Monday, August 31, 2009
So, I picked it up and looked it up. I found several answers, but the one I like best said supposedly it is an angel's sign to you, they are communicating with you. It can also be a sign or communication from someone you loved who has died. It is usually associated with them saying "I'm ok" or "I'm here" if it's a loved one, and " I'm here to help you" if it's an angel.
I suppose it could have been from Michael Jackson or Ted Kennedy, but in my mind it could have only been from my mother. My mother and my father both died when I was 18, my mother a few weeks after my 18th birthday and my father a few months later. In all the years since then, when I find a penny on the ground I think of my mother. I don't know why that started, but it has always been a comfort to think of her in that "I'm here" way. I'm glad to find something else that brings that sense of connection to my mind.
Since I've never had a mother as an adult I have not had that relationship to look to in knowing how to be a good mother to my adult children, but I have still looked to my mother for guidance.
My children have been adults for a long time, but I still sometimes wonder how to be the best mother,and now also grandmother, that I can be. That has been on my mind lately, so I'm choosing to think of finding the feather as a sign from my mother that "it's okay" and "I'm here to help". And if I'm just being fanciful, I'm sure my children will give me a little more tangible guidance.
Friday, August 28, 2009
Don't fear failure or back away because you think someone can
outdo you. Believe in yourself and what you have to offer and so
will everyone everyone around you. Share information and ask for suggestions.
I'm sure most people would apply those words to the more lofty challenges of life. On that day I was feeling a bit hopeless about my blogging skills in a "she knows how to put such great things on her page", or simply "I wish I knew how to do that" sort of way. Most all of the blogs I follow and those I just read from time to time show skills beyond what I have (yet) learned. The first line of the horoscope took me back to the reason I started to blog in the first place....to help me have greater awareness in my own life-to live my life more consciously. If I have done that, and I think I have, than there is no failure, and I am certainly not trying to outdo anyone. I will continue to work on the believe in yourself and what you have to offer part.
Beyond my original goal to live my own life more consciously, blogging has given me the opportunity to read some great blogs behind which are some wonderful people. I am grateful to those (and you know who you are) who have let me feel at least a little bit like one of the "cool kids". I certainly owe thanks to my daughter, Joanna at http://harphouse.blogspot.com/ and to Betty at
http://glimpseintomidlife.blogspot.com/ for help when my computer skills have been lacking.
As for the title of this post....I have seen several posts in which someone fairly new to blogging has written an apology for breaches of blog etiquette or other errors they have made when they started. I haven't learned enough yet to know what I need to apologize for. While I am learning I will continue to share information and ask for suggestions and especially continue to enjoy all that others have to share.
Tuesday, August 25, 2009
Sunday, August 23, 2009
Thanks to Betty at http://glimpseintomidlife.blogspot.com/ who coached me in my computer skills, I want to participate in Sundays in My City from http://unknownmami.blogspot.com/. I hope I've done it right. (Disclaimer: any computer skill errors are mine and mine alone).
Downtown Louisville. There is a street fair here every Friday night in the summer.
Friday, August 21, 2009
I guess I will have to make do with DARK CHOCOLATE M&M's for a while longer.
And I do love having something to look forward to.
Thursday, August 20, 2009
Most all of us have known someone who has dealt with dementia in one form or another. Many of us do the things that "they" say will help prevent it (I'm sort of partial to crossword puzzles). Maybe they'll someday discover that blogging is the key to maintaining our mental function. I just know that a brief moment for me today brought an even heightened sense of feeling for those who face those moments every day.
Tuesday, August 18, 2009
Sunday, August 16, 2009
- It is about the size of a paperback and very light weight.
- When a book comes out that I want to read I can start reading it in about 60 seconds for $9.99 (they have about 300,000 titles-so far, I've always found what I want).
- You can change the size of the print to fit your need.
- You can download a sample of a book to read before you buy it.
- It really is great for traveling. (Let's say I am in Las Vegas and not doing too well in the casino....a new book to read by the pool is great consolation, not that that ever really happened). Not having to lug several books in my suitcase on a long trip is a big plus.
Things I don't like about my Kindle:
- It is a pricey initial purchase, right now about $300. I probably haven't paid for it quite yet with the savings from what I would have spent on books, but I am close.
- Like a cell phone, you have to keep it charged.
- It is a little too easy to spend that $9.99. I have to be careful and I try to limit myself to 2 books a month.
- You don't have a book to pass along to someone else after you have read it.
- It is not yet available internationally because of licensing issues, but they say it will be in time.
- Reading it in the bathtub is probably not a great idea.
I definitely still get lots of books from the library and I still love going to a bookstore to buy a book, but for instant gratification and portability the Kindle can't be beat.
Thursday, August 13, 2009
A good road trip is hard to beat. A good traveling companion, like the above mentioned Boo, is a great plus. Whether alone or with someone, I love the "cocoonish" feeling of being in the car with nothing to be responsible for but putting the miles behind you. Good scenery or just one town after another, I love seeing things I've never seen before. I love having hour after hour to listen to old songs on the radio (and sing along if I'm alone) or listen to a book on tape, or I guess these days, CDs. I love the time to talk with someone without all the normal distractions. And, there is no better excuse for eating junk food than a road trip.
I know, there are all kinds of road trips. Road trips with kids are in a class by themselves, but I bet most of us have memories of family road trips that were good, or at least memorable. I remember my Dad being stopped for speeding and having "words" with a policeman that I thought were going to land us all in jail. My kids learned that I could get from the front seat to the back of the station wagon or van with amazing speed.
My longest road trip was driving from Colorado to Belize.....seven days there, five days back and weeks in Belize in between. There were things about the trip that weren't great (a not-the-best traveling companion), but the road travel was an unforgettable experience. I tried to find some pictures from that trip, but I ran into some old Christmas candy, or maybe it was Halloween candy, in the closet and I got distracted and gave up.
As I said, I don't have a trip planned right now, but I may have to pull out a map and start planning.
Saturday, August 8, 2009
I know, not that interesting in itself, but it made me think that I often eat from habit as much as hunger......it's noon-time for lunch, mid-afternoon-off to the office next door for a snack (it's a dental office and they have the best junk food around and are very generous with me) and so on. It's not just food-there are so many other things I do without really thinking. Every morning the first thing I do is head for the coffee pot.....okay, bad example, gotta have the coffee! But you know what I am talking about.
Since my blog title is Living Consciously and I started it partly to help me pay more attention to and remember all that I am doing and, well, live more consciously, I want to renew my efforts to do just that. Certainly, writing about what we do (or thinking about writing about it) keeps us tuned in.
I would love to hear what you are thinking about what you do without thinking.
Wednesday, August 5, 2009
We had a picnic first...
Jared and Hope trying the S.W.A.T. gear...it was heavy