New and Scary Part Two

One of the joys of blogging is the “discovery” process. Let me explain. In my most recent blog post I shared my adventures on the ski slope. As I wrote I must reflect, pulling out what was memorable and weaving words together to make it at least somewhat interesting for the world to read. So in the writing process I am able to relive the moment, examining the details. As I immerse myself in the memory I can almost feel the cold air on my face and feel the slippery skis on my feet. It is in my opinion an unexpected joy that writing has given me.

Today’s memory is of our second day of adventure. All of our children(well the 5 who live on the east coast) have now arrived at the cabin. As a funny aside everyone arrived separately each having been provided directions to our weekend retreat via email. Well as it turned out as each person arrived there was never another car in the driveway. So each of them, including my daughter who arrived in the middle of the night, had to go on faith that it was the right house. We all got a laugh out of this when it was discovered!

Anyway, I digress. It’s Saturday, the sun is shining for the first time in days and we have reservations for a Zip-lining adventure. The resort can accommodate 8 people at a time so our entire group cannot play but those who aren’t able have great alternatives. So after a hearty home-cooked breakfast we all head out.

We have been told that it will be cold so we all have tons of winter gear on…I now understand why little kids don’t enjoy going outdoors in the cold…it is a lot of extra clothing which makes it hard to move and weighs quite a bit too. As we near the resort I begin to feel quite anxious about this adventure. What on earth was I thinking? These zip lines are high up and I am not always a fan of heights. But I am committed so I squash those butterflies with some self-talk.

Once in the lodge we meet our guides for the afternoon. We all get into our harnesses, helmets, and gloves and head out onto the lift. I am telling myself this is going to be fun. I have all my children with me, the sun is shining, and I am doing something new and scary!

December 2014 Brettonwoods New Hampshire Zip-lining Adventure

There we all are about to begin our adventure.

Our first step is a brief run that includes the basics of zip-lining: sitting, holding on and the all important braking, oh and let’s not forget how to pull yourself in if you brake too soon and end up a distance from the landing point! My combat to fear is to go first, so off I go. But keep in mind that I can touch the ground and the run is only about 10 feet…but still I do it.

This mastered we are off, trekking through some beautiful terrain to our first zip. The day is truly glorious. The sun is bright and the air crisp. Fresh snow is everywhere. Truly picture perfect. I thank God as I amble through the knee deep snow for such a beautiful day with my family.

We arrive at our first Zip. Clip on and off I go!

Exhilarating!

The runs get progressively longer and higher over the next couple of hours zipping above the tree line, skiers and snowboarders below our suspended selves. We walk over some high in the tree rope bridges(this I can do without) and even rappel a few times(this I really like…I can see some rock climbing in my future). Our time passes all too fast and before you know it we are headed back to the lodge to turn in our harness.

What fun we all had. Hopefully one day soon I will have some of the video feed that Emily’s boyfriend got from his little video camera thing(not sure what this is called, maybe a go pro).

Great day, great adventure, fun memories.

Me(back left) Emily(back right) and Jessica(front and center)

Me(back left) Emily(back right) and Jessica(front and center)

 

December again…

time_for_champagne-party_invitations-tokketok-whiteSo here we are, December once again. And as it does every year at this time in addition to the usual hubbub of merry celebrations and all other things jubilant, I celebrate a birthday.

All of my life I always felt somewhat cheated by having a birthday a mere 10 days before Christmas. Between commitments and illness, few friends attended my parties as  child. Once I got older I preferred to just skip over the whole thing entirely. Not because I disliked getting older…I know some have a real hang up about that but I don’t. I just got tired of being disappointed by those who could not celebrate; it’s hard to compete with the hoopla of the Christmas season. When my favorite guy and I got hitched this became a bit of a sticking point because he is a major birthday celebrator.

But this year I will be 50. Anyhow the discussions about birthday celebrations began early this year and were all over the place. I could easily rule out doing something at our home because we all know who would be doing most of the work for that kind of party. So I considered having a party out somewhere. Wow, can that get pricey! Then I thought I would rent a house up north for a few days and have all our kids there and spend time playing and hanging around together. Whoa—do you know how much that costs?!

I decided to speak with a friend from work who heads north to New Hampshire regularly about a place to stay and do you know what? She is letting us stay in their home for the time for free! Yep, no cost at all! I am so blessed. She has a perfect little log cabin in the woods. Sleeps just enough for all the gang. Even has a hot tub under the stars. Today she came in to show me the photo’s of the Christmas tree that they put up this past weekend.

