Day 54 – Huge creepy crawlies!

It was like I woke up and had  a sudden revelation over the weekend – Frans, we’ve got just over a week left! So, in typical Lisa fashion, I started to investigate all the places we could go and see before we left (I really feel sorry for my husband sometimes :-)).

We both absolutely love to learn, so we agreed to go to the ‘West Palm Beach Science Museum’. It’s an hour away and we realised en route that we were travelling south on the I95 and that’s the way to get to Miami airport to fly back to the UK.

We arrived at the museum and were really excited to see all that was on display!

First we went into the Aquarium and these are a few examples of what we saw

An exquisite and huge (a hand span and a half) shell. As the creature inside grows, it blocks off little sections that become air pockets.

Beautiful fans

Spiky little guys – look more like skeletons don’t they?

Then came the fishies

Nemo! (aka Clown Fish)

Commonly known as the sucker fish. It literally sucks onto the bottom of a shark and hitches a ride. See the sucker pad on top of its head?

This one is a puffer fish. They’re he ones that blow up like a balloon when they’re threatened. He was as large as a football.

Then we got to the ‘science’ bit where there were lots of examples of common scientific basics, all explained in an understandable and practical way. Like this…

Plasma globe

 

There were brain teasers that literally tied your brain into knots and were great fun. We even got to see a fragment of a meteor that is believed to have come from Mars. And who could resist but take some photos of the great explorers 😉

Looking to the worlds beyond 🙂

Just feelin’ silly

 

Next, we went through the insect section. The butterflies were beautiful…

Look at the exquisite colours

…and even though he was just a robotic exhibit, he was HUGE

 

 

…and Frans found a robot (and I lost him for a while)

 

The Egyptian section had real mummies encased in glass cases. This is a mummified child, so fragile that the exhibit can’t be touched and no flash photography is allowed.

 

There was  a show on in the Planetarium at 1, so we sat on deeply reclining chairs and watched the universe come to life on the domed roof.

Waiting for the show to begin

When we emerged back into the sunlight, we saw the typical American school bus that had brought a load of kids to come and explore the exhibits and adventures as well.

Just like in the movies

 

All in all, a really good outing. If there’s  Science Museum near you, I really encourage you to visit!

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Sleep well and see you tomorrow

Lisa

Day 53 – A Question of Phase

Frans & I took a walk along the beach today. The rough weather over the past few days has washed the beach beautifully clean of all the old seaweed that washed up during the last storm.

Because of this a big drift of shells has appeared. Frans is totally fascinated by the different shapes,colours and patterns on the shells and loves to take photos of them.

Once he’d finished, we decided to walk back to the condo. By this time the drift of shells was between he and I and I didn’t want to step on the shells and break them.

He turned and looked at me and said, “But you’ll be helping them become part of the beach like they’re supposed to”

It was then that I ‘got it’. How we behave in a certain situation should be determined by what the situation actually requires and not what we suppose it does.

I thought I was crushing the shells and making them ugly and thus useless. But, in fact, that phase of their life cycle was already over and now they were in the phase where they were to be broken down to become part of the sand. I was acting towards them as if they were still in the former stage and thinking what I was doing was a bad thing. Whereas, in fact, it was a good thing, completely relevant to their current stage. So, I was helping and not hindering. Doing a good thing as opposed to getting in the way.

Wow!

What an interesting perspective! I’ll be looking out for ways to apply it in what I do every day.

Is what I am doing in this current situation good and relevant to the phase that I’m in?

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Lisa

Day 52 – The Beach

The Beach – A fascinating, entertaining, scary, exciting and inspirational place to be.

I woke up early this morning and God invited me to come for a walk with Him. We left out of the front gates and walked alongside the road as people walked, cycled and drove to get their early morning exercise and fetch the Sunday papers.

We walked all the way to the first beach access and out along the lifeguard jetty. Ever the information gatherer, I took these two photos. The information on these boards has probably saved countless lives.

As I walked, I got this revelation

…and this insight

Once I’d come back home and settled in, looking after Frans as he fights off a cold, we suddenly heard a real rush of noise from outside. This is what happened…

So, all in all, the beach is a fascinating, entertaining, scary, exciting and inspirational place to be!

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Another ‘Florida Essential’

The plastic bag stops the sand from getting into your camera when the sea sneaks up behind you when you’re trying to take a photo and whacks you over the head with a huge wave 🙂

 

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Lisa

Day 51 – A first hand account

If you’ve been watching the news then you’ve heard of the shooting that happened a couple of days ago in the movie theatre in Colorado.

This lady was actually there and has blogged about it. What an experience!

Read more by clicking here

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Day 50 – Simply transformative

As you’ve probably guessed by now, I love to learn new things. Over the past few days I’ve been discovering all sorts of people who are doing business in new and exciting ways.

Today, I wanted to share this video with you. It just shows how we can make a difference in the world. I’m all fired up and ready to go and I hope this interview inspires you too. 🙂

Click the link to view – http://marieforleo.com/resources/rb/

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Day 49 – :-)

Happy birthday to me 🙂

I’ve had a lovely day – thank you everyone

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Day 48 – Peace, no matter what

Today I had a long talk with a friend I’ve made over here. While we were talking, I told her a story that shocked her a little.

You see, she has been watching Frans & I over the past 40 odd days and she sees a couple who adore each other and get along really well.

What she didn’t see though was the disagreement that we had a couple of nights ago. We rarely argue, but this time it really was a doozy.

Frans refuses to engage in a fight. When he senses that things are heading in that direction, he just walks away. He will not get into it. When he does this, my already angry state just blows up – it REALLY irritates me. I know however, that trying to pursue the matter will lead to a place that I never want to go.

So, he walked out of the room and I turned away and wrapped myself up in my duvet, crying my eyes out.

Now, there’s nothing wrong with a disagreement – we’re all bound to have them just because we’re different and have opposing views on things. It’s natural. The difference is how you deal with it!

Long ago, we decided that we would do whatever it took to keep the peace in our marriage. We do this in three ways:

  1. We know how difficult it can be to say ‘sorry’. So we’ve agreed on a sign that substitutes for actually saying the words, but still conveys the feeling. Once either one of us gives the other one a soft punch on the arm, it’s the sign that we’re sorry and that the argument is now over. We’ve agreed that whenever either one of us does this, we’ll make peace and not bring up the argument again.
  2. We have made a pact that we will NEVER let an argument last overnight – it has to be settled before we go to sleep.
  3. It makes no difference which one of us makes the peace, as long as it’s made. It’s not about being ‘right’, it’s about being kind and keeping the peace.

Believe me that this is not easy to do when I’m angry. But, you know what, making the decision before the event, somehow makes it easier to stick to it when the chips are down.

So, I lay there steaming for a while and realised that an amazing thing has happened over the years. Because of the decision to never let an argument last overnight, my ability to stay angry and offended has shortened substantially and believe me, I’ve had a great deal of practice :-)!!!!!

As the emotion subsided I decided that I would go and make the peace.  It doesn’t have to be something I ‘feel’ like doing, now it’s about making a decision to make peace, so that our marriage can be safe.

I’m so grateful that we’ve learned this lesson during our marriage. It’s been a lifesaver more than once.

Have you got a tip that helps your relationships stay good? Please share with us if you do. 🙂

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Lisa