Friday, December 24, 2010

This House Believes!

This household BELIEVES in the magic of Christmas!



Wishing all of you, little ones, a very Merry Christmas!! I hope you make some glorious memories this year!!!!!

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Giving Thanks

I am thankful for the love of a wonderful family, a free country to live in and be proud of and those that help keep it such, a warm house on a cold night, a good book anytime, good food to cook and enjoy, and the glorious beauty Mother Nature shares with us all.

Take the time, little ones, to give thanks for all the good in your life, and for the bad...for without the bad, how could we revel in the good?

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

The Golden Hues of Fall

I've been in Cody a month now, helping my mother recover from surgery (she's doing great, thank you), and while I've been here I've made a few trips to my favorite places to take fall photos. We took a drive up South Fork (truly my favorite place on this earth) and the colors were brilliant!






(All photos copyright 2010 ~DKBB~)

There are more photos in my "Around Cody - Fall 2010" Picasa album, should you wish to view them. Enjoy the pretty, little ones!

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

And Now For Something New!

I started another blog, in honor of my Grandad and his wonderful sense of humor: A Revoltin' Development. I will post to it every Tuesday (at least that's my goal), so be sure to check it every week! It is linked on my sidebar as well as in this post.

Cherish your grandparents, little ones, for they leave you all too soon. But the memories they leave behind are truly priceless....

Monday, September 06, 2010

Unexpected Beauty


(Copyright 2010 ~DKBB~)

I've been watching these beasts since mid summer slowly taking over portions of my garden and flower beds. At first I was a bit taken aback by them, but over time they have won me over. Their beauty is inarguable, and their architectural ability is astounding. And the fact that they capture and consume grasshoppers only makes me like them even more (because I *hate* grasshoppers). They are golden garden spiders, and they have decorated my yard with their beautiful webs and their rather beautiful selves.

Be open to the unexpected beauty around you, little ones, even when it makes you go "eewwww!"

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Can You Feel It In the Air?!



Fall...it's out there just around the corner! While we struggle through the final dog days of summer, take heart in the fact that Fall is on the horizon. Cooler days and nights will find their way to us once again. The air will fill with the sounds of schoolyards full of children, football fields full of players, the local college once again alive with students. The mums will blossom with their fall colors, the leaves will turn brilliant before falling in piles on the yards. All that is Fall will happen once again.

So, little ones, find a way to stay cool for the next few weeks, and dream of Fall....it WILL come once again. ;)

Sunday, August 01, 2010

And So They Grow....

Time marches on and little ones grow up before your eyes. My grandson is now two and a half, and has finally graduated to a "big boy" bed. That means that when he comes to visit Gammie and Gampy, he won't be sleepin' in the crib anymore. So, we gave the crib to our next door neighbors who are expecting a grandchild this month. It felt right to give them the crib and changing table, but it made my heart just a little sad.

My sweet little guy is growing up...talking all the time...even asking his folks to call us or Skype with us now, which is truly wonderful! But I must admit, I do miss my cuddly little guy just a tich. I know that it won't be all that long before Gammie hugs aren't all that welcome. So for now, I'm gonna keep huggin' him all I can, and resign myself to the fact that he's gonna keep growin' up, whether I like it or not.

Give the growing ones in your life love, hugs, and plenty of room to grow, little ones. And get the "big boy" bed ready...they'll need it before you know it!

Sunday, July 04, 2010

Happy 4th of July!!!


In amongst the day's parades, rodeos, BBQs, reunions, and fun take some time, little ones, to reflect on the freedoms we share and those that have and do lay down their lives for those freedoms.




We are blessed and damn lucky to live in the good ol' USA, little ones. Happy Independence Day!
(As usual, photos copyright 2010 ~DKBB~)

Friday, June 25, 2010

World Cup ROCKS!

