Sunday, August 31, 2008




Heather is hosting this week
And the word she has chosen is:


Working 9 in a row so it doesn't seem
like I am doing much more than
sleeping and working. 
That made my choices very slim
for picture taking or so I thought
until I took a break and started
making pictures around
the hospital Friday night.
Found that a hospital has lots of angles.
Took many pictures of ceilings,
floors and corners
but this is the one I decided to use.
It was taken from an angle on the third floor
 looking through the atrium
toward the front of the hospital
including the first three floors.

Taken August 30, 2008 03:40am with my Kodak Z740 Digital Camera & Framed in photobucket

"The high-ceilinged rooms,
the little balconies, alcoves,
nooks and angles
all suggest sancturary,
escape, creature comfort."
~ David McCord

Saturday, August 30, 2008

Private Duty Nurse

Our private duty nurse!

This last week we had a patient who was very confused. She was extremely frightened when she was left alone. With 18 other patients on the floor it is impossible to stay in one room every minute, but you don't want a little confused woman lying in her room scared to death.......
We say that a nurse has to be a nurse, a waitress, a house cleaner,...a friend...
and as it would appear... an engineer.............

Monday, August 25, 2008

Must Read Blog ~ Amalie's Walking in Silence

Anyone that knows Amalie knows you don't want to miss her blogs. There you will find beauty, love and peacefulness.... and so much more. Why have I waited till this blog to say you must read... Read it and you will see... I think it speaks for it's self! Of course, than you won't want to miss a single one of her blogs!
Matter of thought ~ just may be a good place to enjoy your morning coffee!!!!!

Link to Walking in softness

Morning has broken....



Morning has broken
and it is such a beautiful day! 
I am talking about every morning ~
be there sunshine or rain!
Yes, I am an early morning person. 
Love to get up right before the sun
and listen to all the sounds of early morning. 
Everything thing just seems
more beautiful in the morning. 
Take a walk down a path,
or around the neighborhood...
Sit and have coffee by a window,
on a deck, by a camp fire.
Enjoy all the beauty around you.
Take advantage of the peace and the quiet BUT... 
Listen to the sounds: the crickets, the birds,
the waves or water if you are near them... 
the world is waking up and coming alive
and it is a very beautiful thing. 
I think if you have the time to do this....
your day just goes better. 
 It is a great thinking time...
or just a great time to be...
be right there in the right now!
It is twice as wonderful shared quietly
with someone you love!

It's twice as good shared!

Relax ~ LOL ~ Enjoy it anyway you can

Spread a Little Love Around...



If you just can not listen to Country music,

turn the player off and read the words!

They are very good advice!


Darryl Worley Spread A Little Love Around



(Harley Allen/John Wiggins)

Sometimes this crazy world can make us all feel bad
I sit and watch the news and just get mad
We need to stop and smell the roses in the ground
So get out today
Spread a little love around
Talk to a neighbor
Volunteer a favor
Help out a stranger when his car's broke down
Take your wife a kissin'
When your kids talk - listen
It makes a lovely sound
Spread a little love around
You know it don't take to much to make somebody's day
A kind word or tender touch goes a long way
We can change the whole world if we start in our hometown
So get out today
Spread a little love around
Tell your mom you love her
Bear hug your brother
Treat your sister to a night out on the town
Throw the ball for Rover
Wrestle in the clover
Put a smile on that old hound
Spread a little love around
Slap your sweetheart's fanny
Tickle on old granny
Dance with the kids and act like a clown
A little tiny kiss and hug
Everybody needs that stuff
Turn a frown upside down
Spread a little love around
When this world gets you down
Spread a little love around




Spread Love

Spread love everywhere you go:
first of all in your own house.
Give love to your children,
to your wife or husband,
to a next door neighbor . . .
Let no one ever come to you
without leaving better and happier.
Be the living expression of God's kindness;
kindness in your face,
kindness in your eyes,
kindness in your smile,
kindness in your warm greeting.

~ Mother Teresa

Sunday, August 24, 2008

Sarah Mclachlan - I Will Remember You (Mirroball Live)

I Will Remember You

(by Sarah McLachlan, Seamus Egan, and Dave Merenda)

I will remember you
Will you remember me?
Don't let your life pass you by
Weep not for the memories

Remember the good times that we had?
I let them slip away from us when things got bad
How clearly I first saw you smilin' in the sun
Wanna feel your warmth upon me, I wanna be the one

I will remember you
Will you remember me?
Don't let your life pass you by
Weep not for the memories

I'm so tired but I can't sleep
Standin' on the edge of something much too deep
It's funny how we feel so much but we cannot say a word
We are screaming inside, but we can't be heard

But I will remember you
Will you remember me?
Don't let your life pass you by
Weep not for the memories

I'm so afraid to love you, but more afraid to loose
Clinging to a past that doesn't let me choose
Once there was a darkness, deep and endless night
You gave me everything you had, oh you gave me light

And I will remember you
Will you remember me?
Don't let your life pass you by
Weep not for the memories

And I will remember you
Will you remember me?
Don't let your life pass you by
Weep not for the memories
Weep not for the memories

