Going Home

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Lacee

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Mom The Sage

“I’m going home, to a place where I belong where your love has always been enough for me… Cause these places and these spaces are getting old. I’m going home.”   Lyrics from Home by Chris Daughtry

Going home for me means I am going to visit my mother, the Sage of life. We have our usual things that we do on my monthly visits that I have learned to treasure. If I arrive on Friday and I am not too tired we sit and talk. On Sat morning we eat a great breakfast after I get up…no matter what time. At home, I sleep in and enjoy being in a place filled with loving memories.

During and after breakfast, we chat…and chat…and laugh. The weekend is filled with fried fish on Saturday evening and leftover fish and grits for Sunday breakfast and a lot of life talks  and laughter with the food. While we are chatting, Lacee, my mother’s lovable Yorkipoo, usually jumps in my lap. Lacee has figured out our routine. Food fellowship, then out for fun! Lacee uses this time to remind us that as a “lapdop” she wants her “lap” time before we get out in the streets. Lacee also knows that I will take her for a long walk before we leave. When feels like we have laughed and chatted enough she will jump down and look at me with those puppy dog eyes as if to say, “Are you ready yet?”

When she sees me put my shoes on she starts running in a circle from sheer excitement. After we walk Lacee comes back and drinks some water and plops down on the cool tile floor. I shower and mom and I are off to run errands and continue to enjoy our time together.  Going home and spending time with my mother is a ritual I treasure that is priceless.

Home is one place I can rejuvenate, recharge, regroup, relax and be reminded of the simple pleasures of life. I am HOME… a place where I belong.

Where do you go or what do to recharge? I would enjoy your thoughts.

Affirmations – How to make them work for you

You are Loved!

You are Loved!

What do you think about most of the time? Are your thoughts positive, negative, neutral?When something doesn’t go the way you want, what is your first thought? Our thoughts are constantly running around in our minds. Sometimes we forget that we can manage our thoughts. What we focus on expands in our lives. When we learn how to shift our focus from what we don’t want to what we do want, miracles happen.

Learning to use affirmations is one way to shift your focus from what you “don’t” want to what you “do” want.  Affirmations are positive statements of truth and change. An affirmation can reflect how you truly feel about yourself, “I am unique.” Affirmations can also help you move to where you want to be, “I relax and allow my inner spirit to guide my life.”

Your subconscious mind is like a video recorder that never stops running, it picks up sounds, ideas, thoughts, and feelings. Whether you believe them or not, affirmations make an impact on your subconscious mind.  These statements help you train and focus on what you “truly” want in your life. When you realize the power that you have to manage your thoughts and emotions you move into a new understanding of how to truly engage with life.

I recommend you think, write and say affirmations to continue to impress your subconsciousmind. You can think them throughout your day and definitely focus on them whenever you find yourself feeling stressed, anxious, depressed or having feelings that are not positive. Here are a few of my favorites. Enjoy!

• I am a unique divine expression of love.
• I am available to receive more good than I have ever imagined.
• I am alive, alert, awake and enthusiastic!
• I believe my path is mine alone and I know that I am where I should be at this time, space and place.
• I relax and allow my inner spirit to guide my life.
• I design all areas of my life with ease and grace.
• I am grateful for all the teachers and lessons of my life.

When you find yourself focusing on what you don’t want – try one or all of these affirmations to jumpstart your thoughts back to where you truly want to be. Remember you have the power to create the life you want to live.

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Barbara’s Last days in Barbados

       

My last few days were wonderful.  I took a few pictures on my way out of town and at the airport.
I learned a few tips for traveling to Barbados. 

1.  Be prepared to rise and shine about 6:00am.  God’s creatures (roosters, chickens, birds, etc) are up and want you to be up with them.

2.   Try the TeaTime creme filled biscuits ( they are cookies) and they are great with coffee or tea or alone.

3.   The flying fish was also great! Thanks for cooking it for me Geno.

4.   Take lots of pictures, the scenery is GORGEOUS.

5.    If you want to have a great tour experience contact www.customcaribbeanvacations.com and ask for
       Regenna London.

 

Barbara in Barbados- Day 6

Day 6 in Barbados.  Wow.  Geno and I got up and walked to the gym for a nice workout about 7:00am. I don’t get up that early when I’m at home working but the sun is up here about 5:30 and it is pouring through the windows.  Between the sun and the sounds of nature (chickens, roosters, tree frogs and birds) you can’t stay in bed very long.

These shots below are worth every hour I spent at the gym this week. So then we came back to the house and eat on the porch and had chat time.  Then off to Brandon Beach. We took the bus and then walked over to the beach.  Of course the beach was beautiful.

The lifeguard, Ron, was great…we saw him on this rescue surf board and he let us take a few pictures with him.  We just enjoyed the afternoon and evening on the beach.  Enjoy the pictures.

 

Barbara in Barbados – Day 5

 We were going to go to Bathsheba which is in the north part of the island however the rain was strong.  We did make it to a few beautiful spots.  We stopped at the Animal Flower Cave where the view was truly breath taking, as we stood over watching the water a storm came.

The drive over to Cherry Tree Hill was amazing as was the sugar cane I got to walk through. The area got a much needed rain and we ending up back home after visiting the Wildlife Preserve where I sat in this beautiful old tree. 

