Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Faith


Faith is the daring of the soul to go farther than  it can see.
The race is not always won by the swift, but by those who keep running.
There are only two ways to live life.
One is as though nothing is a miracle.
The other is as though everything is a miracle.

"Courage is the discovery that you may not win, and trying when you know you can lose"


Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Monday Musings

Monday, and what a stormy weekend it was.  Between the heavy rain and wind from the hurricane it kept us all on edge. Not to mention left the weekend feeling rather restless and lacking in sleep.  The cleanup after such a storm is not exactly fun.  Anyway, that restlessness has crept into my Monday.

Think the dizziness kind of spurred it on too, as had another bad spell this weekend.  It's becoming such a chronic thing.  And it has got me thinking about a lot lately.  Quite frankly when you are under the weather, and stuck in the house like I have been lately it leaves little much to do but think. ha

I'm just starting to feel as if I'm missing out on life in some ways.  That my life is and has been in a state of waiting for my dreams and desires to happen for too long now.  Even before this dizziness I was starting to feel this way.
Sometimes I think that maybe I've made choices that were good for others but maybe not so much for me.  I have had this habit of trying to make those in my life happy, at the extent of sacrificing what truly makes me happy.  Or putting up with things that I don't always like, agree with, or that match with my beliefs for reasons I'm not even sure at times.  Also think I tend to try to do for and help others but forget myself in the process.  It is kind of hard to put in words.
But I do wonder if some of the stress I took on from those choices maybe could be responsible for the health issues I've been experiencing.  Like maybe my body broke down from just being too overloaded and overwhelmed with stress.  Sometimes stress can be just as damaging to the body yet we often times don't even realize it.  Lately I can't help but wonder if I did overload and exhaust my body like that.
It's odd because now I feel this overwhelming desire to simply be nurtured, taken care of like I have others, receive help with having to always ask and just be shown unconditional love with no expectations expected in return.  I want to feel bathed in affection, snuggles and love.  Have more fun, laughs,silly moments, etc..  I want to be free of these health issues and stressors that are bogging down my life at the moment.  I want to share more kisses, affection,dates and meaningful moments with the man.  I want to pull him away from the tv to embark on and share more adventures together.  Essentially I just want to try to live life to the fullest.  (and hoping the man might be up for the challenge as well)

I want to try to make those dreams of mine a reality as well.  Lately with all that has seemingly bogged down life, especially the health issues, well I just realize how important it is to simply enjoy life, try new things, go after dreams, follow our hearts, don't take anyone or anything for granted, be the best we can be,  find ways to create more happiness, and well the list is long.  And that is why I am starting to feel restless because these things have taken a backseat for too long.
Things to think about for sure....












Friday, August 26, 2011

Hurricane

So it seems hurricane Irene is headed toward Philadelphia.  There are all kinds of warnings here, the Jersey Shore which is only a 2 hour drive from here is under mandatory evacuations.  Roads are jammed, stores are packed, and quite frankly no one knows what to expect.  Everyone is just waiting to see if it follows the projected path.

The weather experts are saying this could be the worst hurricane to hit Philadelphia in over 50 years.  When you hear that it makes one panic a little.   There are alerts to prepare and stock up because they are warning electricity could be out for days.  Trains are being shut down.  It's a rather strange feeling.

The main problem is this area has had so much heavy rain already, the ground is already saturated and areas have already flooded.  So any further rain, combined with heavy winds and well you get the picture it will not be pretty.

Personally I feel a little apprehensive because last weekend's storm left our basement partially flooded, and if we get the predicted 5-10 inches of rain they are saying....well our basement will be completely submerged.  Not good when you have a rather new treadmill sitting down there, it's so heavy that if we need to bring it up it will require a lot of hands.  And hands will be hard to find given everyone is trying to prepare their own houses for the storm.

Plus we have huge fragile trees on our property as well, if the winds reach what they say they could very well take out the house.  So there is a lot to take into consideration and prepare as this storm approaches.

