It’s the beginning of fall…

Can you hear it? the loud stillness of fall?  It’s beautiful and alarming all at once.

It’s my favorite time of year, so beautiful and something I can’t get the full effect in California. 

I love the smell of fall, the crisp, clean, spicy smell that floats in the cool breeze.  I love the beautiful fall colors,  the changing leaves, the fog that rolls in and the look of your breath in the air. 

If I lived where fall was real, I would have a house with a big wrap around porch, where I could sit and listen to the sounds of fall,  the crackling of branches, the high notes of the sparrow, and take in the smells.  There is something so peaceful about the fall.

I love the thought of racking up leaves and jumping in them,  to have to do it again and giggle all the while.

One year my aunt from Ohio sent waxed fall leaves for us. It made me miss home but I loved it. Can someone do that again?

When I think of fall, I think of Apple’s, pumpkins, cinnamon.  I think of Thanksgiving and being thankful, and spending time with lived ones,  of Halloween night and “trick or treating”.

Starbucks has a hot apple cider drink that I love and especially this time of year live ordering it. 

So in honor of fall, go order a hot Apple cider,  find a quiet place to sit and join me for a simple, small moment of peace. 

Let it go! Let it go!!!

So I’m a couple days behind on the ZERO TO HERO BLOGS- So Her is my Day 3 Blog and Realistically it’s Not but it is.. Let me explain: DAY 3- What is on your mind? We are supposed to write about the Blog or Thought that made us want to start this blog.. But you have to understand my mind… This particular blog was started because of my mind as a tool to vent out any and all avenues of my crazy life!!! So, that being said.. Let me just tell you what is on my mind.. or going on with my mind today!

FROZEN- A DISNEY MOVIE… Yes I know.. It’s for kids.. but I have a kid and this happens to be the movie that my child and I watched this weekend.. and can I tell you.. GOOD JOB Disney.. I was getting worried as I truly felt Disney was getting a old.. But this Movie was really good.. I was laughing, I was crying and dang it I LOVED IT!!!!! But there is more to why I loved the movie and why I am posting this blog… NO I will not be reviewing the movie.. I just had to put this in here to give partial  credit where it is due!

So the rest of the Credit needs to go to a lady in my church.. yesterday she taught a lesson on Charity.. and yes I know how do you mix Charity and Frozen.. I have no clue but It’s my mind.. so lets just flow with it! During her lesson she talked about a version of Charity I never would have considered.. Its not all about what we give.. it’s a way of life and how we act.. She talked about how what we can say can affect people and how we take it can also have an affect.. Example.. You say something bad about someone, they can either take it offensively or take it as a constructive comment. As a person we should think about what we are saying about other people.. to their face and when we don’t think someone is listening,… Just as if we hear something we should just take it as it is and not let the bad things bother us!

Wow, This blew me away.. and it’s something I have been struggling with.. At the same time, we watched FROZEN.. and The song ‘Let it GO” I am putting the video here for those who just have to hear it and those who have never heard it!

Lately, I have let a lot of things bother me. I have let things people have said hurt me. I have let actions that they do bother me.. and honestly it is affecting who I am.. and I can tell you its not affecting them one little bit!!! So, why have I let what they are saying and doing hurt me. It has stressed me out and made me miserable.. I can take it many ways..  Like the Song about.. The best chorus that I have just been repeating all day is this:

Let it go, let it go.
Can’t hold it back anymore.
Let it go, let it go.
Turn away and slam the door.
I don’t care what they’re going to say.
Let the storm rage on.
The cold never bothered me anyway.

Read more:  Idina Menzel – (Disney’s Frozen) Let It Go Lyrics | MetroLyrics

I’m not completely over the actions and words of others, but my mind is getting there.. plus it helps that I have an avenue to vent this out.. I feel much better now.. I’m going to LET IT GO!!!

ZERO TO HERO: DAY 1- This is Me… for all it’s worth!!!

