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Happy Dog Day, sweet boy! We all love you…maybe even Jagger. Lol!

So the calm before the storm will be ending soon. Tracy starts grad school this week while my journey continues with only two practicums to go! Work and school will be our focus again. 

I think we both feel lost without the structure of school and the challenge of learning. It’s gonna be a wild ride!  I tried to convince Tracy to go from nursingschoolcat to gradschoolcat but he seems resistant. Oh well, hang on cause the wind is fixing to blow!!! I’m scared and excited!

So the calm before the storm will be ending soon. Tracy starts grad school this week while my journey continues with only two practicums to go! Work and school will be our focus again.

I think we both feel lost without the structure of school and the challenge of learning. It’s gonna be a wild ride! I tried to convince Tracy to go from nursingschoolcat to gradschoolcat but he seems resistant. Oh well, hang on cause the wind is fixing to blow!!! I’m scared and excited!

The sky from the back porch in B&W. 
The color one is next. (I’m ready to go back to school!!!).

The sky from the back porch in B&W.
The color one is next. (I’m ready to go back to school!!!).

I promised myself some craft time while I was out of school and finally, in the last two weeks, I messed around with watercolors. I love the chalky feel to the paper after the paint dries and the way the colors layer, revealing lighter and darker areas. I also love to stamp and I used some random stamps on this page. Fun!

Now, really, y’all: this is a pretty meaningless project in the end, but I turned on soft piano music and painted away. I felt so relaxed, and blessed, and content. I was doing something simply because I wanted to. We should all do that more often.  More calm before the storm.

I promised myself some craft time while I was out of school and finally, in the last two weeks, I messed around with watercolors. I love the chalky feel to the paper after the paint dries and the way the colors layer, revealing lighter and darker areas. I also love to stamp and I used some random stamps on this page. Fun!

Now, really, y’all: this is a pretty meaningless project in the end, but I turned on soft piano music and painted away. I felt so relaxed, and blessed, and content. I was doing something simply because I wanted to. We should all do that more often. More calm before the storm.

I am reading through a unique kind of magazine that Mom sent me and I realized that my life is so full of rich, lovely moments. I made a list of many of those moments. Since this is my place to write it down, here goes (and in no particular order):
Sitting on the front porch, with Tracy, the chimes tinkling in the breeze.  Contentment!
Exploring a town and looking for its “feel”, hoping for the eclectic, off-beat vibe.
Early mornings when I don’t have to work that day.  Just the slow awakening with the quiet opening of the day.  A treat!
Digging deep into a school assignment and the satisfaction I feel when it is completed.  Relief!
The Nashville Farmer’s Market: what can I say? Foods, colors, flavors, smells, people, an Indian cafe…everything!
The anticipation of something in the mail.  Will it arrive today?? Often my mother is the initiator of this pure joy.
Morning communes with God when there is that awesome connection and I receive a brief revelation of what eternity holds.
The time period when summer lets go and autumn rushes in with its full force of color.
Times when my daughters spontaneously reach out to me. When they speak of their love for me and acknowledge my love for them, it gives me peace. 
Filling my Scentsies each morning with the special aromas I have selected for the day.
I love when my granddaughters and I all squeal out in pure delight.  I feel influential in their lives and recognize that I am helping them make special memories for when I am gone.
Downtown Martin: the colorful lights of the splash pad at night, the cozy Looking Glass bookstore, the City orchestra performances, the wrought iron balcony, funnel cakes.
Seeing and hearing geese flap across the sky above me.
Woodpeckers, hummingbirds, the first yellow finch, and a cardinal couple.
Snuggling up to Tracy’s back and feeling loved and safe, perhaps the only time when I can be awake and yet be still.
I loved making this list and will pay careful attention to life so I can write down more.  What a blessing! What are some of the moments of life that make you feel alive and joyful?

