Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Forty-four years and Counting . . .


So after 44 years of marriage, we are still very happy, and very much in love and looking forward to whatever the future holds for us. 

I have learned a few things over the last 44 years.  A few things I've learned along the way are:

God and family should always be first in your life, no matter what.

Never let an opportunity to say, "I love you" go by, you never know if you will be able to say it again.

Hug tightly, and often.

We can't always choose our circumstances, but we can chose our attitudes.

I have learned that forgiveness allows me to have peace in my life.

I've learned to count my blessings and remember to feel gratitude for even the small things every  day.  I'm much more at peace by focusing on my blessings rather than what I don't have.

Money does not buy happiness...love and kindness buy happiness.

Material luxuries are best enjoyed in small doses.

I've learned to listen more and talk less (still working on this one!).  I've learned to listen fully, without judgement and with more empathy.

Never take even one day for granted with the one you love, for it may be your last!  





And yes...he still takes my breath away...


Hugs and Love,
Barb

Thursday, April 12, 2018

Random Thoughts on Thursday . . .


Spring is slow coming to my part of the world, and the sunsets are keeping me encouraged!  I love it when the sunsets start slowly moving north, I know that - warm - will soon be here as well.   The grass is green, and it looks warm outside, but looks are deceiving, if you know what I mean... ;0)  Today the wind is blowing...big surprise...not!  We could even get an inch of snow, that's April in Idaho.  

Anyone who knows me very well, knows that I have this crazy love for music!  I love all music...well, not all music, but many genres of music make me extremely happy.  Lately, I have been listening to, jazzy, kind of slow, easy, soul songs like this one.   I love, Marc Broussard's voice, although I don't know if anyone can sing this song like, Otis Redding, but Marc comes very close.  I think I also like him because he reminds me of my son, it's the whole full beard thing, and the guitar...enjoy.


I just want to share a couple of things that always make me smile, again, random things, but stuff that makes me happy...


Corgis, I think they are just adorable...look at those ears and those kind eyes!  


Faeries, they just make me smile, and seriously, I just sometimes go to that fantasy world where I used to escape as a child.  Did you do that?  Was there just that place in your mind that you wished you could be transported to when you were a kid?  There is just nothing about them that I don't love.


Wild flowers and old fences...I can hardly wait to get the trailer ready to go camping!

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Old Farmhouse sinks, it would be lovely to do dishes in this sink!  I like doing the dishes by hand, I think it's really relaxing, it's a good time to daydream.  I can remember doing the dishes in my grandmother's kitchen, looking out the window, smelling the dish soap...Ivory...and it smelled different 50 years ago, I promise.  I loved doing her dishes, I loved that she would dry, and sometimes she would wash and I would dry, it made doing dishes fun.  She stored her dishtowels on a little slide-out bar next to her stove, so when she baked, which was most days, the dishtowels were always warm.  

Because it's such a blustery day, I'm stuck inside, who wants to go out in the wind?!  I think I will finish up laundry, change the beds, vacuum, and clean the bathrooms.  That's enough for one day, don't you think?  What I'd really like to do is watch a good movie, or curl up with a good book... ;0)

Not sure what to do for dinner...I have some left over crock-pot chicken from yesterday. it was yummy...here's the recipe:

CROCK-POT MEXICAN CHICKEN

4 chicken breasts (I used boneless, skinless)
2 Tbls. ranch dressing mix 
1 package taco seasoning
1 small can chopped green chilies
1/2 cup chopped onion
1/2 cup water

Put in the crock-pot in this order, and cook on low for about 5 hours, check it to make sure it doesn't dry out.  We made chicken tacos with it, but it will be good on a salad for lunch or use it for the meat in taco soup, nachos...lots of flavor in this chicken, you could do so much with it!  You could also add some chopped garlic and a little Mexican Oregano to the crock-pot while it's cooking, that would be delicious!

Just a thought to leave you with...I love Kahlil Gibran, he is so wise, and I love his poetry and quotes.  This is one I love...

Heart Battery Fairy Lights

“Beauty is not in the face; beauty is a light in the heart.” 

Kahlil Gibran




Well, if I plan on getting anything done today, I better hurry!

Have a wonderful day, and stay safe sweet friends!


Hugs and Love,
Barb

Monday, April 9, 2018

Over the Week-end . . .

In Idaho we get a lot of wind...not just an occasional wind storm, but really bad wind storms.  And sometimes, we get a bad thunder storm with them, but nothing like we had over the week-end.  I had just gotten home from my sweet mom's 90th birthday party, and a warning came up on my phone.  I turned on the TV, and it said it was a tornado warning!  I went and looked outside, and this is what I saw . . . 


this was a scary storm!  I know that compared to what they get in the Midwest this is nothing, but it was scary for Idaho.


This was a fast moving storm and I could see that it was moving quickly towards my daughters home! 


I could see the clouds dipping down and I was truly afraid that there really would be a tornado.  We have had occasional tornado's  here, but this one seemed different.  It also had that rolling thunder and continuous lightning...really scary.   


I called my daughter and she said that they had been in town and were on their way home when the hail started.  They were forced to stop along the road because the hail was just pummeling their car...with golf sized hail!  She sent me a video...she was screaming that she thought they were going to die (she's very dramatic... ;0)  ), it was very scary!  They quickly headed home as soon as the hail quit. 


This is what they came home to.  All of their vehicles were damaged, as well as the siding on their home, depending on the way it faced.  This photo is the South facing wall of their neighbors house, and it really got the brunt of the storm.  My daughters home wasn't this bad, but will still need to have most of the siding replaced, and the roof repaired.  She said that the whole neighborhood looked like someone had come through with a machine gun.  Right in the middle of town, 50 Snow Geese were killed by the lightning. 


By evening, the storm had cleared off, and we had a beautiful sunset!  

“No storm can last forever. It will never rain 365 days consecutively. Keep in mind that trouble comes to pass, not to stay. Don't worry! No storm, not even the one in your life, can last forever.”
~Iyanla Vanzant~



Have a wonderful week, and stay safe!


Hugs and Love,
Barb