"...IF YOU FOLLOW YOUR BLISS, DOORS WILL OPEN FOR YOU THAT WOULDN'T HAVE OPENED FOR ANYONE ELSE." - Joseph Campbell

"SOMETIMES ON THE WAY TO YOUR DREAM, YOU GET LOST AND FIND A BETTER ONE." - Unknown (as seen on River's blog, "Drifting Through Life")

"IT IS POSSIBLE AT ANY AGE TO DISCOVER A LIFELONG DESIRE YOU NEVER KNEW YOU HAD." - Robert Brault


"IT'S NEVER TOO LATE TO BE WHO YOU MIGHT HAVE BEEN." - George Eliot

"WE DID NOT CHANGE AS WE GREW OLDER. WE JUST BECAME MORE CLEARLY OURSELVES." - Lynn Hall

"GO CONFIDENTLY IN THE DIRECTION OF YOUR DREAMS! LIVE THE LIFE YOU HAVE IMAGED." - Henry David Thoreau



Sunday, October 23, 2016

* NOSTALGIC SUNDAY *

Well, here it is again folks....time for another Nostalgic Sunday.
 


Can someone please invent a lasso of some sort that can be thrown around the earth and slow down time?? Or better yet, spin it backwards, and take us back to the days of black and white TV shows, and much simpler times.














I am really ready for a trip to good old Greenfield, where life is still a lot like Mayberry in the early 1960s. I don't know when I'll be going again, but you can be sure
 I'll be blogging about it when I do.



Greenfield Police Dept
July 2009
 
(smaller than Andy's jail!)

 
 
 
That same visit, July 2009
I actually rode in a prop plane, a 1946 Piper Cub, with NO doors,
and the pilot sat behind me. Weird! 
We flew all over Greenfield, and following the streets with my view, I saw my (deceased) grandparents' home. I still can't believe I did that!
 
 
P.S. One of the reasons I'd like to slow down the always marching of time, is because my youngest son's birthday was last week...he is now 29 years old!
 
 
(P.S. #2 - You can click on the Greenfield police station and
yellow prop plane photos to see them larger.) 
 

 
 
“The years just pass like trains.
I wave but they don't slow down” - Steven Wilson 

Sunday, October 16, 2016

* NOSTALGIC SUNDAY *

It's Time For Another Nostalgic Sunday
 
 
 
 
Gosh, I almost forgot another Nostalgic Sunday! (That's why there wasn't one last Sunday...I forgot.)
 
With it being autumn, or so the calendar says, I love reminiscing about my Catholic School days. Strolling home from grade school, carrying an arm load of books, and purposely zigzagging through crunchy leaves, I'd go over the day's events in my mind...
 
(my uniform was similar to this, solid color, no plaid)
 
I enjoyed Sister Marie's English class, but as always, hated the torture of Arithmetic word problems.
 
The cafeteria's lunch was one of my favorites: a bowl of chili-mac, a peanut butter sandwich, celery sticks, and milk to drink.
 
