Better than snowfall, but I
Wonder about Mother Earth
Better than snowfall, but I
Wonder about Mother Earth
Today’s photoblog guest post was submitted by friend and amateur photographer, Tom Bush. I’m a big fan of his work.
I Just like the feeling of having a camera in my hand. Every time I go out with my camera I feel a sense of wonderment within whatever environment I find myself in. I am a lover of bold, right angles and city scenes but I also have a soft spot for natural beauty as well. Autumn is definitely an active season for me as you can see. Andrea has been gracious enough to have me as a guest here and if you would like to see more I invite you to follow me on Instagram & Twitter via the links below. If I can offer other photo enthusiasts any advice it would be to never pass on opportunity to capture a special shot; life happens, we get busy, Autumn leaves eventually fall off and scenery is always changing. You can have a gallery of beautiful shots but you will always wonder about those shots you didn’t stop to take. Thanks to Andrea for having me as a guest poster today and thank you all for looking!
At the end of 2011 I was way too Grinchy to want to make a New Year’s resolution. I felt a certain sense of hopelessness and held strong that a resolution couldn’t, wouldn’t improve anything. I can’t even say why. I don’t know. That’s not entirely true, I think some of it had to do with feeling I wasn’t accomplishing much. I had no drive. I didn’t have a thing.
Little did the Grinch know, Christmas still came even without packages boxes or bags, and so did an abundant amount of improvement to myself in 2012.
In early 2012, unexpected opportunity came my way and I started blogging for the Democrat and Chronicle. I also started my own personal blog this past year. A little hobby that I love. Parenting seemed to also get easier in some regards, my relationship with my husband got stronger. I made a number of valuable connections, my blogs got more traffic than I could have ever imagined. My follower count on several social media site exceeded my expectations. I dropped some negativity from my life that was holding me back. I felt more productive. I became the secretary of the PTO at my children’s school, a position I absolutely adore. I made some money. I got some paid advertisements on my blog. I broke a mirror during this past summer; you’ve heard the superstition, but that didn’t hold me back and I don’t see the next seven years as being anything but better. 2012 was one of the best years ever in some little ways. This happiness and fulfillment came whether I made plans for it or not. Some of it, I worked very hard for, some seemed to find me, regardless of my expectations. I got some things. My Things.
Now that 2012 is over, and 2013 is already underway, I definitely feel the need to make a few resolutions to keep the momentum going and work hard to change the things that aren’t running at their full potential.
So here goes.. my resolutions:
I resolve to do my number one job the best that I can. As a mom I’m alway learning, mostly from trial and error. Know better, do better.
I want to push forward with my blog. Whether it’s blog more, blog smarter or try to open doors with my blog, impart knowledge or just be creative. I want to keep going, go harder, do better. I will do this without letting it get in the way of job number one.
Improve my writing. It’s been years since I’ve taken any type formal writing courses. I’m often seeking technical advice from professor Google. I hope to improve my writing with every blog I post. Try this, try that, take criticism, make it better.
Be the change you want to see in the world. This may be on a small scale, but I hope to give to the world and my community in valuable ways.
Read more books. Truth is, I spend way too much time wrapped up in technology. It’s stifling my book time, even hindering my attention span for long novels. I want to feel the joy of reading more brilliant books this year.
Don’t sweat the small stuff, don’t cry over spilled milk. Either way you say it, I need to not freak out when little stuff goes wrong. If I don’t post my resolution blog until January 5th, then that’s okay.
I resolve to be firm: no, I’m not talking about my abs.. That ship has sailed about 2 kids ago. I’m talking about sticking up for myself, my kids, my beliefs and feeling okay about saying no. 2013 is about doing more, not doing it all.
Be healthier. 2012 was one of my least healthiest years to date. My appendicitis brought on an onslaught on issues that were beyond what I’d ever want to go through again. It stopped me from doing vigorous exercise for a long time and I still can’t eat dairy (a small but sucky price to pay). Those problems were way beyond my control. What I can control is the food I eat, the exercise I do from now on and choices I make for my family. I resolve to do better this year.
Happiness abounds. Right now I feel truly happy. Love my husband, love my kids, love the hobbies I surround myself with. I resolve to do more of the things I love. Be selfish in finding fulfillment all the while giving more of myself to others.
It’s the little things. I’m busier than busy, but I resolve to help others when I can. Donate when I can. Say something to brighten someone else’s day. Flash my headlights to warn others, do favors, give hugs, smile at strangers, wave on pedestrians in the rain, give knowledge, be a friend, be a better sister, say thanks, do something nice for my parents, tell others how I feel, keep quiet when it’s not necessary, be more festive, be less late, go more places, create more things, be more patient, be more patient, be more patient.
I resolve to not limit myself to my resolutions. Welcome new adventures, say goodbye to the old.
Should old acquaintance be forgot, and never brought to mind? Should old acquaintance be forgot, and auld lang syne?
CHORUS: For auld lang syne, my dear, for auld lang syne, we’ll take a cup of kindness yet, for auld lang syne. And surely you’ll buy your pint cup and surely I’ll buy mine! And we’ll take a cup o’ kindness yet, for auld lang syne.
