All Hallows’ Eve

“It’s said that All Hallows’ Eve is one of the nights when the veil between the worlds is thin – and whether you believe in such things or not, those roaming spirits probably believe in you, or at least acknowledge your existence, considering that it used to be their own. Even the air feels different on Halloween, autumn-crisp and bright.” – Erin Morgenstern

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I Cannot Live Without Books

Thomas Jefferson said that and I truly agree with him.  I can’t either.

Ever since I was a little kid, I was reading everything I could get my hands on.  And I taught my children to do the same.  Both of them were reading at an early age and it has served them well.

So, even if my days are busy, and they usually are, I take some time to read each night before going to sleep.  Something uplifting most of the time.  There are occasions when I like to read a good novel.

Just me and my Kindle … ahhh, yes!  Namaste’

Cant Live Without Books

Tres Amigos

You know how sometimes friends move away and there’s a geographical divide as a result?  Not some short distance, but a long one.  One that’s not drive-able over a weekend?  And yet you get together again and it feels like no time has passed.

Well, that’s the case with these three lovely people.  They moved a while back from Tucson to the beautiful (but cold) state of Minnesota.  And we’ve missed them.

Last week they came for a vacation back to Tucson and we were able to get together at one of our favorite restaurants – El Charro – the oldest Mexican restaurant in southern Arizona.  The original one is downtown and opened in 1922.   We had a fabulous time and talked more than we ate, a first for me 🙂  These guys are really smart … they picked the best time and weather to come to southern Arizona.  It was beautiful.

As we were taking pics that evening, one of the waiters obligingly placed the sombrero on mom’s head to make it a fun picture indeed.  Please come back soon, you guys!  We love you!  Namaste’

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Ahhh … the Girls

I was having a little fun today with some post processing and thought I’d share this one with all of you.  Foxy (L) and Daisy (R); two of our favorite creatures on the planet.  Foxy is our senior dog and Daisy is what we lovingly refer to as the “teenager.”  You all know how teenagers can be, right?  Ha!

I was making some garlic bread this evening and … well … I left the sliced loaf too close to the edge of the counter and before I knew it, Daisy put those little mitts of hers up there, grabbed the bread in her teeth and was about to make off with it, when hubby came around the corner and busted her.  She’s such a food sleuth!  Probably because she had a history of being out on the streets before she was picked up by the SPCA.  We adopted her six years ago and it seems she’s been a chow hound ever since.

But we love her anyway, the little scoundrel!  Namaste’

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The Cup Song

Having a bad day?  Need an emotional tune-up?  Watch this video and prepare to get happy!  Compliments of my friend, Gini, who sent it to me.

And if that doesn’t do it for you, then take a look at the guilty pleasure photo on the right … a close-up of a chocolate covered strawberry … no calories!  Namaste’

Today’s Buddha

Hubby went to an estate sale last weekend and bought me this laughing Buddha.  When I feel the least bit stressed, I look at him and try to remember that life is way too short to be stressed.  Don’t sweat the small stuff, eh?

(Buddha didn’t come with the spectacles… they were my own silly addition). If I were to design a statue of today’s Buddha, I would make sure he was wearing specs. Posing him in front of my lucky bamboo plant just seemed the right thing to do 🙂

I hope he makes you smile, too.

“Thousands of candles can be lighted from a single candle, and the life of the candle will not be shortened. Happiness never decreases by being shared.” ~ Buddha

Namaste’

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Bodega Bay

I was going to continue my series of images that I took at our recent visit to Tubac but this image came in today from my daughter.  She’s visiting Bodega Bay CA, a place near and dear to my heart. It’s 82 degrees there right now.  Wow!  Most of the time it’s a bit chilly and windy, but October is the perfect time to visit this place, as well as San Francisco, just 66 miles away, about an hour and a half by car.

I think she got a great shot … can’t you just feel that spray on your face?

When I lived in northern CA, I used to spend as many weekends as possible at Bodega.  Such a beautiful place and I was lucky enough to live only 18 miles away.  Lots of interesting beaches and places to investigate tide pools.  Great restaurants and gift shops, some tucked away where the average tourist could miss them if they weren’t looking.  The lodging is spectacular as well.  Nothing like waking up in the morning, walking out on the balcony and seeing that beautiful blue water.

If you’re ever in northern CA and looking for a wonderful day trip, check it out:  See Bodega Bay  Dang!  I’m so jealous right now 🙂

Namaste’

Bodega Bay