While studying mythology, I learned the story Narcissus. As I recall the story, a young hunter named Narcissus was known for being very handsome. One day as he walked by a pool of water, he decided to get a drink. While doing so, he saw his reflection in the water and fell in love with it. However, when he realized he could not have the one he saw in the water, he killed himself beside the pool. The flower that grew where he died is called the Narcissus.

People who posses the personality characteristics that distinguished Narcissus are said to be narcissistic. According to the English Dictionary (online) synonyms for this term include: self-regard, self-love, self-absorption, self-conceit, self-admiration, and self-adulation. And this causes me to think about the current obsession with taking “selfies.” Just an observation.

First Known "Selfie"
Artist, Albrecht Dürer
First Master of the Self-Portrait

King Solomon of the Old Testament said: “What has been will be again, what has been done will be done again; there is nothing new under the sun.” (Ecclesiastes 1:9 NIV)

~Picture from Wolf.com – online art magazine


Once again . . .

. . . we are having an enjoyable time with family. Daughter, Joanne, is here from Michigan to spend a few days with us.

Friday was arrival day and catching up on family news. Saturday, we shopped and had lunch at Crown Center in Kansas City. No one on this visit to Crown Center was brave enough to ice skate. Today was church, dinner with family who live here, and a movie. Tomorrow we are planning on more shopping time. 

On Tuesday, Joanne goes back to Michigan. I miss her already just thinking about it!


Little Greats

One birthday present and three Christmas presents means all of my great-granddaughters now have chef’s aprons and hats. I enjoyed sewing for these sweet little girls ages 2, 3, 4, & 6.

Love my little princesses, Olivia, Emma, Sophia, and Mackenzie!


It’s A Wonderful LIfe

This past week was a busy one. Pictures best tell the story of fun times with great-granddaughter, Emma, her grandparents, Merrill and Nancy Powers, her uncle and aunt, Dale and Kayce Powers, and her second cousins Michael and Ben.

The week included family meals together, lunch at Fritz’s where a train delivered lunch and great-grandma wore the hat intended for Emma (but she would not wear), throwing coins into the pond at the Westin Crown Center waterfall, ice-skating with Grandma Nancy, playing at Crayola Land, making princess crowns with Aunt Kayce, shopping at American Girl Doll, riding the carousel at Oak Park Mall, and a thousand other activities. (I’m pretty sure about this number. Although I did not keep an exact count, my tiredness confirms this.) All of us rang in the New Year – well, for Hubby and me, such as old folks do those late night things, and then we said good-bye to Ben who returned on New Year’s Day to Camp Pendleton following the surprise two-week leave he was granted. Great week!

Happy New Year to all of you bloggers and readers out there!