Reframing our Thoughts on Who We Are…

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Dear Reader:

Don’t you love this Alice in Wonderland quote? And don’t you remember how as children we could go from playing a witch to a princess to a pirate to a dancer….all in one short morning? We had no fear of ever being stuck in one simple category… especially one that we let define who we were. Children are so much more in touch and in tune with themselves than most adults around them.

At some point in our lives growing up…the Boogey-Man of our childhood becomes transformed into the “reality destroyer” of our dreams and hopes for our lives. We are told through assessments, evaluations, and verbal conversations that we should eliminate this or that vocational choice from our dreams….the scores or other determining criteria just don’t match up to the requirements.

That is the day we see the “light” start to go out of students’ eyes….For the first time they see themselves as less than others and not “good enough” to pursue their earlier childhood dreams.

51a8q-s-i4l-_sx335_bo1204203200_My crushing moment was when I hit chemistry and advanced math in which I was absolutely, equally terrible…and I, slowly, realized that my dream of being a nurse like the  Sue Barton and the Cherry Ames Nursing Series was not to be for me.

 

 

 

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download-1I ended up in teaching and history by default…so that is why I know there is a God…without Him, literally, pushing me on to the right path I would have been completely lost. Initially I was not a willing participant. It took me a few years to get my ‘feet wet’ before it dawned on me…like Brer Rabbit and the Briar Patch...that I had ended up just where I belonged.

I used Gin-g’s advice yesterday on my visit to Dr. Silgals’ office for his opinion on where we are now with “little c” and what he thinks we should do at this point. Gin-g had called on my way last Monday to Dr. Litton, my surgeon’s appointment to find out the surgical margins results. She told me to keep repeating “Be still and know that I am God” because God will be speaking through His instrument…in this case His medical instrument-Dr. Litton. (He did!)

Earlier yesterday (before I left for my oncology appointment)  I felt like Alice in Wonderland changing roles on the hour….first expectant and optimistic, subdued and doubtful, “But and What If” and finally “Be Still and Know that I am God.” 

homeI was somewhat pensive going in…but once again, the conversation quickly changed as I told Dr. Silgals about the crazy roller coaster ride I had been on since seeing him last, with all the surgeries, the waiting game, and the final results discussed with Dr. Litton the week before.

We both really laughed when I told Dr. Silgals that my friends and family were so appreciative of his immediate action with the spot on my chest and his decision to get it checked out. Everyone was curious as to why he suddenly thought something might not be quite right with the innocuous pink spot that had been there for quite awhile.

He thought a minute and said, “Well…I just got tired of looking at it.” 

“Ah, I replied, the immortal words of wisdom from my oncologist that will, no doubt, go down in the annals of medical history” and we both broke out laughing.

It feels good to laugh and let all the built-up strain tumble out, doesn’t it? Dr. Silgals and Dr. Litton are on the same wave length in that Dr. Silgals doesn’t think we will go with radiation at this point and time but simply continue on the medicine that still seems to be keeping “little c” in check and hope and pray this containment keeps on keeping on. Isn’t that what life is about….keeping on, keeping on?

I suppose I could look at it as living on “borrowed time” but then aren’t we all, from the time we take our first breath, living on borrowed time?

So until tomorrow…On a “wing and a prayer” we are going to continue with the medicine that has kept “little c” from spreading, thus far, and has allowed me to still be able to come and go as I wish…as healthy as possible for as long as possible.

“Today is my favorite day”  Winnie the Pooh

Yesterday I showed pictures of Jakie dancing….John used a program that animates the dancing and it was so cute I wanted to share it with you.

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img_3370* Believe me none of these latest medical going-on’s have lessened my appetite….My friend and neighbor Jane wanted to take me to lunch for my birthday this week and I called her as I was leaving my appointment and said, “Even with this deluge I feel like celebrating…why don’t we do it today?” So we did…ending with Oscars yummy birthday dessert!

*I have so many wonderful things coming up on my life agenda that I have little patience for any more medical “Wrinkles in Time.” I hope the wrinkles can all be smoothed out for awhile and get back to a more comfortable “norm.”

img_2918*After all there will be a wedding coming up in the forseeable future and as the groom’s mother I must remember to follow my friend, Kathy Boyd’s advice, when it comes to my dressing and acting at the wedding (she must have read this from an Erma Bombeck excerpt-sounds just like her)…“I was told the groom’s mother should wear an ugly brown dress and keep her mouth shut! Period!” (It’s just two things to remember….I know I can do this!)

