I hope my joy is contagious. Break out the good china. Better yet, forget cooking. Make a reservation at the best restaurant in town. Order some expensive bubbly. Then have them POP the cork off that bottle of champagne. And raise your glass in a toast. I'm in a celebratory mood. And I wanted to share it with you. My youngest daughter just had a birthday last week. My oldest daughter is about to turn 40 before this week's end. And next week my husband turns 75. And if all that isn't enough... On a rainy August 28th afternoon, FIVE years ago, I posted my very first blog post for TaryTerre. Imagine that? This blog you're reading, is now, half a decade old. I don't know what I would do without it? Or without all the wonderful people I've met because of it. Thank you for letting me "share my life experiences" with you. Each and every one of you is special to me and I appreciate you listening to what I have to say. I hope you'll continue to stop by in the days, weeks and months ahead. And that we'll be blog buddies for a very long time.
Sunday, August 24, 2014
I TOOK THE
ALS ICE BUCKET CHALLENGE
AND AM CHALLENGING
all my BLOG BUDDIES
all my BLOG BUDDIES
TO DO IT TOO
and make a donation.
This is to raise
awareness and funds
Monday, August 18, 2014
With summer winding down, I think fondly of past summers... especially those as a small child. I envision myself sunbathing on a cloudless day, drinking water from a warm garden hose, gently blowing dandelions in the breeze, counting clovers, looking for that lucky one, catching fireflies in my hand, and of course going swimming. These were just a few of my summer pastimes. We used to go to the beach by the
Atlantic Ocean for vacations too. But, I also remember trips
to visit my aunt, uncle and cousin. I was mesmerized by the fact their entire
back yard was a giant, above ground swimming pool. It was really cool. I LOVED
it. So... when my mom and dad told me I was going to take swimming lessons... I
got excited. But only, briefly. You see... the instructor's way of teaching,
was to throw you in the deep end of the pool... and then pray... you'd quickly find
your sea legs. I was traumatized by this, and for a time, was scared of the
water. But once I gained confidence doing the doggie paddle... I was like a
fish, diving right in. My parents put up a neat, rectangular kiddie pool, at
home... for my brother and I to play in. Shallow as it was... I used to love
being in it. Lots of splashing and daydreaming about Olympic medals. From that
moment on... I swore I would someday have
a swimming pool, built in or not, in my backyard when I became an adult. But
sadly, it was not meant to be. Try as I might to convince my husband throughout
the years that this would be a practical idea... he politely told me a million
reasons why it wasn't. And that was that. No swimming pools of any kind, at my
house, period. When our children were little, we went to the beaches at local
lakes, instead. Because I am a plus size lady, now, in my old age... I am not
interested in the fat shaming I would endure... wearing a bathing suit... to go
there, or to a public pool, or a private swimming club. So I have taken 'swimming'
off my list of things to do, at this stage of my life. And have given up my
dream of ever owning a backyard pool. And I must say, it makes me a little sad.
But it is what it is. I had my days in the sun, once upon a time. Do you still
swim? Have you
ever had a pool in your backyard?
Monday, August 11, 2014
Years ago, I used to go to the movies all the time. I also reviewed them for a Women's Center newsletter. But in all honesty... I haven't been to a movie in the past two years. There has been nothing I have deemed worthwhile seeing. That is until this weekend. A movie opened that I adore. To understand why, you have to know, a while back... I started reading a book that captured my imagination called THE HUNDRED FOOT JOURNEY by RICHARD C. MORAIS. It was made into this movie by Steven Spielberg and Oprah Winfrey starring actress Helen Mirren. It is about a family from
opening a restaurant in the mountains of , after tragedy strikes them.
not dissuaded by the fact that across the street, a mere hundred feet
opposite their restaurant, stands a renowned French eatery. BUT after a few run-ins with it's proprietress, Madame Mallory, the family realize they may be
in over their heads, with their latest venture. It's a story that shows how cultures clash, and highlights a young
cook's journey to becoming a celebrated chef. It was delightful, charming and a
must see for Foodies. If you haven't been to the movies in a while, this one is
worth the price of admission. France
Thursday, August 7, 2014
When my daughters were growing up... I had a closet designated for new school supplies. Every year I'd go shopping, sometime in the summer and I'd fill it up. Book-bags, folders, notebooks, paper, scissors, crayons, markers, binders, and the like... were all inside this special place, in my house. My little girls were thrilled with the chance to shop at home for what they needed... any time, night or day. When they grew up, and left home, I still kept a few things around the house, like notebooks. But... otherwise, that closet is now being used for something else. However, my love of new school supplies hasn't waned, so I've found a healthy way to indulge this interest. For the past three or four years I have donated bagfuls of supplies to the Stuff the Bus/Fill up the Bus campaign either with United Way or Walmart. It gives you a good feeling to know these less fortunate children will have what they need to start the school year. It puts them on a level playing field with their peers. And makes learning more fun. If there is a program in your community to buy school supplies for kids, please join in. Every little bit helps. So go ahead, make somebody's day and put a smile on a child's face... for this up and coming school year. You'll be glad you did. And so will they.
Monday, August 4, 2014
You know you have a problem when you reach into the washing machine, to pick up clothes, and you feel a pop in your shoulder, followed by excruciating pain. I muffled a scream. Then whatever it was popped back. It was on the eve of a trip out of town and I really didn't think I should go. There is nothing worse than being holed up in a hotel room being physically spent. But I was afraid of being alone with this kind of pain. So... if I had to go to the hospital at least my hubby would be with me, if I went with him, out of town. So... off we went on our trip. But believe me, when I tell you... I felt every bump in the road. For three solid hours. It was awful. I then spent four days in a hotel room nursing this injury. However, at some point I realized my shoulder and upper back were getting progressively worse because of the heating pad I was using. What I needed was an ice pack . I also made up a wall of pillows that would cradle my back. And I literally just stayed in bed all day, lying there. My hubby brought meals to me at lunch but I had to force myself to leave the room for dinner. Then it was back to bed. Doing this finally took the edge off and I was able to function once again, as we headed homeward bound. All the aches and pains of getting older can be quite frustrating, can't they? Especially when the least little thing sets them off. Have you ever had upper back pain? How did you cope?