The Table is Turned . . .

 

 

I did not shoot this photo, nor am I responsible for photoshopping. I found this on a friend’s facebook page and couldn’t resist passing it on to you. Try as I might, I could not find the creator of this image. If anyone knows, please inform me so that I can give credit where credit is due. But seeing as how I love to photograph squirrels, it seems this image depicts what it might look like if the table were turned! 😉

 

Here’s a Bit of Sunshine!

My goal here is to spread a little sunshine with my blogs. I try to share the things that inspire me with anyone who is interested or in need of a bit of an uplift. So it was quite humbling to receive this latest nod from Mama’s Empty Nest. I encourage you to check out her blog if you haven’t already. I enjoy her take on life, especially since I’m an “empty nester” myself.
As for the award, here are the rules:
  • Include the award’s logo in a post or on your blog.  Check.  See the logo, it even looks happy, doesn’t it?
  • Answer 10 questions about yourself. Check. Q & A  below!
  • Nominate 10-12 other fabulous bloggers.  Because the myriad of fabulous bloggers  out there, I refer you instead to my blogroll at the bottom of his page.
  • Link your nominees to the post and comment on their blogs, letting them know they have been nominated. (I simply can’t comply here. Please forgive me for falling down on this part of the ‘rules.” But, sometimes rules are made to be broken.)
  • Share the love and link the person who nominated you.  Check.  ‘Mama,” thank you so much for this thoughtful gesture.

Ten Sunshine Award Questions along with my answers:

Favorite color:  This is difficult because I like color so much! Probably warm reds and yellows.

Favorite animal:  Definitely cats.

Favorite number:  I’m not sure how one has a favorite number. Just pulling one out of the hat, I say seven. Tomorrow that may be different.

Favorite non-alcoholic drink: Coffee, closely followed by green tea.

Prefer Facebook or Twitter? Not really into Twitter so I’ll have to go with Facebook

My passion:   Oy….so many! All things family, nature, healing and health (spiritually, mentally, physically, emotionally, etc.)

Prefer getting or giving presents: Both! I know it sounds ‘non-committal’ but the cycle of giving and receiving makes for healthy living.

Favorite pattern:  This one I can’t even guess. Not even a wild guess. Although I do like patterns.

Favorite day of the week:  From sundown on Friday till Sundown on Saturday — the sabbath!

Favorite flower:  Definitely roses — all colors, makes no difference, but I am definitely a rose person!

 

So there you have it. If you want to give this a shot, please feel free to take that badge and post to your own site (pass a little sunshine) and answer the questions. I wish you all a wonderful, bright sunshiny day!

Facebookingit

Facebook is an interesting phenomenon.  I avoided joining a social network for the longest time, but finally caved when I discovered its usefulness for sharing photos with my kids.  As a grandmother living far from my offspring, I relish every letter, every card, every picture sent my way updating me on their latest adventures.  Their notes and snapshots are cherished keepsakes.  Facebook is a simple way to get those notes and photos instantly, to stay connected and updated.  When I understood the benefits of social networking, my resistance melted and I became an avid fan.

Of course, once I joined the thing…facebook,  fb for short…I found that it was nothing short of a whirlpool sucking time and energy from other, more important activities.  Let me explain.

First, there were the kids, spread out halfway across this country, only now I had instant access to them.  I learned how to post photos, and eagerly checked each day for news or personal greetings from the children.  To my surprise, I discovered on their friends’ list, friends of theirs from when they were in high school, kids I had watched grow up.  Isn’t that sweet!  So I shot off comments to my children’s friends, letting them know how nice it was to see them after all these years, and my oh my, they had children of their own!  Soon thereafter, I heard from an old high school friend of mine, someone I hadn’t heard from in years!  We had palled around in the same group, but after graduation had lost touch.  I found out he had married his high school sweetheart, who was also a friend of mine.  Wow!  And they are still married.  What a serendipitous occurrence.  He asked if I had heard from Kelly, another friend.  No, but immediately I did a search and sure enough I found her and added her as a friend.  This was proving to be a lot of fun.  Through Mike, and then Kelly, I found more friends.  Some of them introduced me to their kids, who by the way, are now on my friends list.  Pretty soon I began to hear from friends of my friends who asked to be my friend.  Of course I was flattered, and any friend of my friend is always welcome to my fb page.  Being friends and all, when one of them, I can’t remember which one, asked me to join a game as their neighbor….they needed neighbors to move to the next level…I was more than happy to oblige.  But of course, once in the game I realized why they needed me as a neighbor, so, wanting to excel in the game, I asked some of my friends if they could be my neighbor on my farm.  The ones who were already playing the game were quick to add me as their neighbor, and others who had not yet joined the game, jumped in and they, too, began to enjoy the fun.  Thus,I began to move up in the charming farming game.  Then, as before, neighbors of my neighbors began to add me and vice versa.  Over time, and in this same way, I joined another farm game….then along came Mafia Wars (I didn’t stay with that one very long) and Petville, and on and on.  My fb friend list continued to grow.  I enjoyed fb, checking daily to see how my friends were doing, and to check to see how my games were growing.  Obviously, with more “friends” to keep up with, the more time fb consumed.

After a while, I realized I was tired.  Bored.  Lethargic.  Lonely.  When I stepped back, took a hard look, and made an honest assessment of the situation, I realized that life was passing me by and I had become a zombie staring at silly games for hours on end.  The world was moving on, and I had clocked out.  International events daily exploded onto the scene, but I obliviously flipped through my fb games to see what “crops” were ready to harvest on a make believe farm.  Something was definitely wrong with this picture.   Was this an addiction?  If not, at the very least I was obsessed with playing the games.  So were many of my fb friends.  In fact, I knew very little about what was going on in their lives, only that they needed nails and boards and blankets to build a nursery for pink and purple and chocolate baby animals.  Time to quit.  I announced to my neighbors that I was leaving the game.  I had a life to live.

That was not too long ago.  In the short time since then, I’ve become a much more consistent blogger.  I’ve applied to graduate school in order to become a licensed counselor.  I’ve developed a business plan for starting up my own business.  My husband and I have spent more time conversing with each other.  The house is NOT any cleaner…oh well, can’t change everything.  I feel like a huge weight is lifted off my shoulders as I get back in the real game and take charge of my life.

I still go to facebook  to briefly check on updates from the kids and a few close friends.  No games.  Tonight, when Shabbat ended, I got online and saw that my daughter commented on a photo I had posted on facebook of Mom, my twin brother and me on a camping trip in our teepee.  I was about 10 years old.  I realized that just as I searched for photos of the kids, they enjoyed photos of their mom.  And I remembered why I joined facebook in the first place.