Pictures From the Passenger Seat - January

Hubby and I love to travel. Along the way, we (well, mostly I since he’s usually driving) take pictures from the passenger seat. The pics are sometimes funny, sometimes touching, sometimes crooked (okay, so I’m not such a great photographer), but it’s always something that we feel captures our spontaneous delight at the sight – a brief moment in time to revisit and relive once we get back home. They’re little snippets of life and our memories from across this beautiful country we’d love to share with you.

Here’s a recent stop on the way to Dallas, Texas. Only the shell of the diner is left for sale. Any takers? Hmm…what would you serve there? Talaxian omelettes? Jimbalian fudge cake? Klingon bloodwine? (Hubby’s the Star Trek fan.)

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Admiral, there be starships in Texas!

 

This guy is hanging out at The Domain shopping center in Austin, Texas.

Yep, everything’s bigger in Texas! (Fun fact: The armadillo is the Texas state animal.)

 

I’ve seen couch potatoes before. Heck, I’ve even been one. But these guys are the biggest couch potatoes in Austin. (The furniture store they’re hanging out in front of is called Austin’s Couch Potatoes Furniture. Great name!)

Everything is really bigger in Texas! Even the couch potatoes!

 

Travel tip: Carry those plastic bags with slide closures – big, medium, and small. You never know when you need a substitute trash bag, a vomit bag (yep, that was me you saw in the middle of Dallas in four lanes of busy traffic last summer doing that very thing), using it as a glove to pick up some undesirable “item” if you have a pet traveling with you, or collecting shells and rocks on the beach. Hubby used to laugh at my “addiction” to bringing these babies along, but not anymore. They come in pretty handy on the road!

Hope you enjoyed this little peek and be sure to stay tuned for next month’s Pictures From The Passenger Seat.

Turning a new page

turn-the-pageWelcome back to my blog! How do you like the new look to the website? I love it! I’m thrilled with how everything turned out. If you want to let me know what you think, just drop me a line on Facebook or Twitter.

Now, let’s get down to the nitty gritty. In 2015, I’ll be blogging more (I swear, I will) and including a few regular spots here.

First, I’ll be offering giveaways through the blog (this is in addition to the monthly newsletter giveaways).

Also, I will be starting Pictures From the Passenger Seat as a regular feature here. Never heard of it? I made it up. Hubby and I love to travel, especially road trips. He’s usually driving while I soak up the scenery and take pictures along the way. They don’t always come out the best, but it captures the moment and we love doing this. I want to share those pictures with you. So, stay tuned for the next blog and you’ll get a taste of what Pictures From The Passenger Seat is like. Warning: They’re funny, sweet, poignant, goofy, and much more.

I’ll be posting blogs for writers on occasion and for readers, too. But mostly, it will be my take on life, how I got to where I am, what’s going on in my little corner of the world, the crossroads I’ve come to and how I got myself the heck out of there, and, of course, my constant battle with paper clutter. Ugh! And, in addition to all those awesome goodies, you get to (hopefully) enjoy my terrific sense of humor!

Change: Opportunity or Threat

whatdoeschangeDo you embrace change or hide under the covers and hope it rushes on by? I am a former member of the latter group. I used to hate change. Now I don’t. How did that “change” come about, you wonder?

First, let me explain the reason why I didn’t like change. It was because I wanted everything nice, neat, and tidy. Routine soothed me. No stress. No mess. Right? Wrong.

The more I resisted, (yes, resistance is futile!), the more anxious I became. You see, the world doesn’t care if you don’t want to move forward; it will happen without your permission. People come and go in your life, events change perceptions, and even you feel it and do something different or think differently about it.

A few years ago, it hit me. I was lagging behind. Technology, social media, and new gadgets abounded. I shunned them. Until I couldn’t. I had to adapt. I had to—gasp—change!

Making peace, I decided everything has a beginning, middle, and an end (thanks to the many writing craft books for pointing that out to me). Everything has a reason. Everything has a season. I’m not clued in to the reasons why or when things will alter on a dime. However, my acceptance to the fluidity of life itself has bought me a well of relief.

Now, I map out a framework of what I want to do for a period of time. (An aside here, it never, ever goes as planned!) But, I’ve built in the adjustment factor. I’m surprising myself at how well I can adapt at times and to the many opposing forces that come my way.

I take more risks. I accept things easier (most days). I understand how things can throw a wrench in plans at the last minute. Daily, sometimes hourly, I am more thankful for the wonderful surprises and gifts bestowed on me because I’ve learned to embrace change. My gratitude overflows and I am living a much happier life.

But, honestly, if I don’t have to change, I’m good with that, too.