Weekly Photo Challenge – Early Sunrise

GEDSC DIGITAL CAMERA  As I have mentioned before, I am NOT a morning person, so getting a picture of a sunrise is not in my collection. Now, I have woken up early enough to see a sunrise at times and stare at it in awe, BUT…I am not thinking to grab my camera. I am thinking it is so pretty, but I wish I was in bed 🙂 Actually there have been mornings that it has helped wake me with a smile.

This picture of the sun creeping up behind the church bell was the view from our window when we were in Italy. Send me to another country and I will love to get up early, don’t want to miss a minute of seeing the views 🙂 Then again, this is the only picture I have from our vacation abroad of a sun rise, sooo….guess I still wasn’t up at the crack of dawn. But hey the hour was late when we went to bed each night and I still was up by 6:30 each morning which is early!

Have a Relaxing Sunday everyone! May the SUN RISE in your heart today making you feel happy!

When your heart is in your throat!

That moment of fear! When the goosebumps come and you can barely breathe or speak. Do you know what I am talking about? Your heart is pounding in your ears. I remember awhile back reading of the challenge to write about a time in your life when fear struck, so here is my tale.

It was a dark and wintery night. That is how all scary tales begin, right? 🙂 It really was a dark, December night tho. I had graduated from HS that summer and was working at a Yummy Fast Food restaurant with my great friend. She was spending the night for we had to be up bright and early the next day for Breakfast with Santa at our restaurant. No, we weren’t going to see Santa and get goodies, we were in charge of having enough food to serve to all the good little boys and girls and their parents!

My parents were out of town that week-end so we had the house to ourselves and like normal teens had the music loud and were dancing around feeling carefree. My room was on the 2nd floor and we were in there with the door closed. Well suddenly amidst our dancing and over our loud music we heard BANG!! We froze and looked at each other with sheer fright! The BANG was on our bedroom door! It opened!! My friend screamed and hid behind the door, apparently havign faith that I would be able to fight off the intruder with my brute strength!  Well I fell on the bed seeing a 6 foot man in my room! It was all over, my young life was about to end, I just knew it…but WAIT…I knew that man!! Yes my friends you can breathe again, I did. I started to slowly breathe as I glared at my dear Brother-in-law, who I am pretty sure was chuckling inside. He said how he wanted to make sure we were OK! Umm….we HAD BEEN OK, before he interrupted our fun!  I was like, you couldn’t have called?? OOPS! It turned out that my parents had called and we hadn’t answered the phone and so they called my sister, who had called and we hadn’t answered the phone. Did I mention our music was loud and we were upstairs 😉 My caring sister of course told her husband that he had to check on us. So on a dark, cold, snowy, night my SWEET brother-in-law made the trip to come check on us. We didn’t live far, but we weren’t just right down the street either. He knocked on our front door and rang the bell, no answer. He had a key so he walked in. When he heard our music from upstairs, he figured out what the problem was so decided he would have fun at our expense!

He left pretty quickly as we lay hyperventilating on the bed. My friend said how she had seen her short life pass before her eyes too! It did take awhile for the beating of our hearts to slow down and to be able to go to sleep without nightmares of a 6 foot man barging into our room. But when the sandman finally overtook us we slept well. Slept a little too well. Woke up with the sun blaring full force into our room. Stared at our alarm clock! OOPS! Were we supposed to have set that thing??? Now we were in fear of another man, our BOSS! Saying we got ready quickly is an understatement. Made it to work and YES, our boos was not too happy, BUT…he was truly a GREAT Boss and how can you be grumpy when you are getting ready for Santa and your 2  charming elves are working very feverishly to prepare for it 🙂 All turned out well. But to this day, 25 years later; my friend and I still remember that dark,winter’s night,  and are glad that now we can laugh about it!


Good Morning! So I woke up this morning in the middle of a dream ! I hate when I do that, especially if the dream is good. Now if its a bad one, that is fine, but that is usually not the way it works. How often do you wake up as you are running from the bad guys? You run and run til you think you can’t run no more and still your dream is not ending. Or if you are lost and seeking to find your way, the dream just seems to go on and on as you keep getting more lost in a dark forest with eerie monsters.

But when you are  about to bite into that delicious cookie that Jodie from Life in Between made, the dream suddenly ends. Or you are on a plane and it lands at a tropical island, you are stepping out of the plane ready to bask in  the sunshine; but instead you open your eyes and are still in bed. You quickly shut them again to try to get back on that plane but it doesn’t work.

Yes, dreams are crazy things and they are something I have ALL THE TIME!  My dreams range from the totally crazy to very meaningful. Do I believe dreams can speak to your heart and have a purpose, OH YES! I have a book full of dreams that I have had that have spoken to me in ways that are just incredible at times.

I am thankful for the way God has given me dreams to speak to me and encourage you to not be quick to ignore your dreams. You never know, there might be a meaning in them. Or it could be that you just shouldn’t have had that 5th piece of pizza before you went to bed 🙂

Now if I could just get back to my dream to see where I was going! I have a feeling it was somewhere great! I was being kidnapped and yes, you are probably thinking that is not a good dream! But, it was a friendly kidnapping, if there is such a term 🙂 I didn’t know who the masked people were but I knew they were friendly and I was anxious to get to wherever they were taking me. My spirit felt light. Who knows maybe I was about to travel to that tropical island! Perhaps I can dream part 2 tonight 🙂

What was your favorite dream? Feel free to share! Do you dream a lot or hardly at all? My husband only has 3 dreams he remembers!

