What Is Lonnie's Room?

There is a room in our home to which I navigate more frequently than the others. It makes me feel secure, it is cozy, and it is quiet. From the peak of the room, there is a large rusty metal angel suspended by a very thin wire. It would apear as if the angel is hovering over me, protecting, and always present. The lighting in the room creates a virtual display of dancing shadows around the angel.

Every evening when I am in "MY ROOM", I think of what Luciano de Crescenzo once said, "We are all like one-winged angels. it is only when we help each other that we can fly."

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Never too Late or Old!!

Twenty plus years ago when we bought our property, we planted 100 or so evergreen trees which we hoped someday would provide privacy and wind break.  Now 20 plus years later, it is time to clean up those huge evergreens.  Over years, vines grow up and smother those greens which requires trimming and shaping.  Since I am now retired, I have experienced  the chore of assisting in that task.  My husband has taught me a great deal.  For instance.... attire must be of long sleeves, gloves, shoes that can withstand sap, and hat or headband....all learned the hard way of course.  Secondly, one always piles branches with base toward you so they are easier to load and unload. Thirdly, there are certain words one pays attention to such as Heads up, help, oops, sh--! and run.  There are also a few words that one takes no offense to such as "sappy", "creeping", and ugly ... not referring to any person in attendance thank goodness.  It has been a huge task and we are only half way done, but.... it has been a learning experience and something I have not experienced previously.  So..... it is never too late or we are never too old to experience something different, something difficult, or something unexpected.
Tackling something new, no matter how easy or work intensive, expands our knowledge base and adds to our self worth.  Besides.... we sleep very well at night!

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Remembrance Day

Today is a special remembrance day... it is the 60th anniversary of my brother's death.  60 years! Wow.... that is a long time!  I decided I needed to visit the cemetery where he was buried.  Of course, my second thought was that one never goes to visit someone without taking something.  What would he like....."  A cookie of course!  After stopping at the store and buying a pack of M&M cookies, I continued my journey.    Just as in our childhood... he got one and I got five... that is the way an older sister counts.  One for you and five for me.  The only thing missing was the battering back and forth.  .... that and the milk we usually had to go with it.  Sound silly?  Of course but it lightens a heavy heart.

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Fathers Day Thoughts

Father’s Day is just around the clock corner and I am preparing cards and special thoughts for the men in our family.  My father and father in law are no longer with us and it is a perfect time to miss them but thankful they are in a great place.  As with many in our small town, we cannot help but think of Fathers Day 47 years ago when a train derailed resulting in a day long fight with exploding tank cars, fire, and uncertainty.  Every year our community comes together to thank God no one died and by His grace we recovered and united.  We discovered that  things we thought were so very important were not.  What was and still is important is our faith and belief in God, unity in our community, and love for our families.  With this thought in mind, I hope everyone takes a few moments to consider what is important in your life and be thankful.  Happy Father’s Day to all you men who love and care so deeply.

Saturday, May 20, 2017

What Do You Do?

My inspiration today has come from a book which my supervisor gave to me when I retired.  I loved this little book so much that I have read it three times.  It is entitled, "What Do You Do With An Idea?" written by Kobi Yamada.  It actually is a children's book I believe, but the meaning and the illustrations are wonderful.  It is a story about an idea and the child who helps bring it to life.  How many times have we had ideas that we thought were wonderful but no one else did?  How many times did those ideas not come to reality because we were afraid to try?  This book encourages us to have faith in ourselves and our ideas because one day that idea may change the world!

Saturday, August 20, 2016

A Diffendoofer Day!

Yes!  It was a Diffendoofer Day!  I decided to review my old posts and realized it has been a year since I have exercised my writing skills in this form.  Shame on me!  Writing is a relaxant for me and something I enjoy. Consequently when Life gets too busy to do the things you enjoy,.... time to take a step back and make a change.  I am reminded of Dr. Seuss Book entitled "Hooray for Diffendoofer Day".  The book is all about children realizing that school and learning can be fun and silly and exciting.  It encourages the children of the Diffendoofer School to excel and have fun while doing it.... releasing those smart cells in the brain.  That is the way I felt this morning as I started this blog again... Hooray for Today!  It feels good to sit and let the creativeness in captivity escape.  What is going to be your Diffendoofer Day Plans?

Sunday, July 12, 2015

Step Out of the Box

One of our traditions for the ladies in our family is to attend the Sugar Creek Symphony and Song opera production each year.  This year the opera was The Magic Flute.  It was an outstanding performance and one of my favorites.  Leila Bowie played Pamina, Gennard Lombardozzi played Tomino and my favorite character was Reuben L. Lillie who played Papageno, the "bird man".   The costumes were beautiful, the music outstanding, the casting was perfect and it was "funny"!  Everyone needs to try different things, laugh, enjoy the moment and share that moment with those you enjoy being with.   I sometimes think that in our everyday life we get so busy we forget to do things that make us laugh.  Instead of concentrating on meeting deadlines and checking off items on a to-do list, let's step out of the box, do something fun, and laugh!  Laughing is good for the soul!

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

There is a verse I read on an American Greeting Card which read:  "Hope is not pretending that troubles don't exist....It is the trust that they will not last forever, that hurts will be healed and difficulties overcome.  It is the faith that a source of strength and renewal lies within to lead us through the dark to the sunshine."

Let us keep in mind as we forge forward on our journey through the difficult winter to emerge and bask in the sunshine of spring.  It is coming... I promise!  In July when we are complaining of the heat, retrieve those pictures you took this winter.  It is not that these snow storms all of a sudden got smaller or the winter has lessened.... it is just that they have lost their ability to overwhelm.  Think Spring!