Saturday, May 22, 2010


(SLO Tiptoes ~ pic taken 5/5/10)

"Kindness is the language
which the deaf can hear and the blind can see."
  ~Mark Twain, American author & humorist

Last week, I posted a link to a very "sweet" (as in cute, thought-provoking) video about "KINDNESS" - please click and share...

Question 1:
What did you like about this? who will you share it with?
I spent this morning checking some of my favorite blogs... I've been feeling "blue" for a couple of weeks now... with little energy to post... this "blue-ness" is really nothing unusual for me at this time of the year! For me, ending the school year requires a lot of energy & focus; is task oriented; complicated by deadlines; emotions are heightened & conversations are brief... and of course, financial challenges are affecting everyone I know...

But, my "blue-ness" was triggered by several conversations... and it has me wondering about ME... how I can become a better communicator? a friend? a work partner? a wife? mother?

Wanting to post ~ but experiencing  a creative block I wandered through "blog-land" and this grabbed my interest... 
You have three names in life:
the name you were given at birth,
the name that you make for yourself,
and the name that everyone knows you by.
That last one is the most important, 
because it is the name that you must work the hardest to change.

Question 2: What are your thoughts at this moment? did this make you STOP and THINK?

My Saturday morning walk will help chase the "blue-ness" - And, I have some of my best inspirations while walking... have a fabulous day! the Central Coast is sunny, but breezy, with a chill in the air...

Question 3: What are your plans for this lovely SPRING day?

Please let me know you've visited my blog by leaving your answers, comments or just a HI! thinking of you! (it's easy to let me know you've been here by using the COMMENTS box)

If you haven't read my blog, WELCOME... 
I hope you will return often. 
My blog was started to document 
my 60th year of life
and to recognize the "silver linings" 
that make my life FABULOUS!

Sunday, May 16, 2010


(all pics taken Mother's Day ~ 5/9/10)
"It is the WISE MOTHER who gives her child 
R O O T S   and   W I N G S."
~ Chinese proverb 

Although I didn't get to spend time (in person) with any of the significant females in my family I did feel their LOVE. I worked on Saturday, May 8th, so I changed my plans to travel out of town. BUT, I did spend time on the phone with my mom and all three daughters...

While I worked on Saturday, JPE canned 7 pints of strawberry jam. So after our Sunday morning walk, we enjoyed the "fruits of his labor" topping our Bisquick biscuits... YUM! You might be thinking he would make his biscuits "from scratch" but our family actually prefers using the recipe found on the side of the Bisquick box. 

He also made tamale eggs (one warmed tamale cut into bite-size pieces & folded into scrambled eggs) topped with cheese & salsa. I felt so pampered! and then he topped off our breakfast with a gift (a National Geographic Photography book) and card. Talk about feeling "super pampered!"

We took a drive (JPE bought his "first ever" new car  - a 2010 Mazda 3 - 0% financing) to Baywood Park & Sweet Springs Preserve. I took pictures ~ the egrets watched us; while we watched two baby turtles wrestle in the water. I'm learning to use my telephoto lense & still struggle to figure out which settings will capture the shots I see in the viewer. JPE thought they might be mating?!? I thought they were wrestling!! it was fun watching them splash & tumble about in the pond.
The day was getting windy, so we headed off to grab a cup of coffee in Baywood... and also ended up walking across the street for an early dinner (Mexican food ~ our favorite!)... Honestly, we didn't experience a "food stupor"... but it may sound like it...

It was fabulous day!

Finally, here are two additional pics of my Mother's Day bouquet... the colors & fragrance really dressed up the living room... I love taking pics of flowers (I think because they stand still ~ and I can capture the smallest detail).

THANK YOU Ms Lydia, NB & JMcG for the flowers!!!

The girls have "flown" the nest, but they never fail to remember their "roots."

THANK YOU... JPE, DA, SLE, ACE, NB, JMcG & Ms Lydia for making "MOTHER'S DAY 2010" so special!

Friday, May 14, 2010


(free art from the internet)

"T G I F"

Please visit this link:

and click on
Amy Krouse Rosenthal's
May 11, 2010
video about

K I N D N E S S... 

Who will you share this with?

If you want to know more about Amy,
here is what I found...

Amy Krouse Rosenthal: Miss(ion) Amy KR

Amy Krouse Rosenthal is on a mission: to inspire her vocalo audience through weekly, playfully interactive projects and invitations.  To say Rosenthal is a writer, filmmaker and radio host does not do justice to the variety and sheer innovation behind her creative endeavors.   She has published 12 children’s books (and 8 forthcoming) including The New York Times bestsellers Cookies: Bite Size Life Lessons and Duck! Rabbit! (which was also recently named the #1 children’s book of the year by Time magazine).  As for her adult work, Amazon named her Encyclopedia of an Ordinary Life one of the top 10 memoirs of 2005.  Rosenthal is also the creator of the ongoing film project, “The Beckoning of Lovely: A Feature Film Featuring You.” Her new role with is in the spirit of the Writers’ Block Party show which aired on WBEZ Radio from 2001-08.

Thursday, May 13, 2010


 (pic taken 5/5/10 - SLO Children's Museum)

"The sun does not shine 
for a few trees and flowers, 
but for the wide world's joy."
~ Henry Ward Beecher, Congregational minister

This week has been 

The thought of posting 
on my blog seemed overwhelming.

I was downloading pictures from my
Canon Powershot 
(which I carry in my purse 
or work bag)
AND I found these pictures...

LIFE can get "prickly"...

Can make us feel "blue"...

We may not agree with each other...

is neither BLACK nor WHITE... 

"Flowers are sunshine, food and 
medicine to the soul."
~ Luther Burbank, American horticulturalist

I'm looking ahead!!!

Thursday, May 6, 2010


the newest issue of 
"Artful Blogging"

Several friends have asked what motivated me 
to start a BLOG?
besides wanting to document 
the "silver linings" that 
make up my 60th year of LIFE
I also wanted someplace to 
share photos with my family
keep the creative juices flowing!

 I ran across this publication
at BORDERS... 
and although
the subscription rate is steep
I decided I "needed" 
this visual simulation.

if you haven't seen
"Artful Blogging"
you're missing out on:
* beautiful pictures
 * tips from bloggers
 * bloggers' words of inspiration.

What publications 
(magazines, newsletters, online listservs) 
do you subscribe to?


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