How to Fly with a Bird

This is one of the most wonderful videos I’ve seen in a long, long time.  Thanks to my friend, Sam, in Juneau Alaska, for sending it to me.  It made my heart sing.  I hope you all enjoy it just as much.  Namaste’



Happy Easter

Just a quick note to wish all of my readers a warm, joyful and peaceful Easter.  Pray for the miracle of peace around the world.  (We all know it’s not about the bunnies, colored eggs and candy).

Frankly, I never understood how anyone could buy into the whole Easter Bunny thing.  Any kid with half a brain could figure out that bunnies just don’t lay eggs.  I’ve always thought there should be an Easter Duck because when I was a kid, my brother and I actually each got a duckling for Easter.  We loved those furry little creatures but they got too big and Grandpa told us they’d be better off living on a farm.  OMG!  I hope they didn’t get eaten.  I’d much rather think they lived to a ripe old age and died of natural causes.

This photo is of one of the beautiful flowers in a special arrangement sent to hubby and me by his boss and crew after Bud’s passing.  Such wonderful, caring people.  The bouquet was just beautiful.  I only added a slight antique effect.  Namaste’


Sometimes I Need a Gentle Reminder

Mother Teresa’s Anyway Poem

People are often unreasonable, illogical and self centered;
Forgive them anyway.
If you are kind, people may accuse you of selfish, ulterior motives;
Be kind anyway.
If you are successful, you will win some false friends and some true enemies;
Succeed anyway.
If you are honest and frank, people may cheat you;
Be honest and frank anyway.
What you spend years building, someone could destroy overnight;
Build anyway.
If you find serenity and happiness, they may be jealous;
Be happy anyway.
The good you do today, people will often forget tomorrow;
Do good anyway.
Give the world the best you have, and it may never be enough;
Give the world the best you’ve got anyway.
You see, in the final analysis, it is between you and your God;
It was never between you and them anyway.

Today’s photo is of a magnifying glass that I purchased not long ago.  It just spoke to me because of the way it is made, the weight of it in my hand, and the excellent glass that was put into it.  It REALLY magnifies.  Kind of like how Mother Teresa’s poem can magnify our lives.  Namaste’


It Comes Down to This?

The past few days seem like such a blur, with moving Mom and the details and coordination work that it entails.  Such a stressful time for all of us.  Hubby was so good yesterday to move all the boxes from her old apartment to the new one.  That paved the way for the movers this morning to get the job done a LOT quicker.  Saved her some money, too, because they charge by the hour.  I sure hope she appreciates him.  I know I sure do.

Hubby and I were both pretty tired last night.  I was just thinking as I went to turn off the light in the bathroom right before falling into bed, “I can’t wait to get back to photographing some fun things.”  Lo and behold!  What do I see?  A mosquito eater just hanging around on the mirror.  As I snapped the picture with my phone, I thought, “Is this what it’s come down to?”  Snapping photos in the bathroom?  Aaaarrrghh!  Oh well, at least I had some fun editing this one with the Paper Camera app.  Namaste’


The Reluctant Blogger

Yep, that’s me!  (No, not really).  By now you all know I’m not reluctant about blogging.  I’ve just been really busy getting Mom prepared to move to a smaller place.  She will be 90 next week so it’s a little hard for her to comprehend that she needs to down-size now that Bud has passed.  Hubby and I will go over there tomorrow to move some of the boxes from the old unit to the new one.  The movers will be there on Thursday.  Let the fun begin!  Ugh!

I’m just grateful that the retirement community she’s in had a one-bedroom available.  Those places make a LOT OF MONEY on our senior citizens.  If I told you how much they were overcharging her while Bud was in the rehab center it would curl your hair!  I had a little meeting with the general manager yesterday … hmmm.  A credit will be given.

But on to better things.  We know that Buddy is in a good place so now we have to take care of Mom.  I’ll be busy for the next few days but plan to be back in full swing next week.  Yeah, Yeah, I know … we’ve all heard that before, right?  But you know what John Lennon said … “life is what happens when we’ve made other plans.”  Namaste”

Today’s photo is one from when hubby and I went to the nursery.  I love the stone statues.



Just a short post today to express my thanks to all of you who made such loving comments. Your thoughts and positive energy will contribute immensely to the days ahead. The tasks begin of dealing with the logistics of moving Mom to a smaller place, and of course the paperwork involved when someone passes. God, give me the strength and grace I’m gonna need for all this! I’m not gettin’ any younger, ‘ya know!!!! Namaste’

An Ending and a Beginning

As many of you know, my stepdad, Bud, has been very ill and was in a nursing facility for quite some time.  A week ago yesterday we managed to get him out of there with the help of hospice.  The same hospice that took care of my brother when he passed a few years ago. I simple can’t say enough about how wonderful and caring they are.

Bud passed yesterday after a valiant fight to “come back.”  His daughter, one of his sons, one of his granddaughters, my mom and me were by his side. It was very hard to watch him waste away and I don’t want that picture of his last days and hours to stay in my mind.  So I’m posting this one that I took of him a couple of years ago, before he started to decline.

Bud had a fabulously critical, mathematical mind, being an engineer and all.  He traveled to some really cool places like Brazil, Indonesia, Saudi Arabia, France, Germany and England during his career, performing complete estimates on what it would cost to build cement plants in those places.  I can remember how thrilled he would be when he got back and would later get the news that his bid won the contract for his employer.  He was an avid fisherman and golfer in his younger years, a really good cook and gardener (he grew the best tomatoes this side of the moon) and a wonderful “step-grandpa” for my kids.  Their paternal grandfather was killed in a car accident when my son was two weeks old.  And my father had another life and geographical distance.  So Buddy stepped up to the plate in so many ways for me and my kids.

My mom and him were married for 51 years.  He will be sorely missed.  Rest in peace, Buddy.  I hope you’ve found the ultimate peaceful lake for fishing somewhere on the other side.  Namaste’

Sept. 23, 1923 - March 9, 2013
09.23.1923 – 03.09.2013




Wouldn’t you know it?  I didn’t have my camera with me yesterday (highly unusual) and hubby wanted to stop at the nursery.  Well, of course there were some spectacular flowers so I started snapping away with my phone’s camera.  At least I had that, eh?  Here’s a few from yesterday’s adventure.  Click on each one to enlarge. The bottom photo is a metal yard art flower.  Would look great in anyone’s garden.  Namaste’

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