Sights and sounds of the morning…

Listening to surrounding sounds has always been a fascination for me. This morning, the house is mostly quiet and still as hubby has gone to exercise class and I am working on daily activities. Writing, dusting, laundry, etc.

Sitting at the desk, my eyes keep veering over to the window and the sights outside. Temperatures in the 30’s with wind chills in the teens. Tall palm tree branches are jumping in the freezing cold wind while making a flapping sound. Water rippling across the pond from the steady breeze causes me to wonder if the alligators have returned. Not yet, too cold for them, too.

Even on this frigid day, I am blessed with the sights and sounds God has provided. This morning, I laughed while listening to a little dog bark so loudly that surely he thought he was a BIG dog. Children on the way to the bus stop chatted amongst their friends, with laughter flowing and an occasional shout hello to another friend.

And then, the birds… oh, how I love the sounds of the birds singing. Cardinals, bluebirds, sparrows, chickadees and more. Their chirping shows how even through the cold, they are joyous and lively. Or could it be the cold making them so talkative? 🙂

Cars pass by the house, a helicopter flies over and the day has started. Neighbors are busy with their daily routines. Life is good here in South Carolina.

Pause and listen to God’s message. He speaks to us through many ways… including the sights and sounds of the morning. Enjoy!

Have a blessed day,
Mimi

 

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Golf carts and sleds…..

Imagine our surprise when heavy snowflakes began falling yesterday in coastal South Carolina. We know all about snow from living in Virginia. Mountain snow, city snow…but….coastal snow? What????

Luckily, Alan and I kept some of our winter clothing when we moved from VA to SC in September 2017. You know…just in case. There would never be 5 inches of snow in Mount Pleasant SC! Or would there? We were proven wrong yesterday.

Just like in VA, grocery stores were packed the day before the storm. Schools announced closings, road closures and emergency details kept us alert and up to date on the situation of this record breaking storm.

Staying inside and reading good books was a great way for us to relax and be safe during the storm. A few folks were outside enjoying a walk during the storm. That was last night.

Today, the snow sits and waits to melt. Freezing cold temperatures remain and the heater runs non-stop. People wearing heavy coats and snowsuits are outside walking their sweater covered dogs. Kids are trying to find a hill somewhere to use their sleds. (They must be from out of town if they have sleds here.)

And then…a funny sight!! A family rides by the front of our home, in their golf cart. Four people bundled up and laughing. Behind them is a rope and another jolly person on a sled. We live on a short street, one way in and one way out. This family has found a new use for their golf cart. Sledding!!!! More golf carts and families ride by later in the afternoon. Looks like everyone is enjoying the snow.

This is a rare sight!! Golf carts and sleds!! We love to hear the laughter of the families and we know they are making special memories together. Everyone appears to be having an exciting time!(while staying safe, of course)

Was your area visited by this crazy storm? Stay warm and enjoy some hot chocolate.

Remember, God loves you.

Blessings and giggles,
Mimi

 

Christmas lights and pajamas….

Alan and I started a new tradition a few years ago. This all began during a time when I was recovering from another sinus infection. We continue to enjoy this tradition every year in sickness and in health.

After spending too much time being inside, I was becoming a bit grouchy.  The outside was beckoning to me…”Come out and play. You will have fun. Look at the Christmas lights.” Yes, the outdoors was calling me.

Alan decided in order for me to feel totally better, I needed some cheer. “Get your coat, honey. We are going to look for Christmas lights and decorations.”

My reply was, “Dear, I am already dressed for sleep. I am wearing my pajamas.”

My sweet husband persisted. “Yes, put your coat on over your pajamas. We are going to find the lights.”

Bundled up with thick fleece pajamas (which may or may not have penguins on them), we ventured into neighborhood after neighborhood. The car heater gave us warmth and Christmas music filled our ears with joy.

“Oh, look! Oh, ah!!! How pretty!! Look at that one. Look at those lights.” We continued on our trip enjoying every moment of  magical colors and decorations. While gazing at those bright lights, we notice each star and remember the birthday we are celebrating. The birth of Jesus.

