Monday, November 30, 2015

"Christmas in Motion" Holiday Light Show in Pittsville, Maryland

It's that time of year again!

"Christmas in Motion" is a holiday light display located off Route 50 in Wicomico County, MD. Tucked back in the woods of Pittsville, sits a house with an amazing array of lights which are skillfully displayed and choreographed to music. Just tune your car stereo into the station and listen right along with many popular holiday melodies.

This display is also a Toys for Toys collection station and while it is free to visit, bringing a new, unwrapped toy is always a nice idea. There is a mailbox for letters to Santa too.

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Saturday, November 28, 2015

One Step Away: Our New Threat

I'm not defending the violence in today's world or making excuses for people who spin out of control and take lives. I'm just pointing out there there are increasing numbers of people out there who are angry; bitter; hurting and disgruntled. So many appear to be just a few steps away from a breakdown, which lately seems to progress to acting out publicly to make a statement. And sometimes that statement is about taking lives, either in a final bid for attention or a desperate wake up call.

I believe it's going to get worse. Maybe all these things that are happening are showing us something. maybe our society is broken because so many people are walking on edge. Phrases such as "he's like a powder keg", "disgruntled employee" and "disturbed" - aren't those words we hear over and over? How many people are actually too close to shattering?

Friday, November 27, 2015

Reach out to someone this holiday season

I think it's very important to remember how many people are sad or feel alone during the holiday season. From now until New Years can be a very painful time for many of us - some don't have families or loved ones might have recently passed. Perhaps work has taken someone away from friends and relatives and for the first time they are finding themselves all alone in a strange place.....but we can do something.

Even small kind acts such as inviting a neighbor over for coffee or to take a walk.....asking a co-worker to lunch...bringing homemade treats to an acquaintance who seems down. It's no secret that suicides increase during this time of year - but we an ALL do something to help. Please consider reaching out to someone during the next month and spreading kindness.

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Thursday, November 26, 2015

It's Thanksgiving Night and I don't want it to end

I dreaded this day for the last month or two. Things are different in our world; people are gone and I didn't want to go through the holiday without what had mattered so much in the past. A few days ago I'd posted "holidays suck" on Facebook and then started seeing that some people are much less fortunate than I am. And I felt stupid for complaining and instead tried to connect with those who are alone and down, tried reaching out to others and being a good listener, because that's what I think holidays are supposed to be about.  Not sure how well it went but I tried.

Today....I have loved seeing all the kindness and good wishes spread across social sites and between friends, acquaintances and vague people from the Internet. Yes, many folks say that's not real, that imaginary connections made online don't really count, but some of us know they do. I just wish we could somehow bottle the nice words, the reaching out to others and the peacefulness of the day, both in the personal interactions as well as across the web. I wish it didn't have to end yet....that us caring about one another could remain part of our daily life.

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Thanksgiving 2015

Uh oh.

Kind of makes you think, doesn't it?

Beach cornucopia.

Squirrel pilgrims.


Simpsons Thanksgiving.

Gobblers traveling.

Turkey balloon in parade.

"Friendship is who you are with".

Beach Thanksgiving wishes in the sand.

What are you thankful for?

Sometimes I really hate that sooooooo much focus about this holiday is on family. Not everyone has a huge family, or kids, or perhaps they have lost someone recently. It can be hard!

Adorable dancing animals.

Basset hounds sitting around the Thanksgiving table. lol.

"Map of holiday meal choices"

Cute squirrel at Thanksgiving.

Put DOWN the cell phone during holiday meals.

Thanksgiving doesn't just include family. It includes friends, neighbors and people you wish to share kindness with.

Thank you to all who serve!

Ha ha.....and often true. :)

Cat wants

Vintage greeting card with a white turkey.

Wishing all of my online friends an awesome holiday. It's so funny how you can come to "know" people across the countries of the world on social sites but I'm very fortunate to have met so many great folks. Where ever you are in the world I'm sending you smiles across the miles and may you enjoy a safe and wonderful Thanksgiving. And remember to share some kindness.

Monday, November 23, 2015

Life after "Death of a Small Business"; One Year Later

I caught sight of that ol' familiar excitement again over the weekend - not as passionate or energetic as it once was - but still, it was a glimpse of interest towards something new. I've been struggling to find myself again following the closing a beloved small business after almost two decades. Letting go has been painful and finding the next chapter of life has proved elusive. So much so in fact, that I've almost given up ever having something of my own again, instead just searching for employment without really caring what I ended up with - believing that nothing could ever come close to the thrill I'd felt being the captain of my own ship. 

