Didn’t We Just Ring in 2013?

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Photo courtesy of http://www.flickr.com/photos/_arls/10062122724/

Wow…life is becoming a big fast-forward blur. You know, I thought that time speeding up was just a phenomenon that happened to older people. When I was a kid, an hour was at least two days. Well, Christmas was at least a lifetime away!

Now, at the youthful age of 46, time is speeding up for me. Didn’t we just celebrate Christmas 2012? or was it 2013? Whew!

My theory was the following at one time:

As a kid, you have lived out just a small fraction of your life. For instance, if you are just 5 years old, an hour was a “couple of days” since your existence is merely just a few thousand hours anyway. There are approximately 8765.81 hours in a year. Multiply that by 5 and you get 43,829.1 hours. So at age 5, you have lived out 20% of your existence. As you gain years of experience, you have a bigger measuring stick in which to compare your life experience. Now, at 46, I have lived approximately 403,227.26 hours, or one year is only 2.2% of my entire life. Each year represents a shorter portion of my entire span of  life.

However, even my 9 year old (11% of her existence) daughter recalls, “Wow, this year went by fast!” Why is that?

Is it 1) Is the Earth spinning at a faster rate while orbiting the sun with an increasing speed?

Or 2) Or we just going ’round and ’round just spinning our wheels— faster and faster?

Let me propose another idea; it is closer to 2):

Once upon a time we humans relied on snail mail and things such as reference books in the library.  I remembered when microfiche was the latest in storage of information. I remembered when we used the stove or oven to heat up food.

Now, I just tweet, pin, search or email—not to mention whatever else. Now, sometimes I wonder why the microwave oven takes too long to heat up my old coffee from this morning…

Also, my life is busier. I am a mom, a wife, a teacher, a home economist, an avid exerciser, chief cook and bottle washer, a blogger, and on and on… all at the same time!

Also, now I tend to try to use my corpus callosum to multitask through the day. “In women, the corpus callosum is wider than that of men’s brains, which might enable the two sides to communicate better with each other. This is a theory as to why women might multitask more efficiently” (http://clearinghouse.missouriwestern.edu).   Right now, I am watching a  movie, heating up breakfast, enjoying my coffee and writing this at the same time.  (Not to mention how many tabs are open on my web browser. Good thing my computer can multi-task!)

However, I truly think engaging in this behavior fractures my thinking therefore giving me ADD, so I drink more coffee to focus my mind???

Round and round and round we go. Maybe my life is just spiraling around faster and faster? And am I accomplishing less and less? Who knows.

That is why I seem to have a need to go outside often and enjoy life with my kids and to savor all of life’s gifts even though I might be washing clothes and working out at the same time. Good grief…slow down woman!

Breathe in, breathe out. Breathe in, breathe out.

Okay, time to take a breather, take a beach walk, and lay off the coffee.

Daddy and me

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A Brisk Beach Walk is the Best Medicine for Post-Christmas Blahs

Its over. Christmas is done. The sky is gray and it is cold. Is anyone ready to put away the Christmas decorations? Or do you feel more like sniffling bear clad in Santa PJ’s in perpetual hibernation?

After getting sick on Christmas Day up to the present and staying indoors for awhile, a brisk walk on the beach is great medicine — especially after the post-Christmas blahs. Other folks had the same idea.

A young boy carrying his colorful board.
A young boy carrying his colorful board.
From South Packery Channel jetty, we were watching the surfers and dolphins play in the rolling waves
From South Packery Channel jetty, we were watching the surfers and dolphins play in the rolling waves

As we were walking,  we witnessed people bundled in sweaters and hats while other brave souls were sporting bare skin in bathing suits.  The weather couldn’t seem to quite decide what to do either since it was sunny and cloudy at the same time with the temperature at a brrrr-balmy 63 degrees F.

