celebrate the day: Happy Birthday to My Soulmate - 11/30/23 11:46 AM
Happy Birthday to My Soulmate
My wonderful husband, Larry, has a birthday today!!! 
Over 46 years ago I met this brilliant Renaissance man. Every day, I thank my lucky stars for the day we sat by our apartment pool and he beat me in several games of backgammon. 

He may not have been who I’d ever imagined I’d end up with but he’s the person I needed and whom I was meant to be with.
He can do just about anything including being a Fighter Pilot in the USAF, going on a 10-day wilderness expedition in the Everglades, sewing his own lightweight tent, and making … (17 comments)

celebrate the day: Full of Gratitude For Thanksgiving - 11/22/23 05:45 PM
Full of Gratitude For Thanksgiving
Writing the posts for this month’s Gratitude Challenge and preparing our Thanksgiving dinner for our family took me down Memory Lane. 
My first memory was growing up and playing flag football with my cousins in the front yard after Thanksgiving dinner. One Thanksgiving I attended the  Annual Texas-Texas A&M  game in College Station with a boyfriend. 
At one time we’d have two Thanksgiving dinners…one with the family and the 2nd one prepared in our apartment for our friends whose families were out of town. 
One Thanksgiving in Leesburg, VA, it was just Larry and me and we still cooked a … (20 comments)

celebrate the day: Honoring All Who Have Served… - 11/10/23 12:02 PM
Honoring All Who Have Served…
The Freedoms we have (and there are many) come at a price, paid for by the men and women who have served and continue to serve in our Armed Forces. 
There are currently “17.9 million veterans about 6.8% of the U.S. Population. “
Veterans Day is about recognizing and honoring ALL who have served in our military. Whether or not they served overseas or stateside…flew a jet or navigated the high seas…all made a sacrifice. 
All who serve in any capacity have sworn to “support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic...”
If you … (17 comments)

celebrate the day: World Heart Day…Celebrate YOUR Heart - 09/28/23 05:12 PM
World Heart Day…Celebrate YOUR Heart
World Heart Day is today, September 29.  It’s an important day for all of us because …

On average someone in the US dies of CVD every 34 seconds. 
224 per 100,000
The age-adjusted US death rate attributable
to CVD
Twenty-four years ago Larry and I spent 4 months chasing down his medical issue. 

He had thallium stress tests and wore a monitoring device. He was referred to a Gastroenterologist and still nothing was found. Yet, Larry knew that something was not right. 

It took our friend suffering a massive heart attack in our driveway to make us take the next step. Larry … (31 comments)

celebrate the day: Thankful Thursdays…Gratitude and Peace - 09/20/23 01:58 PM
Thankful Thursdays…Gratitude and Peace
We need these in our lives…gratitude and peace. As it so happens, today is World Gratitude Day and International Day of Peace. 
Being grateful is not just about saying Thank you. We’re taught to do that when we’re toddlers. 
Being grateful takes thought…it means recognizing the people, experiences, things, and achievements in our lives that bring us joy. 
Being grateful is also an art we can develop and make a habit. It’s learning to find the positive where others may see all that’s wrong. 
It is also the International Day of Peace. It’s sad to think that there are countries where the … (21 comments)

celebrate the day: National Read a Book Day - 09/05/23 01:16 PM
National Read a Book Day
The ability and desire to read have always been important to me.  It goes back to my days administering psychological tests. I was floored when I learned that a great many could not read above the 3rd-grade level.  

Having the ability to read opens doors for you…in your work and personal life. Books can carry you to places you may never see or light a desire in you to learn more about.

