Audience of One

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Sunny lake

Sunny lake (Photo credit: stevec77)

Today was a gorgeous day, it was cool enough for long sleeves but the sun made a definite appearance. I took a long brisk walk. The heat of the sun was like a loving embrace from the universe. These walks nurture my spirit. I always finish my walks feeling renewed, empowered to overcome daily challenges with a new sense of confidence.

It would have been nice to take a long walk with you, even if it was just one time. I wonder what we would talk about. On my walks I encounter a small cat colony. If you make it out here before 7 am you may run into a frail yet enthusiastic lady that comes out to feed all the lake animals ( geese and other lake birds). The cats seem to recognize her as an old friend and walk up to her and even let her pet them. I like to think that you were probably a cat person, I am.

I would give anything for a moment with you that I could remember, something to cherish. Although I have no recollection of you, I feel an overwhelming connection to you on days like today.

Wherever you are, I hope I made you proud.

With a yearning heart,
Your daughter

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No Regrets!

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It’s funny how fast time flies and we don’t realize it until we are sifting through old pictures or just looking for good music and realize our music is no longer ‚Äúin” I can remember laying in my bed, (I was about 12-13 years old) staring at the ceiling and just thinking about time and how I would get older and I wanted to remember myself at that specific moment in time. I wanted to remember the ceiling just at it was, every insignificant speck of that terrible popcorn ceiling‚Ķweird. Then I grew up and time just seems to slip away; especially those special moments with my son. Soon he will be the same age I was when I was staring at my ceiling. The other day I mentioned something that happened before he was born. He gave me this funny look. He got a little quiet and I asked him what was wrong and he just couldn’t comprehend the thought of me being here without him or him being here without me. He became overcome with emotion. My heart broke because I just wanted to take away that feeling but I was unprepared for this conversation. I explained that he will be much more prepared when that time comes ¬†because he will have ¬†had life experience and that for now we just have to appreciate each¬†day so there are no regrets. Talk about forcing me to face a subject I would naturally avoid! My own personal life coach…my son.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Family

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This weeks challenge was fun because I finally got a chance to sit down and organize my family photo album. I found so many old memories and it was pretty hard to select just a few.

¬†In this first image we have¬†my son with our two mini-dachshunds. The day I brought these brothers home, my son was crazy for them. His exact words, “This’ll be a day we’re never going to forget!” He quickly bonded with Reece’s, the chocolate one and¬†has been completely responsible for him since day one.¬†¬†These doxies¬†are going on 3 years and silly as ever.¬† Reece’s¬†loves to¬†play “sniff/fetch”¬†. This is where we¬†hide a toy and¬†watch him¬†literally go into non-stop SNIFFer Mode until he finds it. And he always does! Chikko¬†is the little dappled¬†one. He was the runt of the litter and is a good 2 lbs smaller than Reece’s. Because he is so small combined with¬†the dachshund physique (short & stout with an almost regal, protruding chest), He trots¬†about aloof except with a goofy grin.¬†He gets all the attention when we travel because of his unique markings. Reece’s is just fine with that. Reece’s is only¬†concerned¬†with¬†my son. They truly are a joy and have taught us so much about life.

Why I want to be more like my dog:

  • They wake up every morning with an abundant zest for what the day will bring, That is LIVING!
  • There is practically nothing we could do that would stop them from loving us, that is unconditional love in its simplest¬†form. Who said love had to be complicated anyway!
  • There is not a day that goes by that they do not put a smile on our face. They remind me daily to attempt to put a smile on someones face.

I took the¬†next photo¬†at a local water reservoir we like to call a “lake” (Lake Hefner.¬†) The reservoir is surrounded¬†by walking and cycling trails, a golf course and eateries, along with scenic vistas. My son loves to peer through the telescope to see what’s going on¬†the other side of the lake. I picked this as one of the pictures for this challenge because one of my dearest friends is standing with him and enjoying his¬†excitement. Isn’t that one of the main things families¬†do for us? They are¬†present to bear witness and take part¬†in our journey. The events we experience in life are not worth experiencing alone. That is why we are blessed with family.

This brings me to my last¬†image which is bittersweet. In making this photo I managed to break a very special hand mold that¬†my son made when he¬†was six years old. It truly broke my heart to see it shatter because of my butter fingers, agh!¬† This is an image of some of the items my son has made for me in the recent years. My personal favorites are the clay rose he gave me for mother’s day and the mobile made of popsicle sticks and a hanger.¬† Only family would see the true value in these items. Family looks beyond your limitations and sees your potential. Family embraces your ideas and realizes their worth. Family cherishes your every ¬†achievement, no matter how mundane. Cheers!

Thanksgiving 2011: Vernon, Oklahoma

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This years Thanksgiving holiday took us on a 2 1/2 hour road trip to the country side town of Vernon, Oklahoma.¬† We were worried about taking a cooked turkey”on the road”” but it did well riding shotgun!

The town of Vernon has a story of it’s own to tell. But this was a time to catch up with old friends.¬†One of my dearest friends grew up here. Her parents still live here and all the grandkids spend any days out of school with their grandparents. This is their chance to explore without much of the cares of city life. Most of the time grandpa has different tasks that have to get done.¬† Here the boys have returned after a day of cutting up large log that was¬†blocking¬†the creek.

Of course there is always time for some fun. There was a trampoline in the back of the house and boy did the kids put it to good use! They were out there for hours working up an appetite for that Thanksgiving meal!

Even ZeeK, (the pet RACOON!) enjoyed some of the thanksgiving meal. I couldn’t believe that he was so tame.¬† He had the cutest little hands that would grab a piece of Turkey and take it under the porch to eat.

My Birthday!

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Today is my birthday! In my yearly birthday tradition, I played hooky from¬†work. It makes sense to take a break from it all but I run into the same¬†predicament…WHAT TO DO!¬†My son begged me for some extra video game¬†time so he could defeat¬†Medal of Honor Airborne. So we played that for a couple of hours. It was pretty¬†awesome to get to the end! What to do next? Spring cleaning always gives me a feeling of satisfaction. I¬†cleaned out 2 closets. I even found one of my old video cameras! Laid Back birthdays¬†are awesome! This birthday I am thankful that I have health, happiness and HAIR!

WIN: Toilets seats succumb!!!

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A toilet seat¬†never made me happier! Yea, I know…even for me that’s a little weird. Here’s the thing, I purchased one of those nice looking wood and metal ones. Lesson learned! The faux¬†metal was actually plastic with a filmy¬† metallic finish. The metal quickly started peeling and what was worse was harder to keep clean. I decided to buy a new one but when it came time to install it…the old one would not come off! The screws were so rotten that the screw driver¬†didn’t work. In my attempts the only thing I managed to do was to partially UN-hinge the lid from the rest of the unit. It became my daily reminder of the fact that girls can’t do everything ūüė¶

This morning I made up my mind that THIS would be the day! It was going DOWN! That was this morning. I am pleased to say that after a day filled with learning how to use a hack saw, and running back and forth to Lowes for replacement blades. I have come out victorious! Wohooo!!!

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