On South Packery jetty, fishermen were busy catching fish.
On South Packery jetty, fishermen were busy catching fish.
Love how the clouds and sky were echoing each other with texture.
Love how the clouds and sky were echoing each other with texture.

However, after a bit, the sun overcame the clouds and seemed to clear out the congestion.

The sun broke free from the clouds and cast a silvery shimmer on the surf.
The sun broke free from the clouds and cast a silvery shimmer on the surf.
Beautiful day
Beautiful day
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A surfer adjusting his board.

One thing for sure, the sky was gorgeous and the waves were cooperating for both the surfers and the dolphins alike. Also, getting a little exercise and a little sun did us some good. A brisk beach walk is the best medicine.

Even if you don’t have a beach, just getting out and getting a little fresh air and snapping a few pics with the I-phone is a great way to clear out the post-Christmas blahs.


Walking in a Winter-Texan Wonderland

Even Santa needs a little R and R.
Even Santa needs a little R and R.
Photo courtesy of: http://villaanna.blogspot.com

MERRY CHRISTMAS FROM COASTALBEND LIFE!

School bells ring, are you listenin’?
At the coast, sand is glistenin’
A beautiful sight,
We’re happy tonight,
Walking in a Winter-Texan wonderland.

Gone away is the bluebird,
Here to stay is a snow bird
He sings a love song,
As we go along,
Walking in a Winter-Texan wonderland.
Walking in a Winter-Texan wonderland.

In the dunes we can build a sandman,
And pretend that he’s a circus clown
We’ll have lots of fun with mister sandman,
Until the other kids knock him down.

Later on, we’ll conspire,

Santa needs some sand instead of snow. Photo Courtesy of : http://villaanna.blogspot.com/2008_12_01_archive.html
Santa needs some sand instead of snow. Photo Courtesy of : http://villaanna.blogspot.com/2008_12_01_archive.html

As we dream by the bon- fire
To face unafraid,
The plans that we’ve made,
Walking in a Winter-Texan wonderland.

When you surf, ain’t it thrilling’?
When we lay,  just a chillin’,

We’ll frolic and play, the South Texan way,
Walking in a Winter-Texan wonderland.

Chrismas: What is it?

Christmas…the busiest time of year:  Lists get checked off, gifts are purchased, halls are decked, people are stressed…

Insane Santa shoppers. Photo courtesy of : sodahead.com
Scurrying Santa shoppers.
Photo courtesy of : sodahead.com

Christmas…a time for debate: Christmas is and is not really a pagan holiday that was Christianized by the Church. Christmas is and is not about Christ.  Christ was and was not born December 25th. You don’t dare say “Merry Christmas” without first addressing Kwanzaa, Hanukkah, Winter Solstance, Festivus, etc…

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Happy Season. Photo courtesy of: http://www.responsibledogowners.ca

Christmas…a time spend: Spend money we don’t have on stuff we don’t need; spend time we don’t have around people we don’t care for; spend effort on those who don’t deserve it…

Spending money. Photo courtesy of: www.halfdozendaily.blog.com
Spending money.
Photo courtesy of: http://www.halfdozendaily.blog.com

What if we instead try to rethink this time of year:

Christmas…the time of year to look within:  Review the year. What did I do right? How can I improve? Who can I be a blessing to?

A season to reflect. Photo courtesy of: pypatcoe.blogspot.com
A season to reflect.
Photo courtesy of: pypatcoe.blogspot.com

Christmas…a time for acknowledgement: Yes, you have your points of view, and I have mine. That is what is great about living in a free society! Sure, we can debate freely, but no one should impose their ways on others by force or by law. The Christian God allows for free will, why can’t we humans do the same?

Free speech. Photo courtesy of: www.ckdp.ca
Free speech.
Photo courtesy of: http://www.ckdp.ca

Christmas…a time spend: Spend valuable time and effort with the people you love, and reach out to others in need.

"Who needs Santa when you have Grandma,"
“Who needs Santa when you have Grandma,”

Christmas… what is it to you?

