Another NDB in the Lou

Definition: NDB – Never done before

Suggestion: Do one every day

The NDB I found myself loving: playing ten rounds of trivia in a huge room of St. Louis Policemen and Policewomen, new recruits, and friends.

Arriving at the Pageant, on the famous Delmar Loop, cooler and shareable dinner in hand, we had no idea how the evening would go, but our expectations of FUN were high.

The FUN began as we arrived at our table of friends, and ended as we bid adieu in the parking lot under the bright city lights. We pooled our food and libations on the big, round table, answered questions, ten questions per round, as read by the professional radio announcer, then handed our well-thought-out answers to the new police recruit (spiffily dressed in a cadet uniform with shiny black shoes.) It’s interesting what we remember from elementary through high school!

Find FUN in every day and share it!

Aloha🌺,

Denise

 

Win-Win: sushi and friends

My favorite quote is: “We’re going out for dinner!” And so we (usually) choose sushi. Since we needed some provisions at the grocery store, we chose to go to Sushi Ai, near the Schnucks. Win #1.

As we sat in line, waiting to hear our number 40 called by the hostess, a young couple came in, retrieved their number, and searched for a seat on the already crowded “wait-you-turn bench.” I noticed the woman in a dress and assumed she’d been working all day and preferred to sit. Since I had been sitting, I offered her my spot on the bench, and she accepted.  Mark and I struck up a conversation with her and her husband (normal for us) and then the moment arrived: the hostess called 40!

We said our goodbyes and went to our table.  A quick discussion led to inviting them to sit with us, and they accepted. Win #2!

Turns out it was his birthday (I love the Happy Birthday song!) so together we ate our sushi, shared stories, sang the song when his complimentary dessert arrived and exchanged phone numbers. Shout out to Chris & Barb: so nice to meet you!

Life lesson: Say HELLO! Share your table. Make new friends. Strangers are friends you haven’t met yet. HAVE FUN EVERY DAY!

Aloha🌺,

Denise

 

 

Be calm, careful and consistent.

I was lured into a scam trap yesterday that still has me reeling.  A dear, long-time friend “reached out” to me on Facebook messenger and I fell into the trap. She really didn’t reach out….someone hacked her page. Then, I followed the trail, and for several hours, I answered questions to this person posing as an attorney in Chicago.

My gut repeated, “No, this is not right! How can this attorney have all this time to do this?” I regret my actions. I awoke in the middle of the night rehashing my actions, the answers I provided, what that evil person will do with my information.

Sometimes the hackers are so good, we are fooled. I am uber skeptical now and remain on high alert. The irony is how do we know when our friends are really sharing with us?

Take home lesson: verify before reply.

My calm has returned and I will be more careful and consistent in my communications on social media.

Facebook did reply to my report. I hope they will be on high alert too. As a community, we all enjoy the social part of meeting new people and keeping up with others on social media. I hope Facebook will stop these people.

Stay well, safe and in touch!

Aloha,🌺

Denise

Three life lessons, as taught by the beach

When you need to “get away” from your current location and/or situation, head to a beach. Look up to the sky. Be grateful. Give thanks.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

When you need some therapy, take a walk, call a friend, buy the shoes.

 

 

 

 

 

And when you’re fortunate enough to go to the beach, slap on some sunscreen, attach your sunnies, walk in the sand, watch the sun set along the horizon.

 

 

Life is oh-so-good.

Aloha🌺,

Denise

 

On Golden Gulf

Marco island on the Gulf.

A steady stream of beach walkers pass me by. Collecting shells & swapping tales.

One fisherman, George from Angola/New Jersey, carefully monitoring three poles, surveys the vast Gulf. I’ve already seen him catch three juvenile sharks and return them to the water.

Not one swimmer.

The golden sun warms the beach, the water (albeit not too much), and my cheeks. Note: yes, I’m slathered in SPF50.

This white sand paradise fills my heart and soul.

Aloha,

Denise

Florida fun 🌴

The sun is beautiful & bright; and the skies are clear and blue. In Florida the palm trees are swaying, the ocean breezes are blowing, and our three-hour catamaran tour today was heavenly.  Sailing on a catamaran with 14 people, out in the middle of the beautiful Gulf took my breath away. The calm seas and crystal blue water and sapphire blue skies created a perfect day.  We saw dolphins playing, egrets flying, pelicans diving for fish, and everyone had a great time.

Topping off this great day, we met some very nice people while waiting for our table for dinner, and they invited us to sit with them. What began as three for dinner turned into five people sitting around a table eating fresh Maine lobster, laughing, chatting, telling stories, and nurturing new friendships.

Sunshine and salt water are perfect for relaxing and rejuvenating.

Aloha,

Denise

Snow —-> Sun

Yesterday snow whirled down from the gray skies. It looked like tornadoes of snowflakes out the window. The rooftops gleamed from the dusting of white flakes.

Today the sun is shining and the snow is all but melted. The light blue skies welcome activity for this new day.

Tomorrow, I welcome BIG sunshine, salt-sea air, friendship, and warmth. I’m heading south for the winter, like the birds.

Find what you need and what feels good and take it.

Coming soon: blog from the beach.

Aloha,

Denise

Fill up your heart 💜

What better ways to create happiness than to fill up your heart….

  1. volunteer: take supplies, foods, coloring books to people in need,
  2. create a gathering for new friends to meet,
  3. give back to your community,
  4. donate some of your business’s profits to charity,
  5. smile ~ you never know how it may change someone’s day/life.

People love you for who you are, and how you make positive changes in the world, not what you can do for them.

Aloha💜,

Denise

 

Welcome back 🌞

This blog returns re-energized, jazzed and grateful.

 

I spent eleven days with our eldest daughter on the island of Oahu, one of our former homes. She is delightful, intelligent, talented and FUN to be around. We laughed, ate great food (hello, poke every day!) and she let me kiss her all I wanted. We basked in the sun; dove way under the sea; watched sunsets color the sky.

I know what’s important: true friends: Thank you, Kathy, for hosting me for eleven days. Great kids: Thank you, Emily, for taking some time off of work. Thank you, Tara, for being a great kid too. Good health: I am healthy and able to travel. My amazing, generous, loving husband: Thank you, Mark, for making this trip (and all the trips) possible.

As we move into February, I share this meme from Positive Thoughts:

 

 

 

 

 

Aloha🌺,

Denise