Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Being Happy and the Blog

Think on this.....Choose to be Happy.

I was asked by a close friend if the blogs I will write will be flowery and positive all the time OR will they be real and sometimes gritty.
Wow, great question Sandy.
Hmmmm, answered her as such....(to the best of my recollection.)

"I hope to be real and gritty.  I'll try to write the truth the best I can, but I do tend to be a glass half FULL type personality.  So my writings will reflect this."

So, pondering her question further, My writings will show my truth with a spin on the silver lining.  Sometimes flowery and sometimes gritty.

I think, sometimes, I understand situations differently, seemingly searching for the alternate reason for my reality, for the lesson to be learned in order that I may grow and even alter course if it presents itself the better choice.  Maybe even have the ability to perceive things as they happen from a 3rd person perspective which may allow my perceptions to be clear quicker.    Who really knows...but this question lead to much contemplation in the last few days.

Although the journey ahead may not be paved smoothly - I look forward to interpreting the events for you in the best 'Lana Rae way' I know how.  Reality is Truth in how we perceive it.   I will bring my truth to you for as long as you want to read it.

Choose to be Happy.  

May be hard to do, but practice makes it easier.


Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Christmas Card

December 23, 2014

Here is a copy of the Very Merry Christmas Card!

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Merry Elves are we

December 21, 2014

Here we are 4 days prior to Christmas,  the last weekend before we celebrate the birth of Jesus.   Some would suspect we would be travelling to see family during the holidays, many are out shopping today for those last minute gifts......but no.  We have other things on our two track mind.  More immediate things to be taken care of....PAINTING!!

 Yes, painting.

Between yesterday and today we updated, printed and hung up our excel spreadsheets listing boat chores and house chores.  And since the weather tends toward indoor chores we chose to give each other an early Christmas gift....Checking off 2 things on that list!

Today I finished painting the kitchen ceiling and David painted the upstairs hallway.  Both needed major touch ups!  

In the spirit of renting the house out...We want the renters to know how much we care for our house, in hopes they will do the same.

Bonus to this trip is....all these house chores have been waiting to be completed for years.  And This trip is making it happen!  All the better for when we return. 

          Happy couple relaxing!

Monday, December 15, 2014

Do Chag

December 15, 2014

Do you have a "Do Chag"?  
Do Chag is the Tibetan word for 'Sticky Desire'.  
Our sailing trip is our Sticky Desire to create strong bonds within our family.   But there are other Do Chag references, especially with Christmas coming upon us....read on.

David found this article by Arthur Brooks that is one he was compelled to share.  It hit a chord within him, as it did with me.

If you take a minute to read the whole article you will find yourself shifted in thought (or validated in thought) about our Attachment to Things.  (But you must read on past the first few paragraphs....and click on the 'rest of the article'.)

It certainly touches on our Desire to create experiences within our family that transcends any material item we could ever purchase. 

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Check Engine Light

December 10, 2014

Hmmm.....the bump in the road, the ouch that hurts my wallet, the moment you realize you bought a used Lemon.  This past week the Check engine light went on in our 'new to Me' used 2005 VW Passat Wagon 1.8 turbo silver bullet with 143,000 miles on it.

I went a few days with the light on for I found out it could be the gas cap was not secured tightly enough.  Good conclusion since I had just filled it up with gas the day before the 'check engine light' appeared.    I mean, the car ran no different from the moment I drove it off the used car lot to when the light went off.....so gas cap is what I went with.  

But after a few days - the light stayed on.   Hmmm.....I brought it then to Auto Zone, for they can diagnose your car engine light for FREE.  Yes a FREE service and they were so amazingly pleasant.
The code came up P0304.  Sounds like an ok series of digits.  This means Cylinder 4 is not firing correctly.   Ok, what do I do with that bit of info.   I know how to change spark plugs and wires (yep, I can do that ladies!!!  My dad and a car guy I dated in college taught me a lot!  Who wants to be a damsel in distress on the side of the road waiting for someone to save her........not me.  My dad also taught me how to drive stick shift just so I could get out of any situation I needed to in an emergency!  Thanks Dad)

Ok... I digress, back to the car.  The next day I pulled the front end into the garage and open the hood. I see 1.8 Turbo staring me in the face....and I see a place for spark plugs but not really any wiring I would be familiar with.  I know it's been awhile since college and being hands on with a car engine - but have things under the hood changed that much??  I turned away and tucked my pride back in, took a deep breath and called the local VW dealership asking if they could check out the car.  We drove it up there first thing and they came back with the same diagnostic of the cylinder.

Then I ask how much..........one grand.  Does not look so bad when you type it out in letters but when you type it out with digits....$1,000.00 .....OUCH.  Especially when you are trying so hard to save for an amazing sailing experience with your family in Less than a years time!  This money could go towards the homeschooling books for the boys, toward the monthly satellite connection bill, toward food, toward the water maker, toward anything that means connecting with my family and NOT A USED CAR!

OK, deep breath, money is money.  Keep my heart open and realize this is a bump in the road, an obstacle we must jump over, a rise we must climb to see the beautiful landscape.  
And to remember look beyond the obstacle when your Dream is Bigger than the resistance!  


End note:  We had the shop fix the leaking gaskets, spark plugs and coils (there weren't any wires, so I am not crazy!!)  and we picked it up tonight.  I have to say, it does run smoother and it is so nice to drive without the Check Engine Light on!!  

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Thanksgiving Post

November 27th, 2014 

Thanksgiving Post - ODE to MOM and DAD

We had a special Thanksgiving Celebration this year.  As my parents have moved to Florida and will be selling their NJ house on December 5th it was decided to have one more BIG HOORAH in this place we called home for my whole life (and my sisters too!).

46+ years my parents spent in this house on Spring Street and we wanted to celebrate!  After clearing out all the contents back in September and only leaving a bed, a TV, couch and dining room table - we thought it might be fun to gather around that table one more time!

So it was planned to have a Paper Plate and Plastic fork Thanksgiving with a food platter ordered from Stop and Shop Market.
It was such a great way to leave this house - this house filled with memories, Laughter, blood, sweat and tears!

Mom, Dad...
Your Girls grew up, Grew away and now go on their merry ways...with our own families and our own homes.  All thanks to your wonderful support.
Good Luck in your beautiful, warm, sunny house in Florida and with your new camper up in Pennsylvania.   We look forward to making new memories in all your new places!
Thank you for having me (and my sisters too!).
We are all thankful that God gave us such wonderful parents! 

Cute couple

                                                                    Enjoy the photos!

A game of Left Right Center

Momma and her crazy fun loving girls!!
Cousins table

Grandpa Santa!

Barb and Pattylicious

Sisters bookending our cousin Kristen

 Nothing like family to celebrate the holidays with!!

 Au Revoir family room and kitchen
Sayonara Stairwell

Adios garage

The 46+ years house......that was built over 100 years ago.
Their new beautiful home in Florida!
Fun times ahead for everyone!