Susan Spess Shay

Still playing make believe.


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Friday–A Great Day

After a few stressful intense days at work (Tax Time. Whoda thought?) yesterday was a very welcome respite. Wanna know why?

Dad bought something to entertain the entire office.

A tricycle.

Yeah, it’ll be hard for all of us to use at once (Snort!) but we’ve learned to share.

Actually, Dad bought it for my little buddy to ride, and I think Dad was more excited about it than my buddy was. At least at first. The truth is, he didn’t know what to think. Wasn’t really sure what to do with it. At-first-sightBut he didn’t walk away. 🙂

We enticed him closer.

a-1-mama-rings-the-bellMama taught the kiddo how to ring the bell.(And in case you didn’t notice, his fans are watching. LOL.)

It wasn’t long before the little guy was riding the trike like he was born riding one. (His mama’s probably happy he wasn’t. Ouch.)

a-riding-wildman

Pretty soon, he was hanging off it and riding like a pro. Even offered to take me for a ride on the back step plate. 🙂

That would have been a great day all by itself, but there was more.

I walked down the street to Celebrations, my favorite flower shop in the world! As I walked, someone beeped a horn at me. I jumped and looked to see a sweet blond headed girl grinning at me. Naturally, I had to tell her that beeping at old ladies like that could make us fall down dead on the sidewalk.

That made her laugh.

It’s a real thrill to hear this child laugh. In fact, I’m privileged to know this girl.

In her young life, she’s been through brain tumors and surgeries and check ups and pain and the loss of an infant brother. She practically a baby herself, but she’s a spiritual heavy weight. She knows Jesus, walks with Him, and helps people around her get to know Him. One Sunday, I watched her baptize one of her friends into Christ.

If this girl started a parade, I’d beat the bass drum!

Oh, and she hugged me. 🙂 That made my day!

I toddled on to Celebrations. Not only do they create gorgeous arrangements, sometimes it seems as if it’s a kind of gathering place for women here in C-Town. This week, the women working there have been busy, busy, busy getting ready for the prom. They rent tuxedos there (the only place in town) and most of the kiddos order their corsages there.

Since the C-Town prom is tomorrow, most of the ‘Bration crew was on hand, making wrist corsages and handing out tuxes. Kids were going in and out, getting ready for the big night. I had so much fun, I wanted to just stay and watch and enjoy.

Ever notice how much fun something is when you aren’t directly involved?

AND I also got a new app for my iPhone. Snapchat. Like I mentioned on Twitter, I’m not sure what it’s about, not sure how to use it and I only have one friend on there, but I had a great time with it today. The niece with Snapchat and another niece and their friend all went to get mani/pedis. (I was invited, but I had to work. 😦 ) I sent my senior niece pics of her car, getting new windshield wipers. (And me wearing her sunglasses. And the guy replacing her wipers.)

She sent me a pic of the girls. And her NEW sunglasses. LOL.

So! Much! Fun!

In case I didn’t mention it, yesterday was great in our Small Town World!

 

 

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Serendipity

According to Wikipedia–

Serendipity is when one finds something that one was not expecting to find. The word has been voted as one of the ten English words that were hardest to translate in June 2004 by a British translation company. However, due to its sociological use, the word has been exported into many other languages.

In the simplest of words, it means a “happy accident”.

I like that definition, don’t you? I caught a few happy accidents and thought I’d share. Let me know what you think.

 The extreme red in the sunrise didn’t really show up, but it was gorgeous. Remember that old saying, “Red in the morning, sailors take warning?” It held true that day.

These plants break off and grow where they land.

This sunflower wasn’t planted by me. We feed the local wild birds sunflower seeds . . .

and to repay us, they planted this with my herbs.

Not bad repay, huh? Maybe we can keep the birds from eating the seeds coming here until we have time to harvest them. Or not. LOL.

I went with Dad to get gas yesterday, and saw this little fellow hot-footing it across the gravel. At first I thought it was a leaf blowing, until I noticed how even its movement was.

Smile!

He hid like this until I picked him up. Then he ran from one of my palms to the other over and over again. He was all of 1 or 1-1/2 inches the long way and so cute.

I took him back to the office to show the kiddos there, and handed him to one of the little girls. To keep him safe I put him in a clear plastic cup with a lock-down lid that I punched a hole in.

She was so excited, she ran to little Deegan (about 10 months old) and said, “Can you believe anybody gave me a pet turtle?”

She named him Carzel. (I think.)

Now I have a new definition for serendipity: Surprises that make me smile.

Anything surprised a grin out of you lately?


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Goals or Resolutions?

Do you make goals or resolutions?

I heard several people say this year, “Resolutions are just something to break,” and, “Resolutions will be broken before you can get them written down.”

I don’t know many people who’ll admit to making resolutions.

Lots people I know set goals for the year. For some reason, there seems to be a more positive spin on that word than resolution. Since goals can be made a little more flexible (?) they’re easier to keep. Goals are easily readjusted to fit what’s really going on in your life rather than just what you’re guessing will be going on.

Okay. Makes sense.

I never was one to make resolutions or set goals until I started writing seriously. Then it just seemed to go with the territory, so I started setting goals. Do I reach them?

Mmm, yeah. Some of them. But not all. I figure if you reach all your goals, you’re setting the bar too low, so I make it a point not to ring the bell on every one. And if I miss by a little this year, it gives me something attainable for next year.

I’m not a person who wants to write 50 books a year–my brain doesn’t work that fast–although I’d love to be able to write that many. I usually get through two or three if I’m working really hard.

Right now I have a couple outlined for the coming year. Will I write them out? Mmmm, maybe. Right now it looks as if I will, and then I’ll make a vision board so I can see them on my wall each time I walk in the office, but who know what’ll happen tomorrow?

I’d love to write the kind of book that would make people say, “Have you read Susan’s book? You really should!” (I always did have a big imagination.)

But hey! Somebody once said, “If you can imagine it, you can do it,” didn’t they? I’m not sure who that was, but I like the guy 😉 because I can imagine a lot!

Another TC question–what’s your #1 resolution?

Pop on over and log in on the poll. I’d like to find out what other people are trying.


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Snitted Stockings

Done! (Tada)

Can you believe it? This is where I started a few days ago. Okay. It was like the day after Thanksgiving–several days ago.  

The stocking in the middle is how far I’d gotten a few days ago.

And now I’m finished! I even have the top, the loop and the initial finished. Not hard, but a little time consuming. Here’s the only, uh, thing. (I don’t want to call it a problem. No way!)

One DIL2b is Nicole, the other is Nikki. Same initial. The thing is how to know which is which. Should I add ornaments or baby pictures or something to all the stockings? I want them to be a little bit individual but alike. You know? 

I think I need some help here. Can you think of something cute and imaginative I can do to to these little snits so everyone feels really special?  

 Please? I need all the help I can get!

Oh, and I need new stocking holders, too. But I don’t want anything shiny and new looking. Unless I can come up with something (a bent, rusty horseshoe nail?) I’m going to use 3M hooks.

H-E-L-P!!!