Sunday, September 18, 2011


People take different roads
 seeking fulfillment and happiness. 
 Just because they're not on your
road doesn't mean they've gotten

 ~H. Jackson Browne

weekending, my favorite part of the week. a time to relax, live, love, just to be. if you'd like to share your weekend either with words, photographs, or both, leave a link to a weekend post in the commentsJoining with Amanda.

I spent most of my Saturday
watching Spirit of America,
and while the show was very
well performed, it really just
seemed like a huge recruiting
demonstration aimed at having
you sign up for the Army to
"be all that you can be".  As the
daughter of a father who was a
career Marine Corp Officer, this
is not where I would have expected
to spend any of my time.  I was
there to watch my son in-law
participate since he has enlisted
in the Army and will be heading
off to boot camp in January.
Once boot camp is complete he,
along with my daughter and
granddaughter will be heading 
off to a yet to be determined duty
station. While this is not what
I would have chosen for them, 
they are very happy. Me? I'm trying.
I spent Sunday enjoying much
cooler weather; we were only
72 today -Hooray! I managed to
get in a little running although
I know I am not near ready to
run a marathon next month.
I discovered putting Asian Ginger Dressing
on quinoa along with steamed
broccoli and yellow bell pepper
makes for a wonderful dinner that
even my guy's will eat. Picked
up The Catcher in the Rye to
read since it's been awhile and
I am planning on using it for
literature reading. Have you read
it? I'm curious, did you like it?


  1. I think I read Catcher in the Rye just after high school, but can't remember for sure. I know Holden is a character embedded in my mind, but is it because I read it? hah! I wish you blessings on the road you (as mother) are taking with your dear daughter. Hugs and prayers!

  2. I did read Catcher in the Rye as a highschool novel way back when,but I really have no rememberance of it other than I know I have read it. It makes me curious to reread it. Blessing to you all as you travel along your different paths.

  3. i also read it many years ago (high school)and don't remember it other than i did like it.

    gosh tracey, my heart is with you, thank goodness you have running and knitting, two wonderful soothers for the body and mind.

    happy week ahead. xox

  4. I recall reading Catcher in the Rye in high school, but only a few bits I can recall.

    Love your new banner!

  5. omg, run a marathon! i can't even run down the street. i use to be in can do it! maybe you'll inspire me. we don't have cooler weather yet but we have had 3 days of rain! not rain all day, but a little each day. it's supposed to be highs in the upper 80's later this week :-)

  6. I love to read classic literature you got me Tracey. No, I've never read Catcher in the Rye. Did YOU like it? Or do you just think it's important?

    I'm so thankful for those willing to enlist for our protection! I can't quite imagine being the mother of one of these noble young people, the concern, the pride... Thank them for me!

    Blessings, Debbie

  7. good morning tracey! i really liked catcher in the rye when i read it the first time a few years ago. i think it's cool in the old-fashioned way and i love books that have a casual, conversational style.

    about the pictures on our blog: we were celebrating simona and her husband's 6th wedding anniversary. they don't usually get to spend this day with us, so we decided to really dress up and go for a treat. we went to the farmhouse at serebe. have you heard of it? they grow their own food and serve it fresh from the garden on the plate!

  8. It has been way too long for me! Between blogging and trying to pick up knitting again, I can't even think about do you do it?

  9. goodmorning!

    i read it a milion years ago....9th grade?.....i remember liking it because of of it’s foul made me feel like a rebel, i suppose.

    are you running a marathon????? holy smokes!

    and i can imagine your mixed emotions around your son in law. that would be hard to embrace, may they stay out of harms way and have a life of exotic locales and travels.

    hope your week is a good one!

  10. Bless your son-in-law and your daughter and their little one. Love the quote, says it all. Much love to you.

  11. Never read the book, you will have to let me know what you think. Watching our children choose their life paths is always interesting and worrying at the same time!!

  12. Blessing to your family. my nephew has joined up in the Scottish regiment, he finishes boot camp in November and then it is off to... who knows. he loves it and has a completely professional attitude towards his role,but....
    Like everyone else here, i read Catcher in the Rye at high school, but have no recollection of it. Does that say something about us, or the book? xxx

  13. i haven't read catcher in forever but i remember loving it. will be curious to see what you think of it upon rereading it.

    and wow. i can understand how difficult it would be to see your daughter and her family move away...sending peaceful thoughts your way!

  14. I read it a LONG time ago and my memory is gone. Poof! That ginger dressing sounds wonderful, and we love quinoa!

    I'm sorry to hear about the upcoming move of your daughter, son in law and granddaughter. I'm sure the adjustment will be rough. Hopefully, it won't be too far away.

  15. I love that you run. I understand your feelings about your lovies moving away and all. I think you are doing well. It is so hard to reconcile what we want for our kids and what they want. Oh man. So sending good and peaceful thoughts for you and your family!

  16. I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers as you adjust to the thought of the upcoming move of your family. Although I'm not there yet with my own children, I can only imagine how hard it must be. Thanks for the lovely seashell photo!

  17. That is so much!! I got teary reading that since I was just working with my littlest bean on her attempts to walk. Heartbreak. Growth. Strength. on so many levels. XO (P.S. Love your shell!)

  18. I read TCITR for the first time as an adult and I do think I was coming at it from a very different perspective than someone experiencing it for the first time in high school. It's been almost ten years now, but I remember being struck by how gendered the book was...that it was describing a very uniquely male experience. I did like it, though.