Twisty…

The sun sets on another day…

Yep, the sun set and it was a good time. I enjoyed every moment as I spent time with my son. It was all good.

OK, so this will be a weird post. Tonight my son said the words, “Will you watch a movie and just watch?” and we did, only to have one of the campiest movies ever play out before us. A strange movie with a big name, but you should watch it just so we don’t have to suffer alone.

The movie name: “Willy’s Wonderland”. Nicolas Cage stars and that is an appeal, or is it?

So as the sun sets on another day, have fun in this campy rendition of a movie short, and look for the deeper meaning. I know I did.

Sleep sweet, love life, and keep cleaning…

Good moments…

The sun sets on another day…

Sunset was cold. Yep, cold. It was 20 degrees outside, and that is cold, not too cold, but cold nonetheless. Still, no cold could break the warmth of my heart.

It should make anyone smile that life is full of positives if we look for them. It should make us smile more when we look at some of those in our day and realize that the moments are more measured than we considered, and that sometimes we have a moment or two that make us feel amazing.

Close your eyes, well, after you read this not before. Are you back with me? In a few minutes close your eyes, consider the day, realize the positives you have seen today. Pick the best one. Got it? Now hold onto that thought. Use that thought as your positive of the day and let everything else fade away. It will be worth it.

It is amazing how a single positive has the ability to overcome a slew of negatives. Maybe we just need to stop giving the negatives or forethoughts and instead realize today is an amazing day. We are that person that overcomes bad thoughts.

So as the sun sets on another day, it is a super day. My positive of the day is family. Tomorrow will be something new. I hope you find the perfect positive for you and make it yours today, then find a new and exciting one tomorrow as well. You can make each day a positive journey if you try!

Sleep sweet, love life, and don’t move my cheese…

You…

The sun sets on another day…

Sunset was under cover again today! It was a cool day though. Filled with fun and sun!

I was watching people online and thinking about all the things people are saying, and all the things people were blaming. I smiled.

Do you know who is responsible for how people feel, or better yet, do you know who is responsible for how you feel? You. It is an easy answer. We should all understand that sometimes people are horrible and awful, and those selfsame people try to make us miserable. The reality is that we have a choice to be miserable or not each day.

During the winter in Michigan there are a lot of cloudy days. Not a few, a lot. We have a choice to complain about them, or to enjoy the sunny days when they come and move on. Each day there is something new for us to consider. Something to slow us down or hurt us. Something to make us sad. We can let it, or we can say we will overcome it.

So as the sun sets on another day, don’t let you make you less than you need to be. Instead, find a way to have a good day each day, in spite of you. I think you are awesome, so you be you, I’ll be me, and do be do be do, no matter what.

Sleep sweet, love life, and live it…

Warming trend…

The sun sets on another day…

No, I am not serious. Yes, there is a warming trend right now, but it is a cold line in a warm trend. Still, it is nice to be above freezing for a few.

See, a warming trend can be a good thing. If you take the time to look at it, there is a positive here in that it was getting warmer. Still, since it was very cold you can either look at the warming trend, or you can say “Wow its cold”. Mainly because it is cold.

Standing here though, feeling a little bit warmer, I can only say it is nice for a brief break in the cold, and to enjoy the moments.

So as the sun sets on another day, look for the warmth in your life, and have a little fun along the way. The world can be amazing if you look at it right. Make each day yours, no matter what.

Sleep sweet, love life, and carry it forward…

Reading is…

The sun sets on another day…

Sunset was amazing. I wish I had been on the beach as it set and I saw the lightshow was spectacular. There can be no better sunset than the one you see except perhaps the one you imagine.

I am reminded about my past today. There are a lot of things I don’t think about often, some of my past is on that list. I am reading almost as much as when I was in my teens now. We did not have the luxury of a close library so I read everything in the house back then. A lot of history, war, mystery, and thrillers that were in the house. I then used the school library all I could. A lot has changed.

With the advent of e-readers I now have access to virtually unlimited books. I have found this to be an amazing experience and wish I would have had such growing up. Still, there is nothing like holding a book, and I ordered a copy of a series I am reading today, and a few others recently.

What am I reading? That is what is strange. Self help, romance, sci fi, drama, mystery, and a slew of indie authors, both good and not so good. The journey is awesome and I wonder if I will make my lofty Goodreads goal this year, miss, or exceed it. We will see.

Anyway, when I was younger I was considered a freak for reading as much as I did. In the long run I gave up this pastime in favor of work, and more work. Still it was in my heart and now I am running a little rampant again. We will see how it goes.

So as the sun sets on another day, do books inspire you? Are you lucky enough to see into someone else’s experience or imagination? Do you see past your limitations and open your mind to new possibilities, not from reading short paragraphs on partially digested sites, but on the totality of an item? Open your mind and see there is more to reading each day, no matter what.

Sleep sweet, love life, and keep reading…

Live or live…

The sun sets on another day…

Sunset was snowy and full of powdery sparkles in the sky. For a moment the sun popped out and then was gone like a ghost in the night. Still as the sun set and I walked down the driveway with Luna I was amazed at the beauty that surrounded me.

