Monday, December 30, 2013

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Stay Tuned to Share the Joy

Stay tuned.... Share the Joy will post tomorrow
As soon as I get the
 new system hooked up.

Update:
Ok
Guess I was overly optimistic.
Still working on things....
See you next week.

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Riding the Merry-Go-Round



It feels as if I am riding a carousel. . . . 
Up and down, round and round
But not making forward progress.

I think I finally cracked the code 
for loading images into blog posts so that's good
(and it relates to using Chrome instead of Internet Explorer) 
but mostly, it feels as if I've been stagnating.



With my desktop in need of repair and my laptop 
apparently beyond help, working on the books has ground to a halt.
Art-making materials are spread out between the for-sale house
and the new one, and Polyvore is too hard to manage on a tablet,
 at least at my tablet-skill level.

Maybe something is germinating under the soil, 
but what that might be is a big question mark.

I'm not used to feeling so aimless.

What's the lesson here?

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Share the Joy: Working Around the Difficulties


The computer issues still are plaguing me, 
so this post will be brief.

The server keeps rejecting photos I try to load, 
even though they are stored in web albums.

To this I say: BAH HUMBUG!

So my joy will have to wait for later sharing.
You can share yours by leaving a comment 
which includes a link to your post.

I hope I can get the desktop computer 
up and running soon. 
This is just a big pain in the tush.


Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Share the Joy


After having a total hard drive crash, now 
my laptop has died.

I couldn't be without email, so I bought a tablet. 
I must be doing something wrong
because it's not letting me insert images
in my blog posts.

I'm also having problems adding the link code
so all I can suggest is to leave a comment with a link
to your JOY post so others can see ot
and I'll try to get the tech issues sorted out
by next week


Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Share the Joy



For those of you who celebrate a U.S. style
Thanksgiving,
have a joyful day filled with 
friends, family and food.

I had another day filled with the 3 F's
earlier this week. . . .

Oliver's first birthday party.



Oliver's mom's cousin Margaret
baked him a "1" cake 
just so he could do a face plant,
but he surprised everyone by going after 
a finger full of frosting at a time
(though, as you can see,
he managed to grow a blue frosting
beard and moustache).


I found him this spectacular bouncy toy.
His legs are barely long enough to touch the ground,
but he'll soon be able to master the art of the bounce.
(And yes, there's a gate at the top of the stairs.)


Big brother Logan had plenty of fun
decorating a gingerbread man
and didn't have the least hesitation
about ornamenting outside the lines.



And he seemed to enJOY
munching the gingerbread boy's legs.


What sparked the fire of joy in you this week?

Notice joy.
Cultivate it.
Celebrate it.
Share it.

 


1. do a post that tells and shows what gives you joy.

2. capture the URL of the specific post and paste it into 
the Mr. Linky box along with your info.

3. Visit other players and let their joy infect you.
Leave them a comment because everyone
 enJOYS getting positive feedback.

Let's keep the epidemic of JOY going!


Friday, November 22, 2013

Haiku My Heart: Heart




spontaneous find
strolling along Cannon Beach
this heart touched my heart

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Share the Joy



Blue skies and sunshine in November -- days like today --
make me energetic and full of possibility.



Call me crazy, but the smell of oranges
makes me happy. . . 
as does wandering through a gourmet
grocery story and delighting in the myriad
of oolors and shapes
(and sampling different kinds of cheese). . .  


And speaking of oranges,
I'm overjoyed and full of awe
when I see a sunset like this.



What sparked the fire of joy in you this week?

Notice joy.
Cultivate it.
Celebrate it.
Share it.

 


1. do a post that tells and shows what gives you joy.

2. capture the URL of the specific post and paste it into 
the Mr. Linky box along with your info.

3. Visit other players and let their joy infect you.
Leave them a comment because everyone
 enJOYS getting positive feedback.

Let's keep the epidemic of JOY going!



Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Share the Joy


Where do you find JoY?

Is it in the decision of which treat
will be yours
or 
when you take a bite and feel the flavor
tickle your taste buds?



When you see a silly green frog
sitting on a table in the window of a shop
and it makes you laugh?



When you can hear your son's laughter 
from two rooms away?



When the night sky is clear and the moon 
signals romance?


Or two people in love,
sharing secrets?



What sparked the fire of joy in you this week?

Notice joy.
Cultivate it.
Celebrate it.
Share it.

 


1. do a post that tells and shows what gives you joy.

2. capture the URL of the specific post and paste it into 
the Mr. Linky box along with your info.

3. Visit other players and let their joy infect you.
Leave them a comment because everyone
 enJOYS getting positive feedback.



Let's keep the epidemic of JOY going!



Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Share the Joy


I hope you're all finding little pockets of joy
to dig into this week.
As for me, joy is taking a backseat to concern
right now, as my mom was just diagnosed with Alzheimer's.
There will be a family gathering this weekend
and there will be lots of decisions to be made
over the next few months.

She is a woman of great faith, 
a retired minister in the United Methodist Church,
and I'm sure it would give her great joy
and comfort if you find it in your heart
to add her to your prayers.

What sparked the fire of joy in you this week?

Notice joy.
Cultivate it.
Celebrate it.
Share it.

 


1. do a post that tells and shows what gives you joy.

2. capture the URL of the specific post and paste it into 
the Mr. Linky box along with your info.

3. Visit other players and let their joy infect you.
Leave them a comment because everyone
 enJOYS getting positive feedback.



Let's keep the epidemic of JOY going!




Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Share the Joy: Averting Disaster



My joy post will be a little on the light side this week.
On Monday morning, I woke and, as usual, went up 
to my office to check email
but
found a message that said,
more or less,
"Your hard drive is toast. Back up your files
and find an electronics recycle station."

So I went and bought an external drive
and clicked on the button
to have the computer do a back-up automatically.
It failed four separate times.

Oh no, I thought, it's


if I can't find a way around this obstacle.

I'd backed up my document files a while ago,
but there was a lot of writing done on my memoir
and the manuscript I'm almost finished with
called Riding the Divorce Roller Coaster.
I breathed deeply and tried not to imagine the worst.

I can always write on a


I thought, and that brought a smile to my face.

But not as big a smile
as starting the hours-long process of manually saving 
all the stuff on the dying swan of a hard drive
and finding that -- unlike the auto-transfer --
it worked!

Woo hoo -- I didn't lose any of my work in progress,
or any of my client files.
And I've got a new system in a box
to set up and then load 
with the contents of the now-crammed external drive.


What sparked the fire of joy in you this week?

Notice joy.
Cultivate it.
Celebrate it.
Share it.

 


1. do a post that tells and shows what gives you joy.

2. capture the URL of the specific post and paste it into 
the Mr. Linky box along with your info.

3. Visit other players and let their joy infect you.
Leave them a comment because everyone
 enJOYS getting positive feedback.

Let's keep the epidemic of JOY going!


Thursday, October 17, 2013

Share the Joy




 Isn't autumn just
color-icious?







Going for a nature walk
is a sure way to ignite joy.


What sparked the fire of joy in you this week?

Notice joy.
Cultivate it.
Celebrate it.
Share it.

 


1. do a post that tells and shows what gives you joy.

2. capture the URL of the specific post and paste it into 
the Mr. Linky box along with your info.

3. Visit other players and let their joy infect you.
Leave them a comment because everyone
 enJOYS getting positive feedback.

Let's keep the epidemic of JOY going!

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Share the Joy



During this week of lingering sniffles,
sneezes, and coughs,
I've found JoY
in having furry lap blankets



and stacks of these.


I finished Train Dreams, a novella my book club is reading, 
and a couple of other things.


What sparked the fire of joy in you this week?

Notice joy.
Cultivate it.
Celebrate it.
Share it.




1. do a post that tells and shows what gives you joy.

2. capture the URL of the specific post and paste it into 
the Mr. Linky box along with your info.

3. Visit other players and let their joy infect you.
Leave them a comment because everyone
 enJOYS getting positive feedback.

Let's keep the epidemic of JOY going!


Thursday, October 3, 2013

Share the Joy



A ramble in an antique store
always creates joy,
because there's so much to look at
and exclaim (or laugh) about.

Some things inevitably unleash
memories. . . 


of the time when Cabbage Patch babies 
were a hot commodity and you had to put your name
on a waiting list
and then my uncle, who owned a variety store 
in the Pacific Northwest
in a pretty much lily white community
got a long-awaited shipment
of dolls. . . that were African American.
Many parents on the waiting list said yes,
not worrying about having black grand-dolls,
but he was left with dolls he worried he wouldn't sell.

I was working in D.C. then
and easily found people in my office
who were thrilled to purchase babies by mail.



of spending some of my growing-up years
living in Washington's "fruit bowl."



and memories of reaching deep down into a cookie jar
to find a treat. 



What sparked the fire of joy in you this week?

Notice joy.
Cultivate it.
Celebrate it.
Share it.




1. do a post that tells and shows what gives you joy.

2. capture the URL of the specific post and paste it into 
the Mr. Linky box along with your info.

3. Visit other players and let their joy infect you.
Leave them a comment because everyone
 enJOYS getting positive feedback.

Let's keep the epidemic of JOY going!


Thursday, September 26, 2013

Share the Joy: Simple Pleasures




It's truly simple things that bring us joy.


The warm pleasure of a foamy cup of chai latte
sipped from a favorite cup.

A novel on my Kindle....
most recently
Year of Wonders: A Novel of the Plague
by Geraldine Brooks
(I know - a cheery subject, right?)

The sun streaming through freshly cleaned windows
on a weekday morning.


Walking in the yard of my new house 
and beginning to put my imprint
on the garden in ways large and small.

My landscape guru installed the beautiful fountain
I treated myself to,
but I haven't yet taken a pic of it. 
It's sitting in the front porch garden
opposite the front door
to create a sense of peace
in all who enter.

Then we added some ferns around the base
and mulched the area.

We also added some colorful grasses
and Heavenly Bamboo shrubs
in strategic locations.

I'm taking joy in learning about
deer resistant planting
while reminding myself
that it's not always fool-proof
and deer need to eat, too.
There's a local doe with two fawns
who've lost their spots.
They stroll around the neighborhood, 
visiting various garden salad bars,
then bound back into the woods 
behind my house.


I'm longing to nest in this new house,
the one my son is house-sitting
and I visit several times a week
to chat with my cats
and put away things in boxes.  

(and no, the old house hasn't sold yet. . . 
keep sending your prayers and positive vibes for
a speedy sale to the perfect buyer
so I can pack up my furniture and move) 

What sparked the fire of joy in you this week?

Notice joy.
Cultivate it.
Celebrate it.
Share it.




1. do a post that tells and shows what gives you joy.

2. capture the URL of the specific post and paste it into 
the Mr. Linky box along with your info.

3. Visit other players and let their joy infect you.
Leave them a comment because everyone
 enJOYS getting positive feedback.

Let's keep the epidemic of JOY going!