There will always be someone who does it better

In life,  no matter what you are doing; no matter how much experience you have at your job; no matter the advanced degree that require post-nominal acronyms after your name; no matter if you’ve been doing it—whatever it may be—for 4 years or 40 years…there will always be someone who does it better. Or, at... Continue Reading →

Want to Live Happier? Practice Gratitude

  Dinners al-fresco on the back patio. Long walks after dinner. Flipping burgers on the grill in the pouring rain. Acupuncture treatment by a friend. My little sister’s encouraging words. Woohoo’s from Parker at gymnastics. Great books that make you think. These are just a few of the things on my 1000 Gifts list. Typically... Continue Reading →

Everyday Joy | Echo Lake, CO

In 2013, my One Little Word was Joy. And part of that joy was doing things brings me, well, joy. Besides to attend art school, I moved to Colorado for the mountains. If I could, I would move to the mountains. I love the snow, the wildlife, the pine trees, all of it. It's my... Continue Reading →

Ways to Say I Love You

I Love You.   The three sweetest words in the English language. My daughters and I have a little nightly tradition. At night I say to Alexandra, "I love you all the way to the moon and back." She says, "I love you all the way to the moon and back 400 times." Then, I... Continue Reading →

Reflections of Joy

My 7-year-old, Parker, has been writing stories lately. These stories are always wildly imaginative. Her latest story is entitled, "The Zoo is the Greatest Place on Earth." The zoo in her story is not just any 'ol zoo. Oh, no, it features special animals like polka dotted polar bears and pink penguins. Who wouldn't love... Continue Reading →

Thank goodness for dogs | Intentional Gratitude

Two years ago, around this time, two dogs came to live in our house. We were shocked by the sudden lost of my hubby's dear friend, Ed. We were even more shocked by his will. He left his dogs to us. We had lost our beloved beagle just a few months earlier. The last thing... Continue Reading →

3 Gifts of Verse

Continuing our month of giving thanks intentionally... November 10: 3 thing read in the Bible 1 Corinthians 10:30-31 30 If I partake with thankfulness, why am I denounced because of that for which I give thanks? 31 So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God. I turn on the Today... Continue Reading →

Giving Thanks Intentionally

About four years ago we started a November tradition of giving thanks intentionally. To make it more fun for the girls, I try to come up with a different way to display our thankful list. The first year we made a turkey "stuffed" with blessings. Year two was a thankful tree. Year three was a... Continue Reading →

A Month of Giving Thanks

Scientific research shows that giving thanks for just 3 things a day makes you 25% happier. Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday. It's the calm before the rushed craziness of December. It's a time of family and friends. It's a time to openly give thanks for all we have...even if you are struggling financially, have health... Continue Reading →

20 Carved Pumpkins…

Some people act surprised when they find out I don't like to carve pumpkins for Halloween. It surprises me that they think I enjoy it. Maybe it's because I was scarred for life by a 4th grade teacher who made his students close our eyes while sticking our hand in a pumpkin full of slimy... Continue Reading →

Joy | Bird Watching

What is joy? It is a bird That we all want to catch It is the same bird That we all love to see flying - Sri Chinmoy ******** Check back on June 5 for7 Tips for Photographing Urban Wildlife Linked up on:

Turning 34…again!

Yeah, it was my birthday last week. Birthdays are a good thing. The more you have the more you should celebrate. I chose Greek for my birthday dinner. Axios Estiatorio in Denver's neighborhood known as Berkeley. (If you are want to kill some time you can read the complete restaurant review I posted here.) Hint:... Continue Reading →

What? You don’t throw a birthday party for your dog?

I've never planned a doggie birthday party before. Not even for my beloved, spoiled rotten Beagle, Bailey! But for some reason the girls wanted to have a party for Rocco who turned 5-years-old last week, or 35-years-old, however you want to look at it. I just didn't have the energy to bake a dog-friendly cake... Continue Reading →

5 Things I Can’t Live Without.

Sunglasses. Denver averages 300 days of sunshine a year. Surprised? Even on a cloudy day I can be seen wearing my shades. I buy maybe 6 pairs of sunglasses a year. These are currently my favorite pair. Until I crush them in the bottom of my purse. iPhone. I love that I can do anything... Continue Reading →

Spring is in the air…

...Or at least in my dining room. The backyard is in a complete disarray. Where there once was a lush green yard now has been replaced with a mud pit. I will not take a picture to prove it to you either. And I owe this all to our big black lab named Thor. It's... Continue Reading →

Easter blessings.

Yeah, I know Easter was a week ago. So sue me. She wants to be called Alexandra instead of Alex now. But I am old and I forget. She had an Easter picnic with her stuffed animals in the backyard. She served chocolate covered Peeps, Nerds, and bubble gum. Um, sounds delish! I listed Alex's... Continue Reading →

How to ride a pony.

Remember that Seinfeld episode where the gang is making fun of people who own ponies? Yeah, that was the first thing that popped into mind when a friend asked if we'd like to ride a pony. The kids, not me. Turns out it wasn't her pony. We went to a ranch-in-the-city that rents ponies. Got... Continue Reading →

Before I was a mother…

Before I had kids my favorite Saturday's were spent with my hubby. We'd sleep in late. Eat brunch at Denny's. He always got breakfast. Me, not being a breakfast fan, I got lunch. Then, we would head to one, or more, of our favorite antique malls. We'd spend the day looking around. Maybe we found... Continue Reading →

What is Haiku?

In case you don't remember from way back when you were in school: Haiku is a very short form of Japanese poetry. Haiku uses just a few words to capture a moment and create a picture in the reader's mind. It is like a tiny window into a scene much larger than itself. Traditionally, haiku... Continue Reading →

2013 One Little Word

The beginning of a new year is traditionally a time of reflecting and setting new goals. I am not a fan of New Year’s resolutions. All too often we make a resolution of kicking our caffeine habit…losing weight…eating less junk food…or whatever. We do alright at first. Maybe even last a few months but by... Continue Reading →

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