They said it’s your birthday

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In October of 1999 we adopted a five-year old by the name of Jasper. We truly did not foresee how much he would infiltrate every aspect of our lives when he came home. His first owner, an Army soldier, either didn’t research her purchase in advance, didn’t have time to take care of one or just thought, “Oh, it be cool to have a parrot.” Just glad she gave him up so he could come home with us.

Here is Jasper T. Williams and he is 20 years old. We don’t know his birthday so we celebrate a day in October as Oh My Gosh It’s You Came Home To Your Forever Family We’re Never Letting You Go You Are Safe With Us We Love You day. LOL

And he is. No longer will he be stuck inside a cage, never getting out, and not able to stretch his wings. No more will he not be loved. No more will he spend his time alone.

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Time away

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It’s that time of year when I head up to Northern Maine to check up on my mom to see how she is doing. I live far up, I mean really really far up. It is roughly 12 miles from the Canadian border. My access to the internet will be spotty at best. My mom does not own a computer so I will be making my way to the one room library we have in town.

I will be leaving on the 10th and be back on the 25th. My home town walks on a slower pace of life. Which is good for when I get back, I get back into the fray.

A good visit for sure but it always goes by fast. Before I know it, I will be heading back down to North Carolina and getting back into the hectic live that is mine.

See you all soon.

 

Our hectic lives: Slow down

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I hit the ground running. Are you familiar with this phrase? It seems this has been my life lately and especially for 2014. By the time I go to bed I am exhausted. When did we get so busy? When did life rule our lives to the point we are just going round and round in circles like a dog chasing his tail? But yet we do.

I am a wife, mom, sister, daughter, daughter-in-law, a writer, a housewife, treasurer of my community watch group, organizer of my book club, run a writer’s group, freelance writer and photographer for a magazine in our county and a host of other things. I am sure you all can relate. The list is way longer then what I just wrote.

As cliché as this line is, take time to smell the roses, do we? We are so busy trying to multitask and getting so much done in a shorter time that not only do we hurt ourselves mentally and physically but we also hurt those around us. We spend so much time either online, on our phones or in meetings or going to meetings if someone came up to me and went boo I would scream. Being exhausted can become a state of mind if we are not careful. We need to slow down people. A time for us to recharge, rest and enjoy what is around us before it is too late. We already have regrets in our lives do we need to add more?

It is easy for us to say oh we will do it later. I can take care of that after this and this is done. But do we do that? Or do we just add more to our plates, striking three things off our to do list but adding four or five?

My son graduated from college this past Saturday and surprisingly I didn’t cry. I did for his high school graduation. I was so proud of my little man. There was a time we did everything together, he was my sidekick. But as we grew older and both our lives got busy that has weaned a bit. Having one child I can’t afford to let opportunities get wasted for before I know it, he will be away by miles and not be nearby.

Wake up call everyone. Slow down. Take a walk, enjoy a cup of tea, go for a walk, hit a movie in the middle of the day, or whatever suits your fancy. We are not getting younger in body but I hope to stay young in mind. I hope to be here a while. But not only for myself, but for my family and friend as well.