Monday, April 27, 2015

GROWING OLD GRACEFULLY

In this age of high technology we have lost our elegant way of 'staying in touch'. Yes, I have fallen victim to emailing (which is pretty passe these days), the texting and social media. 

Then I lament that I never get letters anymore. That's what has happened to our society. The younger generation has no clue of how to sit down and compose a letter. So much is lost in the instant messaging world. That is pretty much what is on my mind this morning.

I was happy to find out (while I was scanning a high tech instrument called the computer. Yes, we can't get away from them, can we?) to see that there are books published on the art of letter writing. In Australia, there is a movement called "Women of Letters" encouraging women to take up the pen again.

We lost so much when we stopped writing to each other. Putting our thoughts on paper tells someone else that you care, that the recevier is someone that means so much to you. You took the time and effort to think of them so it says that you value them as a person, as a friend.

When you are writing a letter you pour your heart into it. So, set the stage. It will cause you to slow down from life's hectic pace. Put a little soft, soothing music on, take out your best stationary and a pretty pen. Maybe sit where you can look out the window and glance up ever so often to gather your thoughts. This is a very special and personal moment.


I have letters that I have kept over the years. I cherish each and every one of them. They tell a story of what was happening at that time of my life. Reading them serves as a reminder of the good times and yes, the bad ones, too. I have the letter my boyfriend wrote me sixty six years ago when he proposed to me. (I wrote back 'yes'). It is a very precious memory, one I can physically take in hand, read and reread any time I choose.

Ten years from now, no one will remember what was said on any certain text message. 
                                                                    How sad is that? 

In an effort to "grow old more gracefully" I am challenging myself to sitting down once a month and write a note, a heartfelt note to someone I care a great deal about. 

                                                                     How about it? 

                                                 Will you take up the challenge with me?
                                                                                                               

Friday, April 24, 2015

TGIF

Most people love Friday because it is the last day of the work week. 

      Me, I love Friday because I get to share some of my thoughts with all of you.

                   I am linking with Willy Nilly Friday  - Five on Friday - Friday Fragments

1. I tried two new recipes for dinner last night. Both were yummy.  


                                                           Black Bean & Corn Salad


And, pan-seared Brussel Sprouts with bacon. 
Everything is better with bacon, RIGHT?

What did you have for dinner?


2. I guess I have a new best friend. This mallard comes looking for me for the corn/peanut mix I toss out to him. He comes right up to me but will not eat out of my hand. Smart bird. 

3. I love the chalupas at Taco Bell. This painted mural on the wall just cracks me up. 

4. My sister asked me last night who I thought would win the presidental race. My gosh... what a weird question. We don't even know who all is running yet. Maybe she needs to find something to do with her time other than watch tv. But, maybe that will be what I will be doing when I reach 90!

5. I loved the fact that The Commons (the 55+ apartment complex where I live) was set back off the main road a long block or so. But, you know what they say about progress...  That long block, which was an open field, is being DEVELOPED. They say it will be a Dept. of Motor Vehicles building. Lordy, at the traffic we will constantly have. 

                     But, you know what they say about progress.

                     Hey, I said that already! hehe

                       Have a great weekend.

                              

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Fences with talk and song

I was just strolling through my blog list, stopping here and there for a peek and realized that it's fence day!! Uh oh...

So, here is my contribution.


Gossip over a fence in Williamsburg, Va.


A bird merrily singing while sitting on a fence post. 

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Wednesday, April 22, 2015

A Visit to Smithfield.

I thought I'd drop by and spend a little bit of time with some of my favorite people. It's a beautiful morning. Hope it is whereever you are.

I had a lovely lunch with a friend in one of my favorite restaurants in one of my favorite town just the other day. 

We ate at The Bakery in Smithfield.

I just love that little town.. so quaint, so charming, so tourist friendly. And, they preserve their history. That's a plus big time.

Just let me show you some of the cute buildings there. I know you will fall in love with it like I have.

I love this bed and breakfast. Wouldn't you just love to spend a week there? Okay, you don't have a week... How about a night?

The charming entrance.

This sweet wall decor is one boundary of the outdoor seating at the Smithfield Inn. 
Just sit, eat and enjoy.

The entrance to a little shop.

The roof line of one of the houses.

One cute little balcony. 
And, just look at the street light!

This is the second floor balcony of a pet shop. You can't really tell from that distance but right in the center is a huge bird cage and the day I saw it, it was filled with happy birds catching some sun. 

Now, don't you just love this place, too? 
Come visit. I will show you around.