Monday, September 18, 2017

Monday Murmurings: Let's Ride

I have a new, I guess it is not really new, but a renewed interest in something....riding my bike. No not a Harley but an actual bicycle. I have been enjoying taking evening rides with my daughter or just going on a spin by myself. The wind flowing and rustling to on my shirt makes me feel so free. I like to hear all of the different sounds I hear in my neighborhood, that I otherwise ignore when I am within my home. I like going fast down the hills and slow around the corners. I want to ride each night and get really bummed when it rains or it is too hot. I look forward to the nightly rides. I was so excited when city put in a new a bike path close to my home that I have added to my nightly journey. Riding for me is not only exercise but a daily freeing of my mind of the hustle and bustle of the day. I am going to enjoy as many of these rides as possible until winter falls upon us and even then I might try to find away to ride.

Do you go bike riding or what do you do to free your mind from the day to day hustle and bustle?

Monday, September 11, 2017

Monday Murmurings: New Normal

Over the last week and a half, I have had two deaths in my family, one being my father and other my brother-in-law. Both of these men had unique qualities and characteristics but the one thing that they had in common is that they both loved my little girl. I have had to learn quickly that explaining death to a five year old is not really that easy. My little one is very inquisitive in general, so I tried to figure out a way to say what occurred without saying "passing" or "sleeping". Heck, so I would not slip up I just had my husband explain it. It seemed to go a lot better. Maybe because I was so upset, I could not explain in. She still has been asking questions and working through things like she should. Helping her talk through it and been helpful for me to process things.

I have also learned that I have not been able to truly grieve  the last couple of weeks due to trying to care for my daughter. My husband has tried to help but at this time I just don't want to be bothered and just want to stay in my bed. My only little sunshine right now is my daughter. I think since I was so concerned abut how she was going to react that I could not take care of how I was going to react. She has been trying to cuddle and give me lots of hugs, rub my back or just wants to sit next to me, because I want to do is lay in my bed or on the couch and watch lots of mindless TV. I know in my mind that things will get better and back to my normal after awhile, but emotionally I am drained and confused.

As my daughter, continues to comfort me, I will try to continue to answer any questions that she has about the deaths. I hope that as I try to comfort her that it comforts me and allows me to move forward in my new normal.

Saturday, September 2, 2017

Giving Texas a Hand

I have been to Texas a few times and have enjoyed my visits there.  The destruction and devastation that has taken place in there the last few days from what I have seen does not look like the place I remember. It makes you think that it could have been you, in that situation and that things can change in an instant.  I am trying to figure out what I can do assist and if you want to assist as well, here is a list of organizations that you can contact to see how.

I am not endorsing any of these organization, but sharing resources of who is taking donations. Check out these articles about how not to get scammed  and on how to ensure your donation goes where it is supposed to in Forbes Magazine and The New York Times

I pray that the people of Houston stay resilient and strong not only through the storm but also through rebuilding. 

Thursday, August 31, 2017

Throwback Thursday: O-H-I-O

This Throwback Thursday is in honor of the first The Ohio State University football game of the season tonight. O-H-I-O. Let's Go Bucks!