You may THINK it’s cold.  And it may very well BE cold.  But it took me a long time to learn that My Perception is My REALITY.

Mind over matter, my friends. 

To quote the unconventional Jedi Master, Qui-Gon Jinn: “Remember. Your focus determines your reality.”

Rocky is focused! And the snow means nothing to him.  His reality is no toy is too big to play with and no amount of snow is going to stop him.

It’s all in your head. 🙂

rocky snow ball

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There’s a coffee shop the next town over that hangs a sign over its door reading EspressIt. GetIt?

They have the biggest, most beautiful muffins I have ever laid my eyes on and coffee mugs the size of sombreros!  After one of these mugs, you could probably make it to South of the Border and back at an energetic, Speedy Gonzalez pace.

On this day, before leaving the cafe, I made a quick ‘pit stop’ to wash off the stickiness of  my fabulous chocolate-avocado muffin.  As soon as I set foot in the, ah, well you know, I had to break out the iPhone. The walls just screamed “take my picture” ‘Arrangement’ was literally all around me.  Tiles were meticulously placed on one wall to create a steaming hot cup of coffee. Opposite the cup, the artist arranged the name of the establishment in colorful, carefully placed glass.

Now this takes some planning.

Coffee ceramic

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You’ll find lots of unique expressions of “arrangement” on Jakes blog.  Just click on the link.

My thanks to Jake for hosting this week’s challenge.  I’d lift my mug to you – if I could! LOL

An arrangement of giant mug, giant muffin, and breakfast reading.

An arrangement of giant mug, giant muffin, and breakfast reading.


Passing through the convenience store parking lot, I spotted these birds huddled together. Usually I see scads of them lined up on phone or electrical wires. I’m sure you have, too. I wonder why they all hang together on the same strand with maybe one rebel that sits off on his own. But for the most part, they stick together. This was a little different. I don’t know if I ever saw this many perusing a parking lot from the same bushy perch.

2013 – a year of usual, a year of being more observant, a year of huddling with friends and family and making the best of life. 2013 – a year of being less rebellious, less arbitrary, and more in tune, more present.


Stop by Jake’s blog by clicking on the flying dragon to see more New Year – 2013 posts.



I know I’m probably one of the last people to “make their own Christmas postcard”, but this was a first for me and I kinda like it.  Jake, at jakesprinters, challenged us with a Christmas post which gives me the chance to showcase my card, and my pup.  So without further ado…


Merry Christmas, Buon Natale, Feliz Navidad, God Jul, Sung Tan Chuk Ha, Joyeux Noel, Froehliche Weihnachten, Merry Keshmish, Mele Kalikimaka, Errymay Ristmaskay 🙂

Stop off at Jakes site for more Merriment and have a super holiday!


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This week’s challenge from Jake @ jakesprinters is CONCEPT.

concept peace



Click on the flying dragon to see more.  Now there’s a concept!

My thanks and appreciation to all who visit, like, comment, and  browse.  Enjoy the holiday season and keep the concept in mind.  Along with Joy, Happiness, Friendship, Love, and Kindness.  If you have any others, feel free to contribute.  Happy Holidays.


It looks to me as though Potsy found a peaceful place to rest his weary bones.  A place to get away, relax, rest, meditate, become inspired, or just chill when your tired.  A garden is the perfect place to kick back and let the sun shine in.  Breathe.  It’s peaceful 😆

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What does peaceful mean to you?

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(peace quote taken from google images)

Stop by Jake’s blog at jakesprinters to see more peaceful images.  Take the time to breathe and have a peaceful week.


Rocky LOVES to be outside. This day, he lucked out. He went for a stroll through the park with his boy and was surrounded by a sea of brightly colored leaves. He looks so relaxed and alert and happy to be there. Don’t you agree?

(Photo taken by ‘his boy’, my son, Joe)

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This was way too easy.  At present, I am dieting (this is an on again, off again thing with me).  But I am not depriving myself of things I love. I am just consuming them, as mom would say, in moderation.  So I made this delicious Naan bread pizza that I found in a magazine, and this yummy delish salad that I saw at a salad bar.  And here you have it.  Delicious.
It started with sauted spinach and mushrooms, cooked in a garlic basting oil…

I whipped up a little home made sauce, spread that on the Naan bread – which is something new to me – tossed the spinach and mushroom over it, and topped it with fresh mozzarella.  A little sea salt and freshly ground pepper, then into the oven at 425 degrees.

The salad is simple.  Romaine hearts, cut length-wise and then use your imagination.  Olives, feta, tomatoes, roasted peppers, peppers – you decide.  I like a fig balsamic vinegar drizzled on top, but that is also your call.

After about 15 long, L-o-n-g minutes, voila!


Oh!  Don’t forget the Yuengling – your choice, of course :-).  That’s not part of the diet, but, everything in moderation :-D.

Click on the Flying Dragon to stop by Jakesprinters.  You’ll find more delicious posts there.


Hmmmm. If you have truly been a follower, then you’ll not have to guess. If you know anything at all about  me, you know my favorite spot can only be *drum roll*…

Yes, you guessed it.


The Beach.  Where I can walk, feeling the sand and waves squish through my toes.

Where I can bird watch,

People watch,

Or watch as a father teaches his son to shoot the curls. 🙂

But the best watching being done at My Spot was that of the dancing of the dolphins.  Sadly, I have yet to get a fabulous shot of these graceful creatures, but still, it was fun trying.  Believe it or not, I actually starting jogging down the beach in order to keep up with them, trying to get the perfect ‘pose’.  Not an easy feat for these old feet.  Either I was exhausted by the uncharacteristic dash down the dunes or those guys are just too fast for me.  This was the best I could do – for now.

Any season, any time, the beach is my favorite spot.  Can you blame me?

I’ve enjoyed taking you on a tour of my favorite spot.   Stop by Jakesprinters for more great pix.