The first thing I need to do on this post is to refer to a picture I shared in my previous post:
|Beloved in 1971|
Colorado Rocky Mountains
Well, it didn't get past Vee and then a couple more asked about it. So I emailed the friend who posted this on Face Book. Her husband examined it and said it was him! I think he may have been thrown back with the speed of the snowmobile, so he's laying down. Just chalk it up to one of the many adventures these college buddies had over the years. So, mystery solved.
Then, not to be outdone by the fellas, here is a picture of me behind the steering wheel on that same day, with Beloved sitting behind me:
|me driving the snowmobile|
Colorado Rocky Mountains
Just look at the sparkling snow and those beautiful mountains! Quick! Get a snapshot of my grandchildren so I can be reminded why we left Colorado to live in Florida!!!
|Me with my kids and grands|
November 29 2020
Okay, so on to my blog topic, "Finding My New Self." It feels like a painfully slow process, but that's not really true. Only seven months ago was when this huge change slapped me in the face. Considering we started dating the summer after high school graduation, his absence from my daily life has been the loss of a huge part of myself. It takes time to figure out who I'm supposed to be. But progress is being made.
Last week I made some strides into greater peace and acceptance of this development in my life when I watched a Youtube sermon titled "Some Easy Questions" by Pastor Robert Morris in Southlake, Texas. If you want to see it for yourself, here is the link:
The message is only 26 minutes long and in addition to answering ten of the most oft-asked questions about heaven, Pastor Morris has a great sense of humor. So get a glass of iced tea and watch it if you feel so inclined.
I've also discovered some Youtube music videos that bless me in the deepest parts of my soul and spirit. Often I'll cue one of them up on my computer so I can listen to it first thing in the morning while I'm making my bed and deciding if I'm going to be happy or depressed. This one is by the choir and orchestra of First Baptist Church in Dallas:
It was great, if I say so myself! A wonderful thought hit me as I sat down to enjoy this. Beloved was not a seafood lover, so whenever I made salmon or tilapia for myself, I would prepare something beefy for him. Double effort because of my love for him. But since he's not at the dinner table any more, I not only have less to cook, but I can prepare seafood more often!! As Linda C. likes to say on her blog, "just keepin' it real!"
|tea towel purchase from Alyssa's|
|more turtles than I could count|
The turtles were sunning themselves on a log. These guys' shells are easily the size of a dinner plate, and bigger!
The turtles are apparently not gator food because they all shared the same area without a skirmish. We saw TWO gators that day. This was the "baby" as our tour guide said. The other one, which I did not photograph, was some nine-feet long. He was mostly hid behind some grasses, but his face was big enough that you wouldn't want to get any closer! By the way, I took the above picture with my zoom lens.
|Flag Day, June 14, 2021|
Beloved always put our flag out for the patriotic holidays. I have been hanging a basket of flowers on the flag hardware but pulled out a step stool so I could reach to display the flag yesterday. Alas, the rainy season here in Central Florida has begun, so by day's end the flag was absolutely soaked. I had to watch the sky closely to determine a time to go out there with the step stool to retrieve it!
|the "drying rack"|
Then came the question of where to put it in it's water-logged condition? I think this idea is what Beloved may have done in the past. I doubt it's original with me. But it worked just fine.
|some of my current reading materials|
Over the years I've dabbled with gardening, mostly flowers and herbs. Part of "my new self" is seriously considering more of that in my new home next year. I've started some research on what grows well in the area I'll be living, what is not considered appetizing to deer and rabbits, and what grows well in a very sandy soil. Container gardening is my favorite, and I've got 6 large pots of that going on here at this house on the back patio. I'd love to expand that hobby.
|one of my grand kitties|
I bring today's post to a close with a touch of humor. The Lil' Red-haired Girl shared her glasses with their cat named Chubby. He often comes to see me in front of the camera when T2 and I have our Face Time visits.
Change Coming - Change Coming - Change Coming
For 12 years I have used Feedburner, a free service that allows you to subscribe to my blog by email. Those of us who use Blogger have been notified over the past couple of months that this service will be discontinued in July of this year. This means the automated emails to my subscribers will no longer be available. I am sad to see this happen.
Maintaining a blog on Blogger is free. I am pleased and amazed I've been able to write hundreds of posts since 2009 at no cost. With that in mind, I haven't a leg to stand on when a free service chooses to withdraw.
My blog will continue to be available for you to read, but you will need to make note of my blog address and access it yourself either manually or perhaps by some other link reminder provision on your computer. I cannot help you with that.
While I occasionally will post a link to my blog on FaceBook, for privacy reasons, I don't do it often. That is not an option I am willing to consider.
My readership is large enough that I cannot manage sending the notifications myself. This is where my expertise (such as it is) comes to a halt.
Feedburner has not given us the exact date this service will stop, but if you notice at some point that you are no longer getting an email stating I have a new blog post up, then that will probably mean the service has ended.
I will be posting this notice on my blog posts for the foreseeable future in an attempt to let my readers know what has happened.
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