Weekly Photo Challenge: Thankful


Most grateful for our first Family Reunion where my siblings and I were reunited for the first time in over 45 years!!!




Thank God we could all be together in Las Vegas for the first time in decades, with our oldest son, his wife and our two grandkids, for the first time also!!! God is good!!!

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Wonderful Team Member Readership Award

Wonderful Team Member Readership Award – I appreciate team work in blogging!  Thanks so much to http://theretiringsort.wordpress.com/  who nominated me!

This award does have some rules:

  • Display the logo on his/her post/page and/or sidebar – Done!
  • The Nominee must finish this sentence and post: ”A Great reader is…” :  I think a great reader is one who takes time to read and respond to other blogger’s posts, and who takes time to acknowledge and respond to comments and pingbacks on his/her own blog. We’re all in this together, and the team works best when we support and learn from one another.  A quote from the kind blogger who nominated me but my thoughts as well.  I know how much it means to me when one of you sends me a message about how you enjoy something I post.  I take it to heart and try to respond in the same way when I am “moved” by a photo or a story… we PAY IT FORWARD… and we are part of an amazing Team Blog!
  • Nominate 14 readers they appreciate over a period of 7 days (1 week) – this can be done at any rate during the week. It can be ALL on one day or a few on one day and a few on another day, etc., naming his or her nominees on a post or on posts during the 1 week) period. See my list below. These are all people who have taken the time to reach out to other bloggers in comments.
  • The Nominee shall make these rules, or amended rules keeping to the spirit of the Wonderful Team Member Readership Award, known to each reader s/he nominates. Done, in comments on their blogs and pingbacks from this post.  Here are my nominees, keep up the great work and support you have offered me and others:
  1. http://joangk4yo.wordpress.com/
  2. http://theretiringsort.wordpress.com/
  3. http://niravsays.wordpress.com/
  4. http://vastlycurious.wordpress.com/
  5. http://tchistorygal.wordpress.com/
  6. http://phototrap.wordpress.com/
  7. http://leannecole.wordpress.com/
  8. http://jakesprinters.wordpress.com/
  9. http://kattermonran.wordpress.com/
  10. http://davidohall.wordpress.com/
  11. http://phillanoue.wordpress.com/
  12. http://mygulitypleasures.wordpress.com/
  13. http://eof737.wordpress.com/
  14. http://belfastsnapper.wordpress.com/

OMG I was a second from being killed an hour ago…

OMG I was a second from being killed just now… Still shaking. At red light on Hwy 111 and Magnesia Falls light tuned green and I hesitated… A car going 80 mph ran the red light without slowing and would have hit me on my side… I sat for a second and lucky cars behind me didn’t rear end me…. Thank u God thank u God thank u God!!!!!!!

Happy Birthday Mom… I miss you!



Happy Birthday Mom… I miss you so much!!!

Today would have been my mother‘s 86th birthday and there isn’t one day that goes by that I don’t think of her and wish I could call and here her voice.

Even though she has been gone a few years I still have a heavy heart when I realize I will never be hugged by her again, or get to share my day with her.  So I blog… and maybe someone else gets a little joy out my shares.

She taught me my love for music, and no matter how long I was away, she always loved me unconditionally.  I am glad that I was able to develop our relationship and make my amends to her for being an absentee daughter during my “journey of self discovery“.  I blamed her for a lot of my own spiritual and emotional shortcomings growing up… and found out it all began with me!  I learned how to take responsibility for some bad choices that I made, and to face my addictions and I am recovered today.  Almost 30 years of recovery has given me the most amazing life I could have ever imagined.  I found me, I found God, I found a fellowship that helped me put my life together, on step at a time.  I found women who helped me strip away the inauthentic self I was drowning in.  I found women who handed me the “tools of recovery” to recapture the child within, who was waiting for me to find her.

I am Happy, Healthy and In Love with my life today because of the journey that led me here.  I am grateful for every day and most grateful that I got to have a love affair with my mom in the last 20 years of her life.

I am blessed to have been raised by her.  She had the biggest heart in the world, and I am, and always be my mothers daughter…

Thank you God for giving her to me as my mom… you did real good!!!!


Margaret (mom) in Seattle, Washington


Jewels of the desert via iPhone


Today’s been a great day all around, finally got to download my nature hike pics from my iPhone.  Like some of them a lot.  Thank you God for the jewels I got to bring home with me… I am truly grateful to be so lucky!

Taken with Camera +.  What do you think?  Any input for me?



Day 3 ~ “Enjoy life. This is not a dress rehearsal.” – Author Unknown


I don’t want to take anything for granted…  including regretting the time I have left on this earth.

I have accomplished some pretty amazing feats in my recovery including finding the real me that was locked up in a floating casket on the River of Denial.

I was a Zombie, moving but not living.  Trapped in a place where I couldn’t look at who I was, who I had become and where I was going.

Thank God for God, and thank God I finally, in the depths of despair cried out to a God I did not understand, believe in, and was pretty pissed off at, for my life.

My life changed, about 10 minutes after uttering, what I now know was my cry of desperation:  “God help me I cannot live like this anymore!”   That’s when the phone rang and the only person in the world that I knew in recovery called and said… “P. are you o.k.?  Just a minute ago I had a feeling that something was wrong with you”  My first miracle…

There have been so many over the years, but to make a long story short, I have been given a second chance at life.  I have been given the gift of a loving God, loving husband, children, two amazing grandchildren, siblings that recently re-united after almost 45 years (another story), and a fellowship and sisterhood that are beyond my wildest dreams.

I get to help women who are newer in recovery by teaching them how to work the 12 steps, and how to incorporate them into their lives.  I get to love them until they learn to love themselves, like I was taught almost 30 years ago.

Back in 1983 I woke up in Cardiff by the Sea, Leucadia, Carlsbad, Encinitas, Oceanside and Del Mar, CA.  All beach towns along the North County coastal line between San Diego and Los Angeles.

The Pacific Ocean was my first Higher Power… for years, that evolved to the Fellowship that helped love me back to life, and then easily transitioned to this loving God that lives within me, dissolving all of my fears and who taught me to love and let go of my ego.

This love of life included taking photographs to help me remember the sunrises and sunsets over that magnificent Pacific Ocean… and when we moved to the desert back in 1994 the mountains and the Palm trees caught my eye.  Clouds are my rock stars!  They take the sun, shadows and light and dance with them high above me.

So today for my exercise perhaps I will check out the mountains nearby.  The best time is sunrise and sunset, because the shadows they cast bring out the life in them.

It depends on the light, if that doesn’t work, I will surprise myself and just let it flow… and whatever it is, I am stepping out of my comfort zone again today.  Baby steps…