Monday, August 21, 2017

No Sun = People from the Woodwork

The news regarding today's Solar Eclipse makes me chuckle. 

Fossil is apparently in the path of the Total Eclipse.
The lines of cars for the past days is amazing to see on the news and I remember driving to Fossil and seeing nary a car let alone a line of them.
The Wheeler County Sheriff has posted information for its citizens and fears of what might be coming with the deluge of extra humans.
My Great Aunt Nell was a sheriff deputy in her day in Fossil...wonder what SHE would have said.
I know that if my family still had the house they built, some one would be there having a party on the porch.
SPF's school has been learning about the eclipse and will be watching it safely this morning. 
What about you?
Here is a tracker that will give you the details for YOUR zip code.
Pretty cool.

Sunday, August 20, 2017

Sunday Truism

Freedom consists not in doing what we like, but in having the right to do what we ought.
~Pope John Paul II
Vatican - 2010

Saturday, August 19, 2017


So...what does a book lover do when she sees an interesting author being highlighted at Costco and she doesn't want to spend money?
She takes a photo of said authors name, comes home and can't decide which one to order from the library. 
She orders 4 of them. 
They all, along with the previously requested books, arrive at the same time.
This sounds familiar.
More than once.
Or even twice.
Sure hope I enjoy his writing!

Friday, August 18, 2017

We Must

There are moments in life that seem to stand still.
Moments from years past in which every detail can be still be remembered.
9-11 found me standing in the kitchen at our house in town watching on our teeny, tiny TV as a plane flew into a building.
I was getting breakfast ready before school for Chris and LPP.
LPP being accepted into the study abroad program last year.
I was in a hotel room in Monterey while Hubby was in a meeting.
The television was on and covering the terrorist attacks in Paris when she called with her good news.
Our girl asked if we were still going to allow her to travel?
We told her that while it added another layer of worry for us, we were not going to take the experience away from her.

Events that happen currently also have the power to transport us another place.
Another time.
One filled with joy and happiness.
The terrorist attack in Nice, France brought to mind the beautiful buildings we had visited.
The bustling boulevards and pristine beaches.
The attack in one of Berlin's magical Christmas markets a month after we had visited.

Yesterdays' attack in Barcelona brought to mind the funky boutique hotel we stayed in so very close to yesterday's carnage.
The fairy purchased from a street vendor there who has been sitting on our girl's shelf for 7 years.
Looking over her.
It is so very easy to be afraid and while some fear is expected in this madness, we must not let it paralyze us.
As a parent, I know the helpless feeling of having a child nearly 6,000 miles away when a trauma occurs. 
Letting go of that fear is easier said than done.
We must.
We must use every caution available to us and pray.
Pray unceasingly.
And live.
We must continue to live our lives or we are the ones who have lost.
And that is what those attacking us want.

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Just like That

Our girl has left for college.
As always when she leaves, I am a bit sad.
Not for her, but for myself.
This year was a bit different that the past two years.
First off, we are not involved with the Festa in Pismo in the midst of college departure like the past two years nor were we getting set to take her to an airport to study abroad like last year.
She has a vehicle now
which she packed to the brim.
Cleaned the valley dust off of it.
Passed out hugs and was off.
   Like that.
She's gone.
Like a real adult.
I'm happy.
And a bit wistful
 But mostly excited for her.
Also thrilled that I won't be one of the people helping her UNLOAD that truck up a flight of stairs into her dorm room.

Monday, August 14, 2017

It's Time

This week has 3 of my favorite children leaving their childhood nests...two of them again, and one for the first time.
Our girl leaves in mere hours to begin her third year of college.
This girl sets her mind on what she wants and goes for it.
She pushes past any reservations or fears and works hard to make things happen.
She always has been a no hands, let's get it done kind of girl..
This nephew of mine moved into his first non-college apartment over the weekend and today turns the page to begin a new chapter.
As  a media coordinator for the LA Laker's franchise team.
He has grown into a man who is confident, well poised, talented and still loves his Mama but doesn't hold on for dear life anymore.
And this one.
My youngest niece.
She has possessed a quiet strength of purpose and confidence since day one.
She has been ready to conquer the world for a long time and today, she begins navigating that path as a Bear.
At Cal.
These three babies are as different as they can be, but they addition to my oldest and youngest children, share the love and support of their family.
Whatever path they are on or the chapter they are in, they know that we will always be here for them.
No matter what.
No matter why.
No...go forth and conquer.

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Sunday Truism

There is always a moment in childhood when the door opens and lets the future in.

~ Graham Green