The air in Southern California has finally turned cool, and today it was in the 60’s…unbelievable that fall has arrived, thank you.
I love this time of year….after Halloween is over; it reminds me of this special time of year. As you see my son was born late….almost 3 weeks late. He was due in mid October and made his debut (naturally on November 3rd).
I still remember answering the door on Halloween night in 1985; all of my neighbors were asking when he was coming….and my reply was, “when he is ready”.
Children are a gift and he is out in the world being ultra fabulous. Both of my sons are still single and no grandkids yet; except for a furry grand dog named Charlie. They are on their own time table; and this generation does their own thing. Feeling blessed and loved tonight, and wanted to share.
Over the weekend my husband and I went to the UCLA football game against Utah at the Rose Bowl. It was a warm sunny day and we walked towards the stadium, we heard a gentleman yell out, “Coach D”! We turned around and spotted a former student my husband taught in High School over 19 years ago. It was a lovely encounter, especially when the young man says that the Mr was his favorite teacher.
My take away from this moment, was to tell friends, teachers, colleagues when something is important. Don’t wait, because you may not get another chance.
I will never forget the first time I met Robin Williams – the year was 1991. I was a VIP Tour Guide Hostess at the happiest place on earth, Disneyland. Robin had just finished up making the movie “Hook” and was taking a short break to come and have lunch with two old friends.
Demi Moore and Glenn Close amongst others in the party.
Robin was funny and loved the park, he danced around New Orleans Square prior to lunch at the Blue Bayou. I had the honor and the privilege to be his tour guide 5 different times at Disneyland. He was kind, generous, interested in others and all around good guy. He would speak in several different accents all the time; from ordering his food – to asking a simple question.
After his many trips to Disneyland, he sent me a gift to my home. It was the an autographed copy of the script “Hook”, he was one of a kind. He will certainly be missed by many.
Last Thursday, I came home from work and found 3 new plants in my front yard? At first – I thought it might be a nice gesture of a neighbor or even my father or our gardner. All of these likely sources denied planting anything in our yard. It was quite a mystery to my husband and I….we kept asking family members, neighbors and none of them owned up to the mystery planting.
The three little plants are lovely and it appears that they might be plumerias or fuschias. Needless to say we are enjoying them – and we still don’t know who did the good deed – there was no note or message; just freshly raked dirt and lovely plants. Below is a quick snapshot from my iPhone of the plants.
There is another group of gardeners that perform yard work in our neighborhood and usually on Saturdays; often my husband will take them out some cold drinks and says hello to them in Spanish. I am now thinking it might be their good deed.
Random acts of kindness are just that….good deeds at random and most of time they are anonymous. No matter when they occur – the lesson is to treat others with kindness everyday. Happy July 8th, here’s your official invitation to treat someone with kindness.
Few of us have role models or leaders we look up to; but today I was re-united with a former co-worker and friend and my ultimate role model. We have something unique in common we both performed the same job role ….but our jobs were 15 years apart. Many of you know from reading my blog – that I am currently in my dream job at work. I love my job, I won’t lie it is hard but it is about building relationships, having teamwork and treating all with respect.
Frankie Walters is one of those special people, with a genuine need to develop and pass on what she learned over her 24 year career. She has coached numerous clients and teaches professional image and workplace etiquette.
One of her favorite quotes is….”the best jobs don’t always go to the most skilled applicants but to those who present their qualifications the best.” Her book is called, “Country Values…City Wise”, Lessons in personal development and workplace savvy.
Today was an incredible day to be able to have lunch with Frankie and spend some time with her, I can honestly say she is one of my heroes.
“experiences are the only possessions that count”
The year was 1984, the summer Olympics were being hosted in Southern California. HRH Princess Anne came to Disneyland for an official tour, I was the lucky one to spend the day with her.
My husband and I were off from work for four incredible days together; which rarely happens ever. We did some DIY projects in the backyard, we had dinner out & saw the new “Blended” movie with Drew Barrymore.
My puppy, Duke kept looking at us and wondering when are they going back to work? At 16 mos. – he is still counting on two long naps per day.
He is the “prince” of the house and we love him so – our Bernese Mt. dog.
This week, I am getting together with my girlfriends for dinner and some girl talk. I am excited to see them and catch up on the current events.
When I wrote down the date or actually when I entered the date of Thursday on my iPhone to meet my gal pals – I then realized it is May 1st or rather May Day.
May 1st (May Day) is celebrated in many places around the world. The annual traditions may vary from country to country; however one thing we all have in common about May Day is celebrating with flowers. When I was a small child in the 1960’s attending Catholic School in California; a popular activity was to bring flowers to school and decorate a May Day pole with colorful flowers and ribbons. I have fond memories of asking my Mom and Dad for some flowers from the Garden to bring to school.
we also would bring flowers to lay at the Virgin Mary statue at school – that was over 50 years ago and I can still remember it vividly. What memories do you have of May Day?