BUT Wait I have15hours more!!!

It’s over thought I had at least 15 hours more. Nope phone call on a land line at the property we rented set in motion to get off the island.  “Emergency go to higher ground”. We did.  So hauling suitcases bags and the trailer with two Harley’s(one not being mine)  we head out.  “Pick the music you like!”  Crap. Some southern rock and off we go. 

We are swaying as we cross the bridge off the island and trying to keep up with the friends who’s bike haul we haul with our own. 

I’d like to have stayed. Nope. With all of the stuff we brought along with the 90% of others stuff we get in the car and head the two plus hours home. 

So off we go and hope we have mother natures blessing.   I will not wake up in our rental property but happy to get into my pups furry happiness. 

This sucks and I need to tell Those who Chose to listen to me (no one)  that it is absolutely more dangerous to leave In a windy downpour than to have water out fount 

On our way home πŸ˜‚ damned I had at least 15 more hours. Next year I WILL get them in 😎

Six Days and six friends at the shore

I’m here-  At the shore –  With six of the best people and being on day six and still thinking they are great and still wanting f to hang out with them is what I’m told unusual. 

We have gone to the beach a water park rode the rides on the boardwalk ate at wonderful restaurants and sat on the porch with adult drinks and laughed and laughed some more!!

Two more days and I will be home.  I miss my dog but will miss waking up with my friends.  

The horrible coffee the sand in my shorts and the smell of sun tan lotion will be sadly missed. The bustle of getting on bathing suits the organized caois of showers and the most uncomfortable beds known to mankind!!

Pizza Beer And blender crushing ice will be a memory. The squawking of seagulls sound of flip flops and the scraping of the sand chairs on concrete. The walk to the beach and the dragging of oneself home after a day in the sun. 

Life guards whistles the smacking of balls on paddles bogie boards flipping in the waves riderless and numerous sand castles made and recaimed by the ocean. 

The raising of the flag every morning at 9:20 while the national anthem plays the heat of the sun and the salt in the air.  The true beauty of friendship. 

I should be packing but that can wait I have two days to make more memories – and they will be of one liners and private jokes we will only think are funny. 

Six days two left and six of the most wonderful people in my life 

Cat in the hat vacationΒ 

So I’m getting ready!!! Yep a vacation with our closest friends!!! Yeah we’ve been planning since January seams as if it wasn’t just around the bend – WoooHoooo!!! I screamed as I stared at my list – no way of getting around it we will need all of this!!

We are taking bed lines towels sunscreen and motorcycles galore! It’s finding a trailer cause we can’t take as many or no  more Toothbrushes liquor gas up the car!!  It’s paper and plastic and dog sitter it’s truly not that far!! Mail stopped neighbors notified and a birthday party while we are there I thought I’d be leaving without a Care!!!

It’s shorts and swim suits and a hat for the sun – lord knows i didn’t think we need all this for one week of fun!! Grab the blanket for I always am cold – the sweater and aloe I need for the sunburn I’ll get so I’m told.  

It’s ziplocks and boxes and bags – its presents snacks and party gags!! Don’t forget to cut the lawn – on Saturday it’s off at the crack of dawn!!!

Do you have any room? I’m asked with a hopeful look. I don’t know yes I can take if it’s a size of a book. 

It will be so much laughter talking and fun – I just hate packing I wish I was done!!!

July 5th

So the rockets red glare – those professional and those lit off by someone who’s had one to many at someone’s picnic- are all over.  Well I think so anyway. 

The hotdogs have been roasted and eaten to excess at Nates in New York there are left overs a plenty in anyone’s home who’s had a picnic and non consumed adult beverages are floating in coolers across the nation. 

July 5th.  In six months Christmas and the New Year will have been celebrated. In two short months we will have the last hoorah of the summer with Labor Day and four and one half months Halloween will be over and turkey gone a month later with thanksgiving. 