Ever since that first time Alan decided to cheer me up with a trip to see the lights, we have made this a special tradition. Yes, my pajamas are on and I am ready to go.

Christmas music playing on the car radio, laughter and love all around…..

Yes, my husband is a sweetie!! 🙂

Have you seen Christmas lights this year? Amazing how seeing the bright colors will make you happy and remind you of the true reason for the season, the birth of Jesus.

Merry Christmas,
Blessings,
Mimi

 

Reading glasses here, there and everywhere…

Changes happen in the body as we mature. Yes, let’s say “mature” instead of “grow older”.  Our eyesight changes and perhaps we need reading glasses. Yes, that is me. I have worn reading glasses for years. I have even shared my need for glasses in a previous post.

When I was a young woman in my 30’s, I had a friend who always wore her reading glasses hanging around her neck with the cutest ribbon, string or something special to hold the glasses until she needed them.

I vowed never to be that lady. I would never wear glasses hanging from my neck, causing me to look “older”.

Well… amazing how time changes and the need to read overrides the need for looking cute. Around age 55, I purchased two of those colorful strings and attached them to my reading glasses. I am a happy lady because now I don’t have to constantly say, “Where are my glasses?” Wearing them to the grocery store is fine with me. If they help me read the labels on the grocery items, then the fashion statement doesn’t matter.

Of course, at home I keep a pair of glasses upstairs and a pair downstairs. My only problem now is there are times when I forget I am wearing the glasses and walk downstairs or upstairs saying, “Where are my glasses?”, only to find I have two pairs of reading glasses hanging from my neck. 🙂 Yes, laugh out loud because this is me.

If you see me and two pairs of glasses are hanging from my neck, don’t worry. I truly meant to do that. NOT! 🙂 Please advise me of my mistake so I won’t feel silly. Honesty is appreciated.

Life continues to be busy here in South Carolina. Good thing I have reading glasses so I can keep up on current events. 🙂

I often say God gives us lots of things to laugh about and this Thanksgiving, I am thanking Him once again for laughter. What about you? What are you thankful for this Thanksgiving?

Happy Thanksgiving, Happy Reading,
Mimi

Sweetheart…are you cold?….

The state of Virginia experiences all four seasons. Cool Spring, hot Summer, chilly Autumn and cold Winter. Seasons are different in South Carolina. Alan and I are learning how different the temperatures can range in the Palmetto state.

November 7th arrived and we noticed people wearing colorful shorts and swimsuits. Children playing outside were sweating from the warmth and energy being exerted while riding bicycles. Cars being soaped and soaked in driveways made us think of summertime.

New friends have shared how temperatures won’t really change and get “cold” until January. Some folks even mentioned the cold will only last about a month. This is why we donated most of our winter clothing to charity before we moved from VA to SC.

Yet….we’ve been told we would become acclimated to the temperatures quickly.  I didn’t believe that statement as I can definitely tell hot from cold.

I was wrong and admit my misconception about the SC weather. When we first moved here, I laughed seeing people wearing sweaters, coats and hats as the temperatures ranged from 60-65 degrees. Now, guess what? I am one of those people.

How quickly I adjusted to the “cold” in SC! This morning, temps are in the upper 50’s and the heater might be an option. 🙂 Or better yet, I will find those few sweaters in the back of the closet and wrap up nice and cozy.

Funny thing is Alan has not adapted yet and he thinks the temperatures are terrific. I guess I am becoming a South Carolinian before him. haha!!

Lately, the same question repeats to Alan, “Sweetheart, are you cold?” That lets him know I am cold. Just a friendly little question. 🙂

Life is great in SC. What’s the weather like in your area? Are you wearing a sweater or a swimsuit?

The Lord gives us beautiful seasons to enjoy.  Each season is un.  Pause and notice the glory of His wonders.

Have a blessed day and put on a sweater if you feel cold,
Mimi

Sandy toes and big tub…….