CHORUS We two have run about the slopes, and picked the daisies fine ; But we’ve wandered many a weary foot, since auld lang syne.
CHORUS We two have paddled in the stream, from morning sun till dine; But seas between us broad have roared since auld lang syne.
CHORUS And there’s a hand my trusty friend ! And give us a hand o’ thine ! And we’ll take a right good-will draught, for auld lang syne.
I stayed up late last night
fixing trying to fix the ascetics of my blog. I wasn’t really happy with it, changed it back and forth, got some feedback, and still wasn’t happy. After staying up way past the time that I should have and frying my brain with frustration, I went to bed and proceeded to dream about designing my site. Included in said dream was various people I talk to online. Going in and out of sleep I was having conversations with them, with myself, and couldn’t shut the busyness off. It was exhausting that I couldn’t escape my annoying thoughts even in slumber. I am thankful that my gripes are minor annoyances in life and my complaints are mostly first world problems. I am thankful my nightmares include blogging woes and not unspeakable horrors.
Many bloggers and people I follow online are posting things they are thankful for every day during the month of November. There’s no way I can (nor want to) keep up with that sort of commitment. So here we go, jam-packed into one day, this is my Thankfulness Post.
I say plenty of random things online. I like to have a good rant. I like to chat it up. I like to wish people well, reconnect with old acquaintances and make new friends. I’ve been writing posts for this blog for a couple of months, and lately I’ve been getting what I’d consider a good amount of traffic and positive feedback. I am thankful I have full autonomous freedom to express myself. I get to write a fluffy, sometimes serious, funny blog. If I don’t want to write I don’t. If I do, I do. I am thankful I have the free time to mess around, to write and communicate online.
For months I had painful scar tissue in my right side from my surgery. If I lay down on my left side it would pull and be bothersome. Just in the last week, poof. It has subsided. I am thankful for the light at the end of the tunnel. I am thankful for my children’s resilience, their health, their sound minds, and for mine and my husband’s health as well.
Last night my two-year old peed in my bed. I had to change him and change the sheets. For the remainder of the night he wanted to sleep on top of me. I am thankful my arms are the ones he looks to for comfort and our bed is where my kids crawl into in the middle of the night to seek warmth, comfort and loving arms when they wake up.
My husband works a lot so I don’t have to. When he comes home from work all my kids want is Daddy. He gets to be the ‘good cop’ most of the time, but if anybody gets diapers changed or bathroom cleanup it’s mommy all the way. If someone is sick, my arms are the cuddling arms. I am thankful I have gotten to be a Stay-at-Home-Mom with all my children since the day they were born. I always planned and continue to plan to be their primary caregiver. I am thankful I can choose to be lazy, play with my kids, go to the beach when it’s sunny, build a snowman when it’s winter and have freedom to do any number of creative things. My dreams have come true. I am thankful to be the one to clean and to teach and to protect my children, and to be the one they want to do what I call, the dirty work of Parenting.
When I started my blog I had a friend send me messages pointing out my grammar mistakes. When I was sick I had so many people wish me well, several in particular that really made an impact on me. I’ve literally had tears in my eyes stemming from laughter from conversations I’ve had back and forth online. I am thankful for the strangers that have become good friends through social media.
My parents have helped me in ways that I can’t even begin to count. I have different, but valued and irreplaceable relationships with each of my siblings. On Tuesday my husband and I will celebrate our eighth wedding Anniversary. I am thankful for my family beyond being able to express.
If I had the money to send my kids to a private school they’d be enrolled on a millisecond. That being said, it is a dream of mine to one day start a charity to benefit students of Rochester City School District, the flailing district where my kids attend school. I am thankful for everyday comforts that we do have that are easy to take for granted. I am thankful we have food, temperate shelter, clothes, transportation, and what luxury items we do have.
Two local visionaries Frederick Douglass and Susan B. Anthony are heroes of mine. I know that sounds cheesy or maybe cliché, but it’s honestly true. I have read their words and am moved by their work and their voices. I am thankful for my education, my freedom of thought, my power to vote and the political process we have now, even though I recognize there are flaws and gaps in the system that need to be amended.
Sometimes I’m irrational, sometimes sarcastic, sometimes curious. I am thankful for critical thought of both myself and others around me that I can learn from. I am thankful I am ever evolving. I am thankful of the compassion of others. I am thankful I have the freedom to be liberal while at the same time I am thankful not everyone has the same views and thought processes, so there’s opportunity for balance and change and debates and ah-ha moments in the world. I am thankful for the written word, thankful for comedy, for romantic movies, for other people’s passion for cooking and gardening and historic preservation. I am thankful for good health insurance and time to waste. I am thankful we all have our own opinions and are entitled to just that.
What are you thankful for?
Yesterday I blogged on how I was preparing for the incoming Frankenstorm, today I pulled out my old boom box and bought up all the D batteries in Wal-Mart so I can listen to the Hurricane Sandy Mix tape I just made!
