California’s central coast is probably some of the prettiest parts of California you’ll ever see. It lies northwest of Los Angeles County and south of San Francisco and San Mateo counties. Six counties make up the Central Coast: from south-to north, Ventura, Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo, Monterey, San Benito, and Santa Cruz. But sometimes the best places are the little tourist towns such as Solvang, Cambria, Carmel by the Sea and more!
Division plays a huge role in our lives today. We’re surrounded by division; the poor against the wealthy, the Democrats against the Republicans, one race and culture against another, gender against gender, one religion against the other, and worse, family against family.
I’m tired. I was tired before this country became so divided. I’ve been tired for at least seven long years. It started the day after Thanksgiving, the worse day of my life, the day my world fell apart. When division robbed me of family, broke my heart, and continues with silence years after.
There’s something satisfying in rehashing a scene to justify hurt feelings, or to vilify someone elses actions. And I wonder if this is what keeps the division stretched and the silence echoing in the stillness of the presence.
And as the years pass it almost feels like this lost child never was, except for the void in my heart. But on other days, it slams me so hard it brings me to my knees in tears and rips my heart in two. How much more so for our country?
When riots, hurtful words, profanities, and hatred boil over and fill our streets and towns in the name of justice, it serves no one. It widens the division. And a family or a country divided against itself will fall.
Those who use their fame to speak the loudest hold no merit for me. I must respect the person before I could value their opinion and ideas. Their outward display in the form of profanities and slander simply turn a deaf ear. Using venues designed for events outside the political arena to exploit their ideas while holding the audience captive is repugnant. Fame or wealth have never elevated one’s opinion over another, except within their own mind. All are equal.
Let’s try something different; let’s pray for our country and the leadership we need instead of slandering, defaming, exploiting, gossiping, and listening to the far left or right. What’s done is done and continuing to attack only keeps the country in unrest and nothing will be accomplished. Mending the gap becomes more difficult with time; just like the rend in the fabric of my family. I hope not all is lost…
This past Thursday we decided on a whim to eat lunch out – but where? For years we threatened to eat at…
Its not often that you make friends online that last – ahem, 20 years! This past week my friend, Karen, from Northern CA came down to visit for a few days.
Need some inspiration to trim the gifts? Using candy not only adds a unique touch, but provides the recipients with a second little gift in the process! Here are some ideas…
At some point during the busyness of the holidays you’ll want nothing more than to relax and spend time with family. Turn off the mobile devices, stay home, and just enjoy the sounds, comfort and joy of the season with your family.
With today’s busy lifestyles and demanding budgets we can all use some budget friendly fall activities that won’t break the bank.
Halloween! We enjoy decorating for the kids and create something fun and interactive. One year about 3 years back we erected a maze inside our garage and it was a big hit. This year, we decided to try our hand at another!
9-11; numbers that mean so much more than their numerical value. Pre 9-11 the United State’s citizens were living under a pretense of security. Even though unrest and wars raged around the globe, we felt a sense of peace in our homeland. 9-11 changed that.
Not your usual Walmart “meet and greet.”
I hate to write these kinds of posts because for the most part I feel I’m preaching to the choir. The ones who read this will be my ardent supporters…
What an enjoyable week! My MIL visited us this past week providing me with company and someone to chat with. And did I mention quality crochet time? Not that my MIL crochets, but spending time with her and watching TV provided me the opportunity to pick up my hook and resume work on my small book of doilies. I now have five doilies complete. Yay! We also…
It seems over the past few months I’ve been slow to grab pics using my cell phone. So last Friday when our grandson came for a stay-over, I planned a full schedule and even managed to grab a quick picture or two. Well only one where he wasn’t covering his face…
With a little forethought, planning and strategy; housework rules can go from grueling ruling to high fives, rule! Part 2 in my strategy for a house where CHAOS doesn’t reign (can’t have anyone over syndrome) – a cute acronym borrowed from Fly-Lady!
With a little forethought, planning and strategy; housework rules can go from grueling ruling to high fives, rule!
Happy Valentines! Most people are celebrating Valentines today in one way or another. For us, it was a Sunday brunch on the patio. While we haven’t vacationed in about 6 or 7 years and are not given to dining out very often, or spend lots of money on clothes etc, the one luxury we enjoy is cooking together and enjoying a meal outdoors, weather permitting. So what better time then Valentines!
Okay, is it just me or has anyone else ever noticed that the movie satire, Mars Invades, the Martians sound very much like the Aflak duck? Just saying… One of the many strange things I tend to notice when I’m all about work and no play; so…
My heart has a hole. There’s a void in our family. And an emptiness that pervades our home. Saying good bye is the hardest job for a family who has to make the heart wrenching choice. A choice no one should have to make.