Wednesday, August 27, 2014

A Quickie

    ***It's looking like I'll be back on the road no later than the last week of September.  I'll probably head northeast to catch the spectacular view of the autumn leaves with their myriad of colors.  I plan to have Christmas with family and friends here in MD as well as celebrate my 60th in mid-January!!!
    ***Speaking of my 60th...I've booked my flights and 2 week stay in San Diego as my gift to myself!!! YES!!!  More to come as the adventure continues to unfold...thanks again for joining me even during my layover here in MD.  :)   Your comments have truly kept my smile alive!

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Joys of the Ocean

    Van-Go and I went to the beach...woo hoo!!!!!!  Matthew, Adam, his mom and his sister's family were going to be in Bethany Beach for a week, so I decided to spend 2 days there hanging out with them.
Bright Spot-On my way to the beach Sunday morning, I stopped at Friendly's restaurant in Rehobeth. There I met a lovely woman named Maria.  I was fortunate enough to have her as my server.  What a pleasant and unpretentious woman.  She was a delight from the moment she said hello!  She made sure my order was exactly like I wanted it.  I told her about my adventure and she was happy to share with me that she truly loved her job.  For Maria, it is more like a great opportunity than a job.  I believe that there are many and will be many more that benefit from Maria's wonderful spirit!  Count me in as one of them!
Maria!!!
She really enjoys meeting and helping people from all over.  Many of them are on vacation and she loves their stories.  She is also studying to become a special education teacher.  Maria has been married over 20 years and is proud and grateful that her family is one that has chosen to stick together during challenging times. Maria has a 17 year old son, Terry, an 8 year old daughter, Lauran and a hubby named Brian (we won't mention his age...lol).

    Sunday afternoon I basked in the sun and in the evening I hung out with everybody, slept in Van-Go (I missed that!) and was on the beach Monday morning to bathe in the warmth and magic of a brand new sunrise.
By far, sunrises are one of my favorite scenes of nature to photograph.  I also love the beach, the salt water smell and the motion of the ocean :)!  I hope you enjoy a few of the many shots I took.
Shadows of a beach bird

Scatter some crumbs and they will come!

A seagull sunrise

A golden glow

A silver glow

Glistening waves


New Granddaughter

   My grandson Leon recently acquired a little sister named Loki.....she's a 13 week old pure bred jet black German Shepard with ears that flop to one side and  paws that are humongous...look out mommies, Rachel & Megan!  I'm so proud!  I'm sure there will be more pictures to come!
The happy parents

Leon isn't quite sure what to think...
his ears tell all!!! LOL
Apparently they are his, "OMG, you must be kidding" ears!!!


The Illusion of Time

Helloooo, All!
***First order of business....VAN-GO IS ALL BETTER and getting all gussied up to hit the road in a few weeks!  The last day of my "Nanny" position is Sept. 18th and I'll be spending the following weekend with a very dear friend from high school.  She recently bought a beautiful home in Bethany Beach, Delaware and I am looking forward to seeing it and just hanging out with her.  She will finally get to see my new home as well!  Yippee!!!  By October 1 or maybe before, I'll be back on the road...more on that to come!!!
***Secondly, I must admit that I am having a very enlightening experience with the little guys!  They are silly...which of course I can totally relate to...they have a mind of their own...which I've come to respect...but mostly, they have absolutely no concept of time!  Admittedly, this delightful character trait can sometimes be a bit exasperating, but when I step back and take in the crux of their behavior...an absolute passion for every single thing they come across...it is quite an amazing phenomenon!  I have truly slowed down my overall everything in the last year or so...but these guys have raised the bar for me.  The welcomed lesson I've gleaned from them is one we have all heard and too often give little credibility to......THERE'S NO TIME LIKE THE PRESENT MOMENT.  As we walk each day, they have no concern for before we started walking or after we are finished walking.  Each step is exciting and NOW.  Thank you Arlo and Archer for your toddler wisdom!
Archer mesmerized by the tiny wheel that
rolls both ways attached to a pile of
discarded wood scraps...awesome! 

   
And miracles can only be recognized if
we're in the present moment!
Arlo getting a huge kick
out of the over-sized
straw in his cup of water...
gotta love it!

Friday, August 15, 2014

Where Did the Time Go???...


