Ducks!!

A few days ago I meet my family at a local park area as they wanted me to take their family picture for Christmas cards. We all meet in the parking lot and proceeded to walk down by the pond. Well, the ducks saw us coming and came over to greet us. They walked right up to where we standing, maybe they wanted their picture taken too?? 🙂

duck 1     duck2  duck 3  duck 4  duck 5

It was really very cute and my granddaughter enjoyed it 🙂

Arnica    We all had a great time!! The little things and quality time is so important and means so much.

Tonight!!

Whew… I am really tired tonight, can hardly keep my eyes open! I wanted to at least post a little bit tonight as I have not had the chance to be on the blog in a few days. I spent the whole weekend Christmas shopping and doing decorations!! I am done with the shopping and finished decorating the tree this evening!! Working all week leaves little time or energy for doing much else so I am happy to have gotten this far!! Guess I just don’t have the same energy I use too.. getting old!! 😦

Only a few more days till the shortest day of the year!! I really hate that it gets dark so early, I think that is one of the reasons I get tired so early… Feels like 11pm when it is only 7p!! On the positive side of that the days will slowly start to get longer after the 21st… Wahoo :-). I think I’ve also gained a few pounds too!! With the weather changing and getting much colder comfort foods seems more irresistible and sweets are yummy!! Holidays… oh well, enjoy now and then back to eating healthy!! Think I’ll go grab one of those delicious  homemade cookies right now!! Cup of hot decaf and a chocolate chip cookie :-)!!

Hope everyone has a fantastic evening and a great tomorrow!! Stay healthy and live with passion and kindness….

Whitefish Pictures!!

Sorry it has taken so long to get these promised pictures up. I searched my personal picture file and really could not find any good pictures. I will have to go out and do that someday soon! In the mean time I have gotten some pictures off the internet.  The Whitefish ski mountain opened Saturday and winter season is in full swing. The Christmas lights are up, the local downtown shops are gearing up for the Christmas events and holiday shoppers and cheer is everywhere!!

First let me start off by showing you where I live. Way up there in the northwest, almost into Canada. You can see where the white sign is pointing too…

we are here

Here is our wonderful Big Mountain Ski Resort, all 3,000 acres. My daughter and her family are looking forward to this season, in fact they were up on the Mountain on Sunday to help celebrate the start of this season’s fun.

Big Mountain ski area

This absolutely breath taking view is from downtown Whitefish looking up at Big Mountain!! Christmas decorations in full swing!!

downtown whitefish in winter

Christmas Whitefish

Christmas 2 whitefish

This is Whitefish Lake. The locals even do a Penguin Plunge sometime in the middle of winter… Brrr!! Over 300 took the plunge February 8 2014

penguin plunge

Whitefish Lake (2)

It truly is a beautiful area and I am blessed to be here. Maybe I will be able to snag some festive pictures as the days move closer to Christmas. I hope to get the time in somewhere?? For now, enjoy your day and live your life in the moment with passion, love and kindness :-).

An appropriate start ?

Today I think I will begin with a small post on Mom”s blog, So if you don’t mind clicking here: PurpleEleganceandLace and continuing reading there that would be wonderful… Thank you. 🙂

NaBloPoMo Day 30 last day!

As I post for the last time for NaBloPoMo I thank all the fellow bloggers for reading, commenting and liking my posts :-). I also thank you for all the great variety of posts that I have read, commented on and liked. It really has been fun, entertaining and informative. I look forward to the continued blogging and reading of this wonderful community of new found adventures and friends!!

My next goals include my “Purple Elegance and Lace” blog for my Mom (purple elegance was already taken by someone so I added “and Lace”), My Sweet Bullie blog for Maggie Mae and my whatever posts for my Our life in the moment blog… I may also do a bit of the e-writing 101 for tips here and there :-). A bit of fun for me…

Now I am on my way to PurpleEleganceandLace to work on getting it up and published today! I will reblog here, to this blog, when it is published.

NaBloPoMo Day 29 Mother Teresa

Being that November and Thanksgiving are just about over I’m feeling a little reflective. Christmas is coming and the feeling of thankfulness and gratitude is slipping its way right in! I am so thankful for where I am. I turn and look down the road of past, I look where I stand today and then invasion the road ahead… I am truly blessed and live with much gratitude thanking God everyday!!! Things could have turned out so differently!! I welcome this opportunity to help others, to understand and not judge as I have been there, to smile and to love :-). My blogger friends, may your last day of November tomorrow and your fist day of December on Monday lead you into a beautiful and wonderful December filled with love. :-).

