24 September 2013


This has been a long week for me,
and i am celebrating the end of it
with some family time - driving with
"my girls" to see my family....
i'll be back on Monday  :)

"The family.  We were a strange little band of characters 
trudging through life sharing diseases and toothpaste, 
coveting one another's desserts, hiding shampoo, borrowing money, 
locking each other out of our rooms, 
 inflicting pain and kissing to heal it in the same instant, 
loving, laughing, defending, 
and trying to figure out the common thread 
that bound us all together."  
~Erma Bombeck

Yeah, that pretty much sums it up!

23 September 2013


sometimes i wake up in the wee hours
its midnight, and i feel .... lonely.
i don't mind being alone .... most days.

but sometimes at night
i miss having someone nearby
to share things
like a cuddle
or a caress

especially during weeks
like this one.
i'm doing double duty of
my job responsibilities
in two different stores.

my legs, my feet
and my back
are tired and achy.
so i lay here in bed
and tossing and turning
trying to get comfortable.

being this busy leaves
very little time for
daily pleasures
like posting pix
for you.

In the meantime, here are
a couple from 2006 and
2008... digital cameras
have come a long way
since then, and so have i !!

21 September 2013


extra busy here in

Gal's world....

I took on a 'project'

at a different location --

not instead of my own

work, but in addition to -

today was the first day,

and I worked 11 hours.


this wasn't the best of the

images, but Sadie posed for this one!

18 September 2013

I'm Different!

“Be different

so that people can

see you clearly

amongst the crowds.”

--Mehmet Murat ildan

“Life's no piece of cake,

mind you, but the recipe's

my own to fool with.”

― Haruki Murakami

“So you're a little weird?

Work it!

A little different?

OWN it!

Better to be a nerd

than one of the herd!”

― Mandy Hale

17 September 2013

Be Different

In order to be irreplaceable,

one must always be different.  

-Coco Chanel

“Don't dare to be different, 

dare to be yourself - 

if that doesn't make you different 

then something is wrong.”

― Laura Baker

Be daring, be different,

be impractical,

be anything that will assert

integrity of purpose and imaginative vision

against the play-it-safers,

the creatures of the commonplace,

the slaves of the ordinary.

--Cecil Beaton

16 September 2013

Finest Pleasures

“The finest of pleasures 

are always 

the unexpected ones.”
― Erin Morgenstern, 
The Night Circus

Thought it might be fun

to be a little different....

yes, I know, these

aren't 'nudes'

but I can honestly say

I was naked underneath

my clothes!


it almost looks like

the circus came to town!

I should have had a

Top Hat to complete

the picture!

15 September 2013


“The whole

point of the week

is the weekend.”

― Angela Montenegro (Bones)

and i took advantage

of a lazy

Saturday afternoon

to snap some pix

i wasn't feeling my

personal best,

but like the

line of my chair! 

14 September 2013

Nothin' doin'

saturday afternoon

and nothin' doin'

except me and my camera

perhaps a nap

is in order.....

Was your

Friday the 13th

lucky for you??

nothing bad,

and nothing spectacular

for me......

just the way i like it!

13 September 2013

Feel Lucky?

Well I woke up this morning
stumbled out of my rack
I opened up the paper
to the page in the back
It only took a minute
for my finger to find
My daily dose of destiny,
under my sign
My eyes just about
popped out of my head
It said "the stars are stacked
against you girl, get back in bed"

I feel lucky, yeah
No Professor Doom gonna stand in my way
Mmmmm, I feel lucky today

Mary Chapin Carpenter sings this song about feelin' lucky -- it's pretty good.
But maybe you're a superstitious kind,
and Friday the 13th never feels like a lucky day!
I don't ever feel that way --
in fact today is my granddaughter's 11th birthday;
she was born on Friday the 13th too :)

Known scientifically as “Tridecaphobia,” fear of the number 13 is probably the most common of all superstitions. Buildings avoid numbering the 13th floor. Airplanes avoid the 13th aisle. And almost every North American knows that Friday the 13th is considered a bad luck day.

What about you..... feelin' lucky today?? 

