Monday, March 27, 2017

Monday 27th March 2017...........An relaxing day!!!

In December last year I met this wonderful couple at the Community church, Carol and Harold...we had a few dinners together including  Christmas day gathering..   you know when you meet someone new that instantly there is a connection and there was here...since then sadly Harold passed away a month ago but today Carol invited me out to her horse ranch in the country.....

I stopped here to buy some flowers to take..


and then drove out to the ranch...enjoy the photos the ranch is so beautiful, serene and gorgeous!!!

The flowers I brought...




We sat here and had a delightful lunch......
one of the many horses on the property...
It was such a lovely afternoon and really good to see Carol again!!!

Tonight was my English class and again just a wonderful time I printed off a sheet about 6 things happy people do not do..we read them talked about them...and now guess what??  Yes watching a hockey game!!

Yashi Kochi!!!

Sunday, March 26, 2017

SORRY!!!!

I was trying to change the look of the blog and messed up and do not know how to get it back I have lost all that archive list on the right...help!!!!!!!

Sunday 26th March 2017..a special day in the UK!!!









When is Mother's Day 2017? UK date, facts and traditions




Watch | Mother's Day in quotes
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It's Mother's Day tomorrow

Mother's Day - or Mothering Sunday - is on Sunday, March 26.
The day is always on the fourth Sunday of Lent, exactly three weeks before Easter Sunday and usually in the second half of March or early April.
The day is a celebration of mothers and the maternal bond and traditionally children give flowers, presents and cards to their mothers, and other maternal figures such as grandmothers, stepmothers and mothers-in-law.




    When did Mothering Sunday begin?

    The day has long been associated with mothers and family. For centuries it was custom for people to return home to their ‘mother’ church on Laetare Sunday – the middle of Lent. Those who did so were said to have gone ‘a-mothering’.
    The day often turned into a family reunion and a chance for children working away from home – often young domestic servants - to spend time with their mothers. Many used to pick flowers from the verges along the way to leave in the church or hand to their mothers when they got home.
    But it was American social activist Anna Jarvis (1864-1948) from Philadelphia who lobbied the government for an official day to honour mothers in the US, and is regarded as the "Mother of Mother's Day". She dedicated her life to the cause after swearing she would do so after her mother's death.
    However, over the years Jarvis became increasingly concerned at the commercialisation of the day, saying "I wanted it to be a day of sentiment, not profit." She also didn't like the selling of flowers and the use of greetings cards which she described as "a poor excuse for the letter you are too lazy to write".



    Anna Jarvis founded the Mother's Day holiday in the United States
    Anna Jarvis founded the Mother's Day holiday in the United States
    The day took off in Britain when vicar's daughter Constance Smith was inspired by a 1913 newspaper report of Jarvis' campaign and began a push for the day to be officially marked in England.
    Smith, of Coddington, Nottinghamshire, founded the Mothering Sunday Movement and even wrote a booklet The Revival of Mothering Sunday in 1920. Interestingly, neither Smith nor Jarvis became mother’s themselves.
    By 1938 Mothering Sunday had become a popular celebration with Boy Scouts, Girl Guides and various parishes across Britain marking the day and communities adopting the imported traditions of American and Canadian soldiers during the war.
    By the 1950s it was being celebrated throughout Britain and businesses realised the commercial opportunities.

    Mothering Sunday or Mother’s Day?

    When you say 'Mother’s Day' you're actually referring to the American version, although the term is widely used in Britain too. In the US, Mother's Day falls on Sunday, May 14 this year. 
    The French celebrate Mother's Day on the last Sunday in May, where a family dinner is the norm, and traditionally the mother being honoured is presented with a cake that looks like a bouquet of flowers.
    Mother’s Day in Spain is celebrated on December 8th. Spaniards pay tribute not only to their own mothers on this day, but also to the Virgin Mary. The day includes religious celebrations across the country.


    I want to take this opportunity to wish all Mums today a wonderful safe and happy day....I always think more about my Mum on this day and what a wonderful and special lady she was!!!
    I did Skype my family today and wished them a happy day!!







    I did not know what these folks were..now I do!!!!