So we will be heading north for a few days. With the exception of our daughter on the west coastm all the kids, spouses, significant others and grandson is coming. We will be playing in the great outdoors for sure! Hopefully there will be plenty of photo’s, laughs, food, and memories to share.

For today it brings me Joy and Thanks just thinking about it.

Share Your World

Thanks Cee for the clever prompts that bring about some thought provoking answers.

What is your favorite time of day?

This is somewhat dependent on what day of the week it is. The early morning hours are my favorite time on Saturday and Sunday but during the work week my favorite time of day is when I climb into my most comfortable bed at the end of a long day!

What’s your favorite charitable cause and why?

I am challenged by this question as I have never thought of a “favorite” charity—I contribute to quite a few on a regular basis; The American Cancer Society, Dress for Success, World Vision, Public Radio, just to name a few. I suppose my favorite is my local church. It is here that I sow not just my tithe but I give of my time most consistently always with an eye toward expanding God’s kingdom.

How do you like to spend a rainy day?

A rainy day is a perfect excuse to waste the entire afternoon reading magazines.

When writing by hand do you prefer to use a pencil or pen?

Oh a pen for sure. I am actually quite pen picky, it needs write in black ink and needs to be a certain kind of pen, smooth roller, dark ink.

Bonus question:  What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up?

I am grateful to have returned home after a wonderful time away with family and look forward to a new week of learning new things and teaching others.

Our daughter and 2 little lovely granddaughters we were visiting.

Our daughter and 2 little lovely granddaughters we were visiting.

Street Art

 

My husband and I recently traveled to the beautiful state of Washington to visit our daughter and granddaughters who moved there last April. They live about an hour outside of Seattle so a day trip to Pike Place was in order. Just as we were arriving I read a FB post from a photographer friend of mine who recently challenged her students to shoot some snaps portraying street art, I thought this venue would offer some great snaps—I wasn’t disappointed.

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It’s Been A While

It has been a little over 3 months since I have written a post. In some respect 3 months seems like such a short amount of time however as I reflect on my life over these past months I would say it is not.

When last we met it was May and I was telling you just how busy a month it would be for me/us as a family. So let me catch you up on my life.

In June we celebrated the birth of our first grandson, Ethan John. He was followed soon thereafter by a cousin, our second granddaughter and sister to Piper…Lucy. All absolute joys and if I can ever get my Photoshop squared away I will have plenty of pictures to share with you.

I rather suddenly felt called to return to my pursuit of completing my degree. For several years I was actively working on completing my BS(I have a 3 year diploma in nursing) however in 2010 I put my studies on hold as I was a bit overwhelmed in life. So I took a course in the beginning of the summer…got an A! and find myself once again in a holding pattern. You see when I began this pursuit in 2005 or so my intention was to finish the BS and enroll in an APRN program. Since that time however the entry level for APRN’s has changed and I find myself re-thinking the entire process. So I have sent my transcripts off to another program and await news of acceptance.

Yoga. A new found pleasure since our last meeting has been discovered in my life. Plenty of stretching past the comfort zone here! I have also found the secret to tolerating the monotony of the treadmill…a great audiobook! You can only listen while working out, it is like the great reward.

I wrote on several occasions this past spring of my  plans to volunteer at the Hole in the Wall Gang Camp for a week. This experience is worthy of a post on its own…photo’s too! Definitely worth repeating.

What else past the months? A trip to Boston, business mixed with pleasure. A wedding, plenty of swimming during the hottest July on record in the Northeast, a few sailboat excursion with our friends Doug and Joanne, a couple of fun foodie groups, hiking, BBQing, entertaining, birding, gardening, enjoying…lots of “ing”ing! Oh and quite a bit of reading- again probably worthy of a couple of blog posts.

Steven and I leave next Wednesday for a trip out west. We fly into Vegas and will rent a convertible to drive to the Grand Canyon, Sedona and back to Nevada. I cannot wait. 7 whole days with nothing but my guy, the great outdoors and God. I am expecting great things!

I look forward to reconnecting with my blogging friend. Until then…

Be authentic and enjoy life! Three months seems short but as I reflect back upon it much living has been compressed into those 90 days.

~Paige