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Wordless Wednesday





Vacation musings in Lavalette

The one thing I cherish most at the beach, besides making memories with my family, is the sunrise walks I take alone in the morning.  It is the most rejuvenating thing I do every day I can when I am on vacation. 

Anyone who knows me will tell you that I hate sand, but I sure love to look at it and it makes for a great back drop to the sunrise every morning. 

One of my favorite places to go is the Lavalette Boardwalk.  It is just a peaceful oasis for me.  I get to run, it’s flat, the people are so very nice there and the view is just beautiful.

Spending time at the boardwalk allows me to take the time to think, review the past year, create goals, thank God for his Mercy and Blessings, let go of anything useless to my life.  It is a cleansing of sorts, sweat out through running and the heat of the sun on my face. 

This year, I was focusing on one day having a house of my own in Lavalette, when a band of fireflies joined me in my celebration run. It was so cool to have them flying overhead, almost as if in agreeance with me that I did, indeed belong to the community already.  

I know they are hard to see, but they are there if you look closely!

So I went with the idea (sounded good to me) that I did already have a house in Lavalette.  How would I act to those around me? How would it feel?  

It felt free. It felt fun.  How would I act if I lived there?  I would want to make those living there and visiting there feel welcome and want to come back again or stay longer.  So I pretended. It was fun. “Good Morning!” I chanted to anyone who would listen.   Most chimed right in… “morning!”  They would say as we passed going one way.  “Have a great day!” I would recant as they passed me once again.  It was a joy.  At best, it was great practice to be a future resident of Lavalette.  At worst, it made for a happy run. Either way, I came out a winner.

Loudly yours,



Five Question Friday 7/6/12

1. Is love at 1st sight possible?

I think it is possible, but seeing and living are 2 different things. You could love what you see, but not what you’d would have to live with. I think there are cases where, yes, it might happen, like finding a soul mate, but I think it is not very often.

2. How did you choose your pet’s name?
I have four birds. Nessa, Sam, Luke, and Bruiser. Nessa was named for the disabled witch from Wicked since I love that show and she was the smallest, Sam since we were not sure if he was a boy or girl (still really don’t know) Luke, short for Alucard, (Dracula backwards…named by my 2nd Son) and Bruiser since we found him through my neighbor, who spotted him in a tree! He was the biggest, hence Bruiser, (also the name if the dog from one of my favorite movies, Legally Blonde)

3. What are you considering giving up (cable, home phone)?

We have considered the cable, but since it is bundled with the phone and the computer, it would be kind of hard to give up!

4. How much do you pay your babysitter?

I thankfully do not have to pay one often, but when I do, it is usually based per hour, per child, rounded up, depending on the age. The older the sitter, the more $$. So if a 15 yr old is sitting with 3 children, I would pay them $5 per kid, per hour. So for 2 hrs, $30.

5. How “young” is old enough to babysit?

Depends on the maturity of the sitter and age.

3 things I am grateful for this week….
Nice weather on vacation
Good Family Memories
Alone time with sunrises and morning runs on the Lavalette boards

Five Question Friday! 3/23/12

1. If you were free to just hop in the car and drive, where would you go? Or, if you could hop a plane and go anywhere, where?
Hop in the car and drive?  I would drive to the Outer Banks, or High Point, NJ or Bushkill Falls, PA or to Frenchtown, NJ  to see Two Buttons, the place owned by the Author of Eat, Pray, Love, Elizabeth Gilbert.
Hop a plane?  Ecuador, the Galapagos, Cancun, Costa Rica, Hawaii, Machu Pichu, Peru.  I miss Ecuador very much.

2. What’s your most recently read favorite book?
The Medium Next Door…very cool read.  It’s about the adventures of a Medium in the Boston, Mass area.

3. What’s your favorite Spring Break memory?
I never remember going anywhere outlandish for Spring Break because I was usually working, but as a parent, I loved our family trip to Washington, DC, when we rented a van, headed down and had a great time seeing the sites, the Cherry Blossoms,
the armed guards (they were huge) and the company of our extended family in the DC area.

4. What do you put in your child’s Easter basket? Or, for those w/o kids, what was put in your childhood basket?
Candy, colored eggs, peeps, jelly beans, chocolate….the standard.  Once we put jello eggs and this year, I might do the rice crispy eggs, since they look so cool.  I usually also include a movie they want to see and after church is over we all sit down to watch the movie they got.  Good fun.

5. Do you get a summer haircut?
Maybe a summer trim, but I do like playing around with the styles you can have fun with when you have long hair.  I like knotting it and trying out new looks.  Anything I can copy. 🙂
Loudly yours,