I am reading through a unique kind of magazine that Mom sent me and I realized that my life is so full of rich, lovely moments. I made a list of many of those moments. Since this is my place to write it down, here goes (and in no particular order):

  • Sitting on the front porch, with Tracy, the chimes tinkling in the breeze.  Contentment!
  • Exploring a town and looking for its “feel”, hoping for the eclectic, off-beat vibe.
  • Early mornings when I don’t have to work that day.  Just the slow awakening with the quiet opening of the day.  A treat!
  • Digging deep into a school assignment and the satisfaction I feel when it is completed.  Relief!
  • The Nashville Farmer’s Market: what can I say? Foods, colors, flavors, smells, people, an Indian cafe…everything!
  • The anticipation of something in the mail.  Will it arrive today?? Often my mother is the initiator of this pure joy.
  • Morning communes with God when there is that awesome connection and I receive a brief revelation of what eternity holds.
  • The time period when summer lets go and autumn rushes in with its full force of color.
  • Times when my daughters spontaneously reach out to me. When they speak of their love for me and acknowledge my love for them, it gives me peace. 
  • Filling my Scentsies each morning with the special aromas I have selected for the day.
  • I love when my granddaughters and I all squeal out in pure delight.  I feel influential in their lives and recognize that I am helping them make special memories for when I am gone.
  • Downtown Martin: the colorful lights of the splash pad at night, the cozy Looking Glass bookstore, the City orchestra performances, the wrought iron balcony, funnel cakes.
  • Seeing and hearing geese flap across the sky above me.
  • Woodpeckers, hummingbirds, the first yellow finch, and a cardinal couple.
  • Snuggling up to Tracy’s back and feeling loved and safe, perhaps the only time when I can be awake and yet be still.

I loved making this list and will pay careful attention to life so I can write down more.  What a blessing! What are some of the moments of life that make you feel alive and joyful?

I can say it: my online classroom opens next week! And I am sooooo ready! These three months off have been nice but-oh my gosh- let’s get this started! September is gonna be a wild ride but it will be like a new box of sharp, colored pencils! Last two classes, here I come!

I can say it: my online classroom opens next week! And I am sooooo ready! These three months off have been nice but-oh my gosh- let’s get this started! September is gonna be a wild ride but it will be like a new box of sharp, colored pencils! Last two classes, here I come!

We appreciate black cats every day! Love you, Jagger ❤️

Yes, it is that time of year where my desire for fall just overwhelms me. So it was 58 degrees last night and I’m super amped up. I put all the earthy (cinnamon, pumpkin, apple) wax discs in my Scentsy this morning. Miranda and I went for a long walk. Lovely!

I almost believed it was here…silly me! It’s mid-August! And it’s gonna be 95 degrees next week. Aaargh! Right? Oh well, 58 again tonight so I will enjoy it while I can until fall arrives for real. 

Tracy is in orientation at his new job. We work at the same hospital now. Pretty cool! Another reason I’m ready for August to be over is because I’m ready for school to start. I’m bored {said in a whisper}. I know, I know, that’s like saying the ER is quiet! And I’ll regret I said it but I only have two classes to go!!! So I am ready!

It’s so fun to sit and dream about what I will do after I finish my degree. I’m seriously considering my doctorate but not sure what I’d do with that in NW Tennessee. Time will tell. In the meantime I will dream 😊

Yes, it is that time of year where my desire for fall just overwhelms me. So it was 58 degrees last night and I’m super amped up. I put all the earthy (cinnamon, pumpkin, apple) wax discs in my Scentsy this morning. Miranda and I went for a long walk. Lovely!

I almost believed it was here…silly me! It’s mid-August! And it’s gonna be 95 degrees next week. Aaargh! Right? Oh well, 58 again tonight so I will enjoy it while I can until fall arrives for real.

Tracy is in orientation at his new job. We work at the same hospital now. Pretty cool! Another reason I’m ready for August to be over is because I’m ready for school to start. I’m bored {said in a whisper}. I know, I know, that’s like saying the ER is quiet! And I’ll regret I said it but I only have two classes to go!!! So I am ready!

It’s so fun to sit and dream about what I will do after I finish my degree. I’m seriously considering my doctorate but not sure what I’d do with that in NW Tennessee. Time will tell. In the meantime I will dream 😊