Monday, May 29, 2017

Thank You For Your Service

Thanks to all who serve and have served to help keep our world safe and free. Thanks to the families who keep the home fires burning and hope alive. Thanks to all who have been touched by conflict and have come through safely and stronger.

Thank You For Your Service!

Saturday, May 27, 2017

The Outdoor Pool is Open!

Today is the first day for the 50-meter swimming pool. For the rest of the summer (weather depending) the outdoor pool will be open every day and the indoor will only be open on Monday-Friday. At least the outdoor temp is in the upper 50's today - Thursday's morning temp was in the mid 40's and that would have been a really miserable run out to the water.

No lap swimming in this pool, but I spent hours and hours just playing in
pools like this while I was growing up. I guess I've always enjoyed
swimming pools. 

I've been thinking about my Memorial Day weekend for ages - at least it seems like that. DH and I don't get two days off together often. Sunday seems to be packed - a trip to Home Depot to buy bags of rocks for the castle and maybe some plants, then after unloading the rocks back at the house, we reload Minion with a load of yard waste and take that to the nearby recycling landfill. After that we can relax for a while before firing up the grill for dinner.

No laps in this pool either, but it looks like a fun place to spend some
quality time with the sun and the water. 

Unfortunately it's supposed to be beautiful weather today but raining for the remainder of the weekend. It's going to put a drippy pall on the weekend, but it will still be a joy to have fun over the weekend and have two days away from work. So I'm totally stoked. I'm going to end my month will lots of happy things - good food, my DH for two days, and yes ... the outdoor pool. I'll get my workout figured out while I'm in the water. All is good.

For my friends in the USA, have a wonderful holiday weekend.

Friday, May 26, 2017

It's Friday - Happiness Ensues!

It's Friday! That just fills me with total joy and happiness. I think I really needed a Friday in my week, and here it is - an untrammeled pathway leading into adventure. I will have to spend some time today thinking about how I want to structure my swim tomorrow for the first day in the 50-meter outdoor pool. I also have a large order from the UK to fill and get ready for shipping, so I'll have my day full. But heck - it's Friday, the weather will be glorious, and I have the weekend waiting on the other side of sunset.

It's Friday, time to start planning your weekend. How about stepping
onto an adventurous pathway? This one looks like a lot of fun. 

The only negative to this week has been writing - I haven't been writing at all. I have stories under way and deadlines to meet, and I'll meet them, but I may end up super stressed while pushing the words out. It's totally my own fault. I always have choices about what to do with my time. But the important thing is getting things done on time and I am (and have always been) deadline driven.

If you prefer a pathway with less curves, how about this lovely
forest pathway for your exploration today? When exploring a new
pathway, there is no right or wrong. It's just one foot in front
of the other. 

So today's post is short and sweet. Have a fabulous Friday and start planning your weekend. In the US, it is a holiday weekend leading up to our Monday national holiday of Memorial Day. DH will be shopping for our Sunday/Monday meals today. Even though it may rain both days, I think he is planning on firing up the grill for at least one day's food. Huzzah! Enjoy your wonderful Friday and all of the possibilities that are ahead of you for today. I'll be back tomorrow.

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Yesterday Was Hectic

Yesterday was a hectic morning followed by a busy but more relaxing afternoon and topped by a lovely conversation with Aearwen in the late p.m. Frankly, it was just about perfect. Today, however, it's back to the grind for me with product to pack, things to get out onto the sales floor, customers to help, and the general stuff required to operate a business. I didn't get a chance to write at all yesterday, so I'll have to try and get some miracles going. I had one excellent day that got me at least half-way through my SWG challenge for the month, but time's ticking and I leave town in less than two weeks for the Bead & Button Show.

This photo, from a previous year, shows the crowded ballroom for the annual
"Meet the Teachers" event. Previously always held on a Wednesday night
before the show sales floor opened, this year it has been moved to
Friday night, right in the middle of the market days. It will change the
dynamics a bit for this event. 

I'll be taking my laptop along with me because it's mandatory - I have to have it just in case something comes up at the shop. Although I'll be in classes each day and will also have a peppering of evening events to attend, I will still be working on-line because I have stories that have to be worked on and possibly submitted while I'm in my hotel room, exhausted. It's not the best solution to my deadlines, but it may be my only choice. I'll try to roll with the punches.

I'm starting to look forward to my road trip. I really need the break
from the shop and customers, and I need some time to myself to
get my personal balance back. Plus - I love driving all around the
countryside. It's always a lot of fun for me. 

My car passed yesterday's appointment for oil change, recall work and general check-over with flying colors. That's a good thing because I don't want to be driving across states without a reliable car. It's the little things like "no mechanical issues" that I like to have happen when I'm going on a trip. Taking everything into consideration, things are starting to line up.

