Weekly Photo Challenge – Love



This picture makes me smile every time I see it… something so simple and yet to me full of possibilities. It was taken on one of our first trips to Sutter Creek on my love’s motorcycle. All we did was ride, walk, talk and get a bite to eat but to this day I think it is the exact moment that love seemed to bloom in my heart for this very special man.


Share Your World 2013 – Week 3 & 4

I’ve been remiss in blogging about anything of late, and have even gotten behind in the Share Your World Q & A, so here is my quick attempt at catching up.

Week 3

Questions: Is your hair short (total neck and ear showing), medium (covering ears and neck), long (below shoulders) or extra long (at least halfway down your back)?

Answer: My hair is typically in a pixie, shaped to my head and around my ear. At the request of my hubby and son I am attempting to grow it out in 2013 but I usually only last a month or two before the new growth starts to tickle my ears and neck and so I give in and get it chopped off. For now it’s shaggy short and head bands are my new best friend to keep the bangs out of my eyes during the day.

Question: What is your favorite color of hair? You can name your hair color or a color that you just like.

Answer: I’m a brunette and I do honestly believe that we have the most fun but I like pretty much all hair colors and think it’s fun to switch it up every once in a while whether it’s a quick change out with a wig, hair piece or some spray in color or a professionally highlighted job. Or in the case of my son, some extra strong hair gel with a little food coloring thrown in for fun.

My lil' Joe all mohawked out for Crazy Hair Day at school.

My lil’ Joe all mohawked out for Crazy Hair Day at school.

Question: Which bad habits, if any, drive you crazy?

Answer: There are a couple – folks who constantly interrupt others (which I sometimes do and I think that’s why it drives me so crazy) and when people are rude to those providing service of some kind to them. I believe you can really tell the measure of a person by the way they treat their wait staff. If they can’t be kind and courteous during the most basic of exchanges how will they treat you in the long run, especially in times of challenge? Just think about it, and don’t bother wasting your time on them.

Question: What are some of your favorite type of proteins to eat? (meat, eggs, soy, cheese, nuts)

Answer: Cheese, cheese, cheese. I honestly believe I could give up meat, eggs, etc. but I’d be miserable if I couldn’t have a taste of really good cheese.

Week 4

This is a little different from weeks past. Instead of specific questions, here is Cee’s inquiry.

Almost everyone has heard of a bucket list which is a list of things you want to do before you die. List 4 things off your bucket list that you would like to share with us. Assume that money is no object. Have a lot of fun with it. Would you like to fly to the moon, dive to the bottom of the ocean, live a month in India or learn how to tap dance? What is on your list?

There are a lot of things on my list from little to BIG. My first would be to travel the world – alone, with my hubby, with my son. We wouldn’t have to do the whole thing together but I’d like to share parts of the journey with each of them individually and collectively as a family. Going along with that vein in mind I’d like to learn to at least speak conversationally in a foreign tongue in the majority of places that I intend to visit for more than two weeks at a time beginning with Italian. I think it’s such a beautiful language. My son on the other hand wants to learn Spanish and Mandarin so I guess I’ll have to learn those as well in order to keep up with him.

I’ve always wanted to obtain a pilot’s license but due to health issues it wouldn’t be safe for me to really do but I’d still love to take a plane up with an experienced pilot and be allowed to take control if even for only a moment or two.

I want to publish a children’s book… and yes, self publishing would count. I’d partner with a bold illustrator who would bring my book to life along with my words and no pastels would be allowed.

I want to take cooking lessons with my husband – doesn’t matter what kind, it could be sushi making, or Best of BBQ, or creating the perfect salted caramels just so long as we could do it together. I love cooking with him in the kitchen and we don’t do it near as often as we did when we were in the courtship phase of our relationship and I miss it.

So that’s it in a nut shell. I’m caught up and current and now am just wondering what you would do for your bucket list? Anyone want to share?

WordPress Photo Challenge – Illumination

ImageI haven’t done the photo challenge in the past but was inspired by the topic.  This picture was taken on a trip to Mexico in 2008 to celebrate my in-laws 40th wedding anniversary.  I took the photo at a slow speed while I moved my camera about.  It is my interpretation of the tin star lights hanging from the rafters of the palapa where we had the majority of our meals.

Share Your World 2013 – Week 2

Week two is already upon us and Cee has come up with some fun questions to respond to so I say let’s get right to it.

Question: What is your favorite color?

Answer: Purple. I’m not sure why exactly but in giving it some thought and research it seems pretty fitting for me. It’s the color of the 7th Chakra which is known as the Crown Chakra – spirituality, strength, passion, and a sense of oneness in the world. I’m always looking for the connections with people, the earth, myself, my thoughts so it’s fitting that it’s my favorite. And besides it looks great on just about everyone don’t you think?

Question: Favorite thing to photograph? Write? Or Cook?

Answer: My favorite thing to photograph is nature followed closely by people – generally people I don’t even know. I love to capture the nuances in both, what a line in someone’s face signifies or the rings of a tree. I find it fascinating. I love to write anything and everything – plain old journaling, poetry, short stories. As for cooking, I love trying new things from other cultures. Sushi making, check. Hand rolled pasta, check. You name it and I’m willing to give it a try but, and that’s a big BUT I don’t like to do it alone. I love cooking with my husband, my son, my friends.

Question: Name two of your best personality traits.

Answer: I’d have to go with my sense of wonder and my loyalty to family and friends.

Question: What word or words are fun for you to say?

