Day 20 – Perspective

Saturday, November 29th
It’s been a busy couple of days, and I don’t have much time to write at this moment, but I wanted to get a photo blogged. I took many pictures at Sea World today, but for some reason, I really like this one! The Anheuer Busch Clydesdales are magnificently beautiful animals, but this close of of their manes and ears just made me go “ah” when I saw it!

I enjoy taking photos at different angles or views, in fact, I shot several photos on the diagonal which was fun!

Because they are so beautiful, I will share the “big picture” as well today!

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Day 19 – Recycling

Recycle, reuse, repurpose —–
Did you know you can recycle the foil from a Hershey Kiss????? (see link below!)
I try my best at all of these, but it is not always easy. There are times when I just have no other use or purpose for an item, and I don’t think anyone else would either, so it winds up in the trash! I am gearing myself up for a major “purge” around my house – this is going to be my New Years resolution, but I hope to get started on it sooner.
I feel heavy ladened with the “stuff”. I have “stuff” that has never really been unpacked since moving to FL in 2003, and Tara has “stuff” that she never plays with anymore!
I guess as far as “stuff” goes, we do not have as much as some, we have no basement or attic (at least not one I have ever dared enter…. the cable guy and bug guy have been up there….), so 1/2 of a garage, and 4 smallish closets, I really don’t think is too bad….. or is it that we just have small “stuff”?
I am good recycling glass and cans, but not so good with the cardboard and paper. Newspaper is currently being recycled as guinea pig cage liner, and plastic shopping bags are “bio-hazard” bags when I walk the dogs and scoop the litter boxes. Ultimately though, they do wind up in the landfill. At least paper decomposes!
Check out this website of recycling facts….. http://www.recycling-revolution.com/recycling-facts.html
Even Disney World is getting on the recycling band wagon. They have had recycling cans in the parks for years, but it is just recently that I have seen “eco bags” in the Disney stores. I will have to pick one up to add to the collection that is in the back of my car, that I never seem to REMEMBER to take into the store with me when I shop!
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Day 15 – VACATION BEGINS

It’s 5pm and I am so ready for this time off from work that I have before me. I do not return to work until 12/1.

Tara started her break today, the first days off since Labor Day due to Tropical Storm Fay, and I have not had more than a day off here or there for most of the year. That’s of my doing, I get plenty of vacation time!

I hope to rest, relax, play and enjoy this time. We will give thanks for those things with which we have been blessed, and we will visit with my sister who will arrive for her yearly Disney vacation on Friday.

Once Thanksgiving is over the countdown to Christmas begins. Our tree is up.It is artificial and pre-lit, so that part was easy. The decorations will go on over time. I love the house lit by just the Christmas tree. There is something “magic” about it to me!

Tara and I laughed this weekend when one TV station was advertising “8 more days until the 25 days of Christmas!” Meaning 8 more days until they start to show holiday programming (only there were more than enough holiday movies on this past weekend, which I enjoyed!)

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Day 14 – Bubbles

 

Bubbles, how fun it is to blow bubbles? Tara discovered that the soap she uses in the bath tub is great for blowing bubbles. She uses her fingers and hands! Who needs a bubble wand? She blows the bubbles, holds then in her hands, fuses them together and has just a great time. I love that at 11 1/2 she still gets a kick out of doing stuff like this. She came out of the tub this morning to give me a quick demonstation of her new found talent, and I figured they would make great photos for my blog today. A nice “light” subject! These probably would have been bettr with the great outdoors as the background, but she had just gotten out of the tub…..!

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Day 13 – Poinsettias

 
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This post is for Saturday, November 22

One of my favorite plants is the ponsettia plant, so I especially love the holidays when they are displayed everywhere. Yesterday, at Downtown Disney I “noticed” my first holiday display. When I was growing up we seemed to have several poinsettias for the holidays. My mom always did a great job of keeping them in bloom for many months to come. On occasion after I was older we would visit Longwood Gardens where they had amazing displays of Poinsettias. I guess looking back, I can see why they are a favorite. I have many fond memories of them over the years. I also LOVE red, and what is more red than a poinsettia, although, I do have to say that the pink ones I think are my favorite.

I thought I would share the Legend of the Poinsettia that I found on line.
The Legend of Poinsettias
A charming story is told of Pepita, a poor Mexican girl who had no gift to present the Christ Child at Christmas Eve services. As Pepita walked sorrowfully to church, her cousin Pedro tried to console her. “Pepita,” he said, “I am certain that even the most humble gift, given in love, will be acceptable in His eyes.” Pepita gathered a bouquet of common weeds from the roadside, for this was the only gift she could give. As she entered the chapel and approached the alter, her spirits lifted. Forgetting the humbleness of her gift, the girl laid the weeds at the feet of the Christ Child. Suddenly, Pepita’s ordinary weeds burst into brilliant red blooms! This miraculous event was named the Flores de Noche Buena, or Flowers of the Holy Night. Today, we call these flowers poinsettias

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Day 12- Spinning


(This post is for Friday, November 21)

Today I am using two favorites from the past, that depict how I have been feeling the past few days, and why I am posting day 12 & 13 on Day 14! Over the course of about 24 hours, I have made a decision to dramatically change the direction of my future. These are good things, that just 4 days ago I had not even considered. My head has been spinning with all of the thoughts, so what better pictures than of the carousel and spinning tea cups at Magic Kingdom. I think my life of late has been much of a carousel. Just the same thing over and over like in the movie Ground Hog day! I think I am about to shake things up!

