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Friday, September 18, 2020

Fun Friday – Read the Small Print

 

A gift of  brotherly love

Tupac Shakur was a popular rap artist in the 1990’s. One of my sons was born the same year that Tupac died, yet both of my sons talk about Tupac’s music as though they were around at the time of his fame. My older son surprised his brother by visiting him at college, with a birthday gift in hand. It was a small gesture, but one he knew his brother would appreciate. Maybe.

My older son entered his brothers’ apartment with a broad grin across his face and holding the gift behind his back. “I got you something.” He whipped out a rolled-up poster that had a quote along the side. “This is you Bro, read the quote.”

“…by the words of His mouth…okay, that’s nice.”

“It’s a Tupac poster.”

My younger son began unrolling the poster, “Um, I don’t think this is a Tupac poster.” Stars and constellations danced on the poster as my son read the entire  quote to his brother.

“By the word of the Lord the heavens were made and the stars, by the word of His mouth” – Psalm 33:6



As my son recanted this story to me over the phone I said, “Did you get Tupac confused with Jesus?”

I told my son about an old spiritual song parishioners used to sing at my grandfathers’ church. The lyrics were, take the Lord along with you everywhere you go; You’re gonna’ need Him, everywhere you go.

The poster error was one way of telling my sons they needed a little more Jesus and a little less Tupac. I still had one lingering question for my son, “How did you think you had a Tupac poster?”

The answer was simple, “I just grabbed the wrong one, the posters were all next to each other.”

Read the small print and now what you’re getting. It’s not always bad, just know what you’re getting.

Have you ever misread a label?

Wednesday, September 16, 2020

Monday, September 14, 2020

Muffins with Mom – 3 Tips for preparing your child to leave home

 


When a child leaves home for the first time it can be a daunting task. During this time of COVID-19, some colleges are strictly online, while others are hybrid offering both online and in-person. My sons are experiencing both methods. Thinking about them going back to campus has caused me to reflect on a time one of my sons went off to college for the first time. The story is below.

 After a visit to the college my son will attend, I relate the experience to the game show $100,000 Pyramid. You know, the show where one person gives their teammate clues to the word they want him to say.

While apartment hunting for my son, we discovered a location that was impressive. A rental agent walked us through one of the models. The d├ęcor throughout the apartment had a definite theme; the place setting on the kitchen counter had the color scheme of the faux leather sofa and throw pillows.

I checked drawers, open doors, and discovered a treasure. In the dark corner of a closet, lurking in a small space, was a broom. I snatched it from its resting place and displayed it for my son. Of course I had to ask him, “Do you know what this is and how to use it?”

My son rolled his eyes and said, “It’s a mop” sarcasm evident on his face, but I didn’t let him off that easy. I began to throw clues at him.

“It’s something used to clean dirt/dust from a floor, people use it in place of a vacuum cleaner. It’s used for one of those chores you rarely do.” This was my version of the $100,000 Pyramid.

“Your sarcasm is wasted on me. I will keep the apartment clean.”

My son understood what I was indicating to him. Yay.

Whether you’re sending your child off to camp for the summer or getting her ready for college, preparation is required. If you asked me my top three tips for preparing your child to leave home, here’s what I would say:

1.      Teach them to be respectful – be mindful of those she/he has to share a space with; keep their area clean.

2.      Have a cooperative spirit – be willing to help where needed (without the excessive moaning, groaning and grumbling).

3.      Teach him to be resourceful – problem solving skills can come in handy when a child is away from home. Whether it is conflict resolution or knowing how to stretch a dollar, awareness in this area can go a long way.

What tips would you add for a parent preparing child to leave home?

Friday, September 11, 2020

Feel Good Friday - Fit and Fabulous After 50

A trip to the zoo can be refreshing
 

Feel your best, look your best, because you are beautiful. Your are fit and fabulous and it's not always about your weight. Take care of your mental and spiritual health too.

Go to your happy place wherever that may be - watching a sunset, a trip to the zoo (oh wait, that's what I did), or a bubble bath with soft background music.




Today I have the honor of being a guest blogger for The Menopause Goddess blog. Check out the blog for more tips on how to be the best you and thrive during this stage of your life called menopause (click here).

