Monday, May 30, 2016

Weekend Warrior

Hi Sweet Friends

I didn't exactly mean to take a blog break
But I've been sick and
Just didn't have the energy to blog at night

I'm hopefully on the mend
But now my little man cub is sick - Yuck!!

It seemed that on Thursday
When I had the pleasure
Of hanging out with all three of my K's
They didn't really enjoy their swimming adventure

The pool has been empty for a month or two
It wasn't really my plan
But getting sick wasn't really my plan either

What bit of energy I have had
Has gone to cleaning and maintenance work
On all of the pool equipment

Which included replacing a few of the
In ground cleaning jets

Sweeping and Vacuuming the bottom of the pool

Dodging water jets
While making sure every bit of dirt
Sand, rocks and leaves were OUT

Then, before I could fill the pool
I needed to replace the hose nozzle
It was so very old and worn
That I ended up soaked when I just
Wanted to water a few plants

It was fairly simple
And I'm glad it is done
No more spraying myself in the face

One more thing I needed to get done
I'll spare you all of the ugly details

It took longer than I had hoped
I guess I was more than tired
But it is done as well
And for that
I am Grateful

I Truly wanted to enjoy THIS today

It was great to have the kids and grands
Over for a few hours to

Hard Word definitely
Deserves PLAY

I do pray you have enjoyed your Memorial Day Weekend
Even in the midst of work and play
It has been my honor to take time
To stop and pray
To thank and remember
Those who have selflessly
Risked and Given their lives
For our freedom
May we Never Forget the Sacrifices so many have given


Sunday, May 22, 2016

Sea Glass and A *Winner*

Hello Sweet Friends

I hope you have enjoyed a Beautiful Weekend
And all the Blessing of Family and Friends

I mentioned last month that I was on the hunt
For Sea Glass
I had received a piece from a friend of a friend
Who lives on The Islands
And sent a special little piece of sea glass to me

It started my little obsession with sea glass
I guess because it reminds me so much
Of my childhood, living so close to the beach

I had a couple of blog friends
Who said they would send me pieces of sea glass

Friday I received a Very Special Package from
Valery Anne in Hampshire England

Valery Anne and I shared a few emails
She said she had many pieces of sea glass
And she wanted to share a few with me

Oh My
Was I surprised when this beautifully
Hand Created Box came filled with
Gorgeous pieces of sea glass and a few miniature shells

Not only did Valery Anne Bless me
With a wonderful assortment of Sea Glass
She also made the adorable box to keep it safe
While being shipped across the pond

Valery Ann Blogs at Valery Anne Designs

She is very creative and talented
I am So Very Grateful for the Blessing of this
Beautiful Assortment of Sea Glass and Shells
They will be kept on display in my Beachy Office

And Now
The Winner of my 8 ~ 800 ~ GiveAway

Noreen who blogs at Life Blessings

Noreen has become a dear blogging friend
And it seems only fitting that she would be announced
As the winner on the day I posted about Sea Glass
Because it was her friend who sent me my
Very first piece from Hawaii

Noreen, Congratulations
I'll have your package in the mail on Monday!

If you have a few spare pieces of Sea Glass
They sure would have a great new home with me

May you have a week Blessed
With JOY!!

Thursday, May 19, 2016

8 ~ 800 ~ GiveAway

Hi Sweet Friends

You have heard it said:
'The older we get, the faster time flies'
I tend to agree

I have been blogging for 8 years this month
And today is my 800th post

Though my blogging has taken many twists and turns
I have met so many wonderful friends
Over that time span

To Celebrate
I'm giving a few things away

Many of you are beginning to put your
Patriotic decorations together
Since Memorial day is soon

As well as Flag Day
And Independence Day
I thought I'd put together a little
Patriotic Give Away

Everything in this post is being
Packaged up and sent out to one lucky winner

2 dish cloths
4 Flag note cards with envelopes
1 scented sachet
1 cute red clock

How can it be shipped to you
Well, just leave a comment on this post
I'll randomly draw 1 winner on Sunday evening
That's it!

Thank you for sharing 1 post or 8 years
With me as we all navigate Life together
You are my inspiration and encouragement

Blessings to YOU

Monday, May 16, 2016

Remembering 35

Hello Sweet Friends

Although I have been working very hard
During this past year to
Move forward with my life
And allow the past to rest

Today is just one of those days
That pull on my heart strings
And make me pause to remember

30 years of
Live, Love, Laugh

Today would have been our 35th
Wedding Anniversary
And I miss him as much today
As the day he moved up to heaven

Our favorite saying was
Through it all: FAITH
No matter what we faced
(And it was a lot)
We had Faith to believe
God would see us through
He Did
And...He Still Does

Give your people
Just one more hug
One more kiss
One more time to say I Love You
One more Smile to brighten their day

Today my heart remembers
And is grateful for the years we did have

Blessings Abound

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Me: A Procrastinator?

