Time is Flying!

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A fun image to the blog post. 🙂

I stayed up late last night, like tonight, and went through a few CD’s of digital pictures. It was fun reliving the memories. It is hard to believe how fast time goes by. I think this year is flown by already. I remember as a kid, thinking boy time is slow, and then adults saying wait until you begin to be an adult. Boy, they weren’t kidding.

I took the middle son to get his driving permit today. He passed! Now, the fun of teaching him. I’ve been putting that off because it’s a scary thought. LOL  Mostly, because of how crazy other drivers drive. When the other two kids learned we were in a very small town so it was not as nerve wrecking as being in the bigger city. I could not even imagine teaching somewhere as big as Kansas City, etc.

I held off on the middle son, he is almost 16, because I felt he wasn’t ready. He did have a couple not so good grades so I wanted him to get those up first. He was pretty excited when he passed, grinning ear to ear.  🙂

The youngest son keeps harping to get his, which he will end up with a year before middle son. I have to admit the youngest scares the heck out of me, he likes speed. LOL He does get good grades so I imagine within the next month we will let him get his permit. He will be 15 in a few months. Crazy to have two at once learning. At least the two older ones there was a nice three-year gap between them.  🙂

I hope I can be relaxed and not let my back seat driving come out during all this. LOL

I actually got my permit at 14 and took driver’s education. It was fun and cheap back then. I learned a bit before I was legal too. Don’t tell anyone.  😉

Growing up in a small town has its advantages when you have friends who are farmer kids. Many times we would go out on country roads and they would teach me how to drive. I even learned with a stick shift, but I do suck at those. I kill it a lot.  🙂

Memories are grand!  🙂

Do you have any fun stories from learning to drive?

 

Gorging on Waterfalls

I love waterfalls!

Rich and Alice Go Globetrotting

I mentioned yesterday that the Finger Lakes were formed during the last ice age and are thus quite young: a few tens of thousands of years. But they have company, in the form of a number of spectacular narrow gorges. The best known of these is Watkins Glen at the foot of Seneca Lake. It’s an insanely photogenic canyon, 400 ft (120 m) deep and about a mile and a half (2.5 km) long. If you walk the whole length — we did about half — you’ll go up and down something like 890 steps, and you’l see 19 waterfalls.

The geology of the gorges is interesting. They are sedimentary rock, a mix of shale, limestone, and sandstone. These differ a great deal in their hardness and thus their rates of erosion, resulting in a number of natural staircase-like rock formations.

That’s today’s geology lesson, so here are some photos…

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Decisions Decisions

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I have decided to give up my novel. It isn’t coming together like I would like it to. It is neatly packed away in the file cabinet. Perhaps, ten years down the road. Or maybe it will remain for my eyes only. I don’t have my heart into it anymore. It may be the story isn’t working. Who knows.

I will continue my blog. I love writing random stuff whether anyone reads it or not. 🙂 I have a few that do read it and that is awesome to me. 🙂 I will continue with some poems. I have developed adding poems to my kids photos. I have enjoyed that. I will hang some on the walls and others will go into albums.

Of course, I will post some of the art stuff I like to do. 🙂

I am not going anywhere, just changing direction. 🙂

Don’t go anywhere! 🙂

Friendship

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This is such a vast topic.

I am a totally different friend now than when I was growing up.

Growing up, I wanted to be around my friends as much as possible. I was bummed when I had to stay home from some party because I would miss out on something.

I look back and think why? I actually missed out on some great quality time with my family instead.

I didn’t get to go out all the time. There were rules. But I did tend to make my time out count. We won’t go into that. LOL.

I admit I was messed up in the head and wasn’t always the greatest friend to others. Various teenage reasons for that. I do regret that a lot. I think if I could redo my teenage years, I would. I would make better decisions for sure. I can say, I have some wild memories that was a heck of a lot of fun.

Now, for the future me. I am so opposite now. I could careless about going out with a friend. Not that I don’t like them or want to spend time with them, I just don’t want to. No reasons really. Well, maybe a few but the biggest is, I just don’t want the drama that could come with it. Perhaps, when the last child is graduated I will change my mind and want a close friend again. I don’t know.

I am pretty content with my kids and hubby being the big part of my life.

Though, I would like one to talk to when something is bothering me. I think.

See, I can’t even decide if I want to interact with humans, other than my immediate family. LOL

I guess that is what an introvert is, huh? 🙂

I confuse myself let alone if I had a close friend. LOL

I talk to my old friends, sometimes, and once in a great while we get together but nothing weekly, monthly or even yearly. Oops.

Has social media ruined it for me? Has a smart phone ruined it for me?

Or perhaps, I was meant to be this way but fate changed that path when I was younger. I think about fate a lot. I believe fate plays a tremendous role in how our lives go. It is all about the right choices that fate throws at you. If those choices turn bad, will we learn from them? Some have taken me a time or two to learn.  Just like when I ignore that dang gut feeling.

Always go with your gut. I must keep telling myself that. 🙂

I must say I did choose hanging with friends way more before smart phones and social media came along.

The amazing thing is, I’m not unhappy. Go figure.

I do find myself when interacting with another human other than my hubby and kids, I don’t know what to talk about.

I am tongue-tied. So not me.

I have lost the ability to communicate. But give me an emoji or GIF and I will communicate all day long to you! LOL