Wednesday, September 9, 2020

Wellness Wednesday – The Laughter Project Too

 

The challenge in week one was to create a Humor Journal. The Humor Journal is your collection of funny thoughts, quote, drawings, or anything that makes you smile. What made you smile last week?

Here is something I found interesting in the past week.

Visiting a Relative

I visited a relative on Labor Day and enjoyed chatting and breaking bread together. As I sat at the dining room table, I began to swing my legs playfully as they dangled. The thought struck me, I’m sitting in a high chair of sorts.

My thoughts took me down a path of… As infants we ate our food while sitting in highchairs, kicking and screaming to get out when done. As adults we hop up onto highchairs with glee, kicking and swinging our legs because we’re having fun. I guess this is one example of how our perspective changes as we grow older.

I’ll leave you with a thought for the day – “Humor is the best icebreaker” (8,789 Words of Wisdom by Barbara Ann Kipfer).

YouTube Video Credit: Tim Hawkins - Christian Comedy

May your day be filled with laughter. Take note of what makes you smile this week.

 

Monday, September 7, 2020

Motivational Monday – Labor Day Blessings

 

Photo Credit: The Prayer Circle Leader

Did you know the first Labor Day occurred in 1882 in New York City? The organizers wanted to create an event that “brought different types of workers together to meet each other and recognize their common interests.” Labor Day was established because workers  felt they were spending too many hours and days on the job (70-hour weeks on average).

Take time this Labor to Rest, Relax and Rejuvenate.


Photo Credit: Talk Amen


Photo Credit: Women to Women Mentoring





Friday, September 4, 2020

Fun Friday – A Menopausal Moment

 


September is recognized as Menopause Awareness Month. During this month I will  periodically share my observations, tips, and thoughts, with a scoop of humor.

Here are my ramblings for today…

No need to be frustrated about the annoying symptoms of menopause. As one of the insurance  commercials says, ”think of all the money you’ll save…” (by utilizing your menopause symptoms).

Gym Memberships

Give up your gym membership. You can get the same workout as you sleep. A simple round of night sweats will have you feeling like you’re swimming laps.

Hot Flashes

Any hot flashes you experience can be equated to running a 50-yard dash.

Mood Swings

Think of mood swings as enhancing your personality. Some people speak two languages, you can transform yourself into two people.

Have you ever felt like you have to laugh to keep from crying (as the saying goes)? Sometimes a little laughter helps to ease stress we’re feeling. I have just the thing for you. I’ve teamed up with Dr. Joy for a Girls Night In. Our event is Take a Men-It-to Pause. It will be a night of hormones, hope, and humor.

Girls Night In will include story sharing, games, prizes, and comedy. This free event will take place by Zoom on Tuesday, September 8th at 7pm (EST). Space is limited, register by Saturday, September 5th (through Eventbrite).

Whether you experience brain fog, mood swings, or hot flashes, there is hope, healing and humor through the stages of menopause.

Here’s a homework assignment for you. Think about your funniest menopausal moment – did that memory bring a smile to your face? Hold that thought and share it with us during A Men-It-to Pause. You will get through this season; you are not alone.

It’s time to celebrate YOU.

Wednesday, September 2, 2020

Wellness Wednesday – The Laughter Project

 


It’s September already, soon the season will transition from summer to fall. What season of life are you in? Do you want to focus on your finances, job changes, or perhaps your health? All these things tie in with your overall health and wellness.

You’re probably wondering where laughter fits in with all of this. You may have heard me say this before – laughter has health benefits (click here for benefits). I won’t list them, but here’s one of my favorites:

Laughter burns calories

If laughter burns calories, does that mean I can walk around randomly laughing all day? That’s better than any workout plan I can come up with.

Disclaimer: I wouldn’t give up my workout, but the thought of laughter as my main source of exercise brought a smile to my face.

Now for the Laughter Project. Your challenge for the month of September is to begin  Humor Journal. Make notes on anything that you find funny or brings a smile to your face. It could be a funny quote, funny meme, or a picture of people laughing. Don’t make this hard, keep it simple and fun.

We’ll check in here each Wednesday to share stories, tips, or things you’ve discovered about laughter and humor.

A laugh a day keeps stress at bay. Go find some laughs.

