05 Feb 2010 @ 15:05 

Shelly at This Eclectic Life chose to write, in part, about S.A.D., one of winter’s crummy side effects. Now before you click to read her post, if you have a sweet tooth, before nibble on something first! Today is her day to not only find the good but post on it.

There are ways around S.A.D. like specialized lights, but I have another idea to help y’all get through it: VOLUNTEER.

Why not? It can’t help but make you smile – and think of how many other people will smile ’cause of you. That creates light, right? OK. So, SAD lights are not quite the same type light, but the principle is!

Not enough hours? Many of us associate volunteering with helping month after month, but there are plenty of one time opportunities.

Can’t find the right place? You could start simple by doing a search online or asking co-workers or neighbors. You could, however, take the easy route below – the one with a reward on top of the feel good reward!

So, on this Only the Good Friday, why not consider this:

Disney is offering admission to either Disney World or Disneyland if you volunteer for one of the organizations linked below. And guess what? Some allow children from six and up to volunteer. You search by your zip code and nearby areas. There is a variety in types for people of all skills and skill levels:
Give a Day. Get a Disney Day

Let’s make the winter as bright as these white roses in Scotland’s summer sun!

White Rose in Scotland

Now, share your good for the day. Join us on Only the Good Friday!


 29 Jan 2010 @ 22:46 

Fridays, Shelly at This Eclectic Life declared for us to post Only the Good. No snarky remarks, just hunt for the good. So, I will ignore that the realtor did not return my call from this morning, grin. I mean she found the good in her day today….

I have still not gotten back in the swing of blogging every day or even several times a week, but, for once, I’m O.K. with that – for now. That is good, acceptance.

My good today is personal. Leon and I made the decision to take a chance and move into a manufactured home in an RV Resort, assuming we can get financing in the current financial climate. It is small, but when we went to check it out on a Tuesday, it was alive with people walking their dogs, talking to their neighbors, working on their homes, washing their RVs, playing golf, and helping us find a home, grin. (If we do buy there, I will show pictures.)

Granted most of these people are retired – and we won’t be. We will be working and for a while living in two places, but we have been so isolated from socializing and fun in recent years, working way too hard. So, though rife with logistical problems and his having to build a new referral base, we want to do it. That is good, taking a calculated risk. (Did I just say that?)

I could list many more positives and some negatives, but today, I must ignore that he will still have clients over 3 hours away for many months…

We are smiling, though. Insanity? No, we are both so tired of renting already that even less than 700 square feet sounds perfect, especially when Panoply will be parked outside our door, where we can finish remodeling her and ready to run away with us.

A Shrouded Panoply

For now, Panoply remains shrouded from the road ahead, but her time is coming….

What’s perfect in your world today? Yesterday? This week? Jump on the bandwagon. Check out what Shelly has to say, grab a banner/button and start sharing your good one day a week. You can do it!


 15 Jan 2010 @ 22:01 


Well, it could get easier, if someone keyed it for you, but that would take the joy out of it.

I’m not in to texting. Sure, I text my husband information he needs when asked. Occasionally I send a quick “look at this” with a pic to our son, but I’d rather hear their voices.

Two organizations, in particular, have allowed us to text a word to a five digit number – and our donation for Haiti relief is added to our cell phone bill. And they made the minimum amount affordable for many.

@wyclef on Twitter pledges that all money texted will go to Haiti. Text “yele” to 501501 to donate just $5.00.Please note, after I posted this, I discovered a lot of chatter on the internet that there is some questions about Yele’s ability to track the money, etc. Because of that, please, use your own discretion. Read what has been written about them and make your own decision. I have not removed this because I have not read all the information….I originally saw this organization’s spokesperson on a newscast on TV and assumed they had prior to being slated, the organization had been checked out.

Per @RedCross, to donate $10.00 toward Haiti efforts via the Red Cross just text “Haiti” to 90999.

The amount already donated is staggering just through that texting is incredible, but it is so needed.

So, it’s Only the Good Friday, and how much better can it get than people making it easy to donate when needed. And there are so many other organizers collecting.

People are coming together… the way it should be.

If you can’t donate (and there were times in my life, I could not have come up with a penny unless I found it on a street), then talk to people, smile at people, pray for people. Do something nice for the person standing next to you. Spread your own inner glow, it is definitely needed with all this stuff going on around us.

Speaking of that, you so want to read what Shelly at this Eclectic Life is spreading good about this time, especially, if you need a smile.


 01 Jan 2010 @ 23:42 

Yes, lax, I’ve been about blogging. I am not sure why, but I think it is that I wanted a change to my blogs and could not (and still cannot) make up my mind what that change is.

On the one hand this is not a great thing, but on the other, it means I embrace change. An important attribute to survive our daily lives as we have little control over so many things. (Sounds good on paper.)

Shelly’s Only the Good Friday gives us a further excuse to start our year out right. In our family, we have practiced asking each other for “one nice thought” periodically, though, in honestly, it has traditionally been me who does the asking. It has proved effective, though some days the responses were more on the lines of, “We had macaroni and cheese for dinner.”

Now I do not like the word, “nice”! So, I’ve decided to reword it to, one reason to smile. So, since I did not go back to doing Wordless Wednesday, I am thinking about making Wednesdays a day to give one reason to smile.

Ulterior motive? Yep. One reason to smile allows me to choose words or pictures or both! I’m learning. Our reason to smile over Christmas, our son’s sweet old dame, Bella, was a joy to be with.

Bella after long afternoon

Now, what is your Only the Good Friday thought? Surely you have one. While you are thinking, why not head on over to This Eclectic Life and check out her Only the Good Friday post and then follow the links to others who took the time to post their good! And then, ask your family what their reason to smile is today. They just might surprise you.

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 29 May 2009 @ 8:50 

Only the Good Friday – I have many reasons to smile. In fact, I am quite excited!

On a personal level, we are moving out of this condo with poorly designed a/c that actually pulls dust in from between the units! Hopefully, we can both breathe well next week! That alone has glued smiles to our faces, in spite of last minute rush to move – and get ready for Family Reunion in England. (oops, another smile)

But what about giving you reason to smile? I have that covered!

Some of you know we are saving to buy an RV to travel between WA and FL, FL and WA and so on. So, I spend a bit too much time reading the posts of RVers, grin, but I also discover things about non-RV life, I mean, they do face normal life challenge and vacations, just in a home they can easily uproot!

One blog leads to another, as y’all are aware. One such trail led to Our Life on Wheels, which in itself had photographs worth viewing and blog posts worth reading, y’all! So stop by.

They, also, led me to true excitement, ’cause y’all know I love and do see the good in people, even though the “expects-everyone-ELSE-to-be-perfect-perfectionist” hidden within me gripes about teeny things.

As this was Memorial Day week, with much talk of heroes past and present, I am excited to call our attention to a site Jerry and Suzy linked to. It falls right in line with Only the Good! It is Today’s Hero. Everyday heroes. Don’t miss clicking through!

Check them out, send in stories of your own, share. It is Only the Good Friday – and Shelly at This Eclectic Life is trying to get us all to join in to share the virus of optimism! Add yours today! (Oh, no, today she is talking about food! One of my favorites!)


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