– where are you celebrating?

It is Thursday, December 31, 2015 – where are you celebrating?

I usually do not celebrate New Year’s Eve by going out or even staying up till midnight.  Call me a party pooper or just old, but I have been there and done that when it comes to bringing in the New Year.  Today will be the usual in that I will be in bed asleep when the New Year arrives.

Maybe I will do something next year!

From National Geographic ‘Top 10 New Year’s Eve Celebrations’ –

  1. New York City, New York
  2. Las Vegas, Nevada
  3. Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  4. London, England
  5. Paris, France
  6. Madrid, Spain
  7. Beirut, Lebanon
  8. Tokyo, Japan
  9. Christmas Island, South Pacific
  10. Sydney, Australia

Interesting list, some locations I expected and a few were surprises – where are you celebrating?

From timeanddate.com ‘New Year’s Eve’ –

New Year’s Eve is one of the largest global celebrations because it marks the last day of the year in the Gregorian calendar, December 31, before the New Year. Count down to the New Year no matter where you are in the world. 

Out in the internet world, there is a great deal of good information about New Year’s Eve celebrations, why we celebrate and how we celebrate – where are you celebrating?

From axs.com ‘Top 5 greatest songs to play on New Year’s Eve’ –

A great New Year’s song touches upon the old with a hopeful eye to the new and it tends to be a little more introspective than celebratory. There’s a very delicate balance, an emotional alchemy that happens within a great New Year’s song. Typically, the music for this holiday doesn’t tend to be culled from hit singles, more often it is mined from the deeper cuts of an album. Following, AXS has chosen five truly great New Year’s songs that miraculously capture the sentiment of the season.

  1. Tori Amos: “Our New Year”
  2. Bing Crosby: “Let’s Start the New Year Right”
  3. Zooey Deschanel and Joseph Gordon Levitt: “What Are You Doing New Year’s Eve”
  4. Barry Manilow: “It’s Just Another New Year’s Eve”
  5. Dan Fogelberg: “Same Old Lang Syne”

Again, maybe I am just old, but I have to go with Dan Fogelberg’s “Same Old Lang Syne”.

So as the day proceeds and the night draws near, I will celebrate from home – where are you celebrating?

I will celebrate from home, well before midnight by raising a glass and making a toast to you – “A toast to you, my hope is you have a wonderful New Year my friends.”

Shift in My ‘Time Continuum’

In my life there is a shift in the time continuum.  It started a couple of years ago and is taking place now and will proceed into next year.

Okay, ‘time continuum’ or ‘space-time continuum’ is complicated and involves theories that were created by Einstein and not completely understood by me.

For purposes of this post, ‘time continuum’ refers to my life.  I have experienced several shifts in my ‘time continuum’ over the course of my life.  Have you ever experienced a shift in your ‘time continuum’?  So life continues every day with the same routines, living in the same location, seeing the same people and experiencing the same events.  For example, year after year we may live in the same home and work for the same job and drive the same routes to and from the same activities and experience the same people living their lives doing the same day after day, year after year.  This is our ‘time continuum’.

Yes, there may be some minor shifts along the way, such as a change in location, a job change, or starting/ending an activity and the routines continue.

In my life there is a shift in my ‘time continuum’ – when did it start, what changes were observed and when will the shift end?

My partner and I have been living in a location and working the same jobs for years with the same routines, seeing the same people day after day, year after year.  A little over 2 years ago the shift started when my job of 10 years ended abruptly with little notice.  A year later, my partner’s job of over 10 years ended abruptly.  Then there was the unexpected death of one of our dogs of 11 years, and a change in relationships with neighbors.  Early this year, my partner became sick and had a hospital visit that lasted nearly 15 days.  Then our other dog is hit by a car and loses her hearing.  And recently an unplanned event occurred that I will share in a future post.

Now the time has arrived for us to move on to a new location for the next chapter in our lives.

This is the shift taking place in my ‘time continuum’ – major changes in my life; many unexpected.

