Monday, August 3, 2015

I'm Leaving On a Jet Plane.......An Adventure of Planes,Buses, and Automobiles......

I had to work the whole weekend before leaving for vacation...So I had to pack before I went to work.  The night before I left I was saying to my co-workers..."I'm Leaving On a Jet Plane.."  I really only know that much of the song...I guess the from what they were saying the song is actually sad...But I was very excited to be going on a long vacation...Since working full time I have not taken more than a few days off...All the other supervisors take whole weeks off....me I take a few days....I kept wondering what I was doing wrong...Then I learned about buying vacation time...So this January I bought extra vacation time...I think even though I've been gone from work for almost two weeks I still have another week!  My supervisor at first was OK with this long vacation...And then he was not OK....Next year Kimberly you can't take two weeks off at the same time...I was Glad to be gone though as it was the end of the month and crazy!
So Goodbye mountains of Utah! 
Goodbye crazy road construction...Want a job out in Utah...go into road construction they are always changing the roads...my commute to work changes everyday... because every night they change the road just a little bit.  I'll be glad when this is over...

Hello Airport..On the way out to New Jersey we were lucky and got the TSA-Pre- passes so we didn't have to take our shoes off, or belts...We had the free pass through security...We got to the airport early and had lunch and then waited to spend a day on planes.  We would fly from Salt Lake City to Colorado and then from Colorado to Newark New Jersey....A whole day of travel...Pretty much 3 days of our vacation was just travel whether it was on planes or in cars....Get out the Sea bands...
It was fun to watch for the plane, and watch what all the people who work at the airport do to the plane before you get on.  Airports are like little worlds that only workers and travelers are allowed to be in...I wonder what they were like before all the technology...I watched people talking on their phones, working on their computers, playing video games....what did we do before all the computers took over...I guess read books and used pay phones...
Here is our Traveling Totoro...He is ready for an adventure of grand proportions....watch for him in future blog posts....The kids laughed a lot about me making this part of our trip....
The Colorado airport had this cool indoor garden. You felt like you were in a little city...I could never figure out what was near this airport...It seemed like you were out in the middle of nowhere....
At work I was saying that I had good tickets and my family would be able to sit together and have good seats.  One of the customers was shaking his head saying don't count on that.  But we did end up being able to sit together on all our flights.  That is the one thing I like about the Southwest flights you get to choose your seats...As long as you are in the A ticket range you will do well....That is why I don't understand why you would ever pay the higher price...I always chose the wanna get away deal and still got to sit with my family.  My husband kept picking the seat by the wing.  Kind of cool photo though.
When we got to Newark New Jersey our first stop was the Dunkin Donuts shop....The kids and my husband breathed in the water saturated air of the east coast...Can't you feel the difference?  The thick humid air....I prefer the Utah air really....It was dark out...Almost midnight and we had to figure out how to get to the rental car station...I was hoping we could take the train there but it was closed for repairs...So instead of a planes...Trains...and automobile adventure we had a planes...buses...and automobile adventure...The bus ride was crazy...but finally we got our rental car and we were off to Nana's house....A whole day of traveling behind us!
G.G.









Sunday, August 2, 2015

Stress is Packing for Vacation.....

The dream.... a vacation to New Jersey....To visit all our favorite places....
The stress was all the preparation before the trip...The first stress was buying plane tickets...watching prices and hoping to get the best prices possible...I read articles...watched the website and finally bought the tickets out to New Jersey...I think I did pretty good they were about $189.00 a person...  Then I waited to buy the flights home to the dismay of many...We weren't flying home from the same airport so it made sense to wait and see if I could get a good deal...The tickets home were a little more expensive...But I did get one free ticket...I also had to buy some more luggage because we needed to have luggage with wheels...and I think I was one suitcase short...Thank goodness for luggage sales and deep discounts...and perhaps some Kohl's cash too...
I also had to do a little clothes shopping...because I wanted some good photos....and I guess it was just nice to get some new stuff...And maybe some more Kohl's cash (LOL)...
I had to get a bag big enough to carry my camera, my nook, my wallet and all the things I wanted to read on the plane...Yes my camera bag fit in the big travel purse that I bought...It was pretty heavy... on the way home I didn't have as much in it as I decided to just try to sleep on the plane....
One of my co-workers asked me how much luggage did I have for our trip...One carry-on per person I said...She laughed...No Way...You have to have more than that...No...Just one carry-on case each...We were lucky that we stayed at our families homes so we could do laundry...But I'm a good packer too...I fit a lot of stuff in my carry-on bag....I'm packed and ready to go!  Do you know there are magazine articles on how to pack for vacation...I studied up on that too!

