Saturday, February 23, 2013
Life can be uncertain at times. We are never promised a tomorrow. One of my SparkFriends (A-New-Tara) passed away last Saturday, Feb. 16. She was a very vibrant lady. She was in the midst of writing 28 days of gratitude on her blogs. What are you thankful for today?
We never know what life will bring, so make sure you live for today.
IF I HAD MY LIFE TO LIVE OVER
by Erma Bombeck (written after she found out she was dying from cancer).
I would have gone to bed when I was sick instead of pretending the earth would go into a holding pattern if I weren't there for the day.
I would have burned the pink candle sculpted like a rose before it melted in storage.
I would have talked less and listened more.
I would have invited friends over to dinner even if the carpet was stained, or the sofa faded.
I would have eaten the popcorn in the 'good' living room and worried much less about the dirt when someone wanted to light a fire in the fireplace.
I would have taken the time to listen to my grandfather ramble about his youth.
I would have shared more of the responsibility carried by my husband.
I would never have insisted the car windows be rolled up on a summer day because my hair had just been teased and sprayed.
I would have sat on the lawn with my grass stains.
I would have cried and laughed less while watching television and more while watching life.
I would never have bought anything just because it was practical, wouldn't show soil, or was guaranteed to last a lifetime.
Instead of wishing away nine months of pregnancy, I'd have cherished every moment and realized that the wonderment growing inside me was the only chance in life to assist God in a miracle.
When my kids kissed me impetuously, I would never have said, "Later. Now go get washed up for dinner."
There would have been more "I love you's." More "I'm sore's."
But mostly, given another shot at life, I would seize every minute...look at it and really see it, live it and never give it back. Stop sweating the small stuff.
Blessings to you!!
Wednesday, February 20, 2013
On Monday hubby (Brian) & I went for a walk in a fairly new park that is close to our home.
The park is built on what used to be a sandstone quarry. Sandstone from the quarry provided stone for buildings, tombstones, houses and churches in Virginia and Washington, DC, including the Whitehouse, the Capitol Building, Gunston Hall, Christ Church in Alexandria, Virginia, Mount Airy in Richmond County, Virginia, and Aquia Church, in Stafford, Virginia, as well as steps and walkways at George Washington's Mount Vernon.
It was a bit chilly, but a beautiful walk. I look forward to going again when there are leaves on the trees (spring or summer) and in the fall when the leaves are changing colors.
A good portion of the trail is handicap accessible.
A second bridge. There was a "no fishing" admonition posted at the front of the trail along with a bunch of other rules, but a man & his two children were fishing near this bridge. The two times that we walked over the bridge, they had caught a fish.
Overlooking Aquia Creek. The white images are birds:
Stones from the quarry:
Up close, you can actually see tool marks on this large section of rock. I took an up-close photo but it didn't turn out. Next time . . . .
On the trail:
More stones & boulders:
Lots of downed trees from recent storms:
A little woodpecker was having so much fun pecking the heck out of this tree:
Thank you for reading my blog today!! Go do something fun today that doesn't feel like exercise.
Blessings to you!!
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