I Thank You

They say time flies by, but I’ve noticed it’s more like a track meet at the long jump competition where they dash to the line and jump an enormous amount of feet in the air.

While some days it feels like time is a perpetual turning on clock hands that never stop, sometimes time flows as swiftly as a river’s current on its way to other places.

Today when I opened up my notifications, this picture greeted me! Four years of blogging! FOUR YEARS!! What? Who? When? Where did four years go?

I thought about where I was four years ago today. Back then, a few days before, I had been released from a week long unexpected hospital stay and was sent home thinking I had the possibility of having something pretty catastrophic wrong with me.

In the wee hours of this anniversary night four years ago, I hid in my closet and somehow figured out how to set up a blog! I was one of those “I’m never going to blog” girls, but sickness and the thought I might not have much time to spare, shifted things very quickly.

I had no idea how to blog, so I bought “WordPress For Dummies” and I figured it out step by step. Pure determination.

So, today I’m going to celebrate the fact that they were wrong about me, that I’m still here, and that I’m so grateful for this blog. I’ve made a lot of friends by blogging and it’s been amazing adventure of creativity and self expression in my writing and photography. To be able to share things with the world is such a gift.

Whatever your part in my journey has been, I thank you. ❤️

Let’s Wear Kindness Well

Yesterday a fellow blogger, Phoebe, had a post inviting people to share words of encouragement that they use to cheer/lift someone up. I thought that was the most fabulous idea!

Reading the comments was endearing and refreshing. I mean, most days the world is made out to be such a cold and not nice place, you know?

But, here were all these thoughts, eloquently strung together to make anyone feel a little bit better. And, in that sense, it reminds me of nature. Nature brings such a comfort, especially flowers. No wonder flower shops are so busy.

So, today, I thought I’d do sort of a spin off of Phoebe’s idea. In the comments, please feel free to share any and all words of encouragement, praise, comfort, etc to anybody out there that may need it.

I’ll go first:

To whoever needs this today,

You are the sun, you know? Even with all the ‘buts, ands, and howevers’ you are worthy of wonderful things. ❤️

So, please join me! Feel free to offer up your words of grace. Let’s be like the flowers, let’s wear kindness well.

McCormack Lake

Sunday we went to a lake I’d been to once before. Standing in the parking lot, I remembered why I’d liked it the first time. It was quiet, there was a beaver dam, and it was easy on the eyes. Yeah, I liked it just as much this time around.

However, after we left the parking lot, my husband drove down a gravel road less traveled. Then, he pulled down onto a road to nowhere and I got out.

There I stood at the opposite end of the lake, and quite honestly, it was one of those moments, you know? Those instances where you see something SO beautiful that all you can do is weep.

And, I did.

To me, nature is like air. No wonder people hike thousands of miles or even a few.

A few steps over, this way or that, and your entire perspective can change.

Rent the Bike

Last week for Thanksgiving, we went to the beach. While there, Little Bit presented some wild notion to ride a bike around the island. I went into the shop to check.

After gathering the information, I was extremely hesitant. I mean, first of all, to rent a bicycle, they wanted a deposit, the rent, and a copy of my ID.

My ID? For a bicycle? Umm… no. No way. I was not going to do it. A flood of “what happens to the paper copy of my picture identification with my address on it six months from now?” Is it wadded up in some trash can? Yeah right, I’m not doing it!

So, out I went to the truck. I asked Little Bit if we could wait until the next trip down. Ha ha ha, yeah right. Umm… no on the waiting.

I told my husband of the ID absurdity and the possible future fate of my ID. His response? “Maybe they’ll give you the copy of your ID when you bring it back.”

Hmmm. Still not quite convinced, I went back in the store and asked how much the beautiful red bicycle my darling boy had picked out was to buy outright.

Too much.

Then, I told the clerk my ID dilemma and her suggestion? To get the copy of my ID back when I returned the bike! Wow! Husbands are SO smart!

So, Little Bit and I set off with the red beauty in tow and two street crossings later, we started down the sidewalk. He’d walk it awhile, then ride a bit.

“Your turn, Mom!”

Wait, what? Who me?? I haven’t been on a bike in, well, ok, let’s not even go there!

Luckily, that resistance only lasted about thirty seconds and I hopped right on that two wheel cruiser! Believe it or not, I actually stayed upright!!!

We took turns riding an entire mile, until we reached the end of the sidewalk at the end of the island, and can I just say, that it was the BEST Black Friday I have ever had?

We had so much fun! I can’t remember the last time I laughed like that. In fact, when it was my turn, I was like, “Take a picture of me! Get me on video.” It was pure joy.

What wonderful memories we made, spending that time together playing and laughing. And to think, I almost let some fear of a possible distant outcome stop me from doing it.

Lesson learned?

Adventures await. Opportunities arise. Instead of standing in my own way next time, I think I’ll just “rent the bike.”