Makes you think – where does the time go?  July is that half way mark of  the year. The height of summer and all the glory of  flip flops sunscreen and lazy afternoons in the sun. Of swimming gardening and trips to the shore. To make time for friends who sit outside laughing and the stories of vacations – those that have passed and those to come.  I love July!!!!

So July 5th we should acknowledge as the day of what was and what will be!!! A day of hope and nostalgia- a day of remembrance and one of what will be. 

I love the bliss of summer my best memories are in this season. So all hale July 5th and her June and August buddies. Go out into those coolers And salute her ❀️

Loving and learning

What a great day!!! Birds are singing it’s very warm 78 degrees at 7:30am coffee taste magnificent!!! Today I help the Red Cross. 

I truly believe you reap what you sow. In this day try a bit of kindness it goes a long way. 

Learn from those who can teach you and teach if you can someone kindness. 

So wishing you all well. Learn to love and learn to be kind we need this more than ever

The Strangers Story

I do a benefit for cancer every year this being the 20th year. I say this because this has taught me many thing among them is patience and kindness. 

Today while going to businesses to ask for donations and giving out flyers I saw an older gentleman sitting on a bench. As I pass I said hello And asked if he was ok. He asked “what do you have there?” I replied that it was for a benefit to raise monies for cancer. He asked if he could have one. I said absolutely. I handed him one and watched him read it place it on his lap and the look me straight in the eye and asked me if he could tell me a story. 

The story was this. He was in the service and going to war in Korea and he had a girl. They decided to get married before he left. They married in Philadelphia at what I assume was a Catholic Church a Saint Theresa of something – I didn’t hear. He described his brides dress as a suit thing “ya know with a jacket and buttons”.  He said that she had a corsage of white flowers and a Blue ribbon to match her outfit.  He wore his uniform and only their families and close friends went to the nuptials. 

Afterwards they went to the brides house for an nice meal “chicken stuffing mashed potatoes- all Home made!”.  They had a cake to he thinks her sister made it. “Wasn’t that good but she liked it.”  They talked laughed and they didn’t have a honeymoon. They stayed at the brides house until he was deployed. 

He was back in eighteen months-“or close enough ” and stayed with his in laws until they bought their house in the new Levittown Pennsylvania. They had five kids 2 girls 3 boys. “Everything was good!”  She like Bingo he liked sports. They raised their children who gave them grandchildren who gave him great grandchildren!  

“About three years ago she wasn’t feeling right”.  He stared off in the distance as if he was transported back to that day. “Went to the Doctor. You know them he did test sent her to another doctor who did more test and it came Back cancer. Woman’s cancer”.  

“She had surgery and they said it was really bad”.  From what I can tell she had some chemo but it was to far advanced. She died “just a little over a year later”.

He said he misses her horribly not that his kids dont love him “it’s just not the same”. Being a widow I understand completely. 

It was in all a little under an hour.  An hour that taught me that time isn’t money time is precious. That time He gave to me will remain in my heart forever. I thank you for teaching me kind sir and sharing your story with me. 

Cancer sucks and the stories I hear are hard but keep me wanting to do fund raising 

What Β life has given me

I'm tired of people saying how rough they have it. It's life. I'm not saying we all don't have rough patches that we think will never end and our hearts are broken but we are fortunate think about it really fortunate. 

We wake up. That's the first gift of the new day. We may have aches and pains we May not have enough money food or love but we are here to witness a new day. 

We are able to change what we chose to change. Something's are better left as they are so you don't hurt someone again but we all have things we can change. 

We have people who care about us. We may not like how they show us how they care but they do. 

So as I start this day there are people I miss. But I know weather we are separated by death by Miles or by small disagreements I love them and they love me. Life teaches me new things everyday and complaining about small or made up nonsense isn't the way to wake to the day. You don't have to say it out loud if you chose not to but say it to yourself "I will do something productive today". "My aches and pains are NOTHING compared to those suffering with life threatening illnesses ".  "I will not be negative it only makes my life miserable ".

And that my friend in a small little blog what life has given me today.