Please stop me if I’ve mentioned this before…

OMG how many times this has come out of my mouth lately!

It just reminds me how precious the days are as I move closer to the winter of my life. I’ve gone through the other season at such a rapid pace, I don’t remember most of them.

The seasons, when you are a child, mean nothing…children adapt and find play whatever season they are experiencing.

Spring…young adulthood…everything is fresh and new and possible. I remember hearing people say fall was their favorite time of year…..WHAT? Fall….when everything is dying and freezing and winter is coming?

Summer….ahhhh, summer…in particular my late 30s, 40s and early 50s. I loved summer….vacation….fun…friends…the sun!

But somewhere in my 50s I started loving fall…we lived on a couple acres of timber and color and leaves on the ground. Cleaning up….burning leaves, the smell of a leaf fire….the sound of the rural fire department’s siren….some of you will know what I’m talking about 😍.

Now I live in a place where fall lasts a little longer. This view from my living room window has been catching my eye several times a day.

Its November 1st and I can still enjoy this beauty.

I’m in the fall of my life…I’m not too busy to stop and just take it in. I’m figuring out what is important and what is not important. I’m finally witnessing the beauty of life “nearly” everyday.

Until next time…..

Tripping over the stones

Where I am in my life, tripping over things is okay….the best way I can explain being okay with tripping is it doesn’t hurt as much as falling down or falling over the cliff. I have been on a path of self discovery for many years….mainly because I didn’t like to spend time with myself and my negative thoughts and I knew there was something I didn’t understand about life and living…..I knew that an inner peace was achievable and the journey was not going to be easy. I guess what I didn’t really realize that I would have to take this journey one step at a time rather than trudging up the hill in an hour or a day. It started when I was about 25 and I’m closing in on 62 and every single day I learn a new way of thinking, a new way of being….a new way to live life. It’s like the picture slide projector from the 60s…we would have our pictures developed into little squares with cardboard surround and we would put those in a Kodak projector shining on a white wall or screen and one by one we would view these pictures with a click of a button.

Sometimes a very slow process because if you clicked too fast, the machine would jam. Sometimes we would linger on a certain picture in order to remark about it, reminisce about a memory associated with it or attempt to figure out exactly why we took the picture.

We all start on the road from a different intersection and we meet others at different Crossroads. Sometimes we choose to walk along with them other times we choose to continue alone…..but the bottom line is we must keep moving…up that hill even if we fall down and if we go over the cliff?? Well, it’s a long way back up to where we were but with skinned knees and injured pride, we will know what to watch for as we continue.

Until next time….

Show The Girl A Good Time

I haven’t had a date since the Carter administration, so excuse me if I sound like an old fuddy-duddy when I say: we used to set the bar a bit higher. My friend Bridget flew into Chicago a couple of weeks ago and we met up for a girl’s weekend in the city.  I brought […]

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Happy Birthday, Nina Sue

If I’m going to air the bad…I also must share the good.  Went to mom’s tonight for cake and ice cream…Aunt Frances had Hyvee (the grocery store for you non-iowans) deliver a birthday cake and ice cream when they delivered groceries.  Also Dana (who works for them 3 x a week and also is the daughter of an old friend of mine) did some birthday shopping…it was a very nice evening…Aunt Frances and Helen bickered a few times but Aunt Frances tried not to take the bait..  We had a nice visit and I was not even on my guard…I just relaxed…whew.

Phil took me to Des Moines for dinner – Felix and Oscars – a local restaurant that serves Chicago style pizza.  The restaurant has been around all of my adult life and probably before that…then we went to PetSmart and Petco..bought this awesome pee pit for the cats…it is a litter box with a cover that you roll over and all the “stuff” is in a drawer and then you just have to dump the little drawer…I’m impressed.  Also got a perch to put in front of the windows…was fun…got the pups a squeaky toy…it drives Sierra nuts and she won’t let anyone play with it.  She stands over it and growls when anyone gets close…

That’s it from the looney zoo tonight….