I’ve Got The Joy…

When I was a little girl, I remember singing that song, “I’ve got the joy, joy, joy, joy, down in my heart.”  It was such a cheerful tune and lighted up my soul as I sang along with all my friends and we clapped our hands in the happiness of the moment.  Can you recall a time like that in your life, when your face hurt because you were smiling  so hard, but you just couldn’t stop?  Or has time erased some of what was once so easy to bring to mind?  It isn’t hard these days to lose sight of our inner child, the one who craves the simple sound of a song.  So here, I hope you’ll find a pocket full of joy to fill your day with just enough of that tune to see you through whatever is your need.  Stop for a moment.  Breathe deeply.  And soon, you may be singing of joy as well.

Photo 101- Landscape

This was taken from East Lak Toho (I don’t know ho to spell the entire name, but that’s what people call it anyway because they can’t pronounce it, either…it’s a Seminole Indian name, fyi)


The name means sleeping tiger. The reason is that the lake is smooth as glass when calm, but will kick up some pretty good waves when the weather begins to turn. The waves aren’t huge, they just cover the lake. It’s quite interesting to see.
We were out and about when the cold front hit Central Florida. Where were you?

‘All About That Book!’ Mormon Missionary Parody Goes Viral

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I know this has gone around before, but I just LOVE it and want to share it with all my friends. Please sit back and enjoy, and if you have an interest, let me know!

Originally posted on MORMON SOPRANO:

A fun parody of the pop song “All About That Bass” was released a few days ago by two creative Mormon sister missionaries called “All About That Book”. The new song shares a lighthearted message with clever lyrics extolling the virtues of The Book of Mormon, and it’s already making a big splash! :)

Sister Nicole Guilott and her companion Sister Annalese Lammi currently serve in the Vancouver Washington area for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Their video was originally posted to Facebook on October 1, 2014. Just two weeks later a screenshot shows it has garnered over 400,000 original views with nearly 14,000 shares!

SCREENSHOT from October 16, 2014
SCREENSHOT from October 16, 2014

On Oct. 12, 2014 the video code was captured and uploaded to YouTube by L.D.S. Smile, quickly gathering thousands of views and counting…

There’s lots of really fun lyrics here! My favorite line?

“Even one verse every day keeps the devil away”

Singing testimonies? Oh yeah, you know “I’m all about…

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Photo 101 – Moment

When I was a girl,  television signed off after the late news aired. And the last thing that played was the National Anthem. You know, the Star Spangled Banner. The song of which so many entertainers forget the words, and so many more of our young children never learn. But around our house, it was always a big deal. My dad was a survivor of the Bataan Death March. He spent 21 years in the Air Force. My mom was an Army nurse. My military history goes back to the American Revolution, every generation having had at least one member, and often many members, in the armed services. I stand proud when the flag passes by. And so it was a thrill when I saw

The American Flag
The American Flag

How proudly she still waves! 

Photography 101 – Architecture

It took awhile for me to find a suitable subject for this assignment, but I think I finally found one!  The Veteran’s Memorial Public Library in St Cloud, Florida. 

Veteran’s Memorial Public Library, St Cloud, Florida 11/19/2014

And now…

Veteran’s Memorial Public Library, St Cloud, Florida 11/19/2014

It’s a bit Frank Lloyd Wright-ish, don’t you think? So which do you like better, color or black and white?

Salad Days

Was there a day when life was good, a day to be looked back on as better than it is today?

Not in my life. This is as good as it gets. My life has not been an easy one, due in part to the fact that you couldn’t tell me anything. I already knew it all. And to my credit, I did know a lot…enough to get me to where I am today. Still, despite my brains, I was defiant in my own way. I got married to the wrong person when I was way  too young, wouldn’t listen to anyone but my heart, not even my head. Dropped out of high school halfway through my senior year because I was bored. And I was already in “Who’s Who in America’s High School Students in 1972″ and I was throwing all that away. To say I was stubborn is an understatement.

But I had to learn so much along the way.

