Three Things

Three things I am grateful for today are…

1.  It started to rain right AFTER I completed my bike ride and was in the truck heading home.

2.  The little Mexican restaurant down the street.

3.  Being able to sleep in, which I rarely do.


You are what you are…

You are what you are and where you are because of what has gone into your mind.
You can change what you are and where you are by changing what goes into your mind.
~Zig Ziglar

On this Wisdom Wednesday (and my 200th post), if you are not content with what and where you are today, I encourage you to examine what you are putting into your mind.  Even if you only need some “tweaking,” changing what you feed your mind can drastically improve your life.


Ten Terrific Things This Tuesday

As I was looking through my WordPress reader, I noticed Tuesday was full of lists… tens, twenties, and twenty-fives of things.  In light of this, I have decided to post ten terrific things about this Tuesday.

1.  Spending the day with my granddaughter.

2.  Finishing a book I was reading.

3.  The support of friends.

4.  Going for a walk.

5.  Helping a friend set some meaningful goals.

6.  Homemade gluten-free pizza.

7.  Cabernet Sauvignon.

8.  Watching movies with my son.

9.  Coldplay on the Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon.

10.  Being married to a good man.

A Walk in the Park

I took these photos while walking at our local greenway on Friday.  Click on the photos to read the captions.  (I had the thought to hang onto them for my phoneography on Mondays, then I thought better of it.)  It was a beautiful day to be out in nature.

Garden Companion

Garden Companion

When my husband and I were in the yard today, I found this little guy on one of our holly bushes (tree turned topiary, thanks to a few garden tools).  My 11-year-old would have nothing to do with the little creature, although he did go into the house and get my phone for me so I cold capture my little garden companion.  When I touched the snake, he turned around and looked right at me.  My husband informed me that when the snake went after me, he was going to laugh.  I was very scared since the snake’s head was smaller than the tip of my pinkie finger <sarcasm… just in case you didn’t catch it>.  I saw the critter an hour or so later, heading back to the bushes where I first saw him.  I am happy to know I have this symbol of renewal hanging out in my yard.

Coming of Age

Today is my son’s 18th birthday.  (It is also my sister’s birthday, and my nephew’s… and mine was yesterday. Whew!  Busy couple of days!)  It is one of the those bittersweet occasions.  I am happy for my adult son, but my little boy is no more.  I only have one more in the nest, so I am a little melancholy… but quite frankly, I’m also a little relieved.

Today I was thinking about where my son Bailey is right now in life.  He just finished school (although he does have a credit recovery course to take this summer).  He doesn’t really know what he wants to do with his life.  The internal pressure must be great, and the possibilities are endless.  Coming of age is exciting and a little scary.

It has been interesting watching my children grow and change.  Interestingly enough, I notice that I am really no different from them.  I am constantly evolving.  I am still learning new things.  And I am still exploring new possibilities.

So as my son moves into adulthood, I hope he finds something he loves to do and that he gets paid well to do it.  I hope he surrounds himself with people who love him and will encourage him (so far, so good).  I hope he honors himself by taking care of his health.  And I hope he is appreciative of everything, especially life itself.

Happy Birthday, Bailey!



Best Gift Ever

On May 22, 1965, I got the best gift ever.  It fit perfectly (and still does).  It still works.  In fact, the more I use it, the stronger it gets.  I almost lost it last year, so now it is even more precious.  Forty-nine years ago, my mom and dad gave me life in the human form.  (Granted, they purchased the gift nine months earlier… but I don’t want to get technical.)

Several years ago, a wise man taught me that the people who should be getting the card on my birthday were my parents.  Since then I have acknowledged my parents every year at this time… sometimes with a card or letter, sometimes with a phone call or a shout out on Facebook.  My dad isn’t on this plane anymore, so I have to believe that he “knows” I am grateful when I put it out there.  My mom is still vibrant and healthy, so this year my birthday card to her is this blog post.

Mom, I am so grateful that you gave birth to me and raised me to become the person I am today.  I am quite happy with my life, so you must have done a good job.  I know that I was placed in this family because you had things to teach me.  As I have in the past, I will continue to strive to become all I am meant to be.  In the meantime, know that I love you and I a grateful for everything you have given me.

Happy Birthday to Me!