The Human Race


Aren’t we beautiful?

this quote should probably go with another image, but I found it and liked it so much that I had to include it today.

Over the years I have developed a picture of what a human being living humanely is like. She is a person who understand, values and develops her body, finding it beautiful and useful; a person who is real and is willing to take risks, to be creative, to manifest competence, to change when the situation calls for it, and to find ways to accommodate to what is new and different, keeping that part of the old that is still useful and discarding what is not. — Virginia Satir


Thighs of steel


I want to make stuff all day long!

As Thomas the tank engine, I too, want to be a Useful engine. I know that what I do has value, and I am grateful for that.

I also know that I daydream regularly of making things all day, and being able to create in my own home studio.  Using my hands to create. Playing my own music and drawing, painting, beading, sewing all day long. The delimma is that I don’t know how to do that and make a living at it.

I photographed this nutcracker and as I was editing the image, I thought about what a peaceful look this woman has about her usefullness. She is at peace with her nutcrackerness. How have you learned to be at peace with what you do for a living? How have you made your dreams come true?

A visit from serenity


I had a nice visitor today…..been feeling a little hectic around here lately. So it was nice to have such a peaceful beauty come to say hello. This little critter spent a long time, for a butterfly, hanging around my back deck. I was so happy to have my camera so handy!

Therly’s little boy was rushed to the hospital with pneumonia yesterday. He is doing much better..Thank goodness. I have been reminded lately how well western medicine works and it has humbled me…I feel a little foolish with my rush to judge in a former post. I still wish we did some things differently, but I have been blessed by so many of the ways we do things right. Thank you, America’s medical staff! I applaud you!

backyard-feet.jpg Here are some cute feet to end this post with. They are both so happy to have each other for neighbor’s. They fight like cats and dogs sometimes, but mostly they are grateful for one another.

music video post-itis

this one is just plain pretty, I have no idea what she is singing and I like it.

this one is unique and I like it too.


Pay it forward gifts


I got my package from Maddy!!

I finally have the laptop to post photos. Thank you  Maddy! Isn’t the little terrier cute, it reminded me of my sweet dog Sinbad…all 5 lbs of him.  He was a good dog and quite the watchdog.

You make and give great gifts Maddy….the candy didn’t last long enough for photos…we loved it!

I am still working on my PIF gift for Tracy…..  It is driving me a little crazy to keep it a secret….but it has been fun to work on.

 I still have room for two more people to sign up for the PIF exchange…….

I did it…I posted a video!

I found a great youtube video on Kim’s blog 

and she graciously let me borrow it from her blog, thank you Kim!

And thanks to  Clara at  for your wonderful tips!! I was able to post it easily on my blog…thank you Clara!!



Anaïs Nin:

Each friend represents a world in us, a world possibly not born until they arrive, and it is only by this meeting that a new world is born.

 For all of my friends-thank you for expanding my world.

little girl in california


I love this image. I found her in an antique store in my home town.  Sandy, the owner of the antique store sold me my first antiques. She liked me for some unknown reason and gave me really good deals. I bought my first 35mm camera from her. I asked her if she’d go down on the price, and if I remember correctly she gave me 50% off. I paid on this old camera a few dollars at a time.LOL..what patience and kindness she showed me. She sold me many things over the years. She sold me my first cast iron pot, which I still have and use. I proved to be a loyal customer. I was never a big spender, but I always went to Sandy’s before any other antique store. This was one of the old photos she had acquired. This little girl embodies innocence. I like it also because it looks like California, with an orange tree in the background. I hope you enjoy it, as I do. I wonder when it was taken? It looks like the turn of the century or maybe early 1900’s. Does anyone have any ideas? What should we call her?

comment on that last post here ……he-he

funny boys and birthdays

I found this one a while ago. I hope it gives you a chuckle. We have been busy around here. Work has been crazy busy for me, we had two days of in-service training, cleaning and meeting with parents. I am a preschool teacher. It is the start of a new school year. It is nice to have the training. It made for long days though.

AND!!! we celebrated someone’s birthday!! My munchkin has turned 4. There is something magical about 4. It feels like he is no longer a small child or baby. I am a little sad. Part of me wants him to remain young forever, and part of me can’t wait to see how he turns out.

We had Chili’s, because the munchkin heard on TV, that they have good food!!( That one almost made me pee my pants.) And then I immediately thought to make a mental note that we need to only watch PBS.

Which reminds me, he got a gift card in the mail from Darcy( remember her, the Japanese house). He was SO excited. He slept with the card, and then proceeded to take it everywhere! We went last night after dinner and got his gifts. A few things caught his eye on the way in…a rapping turtle singing a birthday song, “Cars” sheets for his bed…, no…..something different.

It didn’t take him long though, to find the perfect things.  We found some clearanced toys. He got Spiderman figures and A set of Thomas the tank engine trains with a birthday theme. He was happy!! Thank you, Darcy!!

p.s. The comments section seems to be turned off….not sure why. I can’t fix it, maybe has something to do with the youtube I picked….I will make another small post that you can comment on.

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