Browsing Nat’s Adventures

Ball Game Nights

October9

This Monday and Tuesday night I went to see my nephew play ball. I enjoy watching him.  This is one of my favorite seasons of the year to be outdoors. So being outdoors, watching the skills that the children are developing, especially my nephew, is a great time. It is a real treat, and many of these moments only happen once.  Landon will never be 7 again( Madison will never be 7, Bryce 13, Nathan 16, Alyson 18, all my nephews and nieces ). I have always had a profound respect, adoration for children. They are beautiful young people with beautiful open hearts and minds. Adults have a huge responsibility to respect, love and do right by these smart absorbing sponges.

Landon’s Fall Ball

October3

I went to my nephew Landon’s baseball game last night, and enjoyed it. He transitioned from tee-ball to coach-pitch in a matter of 2 months this year.  It is amazing how quickly young people soak it all in like sponges, transition seamlessly through change.  His Giants team is made up of really good  7-8 year old players. There are a lot of good hitters on his team, and they work together really well.  Its amazing to witness his growth from playing tee ball to now.

There are several ball fields were he plays and as we were leaving something stuck out. There was a field of handicap children ranging in different ages, playing tee ball.  They had their volunteers next to them, assisting them. It’s wonderful that there are people who dedicate their time to helping out, to make it possible for the mentally and physically challenged to do regular things.

Coco

October1

Last week was the first time I have walked a dog since Sandy has been gone (end of January 2013).  Coco is a 2 yr old weimaraner. She belongs to a neighbor who has a bad leg, he asked if I would mind walking her on occasion.  She is used as a service dog, I have not seen that side of her. It was kind of a weird feeling walking with her at first, different, it wasn’t my Sandy, it  brought up sadness, and me missing her instantly. I had a moment and then while we were walking I was thinking it was meant to be for me to have this experience with Coco.  A dog is being introduced back into my world. Eventually I will get another dog. Things pop up in mysterious ways, and at unexpected times to you, and I am re learning to not analyze and just go with the flow, with the now.  I have struggled for a while with just working no playing, no balance, and not really living, enjoying all the great things outside in the world. I look forward, and toward what is possible.  I have always been a true believer that anything is possible.  I still have love to give another dog, there is still plenty of love after loss, time is the great healer.  There are imprints, markings that people,things that we love, or have loved, leave in our hearts. The marks will be there always, even with whatever new gets added, kind of like scar tissue. Some marks are painful reminders, and others just leave you with a smile.

Are Holidays A Designated Family Day ?

November28

Thanksgiving is a day carved out for family,  if  your location or other factors do not allow for much family time, today or most holidays will be the day, like today.   However it occurs for you, I hope you enjoy all its aspects.  Family comes in  a variety of packages nowadays, so who or what represents your family is to each individual.  On most holidays it involves food , and who does not enjoy a smorgasbord of cuisine , especially if you did not have to cook it !   My parents, I believe to this day, have never missed cooking a thanksgiving meal, we have never gone out.  There is something magical about my mothers cooking, and it is always a treat for me.

So today I will be splitting myself in two and inviting my boyfriends side of the family over and then darting off to my mom and dads to visit and enjoy the two meals.  Telling and playing catch up with our lives , sharing family stories or adventures.

7 Months Is Too Long, Too Much Has Occured To Not Comment

November27

Hello family and friends, I’m still with the landscaping job, and it is really physically taxing, more than I thought. It has caused me to take a backseat to living, my family, and I am not proud of that.  My philosophy has never been to live to, or, for work, however, it is what I have been doing. I dropped the ball on balancing, juggling, work and play, however I will improve on it.  I have let my nieces and nephews down by disappearing, where before the landscaping job, I was always more present with them .  The younger ones especially, do not understand as well as the older ones why I am  not coming around.   I am a 44 year old woman, so it is a little more challenging in the energy department.  You are never too old for most things, however aging does put up an obstacle or two in your path.  Aging slows you down, however it will never stop you.  Shoot, all I have to do is look no further than my parents who are living examples, still moving, healthy in every way.

In June We lost my brother -in-law and I became even a little more withdrawn, I owe a Huge apology to my brother and sister-in-law for reaching out to me and I just withdrew, it was a new experience , I was embarrassed that it took my brother in-laws passing to see a glimpse of how difficult loss is, that  my amazing sister-in-law Jeannie has already lost 3 members of her family and I was never there for her. Even though loss does not affect you directly, it may some day and I hope that when it does you have people to help you threw it.  We all have to face our own struggles however it makes it just a little easier in our day to day lives to have love come in, demonstrated in its many colorful ways.

