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My Anniversary


A year ago I started my blog with a story about my Mother.  Rather than post my stats and my “accomplishments” of the year, I have chosen this verse from Proverbs because it reminds me so very much of her.

You are dearly missed ~M

Drink Plenty of Water! Dance.


This is the letter D of the ABC’s of Genuine Happiness.    Every few days I will be posting a phrase beginning with the next letter of the alphabet seeking your opinion or view on the phrase and how it relates to genuine happiness.

“Drink Plenty of Water. Dance”. It has been said that the absolute best medicine for the body is water. Staying hydrated is vital to our health and therefore our happiness. As for dancing, I believe dancing on any form produces the endorphins in our brain to make us feel good. You can be silly. You can be sexy. You can be romantic. And you can even do this:

See, it put a smile on your face! Have you ever tried dancing to silence?

What is your opinion on the letter D:   Drink Plenty of Water.  Dance.

Leave a comment, write a post on your blog and ping back to me or tag your post with “ABC’s of Happiness” so I can find you in my reader.

Until next time … be thinking about the letter E:   Exercise Daily.  Eat fresh foods.

Your Opinion Counts!

I was following a blog “Making Happiness a Habit” who had a great idea for the ABC’s of Genuine Happiness.   Well, she stopped at C because this was a school project for her and as luck would have it she is on break for the summer.    So, I am stealing her idea and I hope we have fun with it.

I won’t have a schedule as to when I post. My plan is to write about the ABC’s of genuine happiness as they are stated in this poster.   I would love to see the different opinions of others so I hope you all will comment as I post about each letter and it’s phrase.    I think with all of the negativity in the world right now this is a good way to keep a positive vibe.    And it is late now, so we can start tomorrow or whenever I decide.  Yes! I am in control!



The first letter is A.

   Accept your reality.

   Be thinking about it!


Quartet of Radiance – Yep that’s definitely me.

Jenn at Jenn Lost in Chaos presented me with the Quartet of Radiance Award.  You should visit her blog to see (among other things) her ABC list of herself, its kid of hard to believe someone can be that sweet. This award is comprised of 4 awards.

Look don’t ask why I was awarded.  Maybe it is because of my influential awesome blog content that brings inner peace and sunshine into your world?   Or maybe not.

most-influential-blogger       awesomeblogcontent     innerpeace    sunshine

The Rules provided to are:

  1. Thank the person who gave you the award – did that
  2. Describe yourself with the alphabet – did it in less than 2 minutes 🙂
  3. Pass the award to others – with pleasure

A – awkward
B – baby sister
C – cry baby
D – devious little shit
E – entertaining
F – focused
G – go getter
H – hellion
I – ideal
J – jokester
K – kind, oh so kind
L – laid back
M – mischievous
N – nocturnal
O – overachiever
P – pacifier
Q – queen of frickin’ everything
R – rambunctious
S – sweet
T – talker
U – user friendly
V – viable
W – wacked
X – xx chromosome
Y- yee-haw baby
Z – zany

And the blogs I am nominating are all fairly new blogs that I think have great potential with a little encouragement and some Word-Press love:

Making Happiness a Habit

The Not So Secret Life of J




Share Your World

Share Your World – Week 12


What is your most favorite smell/scent?

My favorite scent is lavender.   I had a relaxing aromatherapy massage today and went with lavender.  It absolutely amazing!  My favorite perfume back in the day was Happy by Clinique.   Nowadays it is Poppy by Coach.

How do you write: computer, longhand or other?

I doodle and take notes in longhand.  When I think of something catchy I write it down.   I write on the computer or on my phone.   I have been trying to read more blogs on the computer because you get so much more from the WordPress Blogs when you view them on a laptop.  For example, my sister blog Every Day in 2014 has music when you read the blogs, you can’t get the full effect when you view it on the app on your phone.

Your favorite blog post that you have written? (add link)

Probably the one I started with:   For Mom or wait, maybe The Proposal  Help me decide:

What’s one of your favorite books from childhood?

Sigh.  This keeps coming up.  I don’t remember reading a lot or being read to much when I was a child.   One of my favorite stories I read to my boys is a book called “Love you Forever” by Robert Munsch.   My favorite books were those written by Judy Blume (Deenie was the best!), the Nancy Drew / Hardy Boys mysteries and of course the Little House on the Prairie series by Laura Ingalls Wilder.   Am I aging myself here?

Bonus question:  What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up?

I’m grateful for my sanity and a somewhat smooth week at work.  I’m looking forward to a little getaway to New Orleans with my bestie next weekend!

