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Gardens   Leave a comment

What is it about municipal gardens?  I find them so peaceful and restful.  I come away feeling refreshed and relaxed.  Is it the sunshine?  The trees, the grass, the flowers?  The fountain(s)?  Walking around?  The people watching?

For me, yes.  All of those.  I went with my beau (hee hee – great word) to a municipal rose garden on Saturday and it was so enjoyable.  We both took our time; sat when we wanted and walked when we wanted.  It was quite a beautiful and stress-free break to take with someone I care about.  I hope you all can have the same experience, with someone(s) special or by yourself, soon.

Posted August 28, 2011 by Maureen in Being Single, Memories

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About Searching…..   3 comments

I have been divorced 27 years.  In all that time I’ve wanted to be married again.  And of course, I’ve thought about who my future someone would be.  How tall would he be?  What color hair?  Would he be a good kisser?  What kind of job would he have?  What would he like to do for hobbies?  Football or baseball?  What would his family be like?  And on and on.

And once you really start seriously looking you begin to shorten “the list” and make compromises and decide what is really important to you.  I have always tried to keep an open mind about the qualities of my future someone and have always had a short list.  I’m far from a perfect person and I don’t expect to find someone who is perfect or who fits all my ideals.

I met someone who is the most interesting, intelligent, thoughtful, kind, considerate man I have ever met in my life.  And — he likes me for ME.  Is this man “THE ONE”?  Is my search over?  I don’t honestly know.  There are things we still need to discover and learn about each other and I have found that time has a wonderful way of working those kinds of things out.  The other shoe drops.  An “uh oh” moment occurs.  You meet the family.  Those kinds of things come out over time.  Maybe I’ll discover something (or more than one something) that will cause me to back off and break things off.  Maybe he will. 

I don’t know.  For now what I do know is we are enjoying each other’s company and getting to know each other, and neither of us is in a hurry to move things along too fast.  So I have stopped searching.  Time will tell if the search will be taken up again.

Posted August 20, 2011 by Maureen in Being Single, Musings

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Distractions   4 comments

It went “Zip” when it moved, and “Bop” when it stopped,
And “Whirrr” when it stood still.
I never knew just what it was and I guess I never will.

“The Marvelous Toy”

Did you ever play video games?  Computer games?  Wii?  Well, actually I’ve never played a Wii so I shouldn’t include that.  Many video games are fun.  The latest one that I have been spending far too much time on is “Plants vs Zombies”.  Ha!  I’ve mastered it now (I am invincible!) but I’m too cheap to spring for the full-blown game so I’ve been playing the free web game over and over and over.

When I play a video game I turn off the sounds.  The sounds are one of the ways the game distracts you from accomplishing your goal (in my case, guarding my house with plants so the zombies don’t eat my brains!)  But the game has other ways it distracts you.  Each plant you plant moves.  Now they might not move much, they just sway back and forth, but when you have your whole lawn planted with them, and they are all swaying, and then the suns are popping up or dropping down, and the pea shooters are shooting and the frozen pea shooters are shooting, and the squash is jumping up and squashing a zombie and……. on and on.  Distractions.  And the zombies move too.   Their heads pop off right before they die.  Some have helmets that pop off first.  Some have pole vaults.  Some have screens.  Then there is the football zombie (I hate that guy – he’s hard to kill).  So everything on the whole screen is moving and flying and jumping and there are distractions everywhere, designed to throw you off so the game can win and not you.

Isn’t that what life is like?  I recently had several days of high fever and let me tell you — that is distracting.  It is hard to think clearly when you have a fever.  The news is a constant distraction to me.  Sounds.  Movement.  Problems of people around me.  The future.  The past.  Things that need to be put away.  Things that need to be finished.  Things that need to be trimmed, cleaned, painted, scrubbed, gotten rid of.

So many, many distractions in this world.  So hard to keep the focus, and keep my mind on what is important.  Lord, help me to focus on what is most important, and let everything else fade out of my sight and hearing.


Posted August 5, 2011 by Maureen in Christian, Randomness

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