31 July 2015

Fun Day

“You can't stop the future

You can't rewind the past

The only way to learn the secret

...is to press play.” 

― Jay Asher

I woke up this morning 

and peeked outside

the day greeted me

with this sunrise.

I can remember my momma

telling me "go outside and play"

when all I wanted to do

was read a book or two.

Take if from me

Go outside and play!

Make it a fun day! 

30 July 2015

Cactus Blooms

i get great joy
when one of my
cactus blooms!

i am also a voracious reader/learner.

nothing makes me happier than
learning something new,
especially when it seems to explain *me*

this is the one i learned today:

Demisexuals are characterized by a lack of sexual attraction toward any person unless they become deeply emotionally or romantically connected with a specific person or persons. The level of connection it takes for sexual desire to form is dependent on how close the relationship is rather than initial attraction. It is an orientation that is not chosen.

Demisexuality does not refer to the active restraint or repression of sexual desires or actions.

Demi- is a prefix meaning half. This is used to mean halfway between sexual and asexual. The term originated in the asexual community, specifically within the Asexual Visibility and Education Network (AVEN).

This was taken from Urban Dictionary,
but it makes total explanatory sense to me
i'm not a "love 'em and leave 'em"
kind of gal.
One night stands?
I tried that.
Hated it.
Quite the turn off when a guy thinks he
can change my mind after i've assured
him that i'm not looking for sex.

i've always said that sex is like the frosting
on a cake.  Without the cake, frosting is
way overrated.   This Demisexual label
explains things very well for me.


“You’ll learn, as you get older, that rules are made to be broken. 

Be bold enough to live life on your terms, and never, ever apologize for it. 

Go against the grain, refuse to conform, take the road less traveled 

instead of the well-beaten path. 

Laugh in the face of adversity, and leap before you look. 

Dance as though EVERYBODY is watching. 

March to the beat of your own drummer. 

And stubbornly refuse to fit in.”

― Mandy Hale, The Single Woman: Life, Love, and a Dash of Sass

Another year has come and gone.
Another year older and most days 
I certainly don't feel it!
But on those fewer days, 
the creaks, the groans
things changing, shifting
and even sagging.
But that is life, and 
I accept it as it comes.

I am a free spirit,
and do my own thing,
the years be damned! 

I spent my Day at work. 
My son bought Chipotle for dinner.
Friends called and sent good wishes.
Life is good! 
Another year has come and gone....
and many more to come!

26 July 2015

Body Beautiful

"To me, beauty is about being 

comfortable in your own skin.

It's about knowing 

and accepting who you are."

-Ellen Degeneres

25 July 2015

Keep Smiling!

Keep Smiling

because Life

is a beautiful thing

and there is 

so much to smile about!

-Marilyn Monroe

Do you have days where its
hard to get through them
and keep smiling?

When life gets hectic,
when work gets crazy,
when your mind is in another place,
I don't know about you, but
smiling is the last thing
on my mind.

I know that I would be .....
better perceived
by my peers
if I smiled more.
But a smile doesn't
come naturally to me.

But when I smile,
it's always for real :)

Keep smiling!

24 July 2015


“The most 

beautiful thing 

we can 


is the mysterious."

-Albert Einstein

Life is funny at times.

Some days, I sit down at my computer

craving human interaction.

Other days, I sit down at my computer

forging my way through the tasks

that are required

wanting only to turn the thing off

and get busy doing something that

doesn't feel like a waste of time.

But I find myself wandering through

different websites, looking for ideas,

inspiration, that element of 'mysterious'

that makes it all feel beautiful.

Happy Weekend, my friend!

22 July 2015

Ride the Wind

“Faeries, come take me out of this dull world,

For I would ride with you upon the wind,

Run on the top of the disheveled tide,

And dance upon the mountains like a flame.” 

― W.B. Yeats

21 July 2015


“When all is said and done, 

the weather and love 

are the two elements 

about which one can never be sure.” 

― Alice Hoffman

Monsoon season here in the Valley of the Sun

brings lots of wind, rain and when we're

lucky, some thunder and lightning.

The wind blew up, but nothing else.

I was disappointed, looking forward

to a good rainstorm on a day off work.

Maybe next week.

15 July 2015

Monsoon (Video attached)

There was a monsoon last evening, they're so
intense and short lived, but I enjoy them just the same!  

I have always said that I enjoy storms because I 
was born during a summer midwestern thunderstorm.

Maybe there's something to that, and maybe it's ....
just something to give me a reason for liking them!

If there's a way, I will be out in them, or glued to 
a window watching them. Especially here in the
desert, because they're often very short lived.
I think ours last night was over in less than 
30 minutes.  In the midwest if it begins to storm, 
after the 'eye' has moved on, you often get rain for the
next several hours! 

I found this post of yesterday's storm, thought I'd share.
While the one at the top is almost pretty, the reality of
our monsoons is more like this last one, it's amazing
what Mother Nature can do in 37 seconds! 


