It takes hands to build a house, but only hearts can build a home.

Author Unknown

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Chapter 9, Page 30, Book 14

Let us not bid adieu, but just a fond farewell until we meet again

Today, the last day of September, I’ll be saying a fond farewell to the lovely days of September.  This month has had more beautiful days than not and I’m feeling very blessed.

Here are just a few pictures of what I did this month.  In reflection I’ve got to say they were some golden days




Soaked up some healing warm sunshine on the patio



Enjoyed some of the best peaches I’d had in a long time



Celebrated DDIL#4’s birthday as well as another grandson’s and granddaughter's too



Enjoyed a miniature train ride with our little Xfactor



Visited with DS#6 and spent a lot of quality time with my newest granddaughter


Celebrated Talk Like a Pirate day with our little Lucky Guy




Watched this sunflower grow




Got a Birdseye view of one of the many migrating butterflies as they went south




finished a big painting project




Saw this beautiful sunrise



Watched the leaves falling one by one…



Monday, September 29, 2014

Chapter 9, Page 29, Book 14


To Believe

To believe... is to know that every day is a new beginning.
It is to trust that miracles happen,
And dreams really do come true.

To believe... is to see Angels dancing among the clouds,
To know the wonder of a stardust sky,
And the wisdom of the man in the moon.

To believe... is to know the value of a nurturing heart,
The innocence of a child's eyes and the beauty of an aging hand,
For it is through their teachings we learn to love.

To believe... is to find the strength
And courage that lies within us.
When it is time to pick up the pieces and begin again.

To believe... is to know we are not alone,
That life is a gift and this is our time to cherish it.

To believe... is to know that wonderful surprises
Are just waiting to happen,
And all our hopes and dreams are within reach.
If only we believe.

Author Unknown



I am a believer.  I believe and those beliefs make what and who I am.  I found this list that pretty much sums up a lot of my beliefs so I thought I share it with you all today.

I believe—
that we don't have to change friends if we understand that friends change.
 
I believe—
that no matter how good a friend is, they're going to hurt you every once in a while and you must forgive them for that.
 
I believe—
that true friendship continues to grow, even over the longest distance. Same goes for true love.
 
I believe—
that you can do something in an instant that will give you heartache for life.
 
I believe—
that it's taking me a long time to become the person I want to be.
 
I believe—
that you should always leave loved ones with loving words. It may be the last time you see them.
 
I believe—
that you can keep going long after you can't.
 
I believe—
that we are responsible for what we do, no matter how we feel.
 
I believe—
that either you control your attitude or it controls you.
 
I believe—
that regardless of how hot and steamy a relationship is at first, the passion fades and there had better be something else to take its place.
 
I believe—
that heroes are the people who do what has to be done when it needs to be done, regardless of the consequences.
 
I believe—
that money is a lousy way of keeping score.
 
I believe—
that my best friend and I can do anything or nothing and have the best time.
 
I believe—
that sometimes the people you expect to kick you when you're down, will be the ones to help you get back up.
 
I believe—
that sometimes when I'm angry I have the right to be angry, but that doesn't give me the right to be cruel.
 
I believe—
that just because someone doesn't love you the way you want them to doesn't mean they don't love you with all they have.
 
I believe—
that maturity has more to do with what types of experiences you've had and what you've learned from them and less to do with how many birthdays you've celebrated.
 
I believe—
that it isn't always enough to be forgiven by others. Sometimes you have to learn to forgive yourself.
 
I believe—
that no matter how bad your heart is broken the world doesn't stop for your grief.
 
I believe—
that our background and circumstances may have influenced who we are, but we are responsible for who we become.
 
I believe—
that just because two people argue, it doesn't mean they don't love each other And just because they don't argue, it doesn't mean they do.
 
I believe—
that you shouldn't be so eager to find out a secret. It could change your life forever.
 
I believe—
that two people can look at the exact same thing and see something totally different.
 
I believe—
that your life can be changed in a matter of hours by people who don't even know you.
 
I believe—
that even when you think you have no more to give, when a friend cries out to you, you will find the strength to help.
 
I believe—
that credentials on the wall do not make you a decent human being.
 
I believe—
that the people you care about most in life are taken from you too soon.



I believe that somewhere in the darkest night, a candle glows. I believe for everyone who goes astray, someone will come to show the way. I believe, I believe.

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Chapter 9, Page 28, Book 14


Autumn is the hush before winter. 

French Proverb

It has been so lovely here this past week that I can’t help but talk about it.  We’ve had cool evenings and chilly mornings but warm afternoons.  I can't remember when we’ve had such a nice stretch of days without any rain. The cooler Autumn temperatures encourage the need for comfort and coziness.  The tree on our curb lawn is changing colors and loosing leaves, but others down the street are still green.