I believe in the year to come, another major change will occur.  I am unsure what this change is – I just have a feeling – there is something unexpected to come.

I believe in about a year from now the shift in my ‘time continuum’ will be complete.

As the shift continues, I will continue to blog about the events and changes taking place.

Stay tuned for the completion of this shift as my blog will change with the new ‘time continuum’.

I don’t think it will be quite as dramatic as Jennifer’s from this ‘Back to the Future’ video.

 

Home Again – maybe for one last time

As you may know, my partner and I have been visiting locations in another state for the next home in the next chapter of our lives.  The 3rd and final trip is completed and we are back in our current home, our current location, our current chapter.  Has a decision been made for the next chapter?

Yes, the decision has been made – we know where the next home in the next location of the next chapter in our lives will be.  At the conclusion of the first trip back in July, we left with no good feeling about the locations we visited, but we left with an idea of the type of environment we wanted.  The second trip concluded with a location that was a possibility, and a better understanding of our criteria.  This third trip ended with a decision being made, the location was found on this trip that best fits our needs, desires and wants; much of our criteria will be met with this location.

We are truly excited and now the ball will start rolling forward with this decision.  As you know the past several months garage sales have taken place; this is only the start of many more items to rid of.  Also, in the coming months many more activities will take place in order to move in 2016.  I will keep you posted on these events and activities as they take place.

For now, we have returned to our current home; the place we have called home for the past 12 years.  For now, we have returned to our home in our current location; the location that has been home to me the past 26 years.  For now, we are returned to our home in our current state; the state that has been home to me all my life – 55 years.  In the future, I will leave this current home, this current location, this current state.

I am home again – for now – until the next home is ready for me and my partner.  This current home I have lived in for the past 12 years; I have enjoyed every minute of living in this home, after all – it is home.  As the world turns, we move along in our lives and grow older and with this we change.  Growing older can be good and I embrace it.  Change is good and I will embrace it.  I will embrace leaving this current home, this current location, this current state.  I will embrace the future and what it has to offer me.

So for now, this current home is my home and will be a bit longer.  The next home will be waiting, but for now this is my home.

For now I am home again – maybe for one last time.

 

Word Meanings

Some word meanings change over time –

From the article ‘From abandon to nice… Words that have literally changed meaning through the years

When it comes to expressing ourselves, the world has been getting it wrong for hundreds of years… literally.

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The word “literally” means “in a literal way or sense” but, to the fury of language purists, many people now use it simply to stress a point.

And what about these words; how have they changed in meaning –

Awful – In the 1300s it originally meant “inspiring wonder” and was a short version of “full of awe”. But now the word has purely negative connotations.

Broadcast – It may now be the way the BBC spreads the news, but in 1767 “broadcast” meant sowing seeds with a sweeping movement of the hand or a “broad cast”. Its media use began with radio in 1922.

Gay – Back in the 13th century the word meant “light-hearted” or “joyous” and a century later it meant “bright and showy”.  But in the 1630s it acquired connotations of immorality with the term “Gay woman” meaning prostitute or “gay house” a brothel. It was first used to refer to homosexuality in the 1930s.

Nice – This word used to mean “silly, foolish, simple.” Far from the compliment it is today!

Naughty – Long ago, if you were naughty, you had naught or nothing. Then it came to mean evil or immoral, and now you are just badly behaved.

Flirt – Some 500 years ago, flirting was flicking something away or flicking open a fan or otherwise making a brisk or jerky motion. Now it involves playing with people’s emotions.

Hussy – Believe it or not, hussy comes from the word housewife (with several sound changes, clearly) and used to refer to the mistress of a household, not the disreputable woman it refers to today.

And here are more words; how have they changed in meaning –

Bad – Bad used to describe someone who’d done something wrong or something that was poor in quality. Today, it also means “good” or “great” when used as slang.

Sick – Sick used to mean ill. Today, it also means something is really amazing.

