Looking forward to the weekend, hoping all of you in blogland will be having
a terrific time. It will be chilly here. I am concerned about my grandson’s Boy
Scout camping out adventure with his Great Uncle Rick, my youngest brother.
My oldest daughter and I went shopping, flying down aisles, since she had a
list and we were on a ‘mission.’
We bought long underwear and thick socks on ‘clearance racks.’ We bought
a collapsible bowl and a set of reusable silverware on a clip for my brother,
she bought both for her son, Skyler. We found a camping mat to keep my
brother’s sleeping bag dry. (There is a prediction of rain.)
Carrie has a mat for under Sky’s sleeping bag.
We found this cool backpack, which the leader and pack had suggested
others to purchase, which has a removable plastic collapsible 2 L. water
bottle inside. She bought this backpack since Sky’s bookbags are all very
heavy weight. This was purposefully made for hiking; lightweight and has
some padding on both the straps and the actual part of the backpack
which leans on the person’s back. (I hope you can follow this round-about
We bought some Field and Stream pants which will ‘wick’ the water, should
Skyler get soaked on their three mile hiking adventure.These super pants
can be unzipped and become shorts. They cost a ‘pretty penny,’ which I
did suggest handing the receipt to his Daddy, to have him consider splitting
the costs. If we had gone to the Boy Scouts of America store, many of the
items would have been double the cost. We shopped at Meijer’s and Kohl’s.
This post is partly to explain about my family’s plans for the weekend,
along with some extra fun ‘weekend’ or ‘escape messages’ given.
I like to let you know, since there are gaps in my posting and commenting.
Just to say, my Saturday and Sunday will be spent with “left behind younger
brother,” little Micah.
To get some things ready for our fun times, I picked out two great movies
from the library. (We have seen the only kids’ movie at the Strand theater,
here in Delaware, Ohio.) I found three Franklin the Turtle library books, along
with buying at Kohl’s (yesterday) one stuffed turtle. If you have never stood at
the check-out and seen the “Kohl’s Cares” different books and stuffed animals,
you may wish to check these reasonably priced items out. The books I got from
the library saved me money but the turtle (as are all of the “K. C.” products)
priced at $5. This will be Micah’s “camping at Nana’s toy and new compaion.”
My own brief summary of Kohl’s Cares for Kids:
The proceeds from sales go to health and education initiatives in communities
where the purchases are made. Kohl’s is giving back to the local people who
are purchasing and supporting this cause.
There is a fun article titled, “What Living in Paradise Taught Me,” by Amanda
Walkins on “Huffington Post.” This caught my eye. Many times on our work
days, when someone asks someone else, “How are you doing?” or “How are
you today?” I was ‘taught’ by a sweet twenty-three year old coworker who has
gone on to ‘better things’ (I hope!) to say, “Just another day in paradise.” So,
of course this article intrigued me.
Amanda W. spent time in Roatan, Honduras working in a legal association,
leaving Washington, D. C. behind her. I like one of her opening sentences:
“Anyone, anywhere, can cultivate the calm that vacationers and expats like
me famously find in the tropics.”
Here is a break down of her five topics which were her paradise lessons:
1. “Electricity is Over-rated.” Power outages must happen there in the tropics
often and this place made her feel like she was ‘living off the grid.’ Meaning
no laptop, iPhone or Kindle sometimes available for usage.
Her final sentence in this #1 topic is a great lesson for us all:
“But when I’m faced with no electricity, I remember to breathe, reflect and
listen to the waves and the wind.”
~*~ We could always listen to the wind, in Ohio, I thought.
2. “Make do- – It’s fun!” Apparently, in Honduras staples like bread or milk
or tomatoes, along with chicken may not be available to purchase.
She mentioned this for #2:
“I’ve learned to get creative. Thinking of new culinary concoctions is a
3. “Needs are Different from Wants.” When you live simply she suggests
in an area which is impoverished, you can get away with hole-y pants,
worn out clothes and stains, too. This is just what happens to people.
Here is Amanda’s summary of her thoughts on #3:
“It’s liberating to realize that I don’t notice what anyone is wearing,
what type of phone a person has or whether or not someone owns a
4. “Time Shouldn’t Dictate Life.” Oh yes! I need to embrace this one,
I thought. When you feel like you have to ‘schedule everything in your
life,’ you may wonder where time has gone. Tourists and the islanders
tend to be laid back and relax, feeling no pressure to finish things in
a hasty manner.
She tells us all:
“When the sun rises, a new day begins. When it sets, a new night begins.
It’s that simple.”
Her final topic or lesson~
5. “Trust these Words.”
She is quoting another author, Karen Blixen:
“I know the cure for everything- –
Salt water. . .
In one form or another.
Sweat, tears or the salt sea.
There’s nothing that
One or all of those can’t fix.”
~*~ Here is my P. S. ~*~
I like to drink different teas.
Have you ever tried “Yogi” tea?
I received in just this past week
Four Important messages.
I felt they were a lot like getting
************ Fortunes **************
Yogi message # ONE:
“Where there is Love,
There is no Question.”
Yogi message # TWO:
Spread the light,
Be the light.”
Yogi message # THREE:
“An attitude of
Yogi message # FOUR:
“I am beautiful,
I am bountiful,
I am blissful.”
I truly hope one of my Yogi Tea messages
or one of the Paradise lessons will be
extra meaningful to you.
Enjoy your weekend and hope the Boy Scouts
don’t end up sleeping in the parents
and leaders’ vehicles!