Friday, June 14, 2019

Mom Bear in Grand Teton National Park

I live close to GTNP as some of you may know from my posts about spending days on Jackson Lake on our boat. Every time I enter the park boundary I am on the lookout for something amazing to see and am rarely disappointed.

Over Memorial Weekend we were at a fundraiser for the local hospital foundation. Known as the "Spring Fling", the evening was hosted at the Jackson Lake Lodge. That event was lovely with great company at our table for dinner. But it can't compare with what we got to see on our way home from the lodge.

The pictures here are of one of the famous roadside mom grizzly bears. I am pretty sure this is the one known as 399. If you google her you can find out lots about her history. We sat in the pickup and watched her for awhile with her two cubs.

Of course there was a traffic jam with others stopping like we did. There were also a lot of professional photographers with lenses as long as your arm so they can get shots worth selling. My own pictures were taken with a point and shoot and no tripod and zoomed as much as I was able. Not the best but I do get to have a reminder that once again something amazing happened on a visit to Grand Teton National Park.

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Friday, June 7, 2019

Being a Real Grownup

My birthday is tomorrow. I will be turning 64. I will get phone calls from faraway children and thank them and miss them. I will get asked by my husband what I would like to do on my special day. I will say it doesn't matter and mean it. I don't eat anything with sugar in it anymore so there will be no cake with candles. I am used to that now since I gave up sugar more than 20 years ago to head off a family trait of Type 2 Diabetes. So far is has worked.

With all that said the day will be a good one. I am not sad and without grand expectations I don't get disappointed. Physically I feel really good these days. I sleep well, eat well and get those 10,000 steps most days and a couple times a week do some strength training for my bones.

I remember turning 27 and for some reason it struck me that I was a mother of three and supposed to be a real grownup. It is called adulting now isn't it? I didn't like that birthday at all. The big zero birthdays of 30, 40, 50 and even 60 didn't phase me at all, just 27. I still struggle with being a real grownup, not even sure of what it means.

I thought by now I would be a wise self assured old lady ready to pass on the wisdom of my age. That hasn't happened yet and probably never will. I have doubts and consider myself still learning. I have come to think of this as a good thing.

I do still make goals and look forward to projects I want to accomplish. I have more ideas in my head than I will ever get done for knitting, crocheting, sewing, quilting and more. I am never bored. Projects to do and books to read along with Netflix and Amazon Video binge watching take care of that. All of these things keep me out of trouble and happily occupied.

I have one other goal that I am very serious about. I come from a family of many long lived people. I want to have a 90th birthday and I have 26 more birthdays to go to get there. This goal is the reason I quit smoking 12 years ago. This goal is the reason I try to stick to healthy habits.

So tomorrow, the day that marks my 64th year is another day towards my goal  of 90 years and I will be and am thankful for it and each day that comes along.

Will I still be here and blogging at 90?

Will I still be having a life worth a few words and be able to write them?

Who knows?


Will you still take the time to read and comment sometimes if we make it that long?

Photo by Adi Goldstein on Unsplash

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Monday, April 22, 2019

Looking Forward to Summer

Now that Easter is in the past it is time to look forward to summer. In my mind the coming summer season is a time to relax until the holiday routines start again with Halloween. You know how it goes, right? Halloween with the need to get great candy and smile at all the kids. Thanksgiving with families gathered round the table and cooking, lots and lots of cooking. Christmas with the pressures of decorating and gift giving and receiving. Next is New Years when the young are excited to stay up so late and older folks like me would rather be in bed by about 9. Last in the line up is Easter which was just celebrated with bunnies, eggs and chocolate.

Summer bracketed at the beginning with Memorial Day and at the end with Labor Day does get interrupted by what I think of as the best holiday of all, the 4th of July. To say that I countdown to the 4th like a kid waiting for Santa might be a bit of an understatement. Follow along here and let's see if I can convince you about how great this day is okay?

The Flag Shirt
  • Clothes for the day are casual and comfy like the 4th of July shirts available from The Flag
  • Most towns large and small start the morning with a parade and I love parades!
  • Easy food with friends and family is the order of the day. Picnics or a barbecue it all sounds good to me.
  • The evening includes fireworks in most places. Big displays overhead with the local radio stations playing music or kids in the backyard with sparklers. It is all bold, bright and fun!
  • The day ends with tired, well fed and maybe slightly sunburned Americans ready to do it all again next year. 
Are you looking forward to the 4th now too?

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