Kaitlyn gave me this softest material for my birthday that can be worn as a shawl or simply wrapped around one’s shoulders for warmth…or like I did Sunday night add it to my bed covers. Thank you Kaitlyn…I look forward to wrapping up in it and reading. I love it Kaitlyn.

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Thank You God for Blessing Me with So Much More than I Deserve!

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Dear Reader:

Aren’t there some days we feel down deep,  in our soul and spirit, are going to be just plain magical days…a bench mark in our life before it even happens?

img_3263That day was Saturday, September 24….Jakie’s and my birthday!

From the moment I walked into the house Saturday morning Mandy and John had outdone themselves decorating and setting up an amazing brunch for an amazing bunch… of family!

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“Witches Allowed Who Can Party On!” Thanks Mollie….and see where she is now!

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There were so many toys that all the children had plenty to play with….it was everybody’s birthday.

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Jakie danced for joy over and over and over….that boy loves to dance…especially for his cousins!

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  • More photos of the crowd are hopefully coming with different picture-takers….so much going on I missed getting around to everyone.

Part I of the Dynamic Duo Day had come to a close….we got Jakie down for a nap and the rest of us decided to do the same….everyone slept except Eva Cate who watched television and played while the rest of us napped. If I could just zap a little bit of her energy…she’s like the Energizer Bunny!

The babysitter came later….and we were all dressed up with somewhere to go….The Oaks. I can tell you right now it was the best meal I have ever had…or at least had in a long, long time!

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img_3331*When I spend the night with Eva Cate we always hold hands going to sleep. Saturday night or early Sunday morning I went to get up to go to the restroom….and out of the corner of my eyes I saw Eva Cate sit up too. I thought she was awake and asked her if she needed to use the restroom too…but she just flopped back down, sound asleep, and I felt our hands release. We were still holding hands at 2 something in the morning. Love holding hands while falling asleep!

When I got home yesterday around lunchtime I started putting cards and some of my gifts up around the room when Lassie and Steve dropped by with some Fall mums for me. I think that is when it hit me again….my sign that stands at the end of my bedroom hall: This birthday has far surpassed anything I could have dreamed about….but the best part was sharing it with loved ones.

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This last card was an original oil painting from Joan Turner…so talented! She also gave me a beautiful organic necklace, the cross on the table (photo above) and another lowcountry framed scene. Unbelievable! The talents in our family just blow me away…everyone has their creative side which always delights me to see.

I can never thank all of you enough for the cards of encouragement these past few weeks and then turning other ones into birthday cards, food, flowers, seeds, paintings, and so many meaningful gifts and surcies.

I was blown away by the Facebook “Happy Birthdays”…I responded to some early Saturday morning before I left but it grew so overwhelming during my birthday Saturday….last count over 200 Happy Birthday’s… it will take me awhile just to scroll through them…but just let me tell you that all of it filled my heart to overflowing.

god-loves-me-everyday-quote-1So until tomorrow I know God loves me everyday….and this goes for You and You and You! Never forget it. God loves all His children and if we keep in tune with God we witness it every day!

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The Short Story of the Acorn and the Pumpkin

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Dear Reader:

Don’t we mere mortals love trying to “second guess” God and all His decisions in the beautiful world He created for us? We always point out the platypus or some other strange creature and wonder why? God must have a great sense of humor…we figure. (But don’t you think the platypus must think the same thing when it sees us?)

Several years ago I came across this little anecdote simply called “The Acorn and the Pumpkin.” It is very short…but sometimes the power of a story or a speech (take the Gettysburg Address for example) is enhanced through its brevity and remembered longer than a lengthy story. Case-in-point.

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“The Acorn and the Pumpkin”

There is a little anecdote that tells the story of a woman
who was walking through a meadow.

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along meditating on nature, she came upon a field
of golden pumpkins.

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a majestic oak tree.

The woman, weary, sat down under the oak and began to
muse about the strange twists in nature.

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hung on huge branches and huge pumpkins sat on tiny
vines.

