22 September 2014

Lovin' Outdoors




“Your naked body

should only belong

to those who fall in love

with your naked soul.”

― Charles Chaplin

20 September 2014

19 September 2014

New Angle

Sometimes, when you change the angle of the camera,
you get a different look altogether. 
i rather liked this one a lot! 

Good Vistas

because i worked 
Sunday - Thursday
today was my day off.... 
and as usual
i was off running some errands.

when they were done, 
on the spur of the moment
i decided i needed a day out

i love a good road trip!
and stopped along
the side of the road
to capture this vista


 “You can go 

as far as you think, 

imagine and dream. 

Anything is possible.” 

― Lailah Gifty Akita


18 September 2014

Feelin' Groovy




“Everybody has something,

that one thing they must do to feel happy.

I think this is yours,

and I want you to be happy.

You don’t have to do it,

but it’s here if you choose to come back to it.”

― Ilona Andrews, Magic Bleeds





have you ever thought about

what makes you truly happy?

for me, its being creative

and when i've been away from it

for a while, it's like having a cold --

you just don't feel right inside!


14 September 2014

Mudflap Girl


The mudflap girl is an iconic silhouette of a woman with an hourglass body shape, 
sitting, leaning back on her hands, with her hair being blown in the wind. 
The icon is typically found on mudflaps, clothing, and other items associated 
with trucking in the United States.  This famous design was created in the 1970s 
by Bill Zinda of Wiz Enterprises in Long Beach, California, to promote his line 
of truck and auto accessories. 


Who knew you'd learn something
from a chubby gal's artsy nude blog??

13 September 2014

Just Bein' Me

"You are a beautiful creation
perfectly imperfect...
a work in progress...
you have everything you need
to fulfill your purpose...
don't dilute yourself for
any person or any reason...
you are enough... 
be unapologetically you."
~Steve Maraboli

just a lazy Friday for me
so i "un-assed" the couch
took Sadie for a walk in
the park first, and later
took myself off to the pool
for some time to relax. 

12 September 2014

New Hat!



Ahh the joys

of a new hat!

Can't beat a

clearance sale....

$3.00  :)


Of course, i had to

show it off.....

and i'm chuckling

at myself,

in such a hurry to

snap a pic,

i forgot to remove

the store's hang tab!!

11 September 2014

True beauty

"Imagine if a rose bud
looked down at its thorns
and was so ashamed
that it refused to bloom?

Your flaws are real,
and they won't disappear
but that's no reason
to deprive the world of you."

(Seen on Steve Maraboli's FB page)


Such a true quote!

10 September 2014

09 September 2014

Stronger


“My past has not 
defined me, 
destroyed me, 
deterred me, or 
defeated me; 
it has only strengthened me.” 
― Steve Maraboli

Strong words, full of conviction
and most days i believe them.
i have such a checkered past
Nothing like breaking laws
or doing illegals things! 
and while i'm being honest
i should probably say that for
a while, my past DID define me.
being raised by religious parents
and midwest old fashioned values
one expectation was to marry well,
marry once and have it last forever.

But when it didn't last forever, 
it also didn't destroy me, 
and in spite of the mistakes i may
have made in my life,
i regret none of them.
For they brought me to the place
i am at right now.  Stronger.

We are all who we are because
of where we've been, and the 
people who have crossed our paths.

08 September 2014

Arizona Flooding




Those of you who follow along know that
i reside in the Valley of the Sun.
this is a shot stolen from the 'net
on the other side of the valley from
where i am.  My neighborhood
didn't have any flooding such as this
but several of the freeways like this one
used for the morning commute were
shut down.  By afternoon, most of
these floods had dissipated.
Hard to believe with all that rain
the temps were still over 80 degrees. lol

And now back to our regularly scheduled programming ......



Be Yourself

“HOW   
do you define a word 
without concrete meaning? 
To each his own, the saying goes, so
WHY
push to attain an ideal state of being 
that no two random people will agree is
WHERE
you want to be? 
Faultless. Finished. Incomparable. 
People can never be these, and anyway,
WHEN
did creating a flawless facade 
become a more vital goal 
than learning to love the person
WHO
lives inside your skin? 
The outside belongs to others. 
Only you should decide for you -
WHAT
is perfect.”

― Ellen Hopkins, Perfect
long quote that i stumbled across
today as i was doing some reading.
In fact, i read through it twice
before i added it to the "save"
pile -- which of course grows
on a daily basis.
None of us are perfect
and who wants to be?
Be happy with who you are
and life will be that much easier.

07 September 2014

Un-ASS the Couch


Reading Steve Maraboli on Saturday,

i came across one of his sayings.....

"un-ass the couch..."

so i did

headed for the pool,

a little reading

a little sun

a little swim

lots of relax

much better than ass-couching!

Today's Journey




“The beautiful journey of today 

can only begin

when we learn to let go

of yesterday.”

― Steve Maraboli













i was consumed by reading some quotes
this morning by Maraboli
his insights are sometimes marvelous
and sort of down to earth
and resonate within me.
i'm a no nonsense kind of do-er
if it needs to be done.
which is good.
and bad.
because what i am able to accomplish
in deeds
i lack in social aspects beyond
casual conversations.
But that's just who i am,
always have been.
and i am OK with it!





06 September 2014

Find something New!


“Mirrors have three purposes. 

To show you who you are. 

To show you who you were. 

And to show you who you want to be.” 

― Dan Pearce


When you reach the point in life
where i have, a solid 55,
should you already know 
who you want to be?
Or are we a continuous
piece of work?
a life unfolding, ever changing,
bringing new things with each new day?
I like to believe that's true,
that each of us continues to strive
for something else, something new,
something that brings us peace, 
or joy, or happiness. 

Get out there, and find something new today! :) 

05 September 2014

Mirrors


“Silence. How long it lasted, I couldn't tell. 
It might have been five seconds, it might have been a minute. 
Time wasn't fixed. It wavered, stretched, shrank. 
Or was it me that wavered, stretched, and shrank in the silence? 
I was warped in the folds of time, like a reflection in a fun house mirror.” 
― Haruki Murakami, Dance Dance Dance

i bought this mirror for myself
for my birthday.
i hung it on the wall
and had forgotten to use it as a prop!

As for the quote, if you've never read
any Murakami, you should! 
My favorite is Kafka on the Shore;
he also has a book of short stories
called "After the Quake", along with 
several other titles.