Friday, August 28, 2020

Fun Friday – Crafts and Discipline – How they work together


What do you do for relaxation? For me, working on a crafty type project relaxes my mind. It can be sewing, building something (small), or even coloring (yes, coloring). Every now and then I venture off to JoAnn’s (Fabric and Crafts). When my kids were younger they took these excursions with me.

I trip to JoAnn’s could be sporadic, just because I wanted to work on something new. If I were in a sewing mood, I’d search out a pattern that said, Easy, 90-minute pattern. The project always turned out to take me 90 minutes, each day, for a week. I didn’t care, I was creating. My kids had a different outlook on our visits to JoAnn’s.

When it was time for a trip to JoAnn’s, I had to subpoena my kids. I gave them a note written in Red crayon that said, Get in the car. Now. As we pulled into the store parking lot, the first thing my kids saw were the 50-foot letters (it seemed to them) that spelled JOANN’S. They slumped in their seats and cried out, “Nooo, do we have to go in? Can we stay in the car?”

“No, we’re shopping together. You can select a craft project.”

“But you take too long. I don’t want to do a craft that bad.”

We made I through several shopping trips in that manner. It later dawned on me that I stumbled upon a new form of discipline. Many believe that spanking is bad and prefer to take away privileges. Here was yet another form of discipline. I was giving my kids something, not taking away. I was giving them the opportunity to explore a craft store.

If my kids were misbehaving, all I needed to say was, “Let’s take a trip to JoAnn’s.” Together the two of them resembled an Octopus. Their arms and legs were swinging and swaying, their faces contorted into monster shapes. We went to the store anyway and they whined and moaned, while customers stared.

I was sure someone was going to contact child protective services, believing that I was harming my kids. So, we quickly left the store with my kids smiling believing they had won.  After they strapped on their seatbelts, I drove them straight to…Michael’s Crafts.

It was tough love, but somebody had to do it.






What family stories are you finding humorous lately?

What family stories are you finding humorous lately?

 

Friday, August 21, 2020

Fun Friday – Finding Humor During a Pandemic

 

During this pandemic that we’re experiencing have you ever felt like one day blends into the next? If you answered yes, you’re not alone. My son is preparing to return to college. He asked me to remind him of an item he wanted to take. My response was, “I don’t even know what day it is.”

We can all use a little humor to help de-stress. Below are a few situations I’ve experienced that caused me to stop and say, hmmm.

Seasonal Allergies

While shopping, a lady saw me trying to decide which allergy relief to buy, she said, “Oh you have seasonal allergies too.”

I said, “No, I have allergies every day.”

Temperature

The new normal during COVID-19 is taking a lot of getting used to. Many establishments have a screening process. After you enter the building a greeter takes your temperature and you answer 3 screening questions.

                                                                                           

I’ve done this so much that after I entered one of our offsite offices, I belted out 97.5. The greeter said, “Huh? Is that  your favorite radio station?”

“No. that’s my temperature.”

 Hand Sanitizer

It is my understanding that the recommended amount of alcohol that is supposed to be in had sanitizer is 60%.

I was at a store one day, on my way out I put my hand under one of those touchless dispensers and rubbed my hands together.  As I left a strong odor hit my nostrils. It was the hand sanitizer. It smelled like Vodka. I frowned as I mumbled to myself, is this 100 proof?

I thought I’d put my hands under a distillery, not a dispenser.

Skinny Pop Popcorn

A friend introduced me to Skinny Pop brand popcorn. Now I’m hooked. But just wondering…will I get skinny if I eat it by the handfuls?

Speaking of popcorn…You better watch out with eating a lot of popcorn. Dental hygienist don’t like it when you eat popcorn. My hygienist was cleaning my teeth. She had smirk on her face when she said, 

“When did you have popcorn?”

 “Three weeks ago.”

 “You’re making my job hard.”

 What situations are you finding funny lately?

Wednesday, August 19, 2020

Wellness Wednesday – It’s All About You

 


Have you ever heard the phrase, “If it is to be, it’s up to me”? Today is your day to overcome barriers, focus on your health, do something just for you. I know you’ve heard it before, but when you take care of yourself, you are better able to help someone else.

When was the last time you watched a sunrise or sunset, laughed out loud, or put your feet up and relaxed? Today, it’s all about you.

Say this with me, “If it is to be, it is up to me.” Now take that phrase and apply it – at work, home, and self-care.

