A little Consideration, a little Thought for Others, makes all the difference.

- Winnie the Pooh

Sunday, May 31, 2009

A Date at the Coast...

Steven and I had an actual, honest-to-goodness Date yesterday. No children or grandchildren- just the two of us meandering wherever and whenever we felt like going. It was splendiferous!

We drove out to the Long Beach Peninsula, and spent a couple of hours at Ocean Park. It is a lovely flat stretch of sand, filled with wind and waves. There were a myriad of birds around of course- seagulls with their mournful calls, and the raucous cry of ravens hunting for oysters and clams in the sand. I fed them strawberries and bananas from my hands, and watched them squabble over the lunch leftovers. *laughing* There were a couple of terns, too, screeching their irritation as the gulls tried to steal the fish they had caught. In the distance, just barely visible, I saw a flock of brown pelicans skimming the surface with their handy-dandy rubber gullets. *grinning*

I started to get cold, so I went and sat in the car for awhile, watching Steven hunt for sea treasures to bring home with us. He found the carapace of a dungeness crab, and both claws- (Johnathon thought they were awesome!) *laughing*

I watched the mist roll in. It looked just a like a silver grey shawl shimmering with drops of crystal all through it. Steven’s hair became all curly and unruly, and my hair looked a fright, what with foo-foo curls going every which way, but we just kept laughing and talking, never even noticing until we were home, and Meg and Matthew laughed at us.

We drove around the penninsula then, stopping when we felt like it, the silence comforting and companionable. We stopped at two light houses- the first was North Head, the second, Cape Disapointment. The wind was pretty ferocious by then, so I wouldn’t brave the trail, but Steven did, and got some beautiful shots! We also stopped at Waikiki Beach and walked around a bit. The story there is that two sailors died there, and they buried one right on the beach. He originally came from Hawaii, hence the name. It is supposed to be haunted…*grinning* The beach was surrounded by driftwood logs- there were so many, and they were so entangled, that it looked like a boneyard to me. Kind of eerie, actually.

We drove home around 7pm, pleasantly tired, and a little sunburned. Today has been a rest day, and a day to stay and snuggle with the birdlings.

I hope you enjoy the pictures…

Sunday, May 24, 2009

Funny Messages to Send via Twitter

- The longest sentence known to man: “I do.”

- I only use deodorant under one arm, so I know what I would have smelled like.

- Crime doesn’t pay… Does that mean my job is a crime?

- This dog, is dog, a dog, good dog, way dog, to dog, keep dog, an dog, idiot dog, busy dog, for dog, 20 dog, seconds dog! … Now read without the word dog.

- Do you ever notice that when you’re driving, anyone going slower than you is an idiot and everyone driving faster than you is a maniac?

- I’ve used up all my sick days, so I’m calling in dead.

- Any woman that thinks the way to a mans heart is through his stomach is aiming just a little too high.

- What’s the quietest place in the world? The complaint department at the parachute packing plant.

- I’m not into working out. My philosophy: No pain. No pain.

- When a man talks dirty to a woman, it’s sexual harassment. When a woman talks dirty to a man, it’s $4.95 a minute.

- Please turn your mobile phone upside down now! Hurry pV3H3uoq 0773H

- Your birth certificate is an apology letter from the condom factory.

- Never forget that you’re unique, just like everyone else.

- I heard you took an IQ test and they said you’re results were negative.

- What do u call dog with no legs? Don’t matter wot u call him, he ain’t gonna come.

- I don’t have an attitude problem. You have a perception problem.

- Beer is proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy.

- If practice makes perfect, and nobody’s perfect, why practice?

- Born Free… Taxed to Death.

- We will now upgrade your brain, please wait… searching… searching… still searching… sorry NO BRAIN found.

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

It has been busy...

It has been a week filled with many happenings around here. Meg and I drove down south with the birdlings to my sister's house, and spent a week there. I, of course, got sick from the climate change, so spent the better part of it on antibiotics and sudafed. *laughing*

The little one's had a splendiferous time playing with their cousins and being in all that sunshine. It was too hot for my tastes- 100'F for most of it, but Megan basked like a lizard, as did the babies. Lots of pool time, and playing in the sprinklers. I will post pictures later today.

It was also my Laura's 22 birthday yesterday, and Kaitlin's #2 today. We are having a party for Laura when she comes up to visit later this summer, and Kaitlin's will be after supper tonight. I am baking a pineapple ooey gooey butter cake, as it is her favorite.

Steven and I are getting some new furniture in the next couple of weeks, so I have been doing some heavy cleaning of the stuff we have now. It will go into storage for Laura, who is getting her own apartment with her best friend during the next school year. So many changes!

Megan and her husband will be moving into their new home in a few short weeks, so I am enjoying the birdlings all I can right now. I am making memories, and making sure they are all good ones. *smiling*

Yesterday Kaitlin and I cuddled on the couch and sang songs for almost an hour. I have no idea what she was singing, but I sang love songs to her. *soft smile*

Johnny and I have been telling "A Story" to each other every night- adding on bits and pieces as the spirit moves us. So far it is filled with dinosaurs that sing, birds that walk backwards everywhere, and people who fly. *grinning* I am writing it down, and he illustrates it. I will treaure it always!

Megan bought me a guitar and lessons, as I used to play quite well when she was a small child. I am excited to begin! It will give me something to focus on when the babies go. I will be lonely for them, for a time, you know....

And that is all I can think of right now to write about. I know there is more-my life is filled to the brim with all the bright colored bits and pieces that make life worth living. I just can't seem to capture them with words today. *smiling* Maybe tomorrow.

Have a day filled with laughter, love, and good fun everyone. TTFN- Gina

Sunday, May 3, 2009

The Weekend

salty winds holding sea gulls aloft as the waves pound the sand with fervent devotion.

wild irises shyly peeking out of green growing tangles brighten heart and eye with vibrant purple and yellow jackets.

an explosion of white and pink popcorn, the dogwoods are in bloom! and apple tree lace, that has been tatted by nature's own hand, adorns the hills and fields around us.

raccoons hunting oysters while the tide is out, the oceans bounty drawing bears and birds, too. a mama bear and her two cubs examine us as thoroughly as we did her before leisurely making her way to the sand and sun.

four deer grazing on roses and petunias looked at us slightly startled and a bit annoyed as we stopped and gawked at their wild beauty.

finally, ice cream sandwiches and salt water taffy ended the day as we turned the car towards home and family once again. it was a lovely time- as close to 'perfect' as is humanly possible. *smiling*