    DEFINITION

    Millennials (Millennial generation)

    Contributor(s): Matthew Haughn


    Millennials, also known as Generation Y or the Net Generation, are the demographic cohort that directly follows Generation X.
    What, exactly, is the Millennial generation?
    The term Millennials is usually considered to apply to individuals who reached adulthood around the turn of the 21st century. The precise delineation varies from one source to another, however. Neil Howe and William Strauss, authors of the 1991 book Generations: The History of America's Future, 1584 to 2069, are often credited with coining the term. Howe and Strauss define the Millennial cohort as consisting of individuals born between 1982 and 2004.
    Other proposed dates for Millennials:
    • According to Iconoclast, a consumer research firm, the first Millennials were born in 1978.
    • Newsweek magazine reported that the Millennial generation was born between 1977 and 1994.
    • In separate articles, the New York Times pegged the Millennials at 1976-1990 and 1978-1998.
    • A Time magazine article placed the Millennials at 1980-2000.
    Overall, the earliest proposed birthdate for Millennials is 1976 and the latest 2004. Given that a familial generation in developed nations lies somewhere between 25 and 30 years, we might reasonably consider those the start and end points.
    There is a great deal of variation from one individual to another within any generational cohort. Nevertheless, the particular environment for any generation affects those individuals in ways that are observable as broad tendencies. This definition of the term discusses those reported tendencies for Millennials in the workplace, Millennials and technology, Millennials and culture.
    A snapshot of Millennials, according to their press:
    Millennials grew up in an electronics-filled and increasingly online and socially-networked world. They are the generation that has received the most marketing attention. As the most ethnically diverse generation, Millennials tend to be tolerant of difference. Having been raised under the mantra "follow your dreams" and being told they were special, they tend to be confident. While largely a positive trait, the Millennial generation’s confidence has been argued to spill over into the realms of entitlement and narcissism.  They are often seen as slightly more optimistic about the future of America than other generations -- despite the fact that they are the first generation since the Silent Generation that is expected to be less economically successful than their parents.
    One reported result of Millennial optimism is entering into adulthood with unrealistic expectations, which sometimes leads to disillusionment. Many early Millennials went through post-secondary education only to find themselves employed in unrelated fields or underemployed and job hopping more frequently than previous generations. Their expectations may have resulted from the very encouraging, involved and almost ever-present group of parents that became known as helicopter parents.
    Millennial statistics (Source: Pew Research):
    • 50 percent of Millennials consider themselves politically unaffiliated.
    • 29 percent consider themselves religiously unaffiliated.
    • They have the highest average number of Facebook friends, with an average of 250 friends vs. Generations X's 200.
    • 55 percent have posted a selfie or more to social media sites versus 20 percent of Generation X.
    • 8 percent of Millennials claim to have sexted, whereas 30 percent claim to have received sexts.
    • They send a median of 50 texts a day.
    • As of 2012, only 19 percent of Millennials said that, generally, others can be trusted.
    • There are about 76 million Millennials in the United States (based on research using the years 1978-2000).
    • Millennials are the last generation born in the 20th century.
    • Twenty percent have at least one immigrant parent.
    • Sam sent me this today it was taken at my brother's church you see acting silly runs in the family!!!
    Malc is on the right!!!!
    Yashi Kochi!!!

    Saturday, March 25, 2017

    Saturday 25th March 2017....I can sure make my days busy or not!!!

    Today is my lovely Niece's Birthday...Sam I hope you have a fabulous day and then you trot off to Barcelona on Monday with your Mum and Dad that it is a fabulous trip!!!


    This is one from the archives with me babysitting the three kids....Sam, Andy and Mark!!!!


    Can you believe my hair!!!!!!

    Great tennis match this morning I do enjoy starting my day that way and afterwards went to have lunch with my friend Deb, she is leaving tomorrow and gets back after I leave, we have know each other a long time and she is a good friend.

    Came home and my patio beckoned me and that is where I am writing this to you....the magic of a digital world!!!

    Have a wonderful weekend and all of you be safe and happy....

    Yashi Kochi!!!

    Friday, March 24, 2017

    Friday 24th March 2017...a true Pearson day!!!!!

    A day to myself!!!!

    I bumped into Sylvestre yesterday, I wrote about him a couple of days ago, he told me he was OK but was separated from his family and he was in need of blankets, pillows and towels..I told him I would check around and I gave him 200 pesos....

    I talked to Gracie, the kind lady that bought Little Blackie, she had me over to see her new house a few days ago and she said she had a few extra things...anyway after class last night Gracie drove over to my casita with some lovely pillows, a thick woolen blanket and a towel, very kind of her.....

    So I called Sylvestre but his cell phone was not working so I decided to put a message on the Civil List asking if anyone saw him driving around town to stop him and give him my cell number so he could call me.....after I posted that message I left to walk to go get Little Bluey and I turn the corner and who do you think is there????  Yes the man himself...he came over to my place and took the things and very genuinely asked me to thank Gracie on his behalf...


    Which I think is one of these moments below!!!


    serendipitous

    Serendipitous is an adjective that describes accidentally being in the right place at the right time, like bumping into a good friend in some unusual location, or finding a hundred dollar bill on the ground.
    The root of serendipitous comes from the fairy tale "The Three Princes of Serendip," in which three princes make one lucky and surprising discovery after another. A serendipitous moment happens by accident, usually when you’re doing something completely unrelated, like digging a hole in your yard to bury your hamster and finding a treasure chest of jewels. That’s a sad but serendipitous funeral.