Go conquer your day.

Monday, August 17, 2020

Motivational Monday – Your backstory creates your history

 

Photo Credit: Print Media Center

It was the late 1970’s as I sat in the backseat of my grandparents Yellow Cadillac. Ten years old and thin as a rail; my legs stuck to the leather seats as I tried to scooch up to peek over my grandfather’s shoulders. Finally free, my knees slammed into the back of the driver’s seat. “How long will it take us to get there?”

My grandfather unfolded his paper road map and had it spread across the dashboard. “A few days,” he said. Old Spice aftershave tickled my nose as I settled in for the journey.

We were on our way to California, by car, with a road map to guide us. No Siri, no Alexa, no old school TomTom navigational system to lead us to our destination. Traveling with my grandparents was always the highlight of my summer vacations. Times change, our destination may change, but stops along the way build our character and become a part of our history.

It’s up to you to decide how you want to move forward with your life. Below is a thought-provoking poem.

Decide

So, do it. Decide.

Is this the live

You want to live?

Is this the person

You want to love?

Is this the best you can be?

Can you be stronger?

Kinder? More compassionate?

Decide.

Breathe in.

Breathe out

And decide.

            -Meredith Grey

 

Take time everyday to create a memory, it doesn’t have to be anything extravagant. Share a laugh with a friend, go for a walk with your child, stroll down memory lane with a relative. Decide that you will be the best possible you.

The summer of 1982 I sat in the driver’s seat of my grandparents dark Blue Cadillac. The air conditioner was blowing on my legs to keep them from sticking to the warmth of the leather seats. My grandmother was calm and patient as I practiced driving. I wasn’t ready for an extended road trip, but I was learning.

What is your backstory? What are some of your happy childhood memories?

Friday, August 14, 2020

Feel Good Friday - Relaxation Day – 5 Ways to Celebrate

 

Hurry, hurry, you don’t want to miss this. Have you felt tense, anxious, felt like you’re floating on a cloud of uncertainty? Maybe you have struggled with attempting to establish a new normal. Well, it’s time to relax. August 15th is celebrated as National Relaxation Day.

National Relaxation Day was established to encourage us to focus on taking care of ourselves. Slow down. Relax. Below are 5 ways you can celebrate this national holiday.

1.      Meditate – there are a variety of guided meditation videos on the web. You can try morning meditation or meditate before going to bed. Try it.

2.      Enjoy Nature – take a casual walk, absorb your surroundings. Press pause, stop to look at the trees, colorful flowers. Look up at the sky.

3.      Create a relaxation station at home – find a space in your home to unwind. Grab a healthy snack, put your feet up, watch a funny movie or read a book.

4.      Practice Yoga – have you ever tried yoga? It feels good to stretch into Mountain Pose or Downward Dog.

5.      Listen to Music – put on your favorite style music for relaxation and tune out everything else.

Are you ready to relax yet? Go for it, it won’t hurt.

What would you add to the list of ways to relax?

Wednesday, August 12, 2020

Words of Wisdom - Reading Inspires

National Book Lover's Day was celebrated on August 9th. No  need to fret, you can celebrate reading and the love of books at any time. 

Photo Credit: Book Riot

I am excited to share with you a book I won from author and fellow blogger Sherry Ellis. I received a review copy of the book before it hits the shelves. The title of Sherry’s middle grade book is Bubba and Squirt’s Mayan Adventure.

Bubba and Squirt’s Mayan Adventure is an educational Latin-American historical fiction story that teaches young middle grade readers about Mayan Indian culture while adding elements of mystery and magic. It includes recipes and a Spanish work glossary. For crafts, fun activities, and a teacher guide, visit  www.bubbaandsquirt.com.

Bubba and Squirt are relatable characters who draw you right into their story. Share the joy of reading with a middle grade reader that you know.

Reading is inspiring.





Monday, August 10, 2020

Monday Musings – Finding Humor in a Dental Visit During a Pandemic

Photo Credit: California Dental Association

It’s tough finding a new normal as the world works it’s way through a pandemic. We still need to schedule doctor’s appointments, dental appointments, and focus on our health. It’s been a rollercoaster ride that no one wanted to take. What can we do? We can find humor wherever it lurks. Here’s my story…

I Had my first visit to the dentist after the quarantine and the office reopened. A new dentist joined the practice. He told me, “I’m going to do a complete exam on you today, that means x-rays, checking your jaw line and cleaning your teeth.”