She thought, “God blundered with creation!
He should have put the small acorns on the tiny vines 
and the large pumpkins on the huge branches.”

Resting beneath the tree, she drifted off to sleep.
She was awakened by a tiny acorn bouncing off her
nose.

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thought, “Just goes to show that God knew best all along!

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So until tomorrow…The pumpkin falling from an oak tree, especially on one’s nose, probably would require plastic surgery….but an acorn? Don’t ever try to one-up God ….because you will lose.

“Today is my favorite day”  Winnie the Pooh

*If there are no baby or birthday pictures from this point on….you will know that I spent  Saturday night at John and Mandy’s and all the birthday excitement will be shared tomorrow in the blog. I have laughed and cried over some of the birthday cards…so funny, thoughtful, and creative! Thank you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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“You Never Know How Strong You Are Until…”

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Dear Reader:

Isn’t it wonderful that life is never dull? Today Jakie and I share a birthday together and we are literally sharing it side by side…dividing the day in half.

thumbnail_actual-size-5x7A brunch birthday at 10:00 a.m. for Jakie and his “Little Blue Truck” birthday party starts the day with family and little cousins. He is turning 2…and I am not.

After the party I am staying on and hopefully we can rest a little before we get ready, later in the afternoon, and head to the Oaks for my birthday dinner! I am beyond excited! Adults only!

When I turned sixty the “kids” told me we were going there but surprised me instead with a “surprise birthday party” with old friends and new friends and family on Daniel Island in a big entertainment room near Walsh’s condo.

I remember it was there I made the announcement that I had just learned I was going to be a grandmother for the first time! (Eva Cate was ‘still in the oven’!) Wow…so hard to believe! (I was not quite two years into my continuing cancer fight at the time…I was diagnosed when I was 58)

images-3So it has taken awhile to get to the Oaks but here I come! And nobody is happier to turn another year older than me! (Isn’t the building so “Charlestonese”?)

 

 

 

 

*I remember a couple of years ago when the American Cancer Society started their Birthday Campaign advertisements. They always made me tear up…but this year I am just so happy to be alive and having a birthday!

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3c4505a587b22939da9266626186f116…And when the singing begins today…I, too, will look upon this song with a different perspective…it is a Victory Song!

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Now if this isn’t enough excitement for one day….let’s do sprinkle in some more! Yesterday afternoon my nephew Lee and his beautiful wife, Vikki, became the proud parents of a beautiful baby boy. (I really thought for awhile there he was going to join Jakie and me on the 24th.)

But according to Mother Goose and her nursery rhyme…“Friday’s child is loving and giving” whereas, if he had waited, he would have been a Saturday’s child (like I was actually) and had “to work hard for a living” which I did! So Friday worked out beautifully…and with two such musically gifted parents…he shares his birthday with the likes of Ray Charles and Bruce Springsteen. Not bad at all!

imagesI am especially happy our newest addition to the family shares the zodiac sign of the scales- Libra- (Sept 23-Oct 22) with Jakie and myself. (Even-tempered….strives to live a balanced life and is very creative!) We are the three amigos! 

So none of us (and as Vikki discovered yesterday – I feel sure- giving natural birth) know how strong we are until we find ourselves in situations that call for strength and in God we find it.

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Great team work yesterday Lee and Vikki! Lee told me that Vikki is his “hero.” A long labor but she hung in there the whole time.

Psalm 46:1  “God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble” (and good times!)

(*Will have photos of latest family addition soon…but want to respect Lee, Vikki, and Baby’s time alone to get to know each other for right now.)

So until tomorrow…Thank you Father for continuing life and for new life…both are miracles from You!

“Today is my favorite day”  Winnie the Pooh

 

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With Fall….Comes Story Time!

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Dear Reader:

Sometimes, in the Fall, I think I hear the flowers, plants, and trees sighing…for many the end is near and most are ready for it. It is time to rest for the winter and prepare for the spring when life starts over again.

There is one little special story I have told before in the blog, because it is one of my “Fall Favorites”  having stuck with me for many years. It was first told as a children’s story about Fall and changing, falling leaves…but the adult version was more about the importance of “letting go”  and giving God the reins in this life and the next. A Fall hasn’t passed since hearing the story that I don’t remember the day I first heard it. Enjoy!