Do you suffer from motion sickness??  My daughter and I do and so we had to make sure we had our Sea Bands...We were missing a pair so I was glad I could find a new box at Walmart.... Motion sickness is not fun...And it is not all in a persons head either...It's actually in your Ears....Or that is where the problem starts...These bands really work though and are much better than taking medicine.  I was glad to have them as we did a lot of flying and driving on this trip!
All our bags are packed and ready to go...This is actually a lot less than when we would pack for a camping trip when we lived in New Jersey and traveled to Vermont....Those trips were a lot more stressful when it came to packing, there were so many things we needed....
I'm ready to go....The next stress is getting to the airport on time....My husband never seems to want to leave when I want to leave...And I wanted to leave....I was ready to be on my way....Let's go!
The hard thing was leaving miss Kitty behind....She kept trying to get into our luggage....But we found a really great cat sitter....
I still can't believe my vacation is over....I'm having so much fun looking at all the photo's and remembering what a great time we had.
G.G.







Saturday, August 1, 2015

The Dream of a Vacation...Where it all began...

Last April my parents came to visit us...They talked about how their trip only cost them $70.00 because they used a credit card that earned flying miles...After thinking about the possibility of earning plane tickets the dream of an East Coast Vacation entered my mind....
If I could earn enough points to get free plane tickets...I could afford a trip.... And so I opened a airline credit card and put all the bills I normal pay for each month on it...then paid them off...
By October of last year we had 3 airline tickets earned....The plan was working so well...If I could even just have 4 of the 8 tickets needed we could do our trip...And things looked good...And so the kids and my husband joined in on the "Vacation Dream"...
As we went on family walks and ate dinner together we talked about all the things we would do on vacation...We would visit family..We would see old friends..We would have trips to our favorite parks...Eat our favorite foods..We would spend a day or two at the beach...We would drive the 7 hours to Vermont..(it actually isn't a 7 hour drive...we must have stopped a lot when the kids were young..)..We would climb mountains...bake with my mother....We would eat like kings and queens in Vermont because my Dad is the best cook...

Oh to dream Vacation dreams....The reality of November was not so good...My husbands Dad got sick...and there went 2 plane tickets...We still have two....The reality of February was worse my husbands Dad died...We have 1 plane ticket left....I watched my family...How could I take a vacation dream away after going through this loss...The tickets were what made the dream possible....

Then I read a quote...Not sure where but it said..."Don't be so Busy making a living that you forget to Live"... All we have been doing the past 4 years has been making a living....Working...Paying bills...Working...Yes we have done little things but we haven't felt like we were living...We needed this dream and this vacation....And so despite it all we decided to still go...
So I'll share with you in quiet a few more blogs all about our vacation....From the dream to the reality.....And somethings I've learned on the way....I took 677 photos ......I wish I had taken even more....But it will have to last till the next vacation....
G.G.



Thursday, July 16, 2015

Throw Back Thursday.... My Garden Center Job.....

Two Years ago I worked two part time jobs for awhile.  My retail clothing job and I also worked at a garden center.  I remember my husband coming up to me in church saying do you want to work in the Nursery?  And of course we are at church and I'm thinking 'Nursery'  as  where all the little 18 month old children are and look at him like he just grew two heads...I immediately said "are you crazy, I don't want to be around little babies.."  Only to have him say "no the new garden center...there is a lady who works there and says there are some job openings."  Well that's a much better  idea than being around little babies. ( Sorry if I have offended anyone with little children but my brain is far from the baby days!)
I remember going and applying and being one of their first employees....I loved seeing how a business starts, and all the work it takes to open a garden center...I got to help with all the computer inventory...making the bar codes to go on the plant containers...I got to work with people who really knew a lot about plants...

