Simple Pleasures….

I decided that I have enough thoughts for two blogs today – especially since I didn’t write anything yesterday! Not that I’m committing to write something every day – I’m sure there will be days that I have no thoughts worthy of documenting (or that are not particularly appropriate for this forum)….

I’m a generally happy person and pleased with how my life turned out – yes, there are things I would liked to have done better, but I wouldn’t change much even if I were given the chance! I believe that right, wrong, or indifferent, everything that happened before got me to where I am now, so there has to be something said about leaving the cards as they were dealt.

So – that brings me to the simple pleasures that make me smile every day!

My girls – Katie, Megan, and Amy – are absolute joys! The only thing better than having a devoted, adoring pet is having THREE devoted, adoring pets!!! They want to be by my side every second and follow me from room to room and push each other out of the way to have the chance to be closest to me! It’s a major ego boost! And, never fails to make me laugh to watch them running around the yard, playing, wrestling with each other, splashing in their wading pool — there is no way anyone can stay mad, depressed, or sad with them around!!!!

Of course, my family and friends — I am very blessed to be very close to a great circle of family and friends that bring me a ton of happiness!

Another pleasure is working with a local non-profit that focuses on helping kids stay in school and prepare for life! I believe so strongly in what they stand for and the excellent programs they offer that I spend as much of my free time as possible working to help them succeed. Right now, we’re organizing the annual fundraiser – an elegant, black tie optional event that will be absolutely fabulous -we’re working to secure sponsors and silent auction donations AND individual tickets are on sale now for $100 each!

My career is also a source of extreme pride and satisfaction — I’m doing just what I was meant to do in a rewarding career. It’s a good thing…..

Don’t get me wrong — I am not free of stress, bad days, or issues – but the simple pleasures get me through it and I look things that make me smile! It doesn’t take much to amuse me and I don’t stay down long…….. 😉

To whack or not to whack…

To whack or not to whack, that is the question…don’t worry, I don’t mean “whack” in the same way that they do on the Sopranos – no need for all my friends and acquaintances to wonder if they have gotten on my bad side recently (not that I have a bad side, but….)!!

I am referring to my hair — when I was much younger, I had really long hair and loved it – of course that was the late 60’s, early 70’s and any self respecting flower child wore their hair as long as it would grow and I could almost sit on mine! It was a really tough decision to cut it off the summer between my junior and senior year in high school. After that, I tried a few times to grow it out and did let it get about shoulder length a few times – but, hair is funny – it gets to that irritating length and you just can’t stand it and you wind up “whacking it off”!!! ha-ha So, for the most part, I have had various short styles the majority of my adult life.

Well, about a year ago, I decided I was going to let it grow and see if I could make it through the awkward stages. Low and behold, it grew fast – really fast – and I finally got it to a nice length and I’m happy with it………………….but, it’s been soooooooooooooo hot lately that I keep wondering “what was I thinking????”

A nice sassy short cut would be so much cooler, easier to take care of, and wouldn’t get all tangled up when I’m tooling around town with the top down and the wind in my hair! The other side of that coin, though, is that a sassy short cut would take away all the flexibility and alternative styling options that I have with the longer hair! Oh, how I miss Christy being just a couple cubes away to bounce these types of dilemmas off of………….ha-ha!!!!

One thing I did do was to whack off my bangs — I had grown them out, too and that was too much — cutting some light bangs back in put some shape back into it! Luckily, when I get irritated that the long hair on my neck just adds to the heat, I pin it up and realize that it won’t be this hot forever (oh please, someone confirm that it won’t be this hot forever) and I stop myself from doing something I’ll be sorry for!!

So, for now, the answer is: Not to whack!!! Hey, I can always buy a nice short sassy wig for those days I want short hair!!!

My First Post

Hello! It’s Sunday and it was a lazy day, as all Sunday’s should be! At least we had a little relief from the heat wave that we have been experiencing the past week or so. It was still pretty hot, but it was less than 100 and not as humid, so it was a welcome change.

I did manage to accomplish one very important task, though – I went to Lowes and purchased a new flusher handle for the toilet in my master bathroom! It broke this morning, so I had to do something about it! These types of things come with being a homeowner. You don’t think about them until something goes wrong and then you have to figure out what needs to be done to fix it! In this case, I thought that the chain on the flapper thingy broke – that happens quite often and I’ve changed those mechanisms many times. But, when I lifted the tank lid and looked at the flapper thingy, the chain was intact – it was just laying on the bottom of the tank! I wondered how it came loose and noticed that the lever that the chain hooks onto was corroded and the bottom edge of the first two holes was no longer there! I tried to hook it to the third hole and it disintigrated, too! So, I bought a new handle and lever. It’s prettier than the one that was on there – it was just plain and silver! The new one is white porcelain and gold – very nice looking! And, I picked one that has a brass lever that is supposed to not corrode as easily!

Other than that, the girls and I lounged around and relaxed all day! Who are “the girls”? They are my dogs – Katie, an about 3 year old Golden Retriever Mix, and Amy and Megan – sisters that are about 1 year old and “your guess is as good as mine” breed. All three were rescues and I love them dearly!

Well, there are my thoughts and adventures for today!