Oh and did I mention we just did our monthly big grocery shopping.  Which means the freezer and fridge are stocked with 5 weeks worth of persishables that will do just that if we lose our electricity for days.  Remember how I said when it rains it pours the other day, well it honestly could not be more true than lately.

At the moment there is an eery feeling to the air, like the calm before the storm. 

All we can do is try to stock up on things we might need if the power goes out, batten down the hatches, pray lots and hold on tight as this monster storm is heading our way!

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Trade Lives

Have you ever had a moment where you felt a strange desire to trade lives with another?   Sort of like that movie The Change Up.

With everything that has been happening lately, or should I say, going wrong....well I had that feeling today.

Maybe it's that I have done as much as I have in my life, or experienced all I have. And been as independent as I have at times.  Guess what I'm getting at is, I know what it feels like to experience those great moments..... where life feels almost perfect and filled with so much happiness one thinks they are going to explode.  I've traveled extensively, lived a bunch of places, done and tried a lot of cool things, been in some wonderful loving relationships, had good health, held what I considered a great jobs, and well you get the idea.

So to be going through what I have over the past year or so has really brought my life down in ways I'm just not accustomed to.  The health problems alone have left me feeling rather helpless, dependent, out of sorts, scared, and so on.  Actually VERY SCARED!

Coupled with a million other overwhelming big and small stresses. Seriously there isn't one area of my life that is simply okay at the moment. It has all just left me feeling such a mix of emotions that I have never quite felt before.

And after spending the day with my niece yesterday, who makes any day brighter, it got my mind wandering to that whole I wanna trade lives state. ha   Or maybe I just want to be a kid again when life didn't seem so complicated. Although, life does seem a tad more complicated for kids these days. haha

Anyway, like for instance my sister's life seems appealing at the moment.....to have that independent feel back, to have a good job I enjoy like she does, not only that but to be part of a loving marriage that she has (been with her husband/ hs sweetheart for 20 yrs) not only do they still share great conversation, fun dates, but are lovingly affectionate toward one another still too, not to mention she is a mother to an amazing little girl, and is physically strong as well.   Seriously she has everything that I have come to desire over the years.  Things she knew that were important in life way before I did!  There are even a few bloggers who I follow that I would not mind trading lives with at the moment either!  haha

You know, we all have those kind of moments occasionally.  And as we all know  trading lives brings with it it's own set of life issues to deal with, as the saying goes 'life is always greener on the other side" is usually far from the truth.  But some days it just seems tempting to ponder.  :)

Who knows many a thing can make one ponder it.  But I do know this....I"m grateful for all the good things that do exist in my life, even if they are right now being overwhelmed by the not so good, besides the most important thing any of us can do is to always focus on the good, never take it for granted, and just remember to appreciate any and all good.

Like moments like these.....
















Friday, August 19, 2011

Sleepless In Philly

Tough times can definitely reveal or bring out our true character, but I also think they reveal a lot about the character's of those around us as well.  A whole lot actually.

Now why I'm even pondering this at 4:30 in the morning who knows.  It was stormy weather that first awoke me at 2:30, but then as I lay there in bed I just thought of all the stuff that has happened this past year, all that needs to be done including not only my stuff but the man's as well.

Which then led me to ponder the whys, hows, ifs, etc. of life.  And then finally got me to thinking of ways to resolve some of the stuff. (if there is one thing about me you should know I like to find immediate solutions/resolutions to things and it drives me nuts when I cannot....like this dizziness for instance) 
Anyway....No wonder why I'm still up because once the mind goes in this mode, well one is pretty much guaranteed to toss and turn.  So I figure why not put my thoughts in writing as sometimes the process of just being able to release them is often times enough to help get oneself back to the dreamy state of sleep.  And it's always interesting to look back upon as well.
Well it appears there is a lull in the storms at the moment so I'm going to try and get a little more sleep.   And to refocus my thoughts I'm going to try the old stand by of counting sheep!  :)

And in case your curious this is what it looked like in Philadelphia this evening......

