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Zen to Zany

“We have SUCH a good life.”

My husband and I say this to each other several times a week. Things will never be perfect, and we irritate each other greatly from time to time, but mostly, things are GOOD.

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I spent a wonderful time typing to our son via a chat program. He’s across the world from us, doing his own thing, with a good friend and his wife, living and working in a way I really have difficulty getting my head around.

He used to be like me, nervous about traveling and all the details associated with it. Now he travels at the drop of a hat, arranges for Uber to take him where he needs to go otherwise, staying in AirBnB’s for one night, two weeks, a month, then picking up and moving elsewhere. He has computer clients in the U.S. and he and his partners work freelance.

He takes both Mandarin and Thai lessons, wanting to be able to speak to people where he is. He’s making good progress, though he always feels he still speaks ‘baby language,’  he can understand and many times respond now in their language. He can also write in the languages. He doesn’t do this for job opportunities. He does this out of respect for the country and its people.

I talked with him this morning about dreaming of winning the lottery. He said, “It would be great to win the lottery. but we’d have to figure out how to help a lot of people with the money so the money didn’t make us sick. Winning the lottery doesn’t tend to make people happy.  ‘Cuz that’s not where happiness comes from.”

 He also said, “I want to make you guys proud helping good people, and live up to my own standards.”
I told him I was starting a list of charities who actually used most of the money collected to help the people. He immediately came up with two – “Watsi” and “Givewell,” – saying he gives $1000/month to Watsi, “a good group.”
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I have to tell you I already feel we have won the lottery – OUR SON.  I feel lucky to know him.

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Hope

Sheryl Crow via Lisa Bearnes Richey

 

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Bubbles

ThisHappyMom.com

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Don’t

Journey to Happiness via Cathy Ruggiero

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Broken

Zen to Zany

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Key

Franz Kafka via Rantings of a Bibliophile via Cathy Ruggiero

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Changing the World

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August 8, 2017 · 4:20 pm

Breathe

Dele Olanubi via Lisa Bearnes Richey

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Idea

Linda Meyers – Begin with Yes

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Be the Reason

Begin with Yes

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Dancing in the Rain!

Free Spirited via Cathy Ruggiero

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Moments

Anita – Zen to Zany – via Cathy Ruggiero

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Life is Like That

Zen to Zany via Carol Auclair Daly-Art by Anita Opper

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Be

The Daily Kitty via Cathy Ruggiero

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Good Thing to Remember

Awakening People via Tim McGraw via Cathy Ruggiero

 

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Most of the Time…

Zen to Zany via Cathy Ruggiero

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Life is Simple

Zen to Zany

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Embracing

Elizabeth Gilbert via Corliss Barnes Darnell

I’ve decided to stop feeling guilty.

  • Guilty about eating too much
  • guilty about eating things not on my diet
  • guilty about not losing weight
  • guilty about not doing yoga and my elliptical
  • guilty about not getting a much done each day as I want….

The list goes on and on and to be honest, I’m sick of it.

I can come up with endless excuses – in fact, I could teach a course on it. I’m very creative, too; coming up with more and more as the time allows, rather than putting my head down and doing better.

But I’m sick of coming up with excuses, too.

Right now “doing the best I can with the energy I have and the willpower I haven’t” will have to be good enough. Life is too short to agonize over every bite I put in my mouth, or how my to-do list is getting longer, rather than shorter. So what!

I’m going to TRY to ’embrace the glorious mess that I am’ and give myself a BREAK.

That’s not to say that once I incorporate the new labor-intensive focus of raising our lab to be a polite member of our family into my lifestyle that I won’t TRY to do better – but for right now, what I can do is ENOUGH.

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Swing

Doe Zantamata via Zen to Zany via Cathy Ruggiero

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Do Your Little Bit

Desmond Tutu via Lisa Bearnes Richey

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Camera

Chrissie Anderson Peters

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Happy Fathers Day 2017

The Joseph Firm PA

“My father used to play with my brother and me in the yard. Mother would come out and say, “You’re tearing up the grass.” “We’re not raising grass,” Dad would reply. “We’re raising boys.” ~Harmon Killebrew

 

 

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“A truly rich man is one whose children run into his arms when his hands are empty.” ~Author Unknown

 

 

Social Work Helper

“When a father gives to his son, both laugh; when a son gives to his father, both cry.” ~  William Shakespeare

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Most Beautiful

Lisa Bearnes Richey

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I Think…

Zen to Zany

I laughed aloud when I saw this picture.

