Thursday, 2 October 2014

The Power of Touch

Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around. ~ Leo Buscaglia ✿⊱╮

Their exploration of the Pacific Northwest in Mt. Rainier National Park.

My son hand feeding a beautiful bird
Precious moments in nature

Part of Justin and Ahram's wedding video

Throw back Thursday
A blast from the past
My Son letting the ghourd times roll
and enjoying this autumn day
our home in St. Clair Beach
held many precious memories for us all

Oh, how we love pumpkin season!
We Need Love by Johnny Osbourne

Hugs to my beautiful daughter of the heart on her wedding day
in Seoul Septemvber 18, 2010

Oh my if I had the money this would be the way to travel to Asia

Now Indian summer arrives, a change of season that is more a sense memory than a date on teh calendar. Finally the heat is passing. Gradually family surroundings don a rustic palate of jewel tones that dazzle with their beauty. Let October seduce you with her charms. "Beguile us in the way you know." Poet Robert Frost entreated the season of abundance. "Release one leaf at the break of day."

From the book
Simple Abundance
A daybook of Comfort and Joy

October gave a party;
The leaves by hundreds came -

The Chestnuts, Oaks, and Maples,
And leaves of every name.

The Sunshine spread a carpet,
And everything was grand,

Miss Weather led the dancing,
Professor Wind the band.

~ George Cooper

"The number one skill in life is not giving up."

— Bryant McGill

“I’ve known people that the world has thrown 
everything at to discourage break their spirit. 
And yet something about them retains a dignity. 
They face life and don’t ask quarters.”~ Horton Foote

Wednesday, 1 October 2014

7% and Rabbit Rabbit

Rabbit Rabbit may the month of October bless us well
Source of this photograph unknown to me but Oh so sweet
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Good morning and happy October


7% Written by a 90 year old
This is something we should all read at least once a week!!!!! Make sure you read to the end!!!!!!
Written by Regina Brett, 90 years old, of the Plain Dealer, Cleveland , Ohio ..
"To celebrate growing older, I once wrote the 45 lessons life taught me. It is the most requested column I've ever written.
My odometer rolled over to 90 in August, so here is the column once more:
1. Life isn't fair, but it's still good.
2. When in doubt, just take the next small step.
3. Life is too short – enjoy it.
4. Your job won't take care of you when you are sick. Your friends and family will.
5. Pay off your credit cards every month.
6. You don't have to win every argument. Stay true to yourself.
7. Cry with someone. It's more healing than crying alone.
8. It's OK to get angry with God. He can take it.
9. Save for retirement starting with your first paycheck.
10. When it comes to chocolate, resistance is futile.
11. Make peace with your past so it won't screw up the present.
12. It's OK to let your children see you cry.
13. Don't compare your life to others. You have no idea what their journey is all about.
14. If a relationship has to be a secret, you shouldn't be in it.
15. Everything can change in the blink of an eye, but don't worry, God never blinks.
16.. Take a deep breath. It calms the mind.
17. Get rid of anything that isn't useful. Clutter weighs you down in many ways.
18. Whatever doesn't kill you really does make you stronger.
19.. It's never too late to be happy. But it’s all up to you and no one else.
20. When it comes to going after what you love in life, don't take no for an answer.
21. Burn the candles, use the nice sheets, wear the fancy lingerie. Don't save it for a special occasion. Today is special.
22. Over prepare, then go with the flow.
23. Be eccentric now. Don't wait for old age to wear purple.
24. The most important sex organ is the brain.
25. No one is in charge of your happiness but you.
26. Frame every so-called disaster with these words 'In five years, will this matter?'
27. Always choose life.
28. Forgive
29. What other people think of you is none of your business.
30. Time heals almost everything. Give time time.
31.. However good or bad a situation is, it will change.
32. Don't take yourself so seriously. No one else does.
33. Believe in miracles.
34. God loves you because of who God is, not because of anything you did or didn't do.
35. Don't audit life. Show up and make the most of it now.
36. Growing old beats the alternative of dying young.
37. Your children get only one childhood.
38. All that truly matters in the end is that you loved.
39. Get outside every day. Miracles are waiting everywhere.
40. If we all threw our problems in a pile and saw everyone else's, we'd grab ours back.
41. Envy is a waste of time. Accept what you already have, not what you need
42. The best is yet to come..
43. No matter how you feel, get up, dress up and show up.
44. Yield.
45. Life isn't tied with a bow, but it's still a gift."
Its estimated 93% won't forward this.

If you are one of the 7% who will, forward this with the title '7%'.
I'm in the 7%. Friends are the family that we choose.

Sent to me by my dear friend Elaine.
Thank you 
Pale amber sunlight falls across
The reddening October trees....
Are we not better and at home
In dreamful Autumn, we who deem
No harvest joy is worth a dream?
A little while and night shall come,
A little while, then, let us dream...
~Ernest Dowson, "Autumnal"

The Optimist
'The optimist fell ten stories.
At each window bar
He shouted to his friends:
"All right so far."'