While I thoroughly enjoyed the long days of summer, there is something that is very appealing about Autumn too.  It’s time to break out the bulky sweaters, long sleeved flannel shirts and fleece blankets.  Autumn is a time to prepare for winter and that is very important for us here in northern Ohio.


It’s time for hot cup of fresh squeezed apple cider and a warm cinnamon sugar doughnut.  It’s time for the semiannual swap of the seasonal clothes!  It is like inviting a new energy in, recognizing and honoring the change of seasons and how it affects our lives.  The summer days of ease and freedom have been packed away with the shorts and sleeveless shirts and a sense of impending hunker down time is coming. I call it hibernation.



Autumn is the time for warming up and slowing down.  When fall comes knocking at the door I gladly open to let it in, knowing fully well that a warm cup of tea and a good book will follow.   It’s also time to start firing up the oven and cooking comfort food.   The pots and pans start humming, and sweet, tart, and tasty aromas fill the air promising and delivering great comfort.

It’s a time when our hearts discovered the comfort of home.


Autumn carries more gold in its pocket than all the other seasons. 

Jim Bishop

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Chapter 9, Page 27, Book 14


For attractive lips, speak words of kindness.
For lovely eyes, seek out the good in people.
For a slim figure, share your food with the hungry.
For beautiful hair, let a child run his fingers through it once a day.
For poise, walk with the knowledge you never walk alone.

Same Levenson, 1911-1980
American Teacher and Humorist

The end of September is a beautiful time of year here in northern Ohio.  We have the best of days.  Cool nights and warm afternoon.  One could almost believe it is still summer, but the chilly evenings remind us that cold weather is drawing near.

The beauty that surrounds us every day never ceases to amaze me.  I carry my cell phone in my pocket most of the time so when an opportunity to take a picture presents itself, I can snap the button and capture what ever sight has taken my fancy. That’s what happened the day I noticed that the sweet pea vines in the back yard were still putting on a pretty display.  That was just a few days ago and I’m sure if I walked around outside I’d find something else to catch my eye. 

It seems the beautiful and not the ugly is what appeals to us most.  Still beauty is in the eye of the beholder and not all beauty can be seen.  Just as the picture captured my attention, the same goes for the quote above.  How true these words are.  I especially love the last line where it states we should walk with the knowledge that we never walk alone.

The adventure of life is to learn. The purpose of life is to grow. The nature of life is to change. The challenge of life is to overcome. The essence of life is to care. The opportunity of life is to serve. The secret of life is to dare. The spice of life is to befriend. The beauty of life is to give. The joy of life is to love.


William Arthur Ward


Friday, September 26, 2014

Chapter 9, Page 26, Book 14



Years ago an anonymous writer penned a short poem about the merits of measuring our words.

A wise old owl sat in an oak; 

The more he saw the less he spoke; 

The less he spoke the more he heard; 

Why can’t we all be like that wise old bird? 

The rhyme refers to the traditional image of owls as the symbol of wisdom.  We are wise to be careful about what we say or how much we say in certain situations. A wise old owl told me.... there is a time to be quiet and a time to speak and choosing to speak less allows us to hear more.

A good rule to follow might be:  Let your speech be better than silence; otherwise be silent.  

Words can be so dangerous that we’re wiser to not speak than to speak too much


Remember:  Life’s A Hoot!


Thursday, September 25, 2014

Chapter 9, Page 25, Book 14


When you dance, your purpose is not to get to a certain place on the floor. It's to enjoy each step along the way.

Wayne Dyer


My life is all about enjoying each moment, each step I take and I like the idea of dancing through life.    I try to make every day a day to love, live, and enjoy.


The one thing that you have that nobody else has is you. Your voice, your mind, your story, your vision. So write and draw and build and play and dance and live as only you can.

Neil Gaiman

 Sometimes we take a step forward, sometimes we take a step backwards. Sometimes we even go in circles. But it's all part of a dance.  Take one step, then another, that's all.


When I dance, I forget everything else and just feel completely happy.

Katherine Jenkins

 We all should enjoy every step and every phase in our life.


C'mon c'mon. And dance with me...

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Chapter 9, Page 24, Book 14


Man must not allow the clock and the calendar to blind him to the fact that each moment of his life is a miracle and a mystery.