One of the great things about living near the ocean is being able to take long, leisurely walks on the beach. The sights are amazing! Seashells of all sizes, shapes and colors delight the eyes. Horseshoe crabs on the sand, dolphins jumping in and out of the sun streaked water and people surfboarding, kayaking and swimming.  Watching the waves roll in and out is mesmerizing. The majestic wonders of God’s creations are limitless.

Alan and I decided to buy some “water” shoes so we could walk on the beach and not worry about stepping on shells and hurting our feet. Finding a sale at a local store and being pleased with our purchase, off we headed to the beach.

Parked car, changed from tennis shoes to new “water” shoes and found a nice boardwalk to enter the beach. Ahh…. what fun we had exploring all the sights and sounds. We now know where Santa Claus spends his October days. He was at the beach. Red tank top, red swim trunks and a beautiful white beard and white hair. (In case you wonder, we didn’t bother him. He needs rest.)

After the long walk, the time had come to return home. Back to the car, take off new “water” shoes, which are now full of sand and try to clean sand off of feet. Not easy! haha

Returning home, we knew that sand should not enter the house. Even with wiping off with a towel at the beach there was still sand everywhere. What should we do?

Well… our townhouse is not new and when it was built, tubs were the big request. Personally, I like a shower so when we moved into this house, I thought, “What will I ever use this tub for?” (other than filling the tub in preparations for storm aftermath)

Guess what? I found a use for the big tub. Perfect for sticking my feet under the water and getting the sand from between my toes. 🙂 I have to giggle every time I stand beside the tub and stick one foot over the side and turn on the water. I feel like a little girl playing in the water.

God gives us giggles each day and He also gives us new adventures each day. Have you found joy in something as simple as sticking your toes under the water in the tub? Share your joy with us.

Blessings and giggles,
Mimi

Are we lost? Adventures in walking…..

Exploring paved walking paths in our new neighborhood is fun. We enjoy the exercise and viewing new areas. Recently a friend shared if we walked a certain route, we would complete over a mile of walking. Great! Each day, Alan and I try to walk for a longer period of time and get those steps registered on the wrist band counter.

After chatting with our friend, we were determined to remember his directions. Off we went on the adventure to get the mile and more completed. The sights were amazing. Colorful hibiscus flowers blooming, butterflies dancing to and fro landing on lantana plants and egrets and herons gliding with their wings spread in the breezy air. Beautiful!

Until….we forgot the directions of our kind friend and realized we had no idea which way to turn at the next corner. Should we go straight or make a turn? The thought of being lost entered our minds. “Are we lost? Should we call Mike(our son) to come find us? How far have we walked?”

I reached for my cell phone only to find we were in an area of no coverage. How does “no coverage” happen in this day and time? Pausing momentarily to focus on our surroundings, we prayed for God to lead us in the right direction.

A simple prayer of “God, we might be lost. Please lead us home. Thank You.”

We turned a corner and familiar sights appeared. God always answers prayers. Alan and I are looking forward to walking the same route again and finding some new paved walking paths, too.

I had to giggle because we were not far from home at all. Silly Mimi. And, yes, we walked over a mile.

Have you ever felt lost in life? Remember to turn to God. Ask Him to guide your steps in the right direction. 🙂

Have a blessed day,
Mimi

 

Moving gives opportunities to show God’s love…

God answers prayers and this time He has answered our prayers fast. Alan and I prayed for wisdom, discernment and revelation about moving to South Carolina.  We asked God if we were making the right decision about moving. We prayed for a job for Alan, prayed for the house in VA to be purchased by someone God had chosen for the home, prayed for us to remember to show God’s love wherever we live. Prayers, prayers and more prayers.

Yes, God answered. A contract was put on the house in VA, Alan has a new job in SC, and the movers arrived and loaded the truck. All of those exciting events happened within a couple of weeks. Thank You God.

I must admit that moving has been stressful. Alan hurt his back moving too many boxes. We visited the local DMV 5 times. Each time, they asked for more information. I had to find our marriage certificate to prove why I changed my last name 38 years ago.