He rubbed his hands along my neck, then circular motions around my jaw line, then circular motions at the temple of my forehead. While he was doing this, he asked, “Any pain here?”

“No, actually that felt good, could you do the back of my neck too?”

He moved on to the x-rays…that’s when he brought out the bullet proof vest, I mean, that weighted blanket/vest type thing. You know the thing they drape over you, then leave the room so they’re not exposed to the radiation.

By the time the dentist actually started cleaning my teeth I was settled in. As he laid the dental chair back, he asked, “Would you like a pillow?”

He placed that pillow under my head, and it was all over for me. I relaxed – every – muscle- in my body…and I fell asleep, three times. He kept saying, “Open please.”

At the end of my visit he sent me home with a teeny tiny, thimble size sealed cup with something that looked like toothpaste in it.

“When you get home, put a little water in this, it’s grainy like. Brush it across your teeth, then rinse.”

“So, I have to finishing cleaning my teeth myself? Do I get a discount?

How are you surviving appointments during a pandemic?

Friday, August 7, 2020

Fun Friday – The Scavenger Hunt



Hide-and-seek is a childhood game that delivered continuous laughter and jovial times for me and continued through to my children. I believe this type game begins in stages. As babies it begins as Peek-a-boo, later it becomes hide-and-seek, as kids age out of that, we call it a Scavenger Hunt.

My kids, who are no longer kids, have taken the Scavenger Hunt to the next level. They turned the tables, flipped the scrip, and just threw me into a scavenger hunt that I didn’t want to play. A tag on the blouse I was wearing, was scratching my neck. I walked to the drawer where I keep my good scissors. You know, the ones that are only used for certain things.

No scissors in sight. As I age I sometimes suffer from CRS (Can’t Remember Stuff). I stood there thinking, did I move those scissors. I rifled through another drawer with one hand as I held the scratchy tag away from my neck with the other hand. Then it dawned on me that my son had entered my room in the middle of the night and asked where the scissors were located.

Scavenger hunt number one was under way. Storage bin lids were lifted, kitchen drawers opened, and bedrooms searched. Those Fiskars scissors with the Orange handles would not appear. I waved my white flag of surrender and gave up. It was at that moment that my son quietly entered the room and said, “found the scissors…um, they were in my room.”

Game over…for the moment. Until…

The next morning my day began with a round of peek-a-boo. As my alarm chimed I opened one eye then closed it and repeated with the other eye. It was another few minutes before the rest of my body joined the game. An arm then a leg exposed itself for it’s hiding place beneath the covers. Finally, my feet made contact with the floor.

I shuffled my way to the bathroom in the dark room. It was a path I took every morning, so it was basically like sleep walking. Everything was in its place. Everything except the toothpaste. My hand felt around for the toothpaste in the drawer it should be in. The only things my had brushed across were dental floss, bobby pins, and a variety of hair clips. If I were at a babu shower I could have won a prize for the most random items in one spot.

Once again I was on the prowl for an item that one of my dear offspring had relocated. The game quickly ended this time. I knew exactly where to find my toothpaste. It was in my sons’ bathroom, in plain sight, with the cap off. I stormed from their bathroom with my toothpaste and hid it. Let them plot out a course and go on a scavenger hunt next time…but they won’t. They’ll just yell, “Ma where is the toothpaste?”

What things have you had to hunt for around your house?

 


Monday, August 3, 2020

Muffins with Mom – 3 Signs that you may need a vacation from parenting


My sons’ and I took a trip down memory lane, reminiscing on their high school days and the quirky things that happened. Of course the way they remembered things was different from my recollection. Below is a blog post from several years ago, and situations they’d forgotten about or remembered differently.

 

Has anyone ever said to you, “parenting is a full-time job?” I know this to be true because I’ve seen the job description. No experience is required for this job, nor is there a possibility of promotion or advancement. However there is on the job training.

Since parents work so hard at their job, there will be more than one occasion where you feel the need to take a vacation. Below are 3 signs that I’ve discovered that may cause a parent to want a vacation.

