Wednesday, December 28, 2016

The New Year is Upon Us

Hard to believe it's almost 2017.  So much has happened in the last year, the last several years.

What do you reflect on coming into the new year?  Do you think about love ones lost, things not done, or do you look forward to what the new year will bring you?

Something I discovered in losing my husband is that life is short, time is fleeting and we only get one go around.  Don't put off things you want to do, experiences you want to have.  I went to England and Scotland this year!  I have always wanted to go and I am planning another trip.  I want to go back.  I want to go see my eldest daughter in the new year.  I haven't gotten to hug her in a year.  I also want to go to Florida and just spend the day at the beach, doing nothing but watching the birds and listening to the waves.  I anticipate what will come, what will bring me joy.  No more putting off til tomorrow what can be done today.  I'm going to live life to it's fullest and not regret anything!

My motto for the year is Go Forth, Explore, and Enjoy Every Moment!

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

What is Christmas?

History will tell you that the Catholic Church took the pagan holiday of the winter festival and gave it Christian meaning to  convert the pagans to Christianity.  And that is true.  There are a few tantalizing hints in the Bible as to when Christ was born but nothing for certain.  It definitely wasn't on the 25th of December.  But we adapted the holiday as the Catholic Church wished.  There are so many reasons people celebrate Christmas.  Believers and non believers celebrate but do people honestly know what they are celebrating?  Christmas is based in Christ; if you take Christ out of everything and you are not a believer, then why do you celebrate Christmas?  I know since I have been a child Christmas has become so commercialized. It's all about money, spending money, making money, who can give the best, make fun of who gives the least.  In this time of rejoicing I think we need to reflect what the meaning of Christmas is supposed to be about and remember the ultimate gift that was given.  God gave His Son for us.  Christ was God's gift to us; how many do you know that would give up their son for you?

It is a shame and breaks my heart that you cannot go around and say Merry Christmas without offending someone.  But, I don't care if I offend, it is what it is and it is a holiday created to celebrate the Christ and I for one am glad that He was given for me.  So ...


Merry Christmas!!!!!!!!!!

I hope that you think back on what is important and meaningful to you.  Loved ones, with and far from you, Those that have gone from you.  Friends.  The heart of Christmas was a gift but not a shiny, expensive, colourful gift, it was a gift born in a manger sleeping where cows and sheep slept.
Simple gifts, gifts of love, gifts of sacrifice, gifts of time those are things remembered more than anything.

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Lagging Again

So sorry for my absence.  So much to tell and so little time I have had.  I will get back to posting pictures of my honeymoon at a later date.  I have not had time to do that lately.

The reason for my silence is that I have started a new job.  I was unhappy in my last position and when a former employer called me up and asked me if I wanted my old job back, I jumped on it.  I have been getting up to speed in the office and learning the things that have been changed and generally enjoying my new position.  The work taxes my brain some days but I am so enjoying it!  I can get up and move around, take a break and walk away from my computer and I have the ability to set my own hours, within reason.  I am taking off Friday to do some Christmas baking/candy making and will come in Saturday and work instead.  After being confined to a desk and not given the freedom to move about at will and take breaks when needed has stifled me.  I work hard and put my time in and get my work done and that's what matters.  I have to drive a bit farther to work but, that's ok.  To have a job that I love and enjoy coming to is so lovely.

I have been very busy knitting!  I have finished a cancer cap for a friend going through chemo, finished another hat and an ear warmer for a friend's daughter, I have finished a scarf-it needs blocked- and I started a cowl for myself and am almost finished with a sweater for my lovely husband.

I do a lot of thinking on my commute every day and was thinking about the lessons I've learned in the past few years and the things that I that matter to me.  I don't know where I would be without my faith, and I don't know how people with no faith survive what I have.  I can see why so many turn to other things to relieve their suffering because they don't have the Lord to lean on.  I wish I could teach people what I learned about marriage and about "death do us part".  I see so many young people that move in together, and don't get married, going into the relationship with the idea if it doesn't work out I'll just leave.  Makes for lonely people that continue to do that because they cannot fill the hole within themselves.  Having faith and having a relationship and the bond of marriage make a difference.  It's not based in mutual lust, it's based on love, and the mutual caring of one another.  Marriage is where you put yourself aside and put someone else ahead of you.  When you have two adults that go into marriage with this attitude, it makes for a wonderful marriage and a happy life.  Marriage is hard, even for the best of us but, when you are dedicated and willing to make it work, it can be what it is supposed to be:  a safe haven from the crazy world, a place of refuge and relief and where you can be held and hold one another through difficult times.  I don't know how we as a culture have gotten away from this and it makes me sad to think people are out there not experiencing what I have experienced.  We need to teach our young people what relationships are really like and why marriage is important.