One day, as I was walking by a second grade classroom in a school where I had been doing some teacher evaluations (when I worked at the district office, heading up the Social Studies program) I heard the children excitedly calling for their teacher to come see their “Abigail” leaf. My curiosity was hooked. What was an “Abigail” leaf I wondered.

So I stepped inside, smiled at the teacher as she was scurrying from one student to the next with their excited hands extended into the air wanting to show her their leaves they had brought from home… and for others… colored leaves they were making from construction paper.

“I wanted to come in and find out what an “Abigail” leaf is” I told the teacher with a wink…you caught my curiosity! The teacher called on one little boy, who was wildly waving his hand in excitement, “It is a leaf that doesn’t want to let go in the Fall because it is scared of being all alone,” the child said proudly.

The teacher then asked the class if it was okay to tell the story again for “our guest” (me) so I could hear it too. They all nodded and said “Yes” excitedly!

As the teacher began the story… the only sound you could hear was scissors cutting paper, leaves from home fluttering from the desks, and glue being squeezed from tubes. A large bare-branched tree had been made and placed on the front bulletin board…it appeared to be waiting on the children’s  leaves to join it.

images-3“The name of our story today, children, is “Abigail, the Anxious Leaf.” Suddenly all the activity stopped as the children waited expectantly for the story to begin.

…Once upon a time a little leaf name Abigail was heard to sigh and cry, as leaves often do when a gentle wind blows. And the twig asked, “What is the matter Abigail?” And Abigail replied, “The wind just told me that one day it will pull me right off this tree and throw me down on the ground where I will be left all alone…tattered and torn.”

The twig told the branch on which it grew and then the branch told the tree. And when the tree heard it, it rustled all over, and sent back word to the little leaf “Do not be afraid. Hold on tightly, and you shall not go until you are ready… and then you will willingly let go.”

Abigail was still a little “anxious”so she held on tightly whenever the wind blew and she grew stronger with time…to the point that she thought nothing could ever pull her off. And so it went all summer long…until October.

And when the bright days of autumn came Abigail saw all the leaves around her becoming very beautiful. Some were yellow, some scarlet, and some striped with both colors.

She then sent word through her friend Twig, to his friend Branch, to the Tree that she wondered what was happening to the leaves with all the bright colors. Tree sent her a message:

All these leaves are getting ready to fly away, and they have put on these beautiful colors because of the joy they feel about their upcoming new adventure.”

Slowly Abigail began to realize that she didn’t want to be the only dull-colored leaf left all by herself on the barren tree…she wanted to be pretty and joyful too…so she began to grow more beautiful each day  because of the way she now thought about things…about letting go. There was a special aura around her and she shone like gold.

image-3-autumn-leaf-fallingOne morning as she looked down, the fallen leaves looked so beautiful around the tree that she leaned farther out as a strong wind suddenly blew. Without even realizing what she was doing she freely let go of the branch.

Suddenly she began whirling and twirling like a spark of fire in the air…until she was gently placed among her friends in a pile of leaves at the edge of a fence. Everyone was so happy to be back together at last. Abigail tingled with joy and with the warmth of so much love …more than she had ever felt before.

Sometimes letting go, she realized, is the best thing that can happen to an anxious leaf...a whole new world of possibilities awaited her and she happily began to play with her new friends.

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The teacher then asked the children what they thought the lesson in the story was all about. A little girl, with long pigtails, replied:” “Sometimes letting go of what you know is the way to make new friends and see new places.”

I smiled, waved good-bye to the teacher with a thumbs-up signal and another wink to her as some of the children began gluing their leaves to the tree branches while others glued their leaf falling to the ground.

So until tomorrow: What a wonderful story, what a wonderful lesson for a seven-year- old or a seventy-year-old. When we let go in life don’t we also reap the benefits of new possibilities in our lives here on Earth… and the next?

“Today is my favorite day”  Winnie the Pooh

The doorbell rang yesterday afternoon and there was a package from Honey…a birthday package using all her God-given talents/pottery to bring Fall indoors for me. Thank you so much Honey…the definition of the word generous!

