It is not too late – SPECIAL OFFERS

If you live in the US or Canada…and not sure where else, it is not too late to order a handmade gift for your mother, as May 10th is Mother’s Day.

My Etsy shop offers small tokens or love that say mom, or don’t. I especially like the little “Just a Thought” pillows that are a message she can see all the time and add a sweet little reminder and touch anywhere she might want to place them.

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If you are interested, just until May 3 (through the upcoming weekend) I am offering two discount codes you may use at checkout:

3GETSFREESHIP – free shipping for US orders on purchase of three items

FANDFAM – 40% off your purchase…you are all my friends and family!!!!

There are plenty of other items to choose too…bags, bowls, home décor, jewelry, purses…

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feel free to take a look!

One little bird


That one little bird is me. Looking out on the sea of blog posts awaiting me. I have been trying to catch up with all my blogging friends’ posts. I just can’t get it done and if you know me, that feels really bad! I feel a connection to you and don’t want to miss a thing…I just find for every one I read there are at least three more new ones and I am about 12 days behind. So, I have decided to stop with the past and get on with the now. If there are some apparent tidbits that I have missed that make the now hard to understand, then I will backtrack. 

Happy blogging!


Hi all my blogosphere friends! I am trying to read, but not getting it done. I will have so much to catch up on when I return from a visit to see my sister! Savannah, GA is beautiful and we are having a ball!


I have not seen my sister in almost 2 years!

Some time back I wrote this poem about rivers and it really made me think of our lives and how we start from something so small and change over the course of our lives. I dedicate this to my sister again today.

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I am so excited to be seeing her tomorrow! We have lots of catching up to do…sister time. And I get to see her kids and grands, as well as Savannah, Georgia, which I hear is a wonderful place! Yippee!

I was surprised to be nominated for the Real Neat Blog award!


Gail at snapshotsincursive was kind enough to select me for this award. Her posts inspire me with her pictures, insights, recipes and so much more. Check her blog out!

Though it is not a requirement to accept the nomination, who wouldn’t want to pay it forward?! (Sounds great, so I copied that from Gail too!)

These are the rules:

1. Put the award logo on your blog.

2. Answer 7 questions asked by the person who nominated you.

3. Thank the person who nominated you, linking to their blog.

4. Nominate any number of bloggers you like, linking to their blogs.

5. Let them know you nominated them (by commenting on their blog etc.)


Most of these awards require you to select your own questions, after answering those posed to you, but Gail did not ask more, so I will answer the following questions that she answered:

1. Where do most visits to your blog come from?

Top are US, UK, Canada. From there, it is really interesting to see where my blog has travelled – I am global! That is not the same as viral!

2. What is your favorite sport?

Not terribly athletic here, but I am currently enjoying Pickleball….do you know what that is?

3. What has been a special moment for you in 2015? (changed this to 2015)

There were several moments, but certainly so far, spending time with my family who doesn’t live close.

4. What is your favorite quote?

“Be still and know”

5. What was your favorite class when still at school?

Hmmm….Home Economics (I don’t think they have it any more) or French

6. Anything you wished to have learned earlier?

You have to take care of yourself in order to take care of others.

7. What musical instrument have you tried to play?

I play the piano…not very often any more…have not tried much else…I would like to play a Native American Flute. Oh, and I do play the Native American Ceremonial Drum I made.

And now, my Nominees for the “Real Neat Blog Award”…I based this on a few things. I must enjoy the blog. The blogger need not be prolific, but regular, in posting. I want to say, also, that there are many others. This is not easy, or maybe I take it too seriously. Maybe there will be another set of awards coming out from Facetfully. So here they are:

Mumma Plus Three

Izzy Grabs Life

Dream Make Repeat

Earth Zen Mama

Sabrina’s Road To…

Go forth and inspire!

Welcome Summer With This Fun Treat

Reblogging for folks with kids who might be looking for a summer flick…

Life Through the Big Screen

liam_james_in_the_way_way_back-1920x1080I try to be selective with the movies I recommend on this blog, but as I type this the end credits are rolling on one that just took me by complete surprise. I watched it because it was a serious roll for one of my favorites, Steve Carrell, AKA Michael Scott.

The Way Way Back is a coming-of-age story about a boy who’s just trying to make it through his fourteenth summer without his self-image dissipating any more than it has already.

It’s got the feel of 500 Days of Summer, and is full of 100% awesomeness. Plus, it’s got a great soundtrack to boot. I’ll be revising this movie every summer, as it is a good reminder that we can, in fact, change the things around us if we just step outside of our comfort zones.

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Liebster Award #3

I was nominated by Ana at QuarterVida. Thank you! I feel honored to be nominated again and will do my best to support the blogging community by paying it forward.

liebster award 3This is such a pretty version of the Liebster Award!

Ana…did you create this?

