2014 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog.

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The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 14,000 times in 2014. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 5 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

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Auditioning– What Fun!

Even though auditioning for a show can be nerve wracking……  I’m still grateful for them.  And on many different levels.

First, because I always run into fellow performers.  It’s always fun to see those you know through the theater world.  We’re such an odd species!  <grin>

Second, if you are open and aware you can make new friends.  That usually always happens when doing a show, but making friends can happen anywhere if you are just….. well…. friendly!

Third, if you are lucky like I am, you have talented children you can hang around and eavesdrop in on their auditions.  Which can make a Mom proud.

Fourth, it always stretches me out of my comfort zone which is always a good thing.  There’s nothing wrong with a little growth.100% of the shots

Now is everything associated with auditions fun? NO!   But I’m still grateful that I occasionally go through them…. even if I don’t get cast. You never know….   You just might!

I believe it was Wayne Gretzky who said: “You miss 100% percent of the shots you don’t take!

Well….Here’s to this shot! Break a Leg, y’all!

I Am Grateful! How Are You?

Does She….. or Doesn’t She?

Yes….. she does.  I’m not going to lie.  And I’m very grateful that I do!  I would look horribly older than I am if I didn’t!  (Now for those of you whose mind went another direction….. I’m referring to coloring my hair!!)

I started getting gray hairs in my 30’s…. so it wasn’t long after that that I started coloring my hair.  However…. that was the first that I did it!  Nowadays…. even girls in Jr. High and High school color their hair.  I can honestly say that I never did that.  It was a rare thing to do when I was in high school.  At least to my knowledge.  I don’t think girls did it back then, at least not very openly if they did do it.  After all….. what’s the tag line of the old Clairol commercial?  “Does she…. or doesn’t she? …. Only her hairdresser (and now you….) knows for sure!”

The whole point with that was to make people not know that you colored your hair.  It was suppose to look natural.  It’s a very different world now.  Coloring and highlighting is the norm and we usually don’t care if people know it.  (Obviously…. I’m telling you!)  In fact…. the bright colored streaks and fun feathers are all very popular right now.  Those are pretty hard to hide!

I’m a little old fashioned, or perhaps just not daring…. but I pretty much stick to the one color that comes out of the box.  Though I’ve changed shades here and there, it’s never been really dramatic.  I’m still what you’d consider a brunette.  And I’m OK with that. I love my reddish highlights with my current shade…. but I’m still a brunette.

I’m grateful that I’ve learned how to color my hair myself.  It saves me a lot of money and time.  I find myself needing to do it every 5 or 6 weeks.  My hair grows really fast and needs to be touched up that often…. and since that growth is primarily gray…. it needs to be done often!  I like looking younger!

I’m grateful the products nowadays are easy to use…. I don’t use the grocery store brands, however,  but rather a professional brand from Sally’s.  With a few cosmetologists in the family…. they insist that I at least use a good product!  But they are easy to use.

So, today started the next few weeks of a fresh batch of color…. it should get me through the Holidays!  Perhaps people will wonder…. “Does she….  or Doesn’t she?”

I am Grateful!  How are You?

 

 

This one made me laugh…. it goes way back!  But it will let you know where the tag line “Does she or doesn’t she” comes from!

I Can’t Get Lost!

I really wonder how we ever got along without GPS systems or Google Maps!  I mean…. really?  I guess Rand McNally was the man in his day…. but it’s hard to imagine using just that now.  And how many maps would you have had to have in order to get around a big city?

My friend and I decided to go do some shopping today in this big city of Phoenix.  Places we had never been…. places only in the Phoenix area.  And of course…. the husbands had no desire to come along…. for a couple of reasons.  A– they were tired after two ball games and wanted to clean up and rest and B– they HATE shopping!  So off we went, just the two of us.

Thankfully, I have a GPS system in my car. I had written down all the addresses of the places we wanted to go, plus studied Google maps pretty good, so I had an idea of where we were going.  After entering the first address in the GPS system, we were off.

Now…. as much as I’m grateful for those things today, sometimes they do irritate me a little!  Especially when it says: “Remain on the current road, followed by a slight right”.  What the?  Because I didn’t look down at the GPS screen soon enough, we missed the first turn it was telling us to take….. mostly because I wasn’t sure it was saying to turn!  But that’s OK!  “Calculating Route” soon kicked in and off we went on the ‘plan B’ way to get there.  I kept thinking it would have me get off the freeway and turnaround and go back…. but it didn’t!  It just sent us another way!

We got there safe and sound, spent some time and money and then we were off to the next destination…. which turned out to be a very short stop… not at all what I thought it was.  Then our last shopping destination was put in the GPS and off we went again.

