Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Philosophically

This time of the year makes me philosophical. The tourist season is upon us,many the complaints have begun. I find the natives get pretty restless...and a lot impatient.

I've lived here my whole life, so I'm used to the summer crowds. They've always been with us. Of course worse now than fifty years ago, but hey-nothing is the same way it was fifty years ago! I've learned to adjust to it all. I don't make left turns, I find ways around the busiest places and plan around the busiest times. I shop very early in the morning and I don't try to go anywhere on the forth of July. This is where we live and I love it 9 months out of the year. I tolerate the other three.

But sadly, others who live here allow themselves to get angry, impatient, and stressed. And that's not good for any of us because they get equally impatient and angry with us. It's as though someone claims open season on all of us and no one is safe from the crazy driving and unpleasant language, regardless of who lives where.

I guess I have a hard time understanding why folks who are that miserable don't go someplace else. For me, the joys of this place far outweigh the other side of things. If it didn't I would go.

I much prefer to see the bright side of things. After all, I live in a place that people pay a lot of money to visit. I love it here and I feel very fortunate to be here. And a little traffic is not going to make me sad about that!

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Nostalgia

I always find it interesting how a brief or chance encounter can send me into a long nostalgic period.
It's another way that our brains play with our emotions and show us how closely related everything is in our minds.

This morning I was contacted by someone via the Internet who was looking for contact information on someone who I knew over thirty years ago. I didn't have the information they wanted but I knew I could find it, so I promised to see what I could do.

All day I've been thinking about these people. In fact, that's about all I've been thinking about. I've been remembering good times shared, and other friends we shared back then. I've remembered specific events and conversations, and I've longed to reconnect with them for some reason.

And I'm thinking that it has more to do with a longing for the past than anything else. There's something very appealing about being young again, when all of it was ahead of me, and life was good. After all, a young body, young love, and plenty of future would be pretty sweet.

While waxing nostalgic is not always productive, sometimes it's inevitable.

Monday, May 23, 2016

Children


Image result for grandchildrenBy this time on any given Monday, I'm pretty much exhausted. I watch my three youngest grandchildren from 7:30 to 4:00. Every week it reminds me that I'm not as young as I used to be.

But spending my Monday's with little ones is a real education for me. Which seems odd since I raised four of my own. But I guess I was so busy in those days I didn't see the things I'm seeing this time around. The fact that I'm less stressed and more mellow may not give me any more energy, but it does allow me to step back a little more often and watch. And I do.

I'm fascinated with the inborn personalities of these three. Each one was clearly born with their own temperament, sense of humor, and personality perks. Since there are twins in this group, I've been able to watch two who are exactly the same age, growing in totally different directions. One is as outgoing as the other is laid back. One is as quiet as the other is load. And then there is the third, who follows these twins, and rather than what I would expect, which would be a very pushy kid trying to get his own needs and wants in there, he is the sweetest, mellows St child you can image. I could never have predicted these personalities based on what I've read about birth-order and personality traits.

But it reminds me of what a wise doctor said to me when my eldest' blue eyes finally turned brown about the age of two, which was rather unexpected. He laughed at the surprise and said "Fortunately, kids don't know what the rules are!"

Sunday, May 22, 2016

Funday

Today was a "Sunday Funday" for me.

We attended the baptism of two children in the family today. Two of my nieces had babies and decided to do something together, so baby Thomas and baby Sadie were baptized in the beautiful, historic Old Whalers' church this morning. It was a lovely service, which I had the privilege of performing at with other family members, and we rejoiced in the births of these beautiful new members of our family.

After church was over we met at my sister's home for food and it's been awhile since I've seen some of those family members so this was a special treat. Watching the youngest generation playing together, as we would folks sat and enjoyed our conversations, was life-affirming and heart-warming. It was such a joy to be with people I love.  And to celebrate life and family.

I kept thinking about how my mother must have been smiling down on this crazy, wonderful bunch that she was responsible for. I hope she was watching.

Saturday, May 21, 2016

Clouds

Today is a bit bipolar I think. The morning was bright and sunny, warm even. I wore a long-sleeved shirt but no layers as has been my usual lately. Simple cotton was all I needed. It was a nice day to get out in the yard and work on projects.


Here it is late afternoon now though and its cloudy, cold, and downright depressing out there. It looks as though rain will begin falling at any moment, and I suspect that's exactly what's going to happen.

May has been a strange month this year. We get glimpses of summer, with warm days looking every bit as beautiful as a day in July. The landscapes are never more beautiful than they are right now, all bright green grass and lovely spring flowers in every direction. Even the beach looks inviting, although I'll admit I'm not a huge beachgoer. I do love t look at the surf though, and it was beautiful today, with slowly rolling waves creeping up onto the shore. The sand has been replenished from the ravages of winter and clearly we are ready for the season to start.

There's that undeniable "thing" in the air right now - the feeling of the season getting ready to burst into full view, with crowds descending and parties plentiful. Riding through town today it was evident as crowds were beginning to appear on Main Street and bikers were everywhere. Yes, its coming at us quickly now. Not much time to waste if we aren't prepared for it.

The clouds are going to be with us for a few days I guess.It seems to be a pattern we're in right now. But by the end of next week the sun will break through again and truly usher in Memorial Day, when it rarely rains. Time to hunker down...

Friday, May 20, 2016

Friday

It's Friday. The best day of the week. We have the entire weekend to look firward to and life is good on Friday.

So far today I've met a friend in the village for breakfast, put a cake in the oven, and picked a huge bunch of lilacs for my kitchen table. There are still quite a few wonderful blooms on my bushes and I may get one more good bouquet before they're done for this year, but it may rain tomorrow and I want to make sure I have some fresh ones in case it's heavy rain and marks the end of these beauties. It's been a banner year for lilacs and I'm so happy because I love them so.

The cake is for tonight. The family is coming for a cookout and we'll be breaking in the new grill. With this the best weather day of the weekend it seemed like a good idea. I still need to take some chicken out of the freezer and stop at the store for bread.

I'll leave the house as soon as the cake is done so I can do a couple errands before going to work at 11. Then home to finish the first potato salad of the season and get ready for the crowd.

This is the beginning of the season and it will be a great one. Because I'm going to make it one.

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Overnight

Well we got our rain...overnight! The perfect time for rain. The walkways and grass was wet this morning when we went for our early walk, but now the sun is shining and the skies are beautiful. This is how we like our weather!

Tomorrow is supposed to be a perfect day and we always love to hear those forecasts.

This morning I went into my computer and booked flights for our trip this coming November. We're taking our two eldest grandchildren to Disney World for a weekend. This will be the third year in a row to visit that magical place, and it's a bit of a record for us. We haven't been able to take regular yearly vacations throughout our life together, so flying to Florida three years in a row is pretty exciting.

Now that I've made the air reservations I'm getting excited about the trip. I love that place and having these two grandkids (and their mothers) with us will be really great. I've found that anytime you get a few family members together it's a special treat. I love the chaos of having everyone at once, but breaking things down has pleasures of its own. We'll be making memories again. I love to do that. When you get to be our age you realize that memories, at the end of the day, are our best friends.

And it's really nice to have something to look forward to.