I’m Just Me….

I’m not perfect.  I’m me.

I’ve made bad decisions and wrong choices, but I’m me.

I’ve said the wrong things,  I’ve said the right things, because I’m me.

I don’t like everything I’ve done, but I did it because I’m me.

I’ve love the wrong people and trusted the wrong people, and I’m still me.

If I had a chance to start again, I wouldn’t change a thing.  Why?   Because I’m me!

There are a lot of good things about me,

You just need to look past the imperfections to see what’s right.

If you can’t do that, then it’s your loss. I’m the best I can be.  I am me!

Glass Bug

Glass Bug

~Oregon Smiles with Franny, On The Road Less Traveled

~Beautiful Photos courtesy of Tracie Louise Photography.  Thank you Tracie

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Life Is Good!

Oh My Golly…. So very tired, but Life is Good.  I just finished up, 3-Back to Back, 14 hour shifts, I am thinking that maybe I am to old for this…. But Life Is Good.  As some of you know I started a new job back at the first of May.  A  job that I have dreamed about for a very long time (actually since 2006) took  me the last 3-1/2 years to land.  WOW !!!   Life Is Good!  

During the first month I wasn’t sure I could do it.  My brain was on such overload and times that I didn’t think there was anymore room in there for anymore information.  But I surprised my self and by the Grace of God, made it through.  Then I had to go through another 2 months on probation and again by the Grace of God, I made it through.  Live Is Good!

Next thing I knew my 4th month of employment was here and I had my opportunity to start moving up within the company. Oh My Golly…. I made it through the interview process and was offered the position.  But before I could move on I had to make it through another training and testing.  Again, by the Grace of God, I got 100% on my test.  Yippee Doodles…. I had done it.  This old Gal had it in her.  Life Is Good!

Sometimes the good things don’t come until we let go and let God take the lead.   God has been watching out for me my whole life, but so many times I  slip back into thinking that I need to make things happen.  He has a plan for me and now I am in a space where I don’t have to worry about what is next.  He has provided me a job that is giving me a livable wage, great benefits and a future.  Life Is Good!

For me, these last few months have truly been a blessing.  I had been so worried about having to move to find better, stable employment and loosing my house in the process.  The reality of being stuck out there “On The Road Less Traveled” was becoming very scary.   Now me, Daisy and Sammy can settle in for the Winter.  It is time to pick up my pen and reconnect with all of my blogging friends.  Time to relax and not worry how I am going to exist,  but rather share my thoughts on the existence.   Life Is Good!!

I hope everyone has a “FRANTASTIC” Friday.

Until we meet again, On The Road Less Traveled,

~Oregon Smiles with Franny

Header Photo provided by Tracy Louise Photography

Staying The Course….

“It takes both Rain and Sunshine, to make a Rainbow”

Life is never filled with only good things, anyway it hasn’t been for me, there will always be the down times as well.  Times that we go through struggles, times that seem like nothing good is going to happen to us and times when it seems so bad, there is nothing to live for.  I can truly say that by the Grace of God, I have made it through those dark times.  Those are the days of Rain…..

Then there are the days of Sunshine……   A Warm loving support network of Family and Friends.   The Lord watching out for me and showing me that misfortune’s can turn into great opportunities.  He has given me a roof over my head and food on the table.  Blessed with 2 wonderful sons, a beautiful grandson and most recently my dream job.  My tribe is growing and I am making some wonderful new friends, that will lead to new, great memories and sunshine.

The Galahs on the Fence…

Through the many trials of life, I have continued to laugh at myself and the world around me and kept the smiles coming.  Yes this road less traveled has it’s share of  bumps and holes, but I wouldn’t change it for anything, it has made me who I am.  I know there are still rainy times ahead, but I am here, I am now.  Things are good,  standing here in the sunshine of the Rainbow of Life.  Thank You Jesus!


~Oregon Smiles with Franny, On The Road Less Traveled

Thank you Tracie Louise Photography for the beautiful photography you have blessed me with.


The Relic

When I first hear the word “Relic” I think of something very old.  Someone or something that maybe an antique or part of history, from  a very long time ago.  Funny thing is lately I have been referred to as someone’s Grandma.  Now don’t get me wrong, I don’t mind being called a Grandma,  I am a Gramma of a wonderful little baby boy.  Also, I would be very proud as this person’s relative.  She is a wonderfully, talented young woman and I am very proud she is my BFF’s daughter.  Maybe it’s the gray hair.. maybe I am starting to look old… maybe I am a Relic.