My husband and I got used to sleeping when we could, wandering around when we couldn’t, reading for another hour, then sleeping in, or taking a nap.

Then came Amber.

 

Amber at 3 months

Amber is a 3 month old yellow Labrador retriever. We adopted her at 10 weeks old, a month ago tomorrow.  And what a whirlwind of a month we’ve had!

Now our lives revolve on when Amber was last out. We take her out for at least a short walk every two hours from 7:30 in the morning until about 11:00 at night. If we’re not walking her, we make a point of going out to the porch to cuddle, play, talk, as well as check her water dish. (She’s definitely a water dog. We fill the bowl half full, and then she cannot seem to stand it until she gets at least one paw in it. She drinks it, plays in it, splashes it all over the floor. We’re hoping that she’ll learn that when she does this, she might have to go for a bit where the bowl is empty. (Not long, but we’re hoping long enough to get her attention and maybe get her to change her ways.)

She desperately wants to jump on, and play with, our 12-year-old cocker spaniel/schnauzer cross, Molly,

 

Molly

 

and our cats, Abby

 

Abby

and Smoke.

Smoke

The problem is, NO ONE, except her people, wants to play with HER!

The one who handles our new family member best is Smoke. She routinely gets nose to nose with Amber, and then whacks her with a paw. Abby disappears until ‘the baby’ has gone back out on the porch  Molly tries to disappear, and then growls and snaps a bit when Amber relentlessly continues to try to jump on her face. Of course, even when Amber was being good, standing in front of Molly with her head down, front paws straight out in front of her, bottom high in the air, and tail wagging furiously, Molly still growled and snapped.

The only one NOT giving us a hassle right now is Boo, my new black fish. It’s really hard to get a picture of her because of the reflection of the light on the bowl.

This picture is a professional one I found on the net, but it gives you a good idea of Boo’s face. She swims right over to me when I feed her, wiggling her body and lots of fins while goggling at me. She doesn’t say much and doesn’t give us any problems – a real relief right now.

To say logistics of where animals are at any given time is a full time job around here is a vast understatement. Also, in our efforts to get Amber acclimated to the house more, we try to invite her in several times a day. This is complicated because she loves to jump into the kiddie pool just before coming in from a walk, so we have to check to see how wet she is before she is allowed inside…

Suffice to say we fall into bed at night and are probably asleep within 30 seconds or less. We wake up still tired from the day before, but are determined to adapt to our new lifestyle, feeling lucky to have a houseful of wonderful animals.

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Apt Description

Rebel Circus via Lisa Bearnes Richey

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It’s Up to YOU

Margarita Bloom via Cathy Ruggiero

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Needed

Peaceful Moments for Women via Carol Auclair Daly

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Let Us…

Voltaire – Art by Anita – Zen to Zany via Cathy Ruggiero

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Cure

Sun-Gazing.com

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Happy Mother’s Day 2017

Testimonies of Hope

  • Mother is a verb, not a noun.  ~Proverb
  • Being a mother is learning about strengths you didn’t know you had, and dealing with fears you didn’t know existed.  ~Linda Wooten
  • Grown don’t mean nothing to a mother.  A child is a child.  They get bigger, older, but grown?  What’s that suppose to mean?  In my heart it don’t mean a thing.  ~Toni Morrison
  • A mother is a person who seeing there are only four pieces of pie for five people, promptly announces she never did care for pie.  ~Tenneva Jordan
  • When you are a mother, you are never really alone in your thoughts. A mother always has to think twice, once for herself and once for her child. ~Sophia Loren
  • It is not until you become a mother that your judgment slowly turns to compassion and understanding. – Erma Bombeck
  • I want my children to have all the things I couldn’t afford. Then I want to move in with them.  ~Phyllis Diller
  • My mother loved children and she would have given anything if I had been one.  ~Groucho Marx

I hope you had a wonderful Mother’s Day today.

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Coffee

Coffee Secrets via Cindy Bassnett Thurman

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