English: Freestyle skiing jump (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
WordPress Blog Prompt: What’s the 11th item on your bucket list?
Well I don’t actually have a bucket list written down but I do have several things I’ve always wanted to do like hang-gliding, riding a hot air balloon, go to Italy…etc. I have always wanted to go skiing and I live in Alaska and have never gotten to go. I really wish I had gone when I was younger and before I got fibromyalgia. Now, I’ll probably never be able to do it.
A friend of mine just went skiing. I saw her pictures online and was so excited for her…. Then, I was jealous. I really REALLY wanted to go and my husband doesn’t want to go down hill skiing. He tried it before and had a miserable time. He only likes cross-country skiing. I talked to my friend and she said I could go with her. She was going yesterday with her son who was in town anyway. I told my husband I was going to go when he came out and he talked me out of it. He was really worried about how I would feel afterwards. I knew I would have pain from it and I was thinking I could just bite the bullet you know? Well, he reminded me of some of the more difficult times I’ve had when all I did was get cold. He said, not only would I get cold but I would be exercising more than I’m used it. Way more since my muscles have shrunk down to nothing. So, I listened to my guidance councilor and didn’t go. After all, he is the one who has always been there by my side when I was down. He remembers how it was and I tend to tune it out. I want to think I’m still She-ra, princess of Power!!! I knew he was probably right and I’m not as tough as I think I am anymore. Pooh.
So now I’m going to put on my wii and skii! hehe <— I’m a poet and I know it!
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WordPress Daily Prompt: If there were a real Fountain of Youth, would you drink the water?
Only if there was enough for my Chris too.
I love my husband Chris with all of my heart and want to live just as long as he does and no longer. My soul will die when his does, whether my body does or not.
When I look in the mirror these days I frown at the blemishes and gray hair. I have gained a lot of weight and I don’t even feel like myself anymore. It is hard to exercise with chronic pain but I try. I wish I could look and feel like I once did BUT my husband is also gray, heavier and…. well he is just as lovable as ever. He has mellowed with age actually. He reminds me so much of his dad. Actually, the more I think about it…..
No. I am happy with the way things are. My husband doesn’t seem to mind that I have aged and I love him more every single day.
I am looking forward to living out the rest of my days with my husband. My kids are mostly grown and at some point I will (hopefully) have some grandchildren to love and spoil. And when I die, I am looking forward to seeing my mom and all of my other friends and relatives again. Heaven’s garden is being looked after by my angel mother.
Grow old along with me!
The best is yet to be,
The last of life, for which the first was made:
Our times are in His hand
Who saith “A whole I planned,
Youth shows but half; trust God: see all, nor be afraid!”
This was taken many moons ago on our anniversary. Now we have been married for 21 years.
This morning I woke up feeling like I just might make it. I’ve been so sick! I felt like a zombie looking for an apocalypse. I don’t think I’ve been that sick in a really long time and I thought it would never end. Finally, I feel like the end is near. I still slept for a really long time and then I actually got up and cleaned up a bit. After a while I suddenly felt tired again and went back to sleep but I’m so glad to feel like a human again.
This morning I made a love note for my husband using a quote from Nicholas Sparks’ book, The Notebook. It is a little on the long side so I wrote it out on a sheet of one of those lined sticky note pads so I had plenty of room.
“I love you. I am who I am because of you. You are every reason, every hope, and every dream I’ve ever had, and no matter what happens to us in the future, everyday we are together is the greatest day of my life. I will always be yours. ”
― Nicholas Sparks, The Notebook
After he left for work I went back in to check to see if he moved it where I thought he did. Sure enough, I opened my side of the mirror and on the back of the inside is a grouping of several of my love notes.
When he went to the store the other day he came home with a bunch of pretty pink tulips for me. They are so pretty! They are like little works of art. I haven’t taken a picture yet but I’ll add one later. Have you ever looked closely at the inside of a tulip? They are beautiful! He also keeps buying me packages of Earl Grey tea which is my favorite. So now I have 3 boxes of it LOL
Anyway, now that I’m feeling a bit back to normal I think I’ll sip my cup of tea and listen to some soothing music. Several years back I had the pleasure of seeing Lúnasa preform here in town. I have never forgotten how beautiful they sounded live in the auditorium. I bought their CD and this is one of my favorite songs on it. If you take a look there are several of their songs on youtube.com and it is so peaceful. Their website is at http://www.lunasa.ie/ and you can even order a CD using paypal. I copied my CD to my itunes so I could listen to it on my ipod. I bet if I didn’t it would be worn out by now.
I have decided to give my husband a “love note” for every day through February 14th. I still have to think of something grand for the big day besides the steak dinner he loves so much. I have health problems that prevent me from working so I was trying to think of something that my manly-man would appreciate and do it cheap. He doesn’t like all of the corny things people do on Valentine’s Day and really, I think he enjoys spoiling me more than anything. He is really special to me though and I want him to know it!
I have decided that my love notes will come in several different forms and I have thought of the first two so far. Some of them will be serious and some will be funny. I really hope he likes my love notes.
One thing I know he likes is to read. He especially likes to read about mid-evil times – so think castles and knights, dragons and even a hobbit or two. So I decided to make this love note look like a scroll. I’m sure he’s heard of the author too. This is part of a poem called Rabbi Ben Ezra by Robert Browning.
Grow old along with me!
The best is yet to be,
The last of life, for which the first was made
I used heavyweight parchment cardstock in pink. Holding it landscape (long ways) I used the edge of my counter to tear off a strip. Then I moved over about 3 inches and tore off another strip. I’m going to use the 3 inch piece with torn edges on both sides. I used a brown marker to write out the poem. If you know how to do calligraphy that would look really nice. I just wrote mine in my regular handwriting. Then, I used a brown stamp pad on the edges to make it look older. I used my wire cutters to cut two pieces (approx 4 inches each) from a bamboo skewer (for grilling). You could use lollipop sticks too which you can easily find in the candy making section at craft stores but I’m just using what I had on hand. I glued the skewer pieces to the top and bottom of the paper and rolled it up like a scroll. I just used a hot glue gun since that dries faster. I think it looks really cute. Uh-hum, I mean handsome. I’m going to leave it in the car for him to find in the morning.
I used some champagne colored crochet cotton (size 10) with a gold metallic thread wound in it to tie it together. I laid the scroll in the center of a length of thread and wound each side around two times each keeping it straight so it didn’t twist or overlap. I ended with each end in the back and then just tied it in a simple bow so it would untie easily. You know how impatient men can be!