I am…using my voice

Recently I wrote a letter to CVS. For two reasons the manager at a local store requested we let Corporate know how the store is understaffed. And two I experienced this first hand. There was only one cashier and she was also the manager. So guess what, I had a long wait in line to make my purchases. The cashier/manager was very apologetic about the delay. Oh, and did I mention it was Black Friday when there could be extra shoppers so more staffing might make sense.
I got a nice letter back stating they are immediately looking into the staffing situation. It had a real signature so I figure someone actually read my letter. Additional feedback was that my input will help their efforts to ensure my future shopping experiences are more pleasurable. How CVS has a commitment to service and that they appreciate the opportunity to address my concerns. As a token of their appreciation for my bringing this matter to their attention they enclosed a $5.00 CVS gift card.
Bottom line: I do hope they address the staffing issue at my local CVS. And I am happy I used my voice.

It feels like I live at the top of the world

I know I don’t but I feel closer to the sky. In April of this year I moved from the SF Bay Area to Cool, CA. From sea level to 1700 feet elevation. The last part of trip is up Highway 49 to Cool. The road levels out and space seems to open up with fields. There are no more big hills to climb. The sun shines brightly and I feel closer to the clouds. My heart sings. A smile comes over my face as I take in a deep breath and look skyward. I live off Highway 193 where I do some more climbing to the street where I live. Now though I am among trees, lots of deer and some wild turkey. It is very peaceful place to be. There are several horses and Hazel the donkey down the street. Though I don’t hear her bay. I haven’t seen a bear yet but they are around. Someone in our area left their kitchen window open to find a bear eating the dessert left on the counter. Rule is to keep all doors and windows shut at all times and our pets inside as well. During the hot summer days deer spend the day under the deck at the back of my house.
I feel it is the communing with nature that frees my spirit and makes me feel alive. More in tune and a feeling of feeding my soul. Here is a picture of deer that says peaceful to me. So is there something that makes you feel like you are living at the top of the world?
I am serene

By |December 25th, 2014|I Am...Cards, Inspirational, motivational, motivational thoughts, New Thought, positive thinking, Spirituality, Success Positive Thinking, uplifting|Comments Off on It feels like I live at the top of the world|

How to participate without extra expense?

Cling On Moment

Cling On Moment

This year one of my clients decided to have an ugly sweater contest as part of their holiday celebration. I no longer own a Christmas sweater. What was I to do? I considered borrowing my mother’s sweater vest but forgot to pick it up when I visited her on Sunday before the event. The night before the party I got out my bag of holiday socks as I figured I would wear a pair at the party. Then I had a “cling on” moment. I remembered seeing a commercial on TV for dryer sheets to prevent socks and other clothing from clinging to each other. Thus an idea was born to pin my holiday socks on one of sweaters. I made my own ugly sweater. It turned out pretty cute and I was participating without any extra expense.

A fellow in the office used a clothes pin to attach his Christmas stocking at neck of his sweater. His name was on the stocking. Another clever idea. His won 2nd place. No, I didn’t win but I did participate in the fun.

By |December 30th, 2013|Inspirational, motivational, motivational thoughts, positive thinking, uplifting|Comments Off on How to participate without extra expense?|

How to see babies without being responsible for them?


Erin baby giraffe

Erin baby giraffe

Baby & adult gorilla

Baby & adult gorilla


I met with a friend at SF Zoo. She was moving from San Francisco to Sonoma and we decided to get together to say good-bye. She hadn’t been to the zoo in years. I have a membership card and guest pass so it was free for both of us and turned into a fun afternoon. The weather was perfect. Sunny with very little wind.  The zoo wasn’t crowded as we went mid-week.

We saw three babies, the giraffe, gorilla and tiger. I felt really lucky. First was the baby giraffe named Erin who was outside eating leaves hung from a pole. Next we walked past the gorilla compound. The baby kept walking in and out of the building they sleep in. Then we went over to the Lion House. The mother tiger and baby were outside. Baby who is named Jillian was sitting right next to Plexiglas window. The closest I have ever been to her. Then I went to see my grandson. I feel like I got up close to all these babies and especially close to my grandson. I got to hold him. And did you see that as my title says I got to see babies without being responsible for them.  A fun day.

Jillian baby tiger

Jillian baby tiger

By |November 24th, 2013|Affirmations, Inspirational, positive thinking, uplifting|Comments Off on How to see babies without being responsible for them?|