Flying over America

This is the Chinese, Japanese Kanji, and Korean Hanja for the kind of happiness known in the west as "joy".

This character can also be translated as rejoice, enjoyment, delighted, pleased, or "take pleasure in". Sometimes it can mean, "to be fond of" (in certain context).

If you write two of these happiness/joy characters side by side, you create another character known in English as "double happiness", which is a symbol associated with weddings and a happy marriage.

There is another version of this character that you will find on our website with an additional radical on the left side (exactly same meaning, just an alternate form). The version of happiness shown here is the commonly written form in China, Japan and South Korea (banned in North Korea).

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"Autumn is summer's flamboyant farewell."
~ A A Fitzwilliam

☼⁀⋱‿✻ Dancing into the seasons...
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A great cup of tea and a great day to enjoy it

Always playing in my car The Secret Garden
One of my favs♫

Tuesday, 30 September 2014

Ruby Tuesday

৲)ྀ...৲)ྀ Good morning. May your day be filled with love, 
c(¯¯)..(¯¯)& joy and an abundance of happiness. 

#Suzhou is often termed the Venice of China. This is more from an area close to our home with lots of great tea houses and restaurants.

“Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better.” ~Albert Einstein

“There is only that moment, and the incredible certainty that everything under the sun has been written by one hand only. It is the hand that evokes love, and creates a twin soul for every person in the world. Without such love, one's dreams would have no meaning.”
~Paulo Coelho, The Alchemist -`ღ´-

Photographs from my Son
and his description of where they live

"The Autumn leaves are parading
with their coats of orange, red and brown
in a whirling and intricate motion
on the cold, dappled ground.

The Autumn parade gives pleasure to the senses
and lingers on to the days that are winter bound,
and one will always remember the splendor-
the parade of the orange, red and brown."
~from Autumn Parade by Joseph T. Renaldi

Beautiful creation by my talented friend Dani and I love the verse she posted too
I love you Dani

A friend is someone who does things that count, but doesn’t stop to count them. ~unknown

"You cannot get through a single day without having an impact on the world around you. What you do makes a difference, and you have to decide what kind of difference you want to make."

- Jane Goodall
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Drone shows thousands in protest in Hong Kong

Photograph courtesy of Southern Living on Facebook

Let the ghourd times roll and let love light the way

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Strut your stuff on these beautiful autumn days

Dance, laugh and eat with your friends. True, honest, strong friendships are an utter blessing and a choice we get to make, rather than have to share a loyalty with because there happens to be link through blood. Choose wisely then treasure them with all the love you can muster. Surround yourself with beautiful things. Life has a lot of grey and sadness – look for that rainbow and frame it. There is beauty in everything, sometimes you just have to look a little harder to see it. — Charlotte Kitley

Vintage | Arts, design, photo, fashion above photograph courtesy of this link on Facebook


2 onions diced
2 red or green bell peppers, diced
2 sweet potatoes, diced
4 cloves garlic, minced
1 box vegetable broth
1 (28-ounce) can diced tomatoes
2 cans drained lentils
handful of shredded kale
2 tablespoons chili powder
1 tablespoon cumin
1 tablespoon smoked paprika
1 tsp chipotle powder
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper, or more to taste
I threw in some chopped jalepenos but not essential
and a chopped tomato
I bet you could add corn and it would be good!
salt and pepper

In heavy pot dry saute the onions and peppers until soft stirring as they stick. Add a bit of broth to loosen. Add everything else and simmer until done about 30 min.
as posted on Facebook by a sweet lady Shelagh Duffett.  Thank you
Your song for the day such beautiful nature scenes

A great life is not about routine but doing something rare. To cherish and not to compare.
To forgive, not to blame, and to be loving without counting. Laugh at your mistakes but learn from them.
Joke over your troubles but gather strength from them

Author of this unknown to me

China's high speed bullet train

Monday, 29 September 2014

Happy Monday

All photographs courtesy of my Son and his family
as they began their Canadian adventure March 2014
then heading into the USA and then back into Canada
June 2014 what an exciting trip they shared

 Whistler BC
March 2014

“Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better.” ~Albert Einstein

Oh my sweet love I miss you more than words can ever say

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Being with you Logan was a truly magical experience -I looked at everything through your eyes and became enchanted and fell more and more in love.  I love you and miss you  Love your Grandma X0X0

You are surrounded by gifts every living moment of every day. Let yourself feel appreciation for their presence in your life and take the time to acknowledge their splendor. 
~ Lou G. Nungesser

September is almost complete.  Zooming on to October  and once again amazed at how fast the time goes by.

May we enjoy many days of this glorious time of year

Image scanned from a greeting card I once had.

Enjoy this day in every way

People come into your life for a reason, a season or a lifetime.

When you figure out which one it is,
you will know what to do for each person.

