About lscotthoughts

This blog was born after I turned 50, with a little nudging from my family. I write from the heart, focusing mainly on Romance, inspired by my husband of 24 years. However, I also write to inspire, to create smiles, laughter or an uplifting moment to move forward in life. Humor is a big part of who I am. I love to laugh and I love those who make laugh. And lastly, you'll find some tears along your journey here. Life is not all smiles, but it's getting through the trials with the love of our family and friends that is most important. I appreciate you stopping by and I hope you enjoyed and found something you resonated with...Lauren

Fear or Fun? (Photos) :)

This is a sequel to my prior post, “Around the Bend” and again I’m sharing photos of an experience I never thought I would be brave enough to try. My husband suggested white water rafting for one of our outdoor activities last week since we were going to vacation where rivers flowed. I was apprehensive, but willing to try.

In doing research, the trip we chose was a Class 3 and it was geared for children/adults ages 6 and up. Well, if a 6 year old can do this then so can I! Fear hadn’t left me completely, though. On the contrary, it stayed with me up until we “boarded” on our raft. Through this experience I have found that anticipation is the worst. Anticipation can take over our minds and get the best of us. Once I was on the raft, paddle in hand and 110% confident in our guide, I was into it. I felt more in control and the idea became exciting rather than frightening.

So our adventure began, life jackets on, feet braced, paddles in place and on we went. We started out slowly before we hit the Class 3 rapids, which was nice and peaceful. A chance to take in the scenery. During the rapids, we all yelled either in harmony or simultaneously, and I don’t think out of fear, more like “this is so damn exciting!” :)

During the big rapids, our guide looked at me and said, “since you’re a rookie, Lauren, you get to ride the broncing bull.”  This meant I was to sit on the nose of the raft, hold onto the ropes and ride the rapids. I looked at him and said, “Are you serious?” He said, “Yep!” I wasn’t going to play coward, so I placed my “derriere” on the nose with my legs hanging over, held on tight and said many prayers. :) When we nose-dived, my feet dipped in the water and it felt awesome. Beyond exhilarating! 

After we made it through the big rapids, we had calm water again and the opportunity to fall into the refreshing river and enjoy, which is just what my husband and I did. Actually, the other couple did the same. How can you not? A big plus was that it was almost 100 degrees outside so getting wet was welcomed. 

One thing I learned from this is not to let Fear take control because if I had, these wonderful memories might not have existed. Just so you know, nothing was allowed in the raft because everything gets wet and you’re too busy paddling to hold a camera. So these photos were professionally taken by the company photographer. My husband and I are in the back of the raft with our guide behind us.

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rafting 18

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rafting 15rafting 19I hope you enjoyed these photos and my story of “checking off one more item from my bucket list.” White water rafting is well worth it if you get the chance.
I’m going to end with a few powerful quotes about fear and living…

“Don’t give in to your fears. If you do, you won’t be able to talk to your heart.” 
― Paulo CoelhoThe Alchemist

“Don’t be afraid of your fears. They’re not there to scare you. They’re there to let you know that something is worth it.” 
― C. JoyBell C.

“The purpose of morality is to teach you, not to suffer and die, but to enjoy yourself and live.” 
― Ayn Rand

“Don’t fear death, fear the un-lived life
[Angus Tuck]”
― Natalie BabbittTuck Everlasting

Thanks so much for stopping by and have a wonderful day or evening, 
wherever you may be. ♥

 

 

 

“Around the Bend” (Photos)

 Hi All!

I’ve returned from our trip to Central Oregon, mainly around Bend, but we took some side trips that were well worth it. We had never visited this part of Oregon and now we’re thinking it might be an option for retirement (not too soon, unfortunately). :) The entire surrounding area was beautiful. Again, these photos were taken from my iPhone and I took almost 300. The joy (or not) of digital! Anyway, my husband and I are still going through and deleting many! We had a lot of fun in the sun and outdoors, but one highlight was our Class 3 white water rafting trip. I was a rookie and LOVED IT! I haven’t received those photos, yet, so if they’re good I may share a few in another post. 

decorated skyAirplane Art

deer in front of deckWe made a friend and she decided to rest
in front of our deck

IMG_3284Resort horses

IMG_3317Crater Lake National Park – Mt Mazama erupted 7700 years ago, 
collapsing the mountain, creating the caldera.
Precipitation formed the lake

and seepage kept it from overflowing.
This is the basic information

we learned and photos don’t do it justice as it
is absolutely stunning
IMG_3314Wizzard Island in Crater Lake:
a series of smaller eruptions over the next several hundred years
formed several cinder cones on the caldera floor.
The highest of these cones,
the only one to rise above the current lake level, is Wizard Island

IMG_3339Crater Lake Lodge, opened in 1915. Gorgeous!

