Iowa Lady Loves The Ocean

Iowa Lady Loves The Ocean

Sunday, July 31, 2005

"Beach Girls" Summer Series on Lifetime TV

The new summer mini series on lifetime started tonight. It is based on the book of the same name by Luanne Rice. I went to to find more info on the series. I was surprised to find that Luanne Rice has her own blog. Check it out @ I truly love her books. I am reading her most recent one "Summer's Child". I haven't read "Beach Girls". I will still read it after the series is over. I would love to hear anyone else's thoughts or feeings on this author's books and the series.

Tonight the first episode was good. I don't want to wait until next Sunday for more.

Ciao for now
- Diva

You Are ....

You Are….

You are strong…
when you take your grief and teach it to smile.
You are brave…
when you overcome your fear and help others
to do the same.

You are happy…
when you see a flower and are thankful
for the blessing.

You are loving…
when your own pain does not blind you to the
pain of others.

You are wise…
when you know the limits of your wisdom.

You are true…
when you admit there are times you
fool yourself.

You are alive…
when tomorrow’s hope means more to you than
yesterday’s mistake.

You are growing…
when you know what you are but not what you
will become.

You are free…
when you are in control of yourself and do not wish
to control others.

You are honorable…
when you find your honor is to honor others.

You are generous…
when you can take as sweetly as you can give.

You are humble…
when you do not know how humble you are.

You are thoughtful…
when you see me just as I am and treat me
just as you are.

You are merciful…
when you forgive in others the faults you condemn
in yourself.

You are beautiful…
when you don’t need a mirror to tell you.

You are rich…
when you never need more than what you have.

You are you…
when you are at peace with who you are not.

Saturday, July 30, 2005

"Must Love Dogs" - Lunch- Movies to Come

I am back after seeing the movie and doing lunch with my friend. The movie was great. Lots of funny parts. It portrays the world of online dating well. And relationship confusion. Lesson learned: Just be real and honest at all times. If the other person can't handle that then he/she is not the right person for you. Some people just aren't meant to be in relationship. So they can't be happy or find what they want in just ONE person. And if you can't handle that then move along. Diane Lane was great in her part. Elizabeth Perkins was funny as her sister. And Christopher Plummer was priceless as her father. I recommend this movie for a good comedy.

Previews for new movies to come. "RENT" I cannot wait for this to get here. It looks so good. And a new one with Orlando Bloom " Elizabethtown ". It looks good. If I see it, it will be the first movie I have seen him in that is modern day. I am up for it. He is a cutie.

We went to a Mexican restaurant for lunch. I thought about a margarita but settled for a diet soda. To early for a drink. Food was good. I brought over half of it home. It was a good afternoon. Now I need to concentrate on some housework.

Ciao for now
- Diva'

It's very early Saturday morning. I am wide awake. I just fell asleep about 3 hours ago. What's up with that. I have no place to be at this hour. And I certainly don't feel like doing anything. I have the TV on for noise. (why?) Not sure. The cats are of course content they have been feed and received their morning treats. They now have retreated to their favorite places. Two sitting in windows, and two sitting in chairs sleeping. If I was to decide to lay back down they would all come running to be with me. Oh the love.

I have a pot of coffee brewing. The newspaper waiting. And eggs or French toast waiting for breakfast. The Soap channel is on. Catching up with the weekly dirt. Oh what a Life. I would much rather be heading for the beach. Just in time for sunrise and shell searching. Sand between my toes and warm ocean water splashing on my feet when I wish. Now that is the life I want. I checked my favorite web cam. It's still broken. It got wet the other day and it seems to be stuck on that day's image. That's sucks. I am going to email the resort and tell them I need my web cam fix. They probably don't know it's not working.

I am going to the movies today with a friend and co worker. We are seeing "Must Love Dogs". It looks like it's not getting good reviews. I don't always trust the reviews on yahoo. The trailer looks good. I have been watching the new show on abc "Hooking Up". It's based on these same women and their experience with internet dating. Some weeks I think it's kind of far fetched. Or maybe I am just not living in reality. Being out of the dating scene for awhile. And I have never really gotten into the internet dating thing. I have a few adds still out there. But don't even check the email. In the past it has been a waste of time. Maybe I am just not aggressive enough.

One summer show I could give good reviews for "Brat Camp". It is an excellent show. The raw emotion of the kids gets to me every week. I don't like that they named it Brat Camp. But it is an excellent show. I would love to see a happy ending for all of the kids. I will stay tuned.

Coffee is done. I am off here to eat something and read the paper. I will post more later no doubt.

Ciao for now.
- Diva

Friday, July 29, 2005

A Lot of Things Different - One of my favorite Kenny Songs

A Lot of Things Different

-sung by Kenny Chesney

-Lyrics by Bill Anderson

I’da spent a lot more time in the pouring rain
without an umbrella covering my head,
And I’da stood up to that bully when he pushed

and called me names, but I was afraid,
And I’da gone on and saw Elvis the night he came to town,
but Mama said I couldn’t,
And I’da went skinny dippin’ with Jenny Carson
that time she dared me to, but I didn’t,
Oh, I’da done a lot of things different …

I wish I’d spent more time with my Dad when he was alive,
now I don’t have the chance,
And I wish I had told my brother how much I loved him
before he went off to war, but I just shook his hand,
And I wish I’d gone to church on Sunday morning
when my Grandma begged me to, but I was afraid of God.
I wish I’d listened when they said,

“Boy you’re gonna wish you hadn’t,”
but I wouldn’t.

Oh, I’da done a lot of things different.
People say they wouldn’t change a thing even if they could,

but I would.

There was this red dress she wanted one time so bad she could taste it and
I shoulda bought it, but I didn’t,
She wanted to paint our bedroom yellow and trim it in blues and greens,

but I wouldn’t let her — wouldn’t have hurt nothin’.
She loved to held and kissed and touched, but I didn’t do it –
not nearly enough,
And if I’d known that dance was going to be our last dance,
I’d have asked that band to play on and on … on and on.

Oh, I’da done a lot of things different.
People say they wouldn’t change a thing even if they could,

But I would. I’da done lot of things different …
I think we’d all do a lot of things different.

I am back. It's been awhile since I started this blog. I just kind of let it fall by the wayside. But I am here now and I hope to pick up where I left off and post on a more regular basis. I need a place to vent and share my thoughts and feelings. I have lots of inspirational things to share. And photos. I enjoy journaling. And also enjoy reading other blogs or journals. I hope to get this dressed up to my liking and I also hope to get some visitors here. But if I don't I will still be happy because it's my place and I can say or do whatever I want here.

Life can be pretty boring here in the HOT Midwest. I am surviving. I did get to take a vacation. I went back to the beach. The place I love. Had a great time. Kicked back and just enjoyed it. I traveled with a very good friend. And that made a big difference this year. She was a blast. We always said we would travel to Florida. And we did. And we are aching to get back there again. SOON!! We made a lot of memories I will never forget. And I hope we can make many more in a few months. She lives in another state so we don't see each other very often. It sucks. We have made due in the past. But after the trip I find myself needing contact everyday. She is like a sister to me. So we are planning another trip for December or January. Hopefully we can both survive until then. We have daily therapy via phone and email. Life is grand when you have a friend like her.

Ciao for now.