This morning as I slept the rain came through like a monsoon.  Then the sun came up like clockwork.  The weather reminds me of when I lived in Tampa for 7.5 years. Liquid sunshine (rain) one moment and real sunshine 10 minutes later, typical tropical weather.

We had a cup of coffee on the porch as we have done daily since I got here.  I tried to get used to the sound of the chickens and roosters crowing…it’s a haunting sound, and they crow whenever they want to.   I just heard one crow. I wonder if they are in pain. Okay, I’m working on figuring the video thing out… I’m on vacation, that will have to wait. Oh well.

Barbara in Barbados – Day 4

Today we decided after the 5 hour hike we would forgo the gym. I actually said this about 10 times while we were lost in the woods yesterday. Geno kept saying, let’s wait and see. I was VERY clear, I was not going to the gym. I don’t think any of us really knew how tired we would be.  Just imagine being on your feet for 5-6 straight hours.  That is a long time.  My tooties are not used to that kind of activity.

    Today we had a light breakfast and I read and relaxed, Sandra and Kym, I did relax this morning.  😉 Geno has not allowed me to help do anything in the kitchen except get water and something to drink. We went to to downtown Bridgetown, the capital of Barbados.  I went to Woolworth…who knew there would be a Woolworth in Barbados. I found some cool earrings for $7.50 and $5.00.  We took pictures and came home and ate a nice lunch.  We will probably chill out for the evening.  Enjoy the pictures of downtown.

Barbara in Barbados – Days 2 & 3

Isn't this beautiful!

 

Day 2 – We all went to the gym and worked out.  It felt great to be back working out again.  My ankle strain has left me with very limited workouts, except SALSA.   We went to Brown’s beach for the afternoon and watched the sunset.  There were many families on the beach and Warren, Regenna and I enjoyed the weather and chilling in the water floats and the overall beach scene. The picture on the header is from Brown’s Beach in Barbados. 

Day 3- This was the most unexpected day.  We got up to go to a 6am hike at Hackertons Cliff. Regenna and Warren London and I got up and took our snacks ( trail mix, grapes, apples, water, and a few Little Debbie Oatmeal pies for Warren).  It all started out so well, we got there right on time as they were explaining the different hikes.  We opted for the Stop and Stare.  We figured it would be a nice easy hike, we could STOP and Stare and take some pictures along the way.  It was listed as a 3 hour hike.  It started out very nicely, we walked through some wooded areas that were very beautiful. Then we walked past some houses and moved to where the fun really started.  We entered a very wooded area that didn’t seem that different from the other area we just left.  About an hour into the Barbados forest we all started to wonder what was happening.  This was no ordinary hike.  We were climbing up what seemed to be mini cliffs.  Not what we had in mind.  Well, there were several times we all were stopped and joked that the guide must be lost.  We were right.  We were lost in the Barbados forest for about 3 hours.
                Working out in a gym doesn’t quite prepare you for climbing up rocks, grabbing vines and maneuvering around trees with ants and slugs. I felt about as close to Survivor or Lost as I would ever be.  The other 39 people on the hike were just as befuddled as I was about why we were lost.  Were there markers we should have seen?  Of course there were.  I don’t hike. I mean I walk trails sometimes but really hike, no.  I really didn’t know what to expect or know what to look for. I thought that was why we had a guide.
                About 3 hours after realizing that we were indeed lost we made it to what looked like the top of a pit.  Regenna’s husband Warren was a life saver for the hike.  He made sure that we had assistance and helped us in the steep areas.  I was pulling on a stick several times  that he held out to me to be sure I made it up some of the steep paths. Did I mention I don’t hike? Well, we made it to the pit and one of the guys helping the guide tried to convince me it was easy to get out and to the top. At that point I would have done just about anything to get out of that hole.  It was beautiful in the forest, woods, it wasn’t quite a jungle but it was as close to a jungle I would see. But I definitely wanted out.  He helped us all out with a smile and in the typical Bajan accent, “Wasn’t that easy.”  Hell no.  It wasn’t easy…it was a trip.
                When I came up out of the hole we walked over to an area to rest atop of a beautiful cliff.  It was breathtaking. But that was not even close to the end of the hike. We still had another hour to go.
My body was aching; we were now back in the 80+ degree weather of Barbados and still clueless about how to get to the car.  We all bombarded a local store owner for water, Powerade and Banks Beer (a local favorite) to help us on the next hour leg of our trip.
                At one point when we were nestled quietly in the forest waiting to find out which way we were going, I was standing very still and quiet with my eyes closed.  Regenna asked me if I was okay.  I told her I was praying.  She asked if I was worried.  I told her no, I was simply praying my prayers of affirmation.  I thanked God for the safety of all the hikers. I thanked God for the wisdom of the guide. I thanked God for keeping the hikers calm. I had a few more prayers for God. I am continuing to pray at all times, prayers of gratitude help me remember that am at all times a blessed child of God.                Regenna and I discussed what could be the lesson in being Lost in Barbados. I don’t know for sure but I am sure that being in the moment and knowing that I would be divinely protected had to be somewhere among the things I learned and experienced on my three hour hike that was six hours while I was visiting Barbados.
                After our hike we were all EXHAUSTED.  We came home, showered and slept the afternoon away. We woke up and Geno cooked flying fish, rice and peas, mashed potatoes and salad.  Yummy.  Flying fish is native to the island and it was DELICIOUS! We just lazied (real word?) around the house all afternoon.  My feet and body are so sore.  See some of the pictures.

We made it back to the top!