Beauty in Birmingham

To fully appreciate the  Beauty in Birmingham we went to the Birmingham Botanical Gardens. To see the trees reaching up to the sky, the flowers blooming to their fullest expanse, to see  The blue sky smiled on us through the white puffy clouds.

Then we crossed the street to the Birmingham Zoo to see the elephants, zebras, giraffes, hippopotamus, emus,monkeys, fox and wolves.

Beauty abounds in this place. Rain fell on us like glitter in a parade. The sun peaked in and out of the clouds and teased us all day.

Then the time came to meet the man we came here to see. He is a tall, handsome 90-year old man named Bill. He welcomed  us into his home with a warm hug and a big smile. Having lost his wife less than a year ago, I could tell that the house was still full of love and her charm. We sat on the sofa listening to his stories of his work, family,  children, grandchildren and  great- grandchildren.

Life is good, abundant, and for sharing with loved ones.



Here I go again…

Travel while you’re young and able. My mom just returned from a cruise to Cuba. She’ll be 83 at the end of this year. I plan a big trip annually, small trips monthly and road trips weekly.

Go places you’ve never been. Today I’m heading to Birmingham, AL  with my friend Mary, (an NDB).  We’re heading southeast for seven and a half hours.

Don’t worry about the money; just make it work. Gas is cheaper than airplanes and friends are more valuable than millions of dollars.  Careful and thorough searching yields inexpensive hotels, restaurants, and stores.

Experience is far more valuable than money will ever be.  I love Road Trips and exploring and adventures.  To the naysayers: I know you need money to travel, so save up and spend wisely!!

Here I go again!! 🚙




Sun and hugs cures the blues

Waking up to sunshine definitely has its advantages. I feel energized as I throw off the covers and pop out of bed. I plan my day accordingly, including outings that allow the car’s sunroof to open and the sun to shine on me.

Hugs from my HH are the BEST ‘medicine’ too. He envelopes me in comfort, wisdom, safety, and peace. He is an endorphin maker!

The blues for this happy girl are as follows: new noisy neighbor above us stomps around as if she’s bowling. So far, no resolution for a quieter step. The hotel construction (lasting one year) across the street continues drilling, reverse beeping, and hammering. Yes, it is progress. Yes, the finished hotel will be lovely. But today, it’s very distracting and noisy. My peaceful apartment is not such a sanctuary. Writing is challenging with so much noise.

As much as I “spin” bad to good, some things win. At the end of the day, I am me. I am normal. I am living my best life. I am happy and grateful.

Tip: Turn the blues around not by DON’Ts, but by DOs.

How do you spin bad to good?




It’s always time

Every day we’re offered twenty-four hours. What we choose to do with those hours is our choice. I choose FUN, happy, generosity and tuition.

FUN: what I do to laugh and enjoy my moments.

HAPPY: a choice I make no matter what the situation.

GENEROSITY: giving of oneself for nothing in return. Smiles are free.

TUITION: I learn from every situation, mistake, accomplishment, and person.

It’s always time to have FUN, be happy, exhibit generosity, and pay tuition.

Your thoughts?




Love the Momma day….

To all the Moms out there: Yay YOU!










To my mom: I love you!

























To my mom-in-law: I love you!










To my daughters: thank you for choosing me as your Mom. I love you!!!!

Happy Momma’s Day, today and every day.



Travel then home: groovy, baby!

Our trip to Washington, DC, and Maryland was a complete success! Mark went to his course and he is now a Baldrige Examiner ( My pride and respect for this man increased again!

I was fortunate to see some special places and people whilst I was there. I saw some dear friends from our Baltimore days, cousins from my dad’s side of the family, and two girlfriends from our Abu Dhabi days. Thank you, Facebook, for keeping this world small and connected.

My take-home lesson is this: staying connected to friends and family (and in my case framily {friends I consider family}) is essential for a full life. It takes effort and planning to coordinate the meet-ups, and the rewards are worth it! Thank you, Mark, Lisa, Peggy, Sidney, Susan, Maureen, Tim, Jeanne, John, Meg, and Tamar.

This blogger is feeling happy, grateful and oh-so-groovy!

Please join me in saying prayers for everyone on the Big Island of Hawai’i during this volcano event.




Day in D.C., the city of trees

The Metro train glides at a brisk and quiet pace. Inside is clean and full of beautiful and diverse people.

Forty-five minutes later I arrive at Union Station in Washington D.C. I find my way to the proper podium and announce my arrival. (I booked my tour online from my hotel,  My duck (DUKW WWII amphibious) boat tour begins when our happy Captain Dave at the steering wheel/helm, welcomes us aboard.  He announces much of the US history as we drive by the Postal Museum, the Columbus monument, the freedom bell, the Hall of states (where every governor has an office.) Allegorical symbolism, monuments, statues, and memorials await at every turn (many of them were gifts to the USA from other countries.)

Constitution Avenue, originally a canal, now a bustling street, served the  builders as the passageway as they took the dome of the Capitol building, which was originally wooden, through the canal and up to the Capitol  building. The original dome burned in 1812 , was replaced with a cast-iron dome weighing 9 million pounds. On the top of the dome stands a woman statue, named Freedom.

The one building in Washington DC that has no public tours, but gladly sends you an invitation, is the IRS building. 

From almost everywhere you can see the Washington Monument, standing proudly  at 555 5/8 feet tall. Inside the building they are 897 steps. I can attest to that, as one time in 1993 I had to walk down them all.

After about thirty minutes, we headed to a launch ramp, where Captain Dave converted our “tour bus” into a water vessel with a flip of a switch. We were on the Pentagon Lagoon heading out to the Potomac River, where I got to drive the boat, which is from the World War II and built by women.



The azaleas are in full bloom. People are entertaining to watch. History is interesting inside the buildings. I learned many details from Capt. Dave, and confirmed them on www.

Any thoughts?



This blogger in the Washington DC azaleas

Gratitude, prosperity and me

Wake up, it’s sunny! I’m so grateful for the sun on my face and the warmth on my skin.

I’m traveling today with my HH!  I’m excited to see some dear, special friends for dinner. Travel is my therapy.

Looking forward to new sites, sounds, smells, and foods bring me joy and anticipation. There is prosperity in all of that.

I’m grateful for bringing home my first baby girl from the hospital on this day twenty-four years ago. What a gift she is.

baby Emily Paige 7 May 1994














With every step, every blink, every breath, I am grateful.

How are you today?