Daily Prompt: Rhyme
Since my return from Florida a week ago Saturday, I have been at my daughter’s home. My three grandchildren started school this week and I had not seen them all summer so they wanted me to stay with them until school started. I have really enjoyed being here with them, but I have to tell you, three kids 9, 11, and 13 can be exhausting. Especially when you are with them 24/7. Now I understand why God gives you children when you are young and foolish. 🙂
They are sweet kids. But, there is no rhyme or reason why they can go from happy and getting along to miserable and fighting in no time at all. It’s mind boggling. I don’t remember my kids doing that. Then I remember that between my first two there are 10 years. So, by the time the next two came along I had a built in nanny. I also worked the whole time my kids were growing up. It was necessary and to be honest, I would have worked anyway. I loved what I did.
I also loved being a mom. I just loved it in small increments. I can remember one time my youngest daughter said to me, “Why can’t you be a regular mother?” She was basing my type of motherhood on her best friend’s mother who was a stay at home mom who could be the homeroom mother at school and go on field trips with them.
I did go through episodes of guilt at times. But to be honest, if I had been home 24/7 I would have been a terrible mom. I needed to work. It kept me sane. It gave me perspective.
My kids get it now. Truth be told, they got it then too. I can remember one time when I was out of work for a longer period of time than my usual vacation, I heard them talking upstairs saying they couldn’t wait until I went back to work. They were not too happy about how I solved their boredom. I could always find a chore for them to do. 🙂
So probably tomorrow I will finally be home. I am looking forward to getting things at home back on track, and to be able to enjoy my blogging again.
1. If someone were visiting my area, I would recommend a visit to the North Carolina Aquarium. It is not real big, but it is a wonderful aquarium. They are part of the rescue system in North Carolina. The aquarium is located at Fort Fisher right on the water.
2. My favorite room in my home is my quilting room. It’s where I create my art in the form of quilts. I spend hours a day in that room. Of all the things and rooms I have in my home, this is one I could not do without.
3. Back-to-school time makes me think of when I was a child shopping for school supplies and clothes and also when my children were in school getting them ready for school. We would make a day of it to shop then have lunch then shop some more. It was great fun.
4. My favorite year of school was 5th grade because my best friend and I were chosen to help the Sisters at the convent at my school. It was a special honor that not everyone was given. I even went to the convent on Saturdays sometimes. Those Sisters were so good to me and I believe because of them I was able to survive my alcoholic mother’s abuse. I will never forget them and the support and love they gave to me.
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These roses are in the Mary, Queen of the Universe Shrine’s Rosary garden. They were at the end of blooming but I just love the shades of pink.
One Liner Wednesday
The Ibis coasted to his post to keep watch over his domain as the rest of the flock landed on the shore of the pond.
Daily Prompt: Unfurl
Durning the summer when we celebrate our independence on the 4th of July, I often think of the many men who gave so much for us to be free. I also wonder what it was like the first time our flag was unfurled and the feelings it evoked. I can only imagine the feelings of relief that the struggle was over and the pride in a country that was new and had so much history to be written.
In the beginning, God played a large part of our lives and Christian beliefs fed our Constitution and laws. This country was blessed with many natural resources which gave way to industry and wealth. As in all countries, our road to freedom for all has not always been easy or paved evenly across all of our citizens. Race, religion, ethnicity have been sources of prejudice during our struggle to become a leading nation in the world. Our treatment of Native Americans was atrocious. Slavery was evil.
Today things are far from how they should be. Sadly prejudice remains. We still have poor in our country. We have veterans who do without after risking everything for our continued freedom. God is being placed in the background of our governments, schools, and neighborhoods. Abuse of natural resources continues. Rudeness, selfishness, and disregard for the property of others are the norm. Our elderly can barely exist on social security that has been raped by politicians in the past and the new word for it has become an entitlement. Big business continues to rip off the American public. This saddens me.
Our country needs to come together. It needs to stop the waste of money over politics. It needs to take care of the citizens who elected our leaders. The worst waste of money in recent history is the nonsense going on in our government fighting the election of President Trump. He won. Move on and stop this outrageous spending to prove otherwise. In four years there will be another election. I believe our congressmen and senators would be less anxious to spend our money if they received the same benefits as we do in insurance and retirement and didn’t have the luxury of voting themselves a raise each year.
The worst invention in our recent past is cable TV which has opened the door to 24 hours a day news programming. Unfortunately, to fill the time news is created and defined for us rather than reported. So much for journalistic integrity.
If we wish to remain a leader in the world, we need to act like a leader. We need to remain the USA and not an off shoot of other countries. We need to expect and demand assimilation to our country, not force our citizenship to assimilate to immigrants ways. Never in history has this been the way immigration has been handled. Immigrants were welcomed legally with a specific set of requirements. In my mind, this is not an unreasonable requirement.
When the Stars and Stripes are unfurled and hoisted up the flagpole it is a symbol of the United States. It is what we pledge our allegiance to under God. It is my home and I am tired of people showing it disrespect.
Thursday Doors – August 17, 2017
Today I am sharing the doors of Cinderella’s Castle at Magic Kingdom in Disney World in Orlando, FL. I was there the other day and thought this would be a good Thursday Doors entry. I haven’t seen many doors while in Florida that were worthy of taking a photo of.
I really love this one. The murals are really pretty.
Daily Prompt: Grainy
When my grandmother died I found a large box of pictures. It was so sad to me because most of the pictures were grainy and I couldn’t tell who was in the pictures. What a shame that part of my history was lost as most of them, I am sure were old family pictures.
When Mom(I called my grandmother Mom) was alive, we did go through some pictures she had kept willy-nilly in a box and of course, there was nothing written on the back of them to identify who was in them. I am so grateful that we took the time to go through that box of pictures then. Even she had trouble remembering some of the people from her past.
In an age when pictures are taken so often to memorialize events, it is a shame that we don’t take the time to make notations about the subject matter and the date taken. Today we are fortunate enough to have digital photography. The benefit of it is that we don’t have to have the film developed. But, we become even laxer about notations on our photos.
I have already taken pictures of my grandchildren and if I do not upload them to my computer in individual files I lose details about the events. I have been working really hard to correct this. For one thing, I have set my camera to keep the date for each photo but not put it on the photo itself. I have found this to be a great help. Then I just rename the file on my computer to whatever the event was. It works for me.
I realize that many of you out in Blogsville already knew this, but since I have just figured it out I thought maybe someone else was having the same issue.
Saw this pretty shrub on my morning walk. Took it with my iPhone.
Weekly Photo Challenge: Ooh Shiny!
My shiny is Churches, specifically stained glass windows. Here are the windows from Holy Cross Catholic Church in Orlando Florida. Enjoy.