Rubbers – Rubbers also used to be erasers (and still mean erasers in Britain). Today, it’s most often slang for condoms.

Then there are these words – what do you think they mean today –

Stumble, Troll, Bandwidth, Stream, Spam, Dope, Cool, Bully, Tweet, Snap

You get the idea.

From Wikipedia.org –

What is semantic change?

Semantic change (also semantic shift, semantic progression or semantic drift) is the evolution of word usage — usually to the point that the modern meaning is radically different from the original usage. In diachronic (or historical) linguistics, semantic change is a change in one of the meanings of a word. Every word has a variety of senses and connotations, which can be added, removed, or altered over time, often to the extent that cognates across space and time have very different meanings.

Some people take words and use them for their true meaning.  Other’s will take words and use them as slang, using words to mean something else.

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I guess I do both, but there are certain words that I use for their true meaning and not for slang – this is important to me.  What about you?

Happy Birthday Mom

Image1My mom’s birthday is today.  She is 82 years today and in good health and I love her so very much.

You can read more about my mom in these posts ‘Thanks Mom!’ & ‘Magnificent’.

Many of you know the importance of my mom.  She was there for me in the most difficult dark days of my life and literally saved me and my life.  She has never failed to be available for me in so many ways, so many times, for so many years.  She may at times have not understood me; who I am, what I was doing, why I was living my life the way I did.  But she never judged me; she always supported me.  She never has given her opinion unless I asked for it.  In past and present, I ask her questions about life, about parenting, about feelings, about thoughts and she provides insightful responses.

There is nothing I can say or give to my mom that would truly express what she means to me.

This past Thanksgiving, when seeing my mom for the last time on this particular trip, I hugged her, kissed her and told her the following words “I love you mom, more than you will ever know.”  She responded with an odd look, as if wondering what I really meant by this.  There has been an unlimited amount of times I have told my mom “I love you.”  These words come easy and for me are not just words – the meaning is true and comes from my heart and soul.  But this particular time, it was not just “I love you”, it was “I love you mom, more than you will ever know.”

Me and my life owe a great amount of gratitude to my mom, the person who cared for me, taught me, saved me; the person who brought me into this world.

She is the person I will someday be with upon my death.

You see my mom has given me the permission and honor of spreading my ashes on her grave – so that I may be with her again once we are both gone from this world.

No matter who leaves first from this world, I know with the ending of my life, I will once again be with the person that brought me into this world.

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My Mother In-Law’s Library

I have written several posts about my partner’s mother, who I refer to as my unofficial mother in-law.  Those readers who would like to catch up on my writings about her can read these posts ‘My Mother In-Law Teacher’, ‘…hold back the tears in my eyes’ and ‘Dementia – It’s Been A Long Road’.

In these posts I write about how I have grown to love and respect her.  Her short term memory is almost nonexistent; she rarely remembers what was just said to her.  And her sons that she does not live with call every day; but she is always calling them and saying ‘No one ever calls me!’  Her long term memory is fading some, but the important memories are still there and though she does not talk about them as much as in past years, she wants her family to know these memories and not forget them.

So in her mind, the preserving of these memories is to build a library.  This is a 92 year old woman with Dementia, and this makes perfect sense to her.  It is not my intent to belittle or degrade my unofficial mother in-law’s reasons and methods for preserving these memories; but a library?  Once again in her mind it makes sense, after all the presidents have libraries and so she believes she should have one also.  Her sons and I chuckle about this (not in front of her) as we are aware, this not going to happen, but it is important to her.

Her reasons for the library and preserving her memories are about the heritage of her life and her families lives.  In my posts ‘Treasures’ and ‘Legacy’, I write about the importance of our keepsakes and what we want to leave behind once we are gone.  My unofficial mother in-law’s heritage is documented in many letters she wrote as a proud young woman.  With 1 sister and 5 brothers and parents emigrating from Poland and having little in their lives; she and the family accomplished a great deal.  And with her sister in the Navy and 4 brothers fighting in WW2, she has letters and stories that should never be lost and that should be expressed.  These stories need to be expressed to her living extended family and their offspring – in her memory – for her – so she is never forgotten and she lives on.

