Happy, Healthy and In Love!

About me

I am blessed beyond belief!

I am a sober, retired wife, momma, sister, auntie, g’ma who is Happy, Healthy, and In Love with my life, and with my amazing husband.

I love God, my recovery, my herd of amazing “sistas”, the fellowship, photography and each new day.  I love my family and the incredible friends I have made along my path.

Taking photos is my passion, staying sober is my journey, living an authentic life is my destination.

I have been a WordPress blogger since August, 2011, and I am blown away at the talent and support I have received from my fellow bloggers.  I was taking photos with a point and shoot Olympus for years and purchased my Canon Eos and continue to enjoy discovering new things I can do.


I became an ordained minister in 2013… another path of my spiritual journey

I had two friends who were bloggers and photographers and I read their blogs and coveted my own.  After my 66th birthday  I picked up my camera and started my blog on WordPress!  I haven’t look back since.

You, my friends, have been so kind.  I am reading your blogs and learning how to be a better photographer, but I have a lot to learn.  Some of you have incredible talent and I get such joy from your posts!  So thank you from a newbie who has great desires to learn more, pay attention more and share more.

I am incredibly grateful for your support!!!

So I continue to seek… with you by my side, and I hope to continue to make new friends along the way as I seek, see, and share…

Join me as I seek, won’t you?

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140 thoughts on “About me

  1. Greatm photos. so glad you decided to start a blog. I also mstarted one in 2012.. Wishing a wonderful year of blogging in 2013!! 🙂

  2. Hi Patricia, thanks for visiting my Belgian blog of Chicago’s Bluesfestival. I hope to visit America again this year. You have a wonderful blog too. 🙂

  3. Thanks Patricia for re-blogging Under the Banyon Tree. I got a notice that you reblogged it but did not see yet on your page. Anyway, thanks for finding your way to smallpebbles and for sharing this loving space in the blogging world…in peace….

  4. Hey there, your blog is really awesome 😀

  5. Wow… I had to scroll down a bit. You are popular.
    I can tell I have a great deal to learn from you. What an inspiration; your story and your photos.

  6. Hello! This is so random but …what is that necklace you are wearing in your wordpress gravatar photo? …Silver, triangular…some shape in the middle?

  7. Lovely work you have here 🙂
    Thanks for visiting my blog. Appreciate your interest.

  8. There’s a little something sweet pre-Valentine’s Day waiting for you at

    Whether you choose to participate or not, please know that Across the Bored finds inspiration, entertainment, enlightenment and good company in your blog. Thanks for being a presence in our virtual reality!

  9. hi Patricia, i am so honored by your clicking “follow” … i have much to learn as well and your encouragement is giving me confidence that i am doing something right, even how minute it may seem, in the big world of blogging 🙂 i am indeed following you back. thank you — April

  10. My Canon is sitting on the dining room table, I got it for my birthday in December, and I still don’t know how to use it. I’m still using my Nikon Coolpix L120 – But I am planning to take a class this coming fall when it comes around in our town 🙂 Your photography is beautiful, I can only hope to be as good!

  11. I am a recovering alcoholic. I haven’t touched a drop since 1979 when I gave my life to Christ. He healed me. I to am a passionate photographer that wants to thank you for stopping by my blog to look & comment. I’ll be checking in on your blog from time to time. – Bob

  12. Wanted to thank you for deciding to follow the posts on my blog a while ago.

  13. Hi Patricia! Thanks for visiting my blog and for following. I enjoyed looking around your blog…your photos are so beautiful!! I’m looking forward to following you 🙂

  14. Fantastic blog and great photos! You are such an inspiration! I will really enjoy following your blog and checking out your photos! God bless you. 😀

  15. Hello, how are you?

    Good news, we are giving you the “BEST MOMENT AWARD“. Congratulations and enjoy the rest of the day!

  16. I too started my blog last August. I was encouraged to start one by Marilyn Armstrong at I was also influenced by my best friend, Warren Stubblefield, who knows the frustration I encountered as a participant in numerous photographic forums. The constant fighting and negative critiques stressed me to the point where I withdrew from every forum. I find bloggers are a much nicer group without testosterone issues.

    As a photographer for 42 years my goal is to simply share my beautiful Pacific Northwest. I also love to teach photography and only wish those interested were physically closer for one one one instruction. Now retired at age 63 I have the time to dedicate to my photography and teaching.

    I look forward to stopping by to read your as I approach my 600th post already. So far I haven’t burned out or tired of posting 3-9 posts daily. You can never predict what part of the day I’ll add more. Thanks for posting, blogging and for your enthusiasm for photography. – Bob

    • I have the same enthusiasm, less experience and I am an eager student… the Northwest, my home town in Seattle would have been a beautiful place to take photos, now I live in the desert. Thanks for your kind words and for visiting Bob!

      • Every environment has beauty if you’re willing to look for it. I remember showing a photograph od pansies to my church pastor and his wife one Sunday. They both asked where I’d taken such a great shot. I told them to look down at their feet as there was a potted plant withe exact flowers right at their feet. They learned the lesson. 🙂

  17. hi Patricia, i hope you will consider accepting my nomination … a little token to show you how much i appreciate your passion to share with us your world. details are here:


  18. As a fellow Blogger with a dental phobia , I applaud your courage. I too went last year for the first time in many years. I am thankful it is over. Bless you~

  19. Hello Patricia, I’ve been wandering around your blog and i just love it…your photos are a WOW…looking forward to following you 🙂

  20. Hi, Patricia! I went the opposite direction, lol — I had a point-and-shoot Canon Powershot, and my husband got me an Olympus upgrade from that for my birthday a few years ago. I am still trying to figure it out! I found your blog through Pinterest and wanted to give you a holler!

    • Thanks for the shout out Becky. I want to learn how to use my canon, to get more creative and I love the lucky shots I have gotten so far. Lets keep in touch. Pinterest is eye candy when I need a break hahaha

  21. ciao! luvFAB blog.

  22. Can I use some of your photos on my FB page?
    Feel free I am glad u like them, ping me do I can see them 🙂

  23. Hello~
    Thank you for sharing your world through your beautiful Blog posts.
    I have nominated you for the Super Sweet Blogging Award!
    You are a continuing inspiration to me~

    You can learn all about the Sweet Award here:

  24. Your blog is great…. Welcome to my blog to get some Downloads on travel & tour with audio video effects

  25. Beautiful photos, love the colors!

  26. thanks for visiting my site, I am glad I found yours, you have some really cool photos

  27. Hello, I wan t to say thank ypu for ypur lovely pictures and for sharing your positive energi and joy with us. I’m glad I found your blog. Now I’m going to have a cup of coffe and start to read ypur posts and see the photos! I wish ypu a happy new year!

  28. Happy New Year to all of my fellow photographers… may you capture the beauty and grace we are all seeking… to share with a magic seen through our lenses. Blessings PDD

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