Monday, June 20, 2016
It's here...the first day of Summer. It came around 6:30 pm and it brought with it a full moon on this solstice. That's a rare phenom that won't happen again for 70yrs. I think I'll miss that one, so I made sure to take a good look at this full strawberry moon, as it's called. The sky was hazy so the moon was shrouded in a milky covering. The air is balmy with a slight breeze. It feels like Summer with the temps in the 90's today and warm tonight. I thought of the many things that remind me of Summer and the many things that make it feel like Summer has arrived. When I was a kiddo it was the end of school and that first lazy day of just being outside the whole time. No video games, tv, or other distractions. The lawn sprinkler was the cooling off mode, or sometimes the public pool or a friends pool. Oh that smell of coppertone! Oh that smell of chlorine! Oh the first sunburn since sunscreen wasn't in our household. We'd get tan eventually! Summer always was vacation time for our family. My Dad bought a small house in Wisconsin about an hour away from our home. He moved my Grandparents into it and he and my Aunts and Uncles worked together to make it a cute place for them and a good destination for us since there was a lake just down the road. Dad and my brothers would go fishing and I learned how to swim in that lake. I would stay with my Grandparents for at least a week during the Summer and enjoy my time with Grandma. She and I had a good relationship and I loved her dearly. She always made me doll clothes for my Barbies and there was always a new Barbie waiting for me! She had a room that was full of the dolls she collected. Heaven for a little girl!
This pic is of a Summer many years ago with my oldest son, Jack, and I at a lake near my Mom's house. I was 8mo. preggo with #2 son, Craig. Now they are enjoying their own Summers with their kiddos...the circle continues. Hopefully it will be filled with good memories, the smell of suntan lotion and chlorine and I know there will be roasting marshmellows waiting here at the Pines with YaYa and PawPaw during the lazy, hazy, crazy days of the Summer of 2016!
Sunday, June 12, 2016
June's almost half over and I haven't posted even once. Really, time has flown and I'm about ready to just sit down and let it fly on by! We're having Summer's graduation party here in two weeks and Jack and I are doing our best to get the Pines in party order. We always have projects on our "to do" lists but sometimes it's easy to say: "Oh, I'll get to that later." Well, it's later and all those small things we put off are now bigger and need attending. So it's cleaning, painting, trimming, organizing, and much, much praying that the weather will be dry and coolish and perfect. OK, so maybe we're asking a bit much but I always say: "Go big or go home"....and usually it rains!
Monday, May 30, 2016
February 12, 1945
I passed up my chance to write yesterday but I am trying to make up for it tonight.
Mail has been pretty scarce here of late but I suppose I can't complain as I do not write very much myself. At times you would be surprised what a change in mood a letter can make...or would you?
I don't know why it is but here lately I have been thinking and wondering more and more about you and I and what we are going to do after this war is all washed up.
In magazines I manage to pick up here and there, I read all about the wonderful things they have planned for us after the war. How changed things will be. But do we want them changed? I am sort of tired of the pattern people have fashioned my life to. Why can't we have our own design? I have come to realize that the most wonderful part of life is in making your own decisions and living them without regrets.
Anyway, I've been wondering a lot about other things too. After sweating this one out I've been wondering if it's Occupation, China, or somewhere in the Pacific, or home.
I'd like to go home naturally, but there's a time element. I wonder if I've been here long enough. I know I've been in the Army long enough. Three years now. It doesn't seem that long does it?
Well I guess I'll have to go now. I've got a little job to do tonight so until next time,
Love as always,
Thanks Dad and my brothers who served in Vietnam and all who have served and gave the ultimate sacrifice. True Heroes all! God Bless America!
Sunday, May 29, 2016
We attended our Granddaughter's graduation today. The speaker used the term, "momentous moments", in reference to the things that happened in the lives of the graduates. Things like birth, first steps, first words, first day of school, etc. Having gone through those in my own life and then my children's lives and now in my Grandchildren's lives it can make a person wonder where the time has gone, and how it just keeps circling and repeating itself. It's different each time though isn't it. When it was our time we saw it from our perspective, more self involved. When it was our children's events, we saw it as proud, nervous, hopeful parents. I find that I view these events in my Grandkid's lives differently. More mellow..or maybe more melancholy! This is the second Grandchild to graduate high school. The first time I kept shaking my head and couldn't believe I had one that old! I'm still shaking my head with the same thoughts...really? My little Summer...I've always called her "Summer Days"...is done with high school? Not only is she done with high school, she did her senior year at Ashland University and has completed her freshman year of college! She graduated with a 3.8 average. Throw in her artistic talent, fun personality, and beauty...the world is her oyster! Yes I'm still proud, nervous, and very hopeful. I look at my son and I'm so proud of the Dad he is and how wonderful those kids have turned out. I feel for him having to let go and watch as they do their own thing. His oldest is moving to Florida in a few days and I know it's heavy on his heart and mind. Summer is going to be closer to home as she's staying at Ashland University for her degree. We wish you the best Summer Days...we love you!
Thursday, May 26, 2016
There were many fun and sweet moments last weekend at Mom's. So I'll finalize my birthday post with these final thoughts. My sister has little garden path that she calls her "journey garden." It's paved with brick and lined with flowers, hostas, daylilies and many other plants. She made a spot behind the garage that was not being used and made it peaceful and pretty and a place to go to contemplate life a bit. There's messages on the trees.
Monday, May 23, 2016
Sunday, May 15, 2016
I never thought I would be blogging about snow on May 15th. This morning we had to go to Tallmadge (near Akron) for a Church conference. On the way home it started to rain/snow. If you blow up this pic I clicked with my phone you can see the white stuff against the red car. It didn't last long but it's been a chilly, wet weekend and I'm glad I pulled in some flowers I had planted in decorative planters for Mom's party next week.
All I can say is "Snow way, it wasn't me!"
All I can say is "Snow way, it wasn't me!"