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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 ;–)

Ruby Tuesday, Mosaic and
Blue Monday are in the next post.
Scroll down for Thursday Thirteen


Alice Audrey of Alice’s Restaurant honored me with Nemo’s Award and I’m delighted to accept and to share it with others today.

Neno’s Award—-Rules and Regulations

1. As a dedication for those who love blogging and love to encourage friendships through blogging.

2. To seek the reasons why we all love blogging.

3. Put the award in one post as soon as you receive it.

4. Don’t forget to mention the person who gives you the award.

5. Answer the award’s question by writing the reason why you love blogging.

6. Tag and distribute the award to as many people as you like.

7. Don’t forget to notify the award receivers and put their links in your post.

Why I Blog

I’ve written about Why I Blog a few times already, and I’ve decided to revisit this July 2008 List of 13 Reasons here … just because.  I’ve amended that list in purple with some additional thoughts reflecting changes in my blogging over the past year or so.  I’m celebrating my 2nd Blogoversary at Small Reflections right now and at Sacred Ruminations on Friday, October 23rd. My first Blogoversary for this blog, Happily Retired Gal, will be on November 25th.

It’s clear to me that blogging …
** provides a way for me to experiment with sharing what I write … without having to sit face to face with someone as I do this thing, and I’ve discovered that I’m much more of an introvert than most people (including myself) generally realize
** allows me to become accustomed feedback from a variety of readers and get over my tendency to keep what I write to myself
** introduces me to others who write (and take photographs)
** keeps my mind active and learning new things all the time
** stretches my imagination and my boundaries
** fills free time with interaction when I’m alone
** opens my eyes to what is … and what might be … if only
** expands my world and opens me up to new possibilities & experiences
** allows me to make & interact with ‘virtual’ friends

Initially I blogged because others suggested I might enjoy it. They were right. I did ;–)
1. Each day at Small Reflections I wrote whatever entered my mind, pretty much as if I was writing in my journal, and at Sacred Ruminations I followed Carla’s example … celebrating My Sacred Life for a month in daily posts then changing to a weekly Sacred Life post, while sharing whatever came to mind each day.
2. I visited other bloggers to gain ideas & information, returning to my own blogs to experiment and share what I’d encountered.
3. When 2007 came to a close, I revisited my first ten weeks as a blogger and thanked my ‘blogging buddies’ … linking to various posts I’d written and activities in which I’d participated … surprising myself with what I’d discovered & accomplished in such a brief time.
4. In mid-January I pulled together my Small is Beautiful Top 7 in ’07 Blog Review at the request of Magpie Girl, and by the end of January I’d reached 100 posts.
5. Once again, at the suggestion Anglophile Football Fanatic … I created a list of 101 Things About Me on my 101st Post … sharing a brief history of my life … revealing more perhaps than I intended to, but leaving it ‘just because.’

A few days later (when I reached 106 posts on my 2nd blog, Sacred Ruminations) I created A Milestone Missed? in which I celebrated and reflected about blogging to that point.
6. I had participated in NaBloPoMo and Holidailies … posting daily on both blogs for two months straight, and with encouragement from Sandy of Momisodes (although I had reservations) I signed up for Blog 365, but began to do some rethinking.
7. I moved the initial information introducing myself from the About Me section of the sidebar to How I Became a Blogger and introduced myself all over again briefly in an updated paragraph which remains in my sidebar now but is in need of another revision soon.
8. Interestingly, fellow bloggers honored me with ‘awards’ that I displayed in my sidebar and passed along to others in posts with links … introducing my ‘virtual friends’ to one another and building a ‘virtual community’ of sorts.
9. I celebrated my 63rd birthday online … here and here … participated in the Ultimate Blog Party … joined a wide variety of new weekly activities … and generally had fun playing.
10. As my sidebar got cluttered, I created a special page for Awards & Bling at Small Reflections to make room for new things.
11. When folks complained about the site locking up and/or being slow … I created a 3rd Blog and moved them over there instead.
12. Gradually I’ve added sidebar links to my posts by category in the About Me section in hopes that visitors could locate, read, & comment on what interests them more readily.
13. To speed up things even more at Small Reflections, I moved my multiple Blog Rolls over to the 3rd Blog along with Logos and Links to memes I enjoy.  After several friends lost control of their Blogs, I decided to back up my 3 blogs at WordPress … then started this 4th blog to teach myself how to use the WordPress format.

