A memorable time for me and three of my grandchildren before I moved to another state was going to the zoo’s light show.
Every year the Zoo is decorated with millions of beautiful lights and hosts various festivities to celebrate the holiday season between Thanksgiving and Christmas.
I decided to take my grandchildren for an enjoyable time. It was our first time at this event. In spite of the cold we had a wonderful time. No one complained. It was a surreal time. When I think about that day I can still feel the peace and calm that we experienced on our adventure.
We made our way through the zoo enjoying the light show and the animals. I also took pictures to remember the outing but they didn’t come out well because it was night. In spite of the pictures not turning out I have a picture in my heart that will last a lifetime.
Do you have any memorable times hidden in your heart?
One of my very favorite vegetables to eat is yams. Writing about them makes me want to put aside this blog, head for the kitchen and cut some up as fries. I think I’ll hold off until another time and stick to blogging.
I prefer yams over white potatoes. My favorite way to eat them is as baked fries. I cut the yams up, toss them in healthy oil and bake them in the oven up to 25 minutes. They go really good with sautéed spinach or roasted asparagus. For me they are good with everything.
I also love pie made from yams. My Mother made the best pie. I can’t make a pie as good as she did and I haven’t found anyone that could.
The way I least like yams fixed is candied. Sugaring them up overpowers the wonderful sweet taste that is already built-in them. If you want something that sweet, eat a piece of Pecan pie. Yams are healthier when they are minimally altered.
Do you like yams? What’s your favorite way to eat them?
When I was a child the first instrument I encountered was a xylophone. It was an interesting strange-looking and sounding thing that had to be pounded with a stick that has a knob on the end. Ping, ping, plunk, plunk were the only sounds I could make. I didn’t have a clue what to do with the xylophone but I had fun banging on it.
In the years since I’ve heard beautiful music created by skilled musicians that changed what I thought about the xylophone.
When my children where little I bought them a xylophone.I went through the ping, ping, and plunk, plunk with them. I would join in with them and we made a lot of noise and had a fun doing it.
I never learned to make beautiful music on the xylophone but I had fun making plenty noise.
Have you ever had the opportunity to make beautiful music?
Since I was a little girl I wanted to be a writer. I wanted to write Children’s books, poetry, songs, magazine articles and recipe books.
Fear has been the major culprit in keeping me from fulfilling my dream. Every time I’d start thinking about moving forward fear whispered “you don’t know how to do that”. Where would you start? How do you know what kids want to read? Who would know that is a song let alone want to sing it. A magazine article? Yeah right. You have to cook all the recipes to write a recipe book plus there are many recipe books out there already. Many excuses swirling around in my head. Away went the pencil and paper.
Someone told me to start to journal. I bought a journal (many over the years) but never completed any. I read what I’d written. I laughed at myself and come to the conclusion that I must be nuts. I sounded like I was whining about some issue or another. Embarrassment would arise and I’d rip those pages out so no one could read them.
Though my fears kept me from working to accomplish my goal I have written a few things. I kept them to myself until I started blogging.I didn’t want anyone to say negative things and hurt my feelings. I’m getting bolder and I’ve decided that anything negative will be turned around as a positive to propel me forward to accomplish what I’ve always known I’m suppose to do.
What do you need to get over to move into what you know you are to do?
On my bucket list is a dream vacation.
My vacation destinations are: England, France, Switzerland, Italy and Israel.
Overall I want to sight-see and take plenty pictures. Some of the pictures will be used to create beautiful watercolor paintings.
In England I want to shop at Harrah’s and eat fish and chips. In France I want to buy French perfume and eat their delicacies. I plan on buying a Swiss Made watch and chocolates in Switzerland. Riding in a gondola and having a cobbler create me a beautiful pair of shoes are my plans for Italy. I want to visit every place possible and do all I can in Israel.
I would also like to take a cooking class in France or Italy and go on a painting excursion.
I would love to be able to stay a long time in the different countries partaking in all the goodies.
Do you have a favorite vacation spot?
Yesterday I answered questions about organization. When I added my score I found out I was in better shape than I thought I was. Though my score said one thing what I see in my home is another. I see mail, magazines and a few other things lying around. One issue is that I’m gone more than I’m home. Because I’m gone a lot these items keep piling up. I don’t get to read my magazines. Some mail I need to pitch in the trash as soon as I get it.
Maybe I also need to get an uncluttered life. I probably don’t need to be gone as much as I am. My home could get uncluttered if I’d spend more time here. Here’s another area to work on.
I can help others get uncluttered but I have a hard time helping myself. I need to hire someone to help me. But then I need to stay home long enough to get the assistance.
When all is said and done I want an uncluttered mind, life, house and car.
What needs to be uncluttered in your life?
Some times in our lives we have things coming at us from all directions. It’s like the things are on a timer and no sooner we get one thing cleared up another issue is up in our face. Welcome to:
When things in your past
Seem so far away
Then up in your face
There they are one day
What do you have?
When moving along and
All things seem right
Then everything turns
From day to-night
What do you have?
When dreams were shattered
A long time ago
And you forgave the ones you know
Hurt you deeply
Broke your heart
Ripped and tore
Your insides apart
Life’s going great and on the mend
The healing process is over
The horrible treatment end
Years have passed;
Time gone by
All of a sudden
Much to your surprise
The ugly head of your past did arise
What do you have?