“The City Bathed In Orange” Original Untouched Photograph by Kathleen Shelfer
Last night I attended a Birthday party on the Zinfandel Yacht out of the Alameda Harbor. It was fantastic! I never even fathomed that we would be going under the Bay Bridge and having the most amazing views of The City.
It was 6:30 p.m. and the sun was going down. We all boarded the yacht. With it being such a hot day, we went immediately up to the top deck to cool off and find a seat. As the Birthday Boy boarded the boat, we headed back downstairs to say our hello’s and Happy Birthday. Big hugs too.
I don’t really want to get into then whole logistics of the party. What I really want to talk about is the views of The City. The memories it carries for me and how much I enjoyed remembering them last night.
As I watched the sunset over the Bay I realized what I was looking at. The Bay Bridge with The City in the background. I was in awe. Frozen to the amazing view. I found an open window and just stared.
I am still a little baffled at how to exactly explain how I was feeling. I was happy. Excited. Calm. Just to name a few. Even a little sad. I had memories flying through my head of the great times that I have had there.
San Francisco is the first City that I had fallen in love with. It’s as pure and simple as that. I am so happy that I was able to experience the views of The City at night from the Bay again. It had been too many years. The last time was with my friend, Taylor, one 4th of July when I was 27, or 28. What a night that was! Another story, for another day. 😉
This really stuck with me today. It can’t express how I feel any better. It also reminds me of what I need to do in my life. What I think about constantly, but don’t follow through with. That I need to just speak and not walk on eggshells. That I need to do more for myself and what makes me feel good.
I want to thank, Rachael, a friend on Facebook. One of the very few friends that I have on Facebook, that I have never actually met in person. I adore your drive for life. For peace. For health. For education. ♥
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. 🙂
Oh it’s so true, as I sit here listening to this song… Life is bittersweet. No regrets I say. Life is spectacular & I am thankful. I have loved & lost… Lost a lot… Lived more than most… Loved more than most… I never forget & love my life as a whole each & every day. I love to the extreme & feel loss just as hard. It’s life right? Well, it’s my life & I plan on keep living it to the fullest with my love, woo hoo’s, many hugs, peace & forgetful nights. I want every second to have meaning. I want everyone to feel love & admiration. As I have always said… Life on the edge, don’t fall off. 🙂
I heard that your settled down. That you found a girl and your married now. I heard that your dreams came true. Guess she gave you things I didn’t give to you. Old friend why are you so shy? It ain’t like you to hold back or hide from the light. I hate to turn up out of the blue uninvited. But I couldn’t stay away I couldn’t fight it. I’d hoped you’d see my face, And that you’d be reminded that for me it isn’t over. Nevermind I’ll find someone like you. I wish nothing but the best for you too. Don’t forget me I beg I remember you said:- “Sometimes it lasts in love, but sometimes it hurts instead” Sometimes it lasts in love, but sometimes it hurts instead yeah. You’d know how the time flies. Only yesterday was the time of our lives. We were born and raised in a summery haze. Bound by the surprise of our glory days. I hate to turn up out of the blue uninvited But I couldn’t stay away I couldn’t fight it. I’d hoped you’d see my face & that you’d be reminded That for me it isn’t over yet. Nevermind I’ll find someone like you. I wish nothing but the best for you too. Don’t forget me I beg I remember you said:- “Sometimes it lasts in love, but sometimes it hurts instead” Nothing compares no worries or cares. Regret’s and mistakes they’re memories made. Who would have known how bittersweet this would taste? Nevermind I’ll find someone like you. I wish nothing but the best for you too. Don’t forget me I beg, I remembered you said:- “Sometimes it lasts in love, but sometimes it hurts instead” Nevermind I’ll find someone like you. I wish nothing but the best for you too. Don’t forget me I beg, I remembered you said:- “Sometimes it lasts in love, but sometimes it hurts instead” Sometimes it lasts in love, but sometimes it hurts instead. ~Adele
I was finally able to find the photo I wanted to post that was recently taken during a gathering with my MeetUp group. I wanted to use this particular photo for this past weeks challenge “curiosity”, because I have had quite the week of inner struggles and it makes me think seriously about how people tick. No, I didn’t take it, I am in it, but I did alter it to my perception of what I wanted the photo to bring across.
