My Saturday Thoughts

Here I am.  Having some time to write in my diary this morning because I am going to a wedding this afternoon as well as a wedding reception later.  No church again this week.  With the weather not being very cooperative the past two to three weeks, and now this week a wedding, I sure miss going to church.  I miss my church family.  I will be going for the first time in a while next week on the 24th to see the Pastor and Carol for the last time while Pastor retires from preaching at the end of the month.  We also have two more Bible studies with him before he is officially off the roster.  My heart is feeling a little sad, but happy at the same time.  I do want the Pastor and Carol to be happy and enjoy retirement, too.  That is why I have sadness and happiness at the same time.  I am going to be okay.  I am family by choice.

My thoughts the past few days have been mixed about politics and how I feel about the happenings of our Nation the past few weeks.  Again, I do not care if you are a Democrat or a Republican because peace is what I want in my own, personal, and public life.   I will speak my mind at times to get a point across more so in general than attacking a specific group of people or even a dear and close friend of mine.  My heart goes out to the families and communities (surrounding communities) of Parkland, Florida even though I do not know anyone there at this time.  My feelings for losing a loved one, a friend, a high school colleague, or a friend of a friend do not go unnoticed here.  My heart has feelings of sadness, compassion, and understanding.  I have lost an uncle, some great aunts, maternal and paternal grandparents, high school colleagues, favorite teachers through death or we have gone our separate ways now, and pets.  Memories of what happened from October 2017 to May 2018 still lingers in my memory as if it happened yesterday.  A friendship was dissolved there because of a choice a friend decided to make and get herself kicked out of the building with her boyfriend.  My heart was broken, and it took time for me to heal from what has happened, and now all I can do for this “friend” is pray for her wellbeing and happiness to be what she wants in life.

What I share on my diary page is what I want people to see and read to understand me better.  I want to show that I am imperfect and a human being like everyone else who makes mistakes in life and says things that will one day be regretted.  Every day is a learning day whether you go to school, church, work, or not.  I do not go to school anymore.  I graduated from high school in 1989, did my best at our local two-year college and U-Rock., but was not successful.  I finally found my niche at a school online titled University of Phoenix.  I had earned my bachelor’s and master’s degree(s) in Accounting there.  I wish I could have excelled in getting my associate degree at Blackhawk Tech college, but it did not work out that way.  I learn by taking one class at a time on a computer.  I am doing my best at being successful in other areas of my life as well, and I find I am always learning something new or remembering what I have learned from a different time in my life.  Sharing what I want to share with others is selective and done carefully at times for reason of sanity.  I do not trust everyone, and I know not everyone trusts me.

I have a busy afternoon ahead and writing what I have very little time to write in my diary right now.  I have gotten myself time later if I am not too tired.  A friend of mine is getting married today and I was invited to the wedding, so I am going.  I am hoping to have a good time and hopefully not say any drama play out between anyone today knowing that there are some feelings between the wedding party right now.  Enough said.  I am praying that the bride and groom have a wonderful and blessed day and week ahead for their honeymoon, and travels.

Before I do go, I do want to share something that I observed Wednesday evening while leaving for Bible study.  We have potlucks and get together with other tenants every now and then, and Wednesday night we had a potluck dinner.  I did not attend because of the talk and gossip among tenants can be iffy and I do not want to be part of any group like that.  I may be 47 years old and getting older every day and year like everyone else alive, but I do not choose to be a part of a certain clique or group of people that can be negative.  Well, as I walked out and looked into the community room, I saw tenants sitting in certain groups.  I call them cliques.  Each time I see tenants in the community room for potlucks and game night, or breakfast every other Saturday morning, it is the same group of people.  It never changes unless someone is not here anymore or could not make it, but it is still the same group of people.  This why I do not bother going to such functions as that anymore.  I will be considerate to the tenants in the hallway and lobby and will pop my head in from time to time to say hello, but I will not get into conversation with most of them anymore.  Most of the tenants do not stay in their apartments when they are sick, and I am one who does.  I am never alone, nor do I have to worry about being bored too often.  I do get bored from time to time, though, lol.  I do not like being an observer sometimes.  I believe it can be a curse and blessing, but I do my best at using it for good reason…not for the wrong reason.

If I am not too tired when I get back from the wedding and wedding reception, I will write more later tonight.  Otherwise I will be back tomorrow sometime for sure.  Writing in a diary at times can be another one of those passing moments in life from day to day.

My Thoughts Are With Parkland, Florida & Surrounding Communities

I wanted to vent about something I have observed last night while leaving for Bible/prayer meeting last night, but given the time of tragedy, my venting about what I have observed seems so redundant right now.  Not the right time to vent about my own personal thoughts, woes, and understanding of certain cliques.  Even though my diary and journals are my own personal and public words scrolling across the computer’s screen, my vent can wait until tomorrow or later in the weekend.  I have no problem with that.

My heart goes out to the community of Parkland, Florida, and the surrounding communities.  https://www.cnn.com/2018/02/15/us/florida-high-school-shooting/index.html

The victims of the shooting who have lost their lives because a 19-year-old teenage boy who was expelled last year due to bringing certain paraphernalia to school that was not allowed.  As the news continues to air about this latest shooting, I am glad that the Nation is being informed and aware of what is going on.  I do feel bad for the victims and families who have lost loved ones because of a teenager’s need to go on a shooting spree at school.  I am praying for them all!   http://www.foxnews.com/us/2018/02/15/parkland-shooting-victims-include-young-students-coach-who-saved-others-in-florida-high-school.html

I am appalled, my heart aches, and I do wonder when a student – former or attending school – will snap and do the same in my own city.  It is sad to even think about it, but in 2018, we have a great number of shootings.  It saddens me to see and hear although I do have to keep up with what is going on in our world today, so I can pray and continue to pray.  Whatever happened to this Michael Cruz, whether he snapped because of mental illness or something is indeed wrong with him because of what has happened in life as a baby and child, I do find that being charge for 17 counts of premeditated murder is necessary and warranted for this horrible and sad tragedy.  I feel for the victims and their families, and the community even though I am not from the State of Florida myself.  I am compassionate and when someone does not something wrong, I am for doing what is right for punishment of what crime was committed.  One last article I want to share about the Parkland, Florida school shooting.  https://www.vox.com/policy-and-politics/2018/2/14/17013596/parkland-florida-high-school-shooting My prayers are going up to God.