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MARCH BLEW IN…

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WELL here it is MARCH already, it came in like a lion snow and freezing rain. For the first time in YEARS I skipped a whole month with no posts here! Shocking for me for sure. I guess I posted on my other blog plenty though, that might  just make up for it. We have had a very mild winter here in my neck of the woods. LOVE It.. Never remember it snowing 12 inches back in the old days and then two days later all melted to NOTHING. The kids around here have had a lot of snow days and love being outside in the driving snow. Ahh for youthful times when you loved playing in it.

kidssnowI do wonder what is in store for Spring and Summer here too. Will it be ungodly hot and long? Guess we will just have to wait and see.  We have seen a whole lot of GREEN this winter. This was before the snow fell again.. only days ago.. 

CIMG3740What happened here in February was a very sudden loss in our little complex. A lady who had moved in my building less than 6 months suddenly died of a massive heart attack. She was only 56, a lot younger than me. Sure makes a person think about life and loss and what things you still want to do. I got to thinking I had no “Bucket List” made of things left undone. I am working on it as of this writing. 

Over the winter months I have read a lot of books. I found our local Goodwill store had books of all kinds  at 4/1.00.  I got a lot of reading time in. I came across several books by former presidents and first ladies. They have proven to be very informative about what it takes to be PRESIDENT of this country. In this election year it has helped me see that it takes a special knowledge and ability to do the very hard job of running our country. I will just say that it really opened my eyes to WHO was running for president and what abilities they have. Times are changing and we have to change with them, we wait and see how things work out.  NOW we just have to

welcome spring

 

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CHRISTMAS VIEWS..

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What snow came and went and the ground is green again now. The promise of a white Christmas this year is still being talked about though. CIMG3499 Put up my tree and started baking anyway hoping it would put me in the holiday mood. CIMG3372CIMG3509CIMG3484CIMG3493Shopping almost done and not a minute too soon as Christmas is only 15 days away. Yes 1 5 more days.. I sure hope you are ready.. 😉 

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AUGUST UPDATE

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autumn blessingsI cannot believe I almost let August go by without one entry here.Autumn is right around the corner.  I guess I have been busy getting through the hot days and nights of summer. Gone are the blogging days when we never missed a day to post what was happening in our world. Facebook and twitter are so immediate to everyone blogs take a back seat. It’s been 10 years now since that horrible hurricane  Katrina reached our gulf coast states and destroyed so many lives. I add this photo here. It was something that I could not believe. A stadium full of people who were trying to survive in the floods that occurred that day. dome20evacueesTen years later things are better but not back to total normal. Many homes will never be rebuilt and many moved away and relocated. Here is a link to a good report of how things are going now.

Here in my neighborhood..People are moving in and out in a pretty good pace here in the complex. We have had a weird summer of cold days and then really hot days. The local county fair came and went and the farmer’s market is loaded with vendors selling the last of their crop for the year. Soon apple and pumpkins will take over. Just didn’t seem like the summer lasted long enough this year…I dread the long long winter months. So for now I will just keep this here as  a reminder..beach

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

HAPPY ANNIVERSARY–ONE YEAR

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ONE whole year since I moved into my place. How hot and steamy I recall that week.The smell of the fresh enamel,and new carpet. It was a joyful time. Wondering how I would furnish this new place, gathering things one by one, it became HOME. I have redone the cabinets and the closets at least twice. I am still finding lost items since 2011. It was a thrill to know I still HAD some of them. DSCN6573   I got on a nautical theme while shopping for a painting to go on my pure white walls. It changed everything..I loved the sea so I brought it inside with me. DSCN6724I was reading a Fung Shui book which told me that shells were very good and brought good luck so I placed them everywhere and made my place more beach friendly.I got candles and arranged displays and it all came together nicely. CIMG2290 I never dreamed that within that year I would deal with two more managers, a flooded bathroom and bedroom, a broken window, and  having to replace the garbage disposal. Birds who refused to give up nesting under the siding beside my patio and dive bombing me every time I stepped outside.The maintenance man Aaron started calling me “troublemaker” after his third visit to stop the birds from nesting.  Seemed no one else was having as many problems as me. The lady who lived in my apt stayed here for 25 years, and she rarely let anyone keep things going so lots had to be redone. Good for me I got all new things, bad for Aaron. quakehousegraphicAnd then there were 2 very unusual earthquakes. It blows my mind. We never have those in Michigan but now we do. Walls and cabinets rattling it reminded me of my years in California. Yes, life here is full of changes and change is good, it keeps me on my toes. Today the manager called and I get my new window tomorrow. It has been two and a half months since this whole thing started. Now I have to deal with all that duct tape I put on it to keep my air conditioner in the window. Well at least that is an easy fix. Wondering what is next…guess I will wait and see.

SEEN THIS WEEK

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Summer is not officially here but it sure feels like it. Dig out the flip-flops and sun hats and many lotions to keep us from burning up. We have had a ton of rain here, more than what we really need, and things are pretty saturated but these kids took advantage of the sunny warm day and had a ball.When was the last time you ran through a sprinkler?? A very long time for me. I felt bad, in a way, because so many are suffering in California with a bad drought. The waste of water would be hurtful to all those who are having to conserve every drop. Where I live we do not pay for the water and technically we are not supposed to waste it, but fun is fun as long as it’s just once in a while.  CIMG2733

CIMG2730So also seen this week was this.. shocking…

blue lipsYes, blue lips.. they kinda took me off guard. I am not used to this new trend of bright unusual colors on lips.I have seen people on television wear all colors but not up close.  We are living in 2015, the trends are all over the place. Retro clothing like bell bottoms  paisley and platform shoes from the 70’s is back. I just don’t remember us using the purple,blue, black,green lips back then. Can you tell I am old and set in my ways?? It seems June is flying by someone last week posted that CHRISTMAS is only 27 weeks away. I prefer to keep summer alive.. have fun!!wish_you_were_here

 

FAREWELL DEAR FRIEND…

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The unbelievable news came by Facebook that our dear blogging friend Rebecca Bowers had passed away over the weekend. It came as a shock to everyone. She was not ill and was of young age. I came to know her at MSN Spaces as she and her husband blogged and became part of a big family of  bloggers. We learned of her life and family,pets,job,accomplishments and heart breaks. Our Bob, her husband, was a cherish friend and with his passing in 2011 we held Becky up in prayer and shared the loss with her. They are now together with the angels and someday we will see them again. You will be missed Becky…give Bob a hug from all of us. becky