My name is Merridy, and I enjoy long walks on the beach, and sharing romantic candlelit dinners.. Shoot, wait!,  you mean this is not the Los Angeles National Speed Dating Convention…..

HAHAHA HAHAHA HAHAHA

Unfortunately, NO, 

Let me START explainING: WordPress created an absolutely brilliant, and annoying blogging challenge for 2014, Zero to Hero. This challenge was designed for those starting their blogs, those who have neglected their blogs (they should have just called me out on that one) and those who want to “establish” their blogs more.  Since I have neglected my blog and am looking to find a way back to doing this frequently.. I have joined the challenge, submitting my time, blood, and name into the pile of those who will also jump ship!!

So, Who am I?  I am a very Unique and Quirky Person. Some people call me Shy, Standoffish and Rude, while others think I am friendly, outgoing and very personable. I’m a Women, vengeful at times,

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Hi! This is ME!!!

 but I am also a daughter, a mom, and sometimes a friend. Some people can also say I am their worst Nightmare.. (LOL not really just had to throw that in there!) My feelings mean something and honestly, that’s the whole reason I started this blog. But, I’ll get to that later on.

So, Why do I choose to blog? I blog because I want to, I blog because I need an avenue to vent out the bad stuff, and to acknowledge the good. I blog because I happen to think I am a decent writer. Half the time, my blogs are more for myself.. a journal of sorts to help me sort out my mind. Forgive and forget.. Kind of Sort.. More like Dwell on forever and ever. Sometimes, I really wonder if anyone really cares about what is going on in this crazy mind of mine.. But I truly love where it goes and I love where this blog as gone..whose temper is like a wildfire. I tend to bottle things up and unless I find a way to vent them, I’m likely to explode. Now for the fun quick Brief: I love singing, writing, crocheting, I love animals, I love my daughter, I love my job (Most of the time).. and realistically if you want to know more.. There’s a Page on here that you can ask me all those juicy, delicious questions you are just dying to know!!!

Realistically, my blog is very random.. About as random as me.. with thoughts being very crazy and random and mixed up.. you can’t really follow my blog like a book, as usually there are a million stories intertwined and sometimes pages are missing in between.

So where am I going.. I’m shooting for the Moon.. hoping for the stars..

No really, I have no clue.. like my mind, this blog has no real direction.. Just whatever direction life directs me to. I’m not about to put a GPS on that! I would love to have more readers, more insight to my insanity, and more thoughts.. I more right because I want to, not because I have to. I want to know about the people who read my words, I would love to have comments that ask me things, give me advice and help me through this CRAZY thing called my life.

SO This is me.. for what it’s worth! and each post will get you even closer to learning more about the real me and what goes on in my mind.. So all are welcomed.. just pull up a seat and watch out.. you never know where we will go next!

Happy New Years 2014- May the Force, the Spirit and the Hope of good things to come, bless you and your family in this New Year!

As I sit here on New Years Eve and think about 2013, There are no great tales to tell.. I am grateful for another year to learn and grow, I am grateful for the health of my family and friends, I am grateful to new friends and old, and I am grateful for all I have done.

Last year at this time, I made the decision not to set “NEW YEARS RESOLUTIONS”. I truly hate that phrase, because year after year of trying, I never was able to accomplish anything. Last Year I Set goals to try to Accomplish for the 2013 Year.. (See New Year 2013)

So first off, Lets hold me Accountable for 2013…

Here is the list of things I said I would do! And next to it in SOME fun color I will be accountable for what I did!

1. write a book –Nope not even close.. Though I think I have written a few pages

2. lose 40 pounds- YES!!! I actually lost a total of 44 pounds and am SUPER proud of my acheivement

3. Learn more in my career/ Become better at what I do- Not really though I changed careers a little and have done lots of training to try bettering myself

4. Learn how to knit- NOPE not even close.. But I am 3 times better at Crocheting!!! 

5. Start and finish a beautiful crochet project-I have finished many though no pictures to prove it! 

6. Finish my personal progress-Sadly I don’t even think I worked on this at all this year.. Super sad about this one! 

7. Return to blogging with a minimum of 1 blog a week– I failed this one greatly. and even when I finally started again in October, I truly failed even more!!! 

