First, I’ll tell you a little about the weekend & then share some thoughts (the thoughts are mine-so get ready!) What a fun-filled Friday!! Joined by 2 friends, my husband & I spent Friday in Cleveland eating & laughing & eating some more! We spent the evening watching the Indians defeat the Astros to take possession of the #2 Wild Card spot in the AL!! WOOHOO!!
Steve’s Gyros at West Side Market–if you haven’t had one—GO NOW!!!
Eating Steve’s Gyros at West Side Market!
A stop at Great Lakes Brewery & on E. 4th Street before heading to the game.
The Social Media night at the Indians game DID NOT DISAPPOINT! Hot Dogs, Pulled pork, Pulled BBQ chicken, mac & cheese, chips, potato salad, soda & more–all you could eat (and we did-even after that GYRO!) plus giveaways, the chance to hear Mike Aviles & Mike Chernoff answer fan questions, Nick Swisher “Brohio” t-shirts and TONS of social media freaks that all LOVE the Tribe!!
Social Media Night at the Tribe Game
We made it thru the 7th inning stretch before the skies opened up and the rain deluge began! With most of us realizing this was most likely the last baseball we’d see played at Progressive that night, we headed for the parking lots and made our way home. And boy did it RAIN–we were dripping wet by the time we got to the truck but laughing too. It was a wet but fun ending to the day.
The rains came down as the floods came up!
Saturday I met my mom for lunch at a local bakery, Maggie’s Magic Muffins, in Austintown. If you are ever there-try the Snow Bird Muffin (it’s coconut crème filled!) The rest of the weekend has been the normal weekend duties of groceries, cleaning, more cleaning, and REST after the long day Friday.
It’s the first day of fall today–Officially! Change of seasons-one of the reasons living in Ohio is not so bad. I now have orange lights decorating my bushes (NOT in honor of the Browns!), scarecrows in the flowerbeds, mums in the flower pots, and pumpkins & cornstalks will be arriving this week to complete the decor for the front of the house. Yes, I love warm weather but I also love pumpkins, decorating the yard with cornstalks and mums, hayrides, bonfires, hot cocoa and the chilly air that means you have to wear a sweatshirt when you go out. Yes, I’d also prefer to skip all that white flaky stuff that’s destined to fall in the coming months and bring ice and frigid temps that require 6 layers of clothing, coats, hats & gloves just to go get the newspaper off the front porch! 🙂 But it’s going to happen, regardless of what I want.
Just like the weather changes, so do other things & situations in my life—EVERY day it seems. Sometimes, I am perfectly fine with them–other times, not so much. I grumble, I mumble, I resist and yet, it still happens. I choose how I react & I choose the attitude and approach I’m going to use to deal with whatever the current change is. I can react like I am with the cooler fall weather by embracing the change and making the best of it, even if I don’t like it. I choose to make this fall season enjoyable & I’m learning that is exactly how I need to react to change and to new “seasons” in life. Less mumbling & grumbling and more “pumpkins and mums”! 🙂 Trust me–I fail often. I’m not one that can disguise her feelings and so if I’m unhappy with something, it shows. But, even in these middle-aged years of my life, I know that I am still learning about life and attempting to improve myself and that will continue right up until my last breath I’m sure. Sometimes I succeed, and sometimes I don’t. But I’ll keep trying. The seasons will keep changing and so will my life. The question is, how often will I have “pumpkins and mums” after the change?!
(PS–I’m watching the Browns game while I write this–talk about reacting to CHANGE!! 🙂 If you’re a Browns fan–this post is for YOU!)