Love in the mail📫

Living in a “dorm” is a perfect domicile for making friends: around the pool, in the gym room, at the pool table, or in the mail room. I’ve actually not seen other residents in the mail room, but yesterday, had there been any, they would have seen my delighted reaction to the box in our mailbox. I squealed!

I opened the box to see this green and blue colored box with a card atop. I opened it and as I read the card, tears filled my eyes. It is a gorgeous silver bracelet, engraved never give up. My friend, Juli, reads my blogs and Facebook posts and is very discerning. She saw this bracelet and said, “It was calling your name!”

Suffice it to say, donned immediately,  I feel more empowered. My personal adult mantra has always been never give up – I’m unsure Juli knew that – and in silver I see it when I look down at my wrist.

What’s your personal mantra? Have you received love in the mail? Have you sent love in the mail?

Aloha,

Denise

lovely bracelet from Juli

Pure and peaceful in the wonderful woods 🌿

From the lake looking up,  I see a hundred trees, and a staircase leading to the house of the family. The squeaking sound of the metal dock, the jet ski, the toolbox, the wall of rock. The sun appeared; air is clear.  There are children swimming everywhere. This peaceful place is an oasis for sure. My gratitude extends to our hosts and Mother Nature.

From snakes to turtles I’ve seen it all: deers, woodpeckers, squirrels and trees so tall. Big, graceful blue heron, playful snakes and a fish!! This is a place of a dream, or a wish. Spending two full days recharges our souls: relaxing, chatting, eating chili in bowls. We blew bubbles at sunset: the iridescent colors abounds!

Playful snakes slither through the rocks then jump into the water then repeat.
Big turtle found something to eat as she swam leisurely around the docks.
Beautiful deer stared at me as I stared at it.

Pure and peaceful in the wonderful woods ~ a gift of friendship, generosity and love in this neighborhood.

Aloha,

Denise

Historical weekend coming up

According to History.com:  For nearly 150 years, Americans have gathered in late spring to honor the sacrifice of those who have given their lives in service to their country. What began with dozens of informal commemorations of those killed in the Civil War has grown to become one of the nation’s most solemn and hallowed holidays. From its earliest incarnation as “Decoration Day” to its modern-day observances, check out some surprising facts about the history of Memorial Day.

As we (in the USA) kick off the Summer🌞 Season of beach, lakes, BBQ, and friends, I look ahead to a weekend, with new friends, my sweetie and some  real Midwest FUN.

I honor and respect those for whom this long weekend was designed. Thank you for your service to the country. God bless you and America.

Little known facts:

🇺🇸While the first commemorative Memorial Day events weren’t held in the United States until the late 19th century, the practice of honoring those who have fallen in battle dates back thousands of years.The ancient Greeks and Romans held annual days of remembrance for loved ones (including soldiers) each year, festooning their graves with flowers and holding public festivals and feasts in their honor. In Athens, public funerals for fallen soldiers were held after each battle, with the remains of the dead on display for public mourning before a funeral procession took them to their internment in the Kerameikos, one of the city’s most prestigious cemeteries. One of the first known public tributes to war dead was in 431 B.C., when the Athenian general and statesman Pericles delivered a funeral oration praising the sacrifice and valor of those killed in the Peloponnesian War—a speech that some have compared in tone to Abraham Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address.

🇺🇸Although the term Memorial Day was used beginning in the 1880s, the holiday was officially known as Decoration Day for more than a century, when it was changed by federal law. Four years later, the Uniform Monday Holiday Act of 1968 finally went into effect, moving Memorial Day from its traditional observance on May 30 (regardless of the day of the week), to a set day—the last Monday in May. The move has not been without controversy, though. Veterans groups, concerned that more Americans associate the holiday with first long weekend of the summer and not its intended purpose to honor the nation’s war dead, continue to lobby for a return to the May 30 observances. For more than 20 years, their cause was championed by Hawaiian Senator—and decorated World War II veteran—Daniel Inouye, who until his 2012 death reintroduced legislation in support of the change at the start of every Congressional term.

🇺🇸Despite the increasing celebration of the holiday as a summer rite of passage, there are some formal rituals still on the books: The American flag should be hung at half-staff until noon on Memorial Day, then raised to the top of the staff. And since 2000, when the U.S. Congress passed legislation, all Americans are encouraged to pause for a National Moment of Remembrance at 3 p.m. local time. The federal government has also used the holiday to honor non-veterans—the Lincoln Memorial was dedicated on Memorial Day 1922. And, while its origins have little to do with fallen soldiers, the Indianapolis 500 has certainly become a Memorial Day tradition of its own–this year marks the 102nd time the race will be run to coincide with the holiday.

In memory of many…in honor of all.

How will you commemorate this weekend?

Aloha,

Denise

 

Look what the rain produced! 🌸

As I drove along the winding road, I saw two young deer eating grass. Yes, right out in the open! Another mile of driving, a family of geese navigated the road to see when and where to cross. As I parked to meet my new friend, Joyce, for our hike, I saw a huge, slim, white bird fly overhead. The wildlife here is different from in the desert.

We started our hike along a paved path that paralleled a highway. Soon enough, there were no car sounds, just our feet and breath. The path continued, straight through very tall, green, full trees that reached up to the cloudy sky. I heard rustling and Joyce said, “It’s a chipmunk!” That’s a first — my NDB for the day! We encountered no other life until we reached a turn in the path, where the waterfall was rushing….and the mosquitos’ party was in full swing!

The flowers along the way were pink, white, purple and yellow*. The grasses were high and the trees higher. The path continued on for miles; so we planned to go further next time.