 H. G. Wells

Our life is full of miracles and full of mysteries.   The curiosity, the wonder of what lies just beyond our physical reach, our mental grasp of the things we cannot quite make out or remotely explain, creates our beliefs as well as our non beliefs.   It is a mystery to me that I wake up every morning and it’s also a miracle that I do.  

Mystery: anything that is kept secret or remains unexplained, the unknown 

Miracle: something extraordinary that was impossible before happens.



Those who dwell among the beauties and mysteries of the earth are never alone or weary of life. 

Rachel Carson

Many years ago I made the decision to look for the magic and search for the miracles in my simple everyday life.  Our lives are filled with miracles and mysteries, folded and tucked lovingly into the everyday moments we so often miss, or, dismiss. 

I had the chance to capture these pictures of a butterfly the other day when I was sitting out on the patio.  One of life’s miracles for sure !


Yesterday is history. Tomorrow is mystery. Today is a gift. 

Eleanor Roosevelt

Life is a gift to be enjoyed and cherished each day.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Chapter 9, Page 23, Book 14


I believe the true function of age is memory. I'm recording as fast as I can. 

Rita Mae Brown

I am recording memories and mostly writing them down right here in bloggerville.    Over the period of almost 10 years now, daily events, thoughts and inspiration have made their mark here on these pages and in my other journal, On the Bright Side.  I don’t know if any one will ever look back and read what I’ve written, but for what ever time Blogger lasts, my memories are there for anyone who wants to read them.  There are even archived events that are preserved from AOL journal entries previous to these.  


The richness of life lies in memories we have forgotten.
 Cesare Pavese

I’m thankful that journaling was made easier with the internet.  I would sporadically record events in a hand written journal previously, but since the event of online opportunities, I’ve written daily.  It’s a habit that I enjoy.  No matter how good your memory is, recollection of your life's events will probably fade as the years go by. My advice is to write these events down in a journal as they happen.


A life worth living is worth recording.

It’s easier than scrapbooking, There is not much work involved at all and if I wanted I could print out the page I’ve written and keep them in a binder.  Quotes, thoughts, pictures are all included too.  It would have been wonderful if I could have had this kind of journal when my children were young.  

Journaling is not only a way to record memories and relive past memories, it is also a great way to stay young.  Believe it or not fond memories contribute to a happier and healthier life.  Making new memories every day is wonderful too.

I heartily recommend it !


Monday, September 22, 2014

Chapter 9, Page 22, Book 14



Autumn is the perfect time to take account of what we’ve done, what we didn’t do, and what we’d like to do next year. 

Author Unknown

When Fall arrives we know it won’t be long at all until the year is over and we’ll be starting a new one.  When I look at the calendar and see that 265 days have expired and there are only 100 remaining it reinforces for me the fact that time is flying by.



Getting there isn't half the fun-- it's all the fun. 

Robert Townsend

These days will be busy ones for me as there is lots to get done around here before the holidays arrive.  Gifts to make , house to clean and food to prepare.  No matter how hard I try to prepare ahead, fall comes before I know it.  The summer days slip away like a thief in the night.



Fun is about as good a habit as there is. 

Jimmy Buffet 

I do make lists and  cross them off as I get things done and I have prepared a bucket list slightly different from the one above too.  Preparation is always half the fun and I try to make it so.  It’s not fun if you consider it work and I don’t work much at all any more but I do have a lot of fun.



Fun is fundamental. There is no way around it. You absolutely must have fun. Without fun, there is no enthusiasm. Without enthusiasm, there is no energy. Without energy, there are only shades of gray. 

 Doug Hall

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Chapter 9, Page 21, Book 14




We may sit in our library and yet be in all quarters of the earth. 

John Lubbock

I’ve never traveled much but thanks to the many blogs and books that I read I’ve seen a lot of places I’d not ever be able to see.  I love reading about different places and seeing pictures of the sights too.  I’m very thankful that folks share with us where they are and what they do.  It’s a pleasure to be an arm chair traveler.  

I’ve enjoyed many roadside travels in the comfort of my armchair.   Reading can not only take you to the places you long to go, but into experiences you never in your life would try outside of the covers of a book or a blog.  I’ve discovered that half the fun of travel is discovering things you didn't know existed.  Armchair travel costs very little but the pleasure are many.  

I am always reading.  Most of the time what I read is fiction but those books can also take me away to far away places.  Most authors do their research and make places come alive on the pages of their books.  

I’m usually well planted here where I’ve lived most of my life but thanks to books and blogs, I’ve seen a lot of places!

The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you'll go.

Dr. Seuss

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Chapter 9, Page 20, Book 14



The SMILE Virus

Author Unknown

Smiling is infectious,  
you catch it like the flu,
When someone smiled at me today,
I started smiling too.  

