6/14/16

Happy 47th Anniversary!

Hey everyone!  Here we are, another year older and celebrating another anniversary!  I feel so truly blessed and pinch myself often as a reminder of just how lucky I am to have found this outstanding man, who loves me in spite of my many quirks.



Blushing bride!

Oh, wow, I was young and teensy!  I cannot believe that dress was a Size 6!

Here we are with two of the most precious people in my life, my grandparents.  Hubby's grandparents died when he was quite young, so he didn't mind that my grandparents "scooped" him in and loved him as their own.  He was pretty crazy about them, too!  I am so grateful that our children got to meet and spend even a small bit of time with their wonderful Great-Grandparents.  I think about them often and hope they are looking down on our family and feeling happy.

Don't you just love the cute little hat?  Well, I was wearing gloves, too!  This "Going Away" outfit created some giggles when I had to go into a pharmacy a couple of hours into our trip to purchase my birth control pills that I had forgotten to pack -- oh, yes, the pharmacist was quite amused!

This past year has been quite the wild ride, physically and emotionally.  The loss of several friends and family, and my own diagnosis of breast cancer would put a monumental strain on anyone.  What could make some relationships weak, proved to strengthen ours.  I've said many times over the course of chemo, surgery and radiation, that this man is my rock; without his love and strength, my cancer journey would have been so much more difficult and could have had a far different outcome.



Now, looking at 47 years, I am so happy to have had this wonderful man in my life for all these many years.  We have weathered many storms, celebrated wonderful events like the birth of both of our children and our children's children, provided solace in times of need; and through everything, have remained strong for each other.  People always seem so shocked when we say we've been married for so many years and often ask what our secret is.  I don't think there is a secret to a good marriage, but my advice, if anyone wants to know is:
                                                     a)  Be good friends
                                                     b)  Be honest, but not hurtful, & trust each other
                                                     c)   Love deeply 
                                                     d)   Forgive and forget petty issues
                                                     e)   Be willing to say "I'm sorry" and mean it

Would I marry this sweet man all over again?  You betcha'!


5/11/16

Procrastination, Projects & a Much-Needed Bloggy Break

Hey everyone!  I hope all of you had a wonderful Mother's Day weekend and got to spend it with the people you love and cherish.  We had a quiet and very relaxing weekend.  Our children each sent sweet cards (and special notes) and called....love those phone calls!

This sweet, sweet man made my day extra special.

ULTA is now carrying Clinique products, and of course, fragrances were the big item
for Mother's Day.  The Man knows how much I love Clinique's Happy, and the store had this tote bag and matching clutch as a "gift with purchase."  YAY for me!  This tote is huge, and the inside is the color of the clutch.....mint is so pretty!  This man of mine has been bringing me flowers every few weeks "just because," but this time was extra special.  He got several bundles, so I had enough to do two nice bouquets!

The Man really likes Irises!  So do I!

This sweet man took me out to dinner, too...my fave is BJ's Brew House.

Roasted salmon with quinoa and veggies....this is SO GOOD!

I seem to be having difficulty staying focused and balancing my health, family, and projects.  Health has to be my priority.  When you reach my age, you really start to see that it takes much longer to recover from the common cold, let alone the big "bombs" that get dropped in your lap.  Until 3 weeks ago, just walking around a grocery store was a lot of exercise for me, and I required a nap afterwards!  Now I'm pushing a bit harder.

Yep, I'm back to the M-F gym time....very slow going, but I'm doing it!  The first week, I could not do more than 20 minutes.  This week, I've been doing 45!

Procrastination has been keeping me company way more than I want to admit.  I've been spending a lot of time in my "Happy Place," but more often than not, I find myself sitting in that far corner at my laptop....reading, pinning, pinning, pinning, checking & answering email, more pinning -- okay, you get the picture!  Simply put....PROCRASTINATION!

I do truly love spending time in this room, but I look around and see that I have so many scrapbooking and paper-crafting projects that I want to do, and......

Plenty of sewing-quilting projects all lined up & ready to go.

PROCRASTINATOR is not who I want to be!  It's not who I am!  I'm a DOER, but I simply do not have the energy to do everything.  The biggest "time-stealer" and "energy-zapper" for me is blogging.    I know, some of you are gasping that I would say such a thing, and others are nodding your heads in understanding.  So many of you have become such sweet, kind and caring friends; and I cannot bear the thought of not staying in touch with you.  I do, however, plan to take a "blog break" to, hopefully,  re-energize for my family and for doing some projects, too.  I'll still be around, reading some posts and responding, but not participating in the many fun parties that are going on.  Maybe I'll have some fun and interesting things to post about after I actually get some things accomplished!

Some family members don't really care how much you procrastinate, as long as you 
have time for them.

Hmmm....this is one such example.  Abby is such a little "scene-stealer."

When she needs some lap time, she just takes it!  Do you remember when you would try to sneak off to the bathroom, but your little ones always found you?  Apparently, cats got the memo on that one!
Abby has been very "needy" lately and stays close to me most of the day.  She's so sweet, I don't really mind.

