Weekly Photo Challenge – “Resolved”

I’ve been part of a Photo Challenge for a few years now.  I used to participate pretty regularly, but haven’t for quite a long time now. There is no better time than the present, right? Right!  Well, the first one of the year is “Resolved”.  I have been thinking about it since I read it a week ago.  It has been sailing in and out and around my brain.

I am not a big resolution maker when the new year comes. To be quite honest, I am not a good self goal keeper at all. I usually accomplish for others, but not always myself. I think that is why I have found this so hard.

I have even looked up the word several times in the dictionary and read it over and over.  This is what it says…


 verb \ri-ˈzälv, -ˈzȯlv also -ˈzäv or -ˈzȯv\


Definition of RESOLVE

transitive verb
obsolete : dissolvemelt
a : break upseparate <the prism resolved the light into a play of color>; also : to change by disintegration

b : to reduce by analysis <resolve the problem into simple elements>

c : to distinguish between or make independently visible adjacent parts of

d : to separate (a racemic compound or mixture) into the two components

: to cause resolution of (a pathological state)
a : to deal with successfully : clear up <resolve doubts><resolve a dispute>

b : to find an answer to

c : to make clear or understandable

d : to find a mathematical solution of

e : to split up (as a vector) into two or more components especially in assigned directions

: to reach a firm decision about <resolve to get more sleep><resolve disputed points in a text>
a : to declare or decide by a formal resolution and vote

b : to change by resolution or formal vote <the houseresolved itself into a committee>

: to make (as voice parts) progress from dissonance to consonance
: to work out the resolution of (as a play)
intransitive verb
: to become separated into component parts; also : to become reduced by dissolving or analysis
: to form a resolution : determine
: to progress from dissonance to consonance
— re·solv·able  adjective
— re·solv·er noun

Examples of RESOLVE

  1. The brothers finally resolved their conflict.
  2. The issue of the book’s authorship was never resolved.
  3. His speech did nothing to resolve doubts about the company’s future.
  4. They haven’t been able to resolve their differences.
  5. She resolved to quit smoking.
  6. He resolved that he would start dating again.
  7. The committee resolved to override the veto.

Origin of RESOLVE

Middle English, from Latin resolvere to unloose, dissolve, from re- + solvere to loosen, release — more at solve

First Known Use: 14th century

Related to RESOLVE

Antonyms: joinlinkunifyunite


See Synonym Discussion at decide



Definition of RESOLVE

: fixity of purpose : resoluteness
: something that is resolved
: a legal or official determination; especially : a formalresolution

Examples of RESOLVE

  1. His comments were intended to weaken her resolve but they only served to strengthen it.
  2. <a naval pilot who has been unwavering in his resolve to become an astronaut>

First Known Use of RESOLVE



 verb \ri-ˈzälv, -ˈzȯlv also -ˈzäv or-ˈzȯv\   (Medical Dictionary)


Medical Definition of RESOLVE

transitive verb
: to separate (a racemic compound or mixture) into the two components
: to cause resolution of (as inflammation)
: to distinguish between or make independently visible adjacent parts of
intransitive verb
: to become separated into component parts; also : to become reduced by dissolving or analysis
: to undergo resolution—used especially of disease or inflammation
re·solv·able  adjective

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I know it’s a lot, but you can see where my struggle has been.
Well, this is what I have come up with… 


Paladin – Our 13-year-old Dog – Sick with Valley Fever
He has been sick now for almost 2 years. Each night I kiss him good night, give him love and a good scratch.  I am resolved to let him go and hope each day that he goes in his sleep.  He has to be carried outside to potty, as his back legs are paralyzed from this disease from the hips down. He is in no pain, but I know each day that he is as frustrated as I am that he can’t get himself around.  He is here in our home and surrounded by love each and every day.  🙂

Do you think money can buy happiness?

Do you think money can buy happiness? This is a yes and no answer for me.  I need to lean more to yes though… especially with a family of 7.  If I can’t pay my bills, buy food for my family and have gas to get them to school do you think I would be a happy person?  The answer is no!

I think that money is relative to all of us, no matter how much we have we have.  $5 a day or $5,000 a day, we all need it.  I know I do.  When you don’t have the money to do the essential things in life it is stressful and please don’t tell me that it isn’t.  I know it is.  I have been through more living situations in my life than most.  I have worked since I was 12 years old and also haven’t worked now for the past 6 1/2 years. I have had enough money to pay for everybody around me and I have not had .20 cents to my name to make a phone call to call the temp agency for a job.

Don’t get me wrong. I always tried to stay happy during the hard times. I have my health, wonderful friends and the best family ever.  That is what always made me look forward.  To hug my children each day is amazing.  If I could give them more I would in a flash with no hesitation.  I wouldn’t only give to my household, but I would help anyone else I could.  Life is grand!  Enjoy it! Live it in the best way you can.  As I have always said… Life on the edge, don’t fall off.  🙂


A Post A Day/Week #43 ~ Your Age

Have you ever lied about your age? Why?

Bonus: Do you think they believed you?

Well, of course I have.  I lied to meet boys when I was a preteen, now called a tween.

I lied to buy alcohol for my friends and I.

I lied to get into night clubs.

I lied, for fun this time… to mess with people and told them that I was 52 instead of being 39.  LOL!

It seems I always lied to tell someone I was older and not younger.  Sometimes to get away with something, sometimes for fun.  🙂


A Post A Day/Week #44 ~ What Would You Tell Yourself 10 Years Ago?

If you could go back in time and have a 5 minute conversation with yourself ten years ago, what would you say?

