Sunday

A time for rest and reflection,

A time for family and peace.

We had some cold air blow in last night.

One last respite before the heat of summer.

Today,

I’m grateful that tomorrow starts my Birthday week celebration.  My friends have planned two fun things for us to do, and I’m pretty excited.  I’ve got some awesome friends and family.

I might be 50 something, but I’m still standing! And yes, I still like my animation movies!

 

Passionate Kisses–The Question in the Kiss

Maybe I am being nostalgic.  My 23rd wedding anniversary is on the horizon.  But my husband and I have been together for little over 25 years now.

I want to make it to our 50th anniversary, and I want to have one of those happy marriages.  Not a story book marriage, or a fairy tale.  But one of those real, talk to each other, fight, make up, laugh, knowing looks, make it better marriages.

So I thought I would start at the beginning. And get nostalgic over a kiss.  Maybe rekindle the fire a little bit and celebrate our togetherness.

What is better than the first kiss?  The culmination of curious attraction is the question of the kiss.

The kiss asks, “are you for me?  Are you compatible?  Are you what you say you are?  Are you who I think you are?”

In growing older together, he and I have been through quite a bit.

Recently, I got new glasses.  I was surprised when I looked in the mirror at how much I’ve aged in the last year.  I kept looking at my face and asking myself, “where the hell did that come from?”

Regardless of the age marching across my face, I’m looking forward to some passionate kisses, and growing older with my man.  We will just have to take our glasses off, and enjoy our cloudy view and precious memories.


Enjoy some Mary Chapin Carpenter Passionate Kisses.

Farewell 2016!

2016….what a year.

A year of searching and finding.

A year of honey, and beeswax, lotions, soaps, and products from the hive.

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A year of capturing swarms, re-queening hives, and nurturing the bees.

2016 gave us Contentious political debates, uncovered debauchery, treachery, lies, and fraud.

Fake news complaints by the media that created the Fake news.

Death of Rockers, Actors, and Beloved Icons.

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Fires, Floods, and Frightening Facts about the corruption in Washington D.C.

Finding a new job meant leaving behind the long lunches with friends, and finding new ways to stay connected.

Breaking through rocky ground and continuing to cultivate gratitude in my life.

Slowing down how often I post on WordPress, and seeing my followers grow to almost 600.  I’m amazed and grateful.

Change is inevitable, and I am looking forward to a better 2017.

Cheers to 2017:  To a Great Honey Harvest, Great Business Opportunities, Great times with Friends, To a sweeter year, a kinder year, and one that brings dreams to life.

Happy New Year.

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Christmas Day

A minimalist Christmas at our house.

A poinsettia, a nativity, and a trip to the Island.

It was a time to wonder at Industry, History, and Luxury.

Industry, an oil Derek ready to get drilling, and a friendly tug ready to tug you along.


History, a Tall Ship, The Elissa built in 1877.  An Iron Hulled Sail ship, beautiful.


And Luxury.


It boggles my mind, but I’d love to go out for a cruise on either of those ships.  


Everything is fine on Island Time.  

A lovely 80 degree day on Galveston Island.

Merry Christmas.

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At our office Christmas party, we had a Gingerbread House decorating contest.

Some were pretty….some were funny.

But we were all festive, in bows and ribbons, and moose sweaters.

A good time was had by all. 

Beautiful day in the bee yard

The sun was mellow, but the heat was inescapable. 


The girls were really busy bring in the golden rod nectar and pollen.


Then I got a special treat.

I got to see a book from 1901 on bee keeping.  It is so cool!


It is so beautifully written, and the photos and illustrations are magnificent.  

What a great treat to hold this piece of history in my hands.

Our first few frames of honey were plucked up this weekend.  So we will be getting sticky putting that goodness into jars.

Have a great week!

Dragon’s Loyalty Award

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My lovely friend, her Bitchnificence herself, Lennon Carlyle gave me a great compliment and nominated me when she got her Award last week.  I’m so honored and grateful that she thought of me.  If you’ve never seen her blog, you really need to go visit.  She’s so authentic, real, and genuine you can’t help but love her.  Click on the link here:  Fabulous With Glitches  I will wait a few minutes until you get back, OK?

