Keeping positive

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We have choices every day. We can focus on the negative, the hiccups, the doom and gloom or we can turn our energy to the beauty and wonderful we have around us.   Being conscious of what we’re saying or thinking can set our life on a much more affirmative path.

My computer files have been in total disarray and I have been working on categorizing them better, so that my work flow will be must faster. Rather than hunting through tons of files or folders I am simplifying the process. Clear cut titles and dates. (if you have a wonderful filing system that you could share, please do so)

While doing this simple task, it made me realize that just like my disjointed files this is a lot like life. Being able to focus on simple positive actions will make my life/ work better.  And isn’t that what we all want?  At least for me, I am working on the positive and beauty that is around me. I don’t even want to go to look at the dark side ANY more! I’m not looking at life through rose colored glasses, I know there will still be disjointed “files” that will come my way and I will take care of them. But I will not spend any more time on the negative than is necessary.

For the next few posts I will be sharing some of the grand positive quotations I have found. Thoughts become things. Please be sure and chime in with your comments. I love hearing from you!

QUOTE:  A positive attitude may not solve all your problems, but it will annoy enough people to make it worth the effort.  ~Herm Albright

April 23, 2012 at 10:13 am | Living Beautiful | 5 comments

Heart String tug

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Today I read the sweetest post on Facebook.

It really tugged at my heartstrings!

I just had to share.


Our 14-year-old dog Abbey died last month. The day after she passed away my 4-year-old daughter Meredith was crying and talking about how much she missed Abbey. She asked if we could write a letter to God so that when Abbey got to heaven, God would recognize her. I told her that I thought we could so, and she dictated these words:

Dear God,

Will you please take care of my dog? She died yesterday and is with you in heaven. I miss her very much. I am happy that you let me have her as my dog even though she got sick.

I hope you will play with her. She likes to swim and play with balls. I am sending a picture of her so when you see her you will know that she is my dog. I really miss her.

Love, Meredith

We put the letter in an envelope with a picture of Abbey and Meredith and addressed it to God/Heaven. We put our return address on it. Then Meredith pasted several stamps on the front of the envelope because she said it would take lots of stamps to get the letter all the way to heaven. That afternoon she dropped it into the letter box at the post office. A few days later, she asked if God had gotten the letter yet. I told her that I thought He had.

Yesterday, there was a package wrapped in gold paper on our front porch addressed, ‘To Meredith’ in an unfamiliar hand. Meredith opened it. Inside was a book by Mr. Rogers called, ‘When a Pet Dies.’ Taped to the inside front cover was the letter we had written to God in its opened envelope. On the opposite page was the picture of Abbey & Meredith and this note:

Dear Meredith,

Abbey arrived safely in heaven. Having the picture was a big help and I recognized her right away.

Abbey isn’t sick anymore. Her spirit is here with me just like it stays in your heart. Abbey loved being your dog. Since we don’t need our bodies in heaven, I don’t have any pockets to keep your picture in so I am sending it back to you in this little book for you to keep and have something to remember Abbey by.

Thank you for the beautiful letter and thank your mother for helping you write it and sending it to me. What a wonderful mother you have. I picked her especially for you. I send my blessings every day and remember that I love you very much. By the way, I’m easy to find. I am wherever there is love.

Love, God



I am in love with the person who took the time out of their busy day to make a family’s  heart feel better.

(and the cynic in me understands that this might be a made up story just for the internet– if it is– let’s have a few more like this!)


Find the beauty in life!


October 27, 2011 at 10:57 am | Living Beautiful | 8 comments

Do you focus on what YOU love?

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Do you find it easy to Love what YOU love?

Recently reading about various peoples happiness projects, several have spoken about how hard it is to really know ourselves. Because to take a good hard look,  do you  find you are doing what you love or are you doing what others love?

Are you always doing for others before yourself?

I certainly know that in my younger days that certainly what my every day life was totally about and often I feel guilty now because now it’s all about me.  I believe in serving others but not to the expense of loosing who we are.

Don’t get me wrong, I love stretching and pushing and growing.  I am very excited that I can still learn.
 I love Black and White old photos.  It seems that the depth of the stories are enhanced when the colors are gone and the simplicity is laid bare. 

I am recently working on some projects turning colored shots into Black and White and it is not as easy as I thought it would be.  Vintage black and whites are so fun to study.

