Wednesday, May 18, 2011

It's a Girl Thing--A Girlfriend Thing!

For everything there is a season, a time for every purpose under heaven.  A time to embrace. . .

Much is written about friends and friendship and some of it is true.  There are hundreds of sayings, quotes, and adages about the subject too.  It is interesting how we choose each other and become friends, stay friends, and sometimes decide not to be friends.  A friend can say what's on her mind and we accept it.  A friend can be crazed or frenzied and we accept it.  A friend can be snappish with us and we accept it.  But after all is said and done a friend is always there to give us whatever we need even when we think that the only way to make things right is just to click our heels together and go home.  Yes, friends are a blessing!

One thing is sure, I am a lucky girl when it comes to the girlfriend pool.  I have been blessed with friendships that are like a bond of sisterhood.  Here is a first installment about my friends--three of my besties.

C--she loves details, has a big family, goes full speed ahead, wears trendy fashions, hates wasting time, says "it's all crazy" all the time, and knows what a friend needs and when she needs it.

P--she loves shopping, has a great smile, goes nutty often, wears jewelry all the time, hates dirt, says "one day at a time" all the time, and knows most all of my history.

B--she loves technology, has a new daughter-in-law, goes freaky sometimes, wears crocs, hates snobby people, says "I'm a Ding" all the time, and knows alot of important information.

On September 25, 2010, Coach and It Girl were married in her hometown--what a quaint little town (another blog)--I love it!  The one way trip is three hours long, we had three venues to decorate--rehearsal dinner hall, reception eatery, and reception party spot--as well as the church.  We started decorating on Thursday for the Saturday ceremony--that meant several days away from home, nights in a hotel, loading necessities, unloading necessities, and hours of decorating.  But have no fear--who was there to make sure that everything was perfect and that the details were in place--yes, you guessed it--these three besties.  Our soon to be in-laws were awesome--they had most things under control.  Of course, we had help from hubbies too, but it was the girl power that made everything just right.

The Church

The Rehearsal Dinner Hall

The Reception Eatery

The Reception Party Spot

These photos show only a small part of what was accomplished by these friends for our celebration.  There are not words to describe the feeling it gives me to know that I have friends who will do almost anything for me--what a gift.

Make new friends, but keep the old.  What good advice.  I need to heed this advice and make a connection with an old friend--a friend that I have not talked to for quite some time.  That is added to my to-do list!

More likes--glass cake plates, junking, pumpkins, patriotic buntings, white cake plates, birthstone jewelry, fair ribbons, taking notes, big bows on little girls, giggles, kraft paper, Easter baskets, learning, and timeless traditions just to name a few more.

May all the seasons be sweet to you,

Monday, May 2, 2011

One Thousand, Seventy Two Days

Welcome to my first blog.

As we all know, there are seasons to our lives.  It has been 1,072 days since I retired after 30+ years of teaching business and computer science at the high school and community college levels.  My teaching career was both challenging and fulfilling and I loved almost every moment of it.  In May, 2008, I moved into a new season of my life--retirement.  My retired life has been filled to the brim with living the good life--I might say life beautiful.  

I celebrated two blessed events since I retired--events that lead me to new seasons in my life--I became a mother-in-law and I will be a grandmother this fall.  Talk about spinning on the dizzy edge--there will be more about these celebrations soon. 

Things I like (not a complete list and in no particular order)--charm bracelets, Sleepless in Seattle, Bosc wine, soirees, gold jewelry, watching birds, flea markets, Josh Groban, life:beautiful, Americana, books, American flags, glitter, You've Got Mail, wearing jeans, office supplies, and Baby Boom just to name a few.

To start off, here's more about two of my likes.  These likes bring me inspiration and joy.

oNe  Shortly before I retired in May of 2008, I was on my way to visit my traveling husband, Dirtman.  It was Spring Break and I was excited to spend a relaxing week in Edmonds, Washington with my love.  Dirtman had been traveling with his job for about eight years.  We decided when our son, Coach, was a sophomore in college that Dirtman should work for a national company and that meant travel--after years of working around home so he could be home every night to be a dad to our son, Dirtman was ready to take off for a job that would allow him to use his experience and supervisory skills to move into management.  The new job would also allow us to stash money for retirement.  After all, he had paid his dues working for company after company doing road construction work within a 60+ mile radius of our home--we do not live in a metropolitan area so we were used to him leaving home at 4:30 a.m. every morning and returning home 13 or more hours later just in time to catch sporting events, banquets, and parent/teacher conferences.  Now he has his dream job working for a national environmental construction company.

Meanwhile, back to my trip--Coach was kind enough to drive me to the airport so my week of fun could begin.  I needed reading materials so we stopped at our local Wal Mart (remember, not a metropolitan area).  I don't know how you feel about Wal Mart, but I will tell you more about my relationship with WM later.  I surveyed the magazine/book isle and much to my surprise found a new magazine--one I had never seen on the shelves before.  This magazine is wonderful!  Gotta have it.

Back in the car and on our way, I decided I could not wait any longer to peruse my new find.  I flipped through the pages just to get a feel for the type of magazine I just purchased.  Wow--now I really love this magazine.  One of my childhood friends (more about her later) owns a cookie cutter business and her umbrella cutter was featured in one of the articles (Spring, 2008; April Showers).  I was in awe!  Thus my relationship with this magazine began.  It is the only magazine I subscribe to and the only magazine I give as gifts--life:beautiful--a lifestyle magazine with inspiration about Family, Faith, Purpose, Life, Home, and World.  I think you will like it. 

tWo  Americana--oh yes--my nickname is Patriotic Girl.  I like all things patriotic, red, white, and blue.  Here is just a little about this obsession.  I like to think that my home is decorated in upcountry style--don't know what that means, but I guess it means country with some upstyle items added in--things that are in style right now like white dishes, life sayings on boards, and silver serving items.  I have flags in every room and think that they are a standard room accessory--American Style Living?  Here is one of my likes. . .

Maybe that is enough for today.  Thanks for reading.

May all seasons be sweet to you,