"My friends, love is better than anger. Hope is better than fear. Optimism is better than despair. So let us be loving, hopeful and optimistic. And we'll change the world."
When I headed to Florida with Tom last weekend, weather forecasts indicated we could be meeting up with a mini-hurricane.
Ever-hopeful, I packed my swim suit and sunscreen, but I was mentally prepared for a week of rain. It didn't affect my desire to go, because my main purpose was to spend time with some of Tom's brothers, my sister-in-law, niece and nephews, and especially my amazing, spunky mother-in-law.
I wanted to help celebrate her 85th birthday.
Fortunately, I was able to celebrate Mom AND spend a few hours at the beach with my niece and nephews, because the mini-hurricane fizzled into a sub-tropical storm that somehow missed us. We had a little rain during the week, but a whole lot more sunshine.
We even did a little fishing at "Pop's Pier", one of Tom's dad's favorite spots. By a "little fishing", I mean we only caught a few little fish and fed squid to the nibblers, but there was a great breeze blowing and we made some memories. I think Pop would still be proud.
Tom's little brother helped me acquire 2 new 'firsts' for my 60 by 60 list that day:
15. I baited a hook for the first time... and probably last time! Ugh!
16. I finally stopped at the Old Chimney on Pensacola's Scenic Bluffs, after passing it by on every trip to and from Pensacola Beach and Pop's Pier for the past twenty years,.
Flying home yesterday, I was fortunate to get a window seat and experience another unexpected sweet! and "first"...
17. Viewing a rainbow from above!
A few other 'sweet!s' from Florida, plus more firsts and sweet!s from April and May...
My son using some of his vacation days to take care of Belle so I could go to Florida
One of my buyers closing on her property. (I hate to miss closings, but at that stage in the transaction, I only play a supporting role.)
A colleague helping with the final walk-through (thank you, Amanda!) and another colleague showing property to other buyers (thank you, Melissa!)
Winning at 3-13 (a rummy-type card game) more games than on any other trip
Getting a contract on a listing (being able to work from Florida!)
Attending early Mass with Mom on her birthday, and the priest singing happy birthday to her afterward in the foyer, with everyone joining in
Celebrating Mother's Day at Toulouse in the Domain; eating Trout Almondine for the first time
A college graduation party for the daughter of clients at Waller Creek Boathouse on Lady Bird Lake. It was my first time there, as well as my first time seeing the Forever Bicycles sculpture in person.
Holding the last meeting of our Pastoral Council at the Highland Lakes Grille to thank our retiring priest for his service (bittersweet)
Sleeping with the windows open
Our HVAC system fixed after several days without it.
Dinner and the movie "The Book Club" with friends
Viewing a new home with a glassed in room on the third floor ensuring amazing views of Lake Travis and the hill country
Alamo Drafthouse with my kids to see "A Quiet Place" and "Solo"
How happy the birds are when I finally remember to fill up the feeder
A kitchen still sporting vintage tile
The call of Chuck-Wills-Widow at dusk
Two baby showers for friends' daughters who I've known for more than half of their lives... and one gave birth yesterday!
Winning $50 worth of continuing education for a class by Abby Vasek for exuding the most confidence in this photo
Meeting clients in person for the first time who have been living out of the country
Mornings with Belle
Watching one cardinal feed another one. I'm not sure if it was a husband/wife or mama/child, but it was sweet!
Visiting a new neighbor's house-in-progress (he's also the builder, and the son of a past client)
A crescent moon playing peek-a-boo with a blanket of clouds
Another Keller Williams RED Day (Renew, Energize, Donate) - this year at SAFE, a shelter for abused women and children. I helped out in a classroom of 4 and 5 year olds, while others helped rebuild a playground and work on other much-needed projects (no photos allowed of the kids - just the goofy grownups)
Spotting a pink heart on the back of a caterpillar
A reunion of dear friends / past co-workers from my DuPont chemical plant days
And last but not least... the first sighting of the Mountain Pinks this morning! A sure sign that summer has arrived (in case the consistent high 90's temperatures hadn't convinced us yet)
I hope you are keeping your eyes open for the sweet!s in your life, which aren't just the blessings you're given, but also those you give to others. They are often the sweetest.
"I think, what has this day brought me, and what have I given it?"