So … to answer the question of Why I Blog

it’s FUN and I enjoy everything about it!!!

Sometimes ‘life’ intervenes and takes precedence over blogging, but when things calm down this Blogosphere remains … inviting us each to share & engage as much or as little as we choose.  These days I share more photographs  and mosaics than words (other than a bit of Haiku) … but I suspect that I’ll return to writing eventually and hope to achieve a better balance of images and words.  This is my 178th post here and I’ll be celebrating my 1st Blogoversary at Happily Retired Gal on November 25th ;–)

Since there’s no specified number of folks to give this award to, I choose to share this award with EVERYONE who would like to ‘snag’ it and pass it along on their blogs.  I just ask that you acknowlege & follow the rulez enough to share why you blog (as briefly or in as much detail as you choose) … include where you found it by linking here … then let me know when you’ve published your post so I can visit your blog.

Click image or here: 2nd Blogoversary at Small Reflections

and for others participating in T-13

Thought for Today
“Once children learn how to learn, nothing is going to narrow their mind.” Marva Collins

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

13 Sky Views from Last Week

Combining Haiku
Friday with Thursday Thirteen
is a first for me

but quite natural
since I’m not posting each day
on all of my blogs.

Click to embiggen for better viewing
and for others participating in Thursday ThirteenHaiku Friday,


South Breeze Farm hosted the Giving Thanks Challenge and I participated at Small Reflections in November and decided to continue indefinitely … generating the following list one day at a time throughout the month of March.  I’ve decided to transfer the lists at the end of each month from Small Reflections to Happily Retired Gal … just because.  Click to see previous lists already published here.

1. to be feeling healthier today after resting & taking care of myself the past few days.

2. for today’s gentle rain here in Southern California, watering my yard for me.

3. my sister & I spent the afternoon together … walking, taking photographs, eating ‘fish tacos’ in the Barefoot Bar at Duke’s, and checking out the ‘Tuesday evening street fair’ in downtown Huntington Beach where we each purchased some tasty Jalapeño-Cheese bread.

4. for more gentle rain today with occasional breaks so I could take Molly for a couple of walks.

5. I reworked my ‘Memories of Mom‘ post & submitted it to my Writers Workshop tonight and received useful feedback about how I might expand the brief piece about my Dad (shared last Thursday) into a full character sketch.

6. I could reschedule today’s activities to stay home and rest when my cold symptoms flared up again overnight.

7. for learning more about my Nikon camera after attending another class at Ritz with my sister … then celebrating her birthday at BJs ;–)

8. the variable weather causing the skies to change dramatically throughout the day.

9. for drizzles watering my yard this morning and the way my rose bushes have bounced back so quickly after cutting them back a couple of weeks ago.

10. to visit with friends at Retired Ladies Lunch yesterday w/o being coerced into stretching the afternoon into a shopping trip because that permitted me to pick up groceries on the way home and walk Molly too. My sister’s on her way out to spend the afternoon today like we did last Tuesday.

11. my sister and friend responded with supportive understanding when I called to cancel our Wednesday afternoon plans to attend a camera class because I’d been up sick Tuesday night and still felt ill mid-morning.

12. I slept through last night and feel a bit better today.

13. I felt well enough to walk along the beach to meet friends for lunch, and slept even better last night that the night before.

14. I’ve managed to create a few posts even though I’ve not had energy to visit blogs the past week or so.

15. to feel healthier today & to visit a few blogs in addition to sending emails to a number of recent visitors.