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Day 11 – Reflections

 

Good morning. Tara was up very early this morning, and today is payday, so we went out for a 5:45am drive and headed to Dunkin Donuts. This is a nice treat as I have slashed this type of expense from my budget. Tara thinks these “off time” exercursions are fun!

The weather is still cold for FL in November, and this morning all of the ponds had a mist. It is very pretty and we commented that if the trees and the buildings were not in the way, the colors in the sky from the sunrise would be very pretty. You could see the orange on the horizon. I think one morning next week when we are on vacation we will trek to the east and watch the sunrise over the ocean. I have said so many times I wanted to do this!

This photo was taken of the pond at the entrance to our neighborhood. I always enjoy the view when the air is still and the water shiny like a mirror, so you can see the reflections of the trees and houses. The added mist this morning made the scene even more lovely.

Blogging has caused me to reflect on things in my life, some things bring back good memories from the past, others painful times, and people that I am missing in my life. Reflection is good. We can’t change our past, but we can change how we move forward hopefully employ the lessons learned.

I have been reflecting on some changes that will be taking place in my life over the next few months. Not changes that I want, but changes that will happen none the less. I found this quote that I felt was appropriate. I can’t change what will be happening, but facing the changes with a postive attitude, and some thought and preparation will make it less difficult for all involved!

Not everything that is faced can be changed. But nothing can be changed until it is faced.
– James Baldwin
American writer (1924-1987)

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Thank Goodness it’s Friday….

TGIF – I am so ready for a weekend. Six more work days until I will have six days off in a row. I tend to take my vacation time a couple days at a time, and sometimes that’s just not enough to regenerate, so I am really looking forward to that time off!

I keep changing the title of my blog. I guess it is a good thing I have not given it too many folks! I not only changed the title, but I changed the web address too. I don’t want this to be about my being a mom, that is what my whole “identity crisis” is all about anyway. I want this to be about me, finding me again after 14 years (including those with my ex) of being what others needed or wanted me to be! Of course being a mom is a big part of what I am, but it just can’t continue to be all that I am. I am not just Mom, or Tara’s mom….. I am MARTHA…..

Don’t get me wrong, I’m not going to pack Tara up and send her off to boarding school (although there are days…..), she is my heart, and there have been times when she was the reason I got up each day. She is a bright funny and loving child. We are so much alike though that we butt heads from time to time too!

I am sitting here trying to think of a list of things that I would like to do for me… and you know, I really can’t think of any except to READ A BOOK. It has been so long since I have put me first that I don’t know how to do it anymore. I have become one of those women whose puts (out of necessity at times) everyone/thing before them. I desperately need new clothes, a hair cut, a manicure and pedicure. There are days that I don’t get a shower, and I wear the same clothes two days in a row (I work at home, and many days I don’t do anything more outside the house than drive Tara and her friend to school, and pick Tara back up and walk the dogs under cover of darkness!)

I do spend time on the computer, that is me time… but many times interepted by a call for help with something, or a dog that needs to go out! I love photography, but most photography outings involve activities with Tara, and I can’t always focus (no pun intended) just on picture taking!

My mind has been spinning all week – maybe that is why I had such a hard time focusing on anything for more than a few minutes…. It really hit me this week, that I am 50, and this year in particular, I don’t think I have accomplished much of anything.

Well that’s what’s been floating around in my head all day….. I have a dog whining at me for who knows what reason. She has been a royal pain ALL week, maybe it was the moon this week… it was full yesterday! I might just send her to the moon!

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Day 4 – Morning Coffee

I love my morning coffee, and I love drinking it out of fun mugs. I have several Disney mugs, and mugs with palm trees, as well as a collection of Starbuck’s travel mugs. They were always fun to buy and use when I spent more time in the car with coffee. Right now, I rarely take hot coffee with me, but will occasionally stop at McDs for an Iced Coffee!

This mug makes me think of Disney and Christmas time. I bought it at the Caribbean Beach Resort gift shop when my sister Linda visited. Probably four years ago! The Disney Blend coffee is good too!

Tara asked me the other day while we were sharing a Starbuck’s coffee drink from a bottle, when I started drinking coffee, and I really don’t recall. I know I HATED the smell of coffee when I was a kid. Was that because my mom disliked coffee? She disliked chocolate ice cream too, and I never liked it much when I was young! I don’t recall drinking coffee in college either, back then it was not such a big thing, I remember hot chocolate from packets and water from the hot pot (no microwaves in college rooms back the either!). The earliest time I remember being part of my morning (now that does not mean it did not happen before) was when I worked in a beautiful building near Dulles Corner, VA. They opened a coffee shop in the lobby, and you could not help but smell the delicious blends brewing as you walked by. I think that was where I bought my first “flavored” coffee beans. Chocolate Raspberry, and come to think of it, I probably had to buy a Mr. Coffee too! Fond memories of days can by.

See what kinds of thoughts posting a simple picture of my morning coffee can bring!

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Day 2 – Veteran’s Day

Updated due to outdated information!

 

Today I honor and remember my brother Robin who was killed in Viet Nam, and my father William Sr. who served in WWII.

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