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

Author Unknown

Thursday, September 30, 2021

Chapter 9, Page 30, Book 21


Coffee is a hug in a mug

Author Unknown

September 30th - Hugs have power. ((hugs))

I have learned that there is more power in a good strong hug than in a thousand meaningful words.

Ann Hood

Researchers have found that giving your loved ones an affectionate squeeze can be actually good for your health. Hugs have a therapeutic effect on people.  They show someone you care about them.  Hugs can decrease your blood pressure and heart rate in stressful situations. They can strengthen you immune system.

Hugging communicates that you are safe, loved and that you are not alone, a much needed message right about now.

I’m so thankful that after being vaccinated for the corona virus I can once again safely hug my loved ones.  We had to go such a long time with out them.  I hope that never happens again. And I intend to do as much hugging as I can.

As I live a lone I dont get as many as I want, but I do make up for it when I can..  So I’m sending some virtual hugs your way today!


If you’re angry at a loved one, hug that person.  And mean it.  You may not want to hug - which is all the more reason to do so.  It’s hard to stay angry when someone shows they love you, and that’s precisely what happens when we hug each other.

Walter Anderson

Wednesday, September 29, 2021

Chapter 9, Page 29, Book 21


We travel not to escape life, but for life to not escape us.

Author Unknown

September 29th - don’t forget where you came from

All that is gold does not glitter, Not all those who wander are lost.

J.R.R Toilkein

One of my favorite trips has always been back home to West Virginia.  It is the land of my mother and my grandparents and I still has a few relatives of mine living there. Matter of fact most of the travels I’ve taken has been to see relatives.

The longest trip I ever made was to California to see DS#2 get married.  Sadly that marriage didn’t work out, but I have two wonderful grand children to love because they got married.  DS#2 got married a total of 3 times and we like to think the 3rd time was the charm.  He has a total of 4 children.  Most of whom I rarely see.

The pictures today are of the farm my grand parents used to live on.  I visited there many times in my childhood and most recently to attend a funeral.  So sad it took a funeral to bring me back o the land I love.

One of my cousins now owns the farm and I’m thankful it stayed in the family.

The world is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page.

Saint Augustine

Tuesday, September 28, 2021

Chapter 9, Page 28, Book 21


There is a difference  between giving up and knowing when you’ve had enough.

Author Unknown

September 28 - know when you’ve had enough

When things go wrong, dont go with them.

Elvis Presley

Giving up has negative connotations, knowing when you’ve had enough has positive.  Giving up mens that you’ve lost hope and trust in yourself.  Giving up lowers your self confidence this is a bad quality.  But kninwing when you’ve had enough is understanding that the current situation is not what you want, or not heading in a direction that you want to go.  Knowing when you’ve had enough doesn’t mean using hope or trust in yourself, instead it increases your self confidence and your decision  making qualities.

Knowing when you’ve had enough means freeing your self from something that no longer is serving you.  Giving up reduces our life.  Knowing when you’ve had enough expands it.  Giving up is imprisoning.  Knowing when you’ve had enough is liberation. Sometimes we just have to let it go. Knowing when you’ve had enough is self care.

Take good care of yourself and decide when you’ve had enough, It’s not giving up but a decision you need to make for yourself.

Incredible change happens in your life when you decide to take control of what you do have power over instead of craving what you dont.

Steve Maraboli 

Monday, September 27, 2021

Chapter 9, Page 27, Book 21

For attractive lips, speak words of kindness.
For lovely eyes, seek out 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.

Sam Levenson

September 27th - Beauty tips 

A woman whose smile is open and whose expression is glad has a kind of beauty no matter what she wears.

Anne Roiphe

It’s Monday, and as we start a new week, we all want to look and do our best.  There is no need to worry, just show some love.  If you show a litle kindness you’ll be beautiful.  If you smile at someone, you’ll be beautiful.  If you give someone a compliment you’ll be beautiful.  It’s not hard at all.  

