Thursday, August 31, 2017


We all have had those moments in time that will be with us forever.  Moments we will remember - moments we captured on film - moments of happiness and moments of sadness.

Moments like - where we were the day President Kennedy was assassinated.
Moments like - where we were when we heard Princess Diana was killed.
Moments like - where we were on Sept. 11, 2001

Then there are moments for some, such as hurricanes and tornados that they experienced.
There are moments of births and deaths.
There are moments of marriage or divorce.

I remember the days my parents passed away and the days my siblings passed like they were yesterday. 
I remember the first time I experienced seeing a baby born (a niece and later a nephew).
I remember the day I married my ex and I remember the day I had to leave.
I remember the day I met my wonderful G and the day we married.
I remember the moment I met my first and most long time friend on the first day of first grade.
I remember wonderful friends that have left this world for a better place.
I also remember special moments, holidays, and celebrations experienced all through my life.

I am so thankful that God has chosen to give the gift of memories to each of us.  There are so many moments that we cherish our entire lives and that give us both joy and sadness.
That is something that no amount of money or riches can ever buy.

Over the years I have always enjoyed taking pictures - pictures of everything and anything!  Mostly they were pictures of things that have made me smile or laugh.
I have shown you old family pictures (I didn't take those) - kitty pictures (I love me some fur babies) and pictures of flowers and garden, meals and bargains.
Today I want to post a few pictures from over the years that just make me smile!  I hope you enjoy.

This just always makes me feel as if it were a walkway to heaven.  God speaks to us in so many ways
                                                         Click on pictures to enlarge.

This picture makes me smile every time I look at it.  Driving in southern Indiana and had to stop and take this from the side of the road.  A rather big gal had hung her dainties out to dry for all the world to see.  I smile because she "owned" it and didn't worry about what any one would think.  I still think - you go girl!

When we camped, we used to wonder the back roads and small towns.  We came upon this little town (no bigger than a minute) and saw this painted on the side of a building.  I guess we know what occupied the young folks time! 
OK, some odd things strike me funny!

Do you see what I see?
I see a head, neck and part of a body of a big cat - eyes, nose, and ear.  This is a tree root that became uncovered at the river we camped at - when water was low.  It is a natural formation - not carved or anything.  I just find it fascinating.

That moment when you can capture nature at it's best.

Flowers always make me happy and make me smile.  This display in our back flower garden is probably one of the prettiest I ever had.  This was a few years ago - but it is one of my favorites.
So much color and variety.

Todays post is merely to show everyone that it takes NO money whatsoever to enjoy, smile, and take a little journey through time.
We all have had different journeys - both good and bad and happy and sad - but they are parts of our lives and have shaped us into who we are today.

Take a moment or three to reflect and remember.  Take a quiet seat outside and enjoy the beauty that God has given us in large and small ways.  Look at each flower or leaf, watch the birds, listen, smell, partake.
Take a moment to remember those who have gone on before us - because as long as we remember they are never truly gone.
Take a moment to take a picture of something that just makes you smile!

We get one ride on this ticket of life - experience it to the fullest!
It can be done in ways that cost nothing!
I hope you smiled a little today - I know I did.

Blessings from me to you.


  1. I am crying reading this. It is profound in it's honesty. Hold on to these moments in your life. They come only once in a life time. Put down your cell phone, turn off the t.v.,enjoy those you love. Because we never know what tomorrow is bringing to your door.

    1. Savannah I totally agree. Once our loved ones are gone - they live on in our hearts and minds - yet that hug or conversation would be worth everything.
      Love with all you have.
      Have a beautiful day!

  2. Thank you for sharing your moments and memories! I loved this post, and your pictures made me smile, and the bloomers made me laugh. So big and colorful!

    1. Kathy I am glad you got a laugh too. I think it's one of the cutest pics ever!
      Glad you enjoyed.

  3. This post. WOW! Wonderful, just absolutely marvelous. Thank you from the bottom of my heart. Mindy

    1. Melinda thank you so much for the compliment.
      I am glad you enjoyed.
      Have a blessed day.

  4. Sweet post with many truths. We had neighbors that we adored. He passed on and then it came to a point where she could no longer leave home. I felt terrible that she was alone on holidays. I would take her leftovers from our holiday meals and we'd chat. She told me that as she aged holidays didn't mean as much to her. That she lived a long, full life and had memories of holidays past that made it okay in this season of her life. I've never forgotten those words.

    1. Wendi - Our memories will get us through the worst of times.
      Bless her heart and God bless you for making sure she had something special.
      We have no idea what others are going through and our kindness is often all we can give, and it can actually change lives (and sometimes save lives).

  5. Yes and Amem! It is the memories that make life special. It doesn't cost anything to smile at a stranger he!p a neighbor.Be Kind to someone as we journey thru this life. Today I choose joy! Life is hard right now but I choose to think on things that are lovely.

    1. Patti - I love that phrase. "Today I choose joy." It is a choice each and every day. Why should we choose anything but JOY?
      We all have our worries and trials - but we just have to smile and make the best of things.
      Always be kind and helpful to others - a no brainer!
      Have a lovely day.

  6. You have been blessed with some wonderful memories. I like to see clothes hanging on the clotheslines and your pots of flowers are really pretty. Nancy

    1. Nancy I am beyond blessed.
      I have good ones and bad ones - but memories all the same.
      have a great day.

  7. Thank you for sharing your beautiful pictures and memories with us, Cheryl. I definitely see the cat in the roots of the old tree. So neat.

    1. Thanks for joining me!
      Glad someone else sees the cat besides me.

  8. I love the clothesline with the "big-boned gal" panties hanging in the breeze! That woman has a real sense of style, right down to her undies!

    1. Sue yes she did. Colorful and bright. Love the light ones with the ruffles!!!! Just too cute.
      Have a great weekend.

  9. Thank you for is just what I needed today!

    1. Debbie - glad to help - I know you go through a lot every day. Comforts sweet friend.

  10. What a great way to start the long weekend of Labor Day! Love me those panties too and what they say to all, enjoy life!

    1. Ah thanks Ellen. They say be proud, enjoy, and accept all life has to throw at us (in my mind).!!
      Enjoy your weekend thoroughly.