Category Archives: inspiration

Dancing Peas


A little inspiration for those of us waiting through the long winter months as we dream about the upcoming gardening season!

These tiny dancing pea sprouts are sure to lift your spirits!!

Go ahead … Dance along

I won’t judge



Family Matters Dad Said


Family Does Matter

I remember growing up my Dad would always harp on us that our friends don’t matter, it’s Family that matters!!  We would shrug it off, roll our eyes behind his back and run off to spend time with our friends. I don’t know how many times he said that to us … maybe a million?

It took many, many, MANY years to finally sink in ….

Several home purchases later it dawned on me that he was Right! Over the years, we purchased 4-5 homes and all were relatively close to the family members. Usually it took 1/2 hour to 45 minutes for family gatherings or the casual visit, sometimes less, but never more.

Until we moved ……. Far away!!  

I thought I found our ideal retirement home with 18 acres, a beautiful lake, privacy, etc. etc. Everything you could ask for. I reasoned the kids and family would love to travel down to see us … all the time.  And they did, the first year or two, then they stopped.  It was a long trip …… 6 hours one way.

I loved my country home (and still do since it’s still on the market), but if I didn’t take the trip up for the holidays to be with family … it wasn’t happening.  Coming from a family of 7 – 5 kids, 2 adults … with the majority all in the same location – 6 hours away. I had to make the trip or listen to the phone calls each holiday where they passed the phone from one to the next …… wishing me Happy Happy and missing me, telling me what they were doing. Sending texts, more photos and the stories I was missing!!!

I couldn’t take it any more!  I moved back up close to them ……. 

Remarkable thing happened after we were there for 1 year … my son got engaged and we hosted his wedding at our new home (close to family) with 200 family members invited.


I think this Thanksgiving I will tell my Dad he was right.  He deserves to know that.


Smile It Feels Good


Have you ever noticed that when you smile your whole attitude changes? It may not be
immediate, but it happens. Try it now … put a smile on your face and notice how you
feel. Let the smile set on your face for a bit and the mood inside you changes. It seems
your thoughts turn to happy thoughts!
Recently I started noticing the look on my face as I passed a mirror and boy do I look so
serious all the time! Sometimes I even look scary and totally unapproachable.
I started deliberately putting a smile on my face, sometimes staring in the mirror at
myself smiling or other times just as I went about my daily life.
A random smile – just to smile.
On my morning walks, I actually looked at the people passing by and smiled. A quick
short smile at the grocery store or the bank – sometimes accompanied with a Hi but not
always. I was slowly realizing “the smile” was the magical symbol that seemed to lighten
my spirits and those I smiled at.
People are much more animated and lively when they smile. It seems this magical smile
attracts other smiles and if just for a moment there is connected happiness.
You will see that it really does change things and does the soul good!