Friday, August 22, 2008




(link below)



MIA is the hostess this week
(welcome Mia)
and the theme she has chosen is:
Another fun theme!  The minute I heard Lookalike,
 my first thought was of the old
Liberty Mutual Insurance building
They torn it down some years back. 
There was a replica of the Statue of Liberty
on the top of it which had carefully
been saved and moved to a new
location in the outskirts of town
at the headquarters for the Boy Scouts of America.
So I headed there...
I love it when I see people proud of their country.
There are so many wonderful countries and
 many reasons to be proud of them.
The more people I meet from around the world,
the better I understand that!!!!
I, too, am proud of my country and
I am proud to be an American.
Taken today with my Kodak Z740 Digital Camera ~ (no cropping ~ untouched)
"Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore,
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed to me,
I lifted my lamp beside the golden door!"
by Emma Lazarus

Thursday, August 21, 2008

Eva Cassidy - I Can Only Be Me

Eva does a song written by Stevie Wonder.
Words so full of wisdom.

Eva Cassidy ~ I Can Only Be Me

Butterflies begin,
from having been a larva,
As a child is born,
from being in a mother's womb,
But how many times,
have you wished you were some other;
Someone than who you are.
Yet who's to say that if all were uncovered,
You will like what you see;
You can only be you,
as I can only be me.
Flowers can not bloom,
until it is their season,
As we would not be here,
unless it was our destiny,
But how many times,
have you wished to be in spaces,
Times, places than what you were.
Yet who's to say with unfamiliar faces,
You could any more be;
Loving you that you'd see,
You can only be you,
as I can only be me.
Hoooo ohooo oohooouhooooo
I can only be me.

Saturday, August 16, 2008





Our Host this week is TINT


Her Theme is:

oOOo 10 Minutes  oOOo

The International Photography Walk is taking place this week & she decided we could all take part in a small way.

(The challenge is to walk, run, cycle, fly, jump, drive for

10 minutes and take a photo at that point.)



If you would like to join in the fun,

Click on the link below:





Taken this morning (August 16, 2008) with my Kodak Z740 Digital Camera


10 minutes from my house is a quaint little place ~

The Chocolate Biscuit

known for it's atmosphere & delicious food,

but how could anything with chocolate be bad?


Monday, August 11, 2008

Find yourself.....

IF you read slowly enough, you'll find YOURSELF in this message...I did.


Too many people put off something that brings them joy just because they haven't thought about it, don't have it on their schedule, didn't know it was coming or are too rigid to depart from their routine.

I got to thinking one day about all those people on the Titanic who passed up dessert at dinner that fateful night in an effort to cut back.  
From then on, I've tried to be a little more flexible.

How many women out there will eat at home because their husband didn't
suggest going out to dinner until after something had been thawed?
Does the word refrigeration' mean nothing to you?

How often have your kids dropped in to talk and sat in silence while you
watched 'Jeopardy' on television?

I cannot count the times I called my sister and said, 'How about going
to lunch in a half hour?'  She would gasp and stammer, 'I can't. I have
clothes on the lne.  My hair is dirty. I wish I had known yesterday, I had a
late breakfast,  It looks like rain."  My personal favorite, "It's Monday."
She died a few years ago. We never did have lunch together.

Because Americans cram so much into their lives, we tend to schedule
our headaches. We live on a sparse diet of promises we make to ourselves when all the conditions are perfect!

We'll go back and visit the grandparents when we get the kid  toilet-trained. We'll entertain when we replace the living-room carpet. We'll go on a second honeymoon when we get two more kids out of college.

Life has a way of accelerating as we get older. The days get shorter, and the list of promises to ourselves gets longer. One morning, we awaken and all we have to show for our lives is a litany of 'I'm going to,' 'I  plan on,' and 'Someday, when things are settled down a bit.'

When anyone calls my 'seize the moment' friend, she is open to adventure and available for trips. She keeps an open mind on new ideas. Her  enthusiasm for life is contagious. You talk with her for five minutes, and you're  ready to trade your bad feet for a pair of Roller blades and skip an elevator for a bungee cord.

My lips have not touched ice cream in 10 years. (HA!) I love ice cream.
It's just that I might as well apply it directly to my stomach with a
spatula and eliminate the digestive process. The other day, I stopped the car  and bought a triple-decker. If my car had hit an iceberg on the way home, I would have died happy.

Now...go on and have a nice day. Do something you WANT to...not something on your SHOULD DO list. If you were going to die soon and had only one phone call you could make, who would you call and what would you say?

 And why are you waiting?

Make sure you read this to the end; you will understand why I sent this to  you

Have you ever watched kids playing on a merry go round or listened to the rain lapping on the ground?

Ever followed a butterfly's erratic flight?

Gazed at the sun into the fading night?

Do you run through each day on  the fly?

When you ask, 'How are you?' Do you hear the reply?

When the day is done, do you lie in your bed with the next hundred chores running through your head?

Ever told your child, 'We'll do it  tomorrow.' And in your haste, not see his sorrow?