Share Your World – Week 11

Share Your World – Week 11

If you were an ice cream cone how many scoops and flavors would you be and why? Well for starters I would not be a cone, I would be a cup. I have always had sensitive teeth and could never bite into an ice cream cone. Having said that I would have to go with banana split for the flavor. Has it all wrapped up into one tiny little scoop! The only thing missing is the peanut butter. Yummy!
image Are you left or right handed? I’m in my right mind so that makes me left handed. We make up only 10 percent of the population. It is also said we are more creative. Embarrass easily. Anger quickly. Are over achievers. And are prone to psychosis. Go figure. I guess its a good thing I do alot with my right hand too. I will keep you guessing. Oh…and we have a national day of celebration. Haha. Too funny.

Before making a phone call, do you ever rehearse what you are going to say? Yes, but it never comes out the way it was rehearsed. Never. Remember when:

How many rings before you answer the phone? I never answer my phone. I just use it as a blogging tool 🙂

Bonus question:  What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up? I am very grateful for having some time off work last week during spring break. And I’m looking forward to a dinner social we have at church on Friday.

Share Your World

In response to:
wpid-share-your-world-badge.jpegCee’s Share Your World
2014 – Week #9

Would you prefer a reading nook or an art, craft, photography studio?
I can be artsy fartsy at times, so I’ll go with that.

Would you prefer the TV in the living room or another room?
I have the few shows that I DVR so I can watch commercail free. But honestly I can take it or leave it … in any room.

What color would you like your bedroom to be? 
Forest Green.  Or Purple.  But I am happily married and want to keep it that way.  So I really really love the off white paint I have now.  You know .. give a little .. take a little.

Would you prefer a one floor house or multiple levels? 
Oh I hate multi-level homes.   I like small and cozy.  I think I was born in the wrong era.  I would love to have a home that was just one grand room!

Bonus question:  What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up?
Easy … finally had some decent weather here!  Very grateful.   Now its freezing again and sleeting.  So I am looking forward to being in the 70’s again this weekend.   This weather has been extremely depressing!

Liebster? I’m not even German!

liebster_awardThank you Scott for nominating me for a Liebster Award. I know it has been a long time since you nominated me and I’m sorry. What’s that phrase? Better late than never?

Part of receiving this award includes answering a set of questions that Scott has prepared for me.  I will do my best:

1. Why did you start your blog? I started my blog as a way to express my feeling and emotions in situations when I otherwise would not.

2. If your life were a movie, who would play you? With my curly hair everyone referred to me as Shirley Temple as a child. But if I had to choose someone today I would pick Julia-Louise Dreyfuss because she portrays sarcasm very well.

3. Describe yourself in five words. Funloving, honest, sarcastic, happy, loved

4. What is the next thing to do on your bucket list?  (If you don’t have one, why not?) So don’t have a bucket list. Isn’t that for old people?

5. What was the best day in your life thus far? Has to be the day I was born 🙂

6. Who was your childhood hero? I’m not sure I had one. I wasn’t exposed to alot of greatness.

7. If you could have any “superpower” what would it be? To be able to touch and feel my loved ones from miles away.

8. Coffee, Tea or “Just leave me alone in the morning”? (What gets your day started?) Coffee … Cinnamon Dolce Latter from Starbucks if I’m not running late.

9. Who is your closest family member (not living in your house) and why are you so close? Oly. Because she is only 3 and thinks I’m greatest Grammo ever.

10. Describe the perfect vacation for you? Silence. No technology. 80 degrees. Alone.  Anywhere.  For Days.

Now, for my nominees. I have chosen bloggers who do not appear to have won this award before who have sparked my interest in one way or another.   And I am limiting it to only five:

Virally Yours
365 Photos One Day at a Time
Marla’s Musings
Self Wonder

And my questions are:

1. Are you happy with yourself?
2. What was your first job and what is your occupation now?
3. What was the make/model of your first car?
4. Why did you give your blog the name that you did?
5. What are your favorite sports teams?
6. What is your favorite color?
7. Do you think all bottled water is the same?
8. Are you always right? Or never wrong? Tricky, yes? 🙂
9. Early morning or late night person?
10. Rate yourself from 1 to 10.

Now it is your turn.  In a new post:

1. Thank the person who nominated you and link back to their site.  (That would be me at Better Than Reality)
2. Answer all of the questions.
3. Nominate at least 5 new bloggers with less than 200 followers, be sure you let them know in a comment pinging back to your site.
4. Compile your own list of questions remember to be creative.
5. Sit back and enjoy the interesting blogs.

Houston Round Up – Yee Haw

round upAs a Zero to Hero participant my 23rd challenge is to publish a “Round-Up” that links posts to at least three other blogs, and to tell you why I love them and why you should read them.

This really does not seem too different from the other “challenges” of late.  But here I go, these are the blogs I am going to include in my “Round Up”


3-Word Wisdom  Short, sweet, thought provoking.  Simple reading on a daily basis.  Well, almost daily.


365 Things I Love About My Husband – Seriously? I just want to see if she can do it.  So far .. not so good.  But we have 341 more days.  It could be interesting if we prod her along in her blog.

cropped-angel_by_vampirenish1Serendipity – Truly sick writing.  In a truly sick way.