Tuesday, January 31, 2017

(Another) great quote..

                                                                                                               the road of life.

I'm applying to life's many problems and its never-ending issues...

"I'm going to have to science the sh*t out of this."

                                                                (by Matt Damon as Mark Watney in "The Martian;" * mine)

(More) nuts

                                                                                                                            to chew on.

15.) (For those who are unemployed) I deserve to be employed and paid well for my time, efforts, and ideas. Each day, I am closer to finding the perfect job for me.
16.) I am courageous and I stand up for myself.
17.) My thoughts are filled with positivity and my life is plentiful with prosperity.
18.) Today, I abandon my old habits and take up new, more positive ones.
19.) Many people look up to me and recognize my worth; I am admired.
20.) I am blessed with an incredible family and wonderful friends.
21.) I acknowledge my own self-worth; my confidence is soaring.
22.) Everything that is happening now is happening for my ultimate good.
23.) I am a powerhouse; I am indestructible.
24.) Though these times are difficult, they are only a short phase of life.
25.) My future is an ideal projection of what I envision now.
26.) My efforts are being supported by the universe; my dreams manifest into reality before my eyes.
27.) (For those who are single) The perfect partner for me is coming into my life sooner than I expect.
28.) I radiate beauty, charm, and grace.
29.) I am conquering my illness; I am defeating it steadily each day.
30.) My obstacles are moving out of my way; my path is carved towards greatness.
31.) I wake up today with strength in my heart and clarity in my mind.
32.) My fears of tomorrow are simply melting away.
33.) I am at peace with all that has happened, is happening, and will happen.
34.) My nature is Divine; I am a spiritual being. 
35. My life is just beginning.

(Please do note: all above items are not my original thoughts, they are written by clinical psychologist Dr. Carmen Harra.)

Monday, January 30, 2017


...photobombing the pasta making blog post. 
(Just) because...she can.

Friday, January 27, 2017

Simple Prayer

                                                                             Lord, I give you thanks.
                                                                             I give you thanks, in all things.
                                                                             In all things, I give you thanks.

                                                                             Lord, I give you thanks.
                                                                             I give you thanks, in all things.
                                                                             In all things, Lord, I give you thanks.

Highways without Sidewalks; A Dedication


Highways without Sidewalks


In how many places

and cities

and neighborhoods

and little towns

must children try

to ride their bikes


the cars

and cars

and cars

the cars

the many cars

that dash

and crash

that whip

and turn

the children's

our children's

safe passage

can it


be found?

Principles to live by

The Thermians [from the movie Galaxy Quest (one of my all time favorite movies) as they reallly are.] :) (Photo taken from: Alien Species Wiki-Wikia)

1. (I) do (at least) one task (each day) in which I create something new. Each day. (Every day.) Even if it is (just) jotting down a creative or a new (innovative) thought or an idea.

2. I tell myself that if I do not do this (each day, every day) that a part of me (or in the universe as a whole) will shrivel up...and will (surely) die.


Thursday, January 26, 2017

(Jagged Edges)

                                                                                                                                       (The) Quiet Place

                                                      Jagged Edges

                                                      In this place
                                                      Your hands work the jagged edge
                                                      to a smooth and rounded curve
                                                      turning every point and spike
                                                      and then
                                                      you call it

                                                      © Karen Powell


Tuesday, January 24, 2017

The Pasta Monster

...lurks about, waiting to pounce on unsuspecting guests and
and weary travelers alike!

;) lg

Monday, January 23, 2017

Why I like



1. They have a REAL sense of adventure (unless you have a timid one.) But even they secretly want "unchained."
2. They are all "nostril."
3. They are loyal. [And some (even) to the death!]
4. Their "cuteness" factor is above and beyond many other of God's creations! [Take the slug, for instance. They are not...real...cute as they look a bit like a chunk of (some) snot unfortunately, not that I have anything against them. How could I?]  
(But, more than anything is my #5...and the large second photo down!)



Don't Mess

Photo credit: By Anneaholaward at en.wikipedia, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=12364396

Remember this popular slogan?
I thought it was all about Texans themselves...
you know, the whole "Tough Texan-don't mess with me" concept 
that resonates with people who are tough.  

