I must confess, I’m thoroughly enjoying the ‘number of the day’ themed pieces I’ve been doing lately. It’s so convenient to get two, three, four, five or six items of interest in a post with the days Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, or Sunday. So, dear readers, I submit to you this week, the Three For Thursday.
The Greatest Showman
I recently mentioned that I’m typically late to the party when it comes to being on top of the latest popular thing – whether it be fashion, decorating, social media, etc. I usually see great movies only after they’ve been out for a while, but I’m so glad I went to see The Greatest Showman while it was still on the big screen. I’m grateful to my friend DM for treating me to this fabulous show.
It’s a musical drama starring Hugh Jackman and Michelle Williams based on the life of PT Barnum. The musical numbers, choreography, and cinematography were phenomenal. After looking further into the life of PT Barnum, I’m pretty sure some liberties were taken with the actual events of his life, but I guess that’s why there’s a disclaimer that says “based on the life.” I can usually judge a film by how much I squirm around getting comfortable in my seat, but with this movie I was riveted the entire time – not once bothered by any of the usual theater issues that typically plague me (check out this past piece with the maker of all noises). It was supremely entertaining without resorting to vulgar language or gratuitous bedroom scenes.
My favorite lines from the film included:
“The noblest art is that of making others happy.”
“Hyperbole isn’t the worst crime. Men suffer more from imagining too little than too much.”
“No one ever made a difference by being like everyone else.”
“You don’t need everyone to love you, just a few good people.”
Friends, catch this movie/musical at the theater while you can. It is such an experience to see it on the BIG screen.
Warmer weather has finally arrived in my town and springtime is always a time for cleaning in my home, preparing for the warmer weather, and actually inviting people over again without worry about getting or giving away a few germs. With the hubby and myself being empty-nesters we frequently talk about what will be the next move for us – do we stay in our current home or move some place more in keeping with the life that’s ahead for us? We typically disagree on what’s next – he wants more land and more garage space, and I was less property yet more entertaining space.
We decided this is not yet the year to move into a different home, but instead we are going to do some much needed updates that will help us sell this house when we are ready. We are excited to shop and install new flooring in several spaces along with some updates to our creaky stair railings and hallway closet doors. Buh-bye ugly green carpets and nasty porcelain tile. So long orangey wood colored closet doors. Good riddance stair railings that swing from side to side when I attempt to steady myself as I put on my shoes.
Time to bring this house from the turn of the century into the present day. When the renovations are completed there certainly will be a post with the big reveal.
I simply cannot believe I have been blogging for six months. The first week of March will be my ‘Bloggiversary.’ I have learned so much in this short period of time, and I am always wishing I knew more about the WordPress platform. Perhaps one day I will actually take the time to read all the tutorials. But for the time being, here’s what I’ve learned beyond the software during these past few months:
1. “Is this going to be on your blog?”
This is the typical question I get from family and friends when they see me taking pictures at gatherings. It puts me in a tough spot because I don’t always know if I want to include certain photos on this blog, but being the people-pleaser that I am, I usually say, “Well I hope so, but you’ll have to read my blog to find out.” And then I figure out a way to try to include it.
2. All the Love
When I began this project I thought that only my small circle of family and friends would be my readers and followers. I am grateful for those friends and family who have mentioned to me that they have been reading and liking my writing. But I was amazed that complete strangers like and follow me; that something I wrote has been resonating with the greater public. I guess I didn’t realize that my blog would be seen around the world. When I discovered I actually had statistics about where my blog was being viewed, I was blown away with visitors from Australia, the United Kingdom, Cambodia, Switzerland, etc… It has been a a real eye-opener and I’m so happy to see the global community enjoying my pieces. Furthermore, it pleasantly surprised me that the WordPress blogging community has been so supportive and encouraging.
3. Proof Is in the Reading
I learned that my favorite two proofreaders are my biggest encouragers. If I haven’t written on the blog in a while, MV and TB ask me what’s taking so long to publish again. I’m grateful for their constant willingness to proofread for mechanics and typos before I send my writing out into the world. I cannot tell you how often I reread what I have written thinking it’s perfect, yet mistakes are still found by these sharp eagle eyes. Cheers my proofreaders and the time they devote to helping me.
By looking on the ‘sunny side’ of things I’ve been more mindful of the many blessings in my life, and I have a greater appreciation what’s been given to me. Frank L. Baum in his book The Wizard of Oz writes a line that Dorothy confesses, “If I ever go looking for my heart’s desire again, I won’t look any further than my own back yard. Because if it isn’t there, I never really lost it to begin with.” Don’t ‘cha just love that? My ‘Sunny’ persona helps me to stay focused on the positive side of life and to be grateful for my blessings, especially my grandchildren who have made me the crazy young grandma that I am.
5. Just Can’t Do It Yet
When I peruse the reader feed on WordPress I frequently see opportunities to have a blog post critiqued by fellow bloggers. I’m still too sensitive to dive into the community pool for a peer critique, but maybe soon. Gotta find my big girl pants before I’m brave enough to do that.
Friends, I am planning a new upgrade to my site with my next post, and I hope you will visit again when I unveil my fresh customized theme and feature photo. My confession style format and looking on the ‘sunny side’ with always be my trademark, but hopefully when we meet again you’ll see a new and improved look to my blog. I’ll always be Sunny, the young grandma confessing about life in my little corner of the world. Until next time may you, too, look on the sunny side of life.