Hello Sweet Friends

Thank you for sharing your time with me

If you have read my blog
For any amount of time
You have seen me acknowledge many times

And that is the truth

"Variety is the very spice of life, That gives it all its flavor."
from William Cowper's poem, "The Task" (1785)

Variety: It's why I love my job
There is 1 task that I avoid and truly struggle to complete
Fortunately, I only have to tackle it once per year

I do procrastinate when it comes to this task
In fact, today was the day to complete it
And in the process
I realized that I avoided it all together last year

Packing up and hauling last years important papers
Down to the unit

Everything must come out
Be rearranged to put the new stuff in the back

So the older boxes can be hauled back to the office
For shredding

It's complete
For another year
And I'm thankful
My back believes I'm getting to old for this job
Heating pad or ice tonight???

Although I'm quite tired
My nephew was playing his first ever
Baseball playoff game

Of course Auntie had to go watch him hit

And catch
Maybe watch the ball slide right between his legs

A good and productive day

How has your week been going
I'd love to share in your joys
And accomplishments
Or pray for your needs

Blessings to you

Friday, May 6, 2016

Sweet Finds

Hello Sweet Friends
And Happy Weekend!!!

I thought I'd share a few treasures I have found in recent days

You may know I have been on the hunt
For Sea Glass
I still just have that one special piece

Well, today I took a mental health day
Went to a couple of my favorite shops
I was getting tired and almost didn't stop at the last place
But alas, I was close and it called my name

I am SO happy that I went it
Because, right as I walked in the door
I spied two sweet little jars
Filled with sea glass
Be Still My Heart

Since I had my 'April Showers - Bring May Flowers'
Discount flower with me
I bought both jars

I also picked up this little #2 fishing weight
To go with my #3
Love them hanging in my beachy office

I have never purchased a calendar plate
However, this one called my name
1981, the year I was married
Red Transferware, my favorite color
Yes, Please!

A Happy piece that I will treasure

A couple weeks ago I found this beauty
At a garage sale
I usually try to find #3
But I wasn't about to pass up this piece for $30
It sits beautifully on my kitchen counter
Next to my Magnolia Crock

And I found one more Treasure
In My Mailbox

No, it not sea glass
But this sweet, sweet mug and gift card
A mother's day gift from a far away friend
Whom I am growing to love more and more
She has blessed my heart several times
And when I found this, well, I cried
This blogging day mug will be used daily!!

Thank you Dear Friend!!

There you go
Some sweet treasures that have been added to my little abode
A happy mental health day
And a fun weekend ahead
God is Good

I pray that YOU are blessed this weekend
Whether you are a mom or not
Whether you have a mom or not
I'm sure you know a mom
I'm praying you are blessed with good weather
Sweet family and friends
Great food, lots of relaxation
And all of God's Best

Blessings, Cindy

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Sharing Joy

Hello Sweet Friends

I'm so happy you decided to stop by
Your visits always brighten my day

I thought I'd just share a couple of happy moments

Below is my Matthew
At 30 years old
He has been offered a job
And he is loving it

He started a couple of weeks ago

Here he is with his first pay check
He was so very excited
Believe me - it is already spent
But, he is SO happy

His bus picks him up at 6:30 am
And returns him home between 3:00-4:00 pm
Five days a week
He is tired - but he finally feels like he is doing
Something important
I'm thrilled for him
Congratulations Matthew

During the 21 years I have lived in my home
My family has been helped out by our local
Fire station 38 on numerous occasions

One day a fire truck pulled up to our front curb
Out jumps my oldest son
After the panic ended
The guys take my son's bicycle off the truck
Follow by a full sheet of plywood
Yep, he was trying to carry the plywood home
While riding his bike
(They picked him up and gave him a ride home)

They showed up the morning my husband passed
It was Christmas Eve
They didn't care - they were here for me

They have hauled my fluffy little self to the ED
A few times when my heart has given me fits
In the middle of the night

They have also assisted my youngest
Numerous times during the past couple of years
As he has battled mental illness and cutting

For those many reasons
And more
The guys at Station 38
Received several boxes of snacks today
And a heartfelt Thank You
From Me

Cannot thank them enough
But taking the time to acknowledge them
Is a Joy~filled Moment

Because my love language is Gifts
I find planning, creating, and putting together gifts
Gives me such Joy

Of course I love to receive too
But, like we always here
 It is Better to Give than to Receive

I Agree

What is YOUR love language?
What makes you tic?

Blessings to you