As you can see, I’m late for my “Fri-Yay What the Hey” post today and the direction has changed a little bit. It’s gotten long to warn you but I had to regroup. Isn’t that what life’s about? Sometimes I just wish it was predictable but not today and it would take the surprise and fun out of it. Let’s just say it keeps us on our toes. It’s been a busy week with lots of events and fun starting with my daughter flying in from New York with her boyfriend to celebrate a childhood friends wedding. I told her with Covid outbreaks to stay home but this is one of her best friends from growing up and our families are all friends so she couldn’t pass it up after they already cancelled it the year before.
We’re always thrilled to have everyone under one roof and I’ve given up on any form of order, so our house is turned upside down when they arrive in seconds. We’ve learned to go with the flow as busy bees buzz around, night owls are up til all hours playing games, watching movies and just hanging out. Everyone pitches in shopping, cooking and cleaning which is awesome and can get cleaned up on a dime to move into the next event which is generally just my mom stopping in. We’re like a well oiled machine but I’d prefer a robot to run around after them so I could keep a clean house which gives me a sense of order; but at least I know that they are self sufficient grown adults that can work together and take care of themselves. And besides, if I started complaining, that would be a sure formula that they would never come home to visit. I always remember it will be quiet soon enough when they leave, so I better not miss the fun. Have you ever noticed, it’s all or nothing in life?
Ok, but I bet you’re here because you’re waiting for the SURPRISE that I mentioned I would share with you today right?
Well that and my wedding dress…. hahahaha❣️
Surprises remind me of a secret. The Secret by Rhonda Byrne was a best seller that flew off the shelves. It explains how the law of attraction, which states that positive energy attracts positive things into your life, governs your thinking and actions, and how you can use the power of positive thinking to achieve anything you can imagine. When I read it I was like “that’s no secret” because it was such common knowledge to me so I truly couldn’t figure out what all of the hype was about. However, to others it was an epiphany.
Like all surprises, secrets are unknown which peek your curiosity. Some of the excitement is truly about the build up and hype and then when you finally find out, it’s exciting for a minute and then you’re off looking for something else to draw your attention, fill the gap and distract you or gives you something to romanticize about. That’s kind of what the appeal for soap operas or movies are or a good book. Before it’s shared there is so much anticipation and that is what makes it all the more intriguing.
The night before the wedding we went to dinner outdoors at the best spot in town where our friends brother and sister in law are one of the owners at Rossotti’s Alpine Inn and they pulled out all the stops to create an incredible experience in food, music and toasts etc. Terrific job Deek and Lori❣️ It was all outdoors and a perfect night with a LOT of people. Everyone had to be vaccinated to attend and masking was optional but not for me. Being that I see clients hands on I masked and kept my distance. I’ve found that easy until I was with a group of friends that I know. Hearing is hard in groups to begin with and this was no exception and how do you have a cocktail or eat an appetizer on with a mask? You don’t.
I am generally quite comfortable in my own skin no matter where I am. There have been times when I haven’t been which is a whole other story but that’s too long to go into here. All of a sudden I felt a bit clammy, claustrophobic and my sudden instinct was to flee. I told my husband I would be going and not to hug anyone. He gave me the stink eye. It truly gave me appreciation for people who suffer daily from feeling different than others, isolated, suffer from anxiety, fear, claustrophobia etc. We have been masking forever but to be the the only in a mask separated me out and I had a hard time owning being different even though everyone else could care less whether I was or I wasn’t, just me. I’m generally a hugger but now a bower. It’s tough on other people around us when we change as well because they are used to how we’ve always been before and everyone has to adapt. How often do we give up our own standards because we can’t handle feeling the uncomfortableness of our feelings? It’s truly a good exploration process in being true to ourselves. I decided I either needed to leave or make peace with it and in that moment a friend made a funny comment which diffused things for me. I took off my mask and just stayed clear of people and was so happy I didn’t miss any of the great speeches.
So back to the surprise…. when secrets are being kept, tensions get high, fights break out like my daughter and I experienced, you’re feeling on edge, riled up, excited but trying to act normal and now you don’t even know what normal feels like.
