What’s Your Definition of Success?

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Success is a direct result of taking action.

Don’t look at success as only the end result of achieving your dream. Even a baby step is action. Setbacks happen. Don’t let it paralyze you. Taking a baby step every day is what gets you closer to reaching your goals.

Each baby step is a rung on your ladder of success or each foothold up the rock. Success is not at the top of that ladder or mountain. It is in each baby step that you take to reach your destination. Any action you take toward your goal equals success, because it propels you forward. Celebrate every baby step. You are worth it. And every bit of action you take is worth a celebration.

What action have you taken today? What’s your definition of success?


Photo courtesy of me and our visit to Sedona, Arizona.

Rain Like Shards of Glass

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Tears blow angrily
Against drunken Castle Rock
Shaken but not stirred


The cork busted loose
Drenching steady Castle Rock
Like New Year’s Champagne

or (still not sold)

Rain like shards of glass
Pierced the crust of Castle Rock
All ran for cover

Which one do you like the best or none? I was searching and searching and searching for inspiration. Won’t you join us in today’s Poetry challenge through the Daily Post?  Today, it’s Water in the form of a Haiku with the device of a Simile.

Sedona, How Do I Love Thee?

One of my favorite, most beautiful, magical places on earth. Sedona, Arizona.

I Love Arizona

What I call Castle Rock, but without the torrential rain. The first Castle Rock I posted was with the awesome storm.

Sedona, Arizona

Beginning of a New Day

Sedona, Arizona, USA (July 2010)

Castle Rock

The view from our hotel.

Sedona, Arizona, USA (July 2010)

Is That a Mirage?

Oh, dreaming of a cool pool. Wishing we had one. It’s absolutely miserable outside and I’m drained, wishing we had a pool like this in our back yard. We’d be living in it.  I’d settle for half this size.

This was one of the pools at the hotel we stayed at in Sedona, AZ, July 2010.

Hope y’all are having a wonderful weekend. We are on holiday, with Memorial Day weekend. Hugs sent out to all, especially all who have served and are still serving in the armed services. Remembering the fallen soldiers, who sacrificed their lives for our freedom. You will not be forgotten.


Photo Friday: From My Window

I was sooo happy with this absolutely beautiful day off with my beloved Hallie!  The weather was spectacular.  Clear blue skies, sunshine all over the place, not hot.  Nice and cool, actually.  Breezy.  We are talkin’ perfect, ok? 

Kind o’ cool this evening.  It would be nice for starting a fire in the copper pit, havin’ hotdogs and roasting marshmallows, but Hallie wanted pizza.  Maybe we can do ‘shmallows’ tomorrow night.  😉 

It’s Girls Night every Friday, so we get take out, watch a movie or something we’ve taped on the DVR, and Mama joins us, but she didn’t want to stay long.  She was feelin’ a bit of pain from her surgeries still, so she was gonna walk back home, take some pain meds and rest.  I don’t blame her a bit.  Poor thing.  I wish she’d hurry up and heal and stop hurting.  I’m sure it’s a B to be in pain like that.  :'(

Well, just wanted to let you know the plumber came by this morning, fixed everything under the kitchen sink and NO MORE LEAK.  Yea!  And didn’t charge me a ton, so thankful for that!  Perhaps I can actually buy Hallie some new jeans and school shorts tomorrow.  The girl is growin’ like a weed and all her pants are too short now.  I grow ’em tall.  😉  She stays thin but she keeps growing long.  She sure is a pretty one.  She got her dad’s metabolism, thank heavens.  She’ll stay thin like him.  Lemme tell ya, the girl can eat like a man, but doesn’t gain an ounce!  Must be nice.  She’ll bust me for talkin’ about her like this, so I better stop.  tehe!  Just feel like ramblin’ tonight, I guess.

Well, she’s hollarin’ for me to hurry up bloggin’ and bring some hot cocoa with ‘shmallows’ while I’m at it, so we can finish watching ‘Eclipse’.  We LOVE vampire flicks!!!  Especially the Twilight saga.  Oh Edward!  Oh Jacob!  We aren’t sure which one is hotter!  ha!  Yeah, I might be old enough to be their mom, but so what.  Ain’t nothin’ wrong with admirin’ beauty.  Heck!  To me, that’s half the fun of livin’ – enjoying the view.  Are ya with me?

Oh, and I know it’s random, but I was lookin’ through my Arizona shots to see if there were any I didn’t post, and I don’t remember if I posted the stormy day we experienced while shopping.  We were caught in a downpour while in this totally cool shopping village, and got a little wet, and then decided to run inside this awesome steak and barbecue joint, had a lovely lunch and they had these floor to ceiling windows showcasing the beauty that surrounds the town of Sedona.  This was a shot of the view from the window.  Ok, so it’s not my window, per se, but it was a lovely window and the view was stellar, even on a stormy day.  But then, I love storms.  They make me feel ALIVE, invigorated, and at peace within my soul all at the same time.  Am I weird that they comfort me?

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Hope y’all had a beautiful, fun-filled day, rest well t’night, and I’ll chat it up with y’all tomorrow.  My plan is to get up early and catch up with some o’ y’all.  I’m wayyyyy behind, I know.  Love ya!  *squish*


Day 97 of my Project 366

Rest o’ Those Hikin’ Pics

Y’all have a beautiful day! 😉

Day 68 of my Project 366

I’m Taggin’ Along, Ok?

