Saturday, February 21, 2015

Four Reasons Why I Won't Delete My Facebook Page


It hasn't been all that long since I took the plunge and gave Facebook a whirl.  So many of my blog friends from over the years have moved to Facebook and I missed them.  Knowing little about the FB game, I've done my best to figure things out and "friend" people I know and bloggers from past and present, but I'm definitely not great at it.

It's been 3 1/2 months and until very recently I simply did not get what all the fuss was about.  To me, Facebook appeared to be endless postings about things that were of little interest to me.  I gravitate towards more meaningful posts about people's well-being, new babies, joys and successes.  I'm not interested so much in (most) jokes, the price of gasoline or the mean stuff that creeps in from time to time.

In short, I simply didn't "get" Facebook or why folks spend so much time on it.  And then the four reasons why I won't delete my Facebook page grabbed me by the hand within days of each other and held on tight...

1. Sam.

2. Rorry 

3. Fiona.

4. Patrick

Sam, my husband's business partner of 39 years passed away.  We adored him.

Rorry and Fiona, the beloved Scottie pups of my blog bestie, Holly Dietor from Your Mother Knows But Won't Tell You, crossed over the rainbow bridge to doggie heaven.

And, Patrick-- A big, happy, handsome relative passed away in his sleep of a massive heart attack.

They're why I'm hooked on Facebook.

The world-- literally the Facebook world-- took meaningful and thoughtful time to wrap their arms around Sam, Rorry, Fiona and Patrick, and their families, in a way I have never experienced before.

Facebook posts-- hundreds of them-- poured in with such love, compassion, support, and gratitude for these four amazing souls that there are no words to adequately express the heartfelt love that jumped though the computer screens to all involved.

And not just a bunch of thumbs up "likes".  There were posts that Facebookers wrote with long and loving comments.  Posts that included tributes more beautiful than any I've read before.  Posts that included photos of and for Sam, Rorry, Fiona and Patrick that embraced their families and helped loved ones through very difficult times.

Sam's posts included comments about his favorite movies and how he looked like a cross between Paul Newman and Kirk Douglass with sky blue eyes.  His grace and class were mentioned often and the words "A true gentleman." were repeated over and over.

Posts for Rorry and Fiona had countless beautiful photos of purple thistles, the national flower of Scotland, to help comfort Holly and her husband as they coped with the passing of their lovely Scotties who battled health issues.

And Patrick-- More than 500 photos with people toasting Patrick with Budweiser long-neck beer bottles-- Odd sounding perhaps, but Patrick was the guy with a big pick-up truck who not only loaned his truck to people moving, but he also actually helped people move-- Only thanks he ever asked for was an ice cold Budweiser at the end of the day.

My four reasons for not deactivating or deleting my Facebook page are these four souls with hearts of gold and all the people who love them.  I may not post often on Facebook but I'll keep my page active so I can look in on my friends and cherish the meaningful interaction that truly exists in cyberspace.

As for my Twitter account?  Probably not.  Too much chatter, clutter and endless pictures of sunsets taken through car windshields for me.

Instagram, maybe-- I've found some photographers, artists, performers and quilters who take amazing photos.

But Facebook-- You've won my heart.  I'm sticking with you!

Of course, FB, Twitter and IG are three reasons why I haven't blogged much lately-- In addition to too many funerals already in 2015.  But, I'm heading to Ohio next week, despite the horrendously cold weather, for some quality family time and to recharge my battery.  I hope to return ready to roll again with happier times ahead.

Until then, stay warm and maybe I'll see you elsewhere in cyberspace!

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Tuesday, January 20, 2015

I Dare You Not To Smile

I've heard police called a lot of things but never a "Diva" before.

This has been on the news lately but it's worth a look.  There is NO WAY you can't watch this video and not smile.



I crack up when he spots and waves at a pedestrian.

I don't know this guy, and I'm guessing there is a lot of teasing and joking going on back at the police station but seriously, I think I would love having him as my next door neighbor... and at my next party.

And, I'm grateful that I do not have a dashboard camera in my car to catch my antics.  How about you?

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Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Move Over Rudolph


Santa has a new sleigh-- Marine One from the The Ronald Reagan Library.

Have no fear!  Your gifts are on their way.

Wishing you a fabulous holiday.  And a big thank you for making this year so special.

xo Joanna

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Tis The Season


I've been busy, as you can see.

