Sunshine after the storm!

This week was a roller coaster to say the least. From a wee car accident, to rains, and gray sky’s, one wonders if it will ever get better. Well it did. 

Sixty five years ago today I entered the world not alone but with a twin sister three minutes ahead of me. This is where I can say, I’m the “baby of the family”.
With that bravely shared, tonite I went to a musical as a birthday gift and given by a very good friend, that really lifted my heart. The child within was dancing. The name of the musical  Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dream Coat. One doesn’t have to be religious, spiritual or a holy roller to enjoy this. Even an atheist will enjoy this and the music and choreography. 

My point is not so much to promote the musical (although it is great) but to just say there is a light around every dark cloud in all of our lives. It’s all a matter of getting out of our own attics (heads) and experiencing some culture, concerts, sports or some darn good entertainment. OR learning to dance in the rain when it pours.

Hope everyone had a good day ~ Onward and upward!

Be encouraged~

 

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A new Beginning

It’s a new day and after Mondays bump in the road (fender bender) I’ve decided to do one thing at a time. Mentally I had to realize accidents happen. I was an accident at birth. An oops as they say, since my parents weren’t expecting twins. Then I came along after my sister by 3 minutes. I also had to realize accidents just don’t happen to me and that no one is out to get me. I’m almost certain that driver-less cars will change the world. Of course, who would I have talked to exchange information if the truck was driver-less? Or even mumble some lady like swear words?

Oh hum. Hope everyone is having a good day in their book of life and is driving safe defensively.

 

Bumps

I usually don’t write about my woes, but today I must only because everyone has experienced them.

Bumps in the road, literally. Bumps in life figuratively. Then the real bumps a car incident where someone backs out and any minute its going to happen. It happened.

Pulling into a driveway at a hardware store, a big ol red truck backed out and didn’t see me and my geo/prizm. I’m hardly an Al Unser the Indy driver or Janet Gutheri who qualified for the Indy 500 in 1977. I made the attempt to avoid this red mammoth with my dog in tow in the back seat and it happened.

Talk about bumps. I believe I experienced a couple the other day. One literally to my auto and now in life. Having to get estimates and my duct tape.

By the way, I’m okay. I didn’t crumble at the scene of the accident and lay down in the fetal position. The thought occurred to me. The driver of the red mammoth was cordial. The first thing he said was upon exiting his vehicle was, “I didn’t see you!” Realllly?

Your Riskiest Adventure

While driving along the other day I was viewing some beautiful trees along the side of the road. While reflecting, I couldn’t help but think of the days of “tree climbing”.
Risky? Yes to me back then and believe me, at the time I thought the tree was a Giant Sequoia tree! Surely I made my way to the top in search of a branch here and a branch there. Strong ones I always hoped. Once I got to the top, I enjoyed the view and then it occurred to me, I must get down! Gulp. That was the risky part and then once near the bottom of this tree, I needed to jump to ground zero. Thankfully, no grizzly at ground zero. No cell phones back then and no GPS’s. Plus, I wasn’t suppose to be climbing trees! So they said. 

Have any of you had risky adventures while growing up? Did you tell the folks? What was the scariest adventure you experience? 

A Motherless Daughter

Its Mothers Day again. “Good morning mom. Happy Mothers Day!” Yes, I even said those words today to her in hopes where ever she is, she will sense my love for her still.

What I’ve learned from my mother looking back at the 92 years with her are many things. Even in the journey of loss and the mountain of grief these last two and half years.

I recall the schedules we use to always have by gathering around the kitchen table as family. Mothers Day is a family day together and even if they are not with us on this side of the cosmos they are within us. Therefore, start up the grills! Bring out the buns and condiments along with the hot dogs. 

What comes to mind is a mothers job description.

Job Description: Long term, eternal

Responsibilities: See that the kids are clothed, fed, teeth brushed and have their homework done. This is called, Home Work Patrol. Be willing to lay awake at night waiting for the teenager of the family to bring home the family car safe and sound and the teen also. Be willing  to travel. Should have some knowledge of soccer, softball and
skinned knees. Must be willing to face stimulating technical problems such plugged toilets, gadget repair and zippers that are stuck. Must have organizational skills. Screen calls, maintain calendars and social events. Must be indispensable one minute, frazzled and embarrassed the next. Finally, must be conscious of cheap toys and safety. Know when to hold them, know when to fold them before explosion. Smile so your teeth hurt. 
To put it briefly, the candidate must be a chef, a nurse, taxi driver, tutor, keep secrets, hair stylist and janitor. 

Benefits: Butter fly kisses, burp messes, and lots of love.