Several years ago I had the opportunity to take part in Delray Reads. There were law enforcement officers, firefighters, parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles…all there to instill … (20 comments)

celebrate the day: Friday Fun…Crispy or Soft on the Inside? - 08/03/23 04:59 PM
Friday Fun…Crispy or Soft on the Inside?
There are many desserts I can pass up but I rarely miss accepting a GOOD homemade chocolate chip cookie. 
Today is National Chocolate Chip Cookie Day so let’s have some fun. By the way, did you know that the chocolate chip cookie was voted America’s favorite cookie?
I’m a bit picky about my cookies, though. If I'm going to eat all the calories (and sugar) I want it to be worth it. My mother made the best “Original Toll House Cookies” which she kept in a real cookie jar!
To make good chocolate chip cookies, you have to … (27 comments)

celebrate the day: Friday Fun…What’s Your Junk? - 07/20/23 03:03 PM
Friday Fun…What’s Your Junk?
It is once again time to come out of the closet and celebrate your favorite junk food because today is National Junk Food Day! 
I have no idea who started this or why, nor does it matter. What matters is what is your favorite junk food??!!
Junk food-“food that is high in calories but
low in nutritional content.
Don’t be shy! We won’t judge you and think horrendous things about you!  

In case you’re curious…
Snack Foods by Zodiac sign. (mind is donuts)

Top 10 Iconic Junk Foods

100 Greatest Snacks of All Time

The 2022 … (21 comments)

celebrate the day: July 4th 2023…Happy Birthday, Land That I Love - 07/03/23 04:59 PM
July 4th 2023…Happy Birthday, Land That I Love
Happy Birthday, America! 
At 247 years young, it is time to celebrate our nation’s birthday.  
While we are not without our faults, I would not want to live in any other country.  
Like families around the world, we fight, argue, and have different opinions about everything. 
However, it is important to remember that in times of crisis, We The People come together. 
I never considered a difference of opinion in politics, in religion, in philosophy, as cause for withdrawing from a friend.
Thomas Jefferson
As it is customary to bring a gift to someone celebrating a birthday, I … (16 comments)

celebrate the day: Remembering D-Day and Another Special "D" Day for Me - 06/05/23 05:06 PM
Remembering D-Day and Another Special "D" Day for Me
Today marks the 79th anniversary of the  Allied invasion of German Occupied Western Europe...D-Day. It was to be the “largest air, land, and sea operation before or since that day.”  Its codename was Operation Overlord.
Many only know of D-Day from movies like Saving Pvt Ryan or The Longest Day. This is why it is important that our children and those who follow us know more about this well-planned campaign that historians called “the beginning of the end of World War II.”
As of 2022 only 167,284 of the 16 million Americans who served … (18 comments)

celebrate the day: Memorial Day…Words Are Not Enough - 05/28/23 06:01 PM
Memorial Day…Words Are Not Enough
I know this is a busy time and there are countless Memorial Day posts to read, so if you do nothing else while visiting my post, I hope you’ll watch this video made by Alejandro Villanueva…

This weekend many of us have been spending time with friends and family members…celebrating the end of the school year and the beginning of summer. 

However, let us not forget that this precious time we have been given is due in part to the many sacrifices over the years of those who defended our country and our way of life at the … (20 comments)

celebrate the day: This Week…Celebrating Armed Forces Day - 05/19/23 04:52 PM
This Week…Celebrating Armed Forces Day
Today is Armed Forces Day…the day we honor and celebrate those currently serving in our military.
It doesn’t take a hero to order men into battle. It takes a hero to be one of those men who goes into battle. 
General Norman Schwarzkopf

Go ahead and fire up the grill and break out the flag for this special day. 
It can get confusing because we all want to do what’s right to honor military personnel. 
Word to the Nation: Guard zealously your right to serve in the armed forces, for without them, there will be no other rights to guard.
President John … (22 comments)

celebrate the day: May the Force - 05/03/23 06:41 PM
May the Force
As you know, today is May the Fourth, however for those who enjoy all things Star Wars, today is May the Force.

Fear is the path to the dark side. Fear leads to anger. Anger leads to hate. Hate leads to suffering   Yoda

In the interest of full disclosure, I am more of a fan of the original trilogy…you know, Hans Solo, Princess Leia, and Luke. 
Train yourself to let go of everything you fear to lose.  Yoda

My brother is a huge Star Wars fan so for his  60th birthday, his daughters surprised him with a Star Wars birthday … (31 comments)

celebrate the day: Wordless Wednesday…For the Birds - 04/25/23 04:46 PM
Wordless Wednesday…For the Birds
Today, April 26, is Audubon Day so we are celebrating the birds!!! The day celebrates the birthday of John James Audubon! 
The birds in our backyard must know that we are celebrating this because we have had a very busy flight pattern over our bird feeders this week. 
The Orioles have been enjoying our buffet of cut oranges and grape jelly. 

