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In My Backyard

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It’s been a great week to be in my backyard. The flowers are coming out to play.

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Such happy daisies.

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And such bright cheerful black eyed susans.

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Not to mention I have a couple of these birdies flying around!

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I saw the female cardinal first. She was very shy and would barely let me get any closer. This is the time I wish I had a telephoto lens to get the sharpest picture possible.

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Then the male cardinal came to her calls and he was so bright red. I wish he would just stay still for 2 seconds to get a better picture…that’s my goal while these two are still around.

Other than that my weekend is going to be about organizing and cleaning. Not to mention I have a couple chapters left in the book I’m reading, Sycamore Row, which I’m loving but hate for it to end. The next book I have lined up is Cuckoo’s Calling, not exactly a new book, but it’s a free borrowed book, the best kind.

Have a great weekend.

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Throw Back Thursday – Sleepy Coco

Coco Sleeping on the Summer Trip to MN

Okay…so I’ve been a little MIA lately. I went to Texas for my cousin’s wedding and then it was my birthday, so I have good reasons :) Not to mention last night was the last Brooklyn Nets game of the season…waaaaah :( but I digress.

This really cute picture is one of my favorites of Coco. She was a still a little puppy at this time and she was sitting on my lap in the car. Sheesh how times flies, her and I are both 7 years older…and just a little bit wiser I hope.

I celebrated my 29th birthday….well the 5th Anniversary of the 29th birthday that is… ;)

Here are 10 things that I have learned or observed about life while I’ve been around. (I was going to try for 34, but I’m getting sleepy from Coco’s picture.)
1. Smiling is a great way to make it through the day. I find that people are so much friendlier if you smile.
2. Please and Thank you…people appreciate it more than you think.
3. Give yourself 10 extra minutes to play with in the morning…if you’re like me and a good song comes on the radio you forget that you’re supposed to be getting ready in the morning.
4. You can only be you. Stay true to who you really are and life is so much happier.
5. Moments are more precious than things. Enjoy the time you spend with your family and friends. Take pictures of those moments and cherish them.
6. Save Money for your retirement…can you tell I’ve been watching Suze Orman? :)
7. Stop Complaining about things and do something about it. (I still have not mastered this…but knowing is half the battle?)
8. Your best days are not spent at home watching tv. I’m totally guilty of this.
9. Surround yourself with good people.
10. Everything in Moderation. I know this is an old saying, but it’s so true. Brownies are good…but only in moderation. haha :)

If you’d like to add to my list of things you’ve learned, I’d be more than happy to hear them!

Keep Smiling! #1 on my list :)

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Throw Back Thursday – Texas Rainbow

Texas Rainbow

Happy Throw Back Thursday! This was taken in the summer of 2007 when I was traveling across country on a road trip. And as it is in the summer there are many storms and with storms come rainbows! I just took this photo quickly from the car and I don’t think it turned out too bad. It was a fun trip, but I would recommend you check your tires and air conditioner before heading on a road trip in the middle of summer :)

“Be a rainbow in someone else’s cloud.”
Maya Angelou in Letter to My Daughter

Keep Smiling :)

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Building Reflection

Sunset Building Reflection

Happy Monday, I hope you had a great weekend.

I wanted to share this photo a took last week. I was too late to drive somewhere to get a good photo of the sunse., However, I saw this building that captured the reflection of the sky that I wasn’t able to see from where I was standing. It was such a beautiful sight.

“Everybody is like a magnet. You attract to yourself reflections of that which you are. If you’re friendly then everybody else seems to be friendly too.” -David R. Hawkins

I hope you have a wonderful week!

Keep Smiling :)

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April Sleepy Sunday

Sleepy Boy
Good Morning and Happy Sunday!
I woke up somewhat early due to my dogs and now I’m super sleepy and they’re back to sleep in seconds…

Just a Quick Peek

Except for maybe a quick peek to see what’s going on. It’s okay Rocky I’m just making oatmeal and coffee…as well as taking pictures of you.

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Coco is just trying to get warm again after being in the chilly spring morning air. It’s still in the 40′s here in New Jersey in the morning. Everything is getting really green and beautiful with plants popping out of the ground.

I can’t wait to enjoy more beautiful days as the temperatures continue to get warmer.

I hope you enjoy your Sunday!

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