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Celebrating Wednesday, November 25th
with my 195th WordPress post 😉
Blue Monday, Ruby Tuesday,
My World
and Wordless Outdoor Wednesday
are in the next post

Merrily jumping
while wishing everyone a
Happy Thanksgiving!


Hard to believe this little blog has had more that 19,225 hits since I started.
That couldn’t have happened without visitors like YOU so … thanks!
Please accept this award as a token of my appreciation.

Feel free to share with YOUR friends too 😉


Thought for Today
“Learn all you can from the mistakes of others. You won’t have time to make them all yourself.” Alfred Sheinwold

Click for comments at the TOP of the post under the title, rather
than at the bottom ;–)

I can't help but wonder about 'stats' below
found in my Dashboard this morning. To know
so many visit without commenting
generates questions within. Everything
equal ... when I visit others, I leave
feedback of relevance ... thus can't conceive
why (or how) so many bloggers who must
value 'comments' on their own blogs can just
drop by without taking a moment to
type a brief comment. To everyone who
DOES take the time to respond, 'Hip Hooray!'
I feel most grateful for you MAKE MY DAY ;--)

youmakemydayhappilyretiredgal-copyIf you’ve left me comments during December …
this award is for YOU to enjoy and share with others as you choose.

Top Posts
The Lemonade Award … 51 views (12 comments)
Haiku Sky Watch Friday 49 views (23 comments)
(Haiku) Sky Watch Friday 47 views (21 comments)
Slice of Life – Memories of Dad … 41 views (14 comments)
Haiku Sky Watch Friday 38 views (13 comments)
Photo Hunt – Breakfast Collage 36 views (13 comments)
How to Remain Young and a Thank You 31 views (8 comments)
Morning Musings and Me Me Me … meme 31 views (10 comments)

Blog Stats Summary Tables
Total views: 960
Busiest day: 68 — Saturday, December 6, 2008
Views today: 41

Posts: 21
Comments: 187

Akismet has protected your site from 9 spam comments.

Just a note: we don’t count your own visits to your blog.
All times are in GMT.

You Are Peaceful and Appreciative

You approach the holidays with harmony and thoughtfulness.

You realize the holidays can be a hard time for some people, and you’re there to lend your support.

Not only do you enjoy giving during the holidays, you enjoy receiving greetings, love, and gifts.

You graciously appreciate every holiday gesture made in your honor.

Of all the types, you are the most likely to give a gift that’s meaningful for you and the recipient.

You’re also the most likely to hand deliver as many of your gifts as possible.

Thought for Today
"If you surrender to the wind, you can ride it."  Toni Morrison


1. Sunrise-Sunset, Blog Your Blessings, & Sacred Life Sunday are at Sacred Ruminations along with Monday Motivator

2. Two awards are up for grabs (to enjoy & share with others) along a variety of Christmas music & fun activities are at Small Reflections (see sidebar links).  I hope you can drop by when time permits.

3. The Lemonade Award is up for grabs on this blog along with other awards in my sidebar to snag, enjoy & share with others in the spirit of the holiday season.

4. Hootin’ Anni’s Christmas give away starts today!  Be sure to drop by … check out her 2008 Holiday Tour, Faces of Christmas and be sure to leave her comments.

5.  I’m delighted to share that it’s raining (finally) in Southern California … gently & steadily here at the beach … with snow falling at the 3000 feet level.


I remember taking this quiz once before and sharing my results at Small Reflections (as part of a Whimsical Wednesday post), but when I saw it at Greyscale Territory on Friday and answered the questions again ... my results were different so I'm sharing here and will link the two posts for comparison.

What Tarot Card are You?

You are The Sun

Happiness, Content, Joy.

The meanings for the Sun are fairly simple and consistent.

Young, healthy, new, fresh. The brain is working, things that were muddled come clear, everything falls into place, and everything seems to go your way.

The Sun is ruled by the Sun, of course. This is the light that comes after the long dark night, Apollo to the Moon’s Diana. A positive card, it promises you your day in the sun. Glory, gain, triumph, pleasure, truth, success. As the moon symbolized inspiration from the unconscious, from dreams, this card symbolizes discoveries made fully consciousness and wide awake. You have an understanding and enjoyment of science and math, beautifully constructed music, carefully reasoned philosophy. It is a card of intellect, clarity of mind, and feelings of youthful energy.

What Tarot Card are You?
Take the Test to Find Out.

Thought for Today- "Think big thoughts but relish small pleasures." H. Jackson Brown, Jr. Life's Little Instruction Book

received the Lemonade Award from Page at The Road I’m Traveling for showing gratitude or a good attitude (from “if life hands you lemons, make lemonade”)! She explained how she felt both humbled and honored at the same time then passed this nifty award along to 10 others … and I happen to me one of the lucky recipients. She wrote: “Storyteller – You’ve been a wonderful encourager! I love seeing your name appear in my comment sections!” I feel similarly humbled & honored and want to say …Thank YOU Clara!

lemonade award

Here are the rules:

  • Put the logo on your blog or post.
  • Nominate at least 10 blogs which show great Attitude and/or Gratitude!
  • Be sure to link to your nominees within your post.
  • Let them know that they have received this award by commenting on their blog.
  • Share the love and link to this post and to the person from whom you received your award.

Choosing specific recipients is always a challenge for me because I’ve made so many ‘virtual friends’ and enjoy so many blogs … so I’m breaking the rules to share this with anyone who believes THEY make LEMONADE from lemons.

That said … I do like to introduce my friends to one another and since this is a new blog I’ve decided to highlight a few friends … just because.  Each of the women listed below has impressed me in a different way. They’re listed in no particular order, some may already be recipients, and all truly deserve the Lemonade Award for having a great attitude.