We saw a Rose-breasted Grosbeak for the first time at our feeder. We also have our hummingbirds, blue jays, bluebirds, mockingbirds, Chickadees, and other assorted feathered friends. 

If you want to attract birds to your backyard all you need to do … (18 comments)

celebrate the day: Good Friday Wishes - 04/06/23 01:39 PM
Good Friday Wishes
Good Friday is a solemn day for Christians. While families will come together on Easter Sunday, with dinners, picnics, and, of course, Easter egg hunts, none of this means anything without the selfless act of one Man.
It seems to me that if one Man would do this for all of us, the very least we could do is show Him our gratitude for His sacrifice by in turn showing kindness, love, and forgiveness to the people in our lives. 

The highest act of love is the giving of the best gift, and, if necessary, at the greatest cost, to … (18 comments)

celebrate the day: National Vietnam War Veterans Day is March 29…Time to Honor and Celebrate Their Efforts - 03/28/23 05:00 PM
National Vietnam War Veterans Day is March 29…Time to Honor and Celebrate Their Efforts
Many of us were around during the Vietnam War. We had classmates and relatives who served. Some here may have served as well. Today is National Vietnam War Veterans Day.
When the young men and women returned home, they were not greeted with parades and the gratitude that they deserved. Many placed their negative feelings about the war on them.
Larry was an F-4 pilot; a good friend, Vic, was part of the Lost Platoon in May of 1967.  I had a cousin who saw a sight so horrible … (20 comments)

celebrate the day: Friday Fun…Bring on the Green! - 03/16/23 01:38 PM
Friday Fun…Bring on the Green!
While to my knowledge there is not a drop of Irish blood in me, I love St Patrick’s Day. 
In my young adult days, it meant green beer (which I only sipped) and corned beef and cabbage. 

Our extended family and friends in Delray Beach were huge on St. Patrick’s Day celebrations. Each year we attended the Delray Beach St Patrick’s Day parade. 
The Delray Beach St Patrick’s Day Parade n 2016 was special because the Honored Grand Marshalls were World War II Veterans flown in for the event. 
So … (20 comments)

celebrate the day: Celebrate the Day…Let’s Read America! - 03/01/23 05:31 PM
Celebrate the Day…Let’s Read America!
Encouraging children (and adults) to read is critical to the growth and strength of our country.  That is why Read Across America Day is so important to me. 
Bear with me while I repeat this story…my first job out after getting my Master's in Psychology, was administering tests to adults, many of whom had been released from prison.
I learned that many were unable to read at the third-grade level.
Imagine navigating your way through life and not being able to read or at least understand what you’re reading?!

“Third grade has been identified as important to reading literacy because … (19 comments)

celebrate the day: Wordless Wednesday…Just Smile!!! - 02/28/23 05:31 PM
Wordless Wednesday…Just Smile!!!
This is one of my favorite days for two reasons. First…it’s Share a Smile Day. 
Peace begins with a smile.
Mother Teresa

A smile is what I love to see when I look at someone and it’s what I love to share with others. 
It’s hard for someone even in the deepest of frown times not to smile when you show them yours. 
Use your smile to change the world but don’t let the world change your smile. Unknown
My second reason why this is one of my favorite days…
It’s the day I married the love of my life, my very best friend, and … (18 comments)

celebrate the day: Happy Valentine’s Day - 02/13/23 05:22 PM
Happy Valentine’s Day
Happy Valentine’s Day!!!  Wherever you are, I hope you’ll spend it with a loved one…your spouse, significant other, friend, relative, children…whomever.  
Our days of fighting the crowds at a Houston restaurant on Valentine’s Day are over. Instead, we’ll eat out early or I’ll prepare one of our favorite dinners. 
If you have a special someone in your life, don’t wait to let them know how much they mean to you. And don’t stop there…use the day to let friends and others know you care about them. 

     Before you marry a person you should first make them use a computer with slow internet … (25 comments)





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