Thursday, May 31, 2012

Bumpy Roads & Pot holes!

                          A thing that blocks one's way or prevents or hinders progress.

Lately I been feeling run down and depressed. It seems like I'm running into obstacles that never seem to set me in the clear. 

                                     Tired of driving on bumpy road of pot holes.

  Just seems like with every aspect of my life(daily struggles, finances,work, health, friends etc) I'm either being let down or mainly I'm letting myself down.  I'm losing the battle of seeing the light at the end of the tunnel.  

I'm not one to throw in the towel, I don't like giving up but I'm struggling with myself .

 I miss being happy, I miss the old  ME....who thinks positive and has faith.
  • I used to be thinner -(I'm trying to get fit & healthy) I gained some weight post menopause.(My main depression)
  • Dealing with injuries that makes it hard for me to exercise efficiently. (ex:Running)
  • I'm so self conscious about how I look & have no self esteem. 
  • No matter how hard I work and succeed with achieving on job performance  and prove myself at work it goes unnoticed.  ( I'm struggling with this one daily-causes me stress.)
  • I'm always the one who has to initiate a phone call to friends otherwise not sure if I would hear from them. (Sad at times)
  • Health issues: Hormones-Anxiety-Thyroid etc....
  • Worry-ism: My son being over seas, $, job security etc ... 
  • Household-Keeping up with Laundry, dusting,organizing etc                                           (I'm overwhelmed) 
*Bonus: My husband helps out alot around the house, He loves doing dishes and vacuum and mopping the floors(very grateful for that)  and he is always there for me to talk to about all these things! 
(especially when I'm down & depressed he succeeds most of the time in cheering me up!)

Well I think I just spill the beans ...All my Negative thoughts .....

           When things get rough I always seem to come up with a  Plan B.
I'm always trying to figure out how to get through the obstacles. (Stressful)

               Top Ten Tips To Overcome 

                   Obstacles to Success

1.  Troubleshoot and diagnose the root cause

The quickest way to solve any problem is to find its root cause.  What is at the very source of the issue?  It usually takes some time to determine this.  However, the time is well spent because once you know the root cause, then you can address it and move on.  With people, they often oppose you out of fear.  You need to determine exactly what it is about the action you are taking that makes them afraid and address it with them.  Here’s a hint, it usually isn’t the first thing they tell you.

2.  Listen to your gut instinct.

I can’t count the times that I solved problems by simply following my gut.  For me, This is the nagging little idea in the back of my head that doesn’t really seem logical, but ends up being the solution anyway.  In almost every case, I try to dismiss it by reasoning that it couldn’t possibly be the right thing to try.  However, once I give in, I find that it leads me exactly to the solution I desired.  Listen to your gut.  It often knows what to do.

3.  Research the problem online.

Generally, if you are having a problem, someone else has already encountered it and solved it.  Don’t reinvent the wheel, just find out what they did and try it in your situation.  This is one of the fabulous things about the Internet.  It is a huge archive of ideas for solving almost any imaginable problem.  I love using Google to help find solutions to all kinds of issues.

4.  Recruit the assistance of others.

Get your friends, family, and co-workers involved to help think of ways to overcome the obstacle.  Remember, two heads are better than one.  Often, these people will have a different perspective on the situation that will lead to an immediate breakthrough.  Also, they can serve as champions or cheerleaders to help move you past the present obstacle.

5.  Hire an expert.

Sometimes you need to call in the big guns.  If the problem is in an area that is outside your expertise and it is particularly nasty, then you should probably bring in an expert.  Make sure your expert has solved similar dilemmas in the past.  Ask for references and call them to confirm the situation was similar and that the resolution was complete.  Document the obstacle in writing along with the exact outcome that you expect.  You and the expert should both sign this agreement before any work is done.

6.  Change your attitude toward the situation.

Sometimes we are the problem.  Evaluate your attitudes and see if a change in the way you are looking at the situation might help to overcome the obstacle.  This is especially useful in situations where the obstacle is another person.  You might need to change your attitude toward this person in order to get their cooperation.  It is going to take some maturity, but the results are often astonishing.