But first I did tell you I would share the dress I wore to the wedding with you. I went with the coolest dress I could find since it was pretty hot out. The wedding was everything you would hope for in a wedding. It was meaningful, the vows were so touching and tender, the day couldn’t have been more perfect with a great location, music, company and food. The bride was STUNNING and the GROOM so handsome and they’re as nice as they are beautiful. We are so lucky to live in a small community with such loving and supportive friends.
My son showed up to the after party at 1:30 a.m. (who does this?) to see his 2 best friends who were brothers of the bride above and we got home at 2:30 a.m. I was in meditation in child’s position in my dress on the floor snoring. The morning came early with more to plan and do which I found out without much warning so we moved into gear and rallied for yet another event which I planned to share with you today but as we all know …………………………………………………………………………………………
I thought the cat would be out of the bag by now but it’s not my secret to share………..
Sorry to get you going there but how do you think I felt?❣️🤣
Have a great weekend what ever you do. Now I am truly going to collapse into the weekend and be a couch potato and promise I’ll share the news when I’m granted permission.
💜 “SomeTimes I Wish it Would ALL SLOW DOWN…” ~ ‘Rainy Day’, Coldplay
Oh so true!!! 💖
That was a “Long Road to Nowhere”: https://youtu.be/McFmJ0fi7IE. Or perhaps “The Long And Winding Road”: https://youtu.be/rDEBJpavCjc to be continued…. Or maybe a Surprised by no surprise by the Queen of the road: https://youtu.be/5_buG8KIakY? Whichever the song might be, seeing the photos of all the beautiful, handsome and happy looking people was worth the long read. Rossotti’s Alpine Inn looks like a really fun place. Congratulations to the stunning bride and handsome groom.
Oh Timothy, I always love your take on songs!!! Any one of those work well. I’ve gotta go look that Queen on the road up. Thanks for taking the time to read about the happy couple and Yes, the restaurant is a 10!!!💖💖💖 Awww thanks for the wishes.. they will love that💖💖
Happy weekending Curt💖❣️
That’s the great share of joy n best moments with such a stunning photos. I am very much glad to reand about your happy moments Joyous read it was my Queen. My eyes are drozing off, see ya tomorrow. Happy weekend n take care 😇❤🤗🙏🙏🙏
Oh so glad you enjoyed it Suma my dear princess. You need your beauty sleep or your little princess will be waking you up before you know it. Thanks so much and sleep well dear Suma!💖💖❤️❤️🤗
Yo my Queen, thank you for your kind words. Always my pleasure to be with your thoughts 🥰❤🙏🤗🤗
You’re a gem💖💖
great Fri Yay and fantastic pix of a magical weekend.
Awwww thanks so much Rhonda and so happy to see you hear and happy Fri Yay to you as well!!! And you were looking marvelous dahling. You damn well don’t age. What Is Your Secret?❣️❣️🌷
Great story! I am glad you were able to find the wherewithall to do what needed to be done and have a great time with you family and friends. Sounds like a great wedding. Prop up your feet and rest this weekend.
Thanks a lot Dwight. It really was a great time!!!!! Loved every minute of it. And that’s exactly what I’m going to do!💖💖💖 Have a great weekend yourself❣️❣️🌷
Looks like all had a great time at the wedding. I’m staying tuned for the secret. Have a great weekend! 😄
Really great time John and you are very kind… thanks my friend and have a good weekend❣️
Ha! Alright news forthcoming. Pics are beautiful! Love them. Have a restful weekend, my dear friend. 🥰❤️🥰❤️
I bet the suspense is killing you.. 🤣🤣🤣. Glad you like the pics and you have a great weekend as well💖❣️❣️❣️❣️
Hahaha. 🤣🤣 Indeed! 😉Thank you. 🥰❤️🥰❤️
💖💖💖🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣 big hugs and always 🤣🤣🤣🤣
Happy Fri-yayy, Cindy. Sounds like you had an active and fun week. Great pictures. I am so curious towards the secret. Love surprises. Have a wonderful weekend , my friend.❤️
Thanks Grace. It was a blast and yes active alright. Glad you liked the pictures and can’t wait to share it with my dear. 💖💖💖
Truly a pleasure.💕
Colourful and happy pictures are the energy to start the weekend.❣️❣️ Good to see you all dear Cindy. Hope you had fantastic fun time. Oh the secret…. Please let us know!
