A Best Friend is Like a Four Leaf Clover, Hard to Find and Lucky to Have

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I found the quote, “A Best Friend is like a four leaf clover, Hard to find and lucky to have” online, author unknown. It made me think about true friendship. We all have friends that we hang out with but what about the ones who we can go to during our darkest times? You know the ones who we can just be ourselves with and know they will not judge us. They are the ones who want nothing from us but only want the best for us!

I have to be honest and say that my best friend is my husband. He is one who loves me for simply being me… and all that entails :-) When I feel low he is always there to lift my spirit with encouragement. He is the calm to my storm, the light in the dark times, and the rock in life’s unpredictable journey. He has shown me that real beauty is what is reflected in his eyes and not in a mirror. Respectful, humble, and caring, are all words which describe my best friend. I think it was a little bit of luck and a lot of fate that made our paths cross. I am very thankful for Dave and feel blessed to not only call him my husband but my best friend.

So as you reflect on this post think about who your best friend is… maybe it’s your partner, a childhood companion, it could be a relative, and sometimes it can even be one of our four legged animal friends. The picture above is of our dog Dakota in a clover patch on one of our recent walks. Ssshhh don’t tell anyone but you were a close second Dakota :-)

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When Things Don’t Come Up Smelling Like Roses… Sometimes All You Can Do Is Laugh :-)

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“Mom, I gotta go! Hurry! Hurry!” cried the little boy. Mom struggled to find the front door key while keeping one eye on her youngest as he crossed his legs and clutched his stomach. “Hurry mom, I can’t hold it,” he cried as the keys slipped from her hands to the ground below. Both eyes now directed solely on the ground she quickly scooped up the keys and searched for what seemed like a needle in a haystack. “Mom, I’m starving,” chimed in her oldest as her youngest squirmed restlessly by her side. His face now turning all shades of red and blue as he clenched his breath and closed his eyes. Then, just as all hope was starting to fade the magic door key slipped in to the lock like Cinderella’s foot into the glass slipper. Mom flung the door open and her youngest ran to the bathroom while her oldest ran to the kitchen to appease his appetite.

“Uh-Oh,” yelled her youngest as she peaked in to see him standing in front of the toilet, about an inch away, oh so close, oh so very close, to hitting the jackpot. Instead it hit his undergarments, his outer garments, and the floor. He had caught a nasty stomach bug and let’s just say it was going to take a whole lot of Clorox wipes to clean this up! Just as mom was about to help her youngest out of his soiled clothes she heard screams coming from the kitchen. Her oldest in his quest for food had jammed one of his fingers in a drawer. Mom ran to calm her older son and get ice for his boo boo. The inquisitive younger son strolled into the hallway with his clothes around his ankles and all mom could do was chuckle. That was until the dog walked over and decided to squat down and go to the toilet in the hallway… then she yelled a slow motion “Nooooooo” at the dog… and then she laughed… cause what else could she do :-)

Yes, I laughed that day and I still chuckle when I think about it. Sometimes all you can do is laugh when things go wrong or you have a bad day. Life is not picture perfect and everything doesn’t always smell like roses. My house certainly did not smell like flowers that day. It is how we react to situations… we can let things get us down or we can laugh and move on :-)

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Let it Go

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It’s Forget-About-It Friday! Let go of any negative thoughts that may have crept inside you this week. Sometimes we try to have happy thoughts and be positive but maybe someone says or does something to pass their negativity on to us. It is hard when this happens but we have to release the negativity and just let it go. No situation, person, or unkind words are worth losing who you really are inside. Don’t allow one person or event to change you.

You can’t live a positive life around negative people – Let them go. Release them and their negativity so that you can focus on a more positive life for you. If you have to see that person on a regular basis just don’t let them get to you. Guard your soul and heart against negativity. Imagine an invisible shield around your body and don’t allow them to enter. They may be close but they will never break your positivity shield :-)

Don’t hold onto the negativity… release it… set it free… let it go! Have a great weekend my friends :-)

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Slow Down, Breathe, and Enjoy Life

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Scenic Ireland

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Happy St. Patrick’s Day! Today, I am going to let the pictures do the talking and hope you enjoy the Irish scenery. Hop aboard and join me as we tour around the beautiful countryside together. So sit back relax, and enjoy the ride… beep beep!

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A Taste of Cork City

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On our last trip home we decided to go on a tour of the Jameson Distillery. Established in the 18th century, the distillery is located in Midleton, Co. Cork. The “Jameson Experience” is a walking tour with an expert guide through mills, maltings, and other beautifully restored old distillery buildings which date back to 1795. Set on fifteen acres of land it is a must see on a visit to Cork. The tour lasts about an hour and ends with a complimentary glass of Jameson Whiskey. I wasn’t sure if the boys would like the tour but as you can see from the picture below they fit in just fine. Don’t worry, we just let them smell the whiskey :-)

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After our visit to the Jameson Distillery, we hopped in the car for a quick drive into Cork City. Founded by St. Finbarr and built on the River Lee; the city is filled with grand historical buildings like Shandon Steeple, City Hall, and Holy Trinity church (pictured below). Patrick Street runs through the heart of this city built on water and you will most definitely find what you are looking for when it comes to shopping and dining. Music often fills the streets as buskers (street performers) entertain locals and visitors.

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While exploring the city another must stop is the Old Cork English Market (pictured below). It is a cultural destination just off the main shopping streets in the city. The market is very multicultural and fresh produce from around the world can be purchased there. I can remember going to the market with my mother as a child. We would hop on the number ten or number fourteen bus which would take us right to the city center. The smell of fresh vegetables and produce greeted us at the entrance to this friendly food market. My mom would go up and down both sides of the market picking out fish, veggies, and meat for our weekly dinners. It often took a while as my mom chatted to the market vendors and other customers who would chime in on the conversations too. I remember there were lots of conversations and laughter as we made our way through the market.

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So now you’ve had a glimpse of Cork City, I hope you come back and join me tomorrow as I round up my journey to Ireland. Tomorrow, I will take you on a photographic tour of the beautiful Irish countryside where the grass will be green, the ocean will wave hello, and the land will whisper softly beckoning you to its shores :-)

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