I have fallen behind a little with U.S. and worldly affairs; Benghazi, Iran nuclear weapons Affordable Care Acttyphoon in the Philippines, etc…  all things I will be commenting on.

Nat’s New Job

March30

I work between a 6 to 12 hour day, five days a week ( I’m sure in the summer it will be 6 days a week).  I enjoy mostly everything about it,( the only downside is breathing in dust, pollen debris in leaves, grass and plants)  I drive a truck with a trailer, and I travel all areas of Pensacola, Pensacola Beach, and Gulf Breeze.

It keeps me very busy so I do not have a lot of down time to think about my Sandy.   My brother in- law is fighting his battle with cancer.  It is very upsetting that our globe is over run with a high number of individuals and animals affected with cancer.

Something is very wrong with cancer running rampant across the globe, and no cure, after countless years of study.  I do not buy it.

Back To Typing And Sharing Again !!

March23

It has been a little over a month since I have been blogging.  Different things have been going on, changes.  A couple of months ago I lost my dog Sandy, I miss her terribly,  and I cry every now and then, she was one of a kind.  She was the best dog, the best companion. I think and look at things a little differently.

I work with a landscaping, nursery company now.  I love being out doors and working on commercial and residential landscapes.  As soon as I get my new phone I will start posting pictures and videos.  I still plan on doing P90, now that I am more physically active, using many more muscles, I will be less intimidated and more conditioned for it. Walking and running was not working all areas of my body.

I am not a fanatic when it comes to working out or looking good, I just want to challenge myself to stay active, strong, and healthy for as long as I can in my life.  I want to be able to do anything physical, and have nothing hold me back.  There is no certainty in life, so I want to seize opportunities to do mostly anything.

I Went Skydiving !!

November21

I went skydiving for my first time on Nov. 10, two weeks ago !   We traveled to  DeFuniak Springs, Fl, where there is a huge hanger  20 + acres of land, just beautiful open country.  We were greeted by the owners of skydivelive Melanie and her husband Jim and her team of instructors.  A nice welcoming family team.

We had to watch standard video on the risk of jumping,  you sign a waiver knowing the possible outcome.  I had no fear, no worries.  Then we proceeded to meet our instructors who put us into our gear, that was provided.  They explained having to strap you in tight and the several positions you would make during the jump.  They were very professional , I did not have many questions, most of it is simple easy rules to follow.

Your first several jumps are tandem, before you jump solo with a instructor next to you.

It was a short and amazing experience.  I analyze everything and because I did not know what to expect or how to feel, it went really quick.  There were about 5 other jumpers besides us, jumping solo, one was  a wingsuit jump.   We were all straddling the two benches in the plane, Melanie the owner, is still active in the military,  flew us into the sky for our jump.  Four jumpers went before me.  The wingsuit  jumper was jumping last.  So I am at the door with high winds and I’m looking out below me, not scared,  and the instructors yells go !  The first 60 seconds of free fall,  did not register for me.  Once the parachute was pulled I got to float in the sky and take it all in. We jumped 13000 feet,  it is the highest sky jump  we found in our area.  It’s a nice experience.

I will post video as soon as I can !

Fireworks For Our Years Of IndependenceToday

July4

It’s the 4th of July today and reflecting on my day, it was overcast and it rained pretty heavily earlier in the afternoon.  I got to have dinner with my sister and her family.  Fireworks were going off outside the house sporadically.  Before the 9 p.m.  showtime, I zoomed off on the motorcycle to watch the fireworks.  It was a lovely setting  passed graffiti bridge by the Bay front, watching the colorful booming fireworks. People were scattered all along the grassy area before the bay bridge and the fishing pier.

Motorcycle Riding Is Back !

July1

It has been seven years since I have been on a motorcycle.   I can not believe it has been that long ! Well before that, there was a bigger time gap. I was a teenager living in Spain and I went with a friend to Sevilla on a bike, and another time, took my sister’s dirt bike for a ride out in town.  Sevilla was a long bike ride, at least for my bottom, and it was on a Harley.  I was not quite sure about the function of the gears on my sisters bike, however I took off with it, and took a chance figuring it out along the way.  Well I finally broke the time line, I went riding yesterday and it was great.  I was the passenger so it was still not quite the same, as driving it myself, however I will get there.  It is such a feeling of freedom, to maneuver around all the traffic and be closer to the outside surroundings.