Thanks so much Preeths. It was so much fun and thanks so much my friend. I sure will. Have a great weekend 💖💖
You look amazing – the dress was perfect!! Everyone looked great and happy!
I have a couple of guesses to what the secret is…
Blessings to you and your beautiful and fun family! ♥♥
Thanks Ana Star and that was your vote… it was a ball… !!💖❣️ I bet you do❣️ you will enjoy it. Have a wonderful day my friend.. xo 💖❣️
You had good time!
Aww that sounds like a beautiful day!!! Indeed, it may be hard to adapt with changing circumstances. Amazing pics! You certainly have a great aura 😉 “A woman’s heart is a deep ocean of secrets.” One of the best quotes in the film Titanic!
It was sooooo beautiful for sure. You’re so right about change Sashana. Glad you liked the picture and oh how sweet to notice my aura! It really is a great quote. Hope you are doing well!! xo 💖💖
Nice to know about your happy moment.Right now ,I am reading the book “Secret” and “Power of subconscious mind”.Both focuses on ” law of attraction” in our life.Have a great weekend Cindy 💐💐💐💐✌
Oh great.. can’t wait to hear what you think. Of course both are great books and I think it depends on where you are on your path as to how much they impact you or not.
Thanks and you have a great one as well❣️❣️
I’m glad that you’re having a great time with your family. Beautiful photos. I’m glad that the wedding ceremony went well. Hope you have a great weekend. Feeling really curious about your secret!
Oh thanks sooo much Shweta for the kind wishes. It really was a great time with lots of fun and glad you enjoyed the pictures. Oooh I can’t wait to share💖
You are welcome ❤🤗😊
Looking forward to that!
A very engaging post, Cindy. What a laidback venue! Lovely photos, and everyone seems to be having a great time! Thank you for sharing the fun!
Thanks a lot Cheryl!
It was very laid back for sure and fun was had by all. Glad you liked the pictures my friend and thanks for reading and appreciating. 💖💖💖💖
Collapsing sounds like a great option Cindy! I’m off to climb another mountain 😅 love your wedding outfit and I’m pleased you’ve had a wonderful catch-up with family…intrigued to know your secret! ❤️
Well, you’ll be ready to collapse when you get back I expect!💖🤣 Hope you have a great hike. Thanks soooo much … it was comfortable and I liked it too. Really fun to see everyone. Hopeful sharing soon💖 You’re a good friend.🌷🌷
Everyone at the wedding looks amazing and I absolutely love your dress!!
I know they really do!! Oh thanks a lot Pooja. I’m glad I stepped out of my box in brown.. nothing ventured nothing gained. 💖
Such A Lovely Garden Party in the Rural
Area of What Seems to Be the West
And True ‘The Secret’ No Secret At
All As Even Science Shows in Terms
of Placebo and Nocebo
The Power of Belief in
Both Faith in Hope And Love
And Faith in Fear And Hate Now
With These Deep Emotions, Feelings,
And Synergies of Senses Thereof From Head
to Toe And More Bring Action And Consequence
May Be As Amazing
As Remission of Disease
Or Sadly Believing in Conspiracy
Theories As So Many Folks Do in my
Small Northwest Florida Rural Town Now
Morbidly Sending Children to School Unmasked
Now In a Most Deadly Delta Variant of A Pandemic
Yes Affecting Children Yet While the Governor of Our
States Makes Mandates For Schools Now Not to Be Able
To Protect Children and Adults Same with Yes Proper Mask
Mitigations and School Just Starting On Tuesday And Yes
There are Already 88 Positive COVID-19 Child Infections
And 200 Children Out For Exposure as Well As They Are
Keeping Staff Infections Secret and Out of View for
Public Review in the Sunshine of Doing
County Run Schools.. SMiLes Dear
Cindy Glad You’ve Found Your
Balance of Reason
of Good Systemizing
Science And the Art of Belief
Of Faith in Hope and Love That
Brings All Bountiful Blessings And
Blissings to All Concerned Best Wishes
Currently awaiting Tropical Storm Fred’s
Aim Directly At Where we Live So Far With SMiLes
We’ve Weathered Much Much Worse Storms Indeed Nothing
Much Compares to my Wife’s Namesake Hurricane Katrina
Yet No Big Issues
With Earth Quakes
And Fires Here Yet
As We Are Having
A Rather Very
Monsoons Season So Far hehe..:)
It truly was beautiful thanks!
