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Observe life at its best, listen to life’s songs, embrace life’s bounties, breathe the breath of life and savor life to its fullest!

Ready to relax?

What is your favorite form of relaxation? Walking barefoot in the park wiggling your toes in dew-dappled grass? Watching a sunset while enjoying a glass of wine, alone or perhaps with a loved one? Getting a manicure or pedicure, maybe both? A day at the beach? What about a massage while listening to soothing music set against a backdrop of a waterfall? Any of the above, none of the above. Endless possibilities. Get yourself in serious thought mode. Write it down. Maybe even make a list since a whole day for relaxation has been set aside.

August 15 is…

National Relaxation Day

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Happy National Relaxation Day, y’all! Just chill!

We all live in such a fast-paced world that it is easy for life to become very stressful and overwhelming at times. Pressure, anxiety, tension are constant companions so get away from all the stress! That’s right. Leave it behind. Take a step back and slow down the pace. If not for the day, go for an hour. Kick back, breathe deeply, take the next few moments (as many as you can), grab a lounge chair and RELAX!
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Daily Dose of Laughter

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What is life without laughter? That is one category personally I have no clue other than it would be total boredom! With a husband that is a joke waiting to be told, a smile waiting to happen, and who considers a day wasted if not at sometime during that day making someone else laugh, there is always sunshine even on a rainy day. Sure we have our ups and downs, bad communication and misunderstandings, but who doesn’t? That is LIFE! It’s all in how you handle the moments with even the bad ones somehow allowing a smile to emerge along with flowing teardrops.

I never know at any moment in time what might he might say to knock me off my feet or send me bending double with laughter. Here are two that are totally hilarious. One a couple of years back and another recently.

My middle name is Anita. I have never really liked that name, never use it, never write it, especially since marriage. Out of the blue Jim calls me from across the room, “Anita! Anita!” I turn with a scowl look on my face responding, “Anita? Don’t call me Anita!” His immediate reply, “But, baby, I needa ya!” Get the pun?

For this one, keep in mind we just celebrated our Pearl Anniversary on July 10.

We are having some work done on our sprinkler system since the grass in the backyard is dying from all the heat and lack of sufficient water. The man putting in the irrigation system is named Jackie. Jim approaches Jackie and calls him over to the back porch, “Jackie, do you know why I love my wife so much?” Of course, Jackie responds with all sorts of commonalities and a few funnies of his own but remains somewhat perplexed because he knows Jim is going to come up with a doozie. And a doozie he did indeed. “She is beautiful, works like a hired hand, makes damn good biscuits and she doesn’t snore!”

What can I say? I love this man!

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When it comes to laughter, there is hardly anything funnier than children and animals so let’s not stop here. Watch the video to end your day or perhaps begin a new day with a smile on your face and a laugh in your heart!

 The cats are the best! What do you think? Which is your favorite?

Make someone’s day…smile, then LAUGH!

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Happiness is…

Time with family and finally enjoying the sweetest sugar in the world!

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Abbey, Baby Lennon, Grammie & Granddaddy

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Abbey, Baby Lennon & Grammie

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The Star of the Show – Lennon

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Happy 30th Anniversary

30th-AnniversaryJuly 10, 1984 – July 10, 2014

So many places yet to see, so much yet too be done

One thing for sure…time is ours, never alone!

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“Love’s Theme”

by Barry White

Play our love’s theme tonight
My love’s here, it’s no dream tonight
It”s been so long
Since we’ve danced to our love song
I know the melody that made him mine
Will be the melody that keeps him close to me (love’s theme)

Play our love’s theme once more
Make him feel, like he felt before
While the lights are low
Please, let the music flow
I know that the melody that made him mine
Will be the melody that keeps him close to me (love’s theme)

Play our love’s theme again
Touch his heart, touch his soul and then
Once we sip the wine
His lips will come to mine
I know that the melody that made him mine
Will be the melody that keeps him close to me
Love’s theme…

Love’s theme…forever mine, forever yours, forever ours!

To my husband, I love you…yesterday, today and all the tomorrows to come!

Happy Pearl Anniversary!

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The Pulse of Life

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From the first heartbeat to the last, there is a rhythm to life known to us all in the form of music…slow beats, rapid beats, beats out of sync, skipped beats, irregular beats, beats that make the heart flutter. The pulse of life changes as moods swing and bodies sway in accordance with the sequence of stressed and unstressed beats until the final beat falls silent.

Remain on-beat thwarting those off-beat moments that attempt to set you off balance. Keep upbeat with a pep in your step as you reach out for the sun or walk in the rain. It’s all in the music…the music called life!