Post #900

Post #900

Hard to believe that
i'm still making
these photos.

Fiddling with the
crop stuff in
Adobe Photoshop.

Sometimes too many
options take too much
time to learn.

So we don't.

14 July 2015

Wedding Blahs and some

my daughter is getting married.
or so it seems.
she has vanity fair ideals and dreams
with a wal-mart budget.

if there's going to be a wedding in
march, girl's gotta get on the stick!

lousy at planning, she asked for help.
and i was willing to give it my all
until her daddy stepped in with $10k
no way "shabby chic" or anything
"home spun" will fit in with his plans.

so why is it that when a person offers
money, they expect to have a say-so in
how it's spent?  she will have to be strong!

i remember my first wedding, to her daddy,
but in fact, i remember it only as an overall
deal, and not the details.  why?  i'm not
really sure, perhaps because it was planned
by my mom more than me.   there were
200 guests -- i think i knew about 50 of them.

my last wedding i remember in great detail
because it was on the cheap, and it was fun.
nothing formal, nothing traditional - a simple
backyard wedding.  i sewed my dress, and
the tops and vests for the kids (they were
the attendants).  my mom came and helped
make spicy meatballs and potato salad.
we had a pony keg for drinks.

when it comes to weddings,
less is more.  IMO.
but what do i know?
mine didn't last.

13 July 2015


“simple abundance:

1: an inner journey;

2: a spiritual and practical course
                                     in creative living;

3: a tapestry of contentment”

― Sarah Ban Breathnach

A glorious backyard morning

and a new camera to play with

along with some thoughts from a

fav'd author.  Life has been hectic

and that has to change.

Simple Abundance is what I will

be striving for over the next month.

July is always a reflective month for me,

probably because I'm stuck indoors

as if it were winter.

(As always, Sadie has to be in on the action!)

12 July 2015

Be Free

“Maybe some women aren't meant to be tamed. 

Maybe they just need to run free 

until they find someone just as wild to run with them.

-Carrie Bradshaw” 

11 July 2015


“Laugh at yourself, 

but don’t ever aim your doubt 

at yourself. 

Be bold. 

When you embark 

for strange places, 

don’t leave any of yourself 

safely on shore. 

Have the nerve to go into 

unexplored territory.”

 ~ Alan Alda 

I have always enjoyed the wit and wisdom
of Alan Alda ... or was I crushing on
Hawkeye Pierce ?


I had to replace my worn out TV (finally!)
and now have a "smart" tv.  And I promptly
checked out Netflix - and found they have
the TV series MASH!  I've been on a 
binge-watch, but limiting myself to 3 episodes
a day.  Even among the humor and satire of
the show, there's a warmth that exudes from
him - from all of the cast.   Love it :)

A few years back, my local PBS station
carried his series Scientific American. 
His voice is soothing, and he's fascinated
by the topics he explored.   I watched every
single episode of those as well.  

And my all time fav Alan Alda movie?
Same Time, Next Year. 
It's simple, yet complex, I watch it often! 
If you haven't seen it -- you should :) 
The flashbacks to different decades is fun!

10 July 2015

hApPy FrIdAy!





Ahh a gorgeous
Friday morning
with NO work
for me today!

I'm grateful
for that one
little thing ....

along with the
gorgeous morning
before the 
desert sun 
sets fire to
the rest of today.

I saw this 
wonderful quote
and am sharing:

Get out there, do something wild today!
Happy Friday :)

07 July 2015

Be Bold

“When you're bold, 

some people will think 

you're crazy 

but it's more insane to be timid” 

― Constance Chuks Friday

Well, those are wise enough
words, and in some ways,
I am bold.

But on a scale of 1 - 10 
with 10 being bold....
I lean more toward the timid side.

Hard to believe??  
It's true! 

06 July 2015

Be Unique

“Personality begins where comparison leaves off. 

Be unique. 

Be memorable. 

Be confident. 

Be proud.” 

― Shannon L. Alder

05 July 2015


“Women may be the one group 

that grows more radical with age.”

— Gloria Steinem

04 July 2015

New Camera

Hello there!

It's been quite the week
for me.   I'm happy to
be back feeling normal,
but that hasn't helped
my week become any
better ......

I swear, I must have
picked up some kind
of magnetic energy -
both my TV and my
camera quit on
the same day!

My camera lasted a
good three years -
which is a long time
for something I use
so often!

And my TV, well, let's
just say it was long
overdue for replacement.
I'm enjoying my new
smart TV!

These are the first shots
taken with my camera.
It will take a little bit
to learn how all the new
buttons and gizmos work,
as every camera is different
even when you buy the
same brand.

Since going digital,
I've worn out 5 cameras
already.  lol

01 July 2015

Be Happy

“The real things haven't changed. 

It is still best to be honest and truthful; 

to make the most of what we have; 

to be happy with simple pleasures; 

and have courage when things go wrong.” 

― Laura Ingalls Wilder