Birthdays and such….

So tomorrow I am 50. Yippee!  I’m not one of those women who laments the passing years.  Oh no sirree bob tail!!.  Because consider the alternative.  But I am one of those women who wonders sometimes how time can fly so quickly by.  I am one of those. When I think about the days and months and years I spend in my head, thinking about what I am creating, or dreaming about the exact color of yellow in yesterdays sunset, or the colors that make up a black cat’s fur…laughter….well then I can understand how time just sort of flies.  It’s because I am busy in my imagination and can I just say that time does not have the same effect there as it does here.  It just doesn’t.  So anyway…birthdays and such.  This year is a big year for birthdays.  My twin and I will be 50.  My mother is turning 70.  I have a stepdaughter who turned 30, and a son turning 16.  All milestones and momentous occasions.  So I decided to make a list.  You know as a sort of map of what I’m grateful for in my life.   Read on if you’re interested…if not…well then have a great day!!!

I’m grateful for family.  Nothing better in the whole world.  Those people you can laugh with and count on, grieve for and with, learn from. Love, spend time with,  and be your best and worst with.  You hear that family?  I’m most grateful for you!!

Art.  Mine and everyone else’s.  It brightens my life and my walls and my journals.  Art keeps my mind active and learning.  I can express my joy and anger, my soul and beliefs, travel to other worlds, visit history, and let my mind soar.  Oh yes I am grateful for Art in all it’s many forms!!!

The smell of peppermint and cedar and lavender.  I love, love the smell of grass and lemon, incense and potpourri.  Soy candles and roses. The smell of the wind after a storm.  The smell of bacon on Sunday morning. The smell of apple trees blossoming.

I’m grateful for kids and pets and friends.  I’m grateful for memories, and photographs to help me remember them.  I’m grateful for mystery and synchronicity and the wisdom to recognize both.  I’m grateful for lessons….the worst and the best have taught me something about myself and why I’m here in this time and place.  I’m grateful for the technology that allows me to send out my gratitude to the universe and strangers that I have never met.  I’m grateful for the huge and the miniscule.

And today…I’m grateful to be having another birthday and to be celebrating  and surrounded by the people I love and those that love me!!

 

 

Fine and Feathered….

Just back from Captiva Island.  Did we have fun!  Yes we did.  I saw some interesting things…wildlife, shells, beautiful beaches. I did sort of get carried away with bird photos mainly because my twin sister started it.  I won’t bore you with the 600 odd photos I took of the same bird. (don’t judge me)  But because I’m an odd bird…I have a list of things that I found totally and oddly interesting that are probably not the norm when people think of what they remember on their vacation….

I spotted a billboard along I-95 on my way home from Captiva that boasted ‘Gator-Head Wind Chimes’. It was for a tourist/souvenier/truckstop place along the highway. I immediately began to take mental stock of my supply of gator-head wind chimes, in order to decide if I needed to swing in and pick some up. It occurred to me that i have no gator-head wind chimes, so I considered further. I like wind. I appreciate chimes. I enjoy wind chimes as a rule. I like gators – including their heads. I’m not so keen on the head, once it’s been separated from the gator’s body. Then i thought: This was someone’s idea? I suppose they thought – “These are some mighty cute little gators. If I catch them, I can cut their heads off, dry them out and shellac them. Then I’ll tie them up on a string so they can clank together in the wind and it will be a dandy thing to hang on someone’s front porch and listen to those little gator heads smacking together in the wind.” Is this considered a good idea? How many of the ideas out there are equivalent to this? Are there actually exhausted vacationers whose minds are so numb that they see GATOR-HEAD WIND CHIMES, and obediently exit to pick some up? I’m sure the gator community is not thrilled about this. Also, whatever happened to the old reliable oranges, sea shells and sharks teeth? Meanwhile, when you’re puttering around inside your house, and the wind dances past your porch, please enjoy the calming clatter of tiny, dead, severed alligator heads knocking together in the breeze. Is it me or is this really really odd?

I, of course did not buy any.  But now I’m sort of wishing I had stopped by to look.  I also noticed stripper  billboards and religious billboards….in equal measure.  What does this say about us?  I don’t know.  But I’m thinking about starting a photo journal of billboards.  I’m completely fascinated with it.  I wish I had been able to take photos but with a13 hour trip ahead of us…that 80 mile an hour trip wasn’t conducive to many photos.  Next time though.  Next time.