I would have told myself to be careful with your weight.  5, 10 pounds… fine!  But!  Don’t let it get out of hand.  Care more about yourself to keep it off.  It will get harder when you are older.  Not just because you ARE older, but because of the things that come along with the changes of being older.  We slow down physically by working more, in my case it was sitting at a desk.  Having children can change hormones.  Creeping up in age our hormones change too.  There is NO getting past it.  Care now, make good choices, make and keep healthy habits. Have a regular routine.  By doing this it won’t be so hard trying to learn one later in life.  Just stay active and care about those extra pounds and just don’t ignore them.  Just do it!  🙂


A Post A Day/Week #42 ~ Intelligent or Good-Looking

Would you rather be super intelligent or extremely good-looking?

This is an easy one.  I think that it is easier to be intelligent with a little work then it is to be good-looking. I’m not going to get into the whole being shallow thing, because I am far from that.  This is just my opinion on an absolute surface level.  Being pretty would be first and the getting intelligent can always come.  🙂


A Post A Post Day/Week #41 ~ What is your favorite word?

What is your favorite word? Why?

My favorite word is cunt.  I like the way it sounds.  I like the effect it has on people when you say it. I love that there are several different meanings. I like discussing it with friends.

I know some people think that it is a vulgar word, but I like it.  Always have.

I went to go and see the Vagina Monologues while I lived in Alexandria, Louisiana.  I loved hearing other people use and talk about my favorite word.

Say it… cunt.  Gotta love it!  🙂


WordPress A Post A Day/Week #40 ~ Describe Your Last Vacation

Describe Your Last Vacation

Well my last vacation with my family was in June, but I want to tell you about the last “adult” vacation I had.  It was a surprise vacation for me from my Husband for our 10th Wedding Anniversary.  He took me to Cancun.  We stayed at The Royal.  An all-inclusive adult only resort.  It was amazing!

I wanted to back up though that tell you what happened at before we left.  We were to be leaving on Easter Sunday.  The Friday before we went out to dinner with some friends for Indian food.  My stomach was feeling odd before we left.  I thought it was hunger pains. To make a long story short, by the next morning at 4:30 a.m. I had driven myself to the ER.  I was diagnosed with an appendicitis.  A couple of hours later I was in emergency surgery for an appendectomy.  Come Sunday morning, Easter morning, I was recovering in the hospital.  Needless to say, we were not flying out for my surprise Anniversary trip that day. Andrew had to change all of the reservations for a week later.

Our trip started out with a driver picking us up to take us to the airport.  We had cocktails on the plane and a great flight. We laughed, held hands, talked and enjoyed ourselves.

Our shuttle picked us up from the airport. We arrived at the resort and it was just beautiful.  Not too large either.  Just perfect! After registering in a private registration area while drinking champagne we went to our room.  There were rose petals on the bed, champagne on ice, chocolate covered strawberries and other sweets and an amazing view of the ocean.  It couldn’t have been better.

The coolest thing about this trip was that Andrew planned it all and each day was a surprise event.  We would get up in the morning and I would quiz Andrew on what I should be wearing, what I should bring.  Bathing suit, no bathing suit… water shoes… good camera, waterproof camera… things like that.  It was fun and exciting.

One of the days we walked down the road from the resort.  To my surprise we were going scuba diving.  It was my very first time and I got to do 2 dives that day.  It was amazing.  It rained a bit that day too, but it didn’t matter.  I just couldn’t believe that I got to actually dive in the ocean the first day that I learned to dive and with only a very short instruction.  Amazing!!

Since it was an all-inclusive resort we got to enjoy all the wonderful food. There were several restaurants on the premises that we had access too. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner was always a special treat.  Something different each day. Japanese, French-Mexican, as well as several others. Small private dinners with a private Chef. Sharing a table with people from around the world.  It was so cool!

My favorite breakfast of all time.

As you could imagine the sunsets were amazing in Cancun.  I can never resist them.

Each night there was a different show in the central area.  Every one would gather and relax on the comfy couches and chairs.

The pools were beautiful.  Surrounded by in the sand cabanas and lounges.  Relaxing never felt so good. Being able to hang out at the swim-up bar while enjoying the weather. This resort is a must to visit again. The beaches and sea was always calling my name.  We even swam in the rain.  It was coming down so hard it stung my skin at certain times.

On another day we took a cab to the local water park.  Andrew had signed us up to be Dolphin Trainers for the day.  Talk about smart animals.   Wow, these dolphins were so cool.  This is one thing that I would love for my children to do sometime.  We were educated about them.  We swam underwater with them.  We played with them.  What a cool day that was!

The last day we were there I was surprised with a Hummer Jungle Tour.  I got to drive my own hummer while following our guide in his.  Our first stop was to the Mayan Ruins not far from our resort. Our guide gave us a private tour.  I loved listening to his stories. He was well-educated and knew so much about the history of the area. Our next stop was at a cenote.  They are underground caves and natural springs probably a good 30 feet under the ground.  We climbed down the make-shift stairs and ladders.  There were underground docs built.  Stalagmites hung from the ceilings and walls.  The water was crystal clear.  We swam, jumped from the ground floor in to the pool, swung from the zip-line and dropped into the water.  There were hammocks hung over the water and small lanterns to light up the cave.  It was nothing like I have ever seen before.  After swimming we had lunch.  There was a misunderstanding of how long the tour was, so we had to skip the second cenote and the zoo.  Since we had to get to the airport I got to haul ass through the jungle on the way out.  So fun!  What a fantastic trip this day was and the best way to end the most wonderful trip.




One last thing… my gift from Andrew.  A beautiful set of diamonds set in platinum… an Anniversary Ring.  🙂   xo