I am sure some people are looking at the name of this post and changing the pronunciation assuming I was going for the two pronunciations of the same word. Instead. all I was doing was repeating same word and applying different meanings.

There is one version of live which focuses on the process of living. Inside that version as long as we still exist, we live.

There is a second version that focuses on how we spend our time and the things we do in our life. In that version if we are alive, it does not necessarily mean we live.

With those definitions in mind there are people who live but never truly live and people who are alive but not living. Scary thought.

As we grow older, and even as many of us are younger, we have to consider if we want to live or just be alive. Is life truly about existing or is there something more, something deeper that can draw us forward and allow us to be far more alive than ever?

I wrote a bunch more, but ew, it was far too depressing so let me just say. If you are going to be alive, why not live. Why not push the envelope to ensure that each day is memorable. Live, love, laugh is on one side and languish is on the other. Pick a side and make your choice well, for each day it will become easier to find new challenges, to climb every mountain, or to slowly fade away.

So as the sun sets on another day…
Today I live to be alive and life is super sweet.
I will challenge all I know and smile at all I meet.
When the day comes to settle down I will still push harder then.
For I am alive and I will live until it is time to end. No matter what.

Sleep sweet, love life, and live…

Sunday Reading Recap

Sundays are for book reviews, and in this case a review of what was read this week:

The following books were read this week, reviews are with noted highs.

Tinderella Diary: An Erotic Memoir – ***** – A fun read. I do not normally read journal style but this good. The book was a rollercoaster of personal interactions that had you wanting to turn the next page. I enjoyed the perspectives but was filled with mixed emotions as the book progressed. A fun slice of life and an interesting journey into Tinder hookups and the life of a woman who explores them quite well.


Procrastinate on Purpose: 5 Permissions to Multiply Your Time
– ***

Sex, Lies & Sweet Tea
– ***** –
I have to give this a 5 just because I was drawn in to the story. That being said if you are “sensitive” you may notice some words are overused (I did that in my first “massive” book, lol) and there were some things worked in where they didn’t really need to be there. Still, if you go looking for perfection, good luck. If you want to be entertained, read on.

Mac and Sam were meant for each other. Secondary stories aside this was a fun love story and mystery with a nice romance, full of heart, and a series of foundations that may well take this a long way. (It already has, I am just a few years behind) The story has well developed characters and a snappy bit of wit that is not always the “over the top” writers method of baffling readers with expected words. Instead Calvert presents our story in real world English.

About the only thing I did not like was the overuse of “pet names” when the couple were talking, but it did not detract from my interest.

Atomic Habits: An Easy & Proven Way to Build Good Habits & Break Bad Ones
– *** – The habits noted are all good, there is just a little too much fluff and not enough action. I have read many of these lately that have a short lesson but not a lot of actual practice or even suggestion. Still, the message is good.

Sex, Lies & Lipstick
– ***** – A fun second in the series finds our main characters back and a number of new characters joining the fray. The style and approach of the second book is much more measured and polished as well as a lot of fun. I found myself turning pages in rapid succession to see what would happen next.

sorry, no spoilers from me, but so far the series is witty and a fun read.

Peaks and Valleys: Making Good And Bad Times Work For You–At Work And In Life – ***** – I know I know, I may be weird but I like the way Johnson writes and pulls a story into a series of lessons. Easy quick read that should stick with you if you let it.


The Tarot Directory: Unlock the Meaning of the Cards, Spreads, and the Mystery of the Tarot
– **** – Good starter book. Interesting exercises associated with each of the major arcana and a lot of interesting insights. This is a basic book. If you are looking for dynamic interpretations or advanced analysis this may not help you in your quest. Still, it is a fun read with good illustrations.

The Complete Fiction of H.P. Lovecraft
– ***** – This is a long book. It may take you a while to read.

Life Is Good: The Book – **** – Uplifting book with a nice message. There were a few places it seemed to struggle but as a whole this is a good read and a good gift to someone who needs a way to see the world a little bit of extra optimism.


I Moved Your Cheese: For Those Who Refuse to Live as Mice in Someone Else’s Maze
– **** –
I wasn’t sure what to expect when I got this book. It was on a whim and mostly because I enjoyed the book “Who moved my Cheese” and the lesson it taught. In this book by an unrelated author the ideas are challenged and I have to say I like the way this is approached.

Why?

Well, if you can read this book and pay attention to the underlying story, it is a way to see the world in a new way, perhaps a way to overcome anxiety and stress in your everyday. In the end, it was still fun and I smiled a little upon completing it. (It is a quick read with some good follow ups to consider)

The Illustrated Dream Dictionary
– ***

Happy reading to all! Links will take you to Goodreads! Have an amazing day!

Slip slidin away…

The sun sets on another day…

The more you near your destination the more you are slip sliding away. I have to tell you a secret, this picture is from this morning and not this evening, this evening was dark and dreary as snow and ice roll into the area again.

