Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Walking Around My Yard For Some Encouragement

"Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy-laden {and} overburdened, and I will cause you to rest. [I will ease and relieve and refresh your souls.]" ... Matthew 11:28

“This day will never come again and anyone who fails to eat and drink and taste and smell it will never have it offered to him again in all eternity. The sun will never shine as it does today...But you must play your part and sing a song, one of your best. ” 
― Hermann Hesse

“Excellence! We all want it from others and we should want it from ourselves.” 
― Glenn C. Stewart

“Cultivate an optimistic mind, use your imagination, always consider alternatives, and dare to believe that you can make possible what others think is impossible.” 
― Rodolfo Costa

“We can't be afraid of change. You may feel very secure in the pond that you are in, but if you never venture out of it, you will never know that there is such a thing as an ocean, a sea. Holding onto something that is good for you now, may be the very reason why you don't have something better.” 
― C. JoyBell C.

“You can do anything you want to do, if you want to do it bad enough.” 
― Tim Carter 


And here's another delightful woman I came to know only through her obituary in my old CA hometown newspaper online. Here are some cute highlights:

On May 3, 2016, our beloved Katy Kennedy died peacefully and joined the party in heaven already taking place with the Kennedy family...

Katy attended Quincy Junior/Senior High School and her lifelong friend and sister-in-law Starra Kennedy loves to tell about her first day as a new student as she was met by Katy in her pink cashmere sweater to show her around school. Katy Mrosla graduated Quincy High with the class of 1964.

Pink was Katy's signature color and highlighted in her wedding to David Ray Kennedy on June 21, 1964.

As most Kennedy stories become enhanced over time, some legendary stories of Aunt Katy are true – she did drive her car off of a steep part of the Feather River Canyon with her mom and she did light the mountain above Silver Creek on fire in an attempt to send out a rescue signal. But mostly Katy will be remembered for her iconic fashion. Her signature pieces not only included all things pink but also bold dangling earrings, bedazzled sandals, white pedal pushers, perfectly teased hair and of course that frosted lipstick.

As per Katy's wishes there will be no service or donations. She asks instead that you hug your children, grandchildren and friends and tell them you love them because time is too short and waits for no one.



Betsy said...

Quite the obituary. I like it much better than the ones filled with "just the facts and only the facts." You can actually almost picture this Katy. I think I am one of those who, the older I become, am content to stay in a small space rather than the entire world. I used to think nothing of jumping on a plane to Japan, Hawaii or England. Now? I just want to stay within about 50 miles of home. And I'm only 56! It's been a rough year.

Terra Hangen said...

Katy sounds like a fun person and the obituary was more interesting than just the dry facts.

Debbie V. said...

I enjoyed the quotes you posted, especially the Herman Hesse. Life is fleeting.
As a genealogist, I've enjoyed reading obituaries for some time now, even the cut and dry ones. For a while, you did not see them for the people who died in big cities as the newspapers charged so much to publish them. Now funeral homes post them on websites which is handy. They are little mini-biographies.

Robin in New Jersey said...

Ladies, If you liked that obituary, you would all like reading Heather Lende's book, "If You Lived Here I'd Know Your Name." Heather is an obituary writer in Haines, Alaska. She also has a blog where she will write about her small town.

Lovely pictures, Debra!

Debra said...

Thanks, Everyone! I'm glad you all enjoy these obituaries from my old hometown newspaper. I love the colorful ones the best. :) They truly are better than the 'just the facts' type still in some newspapers today.

Thanks for commenting! Blessings, Debra