I am Lovin'TheGoodOleDays!

Welcome to my blog. I'm glad you're here. You'll find information about my shop; favorite recipes; features of other crafters and artisans; tidbits of beach living; and the ups and downs of life.

Yes, there were some things about the past that were definitely great, but everyone's list is slightly different. This blog is my contribution to the things that make life great, and not so great. Like all things, this blog will grow and change as I do. Come grow with me.

Monday, April 29, 2013

Monday Mojo...Nick Vujicic

Feeling a little down? Feeling defeated? Feeling the weight of the world on your shoulders today? Stop, take a breath, and remember all there is to be thankful for. Do you have a roof over your head? Do you have food to eat? Did you wake up today? It's up to you to decide if today is going to be a bad day, a good day, or a great day.

Need some motivation? Put your life in perspective. How would you deal with life if you were Nick Vujicic. Would you be thankful or would you feel sorry for yourself? It's a choice. So, what's it going to be? I chose to have a great day!

Monday, April 22, 2013

Monday Mojo...So What?

I've got big plans today; lots to do, so I need a song that's going to get me pumped up and ready to take on the world.  Major house cleaning, major gardening plans. I'm psyched to finally get something green in my yard. Of course, most of my flowers will be in various shades of purple, except for the few that Little Man picked out, but that's ok, I guess. Yeah, it's going to be a great day.  So let's crank up the volume, roll up our sleeves, and get this day (and this week) under way!

I guess this would be a good time to let you know that I am a huge P!nk! She is the baddest, toughest most talented rockin' chick out there. If this song doesn't get you pumped up, in my opinion, you don't have a pulse. (Oh, and definitely expect more videos and blog posts featuring P!ink.)

Saturday, April 20, 2013

The ABCs of Life...H is For My Husband Harry

I've been debating with myself whether I wanted to go happy and lighthearted (Harry), or serious and talk about my issues with Hypothyroidism, and I decided Harry gets the featured spot this time. My health issues can wait for another time.

Harry and I have know each other since way back in 6th grade. This is pretty much the way I remember him, but change the serious military look on his face to a big ole' grin, and that's him.  He always had a joke or some funny story to share. Time passed and we went our separate ways, but I never forgot him, and would look him up online to see if I could find him...and one day I did, on Myspace (remember myspace?).  We chatted about old times and compared the journey of our lives, which turned out eerily similar. We also discovered that we had a lot in common. Within no time we were completing each others' sentences and singing the same song.

He's still got that wacky sense of humor, but there's so much more about him that I really dig.  He'll do the dishes or laundry if it needs to be done, he works tirelessly 6 or 7 days a week and never complains, and he loves his parents and isn't embarrassed to say so.  He would do anything for his kids, and someday they will all know just how much he loves them, as usually happens when kids have kids of their own.

He's a huge history buff, all kinds of history, you name it, he can can tell you all about it. He can hold his own in the kitchen (always a plus), and if he were to go on Jeopardy, dare I say I think he would do quite well.  On more than one occasion he has come up with some obscure fact and I just look at him and ask , "How do you know that...and why?!"

He's a man who knows who is he, what he wants, and what he knows he has to do to get there. He is determined, and motivated. He is my rock. He keeps me going when I don't think I can, and he believes in me when I doubt myself. He is my biggest fan, and I am his.

Friday, April 19, 2013

You Know It's Spring when...

I love living in Lower Slower Delaware. My mother has been down here 20ish years now and I've visited as often as I could, depending how far away I was living at the time. But now that I am here full-time I really appreciate the little things that make it special.  When the nice weather comes back, so do the road-side stands. Local folks set up tables in front of their houses with various fruits, vegetables, flowers, and handmade crafts with a small sign and a bucket or some other small container for people to leave their money.  I caught sight of this table this past weekend, after having a particularly bad day, so I had to stop. When I pulled up the gentleman came out of the house to help me out.  For $3.50 I ended up with 5 large, bright red, best smelling tomatoes I could ask for. He totally made my day. (I've stopped at other spots where people just help themselves.)

Before moving down here we lived in a townhouse community on the edge of Philadelphia.  Two summers ago I had a small garden in our tiny patch of dirt; basil, tomatoes, and peppers.  It was so neat to watch the tomatoes grow and start to turn red, until the one day when I realized someone had stolen every tomato I had. Yup, gotta love that brotherly love. Needless to say, the next year I left that patch of dirt exactly the way it was.

Sorry, Philly, I am not missing you, not one bit. Can't wait for the roadside flowers to appear.

Monday, April 15, 2013

Monday Mojo...Always Look On The Bright Side Of Life

A friend asked me recently about the songs I choose for Monday Mojo.  Sometimes a song will pop into my head, sometimes I will remember a song from way back that made me feel happy, and sometimes a situation will bring a specific song to mind.  This is the case with today's Monday Mojo.

Not many of you know this, but my mother is 94 and sometimes she is not too happy with that fact.  She has been blessed with relatively good health, but her body is letting her know that she is officially old and she doesn't like it. Some folks go with the flow and accept the aging process and some folks go kicking and screaming.  I love my mother. She has been my rock, but now my rock is crumbling. If it weren't for my faith or the strength and grace of my best friend, Melanie, I wouldn't be mentally prepared for all of this.

Last night, after another not so great day, my husband looks to me and says, "Look on the bright side." And, of course, Monty Python popped into my head, and brought a smile to my gloomy day. So, enjoy you Monday, and Always Look on the Bright Side of Life.

Monday, April 8, 2013

Monday Mojo...The Banana Splits!

It's Monday! The kids are back in school after having a week off, I am officially gainfully employed, and it's going to be a beautiful day today. I've got some organizing to do, planning on making some bread today, and hit the grocery store in a bit so I can take in the gorgeous day...Maybe I'll even go for a walk on the beach :) I hope your week is starting off just as well as mine. But, if not, maybe this will help. It always make me happy...

Monday, April 1, 2013

Monday Mojo...Why Do Fools Fall in Love?

Here's a sweet reminder of days gone by while giving a little shout out to April Fools Day.  Hope you all had a great weekend and have an even better week. If you have a special someone I hope this song brings a smile to your face, and if you don't, may you burst out laughing at all the crazy fools out there who got suckered in.