Cherry Blossoms…

Cherry blossom trees

pink flowers

blowing in the breeze

tunnels of pink everywhere

soaking up the sun light and air

the beauty that they bring to us

Its a short time

but tells us Spring is upon us

soon they will all fall off and disappear

but on to the next phase with summer so near




My dogs…

I have three dogs. All are shih tzu mixes. One is laid back and an old soul, the middle one is “bat shit” crazy with food aggression and jealousy tendencies and the youngest one is riddled with anxiety, but such a cuddler and little “love bug.”  They are 17,13, and 3.

It’s amazing how much like children they are.  But more of the perpetual 2 year old kind. They’re mischievous, and can be somewhat lazy in the “bathroom” department.  As hard as they can be sometimes, I wouldn’t give them up for anything.  They are a part of the family and can bring such joy.

If I’m going through a hard time, I know at least one of them is there to pet and just talk to-even if they can’t understand me-it’s a great comfort to have them here.  Yes, they talk back when naughty or just want to be heard too.

I’ve grown up always having a dog or dogs in my life.  To be honest I think the world is a better place when we have our pets.  Whether it be dogs, cats, fish, etc… We all need to learn to give compassion and not always be into ourselves.  My dogs have taught me that-that it’s not always about me or us or whoever.  They deserve love and compassion too.  Even they don’t receive it -they always give it.

What can I say, I love animals, especially my furbabies.  They bring great joy to me and my family.

As always: Keep smiling!!!

Zoe                                     Gracie                            Luna


Spring tease…

Pollen swishing through with flair

teasing us in this early Spring like air

Sun is shining very bright

flowers popping up through the ground

happiness can be felt throughout the town

winds start picking up so fast

leaves flying about in the grass

clouds start covering the sun

sad to see the Spring day is done

So we wait and wait for another day

with hopes that the sun will have a longer stay




Random acts of kindness…

While visiting San Francisco 2 weeks ago, besides the beauty in the city and around the Bay, I couldn’t help notice how big the homeless population is there.   I’m from the Seattle area and we have our share too. But… it seems so much more prevalent.  Maybe its because of the warmer climate.  I don’t know-but it was a sad sight to see so much.

I wandered off to Berkeley during my visit and the subway/train through Oakland was just as bad with homeless as San Francisco.  Tents under viaducts, the homeless sleeping in the stations on the ground.  People just keep walking by going on with their daily lives.  We’ve become way to immune to this.

So while in the Berkeley area walking around the campus area, I stumbled upon of course a Starbucks.  Outside of Starbucks I saw a man-anywhere from his late 20’s to 30’s with his dog,  He was clearly homeless.  The one thing he held on too  was his beautiful dog.  You could tell this dog was his comfort and security.  He wasn’t begging and his dog was very loyal and never left his side.  Loving the only life he probably knows and staying faithful to his homeless owner.

This brought a smile and tears to my eyes.  Without this dog I’m sure this man would be lost.  My big heart decided to buy the man a meal.  It brought me joy to help him out.  When I handed it to him-he thanked me, put down the food and went back to hugging his faithful companion.  Sad to see-but also melted my heart to know that this dog is with him through this hardship

I wish we could do something more, I wish I could have done more to help, but giving him an meal put a smile on my face.  It does feel good to do a random act of kindness, and pay it forward when we can.

As always: Keep Smiling!!! (;



Painted ladies of San Francisco…

During my recent trip to San Francisco, I made sure I made a trip to see the “Painted Ladies.” on Steiner St.  I first remember seeing them in the opening credits from the television show Full House.  I loved them from that point on and always said I would go see them.

Wikepedia: In American architecture, painted ladies are Victorian and Edwardian houses and buildings painted in three or more colors that embellish or enhance their architectural details.  The term was first used for San Francisco Victorian houses by writers Elizabeth Pomada and Michael Larsen in their 1978 book Painted Ladies -San Francisco’s Resplendent Victorians. 

^^^ Good definition from Wikepedia. ^^^

These homes are beautiful, but as I can see from pictures in the past, the colors aren’t as vibrant as they used to be.  They’ve become more muted and blend in more with the rest of the city.

I do envy their owners though.  To live in such a beautiful setting. The city scapes, Alamo park across the street.

One thing I’m sure of though, this beauty comes with a price.  Always having onlookers come to see these homes. They’re always being photographed. I’ve read that people knock on their doors and want tours.  Privacy I’m sure is an issue. I noticed that not one home had their blinds open.

