Monthly Archives: January 2015

One of My Favorite Thinking Spots

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Winnie the Pooh is one of my all time favorite cartoon characters and having three children has afforded me more than ample episodes of watching this adorable bear sit in his “thinking spot”.   He’d say, “Think, think, think…”.

Aw, he tried so hard, bless his heart.

Well, for me, I don’t have to try so hard as thoughts are ever swirling around in this head of mine.  The other day, I needed to escape the four walls of our apartment, so my 15 year old son and I headed to the beach.  We had such a nice, long walk along the surf.  We chit chatted about things, watched other beach goers, collected seashells and paused a few times just to enjoy watching the sun reflecting off the expansive ocean.  It was about 67 degrees and very breezy, but with our jackets on, it was absolutely gorgeous! My son is closing in on 6 feet tall.  It won’t be long now before he reaches this milestone.  He’s growing by leaps and bounds maturity wise too.  Truly this is time to be cherished.  It is fleeting.

At one point my son walked down to the water while I enjoyed sitting in my turquoise blue beach chair.  That was my thinking spot for the moment.  How I savor times like these!  Just to soak in the beauty of God’s handiwork – the beautiful, blue ocean, the white sand that feels like baby powder sifting through my toes, the vibrant sunshine and the health to enjoy it all!  God is so good!  I sat there just thanking God for the gift of today, that He is taking care of all things that concern me, and in that, I rest.

I love to “people watch”.  This time of year we have a lot of “snow birds” (people who spend their winters in Florida and live elsewhere the remainder of the year) and we also have shorter term visitors.  The roads are more congested and license plates from just about all 50 states can be seen.  As I sat in my thinking spot, I saw older couples walking hand in hand down the beach; moms with their little ones; an Amish family soaking in the sun and the daring, young man dive into the ocean on such a cool day.  Ha ha!  He didn’t last too long until he came out, clinging to his colorful beach towel.  🙂 The water temperature had to be in the upper 40’s or 50’s… definitely too cold for most.  The lifeguards are on duty, actively watching for anyone in potential trouble.

The seagulls were gathered en masse along the beach drying their feathers and others were seeking out discarded food.  Some visitors throw sand at the pesky birds while others take photographs of these interesting seabirds.  It’s a love/hate relationship for most, I think.  😉  In the distance, there are many volleyball nets erected but no takers at the moment.  Several times a year there are big tournaments.

I sat there with my white baseball cap on and black sunglasses to shield the relentless rays.  (Side note: I don’t like hats.  No, that’s not entirely accurate.  I despise hats.  I like them on other people.  Just not on me.  However, since having a pre-cancerous mole removed from my cheek last year, they’ve become a necessity.)  So, this was my first outing sporting a hat.  Of course, I felt as though I was wearing a lamp shade, although I’m sure I looked far more normal than that.  Haha!  My husband told me later that evening how good my hat looked on me.  That was very kind of him to say.  🙂

Our time was too brief at the beach that day.  We had to hurry on our way to go house hunting with our trusty realtor.  No worries, though.  I’ll return to my favorite thinking spot very soon.

What’s your favorite thinking spot?

 

 

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Life in Transition…

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We’ve made our big move … 1,000 miles south to the Sunshine State!  We’ve been here in the land of the perpetual vacation for six weeks now and are glad to be back!  We lived here for a decade before, so this is not a totally new experience.  We are currently renting a 1,500 square foot apartment, which is very nice, I must say.  It is, however, much smaller than our former 2,600 square foot home.  It has three bedrooms and two baths, so there’s plenty of space in theory.  It’s just that we haven’t rented an apartment in 16 years!  Our two teens (ages 15 and 17) will be very glad to transition into a house, that’s for sure.  The interesting (and sometimes annoying layout) of our apartment is the 17 steps we have to walk up to get to our living space once you enter our front door!  When you have lots of bags of groceries, this becomes a little cumbersome.  You have to really want to come up or down to actually put forth the energy to do so! Haha!      

One of the criteria in finding a suitable apartment was that it must have an attached garage to house all of our “stuff”!  Well, this one does and, oh my goodness, is it ever jam packed!  Despite selling and giving away furniture and household items, and being forced to leave behind furniture that wouldn’t fit in the Uhaul, we managed to pack a 26 foot Uhaul pulling an additional trailer.  I honestly don’t know how we had so much, but somehow it accumulates over the years!  It boggles the mind considering I’m a consistent purger and organizer.  We managed to pack our little garage here as tight as possible and have only opened the door a handful of times!  Don’t open the door!  🙂  Something may fall out!  Haha!  

We have put an offer on a house so we’ll see if that works out.  It’s a nice, three bedroom house with a pool, which we’re all excited about!  I, for one, am looking forward to the daily exercise.  My husband and I are downsizing a bit and nearing the empty nest stage so we don’t want a large house.  We’re really trying to reduce monthly expenses and concentrate on the things that really count.  While three bedrooms will be smaller than what we’re accustomed to, the total square footage of the home is 2,300.  So, it’s not a tiny house and it has an office space, which my husband will be required to share with his quilter/scrapper wife!  😉  Concessions must be made.  Haha!   Most of the houses we’ve seen are 4 bedrooms, so we’ll see what we wind up with.  It would be nice to have that extra room.

The one constant in our lives is the homeschooling train continues its journey down the track.  Our 17 year old daughter will graduate in May and our 15 year old son will complete 9th grade.  That is the blessing of learning at home … there’s no new school or peer group to adjust to.  We’ve already located a very nice library and have our handy, dandy tickets (or library cards) to “free resources paid by our tax dollars”.   Our daughter is all registered to take the ACT test in the spring so she has been studying the big prep book for that.  She’s a smart cookie, so she should do very well.  Just a decade ago, we were walking this road with our older son, our first homeschool graduate!  I remember thinking on the night of his graduation, that I finally felt confident that I could do “this”!  And, so we have!  … I should be graduating any day now…. 😉      

Last Sunday we visited the fourth or fifth church since moving here and I think we all have decided it’s a keeper!  So, thankfully, we will visit this church again this Sunday!  We all really liked the way the pastor integrated so much Scripture and stories from both the Old and the New Testaments, and made it so compelling and relevant to our lives.  He held even my teen’s interest with his great articulation, sense of humor and delivery.  We liked the praise and worship and it’s somewhat close by.  All in all, a win-win for our family!  And, here I was about to give up hope…      

Transition is tough but this time around, it hasn’t been bad at all.  I think the reason for that is that God truly ordained this move and living closer to our grown son makes it all so very worth it!  We have probably seen our older son 15-20 times over the last 6 weeks, which is more than we’ve seen him over the last 5 years!!  Can you imagine the joy that resonates within this mother’s heart?!  And when he texts asking about a favorite recipe….Ah, it does a mother’s heart good!    

We all cannot wait to be finally settled, reunited with our boxes in the garage and make “heads or tails” of the things that made the 1,000 mile trek!  It’s so close we can taste it now…But, not quite!  Patience…

Life in transition continues, but before long, this quilter will have a rotary cutter in one hand and a piece of cotton in the other.  Such joy awaits!

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