Cool Buns!

Winter.

Snow.

No complaints…

other than the lack of seating options.

Don’t want to sit here:

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Here, either:

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Guess we’ll just stay inside and snuggle up:

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He’s really good at that, isn’t he?!

There are a lot of people ready for the snow to be gone and for Spring to be here.

Not me.

I think I’ll just keep enjoying each day as it comes.

Thanks for stopping by – come back any time!

 

 

 

Love Life, Be Brave

I like jewelry.

I also like to wear jewelry.

But the funny thing is, I haven’t really been wearing jewelry for the past few years.

It’s possible that some of you are thinking, this is not a huge revelation or deep insight to share. I know.

Anyway, I decided that one of my (easy-to-keep) 2015 resolutions would be to wear jewelry every day, whether or not I had somewhere to go or something special to do.

Now, this may seem trivial (yeah, who cares?!) or maybe even border-line arrogant (oh, look at her, she has jewelry, brag much?! and la-ti-da!)

But for me, this actually does go deeper than the ‘frosting on the cake’ that is rings-and-things. It has meaning and nuance and, ok, it does make me feel happy to match my accessories to my outfit (or pj’s as the case may be…)

And, I don’t know if this is ironic — maybe it’s just a coincidence — but the first ring I picked up at the start of the new year was this one:

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A ring. With a simple but powerful message:

“Love Life  —  Be Brave”

I wear it every day as a reminder. And a goal.

And I think you might agree…

It does have a nice RING to it (see what I did there?! lol!!)

Hope you’re all having a great start to this new year.

Thanks for stopping by – Cheers!

Happy 2015!

Hope this is the beginning of a wonderful year for us all!

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Thanks for stopping by – Cheers!

Merry Christmas, 2014

As the Christmas holiday draws near, I simply want to extend to all of you:

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Hope Santa gets you all exactly what you wish for!

and

May you have the best holiday season yet!

Thanks for stopping by – have a great day!

Veteran’s Day 2014

In memory of my USAF Veteran Dad, and for all of the Veterans and active military who courageously put their lives on the line to protect our freedoms and serve our citizenship in times of peace, disaster, and need: Thank you!

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Note about the photo:
This was taken in a cemetery nearby. It is a statue that marks the grave of this family’s only son (only child!) who was killed in WWII – and it is his likeness. What a beautiful (and sad) tribute.

Remember to shake the hand of a Veteran or active-duty Military person and thank them for their service — not just today but feel free to do it on any day…

And, since it’s getting to be that time of year,  please remember service members when filling out your Christmas Card list:
Holiday Mail for Heroes Campaign (Christmas Letters)
www.redcross.org/holidaymail
Each year the American Red Cross provides assistance to more than 2 million service members and many of our nation’s 24 million veterans. We support military families, military and veterans hospitals and provide emergency communications across the globe. And once a year, we get the joy of delivering holiday cards to veterans, military families and active-duty service members at hospitals and installations around the world. The cards and personal messages, sent by tens of thousands of Americans, provide a welcome “touch of home” for our troops during the holiday season.

Thanks for stopping by – have a great day

World Gratitude Day

World Gratitude Day is today (Sept. 21st)
It’s not a well-known or even particularly observed “holiday”
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But that’s okay.
Let’s just make every day “Gratitude Day”!
It begins like this: “I am grateful for…”
See how easy?!
Thanks for stopping by – have a wonderful day!

Nine Eleven

We’ll always remember this day.

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And where we were when it happened.

Thanks for stopping by – spread love!

Wednesday Wisdom 1

When I was posting daily, I also regularly made posters from my photographs and quotes & sayings I liked.

I kinda miss doing that.

So I’m starting up again (yay!)

This saying came across my computer today – sharing the message with those of you who have supported me from the beginning seemed rather apropos:

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Thanks for stopping by – enjoy your day!

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Today from the Rose Garden:

EXTREME CLOSEUPS!

or

Fun with Photography and Photo Editing!

If I didn’t tell you I was in a rose garden, would you know that these are floral?

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this one’s full of love:

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this one meows:

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and these seem out of this world… or from the ocean floor:

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And not a single rose in this bunch!

Thanks for stopping by – have a great day!

That’s One!

Believe it or not, today marks the final day of the first year of my blog.

And what better way to mark the occasion than to find a photograph of my favorite subject with the most appropriate sentiment?

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LOL!

Well, did I accomplish what I wanted with this first year?

Yes and no (of course!)

I’ve somehow posted more than my projected goal of once a day (wow!) which was unexpected.

Where I am today isn’t exactly what I planned a year ago – but I’ve learned a lot about myself and my passion and am proud of how I’ve grown (as an individual and as an artist!)

I’ve set new goals that I’ll use to guide my art (one is that I’m going to actually paint more – while keeping up the photography and blog) and personal life (like living in Colorado and travelling more!)

New FUN adventures!

I’m excited to see where we’ll be 365 days from now!

Cheers to Year One!