Leaving you with this reflective thought from Mother Teresa:

“Yesterday is gone. Tomorrow has not yet come. We have only today. Let us begin.”

NaBloPoMo Day 28 Shopping :-(

Run me over

Mow me down

Look man here I come!!

In the store, wanting more..

mine, mine, mine I say!!

Do not touch, do not grab

least I stab you in the ab

Life means nothing

I’m going hunting

sales are it!!!

Live you say

then stay away

come what may

you will pay!!!

I, in particular, do not care to get involved with black Friday. I have never jumped in as that kind of shopping takes the joy out of it for me. I would rather take my time and enjoy the sound of Christmas bells, the decorations…. I know discounts are great and I really don’t have the funds to being paying top dollar but I just don’t enjoy the crowds, the pushing, the grabbing and rudeness. Oh well, maybe someday???

NaBloPoMo Day 27 Happy Thanksgiving!!

I would like to wish all my blogging friends and the blogging community a very happy Thanksgiving!!! Hope it was a good one for all!

I just got back from a wonderful Thanksgiving celebration at my daughters. Family and friends, plenty of great food and lots of fun!! I feel very blessed and very thankful :-). She lives way up on the mountain and the roads this year were slushy and a bit slippery but everyone made it. We are looking at a big storm and arctic air coming in for late tomorrow so again I feel very blessed to have had a great weather day for everyone to get around.

NaBloPoMo Day 26 NYC

As I was passing by the TV this evening I saw the ad for the Macy’s Day Thanksgiving Parade. That sent a cloud of memories and a thought production of reflections… Going back to my childhood years ago, living in Connecticut, my Mom would take me to NYC every year around Christmas time! Wonderful years of fond memories of time spent together in what I think is one of the most wonderful cities I know! We would wake up that day, have breakfast and get ready for our day affair. We would cross the street in front of our house and take the bus that would drop us off at the Bridgeport train station right downtown. The ride on the train was filled with anticipation and excitement. I loved to watch the buildings fly by, the traffic on the streets and all the different train stops along the way with the conductor walking through the aisles clicking tickets and checking the cars. Me and Mom together on a day trip to the big city where we would look at the retail store Christmas window displays, watch the ice skating at Rockefeller center, have lunch and just float around the big city engaged in people watching, hot pretzels, popcorn and tons of all kinds of activity. Totally awesome! The memories so vivid they seem like yesterday., I always remember one Christmas window display in particular: Macy’s window had a Christmas display made up of dogs in a village setting. It was snowing and the gas attendant (a handsome Dalmatian) was pumping gas for another dog who was pulled up at the pumps when this red convertible with a very pretty blond with dark sunglasses pulled up!! . Well as she pulls in he is absolutely mesmerized and can not help turning to follow her with his eyes. As he does so the gas pump he is holding goes with him and gas is flowing everywhere and the other dog is getting very angry. It was hilarious!! I will always have that etched in my memory. Or the year we were getting ready to head home and my Mom kept saying to me watch your bag, watch your bag… well while she was so concerned with mine she had hers lifted!! We ended up at the police station as all her money was stolen and we could not get home. I was so intrigued with the police station. I had never seen so many interesting kinds of people… Woman with skits up to their rear end, people who couldn’t walk or talk straight, people in handcuffs. Again, amazing!! The police got us tickets for the train and we made it back home but wow was that a trip to New York to remember! I wouldn’t have given up any of those New York trips for the world! Is was me and Mom’s time. Our special time where no one else could take it away. Thanks Mom for the most beautiful, happy and fun filled days to NYC.. I love you 🙂

NaBloPoMo Day 25 Through my daughter’s eyes!!

As I sit here and think about writing a blog for my Mom, the one she never had the chance to write, I wonder if I can really do it?? It is so scary!! I wonder if I will be able to do justice to her writings? It is going to be a bit of a shaky road at first and probably not to many posts. I need to find her notes and sort through her writings… I am going to need time to do all this so it will definitely start out very slow. I will need patience. I guess the first thing I need to do is to start a new blog just for her. Purple was always her favorite color and she loved white lace so the blog will be “Purple Elegance” and the tag line will be “through my daughters eyes” . Wow, sounds good, but the material is going to have to back it up! It’s like looking at this wonderful appetizing plate of food that is presented in a beautiful display and decorative fashion but unless the taste backs it up the presentation will mean nothing!!  That is the scary part!!  Hum… must think a little more!!!

 

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