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Earlier I met Anne for lunch at Oscars and she treated me out for my birthday and gave me a card with a package of giant daffodil seeds in it….saying there were more where that package came from…Just think about the location you want (she said) and she will come plant them…Daffodils and rebirth…the perfect flower to remember this birthday! …And the seeds didn’t come alone… a little rabbit arrived inside the card too…one that you will see hiding all around the garden in the days ahead.  Too creative Anne!! Love it.

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*Three Weeks from tomorrow, October 15, “Legally Pink” will be walking/running/skipping/hopping our way through the race. I want to take a moment from these past three crazy weeks to stop and thank so many of you who have already donated to our team. I want this race to be our best yet….and I want to give it my all! I hope many of you can do the same. I am just plain sick of cancer and its uninvited, over-stayed lack of manners. Be gone!

In 2013 Rutledge made his first appearance at the Race for the Cure!

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***RACE FOR THE CURE – Saturday, 10/15/16.  Gates open at 7:00.  Participate in a morning filled with hope, love and strength as we lace up to run breast cancer out of town!

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Welcome to Fall Y’all! It Just Fell!

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Dear Reader:

All good things come to those who wait” and goodness knows we all have waited long enough for this most popular season of all to arrive-Fall!

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If you are an early bird you might be able to say you witnessed “Fall fall” because one prediction puts it arriving at 7:30 this morning. Unfortunately none of us will really be able to “see” the equinox but hopefully we can “feel” it.

cbkYesterday I ran over to Belk when it was still overcast and drizzling. Suddenly the coolest breeze began to blow in the parking lot and I thought “It’s coming, it’s coming…I can feel it…Fall is about to descend on us.”

 I realize we still have some hot, humid days ahead but just glimpses of fall can keep us going…filled with anticipation! The clock is ticking and we are all waiting. (Actually I have gotten so good at this “game” (waiting) that I am becoming quite adept at it.

I have just finished my latest novel and felt kind of sad without my character friends around any more. I went on Pinterest to look at fall decorating ideas and suddenly this list of  emotions people feel but can’t explain popped up in the form of new words created for each unique feeling.

I was captivated…you know how I feel about words…a wordsmith at heart….learning a new word can make the day for me….and to attach a new word to a remote feeling that is actually universal was prodigious beyond my wildest dreams! For example:a6885aa7eba53e0341fb12f80c9603cb

VELLICHOR: (N) The strange wistfulness of used book stores. 

Wow! This is so true. Every time I go in a quaint little book store, off the beaten path, I revel in the sights and smells of old books in wait for someone to love them and take them home to read. A feeling of wistfulness and almost homesickness sweeps over me….a sort of deja vu feeling like I have been there before.

 

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RUBATOSIS (N) The unsettling awareness of your own heartbeat.

Last week I noticed this exact scenario a couple of nights….the sudden acceleration of my heartbeats. It is not a comfortable feeling. It sounds deafening when you do become aware of your own heart beating. (Though I will take the noise over silence…if you know what I mean)

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Jouska (n) A hypothetical conversation that you compulsively play out in your head.

Wow…this word nailed last week. Every day I would play out the conversation I would have with my surgeon during my appointment last Monday and yet when the time came it didn’t play out the way I had envisioned at all…it was a warm, engaging conversation with plenty of laughter. No tissues and forlorn faces.

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CHRYSALISM (N) Amniotic tranquility of being indoors during a thunderstorm

I have loved being able to stay at home the past two days…no medical appointments and enjoy the rain and showers. It is the most wonderful feeling in the world to be safe and sound in one’s bed with the covers pulled up and hear the distant rumble of thunder and catch glimpses of the far-off lightning. I just curl up tighter and thank God for the blessings I have…refuge from the storm! (My bedroom is right off the deck so I can hear the rain pattering on wooden planks….so lovely!)

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Every now and then I think I will add another of these words in the blog….to me the word isn’t as important as the realization that we are not alone in these feelings.

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I loved this picture because it symbolizes one of our greatest fears…falling instead of flying…failing instead of succeeding. It takes several falls to realize that this is the only way to discover the right direction in our lives that will send us flying high along our chosen path. A different kind of “Fall.”

So until tomorrow…Let us make time to enjoy our most popular season….Fall…taking in all five senses of each seasonal gift of life.