I might have a history, in fact I know I do, but I surly wouldn’t say that I am famous or a part of history.  Now some of my ancestors are a part of history, does that mean they are Relics.

What is a Relic? This is what the dictionary gives as a definition:

  1. Something that has survived the passage of time, especially an object or custom whose original culture has disappeared
  2. An object of religious veneration, especially a piece of the body or a personal item of a saint.
Hmmmm.. well I am a survivor, not sure if I am in the “survived the passage of time”…. well on second thought maybe…. I did grow up in the 70’s and was sort of Oregon Hippie.  I definitely am not a Saint and the good Lord can attest to that.  So I guess I am just looking old, or older, but I usually don’t feel old or a relic.  I still love a great Rock Concert, have my hearing and my own teeth.  I think it must be a state of mind, but I don’t think I am there yet.
There are lots of not so famous relics, like SS Dicky, that Tracie Louse Photography photographed on the Sunshine Coast of Queensland, Australia.

SS Dicky

It  has withstood the passage of time, laying there with an untold history in her bones.  Not only when it was functioning ship, but the stories it could tell of the visitors that have come and gone over the decades to take photos.  The stories of the storms and weather that surround it’s life on the beach.  Oh if the walls could talk.

Steamer SS Dicky was shipwrecked on a Caloundra beach which and named after her. The ship sailed from Rockhampton and as it arrived to clear Caloundra Head it met lashing rain and cyclonic winds that sent the ship on her beam ends. Captain James Beattie was forced to beach the ship to avoid hitting the rocks off Moffat Beach. On 4th February 1893 at 10.35 am the ship grounded stern first on the beach. The Marine Board of Queensland tribunal concluding the Captain showed lack of judgement in not successfully weathering Caloundra Head, for which his licence was suspended for three months.
Growing up on the Oregon Coast, we came to know the Peter Iredale.  It has weathered such storms.  As a kid we be up at the crack of dawn digging for Razor clams around the hull and a favorite destination for the local kids heading to the beach for a bonfire.  The wreck of the Peter Iredale is shown in this photograph, taken by Portland photographer Leo Simon on November 13, 1906, nineteen days after the ship ran aground near Ft. Stevens.
The Peter Iredale was a four-masted steel bark built in Maryport, England, in 1890 and owned by British shipping firm Iredale & Porter. On September 26, 1906, the Iredale left Salina Cruz, Mexico, bound for Portland, where it was to pick up a cargo of wheat for the United Kingdom.

Peter Iredale Circa 2005

Despite encountering heavy fog, they managed to safely reach the mouth of the Columbia River early in the morning of October 25.


Some have aged gracefully, The patina a glow with the age.  Oh the stories they could tell us.  Of their voyages around the world and those adventures of visitors while at their rest.  I do hope that when I am 100+ years old I can say,  that this Relic is still standing proud, watching over all that come and go.

Peter Iredale - Present Day

~Oregon Smiles… with Franny, On The Road Less Traveled.

         SS Dicky photo’s provided by Tracie Louise Photography

COURAGE ~ LIFE’S A DANCE

COURAGE ~ LIFE’S A DANCE …. That is how I started my Frantastic Friday.  Actually I think that is a positive way to start everyday.  Things aren’t always perfect out there in that great big world we call life.  One thing I always told my sons,  it is ok to make a mistake.  That it means that you are at least trying to do something.  We can choose to have courage to get back up on that horse and try it again,  with the knowledge of what went wrong the first time around. Or we can just sit there on the sofa doing nothing.

“The greatest mistake you can make in life

is to be continually fearing you will make one”

Elbert Hubbard

By having the fear, not thinking that you can do something and not have the courage to move forward, will keep you bound to that fear, that you can not succeed. Being an active person in what ever it is you are trying to accomplish, is better than holding back and doing nothing.  It is what we do with that mistake that makes the big difference in our life.

“A life spent making mistakes is not only more honorable,

but more useful than a life spent doing nothing”

George Bernard Shaw

When you make a mistake, don’t sit and look back at it for very long.  Take the reason into your mind and then look forward.  Mistakes are lessons of wisdom. The past cannot be changed.  The future is yet in your power.  Just like Dorothy and her friends found out when they found the Wizard of Oz…. they had the power within them all the time.

