Sunshine and Rain

It was a lazy day in the World of Weeks. The clouds were thick and heavy without a glimmer of sun shining thru. Eventually the clouds could no longer deal with the weight and the rain came down in buckets. Rain, thunder, lightening and eventually hail fell from the sky. The drought conditions welcomed the rain, but as it continued day after day, it became depressing. Rain and storms can cause a person to spiral downward. As much as the land needs rain it needs sunshine too. We humans needed blue skies and sunshine.

Florida gave us the sunshine we craved. Every day of our trip was filled with sunshine and warmth. Then we returned to Texas . . . rain, storms and much cooler temperatures met us at the door. A river formed in the middle of our back yard. Rivers formed along the streets as the drains worked hard to keep up.

Yesterday the sun broken thru big time. We ventured out to meet up with friends at the Texas Sculpture Garden. My body craved the sunshine so we ate lunch outside. We walked around the gardens. We played UNO outside. There were smiles and laughter all around.

On the way home Lili told me she enjoyed the day. She certainly enjoyed many of our days in Florida, but for the first time in over a year, she enjoyed her day.

The clouds are back today, although there is only an ever so slight chance of rain. Tomorrow we participate in our community garage sale with the prediction of clouds as the sky prepares for another long stretch of rain and storms all next week. The grass, trees, plants and flowers are looking lovely, which is benefit of all this rain. Yet, I’m over it and ready for a stretch of sunshine days to help brighten up the earth and my mood.

A Difficult Holiday

Mother’s Day was first suggested by a pacifist named Julia Howe who wanted to unite mothers in a rally for peace. For many years, she held a mother’s day meeting in Boston, but it wasn’t until 1908 when activist, Anna Jarvis, campaigned for the holiday that is celebrated today. However, Anna later regretted her campaign when the holiday became commercialized by the floral and greeting card companies.

Then, in 1914, Mother’s Day became an “official” holiday when Woodrow Wilson proclaimed the second Sunday is May would be the day the public expressed our love and reverence for mothers of our country.

For many mothers, this is a wonderful day. Yet, for many others, this is a day that many don’t feel like celebrating. And not just mothers, but many children as well.

I am the mother of two children I never got to meet. I am the mother of a child who is no longer with me and who happened to die the day after Mother’s Day in 2010. I am the mother of a child who struggles and choses to be absent from my life most of the time. I am the mother of children who were born to other mothers. The struggle of feeling an obligation to celebrate this day for my benefit and not being able to happily celebrate their bio mothers is hard. I have been mom to many children via foster care who I love and am no longer able to see or know how they are doing. I am the child of a mother who has chosen to not be part of my life.

For the many who long for motherhood, this day is especially hard. For children who have lost their mothers, this day can be incredibly difficult.

So why do we need a holiday that celebrates mothers once a year? Is it really about mothers or is it more about the billions of dollars spent or cards, flowers, and gifts?

I know that not everyone would agree with me, but I would much prefer that this holiday didn’t exist. I don’t need a yearly reminder that I am a mother. It’s a very triggering holiday for me, for my kids and for many others.

This doesn’t mean I don’t appreciate the effort my children and husband put into trying to make the day special for me. However, I think it would be so much easier for me, my husband and my kids if this holiday and all the expectations surrounding it just didn’t exist.

Maybe it’s time to find another way of getting through this annual holiday in a more non-triggering way.

More On the Market

In my last post Dabbling in the Market – worldofweeks I shared a little about Cryptocurrency.

Last night, Elon Musk was on SNL. It’s interesting how someone like Musk can impact the market by making an appearance on tv and this morning I watched the value of my Dogecoin drop. But that changed this afternoon. Dogecoin Rallies From Fall After Elon Musk SNL Appearance, Still Up Over 800% in a Month (

Then I came across another article regarding Dogecoin and Cryptocurrency. Again, Mark Cuban has given his opinion on why he thinks it’s the future of how we buy things. Mark Cuban explains why crypto is the future, especially as the world recovers from a generational pandemic | Currency News | Financial and Business News | Markets Insider (

My interest in dabbing in the market started as something fun and different to try. I enjoy going to the casino from time-to-time (honestly I only go once every few years) and investing in Dogecoin or other stocks is like heading to the casino. I set a dollar limit, have some fun and then head home. Except in this case, I’m home and can continue watching what happens with my investment on a daily basis.

If you are interested in dabbling too, please go here . It costs nothing to sign up, but if you do decide to buy some cryptocurrency or stock, you can invest as little or as much as you’d like. You can also get some free stock buy signing up. Not a lot of stock, but again, it’s free.

Dabbling in the Market

A friend of mine has been sharing her experience in buying Dogecoin. I’ve been reading her Facebook posts, but honestly, that’s all I was doing. Then I caught an episode of Ellen and she was interviewing Mark Cuban. Whether your a fan of Mr. Cuban or not, the man has been very successful in his investments. But during this interview, he brought up Dogecoin and the comparison to Bitcoin.

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Now, for those of you who may not know, Bitcoin and Dogecoin are cryptocurrencies.

Cryptocurrency is a form of payment that can be exchanged for online goods. In the case of Bitcoin, if you bought them when they were .20 and held on to them until today, you could sell them for $57,244.68. That’s a nice return on an investment and for at least 10 people, Bitcoin made them multi-millionaires.

