Slow down or GO faster?

When you’re heading to work, doing the Dogwood Dash, and you’re late because you (were too lazy to get up on time, spent too much time checking emails, and facebook, dreaming about your Texas vacation, procrastinated over how many pickles to put in your sandwich today, went outside and found ice on your windshield, but couldn’t find the frost scraper).




First light – Red, Second light – Red, Next one yellow (went thru safely), Next one yellow (could have stopped, but didn’t), Next one yellow (should have probably stopped at that one), Next one – Red.

Got me to thinking — Is the universe trying to tell you to SLOW DOWN or GO FASTER??

What do you think?

Pennies and Pickles!

I’ve been having a couple of sad days and am really missing my mom LOTS!  It could be that it’s the realization that our family is starting a New Year and she isn’t going to be here with us to share our experiences.  It’s also my Birthday this month and it will be the first without her.  I’ve been feeling kind of blue, like I said.  My sister posted this poem this morning and it helped me remember that Mom is watching over us, she wouldn’t want us to be TOO sad about her passing.


“I found a penny today, just laying on the ground;
But it’s not just a penny, this little coin I’ve found.
Found pennies come from Heaven, that’s what my Grandpa told me;
He said that angels toss them down-Oh, how I loved that story!”
He said when an Angel misses you, they toss a penny down;
Sometimes just to cheer you up, to make a smile out of your frown.
So don’t pass by that penny, when you’re feeling blue;
it may be a penny from Heaven that an Angel’s tossed to you!”
– “Angel’s Pennies,” Author Unknown


I spent the morning having a pep talk with myself.  Morning turns into lunch.  I open my sad lunch bag and unwrap my sandwich that I made this morning.  Yum, Roast Beef, Pickles, Mayo..

I all of a sudden realize that this Sandwich tastes AWESOME!  Grain bread with just the right amount of crunch in it, perfectly seasoned Prime Rib Sliced Beef with the right amount of Mayo and the best, most delicious part of the whole sandwich was the Pickle.  Not too sour, perfectly crunchy.


I remember that Mom was the “Queen of Sandwiches”.  She made sandwiches out of everything, and her and I used to joke that we could live out of our fridges if we just had a loaf of bread.  Eggs, Cheese, Tomatoes, Cucumbers, “fridge food”..

So my day turns into a happier one with thoughts of Pennies and Pickles.


Liquid Fabric Softener in the Dryer

I found this notice on all of our dryers upstairs in our Laundry Room tonight:

dryer framed

My first thought was: SERIOUSLY? We have to tell someone that? Is there more than one that needs to be told this? Really? Seriously?

I read it again.

Liquid Softener?

My mind is saying: Liquid?

My eyes are re-reading it a 2nd time – Yes, it says Liquid Softener..

My brain: IN the DRYER?

Then I look around to make sure I am indeed LOOKING at a dryer – yup, it’s a dryer!

Liquid Softener?

I read it again — Really? LIQUID?



Where did they pour it?

And then I had to quit thinking about how absurd it was – my brain was going to explode trying to picture who? how? where?


A Polar Bear New Years Day

2013 Saratoga Beach Polar Bear Swim

2013 Saratoga Beach Polar Bear Swim

This morning I went out to Saratoga Beach to take pictures of all the crazy Polar Bear Swimmers.  My favorite was a little guy – around 8 years old – who led the crowd by dashing out and splashing head long in to the water, and as he came out he said: 

I can’t FEEL MY SKIN!! 

What a great family event it was.  Young, Old, Dry or Cold.  It’s a great way to ditch 2012 and say hello to 2013.


I can't feel MY SKIN!!

I can’t feel MY SKIN!!