16. for friends who call to check on me and visitors who drop by my blogs even when I can’t get to theirs right now.

17. for another day to rest … birds that sing … and a bit of sunshine in my world. Happy St. Patrick’s Day to all!

18. for excellent tennis matches in Indian Wells to watch on my new High Def television while I recuperate & rest.

19. I managed to attend a camera class on Wednesday afternoon and last night’s Writers Workshop even though I’m not able to do much else right now.

20. for the energy to create and publish collages on each of my blogs the last two days and to visit some other blogs as well.

21. rain is on the way here in Southern California because my yard is very dry right now and needs water.

22. for morning showers washing everything clean while nurturing my garden.

23. Molly got to play with a couple of different dogs without me having to walk to Dog Beach with gusty winds blowing today.

24. for sunshine, colorful flowers and blue skies now that the WIND has finally stopped blowing.

25. I accepted my sister’s last minute invitation to meet her & her husband for breakfast this morning at the Harbor House Cafe in Sunset Beach … that we were joined by two other friends serendipitously (enjoying a longer than usual visit over breakfast) … after which my sister & I decided to spend the rest of the day together … just because.

26. that (with encouragement & support of a few friends) I enrolled in and attended the evening Word 7 class at Adult Ed, even though it meets on T-Th from 6-9pm … a bit late for me since I usually arise by 4:30am most days.

27. I managed to create several March sky collages to share (along with a bit of Haiku) on each of my blogs today before I left home to spend another day with my sister who will be leaving for Alaska on April 1st if all goes as planned.

28. it’s a BEAUTIFUL clear sunny warm day at the beach, but not overly noisy … yet ;–)

29. for a productive phone conversation with my Taos Writing Buddy after her return from a two week visit with her kids.

30. my sister & I enjoyed one last afternoon together before she leaves for Alaska with her husband in their RV. We shared Mushu Pork at PF Chang’s in Newport Beach then visited as we walked around Balboa Island with our cameras, taking in the sights under clear & sunny skies … a lovely day indeed!

31. I managed to stay alert for the Word 7 class last night from 6-9 pm and that I’ll be getting a new perm tomorrow afternoon!

Thank you Joy

FYI – My previous Gratitude Lists can be found here at Happily Retired Gal. It is my intention to keep this ‘Daily Gratitude List’ in my sidebar at Small Reflections indefinitely because I believe it makes sense to focus on what’s right in our lives regularly. Click for:
2009 Lists –
February, January
2008 ListsDecember, November

Thought for Today
“God gave you a gift of 86,400 seconds today.  Have you used one to say ‘Thank you?’ “ William A. Ward

Redneck Wins the Lottery: Courtesy of Comedy Central Daily Email

A Redneck buys a ticket and wins the lottery. He goes to Austin to claim it where the man verifies his ticket number. The Redneck says, “I want my $20 million.”

To which the man replied, “No sir. It doesn’t work that way. We give you a million today, and then you’ll get the rest spread out for the next 19 years.

The Redneck said, “I want all my money RIGHT now! I won it, and I want it.”

Again the man patiently explains that he would only get a million that day and the rest during the next 19 years.

The Redneck, furious with the man, screams out, “Look, I WANT MY MONEY!! If you’re not going to give me my $20 million right now, THEN I WANT MY DOLLAR BACK!”

Click for ChrisB at Ms Cellania where I’ve enjoyed Witty Wednesday for a while now and for more Witty Wednesdays at Small Reflections.

Thanks to Sandee of Comedy Plus for sharing these latest awardsI want to them with all my regular visitors.  Please snag, enjoy & share with friends … just because.  If you wish to follow rulezcheck them at Sandees.   If not, share as you choose.


Ivanhoe passed the Life is Grand award along to the first 5 visitors who commented on her post … with the following instructions: List 5 reasons why you think life is grand and pass the award on to 5 bloggers.  Those who know me are aware I’m not big on rulez … but here are 7 reasons why I think life is grand … and all who believe life is grand & leave a link are welcome to snag, enjoy, and pass this award along … just because.


