If we were having coffee

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long before I actually started learning more about my spiritualism I actually held many of the principals of a Buddhist deep within who I was as a person, and had zero clue it was a Buddhist way of living life. I was raised Catholic and for a long time studied different religious paths trying to put the pieces together into something that felt like a right path but which had a simple direct no frills line of reasoning. After many years I am finding my heart home mostly within Buddhism.

I always felt a wanting of a deeper connection to people. I never cared for or felt comfortable with what I perceived as talk about the weather type conversations. I always had a need to “get” people on a more spiritual level. And that doesn’t mean a specific religious doctrine, but on a what makes you tick kind of level. Suffice to say a lot of people aren’t like that and have trouble with someone trying to connect too fast. But the more I learned about my own spiritual path the more I found it’s because of my spiritual self  is the reason the why I long to connect with people on a deeper level than just the, “how do you do” pleasantries.

This blog was one way for me to actually try to just talk about myself more openly and randomly about the weather to people lol. To learn to step back and learn to love the process of simple pleasantries in conversation and presentation. Whenever I found myself in situations meeting new people I often just appeared shy and reserved because I didn’t partake in the uncomfortable act of casual conversation. I still tend to stay pretty quiet and just observe people and get to know them better until deeper conversation starts. To a lot of people over the years I guess maybe they thought I just didn’t want to get to know them. When in fact it was the complete opposite. But humans are guarded, even I am. And it takes time to build the trust with some people before they want to open up to you. Once again in many ways I can be like that too. But ask me about deeper subjects and I will sit down over a cup of tea or coffee at some fabulous coffee shop, cafe or tea emporium and chat with for hours over religion, war, peace, alternative healing, etc…

This article I just read I think touches on the type of friendship I offer and can find a connection with. I am always searching for personal growth and good conversation.

Making Friends on the Buddhist Path

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Busch Gardens 07/30/2017

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I walked🚶🏽 alllllllllll day lol.  Close friends of ours were heading to Busch Gardens for the day and we hadn’t been there together since 2007 when the Griffon roller coaster🎢 ride first opened there.

It was a short travel to get to Busch Gardens, about an hour. We arrived at around noon and left after Celtic Fyre at about 9pm. It was a long day of walking, burning a whole lot of calories and having fabulous day with friends.

My hubby & I had so much fun even though we didn’t do many rides. Keith did a few of the coasters (If you are in to roller coasters, you’ll LOVE this park) with our friend Jason while me, Jason’s wife Wendy, their son and our friend Rachel (her hubby had to work 😞) and her two girls took the kids for their rides and fun adventures. We all met up after and went to the “More Pet Shenanigans Show”.  😸🐶🕊️🐔🐀🐷All their animals are rescues and they are treated really well. The show was realllllly cute and funny. The video below wasn’t the show we attended (this was posted last year) but all the animals seemed to be super happy and having fun. All the dogs were wagging their tails and looked loved.

 

 

 

The whole layout of Busch Gardens is really beautiful, with lots of places to stop and rest in the shade and get cool drinks. We did a meal package plan which was very reasonably priced for a theme park. And the food, although cafeteria style was delicious, with healthier options available. There are adventures and experiences for all ages and the park is kept clean (even the bathrooms).

After the More Pet Shenanigans Show, we all kind of went our separate ways. Jason and Wendy headed home and Rachel and the girls went over to have fun with the Sesame Street Show and fun play area. Keith and I went to see Britmania, a musical show about the British invasion of music into the U.S., it was a fun show especially if you are a fan of musicals and music. After that we grabbed some dinner in Canada since we had done lunch in England. The park is divided up by hamlets to be able to travel your way around the park. Each of the hamlets has their own shops with fare that would be from that hamlet. From baked goods, to jewelry.

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  • Banbury Cross (England)
  • Heatherdowns (Scotland)
  • Sesame Street Forest of Fun
  • Killarney (Ireland)
  • San Marco (Italy)
  • Festa Italia (Italy)
  • Rhinefeld (Rhineland Germany)
  • Land of the Dragons
  • Oktoberfest (Bavarian Germany)
  • Aquitaine (France)
  • New France (French Canada)

 

After dinner we headed to Celtic Fyre, which was the show we were most looking forward to seeing! If you like celtic song and dance, you would be mesmerized by their performance! It was Broadway level showmanship and artistry. We would go back just to see this show again! Below is a promo for the show.

 

 

We headed homeward bound after Celtic Fyre. I ended up burning about 1, 400 😯calories just walking around all day! So all in all it was a pretty ✨magical ✨day

 

 

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Post Weekend Blog – Take me out to the ballgame

18556189_10213359867250993_6379473785568943885_nGood fun with good friends! Norfolk Tides!! I’ve loved baseball since I was a wee little girl.  There’s something about the smells, the field, and the sounds of the announcer and bats cracking the ball, umpires yelling strike that just hearkens back to a simpler time.

 

And it was apparently a night when our husbands all decided it was look silly and make faces night. So yeah, going to a baseball game is kinda like going to disney, everyone’s a kid again!

 

 

 

It was so cold! Oh my gosh, it’s nearly June and we were freezing by the end of the game! But it was fun and the Tides cam from behind for a big 9th inning comeback win! Plus it was a fireworks night!!!

 

💛 Friendship 💛

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Vacation?

Me and my friends would have been leaving for Myrtle Beach tomorrow. A long overdue still1009_00000_1476024241637_6453564_ver1-0and much needed getaway. But then Hurricane Mathew hit and well as you can see, that area of Myrtle Beach (Cherry Grove)had a horrendous fire the day the hurricane hit and several buildings caught on fire. The high winds of the hurricane blew debris and burning embers to other structures after what they think was a transformer blowing and one building catching fire.

The people we were renting the time share from said the area was in bad shape. Huge amounts of cleanup, inspections, rebuilding and elimination of safety concerns were going to take quite some time and the area was not open to tourists and guests. At some point the time share (we won the stay for trip at a raffle) would be rescheduled but when. hard to say. Hopefully before the end of the year, if not some time next year.

So many lost so much due to this hurricane.
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But we all had time off and now nothing to do. So my friends are headed here to spend the week frolicking the beach (yayy we still have beach weather!) and taking in some sights of the season. Not really a vacation for me, but I feel lucky all the same. Like I said, so much loss for so many. In my area we had some major flooding and trees down and a lot of sanitary cleanup is being done. And many trails are still washed, parks flooded and debris cleanup is still ongoing in many neighborhoods.

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So it will be a fun time! A little relaxing, a little night life, a little haunting good times! No, it’s not going to be a getaway. But it will be time well spent with great friends and much laughter and tons of memories to be made!!

I will try and take pictures to share with you all here! Have a great weekend everybody!

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