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Been A While

Well I know it’s almost Christmas, but I had to share one of my photos from my visit to California back at Thanksgiving.

Pacific Coast

This was taken on 17 Mile Drive in Pebble Beach, California. It’s a gorgeous drive. Yes it’s only 17 miles but you must plan on it being at least 2 hours for all the stops, the other cars and hey, you may want to stop for a drink at one of the golf clubs there. The Pebble Beach Terrace Lounge had some wonderful drinks, I had a mistletoe champagne I think it was called, it was champagne, gin, candied cranberry simple syrup and I think that’s it but it was fantastic. It was a chilly day so it was nice to be in the Terrace Lounge with wood burning fires.

Hope you’re enjoying your view wherever you may be.

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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

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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!

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