1.      Your teen is learning to drive – while this is a milestone in the life of a teen, it can be a less than exciting time for a parent. My 15-year old asked if he could drive home from the store the other day. I’m not the best person for the job of driver’s training instructor, but I strapped myself in on the passenger side of the car and attempted to appear calm.

With each stop at a red light or turn at a corner, I gripped the passenger side arm rest and applied invisible brakes. After ten minutes my son pulled into our driveway. My chest caved in, my toes uncurled and I let out a sigh of relief.

 2.      Wardrobe malfunction – I had a fight recently…it was with my jacket. It was a day that I’d stayed a little late at work causing me to have to rush to pick up my son from school. I threw my jack on and zipped it up quickly. I arrived at my son’s school only ten minutes late and we proceeded to our next destination, an afterschool workshop that I signed him up for.

Once my son was settled into his workshop, I prepared to relax. As I unzipped my jacket, the zipper split/separated about half way down. I tried zipping it back up and down again. I was stuck. I matched the metal pieces at the bottom of the jacket together, the zipper went down a little more, but never opened all the way.

I finally pulled the jacket over my head, like a shirt and freed myself. I was determined not to lose the battle. I had won, but I was tired. And I needed a new jacket.

 3.      Outrageous request from your child – “Ma, can you take me to get a tattoo?” My response was, “give me about 5 years to think about it.”

At the end of your vacation, rest assured that there ARE benefits as a parent that you will enjoy – unconditional love and a lifetime 0f hugs and kisses.

What parenting moments have you experienced that let you know it may be time for a vacation?


Wednesday, July 29, 2020

Wellness Wednesday - Food Inspirations

Share your healthy food dishes...

Below is a recipe I received in a wellness newsletter at work. The dish is called Grilled Chicken with Spinach & Melted Mozzarella







Ingredients: Grilled Chicken,Breasts Garlic (minced), Frozen Spinach (10 oz),
Red Pepper (roasted), Mozzarella Cheese (1/3 c)

This next dish was not prepared by me. It's from a local restaurant that specializes in  healthy smoothies and Vegan dishes. The name of the restaurant is What's in Your Cup?

 
Hail Caesar (Vegan Chicken, Organic Mixed Greens, and more) 



Salmon (broiled), topped with Pico de Gallo
Riced Cauliflower


Monday, July 27, 2020

Motivational Monday – National Parks and Recreation Month – 5 Ways to get active

Photo Credit: National Recreation and Park Association


National Park and Recreation Month is celebrated each year in July. This month emphasizes the importance of community parks and recreational areas and they role they play in promoting health and physical activity. Although we’re nearing the end of the month, there’s no time like the present to get moving and become active.

Here are 5 ways for you to become active

1.      Take a walk through your local park
2.      Canoe or kayak along the river – some parks have an area for you launch your canoe or kayak.
3.      Swing on a swing set  - bring out the kid in you.
4.      Go on a bike ride
5.      Participate in a virtual 5k – for those who want to kick their fitness routine up a notch there are many 5k races offered virtually. You can select one that has a charitable cause you would like to support.


Post your Get Active activities on social media to encourage someone else. What would you add to 
the list above to encourage physical activity?

Friday, July 24, 2020

Fun Friday – Finding Humor Accidentally


Have you come across signs, sayings or other things that make you go hmmm? It seems I find humor accidentally, when I don’t see it coming.  Come along with me today, take a look at a few things I’ve noticed. Feel free to share your interpretation.

How was I pre-selected to receive this email ad about a free MEN'S razor...with premium blades. Did the advertisers find out about my mustache?


Who sent this to me? Someone looking out for my well-being or someone saying it's time you moved on?

While attempting to increase my knowledge base by reading an article on leadership, this heading jumped out at me.

Hmmmm.

Where are you finding humor?




Wednesday, July 22, 2020

Wordless Wednesday - Grateful

What are you grateful for?

Today I am grateful for family, especially my Mama. I tried to sing a song that I like, she took over and joined me..probably to drown out my screeching.

Take a listen below...

Song: Come and Go to That Land (gospel song)


Song:I Know I've Been Changed (gospel song)


Monday, July 20, 2020

Motivational Monday – The College Send Off - Anything but Ordinary

Preparing for back to school


It was early evening as I adjusted the earbuds into my ears, my Zoom workshop was starting in five minutes. As I listened intently to the workshop leader, my son began talking to me from across the room. “Ma, blah, blah, blah..” That’s what I heard, until he bellowed to me again.

