Fall is in the Air

Here in New England, the last couple of days have been just “drismal” – a word our weather guy loves to use. 😉

You know what he means though. It’s damp and dreary with constant light drizzle. Last night, we actually needed a blanket for the first time in weeks. Fall is definitely in the air, Kids!

Today’s post features some positive things to think about as summer winds down and autumn approaches . . .

Click here to read it.

Smiles and hugs!


Slow Dance

I bumped into this sweet little poem and just had to share it with you . . .

At first glance, it looks a bit long, but it’s really a quick read!

Thank you for your visits and comments this week! I appreciate it so much. 😀

Happy weekend! See ya Monday!

Slow Dance

Have you ever watched kids
On a merry-go-round?
Or listened to the rain
Slapping on the ground?
Ever followed a butterfly’s erratic flight?
Or gazed at the sun into the fading night?
You better slow down.
Don’t dance so fast.
Time is short.
The music won’t last.

Do you run through each day
On the fly?
When you ask “How are you?”
Do you hear the reply?
When the day is done,
Do you lie in your bed
With the next hundred chores
Running through your head?
You’d better slow down.
Don’t dance so fast.
Time is short.
The music won’t last.

Ever told your child,
We’ll do it tomorrow?
And in your haste,
Not see his sorrow?
Ever lost touch,
Let a good friendship die
‘Cause you never had time
To call and say “Hi”?
You’d better slow down.
Don’t dance so fast.
Time is short.
The music won’t last.

When you run so fast to get somewhere
You miss half the fun of getting there.
When you worry and hurry through your day,
It is like an unopened gift….
Thrown away.

Life is not a race.
Do take it slower
Hear the music
Before the song is over.

[ Author Unknown ]


Hugs for all,


Finding a Smile

Remember when we all talked about “Life Savors”, those ordinary things that make life special? 🙂

Some of the examples you mentioned were awesome!

I loved them so much that I compiled a list and put it here on the blog. (To see it, click on the pink heart “Life Savors” button, located in the sidebar.)

Recently, my parents moved to Cape Cod. While visiting them last week, my daughter and I discovered a breath-taking little example of a life savor in a wooded area of their yard.

One majestic Lady Slipper

As you probably already know, the Lady Slipper is a wild orchid. Wildflowers of all kinds are becoming more rare as development of the land increases. In Massachusetts, since 1935, wild orchids have been protected by a law that states in part that . . . “No person shall pull up or dig up the plant of a wild orchid, . . .”

My daughter took the picture with her cell phone, but I think you can see why it made us smile!

I hope you bump into a few “life savors” this weekend! 😀

See ya Monday!



Thanks, Robin!

Ever had one of those days when the hours between breakfast and bedtime pass in a flash?

I know you have!

It’s been that way around here for a couple of weeks now – just too much on the schedule.

In the middle of it all, I thought of Robin Williams.

<Oh boy! Poor Crystal is cracking up!!!> 😉


Seriously though, do you remember the movie, Dead Poets Society? In it, Robin Williams is an English professor who inspires his students with his unconventional style of teaching. He urges them to “seize the day” (carpe diem).

After the popularity of the film, that phrase (originally from the writings of Horace) quickly caught on. It reminded all of us to “live in the moment”.

Recently, after a blur of an afternoon, I happened to glance out the window and notice that our iris were at their peak. So beautiful; so soothing to behold; I could feel myself begin to relax . . .

My mind wandered for a few seconds, and then somehow I remembered the movie . . .

Carpe diem, indeed! 🙂

Wishing you a calm moment today.



Lucky Seven – Smiles

ChicksSpringWe live in a world where the pace is frenetic. Some days we’re so focused on rushing and planning and finishing . . .

We forget to take a breath and relish the ordinary things that make life special.

“Stop and smell the roses” may be an over-used saying, but it’s oh so true!

For this week’s Lucky Seven, here are:

7 Things to Savor!

1. The fragrance that hits you the moment you open the door to a bakery.

2. That first bit of writing in a brand new notebook.

3. A beautifully wrapped gift.

4. Dinner out with enough leftover for the next day’s lunch!

5. Pouring tea from a teapot.

6. Hearing the rain as you snuggle under the covers.

7. A small bouquet of flowers in a pretty little vase.


shamrocksPlease add any more that you think of in the comments!

It would be fun to turn this into a growing list – something we can all refer to whenever we want. I’ll make a button for it in the sidebar – similar to our “recipe box”! 😀