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The Ripple Effect

Just a quick picture and a poem today. We tossed a pebble into Arroyo Grande Creek and watched the rings spiral outward... It reminded me of this poem by James W. Foley.Drop a pebble in the water:
just a splash, and it is gone;  But there's half-a-hundred ripples Circling on and on and on, 
Spreading, spreading from the center,
flowing on out to the sea. 
And there is no way of telling
where the end is going to be. Drop a pebble in the water: in a minute you forget, 
But there's little waves a-flowing,
and there's ripples circling yet, 
And those little waves a-flowing
to a great big wave have grown; 
You've disturbed a mighty river
just by dropping in a stone. Drop an unkind word, or careless: in a minute it is gone;  
But there's half-a-hundred ripples    
circling on and on and on.      
They keep spreading, spreading, spreading        
from the center as they go,          

Signs of Autumn

It's getting a bit cooler and signs of Autumn are all around us. Farmer's markets are featuring apples, winter squash, the last of the tomatoes and corn on the cob. The Monarch Butterflies are flitting around in the tops of the eucalyptus trees where they will gather in great grape formations as the weather cools. There are crunchy leaves on the path to the beach and thigh high wild grasses, brown and rattling in the slight breeze. I used to hate Fall, it made me so sad for some reason. Maybe it was because it seemed like things were dying all around me. On top of that, days were shortening leaving too much time to think about how my own life was reflected in that same year round seasonal process. I guess I'm technically in the Autumn of my life now. Oh, I enjoyed the Spring and Summer and I think I'm coming to terms with the Fall. For me, it helped to embrace the colors, sights, smells and sounds of the season. To focus on how thankful I am for my own life's "…

Weekend Update

Just a quick weekend update. Saturday.... well Saturday can be my favorite day of the week. I get to sleep in, catch up, relax and have fun. It is also Breakfast Buddy day. Do you and your friends get together to do something on a regular basis? We do too! Once a month my friends Janine and Robin and I get together for breakfast on Saturday mornings to "catch up" on each other's lives. It's food, fun, laughter and therapy! We've been doing this for YEARS! This Saturday it had been even longer than a month so there was a lot of catching up to do. We went to CoCo's in Pismo Beach and must have been there 3 hours before any of us was ready to go. Robin's son and daughter-in-law recently bought their first home and Janine had just returned from a family visit to Albuquerque. It was such a fun visit and I really LOVE these girls. Can't wait until next month's breakfast!Then I went home and was sick for the next 24 hours. I know! A perfectly good weeken…

The Day Off??!!

This morning I got a pleasant surprise. I was supposed to watch my grandson until 1:00 but my daughter called and said I had the WHOLE day off! She wasn't feeling well and was going to stay home from work. Immediately I thought of all the things I'd LOVE to do if I just had the time. So my morning started with a wonderful Strawberry/Banana smoothie that I didn't have to make for anyone else or share. Then I watched a recorded movie, Things We Lost In The Fire, with Halle Berry, Benicio Del Toro and David Duchovny. It was really pretty good, sad, but good. When that was done I did a little straightening up and went upstairs to do some card making. That's when I found out I didn't have a 1 7/8" square punch.... so I HAD to go to Michaels. That was a trip to San Luis Obispo. Michaels didn't have it, but Beverly's did. I thought about having lunch in San Luis, but I had some really good leftover Lasagne waiting for me at home. Then it was down to the beach…

The 7th Anniversary - September 11, 2001

September 11, 2001 is a date no American should forget. The events of that day were so shocking. Terrorism on our shores on a scale so grand it was hard to comprehend. In the United States, we feel secure knowing horrendous activities such as these are usually detected BEFORE they happen. Many, many people lost their lives on that day.  I was with my mom when it happened and we just stood shoulder to shoulder watching the TV in disbelief and weeping later in the day as the numbers kept pouring in of how many had lost their lives. My mom said, "Oh, my God, it must be the beginning of the end of the world!" Do you know how many people lost their lives that day?
Statistics from WikiAnswers:At least 2,985 people died in the September 11th attacks, including:
19 terrorists2,966 victimsAll but 13 people died on that day. The remaining 13 later died of their wounds. One person has died since the attacks, of lung cancer. It is suspected to have been caused by all the debris from the T…

