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“Double Double Toil and Trouble”

It’s a week away from Halloween and the temps are starting to drop.  Fall weather has finally joined us at the Jersey Shore.  Living in Toms River, it is one of  the few places that  we trick or  on October 30th, yes the day before Halloween.  The idea was established so the town could all enjoy the Halloween Parade on the 31st as a family.  I have some great memories of lining up on Main St. early to have a good view with a zip loc bag of sugar filled treats.

When I was a kid (oh my sounding older then my 49 years), we were excited to go out and fill up a pillow case of goodies.  Stopping home to unload your treats, fuel up and go back out for round 2 or 3!  Times they are a changing, society is changing, there is a lot more “Trunk or Treats” for children’s safety and what seems like convenience.  There is something to be said about going out and walking for hours for candy you don’t even like just to say you got more then your friends.  It is a simple way that children have fun and learn their perseverance pays off.

Over the years, there have been less trick or treaters and definitely more cars driving the kids around to get their treats.  Everyone is in a rush, missing out on the simple fun and dare I say exercise.  Our kiddos are grown but we are excited to stroll with our grandson and see his reaction to the costumes and treats.  He is too young to walk and eat the goodies but his mommy has his costume or costumes ready to go!

So don’t be ghoulish, turn on your front light, welcome the little goblins and have fun in seeing the joy in the kids eyes.  I’m thinking of a sign to have for parents who are walking the endless hours and might need a refill in their cup!



This Undisciplined Runner

I have an interesting relationship with running. I want to love it, I really do, but I do not allow myself the discipline it takes for consistency. I am competitive by nature and always want to do my best, but something about a race that messes with my ability to stay focused. Being married to a runner, who does train properly, speed workouts, long runs, short runs etc. you would think it would be easy for me to follow his lead. He always amazes me, just by looking at his watch he knows his pace and will adjust accordingly.

If I am being honest with my true self, following a “plan” might be my first issue, my spirit likes to lead. Here is what I realized about myself, when it comes to running my style can be summed up by three words, “Ignorance is Bliss”. I run best when I don’t have a watch, music, do not know the course and just take in the world. The people watching, the sights, listening to my breathing and just running.

My current passion lies in tennis and I do have that to thank for my endurance and allowing me to have the ability to run for 5 miles without tiring or training. I do a lot of cardio on elliptical, bikes and treadmills in the gym. The anxiety kicks in at a track, or a loop where I know the distance and the turn around point and what is expected in the end.

I will continue to dabble in running, because my inner girl does love the freedom, the fresh air and all the fun clothes that go along with the sport!

My goal, to always run like a child chasing butterflies and rainbows!

My Realistic Resolutions

Hello 2015, I welcome you with an abundance of joy and anticipation of what is to come. I am not a big fan of setting one’s self up for failure, which many resolutions happen to do. Instead I have created a realistic list that I look forward to keeping.

These are in no particular order:

1) Start my day with giving thanks to waking up and before I get out of bed remind myself of one thing that I happen to like/love about myself.

2) Allow myself two days a week without guilt of no scheduled workout, not to say fitness won’t occur but if it does it will be a bonus, if it does not my body will enjoy a rest day.

3) I promise to challenge myself at least once a month with various things that are uncomfortable for me or new to me, because I am a creature of habit, schedule and control.

4) To read a minimum of one novel a month.

5) Less time on social media and more time socially with those whose company I really enjoy

6) To visit my children at least twice each this year at their homes in CA and TX

7) I will let go of all bad energy and those that create it.

8) To take a trip once a month, it can be as simple as overnight or the next town but get out of dodge and schedules.

9) To go through photos and start to scan them for my children so they have them on digital files.

10) To enjoy the process of planning for our daughters wedding and allowing her wishes to be front and center and not allow anyone else to cause stress in the process or her day.

That’s a wrap, it’s a small step but tonight we are going to the movie theatre, it has been years so thanks #3!

Logging off and Plugging In

I have been trying lately to log off from all my favorite electronics and plug in to living in the moment. This is not to say I have gone cold turkey and I’m not browsing my favorite sites or posting here and there, just changing my habits ever so slightly.

