Friendly Fill-ins ~ Week 97

I am ready for the Fill-ins… I am! Annie at McGuffy’s Reader and Ellen at 15andmeowing host this fun Friday question and answer and I really enjoy it. If you would like to join in and/or read the other Fill-in posts just click on the badge above. So here I go… but not without a picture and it does relate to my answer to one of the questions!

This picture was clicked at the South Jetty in Venice, Florida… our home away from home. The South Jetty is not our home, but Venice… don’t want to get you all befuddled here. The jetty is one of my favorite spots to relax and enjoy the water, birds, watch the people that fish and people taking their boats out of the marina. And then… wait for it… they have the best hot dogs at South Jetty!

Okay, really… here I go!

  1. When I am nervous, I worry. When I worry I get more nervous. It is crazy making behavior and I am always working on trying to change which gives me something to do to forget about being nervous. Having a constructive task to break the cycle helps. So does being near water where there are birds, flowers, trees, and shells… and hot dogs. South Jetty!
  2. When I am angry, I usually shut down… or yell. I am angry about something traumatic that happened to our family last week but my being angry will not change a thing so I need to let it go.
  3. Today, I know for sure that life is short. Every moment of every day needs my total positive attention. I feel the need to tell the people in my life more than ever how important they are… tell them how much I love them. Thank them for being in my life and making my life so much better.
  4. For St. Patrick’s Day, I usually don’t do much if anything at all. We used to make a pot of kielbasa, potatoes, and cabbage but now St. Pat’s is just another day for us. I think the only holidays or special event days we celebrate are Thanksgiving and Christmas. The last three or five years, I celebrate the tiny moments in life that make me happy, make me smile. It really is all about the little things. As I type this I think we will be celebrating St. Pat’s with new friends that we have met and you know there will be FOOD… maybe a Grouper sandwich and it will be at a restaurant on the water! Does it get much better than that? Friends, FOOD, water… and a view!

That is it for this Friday. I might, might work on keeping my Fill-ins shorter but it seems lately I have so much to say.

Thank you to Annie and Ellen for the Friday Fill-ins… always!

Friendly Friday Fill-ins!

When you see these two cute cats on this badge you know it’s Friday and you know it is time for Friendly Friday Fill-ins hosted by Annie at McGuffy’s Reader and Ellen at 15andmeowing. If you would like to link up and join the fun just click on the badge… it’s that easy!

This picture really has not one thing to do with Ellen and Annie’s Fill-ins today but I found it and it made me smile AND I can’t do a post without a picture AND, AND, AND, a shooting star is a symbol of good luck. It seemed appropriate today for a lot of reasons. You should always see a shooting star with a friend and I have one in mind… she should know who she is. She wisely told me to focus on the positive yesterday and what better way to do that then to do the Fill-ins!

  1. Before you eat chili, you need to grab the jar of peanut butter so that you can have a little bite of PB with every bite of chili.
  2. After my riding lessons when I was a kid my Mom took me to Steak and Shake for one of their awesome grilled ham sandwiches. I don’t think they are on the menu now. I have the sweetest memories of those lunches with my Mom.
  3. Winter can be a beautiful season, especially to photograph. But winter has not been playing nice and I think I have had enough of it… even though it can be beautiful… focusing on the positive here!
  4. Spring is a time of rioting joyful little flower faces and the hurried feathery efforts of birds to find prime real estate to raise their families. Mr. Tanager comes back to the Tiny Ten around the 15th of April. We may miss him this year, but that’s okay because he knows the Tiny Ten is his summer home.

So, that is it, that’s what I have for this Friday!

Thank you to Annie and Ellen for the HAPPY of the Friday Fill-ins!

Friday Fill-ins! Week 91

It’s Friendly Fill-in time hosted by Annie at McGuffy’s Reader and Ellen from 15andmeowing. Click the badge above to visit other Fill-in posts and to add your Fill-ins.

  1. Trust is essential but complicated.
  2. I would protest the lack of chocolate chip cookies at our house.
  3. I have loved horses since I was two when my Granddad set me on top of a swayback old gray mare.
  4. Right now, I am craving a Tim Tam.

And a BIG thank you to Annie and Ellen for the Fill-ins!

Sparks Are Flying This Monday!

“Every time I stand before a beautiful beach, its waves seem to whisper to me: If you choose the simple things and find joy in nature’s simple treasures, life and living need not be so hard.” Psyche Roxas-Mendoza

I find no inclination to procrastinate when it comes to finding joy in nature’s simple treasures. There is a bounty of tiny miracles on Venice’s beach in Florida and CH and I smile at each one. It is as though we are little kids again driving our parents crazy with “Look, Mom!”, “Look at this, Dad!”… the memories are extra sweet there, too. A big thank you to CH’s Mom, known as The Mama to us, and his Dad (who sees us, I am sure) for introducing us to the quaint and endearing personality of Venice. Both our hearts, minds, and emotions find a peace like no other in this city on Florida’s Gulf Coast. And then there’s always those Grouper sandwiches at Turtle’s Restaurant!

