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“Realize you can be happy this very moment for no reason.  Otherwise, you eternally depend on conditions for happiness, and you remain a victim of circumstances.”   ~~Arthur D. Saftlass
“In order to love who you are, you cannot hate the experiences that shaped you.”   ~~Andrea Dykstra
“One should not despise what one has received, nor envy the gains of others.”   ~~Buddha
“Act as if what you do makes a difference.  It does.”   ~~William James
“My novel [Wicked] is about something extremely important. It was about how we demonize people with whom we disagree. It gives ourselves a moral foundation with which to pick up the brick to kill them.”   ~~Gregory Maguire
“Never regret something that once made you smile.”   ~~Amber Deckers
“You have an appointment with life, and that appointment is in the present moment.”   ~~Thich Nhat Hanh
“If your life is being controlled by your fears, you are cheating yourself.”   ~~Bob Proctor
“The many factors which divide us are actually much more superficia…

Sweet SJ

Birthday Flowers

Happy Birthday to ME!

I love birthdays. 

I turn 47 today, so please leave a comment about a favorite birthday memory (yours or a time you spent with someone else) to get a spot in a drawing for a $47 online gift card to Amazon, Barnes & Noble, or Etsy (winner's choice).  You have until 5 p.m. CST on Thursday, March 2, to comment.

Eye Candy

Incoming Mail--Jenn in Texas

Incoming Mail--Wanda in Canada

Violet "Fluffy" Ford--2/18/2017

Incoming Mail--Penny in Canada

Outgoing Mail--February 1-15, 2017

Valentine's Day cards and letters to Barbara in South Carolina, Andrew in Iowa, Sherri Kay in Wisconsin, Karen in Denmark, Michele in New Mexico, Liz in Iowa, Becky in Oregon, Joanna in Poland, and Laura in Iowa.

Valentine's Day Cards to William in New Mexico, Keli in Nebraska, Penny in Canada, Billy in Wisconsin, Terri in California, Steph in Minnesota, Heather in Nebraska, Amanda in New Mexico, Kym in Colorado, Claudia in California, Sue in North Carolina, Wanda in Canada, Shon in Nebraska, Fish in Taiwan, and Garrett in New Mexico.

Letters to Liz in Virginia, Andronic in Michigan, Sherri Kay in Wisconsin, Steph in Minnesota, Barbara in South Carolina, Wanda in Canada, and Michele in New Mexico.

Sweet William

Current Little Pleasures

Adele's George Michael tribute at the Grammys--actually made it even better that she restarted to go for a perfect tribute to him.

New S'mores Girl Scouts cookies.  (We have the ABC Bakers version here--yum!)

E. Vulcano products from Calico Cosmetics

Molly & Rex stationary (found on Amazon)

Mom's recovering really well from her hip-replacement surgery.  Maya and I only stayed with her for a couple of weeks after she left the hospital, and now we're just checking on her daily.

I love birthdays, and mine is in ten days!!

Incoming Mail--Joanna in Poland

Incoming Mail--Sherri Kay in Wisconsin

Recent Reads

I can't believe I haven't done a Recent Reads post since November 8, 2016, but that's the case. 

The Last Step:  The American Ascent of K2 by Rick Ridgeway (1980).  Considered a "mountaineering classic," about the first successful attempt on K2 by a team of American climbers in 1978, I'm really surprised that I had a hard time reading this book.  I just couldn't ever get into the flow, and I didn't look forward to reading every night in the way I usually do.  I still think this is one of the books you need to read if you want to learn more about the dynamics of teams, especially ones with strong, varied personalities in life-on-the-edge situations.

Trapped by Alison Aimes (2015).  In this sci-fi romance, Bella West and her colleagues, both scientists and military, crash on a prison planet while trying to look for a way to save the people on a dying earth.  When deserted by the surviving military members, Bella makes an agreement to exchange "anyth…

Sweet William

Incoming Mail--Becky in Oregon

Wonderful recent postcard and cards from Becky.

Incoming Mail--Penny in Canada

Incoming Mail--Wanda in Canada