I love the World Cup...soccer is one of my favorite sports, and the World Cup is always a total joy to watch. This time around the USA is actually doing a decent job. After Donovan's golden goal in their match with Algeria, the US fans went crazy, as evidenced by this totally awesome video put together by Robby Donoho, an avid soccer fan from Purdue University. Thanks for this, Robby...it's an awesome tribute to a great victory:



If you want to watch truly gorgeous, talented athletes at the very top of their game, little ones, tune in to the World Cup. Every game is poetry in motion! And unlike most American sports, the "world's best" at the World Cup truly ARE the world's BEST!!!!!

Monday, June 14, 2010

Filling the Time

Once I decided to make some changes in my life and get a bit healthier, I had to figure out what the heck to do while I watched TV. For decades my action of choice while watching TV has been to eat, constantly. Well, I wanted to stop doing that completely, so I had to find *something* to do with my hands when I watched TV. I came up with two things...one is to play Nintendo DS games (usually word games) while I watch TV, and the other is to cross stitch. I love to cross stitch...it's rather like coloring for grownups. Here's what's kept me outa the food since January:




These are all small pieces (2" to 3") meant to be used for scrapbooking or giftwrap decoration. I'll likely sell 'em at a craft fair in the fall (or at least try to).

With World Cup games to watch for the next few weeks, I'm gonna tackle a bigger piece for a while...wish me luck!

Fill your time wisely, little ones....

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Cup o' tea, gov'nr?

I *love* technology! Thanks to computers, webcams, and Skype, I can talk to my little grandson "face to face" now! Last night we talked to him and his folks, and he and I had a tea party, put a puzzle together, got terrorized by plastic snakes, played with Mr. Potato Head, and shared lots of kisses.

Every Skype visit with my grandson is bliss...the distance between us (500+ miles) literally disappears and we are together again for a short period of time.

When he was tiny and still lived where I do, I had the honor of babysitting him a few days a week while his folks were in classes at the local college. I thought my heart would break when they moved across the state, but with periodic trips to see them, and the instant gratification of Skype, I'm surviving. In fact, I'm thriving.

I want to be in my little guy's life for a long, long time, so I finally made the changes in life I've needed to for years. I exercise a LOT more and eat WAY smarter (and less). I'm losing weight, I'm able to do more, I'm happier, and my blood pressure is way down. All thanks to my sweet little grandson...and technology that allows me to actually see him and talk to him face to face, no matter how far apart we may ever be.

Use technology to enhance your lives, little ones....and have a spot o' tea with the ones you love, no matter how far away they may be.

Monday, April 12, 2010

Renewal

Spring is like the "reset" for nature...all the detritus of the winter is cleared away and the earth starts to sing once again, filling the dull grays and browns with greens and vibrant colors. As the trees and lawns wake up and the flowers start poking up out of the soil, I too feel a sense of re-awakening and renewal...I turn my face to the sun and welcome the fresh, new day.

And to celebrate that new found sense of renewal, I'm heading out this week on a short adventure with my dearest old friend to reconnect, rest, and rejuvenate. We will spend a few days in Estes Park, CO...enjoying one another's company, hiking, taking photos, and just being...in the mountains.

We all need to do that now and again...get away from the stresses, pressures, and even just the daily routine of our lives...recharge and renew our batteries, as it were.

So, little ones, take the time in this bright new Spring to renew...go to place of beauty (for me, that is anywhere in the mountains), and just let it all fall away...reset, refresh, recharge...you'll be ready to take on the world!

Thursday, February 18, 2010

It's Not Just Toyotas, Folks....

Toyota has themselves a heck of a mess going on right now, don't they? Seems every day you hear of another model of Toyota either being recalled or "researched for safety issues."

Imagine my surprise when I received a recall notice for the "sticking gas pedal" issue for my 2009 Pontiac Vibe! Seems the Vibe was a "joint venture between GM and Toyota." It may say it's a Pontiac Vibe on the vehicle, but it's really a Toyota.