This the my workroom-- which sounds fancier than "my old office".  I might switch to calling it my "studio" in 2015 where I create, mediate and retreat to when the day catches up with me.  But for now it's the space I dumped all my holiday shopping packages.

It's hard to tell, but behind the mountain of boxes and bags is a large table with my sewing machine on it.  Behind that is a long cabinet stacked high with fabric.  Honest.

And I'm usually very neat and organized.  (Not.)

So this week I sorted, wrapped and wrapped and wrapped, boxed up and shipped, and divided the remaining packages into stacks for their local destinations this holiday.

I can almost see the floor again.

Did my husband help, you ask?  Why of course.  He brought home a package of bows from the drug store... And his work is done.

How's your holiday shopping coming along?

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Saturday, December 13, 2014

Wet. Very Wet




Feeling really lucky to have my Mom's rain boots this week.  She wore them for years whenever it was wet out to walk her sweet dog, Noah.  The dog lives with my baby sister now and the boots were parked at my back door just waiting for the rain.

The first time it rained after mom passed away was in about April and I just couldn't bring myself to put them on.

But this rain-soaked Friday morning in December seemed like a good time to take a short walk between downpours and soak up a little of Mom's love.  I can't fill her shoes but her boots are pretty darn comfy.


 How's your Sunday?  

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Sunday, November 23, 2014

Apple Oh Apple

It's not everyday you see a church with a sense of humor.  This one had me actually doing a U-Turn in traffic to go back and make sure it said what I thought it said... and then, of course, to take a photo to show you.


How's your Sunday?
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Monday, November 17, 2014

Ten Reasons To Love A Maui Vacation


1.  Delta Airlines First Class Cabin:  Thanks to ten years worth of frequent flyer miles we finally were able to "turn left" at the door and entered First Class.  Ahh, what a great place to spend the five hour flight to vacation paradise.

2.  In Maui, we were greeted with gorgeous 84 degree weather for seven straight days.  It only started to rain when we were leaving.  (Yeah for us!)

3.  Westin Maui:  Despite being filled to capacity requiring long waits in lines galore, the staff was outstanding and very friendly with one goal-- To make us happy.  And they did just that!  We were surprised in our room with a bottle of wine and cake for Husband's birthday and a complimentary ocean-side cabana.  You can't beat that.  Oh, and the fish tacos next door at Leilani's were amazing.

4.  Even though it was November, there was not one single Christmas decoration in sight-- Anywhere!  How's THAT for "Not Before Thanksgiving"?!?  No rushing the holidays in paradise.

5.  Every traveler we spoke to was so darn happy to be in Hawaii and not back home where the weather was cold.  It brought the best out in people.

6.  When we got "fresh fished out" we headed to Ruth's Chris Steakhouse in Lahaina for a big juicy steak.

7.  Husband says the Pina Coladas in Maui, with fresh pineapple garnish, are better than anywhere else in the country.

8.  Fascinating People Watching:  Many, many hotel guests in Maui were rocking tattoos big time.  All ages and shapes from around the globe were showing off their ink and happy to tell you the story behind them... Even when you didn't actually ask.

9.  All you need to pack are bathing suits, tee shirts, shorts and flip flops making traveling light as breeze.

10.  And even though our return flight was delayed due to maintenance issues, Delta Airlines again scored huge points--  During the 90 minute wait, Delta Gate Personnel served warm drinks, sodas and snacks to all the passengers!  In all my years of travel I have NEVER seen that happen before.  Ever.

 
It was a glorious and relaxing week for us.  It's been a very long time since Husband and I took a "real" vacation-- meaning, just the two of us, not work related, with nothing on the agenda except relax and enjoy. Boy did we need it!

Ahh paradise.

How's your Sunday?
Welcome to www.TheFiftyFactor.com  -  Joanna Jenkins

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Sundays and Social Media


It's not every day you see a potato statue... at a lumber yard in Los Angeles, or anywhere else for that matter.

I suppose maybe the owner is as addicted to potatoes as I am-- Fried, hash browned, baked with gobs of sour cream, roasted or mashed with way too much butter.  I could eat potatoes all day, every day.

Unfortunately... for my hips.



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And... I'm working on figuring out social media, sort of.  You can find me here...

Instagram:  
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Facebook:  
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Twitter:  
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Pinterest: 
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(You'll know it's me by my photo.)



How much or little do you use social media?  Do you have a favorite?
Welcome to www.TheFiftyFactor.com  -  Joanna Jenkins