Saturday, December 31, 2016

Reflections on New Year's Eve | "What I Learned From the Past Year"

December 31st, 2016 ~ what I have learned during the last twelve months:

• i found out that things aren't often what they seem and that sometimes we confuse reality with the images we have in our minds....

• that sometimes you have nothing else left to do but to turn and walk away, even when it really, really hurts, even when it tears you apart to just keep putting one foot in front of the other.....

• i learned that some people can't ever, ever forgive, nor would they see any value in doing so....

• when given the chance to think about your choices, it is better to be kind than to judge because you never know what kind of battles someone else is fighting with...

• i found out that more people struggle with daily burdens, addictions and dark secrets than they will ever admit....

• that some folks will call themselves Christians and consider themselves good, honest, caring, kind people....and then can still turn on you in a heartbeat....

• i know now that learning the truth later on is often far more difficult than seeing the reality years before....

• i've seen how kindness can live in so many shapes and forms and, that it can appear in ways you may never of thought possible....

• i know now that it's okay to finally realize, accept and admit that someone isn't who you had thought, respected and loved....

• that some people will make any and every excuse to cover up their problems, even to the point of tearing you down and blaming everyone else rather than admit their own flaws....

• i know now what some of you may never have realized, that during this summer, this year, this darkness, that you were truly, the wind that held me up, the strength beneath my wings....

I wish in the coming year, that you find peace during troubled hours, strength when facing the challenges of life, laughter to carry you through the difficult times, and joy to comfort you at the end of each and every day.

#delmarvausa |"together we accomplish more"

Friday, December 30, 2016

Happy New Year! Vintage Greetings and Wishes for an Excellent 2017

Goodbye can't get out of here FAST ENOUGH. I've learned more about myself, life and my family than I cared to know, made some tough decisions and found out things that changed everything. Some of it was overdue and needed to happen.....other aspects may have been best left alone....either way, I MADE IT. Looking forward to 2017 with a new perspective and with steps towards some bigger goals. I wish YOU a wonderful New Year's Eve and a fabulous 2017!! Click on any image to open it in a larger window.

Sunday, December 25, 2016

Vintage Christmas & Retro Holiday Greetings - Such Fun Images to Enjoy!

Some images I found while looking for the perfect retro Holiday Greeting. How lovely are these vintage scenes of shops and Santas, space ships and mushrooms, classic vehicles and those beloved ornaments we all remember?? Click on any picture to open in a larger window and enjoy!

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

A Nautical Holiday | Seasonal Christmas Images from the Seashore

The message of a "tropical Christmas" might bring to mind stately palm trees by the ocean, strung with colored lights and festive beach cottages adorned with wreaths, garland and greenery. While that image may represent what is true of celebrations and holidays in the lower portions of the country, many of us may conjure up the pictures of small villages in colder regions, where crab pots are stacked to form trees, where fishing boats are a part of many Christmas cards, and where forests and mountains are a common part of the scenery. And then there are the vintage, detailed and yet often faded depictions featuring a jolly St. Nicholas by the harbor, scarf-wearing starfish dancing upon the frozen ice of a lake, or lighthouses festooned with decorations, glowing brightly in the night sky. Whatever your memories are - or perhaps favorite places or escapes - these images are for the ones who love to be near - or on - the water, and who find the greatest joy and peace in nature by the shore. I hope you enjoy these that I have come across online and included here. Click on the images to open in a new window for the larger version.


Friday, December 16, 2016

#ChristmasLightTracker featuring Holiday Lights on Delmarva

Photos taken featuring local businesses and towns of Maryland's eastern shore and southern Delaware. I'm posting pics from around the area as #ChristmasLightTracker to bring you local displays of lights and Christmas Spirit. For more follow me on Facebook.

Jim's Bait and Tackle Shop in Roxana, DE. Find them on Facebook.

Monday, December 12, 2016

Towns of the Delmarva Peninsula | Newark, MD and the Queponco Railway Station

Tucked away on Maryland's eastern shore, located between Berlin and Snow Hill, you will find the town of Newark. Most people assume, when you mention it, that you are mistaken and of course referring to it's namesake in northern Delaware - but no, there is indeed a Newark in Worcester County, MD. Turn off of Route 113 and go perhaps a mile or two and there you are.

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Vintage Kitties of Christmas | A Collection of Nostalgic Felines

What started out as a wish to cheer a friend who is down because of the pending holidays turned into my sort of fascination with these greetings of yesteryear. It almost appears that perhaps the sending of cards for New Year's was a bigger deal than it is today, since although I didn't include many here, there are quite a few designs celebrating the beginning of January. The wishes for Christmas range from ornate and stylish, such as well-dressed caroling cats and images depicting a number of felines outfitted in hats and clothing, to very simple faces and a few sprigs of holly (as shown below). Many of them made me smile since I couldn't help but wonder what type of greetings may have been inside the card, as the illustrations of kitties experiencing the high life seems such a sharp contrast to our world today.


Sunday, December 4, 2016

Mourning for #OAKLAND

I'm angry to see - once again - that stupidity and irresponsibility have no limits. My heart hurts for the parents of those who died needlessly in a makeshift dance club. SOMEONE wanted to make a few bucks and didn't give a damn about anything else....

I'm willing to bet others saw it and did nothing - and now there are parents waiting to find out if a body is their child; firefighters and rescue workers combing through the rubble and smoking debris looking for answers - all because of someone who didn't give the value of human life a second thought.

Like I've said before we don't need to wait for the end of the world; we as people are capable of killing ourselves off just in normal life. Damn.