~Oregon Smiles … with Franny, On The Road Less Traveled

Photography provided by: Tracie Louise Photography

Monday Madness

Today was one of those Monday Madness day’s, but I am looking at the bright side of life and my good thing for today was learning how to put a watermark logo on my pictures with my new Photoshop Elements 9 program.  It’s nothing fancy but hey,  Yippee Doodles, you can teach the old Gal a New Trick !  I am still a little slow at it, but it is working  🙂  Oh and yes, to top it off,  The sun came out here in the valley today.

Kailua-Kona, Hawaii
The Big Island

Well maybe I should clarify that…. here in the Vortex. It seems that the weather happens all around me at times.  Snow here, snow there, rain here, rain there…. but today was a Sunny Day!  For that I am very thankful.  With a few more days like this maybe we can actually feel like it is Spring and maybe dry out enough that I can mow the grass.  Yikes!!  Last week we had 8 inches of snow show up on the first day of Spring.  Trees down and some people are still without power.

I am totally ready for Spring and Summer.  In fact,  I think that I am in need of a little Island Time. Shorts, Flip Flops and one of those really good Mai Tai Umbrella Drinks.  Oh ya, that’s what I am talking about.

But it looks like I will be just looking at my pictures and remembering all of those wonderful days, from my recliner.  It’s just not in the cards this year for a trip.  Oh well such is life.  I am just glad that I still have my memory, my recliner and my dog, so there are lots of things to be thankful for.

As a native Oregonian, getting away from the gloomy winter weather is such a treat. A nice climate change is always a good thing and the rain is much warmer.   Going to a nice tropical destination is always such a relaxing get away.  The laid back island life…  Oh yes,  I could really get into the island life style.  Definitely Hakuna matata!

Yep, The Farmers Market will be up and running soon  in Hilo on Wednesday’s.  Local people bringing their wares to market, like they have for generations.  What really amazed me was the size of the fruit and vegetables.   What they can grow in the tropics is amazing.  Fresh Roasted Kona Coffee, Mango’s, Pineapple and Avocado’s the size of a grapefruit.  The sweet smells of the fresh fruit and when I say fresh, I mean fresh.  None of  dull stuff that you find on the mainland.  Scents of the Island flowers permeate the air.  Sipping on the water of a Fresh cut Coconut, while you stole along, enjoying the day.

Just so Amazing…. Nothing that this Oregon girl had ever experienced.

The Island Life…. A world of its own.

~ Oregon Smiles … with Franny, On The Road Less Traveled

Light Of The World

Sunday Post: Light…

John 8:12

Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world:

he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.

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About Sunday Post…. From Jake

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The Sunshine Award

Sunshine Award
2012

Oh My Golly!!!  How Exciting!!  I have only had my blog up and running now for 1 month and to my surprise when I logged in this morning I had a notice from WP that i had achieved 9 likes in one day.  That may not sound like many, but for a newbie it is wonderful.  Then I also had a message from a blogger that I follow, I have been nominated for the Sunshine Award.  Oh My Golly!!!!

It is just so exciting, not only are people reading me, they like what they see and I am being honored for being inspirational.  Oh what a blessing.  I started this blog as a way to journal my thoughts and emotions, out here On The Road Less Traveled.  Never thinking that maybe I could make a little impact on others lives.  Wow…. thank you,  each and everyone joining me on this journey.

“This prize is awarded to “bloggers who positively and creatively inspire others in the blogosphere”. As with all the greatest things, with honour comes responsibility, there are rules to being nominated and things I now have to do!   The rules of the Sunshine Award are as follows:

First of all I want to thank Sandy @ Wild In The Pryors for the nomination.  I found her and Alex posting a few weeks ago on Freshly Pressed and totally fell in love.  This is the ongoing story of the wild horses in the Pryor Mountains Wild Horse Range.  Thank you Sandy, your love for these animals is Sunshine in itself.

The Sunshine Award has some rules:

  • Include the award’s logo on your blog.
  • Answer some questions about yourself.
  • Nominate 10-12 other fabulous bloggers for this award.
  • Link your nominees to the post and comment on their blogs letting them know they have been nominated.
  • Share the love and link to the person who nominated you.

