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

 

Life is to be Lived

As Sunday evening draws to a close one week ends and another on the verge of beginning. Time is a peculiar thing. We complain that we don’t have enough yet we wish the days past longing for the weekend. How did you spend your weekend? Did you indulge? Did you make your heart sing? Did you write a blog post for Share Your World or Jakesprinter Landscape Challenge? I did a few of all these things.

Date Night on Friday with my favorite guy at one of our favorite places to eat called the Bridge in Westerly RI. Good food, cheap beer and live music.

On Saturday I was blessed to get a new office chair and the re-gifting of a computer monitor for my home office. Cooked a wonderful meal at home and shared it with 3 of my favorite guys, hubby Steven, son Joshua and stepson Jeremy. Good food and good company.

Sunday morning found me in my house of worship enjoying the presence of the Lord. Afterward we went to lunch with Steven’s daughter Christina and our granddaughter Piper.

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Having sufficiently dined we headed home to change into some warmer clothes, get Haley and go for a walk along the river.

It was hard to keep the dog from going nuts when the four deer arrived on the scene. I thought this one was going to run right into me.

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Below you see the Mohegan Sun Casino towering above the tree line. Looking at it from the sky it has the appearance of an arrow. It is a beautiful building inside and out.

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Norwich is a river community with many old factories such as the one pictured below.

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This railroad has plates dating 1923. Pretty cool in my opinion.

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These old rail ties are just laying around. Wonder what the purpose is now?

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In the water is the remnants of an old boat.

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The walk was nice. Beautiful, crisp day as you can see. When I got home I made a movie with the photo’s I snapped of Piper(the red headed cutie) and will post it to Facebook for her Great Granny to see; I know she will enjoy it.

Hope that you had a great weekend.

Sunday in the Park

Today after church my husband and I spent the day in the park where we were married. We invited one of our daughter’s, her husband and our grandaughter to join us.

The day was beautiful. The sky was mostly sunny and had some really cool clouds over the sound. The trees have no leaves due to the recent hurricane that ripped up the coast leaving us without power for 6 days.

 After a simple meal of fresh fruit and sandwiches with fresh chicken salad we played a game of bocci ball. Boys against the Girls-we should have let Piper help us maybe we would have done better.

After the game it was time to fly kites. The park is known to attract many kiteflyers as it has great wind and wide open spaces.

It was said that I am the only person known that can turn kite flying into an aerobic activity!

A walk was next on the agenda. The park is really quite beautiful overlooking the Long Island Sound, gardens, dunes and great open space.

 

The flowers are still blooming although many are past prime the butterflies still enjoy the sweet nectar.

We had a wonderful day full of simple abundance. I am so very grateful for days like these. Gods love seems tangible in everything seen and done.

 

Perfect days. Perfect faces. Perfect Smiles.