12 September 2013


Learn to get in touch 

with the silence 

within yourself 

and know that 

everything in this life 

has a purpose.  

~Elisabeth Kubler-Ross

some weekends are

very quiet for me...

this past weekend was one.

Nothing scheduled,

nothing pressing,

just time to sit quiet

if only for a brief time.

11 September 2013

Heart of the Sole

Kermit the frog sings:

Happy feet, I've got those happy feet
Give them a low down beat
And they begin dancing
I've got those ten little tapping toes
And when they hear a tune
I can't control my dancing heels

To save my soul

Weary blues can't get into my shoes
Because my shoes refuse to ever grow weary
I keep cheerful on an earful of music sweet
'Cause I've got happ happ happy feet

and while that's sweet sentiment, how often do we actually think about our feet?
They take us everywhere, they support our every move, every choice.
They don't complain (much) when we stuff them into high heels.
They don't ask for much - a slather of lotion every now and then
(along with a toenail clipping once in a while as well)
We stand, skip, jump, wade, waddle, run and hop.
And yet we sometimes take them for granted!
Next time you're in the shower, bend over!
(no, no not for that -- this time hehehe)
and give your feet a little extra care today.
They'll thank you for it! 

Love is the heart of the soul. 
(or in this case, sole!)

10 September 2013


Simplicity and repose

are the qualities

that measure the true value

of any work of art.

-Frank Lloyd Wright

08 September 2013

Sunday's Rest

“Rest and be thankful.” 

 -William Wordsworth

resting and relaxing

was the mode for today

with not much in the way

of energy beyond walking

Sadie in the early morning

sprinkles at the park.

She gets me up and going

early every day,

but there's always time

for rest afterward!

07 September 2013


On my morning walk with Sadie, these three birds 
were sitting atop the light pole and I thought 
"What would they be saying?" -- yes, sometimes 
my brain is quite fanciful, thinking that animals 
have pearls of wisdom for us!  And the other day, 
I heard this speech on 'Two and a Half Men' .... 
and thought it fit :)


“When we least expect it,

life sets us a challenge

to test our courage and

willingness to change;

at such a moment,

there is no point in pretending

that nothing has happened

or in saying that we are not yet ready.

The challenge will not wait.

Life does not look back.

A week is more than enough time

for us to decide whether or not

 to accept our destiny.”

 -Paul Coelho, The Devil and Miss Prym

every now and then,

i grab a little courage

and keep trying to

convince myself that

i'm not overexposed.

(i like the way the light

bounced off my hip

in the top picture)

06 September 2013


“I think... if it is true that

there are as many minds as there

are heads, then there are as many

kinds of love as there are hearts.”

-Leo Tolstoy, Anna Karenina

this was a week of
too much to do,
too little time,
and a blessing in disguise.
 Happy weekend!
Life doesn't offer many
second chances.
We are fools if we don't
grab it with both hands!

03 September 2013


A man gives many 

question marks, 

however, a woman 

is a whole mystery.  

~Diana Stürm


“Her soul is Alive. 
And we are drawn to her.”

 -Stasi Eldgredge,

Captivating: Unveiling the Mystery of a Woman's Soul

“It’s the unknown 

that draws people.”

-E. A. Bucchianeri

02 September 2013


this was a spur of the moment shot
i was intrigued by the contrasts
straight lines versus curves....
otherwise a day filled with "what now?"
with  house chores done, and TheEx
has come and gone, out to lunch with my son.
Happy Labor Day  :)

“There are as many nights as days,

and the one is just as long as the other

in the year's course.

Even a happy life cannot be

without a measure of darkness,

and the word 'happy' would lose its meaning

if it were not balanced by sadness.”

-C.G. Jung

01 September 2013


took an early morning walk
in a busy local park
the sun was just peeking
over the horizon .....

 ..... and i thought i should 

be bold,  

be daring, 

so here's my 

"flash in the park" 

Boob Morning!  

Front to Back

"Don't approach a goat from the front,

a horse from the back,

or a fool from any side."

-Yiddish proverb

just a little peek

front and back

to the start of my weekend!