Tuesday, September 29, 2015


Today I am sorry to say that my sister had to put down her beloved cat, Bad.  He was 20 years old and was quite sick.  My sympathies go out to her, and I know how hard it is to deal with this outcome.  Bad had a good and long life with you, Tree, and he was very happy all his days.  Someday in the the distant future we will again meet up with all our 4-legged loved ones at the Rainbow Bridge.

The Rainbow Bridge

By the edge of a woods, at the foot of a hill,
 Is a lush, green meadow where time stands still.
 Where the friends of man and woman do run,
 When their time on earth is over and done.
 For here, between this world and the next,
 Is a place where each beloved creature finds rest.
 On this golden land, they wait and they play,
 Till the Rainbow Bridge they cross over one day.
 No more do they suffer, in pain or in sadness,
 For here they are whole, their lives filled with gladness.
 Their limbs are restored, their health renewed,
 Their bodies have healed, with strength imbued.
 They romp through the grass, without even a care,
 Until one day they start, and sniff at the air.
 All ears pricked forward, eyes dart front and back,
 Then all of a sudden, one breaks from the pack.
 For just at that instant, their eyes have met;
 Together again, both person and pet.
 So they run to each other, these friends from long past,
 The time of their parting is over at last.
 The sadness they felt while they were apart,
 Has turned into joy once more in each heart.
 They embrace with a love that will last forever,

And then, side-by-side, they cross over . . . together.

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Book review: instant Happy journal

When I first saw this book, I was instantly attracted to its compact size, and cheerful design.  As I held it in my hands, I enjoyed the not quite hard-, yet not quite soft-cover.

At 365 pages, instant Happy journal (365 days of inspiration, gratitude, and joy, by Karen Salmansohn, has the potential to be a wonderful little book.

What will make it wonderful, you ask?  Well, the answer is:  You.

At the top of each page is a space for the date.  Beneath it is an inspirational quote, an affirmative suggestion, or a thought-provoking passage.  This is followed by about a dozen short, blank lines to be filled up by you.  It doesn't ask a tremendous amount from you, just a few lines to start the day (or maybe end the day) with a focus on joy and gratitude.

It is an easy book to carry around with you, if you want to wait for just the right moment to write your passage.  Take it to the park with you, or to your favorite little coffee shop.  Writing a new paragraph, or reading over previous ones, will surely bring a smile to your face.

At the end of a year (maybe more, maybe less.  How you utilize the book is up to you) you will have a little treasure of your own personal Happy.

I received this book from Blogging for Books , for this review.  For more information, see the following links:

Friday, September 4, 2015

late summer getaway

Spent a few days away with my sister, niece, and great-nephew, at a campgrounds in Pine Grove, PA.

(click on any pic see larger size slide show)

my sister going down the slide

Melissa going down the slide

mother and child under a raining mushroom

(The following pictures taken by Melissa)

the water felt healing

me and my beautiful great-nephew, Logan

throwing rocks

eating s'mores

cuddling with grandma

Mr Praying Mantis came to visit