(wpvi.com)

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Woof Wednesday

Welcome to Woof Wednesday. Please meet MacDuff and Missy. Their story tugs at my heart as these two little ones got given up when their family decided they didn't have time for them anymore.  I have featured them before but feel the need to again, as they are still in need of a loving home!

Ideally the rescue would like to place them together so they can remain a family. MacDuff is a friendly guy. Missy is rather shy. They really love each other. In fact, they even sleep snuggled up to one another. This photo is before grooming. Both are neutered/spayed and up to date on vaccines, with no health problems.

If you are interested in learning more about MacDuff and Missy their contact information is below. At this time the rescue would like to speak to people who might be interested in adopting the pair. 
These two sweethearts have only known each other, and after being given up all they have is each other, so please let's find them a home they can go to together. Not only that but to a family who is willing to give them a good stable home, lots of love, and promises to make them a permanent member of their family! 
MacDuff: West Highland White Terrier Westie, Dog; Rockaway, NJEnlarge Photo
MacDuff
Missy: Scottish Terrier Scottie, Dog; Rockaway, NJEnlarge Photo
Missy
MacDuff: West Highland White Terrier Westie, Dog; Rockaway, NJ
MacDuff 10 yo and Missy 6 yo
West Highland Terrier and Scottish Terrier
Scottish Terrier Club of Greater New York Rescue, Rockaway, NJ
Contact: Erica Cerny at ecerny@optonline.net or 973-361-6790 (evenings or weekends)

{Please keep in mind a dog is a lifetime commitment. They need attention, love and time just like we do. In addition, adding a pet to the family does cost money in the way of food, health care,training,etc. So before adopting make sure you are willing to make that kind of commitment and have the resources to do so.}

*If you want to be apart of "Woof Wednesdays" email Lauren at [lcairdo@gmail.com] or leave a comment! We would Love to bring you on board!

Monday, August 15, 2011

Monday Musings


Mondays aren't they grand, but even if they aren't our favorite day of the week there still lies such possibility....

The weekend wasn't all that exciting.  Though we did have dinner at the kitchen table again, yeah baby!  For those of you who don't know, the man likes to eat in front of the tv and getting him to agree to one night at the kitchen table is a huge step in the right direction as it opens up the potential for more conversation and communication which in my opinion are important to all relationships.  :)

And get this we followed dinner with mini golf!  I was rather ecstatic.  Plus, with all this dizziness that has been going on they say to not only limit my hours on the computer but tv as well.  And so I'm trying to convince the man we need to do a little more than just watch tv in our free time together.   We used to golf pretty frequently but with a way more limited budget, and golf being rather expensive it has taken a backseat.

So mini golf was just what we needed too.  Full moon, cool summer night, quality time with the man, what more could a girl ask for, oh wait..... how about my hole in one! haha   (yes you read correctly funny I don't often win at mini golf but I do tend to get hole in ones)   I even got a hole in one on a par 3 course.  Hilarious but true. 

After such a fun Friday night though, Saturday and Sunday felt a tad boring. We did watch a movie but with the dizziness it's a tad challenging watching one straight through.  The Other Guys was our pick but neither of us seemed to laugh so for a comedy it struck out. ha 

Though my man did try to play a practical joke on me which he was hysterically laughing about on Sunday.  Some online site can generate a crazy prank call that sounds for real, and looks for real as it is able to show the call is from any contact in ones cell phone. 

So I get two crazy calls one listed from my sister's phone, I'm thinking someone stole her phone so I keep calling her to find out if she is okay.  Well her, the husband and my neice were all napping.  So I'm telling her about the call I received, when out of no where my man starts laughing and tells me it was a joke by him.  Ummmm not funny as I woke up my sister's whole family after they had just drove for hours in a rain storm because my man wanted to prank me.  It might have been funny if he had just told me if was a joke before I bothered my sister and got her upset thinking her phone had been hacked.  He isn't much of a jokester so I never even consider it was a prank by him.  ha

After that antic by him Sunday was pretty much the silent treatment as I worked cleaning up the house, making homemade bbq sauce, and later watched a little Big Brother....anyone else watching this season? 