Pay: LOVE

Will be with family today knowing that its moms day and she would want it that way. She will be with us in mind and spirit. Geeee, I wonder if she liked a hot dog since we’re grilling!

Happy Mothers Day to All who have chosen to apply for this job.

And Another City Cries!

Another shooting in the city.
Another murder in the city.
Another family ruined.
What is the city doing?

This song comes to mind and nooo I’m not communing with Elvis. Our city had another shooting and murder and statistic. Many mamma’s cry tonite.


As the snow flies
On a cold and gray Chicago mornin’
A poor little baby child is born
In the ghetto
(In the ghetto)

And his mama cries
Cause if there’s one thing that she don’t need
It’s another hungry mouth to feed
In the ghetto
(In the ghetto)

People, don’t you understand
The child needs a helping hand
Or he’ll grow to be an angry young man some day
Take a look at you and me,
Are we too blind to see,
Do we simply turn our heads

And look the other way
Well the world turns
And a hungry little boy with a runny nose
Plays in the street as the cold wind blows
In the ghetto
(In the ghetto)

And his hunger burns
So he starts to roam the streets at night
And he learns how to steal
And he learns how to fight
In the ghetto
(In the ghetto)

Then one night in desperation
A young man breaks away
He buys a gun, he steals a car,
He tries to run, but he don’t get far
And his mama cries
As a crowd gathers ’round an angry young man
Face down on the street with a gun in his hand
In the ghetto
(In the ghetto)

As her young man dies,
On a cold and gray Chicago mornin’,
Another little baby child is born
In the ghetto
(In the ghetto)

And his mama cries

Elvis Presley ~ The Ghetto Lyrics

What your clothes say about you!

Does anyone realize your clothes can say a lot about you? It can say, what your employment is, emotions are, spending habits are  along with our ambitions. Then of course, we have the determining factor the “weather”. 

Shopping and spending come from emotions, experiences and culture. As the saying goes, which isn’t true, one can judge a man by his shoes and its that simple. Many Americans
use dress and style as a social and economical indicator since there is no real caste system.  Remember the black and white business affair with skirts and black heals or pumps? A little historical in today’s time, although, may still exist. Again, in the hierarchy in today’s society.  This becomes a classic because on the other hand, it always seems to work with the young, old and professional. 

Many wear just what they feel like (emotion) instantaneously. This certainly doesn’t mean one is unsuccessful only that one has not taken the time to make the effort. It does come across badly in some settings. In this case, a person should not choose to dress how one feels, but wants to feel. Which clothes make one feel powerful, in control, wealthy, and confident. Clothes send messages not only to others but ourselves. Below you will find a table that I found very interesting. This may give us some in site as to how we come across to others and how we feel about ourselves on a given day. Enjoy the day, moment and your clothes. minimonmonarch

If you …

You might …

Consider:

Keep every piece of clothing you’ve ever owned

Be clinging to the past through the sentimental value of your pieces

Adopting the Golden Wardrobe Ratio: Get rid of 2 out of 3 items you own, including anything too big/small, ripped/torn or outdated.

Wear only neutrals, largely devoid of accessories

Be stuck in a psychological rut, too comfortable to shake it up, or too afraid to draw attention to yourself.

Deviating from your routine in small ways (a different route to work, a few new spring accessories–like these inexpensive ways to incorporate trendy polka dots–to jog your brain into feeling excited

Dress in clothing too large for your body

See your body differently than others see it, or as a reflection of the way it once was.

Bringing an honest friend shopping to find out what looks great on you, ignoring sizes and getting used to wearing clothes that really fit.

Have been told you’re dressed inappropriately or too sexily

Consider the same outfit appropriate for every occasion (i.e. clubbing and family barbecue), or be looking for the wrong kind of attention.

Consider the image you want to project in given situations (at work, on the town) and choose outfits based on cues from those around you

Dress too young (or too old) for your age

Be trying to express the age you feel you are, but getting caught between your actual and internal age

Gearing your outfits toward your goals (like getting a promotion, meeting a significant other, traveling the world), rather than a specific age.

Are always in work clothes

Value yourself primarily through your work and work-related accomplishments

Recognizing your talents outside of work (great artist, compassionate, fun to bring to parties, etc.)

Covered in designer logos

Think you need to broadcast wealth in order to be treated well by others

Practice wearing “blank canvas” pieces and only accenting with logos to emphasize that people value you for more than your labels

Live in your “mom outfit” of jeans and a hoodie

Put the needs of your family before your own

Take more “me time.” Remember: When mom isn’t happy, nobody is.

What Your Clothes Say Table: Forbes