Ever lost touch? Let a good friendship die? Just call to say 'Hi'?

When you worry and hurry through your day, it is like an unopened gift...Thrown away... Life is not a race.  Take it slower.  Hear the music before the song is over.

Show your friends how much you care.

To those I have sent this to... I cherish our friendship and appreciate  all you do.

'Life may not be the party we hoped for... but while we are here we might as well dance!'

Sunday, August 10, 2008

Everything Counts


Reading this made me think...  About trips to the grocery store...
people we meet on the street....  It seems to come naturally to smile and say hello,
 but have you ever run into someone that is just growling at the world? 
Makes a difference, doesn't it? 
 It seems I run into the nicest people. 
Always someone opens the door at the post office when I go there.
Last week when I had a couple of big packages,
  two people ask me if they could carry them in ~ so nice!
I told them thank you but just holding the door open helps so much!!!! 
People touch with looks, words, and actions in ways they never know! 
You do too!

Every action, every little word,

your facial expressions,

Your intentions...

Everything counts!!




Early 20th Century African-American poet Countee Cullen spent the
summer of his eighth year in Baltimore, Maryland. Shortly after he
arrived he noticed a little white boy staring at him. Countee smiled,
but the little boy did not smile back. Instead, he stuck out his
tongue and called him a hurtful, racial slur.

Cullen later wrote a poem that included his recollection of the summer
when he was eight. In it, he says this:

"I saw the whole of Baltimore
from May until September.
Of everything that happened there
that's all I can remember."

The white child likely soon forgot the episode. And he probably never
was aware of the pain he inflicted on the young stranger. But the
truth is... everything counts. EVERYTHING. Everything we do and
everything we say. Everything helps or hurts; everything adds to or
takes away from someone else.

Educator and writer Leo Buscaglia put it like this: "The majority of
us lead quiet, unheralded lives as we pass through this world. There
will most likely be no tickertape parades for us, no monuments created
in our honor. But that does not lessen our possible impact, for there
are scores of people waiting for someone just like us to come along;
people who will appreciate our compassion, our encouragement, who will
need our unique talents. Someone who will live a happier life merely
because we took the time to share what we had to give. Too often we
underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening
ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which
have the potential to turn a life around. It's overwhelming to
consider the continuous opportunities there are to make our love

How truly amazing life can be when we know that... EVERYTHING COUNTS.

from "Your Life Support"
-by Steve Goodier




Have a wonderful week


Don't forget to show your kindness!

Wednesday, August 6, 2008




Our Host this week is Annie!

And the Word is:






Taken 06/02/08 11:58 am @ Lassen Volcanic National Park with my Kodak Z740 Digital Camera



Precious Memories are often made

 in beautiful places with special people.

This picture was made on a trip that

made many Precious Memories for me! 







Monday, August 4, 2008

Saturday, August 2, 2008

This Moment. . .



Last week I made a trip to visit with my Mom and Sis.   On the drive

to and from Florida I listened to a seminar on CD.  One of the 

speakers that really made an impression on me was Marie Forleo.  

(Knew I liked her the minute she started to speak.)  It could have been

her enthusiasm or just her pleasant personality, but when she started

to speak on Living in the Moment she had my complete attention.


I am a list person and use those to get things accomplished, groceries

gotten, chores done.....etc.   She brought this up and said your goals

are not as important as the moment.  She stated working on yourself

doesn't work.  Her belief was when you take care of this moment the

future takes care of itself.  So writing down goals and making the end

product the important thing won't work!  Or at least it won't work for

making the best life you can have!  What is important is where you are

and what you are doing right this moment...

Doesn't matter if you are in a grocery store line or doing the dishes,

each is so important.  Enjoy those people around you in line.... 

enjoy that warm water and those suds...   Be there and enjoy what

is going on around you this very minute.


Made sense to me!!!   I thought and thought about it!!!  How

could you have a bad day if you make the most of every minute

and enjoy it for what it is? How wonderful each moment and

each day would be for each of us!

                     ~ Linda



........  ..This video is five minutes long but it delivers a wonderful message and I believe is worth all five minutes.  I believe it so much I have watched it three times!  It has to be read, but I think you will enjoy it!


Now is nothing,

an infinitesimal membrane of time

through which the future passes into the past.

Yet now is the only moment we know.

But to be in that moment,

to have our attention be here, now;

not caught up in the past or the future,

not caught up in worry or concern,

to be at peace with what is,

to know that still center about which time turns,

Ah, that is our challenge.

So hard,

because we are so easily lost in thought.

So easy,

because it is right here, all there really is.

All we need to do is

notice what is

notice what it feels like to be in a body,

the air against the skin,

the sounds around.

Not to label them

and start another train of not-now

Simply experience the sensations, as they are.


                              Peter Russel

                                                      The Spirit of Now






Friday, August 1, 2008



Brought to us by the Gator






An old black and white polaroid picture taken back in the late 60's...

Played with it some in Picasa to add a little something as it is scratched so much,

but I thought it went well with the theme...

Yes, married with a one year old child at the time ~ LOL