When someone is in your life for a REASON,
it is usually to meet a need you have expressed.
They have come to assist you through a difficulty;
to provide you with guidance and support;
to aid you physically, emotionally or spiritually.
They may seem like a godsend, and they are.
They are there for the reason you need them to be.

Then, without any wrongdoing on your part or at an inconvenient time,
this person will say or do something to bring the relationship to an end.
Sometimes they die. Sometimes they walk away.
Sometimes they act up and force you to take a stand.
What we must realize is that our need has been met, our desire fulfilled; their work is done.
The prayer you sent up has been answered and now it is time to move on.

Some people come into your life for a SEASON,
because your turn has come to share, grow or learn.
They bring you an experience of peace or make you laugh.
They may teach you something you have never done.
They usually give you an unbelievable amount of joy.
Believe it. It is real. But only for a season.

LIFETIME relationships teach you lifetime lessons;
things you must build upon in order to have a solid emotional foundation.
Your job is to accept the lesson, love the person,
and put what you have learned to use in all other relationships and areas of your life.
It is said that love is blind but friendship is clairvoyant.

— Unknown

Sunday, 28 September 2014

Life Is Like a Train Ride

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Life is like a train ride.

The passengers on the train are seemingly going to the same destination as you, but based on their belief in you or their belief that the train will get them to their desired destination they will stay on the ride or they will get off somewhere during the trip.

People can and will get off at any stop.

Just know that where people get off is more of an reflection on them, than it is on you.

There will be a few people in your life that will make the whole trip with you, who believe in you, accept that you are human and that mistakes will be made along the way, and that you will get to your desired destination - together, no matter what.

Be very grateful of these people.

They are rare and when you find one, don't let go of them - ever.

Be blessed for the ones who get on at the worst stops when no one is there.

Remember those people, they are special.

Always hold them dear to your heart.

Be very wary of people sneaking on at certain stops when things are going good and acting like they have been there for the whole ride.

For they will be the first to depart.

There will be ones who secretly try to get off the ride and there will be those that very publicly will jump off.

Don't pay any heed to the defectors.

Pay heed to the passengers that are still on the trip.

They are the important ones.

If someone tries to get back on the train - don't be angry or hold a grudge, let them.

Just see where they are around the next hard turn.

If they are buckled in - accept them.

If they are pulling the hand rail alarm again - then let them off the train freely and waste no space in your head for them again, ever.

There will be times that the train will be moving slow, at almost a crawls pace.

Appreciate that you can take in the view.

There will be times where the train is going so fast that everything is a blur.

Enjoy the sense of speed in your life, as it is exhilarating but unsustainable.

There will also be the chance that the train derails.

If that does happen, it will hurt, a lot, for a long time.

But there will be people who will appear out of no where who will get you back on track.

Those will be the people that will matter most in your life.

Love them forever.

For you can never repay these people.

The thing is, that even if you could repay them, they wouldn't accept it anyway.

Just pay it forward.

Eventually your train will get to its final stop and you will need to deboard.

At that time you will realize that life is about the journey AND the destination.

Know and have faith that at the end of your ride your train will have the right passengers on board and all the passengers that were on board at one time or another were there for a distinct purpose.

Enjoy the ride.”

― John A. Passaro

"Autumn bowed to place a beautiful crown on the Queen of morning, and her velvet robes sway merrily in the chilly breeze." ~Terri Guillonnels

Beautiful words as seen on a blog I love 

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┊  ┊  ☆ Love pretty autumn displays of colours

Lovesong by Adele

Thanks Cheryl for always putting a song in my heart♥

Saturday, 27 September 2014

☆*``*★ Have a sweet Saturday morning*☆*``*★ Everyone

☆*``*★ Have a sweet Saturday morning*☆*``*★ Everyone

You know that retail stores fragrance the air inside to evoke a certain mood – and of course, make people want to buy more……
And the most popular scent is the one inside Williams Sonoma stores.
People describe it as “sweet”, “clean” and “classy.” Well, you can give your own home the Williams Sonoma smell, naturally.
Here’s the recipe……On your stove top, or in a slow cooker, simmer……2 cups water, 1 sprig of rosemary, 1 teaspoon of vanilla, and the juice from half a lemon. You can make big batches of this and store it in the freezer then you can whip it out and simmer it as needed when you’re expecting guests.

Thanks John Tesh I love the information you share

I love these Chinese vintage images............

This Sunday night on CNN
Anthony Bourdain will be in Shanghai

Thanks dear Cheryl of informing me of this

“You are today where your thoughts have brought you; you will be tomorrow where your thoughts take you.” 

Love this

Lana Del Rey - Young and Beautiful

I love this song and love Lana Del Rey

and love the remix version as well
So sweet

“Travel and change of place impart new vigor to the mind.” ~Seneca


Drinking a cup of Korean Se Jak tea and having a honey crisp apple
A slice of Heaven

Autumn holds more gold in its pocket
than any other season

“Every leaf speaks bliss to me, fluttering from the autumn tree.”
~Emily Bronte