I passed around the corner 
and someone saw my grin  
When he smiled I realized
I'd passed it on to him . 

I thought about that smile
then I realized its worth, 
A single smile, just like mine
could travel round the earth. 

So, if you feel a smile begin, 
don't leave it undetected
Let's start an epidemic quick, 
and get the world infected!


This is the time of year that flu shots are recommended.  I get one every year because I don’t want to catch it.  But the SMILE virus is one I don’t mind catching at all.  Matter of fact I can recommend it.  

I know I’ve probably put this poem in one or two of my older posts but I saw it recently and thought it was definitely worth repeating.

I’m smiling as I write this and by now I hope you’re smiling too!  Pass a SMILE around today!


+++BIG SMILE+++

Welcome every morning with a smile. Look on the new day as another special gift from your Creator, another golden opportunity to complete what you were unable to finish yesterday. Be a self-starter. Let your first hour set the theme of success and positive action that is certain to echo through your entire day. Today will never happen again. Don't waste it with a false start or no start at all. You were not born to fail.

Og Mandino
American Author and Inspirational Speaker

Friday, September 19, 2014

Chapter 9, Page 19, Book 14



The simple things are also the most extraordinary things, and only the wise can see them. 

 Paulo Coelho

They say the best things in life are free and I’ve made up a little list of a few simple things in my life that prove this statement to be true.

The wind dancing and soaring, playing with autumns leaves, a whirlwind of color

Hearing the right song at the right moment is one of those simple pleasures in life that instantly lifts your spirits.

The first sip of of cold water when you are really, really thirsty is sheer bliss

Laughing so hard you can barely breathe.  It’s contagious and inviting.  These moments of deep laughter are divine in the sense that they cleanse your mood and set your mind on a positive track.

The feeling of self accomplishment you get when you finish what you started 

These  are just a few of the simple gifts, simple treasures that cost nothing and yet fill my life with magic and make it extraordinary.  The list seems to be  unending and begins the moment I wake up each morning.

In the right light, at the right time, everything is extraordinary.  

Aaron Rose

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Chapter 9, Page 18, Book 14


Incredible change happens in your life
when you decide to take control
of what you do have power over
instead of craving control over
what you don't.

Steve Maraboli

There isn’t much I do have control over but one thing I do have is control over my attitude.  Perhaps more than ever before, I’ve had a tough time taking charge of my attitude.  Some difficulties have had me very frustrated.  But I do know that things will get better sooner or later and so I’m working hard on overcoming that which I do have the power to control.

Every day I work at maintaining a positive attitude .  The hardest thing I’ve had to learn is to let go and embrace the moment, whether it contains an obstacle or an opportunity and stop fussing over trivial matters and start focusing on what’s really important to me.

I also need to remember that not everyone woke up this morning and not everyone will go to bed tonight. Life has no guarantees. Every minute we are living is a blessing that has to be experienced moment by moment.  Just how I will view those moments is my choice.


No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.


Eleanor Roosevelt

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Chapter 9, Page 17, Book 14



Don’t ever take a fence down
until you know the reason
why it was put up.

Author Unknown


One function of fences is that they can represent a boundary.  They can also serve to keep things out, but at the same time they are keeping things in as well. 

Our boundaries enable us to manage our lives and not infringe on the lives of others. A fence, itself, isn't all bad, as it can stand for security. It can be an extremely functional object. But fences can sometimes become the dominate feature or features in our lives, power symbols that set boundaries, even artificial ones, that need challenging.



Good fences make good neighbors


Robert Frost 

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Chapter 9, Page 16, Book 14



Be your own best friend 
and don't forget to wink at yourself
every now and then.

Diane Von Furstenberg


Being on my own for so long has forced me, even if reluctantly, to learn to be happy with myself. I think it is important that we like ourselves.  I really don’t think it matters if you are alone like me or not, we still need to make friends with ourselves

I love to go places and do things with others, but that is not always possible.  A good part of my life has been spent on my own.  You can’t always control when there will be someone there for you, so being able to happily conduct yourself alone is an important part of being alive.

Because I’m alone I've learn to look at ordinary situations in new and unfamiliar ways.  I’ve also learned that when you’re alone, it can sometimes be hard to stay positive, but you must be kind to yourself.

Each day I take a good look in the mirror and give myself the biggest, most genuine smile I can muster. 

Remember:


You don’t need to be perfect…just willing to go out and give it your best shot each day.

