Today is Day is Day 18 of Blogmas which means tomorrow at 11:30 PM Eastern Time, I will turn 50. Am I excited? you bet I am. I’m sure some of you thought I might be depressed. I’m not, I’m excited.
I have been on a personal countdown for more than a month. Having a birthday is fun and for those of you who hate birthdays well a birthday is just a number. In fact, a friend who I used to work with always told me starting at 50 she considered it years young not old plus she took her age and subtracted 1 year each time she had a birthday. Interesting isn’t it?
I may be turning 50 tomorrow but I’m celebrating all month. I wrote a previous post about the Birthday party and you can find it by going to An Invitation To My Month-Long Birthday Party.
🎆🎆🎉🎉🎁🎁🎁🎁HOPE TO SEE YOU ALL AT MY 50TH BIRTHDAY PARTY THIS MONTH.🎆🎆🎉🎉🎁🎁🎁🎁
I ALSO CAN BE FOUND AT CRYSTAL’S PHOTO-BLOGGING SITE.
I CAN BE FOUND AT BLOGLOVIN’ AT CRYSTAL’S PHOTO-BLOGGING SITE(BLOGLOVIN’)
I CAN BE FOUND AT BLOGLOVIN’ AT WELCOME TO CRYSTAL’S SITE(ORIGINALLY COUNTRY LIVING)-BLOGLOVIN’
Hello and welcome Everyone,
I’m the owner and administrator of WELCOME TO CRYSTAL’S SITE(ORIGINALLY COUNTRY LIVING) and CRYSTAL’S PHOTO-BLOGGING SITE . It’ll be my birthday next month and I’m planning to party all month. Why not-Right? I’d like to invite you all to my month-long birthday party. It starts December 1st and goes through December 31st.
You see this year I have reached another milestone in my life. I’m a half of a century old. That’s right, I’m 50 years old. I hope you all come over to both of my blogs to celebrate my birthday. I figure so what. Why? because I look at it this way 50 is only 14 in scrabble, 50 is 18 with 32 years experience and 50 is like 8 years in cat years.
I have to tell you all that for years I’ve been telling my family and everyone that mentions that I’m middle-aged that I’m not middle-aged to I’m 50. They laugh and call me the queen of denial. It’s just I don’t feel old or middle-aged and until I do, I won’t be middle-aged. 50 is just a number to me and I embrace every year as they come. I just feel fortunate to be celebrating another year and this year I want to celebrate my birthday with my blogging friends.
I not only hope to see all of you at WELCOME TO CRYSTAL’S SITE(ORIGINALLY COUNTRY LIVING) but hope to see you at CRYSTAL’S PHOTO-BLOGGING SITE too.
It would mean a lot to me if you stopped by one of my sites for my birthday party.
🎈🎆🎈Thank You All In Advance for coming to my month-long birthday party.🎈🎆🎈
🎈🎈🎈I HOPE TO SEE EVERYONE AT MY MONTH – LONG BIRTHDAY PARTY.🎈🎈🎈
They are great when you are a child but as
Soon as you become an adult, you don’t want to
Celebrate anymore. Why do we worry about
Birthdays when they’re here and gone like the
Breeze that whisks over the ocean. So
Instead of worrying about how many
Birthdays we have, let us reflect back on the
Memories we’ve made over the years and
Just enjoy your birthday and think to
Yourself, now how many years young am I?
Poem By: Crystal Stewart(2017)
There is an expression that we have heard of and it is “Every cloud has a silver lining.” The meaning and origin of this phrase is as follows:
“Every bad situation has some good aspect to it. “This proverb is usually said as an encouragement to a person who is overcome by some difficulty and is unable to see any positive way forward.”
“John Milton coined the phrase ‘silver lining’ in Comus: A Mask Presented at Ludlow Castle, 1634”
“I see ye visibly, and now believe
That he, The Supreme Good, to whom all things
Are but as slavish officers of vengeance
Would send a glistering guardian, if need were
To keep my life and honour unassailed
Was I deceived, or did a sable cloud
Turn forth her silver lining on the night?
I did not err; there does a sable cloud
Turn forth her silver lining on the night,
And casts a gleam over this tufted grove.”
“‘Clouds and ‘silver linings’ were referred to often in literature from then onward,usually citing Milton and frequently referring to them as Milton’s clouds. It isn’t until the days of the uplifting language of Victoria’s England that we begin to hear the proverbial form that we are now familiar with-‘every cloud has a silver lining’. The first occurrence that is unequivocally expressing that notion comes in The Dublin Magazine, Volume 1, 1840, in a review of the novel review Marian; or, a Young Maid’s Fortunes, by Mrs. S. Hall, which was published in 1840:
As Katty Macane has it, “there’s a silver lining to every cloud that sails about the heavens if we could only see it.”
‘There’s a silver lining to every cloud’ was the form that the proverb was usually expressed in the Victorian era. The currently used ‘every cloud has a silver lining’ did appear, in another literary review, in 1849. The New monthly belle assembl`ee, Volume 31 include what purported to be a quotation from Mrs Hall’s book – “Every cloud has a silver lining”, but which didn’t in fact appear in Marian, which merely reproduced Milton’s original text.”
In my opinion, this saying is true. You see there really is a silver lining to every cloud and a lot of times we might not see the silver lining right away but for every cloud there will be a silver lining. Some examples of this saying are as follows:
Someone tells we can’t accomplish something
We might not accomplish what we want to do right away but the silver lining here it will be accomplished in the future.
We suffer the loss of a loved one and/or friend
It’s hard to find a silver lining here but there is one. It will take some time before we see it but the silver lining will eventually show up.
If you ever been unemployed then you know it’s no fun. The silver lining here is you will get another job, retire or better yet start your own business.