Chatting and walking is both relaxing and stimulating, inspiring and educational. There are lessons in nature and people. My heart and soul are full. I have song in my heart, a spring in my step, fire in my belly, and a smile on my face.

*If anyone can identify the flowers, please do in the comments section. Thank you.

Aloha,

Denise

Joyce points to our starting point.

 

 

 

Games with friends…

Do you ever play those social media games with friends? Where you erase their answers and fill in your own? You can see how many countries you’ve visited, who is your soul mate, what your true spirit animal is, and what’s your street name.

Here’s one that I just saw:

USING ONLY ONE WORD! It’s not easy. 😂

1. Where is your cell phone? Hand
2. Your hair? Wet
3. Your dad? Sitting
4. Your other half? Sydney
5. Your favorite food? Hawaiian
6. Favorite color? Purple
7. Your favorite drink? Wine
8. Fear? Alone
9. Favorite shoes? Wedges
10. Favorite way to relax? Spa
11. Your mood? Satisfied
12. Favorite Place? Home
13. Where were you last night? Bed
14. Something that you aren’t? Sad
15. Muffins? Blueberry
16. Vacation spot? Disneyland
17. Where you grew up? Hawaii
18. Last thing you did? Shower
19. What are you wearing now? PJ’s
20. Your TV? On
21. Your pets? None
22. Life? Happy
23. Regrets? None
24. Missing someone? Hubby

Copy & change your answers

Here are my answers:

USING ONLY ONE WORD! It’s not easy. 😂

1. Where is your cell phone? table
2. Your hair? ponytail
3. Your dad? sleeping
4. Your other half? cooking
5. Your favorite food? sushi
6. Favorite color? PURPLE
7. Your favorite drink? coffee
8. Fear? snakes
9. Favorite shoes? none
10. Favorite way to relax? spa
11. Your mood? happy
12. Favorite Place? beach
13. Where were you last night? meeting
14. Something that you aren’t? shy
15. Muffins? no
16. Vacation spot? beach
17. Where you grew up? Dallas
18. Last thing you did? coffee
19. What are you wearing now? PJ’s
20. Your TV? none
21. Your pets? None
22. Life? HAPPY
23. Regrets? None
24. Missing someone? daughters

Copy & change your answers

Depending on where you live, what your frame-of-mind is, and if you’re willing to play, these are fun and an insight into your friends’ lives. Give it a try. You may learn about your friends.

Thank you, in advance, for sharing your true self.

Aloha,

Denise

Let your light shine

In this world there are two kinds of people: those who put their shopping cart/trolley away, and those who do not. Which one are you?

We also see people who stop at the red light, give the begging man a dollar and drive off; and those who look away from the man.

When people do good deeds, gestures, services that warrant a “thank you” and more, give it. Offer your love, kudos, appreciation, validation. Let your light shine!

The ladies that clean up the locker rooms are so often ignored. Thank them….they are keeping your exercise space clean, sanitized, tidy, welcoming.

I offer this because I’ve seen it: in my city there are shopping cart retrieval people,  homeless people, restroom attendants. We should be the ones to say, “Thank you for what you do!” and smile at them. They are people!

Let YOUR light shine.

Aloha,

Denise

Announce it. Declare it. Have faith in it. Speak it into existence.

Goals, dreams, plans, strategies are great markers to live a great life. In order for them to become reality, you must announce it.  Declare it. Have faith in it. Speak it into existence. You must have a written plan in place to reach the goals, otherwise they are just wishes; and, you must have an accountability partner.

Here’s my public, authentic, real plan: I joined a 60-day challenge at my gym to lose some weight. I changed my eating habits, increased my exercise plans, eliminated some things from my refrigerator, and scheduled more rest/sleep time for muscle recovery. My husband is my biggest athletic supporter! 😉

“A dream is a wish your heart makes…” (Jerry Livingston)  My wish is deep in my heart; and I will make it happen. Make a plan and live your plan. My former bosses, Victor and Lynne, said, “If it isn’t written, it isn’t true.” So here I am, writing it down….declaring it publicly and faithfully.  Here is the best part: I am down five pounds so far. Some is better than none!

What are your goals? dreams? strategies? I will cheer you on.

Aloha,

Denise

Day after (American) Mother’s Day🌷

The day after the breakfast in bed, the day after smiles in my head.

The day after music in the house, the day after gifts and calls abound.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The day after a fantastic live concert, the day after Johnny Mathis and Scott Lambert.

My heart is so full, my belly is too. I had a lovely celebration day of Emily and Tara too.

I’m grateful and pleased that I’m two lovelies’ Mom. I thank God they picked me, twenty-three years on.

My wish for all moms is to feel loved and blessed. And those who aren’t moms I share my love and all the BEST!

To my mom: Happy Mother’s Day! To my mom-in-law: Happy Mother’s Day! I love you, and hope the flowers are still pretty!

And now we begin a new week. Moms: stand tall, breath deep, feel pride; you are SO unique!

I had a great weekend. What FUN things did you do?

Aloha,

Denise

Friday night date

Friday night, our date went like this:

Change out of work clothes, into “play clothes.” Go to Costco. Stand in line for our hot dog (without the bun for me) and bratwurst for him, behind fathers buying roses for tomorrow and fro-yo for now. Walk leisurely up and down the aisles….both of us pushing the trolley. Of course, we picked up the items we planned on buying, as well as some we were happily surprised to find.  After checking out, I wrote a comment card, offering acknowledgement to our cashier, then we exited the store, showing our short receipt to the door monitor.

I had a lovely evening with my sweetie. And he bought a hat!

What do you do for FUN on Friday nights?

Yay…a new hat!

 

Aloha,

Denise