Joining Annie at McGuffy’s Reader for the Sparks that start our Monday and week with a bright light to carry us through. I love this concept that Annie brings to us and hope you will join Sparks. Just click on the Sparks badge to see other Sparks that are flying!


Joining Annie’s Sparks at her blog McGuffy’s Reader. She asks that we spread the light of positivity. We can use a quote, poem, thought, or verse. I don’t think she would object to a picture. Read more about her Sparks by clicking on her badge above.

“It is more fun to talk with someone who doesn’t use long, difficult words but rather short, easy words like “What about lunch?” ~ A.A. Milne, Winnie-the-Pooh

I am a lover of food. I find great positive energy in sitting down to good food with a good friend. Friends and food make my heart lighter and there are days that friends and food transform a not so good day into one of the very best!

Friendly Fill-ins Week 46

Good Morning! It is Friday and it is Friendly Fill-in time. You can join Friendly Fill-ins at McGuffy’s Reader and 15andmeowing. Head over to McGuffy’s Reader to link in and see other Fill-ins. Just click on the badge above. Oh, and if you want to do the Fill-ins in the comment section right here that would be more than okay with me.

  1. In the Spring, I look forward to our coneflowers popping up with their happy flower faces.
  2. I would love to have a blogging friends party… even though I would be a nervous wreck meeting everyBODY.
  3. Few know this about me, but I can be very shy and I am a bit quirky.
  4. No one bakes a loaf of cinnamon bread like The Mama… CH’s Mom. You didn’t think I would get through this post without mentioning FOOD? And buttah… for the top of the cinnamon bread… for every bite.


Friendly Fill-ins ~ Week #44

It is Friday Friendly Fill-in time… where did this week go? You can find the Fill-ins at McGuffy’s Reader and 15andmeowing on Thursday. That gives you some time to think about your Fill-ins instead of doing them at the last minute like I am doing this morning… think storms and no internet yesterday. Just click on the badge above to take you to other blogs that have participated!

  1. I hope Gilmore Girls gets renewed for another season. Yep, I know Gilmore Girls is done and finished. But I just got hooked on this show. Where was I back in 2000 when this show started? Never heard of it until last month when I found it on TV in the wee hours of the morning when I couldn’t sleep.
  2. My first crush was tall, dark, and handsome… almost 16 hands tall, dark bay, and went by the name of Sugarfoot. I was one of those lucky young horse loving girls that found a bow on the stall door and my first horse inside on Christmas morning!
  3. Chopping onions usually makes me cry. Unless I have my contacts on, and then it doesn’t affect me at all. Had this discussion last week. Having contacts on while chopping onions held back the tears for most people.
  4. If I were a super-hero, I would be a befuddled one. I can’t even begin to imagine myself as a super-hero. But I would love to have super-hero powers and see that all kitties were never intentionally hurt by humans. All kitties were safe and in homes where they were loved and respected until the very end… held until their last breath. This hope/wish is not limited to felines.


Friendly Fill-ins! Week 43


We all have the fun challenge of filling in four Friendly Fill-ins with thoughts/views that are unique to each of us today. You can find the Fill-ins for this 43rd week at McGuffy’s Reader and 15andmeowing. Click on the badge right up top there… yeah, that’s the one with the two cute kitty fuzz faces. Just click on it and you can link up your Friendly Fill-in post and read other Fill-in posts… what’s not to love about that? Ready? Go…

  1. My favorite herb or spice is cardamom… hmmm, maybe rosemary. No, no, no… cardamom because it is one of the flavors that makes Nisu so irresistibly delicious… Nisu is a sweet bread. I have a dear friend that is Finnish and she makes Nisu and if you haven’t ever had Nisu that needs to be changed! And be sure to buy plenty of buttah!
  2. An herb/spice I dislike is ginger.
  3. Lately, I have been working on getting motivated to pick up my Nikon picture taker. And after picking it up, clicking some pictures. I don’t know where my desire to click happy went.
  4. This Winter was not like “The Little Engine That Could” but more like the winter that couldn’t. No problem with that for me because I still had enough cold days with a teeny flurry of snow, a lovely Thanksgiving and Christmas,  plenty of time to cocoon, and managed to eat all the comfort FOOD that comes with the winter season. Did I mention Nisu? Homemade noodles at Thanksgiving, CH’s mush, potato cakes, crock-pot roast with mashed potatoes, gravy, and green beans…okay I am going to stop!

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Nisu! Where’s the buttah?