No degree of money will make you any more beautiful.  It doesn’t take make up or lots of pretty clothes.  Just think about all the love you can share with others and you’ve started your beauty regime 

There is nothing more beautiful than a smiling face.  So remember to smile, keep a positive attitude and always be kind.

You’re beautiful !

Since love grows within you, so beauty grows.  For love is the beauty of the soul.

St. Augustine

Sunday, September 26, 2021

Chapter 9, Page 26, Book 21

Focus on your strengths, not your weaknesses, Focus on your character, not your reputation.  Focus on your blessings, not your misfortune.

Roy T. Bennett

September 26 - thankful Sunday

When you focus on being a blessing, God makes sure that you are always blessed.

Joel Osteen

This week brought a little bad news for my family, my youngest son found out that after being cancer free for 20 years, his cancer has returned.  The good news is that he’ll be having surgery next Wednesday to remove it.  We are hopeful that once it is removed he will once again be cancer free.  His blood tests show no sign of it having spread into the rest of his body.  I’m thankful he has good doctors taking care of him and that they know his history so they are able to treat him in the best way possible.  

The rest of my family remains healthy and happy.  The school year has started for all and the kids are all excited about being back to school.  For some it’s the last year, for others the first.  The beautiful thing about having so many grands is the fact that they include a variety of ages. My youngest is now 6 and the oldest 25.  I do miss having a baby in the family, but who knows when a great grand might be forthcoming. My oldest granddaughter got married last year.

The first day of Fall definitely brought some cooler weather our way, I’m thankful for all the warm clothing I have to wear.  It’s sweater weather and time to layer up.  These cooler days mean sweater weather, and I have plenty of them.  No need to buy anything new.  The truth is I probably have way to much clothing, no matter what season we are in.  It keeps me busy changing out the closets.  

I’m thankful for plenty to do and I never get bored.  I like to do a lot of different things, but mostly I’ve been reading.  I should be putting my time into other things. but reading is my favorite thing to do and takes me away from the worries of the day.  It gets my mind in a better  set of mind and makes me happy.

I’m just finishing up a novel by Danielle Steel about a woman who lost her parents on the Titanic and had the responsibility of raising 5 brothers and sisters on her own.The nice thing is the happy ending she has. 

Now I’m into a book by Nora Roberts about a man looking for his happy ending.  He’s been falsely accused of murdering his ex wife and can’t find any peace.  It too, looks like it may have a happy ending.

I’ve been so thankful this week that I have a comfy home and all that I need to live comfortably.  I don’t have everything, but I have all I need.

I can only say that when you count your blessings the whole world looks a lot brighter.

Every day is a gift from God. Learn to focus on the Giver and enjoy the gift.

Joyce Meyer

Saturday, September 25, 2021

Chapter 9, Page 25, Book 21

Stay young and wild as long as you can.

Eric Church

September 25 - tips for staying young

In the end, its not the years in your life that count.  Its the life in your years.

Abraham Lincoln

I tend to agree it’s important to live our lives well.  To make them matter for something.  What is the use of living if we don’t live well.  There is lots of advice these days to keep you young. I like the advice of Mark Twain below.  Age doesn’t matter to me.  I don’t let it bother me.  I’m still the same person that I used to be, I just can do all the things I used to.  

I am happy to be the age I am.  Getting older has been a relief in a lot of ways.  I get to take my time and no longer have to hurry for anything.  I’ve learned a lot I didn’t used to know and I keep learning something new every day.

I’m happy to live in the age of technology where there is lots of information available readily.  I don’t need a lot of books or magazines, they are mostly on line.They say the one who keeps learning stays young

They also we should count our age by friends, not years.  Count your life by smiles and not tears.

I’m so thankful for all the friends I’v had over the years.  They helped to make me who I am. I do smile more than I cry and that’s a way to look younger too.  A face is always more beautiful with a smile on it.

Age is an issue of mind over matter.  If you dont mind, it doesnt matter.