7.  Use trial and error.

When all else fails or when your situation is unique, you may need to experiment.  Obviously, this isn’t the most efficient way to overcome an obstacle, but it may be your only option.  Be as scientific in your approach as possible.  Go slow and evaluate each of your trial solutions as carefully as possible.  Sometimes it takes a combination of solutions to achieve the best results.

8.  Sleep on it.

I have had numerous stubborn problems where I spent hours trying to solve it with no success.  Then I gave up, went to bed, and awoke the next morning with a new idea that fixed the situation almost immediately.  Sometimes we just need to give our brains some time to rest and work on the issue.  It is often hard to walk away, but sometimes this is the best thing to do.

9.  Never give up.

Don’t quit!  I am reminded of the quote from Vince Lombardi, “Winners never quit and quitters never win.”  This is so true!  You may have to back up, turn around, or take a completely different approach, but you can never stop trying to get past the present roadblock.  Perseverance is what will lead to success.  I refer to people that attack problems with this level of tenacity as bulldogs.  They persist until they find a solution no matter what odds are against them.  This is the only way to success!

10.  Start over.

When all else fails, start over at the beginning.  Maybe one of your foundational assumptions about the obstacle is wrong.  Re-evaluate everything.  If you are having this much trouble, then it is likely that you haven’t identified the root cause or you haven’t framed the issue correctly.  Make sure you understand the problem clearly and completely to get it resolved quickly.

Overcoming obstacles is critical to success.


Almost every goal you pursue will have its obstacles.  If you want to succeed, you must master the art of problem-solving.  These tips will send you in the right direction.  Move past the hurdles quickly to cross the finish line to victory!           

                                                        I really need to work on this !

                   Yesterday I ran around the High School track thinking to myself 
                                                     I will never make a full lap.
                                                     (Me thinking negative again)
                         I'm having trouble in Boot Camp fitness class with running 
                              due to my injury to my foot and prior knee surgeries.   

                                   It is very frustrating, however I'm not giving up!

                            Seminole High School - Where my son graduated in 2004.

                                                             Every twist  & turn
                                                            I'm thinking about all my
                                                                troubles and issues
                                                                as my shins are on fire !
                                       I was able to compromise and walk & run 2 laps.
                                                     (Not sure if I'll be able to progress)
                                                           The unsure moments !

Tonight I  went to boot camp which I decided not to run and I was ok with that, I can't beat myself up,  I was able to do all the tiring core exercises and arm curls & raises,push ups etc so I still got a good 30 minute work out and I have to tell myself that it is going to take time to see the results. 

 I got home and did some laps in the pool and hung out with my Bunny pal.
(Renee, if your reading this I posted this  for you since we were talking about my evening bunny visitor on our phone conversation the other night)

                                                                    Dinner time

                                            Live footage, He knows I'm watching!


                              LAPS BY POOL LIGHTS

Yankee Candle- Conceal(A must have for Night swimming)

Mosquito-Blocking Tea Lights (box of 12)

4 to 6 Hours of Fragrance Each

The mosquito-blocking candle with a garden-fresh scent! A lovely blend of sweet geraniums, wild rosemary, and fresh mint with hints of cedar and vanilla. Great for decks, yards, gardens and around pools and patios. And, Conceal® is DEET Free! 

                                              My new toy :UFO Lights for the pool ! 


                                                                 Nice moon light!

                            I will try harder on thinking positive and stop worring
                                          so much hopefully things get better in time !
                                                     I should sleep well tonight!

Monday, May 28, 2012

Happy Memorial Day!

Today is Memorial Day , Today  I'm thinking of my son who is currently serving in the United States Air Force and want to say Thank you to him and to all Military men & women for all that you do and sacrifice for all Americans. 

                                   A few Photos of my son...I'm a very proud Mother !

Ricky over in Iraq and back home!

                                                                      My HERO!

                  I will  remember all the heroes who have fallen & never be forgotten !

