Change of Season. Its almost the start of school. We all had summer hair cuts and I went from long to short.
Change of pace. I am very, very, busy. This is the first full season we have been open and I have been wonderfully busy. I have recruited cleaning/doabitofeverything staff, and cleared away books from the library. My favorites are still there and now we have a space down the middle of the library to stock essentials like marshmallow sticks, ketchup, toys and a stand full of jokes. My favorite joke on the stand at the moment is toothpicks dipped in something spicy. A hot surprise after your steak or burger.
The spice of life, I think is change. It makes life interesting to us all. We love to break out of our monotonous daily drudge of work, dinner, t.v, bed and go on vacation. We are lucky to have had many visitors on their travels from near: Saratoga; and far: Australia and Holland! They all broke out of their daily routine to visit family or friends or go even travel on honeymoon.
And I made a whopping huge change coming here. I had to ask myself, “What do I want?” which is for many who care so much for others a hard question to make completely personal. I decided I wanted to take a risk of being a success. I had felt frustrated in a job in the UK that did not pay much or stretch me or stimulate my brain. So I came here, started afresh with my family and let my talents grow.
I am not good at everything. I am prepared to F-up and learn. I am down on myself sometimes and have high expectations, but I have learned that trying hard and making mistakes, and trying something else is actually how you learn. We all learned to walk and talk that way.
So here’s my new lesson. I am trying to put a blog on every month, based on Oprah Winfrey’s “What I know for Sure” article on the back page of her monthly magazine. You can read it standing in line at most supermarkets. This month it is about Change. I bet your life has changed so much since you were your children’s age. I bet you are glad. I thank God that I like most change and I am not so scared of it as I was. I also thank God that I have learned its up to me to make changes in my. Take courage and think about what you want. Focus. Keep making those little turns to get to where you want. Applaud yourself. Love yourself.
So what do I know for sure about Change? It’s worth trying. Even if it means taking a candy from one of the kids who’ve been to the joke shop in my camp store. It’s not spicy like the toothpicks. Oh no. It changes – your tongue blue!
It’s the end of February 2014. We just had family over enjoying the great scenery around here. What can you do in a week around here to show the best of America? Even in February there has been some pretty cool things. On Sunday we went to the First Pres Church in Glens Falls, had a relaxed lunch at Red Lobster and then after a quick stop at Tractor Supplies for waterproofs we headed to Willard Mountain for an afternoon of Tubing. What a laugh! An amazing activity for family time, zooming down the snow on a tube and then having hot chocolate and cookies afterwards. Then there was shopping, followed by collapsing at home to catch up with stories and gossip about family, the state of the government, taxes, you name it! An incredible day trip to NYC from Albany station made for a long day, yet exciting and fun day. Perfectly do-able from here. After a good night’s sleep we went to sight see through the Adirondacks, a beautiful drive NW taking us around the edge of Lake George. Then we dropped back down to Queensbury and sampled the old fashioned American diner, Johnny Rockets. The last day we spent together, relaxing, reading, telling stories and plans for the future.
No matter where you live or who you are, time with family and loved ones is more valuable than the richest treasure. I’m so pleased we took time out to be with our family and make more precious memories.
Hilary Feb 2014