The last day of February. The last day of a short month. The last day of a very cold and snowy month. A month of record breaking. Today is sunny with a crystal blue sky. The temps are -1de with a wind chill of 15 below zero. A might chilly I guess. When I was young I loved this day, this last day of February. I learned how to spell this month's name early. I looked forward to it all year...well all January and February! I think the weather has played a part in how everyone is feeling lately. Work has been filled with drama and snipping at each other and frankly I decided at the last minute I would take today off and just let go for a bit. Take a breather. I've looked back at my blog to the posts I put on over the past 6yrs on this day to see how things were going and how I felt, what I did, and what I actually posted about. I realized that my sour attitude this week might jade my post of 2014, last day of February. I don't want that to happen. I know that it was a day that made my Mom smile. I know she'll call and ask me how I feel today. I wouldn't want her to think I'm having trouble saying all is well. It is actually well...I'm well...my family is too. Life is short. Shorter for some than others. We should celebrate all the moments...good and bad. We should be grateful for them..and I am. I think I need to make some changes and get my rear in gear and move on to bigger and better things. Well, maybe the same things, only with a brighter outlook! Last year on this day it was a milestone. Now I feel like I'm on a staircase and not really sure if I'm taking the first step up or down. Decades...10yrs....encompass many changes. Years 1-10 have significant changes...moves that go quickly....walking, talking...learning. Years 10-20 are usually filled with emotion, growth, vast change in locations and milestones....on and on as the decades come we, and gajillions of others, go through the steps of those decades. I'm on the step of starting my 60's....61 today. These next 10 years hold all kinds of possibilities and all kinds of challenges. Growing older hasn't bothered me all that much in the past...well, except for that nano second when I turned 30 and panicked! But getting toward those "golden" years makes me a bit dry mouthed. I can say, "Well, 61 is the next 41"..blah, blah, blah. It isn't...won't ever be. But I'm going to hope it's a good next 10yrs. I've worked in health care since I was 18. I get it..I understand what can be ahead. The caution signs are out and I'm feeling like this first step of this next decade will be made with orthopedic shoes instead of stilettos. I'm not the only one getting older. It does happen if we're lucky. But I can go forward and smile and realize that maybe it is "just another day"....sort of. How about we all celebrate these "another days" with joy, hope and love. With patience, understanding, faith, and humor. And perhaps a giant piece of cake with some icecream on the side....Let's get moving!
Saturday, February 22, 2014
We've had a strange thing happen here at the Pines..and all over Ohio I'm assuming. The weather has warmed up a bit. It's been in the 40's and 50's the past few days. Of course just warming up would be too easy. It had to start out with torrential rains, thunder and lightning and let's not forget flooding. With all the snow that fell last week and, let's face it, all Winter, it's not surprising things would flood. The sun even came out. I can't account for Friday since I didn't get out of work until it was almost dark, but today was marvelous! I took a walk around the Pines to see how it was doing. The yard is saturated..squishy..muddy...not pretty. I found this along the way:
Monday, February 17, 2014
The word "CHEAP" was thrown around a bit this weekend. It mostly was due to this:
Friday, February 14, 2014
A day set aside for showing love is a day meant for sparks to fly! Did you get any sparks flying or perhaps some sparkly things? We had a few of both at the Pines today. Sparkly things showed up here and there..like these:
Monday, February 10, 2014
I sure was hoping to have a ton of new things to write about. Surely the weekend would deliver some fun and excitement. We did have a lovely day on Saturday going to Columbus to attend the Temple with friends who are getting ready to send their son on a mission. A fun lunch was had afterward. Did I get any pics of the food? Nope. Of the people we were with? Nope. The scenery on the drive there and back? Nope. Ok, so if a tree falls in the forest and nobody is there does it make a sound? If you have a fun day and take no photos to document it on your blog did it really happen? All I can say is "Yep"...it did happen and I'm glad I went, but Saturday evening into most of Sunday it was back to the same old, same old....Hold on, I'm going to use the "S" word....SNOW.
Thursday, February 6, 2014
I don't usually do the video share thing, but this just made me smile! I stole it from my blog buddy Deb at Poetesswug. A smile is a good thing to share! Enjoy!
Tuesday, February 4, 2014
Yep, today we have the calm before the "STORM". It's been predicted for days and you could almost hear the drum roll. Many are being touched by this one. It was suppose to hit around 5...then it changed to 8....then it changed to after midnight. 6-12 inches of snow is predicted. We have had a little bit but I'm going to assume more will come before dawn. We're ready here at the Pines. Wood has been delivered the last 2 days. It was actually ordered back months ago but sure came at the right time! Our son Phil helped load and split and get it ready. However, his little sweeties, Lexi and Addy....or Sprite and Squirt as I call them...wanted to help. So a lesson in splitting was in order.
Sunday, February 2, 2014
I was happy to kick January to the curb, as I'm sure most of the country who had the horrible weather would agree. I'll welcome February because it's the shortest month! I don't need a rodent to tell me whether or not we have 6 more weeks of Winter. I just looked out the window. I snapped this pic from my computer room window not more than 10 seconds ago~ (grainy because of the screen)