The Best Things In Life Are Free – Day 325 of The Pollyanna Plan

My collection of shells  Image copyright: http://thepollyannaplan.wordpress.com
My collection of shells
Image copyright: http://thepollyannaplan.wordpress.com

So true! The best things in life are free! A great reminder during this busy, sometimes materialistic season!

The Pollyanna Plan

As I woke groggily from deep sleep this morning to hear a scratching on the door, I realised two things – 1. that one of the dogs was asking to go out and 2. that it was still very dark, therefore much too early to be awake.

I was not best pleased, but I sleepily threw on my dressing gown and opened the back door to let the dogs out into the garden, when I saw how beautifully clear the night/morning sky was. Through the haze of drowsiness, I rememebered that the Geminid meteor shower was happening overhead and, as I stepped outside into the cool pre-dawn air, I looked up and a shooting star whizzed across the sky. Magic! Well worth being woken up at an ungodly hour for!

And you know what crystal clear skies at night mean? Yep, that’s right – a bright sunshiny day! Hoorah! So, after…

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Christmas: Padre Island Style

The folks on North Padre Island love to have fun and Christmas time is no exception!  Homes were decorated with dazzling lights and luminarias.  Docks and boats were menageries of floating color. Many homes were sporting Island-themed and religious Christmas displays. Not only do they love to have fun, but they also love to share the magic of Christmas with others.

Also this weekend kicks off the 39th annual La Posada Lighted Boat Parade where part-time Islanders and full-time Islanders watched the festivities dockside, ramp-side, and boat-side. This event is usually publicized in advance, so islanders take these days to host parties in their homes or on their decks both on and off the canals. During the two day procession, the boats wind through the canals on North Padre Island on a route, where certain boats stop by homes to pick up unwrapped toys. This parade is put on by the Padre Island Yacht Club and works in cooperation with the US Marines to raise donations for Toys for Tots. This event always raises the most donations every year to ensure a Merry Christmas for kids in need in South Texas.

The tradition of “La Posada” which means to lodge (posar) is rooted in Catholicism  and  according to Wikipedia, “is the reenactment of Mary and Joseph trying to find lodging at the inns before she gives birth to Jesus. The head of the procession will have a candle inside a paper lampshade [luminaria]. At each house, the resident responds by singing a song and Mary and Joseph are finally recognized and allowed to enter. Once the “innkeepers” let them in,  guests come into the home and kneel around the Nativity scene to pray (typically, the Rosary).”La Posadas are usually a nine day event representing the nine months of Mary’s pregnancy. These processions originated in Spain, but have been celebrated in Mexico for over 400 years. They have also been celebrated in Guatamala, Philippines, and the states that border Mexico in the US.

The luminous lights on homes and boats help bring smiles to both young and old as well as help those in need. Also, the good news is that the weather cooperated perfectly with the temperature in the high 50’s F and light winds for the nights of the boat parade. With the weather behaving, this will ensure that this year will be one of the best yet.

This home has Santa surrounded by seagulls with a sign saying, " I told Santa not to feed those birds."
This home has Santa surrounded by seagulls with a sign saying, ” I told Santa not to feed those birds.”
Santa is fishing and wishing a "Merry Christmas, Ya'll."
Santa is fishing and wishing a “Merry Christmas, Ya’ll.”
This home has a very tan Santa piloting a boat on top, Peanuts on bottom, and a nativity canal-side.
This home has a very tan Santa piloting a boat on top, Peanuts on bottom, and a nativity canal-side.
Some random flamingos dressed up for Christmas.
Some random flamingos dressed up for Christmas.
A dock that dazzles.
A dock that dazzles.
A very luminous boat at the La Posada boat parade.
A very luminous boat at the La Posada boat parade.
More lit-up boats at La Posada on Padre Island.
More lit-up boats at La Posada on Padre Island.

Padre Island: Where Snow Birds come to Warm Up and Sea Turtles get Stunned?