    On the way to get the car I passed this big school and there was an important soccer game taking place as I approached the ball came over the fence and I went and got it and kicked it back over, yes after all these years I can still kick a pretty mean soccer ball, anyway I did this  and about 6 or 7 of the kinds shouted to me..'Thank you"...I would have thought after all these years I could pass for a Mexican but I guess not...too funny!!!!
    I got the car and i was driving to a town about 30 minutes away to try to buy some pottery..at the first nasty junction came across this scene!!!

    I have never seen a road littered so much like this...

    This is my destination...
    I stopped in this huge store
    Can you believe that every piece of pottery is hand painted like this!!!

    You can buy almost anything !!
    I did find a coupe of pieces to add to my 'herd"!!!



    Enjoyed the quiet day no appointments no tennis, no hiking, no classes a true day to myself!!!!

    Yashi Kochi!!!

    Thursday, March 23, 2017

    Thursday 23rd march 2017...wonderful friends......wonderful students!!!

    Tonight was an extra night of teaching as the usual teachers Maggie and Giff could not come so I filled in for them, never an issue.
    I had invited 5 of my friends to come to class and after introductions I paired them off to do a 15 minute one on one interview......
    Anne and Gaby..
     Gracie and Itzel...
     Glenna and Rod with Rose..
     Barb with Mary Luiz..
    After the one on one we came back to the classroom and every talked about their new friend..it was an awesome class giving my students confidence to speak with strangers and then talk in front of them...
    We finished thanking everyone and then of course chocolates were given out.

    This is another fantastic aspect of my life that I shall miss when I leave.....

    Yashi Kochi!!!

    Wednesday, March 22, 2017

    Wednesday 22nd march 2017...this..that ....and the other!!!

    The weather here for weeks has been so wonderful clear bright sunny warm days and the evenings very pleasant.
    This morning I was invited to join a women's group of tennis players one of the group could not play and they wanted me to play...this Pearson boy is not going to turn down the chance to play with three ladies and especially when it is not at my usual venue but at the posh Malequin Golf and Tennis club!!!!

    Enjoy the photos!!!




    We even get a ball boy.....it was fun and the ladies are good players and I enjoyed the morning.

    Came home got changed and walked to poker.....now this was a special afternoon as I won the most I have ever won 450 pesos!!!!

    Back home made a nice salad and off to my English class......you all know by now I so love this part of my life and tonight the lesson plan was again thrown out of the window as we just sat around in a circle and talked about everything..so rewarding to see them think and then express their views in English.

    I told them what happened to me yesterday...I was in La Commer , the big grocery store, with my cart and my lips have been quite dry and my chap stick was at home and I needed a new one so i went into the pharmacy section and picked out one it was strawberry flavor.....as my lips were really dry I opened the package and was careful to put the empty wrapper in my cart, I opened it up and the stick was actually red...I coated my lips with a good dose and continued my shopping...I said hello to a couple of people I know and walked around for about 10 minutes getting my stuff....then to the check out girl who smiled at me as she rang my items through...gave a good smile and a thank you to the old lady packing my groceries along with a nice tip...on the way out said thank you to the security gurad and he just stared at me......loaded my car got in and put the car in reverse and happened to look in the rear view mirror and ..yes you have guessed it my lips were the brightest red possible!!!!!

    My students loved this story!!!

    A lot of you know about my friend Stella we have been friends almost 18 years and her Grand daughter Ashley is the tennis star.....I met Ash for the first time 5 years ago when she was 12 years of age and I actually hit some tennis balls with her..I was doing pretty well getting them back and giving as good as I got....well when we met at the net picking balls up I told her it must be an advantage playing left handed....she smiled at me the way only a 12 year old blonde beauty could and demurely said I am not left handed!!!!
    I told her you are playing leftie and she again said but I am not left handed..it clicked what she was doing and I told her to go back on the court and play right handed.....I do not think I saw a ball after that!!!

    Anyway I have followed her career all this time and have been lucky to attend a number of her tournaments...and last year she was offered a full scholarship at Pepperdine University and she is doing so well..



    Enjoy this article!!




