I Can’t Believe My Daughter Is 30 Today…

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This beautiful gal Brittany is 30 today! Where the heck does the time go? I blinked and she’s 30? This is a reality check, makes me feel old. When I think about where I wanted to be with myself at this point in my life, I’m sad. I wanted so much more for myself than what I have accomplished. I keep thinking that I have time… Time is fleeting! Look ,30 years ago I became a Mom… I’m so glad to have been so blessed with my children! I love them all so much!

Surely there is more? Where’s my niche? Where can I excel? What can I do to be compensated? I feel I have given my whole “self” away for free in everything I have done with my life. I know and understand it was my choice to do so. I gave of my time, my energy and my whole heart to my family. This is what I chose to do…I was good at this!

I keep thinking that I must have acquired some marketable skill along the way… I’m beginning to see that my glass is always half full, mentality is deceptive and not accurate in todays job market. I have no more clue how to make myself marketable in this world now,than I did in my 30’s. The reality of being a homemaker for so many years isn’t conducive of producing a career. Overwhelming, arduous and daunting come to mind … Guess I will ponder these thoughts awhile longer or pull the covers up over my head and go back to bed.

I posted my cover of All Of Me last night on Sound Cloud here is the link.

I hope it works, I’ve never tried it.http://soundcloud.com/tyna-j-phipps/all-of-me-written-by-john.

Have a good day all!

I Really Am A Cat Lady … My BFF’s Clarice And Twinkle

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I love my kitties, they are the best friends anyone could hope to have. Twinkle, my black beauty, is eleven years old now. Clarice , my measer is just three. Isn’t it funny that even your pets acquire pet names? My Twinkle is very sophisticated and mature in nature so I call her Twinkle Darling. Clarice is rather bitey and extremely playful. I refer to her often as Nippity Snipitity. Her beautiful color reminds me of Reese’s peanut butter cups .She is lovingly known as Reese’s.

These precious felines always have a loving glance to impart when our eyes meet. They don’t judge me no matter how boring I am. They are content to just sit with me for hours at a time. My BFF’s have been known to hold quiet vigil over me when I’m sick. Sometimes, I’m even lucky enough to receive sweet little cat kisses on my hand. It is amazingly comforting to feel the rumbling vibration of a purring happy cat!

I have been very fortunate to have known and loved many great cats in my lifetime. Every kitty is unique and endearing. I love them and they know it! I hate having to say good-bye to them. I have mourned the loss of many of my cat friends. They truly are family members to me. If we all really do get to enjoy an afterlife, I really hope to be reunited with all of my cat and dog BFF’s!

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R.I.P Prince Charming…see you on the other side!

Our Lovely Staycation At Marriot Starr Pass Resort in Tucson, AZ.

We just got back from a wonderful vacation at Tucson’s Starr Pass Resort. Everything about our stay there was relaxing and serene. The accommodations were clean and the views beautiful! The staff was very pleasant and even would address my husband by name. We thought that was impressive since they have so many visitors on any given weekend.

We had a three night stay there. We tried to have dinner once off property. My husband wanted Italian food so we tried a little place in town that had good reviews. We were so disappointed that we decided to stick with the fare within our resort. We found the food to be a bit pricey but, adequate. Eating lunch poolside was fun! The onion rings were about the best I have ever had!

Our youngest, twelve year old daughter Zoe, brought her best friend along. They had a great time traipsing around the resort trying out all of the different pools. Our favorite was the lazy river. We spent most of our time in the lazy river! I have a intense sunburn to show for it! Sunscreen is no match for the brutal AZ sunrays. Wow. By day three we were all wearing shirts and shorts in the pool.

My oldest daughter Brittany came to join us with her four kids. I was so glad that they got to experience this lovely place with us! They all seemed to have a terrific time! I had the most fun just watching all of these kids experience the environment around them. One thing I really appreciated was the all of the various water stations! This resort promoted hydration in the most spectacular way! They had big clear water dispensers infused with all kinds of fruits, all over the property. Beautiful, inviting and so responsible! It was easy to keep everyone hydrated. The kids tried many of the different fruit waters.

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For us the drive to Tucson is only a couple of hours. Precisely why we chose this destination. The perfect get- away for us. We have decided to try to make this venue an annual event. This gives all of our family members time to save up and get ready for this! What a wonderful experience we all had together!

Where’s My PhD? ( School Of Hard Knocks ) written by Tyna J. Metzner

My husband graduated a few years ago …

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I get the biggest kick out of watching them succeed! This you will always have my dears, the beginning of your dream. Life’s triumphs are but few and far between- and all that is coming, remains yet, to be seen.

What I am wondering is where’s my PhD? A life of hard knocks has been the life for me… I’ve earned it and I’d like to know which University, hands out diplomas to people just like me? Life experience and plenty of hard places… I found my way out of many tight spaces. In retrospect I can see, the wisdom in all that’s come to be but I still want that PhD!

That frame-able reminder of all that I’ve been through. Knowing it’s been worth something and that others see it to. The work it’s been to get here and the sense of pride I feel. Might sound silly to…

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Wow This Coffee Is Good! (Thoughts while drinking my coffee)

I’m sitting here pondering my day. It’s 6:28 am. on the 4th of July 2014. I have been around for 52 , 4th of July’s. Last night our town attempted their annual firework display. Everyone had to go home due to our first Haboob of the Monsoon season. I live in Phoenix and summers can get very exciting! Haboob is a silly name for a dust storm. A big wall of dust is picked up and forms like a wave. The sky gets orange as it passes over you. From a distance it looks like it envelopes you. My sinuses go crazy… Lots of lightning and hopefully some rain. The best part is the cool down. We endure sweltering days of 110-119 degrees. If we get a storm the temps can drop 30 degrees in 30 min.

Today I’m in family mode. I want to make today fun for my 12 year old daughter, Zoe. She is the youngest of my four girls. My oldest Britt, is going to be 30 this month! Now that makes me feel old… Lexie is 27 and Delcee is 25. Zoe is the only one left at home. The older gals are all married and have family’s of their own. From these daughters I am blessed with ” 7 ” G-Babies. The oldest is 8. They all call me Gram. Trust me, it’s crazy when we all get together for family events. It’s a terrific crazy, all these sweet little people running around! I adore my family!

I have to run to the store and figure out dinner for tonight. Maybe BBQ? Corn on the cob? Potato salad? Hope you have the happiest of 4ths!

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Introduction, Hi My Name Is Tyna.

Hello! I decided to try my hand at Blogging so here I am. I think life in itself is interesting to write about. Everyone has their own slant eye view on what they are experiencing. If I’ve learned anything it’s this… So much of life is about perception!  You will only see posts from me about my own genuine life experience. I won’t pretend to write about things I have no real knowledge of. I’m a Wife, Mom and Gram. I am also Me. I am a singer/ songwriter musician. About a month ago I wrote my first song. The process of writing the song was a soul searching straight from the heart ephiphany.
I hope to do more of that in the future. I will picking different things to Blog about, it won’t always be about music. I hope to write about many different things as they come up in my thought process.
I look forward to learning more about my fellow Bloggers here to! I will be reading your posts also. I’m looking forward to this new community!