Is it spring, yet?

I’ve seen all the signs of spring…

Birds are chirping, there are buds on trees and the daffodils have bloomed.  I bought flower pots and soil.  I bought seeds.  And pollen is on my car.  And, I saw snow flurries out the window.

Whoa, wait, did you say snow flurries?

Yep, that is what I said.  Snow flurries, again.

And I wore my winter coat this morning.

Snow flurries and winter coats are not a sign of spring.

Now, since there is nothing we can do about the weather, I try not to complain about it too much.  And normally spring can be very wishy-washy and go back and forth between chilly/cold and warm.  So, it really shouldn’t come as a big surprise that it is still colder than what I like at this time of year.  And, I used to live in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, where we could have cold and snow in late April or even into May.

But, still, I started seeing the gardening supplies and beautiful outdoor furniture on display in the stores.  I drive by my favorite farm market stand and begin to wonder when will they open for the season.  I’ve seen some gardening shows on TV, I received a seed catalog in the mail and lawn mowers of all sizes are on sale.

I am ready to plant my garden!

There is hope.  I saw the weather forecast for the next 10 days and it does show temps near 80 degrees are expected by the end of this week and the mild temps are predicted to stick around on into the following week.

Will I really be able to say, “Welcome, Spring,” by the end of the week?

Fingers crossed!

 

 

 

 

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Good-bye, 2014 and hello, 2015

And, now, here we are, January 1, 2015.  Not only is it a new day but also a new year.  2015.  I remember that as a kid in the 1960’s  if I heard someone say something about the year 2000, it sounded so futuristic to me.  So “Jetsons.”  I pictured us riding around in flying cars, robots doing our housework (and homework) and all that.  And then came the “Back to the Future” movies where they shoot ahead 30 years and they are in the year 2015.  As I left the theater after seeing that movie I remember thinking and wondering what life will be like in the year 2015.

And, suddenly, here we are, the year 2015.  As I look around, I don’t see any of the futuristic things from either the Jetsons or Back to the Future and that’s okay.  What I do see are a lot of messages for peace, prosperity, new opportunities, and changes for the good.  I wish for all those things, too.  I see more people pulling together to help and support others.  I see more love and understanding and general concern for fellow human beings.  And, that to me is fantastic!

For my husband and I, I hope for a new beginning.   It’s interesting how one or two life changing events can turn things around for you.  Not just life changing events, but enormous life changing events and events that normally would seem to be negative.

The last couple of months of 2014 were filled with high stress, tension, sadness, loss, disbelief and shock.  The last couple of months also were filled with forgiveness, understanding, acceptance and compassion.  What seemed like the end at first, actually turned into the beginning.  What seemed like a complete loss actually became hope for new opportunities.

We started off with reduced income and then finally our income was lost completely.  Of course the loss of income set in motion a domino effect, which includes downsizing and moving to a new home.

But, in spite of such loss, we have also gained renewed hope.  Hope for a fresh start in the New Year.  We remember to keep our situation in perspective and maintain an attitude of gratitude.  We are blessed and still have so much, and we simply can’t feel sorry for ourselves.

We remember that in October of 2013, our little grandson nearly died shortly after he was born and now he is a healthy, energetic and adorable toddler.

We remember all the parents who have lost their little ones.

We remember all who suffer due to  illness, poverty, unemployment and homelessness.

We know how blessed we are; we won’t be homeless, we have a home to move into.

We still have our health insurance due to my husband’s retirement from the military.

And, our list of blessings goes on and on.

Instead of focusing on what we have lost, we will focus on the good that will come with this life changing event, which includes some opportunities for starting businesses and working toward some life goals and dreams.   Together, we will begin a new chapter with renewed vigor.

And, so, I wish all of you a very Happy New Year.  May it be a year of prosperity, good health, laughter, joy and happiness for all of you!

Happy New Year!

 

 

 

Here we are, fall again

Well, here we are, fall again.  Time just keeps moving along too quickly for me.  I love the fall, it’s always been my favorite season.   I love the colors, which is just starting here.  But–it wasn’t supposed to come along so fast!!!

But, since I can’t make it go back to summer for a few more months, I will enjoy the fall.  I put out my fall decorations in the house.   Soon we will take our annual fall foilage trip. Probably closer to home this year–to the mountains.  We will go to a craft fair or two.  And, it’s not fall until I rake some leaves and one of my favorite things to do is to walk along and crunch the leaves.  I bought some apples, so, now I need to bake something.  I’m thinking maybe some apple pie–or how about some cran-apple pie??  Mmmmm….love it!  Maybe I’ll also make some homemade applesauce–or maybe some cran-applesauce.   SO gooooood!  Maybe I’ll just curl up by the fireplace–or better, we’ll have a fire in the outdoor fire pit.  I love to do that.  So, maybe it’s not a bad thing after all that fall has arrived.

Happy fall, everyone!

CHECKING IN

Just checking in very quickly–I haven’t been here for a long time.  I always vow that I will do better at keeping up with this blog—and then I never do. But, this is it–I promise–I really will write more often.  That’s all for now, though!

I’M BACK

When I last wrote I told you I was starting back to school.  Well, between work, school and housework I haven’t had time for much else-so, it’s a been a while since I last wrote.  Last night, I submitted my final assignment and took my last test.  I’m officially done with the class, but I need to go back and do the class evaluation.  Plus, she said if she needs us to make corrections on the assignment, she will give us a chance to make a correction and resubmit.  So, I will check back today and over the next few days to see if I need to make corrections.

I woke up this morning with a wonderful sense of accomplishment.  I did it. I finished the class–with an A.  It feels wonderful.  I have finished the first semester, I am one step closer to the degree I have dreamed about for so long.

I have already signed up for my next class and I am looking forward to it–but right now, I am looking forward to a couple of weeks off to rest, relax, enjoy Christmas and one of the very first things I will do is pull out a book–a real book–a fun book–and READ!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!