Sunday, September 23, 2012

Time does fly bye.....

    Where does it go?  I'm retired and have no time or energy most days.  I am sure you all feel the same way working, taking care of your families, special family events, perform house or property chores and trying to do something special or different (if you can fit it in) once in awhile.  I do not think it's age all of the time, but I am not denying the possibility.  There are times when we want to sleep longer, but need to get up for work, an event or someone is at the door or on the phone.  This is normal, what ever that word means.  Then there are those few times we can sleep, but do not and cannot, so we get up early, even though we do not set the alarm, there are no events to attend, the phone does not ring and no one comes to the door. And it is not necessarily a weekend.  Boy, do I enjoy my Yerba Mate Tea, which tastes especially good on those few and far between special days.
    This month has flown bye with a part time job, trying to write my children books, all of the above, twice a month keeping track of the paying bills cycle with hubbie's and my pensions, Social security and Medicare.  And I'm retired? Mind boggling.  Those who aren't there yet...just wait.  I still have student loans to get rid of, being school was a late issue. I truely am not complaining, just stating a fact of life.  Note to Peg: "Need to work on getting your blog written more often, fit in your emails and FB."
    A few years back an 85 year old grandparent called me up and sounded a bit gloomy.  Not her usual self.  "What's up Nana?  You do not sound to happy.  What is bothering you?" "Peg, I'm getting old.  I'm starting to forget things and when I blink, time seems to pass me by." Yes, at 85 she was just starting to feel this way.  God bless her.  I think at times I was born that way.  This was a woman who was as sharp as a tack and a WWII pilot, ferrying our servicmen from base to base. Another great story for another time.  It was the first time I heard her complain about forgetting and time flying bye.  She would remind me of certain things I had forgotten. A big surprise to hear her say that and today I realize how blessed she was, because I hear more and more much younger men and women saying it more and more almost everyday.  Have times or people changed that much or just notice it more because they are so over whelmed with the extra activities they place on themselves.  Blinking seems to describe how fast that seems to happen.  Time flying bye, that is.
     Bothered by all of this?  Once in awhile it does, but prayer and faith, hope and charity bring me peace of heart, mind and soul and back to earth.  Thank you to our most Holy and blessed Trinity, God, my Heavenly Father.  Bothered by anything, pray and believe, and the gift of peace will carry you through.  Enjoy your day everyone!

Saturday, September 8, 2012

Beach followup

     I made my quota of more than one visit to the beach.  In fact it was 4 times altogether, 3 mornings and one afternoon.  That came to $7.50 a day instead of $15 per day.  Yeah!  I sat in the same spot each day and one of those days I walked the waterline for awhile, watching kids and adults enjoy the surf and each other.
Blue skies, colorful umbrellas and banner flying planes
     More shore birds in large groups flew back and forth from sea to shore.  The last day was a bit upsetting.  I needed to wrap myself up in my blanket while I was trying to read or closed my eyes to relax and could not.  Why?  Because there were hundreds of biting flies.  Barn swallows or beach swallows were having a field day zooming back and forth, up and down, and zig zagging in all directions hopefully catching the pesky flies.  But it wasn't enough. People were probably laughing at me bundled up, but I was laughing also.  Not only at myself, but at the people who were spraying themselves with bug spray, smacking themselves to shoo the pests, then leaving or moving closer to the water, where the flies did not bite so much.
     That day  was also a hot one, so beach goers did wear their flip flops or other footwear when trapesing back and forth, to and from, their blankets.  The skies were clear and bluer then the first day.  The larger planes passing by were not as noisy and flew much higher.  A few smaller banner carrying planes scooted through the air with engines making machine gun noises.  This definitely got your attention.  One quiter plane pulled a very long and narrow banner reading, "Eucharistic Congress held at PNC Arts Center - All Welcomed Oct. 12-14" .  "What is that about?" you might ask.  It is a FREE 3 day celebration for all families, children and anyone who would like to join the Christian/Catholic event.  Hit the banner's words and you will go to the Diocese of Trenton, NJ website for more information or get the Monitor Newspaper with loads of info.   You can bring a bagged or cooler lunch and sit on the lawns, but not in the parking lots.  What a surprize that was to see such a banner flying over our NJ shores!
     I will visit the beach during the fall and Winter months also, especially Sandy Hook.  It is free during cooler months.  And I promise to visit the beach more often during the 2013 summer season.  It is still very warm in September so maybe I will see you there.  Not to swim, but to write, walk and meet other beach enthusiasts.  Enjoy the months to come!  Leave a comment below about your beach and other adventures.  God bless!

Friday, September 7, 2012

Insect photo

       My small yard has many cracks and crevices where all kinds of bugs can hide and multiply. Bending and crawling here and there looking for flowers, plants and insects to photograph, I came across one that was a hot topic last year and recently.  Last year they were everywhere, this year we only had a few dead carcasses on our Southwest window sill.  In early spring a live one had settled on our classic kitchen chandelier, which I had captured and set free in the back yard. None have been seen since until the other day.

     It looks prehistoric with very tiny colorful multiple scales.  Other then its clicking when flickering around and bouncing off lamps and windows, it is very quiet until disturbed.  I hung a bright red hummingbird feeder with hopes of enticing a hummingbird of any color or size.  This is sort of hard since we live near a main highway and our tree's canapies cover the yard from any ariel views.  But my hopes are set high.  There have been many kinds of birds appearing in the bird bath or at one of our feeders, that we have never seen before or since.

     I know what kind of insect it is do you? 

Hear is my photo.  Do you have information you can share about this creature?  Please do.