Honestly….. trying to find our way around to those places today without a GPS would have been a nightmare!  And yet, I know my husband and I used to do it all the time!  It’s just a whole lot easier with a GPS!  Especially in a big city that you aren’t familiar with.  The funny thing is…. I have a friend that used to call me ‘the navigator’ because when we traveled on trips together, I could always figure out our way around and get us back to the starting point better than anyone else.  I guess I’ve gotten lazy in my old age!  Actually…. I’m still pretty good with remembering directions.

OK, Honey…. I admit it…..  I’m grateful you insisted on buying that little Magellan…. even though I had to cancel my VZ- navigator to get it.  It’s come in pretty handy most of the time.   Though the software is a little outdated and it doesn’t always find the way in a newer areas…. it’s served us well and gets us around the older areas in a breeze.  Thanks to whomever invented those little wonders!   You made it so I can’t get lost!

I am Grateful!  How are you?

As an after thought….. wouldn’t it be nice in some ways if we could just purchase a GPS system to tell us how to get to our desired destination in life?  That would make it a whole lot easier, wouldn’t it?  However…. if it was like the GPS system we have…. it wouldn’t give you current updates as to where road construction and accidents were….. you’d just have to deal with it when you got there!  I guess that’s pretty much how life is anyway… right?  So why do you need an GPS for life?  I guess we just need to pay more attention when life is telling us we are off course…..  “Calculating route” would be a nice warning!

Comforting It Is….

Here’s just a short quick kudos to the hotel we are staying at this week……  The Comfort Inn in Phoenix, AZ….. and Comforting it is!

It’s not often that I’m very impressed with a mid range budget hotel.  They are usually slightly run down and the beds aren’t the most comfortable…..  but somehow, we lucked in to picking a newer Comfort Inn.  It’s very nice and our room is clean and comfortable.  Even the bed is pretty comfy, which is not usually the case for me.  And that….. is why I’m grateful for this place today!

By the time we return home in a few days, I will have been sleeping in a different bed for 3 weeks.  (3 different beds so far….)  I was really worried that the last week of our trip would be spent on a very uncomfortable hotel bed and that my back would start screaming: “Take me home!”….  But, I think I will survive this week after all!

Not only is the room and bed comfortable…. but it’s only about a mile away from the ball park, which makes it convenient for what we came here for.  We also found plenty of shopping centers and restaurants that aren’t too far away either, so I think we are pretty well set for the week!

I’m grateful that I happened upon this place and chose it out of several other hotels in the same area.  I look forward to trying the hot breakfast they serve in the morning.  That’s a convenient thing to have when you have to be at the ball park at 8:15am!  Stopping for breakfast somewhere can really add some time, not to mention cutting into my sleep time.

If you’re ever in the Phoenix area and are looking for a decent place to stay, (for a great price, I might add)….. check them out!  The Comfort Inn on 5152 Latham St..  Tell them Wanda sent you!  (Just kidding…. I don’t think it would do you any good to do that!)

I am Grateful!  How are you?

Oprah Winfrey

Few people have had such a powerful affect on the world like Oprah Winfrey has.  Many people would say that some of the things she has talked about on her show have been controversial.  Perhaps.  However…. I believe that the majority of the topics she has brought to us have been thought provoking, inspirational and moving.

I missed her final shows on TV…. but I’ve seen some of the moments on Facebook and Youtube.  She said some profound things.  Today I was made aware of some life classes she is currently teaching with guests on her OWN network that is also available on Facebook.  Listening to the session from tonight with Cheryl Richardson really made me start realizing what an impact Oprah has had on the world.  I loved they things they were talking about in this class.  I love the fact that she is trying to help people better their lives by realizing the power of their own words.

Though I personally have a long way to go as far as making sure I’m using my own words to my advantage…. I’m so grateful for the constant reminders I am getting about how important that is.  I’m grateful to Oprah for bringing on guests that can help us all look at the way we are self talking.  I’m grateful for her many years of enlightening shows and guests.  I’m not here to tell you I saw every one of her episodes…. cause I didn’t!   But I saw many and was usually inspired by the show.

If all of us could continue to work toward discovering our lives purpose…. perhaps we could have an impact on our own little corner of the world.  Thanks Oprah for impacting all of our lives.  Thanks for discovering your lives purpose and for trying to help others discover theirs!

I am Grateful!  How are you?

Oh My Fall!