I might have Apple to thank for a bit of this. I recently purchased the iphone6+, it’s big, like a mini iPad. I love it, but the convenience of having it at my finger tips all the time is a bit inconvenient. What a gift! I have been walking without my earphones, leaving my phone at home, listening to nature, head up and eyes straight ahead. There are times I need the music to get me through a workout but being in tune with my thoughts has been beneficial.

I have come to realize when I am bored, I log on, search, post, retweet etc., but for the most part I am not missing the #socialmedia craze. I have been less active on line and much more active in life. The busier I am, the more connected I am to my daily passions and the less desire I have to post. This has led to less blogging. My mind has had so many thoughts I have not been able to focus on the blog so I thought I would start with this explanation.

The holidays are rapidly approaching and while I will be busy taking photos and capturing memories, my goal is not to post immediately, but to enjoy the moment and make an album at a quiet time. A time where I can reflect, enjoy the moments captured and memories being made, decide what is truly worth sharing with the world and what is worth keeping private.

I hope all of you can enjoy the moment, log off and plug in as well!

The Nest is Empty

It has been a week since we started the journey of dropping our youngest off to college.  We successfully unloaded the car with the assistance of seven volunteers and she set up her dorm as she envisioned.  It was fun to watch all the Freshmen arrive, check in and the parents who joined them.

The biggest shock is I didn’t shed a tear, the week prior I was weepy , ok crying like a baby.  It was great to feel the peacefulness of her being ok .

In true spirit of embracing our empty nest, we left the  University and headed for the airport!  We went to Boston for a quick 40 hours, two games at Fenway, explored parts of Boston we had yet to see and did the Harvard Steps.  The trip was fun and we laughed a lot and we enjoyed all our firsts as empty nesters.

The house does not feel quiet to us, we have been so busy we have yet to truly embrace being home alone!  We are saying yes to more, making travel plans without worry who will be left home alone, and as a family we are embracing another milestone!


Marriage is like a handed down recipe

This weekend we are empty nesters, our youngest is off visiting the eldest and his new bride, hence the newlyweds and our middle is busy living life and working hard in the lone-star state.  So as hubby is driving the recent HS grad to the airport, I am preparing dinner.

These are thoughts that came to me.  Marriage is like a recipe handed down over time.  It is an institution we go through great lengths to join.  In the beginning we live off love, our rose colored glasses are on 24 hours because we are finally together, going to show the world a thing or two thousand! lol …….

When first married, I had one, possibly two types of oils and possibly vinegars in my cabinets.  The meals I made were out of love and error and yet every night my husband ate it up saying it was the best ever.  It was not the meal at the table, but our lives intertwining ever so and blending everyday.

So today as I was cooking, my mind wandered as it often does and then people sImageay share that recipe and I do.  They say I don’t like garlic or cilantro or pepper etc…. Well here is the secret…….  The recipe is not binding, it is not perfect for every pallet, it should be adjusted with love, tried a few times for perfection for your home, faith and life.  

That is the secret to cooking, living, loving, marriage, raising kids, aging parents, empty nesters, take the recipe from those you admire and love and then perfect it for yourself so when you pass it down, the same can be done!

Bon appetit and wishes for a life filled with love, faith, family and fun!

This Bud goes to the inventor of the wheel

ImageToday as I was driving down the road I realized we really need to show more love for the invention of the wheel.  Where would we be without it?  The early ages it was so helpful to move tons of boulders for building.  Time progresses and we are thankful for garbage cans to roll our cans to the curb for pick up, food shopping to purchase all things we would not be able to carry alone.

When we have children, it starts with strollers, hand pushed carts, tricycles, bicycles, scooters, skateboards oh my!  Then we want to drive!  The choices, motorcycles, cars, airplanes (they have wheels and wings!),  jobs with front loaders, 18 wheelers, tanks and many many other options.  There is a time we are thankful to escape our craziness of buzzing around as fast as we can and we go back to the enjoyment of cycling, for exercise or escape.

Then we age, we need walkers with wheels, wheel chairs, commodes on wheels, beds on wheels and sadly enough the wheels that are placed under our coffins to our final rest.

So today or this week or in the near future wherever you might find yourself with a drink in hand, I’m certain at some point wheels helped you get there raise your glass and say CHEERS to the inventor of the wheel!  

*Remember don’t drink and drive your wheels*