Hand Over Hand – by Mike Smyth

At the edge of hopelessness, when all seems to be lost, the universe throws into your life the right person at just the right time. The knot at the end of your rope which provides the encouragement to start climbing and to not look down into the interminable abyss. A voice that is right there with you cheering you on, telling you,” You can do this, one hand over the other, don’t look up, don’t look down, just one hand over the other, that’s it, keep going!”
Inspired by a, Long Distance Love Bomb

This photo was taken at the Great Wall in Beijing, China by our 14 year old daughter while hiking in the area with a group of students and fantastic teachers.

This photo was taken at the Great Wall in Beijing, China by our 14 year old daughter while hiking in the area with a group of students and fantastic teachers.

My husband is participating in a writing class. Out of the class and encouragement by so many, his writing has evolved into more than just beautiful words. Today, his post on FB was so encouraging to me that I decided to share it with you (with his permission of course). Please enjoy.

A Vintage Cart – Recognize it?

What is it about this little toddler cart or bike that is so fascinating to me? I wish I could answer my own question; However, I can’t seem to put it out of my mind. I purchase this little gem from a Facebook Selling Site for $20. Whether its worth the money or not is yet to be determined. I just find it so intriguing.

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The wheels are similar to a few items I found from the 1940’s. There are no pedals and that’s another mystery to me. I’d like to find out f they are missing or if they were not made with them. The front of the cart has some sort of name and little wooden beads that a child would have push back and forth.

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Have you ever seen a cart like this?

Do you know what they are called or who the manufacturer was? Here are a few more pictures to help jog your memory.

Side View of Cart Spring of Cart 2There is a rubber covering over the metal piece and a spring on each of the two rear wheels.

 

 

 

 

Lastly but real fun are the wheels on the cart. Look at the covering of the tires, such a unique shape. I love the probability and images of children giggling as they rode along while a big brother or sister pushed from behind. Or even little feet as they piddle paddle trying to go, go, go.

Please share your thoughts and maybe a name if you can make it out. Thank you so much. Cheers!

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Symmetry – Weekly Photo Challenge

This weeks Weekly Photo Challenge BY , is Symmetry. The following picture was taken by my 14-year-old daughter using a Nokia 1520 camera phone. She used an Android APP called Camera 360.

The photos were taken at a local thrift shop while looking for albums. Yes, albums seem to be the rage with some kids. If we could find a turn table we’d be in business.

Symmetry 

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Photo credit to: Mari Madrigal

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Photo credit to Mari Madrigal

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Photo credit to: Mari Madrigal

Please allow me to introduce my daughter, the youngest of 5, a young lady full of life and dreams. She is aspiring to become an International Nurse (she wants to travel abroad), a photographer, and an extreme sports woman. For her 15th birthday, she’d like to give me a 2nd heart attack (not really) and go sky diving. 🙂

This is Mari, she is aspiring to become an International Nurse (she wants to travel abroad), a photographer, and an extreme sports woman.

Eclectic Shoppe, Wabash, Indiana

What’s that you ask? It’s our new shop name minus the city and state of course, Eclectic Shoppe. We are so excited to be working on a brick and mortar place, a labor of love and passion.

This is the banner on our Facebook Page.

This is the banner on our Facebook Page.

The shop should come to fruition sometime at the beginning of April. Due to my constant indecisiveness, we are now forced to push back our grand opening. That’s ok though, a well thought out plan sometimes has wrinkles, right? Ha!

Eclectic Shoppe will feature Art, vintage and modern decor, accessories, and gifts (gifts are due in early summer). We’ve signed with artist of different genres and medias. From canvas, wood, re-cycled & up-cycled goods, to vintage and modern decor pieces. The beauty of our shop, is that all the vintage and modern decor pieces are hand selected by Alex and I. We want to mix the media up, mix and mingle pieces together. Not necessarily to match, but to show what the possibilities could be. This is such an exciting time for us and it is wonderful to work with my daughters on such a project.

The first thing I want to share are the floors. 

The floors are done and they have turned out beautifully. The original floors had carpet and while it looked great, I wanted to uncover and restore the beautiful flooring underneath. Do you like wood floors or rugs? I think a few area rugs might work out really well in this space. What do you think? 

There was old tile work in this section. We've had a local company remove that tile and now we are waiting on, "me", of course, because I have not picked out the tile.  :)

There was old tile work in this section. We’ve had a local company remove that tile and now we are waiting on, “me”, of course, because I have not picked out the tile. 🙂

This is what the floors looked like before the re-finishing started.

