may 22, 2019

“Some days you eat salads and go to the gym. Some days you eat cupcakes and refuse to put on pants. It’s called balance.” ~ TinyBuddha     Danielle, being one of the most thoughtful people I know, gave me my first orchid. It was one of the most awesome gifts she could have given me. Secretly I have wanted an orchid for a very long time, but with cats

december 21, 2017

“You’ve done it before and you can do it now. See the positive possibilities. Redirect the substantial energy of your frustration and turn it into positive, effective, unstoppable determination.” ~ Ralph Marston   Crystal and me, we’ve been through some stuff together this year that caused her to term said stuff the ‘shit show.’ When I pulled these socks from the Christmas bag she gave me, I howled with laughter. She gave

august 24, 2017

“We have to make a sustained effort, again and again, to cultivate the positive aspects within us.” ~ Dalai Lama XIV     Earlier this week I came home from work to find a box on my porch. I hadn’t ordered anything. I brought it inside, opened it, and found ColorKu. It’s Sukoku with colors. I couldn’t for the life of me figure out what was happening. I checked the

february 5, 2017

“Infuse your life with action. Don’t wait for it to happen. Make it happen. Make your own future. Make your own hope. Make your own love. And whatever your beliefs, honor your creator, not by passively waiting for grace to come down from upon high, but by doing what you can to make grace happen… yourself, right now, right down here on Earth.” ~ Bradley Whitford     This little

january 15, 2017

“Life is like a camera Focus on what’s important Capture the good times Develop from the negatives And if things don’t work out, take another shot.” ~ Kopana’s new coffee mug     My rental sisters, Kelly Barnes and Pam Bick, always think of me at the holidays. Always. I couldn’t be with them this year at the gift exchange gathering, which has been the first week in January these last

december 19, 2016

“Give the best gift of all this season. Be good to one another…” ~ V.L. Cox     When I chose today’s quote I had no idea I’d walk into work and be gifted twice before I ever got my office. Every gift I receive makes me feel loved, and when they come from colleagues and people I’ve helped throughout the year, I just feel bowled over with joy. Then,

november 26, 2016

“Never deny or waste an opportunity to be kind to others, even if some people have been unkind to you. The two are not related.” ~ Unknown     This is no ordinary outhouse. This is a Tom Whitaker outhouse; one of the finest Appalachian artists ever. And it’s not just any old Tom Whitaker outhouse print, but a gift from my old friend Tony Adkins. I’ve known Tony my

may 4, 2016

“Sometimes you face difficulties not because you’re doing something wrong, but because you’re doing something right.” ~ Unknown     Okay, I’ll admit it. I had a darned near perfect day. Let me back up. On Monday, awesome boss Doug Boyd gave me a gift he’d found while going through some things at home. This morning, while he and I were having a nice chat, in walks Crystal Heis: show

january 13, 2015

It’s much better to do good in a way that no one knows anything about it. ~Leo Tolstoy   I actually missed posting on this day after suffering a nasty cold, replete with swollen lymph nodes and massive headache. So, I slept most of the day. Let’s just move on, shall we?

december 26, 2013

“The deeper that sorrow carves into your being, the more joy you can contain. Is not the cup that holds your wine the very cup that was burned in the potter’s oven?” ~ Kahlil Gibran As if my Christmas blessings weren’t already overflowing, Stacy Yelton presented the ultimate in gift hilarity. Numbers three and six are vitally important to remember (seriously, if you’ve ever lived on a farm with an