Okay those are my musings this Monday.  It's time to stop and smell the flowers, or share a moment  with the ones you love! 


 







Sunday, August 14, 2011

When It Rains


When it rains, it pours.

Not only does this saying fit the drenching downpours we are experiencing today in Pennsylvania, but it also   describes my life perfectly at the moment.   Yeah pretty much anything that could go wrong has.  

Oh I know better than to dwell on the negative because it's not like it makes anything better....but lately it's a little harder to remain my optimistic self.  Let's just say it's hard to put on a happy face or feel genuine happiness when constant obstacles seem to keep being thrown my way.   

I had to forgo the computer all together for almost three days because I had a whopper of a dizzy spell the other day.  It left me scared as I felt the side effects from it for nearly two days.  Is the dr even correct?  He leans to some form of vestibular dysfunction but the physical therapist seems to have other ideas.  And why is this thing so worse when using the computer, reading, watching tv, and doing anything that seems related to visual focus?   Next step is to seek a second opinion as this is practically ruining my life, or at least making it very difficult.  Not to mention the cost is rather staggering as well.  But that's not even the half of it, so much more has happened over the year too.

It's just so odd how everything can seemingly come falling down at once.  It is frightening how quickly life can change.  Honestly no exaggeration just about every aspect of my life there has been something that has gone array.  Even my favorite glasses broke, and picking out new frames put me way over my lowly budget at the moment. The stress has become enormous, and I can't help but think that is probably not helping much either.  Anyway....

I'm glad for the rain today because it helps to remind that life may be filled with rain but eventually the sun will come out and things will get brighter.  It is quite the analogy to life don't you think.....





Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Choices


So at the early hour of six this morning my man and I got in a discussion about choices.  Now one must keep in mind the man's ideas usually tend to differ from the norm, he is that one individual that can skew a statistics chart. :)

Anyway, back to choices.  In his opinion I made poor choices out of college regarding career for which he feels continue to influence my present situation. (for which he informed me he does not feel sorry for)  For which I thought to myself I didn't ask you to feel sorry for me, just thought since we have been living together for many years now that he might find it in his heart to maybe help a little more.  You know instead of spending hundreds on a sports pool or other things, maybe donate a little more to our grocery bills or help me out with health insurance.  Isn't that what people who love each other do, they help each other when the going gets tough?  Anyway....

I'm surprised he brought up making poor choices considering his own poor choices he made in the past such as racking up numerous credit cards then never paying them, buying a luxury car too soon or various poor choices he made at former jobs that did cost him, and some I won't even mention.. Of course he would never admit he has ever made a poor choice and it's not something I even care to focus on until he has to point mine out. ha   I'm more a believer in what is done is done, how do we make the present the best it can be. And so....

My point unlike his is not to dwell and continually focus on past choices that cannot be undone, but to simply learn from those choices and try to make better ones in the future.  And we can always choose to start anew.

Let's face it, each moment of everyday we are all faced with choices...whether big or small.  Maybe sometimes we have what seems like a logical reason behind them, and maybe sometimes we are just follow our hearts.  Either way each choice has the power to not only affect the present but the future as well.

And in the present we never know if we are making the right choice or not.  Who even knows if there is such a thing as a right choice.  I mean how can we say a choice is right or wrong in the first place?

I know if I had not made some of the choices I did back after college, I probably would have never met my man.  And my incredible dog would probably not be in my life either.  Nor would I have learned all the things I have which have helped make me a better person.  And if one believes in a higher power then would not all our choices be leading us to where we are suppose to be and what we are suppose to be experiencing and doing?

