I love being a woman.

I’m a woman who has experience being a wife, a mom, a student, a teacher, and a degreed business professional. I’ve traveled throughout the U.S. and have been to Europe, too, but am greatly fond of western Michigan and its beaches, and the entire Midwest region. My journey is relative to my time, of course. I’m a straight-laced conservative when it comes to education and career, yet a child of the 60’s; a hippie you might say, when it comes to enjoying life. It’s been quite a ride!

My favorite things are my grown children, Ashlee and Krystal, my Colonel hubby, Scott (retired from the military after nearly 30 years but continues to work a civilian job), my mother, Kathy (a pioneer for women who worked in the factory at General Motors from the early 60’s until retirement 27 years later – but who is first and foremost a gentle woman with a strong soul and my forever role model), my pets (Japanese Chin dogs Jake and Lucy, and my kitties, Bliss and Salem), beaches, dragonflies, hummingbirds, and other nature. I might seem complicated at times but truly love the simple things.

My little place in the world, that’s my blog. I’ll be sharing my thoughts about my life, my family, my pets, my job, and how I view the world. I hope you enjoy my stories, my sense of humor, and my insight. This is a chance for us to share that cup of coffee or tea in the morning or afternoon, and reach across the miles that might separate us, and gather close together to catch our breath and a laugh or two. Life is busy. And so are we! So let’s dive in together. And smell the roses, too.

Thanks for dropping by.

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Signs of Spring!

January is always the longest, coldest, and most "blah" month for me. And although this winter season has been incredibly mild, I'm still tired of dark skies and threat of precipitation, and fears of icy roads after dark.

Alas, this weekend, even with the sleet we had yesterday, which made driving most hazardous, I got a glimpse of spring . . . one that I look forward to every year. Now you might think I spotted a robin, but no, that wasn't it. The sign I received was in black and white and brought a smile to my face: It was an ad for patio furniture in a department store. Now this to me, is a sure sign of spring!

For some reason, just walking into a Target store at this time of year with my daughter, Ashlee, in our heavy winter coats and scarfs, and spotting patio tables, chairs, brightly colored umbrellas, shiny new grills, and planters in bold shades of yellow, turquoise, and orange, just lifts the spirits and lightens the heart, widens our eyes and brings out shouts of elation, "Spring is coming! It's truly coming!" There is light at the end of a dark winter tunnel, and once again, our minds turn to those "other fancies" that only thoughts of spring can provide!

We drop the droopy winter pace and RUN, not walk, over to the displays, and ooh and aah over each one, sitting in the chairs, fondling the unscratched, flowered, plastic table settings, and reminisce about warm times on the deck, of sipping icy beverages and sharing stories and laughs, we bask in the imaginary sunshine.

This mother - daughter ritual of ours is one we long for, hope for, and when it arrives, we realize that yes, spring runs eternal, and brings with it a renewal, a feeling of youth and energy, and visions of tulips, daffodils and the most fragrant hyacinths, yes. And the promise that spring will turn into summer days, with a tan and beach visits for Ashlee and Capri's and dragon flies, hummingbirds, lily pads, and roses for me. Everything is coming up roses, oh, just picture it now!

The promise of spring brings warmth, rejuvenation, and safe travels under sunny skies, if only in our dreams at this time of year, but even if just in our minds, it lightens our load, gives us something positive to think about, and makes us feel good.

So, here's to the promise of spring.


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