I have labeled this as “curiosity”, because I am always surprised and always learning from the people around me. The people are blurred because it is people who make me curious, not the surroundings. Sometimes people come across as a blur to me. They are not what they seem like their surroundings can be. There is something deeper… not always good and also not always bad. The photo isn’t about the women in this photo as much as it is about how you can perceive something on the surface and there is something much deeper. 🙂
Day 30 — Your Reflection In The Mirror (4 Days Late)
First off I must say that I have realized that I don’t blog much on the weekends. Hence my late post, yet again. I’m sure that I can be forgiven. 😉
My reflection in the mirror… the only thing that I can proudly say that I don’t like when I look in the mirror is that my stomach isn’t as flat as it used to be any more. It’s not my weight, not the grey hairs popping up, not the small lines becoming visible in various places of my face. I am pretty good with all of the physical things. As for the mental and emotional, I wish that I could feel a little more grounded. My life is great, don’t get me wrong. It is! Sometimes we just have our ups and downs though and I think that this is one of those times that I am just climbing out of a slump. I am a good climber though and everything is going great. So… when I look into the mirror I smile, because I am happy with what I see and feel. 🙂
I wrote my first Blog on December 19, 2009. The first ones didn’t consist of much and I was really torn about Blogging. In 2010 I received 1,145 hits on my Blog. I thought wow, people are actually coming and reading what I have to say. How cool is that! Once I saw how many hits I have had just this year, in January, I was humbled. 904 as of today… just for January! Wow! Thank you for making me feel like I am doing something of worth. Sometimes I feel like my posts are very short, or pretty lame. Meaning, meaningful to me, but lame for the reader. Thank you readers for making me feel otherwise today. 🙂 xo
During the last week of my oldest Sons baseball season we were on our way to one of his last tournaments. We stopped at the Circle K by our house to grab some sunflower seeds and drinks. While waiting in line to check out we noticed a very old couple trying to get directions. After they left the counter, they stood behind us not going out the door. They looked very confused. I asked them if they needed help and they said yes. My Husband proceeded to rattle off to them how to get to where they were going. They then walked out the door to their car. We finished checking out and went outside as well. They were still standing at their car looking so very confused. I asked the man where they were going. He said they were going home. He then pulled out a small map on a piece of paper. It listed several streets in a neighborhood and destinations… Home, Bank, Frys, etc. They were WAY out of their neighborhood. They looked scared. HE especially looked very scared. Like a small child scared. I then waved my Husband back over, since he knows that area better than me, looked at him and said he’s scared (I said this quietly) and lost. I need you to slow down and help me again. Needless to say, I was freaked out!!! I wanted to drive them home myself.
Andrew and I talked to them for another 2 or 3 minutes. I decided that they could follow us to Power Road then I would point them in the right direction from there. They agreed. We got into our cars and they proceeded to follow us. Once to the intersection of Warner and Power we pulled over, got out and I went to the window to direct them. He was biting his nails, looking a nervous as could be. She leaned over and asked me if they could please just keep following us. I was torn. Alex needed to be at his baseball game in the next few minutes. Andrew explained that we needed to go back the other way and pointed them again in the right direction. They headed off. Again, I was freaked.
This couple had to be in their early 90’s easy. They were like lost children driving in the car. I still worry about them and wish I had gotten a phone number for them. Today I would have done it differently, so I knew for sure that they were safe and home.
After Alex’s baseball game that night he asked me if I thought that the old couple had gotten home okay and if I was still worried. I told him that I hope in my heart that they drove right home and they are just fine. I also told him that I wished that I had just taken them all the way home. He said that he was sad and wished that we would have too. He was worried as well. I love his kind heart. I try to teach my children compassion. He showed me that night that he had a ton.
Stranger, or not, I am the kind of person that gives all that I can at the time. What goes around, comes around. I may need help from a stranger some day too. 🙂