Have a great day my friends!

You Didn’t Know I Kissed You Tonight

This spoke to my Mother’s heart so tenderly that I had to share it with my readers. Enjoy!!

A Holistic Journey

Night has pressed her hand to your eyes. Deep in stories written by moonlight, you
fly dragons over magic rivers and lead clone armies through the red dust of Mars.

I follow your brows, lashes, these long limbs – they are the lines of your biography.
Hands that build Lego tales and castles, draw warbirds, roll out sixteenth triplets;
these hands feel older now. Who will they lead? Who will they hold? I’m watching you
outgrow this bed but you refuse to outgrow the smell of your mother’s skin. You bury
your face in my shirt and come up sated, remembering the milk and my heartbeat.

When you are my heart.

There’s so much you want to know and I don’t have the answers, things for astronomers
and professors to tell. And you didn’t know I kissed you tonight and a thousand times
past and will kiss you through all…

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Tuesday’s Thoughts!

Its a rainy morning here today, but its WARM!! So I will take it 🙂 Hope you enjoy these quotes today from Rudyard Kipling and have a marvelous Tuesday!

“Never look backwards or you may fall down the stairs!” ( I can fall down the stairs looking forward, but yes there is a deeper meaning in this quote besides talking about how clumsy you may be 🙂 )

“Learn to love without condition, talk without bad intentions, give without any reason and most of all care for people without any expectation!”

“Words are the most powerful drug used by humankind.”

“Of all the lies in the world, sometimes the worst ones are your own fears!”

Rudyard was obviously a wise man by these quotes! I was reminded of a quote yesterday that I know I put on here before and its not by Rudyard Kipling, but I have to post it again. So for those who may not have seen it the first time, here it is, one of my favorite ones out of all the ones I have posted.

“Broken crayons still color!”

Go COLOR the world today!

What was I thinking??

In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “Let’s Go Crazy.” It is suggested that we write a post about something we did on impulse, something crazy! A couple of things come to mind, but I will only share one 🙂 This goes back to when I was young and naive, LOL! I was a 10th grader

It was a nice Spring evening at our high school dorm. I dormed during the week and went home on the week-ends. LOVED IT! Like college life in HS almost 🙂 One night I happened to be by the pay phone in the hall when it rang. Yes, I know I am going way back in time now, when we used to have those strange things called pay phones!! Remember how the operator would say, “Please deposit .25cents and you would keep talking cause you didn’t have .25cents and she would say it again a little firmer and than CLICK! The phone would ring again and you would pick it up and hear, “Please deposit .25 cents!” Anyway back to my story, sorry for the detour.

On the other end of the ringing phone was a guy and he just started talking to me and me being friendly I  talked back with him. Hung up, thought no more about it. Next day he called again and asked for me by name. Chatted a little and he asked if we could meet at Friendly’s the next night. Friendly’s was a close restaurant that you could walk to easily from the dorm. Not sure what was on my mind that night, but I said Yes and we set a time. I of course ran and told my friends what I did and I fortunately had wise friends, tho not extremely wise, or they would have told me not to go. Ha! But they did say, “Well you sure aren’t going alone!”

The night came and I was second guessing myself, but figured I had to go through with it and yes I was curious as to who this guy was behind the voice on the phone. I wasn’t worried, for I had my group of 4 friends with me. They walked with me there and once we got there, we acted like we didn’t know each other. The “blind date” was sitting there when I walked in. As soon as I saw him I almost ran out the door! But we let the waitress seat us and my friends sat in the booth right behind us.

To start off he was NOT the age he said he was. HMMMM… sounds like what happens online today, right? Truly is scary! I questioned him about his age right away and he tried to lie, but really was a bad liar. I asked to see his driver’s license and he said he didn’t have it with him. That he kept it in the trunk of his car if I wanted to see it.  YES, he did say that! And yes my friends almost spit their drinks out when they heard. My mind was racing wondering  how do I get out of this. I can’t remember all the conversation, just know it went from bad to worse. He asked me if I would get in the car with him to go see his Mom. UMM…NOPE!!  It was hard to concentrate hearing the laughter of my friends. I think he was beginning to suspect that we knew each other. Then he asked if I would like to go to the Big Apple with him that night! I was like, you mean New York City! He said, Yes! I think that is when my friends started coughing really loud and I got my hair pulled hard from behind. . I told him that I am sorry but I really had to go and nope was not interested in NYC and really didn’t want to see him again!! He sat in silence for a little and then asked if I knew of anyone else that would be interested.  I really do remember considering throwing my glass of ice water at him.

Off I walked well maybe more like a run to the bathroom.  My friends were  close behind me. We were freaking out in the bathroom and I was ever so glad that they had come with me. We left the bathroom chatting away, figured we had stayed in there long enough for him to pay the check and leave. You know how long girls can stand and chat in the bathroom 🙂 Imagine our shock when we went to walk out the front door and noticed him sitting in his car!! YIKES! We went back in the restaurant wondering what we should do. For even tho there was a group of us, we did not trust walking out there now. We told the manager and they said they would call the police if he didn’t soon leave.

Very happy to say that he did leave and I never heard from him again and YES that was my absolute LAST blind date!!

My friends and I did laugh about it later on, but underneath our laugh we did realize how serious it could have been. I am pretty sure that none of them ever went on blind dates either after that. I am very thankful that God was watching over me that night. That He still takes care of us, even when we do CRAZY things!