I got to be surrounded by lots of plants for 4 hours a day....I enjoyed helping pick out plants for their gardens and to talk about gardens and gardening.  I also would find the poor sick plants and revive them...It's nice to have a green thumb...To be able to find that little wilting plant and bring it back to life...and then see someone take it home...
There is something about being in a garden center that is calming.  Perhaps it is the fact that you are surrounded by nature...
Or maybe it is the sound of the water fountains....
There are of course the stresses...People who buy things and then want to return them...making the right amount of sales...finding prices when tags fall off...Theft....yes people even steal plants....or change tags to cheaper prices....lines and not enough registers on busy days.....computers going down.....Plants dying of a disease....Was it from us or did it come from the customers garden?....not having what people want....
While I enjoyed the quiet mornings at the garden center...Time watering plants and filling water fountains...daydreaming about learning more...it was also a little hard to work two jobs...So when it got really slow after a few weeks and they told me they didn't need me anymore...It was more of a relief than a tragedy....It helped us get a little ahead of our bills but ended at the right time too...And of course I got lots of cool flower photos to add to my collection....Here are some of my favorites...
Have a great Thursday!
G.G.




Tuesday, July 14, 2015

My Garden in July...Daisies lots and lots of Daisies....

Summer is going by way to fast....I want it to slow down but it refuses to do this.  The flowers in my garden are starting to bloom and the biggest show is from the back of the garden where you find the Shasta Daisies.
The Daisies don't seem to care that it has been over 100 degrees for weeks and that there is very little water being supplied to them due to the drought.  They never wilt or look sad...They must not need lots of water and don't seem to mind that they are planted in hard clay soil...They are happy to bloom in masses for me.
They are home to a few spiders and other strange bugs that dwell in my garden.  Do you see the bug in the middle of this flower?  I'm not sure what it is..What I love about Daisies is you can ignore them and they grow fine and then you just enjoy all the flowers.  They come back every year too.  I'll be sad in a few weeks when I'm deadheading them.
I also have a few Zinnia's blooming....They have struggled with the heat and lack of water....And the cat who likes to use my garden as a litter box.  The question I get the most is "Do you really think forks will grow?"  I have told some people that I have read that if you plant forks they will grow roots and bloom...It's a known fact that plastic forks have the ability to grow....For a minute I think the person believed me...Then I have to talk about cats and keeping them out....Oh well that makes more sense than growing forks....
My back yard garden is Petunias and hopefully Cosmos.....Just hoping they can survive the heat and lack of daily watering.  My lawn well that is not surviving that well...But most peoples lawns are suffering this year so I'm not too worried.  I'm reading a book on the 7 Spiritual laws of Success and one is spending time in nature....So it is off to the garden I go.
Have a great week!
G.G.






Sunday, July 12, 2015

My Retail Therapy.....Coloring it's how I meditate and find quiet in my life

Working in Retail can be crazy...To survive you have to be a little crazy and you have to have ways to get rid of the day to day stress....I'll admit I'm a little crazy....and I am starting to find ways to get rid of the stress...This past month I worked 9 days straight. It wasn't planned it's just what happens sometimes...By day 8 I was physically, emotionally, and spiritually drained....I was on the verge of what I call an "F-Bomb" day.  I intend to make a blog post about my "F-Bomb" day soon....But I was just done to put it very mildly. 
I knew that I needed quiet and I needed something relaxing to do....When I feel this way I get my markers out and color.  There is something about the repetitive motion of coloring that is soothing, and the ability to just let everything else go and just focus on color and patterns that help me to relax....My mind goes blank and all my troubles fall away and I become absorbed into the picture....It can take me days even weeks to finish a page because I like to slowly change the black and white picture to color. 
I had tried to learn how to do "Zen Tangle" and draw my own things but that just didn't work for me.  I was to critical of what I was doing and was unable to find that quiet that I needed.  So I was glad to find these books to color.  I actually have a few that I hope to buy....Do you have something you do that helps you relax? Coloring is my first step into learning to meditate....I hope to slowly learn how to be still and find silence and connect to the universe...I have a hard time sitting and doing nothing, and coloring it helps me to be quiet and yet move....
Well how do you find ways to leave the stress of the world behind?
G.G.


Saturday, July 11, 2015

Humming Bird Moth.....A bird? A Bug?...More from my Tulip Festival adventure....

I love being outside and seeing all the interesting animals and bugs that are in our world.  It is so fun when you see something you have never seen before.  When we were at the Tulip Festival we saw this... And asked  Is it a Humming bird?...
Is it a bug?  What is this little creature?
I enjoyed watching it and was glad to get some photos.  Once Home I found out that it was a Humming Bird Moth.  
It was nice to be some place new and see something so different.  Have you ever seen a Humming Bird Moth? 
G.G.