Each time we have encountered an obstacle with the move, God has provided a solution. We visited with the armed guards at the DMV and made them smile. We greeted everyone with smiles and a warm hello. Amidst taking care of the “to do” list, we were able to show God’s love and glory, even while we were frustrated.

The neighbors are very friendly and the area is filled with people of all ages. A sweet new friend brought delicious food for us. Bicycles, golf carts, people walking and jogging, parents with baby strollers and plenty of birds singing sweet songs. We’ll talk about the alligators another time. 🙂

Yet, while checking off the list, a most wonderful thought keeps coming into our minds. We are here to be with Mike, Christine and baby Rowan. Beautiful blessings. Already we can see them often and know they are close by.  We are full of joy knowing we will be sharing in Rowan’s life.  A true blessing.

God has a plan for us and we are thankful He knows the plan.

Have you had a stressful time moving? What helped you during that time?

Blessings from beautiful South Carolina,
Mimi

Yes, he smiled……

Baby Rowan is growing quickly. He is healthy and beautiful. Alan and I are blessed by watching Mike and Christine show love to their child. They are naturals at parenting.

Many wonderful “first time” events occur with a baby. The first coo, the first cry, the first diaper change, the first bath, the first outing and so much more.

One of the most precious sights is when you see that sweet baby look into your eyes and then, he smiles. People may say “Oh, that’s not a smile. That is gas.” Yet as a parent and a grandparent, when the baby looks into your eyes and makes those first facial movements, a smile is a smile. The whole world becomes happier when babies smile.

Rowan is beginning to show his personality with his sounds and expressions. As his “Mimi”, I know when I see a smile and his is the most beautiful smile in the world.

So when you see a baby, remember God has created this precious blessing and be sure to “smile”.

Have a wonderful day!

Blessings and forever smiles,
Mimi

3 Chirps don’t equal a beep…

I am thankful for smoke alarms.

After changing batteries and STILL being annoyed by constant beep, Alan and I decided to research the cause. We learned there is a difference between beeping and chirping when it comes to smoke alarms!

Interesting to learn that 3 chirps meant our alarm was beyond use and needed to be replaced. Yes, I am thankful for websites that give information to people like me who have no clue why their alarm just won’t be quiet.

So, if your smoke alarm gives 3 chirps after you change the battery, its time for a new smoke alarm! Don’t delay. Get a new one now. 🙂

This leads me to our next story in the life of the Henderson family. Since we had just experienced the smoke alarm situation at home, imagine our surprise when the alarm sounded at the hotel we were staying in during a recent trip. After an exhausting day of travel, we settled in for the night and after about 30 minutes of sleep, an alarm blared through the hotel. Being exhausted makes us do silly things. For example, my sweet husband jumped out of bed and reached for the smoke alarm in our room, thinking we were at home and it was malfunctioning again!

The sight was truly funny as I watched this sweet man in his underwear trying to find the alarm before realizing we weren’t at home.

After remembering we were in a hotel room, Alan quickly reached for shorts and a shirt. My pajamas looked good enough to wear outside, so we grabbed our other essentials like my purse and his wallet.

I opened the hotel room door to find other guests in the hallway, filing down the stairs. Everyone had a bewildered look, somewhere between fear and grumpiness.

The hotel guests gathered outside in the parking lot. No one knew what was happening. We waited for a fire truck or someone to let us know it was safe to go back inside.

Time passed and finally we noticed everyone filing back inside. Seems someone wanted to have some fun (fun for them) and pulled an alarm. The blessing is there was no real fire.

Alan and I were thankful there was no danger. As we settled down for sleep, we started laughing at the whole experience. Alarm sounds, we jump out of bed, make sure we have on appropriate clothing before heading out the door to follow the directions on the back of every hotel room door. In case of emergency, use the stairs.

Each day our family motto rings true… “Its Always a Story with the Hendersons”.

Blessings and giggles, and check your smoke alarms,
Mimi