Put to the Test Even More – 100 Day Blog Challenge – Day 19

Keeping Optimistic

Well, it’s official…my laptop is on the fritz and I brought it in for a check-up.  I won’t know anything until Monday, Tuesday, the latest.  Nothing like a little laptop hiccup during the Easter weekend.  So, in the meantime, I fired up our PC, and, to my surprise, it still runs!!!  Slowly…and the space-bar is missing from the keyboard, but it’s something.  At least I’m able to get my blogs in each night.

Speaking of hiccups, I had to make a trip to the dentist because I have a hole in my tooth.  I was really hoping to have it pulled and done, but, no such luck. I’m on antibiotics and the big day is next Friday.  Oh joy!!!

Sometimes, it can be really difficult to see the big picture when it seems like you’re just getting cold water dumped on you over and over. Believe me, I can attest to those feelings because sometimes I see the here and now; get overwhelmed by what’s going on at THAT moment.   But, as usual, when the smoke clears (which is usually a few minutes later,) it’s not all bad.

Choices

Everyday, we make choices, and those choices determine our day.  Rather, how we REACT to those choices determine the outcome.  No one can “make” us do something or cause us to have a bad day, or why we are frustrated…etc.  It always comes down to US.  We determine all these things.  Stop the blame game, looking to others as the scapegoat.  Look in the mirror.  We choose how to react to things, and it’s always up to us;no one else.

I think I’m rambling now, so I’m going to quit while I’m ahead.

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100 Day Blog Challenge – Day 3 – Another Day, Another Storm

Turning Lemons into Lemonade

I gotta say, waking up on April 1st to a SNOWSTORM and Day #2 without power was not exactly what I was hoping for.  I mean, talk about a mean April Fool’s joke. Needless to say, my morning didn’t start off right, but looking back on the day, it’s not that it didn’t start out right, I CHOSE to not make it start off right.

Isaac

So, this has been Day 5 of no school for the boys, we’re all going stir crazy and it just felt like everything was being dumped on me all at once.  My goodness, I mean, REALLY? REALLY?!?!!?  It just seemed to be one of those days.

And then, I decided to take out my camera.

Elijah

You know, I always find solace when I have my camera in my hand.  It just seems as if all the problems melt away.  To conserve the use of my generator, I’ve been turning it off throughout the day (and to also save on gas since I only have a limited supply.)  Well, I turned the generator off around 5pm, and as soon as I did that, the sun came out.  It was the first time in a long time that I’ve seen the sun.  I just had to get my camera.

So, I started shooting.  What did I start shooting?  Some scenes of the outdoors, and then I turned the camera on my muse – my boys.

Brotherly Love
Justus

It’s always a fun time capturing my boys on film, whether it’s still life or video.  They’re very willing subjects, but then again, what kid ISN’T willing when it comes to a camera.  They let me shoot them in the evening light as the sun was going down and it was just a lot of fun.  I’m not sure how many pics I took, but I just kept shooting.  I got some pretty amazing shots of the boys and it made me realize that there are so many things we can control in life.  The weather is NOT one of them.  So, instead of bitching and complaining about it, just make the most of it.  Yes, the power’s out, and that’s no fun.  It’s still snowing and it’s April, the boys have been out of school for a week and my schedule has been turned upside down.  But, these are things completely out of MY control, so just go with the flow.

And that’s exactly what I did.

Instead, I chose to focus on what I could control and that is MY attitude and reaction to things.  Sometimes it takes me a while to realize these things, but when I do, it usually sticks.

Yeah, it’s all worth it!!!

Not sure what tomorrow will bring, but according to the weather, things should be looking up for our neck of the woods, and I hope it’s true.  If it turns out to be another snow day for the boys, we’ll make it work.  That’s all we can do.  Hopefully the power will be back on, but if not, we’ll make do.  We’ve been doing pretty well so far.

But, that doesn’t mean I can’t have visions of warm weather and a bit of tranquility every now and again either, right?  No, I didn’t think so.