Well, not to me or you but life changing for many so it had a powerful impact.
Oh Covid doesn’t get tired like we do. ‘It is sad to hear about the kids for sure.
I hope that the hurricane isn’t hard on you.
We have have fires starting up which is so sad!
Thanks for the smiles and kind check in.
Take good care❣️
Thanks So Much Cindy
The Garden Party
Does Seem So
Out Some Yet
Behind May Bring
Big Winds Sorry
Fires in The
You’re so welcome Fred..
It was and nice to relax today.
Oh glad you are at the end of that.
Oh my I hope you will be ok.
Hopefully, the fires will calme down.
Thanks and you stay blessed as well💖💖💖
Overall Our Hurricanes
Really Are Nothing
Of All Devastating
Fires in the
Good to hear!!
Thanks for the update!
And love too!💕
Looking stunning Cindy, loved you in that dress 😍 And you have such a beautiful family ❣ I was reading every word carefully wondering what the secret might be. You got me 😅
Awww thanks so much Daphny!!! You are truly so kind. oh good… can’t wait to share it with you! 💖💖💖
You’re most welcome Cindy ❤️ I’ll be waiting for it eagerly 😁
oh meeeeee toooo hahahaha💖
You look beautiful Cindy! The pictures and enjoyment🤩🤩
Oh thanks so much Nawaz and glad you enjoyed the pictures. Hope your first week of school wasn’t too rough on you! 💖💖
Hahaha! So far so good
oh Good to hear❣️❣️
What a charming wedding, so serene and everyone there attending wholeheartedly 🙂
Congratulations to the young couple and a life filled with many blessings 🙂
Such a great choice fora dress, Cindy. And not because it was the coolest 🙂 Yo all look dashing, especially the tiny guy with a might look, he s a-do-r-able!
Love how you “meditate” 🙂
It really was beautiful and serene and then so much fun as well. You are very kind for the kind wishes to the amazing couple.
Oh thanks and I think that was your vote as well. awww thank you so much you’re so right,, he is just adorable!!
Meditation in sitting, or tai chi, qui gong or yoga are my saving grace!
Do you meditate Patricia?
Love the pics auntie!
Thanks a bunch Akshita!!! 💖💖
The Greatest Secret changed my life in so many ways. Was a blessing when I discovered it! 🙏🏼
That’s such a great acknowledgment of her book and I think with so many people. How awesome is that!❣️❣️❣️ I love that a book has the power to reach across the table and reach us where we are to effect change. Thanks for sharing that Nancy. 💖
I highly recommend the audio book to listen while doing chores or going for a walk. As much as I love to write, the minute I open a book I fall asleep! Ironic, isn’t it? Thank goodness for audio books! 🎧
Such a great idea and I totally know the feeling!!!! 🤣🙌👍🏼
A captivating post, Cindy. Really glad that you enjoyed the day. Cool pics indeed. Have a great weekend 🎉💐
💖 K.K. 💖 I’m so glad you enjoyed the pictures and I appreciate your kind wishes💖💖❣️🙏🙏
Cindy, what a cool wedding (at least not the temperature). It looks like it was fun. I also love you banners on keeping secrets. Take care and stay cool. Keith
Thanks sooo much Keith and it actually was cool compared to how hot it can be. Ohhhh good ..glad you liked and and now we shall have to see when I can talk.. Hahaha. You have a great weekend my friend. 💖
Some lovely photos of a fantastic day. Sadly, the video wasn’t available, but I’m sure it was good 😉
Oh thanks soooo much. Wow! It worked in preview and I even had to convert it to a allowable format which was easy once I got it by took time.. ugh.. thanks for letting me know. 💖💖
Ok. I doubt I’m the first to say this, but you are SUCH a tease, Cindy❣️
lol… 🤣 reminded me of your secret!🤣🤣🤣💖
heheheh… that’s fair <3
Looks like such a fun time beautiful pictures.