 

Are you back?  Isn’t she awesome?  Her humpday Wednesday posts are hilarious.

On with the show.

The rules for any award come first.  Since I’m a rules girl, let me get right to it:

1. Display the award on your blog.  Check!
2. Announce your win with a post and link back to the nominator.  Check Check!
3. Present 6 deserving bloggers with the award.  Check!
4. Link your awardees in the post.  Check!
5. Write 7 interesting things about you.  OK, fine.

I’d like to open this up to anyone who would like to participate.  Since there are so many bloggers that are award free, if you don’t want to participate, please accept the honor of the nomination.  There are a few that I will nominate anyway….rules you know.

I’m listing a few of my favorite bloggers.  A couple are newer to me, and I’ve really enjoyed getting to to know them.  Some are fabulous photographers, some are here in the US, some are abroad, but please go and visit them, they are just wonderful.

  1.  George at The Off Key Life
  2. Billie Marie at Undressed Curlie Girlie
  3. That Weird Brown Girl
  4. Melissa at Glorious Results of a Misspent Youth
  5. Diane at Ladies Who Lunch Reviews
  6. Miriam at Out and About

 

So the last part, 7 interesting things about me……hmmm.  I’ve been a bit boring the last year, so let me focus on a few highlights, then we’ll get to what’s peaked my interest since May 2015.

  1.  I’m a bit of a closet rebel.  In college I was quite the Out-Going Co-Ed, and being a petite 5’4″, I actually won a Legs Contest back in my prime.  Not that I have long legs, or would be considered Leggy, even in my prime.  I’ve always been able to dance, having taken ballet, tap, and jazz dance as a girl. Plus I think the high-kicking in Drill Team paid off, literally.  I won $200.00.  That was a pretty penny in 1984.
  2. Yes, I can still do the splits, and am quite flexible.  I work at it continually.
  3. I love to cook.  It’s a talent that I developed early.  My step mother was a really good cook, and I learned a lot from her very strict style of cooking, following a recipe to the letter.  Being that closet rebel, once I was out on my own, I found that free style cooking, and getting creative with what I had in the pantry quite fun, and tasty!
  4. My career was in Mortgage for 25 years until last year.  I did everything from being a retail loan officer at a bank, to underwriting, broker, correspondent, management, and training.  Training was the most fun part of the job.  Dealing with dumb people was the worst.
  5. Motorcycles are a recent enjoyment.  I ride a 2013 Dyna Street Glide.  It’s a little dusty right now, hopefully I can clean her up and get back out on the road soon.  I miss the riding.
  6. Recently unemployed, it was important to me to occupy my time with learning, and staying fresh.  So I’ve taken some John Maxwell courses, I’ve made new friends blogging, I became a Zumba fanatic, I dabble in Yoga, and I made some gal-pals outside of my work experience that I find so enjoyable.  I’ve gotten ‘girlie’ again, instead of being so serious and focused on work and travel.
  7. Last year we bought property, and I wanted to keep the Agricultural Tax exemption, so we got into Bee Keeping.  I’ve taken classes in Honey Bee Biology, Queen rearing, Honey Extraction, and Integrated Pest Management.  We are up to 10 hives, and although I’ve had some scary sting experiences (12 at once was the worst) I really enjoy being out in the Apiary, and learning about my bees.  I never, ever would have guessed that I would ever like a bug.  Now I can’t get enough of them!

So my friends, I close this post with gratitude for the nomination.  Thanks Lennon!

 

Happy Mother’s Day!


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To all the Moms out there, have a truly beautiful day.

For me, motherhood scared me.  I didn’t have a good relationship with my mom, and I was afraid that I would be perpetuating a problem.

My sons have blessed my life far over and above what I thought was ever possible.  They are the joy and light of my life, and I’m so happy to be their mom.

This may seem like a backwards tribute, but I’ve never been one to see motherhood as a sacrifice or a chore.  It has been a stewardship of two fine souls that I had the Privaledge and honor to steer and guide through life for a while.  Now I watch them sail and soar and I’m so glad that they call me mom.