It’s hard to see the silver lining here especially if you’ve been single for quite some time. Remember the silver lining might be you find the right person and get married or you just stay single.
When a situation comes up in our lifetime, we shouldn’t think a bad situation is bad but think of it as a good thing because really if we think about it they’re stepping-stones to our destination. These stepping-stones that we may consider roadblocks make us stop and ask ourselves is this what we really want? Of course, this is a question that can have many answers and that’s because everyone has to answer this question every time a situation comes up.
You may be going through a situation that’s making you take a step back and ask is this what I really want? If you aren’t asking this question, then you either have already answered this question or your situation that caught you off guard is a good situation. Sometimes good situations do catch us off guard and make us ask the same question.
My hope for everyone is that you will have more good situations than bad situations. I want everyone to try to smile when you have both good and bad situations. I know it’ll be hard to smile through bad situations but if you do, you’ll find it’ll make it easier to get through your bad situation. It’s usually pretty easy to smile when you’re in a good situation but when you’re in a bad situation it’s not as easy.
Smiling through all situations that come our way will not only make us feel better and put us in a better mood. Smiling also makes other people want to be around us more.
In my opinion when you smile, I think you will find that people treat you better than when you aren’t smiling. So smile through both good and bad situations and you’ll go far. How far is up to you. If you smile through the bad then hopefully your reward will be that you have more good situations than bad situations. Also in my experience, I have found a smile will change your attitude from bad to good. Even when you’re in a really bad mood and/or just plain having a terrible day you may be asking? Especially smile when you’re in a terrible mood and/or just having a terrible day because it will not only change your attitude but people will notice the change in you.
Let me share a tip about smiling and that tip is even if you have to put a fake smile on your face to change people’s attitude toward you, you will find even a fake smile will help your attitude. How do I Know? I’ve put a fake smile on my face many times and it actually did change my attitude and how other people viewed me. What happened when I smiled? It was contagious and made people ask why are you smiling?
Remember, Smiling is contagious and does have benefits. If you would like to learn more about smiling and the benefits you can go to THERE’S A SILVER LINING TO EVERY CLOUD AND HOW A SMILE AFFECTS YOU AND OTHERS. This link provides several links you can learn about why you should smile and the benefits a smile provides.
🙂🙂Do me a favor, Smile no matter what and you will be rewarded.🙂🙂
The above pictures are examples of smiling through good situations.
The pictures below are examples of smiling through bad situations.
*The Links In The Above Blog Are From Google*
What does family mean to me? I think this is a question we all ask ourselves several times in our lives. I ask myself this question everyday and come up with a different answer each day. I am just thankful that I have a family that is loving and supportive. Above are some pictures of family and yes some of those pictures will have pets in them because in our family our pets are part of the family. I hope you enjoy the pictures. You will notice I put in a picture of a ring and that is because my brother-in-law and his two girls went to a Steelers Game against Philadelphia Eagles and the guy who was working at the game felt sorry for my niece so he showed her his Superbowl ring and let her try it on. Cool Huh!?
The above pictures are as follows from left to right: 1. Picture of my cat, Daisy Mae sleeping on her “throne”, 2. this picture is of my youngest sister opening one of her birthday gifts, 3. the picture under picture 2 is of my niece, Emily opening her birthday gift and beside her is her boyfriend, Nick. Emily’s birthday is just 1 day after her mother’s birthday. 4. This picture is of my mom bringing in the birthday cake to Emily and her mother. 5. This picture is Emily and her mother, 6. This picture is of another niece, Alyssa with her grandfather showing off their shirts. Alyssa has the same birthday as her grandfather. 7. This is at the farm show. Shown in the picture is my nephew, Dylan who is holding a rabbit, in the center is my cousin Jeff and my youngest sister who is holding a rabbit. 8. In this picture is my niece, Kaitlin getting ready to graduate high school. 9. In this picture is Kaitlin with her sister, Allison. 10. In this picture is Kaitlin in the front and center and behind her is her dad, mom and older sister, Allison. 11. In this picture Kaitlin is telling us where she’s going to college. She went to the Pitt-Bradford campus. 12. Here Kaitlin is holding her dog, Max. 13.-14-15. In these three pictures, you have a group of graduates that are excited to be starting their next chapter in their lives. 16. Under picture 12 is Kaitlin walking across the stage to get her high school diploma 17. This is of Kaitlin who is a Steelers fan between her older sister and her dad. If you haven’t figured it out yet from the picture Allison and her dad are Philadelphia Eagles fan. 18. Below picture 17 is a picture of my niece Alyssa my nephew Dylan and another niece Emily. 19. In this picture, Emily is getting an award from one of her professors at Slippery Rock University. 20. In this picture is Allison with her boyfriend Zack. 21-22-23. These pictures are of a Superbowl ring. Kaitlin got to try this ring on. 24-25. These pictures are of a bear that came to our campsite. 26. This picture is of a deer and some raccoons. 27. This picture is of raccoons. 28-29. These pictures are of deer and raccoons. 30. This is a picture of a raccoon. 31. Another picture of deer and a raccoon. 32-33-34-35-36. In these pictures, it shows the male turkey showing off for the female turkey. The above picture is of Kaitlin with Robbin Roberts. This was a picture I just had to add.
I have 4 beautiful nieces and 1 handsome nephew. From oldest to youngest and their names are: Emily, Allison, Kaitlin, Alyssa and Dylan.
My faith gets me through each day and helps me overcome a lot in the situations that may come my way.
As you can see, Family means a lot to me and so do my pets. Also, the animals we outside and around our place mean a lot to my family and I too. You see, we feed these animals just like we feed our pets. Even though these outdoor animals aren’t our pets, they come around for food and water.
In the above picture is my brother-in-law, holding an owl.