    WOMEN'S TENNIS Q&A: ASHLEY LAHEY





    Ashley Lahey, a freshman on the women's tennis team, had the experience of a lifetime competing at the U.S. Open Junior Championship this month and reached the Round of 16 during her first time competing in the Open. The experience of competing at the Open is one Lahey describes as "for the books." She shares this experience as well as what her short time has been like at Pepperdine so far, and what she's looking forward to:
    Q: It's so awesome that you got to play recently in the U.S. Open Juniors and did so well! What was that like for you?
    A: The experience was incredible. I love playing intense, high-quality matches that really make me put everything out there ... heart, soul, body and mind. I love to compete, and playing against that caliber of athletes forces me to rise to the top of my game both mentally and physically. 
    Q: What was your favorite part of the tournament?
    A: My favorite part of the tournament was in the final round of qualifying. I think the nerves got to me because my arms were really tight, and I was making a lot of errors I don't usually make. Down a set and close to losing my serve in the first game of the second, I turned to the crowd just feeling kind of desperate. I train with the United States Tennis Association, and every USTA coach that had ever worked with me was there for me in that moment, giving me looks of encouragement. My mom and grandma were there too, doing the same thing. Most importantly, the Pepperdine coach, Per Nilsson, was giving off his normal positive, enthusiastic, vibes of energy. We have been close for a long time, because I committed over a year ago. I remember that before looking over I was feeling very defeated, but that incredible support filled me with so much energy!
    From there on I dug into every point, just fighting for my life, and I pulled out the match in the third set. Doing a winning fist pump to the crowd after qualifying for my first slam in my home country definitely goes down in the books as one of the best of my life. I was overcome with emotion and couldn't hold back the tears. Afterward, I went over to Per, and the look of excitement on his face was unforgettable. I hugged him and my mom and grandma and the moment was filled with so much love and happiness. It was amazing!
    Q: What famous athletes did you see and what was that like? Any favorites?
    A: I saw a ton of top pros who I idolize, and they all treat you with so much respect. They act like you are one of them, on the same level, and say hello and good morning like it's no big deal. In every interaction I pretty much just stood there with my mouth hanging open and eyes wide just staring at them. I think my favorite spotting was Rafael Nadal.
    Q: Did you get a chance to talk to any of them? What was that like?
    A: Well, not really full conversations, but Caroline Wozniacki smiled at me and said, "Good morning! How are you?" I was a little too shocked to respond so I just stared at her. She just laughed really sweetly and said, "Well, I'll see you around." I then ran off giggling.
    Q: What kind of thoughts were going through your head as you played throughout the tournament? How did you keep yourself focused and motivated?
    A: Before each match I was super panicked and anxious, but when I ran out onto the court, all the nerves faded into pure joy. I love competing, and playing on such a big stage made it 10 times better. The atmosphere and environment were incredible, and I felt like I was a little kid at a candy store in a way.Outside of matches, I was a little worried about keeping up with school and getting all of my assignments in, but once I got on the court all of that faded.
    Q: How did it feel to not only have the chance to compete at the tournament but then do really well? 
    A: It was awesome. I was just happy to be there and get the chance to play against the top players in the world. Winning matches was just icing on the cake.
    Q: Shifting from that, how did you first week with the Waves go?
    A: The week before the U.S. Open was NSO week. Being the only freshman, I was the only girl here that week. The boys' team was awesome, though. They let me train with them and sort of adopted me into their group, giving me rides and taking me to lunch and just showing me around Pepperdine. I loved practicing with them and getting tips and advice too. They put a lot of energy and effort into the training, so it was great preparation for the Open. 
    Q:  What led you to come join the tennis program here?
    A: The coaches are amazing. They are passionate, knowledgeable, enthusiastic, kind and just all-around great. I knew that if I came here I would be giving myself a great opportunity to work with the best college coaches out there and develop my game as much as possible while still getting a great education. Also the girls are very high level and some of the sweetest, most genuine people I have ever met.
    Q: What kind of things are you looking forward to for this season?
    A: I am looking forward to getting the opportunity to train with great players and coaches every day in an inspiring and motivational environment. It's very different from individual training. With a team, we all push each other to new limits, encouraging one another and getting through tough times together. It's going to be so nice to have that kind of support and I'm excited for it.
    Q:  How has it been in general being here at Pepperdine? What have you enjoyed? What have been maybe some of the difficulties?
    A: I love being at Pepperdine because the people here are so great. I have made a ton of really close friends already, and the best part is that we are all living in the same place, so we get to see each other every day, even if it is just briefly. I love my classes and teachers, and obviously the campus is stunning. I feel so lucky. The difficulty would definitely be adjusting to the workload which is intense, especially when I have to balance it with being an athlete.
    Q:  What are you most excited for this season?
    A: Competing with a team! I can't wait to play in this way and have a coach on court with me. I think I will learn a lot from this experience!


    What a girl!!!! Way to go Ash!!

    Yashi Kochi!!!

    Monday 27th March 2017...........An relaxing day!!!

    In December last year I met this wonderful couple at the Community church, Carol and Harold...we had a few dinners together including  Chris...