Love your dress , great color on you You look amazing. Good you are flexible and don’t fret about having to make a change of plans .I.E. the BIG SURPRISE. We are all waiting patiently.lol 💕❤️
Oh thanks so much Marlene❣️❣️ soooo glad you enjoyed the fun in pictures and you liked my dress so much. I always hate brown on me so this is nice to hear. I’ll say it’s a good thing as flexibility in body and mind are necessary with this group for sure and life in general… Ohhh Yes, the Big surprise.. can’t wait to share. Thanks for you kind thoughts and heart. 💖💖
Howdy Cindy….stunning dress you were wearing & lovely photos….Great story & looks like a lovely wedding filled Roth great time….enjoy your weekend 💫❤️✨
Howdy back partner and thanks for your kind hearted comment. So glad you enjoyed the pictures. It was fun and I’m enjoying a low key weekend and hope yours is enjoyable as well💖💖💖💖🤗
You’re welcome, Cindy….I’m enjoying my Sunday…thx ❤️🤗💫
soooo glad to hear that. 💖
soooo glad to hear💖💖💖
It’s really fantastic and inspiring
Looks like a beautiful western-themed wedding. It is wonderful to see celebrations happening after a year plus of postponements and cancellations. I love your dress selection btw. 😀 Hopefully you were able to rest after your busy weekend. A lovely share. 😊
aww thanks so much Michelle. It was and a perfect theme for the venue. I sooo agree after so much was called off before and now, who knows what will happen. Oh so glad hyou liked my choice in dresses!!! Thanks Michele, so much I did rest and still trying to get caught up.. 💖💖💖 Have a great week ahead
You are welcome. Thank you, Cindy. A happy and healthy week to you too! 💖
Thanks much Michele and back to you my friend💖💖💖💖
The book Secret is an inspiration for one and all. Such lovely and beautiful pictures and the venue too was perfect. You are looking awesome, Cindy. Profound and inspiring post. Keep it going.
Kamal, I’m touched by your words and comment my friend. Thank you soooo much. I appreciate your continued support!
Blessings to you💖💖💖
You are most welcome dear friend Cindy. Blessings to you too, take care and stay safe ❤️🌷😊😊😊
Thanks again and you do the same dear Kamal💖💖💖
Welcome Cindy ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️
Ah, those secrets! Sounded you had a great time. Happy Wednesday.
Hi Goff! I know right!!! Coming in a few.. stay tuned. 🤣🤣🤣 Happy Wednesday to you as well Goff.. xo💖
Cheers, Cindy. Stay Safe. Stay Smiling.
Thanks Goff and you do the same! 💖💖🤗
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oh wonderful that’s always hard when going through a lot of posts but I’ll try and you’re so welcome!💖
Lol i enjoyed your long Friday post Cindy..and so lovely to see you in photographs here.
Having family members in one roof is so mich fun..and i can imagine the fun and the clutter😅but that’s part of it..otherwise, as what you said they might not visit you anymore…happy weekenc Cindy
Thanks a lot Mich, so glad you enjoyed it and the pictures.
It’s soooo true and I don’t love clutter but them more so there’s that. Thanks for the wishes and hope you’re having a great one too~! 💖
I am loving your photos because I get to experience a glimpse of life that’s pretty different from where I’m from. It’s so awesome to see real people doing their thang halfway across the globe, something that I’m newly enthusiastic about, thanks to this pandemic. Thanks for sharing!
I so agree with you and it’s amazing the friendships we build from afar which is sooo cool. Yes, it’s true with the pandemic creating space for that. I’d a never thunk it possible. I’m following you now I think? Any friend of Pooja’s is a friend of mine. Not sure if you are following but hope so and stay in touch🌷🌷🌷