What a rush!  Is it just me or does practicing gratitude put you in a better mood?  Not a giddy with joy, not a bursting with light mood, it is more a feeling of introspective optimism.   I feel good when I have been charitable, feel happy when I am kind, and feel best when I have made a positive impact on someone, no matter how trivial.  For the most part, when feeling grateful, I feel fortunate, but it is a sharpened, more superior feeling than that. It isn’t about feeling more special because I am healthy or that in some ways better off than others, it is about recognizing the absence of things worse and feeling good about my situation.

I will make more time for gratitude, it is a key to happiness.

What are you most grateful for?


“I would maintain that thanks are the highest form of thought and that gratitude is happiness doubled by wonder.” —Gilbert K. Chesterton




It Could Be True

[I am not being paid for my viewpoint but if you want too…]

If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.  Like those Ginsu(sp) Knives that chop and slice and dice. Oh wait, that is what knives do.  Like that foreign lottery you won without ever buying a ticket; just wire Mrs. Baksha Abba $1,200 and you will receive the $7 million you have coming to you and of course, there is always beachfront property 30% below market price.

Some things are truly good.  Like…

  • Twix Ice Cream Bars, Papermate Ink Joy Pens, and Washi Tape
  • Arizona Cardinals Football star Larry Fitzgerald, Triscuit Fig & Honey Crackers, and that first cup of morning coffee


  • Barack Obama, Italy, and lobster rolls
  • The admiration of a dog, Fall in New England, and Neil Young
  • The great people working on cures for cancer, Alzheimer’s, and MS.


  • Clean healthy air, the end to endangered species, and clean oceans.

My imagination went a bit wild.  But wait that last one is actually true.  Cleaning oceans is a thing.  At 18 years old, Boyan Slat came up with a revolutionary method to rid the oceans of the world of plastic.  I don’t know about you, but at 18 I was pretty much thinking only of myself.  This is extraordinary! Work has begun. Check out the link. http/www.theoceancleanup.com 

ocean cleanup

Thank you Boyan Slat! 

Dedicated to you:  Shawn Langwell, Jamie Ebersole, Amber Preece, Mary-Kaye Soderlind, and Mr. McGee (the sweet dog in the picture below).


Happy Birthday, Jeff Lowy.

Follow me, true good happens.  Mankind amazes. We’ve got some living to do.





Are French Fries the New Red Dye Number 2

Sometimes sharing an idea helps me determine if it is, in fact, a good one.  Sometimes sharing gives me the incentive I need to do something I find difficult or taxing.  In some cases, it is because I want to share the idea or activity with friends.  For example, I started an exercise work out in the park and friends joined me as I led a routine that got us all out and exercising.

I have always been self-motivated, I am usually like a dog with a bone in regards to most tasks but with some things I need an extra push.  For me, telling my friends is usually what “tips the cookies out of the jar.”  Take giving up french fries for one month; if everyone knows I have vowed not to eat them, I can’t very well get away with eating them, even alone, I would feel guilty and have to confess my cheat.  I am not just making an example to get a point across here, I am actually giving up french fries for one month!  I read somewhere that eating french fries takes days off of your life expectancy.  Makes sense, yet I still eat the salty, tasty side dish.  In addition to eliminating fries, I am eliminating chips.  No chips of any kind!  I do expect you to be watching.  Carrots and Salsa anyone?

There are other reasons I share, I find joy in being with friends.  I love making crafts but find I have been more inclined to put things off.  So I have put together a schedule of craft sessions and have invited friends over a couple days each month to join me in the making of things.  Different friends attend according to their schedules.  It is much more enjoyable in groups.  We learn from each other and I am spreading my wings, making things I may not have made otherwise.

First, it was etching designs on stemless wine glasses and candle vases, this was the set up:Craft Party Prep

Then came silk screened tee shirts:tee shirt

And I am excited to use my craft supplies:craft supplies closet

This next Sunday we will be silk screening designs on tea towels.  These are the other sessions I have scheduled that take us right up to the end of the holiday season:

September – Rag Rug Making and Rosemary Rum Punch

September – Mod Podge Trinket Dishes and Margaritas

October – Sinus Clearing Shower Melts and Sparkling Pomegranate Punch

November – Mercury Glass and Mojitos

November – Soap Making and Spiced Sangria

December – Gift Tags and Grinch Punch

December – Stocking Suffers and Jingle Juice

December – Cookie Exchange/decorating gift boxes/end of sessions party and Eggnog Mudslides

We make a lot of interesting handmade things to take home, give as gifts or keep.  We laugh, we eat, we drink.  We get our “craft on” and we have girl time.

…And now you know what you are getting for Christmas.



Go on, get your craft on!