     Wow...between having a 'work schedule' again, not having access to the internet for 5 days and living 3 different places in 2 weeks...I just realized that 10 days have gone by without posting!!!  Sorry especially to the Bright Spots that may have been waiting to see their story!!!  They are here!!!
     Well, I have embraced city life here in Baltimore!  Staying at my son's place 4 days during the week, which is MUCH closer to my 'temp nanny' job, has afforded me the opportunity to ride the Light Rail to and from work.  I am nearly a 'pro' at it...got the ticket purchasing down, know the schedule, and actually know which way I'm going now after 3 weeks...LOL  Yesterday, I even took it to the Inner Harbor for a scenic stroll, to eat and have some fun.  I didn't get to ride the dinosaur paddle boats because there was a line much longer than I cared to wait in and the boat ride I wanted to take didn't have enough passengers to go out before I needed to leave...bummer times 2!  I WILL experience them both before I go on the road again!!!
Light Rail

On my walk to the Inner Harbor


     






     There was a very quick but heavy rainfall the other day that created jump worthy puddles.  Even though I couldn't find anyone to take my picture jumping, I DID take a picture of the puddle...LOL
My puddle
     While I was at the Harbor, I stopped in a restaurant to have dinner and there I found a wonderful young woman who was a delight to speak with and who also shared her Bright Spot with me.  Angelina, my server, had been looking for a second job opportunity and just 3 days ago was hired there at Bubba Gump Shrimp Company & Market.  After talking for just a short while, I was thinking that restaurant made a very wise choice when they added Angelina to their staff!  Thanks Angelina and good luck!

Angelina
       Last week I was at the neighborhood Target getting some pictures developed.  The woman next to me was having trouble with the machine and her memory card.
Bright Spot-Unfortunately, my attempts to assist her were unsuccessful, however, we got to talking about my adventure and Mary shared 'proud Nana' information with me!  Her grandson, Benjamin, graduated from Spotswood HS in Harrisburg, PA in June having won the Medallion Award for academic achievement 2 years in a row! 
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Benjamin also excelled on the swim team for his school and country club. In addition, he was awarded a certificate for his dedication and enthusiasm in helping young kids!  This accolade was created just for him!   Mary got a little teary-eyed as she spoke about her grandson.  Benjamin will be attending The University of Virginia in the Fall.  Good luck Benjamin and keep doing what you do...the world is already a better place with you in it!!!

      I have had a few opportunities to play creatively and that is ALWAYS a good thing!!!
I'm decorating my scooter helmet with fine point Sharpies.  It started out looking like a bright white shiny alien head...LOL  It's still a work in progress, but it is coming along.  I'm having so much fun with it! 
The left side...omg, I'm so silly sometimes!

The top so far









Also, hanging out with a 2 and 4 year old 3 days a week, creative thinking is a MUST...LOL
These, in case you don't recognize them, are
apple/peanut butter "donuts" with a non-messy "handle"



Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Girls' Weekend

   I met a new friend through family and we instantly hit it off.   She invited me to stay at her home for the weekend and we had a blast.  A few highlights for us were morning walks, a birthday dinner for her sister at Sakuras, a visit to the MD Line Tractor Show, finishing each others' sentences, saying the same thing at the same time, finding out that we have a ton of things in common and on and on!  It was such a fun and fabulous weekend...we're planning to do it again in a few weeks!!!
Alana's backyard "thief"!
He thinks he's a bird...lol

My breakfast...fit for a queen!



Tractor show

Tom & FRED!
The FIRST Bright Spot
photo!!!

Sakura's...yummy!
I almost caught the shrimp
in my mouth in mid air!

My new friend, Alana & me at dinner




I even discovered a Bright Spot at one of our outings!
   Mr. Tom Griegor and his puppet pal, Fred have been participating in local parades for the past 20+ years




primarily to make people laugh!!! Tom restores tractors for a living.  He services areas such as New Freedom, Stewartstown and Shrewsberry, PA.  He truly seems to enjoy his career, but his partnership with Fred puts a huge smile on his face.  They are a real team!!!

Friday, August 1, 2014

Inner Harbor & The Little Guys

My granddaughter, Cannon!
The traffic that I don't have to drive in...LOL

The Inner Harbor



The Inner Harbor
One of these days I might just go for a ride
on the Rocket Dog...a tourist speed boat
 that goes out into the Chesapeake Bay!
Downtown Baltimore!  I've been staying with my son this past week because he lives close enough to my "work" that I can hop on the Light Rail to get there in 8 minutes and don't need to worry about driving in city traffic!  Thank you Matthew and Adam!!!  It is quite beautiful at the harbor...so many sites!  The Aquarium, Science Center, fabulous restaurants, a variety of shopping options, Ripley's Believe It or Not Museum, and of course there's the "people-watching!"  I took a walk down there on my day off...the plan is to go back and rent a paddle boat that is shaped like a dragon!!!   OMG...I can't wait!!!




Sooooo, here are the 2 reasons why I'm staying in the city with my son 3 days a week for the next month...Arlo is 4 and Archer is 2...
Arlo (left) and Archer watching the trains!

Arlo being a movie star with my shades!!!

Creating with clay

Observing nature

Archer munching pizza

Barnes & Noble story corner fun



And, of course, riding the escalator up and down
multiple times in succession is absolutely crucial to
the success of any given visit to Barnes & Noble!!!