Thursday, January 12, 2017

The ferris wheel

Morgan celebrated her birthday yesterday.

"The fair
is that historic piece of Americana
that still brings
families together for fun."

My wish for you?
I wish that your car always stops at the top.
Enjoy the view.
Enjoy the ride.

I hope your day was
surrounded by family
and full of fun!

Sunday, January 8, 2017

Time to do a little shopping

Birthday shopping, that is.
Go ahead and buy the stores out!
You deserve it.

Happy birthday, Breonna!

Friday, January 6, 2017

My first birthday card for 2017

And it goes to Amie.

Yesterday she celebrated
her beautiful ride through life.

Give it all ya got.

Sunday, January 1, 2017

My 17 for twenty seventeen

If you've been around for the past two years,
you will remember my 15 for twenty fifteen
and my 16 for twenty sixteen items.
They're not resolutions or goals.
Instead, they were some things
for me to focus on throughout the years.

Keeping with tradition,
I'm keeping these foremost in my mind.
I still want to focus on all of them.

I am hoping my focus will
make me a better person
and will make others happy.

If you are visiting for the first time,
or if you would like a refresher,
I would love to review them with you:


1.  laugh: make someone, at myself, more, out loud

  2.  friends: make more, be a better one,
reconnect with a lost one, nurture them all

  3.  blogging: post more often, increase readership,
visit more, comment/follow more

  4.  don't stay home so much - get out there
and blow the stink off

  5.  my art: step it up!

  6.  send more thank you cards (a lost art, you know!)

  7.  participate in more RAK (random acts of kindness)

  8.  my heart: give from it, open it, love more

  9.  stay up later than 9pm a little more often

10.  be "in the moment" when it matters most

11.  want/need: learn how to differentiate

12.  time management: watch out for those time-eaters

13.  challenge myself more

14.  volunteer more

15.  be gentle with myself ... I'm doing the best I can

16.  tackle: every day tackle one thing
that I've been neglecting

And my 17 for 2016 is:

17.  tolerance: of others,
of situations, of myself


I will continue to work on each of these
as we go forward this year.
Will you join me?

We have a whole new year ahead of us.
Wouldn't it be wonderful
if we could all be a little more gentle
with each other?
Be more respectful?
Show a little more love toward each other?
Be a little more empathetic?
A little more tolerant?
If we all focused on that,
maybe next year at this time,
we'd like each other a little more.

Help me celebrate the birth of a new year.
This is going to be my year.
Right now I'm going to dust myself off and get started.

The Runner and I would like to wish you a:

Saturday, December 31, 2016

Happy New Year's Eve ... and some great advice!

I saw this list on Facebook this morning
and I feel it's too good not to share.

I would love to applaud the author
because (s)he is spot on!

These words written by an older person.
Suggestions on how a younger person should live.

Wish I would have seen these
when I was much, much younger.
But I didn't.

That doesn't mean I can't begin now.

I ask beg you to read each of these.
Not just read them,
but study them.
And then adapt them to your life.

1. The most important person in your life is the person who agreed to share their life with you. Treat them as such.

2. You might live a long life, or you might live a short one — who knows. But either way, trust me when I say that you’re going to wish you took better care of yourself in your youth.

3. Stuff is just stuff. Don’t hold onto material objects, hold onto time and experiences instead.

4. Jealousy destroys relationships. Trust your significant other, because who else are you supposed to trust?

5. People always say, "Make sure you get a job doing what you love!" But that isn’t the best advice. The right job is the job you love some days, can tolerate most days, and still pays the bills. Almost nobody has a job they love every day.

6. If you’re getting overwhelmed by life, just return to the immediate present moment and savor all that is beautiful and comforting. Take a deep breath, relax.

7. Years go by in the blink of an eye. Don’t marry young. Live your life. Go places. Do things. If you have the means or not. Pack a bag and go wherever you can afford to go. While you have no dependents, don’t buy stuff. Any stuff. See the world. Look through travel magazines and pick a spot. GO!

8. Don’t take life so seriously. Even if things seem dark and hopeless, try to laugh at how ridiculous life is.

9. A true friend will come running if you call them at 2am. Everyone else is just an acquaintance.

10. Children grow up way too fast. Make the most of the time you have with them.

11. Nobody ever dies wishing they had worked more. Work hard, but don’t prioritize work over family, friends, or even yourself.

12. Eat and exercise like you’re a diabetic heart patient with a stroke — so you never actually become one.

13. Maybe this one isn’t as profound as the others, but I think it’s important ... floss regularly, dental problems are awful.

14. Don’t take anyone else’s advice as gospel. You can ask for advice from someone you respect, then take your situation into consideration and make your own decision. Essentially, take your own advice is my advice.

15. The joints you damage today will get their revenge later. Even if you think they’ve recovered completely. TRUST ME!

16. We have one time on this earth. Don’t wake up and realize that you are 60 years old and haven’t done the things you dreamed about.
17. Appreciate the small things and to be present in the moment. What do I mean? Well, it seems today like younger people are all about immediate gratification. Instead, why not appreciate every small moment? We don’t get to stay on this crazy/wonderful planet forever and the greatest pleasure can be found in the most mundane of activities. Instead of sending a text, pick up the phone and call someone. Call your mother, have a conversation about nothing in particular. Those are the moments to hold onto.

18. Pay your bills and stay the hell out of debt. If I could have paid myself all the money I’ve paid out in interest over the years, I’d be retired already.

19. If you have a dream of being or doing something that seems impossible, try for it anyway. It will only become more impossible as you age and become responsible for other people.

20. When you meet someone for the first time, stop and realize that you really know nothing about them. You see race, gender, age, clothes. Forget it all. You know nothing. Those biased assumptions that pop into your head because of the way your brain likes categories, are limiting your life, and other people’s lives.


Friday, December 30, 2016

A birthday

... is a happy day.

Here's hoping your day is a happy one, Danni.

Sunday, December 25, 2016