Stopping and breathing…

A couple of  days ago-I went out to my parents place for the day.  Now anyone familiar with the Pacific Northwest may know where the Hood Canal is and how beautiful the mountain scenery is.  My mom and step father have a beautiful log home they had custom built.  It’s absolutely stunning.  The views, the trees, the birds, everything.  It’s so peaceful.   It really makes you “stop and smell the roses.”

Now I’m a “city girl” at heart-but every once in awhile It’s nice to be away from the “hustle bustle” and just relax  your mind, turn off the electronics and just rest and enjoy the little things all around.   I took my camera out and had so much fun taking pictures of nature and freeing myself  from all that may be bothering me.

I think we all need to take a “mental break” from the crazy lifestyles we lead and just relax, reboot, recharge, breathe and become inspired .




Taking Chances…

Life flies by so fast…As I watch my youngest get ready for prom last night and taking photos of her and her date-I still see that little girl with the sassy smile.

Lately I’ve been getting strong feelings that I need to just go for things in life… Not be afraid.  Sometimes this is all easier said than done.  But as I’ve written before , I don’t want some things I want to do in life become a coulda, woulda, shoulda.  I need to just go for it, take some chances, see where it all takes me.

So this puts me back to my children… I watch them with excitement in their eyes as they embark on new things.  I encourage them all the time to go for their dreams and don’t be afraid and do not let anyone or anything stand in your way.  Again, life is too short, we need to breathe, reboot and just have fun.


As always: Keep smiling!!!



Our Furbabies…

Sometimes I really feel animals save us.  I adopted a toothless blue eyed beauty siamese mix cat about 8 years ago.  My daughter and I picked her out of many cats available. It seemed no one wanted Bluebell because she was toothless, different and getting to be a senior cat.  We loved her right away.  I love that she was different, It didn’t matter to us that she had no teeth or that she wasn’t a kitten.  Lately she had been having some health issues.  Sadly two  nights ago we had to have her put to sleep and she crossed over the rainbow bridge.  It was so hard to stay composed.  As I talked to her softly she looked at me as if she knew it was time.  I gave her one last pet and kiss and let her go.

Animals are so important in our lives, she was a great joy to have and I miss her like crazy, I miss her sassy mews when she was hungry and how talkative she was.  It’s strange, even my dogs new there was something wrong and can feel the sadness in the air.  They really are a significant part of our lives, and I truly believe we have to go through the grieving process just like you would for a human being.

It never gets easy and now I just have to heal and move on knowing she’s out of pain and onto a better place.

RIP my sweet Bluebell- 5/17/18

Do you…

I look at people, flowers, trees, etc… every day.  And even as an adult I keep learning that we’re all so different.  But… Why do some of us continue to try to be something we’re not.   I feel too much emphasis is put on how we’re supposed to act, look and feel.  I always remind my students and own children to be themselves, “do you!” Don’t be a robot.  Of course we can place blame on social media, magazines, movies, tv, etc… But, it is up to us to be ourselves and not to worry about if we’re being judged or talked about.  As my momma always said, they’re just jealous, don’t worry about what others think.  It’s not easy to feel that way, it takes time and some growing up to do-but hopefully we eventually get it and stop giving two sh**s about what people think.

As always:  Keep Smiling!!!  (:








Happiness of Colors…

Colors, the days of the week, the weather.  I feel they all can have an impact on how we feel, how are moods are and how we are towards others.  Of course living here in the Pacific Northwest the weather seems to have a major impact on people.  The first sunny and warm day, people flock outside and are just full of smiles and niceties.  Mondays, it seems as if everyone is “Zombie” like.

Spring time everyone seems to come alive a little more when the new growth of flowers come out.  Sometimes even on the cloudiest of days the array of new blooms can brighten up a day.

As always: Keep Smiling (:





Life… Death… Live life to the fullest!

It’s always hard to hear about a family member, friend, or acquaintance , who has just been diagnosed with a terminal illness.  The doctors predict how long you have left on this earth and we sit and wait and wait.  It’s a time bomb that’s waiting to go off, we just don’t  know when.  All that goes through my head at this time is that life is too short to not just go for the things we want.  At least try.  I need to just go for my wishes and dreams, stop worrying about the outcome and live life to the fullest.  Some days are harder than others-but then I think about how precious life is.  We need to have more fun and less worries.  Be free, enjoy every moment!

As always: Keep Smiling!!! (:



Privacy?…non existent in our world…

Ok, I get it, we live in a world of fantastic technology.  I’m not a prude, I’m not an old fart.  But, it’s amazing to me how small the world has become.  Without this I would not have met some very dear and wonderful people in my life.  But, I draw the line when it comes to filming every little thing that goes on in someone else’s private life.  Yes, it has saved peoples ass’s when proof is needed-but some people just go too far.  I know this will never happen -but we really need to respect each other’s privacy. And I know we all post our lives on social media, but let that be our decision, not someone else’s.   Privacy: seems it is not an option anymore. We simply don’t have any.  So,  why not just pee with the doors open from now on.  Why not?  The world is watching everything else.


As always:  Keep Smiling!!!  🙂




Sunny Days…

After having the flu for a few days, I feel like it’s never ending and won’t go away.  But, today the weather warmed up, the sun came out and it’s like magic!  I feel so much better.  It’s amazing how weather can affect our moods, our health, our overall well being.   Now some people thrive off of rainy weather, some cold and snowy, me… the sun and warmth.  So, whatever your weather medicine may be… Savor it… soak it in and let the healing begin!

As always: Keep Smiling!!!