, my first best friend, had a huge influence in my life. He was only 11 months old when I arrived into the world and we were inseparable from that moment on. We created an abundance of memories and we adored one another.

The second person who had an even bigger influence in my life is my father. No matter how busy he was, how far he’d have to travel, what was going on or what was needed, he’d drop everything and be there for me. He loved me unconditionally and made me feel special. The sun rose each day for him because of me and he never failed to remind me of that until his very last breath many decades later.

My father died in 2007 and my brother Steve died four years later. These were two of my biggest allies in life and you can just imagine how devastated I was when I lost them, and how misplaced I felt for the longest time. It was like the foundation beneath my feet had been shattered.

As for my worldview, I’d have to step outside of my inner circle, or upbringing, really, because it’s possible that I’m the most liberal and free thinking of them all, aside from my two daughters. Most of the influence for that was brought on by books, inner reflection and research, and by meeting diverse people throughout my life that opened my mind and broadened my horizons. Had I simply adopted the view of the community I grew up in and the church I attended, I’d be a completely different person than I am today with completely different opinions. Early on in life, I decided I didn’t agree with many of the things I’d been taught, so I changed direction and paved my own road. I’ve never looked back since and have zero regrets.

And that ends this year’s questions to all your answers. It’s been a lot of fun. Thank you to everyone who participated. I really appreciated it! Enjoy the day.

Monday, May 14, 2018

Chuckles and Chortles

Happy Monday, blogging pals. How is everyone doing? I hope you all had a lovely weekend. I'm keeping this post short and sweet because I've got a very busy day ahead. So let's get to the funny stuff right away. Laugh out loud and make sure to have a wonderful day ahead!

Friday, May 11, 2018

This Week

Happy Friday, friends! How are you all doing? I hope you’ve been enjoying a lovely week. Our weather here has been pretty awesome except for yesterday, which was grey and gloomy. But we need a little rain in the spring, no? I think so. Today we’re back to lots of sunshine.

We spent Wednesday in Montreal. We started by visiting our moms for lunch...separately. I dropped off the most amazing man in the world at his mom’s around noon and then drove over to my mom’s. We decided to do this for two reasons: 1) have a private visit with them and 2) save time. The latter allowed us to do other things while in the city. It was a fun day. Except for dealing with the congestion. And the crazy drivers.

Here is another photo of my daughter’s beautiful cat Obi.

This furry girl is doing remarkably well in our home while her human mama is traveling around Southeast Asia this month. Enjoying things like this:

Isn't this image just spectacular? My daughter is singing praises about the culture and the people of Thailand. Read what she writes about it in this post on her blog: What Makes Thailand So Unique

We learn a lot and open up our minds when we immerse ourselves in other cultures. There is no greater education than traveling. I am so glad she’s experiencing this.

I’m only going to share one piece of art this week, mostly because I’m too lazy to sort through images and prepare them. I’m choosing the one below because - for whatever reason - creating it made me ridiculously happy. It’s such a simple drawing, really, and yet it brought me the most joy.

Today the plan is to get outside and start cleaning up. We have to remove weeds and chop down unwanted bushes to get them ready to be dug up. I can’t say I’m looking forward to this grunge work but it has to get done. If we don’t get this out of the way, we’ll never be able to rebuild the flower beds and start planting things. Right now there is no garden appeal whatsoever on our property and it’s quite sad. So grunge work it is...sigh...

I think that’s enough for today. Have a wonderful weekend, everyone!

Monday, May 7, 2018

Chuckles and Chortles

Happy Monday to all. How was your weekend? Did you do anything special or interesting? We went for our first bike ride yesterday and it was great. I had forgotten how much fun it is. And what a terrific workout you get, too.

As you know, we are taking care of my daughter's cat Obi while she and her boyfriend travel in Southeast Asia this month. Yesterday was one week since we brought Obi home with us and within that short period she and our two cats have adapted wonderfully. Cats can make a big stink with new additions or changes, so I'm very grateful for the smooth transition and the peace in our home.

Speaking of my daughter, before she left, I asked her what she looked forward to on her trip and she said one thing she was excited about was seeing the elephants. And then I saw this:

When I saw this image that I stole borrowed from her Instagram page to share with you, it made me so happy that I shed a few tears. I am such a sap! And very excited that she is experiencing these joyful adventures.

Now let's get to the funny stuff.

Have a good one!