  1. Yertle of Smile, Play, Dream – is a ‘working mom’ of two young boys who nurtures herself & others by sharing her journey honestly, expressing her gratitude for the many simple blessings in her life, offering motivational ideas on Mondays and visiting ‘bloggy friends’ whenever time permits … participating in ‘memes’ when they strike her fancy & sharing link-love generously.
  2. Joyce of Mom’s Musings lives a very busy life. Another working mom (and grandmother too), her attitude is always upbeat & cheerful, and her posts are thoughtful & uplifting.  She leaves wonderfully supportive, encouraging comments on the blogs of others and always responds with friendly emails to those who comment on her blog. Her joy in the Lord shines consistently.
  3. Lisa of Lisa’s Chaos takes and shares the most wonderful photographs on her blog.  Seeing the world through her eyes uplifts my spirit, enhances my appreciation of nature, and motivates me to look more closely at everything & take photographs differently.
  4. Sandy of Momisodes creates & shares entertaining and thought-provoking pieces regularly.  She writes from her heart, knows how to tell a story to draw readers in … and shares photographs with a quirky originality, sense of perspective, & clever titles or captions.  Along with a handful of other ‘virtual friends’ … she provided the support & encouragement I needed early on to make me into the (slightly obsessed) dedicated blogger I am today.
  5. Mama Zen at the Zen of Motherhood writes with a wry sense of humor about her life with Baby Puppy and Daddy Zen, displays a quick wit & succinct style of writing I envy, expresses her point of view on a variety of subjects and publishes book reviews too.  The comments she leaves when she visits always make me smile.
  6. Karen at Journey to Authenticity has been a wonderful friend & encourager from the beginning. We met at a Writer’s Retreat for Women at the Mabel Dodge Luhan House in Taos, New Mexico during the summer of 2007 and each started blogging a few months later.  She’s the only ‘blogger’ I’ve ever met in ‘real’ life!  Busily raising a young son with special needs, Karen’s blog presents a delightful mix of photographs, anecdotes about daily life and memories, entertaining stories, and an honest exploration of her life as a wife, mom, and aspiring novelist.
  7. Sandee at Comedy Plus consistently makes me smile and often laugh aloud with what she shares on her blog.  She has many friends in this virtual world, I see her upbeat, supportive, and encouraging comments all over the Blogosphere.  Sandee shares awards generously on her blog (methinks this might have been one) and is quick to participate in ‘memes & quizzes’ when they strike her fancy.  I’m always surprised when she finds my posts so quickly … often before I’ve finished ‘refining’ them ;–)
  8. Raven at View from Raven’s Nest shares wonderful photographs, well-written stories, lovely poetry, and expresses her opinion eloquently on a wide variety of topics when she feels passionately about it.  She’s the creator of Saturday’s Wordzlle Challenge and although I don’t participate, I do enjoy reading when others do.
  9. Sylvia From Over the Hill may not realize that she’s responsible (at least in part) for this fledgling WordPress blog.  When she lost control of her original blog (I’d add the link but my computer won’t load Google Reader for me to find it right now) she didn’t skip a beat but moved on and created this new one … publishing prolifically on a variety of subjects demonstrating passion & creativity along with a delightful sense of humor and a knack for photography.  I responded by quickly learning how to back up my blogs on Blogger and here at WordPress too … then decided to ‘experiment’ with this new blog as a way to learn how things work.
  10. Tammy of Mom Knows Everything & A Little Girl Talk generously helped me with some ‘technical issues’ when I experienced difficulties creating original ‘headers’ for my first two blogs.  She publishes daily on both blogs … shares her creative handiwork & photos of her children in the midst of their daily life … and frequently visits others leaving comments often.

So, if you want to read some uplifting blogs – those that promote an attitude of gratitude – check these out!  You can also click on the links in my sidebar here and/or at Blog Rolls, Bling, & Blurbs for more bloggy friends I like to visit … many are deserving of this award too and I hope they’ll ‘snag’ it to enjoy and share with others.

Other ‘holiday related links of interest:
Christmas Fun & a Quiz
SnowGlobe Fun & NORAD Tracks Santa (with games & activities for kids of all ages)
Holiday Fun (12 Days)- A Musical Revival of Sorts
Carol of the Bells – Straight No Chaser
A Doggie Guaranteed to Make you Laugh!

Thought for Today – “A wise man does not grieve for the things which he has not, but rejoices for those which he has.” Epictetus


I found this ‘kewl’ Typealyzer at
Schmutzie’s Milkmoney on December 3rd.

The analysis indicates that the author of is of the type:

ISFP – The Artists

The gentle and compassionate type. They are especially attuned their inner values and what other people need. They are not friends of many words and tend to take the worries of the world on their shoulders. They tend to follow the path of least resistance and have to look out not to be taken advantage of.

They often prefer working quietly, behind the scene as a part of a team. They tend to value their friends and family above what they do for a living.

Gender Analyzer Results

Silhouette of a woman

We think is written by a woman (68%).

Click to check the Gender and/or Type of YOUR blog(s).

Click to see results for my other blogs
Small Reflections and Sacred Ruminations

Thought for Today“Let the world know you as you are, not as you think you should be, because sooner or late, if you are posing, you will forget the pose, and then where are you.” Fanny Brice

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I'm a happily retired teacher. Originally blogging as storyteller, I've changed my avatar early in 2010 to reflect my recent growing interest in photography. You might recognize me from one of my three original Blogger-based sites:

Small Reflections

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Blog Rolls, Bling and Blurbs

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Welcome to my first WordPress site. I hope you'll look around, leave me a comment or two, and check back as often as time permits.

Hugs and blessings,
happily retired gal
(formerly known as storyteller)

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