8. Be able to repair / remodel my house- Not even close! Though I did find a way to create 2 rooms without doing any real remodel and repair

9. become the best mom/ daughter that I can be-I think I have become better, though you may need to ask my mom and daughter if I truly accomplished anything here.

10. Take my family to Ohio on Vacation in November– Sadly this was not in the question this year.. time off and money failed me. Though I did send my daughter and mom to Oregon for A Week in the Summer.. 

Ok.. So now that I feel like a failure (not really I did accomplish some and made some strives to other things.) I will make a list of GOALS for 2014.

1. Complete another 90 Day challenge with BODY By Vi to lose the final 35 pounds I need to lose! (hopefully by Valentines Day? )

2. Become a better friend, Daughter and Mother- Though you may say this is not a good goal for me it is because it is such an effort.. I prefer to stick my head in the sand!

3.REPAIR MY HOUSE- Now I know this should be an easy task, but it takes time money and the strength to acknowledge that it truly needs to be done!!! (Anyone Want to help me Because sadly.. I truly need to get the money for it! ) A. Repair my roof before it caves in on me!!! B. Repair the areas that seem to leak when ever it rains C. Replace the windows, to save money, and to reduce the cost of electricity. 

4. Become a better blogger, increase my blogging community and Possible finish one of the many books that I have started a paragraph on. 

I’m thinking I will stick to 4 goals this year.. I will try to update you all as the year goes on, though.. it seems my habit is to abandon my blog from February till October. (Call it a mini Alzheimers?)

So my Questions for you..

1. What are you GOALS for 2014?

2. Any tips on how I may be able to achieve any of these goals?

Looking forward to hearing from each of my Blogging Friends.. Have a Safe and Wonderful New Year!

REMINDER: I am always here, always with you.. Even if you do not feel me there

Mormon Temple, West Los Angeles

Mormon Temple, West Los Angeles (Photo credit: InSapphoWeTrust)

Every Year, My family takes a trip to the Los Angeles LDS Temple to see the christmas lights.. As we get Close to the temple, Driving up Overland We start to feel the peace and wonder of it all. We typically will sing, “I love to see the Temple”, and we begin to look forward to the trip. As we drive into the gates, The world slips away and for a brief time all worries and troubles are forgotten, as we enjoy the beauty of it all.  This is an Annual Tradition and there are certain places we have to see while we are there.

We always go to The Visitor Center to see the Manger Display, We always take a picture with the Statue of Christ and We always walk through the Temple Grounds.

2014 Picture with Jesus

2014 Picture with Jesus

When you go into the room, with jesus, there is a wall painted to look like the sky, and Jesus is standing there with his arms open wide welcoming you in.. The feeling of peace and comfort is in this room. Across the statue is a wall of windows looking out over the temple grounds and the temple.  Now tell me, for those who stand in line and wait all year to take pictures with Santa, how much cooler is it to wait all year to take your picture with Jesus! This truly is my favorite tradition!

After I took my daughter and Mom’s picture with jesus I turned around to look out at the temple grounds, to my amazement, I was astounded at the view I saw.. For all the times I have looked out this window, I have never noticed the amazing view that I was able to capture below!

Matthew 28:20   Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.

Matthew 28:20 Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.

I have never seen this Amazing sight before.. So either the Lighting was correct, or someone was trying to remind me something. (I chose to believe I was being reminded). This reminded me that even though I may not realize, Jesus is with me at all times, That He is there when I need him and all I need to believe, have faith and pray.

I have not struggled this year as I have before, and I truly wish I would have had this reminder sooner in my life.. But it truly brings peace to my heart and mind to know that Jesus is always there.. Maybe it is a sign that I will need this reassurance for 2014.. But whatever it is I am truly grateful to my Heavenly Father for this very Simple reminder.. and I chose to share it with all of you!!