My life is grand because:
1. I’m happily retired … grateful that I was raised to live within my means … avoiding debt and managing money responsibly … planning for the future throughout my life so I don’t have to work for a salary ;–)
2. I live near the ocean where I can walk daily with Molly and take photographs with my new camera.
3. My sister is back in town and we’re having wonderful times together. When she’s on the road we can talk to one another on our cell phones as often or as long as we wish thanks to Verizon’s free cell to cell minutes.
4. I’m blessed with wonderful friends and neighbors.
5. I’ve discovered this ‘virtual world’ known as the Blogosphere and met many interesting people.
6. I’ve discovered the local Adult School offers marvelous classes on a wide variety of subjects for reasonable prices. Many of my regulars have seen what I’ve learned about Photoshop Elements over the past year. My first Writers Workshop class begins tomorrow.
7. I’m blessed with good health, endless curiosity, and a willingness to teach myself whatever I need to know … when I need to know it. I’ve finally learned to ask for help when necessary.

The one below comes with RULEZ using your Music Player on Shuffle … but since I don’t HAVE a music player (with or without shuffle), I’m unable to participate.  Sandee did, however, so click on the link to find rulez and her responses if you have the requisite music player and wish to participate.


Thought for TodayThe foolish man seeks happiness in the distance; the wise grows it under his feet.” James Openheim

Sylvia From Over the Hill honored Happily Retired Gal with this wonderful new Award that she received from Peggy of Musings of Meggie.

According to Sylvia:
“This award acknowledges the values that every Blogger displays in their effort to transmit cultural, ethical, literary, and personal values with each message they write. Awards like this have been created with the intention of promoting community among Bloggers. It’s away to show appreciation and gratitude for work that adds value to the Web.”

Selecting just 15 other bloggers for their contribution to the Blogosphere, then letting them know that they have been chosen is a challenge because I’d prefer to pass it to all of the many ‘virtual friends’ who have made a difference over the last 16 months … all those who have made me think, learn, laugh, celebrate, feel a myriad of emotions over the moving things they’ve shared … so the hard part remains …  but here goes.

I received it from Aline & Akelamalu for Small Reflections and shared it with the following bloggers there …

Claudia of On a Limb with Claudia
Dianne at Forks off the Moment
Ivanhoe – From Ohio With Love
Karen of Journey to Authenticity
Kay of Musings in Hawaii
Jo of Teacher Says
Joyce of Mom’s Musings
Mary of Work of the Poet
Robin at Around the Island
Roger of Idaho Photo
Sandee of Comedy Plus
Sylvia of From over the Hill

Because I enjoy introducing my bloggy friends to one another, I’ve decided to pass it along specifically to …

1. Dianne at Do You See What I See?

2.  Sandy of Garden Path

3.  Akelamalu of Everything and Nothing

4.  Forgetfulone

5.  Gemma’s Greyscale Territory

6.  Mary’s Writing Nook

7.  Ellen of the Happy Wonderer

8.  George at Senior Moments

9.   BJ Roan at Rubbish by Roan

10.  Mama Zen at the Zen of Motherhood

11.  Carletta at Round the Bend

12.  AppleDebbie of Planet Ollie-wood

13.  TishBlack at Crazy Working Mom

14.  Christine at Quiet Paths

15.  Geraldine at My Poetic Paths

and to all my other regulars … please feel free to ‘snag the award’ if you wish and pass it along too … following the rules (or not).  I appreciate you all very much and believe in sharing the joy! Methinks you’ll enjoy the brief video below too ;–)

Lost Generation

A Video Worth Watching … You’ll be glad you did!
It’s quite cleverly conceived & created ;–)

Thought for Today
“Motivation will almost always beat mere talent!” Norman Augustine


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.