Here are the rules a nominated writer needs to do in order to accept the Liebster Award:

  • Thank the person who nominated you, and post a link to their website.
  • Display the award on your website — by including it in your article
  • Answer 11 questions about yourself, which will be provided to you by the person who nominated you.
  • Provide 11 random facts about yourself.
  • Nominate 5 – 11 writers that you feel deserve the award.
  • Create a new list of questions for the blogger to answer.
  • List these rules in your post

Questions for me from QuarterVida:

  1. What do you value most in a person? Integrity…Sometimes it is learned by hard lessons, but when a person walks their talk, is honest and trustworthy you can’t ask for much else.
  2. Why do you write? Sometimes I write for myself…to get a better understanding of myself or a situation. Sometimes I write for an article to be published. Sometimes I write to keep in touch with people.
  3. What helps you go on every day? A positive attitude and trying to live in the present moment. Worrying won’t change the future and the past is just that….learn from it and move ahead.
  4. Who inspires you? People with integrity and people who are willing to share from their heart.
  5. Do you prefer to wear dark or light clothing? I like to wear colors…could be either.
  6. How do you want to be remembered? I want to be remembered because I loved people. I believe that is why we are here.
  7. What is your biggest pet peeve? Hmmm…People who are judgmental. I have yet to meet one who is without fault themselves.
  8. Realist, Optimist or pessimist? Optimist
  9. Favorite pastime? Sharing with people I care about…whether traveling, talking or whatever. Anything is better when shared.
  10. Do you consider yourself to be simple or complicated? Simply complicated!!! Tee hee! I guess that would depend on who you ask, but my life is currently blissfully uncomplicated!
  11. What do you value most in yourself? My sense of openness…I did not always have it.

11 random facts about me:

  1. I would like to visit every state in the US and have several to go.
  2. I was VERY shy as a girl.
  3. I love being the age I am.
  4. I think relationships are the most important part of life.
  5. I love to travel.
  6. I have never had a pet.
  7. I don’t really want a pet, but would get attached to it, if I had one.
  8. I don’t remember a lot of things from my childhood, but I do remember my dad telling me when my mom lost a baby brother at birth.
  9. Riding in a hot air balloon was very exciting…
  10. …but I am afraid of heights.
  11. I love the night.

I Nominate:
1.  scotty73

2. noelwrights

3. justdabbling

4. mynexteye

5. everthecrafter

Questions for my nominees:

1.  What makes your heart sing?

2.  If you could trade places with someone for just one day, who would you choose?

3.  Was your favorite grade school, middle school or high school?

4.  You can go anywhere in the world tomorrow…where?

5.  What is the last thing you do every day?

6.  What prompted you to start blogging?

7.  Can you keep a secret?

8.  Is it ever okay to lie?

9.  True or False?  I am all grown up.

10.  Car, bus, train or plane?

11.  What is the best place you have visited in your country?

There you have it! The ball is in your court now.


This is a great blog post….well worth the read…

Words No One is Reading

“I hope the fathers and mothers of little girls will look at them and say, ‘Yes, women can.'” – Dilma Rousseff

So, as expected, Hillary Clinton has officially announced that she will make a run at the presidency.  I, for one, could not be happier.  Wait, don’t stop reading – it’s not what you think.  I’m not particularly a fan of Clinton (or any other candidate), and I am not writing with any political agenda, per se.  I’m glad she is running, because I have a wife, sister, mother, step-mother, mother and sister-in-laws, aunts, female cousins, nieces, and many female friends; all of whom I respect and want the best for.  Also, (and most importantly) I have a four year old daughter, and I believe a female presidential candidate can help her, and all women, have a better future.  I’m hopeful that the more we, as a society, are exposed…

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The Word

Today’s word…WORD!


“Everybody’s heard about the bird…b, b, bir, b-bird’s the word”…no, not that word, though I do love hearing birds. And I am not too fond of that song, as my B-I-L is likely not either, as his nickname is “Bird”…thanks to his mom!

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The word…did you get the word?

phone  via phone?    texting  or better yet today, via text?

Do you study the Word?

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Today I got good word, as in good news.

calendar marking Mark the calendar…they are coming to visit!

Yes, I study the Word, the Bible is one, but also the word of many other spiritual teachers. I love word games and often play on words. Or I mix up words…on purpose…and hope I remember NOT to do that when someone who does not know me is listening!


“He is hamsome…even with those whiksers!”

Their, there, they’re…many have pet peeve words. What is yours?


My word for the year is “peace”.

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If you are reading this, you are likely into words. Words as meditation, words as healing, words and humor, words as anger, words as…well, just words. Bloggers are certainly using words.

We tell children to “use your words”…that means don’t cry or throw a tantrum.


Words play a big part in our lives. And yet there are times when we should use no words…our actions speak louder! Silence is golden. And on it goes.

quiet please

What is your word for today? Or, the word you choose NOT to use today is interesting too!