May Our Heavenly Father Bless you in the New Year to come and Always remind you of his beautiful loving care. Remember Jesus is with you always!

DAY 3: Frankly My Dear, I want all of you forever, Because I only brought One bottle of vodka

Ok, So on to day 3.. Its funny because I knew right off the bat two of them.. But I struggled with picking the 3rd as I have soo many.. But honestly These all fit me. (hope  you guessed from my title but if not here goes!!)

1. Gone with the Wind

Vivien Leigh som Scarlett O´ Hara i filmen "Borta med vinden".

Scarlet is my most favorite and the most classic, I absolutely adore her, and how she can’t ever make up her mind.. Really reminds me of me!!!

Prissy ( Butterfly McQueen ): “I don’t know nuthin’ ’bout birthin’ no babies.”

I also love Prissy ( and sadly I think I should have named my daughter after her, because she is sooooo slow, but my favorite line ever from Prissy is… drum roll please:

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But honestly, at a young age I Feel love with Rhett Butler… He truly loved Scarlet and after she walked all over him, broke him down and tossed him to the curb, only when he finally decided enough was enough, he was walking out the door and GONE, did she decide that she wanted him and that she loved him.. definitely sounds like me!!!

 

2. The Divine secrets of the YA YA Sisterhood:

I could watch this movie over and over and over again.. and never get sick of it and find something else to love about. I truly feel that all can relate. We blame our parents all the time for our Messed up lives. (as I did in my blog, I blame you, Mom!!!) Reality is I am sure there is good and bad in everything that happens to us.. but some of the worst times brings us closer together, and can sometimes bring us the best memories.

But Just I case, if someone in my family or my friends need me, I will remember this One Quote and bring 2!!!

3.Last but not Least, another Movie I can watch over and over again, always cry at the end and still find something new to love:

THE NOTE BOOK- what an ultimate love story. I truly would love to end my life that way, in the arms of the man I love and who loves me, who is so devoted that even when I would not remember him, he would stay by my side. Sadly I see this happening in real life, One of my dear friends mom’s has forgotten all, and her sweet husband stands by her side, you can truly feel the love from them and I just cry everytime I see them!

My all time favorite line from this movie, is one that I truly hope to be able to hear some day.. or at least find someone who would feel it, even if he can’t say it!

  • So what are your Favorite movies, quotes and why?
  • What do you think about mine?
  • If you could be one character from any of the 3 movies who would you be?
  • is my “NOAH” Out there?

DAY TWO: Singing my life with his words

Ok.. So this “topic” is really hard to answer.. Because I have many favs, as well as depending on what is going on in my life.. This is a constantly changing topic!! 🙂

So I guess I will go with the following 2:

1. Mama’s Broken Heart by Miranda Lambert – No, it’s not because I am suffering from a break up right now.. But because it totally reminds me every day, what my mom always says.. It does not really matter how you feel if you look your best not only will you feel better but no one will know what you are thinking! Plus, if you “fix your make-up” everyone will tell you how fabulous you look and make you feel even better! 

2. Every Rose Has It’s Thorn – Poison or Miley Cyrus.. Sadly, I can’t decide which version I like better.. But reality is I love them both.. This song totally is me.. I realize I have done a ton of stuff in relationships.. I was the thorn.. and I lost some really great guys along the way, and sadly chose the bad guys in the end.. I listen to this song when I am sad and lonely, and when I need to not think about specific moments of my past.. It causes me to remember and learn and hopefully I will change! And hope fully one of those guys I turned away, will not have “found someone knew and that I meant as much to them as they meant to me” 

SOOOO Many more I can list.. But maybe this will be a blog I redo in a few months to see where my mind is!!!

Now it’s your turn: 

  • What are your Favorite 2 songs?
  • Can you relate to how I feel on these songs?