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Enjoy the Chords of Emotion @Awakenings or make new ones…

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‘Monday Tuesday’

Tuesday-MorningToday is Tuesday but it feels like a Monday. If I wish it were Friday (and the good genie granted my wish) then what would become of Wednesday and Thursday? Time goes by too fast as it is and definitely too precious to ever wish any day away. Time lost can never be regained. What a mess!

As for today, have you ever experienced a Monday on Tuesday? All the things that normally happen on a Monday have decided to show their ugly faces today. Maybe it is because yesterday, the Monday, was actually a pretty good day.

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As time moves on, hopefully the ‘Monday’ in this Tuesday will be history! Could be worse, it could be raining! Is that thunder I hear in the distance?

Sophisticated-CatMaybe I should just drop everything and go get a manicure!

What kind of day are you having today? Have you ever experienced a ‘Monday Tuesday’?

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What do you say?

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Robert Nesta “Bob” Marley (6 February 1945 – 11 May 1981)

 Dance in the rain,  savor the raindrops & rainbows, cherish the hours from dusk ’til dawn observing sunrise to sunset, capture the spirit of messages in the wind, enjoy the beauty in the world through the eyes of love!

Don’t be afraid when someone says, “I love you.” Simply return the love!

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Happy Mother’s Day

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Motherhood, The Oldest Profession by Micki Peluso

To all Mothers near and far, hope you day is filled with joyous blessings!

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“Mothers and their children are in a category all their own. There’s no bond so strong in the entire world. No love so instantaneous and forgiving.” —Gail Tsukiyama

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“Youth fades; love droops; the leaves of friendship fall; A mother’s secret hope outlives them all.” —Oliver Wendell Holmes

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“Motherhood: All love begins and ends there.” —Robert Browning

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Lennon Reese Walding – Born May 1, 2014

“Because I feel that, in the Heavens above / The angels, whispering to one another, / Can find, among their burning terms of love / None so devotional as that of ‘Mother’” —Edgar Allen Poe

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“[Motherhood is] ‘heart-exploding, blissful hysteria.’” —Olivia Wilde

100 Inspiring Quotes About Moms for 100 Years of Mother’s Day

 If you were asked to write a quote about your mother, what would you say?

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Hands in my life

catnipoflife:

What a wonderful prelude to Mother’s Day! As with all her writings, Mary Helen Ferris strikes our heartstrings releasing innermost melodious chords!

Originally posted on Greatpoetrymhf's Weblog:

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I watch women’s hands.

I learn from them.

Some hands are open.

Some hands are closed.

Some hands are baking.

Some hands are making

clothes, mending or brand new.

Some hands will always have to “make do.”

Some hands are willing.

Some have no choice.

Some are speaking instruments

For those without voice.

Artwork by Gabriel Corno

Gabriel Corno

Grandmother’s hands were cleaning, crocheting, caressing.

With her hands there was no second guessing.

Now there were moments when on a fevered brow

Those hands were healing With a gentle “Hush, now.”

Mother’s hands were gaily saying

“Clean your room, get your books,

get ready for church,

 or come sit near its time for praying”

I wonder as I ponder

looking in the past

Just how wonderful their hands are now.

Now  there are no more chores to do. 

Now   there are only “angel jobs’

and Souls’ to  “pray through” 

Up there is just…

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Resilience

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Do you sometimes feel like a rubber band…stretched to the limit ready to snap at any given moment? Have you been burned scorching with doubt as to whether you can gather yourself up from the ashes and move on? What about having the feeling of standing on the edge where the only way out is down? Dangling over the cliff of life definitely tests our resilience but at the end of the rope is the possibility of bouncing back stronger than ever. At some point in time, we have all probably been at that crossroads.

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We can read article after article, seek counseling, cry until there are no more tears, but out of it all surfaces the basics heard over and over again: maintain a positive attitude, be optimistic, regulate emotions, and see failure as a form of helpful feedback.  Perhaps there is good reason behind this repetitiveness.

The more I ponder that which is written and spoken repeatedly, the more it makes a lot of sense. Life throws us curve balls. Nowhere is it written that life will be endured without hardship, without trials, without tribulations. We seek to remain positive for if we don’t, a negative approach or Why Me? attitude will only push us lower, lower, lower until the depth is so severe, hope vanishes of ever rising above.

We change course, soldier on!

Some of us have natural resilience, while for others it must be learned. Have you ever stopped to examine where you stand on the resilience ladder? Are you strong with the ability to stand balanced on the top rung? Or do you find yourself teetering even with the first step? In other words,

How Resilient Are You?

To put it simply…

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“Man never made any material as resilient as the human spirit.” ~Bernard Williams

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