Mark Twain

Friday, September 24, 2021

Chapter 9, Page 24, Book 21

Never forget how rare you are.

Author Unknown

September 24th - you are one of a kind

Today you are You, that is truer than true.  There is no one alive who is Your than You.

Dr. Seuss

Never forget that you are one of a kinds. Never forget that if there weren’t any need for you in all your uniqueness to be on this earth, you wouldn’t be here.  We are all different and unique and one of a kind. God made each of us for a reason and purpose.  We all have different talents to share with each other and together we make a whole.  

You are worth more than you can possibly know.  To someone you are their whole world.  To someone you are the most important person on earth.

Never forget you matter!  You are very special !

Always remember that you are absolutely unique.  Just like everyone else.

Margaret Mead

Thursday, September 23, 2021

Chapter 9, Page 23, 2021

Autumn shows us haw beautiful it is to let go.

Author Unknown

September 23 - just let it go

The truth is, unless you let go, unless you forgive yourself, unless you forgive the situation, unless you realize that the situation is over, you cannot move forward.

Steve Maraboli

Letting go is not an easy thing to do, but it is the only way we can move forward. People and times are always changing, so what was once right for us changes too.  We can't stay stuck in a past because it’s all changed.

If we’re are unhappy in our current circumstances then something must change.  We need to let go of the old and start something new.What used to be right, isn’t right anymore.

The same as holding on to anger resentment and hatred will not only hold you back but block your present blessings and opportunities, You’ ve just got to drop somethings to move forward.

Positive change happens as result of letting go and is the end result of learning.  If you aren’t learning, you’re simply dying slowly.

Holding on is like believing that there is only a past; letting go and moving on is knowing in your heart that there’s a bright future ahead.

We need to trust our intuition , to learn as we go, to realize that every experience has value, and to continue take positive steps forward every day.

Don’t worry about things you can’t change, but focus on what you can do.If you can’t change something you don’t like, change the way you think about it. You are the only one in control of your attitude.Your life is your responsibility, no one else.  You are the only person that can make change happen.

Some people believe holding on and hanging in there are signs of great strength . However, there are times when it takes as much strength to know when to let go and then do it.

Ann Landers 


Wednesday, September 22, 2021

Chapter 9, Page 22, Book 21

True prosperity is appreciating what you have.

Author Unknown

September 22 - appreciate what you have.

If you appreciate what you have, youll never want for more.

Frank Sonnenberg

I think that when we appreciate what we have then we are content to be what and who we are.   Money doesn’t buy contentment.  Contentment comes from enjoying what you have.When you are grateful for what you have then your life will feel happier and more fulfilled.  

Contentment is a feeling that comes with being satisfied with what we have and who we become in life.  I’m a contented person. I may not have everything, but I have everything I need.  And for that I’m thankful.

They say if you cannot appreciate what you have now, how could you ever be happy with more. Some people never find contentment and go searching for more and more things to make them happy.  How sad it would be to live a life like that.  

When you spend your time thinking about what is missing in your life, you are sowing the seeds of unhappiness.  But when you focus on what you have, you can be happy with what you have.

Don’t postpone your joy waiting for a day when your life is less busy, less stressful.  That day may never come.Look for opportunities to savor small pleasures every day of life.  Focus on the positives in the present moment instead of dwelling on the past or working about the future.  Spend time with support friends or family, cultivating a grateful attitude or an optimistic outlook.  Cultivate your happiness and enjoy a contented life. 

The happiest people do not necessarily have the best things .They simply appreciate the things they have.

Warren Buffett

Tuesday, September 21, 2021

Chapter 9, Page 21, Book 21

We do not see things as they are, we see things as we are.

Anais Nin

September 21st - we all see differently

A little perspective, like a little humor, goes a long way.

Allen Klein 

It’s no secret that we all see, feel, smell and hear things differently. Some will see a problem as a burden, some will see that same problem as an opportunity. You can hear something, that I will not and the opposite.  I might hear something you didn’t.  It’s all a matter of our perceptions.