“Today is my favorite day”  Winnie the Pooh

thumbnail_fullsizerender-1*Linda’s (Karges-Bone) “Bread of life”… and is it ever! I went to check the mail Tuesday afternoon and I could smell it before I opened the mailbox….walked right back home…spread the warm bread with butter and jam….best supper I have had in awhile. Thank you Linda!

*Ging-g gave me a birthday surprise… we went for ice cream, listened to the music of  Broadway musical “Beautiful, ” we sang, went to Tractor Supply and Gin-g helped me with my old computer. A diverse list of activities but all fun with Ging-g! (Flowers and a Boo pillow!)

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HELLO FALL AND WELCOME! WE HAVE WAITED A LONG, LONG TIME FOR YOU…PLEASE STAY AS LONG AS YOU WISH AND MORE!!!

 

 

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It’s Not About the Years in our Lives; It’s About the Life in our Years

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Dear Reader:

I didn’t sleep as well as I thought Monday night because I was still so keyed up…besides I had to try out new dance steps on Dancing with the Stars. 

I have an appointment with my oncologist, Dr. Silgals, next week…it will be interesting to see his perspective on everything that has gone down since he thought out loud…“I think we need to go on and check this out…not wait any longer.” It proved to be a very wise decision.

I thought it was interesting in the title photo (that I took of a Gerber daisy pot I have on one of the benches in the garden) that this fall-colored (reddish-burgundy) Gerber daisy suddenly appeared. Earlier in the summer the only colors popping out of it were pinks, yellows, and oranges. Then suddenly, with the official first day of fall arriving tomorrow morning, this fall color emerges.

It is almost as if the Gerber daisy is privy to the first fall day garden notification party… and it wanted to dress appropriately for the occasion. Mother Nature never ceases to amaze and delight me!

The title for today’s blog I discovered in the latest edition of Azalea Magazine. I was flipping through it, waiting on a prescription, when I saw an article by Susan Frampton titled: “Circling the Sun” and under the title…it read: “The number of trips around the sun may still indicate the years of your life, but who says they have to determine the life in your years.”

Bingo! Exactly what I think…these words couldn’t have appeared at a better time with hope now for some more time “to determine the life in my years.” My hope is that my time is spent well, justifying the oxygen I consume on this earth. My hope and prayer is that I will be ready to follow new paths as instructed by our Creator (Tour Guide)…that I allow myself acceptance to the inevitability of change instead of hiding from it, and stay open to new possibilities and adventures. Now that is a life well-lived.

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One constant that I know will never change is my love of reading. It can always take me on new adventures in exotic countries I can only dream about…but most importantly books always hide secret gems inside….one phrase in one passage can change my outlook on life forever.

During this recent (trying waiting period)…it was reading that saved me from my over-active imagination involving the whole gamut of possible outcomes from the surgery… scenarios depicting the worst to the best. Reading is my closest friend and has been since I was young. I can’t imagine going through life without it.

download-1“Well, in Whoville they say – that the Grinch’s small heart grew three sizes that day. And then – the true meaning of Christmas came through, and the Grinch found the strength of *ten*Grinches, plus two! “

Well, if the Grinch’s heart grew three sizes in a day….then mine must have grown 300 yesterday. Never in my life have I received so many messages of gratitude and thankfulness and joy for the “Clear Margins” surgery report. I was completely overwhelmed all day and evening. I feel stronger today (ten grinches plus two) than ever!

fullsizerenderLike the Grinch’s heart stretching…the graph on the number of views (comments) just kept climbing and climbing and climbing. So who says people aren’t interested in good things that happen in life… Or that in order to sell books, movies, newscasts bad things must happen. I agree to disagree because I have seen it happen to me. Thank you, everyone, from the bottom of my heart…I have never felt such love!

So until tomorrow…Love, love, love you back!

download-2“Today is my favorite day”  Winnie the Pooh

 

 

Happy 9 Months Birthday to Caleb…Bee’s (Brooke) little “Boogie Boy! Nine months….time is flying!

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With summer waning and summer flowers following suit…the garden is definitely in a transition stage….but, also, because of this rather barren state… every flower that does bloom gets its 15 minutes of fame all by itself…and more. The hybrid morning glories are still glorifying the mornings, afternoons and early evenings….just beautiful!

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My moon flowers have hung it up I think… but Anne caught the last of the season of her moon flowers over the weekend.

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