4th of July, Asbury Park (Sandy) by Bruce Springsteen
The Rain Song by Led Zeppelin
Flood By Jars Of Clay
Rock You Like Hurricane by the Scorpions
Hurricane by Bush
Dust in The Wind by Kansas
Lightening In The Sky by U2
Sandy’s Song by Dolly Parton
Ridin’ The Storm Out by REO Speedwagon
Hurricane by Joan Osborne
Like A Hurricane by Roxy Music
Umbrella by Rihanna
Hey Sandy by Polaris
Like A Hurricane by Neil Young
Ahead Of The Storm by Blue Highway
The Thunder Rolls by Garth Brooks
A Hard Rain’s A Gonna Fall by Bob Dylan
Sandy by John Travolta (Greese)
Hurricane Season by Tom Russell Band
Lightning In The Sky by Santana
It’s very important to be prepared for anything, here’s what I’m doing around the house in case Frankenstorm hits hard!
1). Watching up my shows on the DVR: Who knows when I’ll be able to get my reality TV fix again. This includes all the back episodes of Survivor I’ve missed this year. I’ll need tips on survival skills in case we lose power, like making forts and finding immunity idols
2). Buying extra wine: Do not want to be tragically ill prepared in case of road closures.
3). Locating the candles and matches cause I want to live like the olden days: Just kidding, I can’t find any flashlights and I think my kids broke them all anyway. We do have glow pets and laser pointers though.
4). Making sure I have a pencil and paper located: I want to make sure I write down all the funny tweets I think of if my Internet goes down.
5). Charging my tablets, ipod and and electronic devices: Without reality TV I’d be bored to tears without Angry Birds and Oregon Trail.
6). Stocking up on Halloween candy: Just in case we can’t go trick or treating and I don’t have one of my kid’s candy bags to raid.
7). Hiding all my kid’s noisy toys in the basement: I don’t want my kids to know where they are if they can’t play video games. Plus just in case we flood, it’s a good way to “accidentally” declutter.
8). Stocking up on Lemonade: I bet my kids’ll be the only ones out there with a stand- price gouging jackpot! Cha-Ching!
9). Mainly I’m hanging out in my Jammies: Don’t want to worry the kids in a time of crisis!
Last month people were complaining that Halloween stuff was already on shelves and in the stores way too early, and now this month, people are complaining that Christmas
trees and such are starting to pop up in stores before Halloween even has a chance to go by. The complaints go something like, "don't rush the holidays" or "why do things come out earlier and earlier every year?!" Personally I don't mind. I actually like starting to think about Christmas/ Holiday shopping
Between my kids, husband and I, starting on Halloween and going till december, we have 3 birthdays, plus Halloween plus Thanksgiving, plus Christmas, plus our Anniversary plus a nephew's birthday, plus two huge extended families and things really add up. We like to start shopping as early as we can, buying something here or there when we find good deals or have some extra cash, so the end of the year holidays don't hit the pocketbook quite so hard all at once.
Are decorations really coming out earlier and earlier? I don’t think so because I remember distinctly all the holiday complainers were complaining about the same exact thing last year and the year before that. And mark your calendars folks, I’m pretty sure the stuff will be out the same time next year. If goods weren’t flying off the shelves, let me assure you, stores would not be stocking them.
Do I start decorating my house for Christmas in October? No, but seeing wreaths in the grocery store in September doesn’t really bother me and I still have plenty of time to celebrate Halloween and so on without feeling pushed into the next one simply because retailers are making the most of the holiday shopping
season. Take a breath and enjoy at your own pace.
What do you think: do stores push the holidays too fast, and does it bother you to see certain things out on shelves way before the season starts?
As Summer fades and Autumn comes into focus…
It takes time for children to get used to wearing long sleeves and pants,
we transition to wanting warm air blow into the car instead of cold,
trade sunglasses for windbreakers, garden tools for leaf blowers,
beach toys for school books,
popsicles for pumpkin flavor everything.
Most of all
of all the summer things I’ll miss,
I mourn the loss of the magical hum of the air conditioner at bedtime.
Oh that sweet sweet white noise helps a mommy, that startles with a pin drop, sleep at night and hides the creeks in the floorboards while pitter-pattering tiptoes pass my darling toddler.
Wait.. What is this season called again?
The third season of the year, the one that we are entering into today, was once only referred to as “Harvest,” to represent the time when farmers gathered their crops for the Winter. Now we typically refer to this time of year as “Autumn” or “Fall.”
Etymologists have not precisely pinpointed where the word “Autumn” comes from, but we do know that it has been used since at least the 1300’s by Geoffrey Chaucer, author of The Canterbury Tales, the man who is known as the “Father of English literature,” and is widely considered the greatest English poet of the Middle Ages. It was also used by Shakespeare in Midsummer Night’s Dream, when describing the seasons, “The spring, the summer, the childing autumn, angry winter.”
The Word “Fall” started to be used to describe this season during the 16th Century, and came from the Middle English expression “fall of the leaf,” simply and self-explanatory describing the leaves falling from trees.
So my friends, Happy Autumn, Happy Fall, Happy Harvest, Happy Day, however you choose to call this third, my favorite, season of the year.