"No act of kindness, however small, is ever wasted." - Aesop

So today it's back to normal in a world that seems to be quickly going insane and reaching its tipping point. I'm delighted to join my 5:00 am group while we wait for the YMCA doors to be unlocked. Have a wonderful Thursday, think positive thoughts, and as always, remember that one small deed of kindness can ripple farther than you might ever imagine.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Fantasy Books and Schedules

Today's swim is a no-go, not because of weather or injury, but because I have an appointment to get my car looked over (and a recall repaired) before I leave for my trip to Milwaukee in early June. I wanted to get my appointment out of the way as early as possible, so I'll be there at the doors at 6:30 am. But the dealership is quite a distance from home, so swimming had to be sacrificed. Oh well, it's just one day, and I'll be back getting wet and getting a good workout tomorrow.

DH is looking for some fantasy book recommendations. Do you have any
resources to recommend? 

Sending out a query to all of my book-reading friends. DH wants to find more fantasy books (the genre he loves to read) but he's a bit clueless about computers, etc. I recommended Goodreads to him, but he huffed. Although I'm a member of Goodreads, I get most of my recommendations from various book review websites specializing in the genre I prefer to read. I'm wondering if there is a list of 20-50 of the top rated fantasy novels of the past year available anywhere? Does Amazon have such a thing? I can cull through Goodreads for him and set up an account with his email addy, but don't want to go to the trouble if it won't do what he needs. ADVICE?

Apparently there is a website I can recommend to him. He can at least
look through the listings and the book descriptions to figure out whether
a book will be of interest to him or not. Love the things I can find on-line - LOL.

Today will be a very busy one, so I'm going to dive right into it. I hope you have a wonderful Wednesday and a stellar day in general. I'll be back on schedule tomorrow.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Six Degrees of Separation in Manchester

Six degrees of separation strikes again. In this case, not so much of a good thing, but it certainly made me sit back and pay attention. My friend Seth, my ex-boyfriend/fiancee, is involved in the music and performance industry. He is hired to help produce events, one of a crew who travel on the road with the headliner and set up/tear down the equipment, running the computers during the show itself. He happens to have been working the Ariana Grande show through northern Europe, and yesterday morning had posted his current location on his Facebook page as being at the Manchester Arena in England.

The bomb exploded in the foyer as fans were leaving the arena, many
heading for Victoria Station. As of this morning the death toll is 22. 

At the end of that show as people were leaving to get to Victoria Station for transport home, a suicide bomber struck at the arena, killing 22 and harming many more, 59 at latest count. I, like many others, immediately checked on the well being of those who I knew had been there. Seth posted "All band and crew are accounted for. We were evacuated about 10 minutes into the load-out. There are confirmed fatalities." Wow. How horribly frightening for everyone there, but also for his wife, brother and parents. This morning, hours after the attack, it has been confirmed. Twenty-two people lost their lives in this senseless attack, many others were wounded.

Two concert goers shocked and a bit lost. So many people were harmed by
this act of violence, in an audience heavily comprised of younger children
and teen aged kids. 

The audience for Ariana Grande tends to the young - children and teens. So many photos taken at the scene featured kids. Who would want to harm children? I know there is no common sense to these killings, but I'm once again appalled, saddened, and frightened at the complete callous lack of love or humanity that exists in anyone who could plan and carry out an act of this nature. The fact that a dear friend of mine was there at the time brings it even closer to home.

Prayers go out to the victims and their families, as well as all of those injured and otherwise affected by this blatant act of violence. It's Tuesday and I'll be back tomorrow.

Monday, May 22, 2017

Kiwi-Ritas Are Good

It's been cold and rainy here, almost like winter is trying to hang on for dear life, occluding spring in his desperation. I'm hoping he finally takes a hike this week because I'm really tired of cold and wet. I want to be able to complain about heat and humidity instead - LOL. I guess this dislike of drippy days and grey skies are one more reason why I don't live in the Pacific Northwest of the USA.

Our Kiwi-Ritas weren't quite this fancy, but they were
really refreshing and good. I'd absolutely have one again. 

DH and I spent a rather lazy Sunday. After a late breakfast, we settled down at our computers and played Lord of the Rings Online for a few hours, then went to Outback Steakhouse to have a delayed celebration of my birthday with a nice dinner. DH had a really nice piece of prime rib and I had a 9-oz center cut sirloin, we each had a lovely salad and a Kiwi-rita - a margarita made with kiwi juice. It was really good - tart and smooth. We brought meat back home with us for another meal, picked up fancy cupcakes at our local grocer for a late dessert, and had a lovely afternoon and evening.

DH's prime rib was really good, and a good cut of the meat
for a change. My sirloin was also really good, although
slightly overcooked. It was a nice treat, though, and I
thoroughly enjoyed my delayed birthday dinner. 

Now it's back to the grindstone. I'm in the midst of writing my "heroes" story, and if I don't get gas in my car before heading to my chiropractor this morning, I might not make it back. So I'm up a bit earlier than usual and will leave home a bit earlier because getting gas is an essential addition to my tight morning schedule.

Nothing much else to report today, so I'll sign off and get things wrapped up before I leave. I hope all of you have a wonderful and effective Monday and I'll be back, hopefully with just a little more time, tomorrow.