View of Mt. Timpanogas at Sunset in the Fall

Every year when Fall hits, I want to take a drive up the canyon to enjoy the beautiful colors and season!  Unfortunately, it seems like we never take the time to do it and then the season is over.  But today…. we decided to squeeze in a short ride while the colors were brilliant and wonderful!

I so love the colors of Fall.  Every year as I see the trees starting to change on the Wasatch Front, It takes me back to my college days.  It was the time of year that I loved walking from my apartment onto the BYU campus.  It would start my day off just right.  There’s always some sentimental feelings involved when I reminisce about college.

After watching the Drowsy Chaperone, we decided to take the scenic way home through the canyon.  We went up through Provo Canyon and turned off up toward Sundance and  Aspen Grove.  It was beautiful!  We ended up going past the entrance to Timpanogas Cave and out American Fork Canyon.  While the drive only took about 45 min…. it was worth it!

Fall in Utah

I just wish I could have stopped to take some pictures.  The roads were so narrow that you couldn’t stop anywhere you wanted to… and the pull off areas didn’t have the view I wanted, so we didn’t stop!  But….. luckily, the internet is full of pictures of Autumn scenes that I can share.

I’m grateful for the Fall….. for the colors, for the cooler air and for the great memories it brings to mind!

I am Grateful!  How are you?

It’s Spooky Time Again!

I love Holidays!  This time of year begins 3 months of solid Holiday decor around my house.  Starting, of course, with Halloween!  Next to Christmas….. Halloween is the one Holiday that I have a LOT of decor for!  And I could still use more!  My husband would strongly disagree with this statement….

My Halloween Twig Tree!

I love the feel that setting up Fall decorations brings.  The weather starts to cool down, the leaves start to change color and soon it will be time to put on a pot of soup!  LOVE homemade soup!

I finally got all my Halloween/Fall decor up yesterday.  My favorite Halloween decor I have is my Halloween tree!  Several years ago I lucked into finding the cutest little twig tree.  I believe I got it at Taiwan Imports.  It’s just a plain little tree that pretty much looks like twigs….. but add the orange colored lights, fall ribbon, imitation gourds, Pumpkins, scarecrows, ghosts, witches, and spiders…. and you have a Halloween Tree!  So much fun!

Soon it will be time to transform my Halloween tree to a Thanksgiving tree… I just remove the witches, spiders and ghosts… and add a few more really long legged scarecrows…. and Voila!  It doesn’t take much to make the rest of the house turn into Thanksgiving decor too.   Switching out imitation carved pumpkins for turkeys and pilgrims and we’re ready to go!  The worse part about all of it right now is that I won’t be around much the next few weeks to enjoy the Halloween decor!  But it’s all good!  I’ll be having a great time and I’ll be back when it counts!

The fun part of Halloween, for most people, is the trick or treating.  Well…. I don’t get many trick or treaters at my house.   We live in a Senior community and the only kids who drop by are an occasional Grand child of the neighbors.  The neighbor kids just don’t seem to put us in their loop.  But I’m OK with that.  One day I’ll have my own Grand kids to come trick or treating at my house and that’s probably all I’ll care about anyway!

I always loved the fun the kids had at Halloween.  It was fun when they were little to make costumes for them.  There weren’t many places you could buy ready made costumes like you can now a days.  As they got older, they just came up with their own creations.  As adults now…. they STILL come up with their own creations!!  Halloween parties are always fun.

Halloween’s a great time.  It’s the start of the Holiday season… a time I love!  I’m grateful that I can enjoy the Holidays ….. and that this round of decor is up and ready to enjoy!

What do you love about Halloween?

I am Grateful!  How are you?

God Has Angels Watching Over Me

Have you ever been in a moment of time when you thought you might just see you life flash before you?  Yeah…. I had one of those today.

I traveled out to Bountiful early this evening to meet some high school friends for dinner.  Before the dinner, I was planning to stop off to visit with my Mom for a few minutes and take her a large container of Alkaline water.  I didn’t leave my house till about 4:40 pm, knowing of course that the closer I got to the city center, the worse the traffic would be.

I was actually quite surprised how smoothly things went, even at around 600 North.  That’s usually where north bound traffic starts to back log.  But I was easily moving along a freeway speeds.  It was when I reached Bountiful that it suddenly came on out of nowhere.

Even though I tend to drive fairly fast, I still try to keep a little bit of distance between myself and the car in front of me.  In this case…. I was extremely grateful there was some distance…. though it came awfully close to not being enough distance!