This doesn’t mean Dogecoin is going to necessarily be the next Bitcoin, but if you have a few dollars or more to invest, you could buy some Dogecoin and see what happens. So far, it has continued to raise in value, not $57,000 in value, but it’s been steadily creeping up. Who knows! Maybe a small investment will one day pay off. Currently it costs around .60 (although the market changes every second) to buy Dogecoin, so it’s not a huge investment. However, the rule should be like it is in gambling. Only put in what you’re willing to lose.

If you’re interested in dabbling in the market a bit, please head over to Robinhood and sign up. It only costs you what you’re willing to put in and it’s not just for Dogecoin. You will have a wide choice of investment opportunities. However, if you sign up via the link above, they will give you some free stock and with my referral, they’ll give me something free as well. It’s a win-win!

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Happy dabbling!!!

And It Comes to an End

Our vacation was a last minute decision and now it’s over.

Memories were made. Good memories with a few exceptions.

We did some beach hopping this trip seeing Siesta Key, Manatee Beach and Fort Myers. Although I managed to miss getting any picture of Fort Myers Beach.

We visited Sarasota Jungle Gardens, which I enjoyed so much more than I thought I would.

We got to see Lili’s former art teacher, tried some local restaurants, swam, shopped and enjoyed time as a family.

Our little rental house left A LOT to be desired. The location was great, but the house was not at all what we thought it would be.

A visit to Fort Myers Beach for some lunch left us hungry. Apparently, at least one member of the wait staff didn’t realize that she needed to also take food orders after dropping off drinks.

But the weather was BEAUTIFUL! Sunshine and warm temperatures was just what the doctor ordered.

We have already talked about going back to spend more time in Fort Myers on our next trip. Hopefully with better accommodations and more luck getting lunch.

For now though, it’s back to reality.

Anna Maria Island

We headed to Anna Maria Island today.

First impression . . . . It’s not as crowded as Siesta Key.

Second impression . . . . It’s better for shelling.

The waves were rather big today and the surfers were happy. There was also a rip tide warning which didn’t make my big girls happy. They love swimming in the ocean, but between the waves and the warning, they stuck close to shore.

Arryn, on the other hand, LOVES the beach. She loves the sand, but she loves the water more.

The other thinh I noticed about Anna Maria Island is the shopping. There is not a shortage of places to shop.

While I enjoyed a less crowded beach, I think I prefer Siesta Key. That powdery white sand is sooooo nice. Although a little hard to walk thru. Also, parking at Siesta Key is better. However, I see another visit to Anna Maria Island in our future. Hopefully on a calmer ocean day.

New Restaurants

Since COVID began shutting things down last year, we had not sat in a restaurant for a meal. 

Part of the fun and adventure on vacation though, is trying new restaurants.   So we ventured out.

Fortunately, Florida has no shortage of restaurants with nice outdoor seating. So we have been able to try some good food while sitting out in the open air.

Another Day of Exploration

This past week, hubby has been working from our Florida rental house while the girls and I have been at the beach, visiting places and people, shopping and exploring. Today, he got to tag along on our exploration.

But first, Naomi and I went shelling at Siesta Key beach!

It was a beautiful morning.

We didn’t know that there was a sand carving competition today.

This guy said he doesn’t usually do sand castles because he’s not very good at them. If this isn’t very good, what are his other sand carvings like?
I thought this one was done, but apparently not since the guy was working on it when we walked back.

It was early so these were the only two we saw. Registration had just opened as we were leaving and it’s apparently a popular event. They were expecting a lot more sand carvers to arrive as the morning went on.

Getting started.
This was our find from this morning.

As much as I try to convince Naomi to leave the broken ones behind, she just has to take the ones she really likes.

Shelling is definitely something she and I love to do. We’re planning to visit Anna Maria Island next week. I hear there is good shelling there and we hope to find more shell treasures to take home.

Surprise Visit

For about half of her life, Lili has been taking art classes. She’s been fortunate to learn under some good teachers, but there is one who has stood above the rest.

Ms. Lina (as she is known to Lili), moved from Texas to Sarasota this past year and opened her own art studio. So after our visit to the Sarasota Jungle Gardens this week, we took a short detour to surprise Ms. Lina. She didn’t know we were in the area, so when we opened the door and saw Lili standing there, the expression on her face was priceless.

May be an image of Lina Rincon, furniture and text that says 'Lina Rincon Art Gallery & Studio 813-5417548 1734 4th ST, Sarasota, FL, 34236'

Lina Rincon Art Gallery & Studio is charming, to say the least. She creates beautiful pieces of art and sells them from her gallery. She also features a couple other artist’s work which are for sale as well.

In her studio she conducts art classes for children and adults. She runs an art camp for kids in the summer, can set up her studio for birthday parties or groups who are looking for a place to host a painting event.

Starting a business is a challenge.

Starting a business during COVID is an even bigger challenge.

So if you are in the Sarasota area and happen to be looking for a piece of art for your home or a class for you or your children, check out Lina Rincon Gallery and Studio.

If you’re outside the Sarasota area, but looking for some artwork for your home or office, check out her website and anything you purchase can be shipped.

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