The past is the past,  choices were made that led us to where we are and maybe there is a reason for it, maybe not.  But I don't think any of us are in the position to say we made poor choices because at the time I'm sure they didn't feel that way.  We all do what we think is the best, given what we believe and know at the time.  And we can only hope if we don't always make the right choices that we will at least meet people that will help us along the way to get to where we need to be.  That is the beauty of life.

One thing is for sure, no matter what choices any of us have made, right now we can all choose how we treat others.  And how we treat others should be an easy choice....with less judgement and more kindness, understanding, compassion, love, respect, giving, honesty, helping, and any other positive or virtuous word one can think of!




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Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Wish For Today



Today I wish the world could have more of this...

Understanding 
- mental process of a person who comprehends; comprehension; personal interpretation
- intellectual faculties; intelligence
- superior power of discernment; enlightened intelligence.
- knowledge of or familiarity with a particular thing; skill in dealing with or handling something
- a state of cooperative or mutually tolerant relations between people. 

Empathy
- the intellectual identification with or vicarious experiencing of the feelings, thoughts, or attitudes of another.
- the imaginative ascribing to an object, as natural object or work of art, feelings or attitudes present in oneself.

Compassion
- a feeling of deep sympathy and sorrow for another who is stricken by misfortune, accompanied by a strong desire to alleviate the suffering. 

Unselfishness
- not selfish, generous, bighearted, charitable, liberal, open, unsparing.

And do a little more of this....

:Listen 
- to give attention with the ear; attend closely for the purpose of hearing; give ear.
- to pay attention; heed; obey
- to wait attentively for a sound.
- to convey a particular impression to the hearer; sound.

And not be so quick to....

Judge
- to infer, think, or hold an opinion
- to form a judgement or opinion
- to form an estimate or evaluation of; to form a negative opinion about

Then maybe the world, including everyone living in it, would feel accepted,  brighter, happier, inspired and most of all unconditionally loved!












Monday, August 8, 2011

35 Little Acts of Kindness



Today while catching up on email, I happened to come across this in an email I receive from Oprah.com.  It is filled with wonderful ideas of kindness, and so I thought I would pass it forward.... 


35 Little Acts of Kindness
flowers
Photo: Thinkstock


One small, thoughtful gesture can make someone else's day...


1. Say "Good morning" to a person standing next to you in the elevator.

2. Pay the toll for the driver behind you.

3. Take a minute to direct someone who is lost, even though you're rushing.

4. Write a letter to a child who could use some extra attention. Kids love getting mail.

5. Offer to pick up groceries for an elderly neighbor, especially in extreme weather.

6. Give a homeless person your doggie bag.

7. Say "I love you" to someone you love.

8. Put a coin in an expired meter.

9. Help a mother carry her baby stroller up the subway stairs, or hold a door open for her.

10. Each time you get a new item of clothing, give away something old.

11. Take someone's shift as the car-pool parent.

12. Bring your assistant coffee.

13. Out of the blue, send flowers to a friend.

14. Say "please" and "thank you"—and really mean it.

15. When you're on a crowded train or bus, offer your seat to an elderly, disabled or pregnant person.

6. Don't interrupt when someone is explaining herself.

17. Let a fellow driver merge into your lane.

18. Offer to baby-sit for a single mom.

19. Put your shopping cart back in its place.

20. Call or write to a teacher who changed your life.

21. Bring a box of doughnuts to share at the office.

22. Forgive someone a debt–and never bring it up again.

23. Listen with all your senses.

24. Write a note to the boss of someone who helps you, and explain how great a job that person is doing.

25. Simply say "I'm sorry" when you're wrong.

26. Throw away your trash—and someone else's—after a movie, picnic or visit to a park.

27. Encourage someone who seems despondent.

28. Volunteer to take care of a friend's dog while he is vacationing.

29. Help a friend pack for a move.

30. Ask someone "How are you really doing?"—and then really listen to her response.

31. Offer change when the person in front of you at the register comes up short.

32. Before a friend moves away, give her your favorite recipe or quote and a photo of the two of you together.

33. Leave a generous tip for a pleasant waiter.

34. At work, offer to transfer a caller who needs help from another department.

35. Pass along a great book you've just finished reading.


Monday Musings

Mondays....don't they always seem to arrive before we want them to.