I do (remember the slogan.) It started as a slogan to encourage people 
to refrain from throwing trash in the public streets (and such, for real.) (I didn't even know that.)

I'm finding it useful [(even) at this stage in my life.] 
When it comes to any fellow conquering heroes and people pleasing enablers 
it could...(at times) come in at least a little handy to try and incorporate. ;-)

[For more reading here is an, at least, noteworthy article (I do think some of it is.)]

(And check out this great comic that literally says it ALL. After all, what else could one say?)

lg ;-)

(Above comic credit: http://www.alifeonyourterms.com/people-pleaser/
and http://LeesDoodles.blogspot.com)

Sunday, January 22, 2017


to chew (on.)                      
1.) I am the architect of my life; I build its foundation and choose its contents.
2.) Today, I am brimming with energy and overflowing with joy.
3.) My body is healthy; my mind is brilliant; my soul is tranquil.
4.) I am superior to negative thoughts and low (base) actions.
5.) I have been given endless talents which I begin to utilize today.
6.) I forgive those who have harmed me in my past and peacefully detach from them.
7.) A river of compassion washes away my anger and replaces it with love.
8.) I am guided in my every step by (the Holy) Spirit who leads me towards what I must know and do.
9.) (If you’re married) My marriage is becoming stronger, deeper, and more stable each day.
10.) I possess the qualities needed to be extremely successful.
11.) (For business owners) My business is growing, expanding, and thriving.
12.) Creative energy surges through me and leads me to new and brilliant ideas.
13.) Happiness is a choice. I base my happiness on my own accomplishments and the blessings I’ve been given.
14.) My ability to conquer my challenges is limitless; my potential to succeed is infinite.

(Please do note: all above items are not my original thoughts, they are written by clinical psychologist Dr. Carmen Harra.)


#14 would be 'enuf' for me...(working on number one...) :-O
*Items in parentheses are mine; #4, #8


So, when I was a (younger) girl, my Dad's nickname for me was "Tarnen," pronounced "Tair-nen." :) 

I was (just a bit...) of an instigator; an older sister who was (at times) a bit of a trouble-maker. Yes, I was (well, I could be..) naughty. Yes, I said it. Yes, I did.

A story to prove it.

When I was a girl, we moved a lot. A lot-a lot. So many times that frankly, I cannot (now) tell you home many times moves we made...Like I said, there were a lot (of them.)

I remember sitting in a gym (you know, the kind with the wooden basketball floor.) There were red lines and a big white circle on the floor (at least, I think so. It was a long time...ago, now.) The planks were wood; golden yellow.

During a game of duck-duck-goose, I remember 'spying' a very pretty and petiter-than-me young girl across the way. She had long, beautiful slightly curly dark locks of hair that flounced all around her when she ran. I think they actually kind of flew out floating behind her when she ran. Her curls actually bounced around. And I 'hated' her (for it.) (She was probably very nice.) (Too.) I wouldn't know. I don't think that we stayed (there) long enough for me...to find out. At least I don't think so.

(The blog title should read: "Duck-duck-gooooose!")


This is my 'dramatic' and my 'artistic' rendition. (You can 'click' on it to make it bigger, if you must.)

                                                             (I made it smaller because I am too ashamed to make it big.) :-/
                                                                               (actual event...'somewhere' near Madison.)

I am reminded of a GREAT comic strip (from my childhood) called Goofus & Gallant [from the Highlights Magazine (another super, terrific read, even for adults) from 1948; written by Garry Cleveland Myers and drawn by Anni Matsick.]

Here is a small sample of their instructive and enlightening work:

...and another (because they are so good!)

...and this one, which actually made me...laugh. ( :-O ) Oh dear.  :-O

 (I think that is actually me, on the left...)


(...an aside, here. Boy, they've gotten really big!)
Ha, ha, ha!!!
Ha, ha!!

(credit for this 'Millennial Edition;' Paste Media Group.)

Living under fungi (drawing.)

:)   The children living under fungi rarely come out to be seen.


Friday, January 13, 2017

Friday, January 6, 2017

Lois Nancy

This artwork is my mother's. It touches my heart.    (So gentle.)   A thoughtful depiction of something sweet, tiny, and cute.   'Wa...