Thursday, January 6, 2011

NaBloPoMo prompt for today (and some other assorted stuff)

One of my sweet grandkids - London

Kant said that we require three things by which to measure happiness: someone to love, something we like to do, and something to look forward to. Who do you love, what do you like to do, and what are you looking forward to this year?

Well I have a lot of "someones" I love - my husband, my pets, my daughter, grandkids, mom, sister, nieces, nephews and some online friends I've talked to on the phone but haven't met yet.  I love you all!

Something I like to do - write, read and listen to music.  Song stuck in my head right now - Dynamite by Taio Cruz


What I'm looking forward to this year - right now I'm taking one day at a time.  Even though I'm striving to be more positive this year all I can say is I'm looking forward to be happier this year.

Speaking of positive -

I LOVE this story!  It goes to show you that you can be so down and someone touches your life - and your or your life can change in an instant.

and this - is just ADORABLE!

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

(Almost) Wordless Wednesday

I love Kim Anderson's photographs.  The old-fashioned look with the combination of black and white and color.

Another "artist" I enjoy is Mary Engelbreit.  I love all the bright colors, etc. This link I provided are free desktop wallpapers - enjoy!

This is Jody Bergsma - I like her art because she does sea otters LOL.

All my followers - do you have a favorite artist?

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

My Bloggy Friends

OK so maybe bloggy isn't a word but it sounds good to me so I'm going to use it.  I have a bunch of blogs I subscribe to via e-mail, some I read through.  I try and reply to some, but I saw this in my e-mail and thought about all the "rodent" pets we've had through the years:

WARNING: if you don't like rats/mice don't read LOL:

Kat's January post reminded me of the times I got stuck with pregnant mice and rats.  The first time I was around 10 years old and had a crush on an older boy named Donald.  He said "do you want to buy a mouse for a dollar - I'll give you the food too!" Wow what a deal, huh? My grandmom across the street took her in and pretty soon - babies!  I checked a few days later and no babies.  My grandpop said he "took them for a swim in the Delaware".  I remember hearing something about brothers and sisters not caring if they were related and it was a foggy kind of "birds and bees" talk.

Another blog I follow is

Pam deals with chronic illness like myself, and at one point I e-mailed her about losing weight together.  I know I need to, but I am pretty much like

Another blog I like -  Annie posts things that make me laugh and make me think. - a great online teacher, a really creative person.  I love reading her blogs and looking at her creations - she inspires me.

Here are some funny quotes I find about friends:

1. "A true friend is someone who thinks that you are a good egg even though he knows that you are slightly cracked." ~ Bernard Meltzer
2. "There are three faithful friends, an old wife, an old dog, and ready money." ~ Benjamin Franklin
3. "Money can't buy friends, but you can get a better class of enemy." ~ Spike Milligan
4. "A true friend stabs you in the front." ~ Oscar Wilde
5. "Marriage is a sort of friendship recognized by the police." ~ Anonymous
6. "An old friend will help you move. A good friend will help you move a dead body." ~ Jim Hayes
7. "Give me one friend, just one, who meets the needs of all my varying moods." ~ Esther M. Clark
8. "Love is blind. Friendship tries not to notice." ~ Anonymous
9. "I have lost friends, some by death, others through sheer inability to cross the street." ~ Virginia Woolf
10. "Friends may come and go, but enemies accumulate." ~ Thomas Jones                                                               

Monday, January 3, 2011

Welcoming an old friend back for 2011!

For those that have known me for a fairly long time it's - being positive!  I've made up my mind that I need to do this for my health, my friends and my family.  I'm not sure when it started to disappear, but I need to bring it back.  I started reading posts when I first started blogging and I was pretty full of positive-ness.

I hope my true friends remind me of this - to be more positive.  Even when I'm on Instant Messenger I will smile when I type - do you think that'll help LOL?

Thanks for reading and here's to a better, joyful, healthy and happy 2011!

Sunday, January 2, 2011

Four legged friends (well and one 3 legged)

I've written about our pets before, but since I'm trying to write about friends every day, these are our friends, our family.

Ivy makes me laugh - she's curious and a bit naughty LOL.

Jack is a sweetheart, very mellow, and when I get to bed I can hear him jump up and purr to be petted.

Sweetie puts her paw up when I'm reading to get my attention LOL.

Whiskers is our oldest - she's 16 and was born with 3 legs.  She's been an outside cat and even when I bring her in for a while she wants out after a while.  She climbs trees, roofs - she's great.

Kayonna is a typical chihuahua - she thinks she's a Great Dane LOL.  Curly is sweet and lays with me.  They both fight to be "top dog" LOL.  I was watching America's Funniest Videos and there were 3 poodles and the woman asked "who was naughty?" and the two looked at the one - it cracked me up!  Poodles are pretty smart.

Saturday, January 1, 2011

NaBloPoMo for January 2011

This is me, my friend Joyce, cousin Carol, cousin Jack and sister Sue - I was around 6 years old I think.

The subject for the whole month is "friends".  I haven't been to NaBloPoMo in a while.  There are daily writing prompts (no Saturday/Sunday), but the whole month of January the subject is friends.  I made my own badge to click on and you can go to the site.  Couldn't help using the "Friends" from TV - I loved that show!

If any online friends/acquaintances are reading this post, please forgive me.  I haven't been a good friend lately.  I know I've mentioned my best friend is my husband, and he's been severely depressed.  I've posted before about PTSD, and how years ago I worked and he slept most of the day.  Rich has been out of work since October 5, working only a few days.

We've talked off and on, and he talked about not caring, not wanting to do the "same thing day after day", turning 60, etc.  I feel very, very helpless and a bit depressed myself.  His counselor mentioned about going to an inpatient clinic to check on his medications, or another alternative would be electro convulsive therapy.

Usually talking with people I like talking about stuff I've found online, crafts, my family, TV stuff, music - it just depends on who I talk to.  I try and be upbeat but lately I haven't been.  And I always think "who wants to talk to someone that's "down" all the time - at least lately?  I know the meaning of a true friend is someone that will listen no matter what, but I guess I just didn't want to dump on everyone my depression and worry.

I've talked to some family and friends and told them mostly what was going on, and for you I am so grateful for you listening and offering suggestions and just being there.
cute pictures of unusual animal friendships
. . . just walking my dog and cat and rat!