Some people are just so exasperating
I mean they are frikin damn frustrating
I want to go and put them over my knee
Treat them how they behave, like three
Make them pay for the way they act
Tell them all of my mind, that’s a fact
Shake and slap them with all my might
And yell at them all through the night
Tell them that they are loved by me
But how maddening they can really be
And if by chance that they were to see
Truth is I’d hope that they’d believe me
When I say that life is already so rough
Being upset at you makes it more tough
Would they even believe a word I’ve said
Probably not until after they are all dead
I’ll grieve at the things that I have done
But will be too late and they will be gone
Some People© by SBDMB (MM)
The beach is my confidant and my heart. It is where I go when I need sweet solace from the troubles of the world. To go and relax, breath in the sea breeze, listen to the lull of the waves, cry of the gulls and be one with nature. My soul yearns for it, desires it, really. To be at the sea, this is a way of life.© ~Mac
As the saying goes, “It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas!” And, over the years we have coined many phrases and customs that encompass this saying.
In our own family we have multiple traditions, from decorating the house and tree, to baking goodies. We enjoy the music and movies that accompany the holiday as well. We go out to see Christmas lights around the neighborhood and enjoy festivities. Meals and family, gifts and giving- so many special times around the season!
We are quite traditional in our likes in Christmas music. Bing Crosby and Frank Sinatra are definitely on our play-list. As for movies, my kids have played a roll. Watching “The Grinch” with Jim Carry is our Christmas Eve tradition. But, personally, I enjoy “The Christmas Carol” with George C. Scott. It is laten with memories of watching it every year when I was younger. My dad always aiding in the voices and phrases that we all had memorized from years of viewing. Now Hubby and I do the same with our kids. And, last but certainly NOT least “Elf” with Will Ferrel. This is my ALL time favorite movie! I enjoy laughing most of all, so this is a movie I can watch over and over, and I know every line.
Another tradition is baking. It is a favorite that I carry with me from my childhood. My mom was not one to work with us as kids in the kitchen that often. However, during the holidays she would let us help with the cookie baking. We each were allowed to choose one favorite recipe to do ourselves. So, as I had children of my own this was passed down to them. Since they were old enough to walk I would put them on a chair at the counter to help roll out cookie dough. Now at 13 and 15, they can nearly do it all on their own. And they still ask to do it every year! Made from scratch sugar cookies is treat of choice. Decorating has improved over the years and is my favorite part!
Finally, we cannot forget the “Reason for the Season” and why we celebrate. Our Christian faith is very important to us. And it is based on Jesus coming as a baby, living among men, dying and rising again- all for the love of the human race. So, we are sure to spend moments pondering this throughout the month, leading to Christmas. On the morning of Christmas we read the verses from scripture that lay out what transpired that day, before we have our gifts.
“And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call His name Jesus: for He shall save His people from their sins.” Matthew 1: 21
These are what I think of, as Christmas and the holiday season. What about you?
The Daily Post: Photo Challenge
“October, baptize me with leaves! Swaddle me in corduroy and nurse me with split pea soup. October, tuck tiny candy bars in my pockets and carve my smile into a thousand pumpkins. O autumn! O teakettle! O grace!” ~Rainbow Rowell
One of the fun traditions that my daughter still enjoys is transforming pumpkins into Jack O’lanterns. We also are looking forward to transforming ourselves into costumed characters. Although she does not want to trick-or-treat this year, she wants to help hand out candy to all the neighborhood kids that will come through. I just look forward to left over candy or perhaps a few pieces snuck between visitors.
Along Halloween, with these we have some fall favorites. Pumpkin and apple treats are a must. Pumpkin pastries such as muffins, breads and cookies along with apple crisp, pie and cider. However, now that we are South we no longer can go apple picking or leaf peeping, as in the past. When my kids were real little we would rake leaves and they would jump in the piles. I don’t miss the big maple leaf messes though!
What are some of your Halloween and/or Fall traditions?
©”Light Between the Trees” by SBDMB (MM)
©”Apple Red” by SBDMB (MM)
©”Round Pumpkins” by SBDMB (MM)
Daily Post Photo Challenge: transmography
Glimmering hues upon the waves
Kissing the beach with color
Rising from depths of slumber
Bathing the morning with light
Whispering sweetly to the sea
Caressing her with his warmth
The Sun in shining glory
Graces us with his presence
©Sunshine by SBDMB (MM)
©Shine by SBDMB (MM)
Is there anything better than the sun rising from out of the ocean? I’m not sure I have seen many splendors as magnificent as these moments. I am blessed to witness the beauty nature bestows in these quiet moments, when darkness is taken over by light.
The Daily Post Photo Challenge: Shine
“Home wasn’t a set house, or a single town on a map. It was wherever the people who loved you were, whenever you were together. Not a place, but a moment, and then another, building on each other like bricks to create a solid shelter that you take with you for your entire life, wherever you may go.” ~Sarah Dessen
I have spent many parts of my life in many different places. I don’t go back to a childhood home with years of memories, because we never just lived in one place. So, this taught me that home is not a location but where the people you love reside.
Now as an adult, we raised our kids for the first 12 and 14 years of their lives in one location. But, then we moved cross country to begin new. We have instilled in them the same mind-set of where home truly is, within your family. Changes will occur throughout life, it is inevitable. But, one thing you can and should be able to count on, is family. I know not everyone is a blessed to be able to say this, so I do not take it for granite.
In conclusion, however, I will share with you some pictures from around our new local area here in Myrtle Beach, in keeping with the theme of the Daily Post Photo Challenge: Local. Enjoy!
©Our Neighborhood by SBDMB (MM)
©Myrtle Beach Boardwalk by SBDMB (MM)
©Myrtle Beach Shadows by SBDMB (MM)
©The Pier by SBDMB (MM)
“Reflecting Sunset Waters” ©SBDMB
“Lit Sunset Waters” ©SBDMB
When Sleeps The Sun
The day has passed
And slowly fades the light
Crisp air blows the trees
And skyward bats take flight
Whispering clouds kiss the sky
Red, golden and royal hues
Owls speak of pending dusk
The stars soon twill be my muse
Ticking of the clock answers silence
Chimes ring out marking day as done
The world keeps turning at a steady pace
As the moon awakes then sleeps the sun
©When Sleeps The Sun by~ (MM) SBDMB
Daily Post Weekly Photo: H2O
As we enter into October and the fall weather is in full swing, I am reminded of many pass-times that take place in our family this time of year. Some we have started as our own traditions with the kids, others are born from Hubby’s or my own childhood. One of my favorites has been baking with my two munchkins over the years.
I get quite nostalgic and sentimental about my own memories with my mom. As we neared the holidays we would often spend a week baking sweets and treats. Picking and choosing from recipes that we, as kids, liked the most. Some recipes handed down from Gram, to Mom and now to me and my two. Usually including some of Dad’s favorites and those we could send off to a relative or neighbor as a gift.
The holidays also included many times to gather with family over food. Often at my grandparent’s house as a child. And then, as time went on, my family would often venture to our house for a holiday or two. Now that I have moved away from family, this time of year can also be a bit sad for me, as I look back at these family moments that no longer occur. However, with my two now teenagers, I hope that I am planting morsels of tradition and nostalgia within them. Many of which I imagine will have to do with food.
“For it is up to you and me
to take solace
in nostalgia’s arms
and our ability
from fleeting moments.”
― Sanober Khan, A touch, a tear, a tempes
Daily Post Photo Challenge: Nostalgia