How's the employment thing going? Well, it's been tough for so many reasons and factors, ones that might potentially daunt even those who hold more qualifications than I do or who possess all the necessary skill sets needed in this day and age. While that sounds both depressing and discouraging it's true; one of the hardest things about moving on after burying my friend the small shop, is learning that 19 years in retail didn't necessary give me experience where I need it. If I stayed in that exact line of work maybe, but when you've lived and breathed retail 24/7 for so many years because it was yours, starting over doing that for an employer doesn't hold nearly the same excitement or challenges. And I'm almost much older now, not as suited to the long days and physical stress that once seemed like nothing in my younger years.  

To be honest, I had hoped to pick up and start fresh with a more sane line of work. Maybe in an office or a medical receptionist type of gig - perhaps at the nearby hospital which appeared to continually have slots open for a variety of positions. After riding the waves of a fickle and tumultuous economy, the ebb and flow of retail sales and the stress of constant juggling and worry, part of me longed for a bit of stability in a world that didn't fluctuate as wildly. Consistent employment was the key I told myself a year ago as I locked the door for the final time and walked away from that chapter of life; finding a normal job would be a refreshing and a needed change. All I had to do was find something.

It's been a challenge that I never saw coming. Assuming that having been a juggler of many tasks and duties qualified me for other roles, I didn't foresee this rough road but in a small town jobs aren't as plentiful as I'd thought. And it turns out that holding a title such as "wearer of all the hats" doesn't mean you have the skills and knowledge of data programs that are now standard in so many industries. Finding out that there is far more I'm not suitable for, than the positions I could get has been a harsh reality, and at a time when I'm floundering emotionally and needing to move forward into something new, it's been rough. While the idea of learning new applications, making myself marketable and taking classes has been looming over my head, knowing exactly which ones to pick is daunting.

Back to the spark that I had caught sight of over the's there; I definitely saw the familiar glow. But somehow I just can't channel it into a fire, let alone see how it might grow. I feel like I'm stuck after thinking and working and living in such specific ways for so long - and yet inside of me - something I can't put into words is dying to be born.

Saturday, November 21, 2015

My Blessed, Discontented Life (and yes, I feel guilty)

"Damn it" I muttered under my breath as my car plowed to a halt. I was in that grey zone between too-close-to-stop and dashing-through-an-obviously-red-light. The dogs in the back of the bus cheered their approval since a pause in motion meant a chance to look around and hopefully find something to bark at. I fumed at the delay - which, like so many other recent events - was totally and completely out of my control.

En route to the bank, I'd just written out a check which had on it a number "20". As in November 20th, 2015. How did we get here I wondered, momentarily frozen by what seemed to be a huge span of time between today and the previous autumn. A whole year had passed; 12 months; 365 days and a few extras....and I'm still looking, searching and coming up empty. A friend told me a few days ago that this journey is more about how "I perceive myself" than about letting go. I'm sure I'd have an opinion if I knew how to feel but lately there's just a blank space where my emotions are supposed to be stored.

And yet, I'm so very fortunate. I have people who say they care, even though I sometimes struggle to see that. I have people who have really shown their level of caring by being amazing friends, and then there are acquaintances too....and I have my health. So I'm just being a bitch says the little voice inside my head, when I'm not grateful or appreciative of all this. Really, the lecturing voice goes on to tell me, do I not realize how fortunate I am? Almost disgusting for me to be complaining, isn't it, I silently answer back, feeling ashamed of my discontented self.

I'm going to go on....what brought out the magic once before in my life must still exist; I just haven't found it yet. It was the best of times and it was the worst of times - and through it all is how my soul began to heal. I've got to keep looking for that light.

Friday, November 20, 2015

What I Know Now: "8 Things About Friendship"

Recently I lost several people I had considered my best friends. Things were said - that were not meant to hurt or cause an issue but unfortunately it happened that way. What I see now makes me wish I didn’t care so much.

I thought friends are able to both say and hear the words “I’m sorry”.

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Days of the Year | National Monopoly Day is November 19th

It started as an innocent Google search for the origin of this holiday, celebrating one of the most loved/hated/adored/despised board games. Ever. Once I started finding amusing graphics, giggling and spitting across the keyboard it was time to share them with you.

Considered by some as "the most popular board game in the world", it is based on a game designed in 1902 by Elizabeth Magie. Published by Parker Brothers in 1935, it's estimated that more than 5 million people have played it. (wow. but they didn't all "play", ha ha)