It is the soldier
It is the Soldier, not the minister
Who has given us freedom of religion.
It is the Soldier, not the reporter
Who has given us freedom of the press.
It is the Soldier, not the poet
Who has given us freedom of speech.
It is the Soldier, not the campus organizer
Who has given us freedom to protest.
It is the Soldier, not the lawyer
Who has given us the right to a fair trial.
It is the Soldier, not the politician
Who has given us the right to vote.
It is the Soldier who salutes the flag,
Who serves beneath the flag,
And whose coffin is draped by the flag,
Who allows the protester to burn the flag.
-- (c) Charles Michael Province, U.S. Army

                                                              A Nation's Thanks:

Mark Goulston, M. BLOG -

         Our Memorial Day decor at our house to celebrate Home of the Brave. 

                                                     Red , White & Blue Tablescape

My husband & I spent the day by the pool and then we went for a motorcycle ride and ended  up at  the beach to feed the birds and watch the sunset, however the weather was pretty cloudy and windy due to the Tropical Storm .... we got the tail of the storm with not much rain.

                 Tropical Storm Beryl 

         Makes History On Memorial Day

Indian Rocks Beach

A few pics of us feeding the Seagulls ....
( I was a little frightened at first since I was bitten by a bird last month)


             of the
        Free !

 On the shore, dimly seen through the mists of the deep,Where the foe's haughty host in dread silence reposes,

What is that which the breeze, o'er the towering steep,
As it fitfully blows, half conceals, half discloses?

 Now it catches the gleam of the morning's first beam,
In full glory reflected now shines in the stream:

 Tis the star-spangled banner! Oh long may it wave
O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave!

And where is that band who so vauntingly swore
That the havoc of war and the battle's confusion,
A home and a country should leave us no more!

                                       Their blood has washed out their foul footsteps' pollution.
                                                      No refuge could save the hireling and slave
                                             From the terror of flight, or the gloom of the grave:

 Oh! thus be it ever, when freemen shall stand
Between their loved home and the war's desolation!
Blest with victory and peace, may the heav'n rescued land

                                        Praise the Power that hath made and preserved us a nation.
                                                Then conquer we must, when our cause it is just,
                                                     And this be our motto: "In God is our trust."

Very relaxed & peaceful as we sat by the water & took  in the waves .....


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@ Weather Nation regarding  my Video:
Indian Rocks Beach


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Great weather for surfers!

                                                   The water was so nice & warm!

                                                     Rick & I enjoying the water ....

                                                  Rick took this photo shot of my Booty.
                                                                           Busted !
                                                                     Sky soooooo
                                                                        Pretty !

                                                           Rick's Lucky Shark tooth!
                                                                  Beach Daisey's

                                         We started to get hungry so we headed home 
                                            to make dinner & cook out on the grill! 

                                                                    Rick's Cole Slaw  


  • Cabbage, either green or purple or both
        (for this recipe half a head of  each cabbage)
  • Carrot

                                   Thinly slice the cabbage and add to mixing bowl.
                                                            Add shredded carrots
                                                               Dice to smaller slices.

Add to cabbage.
Love the colors of all blended together.


                                                 Cole slaw dressing


  • 1/2 cup Mayonnaise
  •  1/4 tsp Dijon mustard
  •  Salt & Pepper(to taste)
  • 1/4 tsp celery seed 
  • 1/4 tsp apple cider vinegar
  • juice of 1 fresh  lemon wedge
                                           Mix all ingredients together in a mixing bowl
                                                              celery seed & mayo
                                                                 Squeeze of lemon
                                                                     Apple cider vinegar
                                                                      Mix well.
                                                                    Dijon mustard.
                                                                          One last stir.
                                                             Add dressing to slaw mixture.

                                                                 Salt & Pepper to taste.

                                                     so everything is well combined.
                                        Chill in fridge for at least 30 minutes & serve.
                                Enjoy with Turkey hamburgers & hotdogs or bratwurst.

                                                                  & corn on the cob
                                                       with Fiesta Mexican seasoning !
                                              Yummy Memorial Day Cookout!