Mid week pick me up

Three years ago, a road trip led us to Mount Rushmore, located in South Dakota. This famous landmark has been included in numerous photos and movies. Ever since I saw Cary Grant in North by Northwest, I’ve wanted to visit this site.

The engineering feat involved in carving the faces of the four presidents into the granite of Mount Rushmore is impressive in and of itself. Considering this sculpture was completed in 1941 makes it even more impressive.

The four presidents depicted are George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln and Theodore Roosevelt. According to the sculpture Gutzon Borglum, these four presidents were chosen to “commemorate the founding, birth, preservation, and development to the United States of America.”

The day was beautiful and warm. We took numerous pictures and noticed a trail that passes below the faces and allows closer views of the carvings. The name of the trail is the Presidential Trail and is .6 miles long. I recommend taking this relatively easy walking trail. There is also a visitor’s center and the Sculptor’s Studio.

 

 

 

Stayin’ Positive

The past year has been challenging for me in many different ways. I’ve always been an optimistic person, however, it’s difficult to be optimistic when you don’t feel well. When your physical body is struggling, it’s challenging just to get out of bed, let alone face the myriad situations that life presents each and every day.

One of the most difficult challenges has been to put myself first. I think this is true of many people. When my adult children call, my first impulse is to drop everything and fly to their side. Due to physical restrictions, this has become less and less of an option. I’ve become much more adept at saying NO.  I’m also learning that it’s okay to be occasionally selfish and I’ve realized the following:

You do not need to be glued to your phone 24/7 unless your job demands it.

It’s okay to relax and read a book or watch a movie.

Don’t feel guilty about doing something for yourself whether it’s getting a manicure, taking a walk or doing nothing at all.

Stop and smell the flowers. Life passes so quickly so enjoy each and every moment.IMG_1462

 

Enjoying the weekend

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After an exhausting week, my daughter and I spent the weekend together. In an effort to lighten the mood, we decided to go on an impromptu shopping trip. Even if we only window shop, we enjoy dressing up. This an outdoor mall. Being outside in the warm/sunny weather always makes me feel better.  Deep discounts at our favorite retailers also helps.

Top and skirt by BCBG

Shoes by Gianni Bini

Parasols

I have never been a sun worshipper due to my fair skin and blonde hair. I am one of those individuals who religiously applies sunscreen even if I’m only planning to spend a few moments in the great outdoors.

When I was in my teens, I tried numerous times to achieve a beautiful golden tan. This was not a possibility due to several reasons:  First, I have no patience and become quickly bored.  Second, the sun beating on my head, even with the added protection of a hat, always gives me a headache. Third, tanning beds hold no allure for me. Fourth, I am not a fan of spray on tans.

When I was 19, I discovered that my umbrella was useful not only for protection from the rain but also the sun. I happily traipsed over ruins on the island of Corfu and roamed the streets of Athens safely protected with my handy umbrella and layers of sunscreen.

While others were melting from the unrelenting rays of the sun, I enjoyed my own personal shade. I was never a victim of hat hair. As I grew older, my family never lost sight of their own personal tour guide due to my growing flamboyant umbrellas. I rivaled many commercial tour guides.

 

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This picture was taken at Versailles. I was in such a rush to visit this beautiful site that I inadvertently left my umbrella in the hotel room. My husband spotted this souvenir and purchased it for me.

This beautiful, yet strong parasol came in handy not only as a sunshade but as a makeshift cane as I struggled over rock strewn sites on our travel.