149 – Fairy Tale

 
Cheryl, aka my bff, is up from Florida this week. She’s clearing out her mother’s house to sell it so there are lots of interesting “props” around!  

I hadn’t a clue what my photo would be but we poked around and found this cheerleader mega horn which makes a great fairy godmother hat and Cheryl added the winter scarf to look part!

Bippity bobbity boo!

148 This Moment

148 This Moment

 

At this moment, Bud is disappointed that he isn’t on the balcony.  It sprinkled earlier and now the lawn maintenance crew is outside making an awful racket. Bud might look fierce but he is really a ‘fraidy cat and the big, loud weed eaters scare him!

Yesterday the fur boys kept staring at the corner of our bed.  I had to grab my courage and lift the corner of the comforter and then the bed skirt…what did I find?  Somebody had pulled a walking shoe from the nether regions of the under-bed world and dragged it to the corner of the bed.  I was worried there was a critter – more worried about a spider than anything else…but when I picked up the shoe there was nothing else there.  But the cats kept staring at THE SHOE!  Really?!!

My cats are spooked by a gray and pink walking shoe…Scaredy cats!!!

147 Spark a Memory

147 Spark a Memory

 

One memento reminds me of my children when they were young – my sister Brenda would buy Sculpey for the boys to create lovely little gifts for me. The jewelry dish was made by Jeremy (he carved his name right next to the heart inside) and the second memento this letter from Brandon as a grown man, a soldier, was my first correspondence from him while he was in Basic Training.  I cried when I read it.

I love these two sons of mine so very much. I’m so grateful that I was able to be home with them until they went to kindergarten. Although I couldn’t buy them everything they wanted I believe they know they were loved by me.  I also think they are better people because I couldn’t buy them everything they wanted. Lol.

They had to pay for their own car insurance after they got their first jobs and I think this made them responsible.

I’m so very proud of the men that they have become and I miss them being a part of my 24 hour day, every day life.  Those years went by so quickly!

144 Remembered

144 Remembered

 

Sometimes I don’t think about the reason why I have a day off of work for Memorial Day each year.  This weekend is heralded as the beginning of summer here since it’s not an hour to Virginia Beach. It’s “okay” to wear white until Labor Day if you care about things like that. There are all kinds of sales in the retail world.  But as much as I appreciate our military (my son Brandon is in the Army), I don’t think I’ve let the weight of this holiday touch me.  Until today.

Tomorrow is actually Memorial Day but today’s prompt is Remembered. I have often seen the flags placed in the military cemeteries on the news during this holiday weekend.  Just seeing it on TV made me feel emotional but today Ray and I drove to Albert G. Horton, Jr. Memorial Veterans Cemetery to experience this in person.

This cemetery is huge on about 70 acres.  It’s beautifully maintained and I’m proud of that. Seeing the flags fluttering in the breeze took my breath away.  I can’t imagine how many veterans are buried here.  Thousands.  Each branch is represented.  We drove slowly through taking in the rows and rows of markers and flags.

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I’m thankful to live in this country. Thankful for our men and women in uniform that protect our freedom. Thankful that we honor those that have served and gone on. I’m thankful that I get goose bumps and tears when I experience moments like today.