The weekend was nice.  Friday night started off with take out from a local tavern that has a great variety of home cooked burgers and one burger could easily feed two. And we actually ate at the kitchen table, we are making progress folks!  :)

Saturday the man went to visit his family in Long Island, and I got to hang out with my mother.  Which is always so much fun and brings a lot of laughs. Which I could really use these days as  I don't think I laugh enough.  Actually does anyone.



Anyway....we went shopping and out to lunch at the Olive Garden. (our favorite place to eat and where we always tend to go with the all you can eat  soup/salad/bread stick combo.)   It was so nice to get out of the house.


I'm definitely finding somewhat of a correlation between computer, tv, and/or reading and much worse dizziness.  As odd as it sounds if I avoid the computer or anything that requires a lot of visual stimuli I'm much better off.   Like Saturday I barely watched any tv, was only on the computer for 10 mins and felt better. Strange!

The man doesn't exactly comprehend what it feels like to experience this dizziness/vertigo feeling so he isn't all that understanding.   Don't tell me I would be okay to drive or do whatever if the room is spinning and I can barely walk, clearly I would not be.  That's something that does bother me at times, his lack of understanding or compassion. Overall I think the world could use more of it as well.  My personal feeling is one simply cannot judge another until they have walked in their shoes.  Another post for another day. ha

compassion, prayer, meditation, heart

We browsed Old Navy this weekend and their new jewelry line is awesome!  They offer pretty rings and necklaces for under $10.  In this economy that is simply perfect!  I used to love Old Navy and Gap because they offered the classic basics in quality fabrics at good prices but that definitely hasn't been the case the past few seasons.  The prices have gone up, the quality of fabric down, and they have gotten a wee bit too trendy.  But this new jewelry is pretty.


Sunday was spent relaxing watching golf and baseball, think all the tv watching did me in because by 10 pm the dizziness was much more prevalent and making me feel rather bad.  But if I can't read, can't watch tv, or be on computer what am I suppose to do at night to just unwind and relax.  Anyway....did I mention Adam Scott won the golf tournament.  Oh even if you don't like golf you would like Adam because he is quite the cutie as well.  In my opinion  the golf world is better without Woods.


By the way, I got a notice that internet explorer was no longer compatible with blogger.  So I am now using Google Chrome and I am surprised at how much faster things are loading. My blogger page had become distorted so it's nice to have it up and working smoothly again.

Well it's Monday and there is lots more to say but to avoid overdoing it, it's probably best to get off the computer for now.   There's a lot of work that needs to be done around here both inside and out.  So might try and tackle it then see how I feel.  Hope no matter where you are, you enjoy the day!




Friday, August 5, 2011

Million Miles

Have you ever been with another only to feel a million miles away or simply disconnected from them? 

Funny how that can happen sometimes.... a break down in communication, lack of communication, or simple miscommunication can make us feel a sense of disconnectedness.

It's amazing how important something such as good communication truly is.  How putting aside work, phones, computers, tv or whatever it may be is important to maintaining connections with others. 

And not only that but how important things like listening, compromise,  understanding, keeping an open mind, trying to put ourselves in another's shoes, thinking about others, trying to remain unselfishness, speaking the truth and a host of other things also become in the communication process.

Just a thought for today....










Monday, August 1, 2011

Life is....

Life is not always what one wants it to be,
but to make the best of it as it is,
Is the only way to be happy.


When I came across this quote today, it not only inspired me but reminded me of something my dog teaches me everyday....

You see from the moment she came into this world life hasn't been exactly easy for her.  From the tender age of 8 weeks when I took her in she has had a lot health issues.  From allergic reactions to the puppy vaccines, horrible skin allergies stemming from some kind of immune dysfunction to being diagnosed with juvenile cataracts at an age where most dogs are just starting to see the world.   And so much more that I cannot even begin to put in words.