“Ma, did you hear what I said?”

I pulled one earbud from my ear and tilted my head slightly to hear what he was saying.
“More of my classes just moved to online and other ones will be hybrid.”
College classes will be anything but ordinary.

As my son’s stack their storage bins, gather their blankets, and check their class schedules, reality sinks in. They are going back to school in the middle of a pandemic. One which is predicted to experience a second wave in the fall if everyone doesn’t practice safe measures.

In past years, the college send-off was a time of excitement for the year ahead – making new friends…a clean house, oh wait we’re not talking about me. My sons were excited about being on their own, hanging out with friends, and attending classes in person.

Neither of my sons want to take online classes, but they will have to abide by the policy of their individual schools. Times we’re living in are not what we are accustomed to. My heart goes out to parents and their children who are preparing for back-to-school with uncertainty.

Where does your strength come from in times of weakness, struggle, and challenges? Prayer changes things. Create a quiet place, pray, meditate, and turn your troubles over to the Lord. Build upon your faith and go from worrier to warrior.

The college send-off this year will include reminders to “wear your mask, keep hand sanitizer handy, and stay away from unnecessary crowds. Saying goodbye will be anything but ordinary.

Since there will be no ordinary this fall, let’s make it extraordinary. If your college student must attend in person classes, send hm off with love, hope and faith.



Friday, July 17, 2020

Fun Friday – The Lighter Side of Family Moments

Photo Credit: Pinterest


Family moments, sometimes they’re warm fuzzy, other times they’re, chaotic and crazy. No matter what there are sure to be times that make you smile. As we transition from stay home orders and migrate back into our communities, take a minute to think about your time spent at home.

Were you home with kids, pets, caring for aging relatives? What were some situations that made you smile? Below are a couple of situations from my reflections.

Responsibility
I’m trying to teach my college age son to be responsible. He has his own car, takes care of it well. But I carry him on my auto insurance. The other day I texted him and said, “Don’t forget to set aside money to give me on your auto insurance.”

He shot a text back, “Okay Sallie Mae, I mean Ma. I get you confused sometimes with the loan company.”

Crowded Garage
I need more time at home to finish taking care of home improvements. Take my garage for instance. What do builders have in mind when they build a two-car garage? For me, a set of instructions is needed. It would include something like this:

·      Only two cars will fit here. Not two cars, a lawn mower, a snow blower, car tires, and a weed wacker.
Every time I back out of my “two-car garage” with two cars in there…I run over the lawnmower wheel.

Leftovers
To say my son doesn’t like leftovers is an understatement and his idea of what constitutes leftovers is…different. He came home one evening after I had put away everything that was cooked.

“Where’s dinner?” he asked.

“Everything is in the fridge,” I said.

“Nooo, now it’s leftovers.”

I rolled my eyes and moved on to do something else. I don’t like to waste food, eventually someone would have to eat it. I reminded my son a couple of days later that we still had food that needed to be eaten.

“”Ma, I don’t want to eat anything else you say we need to hurry up and eat before it goes bad.”

What family moments have you had lately that have made you smile?


Wednesday, July 15, 2020

Wellness Wednesday - Perseverance

Vegan Wrap

What have you done lately to focus on your health and wellness? If you've done nothing...get started. If you've started...keep going.



Your word of the day is perseverance.



You can do it. Yes you can.

Monday, July 13, 2020

Motivational Monday – Follow Your Creative Path – Chase Your Dream



It’s never too late to begin your creative adventure. What is it that you really, really enjoy doing, but you have talked yourself out of doing it? You start and you stop, you start again, and you stop. Don’t give up. Even the Little Engine That Could, had to say, “I think I can, I think I can, until he made it to the top of the mountain.

“Stop worrying about what you have to lose and start focusing on what you have to gain.”                             - Zig Ziglar

What is your story? How are you following your creative path?

I have the honor of being a guest blogger on author Lindsey McDivitt’s blog- Late Bloomers- A is for Aging. Check out my story on being a late bloomer in the creative realm. If I can do it so can you.

Click here to view the full story.

Live inspired. Chase your dream.