Questions: About Me

  1. What is your favorite color? Pink
  2. What is your favorite animal? Honu (Hawaiian for Green Sea Turtle) and Birds
  3. What is your favorite number? Actually have 2… 19 & 12
  4. What is your favorite non-alcoholic drink? Iced Sweet Tea
  5. Do you prefer Facebook or Twitter? Facebook (still fumbling around Twitter) but spend much less time there since I am here on the Blogosphere!
  6. What is your passion? Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff and see the humor in all situations
  7. Do you prefer getting or giving presents? Giving and watching the expression on their face… priceless
  8. What is your favorite pattern? Anything Vera Bradley
  9. What is your favorite day of the week? Sunday, it’s the Lord’s Day
  10. What is your favorite flower?  All flowers…. Scented make it even better, Honeysuckle, Jasmine, Gardenia, Roses

Pay It Forward: My Nominations

1. Tracie @ Tracie Louise Photography

2. Sandy @ Wild In The Pryors

3. Daisy @ Luv and Light

4. Jake @ SundayPost

5. Michael @ Have A Dream

6. Nancy @ Living The Seasons

7. Judy @ Jay Jays Favorites

8. Not So Creative @ Not So Creative

9. Sandy @ Planetview

10. Sue @ Fractions In Time

11. Darlene @ Work The Dream

12. Anne @ Freedom Born … set Free

 

PLEASE Check out these sites.  I hope you find them inspirational as well.  And…. Thank you All…For your support and continuing to inspire  me through your beautiful and inspirational words, thoughts and pictures. ~Franny

 

~Oregon Smiles … with Franny, On The Road Less Traveled.

 

Photography provided by: Tracie Louise Photography

You Can’t See The Forest, For All The Trees

“You can’t see the forest,  for all the trees”….  What does that mean?  You hear it from people all the time, are they confused.  Don’t trees make up the forest?  I think that it is because you get so busy focusing on one tree, you can’t see the forest.  You are looking at only one thing and not seeing the big picture.  This is what I have found true with my Genealogy Research.  You focus on one tree and you can’t see the forest and oh what a forest it is.

I have done Genealogy research off and on since the early 1980’s.  Time and life have come and gone, but I still hope of leaving something to my children and grandchildren.   Early on my plan was to find history for my grandfather, who didn’t know very much on his mother that had been in an orphanage and then adopted by a family as a child.  Back then it was the Life that got in the way and my books got put away and things where in limbo once more.

Time has come and gone.  In away time has been good to me as far as research goes….  they created new online research programs and archives, sure beats sitting for hours looking at micro-fish.  Does anyone even remember what that is?  I would have to go to my local LDS or State genealogical chapter office and sit for hours, looking and looking.  Ordering stuff from Salt Lake City, or different county and state records departments.  The records were stuck in basements or in file cabinets that no one ever looked in.  You would send off a letter, via snail mail and hope that someone would actually even answer your request, let alone go and look for the information.  Wow… time has been good to us researchers that way.

Today we can go online and type in a family name and up pops a mirage of information.  Oh how overwhelming the amount of information that is right there at your fingertips.  Also as time has come and gone, more and more records are released.  Right now we are counting down  for 1940 information.  I am not sure why they wait so long, something to do with privacy.  You can even get a job with LDS entering data.  There is such a huge amount of information out there that they are trying to get cataloged, entered and books and documents scanned, it is rather mind-boggling.

Thank you to sites http://www.ancestry.com it has become a fun history lesson as well.  I can read and read for hours.  Time goes by so quickly.  I was very fortunate that I had conversations with family members years ago before some of the history was lost.  Now it makes it easier to have a place to start.  I get lost….. One day my BFF asked me what I was up to?  I told her that I had spent the day in Kansas.  Then it was Ohio and Wyoming.

I have also been very lucky that there have been some publications on some of my family, as they were very instrumental in forming area’s like New York City.  They where Dutch and came to in the early 1600’s to what they called , New Amsterdam.  That became Flatlands, Brooklyn New York.  My ancestors home The Wyckoff House is now a national landmark there.  It is the oldest wood frame structure in the America.  My Great Grandmother lived in Kansas as a girl.  She went to school in the first Sod School house there.  My husbands grandmother lived in a sheep-herders wagon, out on the plains of Wyoming.  Her mother had died in the flu epidemic of 1918, leaving 3 small girls.  They had to travel with their father, where he followed the herds of cattle and sheep.

So many trees!  Trees, trees everywhere and the different roads that our families took to get where we are today.  The history of this country and places around the world.  Looking at just one tree at a time, we don’t see the forest.

~Oregon Smiles … with Franny, On The Road Less Traveled

Photography courtesy of  Tracie Louise Photography, Queensland, Australia