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I don’t have a clue
what this plant is called, but it
captures attention

reminding me of
things I’ve taken for granted …
Daily Miracles

when I slow my pace
enough to observe our world
clarity evolves

relearning to trust
intuition from within
guides us on our path

with intention I
move ahead with purpose and
grow my gifts to share

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others participating in Pink Saturday, Today’s Flowers,
Finding Beauty and Just for the JOY of it!

Thought for Today
“Miracles happen every day and people need to know this … they can look for miracles in their lives. The Good New is — there’s still good news.” Mary Ellen

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One gladiola
survived ‘doggie play’ and PINK
loveliness emerged

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others participating in Pink Saturday, Today’s Flowers,
Macro Monday and Mosaic Monday

If time permits … you might enjoy this brief inspirational video clip from Simple Truths entitled ‘The Push‘ … I watch it occasionally, just because … and it ALWAYS touches my spirit with its simple but powerful reminder 😉

Thought for Today
“We can never discover new continents until we have the courage to lose sight of all coasts.” Andre Gide

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13 new sky views
unique cloud formations each

day … fascinating

with filters for kewl effects …

‘cuz I’m curious ;–)

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Thursday Thirteen, Sky Watch and Haiku Friday

Morning Musings …

Daily musings from
my penciled musings in my

hand-written journal

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and for other ‘morning musings’ at Sacred Ruminations

Click for other ‘musings’ at Small Reflections

and if you’d like to listen to the Simple Truths video clip

Every Monday Matters

Thought for Today
“The person who never made a mistake never tried anything new.”
Albert Einstein

Mellow Yellow Monday #13

Parked out front Sunday
this bug brings back memories
of the seventies

when I bought my first
1970 yellow
‘bug’ with a sunroof

and drove it for years
happily maneuvering
highways in So Cal.


Click for others participating in Mellow Yellow Monday.
My Today’s Flowers is in the next post.
Thought for Today
” The past is never dead, it is not even past.”  William Faulkner


Methinks I am most
delighted to discover
composing outside

of WordPress in the
Windows Mail program allows
formatting to change

as I want it to
without editing in ‘code’
as I’ve done ’til now!


I know that it’s not
Friday … but somehow my mind
is in Haiku mode

even though it is
Saturday.  I want to say
thank you Geraldine

for suggesting I
experiment with Outlook
Express … My laptop

runs Vista and does
not have it available,
but Windows Mail works

as I hoped it would.
Possibly I’ll try it out
with Blogger as well.

Just like Sandy of
Momisodes assisted me
with video clips

and Dona of Clutch
wing’s nest suggested

a ‘fix’ for troubles
I had early on getting
‘comments’ to appear

correctly … each one
of these ‘virtual’ friends helped
me solve challenges.

So I offer them
this award for ‘standing out’ …
with much gratitude

and give it as well
to those who have commented
during December.


For others who leave
comments on any of my
posts, you’re most welcome

to snag & enjoy
any of the awards in
my sidebar below

passing them to you
bloggy friends in whatever
way you choose to share.

Thought for Today
“The smallest act of kindness is worth more than the grandest intention.”  Oscar Wilde

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)

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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



Southern California skies
at the beach change frequently.
I’ve collaged photos

snapped at various
times on diff’rent days this past
week from my front yard.


Earlier this week
temperature highs were in
the low 80s, but

with an Arctic storm
heading toward the So Cal coast
highs the next few days

predicted for the
mid-50s with rain over
the next five days … and

SNOW at 3000
feet … lowest in many years!
Currently it’s dry.

~ ~ ~ ~ ~

Click for others participating
in Sky Watch & Haiku Friday this week.
See also Haiku Friday #97 – Snow in the Blogosphere
at Sacred Ruminations.

Thought for Today“Winter is the time for comfort, for good food and warmth, for the touch of a friendly hand and for a talk beside the fire.”  Edith Sitwell

Slice of Life ‘Memories of Dad‘ is in the next post.


A number of bloggy friends have asked what I think of WordPress thus far. After experimenting for about 3 weeks here at WordPress, there are features I really like and only a few frustrations … the biggest being the inability to adjust the type & size of the font easily.

I suppose I wouldn’t feel annoyed if I hadn’t become accustomed to changing the font frequently on my Blogger sites … but I can’t help but wonder why this feature isn’t readily available with a button & drop down menu, and methinks I’ll ask the question of customer support soon.

I suspect others must have inquired and there’s probably a reason, and I do know enough about HTML coding to change the size & type of the font that way … doing it that way just takes longer.

In the scheme of things it’s a minor inconvenience … but it’s one that bugs me all the same.  I do like the changes to the Dashboard here.  The previous one was confusing, irritatingly difficult to navigate and annoyingly S L O W!

A Bit of Info About the
Happily Retired Gal Herself


Linda at Saoirse Daily2 tagged Betty of Betty’s This and That for the following meme and Betty tagged Brenda, Sammy and Baba and anyone else who wants to do this meme. It was fun.

  1. Five names you go by: storyteller, happily retired, happily retired gal, Virginia, Aunt Ginny
  2. Three things you are wearing right now:t-shirt, sweats, reading glasses
  3. Two things you want very badly at the moment: more coffee with half & half and a personal assistant
  4. Three people who will probably fill this out or maybe will or maybe won’t: Yertle, Sandee, & Karen ... possibly Kitten or Ivanhoe
  5. Two things you did last night:spent time visiting blogs and responding to email
  6. Two things you ate today: half a banana & cereal
  7. Two people you last talked to on the phone: my sister and my friend, Carol
  8. Two things you are going to do tomorrow: attend my PSE6 class and walk Molly
  9. Two longest car rides: I drove around the USA with my sister in 1967 for 13 weeks ... and by myself to Taos, NM & back to Southern California in the summer of 2007.
  10. Two of your favorite beverages: coffee & bottled water ... (I love Pepsi too, but don't drink it much any more)

I answered the questions on December 3rd but have already posted on all 3 blogs & have created 3 posts for Thursday already ... so I figure I'd keep it in my drafts folder for a day when the muse abandons me ... or maybe I'll just schedule it for Morning Musings on December 8th because then my answer to #8 will be accurate.  Yup ... that's the ticket!

I'm not going to tag anyone, but I invite all who wish to participate to play along ... and if you do, please leave a comment and/or link so I can visit ;--)

Thought for Today – “Always be a first-rate version of yourself, instead of a second-rate version of somebody else.”  Judy Garland

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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

Sacred Ruminations

Blog Rolls, Bling and Blurbs

If you don't, click to learn more about me.

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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