31 December 2017



(adj.) lively, bold, and full of spirit; cheeky

The word sassy

popped into my head

the moment I saw this pose.

Frankly, I'm not sure I could be

considered sassy -- because I'm

more introverted than not.

Or maybe it's that most don't

get to know or see my sassy side.

I tend to keep a lot hidden!

Goodbye, 2017!

Hello New Year!

30 December 2017


Sending you

a little bit

of sunshine

to brighten

your day!

A gorgeous 76 degrees today

in the Valley of the Sun

so I thought I'd share a bit with you!

As for me, I'm tired. 

Work has been hellish

but plenty of overtime!

Which I don't want! 

I'd rather have more "me" time!

As 2017 comes to a close,

I look forward to a bright new year!

24 December 2017

Don't Be!

d o n ' t   b e  

l i k e   t h e   

r e s t   o f   t h e m

d a r l i n g 

- c o c o   c h a n e l

23 December 2017



"I love the idea that everyone has a gift to give. 

And I believe that the world is waiting for us to give it to them." 

-Elle Luna

After a long stretch of work days,

ahhh, a day off feels so good!

It's been as quiet and peaceful

as it can get ... and that's how I like it!

If you're like me, you avoid all forms

of shopping!  I do what I must, but 

never any more than that! 

Wishing you peace, my friend! 

17 December 2017

Dear Santa

D e a r   S a n t a :

I s   i t   t o o   l a t e

t o   b e   g o o d ? ?

16 December 2017

Keep It Simple

“Not believe in Santa Claus! 

You might as well not believe in fairies!” 

― Francis Pharcellus Church

Children and Christmas, they go together

and when your children are grown and gone,

Christmas becomes different.

Not in a bad way, 

just different.

Me, I try to find ways to bring a little of the

joy I found being a parent at Christmas time

to my grown kids.  Today, I cooked up a huge

batch of spaghetti and took it over to my son's

family, along with a loaf of french bread, 

some goooey cupcakes, and gifts.  

I wrapped a box of dog treats for their dogs,

I gave my son his favorite jerky and beef stew lunches.

I gave my daughter in law a pair of wonderfully soft

socks, and cute lap blankets for the two teenagers. 

(along with a box of Mike and Ike candy!)

I also fixed up a dish of Ghiradelli Peppermint Bark

(and added in some Smirnoff Peppermint Twist).

Simple gifts, wrapped simply,

designed to bring a smile to their faces!

Keeping Christmas simple ... that's me! 

12 December 2017


Maybe the journey

isn't so much about

becoming anything.

Maybe it's about

unbecoming everything

that isn't really you,

so you can be who

you were meant to be

in the first place.

10 December 2017

So What!

“So what if you have stretch marks.

So what if you have cellulite.

So what if you don’t have flawless skin.

So what if you don’t have a body

that other people deem to be perfect.

So what!

Don’t allow people to define YOUR beauty.

Hold your head up high

and know who YOU are!

DO NOT EVER allow anybody to make you feel

as if you’re NOT enough.

You ARE enough!

BELIEVE that.”

― Stephanie Lahart

09 December 2017


Your diamonds

are not in 

far distant mountains

or in yonder seas;

they are in

your own backyard,

if you but dig for them.

-Russell Conwell

An absolutely gorgeous day

here in the Valley of the Sun.

80 degrees and full of sunshine.

It would be a shame to mar it

with thoughts about anything else!

Happy Weekend, my friend!

07 December 2017

Throwback Thursday

From December, 2012

To be beautiful

means to be yourself.

You don't need to be

accepted by others.

You need to accept


-Thich Nhat Hahn

Life has a way of keeping me

busier than I like!

We've finally hit cool weather

here in the Valley of the Sun.

We barely reach 70 degrees,

and with the winds kicking in

tonight's walk with Sadie was

quite a chilly one,about 55!

Well, chilly for us -- I wore a

long sleeved shirt AND a light jacket!!