Monday, March 31, 2008

for the one whose grace inspires~~mom~~

Thanks to hippylove28 for the vid.

for dad

Thanks to Anni226 for the vid.

for brother

Thank you to linhvu3010 for the vid.

Wednesday, March 26, 2008

tempus fugit ~~indeed

Spring Break is over.

A lovely break it was.

all images copyrighted sdchan2008

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

It Ain't Rocket Science

Sometimes, a great mind is pretty good at keeping it simple.
The author of the following quotes, is shown at the end of the post. Enjoy~~ :o)

~Imagination is more important than knowledge. For knowledge is limited to all we now know and understand, while imagination embraces the entire world, and all there ever will be to know and understand.

~Small is the number of people who see with their eyes and think with their minds.

~Not everything that counts can be counted, and not everything that can be counted counts.

~My religion consists of a humble admiration of the illimitable superior spirit who reveals himself in the slight details we are able to perceive with our frail and feeble mind.

~The ideals which have lighted my way, and time after time have given me new courage to face life cheerfully, have been Kindness, Beauty, and Truth. The trite subjects of human efforts, possessions, outward success, luxury have always seemed to me contemptible.

~We should take care not to make the intellect our god; it has, of course, powerful muscles, but no personality.

~~Albert Einstein (1879 - 1955)

Monday, March 10, 2008

Riding Shotgun

There are benefits to the passenger seat.

The one riding shotgun gets to snap all the pics along the way. :oD
No need to stop, dear, I can get a fair shot either way!

These are some quick pics taken on our recent mind-clearing road trip to Oklahoma yesterday...
Why is it we always hit the road in the late afternoon? heheheeee

Sunday, March 09, 2008


It's unfortunate to be misunderstood by those we love most.

For several days now, a feeling of confusion hangs in the air. It seems the words I've spoken are either gibberish, or perhaps misheard.

My intentions are good. I've no reason to attempt to one-up anyone~~ there's little to gain, except the frustration of those around me.

And so, I think I'll just shut up and let the air clear a bit! :o)

Ahhh... a bit of music to mend the mind...
Thank you, to a MySpace friend for introducing me to the first piece.
I've really enjoyed it. :o)

Wednesday, March 05, 2008

cry me a river...of chocolate!

It's confirmed.

I do have an excuse for having my priorities out of whack. :o)
This is a breakthrough!

In an article found on Medical News Today, the link between poor spending habits and sadness is explored. To see the article, click here.

This might explain why people who have less and feel stressed, tend to spend what they do have on somewhat frivolous items. :oD

Tuesday, March 04, 2008


A "tree-hugger" some have called me. I accept the appointment, I guess. A rare being, I am, in this town, which was once honored for saving its trees.

They don't care as much for the land here as they used to. Money is involved, as always is. The land is scarred, the animals seeking shelter.

There must be a better way.

And so, in my search for ideas, I ran across this bit of wisdom somewhere, which is thought to be the translated words of the known Chief Seattle.

Teach your children
what we have taught our children...
that the earth is our mother.
Whatever befalls the earth
befalls the sons and daughters
of the earth.
If men spit upon the ground,
they spit upon themselves.

This we know
The earth does not belong to us,
we belong to the earth.
This we know.
All things are connected
like the blood which unites one family.

All things are connected.
Whatever befalls the earth
befalls the sons and daughters
of the earth.

We did not weave the web of life,
we are merely a strand in it.
Whatever we do to the web,
we do to ourselves.
Chief Seattle

happy now?

Recently, my husband mentioned something he saw on television about happiness. If I'm not mistaken, this was on PBS with Deepak Chopra.

The show, explored what true happiness might be and compared the views of different people.

A woman, when asked about her happiness, believed she was truly happy since she had her grandchildren with her and all was well. The Buddhist believed he could not be happy in the same way as the woman. He is seeking a different kind of happiness--Enlightenment.

For years, it seems, I have thought the simple things brought me the most happiness. So, the woman and I are more alike. But when I think about it, I can also understand what the Buddhist is saying.

True, we can find a short-lived happiness in the little things or even in the big things. We might smile inside when we buy a new car. Eventually, that wears off and means less over time. What then?

I could list the things that make me feel happy. Yet, I realize these things are external "items". Sometimes they are people even. So, if I lose those things, am I less happy?

Does one's true happiness depend on all these "things" we acquire and people we have in our lives, or can it simply be found within?


I'm not sure.

Gosh... that's depressing... :o|

Monday, March 03, 2008


Yesterday was very gray.

This made me very happy. I love the rain.

Lately, I've been taking my camera, the Nikon Coolpix P5100, everywhere. My husband brings his trusty Nikon F4. It's a nice camera, but not digital.

I think he's beginning to notice how much fun I'm having with the digital.

It's okay, soon enough, I hope, he'll be sporting around with the Nikon D3! What a beauty. :o)

In the meantime, here's yesterday.

Sunday, March 02, 2008

ahhh spring!...or is it?

While it is not officially declared the spring season, I'm watching (with too much excitement) a line of severe spring-like storms. These storms are heading this way now, so this post will be a bit short. heheee
I hope to get back to this when the storm some pics of today's gloom to post! :oD

It is 11:30pm, and somewhere west of here has already been issued a tornado warning~~ lots of wind, lots of big hail.
Looks like it'll be a busy night!

I love storms. I really shouldn't... But, I do.

There is a cold front behind the line. Tomorrow we are expecting the temp to drop drastically. Today's temp was around 70 degrees. Might get snow tomorrow, and a freeze!


Saturday, March 01, 2008

people or plastic?

This week was a long one. Lots to be done.

Most of it was enjoyable. I've only one gripe...

Plastic people.

This town seems to be full of them. Those who are more concerned about appearances and swollen pocketbooks. The type of people who run non-celluloids over in the parking lot with their suburban assault vehicles and run over them again with their shopping carts, because they just don't "see" them. And if plastic people, by some odd chance or particular alignment of the stars, actually apologize for this lack of vision, they won't look a person in the eye or exude any hint of sincerity at all!

I'm not sure where these neoprene humanoids came from, though I dare say they are not native to the area. This state of Texas is, after all, known for its hospitality... right?

I swear, once, when someone actually looked me in the eyes and spoke friendly to me, I nearly cried, touched by the connection. Such a rare thing.

Makes me almost miss home.


Ah well, perhaps if only I'd stumbled across the article, "To Be a Snob or Not to Be", on Time Magazine's site a long, long time ago, I might understand the whole concept a bit better.