Walking through the ruins with my husband I was in awe of the peacefulness there. I couldn’t get enough shots of them with my camera. I was still learning how to use all of the settings. What a good time I was having with each picture I took. Hubby chuckled at me saying I was just taking the same images over and over.
Gary just thought the disposable instant camera he clung to was sufficient to record our day. I hated to say it, but I told him he was using a cheater camera that didn’t require any talent. LOL Gary was usually such an easy person to get along with, but for some reason this day he just had one complaint after another. Too many pictures, it’s dark inside of here, I am ready to leave, when is lunch?
Trying to explain how the light in each of my shots was different due to the tunnels and the reflection of the water proved to be an exercise in futility. He just didn’t get it. Have you ever wondered if someone doesn’t get it, or if they don’t want to get it? I was beginning to think I should have gone on my little photo shoot alone.
We finally rounded the last corner of the ruins. It was certainly a breathtaking site. I looked at the love of my life and he had a look of pure mischief about him. I looked back at the ruins and before I was a lovely little table set with china and crystal and the most scrumptious looking luncheon. What a wonderful surprise.
As we sat down to enjoy our meal, he confided in me that he thought that I was taking so long taking pictures that our lunch was going to be spoiled.
I miss this man every day. I lost him suddenly on August 16th, 2016. He was good and kind and…ok just a bit annoying and could drive me crazy, but we knew we had each other’s back and I thank God every day for him being in my life.
I am not much of a star gazer, but I do appreciate the beauty of the lighted night sky. I don’t have the ability to actually see the definition of even the Big Dipper as my depth perception is somewhat distorted. I don’t really know if that has anything to do with it, or if my mind just can’t see the vague outlines of stars creating a picture.
At any rate I discovered a Constellation I can wrap my head around and thoroughly enjoy. When I was researching cocktail recipes few years ago for a social event, I found this recipe for a Constellation.
1/2 oz of Advocaat Liqueur 1/2 oz of Cherry Advocaat Liqueur (or blackcurrant flavored liqueur) 1/2 oz of Butterscotch Schnapps 1 dash of Blue Curacao Liqueur
Pour both normal advokaat and cherry advokaat in shot glass at same time, beside each other. Add butterscotch schnappes. Then add dash of blue curacao. There should be no set layers, it should be a mix of colors.
Today is for reflecting on the past year and planning for the new year. For remembering the good times and the not so good times, family and friends lost and those that remain, for honestly assessing the choices we made and the outcomes those choices merited, and deciding if we want to repeat them or change them. If we are brutally honest with ourselves, we know that we go through life repeating the same choices over and over and over again with the same outcomes as a result. But still each year we come up with our ideas of what will make us better. Our New Years’ Resolutions.
I have come up with a few for myself this year. They are:
Take care of my soul, mind and body.
Treat everyone with respect and kindness.
Work hard and always do my best.
Develop more patience with others and myself.
Remember to do what I love.
I know that I am destined to fail at times, I am human, but instead of those lofty resolutions of my youth, I just want to be the child of God He wants me to be.
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