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

APRIL FOOL’S DAY

Happy April Fool’s Day!!  Yes it is April 1.  Hard to believe the year is moving along this fast.  When I was a kid having fun with my grandfather “POP” was always

something to look forward to.  Pop would call me on the phone a tell me a April Fool joke.  One that I always remember was…

Pop…  Is your refrigerator running?

Me… Yes

Pop…  Then you better go and catch it.

Oh the memories.  So with that being said I thought that I would take today and do some research and see what all the April Fool stuff was all about.  I know that there have been some very famous practical jokes done by radio stations and such, but still wondered where it all started.  These are a couple of resources that I found.  So who knows for sure.  Please enjoy and maybe it will bring back some of your memories of the day.

April Fool’s Day History

The history of April Fool’s Day or All Fool’s Day is uncertain, but the current thinking is that it began around 1582 in France with the reform of the calendar under Charles IX. The Gregorian Calendar was introduced, and New Year‘s Day was moved from March 25 – April 1 (new year’s week) to January 1.

Send invitations to nonexistent parties and have other practical jokes played upon them.
Communication traveled slowly in those days and some people were only informed of the change several years later. Still others, who were more rebellious refused to acknowledge the change and continued to celebrate on the last day of the former celebration, April 1.

These people were labeled “fools” by the general populace, were subject to ridicule and sent on “fool errands,” sent invitations to nonexistent parties and had other practical jokes played upon them. The butts of these pranks became known as a “poisson d’avril” or “April fish” because a young naive fish is easily caught. In addition, one common practice was to hook a paper fish on the back of someone as a joke.

This harassment evolved over time and a custom of prank-playing continue on the first day of April. This tradition eventually spread elsewhere like to Britain and Scotland in the 18th century and was introduced to the American colonies by the English and the French. Because of this spread to other countries, April Fool’s Day has taken on an international flavor with each country celebrating the holiday in its own way.

In Scotland, for instance, April Fool’s Day is devoted to spoofs involving the buttocks and as such is called Taily Day. The butts of these jokes are known as April ‘Gowk’, another name for cuckoo bird. The origins of the “Kick Me” sign can be traced back to the Scottish observance.

In England, jokes are played only in the morning. Fools are called ‘gobs’ or ‘gobby’ and the victim of a joke is called a ‘noodle.’ It was considered back luck to play a practical joke on someone after noon.

In Rome, the holiday is known as Festival of Hilaria, celebrating the resurrection of the god Attis, is on March 25 and is also referred to as “Roman Laughing Day.”

In Portugal, April Fool’s Day falls on the Sunday and Monday before lent. In this celebration, many people throw flour at their friends.

The Huli Festival is celebrated on March 31 in India. People play jokes on one another and smear colors on one another celebrating the arrival of Spring.

So, no matter where you happen to be in the world on April 1, don’t be surprised if April fools fall playfully upon you.

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

Hakuna Matata

It is so easy to worry about things that come along our way.  Life is so unpredictable that if we let it we could worry constantly about one thing or another.  Sometimes we even take on worry for someone else and that can cause more un-needed stress.

I have learned to ask myself,  “What good does it do to worry?”  Is it going to help something happen quicker or be better in the end.  No, there are so many variables and usually they are totally out of our control.  That is when I let go of the worry, I can relax and go about my day with things that are far more important.

Hakuna matata was a passing Swahili phrase that is literally translated as “There are no worries.” It is sometimes translated as “no worries”, although is more commonly used similarly to the American English phrase “no problem”. Timon and Pumbaa tell Simba in the Lion King movie , to move on from their troubled past and forgetting their worries.  To just live their lives in Hakuna Matata.

We can pray for god to help us, but unless we let go and Let God take over, we will continue the worry.  We need to turn our worries over to God. He tells us “Therefore do not worry and be anxious….that he knows what we need”  So we need to just cast our worries on him.

Make Hakuna Matata your life motto.  What will be, will be and there isn’t a darn thing we can do about it. So take a deep breath, cast your worries on the Lord and smile while he takes care of things.

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

Photography provided by Tracie Louise Photography

It’s A Bug’s Life

There are times I feel very small.   When I look at the Big Scheme of things in this world, I am just a bug.   Just the worker Bee that is here to get things done.  The only draw back from that is, we are at the mercy of those that run our country and make the rules, Oh well such is life.  It’s a Bug’s Life.

It is nice down here as the bug, as long as you don’t get stepped on by the predators in life.   Those whose whole existence depends on using other people, for their own gain.  Not caring who or what they leave in the wake of it all.

That is why I have found it so important to surround yourself with like-minded people, Your Tribe!  Helping, Loving and Caring for each other.  Covering each other when needed.  Being there for support, no matter what time of night or day.

One good thing about being a bug is that you can move from place to place pretty easy.  Taking care of business, not being noticed by all the other Beasties out there in this big crazy world.   Living a simple life of  Hakuna matata and like an old friend used to say all the time “Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff”.

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

Photography provided by: Tracie Louise Photography