That boy I've had a crush on for over two years actually said "Hi" to me today! Be still my heart! At least I think it was me...I looked around and nobody was behind me...
 
~~~
 
Although my family moved around quite a bit during my very early school years, I attended the same grade school from the middle of 4th grade through graduation at the end of 8th grade. I loved it there!
 
And I so love the fact that I grew up in an era where kids were safe walking to and from school, and/or riding their bikes to friends' houses, and not coming home until it was almost dark. I think growing up in the 50s and 60s was undoubtedly the BEST time to grow up...for which I am SO THANKFUL!
 


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
 

 
 
 
Happy Nostalgic Sunday!

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

* WRITING CONTESTS & CONTESTS & CONTESTS ~ OH MY! *

Recently I came across a ton of writer contests and calls for submissions and fortunately managed to copy and save all the links, so I could share them on my blog!

Many of these are very unique. I'm not posting these for any kind of PR because I've never heard of most of them. But if you're at all interested, click on the links and read more. Some have entry fees, some have huge prize money, and more. 

THE FIRST LINE LITERARY JOURNAL 
http://www.thefirstline.com/index.htm 


18th ANNUAL GREAT AMERICAN SONG CONTEST (2016)
http://www.greatamericansong.com/index.php?utm_content=bufferef974&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer#


SCRIPT PIPELINE TV WRITING CONTEST
https://scriptpipeline.com/shop/tv-writing-contest?utm_content=buffer0128d&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer


 
WRITERS DIGEST SHORT SHORT STORY WRITING COMPETITION
http://www.writersdigest.com/writers-digest-competitions/short-short-story-competition?utm_content=buffer9f024&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer


THE 2016 RELEVANT READS STORY OF THE YEAR CONTEST
 
 
FIDDLEHEAD 26TH ANNUAL LITERARY COMPETITION
https://thefiddlehead.ca/contest?utm_content=bufferd2afc&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer
 
 
 MAGIC OXYGEN LITERARY PRIZE 2016/17


 

 
 

I'd also like to welcome my three newest followers - Arlee Bird of Tossing It Out , Delores Lowndes of Mumblings , and Jennifer Darlington of Lady Laughing Loudly I hope you'll stop by often and always enjoy what you read and see. Thank you!
 
(And I apologize for forgetting to welcome you the very day
 your photo popped up in my Followers.)
 
 
Happy writing, everyone!
 
 
 
 

Monday, October 10, 2016

* HAPPY THANKSGIVING TO MY CANADIAN FRIENDS! *

Hello Canadian friends!
 
I wish you all a beautiful, blissful day.
 
I hope you enjoy some time with family and/or friends.
 
And whether you have a feast or something simple, I hope you remember all the little things in your lives to be thankful for.
 
 
I'm looking so forward to our
Thanksgiving next month!
 
 I can already smell all the amazing aromas  J
 

 
My favorite autumn mug!
 
 
My very first cloche!
 
 
 
 
 
 

"Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend." -  Melody Beattie
 

 




Saturday, October 8, 2016

* IT'S A BEAUTIFUL DAY IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD *

♪    It's a beautiful day in the neighborhood....  
 
 Won't you be my neighbor?! 
 
Ah, yes it is a glorious day in my neighborhood today: sweatshirt and jeans weather...my favorite!
 
I've been given a gift...to be outside enjoying this bright, sunny day with a crisp in the air...because I have to run some errands...post office, grocery store, etc. but just wanted to post something before I left.
 
Here are a couple of photos from my neighborhood from last fall - 2015. How fortunate I am to live in the beautiful Midwest!
 
 
 
 
 
Have a blissful, beautiful day!
 
 
“I'm so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers.”
L.M. Montgomery, Anne of Green Gables
 
“Ah, September! You are the doorway to the season that awakens my soul... but I must confess that I love you only because you are a prelude to my beloved October.”
Peggy Toney Horton
 
“October had tremendous possibility. The summer's oppressive heat was a distant memory, and the golden leaves promised a world full of beautiful adventures. They made me believe in miracles.”
Sarah Guillory, Reclaimed

Sunday, October 2, 2016

* NOSTALGIC SUNDAY *

It's Time for Another Nostalgic Sunday!
 
 
 
Yay! It's October and we've finally had some cooler temperatures here at the new homestead. I LOVE fall, as I've expressed many, many times on my blog! The leaves aren't changing colors yet, so I'm posting photos from times past....thus, the Nostalgic Sunday post. :)
 
 
 
 
These three pictures were taken on November 13, 2012...almost four years ago. It seems like a lifetime ago, and it seems like just the other day. Our lives were in the midst of changes, big changes, and the downsizing began.
 
 
I miss that house sometimes, and the happy memories that were made there, but one of the best things about "happy" memories, is that they go along with you, no matter where you are.
 
When I think all the way back to every house/apartment I ever lived in, I miss every one of them for various reasons(except the two crappy apartments in Germany...thank goodness we lived in nice ones the majority of those years) And even during those years of unhappiness and loneliness spent with my first husband...I have fond memories of the places we lived, because I enjoyed so much of how I made each of them into a "home." Does that make sense?
 
I've told Ron many times over the years that I would be happy living anywhere with him, no matter how small or old the place might be, and that's how it's always been and I know it always will be.
 

 (P.S. The new background photo is one I also took around the same time.)
 
 
"I'm so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers." - L.M. Montgomery, Anne of Green Gables