But through all her struggles, she remains unfazed for the most part, making the best of all she has been dealt.  Her determination to enjoy life and be happy inspire those around her.  The vets seem amazed by her tenacity, and do just about everything they can think of to help her as have we.  And for all she has been through I of course spoil her rotten, there is no such thing as dog food in my house....only homecooked meals. haha   Besides isn't life all about....Living, Laughing, Loving and making it what we want it to be?  

She has literally taught me so much about life.  How there are going to be many a day that is less than perfect yet that should not stop us from making the best of each day or enjoying what is good.  My dog may not be able to see but it doesn't stop her from playing ball, nope she takes out her wiffle ball, rolls it along the hardwood floor so that she can track it by the sound it makes.  And she can play wiffle ball for hours.  Talk about making the best of it as it is.

Oh life is definitely not always what we want it to be, but my dog has shown me time after time, and like the quote says that we simply have to make the best of it as it is.   It truly is the only way to be happy.  And besides it still leaves the door open for each of us to pursue our dreams and maybe even create the very life one wants theirs to be.





Monday Musings

Monday.....and contrary to what I have been writing lately about the weekends, well this one was rather fun and crazy.

Friday night started off with two wild storms back to back, it toppled trees and even our grill, and left us without any power for over 12+ hours, not exactly ideal when you have 5 weeks worth of food stored in your freezer/refrigerator. 

So we ordered a fantastic pizza and ate by candlelit which was nice.  But the man, who lives by technology, was not happy.   He simply could not appreciate the moment for what it was, so was basically dozing by 8. Missing a great opportunity to just connect and have fun with me in the candlelit.  Though he awoke occasionally to text a friend inquiring about the baseball game he was missing without tv.  Enough said.

Anyway, the sultry heat we have been experiencing was just too much for the powerless freezer which was starting to melt quick....so my mother thankfully made a huge gesture of love and came over at 11 o'clock with huge coolers.  Otherwise we would have lost a lot of money in food.  Honestly, my family is amazing.  No words to describe how unconditionally they not only give but are willing to help when needed.
Awoke Saturday morning still without power.  Sleeping was pretty unbearable, the air was thick and heavy with humidity.  Needless to say our little cottage bedroom with it's sloped ceilings felt like an oven, so we all slept on the couch.

Saturday was my Uncle's party, which was fun. (though our GPS took us some 30 mins out of the way) haha  My cousin has a saltwater pool which was amazing.  The heat and humidity have been so intense here that the pool felt refreshing.  Overall it felt great to be out of the house, and felt such gratitude for just being able to be there.

Like I said this whole dizziness has given me a whole new appreciation of those moments when we feel good.   And when I do feel good I want to get out and do stuff.  All too often, even when feeling good,
my man and I just sit on the couch which is fun but not all the time.  I really think we need to make a conscious effort to do more sometimes. I love my man but he doesn't find much fun in anything besides  tv/computer/texting while on the couch.  He dislikes having to go anywhere. (and I've pretty much given up on suggesting things which bums me out because isn't that the fun of being in a relationship having someone to do things, go places, and try new stuff with)  Even Saturday we were all playing in the  pool but he just sat by the side looking sorta bored.  Some days wish I could get him to participate and be more in the moment, to get him to be less tight about everything.  As they say....Live, Laugh, Love!

 Sunday we did a little errand run  toTarget and whatever it is about stores but unfortunately I did feel some dizziness.  And then last night out of the blue while watching Big Brother I really felt dizzy. So strange.  It definitely still lingering, and still cannot read, use computer, drive, tv or  do other focus orientated tasks without feeling it.

Anyway, I'm just thankful for a weekend where I was able to do such fun things and be around people I love.  Now before I overdue it on the computer I'm going to leave it at that this Monday. 

And I did not take one photo this weekend, not even of the crazy storm.  So no photos for today.....





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