My 3 Dogs - Rico, Brandi & Oscar Meyer

"He is my other eyes that can see above the clouds; my other ears that hear above the winds. He is the part of me that can reach out into the sea. He has told me a thousand times over that I am his reason for being; by the way he rests against my leg; by the way he thumps his tail at my smallest smile; by the way he shows his hurt when I leave without taking him. (I think it makes him sick with worry when he is not along to care for me.) When I am wrong, he is delighted to forgive. When I am angry, he clowns to make me smile. When I am happy, he is joy unbounded. When I am a fool, he ignores it. When I succeed, he brags. Without him, I am only another man. With him, I am all-powerful. He is loyalty itself. He has taught me the meaning of devotion. With him, I know a secret comfort and a private peace. He has brought me understanding where before I was ignorant. His head on my knee can heal my human hurts. His presence by my side is protection against my fears of dark and unknown …

The Shopping Trip

What do you eat over the course of a couple of weeks? When do you shop? Do you make menus and shop with that in mind, or do you make up meals as you go? Who does the shopping in  your house? Well, here is a little peak into what I do weekly.
I make up a calendar for the week deciding what we will eat. One night of the week is "Date Night" so no meal planning necessary for that night. As I'm making up the menus I think about what I already have in the pantry, freezer and refrigerator. Items I don't have are added to the grocery list. For us, breakfast and lunch are easy... cereal/oatmeal, muffins or maybe even egg sandwiches. Lunch is usually sandwiches of some kind, leftovers from the previous dinner or soup. I don't put these items on my list because I just KNOW what to buy to keep those supplies on hand. Then it's off to the store, usually on a Sunday evening, usually with my sweet husband. We take our own bags that we've bought over the last year. They …

"Boo" gainvillea

Ok, I think we are getting close enough to Halloween I can feature this cute find. First off, let me say that living on the Central Coast right now means fog, fog and more fog. Sometimes it leaves for an afternoon but lately, its been hanging around all day. It can make for a very depressing kind of day. Then I walked outside to see what Nature had in store for me today and I saw this cute little face in my bougainvilleas. All I could do was smile! And if you think HE's cute... you should see his little brother!

Affirmation Board Update

Dreams with deadlines.... I have to update you on the latest progress from my Affirmation Board dream list. I broke out Guitar Hero III this weekend and spent nearly 3 hours playing around. It's a great game with great music and it keeps you on your toes, or should I say fingers! Then this weekend my kitchen was covered in plastic sheeting. About a month ago, Wes and I bought a really nice new ceiling light fixture. We took out the old one and realized the ceiling wasn't finished or painted underneath. So I've been without a really good kitchen light for about 3 weeks. Our soon to be son-in-law came over with his texture hopper and spent the better part of the two days fixing the ceiling up. Man, you should see it! It's a $10,000 ceiling on a $200 kitchen, in other words, the rest of the kitchen needs some updating and fixing up too. But if you look at my affirmation board, over on the upper left side is my kitchen fix-up area. I can't believe how quickly some of t…

Goals Are Dreams With Deadlines

Here it is, my finished Affirmation Board! These are very personal but well worth the effort of sitting down and dreaming. I wanted mine to reflect desires for the upcoming year, in this case, from August to August. The things that led my list were more free time, home repairs and fix-ups, entertainment and health. I've been watching my grandson 8 hours a day for almost 2 years now and time has become very precious and often hard to find. In the "free" hours of my day I'm usually catching up from all the things I couldn't do while I was babysitting. It doesn't leave much time for fun and recreation. That leads into my next category. You can see the Guitar Hero game up there. I may be 51, but I still like to play games when I get a chance. The positive affirmations have already made this item happen! I picked up the game and guitar on sale at Costco and have begun learning all the songs. Too Much Fun! I'd like to be able to find a way to incorporate my lov…