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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

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’m exceedingly grateful to all those who responded to my pleas for help & offered suggestions in email regarding my ‘comment visibility’ issues. Things seem to be working at the moment and I’m relieved. Thanks also to ‘bloggy friends’ who have checked out this fledging WordPress blog. I offer each of you the ‘thank you’ above & below to snag, enjoy, and share with others as you choose. To keep it ‘animated’ when you post it, just right click to save the code to your computer then upload it to Photobucket, copy the code from there and add it to your blog.

And now … I’d like to wish everyone who is celebrating a very Happy Thanksgiving Day … and to those who aren’t, I hope you have a delightful day doing whatever you choose!


Here in Southern California, we’re FINALLY getting some much-needed rain. Gratefully, it’s not a gusher wreaking additional havoc on those in recently burned areas … just a rather steady gentle rain (at least where I’m located).

I’ll be posting at Small Reflections & Sacred Ruminations today as well … once I fix myself some breakfast and get another cup of coffee, so please drop by when time permits.


Thought for Today
“The unthankful heart… discovers no mercies; but let the thankful heart sweep through the day and, as the magnet finds the iron, so it will find, in every hour, some heavenly blessings!” Henry Ward Beecher

How to Remain Young!

1. Try everything twice. On Madams tombstone (of Whelan’s and Madam) she said she wanted this epitaph: Tried everything twice…loved it both times!

2. Keep only cheerful friends.
The grouches pull you down. (keep this in mind if you are one of those grouches;)

3. Keep learning:
Learn more about the computer, crafts, gardening,
whatever. Never let the brain get idle.
“An idle mind is the devil’s workshop.”
And the devil’s name is Alzheimer’s!

4. Enjoy the simple things.

5. Laugh often, long and loud. Laugh until you gasp for breath.

And if you have a friend who makes you laugh, spend lots and lots of time with HIM/HER.

6. The tears happen:
Endure, grieve, and move on. The only person who is with us our entire life, is ourselves. LIVE while you are alive.

7. Surround yourself with what you love:
Whether it’s family, pets, keepsakes, music, plants, hobbies, whatever.
Your home is your refuge.

8. Cherish your health:
If it is good, preserve it.
If it is unstable, improve it.
If it is beyond what you can improve, get help.


9. Don’t take guilt trips.
Take a trip to the mall, even to the next county, to a foreign country, but NOT to where the guilt is.


10. Tell the people you love that you love them, at every opportunity.

11. Forgive now those who made you cry. You might not get a second time.

A Thank You (& a Plea for Help!!!)

I appreciate those of you who have checked out my new Happily Retired Storyteller blog here at WordPress & left me comments.

I apologize that they’re not visible for all to see, and I’m doing what I can to figure out what the problem is. They show up in my dashboard and I’ve ‘approved’ them (though I’ve figured out how to remove the ‘approval’ function altogether) … they’re ‘counted’ but all that appears in the sidebar is your ‘identity’ … so if anyone who uses WordPress knows what’s going on, I’d appreciate some help with this situation.

I’ve spent considerable time searching the ‘Forums’ for help (to no avail on this issue) but I’ve learned there are significant differences in ‘available features’ on the WordPress platform depending on whether you’re using ‘’ and simply ‘’ … so there’s more complexity that I realized initially.

Belated Addendum:

For the benefit of others who might encounter such a problem in the future, I was able to fix the ‘invisible comment’ issue by dumping all the widgets in my sidebar and starting over.  It turns out that a couple of the graphics were causing the problem, so I’ll watch out for that in the future.

It was Dona of Clutch Cargo Lips & Cedar Waxwing’s Nest who suggested I disable all widgets (and, if necessary, reset to the default theme) to see if comments showed up … and then to add widgets one at a time … simple & effective stragegy for sure!

Thought for Today – “Both optimists and pessimists contribute to our society.  The optimist invents the airplane and the pessimist the parachute.  ~Gil Stern

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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)

1st Blogoversary celebratory post


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6th Blog Blast for Peace November 5, 2009

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If you don't see Camera Critters here on the weekend, check out Small Reflections ;-)

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