Monday, September 15, 2014

Chapter 9, Page 15, Book 14



UNIQUE AND SPECIAL 

I'm special 
In all the world there's nobody like me.
Since the beginning of time, there has never been another person like me.
Nobody has my smile.  Nobody has my eyes, my nose, my hair, my voice
I'm special.

No one can be found who has my handwriting.
Nobody anywhere has my tastes - for food or music or art.  No one sees things just as I do.  In all of time there's been no one who laughs like me, no one who cries like me. And what makes me laugh and cry will never provide identical laughter and tears from anybody else, ever.  No one reacts to any situation just as I would react.
I'm special.

I am the only one in all of creation who has my set of abilities.
Oh, there will always be somebody who is better at one of the things I am good at,
but no one in the universe can reach the quality of my combination of talents, ideas, abilities, and feelings.  Like a room full of musical instruments, some may excel alone, but none can match the symphony sound when all are played together.  I am a symphony.

I am special, and I am beginning to realize it is no accident that I am special.
I am beginning to see that God made me special for a very special purpose. He must have a job for me that no one else can do as well as I.  Out of all the billions of applicants, only one is qualified, only one has the right combination of what it takes.

The one is me, because...
I'm special.

Anonymous


I think it good to reminded about just how special and unique each and every one of us is.  There truly is no one else that is just like me.  Some might think that is a good thing.  Others don’t think there is much of anything special about me.  But I’ve done some things that others can not do and since I’m still here I must  still have a special purpose to fulfill.

Too often we spend time wishing to be like somebody else.  I have come to learn that we are all special and perfect in our own ways, and we must rejoice in the gift of life. We all have a purpose and we all have special, unique talents no one else has. Whenever you see the good of another,  try to be happy for them. Let them inspire you to do the best for yourself too. When we envy and let jealousy take hold,  we block our own blessings.

We all live different lifestyles, some have more than others, but we all have something about us that makes us unique and in our differences we are all special.  


Remember:

 Every day you are alive is a special occasion. Every minute, every breath, is a gift from God. 


Mary Manin Morrissey 

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Chapter 9, Page 14, Book 14



Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.

 Proverbs 4:23 

It’s important to guard and maintain our hearts because in this fast paced world of ours, our hearts can grow weary. We live in a fast paced hectic world that's often stressful.

I think children have this one down. They laugh more than 200 times every day.  You see, laughter releases endorphins that relieve stress, elevate your mood and even relieve pain. The benefits of laughter don’t depend on how funny something is. Even forced laughter can do the trick.

Exercise is a great stress reliever too.  Even if it is just a walk around the block. Taking time in prayer and reflection each day can also help. 

Sleep is perhaps the simplest way to protect your heart.  To carry on in this fast paced, technological age, we require sleep. Your body needs rest to function properly, stave off infection, and repair itself.  

Look on the bright side of life.  Research has found that a positive attitude will contribute to your heart health. Sometimes it can be hard to look on the bright side of life and those are the times when it might be most important to do so.  Having the right attitude is even more important for your body than daily sunscreen and a weekend spa getaway.

One of the best ways I know to develop a positive attitude is to practice gratitude, which means thinking of, or writing down the things that you are grateful for in your life. Positive affirmations remind you of the wonderful things in your life and make you feel happier and more satisfied.

Remember:

If you haven't any charity in your heart, you have the worst kind of heart trouble. 

 Bob Hope

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Chapter 9, Page 13, Book 14



If you can recognize the need for improvement,
things are already improving.

Author Unknown

I’m always looking for little ways that I can improve.  Just because I’m older doesn’t mean that there aren’t some things in my life that don’t need improvement.  All we have is today to choose what we will do, what our character reflects, and how we will live our lives.

I did a little search on the simple ways we could all improve our lives and here are just a few of things I found:

Believe in the values that compose who you are and never allow others the power to strip that from you.

Don't hold back your laughter in life. Smile at the silly antidotes that make life amusing. Laugh loud and genuinely. Give those bursts of joy all you have because you only have so many.

Laugh at yourself.

Stop complaining. Whenever you catch yourself complaining about anything, stop yourself.

Pray more or start praying if you aren't already

Be thankful for what you have, not envious of what you don't have

Keep criticism to yourself

Give sincere compliments

Be positive.  Our attitude towards just about anything is an indicator of future results.

These are just a few of the hundreds of simple ways to make improvements.  There were many more to be sure.  It doesn’t have to be extravagant, but we can all do something every day that improves our life.  I want to live life fully and any help I can get is always appreciated.

Continuous improvement is not about the things you do well, that’s work. Continuous improvement is about removing the things that get in the way of your work. The headaches, the things that slow you down, that’s what continuous improvement is all about. 


Bruce Hamilton