Besides sewing, quilting, scrapbooking & paper crafts, I also have a number of crochet
 projects in-the-works.

Hmmm.....yet another project.  That's a lot of IKEA frames, & I'm super-excited about the special gallery wall where these will be used!

This will be my last post for awhile.  I don't know for how long, but don't think you can sneak anything big past me.....I will still be lurking in the shadows!  Eeek, that sounded kind of creepy, but you know what I mean.  You do, right?

Warm hugs,

5/1/16

Generation Savvy or Not?

Hey everyone!  I hope this will be a truly wonderful week for everyone.  I think those of us past a certain age, tend to count our blessings on a daily basis; rather than many of the younger crowd who   tend to set their clocks by the calendars of the big box stores....always a season or two ahead.  Are these people missing out on a lot of "life" because they are so caught up in whatever is next?  I don't know, maybe it's just a generational thing.  I admit, I don't really understand all of the terminology used to identify age groups today.  I'm thinking I'm not alone in this confusion, so let's see if I can give some explanations.


I didn't know it when I was born, or for quite a few years into adulthood, but I'm a Baby Boomer and possibly a "Hippie Flower child."  Who knew?
            
My parents were part of the Greatest Generation and were children during The Great Depression.  They were also referred to as the Silent Generation, born between 1925-1945
              
My grandparents were definitely in the Greatest Generation, born between 1901-1924 and lived through and survived The Great Depression.  They faired better than some folks, because they lived in the rural south where hard work could be bartered for food.  My grandmother often talked of how my grandfather would work from sun-up to sun-down for several days to get a chicken as pay.  They were the generation of "Waste Not Want Not" and never expected any handouts.


                                             
A Baby Boomer Generation in the making!  A wee one leading her pawpaw around by the nose.....no, she is letting him smell her freshly-picked flower, silly!

By 1964, Baby Boomers made up almost 40% of the nations population.  Baby Boomers were born between 1946 and 1964.

              
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We were the generation who saw: 

Schools implement "Duck & Cover" drills for possible nuclear attack....yep, that would work!
Swanson Frozen Dinners in the markets..."Look Ma, no dishes to wash!"
Segregation in public schools deemed unconstitutional...about time!
Elvis Presley and a new age of Rock 'n' Roll and gyrating hips
Whamo and the first frisbee
The assassination of John & Robert Kennedy and Martin Luther King....such tragedy and loss.
The Vietnam War and the Lottery Draft....so much heartache.

The Beatles, their music, and that "long hair"....they wore suits & ties for goodness sake!
Neil Armstrong becomes the first man to walk on the moon
Richard Nixon and Watergate
Roe vs Wade
Star Wars movie and my new heartthrob, Harrison Ford!
IBM PC
PacMan
Aids
Challenger explosion...truly thought this would be the end of space exploration.
Berlin Wall comes down
Rodney King and LA riots
Oklahoma City truck bomb
OJ Simpson....way more than we ever wanted to see or know
9/11 Attacks...seeing our vulnerability as a nation and also our strength & resilience
    



 






                                  








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These Baby Boomers gave birth to Generation X or the MTV Generation, born between 1965-1985.  We skipped Generation Y, but if you had children born between 
1978 - 1990, then you were all in!

These munchkin GenXers
would grow up, marry and give birth to..... GenZ.

Things are about to get very interesting!

and a couple of years later, to Gen Alphas......
Hang on, this could be a bumpy ride!

Are you completely confused now?  If so, I apologize for opening this can of worms!  Believe me, I didn't know most of this until I decided to do a bit of research.  I do think it is quite interesting.  I also see "issues" because of all the technology that children are savvy to these days.  From the Greatest Generation who had so much hardship and absolutely no frills, to the GenXYZ & Alphas who are seldom deprived of anything and have every electronic gadget on the market....maybe there is some middle ground that would serve us all just a bit better.  Yes, no, maybe?  I certainly don't have all the answers (or any), but I do have my opinions which I try to keep to myself.  But don't even get me started on the topic of Helicopter, Snowplow, Lawnmower or Blackhawk parents.....I doubt I could hold my tongue on that subject!

Well, now you either know more than you did, know more than you wanted to know, or simply do not care one way or the other, but I'm glad you stopped by.  You are always welcome here!  
I often party with these lovely bloggers:

Monday
Dee at Meatloaf and Melodrama for Merry Monday
Cindy at Dwellings--The Heart of Your Home for Amaze Me Monday
Maria Elena at Our Home Away from Home for Tuesdays at Our Home

Tuesday
Marty at A Stroll Thru Life  for Inspire Me Tuesday

Wednesday
Suzy at Worthing Court for The Scoop

Thursday
Jemma at  At Home With Jemma for Thoughts of Home on Thursday

Pamela at From My Front Porch to Yours for Treasure Hunt Thursday
Richella at Imparting Grace for Grace at Home



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