This is what the floors looked like before the re-finishing started.

This is after all the glue has been removed and the floors have been sanded. We could see the promise of beauty to come.

This is after all the glue has been removed and the floors have been sanded. We could see the promise of beauty to come.

Oh what a smell that was, but just look at the beauty that was uncovered. A diamond in the rough... I'm in love with my floor.

Oh what a smell that was, but just look at the beauty that was uncovered. A diamond in the rough… I’m in love with my floor.

What’s next?

At this time we are accepting new artisan work. Inquiries should be emailed to 42Eclectic@gmail.com . Thank you.

A Love Letter To My Alcoholic Mother. | Rebelle Society

It’s not often I read a story that moves me to tears and beyond. For me, as I was reading this article/letter, I felt the pain of the writer, I cried. Here is a snip it from the story. Enjoy.

One of the best things you ever did for me was ignore me, and I am forever grateful for your abandonment.

Does that make sense?

Do you understand?

I know what it’s like to feel powerless and angry. I know what despair tastes like, and I know what it’s like to not have a mom.

A Love Letter To My Alcoholic Mother. | Rebelle Society.

Yes, I Walked Out on Him

This morning while driving the girls to school I was listening intently to the radio. The discussion this morning was surrounding the question, “Have you ever walked out on a situation”? Ha! I started laughing out loud and thought, yes, I’ve had one of those situations. My daughters of course were looking at me as if I had lost my mind rolled their eyes and went back to their devices.

So let me tell you when I walked out as I remember the evening plain as day as if it had just happened yesterday. It was and has been one of the funniest moments in my life. Although, at the time I was furious.

A little over a year after my divorce, I decided it was time to stop hating men and possibly start dating. I wasn’t sure if I was really ready to date, I only knew I was ready to start meeting people. I joined a site called eHarmony. It started as a joke or as a, what the heck, why not type of thing. Well, through the site, I did meet a lot of nice people, but no one that had caught my interest long enough to dedicate any time for further discussion or meets.

After a couple of months I met John (not his real name). John had a sense of humor and was easy to talk to through the computer. A few weeks after we had been talking we met in person for the first time at a restaurant. I had made the rules of the meet and had decided we would go dutch as friends would do rather than a date and have one of us pay. He was excited and agreed. Dinner was ok. A little tense as he ended up being a little more shy in person. After dinner we decided on a movie.

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Photo credit to: pixshark.com

He asked me to pick the movie and so I did. I picked Jackass, it was supposed to be funny, a guy movie, and well I just thought he needed to loosen up a bit. We stood in line making small talk. We get to the theater window, he looks at me, smiles and says I’ll get the movie. I thought, awe he smiled, maybe this will be ok after all. He seemed more relaxed. He had a beautiful smile and smelled really good.

The lines to the concession stands were long and we decided to find a seat first. After about 10 minutes he asked if I wanted popcorn or a drink. I said sure of course that would be nice. As he was getting up he turns to me and says, “You know Maria, I usually don’t spend money on women unless its going somewhere”. Yes! Yes, he did say that. Spend money on women? Really now, you just paid for the movie and you were just getting popcorn and a drink. Spend money?

I sat there for a full 10 seconds. Stunned. Shocked really. I got up and walked out. When I got home I just deleted his profile from my list and never heard from him again. So, have I ever walked out of a situation? Yes, yes I have and thank goodness.

It’s been over 10 years since that incident and I can laugh about it now and I repeat the dreadful dating story to everyone. Even though this was not really supposed to be a date, it was.

What about you, have you ever walked out of a situation?

Is It Possible Cannabis Has Cancer Benefits?

If cannabis can really help cure cancer or reduce the size of tumors, shouldn’t our government jump on board? If there is even a remote chance that marijuana can have some healing properties, shouldn’t it be prescribed or made more readily available? Did you know that only 23 states and DC have enacted laws to legalize medical marijuana? I keep asking myself why only 23 states and why isn’t Indiana one of those states.

Why am I so passionate? My very dear brother-in-law is dying of cancer. The disease and treatments are killing him slowly. My other brother-in-law is on pill therapy while recovering from a surgery. He also had cancer. God forgive me; but, it wasn’t until it hit so close to home that I took a deeper interest on natural remedies and prevention of cancer.

What are your thoughts about this video? 

http://23 states and DC have enacted laws to legalize medical marijuana