Thursday, May 17, 2018

Thursday hint from God

I have been having a very "down" week.  It seems that all the negatives have been coming to the surface and invading my thoughts.  Try as I might, I haven't been able to put them away and see the positives in life.  So this morning when I saw this on facebook, I realized that God was trying to send me a little hint to hang in there.  He's working on it for me.

Update:  Just a few hours after I posted this, my neighbor came over and brought me a small bouquet of daffodils that had sprung up in her yard.  She thought they would brighten my day.  It just made me believe even more strongly that God is working on things for me.
God's hint thru my neighbor's gift

Saturday, May 12, 2018

Mother's Day 2018

Mom and me

I love lists!  This is something my mom taught me.  She loved lists too!  I grew up finding lists everywhere...on tables, hanging on the refrigerator, sticky note on the bathroom mirror as well as in my purse, on my bedroom mirror and in the pocket of my coat.  So whenever I can make a list, I do. It organizes my thoughts, keeps me on task and gives me a good feeling when I read it.

So in honor of Mother's Day, here is my list of what I learned from my mom about motherhood.

1.   Say "I love you" everyday.
2.   "let it go, let it go" (a mother's mantra)
3.   Let them know that you are there for them no matter what.
4.   Being disappointed in them is a better punishment than a spanking
5.   Let them know they can tell you anything, good or bad or weird or graphic
6.   Motherhood is a lifelong & beyond commitment.
7.   Make home a place they will always want to come back to.
8.   Motherhood is the toughest job and worth every moment.
9.   No matter how old your children are, they are still your babies.
10. Our greatest accomplishments are our children.

 “The loveliest masterpiece of the heart of God is the heart of a mother.”-Saint Therese of Lisieux.

Me and Eric

Me and AJ

Monday, May 7, 2018

What a way to start the week!

What ever happened to customer service?

It's amazing to me how many people who work in the services business (be it retail, restaurants, repairs, etc.) find it difficult to be pleasant and courteous to a customer.  It also doesn't seem to matter whether it is in person or on the phone.  How many times have you been in a store and tried to find someone to wait on you only to be told, "that is not my department" or "I will find someone to help you" and then you never see them again?  Have you been ignored because they assume you are just looking and don't intend to buy or that you do not look like you can afford to buy what they are selling?  Then there are those who take your order in a restaurant and once you have your food, they are nowhere to be found.  Trying to get your check sometimes takes longer than getting the food.  On the phone, You need to play push button tag to get where you want to be and even then no one can answer your question or you get an answering machine, leave a message and no one bothers to call you back.  Then there is that wonderful tone in their voice when they do speak to you that gives you the impression that you are bothering them. 

I am a customer!  I want to give you money!  That alone should make these people treat you courteously but it does not.  They obviously have so much business that they do not need ours. 

Let me remind those people that the best advertising for a business is "word-of-mouth".  Remember that bad reviews can be just as important to a business as good reviews.

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Happy May Day 2018

The snow is melting away!  The temperatures have been in the 60s and 70s!  The birds, squirrels and chipmunks are running around!  Spring has officially come to the Upper Peninsula!  And to make it even more official...I put away my snow boots yesterday!  Ta Dah!!

Monday, April 30, 2018

After 4 years in Retirement, What I Have Learned.

I have been retired from teaching for 4 years now and in that time, I have learned some interesting things.

1.  It is not necessary to be busy every day.  It is okay to have a "do nothing" day.

2.  Mornings are much better when you do not have to rush.

3.  It is not necessary to be rich to retire, being comfortable is good.

4.  Friends from work come and go but true ones are still there after you retire.

5.  Marriage can survive retirement when you learn to let the petty things go.

6.  I have not caught a cold once since retiring from teaching (go figure).

7.  When both spouses are retired, life is easier when you have shared activities as well as separate ones.

8.  I still get asked, "So how do you like being retired?" and "It must be nice to have nothing to do every day."

9.  After retiring from teaching, there are many things I do not miss.  What I do miss the most are the students and their families.

10.  I have earned each & every day of my retirement after working for more than 45 years.

Saturday, April 21, 2018

Earth Day 2018

In honor of Earth Day, I could post a lot about how we are caretakers of the Earth.  I could post about how we should use the 3 R's: Recycle, Reuse, and Reduce.  I could post about being aware of climate change, global warming, pollution in the air, water and land.  I could post a lot of facts and data to help some become aware of what we have done to the Earth in the past, what we should do in the future and what we can do right now.  I could post all that.  Instead I will just post a picture from where I live.

taken at the Keweenaw Peninsula in Upper Michigan in April, 2018
These are the Northern Lights, the Aurora Borealis, and because of skies which are not polluted, I can view this amazing and awe inspiring performance of nature.  This is why we celebrate Earth Day and make it our responsibility to take care of this planet.

                                                                    Happy Earth Day!!!