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Mary the teach at Work of the Poet
has asked bloggers to share Yard Art on Thursdays …
Lots of people who live near the beach
in Southern California ‘decorate’ their yards
(often in unique ways) so I’ll have a steady supply!

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Thirteen photographs
of a sparrow hanging out
in local palm trees





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Haiku Friday, Sky Watch,
and Camera Critters

Window Reflections
near Long Beach Marina with
beautiful blue skies

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others participating in Window Views, Weekend Reflections,
and Midweek Blues

Thought for Today
“”Unthinking respect for authority is the greatest enemy of truth.”
Albert Einstein

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13 photographs
puffy clouds on lovely blue
skies between rainstorms

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Thursday Thirteen, Haiku Friday, and Sky Watch

Thought for Today
“Nature is a mutable cloud which is always and never the same.”
Ralph Waldo Emerson

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13 photographs
Dramatic skies … Window
Views and Reflections

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A playful bonus … just because
cropped then ‘screened with exclusion’ and lightened

Thought for Today
“To repeat what others have said requires education; to challenge it requires brains.” Mary Pettibone Poole

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muted blues from my
drive in the rain yesterday …
captured through windows


of my Explorer
wet and wildly windy
I’m glad to be home

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Midweek Blues, Window Views, Haiku Friday, Sky Watch

Bonus … three shifting views from this morning
snapped through my French Doors looking East …

Thought for Today
“All was silent as before –
All silent save the dripping rain.”
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

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I spent yesterday
with my sister walking and
taking photographs

“Walking gets the feet moving, the blood moving, the mind moving. And movement if life.” Carrie Latet

“Walks. The body advances, while the mind flutters around it like a bird.”
Jules Renard

I intended to take and share additional photos this morning (since steady soft drizzles are falling outside) and add a brief update about yesterday with my sister as a follow up to my Wordful Wednesday post at Sacred Ruminations … however methinks I’ll allow the two quotes about WALKING augment the eleven watery reflective photos to make ‘requisite’ thirteen. My thoughts and prayers are with all those affected by the disastrous earthquake in Haiti.

9:30am Addendum
While visiting blogs this morning I found this lovely award at Hootin’ Anni’s. Since she shared so generously … I wanted to pass it along as well to all of you who bring ‘sunshine’ to MY life by visiting and sharing your thoughts. Hope you’re having a lovely day.

Thought for Today
“Above all, do not lose your desire to walk. Every day I walk myself into a state of well-being and walk away from every illness. I have walked myself into my best thoughts, and I know of no thought so burdensome that one cannot walk away from it.” Soren Kierkegaard

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Thirteen photographs
of my world here at the beach
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Original – Straight out of the camera

Poster Edges – lightened
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Watery Wednesday, Midweek Blues,
and Thursday Thirteen

“Smile, breathe and go slowly.” Thich Nhat Hanh

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South Breeze Farm hosted the Giving Thanks Challenge and I participated at Small Reflections in November of 2008 and decided to continue indefinitely … generating the following list one day at a time throughout the month of August. 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. for the pair of season’s tickets to the Pacific Chorale concerts that I won in a drawing. The first concert on Sunday evening was magnificent 😉

2. I was home with ‘L’ called this morning to let me know she was going to be in the area and wanted to meet for breakfast. We had a wonderful visit and a tasty meal.

3. I had time & opportunity to REST today when I realized I wasn’t feeling top-notch … and that the Vitamin C, chicken soup, extra water and rest seemed to stave off whatever bug was trying to take hold.

4. I managed to finish creating Peace Globes and posts for each of my blogs in time to post before I went to class tonight.

5. for all those participating in today’s Blog Blast for Peace: Dona Nobis Pacem.

6. for wonderful ‘catch up’ cell phone visits with ‘C’ and my sister … both of whom are traveling in RVs with their husbands.

7. I’ve managed to stay ‘functional’ …(if not totally healthy)… by mindfully limiting my activities the past week or so.

8. the folks (vacationing from New York) renting the house next door for a month seem friendly and have two standard poodles — Katie, the elder white one, is standoffish but Molly likes to play with Ned, the young black male 😉

9. I managed to visit the grocery store today so I’ve got fresh produce in the house again … finally!

10. for what I learned in my first ‘Fix Your Own Computer’ class tonight … and for the lessons to follow. Hopefully I’ll figure out what causes my Dell 1720 laptop to crash so regularly and get it fixed … finally 😉

11. Service Champions checked out my furnace this morning so I can turn it on to take the ‘edge off’ on chilly mornings again.

12. for my DVR so I can fast- forward through commercials when I do watch televised programs … saving about 20 minutes out of every 60 to use for other endeavors.

13. Stephen King has written and published a new book … I’m looking forward to reading it 😉

14. for a fun catch up phone visit with my writing buddy from Taos this morning and a beautiful warm sunny day outside as I watered my overly dry yard.

15. my sister called last night after having no cell signal for the several days.

16. to reconnect with a former student in the Jury Pool yesterday … we had a nice chat before getting sent to a court room for Jury selection that will continue tomorrow morning at 9am. So far I’m still in the audience watching and listening … so I guess we’ll see what happens next.

17. that even though I was selected for a jury, we were released in time for me to drop by home to feed the fur-kids and still make it to my my evening Adult School class by 6pm. It was a LONG day, but I managed to stay focused until 9pm and drive home safely.