IMG_3346Since the elevation at Crater Lake is over 6,100 feet,
we were able to play in some snow and
make funny faces, too! :)
super moon through the condosSupermoon over the condos and through the trees
IMG_3371This is one of many sunsets I captured
IMG_3378Beautiful and Serene Suttle Lake

IMG_3400Beautiful, hand carved lodge door at Suttle Lake
IMG_3406Evening walk, watching another sunset

IMG_3412We had thunder storms the weekend we arrived
and several fires were started due to lightning.
The latter part of the week was pretty smokey
and it was sad to think of all the acres that
had burned and homes that were lost

IMG_3421Another sunset; can you tell I love sunsets? :)
old mill district in bend, Deschutes riverWater fun on the Deschutes River

IMG_3471Famous Three Sisters: Three volcanic peaks of the
Cascade Volcanic Arc and the Cascade Range in OR.

IMG_3479Mirror Pond on Deschutes River
IMG_3488Mirror Pond again…

river walk through resort 2Hiking along the river

IMG_3503Heading home with Mt Shasta in our view

I hope you enjoyed these and weren’t too bored. I also hope last week was a good one for you and now I have to “try” and catch up on reading your posts.
Thanks so much for stopping by and I wish you a wonderful week! ♥

Lauren Scott © 2014

R and R time :)

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It’s time to say good-bye
but not for forever
It’s just time for vacation
nothing too clever

We’ve been counting the days
and it’s now quite exciting
 the time has finally come
which sounds so inviting

We’ll be playing in the sun
rafting on the river
boating, hiking, swimming
with maybe a little shiver

There are so many choices
and so much to do
be enticed by a massage
  try golfing or rent a canoe

So I bid you farewell
for during this time
I’ll have no access for blogging
and it seems like a crime

I’ll be missing your posts
of great writing and art
and I’m sorry for that
from the bottom of my heart

Take care of YOU and I’ll see You
when I return. Hugs, Lauren ♥

(Photo: Google)

A Gift to Ourselves

two-hands-holding-a-glowing-heartIf nothing makes sense
and your world seems upside down
teetering on the brink
of emotional upset
Be Kind

If angry feelings harbor
in your leaden heart
tie them to an anchor
let it drop
Be Free

If the force inside your being
is pushing you to the edge
gather strength to offer your hand
take one step back
Be There

A simple act
made effortlessly

will have a loving impact
Two souls will no longer
feel somber
Two hearts will no longer
be heavy

Lauren Scott © 2014
Photo: Google Images

I’m not sure if this would be considered poetry,
but it’s something to think about 
when our emotions are unbalanced.
Wishing you all a bright Monday. xo

Windy Fog & Duck Faces :)

Happy Friday, Everyone! I’m grateful for every day, but I can’t deny how glad I am when Friday rolls around. Anyway, for some “end of week” smiles, I’m sharing just a few photos taken yesterday at the Marin Headlands with my daughter and our dog, Copper…It was real foggy and super windy, but we still had a fun time. Although, I think Copper had had enough of the wind. :) Gorgeous views even in the fog, which adds mystery to the photo, I think..you’ll see the Golden Gate bridge is trying to push through and make itself known and the sky couldn’t have been bluer. The last photo is Copper and I making duck faces, while my daughter looks beautiful. :)golden gate in the fog

view of bay and bridge

blue sky above fog

lauren and copper duck facesWishing you all a Fabulous Friday and Wonderful Weekend ahead! Thanks for all your visits and a big Thanks to all my new followers, as well! ♥

Cookie card

 

Love and Blessings to you all, Lauren ♥

Friday Photo Fun! :)

Copper (our lab) and I recently went on one of our “water tank” hikes. Though we’ve done this many times, I still take more pictures. How many photos can one have of the same location? Well, I guess many, if you try for new angles. It’s kind of like an addiction, but a healthy one. The hike is uphill from our house and we ended up with tall grass hugging us while walking on thin trails and all I could think about were ticks. Copper stays on flea and tick medication but once in awhile, they still manage to get on him.
Luckily, when we got home he was tick free and so was I! :)

I’m also including some flowers from our yard.
It’s coming back to life
now that Copper is getting a little older and less mischievous. :)

water tank and sun final edit

water tank stair side final edit

view of our street from water tank final editView of our street below

oak tree by water tank final edit

At the top with this beautiful Monterey Pine 

mt tam view from water tank

View of Mount Tamalpais (Mount Tam),
symbolic to Marin County and the highest peak in Marin Hills

grapevine final edit

Our grapevine, almost ready for tasting

mums final editYellow Chrysanthemums to liven up the living room

photo 3Abutilon – I hadn’t heard of this before,
but I love the colors,
also known as Indian mallow and Velvetleaf

 

pink rose final editBeauty wrapped in pink

photo 1 (2)

We have no idea what this is, as it moved in
before we did. :)

photo 1Of course, here’s Copper, my walking partner
(photo credit to my son)

I hope you’ve enjoyed this collection
and I wish you a wonderful weekend ahead. 
HAPPY FRIDAY!  ♥

Ideal

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With a shy confession, I must admit
sometimes, I dream of perfection
where the road ahead is one of silk
and balance has no objection

Where answers dangle from the trees
as butterflies gently pass by
and happiness bounces, abundantly
as high as the big blue sky

However, perfection would prevent us
from growing through the strife
and maybe being grateful
wouldn’t live in our life

So our heartbeats set the cadence
as we march with steps of brave
We find good in the clouds
as the road ahead we pave

Lauren Scott © 2014
Photo: Hydrangea from our backyard