I can now cross this off my bucket list.  I love the city of San Francisco and I know I’ll be back to explore more of the hidden gems along with some other popular sites too.

As always: Keep Smiling!!! (:





I left my Heart in San Francisco…

I just got back from a few days in San Francisco.  I was there a few years ago, but there is so much that I didn’t see the first time-that this time I saw more and really enjoyed it.  Two things that I did repeat was Alcatraz and walking the Golden Gate Bridge.

Alcatraz, what can I say… Something drew me to this cold place again.  It definitely had some weird “ju ju” going on there.  You could feel it in the air and especially in the prison.  My weird self wanted to tour it at night-but at this time the evening tours weren’t available.

Golden Gate Bridge-beautiful as usual.  The one mile walk across and then the mile back was worth it.  The views from the bridge are breath taking.  You can see Alcatraz from the bridge.  I remember reading that the prisoners actually hated it because San Francisco was so close-but so far away.  I must say they did have an amazing view from that prison.


The sail boats were in full force on the Bay that day.  I got a front row view from the bridge- I love the freedom of the boats and how the wind just lets them be free.

I also wanted to see the Painted Ladies.  These houses are beautiful-but over the years the colors aren’t as vibrant as they used to be.  I’m assuming when new owners take over they tone down the colors of the houses-but never the less they are beautiful.  They are located across the street from Alamo Park.  It was so crowded that day with onlookers and people just enjoying the sunshine and views of the city and the Painted Ladies.  Lots of picnics and wine and cheese going on here. (:



One of the last things on my list was to walk down Lombard Street. The crookedest street in world.  This street has some beautiful homes too.  But what I found most fascinating were the wild parrots.  I heard a lot of squawking and looked up and saw about a dozen or so wild parrots up in the trees talking away to each other.  These birds are so beautiful and carefree.

I walked so much of the city and enjoyed my time in San Francisco. I love the vibe there, the lifestyle.  It’s a lot like Seattle -but a little more hustle bustle.  One thing that did sadden me was the huge number of homeless people.  I know every city has this-but it seemed way more prevalent there.

I’ll write more about my experience soon.

As always: Keep Smiling!!! (:

Bucket List…

Bucket list, I think most of us have one. I have several things I want to do, and a few I’ve already done.  My most recent one was to become CPR certified by the American Red Cross, and while doing this I also became life guard certified.  I teach swim lessons part time along with Art/drawing classes to young children.

When I was younger a lot of my friends were lifeguards, as well as my siblings.  I wanted to also-but never did. Because of a recent requirement from my swim lesson job, I was told I had to and just finished training this past weekend. So, I’m able to cross this off my list.  🙂  It was hard-but I did it!

Other things I want to do or have done are:

Publish a book (This will be done in the next few weeks (: )

Travel to more countries ( I went to London alone 2 years ago-first time over seas for me

Zip line

I’m learning another language -but really want to speak it more fluent

Buy a Converteble Car ( I know it’s silly-but I really want one )

Learn how to surf

These are just a few I can think of, but I know there are more.  Even if we never accomplish them, or only a few, it’s fun to have this list and see where it can take you.

Bucket list, dreams, goals, whatever you call it. Never stop believing in yourself.  You never know where these could take you.

As always: Keep Smiling!!! (:





Missing you…

I look for you

Missing your laughter and smile

I know you’re at peace

And no more pain

Your smile lit up a room

My last image of you a happy one

Leaping by my car

Shouting “I love you!”

I’ll never forget you

Our talks about life

The excitement in your eyes

About a future so bright

I feel your presence

Knowing that everything will be alright

Your smile and laughter was always so bright




Goals, deadlines, and anticipation…

We all have goals and deadlines to meet at some point.  I have one major one that I have put on myself.  I’m self publishing my children’s book soon.  My goal was January. It’s now February.  Things happen, life happens and sometimes we have to push our goals back a bit.

Now I’ve set my deadline for March. No particular day in March, just I have to have this deadline for myself.

Now comes the anticipation of it all. I still have a little work to do on it-but I’m also anxious to say the least. I want this dream to become reality so bad and I know I’ll make it happen.  It’s just like waiting for the ketchup to come out of the bottle… Anticipation…

As always: Keep smiling!!! 🙂