I’m still not sure what caused it…. I didn’t notice anything that would have… but I came within a foot or so of rear ending the guy in front of me and being rear ended myself!  Talk about slamming on the brakes!!  I burned some pretty good rubber!  It was NOT a fun situation.  It pretty much scared the ‘you know what’ out of me!  My heart was pounding pretty hard for several minutes.  It’s a tense moment when you think you may be a squished gonner!

I took the opportunity to use the new Ho’ oponopono mantra I learned yesterday after it happened.  This time is started with ‘Thank you!”  Then I went into “I’m sorry…. please forgive me….. I love you!!”  I thought the words were kind of appropriate at the time!  Thanking my Heavenly Father for allowing me to react quickly enough that a collision was avoided!  Saying “I’m sorry”…  I must have been following too close…. “Forgive me” and of course “I love you”!  I actually felt a little better saying that out loud!

Of course the thought of Angles watching over me came to my mind!   I love the Amy Grant song by the same title.  Here are the words starting with the second verse:

God only knows the times my life was threatened just today.
A reckless car ran out of gas before it ran my way.
Near misses all around me, accidents unknown,
Though I never see with human eyes the hands that lead me home.
But I know theyre all around me all day and through the night.
When the enemy is closing in, I know sometimes they fight
To keep my fight from falling, Ill never turn away.
If youre asking whats protecting me then youre gonna hear me say:

God has angels watching over me, every move I make,
Angels watching over me!
Angels watching over me, every step I take,
Angels watching over me….

Angels watching over me….
Angels watching over me.

Though I never see with human eyes the hands that lead me home….

That song definitely started running through my mind today!  And appropriate it is!  It also made me think about a story that a friend shared with me just yesterday.

Without going into all the details….. she was walking down a staircase that was built along a very steep and high cliff.  She said there was a lot of overgrowth along this path….. it hadn’t been up kept the way it should have been.  She and her husband decided after they had gone done about 1/3 of the way that is was just too dangerous and turned to head back up the stairs.  As she turned, she fell through the guard rail along the stairs.  She said she literally felt someone catch her and take her safely down.  Apparently this was a pretty long drop she fell.  She was unharmed and her husband told her not to move and went to get help.  It was amazing to hear her tell how she literally felt someone catch her and hold on to her.

I’ve heard similar stories….. stories of angels being felt or even in some cases seen.  Most often the ones that see them are young children.   I think we all have guardian Angels!  I just wondered if mine got a little squished and bruised today standing between my car and the one in front of me and also the one in back!  It was a pretty tight squeeze!

I’m awfully grateful that God sent those Angels to watch over me today!  It really does make you realize how protected you are…. and wonder too what else they have protected you from!!

I am Grateful!  How are you?

 

Fresh Picked Homegrown Vine Ripened Tomatoes!

What more can I say besides the title of this blog?  I mean really?  There is NOTHING like a fresh picked vine ripened tomato!  You can’t buy them in the store that way, that’s for sure!  Harvest time is the best time to get them ‘maters in ya!

Unfortunately…. we live in a condo right now and don’t have a place to garden.  Even though we tried to do some container gardening…. the weather just didn’t cooperate much this year to get a good start on the tomato plants.  I think we killed 3 or 4 before we finally got this last one to grow.  So far we’ve had one small tomato off the plant and one more is growing!  Pitiful, I know!  I don’t think the weather will last much longer to see much more crop on it!

Luckily we live close to a few ‘permanent’ farmers market stands.  The one we stopped at the other day is on 12400 So and about 8th West.  As we walked in the man asked us what we were looking for.  I answered, “Tomatoes”.  He said…. “Fresh picked off the vine this morning”.  That’s what I like to hear!!  Since I don’t do canning anymore….. (probably should,  I know…)  we only picked up about 1/2 dozen to eat.  They may not be homegrown in my own garden….. but it’s the next best thing when you don’t have a garden!!  Love Farmer’s Market!

I sliced one of those babies up tonight to go with our dinner….. yum, yum!  There really is nothing like a vine ripened tomato!  I feel sorry for people who don’t like tomatoes.  If their only experience with a tomato is what they tasted in a restaurant, or something from the grocery store….. they haven’t really tasted a tomato!

My son pulls the tomato off of every burger he orders.  Says he doesn’t like them.  Can’t say I blame him pulling those off.  They aren’t that great.  I need to get him to try one of these yummy ripe tomatoes off the vine.  I’m sure he could taste the difference!

I’m grateful for this time of year so that we can have great tomatoes!  I just wish there was a way to preserve them in that fresh state!  Canned tomatoes just don’t do the same thing for me!!  Though I use them in cooking….. it’s not like eating a fresh tomato!!  Guess I better enjoy as many as I can and make some salsa too!

I am Grateful!  How are you?