Over The River And Through The Woods... Literally

Hey sweet people!

Last month I attended a family reunion.  It was wonderful to see so many relatives that I haven't seen in quite some time.  Some... I hadn't seen since I was a child, so needless to say, I was very excited to see my family again!
This was taken at my Grandparents 50th Wedding Anniversary

Grandma & Grandpa had 13(!!) kids and raised them in Webster County in the West Virginia Hills.  

This is my Grandma & Grandpa on their wedding day.
Oh my, they look terrified!

West Virginia has always been known as a coal state.  Coal exists pretty much throughout the state, but it wasn't mined very much since there was an abundance of wood for fuel and no real industry demand for coal until the mid-1800.

My Grandfather escaped the coal mines.  He was a lumberjack (a woodsman) and a "senger".  That's WV 
slang for a Ginseng digger.  It's a profitable commodity in high demand in China.  

My G-parents lived at the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains which used to be rich in ginseng, but poachers in the 70's caused it to be an endangered plant species.  

Just in case you didn't know, Ginseng is a stimulant; known to be an aphrodisiac.  

With ginseng easily accessible, no wonder my G-parents had 13 kids!!
 (Poor Grandma!)

OK, back to the trip...

I had planned to fly into WV, but my cousin , Kelly asked me if I wanted to fly into TN and drive the rest of the way with her.  It's actually a lot easier for me to travel by auto than airplane (I've always prefered road trips to flights anyway) and I was thrilled to have the extra time with Kelly, so I jumped at the chance!  

The flight from Dallas to Chattanooga was as difficult as I thought it might be and it was an all day affair.  7 hours!  I was so glad when we landed and I spotted Kelly's smiling face.  We didn't get much sleep that night.  We stayed up late and got up early... but it was worth it.  (smile)

The following morning... car packed, water and food for the trip and a full tank; it was time to head out...

... but it's time for me to head to bed, so I'll post about the trip later in the week.  

The last thought on my mind as I lay my head down tonight... is how grateful I am for getting to see some of my family members that I'll probably never see again.  (Some are in their 80's)  Life goes by so quickly.  If I had only known this when I was younger I wouldn't have wasted so much time to follow my dreams!

I'll meet you in the morning as the birds sing sweetly.  I can't wait to see what tomorrow will bring.  I hope yours will be a most favorite day!

Sweet dreams dear friends.

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A New Beginning At Any Age IS Possible!

If you had asked me during the lowest time of my life if I thought it was possible to start over again in mid-life,  my answer then would NOT have been the same as it is today.  

Today... I believe!  With all my heart, I believe!

New Beginnings
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“Every day is a chance to begin again.” Catherine Pulsifer
“What appears to be the end may really be a new beginning.” Unknown
“A journey of a thousand miles must begin with a single step.” Lao Tzu
“Every day is a fresh beginning, Every morn is the world made new.” Sarah Chauncey Woolsey
“You can learn new things at any time in your life if you're willing to be a beginner. If you actually learn to like being a beginner, the whole world opens up to you.” Barabra Sher
“There are two mistakes one can make along the road to truth...not going all the way, and not starting.” Buddha
“Don't be afraid if things seem difficult in the beginning. That's only the initial impression. The important thing is not to retreat; you have to master yourself.” Olga Korbut
“From small beginnings come great things.” Proverb
“All glory comes from daring to begin.” Eugene F. Ware
“No river can return to its source, yet all rivers must have a beginning.” Proverb

Starting over again isn't easy. It takes hard work. "Hard" is not "Easy"... but it IS possible with the right attitude and a belief in yourself.

I'm grateful for a brand new bright and shinny day... 
because each new day is another chance to get it right.

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Pinterest for Google+

I'm not sure if there are a lot of people out there that use Google+ but I love it!  For one thing, you can follow organizations and people's posts WITHOUT having to send a friend request before interacting with them.  Facebook really frustrates me sometimes.
So one day I'm reading posts from my favorite G+ ers... and I ran across this post. How ingenious is this?!!

Anton van Rensburg came up with a brilliant way to bookmark his favorite content on G+.  Kinda like Pinterest for Google! 

Of course I'll keep my Pinterest Boards, but now I can start a whole new collection on Google +!

Here's how Anton does it. (smart guy... that Anton!)

"How to bookmark or save a post on G+
I have too often struggled to find a post or a link to an item I never had time to read in full. There are quite a few tips on how to bookmark posts on G+ for later reading such as share to a private circle, clip it, bookmark it in your browser. The option that has worked best for me and that I now use extensively is... Share it to your own private community..."

You can read Anton's original post here: originally shared

Speaking of following... just in case.  (smile)

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