Our preceptions are shaped by our previous experiences.  When the pandemonic hit us, some went and burried their heads in the sand.  Others went into pretense mode or denial mode to what was actually happening outside their own world.

Then there were others that took a different look at it all - people, their kids and neighbors who found themselves helping others the best they could.

Which ever way you slice it, all means the same thing. Perception is everyone else’s reality. 

Those peoole chose to do what they could do and not to think about all those things they couldn’t do.

The great news is that we can choose whoever we want to be.  I choose to see things from a positive and optimistic viewpoint. Opportunities happen every day 

When you wake up every day, you have two choices. You can either be positive or negative; an optimist or a pessimist.  I choose to be an optimist.  It’s all a matter of perspective.

Harvey Mackay 

Monday, September 20, 2021

Chapter 9, Page 20, Book 21


Let us always meet each other with a smile, for the smile is the beginning of love.

Mother Teresa

September 20th. - smile and be happy 

A smile is a curve that sets everything straight.

Phyllis Diller

It is Monday morning, and I’m smiling.  I just got back from taking the car to the garage to have the brakes checked out. DSIL had told me they should be checked soon and I was lucky enough to get an early morning appointment.  I’m not used to being out and about that early, but I didn’t want to put it off.  It seems there was nothing wrong with the brakes and it didn’t cost me a cent.  That’s a reason to smile for sure and I’m thankful the guys working there are honest and didn’t try to rip me off for something that didn’t need to be done.  I’d recommend them to anyone.  Honestly is something hard to find theses days.

It certainly was a better start to my week, than what I had expected.  A brake job wouldn’t have been cheep and I really hated the thoughts of having to do this.  

Unexpected happiness does come our way now and then and I’m thankful for it too.  Smiles are wonderful things and always make me feel better. Hope your Monday is off to a great start and that you too will have may many reasons to smile. The way we start the week is usually the way we end the week so this should be a great one!

A smile is happiness youll find right under your nose.

Tom Wilson

Sunday, September 19, 2021

Chapter 9, Page 19, 2021

And all at once, summer collapsed into fall.

Oscar Wilde

September 19th. -thankful Sunday 

A fallen leaf is nothing  more than a summer’s wave goodbye.

Author Unknown

Here we are the last  week end  of summer.And it seems to me that it just began, but Autumn starts on Wednesday this week.  It’s been a beautiful week here with cool nights and pleasantly warm days.  Everything is starting to take on a different feel and look.  Some leaves have started to turn, but not many.  

I able to get out in nature one day with two of my friends to visit one of our parks with two of my friends.  We took a tram ride around to view the lovely gardens there and then ate lunch at a picnic table in the shade.  i’m so thankful to have friends that go back over 30 years to get together with.  

I also got out to one of my grandson’s soccer games and it was exciting to see all the good sportsmanship and fun the kids had participating. There was a nice breeze blowing which made it comfortable to sit out on a sunny field to view the game.  

I’m thankful too that today I’ll be going to breakfast with one of my sons and his family who is only in town for the weekend. They came in for her uncles birthday party.   I'll get to visit with them for a while before they go back home. He lives a few hours away so I don’t see them too often.It will be nice to catch up with each other.

I thankful too that my SIL noticed that my brakes on the car needed attention. I now have an early morning appointment to get them fixed Monday morning.  And I’m thankful that I can afford the repair and that the garage was able to get the work done so quickly.  I don’t like to leave any thing like that  too long.  I’m thankful I have a car two get around and am able to still drive when I need to go somewhere.

My family had a great summer and remain healthy and safe too. In this day and age this is almost a miracle as so much covid is going around.  We have been greatly blessed. 

I hope you too also had a good week with lots to be thankful for.  It’s such a good feeling and makes the world seem a better place.

Everyone must take time to sit and watch the leaves turn.

Elizabeth Lawrence