Thursday, September 22, 2016

9/22/16-Let It Begin With Me

Bentley & Nonni on a cold, wet, lazy day. 9/22/16

Please believe me – this is not a political ad. I will delete any comments that try to make it so. I am sad and confused by the recent actions of many – especially those I know personally, others from coast-to-coast, as well as those abroad. I am truly concerned so I share this with anyone that takes the time to read it.

I’m not only concerned, sad, and confused; I have come to realize that I am also genuinely afraid. Or at least I was until I wrote this post.

My nephew is celebrating his 13th birthday today (Happy birthday Wesley!), and I recently met 3 incredible, adorable toddlers. I fell in love with them.


Alexis, 8/13/16. Hayley & Kenzie, 8/27/16
It was surreal for me to realize this evening that I am fearful even for them. A popular phrase is going around, “What is this world coming to?” Lately I find myself chanting the same words. Then I remembered that I probably first started hearing that phrase on my own 13th birthday! Fear over the state of our nation, the affairs of the world, and for our youth and for our environment are nothing new.

They may be at new heights however. And we may be keenly aware of them, sometimes in real time, thanks to the internet. And the wars and the woes may be more rampant than they’ve ever been, but that doesn’t have to be our reality. And it doesn’t need to control us – not me, not you, not anyone.

Having said that, I want you to know that the following paragraph was what I started off writing. It was my original thought. As is often the case with writing however, this next paragraph transformed into something positive in the paragraphs beyond it. Please keep reading.

I do not understand how anyone can use words like – love, peace, greatness – in the same sentence, paragraph, discussion, universe as Trump. He proudly promotes violence, hate, arrogance and racism. Aren’t those traits purportedly the antithesis of ‘Christianity’? By definition then it should be hypocritical to claim allegiance to both. Some of my friends and even random comments, especially in social media, have shocked me as of late. Hypocrisy and atrocities abound throughout history under the banners of religion and freedom, but conflict never unites. It does not unite causes, nations, or people. Ever.

Cop killings, Black Lives Matter, #NODAPL, Treaties being broken (again), Abusive Use of Powers, Preservation of Public Lands, Aleppo, our next President, Corrupt politicians, Education, Animal and Child Abuse, Domestic Violence, and the legacies from each of these issues –are all VERY important to me. And the attention I am giving to the conflicts within each is killing me – literally. I can tell.

Unity and healing (on all levels) comes from heartfelt connection and from empathy through understanding. So I hold this nation, we the people, in the brightest light possible of true love, peace and greatness. I have hope. I still believe in humanity and I know with every fiber of my being that we are One. “Love never fails” and the “truth shall set us free.” When those traits reign, we all win. Please vision it with me – that and only that.

Let it begin with me. You’ll see no more negativity from me. When I stumble into the darkness of fear whether it’s for our country, humanity, our land, or for our future generations, I will remember that I stand for love. I promote peace. And within that, all is well, always.

I have forgotten my basic beliefs lately, opting instead to get caught up in all the angst that floods our media and the internet. I will devote myself to the renewal of my soul, heart and mind by concentrating on that which I know to be pure and true. Even in the causes that are important to me, I can shift my attention and my devotion to transforming them, not fighting, struggling, hating or fearing within them. It is love and light that will have my attention moving forward. I share my beliefs with you here in case you need the reminder too:

God is Spirit, the loving source of all that is. God is the one power, all good, everywhere present, all wisdom. God is divine energy, continually creating, expressing and sustaining all creation. In God, we live and move and have our being. In Unity, some other ways we speak of God are Life, Light, Love, Substance, Principle, Law and Universal Mind.

1. God is the source and creator of all. There is no other enduring power. God is good and present everywhere.
2. We are spiritual beings, created in God’s image. The spirit of God lives within each person; therefore, all people are inherently good.
3. We create our life experiences through our way of thinking.
4. There is power in affirmative prayer, which we believe increases our awareness of God.
5. Knowledge of these spiritual principles is not enough. We must live them.

And so it is.

When you listen to the song below, think of Nature, Oneness, Love and Peace. I love you. Together, UNITED, we’ve got this.

"Sanctuary" written by Randy Scrugs & John W. Thompson

Saturday, September 10, 2016

9/10/16-Baths and Birthdays

Bentley doesn’t look too happy in that first pic, but trust me, he usually likes his bath. It’s just that this one was outside with cold hose water, and he wanted to go play instead.

Here’s what he looked like after his bath and getting groomed.

I used to tell people all the time that Nonni and Bentley would compete to see who got to take their baths first. When I realized people were having a hard time believing me, I made a video of it.

On the day I made the videos, it was Bentley’s turn to go first.

Then Nonni finally got her turn.

Nonni gets a bath tomorrow when it’s supposed to be warmer here. She won’t like the outside bath as much either, but I’ll double-dose the treats because it’s her birthday month. My Nonnikins was 11 on 9/4! Unbelievable! Love her so!

Happy birthday Nonni! I’m so grateful for my furbabies.

Monday, September 5, 2016

9/5/16-Van Insulation Installation

Prior to installing insulation, getting relief from the heat was not pretty.

That first pic is one that #bigboyepictoy took of me on a ladder while I was securing reflectix to the outside of my van. The following pics show what it looked like after I finished getting it wrapped in tarps and silver.

Like I said, not pretty. But it was effective. To a degree. About 5 degrees to be exact, but oh SO ghetto!

Plus, when I wanted to go anywhere I had to take all that down. Then when I got back, I’d have to set it up again. A big pain in the ass! Forgive the profanity, but I’m actually being nice. It truly was no way to live, but we do what we have to do, right?

And I was grateful to Bob Wells for the idea and for going with me to help me get what I needed to accomplish the task.

HOWEVER, I am even more grateful to now have insulation! Woohoo!!!

While I was at the summer RTR someone anonymously gave Bob $$ for me to get insulation. What a blessing! Whoever you are, thank you!! And I’m sure anyone that had to look at my rig during the RTR also thanks you. LOL.

Then my friend Tracy sent me fabric. Here’s the video of me opening that package. (Thank you, Michael, for the vid.)

Here’s a pic of me cutting out some of the fabric.

Thank you #bigboyepictoy for helping me with the cutting of the foam boards as well as the installation of the wrapped pieces. Thank you Juli and Tanner for the use of your shop!

There is still more to be done, but for now, here is the result. I love it!

Bring on the heat, as well as the winter. We’re ready now. :))))

#bigboyepictoy's beautiful granddaughters