My little red beast is, as I type this, at the local used-to-be-Pontiac-is-still-Chevrolet dealer having the "sticking gas pedal" fix installed (that's Pontiac Recall No. 10018, if you're interested).

So, while you think you have dodged a bullet by not driving one of those recalled Toyotas, you might be mistaken. Watch your mail for recall notices, little ones. ☺

UPDATE: I left out the best part of this mess...when I picked up my newly fixed car, the driver's side floormat was gone. I asked where it was and was told, "Well, since there's a recall issue with the driver's floormat, we had to follow Toyota's directions. We removed it and put it in the trunk." Well, there's a high-tech fix for ya....

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

The Joy of Competition

I love the Winter Olympics...the dancing-on-the-razor's-edge aspect of most of the sporting events...the seemingly reckless abandon of the athletes. It's one big adrenaline rush!

It's a bit of an oxymoron, though, isn't it? While hundreds of the top athletes from around the world converge on Vancouver and show us what they've got, we all become champion couch potatoes and watch them 24/7. We are inspired by amazing feats of athletes we've never heard of before from countries we may only be vaguely aware of. We cheer them on, groan and ache for them when it goes wrong (RIP Nodar Kumaritashvili), and all-in-all enjoy the heck outa their hard work and dedication.

Once the games end, we need to all get off our couches and go outside...allow ourselves to be inspired by the athletes we watched for two weeks...and get moving!

So, little ones, for now settle in and enjoy the Winter Olympics and all it has to offer. But come March 1, you'd best be getting on those walking shoes and moving!

Saturday, February 06, 2010

Change is possible....

If there's something in your life that you are not happy with, little ones, you can complain about it, fret about it, let it overwhelm you...or, you can start taking steps to change it.

I have been obese for decades, and what started out as a resolution for me (which I usually don't make and rarely keep when I do make 'em), has slowly started becoming a way of life. Daily exercise and eating smarter and healthier were my New Year's resolutions...and one month later both are actually becoming habits. They say if you do something for 3 weeks, it will become habit and you'll be more likely to stick with it. Well, I've been exercising and eating less for a month now, and though there are times I'm tempted to eat a ton, I've resisted. And I am finding that I must exercise at least a little every day or I just don't feel right.

As part of my efforts to change, I am using Wii Fit (an awesomely fun way to exercise), taking a Tai Chi class (and I'm finding Tai Chi a great way to start and end my day), doing water aerobics, riding the elliptical (when I remember, that is), and doing my usual daily walks with Sprocket.

Movin' my ample @ss instead of sitting on it so much, and putting less food (and smarter food choices) in my face is helping me change...a lot. I am changing my health, my weight, my stamina, and my outlook.

Yes, little ones, change is possible. So instead of sitting there and bitchin', get up and start moving toward making the changes you want to see in your life. As Nike so aptly puts it, JUST DO IT!

Tuesday, January 05, 2010

A Fresh Start

A new year, a new decade...a new chance to get it right.

When you begin writing 2010 on your checks, you know it's time to turn the page. Time to shake off the vestiges of the holidays (and holiday excess) and move forward with renewed vigor and determination. Resolutions be damned, it's time to make some changes.

I always enter into January a bit depressed...the holidays (my favorite time of the year) are over, the company (this year it was AA&T) has gone home, the decorations are taken down and put away (well, the indoor ones...the outdoor ones are still buried in snow and/or frozen to the ground...might not get them taken down till spring with the winter we are having). But by the end of the first week of the new year, I am usually starting to get back to normal (well, as "normal" as I ever get).

Every January I start out so optimistic, with plans to increase my exercise, decrease my food intake, and all in all live a healthier lifestyle. True to form, that's where I'm at right now...it is my fervent hope I can actually stick to it this time (as it is every year), but I'm not setting any goals or deadlines (those always trip me up)...I'm just gonna work at it and hope for the best.

So, little ones, here's to fresh starts, new changes and challenges, and always new adventures!