Ok, off my soap box for today.

Have a blessed day!

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

England

Ok, I promised some pictures from our honeymoon and I am finally getting around to doing that.  First I am going to do England.  We arrived in London on the 14th.  We were staying in the Kensington area.  The first evening we walked to Kensington Park and then to Kensington Palace.  It was closing by the time we got there but the docent was so nice to stand and talk to us for a while.  Some interesting facts we learned.  Kensington Palace is the palace in the UK that has the largest number of royals living in it.  Prince William and his family and Prince Harry are some of the royals in residence.  The Queen does not live in Buckingham Palace, she lives in St. James' Palace.  Buckingham Palace is her office.  She goes there only to work.  Kensington Gardens belongs to Kensington Palace and beyond the garden is Hyde Park.  If you walk down a little narrow street behind Kensington Palace you come upon the Israeli Consulate.  On that street you are not permitted to take photos.  At the back of the palace where the royals come in and out there are guards with assault rifles.  When you go by the Israeli Consulate they have more guards with assault rifles and if you try to take a picture, they will tell you that you are not allowed to take pictures.  Here's a couple of pictures I took of the area:
 Kensington Garden
Kensington Palace
 Kensington Palace

Here is the view from our hotel room

Something I found really odd is that all the windows in the hotels in the UK and in the B & B's open from the top!  It's the strangest thing I've ever seen and they don't open far.  They tilt in at the top of the sash about 5 inches.

The following are pictures of our ramble around London proper:

 The street above reminds me strongly of a street from the British Sherlock Holmes series I watch.  The one where he projects the Dr. Watson's wife's face on the building.
 This is the Parish Church of St. Stephen.  It is a lovely little church right in the middle of a bunch of tall buildings.  Unfortunately, it was closed when we went by.
 Big Ben of course.  Cannot go buy without take a picture of that iconic clock.
 The horses lining up preparing for the changing of the guard.  They all ride black horses.
Westminster.  Such a lovely place!  Loved it!

We took a bus tour of London in an open top double decker bus.  It was hot but it was so fun!  The tour guides we had were so fun and gave us all kinds of information.  London Proper has no residences, it's all businesses.  You have to go outside of London Proper to live.  London has no gas stations.  You have to drive out of London to find a gas station.  We exhausted ourselves going all around London.  I did want to see the silver vaults and the Natural History Museum but by the time we got there I didn't want to do a tour.  I will have to do that next time.  We had to take cabs a couple of times and the cabbies were so nice and didn't try to take us the long way around, we really appreciated it.  They were also a font of information about London.  I will tell you I was rather shocked when we got there, Tim and I went for a stroll in the area of the hotel and a man walking on the opposite side of the road walked up to a tree in the sidewalk and unzipped and peed on the tree, despite the fact that there were people walking down both sides of the street!  I was mortified.  Evidently, that is common place.  The other thing that I really didn't like was that all the trash bins sit on the sidewalk and had evidently not been emptied so you smelled garbage everywhere.  It was very crowded.  While there are some things that I would like to see in London we won't be staying in London again.  I want to go to the North of England and then we will definitely be returning to Scotland.

I have several more pictures but most of them are on film.  I will get it developed and post more.  Next it will be Dover UK and Calais France.

Be blessed and enjoy the rest of your week.

Thursday, October 6, 2016

A whirl wind...

For the last several weeks it has been a whirl wind in my life.  We got married on the 10th of September.  I spent the night before the wedding in the cabin we had rented and actually knitted and had wine.  Had a real wild night don't you know.  LOL!
I'll post a couple of the photos I like the best.




It was lovely and simple and exactly what we wanted.  Since this is not the first wedding for either of us, we didn't want a lot of fan fare.  We stayed the weekend in a cabin and then went home on Sunday because I had to be to work first thing Monday.

Love is funny and the Lord has His own ideas about who should be together.  When I first met Tim my first thought was that we would be good friends.  Little did I know that more was in store for us. We are friends but so much more than that.  We make each other laugh and just enjoy being together. I thank the Lord that for the second time, He has given me the right man.

In the coming weeks I'll will post about our honeymoon and the places we visited.  Just a hint we went to England, France and Scotland. I took several digital photos but mostly 35 mm which I have to get developed.

I hope you have a great week.  Be Blessed!



Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Time is rushing on!

I am sitting thinking about all the things I wish I could be home to do.  I have so much to prepare before going to the mountains for the wedding and then so much more to prepare for before boarding a plane next Tuesday.  I have food shopping to do for the mini reception we are having for the kids and my brother and his family.  We decided to cook instead of going out, much less expensive for the number of people.  A friend is providing me with all the veggies I need, just have to get the meat and all the other stuff to go with.  I wish I didn't have to work for the next two days, I really need to be at home. And then I work Monday and Tuesday, we leave Tuesday night!  Ugh!  Typing about it is making the anxiety rise so we'll find something else to discuss.