Answer: Spaghetti which I always pronounce as sketti and Napkin which I always tend to leave the p out of if we’re being literal. I also have a lot of fun with words in general. Joey is just learning his letters and so he’s always trying to spell words that make no sense. On the way to school he’ll say letters out loud and then ask me what word he spelled. Usually it’s something like PTEEROS and I’ll respond that isn’t a word but just letters he’s strung together. This is almost always followed by his request for me to sound it out anyway and when I do he always says, “See Mom, it is a word.” Don’t even get me started on the definitions we come up with for some of his words or you won’t be able to stop laughing. For example did you know that PTEEROS means a purple and orange dinosaur that wears footed pajama’s? See you learn something knew every day.

Now how about you… how would you answer these questions?

42 Life Lessons


I felt like writing today but my energy didn’t so instead I’m posting the words of another writer I just discovered.

These words of wisdom were written by Regina Brett – pictured obove, 90 years old, of the Plain Dealer, out of Cleveland, Ohio.  To celebrate growing older she once wrote a column titled, “42 Lessons Life Taught Me”.  It is the most requested column she’s ever written and since this is the first time I’ve heard of it (via FB) I’m passing her words along to you as I thought they were seriously worth contemplating.
1. Life isn’t fair, but it’s still good.

2. When in doubt, just take the next small step.

3. Life is too short – enjoy it..

4. Your job won’t take care of you when you are sick. Your friends and family will.

5. Pay off your credit cards every month.

6. You don’t have to win every argument. Stay true to yourself.

7. Cry with someone. It’s more healing than crying alone.

8. Save for retirement starting with your first pay check.

9. When it comes to chocolate, resistance is futile.

10. Make peace with your past so it won’t screw up the present.

11. It’s OK to let your children see you cry.
12. Don’t compare your life to others. You have no idea what their journey is all about.

13. If a relationship has to be a secret, you shouldn’t be in it…

14 Take a deep breath. It calms the mind.

15. Get rid of anything that isn’t useful. Clutter weighs you down in many ways.

16. Whatever doesn’t kill you really does make you stronger.

17. It’s never too late to be happy. But it’s all up to you and no one else.

18. When it comes to going after what you love in life, don’t take no for an answer.

19. Burn the candles, use the nice sheets, wear the fancy lingerie. Don’t save it for a special occasion. Today is special.

20. Over prepare, then go with the flow.

21. Be eccentric now. Don’t wait for old age to wear purple.

22. The most important sex organ is the brain.

23. No one is in charge of your happiness but you.

24. Frame every so-called disaster with these words ‘In five years, will this matter?’

25. Always choose life.

26. Forgive but don’t forget.

27. What other people think of you is none of your business.

28. Time heals almost everything. Give time time.

29. However good or bad a situation is, it will change.

30. Don’t take yourself so seriously. No one else does..

31. Believe in miracles.

32. Don’t audit life. Show up and make the most of it now.

33. Growing old beats the alternative — dying young.

34. Your children get only one childhood.

35. All that truly matters in the end is that you loved.

36. Get outside every day. Miracles are waiting everywhere.

37. If we all threw our problems in a pile and saw everyone else’s, we’d grab ours back.

38. Envy is a waste of time. Accept what you already have not what you need.

39. The best is yet to come…

40. No matter how you feel, get up, dress up and show up.

41. Yield.

42. Life isn’t tied with a bow, but it’s still a gift.

You Plan, God Laughs

You know what they say about the best laid plans right… you plan and God laughs, well that is how my year has begun. We had my great-niece Gracie come to stay with us for a couple of days and planned a snow day for her and Joey on the 3rd only to have the kids cough all night and for me to get a stomach bug that kept me up all night and in bed the majority of the day. But we got the last laugh because we didn’t let it get us down. I broke out my new Entertainment Book for 2013 and began flipping through the pages. In just moments Larry and I agreed upon Scandia and Plan B was formulated. Larry would take the kids, bundled up to keep the chill out, out for lunch followed by a round of miniature golf and some time in the arcade and then cap the day off with ice cream treats from Cold Stone.

Was I bummed that I was missing out? You betcha, but my heart was dancing inside because I knew they were still going to get to have a fun adventure with or without me. Larry, darling hubby that he is, took the camera with him so that I could enjoy their fun after the fact. They came dancing in the house, showing me their treasures – balloons, tattoo’s, magnetic rattle snake eggs, and candy which of course there was no evidence of since they’d eaten it on the way home and telling tall tales about how they kept beating one another until the last hole when the hole beat them both. I still haven’t heard how Daddy did but I bet he at least beat the last hole.

Instead of looking on the day as a downer I think it turned out to be quite positive. Our plans didn’t go as originally planned, but we quickly formulated another as a family, my husband rose to the occasion and gave the kids a day they’d remember and gave me the time to try to get back on my feet. I got to enjoy their pleasure of the day in their storytelling and I got to see it up close through my hubby’s photo’s. All in all, not a bad way to start the year off.

Trees are Natures Gift

Trees are Natures Gift

I don’t think I’ve ever met a tree that I didn’t like. I love them when their branches are bare, stark against the sky. I love them when the first leaves start to unfurl as if they’re trying on a new outfit. And when those same leaves are spread out wide and providing welcome shade against the hot summer sun. But my favorite trees are those found in the Fall when the leaves start to turn colors and each new day brings on a new scene to behold. And let’s face it, there is nothing more fun than jumping into a big pile of freshly fallen leaves.