I know it’s been awhile since I’ve written in this blog-ok-a long while, but there has been a lot going on for the past year or so. That said, I wasn’t sure what to write about. Have you ever had so much going on in your head, you just couldn’t slow it down enough to pick just one topic? So, when I had recently thought about what I could write, it was hard to pick just one thing. So, I decided to write about many-just like my mind is going.
Let’s go back in time, to Thanksgiving, 2013. I don’t know about you, but I had a great time that day, spent the day over to Denise and Dave’s house for the holiday. I got to play with my Granddaughter Abby, and got to speak to Denise’s pregnant belly, telling Lil Roy, that his crazy Grandma could hardly wait to meet him. A good time was had by all, and then the next day,I did Thanksgiving over at my house for the rest of the family.
That would be black Friday-the time when so many people are crazy about getting out at 4 am and getting the best sales they could find. I used to work Black Friday, so I know how crazy it is. I almost always asked to close, because by then, it was a little less hectic.
According to a website called blackfridaydeathcount.com, there were 7 deaths, and 90 injuries. Wow, and all just to save a few dollars. There had been a news article about a woman stabbing 3 people to death with a screwdriver. According to Snopes.com, it was a fake news article put out by a satirical newspaper. But to have 7 deaths, wow! I just don’t know. We all like to save money, but let’s not be violent about it.
As Christmas approached, things were pretty calm around here. Until December 12, 2013. Lil Roy was born! Denise had Lil Roy so quickly, that none of the Grandparents were at the hospital! We were all so happy. I went up that evening to say hello to the littlest Hill!
Then here comes Christmas, about a week before, here comes the flu-I got it first-cold, cough, sore throat, and pink eye. I tried so hard to be careful, but Joe still got it from me. Same exact symptoms! To the doctor we went, got our antibiotics and what not, and settled in doing our best to take of each other. Then my folks got it, everything, but the pink eye, thank goodness. Needless to say, we stayed home on Christmas Day instead of going over the the Hill House!
It took until January of 2014 to see Lil Roy. But we finally made it over! And this Crazy Grandma was happy to see both of her Grandchildren. Pictures should be posted to Facebook with in the next week.
New Years Eve, Joe and I shared a very quiet evening, managing to stay up to ring in the New Year. I had made calls to my kids way before midnight. From what I heard, the 2 younger ones had a very good time.
All in all, things have been running somewhat smoothly. We’re looking forward to what awaits us in 2014. This is going to be a positive year for us, because we are going to make it that way. I’m going to do my best this year to make every minute count. I will be seeing my friends more, I will make sure that Joe and I do a lot of things together-fun things. I will spend more time with my kids. I am going to redecorate the house to some degree-the dog has already helped me to do that. Her Living Room Blanket looks lovely with her bones, and other things laying on it. She has such potential as an Interior Design person-um-dog.
Till the next time.
What do you think of when I say Treasure to you? Do you think of a pirate’s treasure chest, full of gold coins? Or what about the antique 4 poster bed that is in mint condition that has been promised you when you get married?
All those things are treasures. What about the treasures that maybe you can’t see, you know the ones I’m talking about. The ones growing up when you went to Grandma’s house, and you watched her making bread, not with the bread making machine, but the old fashioned way, kneading the dough and letting it rise for an hour, or watching her make dinner with no technology like we have these days.
Yes, those are memories too, but they are treasures as well! Let me share just a couple of mine with you. My Mom and I used to lay in our back yard on a blanket and we’d look at the sky. We would watch for those white fluffy clouds to come over and we would say-that one looks like a dragon, or a dog. I cherish those memories/treasure! Or when my folks would want some alone time, and my Grandparents would take me and my uncle for a weekend. I can remember going to Whiteface Mtn. What a treasure that was. Or fishing with my Grandfather at 6 am on the St. Lawrence River. So many treasures.
Times spent with friends and family. I could go on and on. Those are the treasures I’m talking about. I even have a friend that named her daughter Treasure. That friend understood the magick of treasures-be they people, things, or memories.
We live in a world of technology-we are always trying to improve on the old. And in trying to improve on the old, we go faster and faster. Look where we’ve come with cars-we have some you can plug in to the electrical outlet. We have come so far so fast. But what about our treasures. Most parents today have to work. That means they are coming home exhausted from a day spent going 100 miles per hour. They want to come home, put their feet up, relax for a bit, maybe have a drink, be it a martini, or a cup of tea. Okay, whose turn is it to cook? What are the kids doing, which kid will be here for dinner? And our children, where are they-up in their rooms that have computers, laptops, various game consoles, with their cell phones. Maybe doing homework, maybe talking to one of their friends, so many things going on all at the same time.
Gone are they days where Dad worked, Mom stayed home, had dinner on the table by 5:30pm, and said Grace before dinner. The kids were expected to be home so the family could all be together, and they talked!!!! They had their chores to do, then homework needed to done. Then maybe watching some tv in the family room with everyone in the same room.
Now, what treasures do we have? With everyone so busy, and there being only 1 parent households, and needing outside help-what treasures are we creating? What will happen when you get to be in your 50′s, 60′s or even 70′s? What treasures will be in your mind? Or will the constant running here and there be the only treasure you have?
Please think about this, it’s never too late to start making memories/treasures. Think of when you have your grandchildren sitting all around you, and you’re telling them about the “old days”. Are you going to tell them about plugging in your car to get power to get it moving? Or maybe on a sunny day, take them out in your back yard-lay a blanket down, and start looking at those clouds. Think what they remind you of. Or take a drive in the country, stop at some roadside stands, get the good cider that they make right on the farm, take a walk in a park when the leaves are changing color. Just start making those treasures.
Just think of that pirate’s treasure chest-put your memories in your own treasure chest and you will be rich beyond your wildest dreams.
Till next time.