I was working on a sweater, Thereafter, a beautiful thing and I'm almost done, should have been trying it on because it doesn't fit quite right so a rip fest will happen when I return from my honeymoon.  I am determined to have the sweater, I love it!  I have completed a baby toy and started crocheting a baby blanket.  I'm still working on my version of  Spectra by Stephen West.  It will be going on the plain with me I think and I will be taking some alpaca yarn to make a cowl with as well.  I will have time to knit in the evenings so I will make good use of my time.

Went to the first home game for my dd's hs on Friday and it was a good game!  DD and the other colour guard did a wonderful job and the game was intense.  I spent the last 5 mins of the game on my feet yelling and cheering.  First game I've been to since oldest dd was in band.

Have a good afternoon!

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Scarey Stuff

A patient of mine came in and we got to talking and her comments led me down a rabbit hole that I wished I hadn't gone down.  We as American's do not pay enough attention to what our government is doing behind our backs or behind closed doors.  I don't want to alarm people but you do need to be forewarned of what is going on and that Hilary Clinton was party to some of this going on and will further do damage to this country.

Did you know for instance that China owns part of the US now?  Yes indeed, a part of Arizona is now owned by the Chinese.  Our government got a loan from China and defaulted. So, the government gave China part of Arizona as payment.  American ranchers were thrown off their land and it was given to China.  The government didn't own the land, they just claimed they had the right to do it and China said since it was now Chinese land they wanted no American's on it.  People lost their homes and land because of it.

Here's another good one, we no longer own our nations parks.  Does that blow your mind?  Our illustrious former president Bill Clinton gave the UN control of all of our national parks.  Did you also know that if at any time the UN decided they don't want Americans in the parks they can kick us out and lock the gates and there is nothing you or anyone else can do about it?

The information is mind blowing and you can find out so much just by looking on the internet. 

Mind blower #3-Did you know that we, as a country no longer have the rights to our natural waterways?  Yes, my mind was blown on that one too.  A "government run" BLM, Bureau of Land Management was a US run entity, and is now run by a British corporation.  That British corporation now owns all of our natural waterways and can tell us at any time that we cannot access that water if they so chose to do so.

The last thing I want to say is look into HAARP cell towers.  The information I found on these scared the crap out of me.  It all sounds so scifi but it really isn't.

We are not as safe as our government would have us believe.


Thursday, September 1, 2016

Crazy Wonderful Coworkers

I figured I should introduce myself, I'm Florence, better known as Flo or FoFo (called such by my Daddy and my brothers).  I craft like crazy-knitting, crochet, needle point, cross stitch, card making, scrapbooking, jewelry/stitch markers, spinning and flower arranging for weddings.  My main focus the last few years has been knitting but I have started to want to do my other hobbies more lately.  I think when I get back from England/Scotland I'm going to try to balance my crafting and do a little bit of all of it.

I had another blog which I shut down and deleted.  I had let the world suck the joy out of me and after several months I've decided to give it a go again.  My blog is so named because I do have a crazy, wonderful and funny life.  I am starting life anew and I want to share my joy, love, creativeness, and the crazy things that go on/happen to me. 

I am getting married in 9 days!!!!  Oh my gosh, it is really that close!!!  Add to it that my birthday is Tuesday and hilarity ensues.  My lovely coworkers and boss decided to take me to lunch for my birthday/wedding shower today since the boss is out of the office next week.  Normally he lets us choose where we want to eat for our birthday but, today they didn't let me choose.  Thought it was odd but, they know where I like to eat.  So we walk one block down to a little Mexican restaurant, me, I was totally clueless as to what they were up to.  They had the staff come sing to me and then the guy standing behind me smeared whip cream all over my face and up my nose!  If that weren't enough they brought me a "cake" that one of my coworkers made for me.  I am including a picture:



I mistakenly made a comment about liking the Ding Dong snack cakes and my boss and one of my coworkers ran with it.  They had so much fun!  I was mortified! To spite them I ate part of it.  LOL   But, it was a hoot.  One of the staff came up and asked for a picture of it when we were ready to leave.  They gave me money for a wedding gift so we will put it to good use after the wedding.  There are a few things that are needed in/for the house so....

Three days after the wedding we are heading to England and Scotland for our honeymoon.  So, pictures of the wedding and our honeymoon will have to wait until we get back.  There will be tons I am sure.

I will try to do a weekly post sometimes more, sometimes less depending on what is happening.  I hope you have a great weekend!