Perhaps I never would have learned those lessons any other way. Like how to be responsible for paying the rent, and that comes before food. And being a mother is more, much more than buying baby clothes and teaching him to say, “Mama.” No, you stay awake night after night, patting his back because it’s the only way he will sleep. And when he turns 7 and starts running away from home, you lie awake night after night, wondering where he is and praying to God with all that is in you, begging through your tears that he will be alright, that he will come home safely.

No, if I have any “Salad Days” they would have to be today.

For all those issues have been dealt with. I have grown up. Both my boys are in a much better place now. I have no mortgage, I am married to the love of my life (who treasures me beyond belief). I am settled, joyous and free. What more could I dream that I don’t already have?

What are you grateful for?

Liebster Award Nomination

I tried to do this the right way, really, but my computer kept crashing. Like 6 times thus far… So I’m going to do this the way my benefactor did and hope I get to all my nominees so that they know I’ve nominated them! 

Liebster Award Badge
Liebster Award Badge

But first things first: I have to list 11 random facts about myself.

1. I once played a solo on my english horn reed. And my music theory teacher recorded it  2. I’m afraid to jump from the side of a pool into the water. 3. I had a 22 pound vegetarian cat. 4. I have been through about half of the continental United States.  5. I once lived right on the edge of Arches National Park. 6. I can eat better without my teeth than with them.  7. When I was younger, I looked as good as a blonde as I did as a brunette.  8. Wild cats love me.  9. I have 2 published authors who are personal friends.  10. I auditioned for and made the Mormon Tabernacle Choir in 1989 as an alto 1. I never sang with them, however, because my son died and I moved back home to Florida.  11. I am a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, you may know us better as the Mormons.

Now for the 11 questions posed to me:

1. Do you like your name? When I was a child, I didn’t, but I do now.  2. What house of Hogwarts would you like to belong? Gryffindor.  3. What’s the last tv show you watched?  Wheel of Fortune.  4. Who is better, a tyrannosaur or a velociraptor?  A velociraptor, of course.  5. Do you like to dance? Doesn’t everyone?  6. Snakes, crocodiles, or dinosaurs? crocodiles…aren’t they really what’s left of the dinosaurs… of that age… the ultimate survivors? (plus, I DO live in Florida…)  7. What truly happened to the dinosaurs? Eboli.  8. What’s your favorite Disney movie? That’s hard for me, because I’m not really a movie person. But I’d have to say The Lion King, because I know the person who made that one happen.  9. Did you cry watching Brother Bear, Titanic, or Moulin Rouge? No, because I didn’t see any of them.  10. Where would you like to be right now; Narnia, Westeros, Hogwarts, or Medium Earth? Of those choices, probably Hogwarts.  11. Who is your favorite superhero? This goes waaaayyy back, but there was a cartoon in the 1960′s that I loved and I really believed in my childish mind was true, and he was my hero. Mighty Mouse!

Okay! Now for the good stuff! The bloggers I nominate for the Liebster Award are (drumroll please!):

asealskhaki random musings; kwetsoshadrach poetgeneral; Rebecca Caffeinate Your Life; Bill The Unfettered Preacher; ninjaprooved ninjaprooved; Danaye Elyse Christian and Creative; Rupali mazeepuran; Bonnie Windy Wonderings; Marije Bijlsma A Little Womanly Sense; Project Easier Project Easier; Aruna Ripples and Reflections

And finally, for your questions:

1. Who is your favorite cartoon character?

2.If you could pick one literary figure to spend an hour with, who would it be?

3. If you could go back in time 50, 150, of 1500 years which would you choose and why?

4. Did you ever have an imaginary friend?

5. What was the title of the last book you read?

6. Did you like it? Why or why not?

7. Did you play sports in high school or were you in the band (or something else)?

8. What is your favorite color?

9. Dog or cat?

10.  Walk or run?

11. Sing or speak?

There you have it! Have fun with it. You can answer truthfully or make up your own persona. It’s entirely up to you. Just have fun with it. And congratulations! I think you are all doing a great job and each deserve this award!