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Turn on a Dime

29 Jan

On the Porch

Onisha Ellis

This week has flown by. Three doctor appointments in a row can do that. Thankfully, they were all good. I was especially happy that my husband’s two week post op back surgery visit went well and he has been released to drive.

Yesterday my husband drove ( very excited about that) us to the grocery. On the way home we were stopped at a traffic light behind this truck.

Do you ever snap random photos for no purpose just because the subject sparked your imagination or curiosity? It was a gorgeous Florida day, breezy, chilly and sunny and the truck was loaded with outdoor gear. But this was different. Most of the time, the bikes are shiny, mounted with efficient mounts. These bikes had rusty handlebars and were attached by orange strips. The boat on top was not a sleek canoe or kayak as normally seen, but an old aluminum one.

I imagined a family in the truck excited to be going camping and boating. Not a rich family with shiny bikes but an everyday type of family, enjoying being together. It was a nice imagination. Then my husband noted the truck’s license plate…New York. My Imagination shift! The truck now belonged to someone down in Florida for the winter, and picking up used items to sell at a Flea market. Imagination is like that, it can turn on a dime!

Before returning home, I asked my husband to drive me to one of our riverside parks. The winds demanded a “wind fix.” I love wind. Not the hurricane, tornado kind, but wind that comes with a weather front pushing through. It makes my heart soar and I want to spread my arms and embrace it. Think Titanic.

The park has swings and I enjoy sitting there even without the wind. While I sat in the swing, my husband took a short walk. He’s working on building up his strength after surgery. We have plans. (And I have a list of projects for him)

This park is a favorite of mine for a picnic. I posted this video on Facebook to tease my friends who like to picnic but aren’t a fan of wind and cold.

Did I mention that on Wednesday it was 81 degrees and we were running the a/c? Temperatures, like imagination can turn on a dime!

I'm a winner

After my retirement, I decided to re-learn the canning and preserving skills I learned from my mother but hadn’t practiced for twenty years. I titled the blog Old Things R New to chronicle my experience.  Since then I have been blessed to have six other bloggers join me, DiVoran Lites, Bill Lites,  Judy Wills, Louise Gibson, Janet Perez Eckles and Melody Hendrix

In addition to blogging, I work as the publicist/marketer/ amateur editor and general  “mom Friday” for my author daughter, Rebekah Lyn. I also manage her website, Rebekah Lyn Books  where we frequently host the best in up and coming authors.

My 2020 goal is to use my love of photographs and words to be an encourager on social media. You can visit Real Life Books and Media You Tube Channel if you would like to view some of the mini-videos I have created for our church, Gateway Community in Titusville, Fl.

Being Still

10 May

On the Porch

Onisha Ellis

‎ This was my friend Wanda’s Facebook post this morning.

“Quiet Time” on front porch sitting in rocker with a cup of Newman’s listening to the nesting birds chirp or “tweet” their new song! Flag waving gently in the breeze and shaded by the sun-filtering oak tree. Being still …….. ♥

Adding to my friend’s observations, I’m sitting on my porch now, listening to the wind wave the trees and the tink, tinkling melody of the wind chimes,a gift from a friend. A neighbor has decided to rev up a very sick sounding motorcycle. At first I am extremely annoyed then realize even this is a part of being still. What I am hearing is a neighbor with a problem and if I had the skills I could offer to help.

Now our porch dog, Gus has arrived. He belongs to the neighbor with the sick motorcycle and comes everyday to say hello and accept any treats we offer.

Our bird feeders are full of finches today adding their color and cheery chirrup to the sound on my porch. I think maybe God created the birds and insects to serenade us, even the bees.

I love being still, I wonder why I don’t take the time to do this every day.

Psalms 46:10

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