I was looking at the snow today and thinking about how easy it is to cover the world in beauty. Well, it looks good, but it is quite cold.

Today I took it a little easier than many. In the process I enjoyed the day perhaps a little more. I tried to nap, which is an interesting idea, and so my time was not as it is normally. I sat awake last night for quite a while considering the essence of what it, and in the process realized many people do not see past themselves. I am often amused by the jokes about “A man was married 5 times…” or “A woman was married 5 times…” that seem to always end in their realization that they are the problem. As I considered I thought about how we tend to set ourselves up and not realize that if there is a problem it may be us that needs to change. Like the man marrying over and over, he may be failing because he does not see that there is a flaw in his thinking, they everyone else is not failing him, he is failing himself.

As I thought I wrote this little slice just to remind everyone, if you are looking for problems in your life, examine the mirror first. After all, it is there and only there you may find the issue. Take a moment, think about the failings you face and decide, is it them, or is it me. If it is them, so be it. If it is you, consider change as change will make the world a better place.

So as the sun sets on another day, I try to change a little every day, and a lot some days. Consider your options, make a difference, and change if you need to, no matter what.

Sleep sweet, love life, and change change change…

A skip and a jump…

The sun sets on another day…

I will warn you now this may pull at your heart, it will not be a normal post but instead may tug a little and in the process play with emotions. It may not.

Last night started good but ended up being long and taxing. There were a series of concentric events including me trying to act like an 18 year old and snowplowing the entire area until my muscles strained. In the center of it all was Buddy.

Buddy is our 17 year old Scottie. He has been around with my daughter for a long time and 4 years ago came to live here as there were challenges living with her. He had a 1 year stent with me years ago and in the process I worked with him to get a little training in. He learned to sit, sit up, and lie down and a few other short obedience tasks. When he came 4 years ago he was full of energy, but was losing his hearing and sight, and was, as Scotties sometimes are, a little obstinate and a lot full of himself.

During the last 4 years his hearing went further and further, but he still would jump when you clapped and try to find where it was coming from. He could almost see, and the vet said he had partial vision in one eye.

Buddy danced and ran like a psychopath around the property, growled a the deer, jumped around when he was excited, laid flat like a bear rug, looked for crumbs everywhere, and when you picked him up he was always wanting to make sure your face was clean. He tolerated and was liked by everyone who met him, dogs, people, cats, and anything else. Buddy was a chronic cuddle dog and he and I sat downstairs on my La-z-Boy watching tv while he slept on my chest or in the crook of my arm.

Buddy and Luna were fun playmates and Buddy often cleaned Luna’s face and was always trying to be close with her. Luna was good with him but always had to be slow. She seems to always want to run.

When we added Ninja the cat to the fray Buddy and Ninja began playing. Buddy was big game to Ninja, and Ninja was just another cat to Buddy but he was tolerant, and just pushed through her when Ninja started to be annoying. I think he enjoyed the two of them playing in the drapes, the could do so for hours.

Last year after my niece died Buddy starting having some issues and I carried him for a month when he could barely walk. I considered whether it was time but held on and he got better, enjoyed life, and had a good year.

This morning, in a series of hard tears, we let Buddy go. As I left the vet I could not hold it and thought of all the times I have been through this. My heart was heavy but full as I considered giving Buddy a good life, or even a better one. In the process I thought of all the animals I have had and who have gone on, and smiled at the good times we shared. Life is truly as Carlin said, a series of dogs.(At least it can be) I will remember buddy for his quirky craziness, his massive bark for a little dog, his enjoyment at sniffing for scraps, and his need to be close to people. Until we meet again.

Buddy the 17 year old dog will live in our hearts.

So as the sun sets on another day, animals can make our days for more complete. Take a moment and remember the good times you have had with them, and enjoy the moments you have each day remembering the good as I will, no matter what.

Sleep sweet, love life, and woof!

Today…

The sun sets on another day…

It’s snowing again but it is beautiful and covers the horizon with pure white.

It seems there is more snow today than a lot of the year last year. Today has been awesome though and somewhere in the middle I decided a cheeseburger was the only thing that could make it better. I found a super cheeseburger, and enjoyed the evening plowing snow and finding most of my driveway.

It is funny how the simplest things can sometimes be the ones that make our day better. What is that little thing that hits home for you? Is it a simple activity like running? a talk with the dogs or cats? A walk in the park? Or how about a cheeseburger?

There is a huge difference between being alive and living. Being alive is a biological act that may contain a series of items depending on how you define it. To live, is well, to take it to the next level and not forget your cheeseburgers along the way. Somewhere in the grand scope of it all we have to remember that we need to live, to enjoy, top achieve and to do even more as we can. After all what is life if we are not living it.

So as the sun sets on another day, I may listen to Julie Andrews sing favorite things, or I just might smile for a while and enjoy the night. Do what you love and love what you do, and make each day yours, no matter what.

Sleep sweet, love life, and live it strong…