No, I’m not gonna tag you, I’m just gonna tag along with this game that I’ve been tagged in, by my friend, Lorely, but I’ll only answer the questions, since I’ve already played this game a couple o’ times.  If that’s ok with you.  😉  I do not want to forward and get shot with that cyber rubber band again.  That left a mark last time!

1.  Looking back, which author did you most love in that transition between childhood and becoming an adult? 

There are many authors I love from that time period (another era!), but I’d have to say Lucy Maud Montgomery was my favorite, and is still one of my favorites.  I adore Anne of Green Gables, and I cannot tell you enough how much I saw myself as her.  I wanted to be her.  I know there are many others I admire from that youthful time, but Ms. Montgomery is the first lady I thought of.

2.  Which 5 plants or species would you always want growing in your garden (or hypothetical garden).

You didn’t say what kind of garden, so I’ll pick from different gardens, if that’s alright:  (a) Aloe; (b) Blueberries; (c) Strawberries; (d) Tomatoes; (e) Legumes

3.  What would you try to save if the house went up in flames and you knew all the people and animals were safely out?

Well, my Bible is replaceable and you can find those in every bookstore, so I’d have to say my photographs.  Those are some of my most prized possessions and they are not replaceable.  I wish I had time to put them all on flash drives, so all I’d have to do is grab the box of flashdrives and save ALL my photos.  I can’t tell you how many photo albums, scrapbooks and boxes of photos I have, plus some are only on my computer and a few are on flashdrive.  I need to get busy!

4.  Which country/city in the world (that you have never been to) would you most like to visit and why?

Paris, France and somewhere in Hawaii.  I’ve always wanted to see Paris, and Hallie talks about it all the time, too.  I’ve wanted to visit Hawaii as long as I can remember.  Both are beautiful and they seem like a dream.  Disney was a dream all my life, until I finally got to go in 2007.  Best vacation of my life, thus far.  And a dream come true.

5.  What’s the number one favorite piece of music/song you would take to your desert island?

Probably not what you’d expect.  Ok, the first thing that came to mind was the silly songs Hallie made up when she was younger.  I have her singing on tape.  She’s always been creative with making up stories and songs and whenever I listen to them, they make me smile and laugh and it’s good medicine.  I listen to the tapes when she’s away at her dad’s or on a trip without me and I’m missing her.  It always makes me feel better.

6.  Do you read using a Kindle or would you if you could?

I’m not sure.  I mean, I’m sure I don’t have a Kindle, but Hallie does.  I’m not sure if I’d use it.  I like the idea of the compactness of it and how 1000’s of books can be stored on it, so I’d probably use it some.  But, I’d still like to read actual books, hold them in my hand, visit the bookstore and library and smell the books.  I LOVE that OLD book smell.  And there’s just something about holding a book in your hands, ya know?

7.  What individual item of food would you not eat, even if it was served to you at the Queen/President’s dinner table? (Something ordinary, we’re not talking about sheep’s eyeballs here!)

English peas.  I love them in Campbell’s Split Pea Soup with ham and bacon, and I love the green legumes, but I detest English peas by themselves as a serving.  Or red beans and rice.  YUCK!  Cannot stand red beans!  Nasty!  I’m not fond of green beans, but I can force myself to eat those.  Oh, or beets!  I will be sick if those are placed in front of me.  I’d say BEETS are the worst!

8.  If you found an unexpected $20 in the bottom of your coat pocket, what would you spend it on – books, wine, plants, clothes, bills…?

Hmmm….  I’d have to say bills or a new blouse.  I need some new clothes.  I’m not good about buying myself new clothes.  I bought a couple of new blouses and a pair of nice slacks the other day, but before that, it’s probably been at least a year or longer since I bought myself anything new.  I buy Hallie all the clothes.  Plus, her dad gives her money to buy clothes when he knows we are going shopping.  He’s pretty sweet about that.

9.  If your car could be any color you want, what color would it be?

Well, mine is a stormy blue, and that’s her name, ‘Stormy Blue’.  I’d keep that color or I’d have a nice calm shade of green, like a meadow green or sage, sort of a soft green with a little blue mixed in.

10.  Looking back, what do you most regret not buying (no matter how big or small)

Hmmm…  Gotta think about that one.  I really can’t think of anything right now.

11.  Do you still have your childhood teddy bear? If so, what is he/she called?

I don’t remember having a teddy bear.  I got a little stuffed doggie when I was three or five years old.  I was sick and Mama bought me this little peach dog with brown ears.  He made me well.  For years, he’s caught my germs, my tears, my love, heard all my secrets, and yes, I still have him.  He is Peaches, the Wonderdog!  I will keep him forever.  You cannot take him from me.  😉

And, with that, I will leave you with one more hiking picture and a plethora of them tomorrow.  😉

  😉Aw, man! Posting this picture reminds me… Ya know, I remember standing in this particular spot. I remember so vividly, because not only was it an amazing hike to get here, and the beauty of my surroundings took my breath away, but I so well remember the fresh fragrance of juniper. Oh, it was delicious! The reason this is a big deal for me is because livin’ down in Mississippi, the humidity has killed my sniffer. My sense of smell just pretty much sucks for the most part. But when I travel to somewhere where there’s very little to zero humidity, my smeller works! And it’s just very cool to me. It’s really the little things, ya know?

Hope y’all had an awesomely beautiful day!  *hug*


Day 67 of my Project 366