Category: Accomplishments

And so it begins…


I did it!  I am now the owner of a rolling version of a tiny house.  Well, me and the credit union 🙂 And yes, I drove it, adrenaline inducing event that was. I’m scheduled for a full driving course prior to taking actual delivery, after it goes through its bells and whistles review and…

Walking into 2015


I remember the times when January 1st was a bleary-eyed sleeping in day.  A day that didn’t require going to work, woohoo!  Those days seem to be long behind me, although if I had television I might still be tempted to watch the ball drop in Times Square. This year my goal was to go to…

At 13 degrees, don’t touch the iced tent sides!


This experience, while considered by many to be slightly insane, is very educational for me. It is an opportunity to learn while learning is optional and not mandatory, or driven by necessity. I’ve known too many people relegated to a lifestyle they didn’t anticipate with no foreknowledge, myself included. The saving grace in my sleeping…

Thankful Thoughts


 Photo Credit: BoredPanda.org    “The Book of Life” – Artist David Kracov If I had a lot of money, I would so purchase this piece of sculpture. It is metal, and each butterfly is hand-painted. The book contains diary pages, poetry and notes written by the children of Auschwitz. I find it haunting and incredibly…

Sunday Snippets 6.28.14


I’m here cooling off after running around snapping shots in the humid heat for this week’s photo challenge over at my most recent newborn activity, my photo-focus blog: My Digital Eye Queue  I’ll still include shots that add value here in my writing, but some folks don’t want to slog through my verbosity, they just want…

Exploring the Void


In quiet and through reflection, when I really want to get to the bottom of things, make sense, improve who I am, I peer into the Void. The Void is the place where other people developed things that I never did.  What you read here is years of self-discovery; things I never had the quiet…

Wounds not left to heal


Did you ever have a wound that you dressed with care after finding out it was infected and festering?  You had let it go a very long time, until it threatened the rest of you.  So when you went to finally get a professional to examine the wound, and they gave you instructions, you followed…

On being read


Before I consciously decided to follow my dream of writing publicly as a concrete thing, I wrote primarily for me.  I wrote, as I mentioned to a friend recently, “… just to express, to emote, to get feelings out of me since I no longer had anyone even to listen to me, my dreams, my fears.…

Something new


It’s a new month, and I often will try to follow something emotionally taxing with something that gives me more depth,  find another way to stretch myself in order not to stagnate in the past and shift my focus onto something forward-looking.  Yesterday’s post was lengthy and probably for some, a difficult or even bypassed…

Macro photo fun


One of my hobbies is photography, a bug that bit me back in High School when I worked for the Yearbook staff.  Over the years I’ve played with the camera on and off, but did not know that in my late husband’s things there was a macro lens for the old Nikon.    Here are…

Hiking the properties, Day 1


First off, I hadn’t hiked properly in a coon’s age.  Actually, I’m not sure I ever hiked ‘properly’ as in official, hiking-trail, backpacking type activities.  Hiking was usually a spontaneous activity that occurred when we went somewhere that had hiking trails.  We never set out and said “Let’s go hiking!”  But hike we did, in…

Challenging my writing skills or…blogging from “The Daily Prompt” – Forgive and Forget


WordPress offers this cool little tool called “The Daily Prompt” for bloggers, in order to give them a push to write daily.  Last night, on a whim (impulsive, remember?) as I was lying in bed I thought “I should write something every day until the end of the year.”  I mean, it is the slowest…

Slapdash thoughts on a sunny Saturday


I really like Gazpacho…LOL! The coolness and the crispness, combined with the taste of all of the veggies, simply makes my mouth happy 🙂 It also makes my tiny studio kitchen smell like cool summer veggies. Please don’t ever ask me for a recipe, as I no longer use one. I just start chopping the…

Trust.


It is a small word, trust.  Unobtrusive, rather plain.   But it is so important, so vital, to all relationships, be they family, friend or partner. Due to some childhood traumas, by all intents and purposes I should be distrustful.  Instead, I trust with wild abandon.  I give everyone the option to prove me wrong.…

Hand up, Motherhood and Patience


Parenting is a very difficult job.  Parenting well is often simply a dream; something we parents know we did a time or two at least in our children’s lives…we hope.   And in all but the worst of cases, our children grow up into adulthood as fairly functional people, despite our perceived failings, insecurities, and the…

Big girl panties and bootstrap mentality


So, yesterday sucked.  But today is a new day.  Instead of letting yesterday drive today, I took charge of my emotional barometer.  Rather than laze around feeling gloomy, I forced myself out of bed  at 5:30 a.m. and made sure I worked out.  YEAH!  Get your blood pumping first thing in the morning, that banishes…

Shedding 19 years of skin


I’ve mentally prepared myself for this for months.  I’ve practiced positive thoughts, talked up the positives to most everyone I know, steeled myself, and put on my stoic front. I got news for ya.  It’s painful.  It hurts like hell.  I’m tired, drawn, exposed, hurt and drained.  I truly thought I was mentally prepared, but…

Appreciation


Yesterday was just one of those days that I felt productive, satisfied and appreciative. And so I woke up today with a smile and a stretch.  Sleeping on a lumpy, bumpy hot pink, third hand futon is a test for my body’s restorative powers, lol! I am so thankful for the opportunity to come back…

Time travel


If you think that time travel is not possible, then you have not kept much of your life in boxes for long periods of time as I have.  Or perhaps you are not a linker  of time and events to objects as I am.  The activities of yesterday proved once again that simply to touch…

The state of Flux


Argh.  I go through this feeling on a somewhat cyclical basis.  The definition outside of  the engineering or science realm reads something like this: ” a state of uncertainty about what should be done (usually following some important event) preceding the establishment of a new direction of action.”  Since my widowhood  it is an even more…

Aspirations…


I have had several conversations recently with a friend regarding aspirations.  It set me to thinking about ambition.  Goals.  Dreams.   We hear a lot about having goals, being ambitious, pursuing dreams.  But what does it really mean for the average person? How many times a week/month/year/lifetime, does one really think on these things?  I…