In coming weeks I am going to focus on what I know I love… 

Tell me a little about what you love and how you focus on it. 

Hope you find the beauty in your life!

Have a great week.

PS– be sure and visit Mary at Little Red House for other Mosaics.

March 6, 2011 at 10:31 pm | Living Beautiful | 11 comments

Living Beautiful: Pink fades

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Realizing that my outdoor PINK opportunities were fading just as my Summer began slipping quietly away… I took a much needed drive to one of my favorite spots. Le Chaille, a French inspired Chateau and Gardens. Nestled at the base of the Cottonwood Canyon, I drove up the winding brick lined lane.

Entrance RS

I am often asked about where I took the shot of my “header” (Top of my blog page) It is actually the shot of the Le Chaille front gate that I took when I was on my first trip several years ago — in mid May if I recall correctly. I fell in love with the peace that was there. The grounds keeper gave me permission to wander as I pleased.

Bridge RS

This is how the grounds look in late August. Isn’t the entrance breath taking? Even at times a bit over whelming visually. Take a moment to really look at all their details.

Wall close RS

Definitely the French inspiration…

When the cold and bitter winds howl this Fall and Winter I am sure I will dive into my Le Chaille folder for a touch of Pink pick me up.

Willow Tree RS

Have the happiest of weekends– Visit Melissa at the Inspired Room (with her Beautiful things gathering) as well as Julia at Hooked on Houses where she celebrates things that make us happy… don’t for get to see the LONG list of Pink celebrators with Bev at How Sweet the Sound.

TTFN~~ Claudia ♥ ♥

September 12, 2009 at 1:05 am | Living Beautiful | 27 comments

Living Beautiful- A Bunny Visit

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Enlarged B Bunny RS

Meet Mr. Flop— I am guessing a distant cousin of Peter Rabbit… you know, of Beatrix Potter’s Peter Rabbit and Friends.

Just recently I re-watched Miss Potter, with Renee Zellweger.  Sincerely one of the most delightful films of late. It is a love story, not only of the human kind but of her love of her beloved Peter Rabbit, who was a naughty little bunny that steals vegetables from Mr. McGregers garden despite his Mother’s advise. My suggestion would be: watch it with someone you love; I did. (**waving hi to my Mother)

I suppose, after watching this divine visual inspiration, that was the reason my Serendipity road took me along a path that had me meet up with many of Peter Rabbits friends.

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I’ m serious as a heart attack when I tell you these colorful creatures heard me walk around the corner and up they swam to swiftly say hello! I suppose they might be used to 2 legged creatures such as myself feeding them– I had nothing which lead to a stern scolding from Mr. Black Bill.

Mr Black bill RS

He really sqwaked at me for some time — then turned on his heels and told the other’s I was not their early morning meal ticket as they had hoped.

Greeting RS

I did tell the lovely ladies I thought their bright orange wadding boots  looked stunning, nothing like a great pair of shoes!– none the less they turned waving their little feathered hinnies towards me hardly saying a good-bye!

Samantha Swan RS

Samantha Swan was enjoying her morning bath and reflection. (I personally like bubbles)

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If you look very carefully to the right, you can see Benjamin and Adam and Brittni  not far away from their burrow.  When I walked a bit closer ! In they went… just as their mother had told them. GOOD little Bunnies!

Sometime ago, I shared a previous visit with Mr. P (click here to see other Post about him) 


I am not sure if this was my original Mr. P — or his step-brother Phil (note the not so full tail feathers) but none the less he gave me a handsome side profile pose as he walked away from me.

It was just another PERFECT day… living a beautiful life, walking down my Dipity Road.

Visit Melissa, with her gathering of A Beautiful Life celebrators; and Julia at Hooked on Houses where both of these ladies share with the blogging world fun gatherings to inspire one another.

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Ohh! This week at Pink Saturday Bev challenged us to each “spot light” another blog we enjoy in the Blog-o-sphere… So I am sharing simply one of the most creative Blogs I have come across. Karen is a true artist… but more important her blog is MAGIC– her music is perfect and her watercolors and imagination sublime.  Visit her at A Scrapbook of Inspiration.  Below is one of her MANY originals… such a beauty isnt it?? Ohhh and PINK!  🙂

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Have a wonderful end of the week!

TTFN~~ Claudia ♥ ♥

September 4, 2009 at 1:11 am | Living Beautiful | 43 comments


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