When I decided to start this blog, it was about me and my life, but I also wanted to include those people in my life from past to present who have had an effect on me.  My unofficial mother in-law is one of those people, and though her physical library will not be built, I hope somehow in some way I can honor her life here on my blog.

 

Glee Christmas

Today is Christmas – what is this day to you?

For some people – today is a day off from work.

For some people – today is a day to spend time with family.

For some people – today is a day to spend time with family of choice.

For some people – today is a day to spend time with friends.

For some people – today is a day to exchange gifts.

For some people – today is a day to eat food.

For some people – today is a day to open presents that Santa left.

For some people – today is the annual Christian festival celebrating Christ’s birth.

My wish for you – today is filled with joy, happiness, blessings, no work, family, family of choice, friends, gifts, food, Santa and celebration.

I have no shame in letting you know, I loved the television series ‘Glee’.  I saw every episode and was sad when it ended.  The episodes were filled with music that were well performed and brought me happiness.  I especially enjoyed the Christmas episodes filled with Christmas music.  I thought today I would share some of this Christmas music with you.

Enjoy.

Merry Christmas Everyone!

 

Santa Videos

It is Christmas Eve – I am spending this day, Christmas day and several more days with my partner’s family.  As I spend time with family, I hope you enjoy time with your family or family of choice.

Some Christmas videos for your viewing pleasure –

 

We’re Live From The North Pole!

 

Important message from Santa!

 

Santa’s Message To Me (I was naughty)!

 

 

 

Christmas Miracle

Google ‘Christmas Miracle’ and listed first on the results is the movie Christmas Miracle.

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Well what else would you expect to get back on this search?

The movie Christmas Miracle is about people with very different backgrounds and problems in their lives who are stranded in a snow storm.  Eventually the true Christmas spirit comes to surface and they assist each other with overcoming their own life problems.

In my post ‘Christmas Movies’, I wrote about how I am a sucker for the made for television Christmas movies – can’t help it – I love these movies.  Couple of weeks ago I watched one on the Hallmark channel titled Debbie Macomber’s Call Me Mrs. Miracle.

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This was the first time I had seen this movie and I completely enjoyed it.  Yes, I know it is the typical made for television Christmas movie; they all usually end the same.  But this movie had a person that was named Mrs. Miracle. Mrs. Miracle is a housekeeper who brings a widowed father of 2 boys and the best friend of the boy’s first grade teacher together just in time for Christmas.

I then Googled ‘Miracle’ and listed first on the results is the movie Miracle.  Well what else would you expect to get back on this search?

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The movie Miracle is about the 1980 U.S. men’s Olympic hockey team who overcame insurmountable odds to win the gold medal with the help of a college coach.

Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia has this definition for Miracle –

A miracle is an event not explicable by natural or scientific laws.  Such an event may be attributed to a supernatural being (God or gods), a miracle worker, a saint or a religious leader.

The word “miracle” is often used to characterise any beneficial event that is statistically unlikely but not contrary to the laws of nature, such as surviving a natural disaster, or simply a “wonderful” occurrence, regardless of likelihood, such as a birth. Other miracles might be: survival of an illness diagnosed as terminal, escaping a life-threatening situation or ‘beating the odds’. Some coincidences may be seen as miracles.

I like the word miracle and what it stands for, the meaning, the definition.  I am sure there are events that occur every day that are considered miracles and I like to think there are people in our lives that are miracles.  Just like in the movies, there is a person or persons that bring people together for a common good and a common purpose.  I have some miracles in my life, people who were there to give me an opportunity, to save me when I fell and to understand me and my problems.  These people brought me to today, this day, a day of goodness and a day of purpose.

Have you had a miracle in your life?