Just me… being me…

It’s funny, I receive emails from people saying they would like to know more about me. It makes me laugh, I’m not sure why… but here is an attempt at a “more about me” post… Continue reading “Just me… being me…”


goals & gratitude

This post may look familiar to some of you who are on my mailing list. This is the one time I hope no one opened their email, ha ha. I write my posts ahead of time and schedule them to publish (appear online). Well, since this was scheduled for 01/02/18 – I had forgotten to change the year from 2017 to 2018 (this happened in December) – so it published it immediately. I heard *ding* and saw my email.

Ruh. Roh. So please forgive me, won’t be the last time this year I bet 🙄 – Happy Day to you  – barbara

Ahhh, it’s that time of year – to set goals – might as well get in on the fun, and join the masses that have goals to eat healthier, exercise more, learn to cook or maybe a new language, read more books the list goes on and on…

Some of my favorites:

👍Learn to say “No” sometimes – it’s OK. You can’t be everywhere at the same time and it’s hard when you’re stretched thin with work, home, life to try to fit in one more thing. Sometimes it’s barely possible. It’s OK to say no (thank you for teaching me this, Mom!).

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Tis the Season!

Tis the season!

Wishing you and yours a warm holiday season – can you believe 2018 is right around the corner? Time to…

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Oh! The light!

We have many old, large, live oak trees where we live – each one is so breathtaking. Their canopy is very large and this time of year when the light hits it’s just stunning!

Some trees have more Spanish moss than others. That’s a pretty sight, especially with the sun filtering through, very dramatic. These trees are like sculptures – stately. This time of year the light seems warmer and lights up the trees differently. Remember, it’s the little things in life!

Catch you back here tomorrow!

CFL Bulb Public Service Announcement: DISPOSAL

CFL Bulbs (I just happened to snap a photo of GE, it’s not to single them out)

Compact Fluorescent Bulbs (CFL). Ick. (Well, that was grown up, wasn’t it?) I have to admit I have never been an admirer. But I tried to get in the swing – they save energy, etc. So I bought some to use in closets (I’m trying)… I did manage to purchase the kind that do turn on rather quickly and were the least bright of some that are out there. (Many are obnoxiously bright).

One day I was reading an article about the dangers if you drop a CFL bulb. Seriously? I wrote a post a while back on the steps to take to clean it up (you do not just pick it up) – open windows 5-10 minutes, turn off heat/AC, click HERE for the full directions… There are also health risks associated with them. The bulbs I bought should last 8 years. We had them in a CLOSET where the light was turned on rarely. They lasted 3 years.

CFL Bulbs are NOT recycled with normal recycle material  and you do NOT dispose of them in the trash – for good reason. You can take them to Lowes or Home Depot – or see the link below in orange for recycle center for CFL bulbs near you). I happened to be at Lowes and I brought these little dangerous bulbs with me, each in a styrofoam cup and then securely in a bag. When I got to Lowes there were directions to put each bulb in its own bag and tie it off and then place in the receptacle.

I’m not buying any more CFL bulbs. That may not be green but it’s less risky for sure!

A good source: LampRecycle.org  You can find recycle centers for CFL bulbs near your home!

As I mentioned, the photo I took was the GE brand, this post isn’t brand specific and I am not referring to only GE bulbs – it’s ANY CFL bulbs.

Hopping off my soapbox now, just want you to all be aware in case your CFL bulbs break or burn out- Catch you back here tomorrow!

November Sky!

Fall skies are so amazing to me. Just look at these clouds with the light filtering through. Out walking when I snapped this photo. The sky was FULL of these stunning clouds. Take time to look up and enjoy the beautiful view!


Catch you back here tomorrow!

Monhegan Flowers in the Dining Room

The flowers at the Island Inn (Monhegan, Maine) were stunning this year! These flowers in the dining room caught my eye and I had to sneak over and snap a photo.

Flowers add so much and these were beauties! Enjoy your Saturday – and remember to change the clock tonight before you go to bed!


Set your clock back one hour (for those of you who observe Daylight Savings Time) – woohoo, this is the time of year where we GAIN an hour of sleep.

🔋 This is also the time to change the batteries in your Smoke Detectors/Carbon Monoxide Detectors – if you change them now you won’t have to worry about being woken in the middle of the night with it chirping AND you’ll be sure you are safer.


Catch you back here tomorrow!