Expect the Unexpected

On Stage with HookSlide

On Stage with HookSlide


Here is what happened when I went to see Joan River’s almost sold out performance at Fox Theater (1300 seats)in Redwood City Sunday afternoon. I originally had a ticket for her Saturday night show (purchased in April) but I wanted to attend Deborah’s Palm fund raiser on the same night. So on Sept 16th I exchanged my ticket for the Sunday show and ended up with a better seat.  5th row sitting in the outside aisle seat. Hook Slide an amazing a cappella group was performing before Joan. They did two numbers and then 3 men from the group left the stage except Jon Pilat, performing on his own. He makes these vocal percussion and booming bass sounds. Another member, Mayank Thanawala came out into the audience and started talking to me. He asked if I was enjoying the show. I said “yes” and then he asked if I would help when Jon finished performing. I said “yes”. The next thing you know he is singing to me and I am up on stage, sitting center stage in a white folding chair while all four men are singing to me. I had so much fun singing along, moving to the music.  They also had me get up and walk towards stage right then back to sit down. One member, Bud Anderson, even sat in my lap for a couple of seconds. After the show some people in the audience were applauding my performance and telling me I did great. I asked a fellow cleaning up on stage if they tape the show and he said no. Then he said he thought I was a plant because I was so much like the gal last night. No tape of my performance but I do have my memory. Oh, and Joan was very funny.

p.s. I can confirm it is true, stage lights only let you see the first row. The rest is blacked out. Thank God the front row was smiling.

pps. I heard from Mayank and he also said everyone thought I was a plant.

Government Shut down

With Government Shutdown the only way to see Yosemite National Park is through pictures. Shutdown happening on Yosemite’s 123rd birthday. These are some I took in 2009 while on a short vacation. We hiked to base of Yosemite Falls during this trip.

Yosemite vacation

Yosemite Bridal Vail Falls

Yosemite Falls

Yosemite Falls

El Capitan

El Capitan

Yosemite Valley

Yosemite Valley

See Half Dome in back

By |October 1st, 2013|Inspirational, uplifting, visualization|Comments Off on Government Shut down|

I am…cooking

Home made chili for lunch

A weekly dinner for my son and his wife. It all started back in July when my grandson was born. At first I was making their favorites as requested including pepper steak and chicken in wine. With the seasons changing I am fixing dinners that reflect the weather. I made minestrone soup this week as the temperature dropped. I use a recipe from Moosewood Cookbook. I haveHome made chili for lunch been making this recipe for years with one adjustment. I add Swiss chard at the end.

What happens is I get to hold my grandson while they eat the dinner I have prepared. It is a win-win for all of us. They get to eat together at the same time and I get some one on one time with the little guy. Plus I enjoy buying all the ingredients and preparing a meal for my family to enjoy.

I didn’t take a picture of the soup. The picture I attached is chili I made for a Saturday lunch I served to crew helping with remodel work at the kid’s house. I also fixed a green salad, corn bread and Spanish coffee cake for dessert.

I wonder what I will prepare next week for dinner. Maybe I will start making some recipes in my crock pot. Do you have a favorite dinner suggestion?

I am…in the flow

The title to this blog was not true a couple of days ago. I have guests at my house. Two college students from Japan. I am hosting them while they attend ESL classes for two weeks.  I have been hosting students for several years though I usually haveIn the flow one student at a time.  All this is background on my current experience.

Here is my story about being in the flow or not.

It turns out these two students use one “double” roll of toilet paper a day. So after 3 days the toilet in my guest bathroom backed up. This is like stopping my flow. I had to have the line snaked in order to correct the problem. Then I learned that the sewer line from guest bathroom goes up and down before connecting with the main sewer line so overuse of toilet paper is hard on the system. In addition to snaking the line I had the sewer pipe from toilet to main sewer line replaced to be only at a down angle. After all of this work I am now back in the flow.

 Quotes on :

“I don’t really make decisions, I go with the flow.” – Nicole Kidman

 “I’m trying to just go with the flow and learn from the people around me.” – Christina Ricci

 “This is how memories are made…by going with the flow.” – Amanda Bynes

 “I normally go with the flow.” – Andrea Arnold

 “I go with the flow. Whatever music you play for me, I’ll dance.” – Gael Garcia Bernal

Conversation Starter

animal medicine cards

I had a tea party last month and I include a time for sharing after we eat treats and drink tea. Last year the party was in January so we shared the word that expressed our focus/intention for the year.  This year I used a set of animal medicine cards to start a conversation.  Everyone held the cards in their hands, shuffled them and then picked one. Each card has a message written under the animal. The photo I included as part of this blog is of a hummingbird.  Part of hummingbird  message is “Be Joyful”. After reading their message my guests would tell us how the message relates to their life at this moment. We all found the messages to be uplifting.

The author of the Medicine Cards says the cards are used as an advanced tool for achieving personal growth and balanced living. Is there a tool you use for personal growth?

I had a totem painted on my drum

Last year in November I took a class and made my own drum. We used Mexican cowhide. This year I decided to have a totem painted on it. I picked the turtle/tortoise aTotem on my drums my totem.  I thought about the eagle but my son had a land tortoise for several years.  I took care of her when she was first born and was with her the day she died. Her name was Rocket. So I am honoring “Rocket” by having a tortoise painted on my drum.

Here is the meaning behind Turtle as an animal totem:

Turtle is a symbol of longevity, endurance, persistence, and the continuation of life (sometimes against incredible odds). 

It is also a powerful totem for protection because you can withdraw into your shell. Which makes it is an amazing self-defense mechanism.

Affirmation for Turtle Medicine – “I am open to moving with the flow of life that I will find fulfillment.”