Old Places, Old Friends, New Friends, GOOD.

Spent part of this past weekend with a few of my wife’s old friends. Good little bunch of folks, nice to have the time with them.

Super cool to see old friends together, easy rapport, recollections, new chapters shared too. I love having those moments with my peeps too; but really, just as inspiring to watch it happen with those who mean the most to you. Good Times.

Old places — in this case, Santa Cruz — old one the sense that it’s familiar, but also not a place I get to very often. Cool place to re-connect, cool place to hang and soak up the stories.

As we round out the year and the decade, good time to remember what matters most in this life: the people we’re with and the stories we share.

Here’s to the 20’s arriving shortly, and all the possibilities, all the good.

Lion Mike, Lions All, We Serve

The Monday before Thanksgiving our local Lions club delivered holiday dinner, plus extra food staples, for 170 plus families in need in our community.

The majority of our members, along with some awesome “civilian” volunteers, turn out over the three days prior to do with work planning, setting up at the grocery stores where we ask for food donations, collect the food, transport, sort, and then deliver the meals to five distribution points.

A lot of people come together to make the event a success. We rent a big delivery truck with cold storage, a couple trailers…it’s quite a production for our little group.

One guy in particular who shows up is Lion Mike. Here’s why I mention him specifically.

He moved out to Nevada a year or so back. That’s about 250 miles away. He comes down for the weekend to drive the refrigerator truck (with ~ 36’ length storage area) on the delivery day, maneuvering highways, surface streets, and parking lots, etc.

This sort of giving of one’s self, that’s the essence of Lionism. Sacrificing one’s own comfort to help others in need. Lion Mike, Lions all, living by a simple credo: We Serve.

Let this attitude that guides and motivates us during the holidays also light the way each and every day, as we continue on this season, and into the new year.

Let’s be like my man, Mike, and all my Lion brothers and sisters: Do what you can when given the chance. GOOD.

Leisurely Day? #Gratitude

Yeh thankful-fest continues…relaxed, many little lessons, many little blessings. We headed out to the Golf Course at Moffett Field. Been open to the public for several years now. Was a combined Navy and Air Force base for decades prior.

Historic Feel. Nothing fancy. A little gem nonetheless.

They don’t get used much, but nice to have them out today.
Good day with three great humans, friends for decades, very grateful for them in my life, for the humor, and always, for the easy insights.
Good walk spoiled? Spoiled to be in such a great spot on a carefree afternoon…
Spent some time here…
And some time here too…
Sometimes a putter was the right answer even from a ways out…lesson? ADAPT.
2/3 thru the round, it was clear our approach to the day was the right way…focus on the together…
Nice to have a walk with good friends around this historic place.

A carefree afternoon, filled with gratitude for the time and these friendships. A little gem, each one.

Family? Naturally, GOOD.

Scenes from a day off…filled with gratitude for the time, the opportunity, the day off, my family, intentional thankfulness the mission and goal.

Back for another visit to the Monterey Bay Aquarium, good weather served up…
There was a stop at one of the several kid play areas: my crew, I love them.
A stop at the kelp forest, never get tired of these colors, the height, the wonder of what’s beneath.
The penguins were so good they were worth two stops today –
There was a bike ride interlude – down the path toward Lovers’ Point
Number Two’s blue helmet made it easy to see as he peddled on, his second day with the bike.
Some big picture learning about the area eco-system, the goodness (and necessity!) of the local wetlands.
The second visit of the day to the penguins featured this gal, Bee.
The ride home was slow for a long stretch, which allowed for a good pic to the west, as the sun set.

We had a fun day as a fame. It wasn’t without a couple mishaps, but (thankfully!) nothing too serious.

Big lesson for me beyond the obvious fun? Attitude set to good (and reset a few times as needed) made all the difference.

We were blessed with a great day.


Boxing Day Recap

Day after the Christmas feast – Boxing Day the Canadians call it – a mixed day of blessings and goodness if you try to find it. Have a look, it’s not too hard.

It was a morning read, new old book, a gift from our daughter, a volume she bought at her school store.

It was pumping up tires on new bikes, all three kids riding up and down the street sidewalk. Joy and accomplishment were evident; building confidence for when the training wheels come off next year.

It was errands to drop off donations and fill the gas tank for a couple road trips this weekend.

It was putting the good dishes away until the next time. It was leftovers supper.

It was playing Fashion Press with our younger daughter; her explanations were deliberate and thorough.

It was a dozen or so sugar cookies for dessert.

It was a mix of lessons and blessings, not too hard to find; ya just have to look.


Containers Interlude

In a corner of the tile counter in the kitchen, behind the drying rack next to the sink, that’s where they are.

They are different sizes, different types, and they have difference color tops.

It’s collection we use often. We have some many of different sizes and shapes, they don’t all store away, so they end up sitting out.

We cycle through then with cut veggies and leftovers of all kinds, week-in, week out. Those containers reflect our lives here at the house. The busy, the flow, the get up and go, making the most of what we got.

During the holidays and all year long, don’t waste, use it all, yum.

Sample? From our Christmas feast, all these items went into containers for snacks and meals in the coming days…

Cuts of beef and bones, green beans and salad, dinner rolls, turnip rutabaga mash, cheeses and various crackers…

That’s the Container Interlude. Yum.

Happy Christmas!

On this day we celebrate the birth of a child; such simple and glorious thing, new life in the world, new hope.

What’s more, this day remembers this particular child, when God crossed over forever to humanity. No longer separate, no longer distant, God among us, Emmanuel.

When Jesus was born, God have us the forever lessons: Love, Forgive, Show Mercy, Help One Another. The first shall be last, and the last shall be first.

We are enough as we are. Do not judge, instead, love.

Let it be so, these lessons that began as a lowly child two thousand years ago. Celebrate with family, celebrate with friends, with those you love.

Celebrate the birthday in Bethlehem, celebrate Jesus, celebrate love. AMEN!