18. California courts are ‘dark’ on Wednesdays giving me the day off because tomorrow will be another LONG day starting with Jury Duty and ending with an Adult School class from 6-9pm again. Hopefully I’ll have time to drop by home to feed the fur-kids between the two activities.

19. after coming down with the flu yesterday morning and coping with nasty symptoms throughout the night, I was able to keep a few soda crackers and a bit of chicken soup down … then sleep this afternoon … finally.

20. that (although not totally healthy yet) I’m feeling much improved this morning and even managed to create a Haiku Sky Watch Friday post at Sacred Ruminations using a mosaic I created last week … though I don’t know how much energy I’ll have to visit blogs today because my head hurts. I’m hopeful the trial continued yesterday without me since there was an alternate juror, but no one called me back after I called in sick.

21. to be feeling MUCH better today!

22. my sister called and we had a nice catch up visit on the phone … they’re visiting with friends in Northern California and will spend Thanksgiving in McKinleyville.

23. I had energy enough to take Molly to Dog Beach in the morning and to the groomer in the afternoon … so she’s clean, soft & sweet smelling for the holidays 😉

24. I went to the Water Store today because it will be closed tomorrow through the weekend. I also did my grocery shopping today and saved almost $50 with coupons!

25. to be celebrating my 1st Blogoversary at Happily Retired Gal, my WordPress blog.

26. for phone calls from family & friends today.

27. I walked down to the beach to watch and photograph this afternoon’s glorious sun set over the ocean.

28. the laptop didn’t crash during the 6 hours it took to make a full backup of my PSE6 catalog.

29. my sister and her husband are finally headed for home and should arrive in a couple of weeks so we’ll spend Christmas together this year. Hopefully they’ll stay here for a while before hitting the road again.

30. I’ve kept this daily gratitude list for 13 months. I’m trying to decide whether or not to continue the practice. Guess I’ll see what I do tomorrow 😉

Thank you Joy

FYI – My previous Gratitude Lists can be found here at Happily Retired Gal, my WordPress site. It is my intention to keep this ‘Daily Gratitude List’ in my sidebar indefinitely because I believe it makes sense to focus on what’s right in our lives regularly. Click for:
2009 Lists – October, September, August, July, June, May, April, March, February, January
2008 Lists – December, November

Thought for Today

“The beautiful thing about learning is that no one can take it away from you.” B.B. King

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My Peace Globe is in the next post

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Belatedly here …
I hope you enjoy thirteen
skies collaged below

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Thursday Thirteen, Sky Watch and Haiku Friday

See my other 2009 Peace Globes at

Thought for Today
“You are the storyteller of your life and you can create the legend or not.” Isabel Allende

 

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13 Sky Views from
my sister in Oregon
RV traveling

Collaboration..
I create the mosaics
then share on my blogs.

First mosaic has
13 pictures ‘stroke-outlined’
but no ‘layer styles’

Second Mosaic
features soft drop shadows and
beveled edges too

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Watery Wednesday (a little bit late)
Thursday Thirteen

Sky Watch and Haiku Friday

More variations
can be seen by clicking
the two links below

Sacred Ruminations

Thought for Today
“If we do not change our direction, we are likely to end up where we are headed.” Chinese Proverb


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Ruby Tuesday, Mosaic and
Blue Monday are in the next post.
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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

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Whoopee … signs of rain
even though it’s quite short-lived …

13 photographs

snapped this morning then
arranged carefully by me

in these mosaics

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Wordless Wednesday, Thursday Thirteen and Haiku Friday t00.


Thought for Today
“A rainy day is the perfect time for a walk in the woods.” Rachel Carson

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13 photos from
my sister in Alaska

RV traveling

Collaboration..
I create the mosaics

then share on my blogs.

Follow up from my
Outdoor Wordless Watery

Midweek Blues today

published earlier
at Sacred Ruminations …

Click to see it too!

Until embiggened
dif’rences seem minimal …

Click and you will see!


Original Mosaic

Ink Outlines – lightened

Solarize

Solarize – lightened

Solarize – lightened with Poster Edges

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Thought for Today
“Renew your passions daily.” Abbe Yeux-verdi

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13 more photos
from my sister on the road …

RV traveling


Collaboration..
I create the mosaics

then share on my blogs.

Bald Eagles in trees
Canadian Geese in flight

Soaring Hawks and more …

Straight Out of the Camera

Poster Edges

Poster Edges – Pinched

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Thursday Thirteen, Sky Watch and Haiku Friday

Thought for Today
“Never interrupt someone doing something you said couldn’t be done.” Amelia Earhart

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nifty beach sky views
no clouds … just a collection

13 kite surfers

more it seems each day
people taking up this sport

… ‘traffic’ in the skies

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Thursday Thirteen, Sky Watch and Haiku Friday

Thought for Today
“Wherever you go, no matter what the weather, always bring your own sunshine.” Anthony J. D’Angelo

FYI (in response to some recent questions from visitors having difficulty leaving comments) – If you’re on my HOME page, click for comments at the TOP of the post, but if you’re on the post page itself … for some unknown reason, the comments are WAY DOWN below the post itself … so don’t give up until you find them please ;–)

Thirteen photographs
Alaska this year.

Collaboration..
I create the mosaics

then share on my blogs.


Ketchikan

Totem Bright – Clan House

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Thought for Today
“When preparing to travel. lay out all your clothes and all your money.  Then take half the clothes and twice the money.” Susan Heller

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13 new sky views
unique cloud formations each

day … fascinating

experimenting
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

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


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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.

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happily retired gal
(formerly known as storyteller)

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