Welcome to Small Reflections

"Nothing is ever achieved without enthusiasm."
Ralph Waldo Emerson

Duck photo source: Lisa's Chaos
I hope you enjoy your visit. If you're looking for something specific, check out the links to posts by category in my sidebar and down a ways. They'll assist with tracking down different types of posts found on each of my three blogs. You might also enjoy checking out the other sites: Sacred Ruminations, Blog Rolls, Bling & Blurbs, and Happily Retired Gal.

I hope you'll look around & leave comments
then visit me at my new blog ...

Giraffe Journal

and/or website ... Labyrinth Journal
both self-hosted at WordPress
where I publish as myself
rather than under a

I've not had much time for posting or blog visits, but if you're interested I hope you'll find time to check out my new blog, Giraffe Journal or my Labyrinth Journal website ... both self hosted at WordPress.

Thanks for your visit and have a delightful day ;--)
Hugs and blessings,

Sunday, November 30, 2008

UM #33 - I did it again 30 posts in 30 days!!!

Make Time for Small Reflections
NaBloPoMo-Day 30
Where did this month go?
If YOU completed NaBloPoMo too,
you're welcome to snag & enjoy this NaBloPoMo award
and/or the one at Sacred Ruminations today!
I'd very much appreciate a comment & linky-luv if you do ;--)

This is the 305th issue of ...

I'm participating for the 33rd time today.
How about you?

What comes to YOUR mind?

If you'd like to play here, copy and paste the clues in comments along with your responses ... or post on your blog and let me know so I can visit ;--)

I say ... and you think ... ?

  1. Sleepy :: Hollow (as in The Legend of ...)
  2. Thanksgiving :: turkey & traditions
  3. Fifteen :: minutes of fame
  4. Authority :: question it ... often!
  5. Bangs :: hair covering the forehead & sometimes the eyes
  6. Curled :: up cosily with a good book by the fire on a rainy day with a cup of hot tea ;--)
  7. Young man :: Henny (comedian)
  8. Surprised :: by Joy (book by C.S. Lewis)
  9. Mistake :: an opportunity to learn from a 'miss take'
  10. Handle it :: with aplomb
Your turn: I say ... and you think ... ?
  1. Sleepy ::
  2. Thanksgiving ::
  3. Fifteen ::
  4. Authority ::
  5. Bangs ::
  6. Curled ::
  7. Young man ::
  8. Surprised ::
  9. Mistake ::
  10. Handle it ::
Click for others 'muttering' today.
I've completed my November 'Gratitude List' in my sidebar & transferred it to my new WordPress site, Happily Retired Gal. Tomorrow I'll begin a new list here for December.

If you missed them ...

Camera Critters is in the next post
Photo Hunt - A Metal Surprise is at Happily Retired Gal

Another Metal Photo Hunt is at Sacred Ruminations
Small Reflections ... Smile Back

Thought for Today
" Unthinking respect for authority is the greatest enemy of truth." Albert Einstein

Saturday, November 29, 2008

Camera Critters #34 - Ms. Kitty watches ...

Make Time for Small Reflections
This is my 34thMisty Dawn started the meme and explains the rules here.
Click to 'embiggen' photo for better viewing.
Small Reflections ... Smile Back
Click for others participating in Camera Critters ...
Awards shared recently by me
Haiku Friday #92 (with more awards to snag & enjoy)
Haiku Friday #93 is in the next post

Thought for Today
"The ideal of calm exists in a sitting cat." Jules Reynard

Friday, November 28, 2008

Haiku Friday #93 - 'Tis the season ...

Make Time for Small Reflections

Hoping everyone
had a lovely 'turkey' day
(if you celebrate).


Time to decorate
for the Christmas holidays
festively ... What fun!

Earlier today
I shared neighborhood 'SkyWatch"
photos with 'haiku'

on my newest site
Happily Retired Gal ...
hope you'll visit soon!

If you missed them ... I
shared a bunch of awards from
Sandee yesterday.

For others participating in Haiku Friday this week
go to
A Mommy Story

Small Reflections ... Smile Back

Thought for Today
"Blessed is the season which engages the whole world in a conspiracy of love!" Hamilton Wright Mabie

Thursday, November 27, 2008

Thursday's Thoughts, a Thank You, and more ...

Make Time for Small Reflections
Hooray ... my comment visibility problem at WordPress is resolved!!! I appreciate those of you who responded to my pleas for assistance. Your suggestions made a huge difference. I'm also grateful to friends who have checked out my new Happily Retired Storyteller blog, leaving me words of supportive encouragement there. I've left a 'thank you' there for each of you ;--)

I know it's cRaZy for me to be starting yet another blog, but I'm fascinated with the possibilities and love the challenge of learning new things ... so for the moment, my compulsions have kicked in making me even farther behind on everything else. Such is the story of my life it seems.

Yesterday I was away from home from about 10am until almost 5pm ... running errands ... picking Satsuma tangerines from my sister's backyard tree & delivering 'gifts' to friends ... getting my hair cut & styled ... visiting the dentist to get my permanent crown & final old filling replaced. I did manage to visit a few blogs and keep up with NaBloPoMo here & at Sacred Ruminations with Wellness Wednesday in addition to sharing some advice about How to Remain Young at WordPress.

Sandee at Comedy Plus shared all these lovely awards (some of which I've shared already) yesterday ...
and I want to pass these awards on to all my regulars too!

Here's wishing everyone who's celebrating, the Happiest of Thanksgiving Days ... and to those who aren't, I hope you have a delightful day doing whatever you choose.

Small Reflections ... Smile Back
In addition to my gratitude list in the sidebar here,
I'll be creating & publishing another at Sacred Ruminations soon.

Thought for Today
"Thanksgiving dinners take eighteen hours to prepare. They are consumed in twelve minutes. Half-times take twelve minutes. This is not coincidence." Erma Bombeck

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

WhimsicalWednesday - Requesting help with WordPress and a sharing a bit of fun ...

Make Time for Small Reflections
I appreciate those of you who have checked out my new Happily Retired Storyteller blog at WordPress & left me comments. I apologize that they're not visible for all to see, and I'm doing what I can to figure out what the problem is. They show up in my dashboard and I've 'approved' them (though I've figured out how to remove the 'approval' function altogether) ... they're 'counted' but all that appears in the sidebar is your 'identity' ... so if anyone who uses WordPress knows what's going on, I'd appreciate some help with this situation.

I've spent considerable time searching the 'Forums' for help (to no avail on this issue) but I've learned there are significant differences in 'available features' on the WordPress platform depending on whether you're using 'blogname.WordPress.com' and simply 'blogname.com' ... so there's more complexity that I realized initially.

I did publish there this morning ... How to Stay Young, A Thank You, and a Plea for Help ... so feel free to drop by when time permits.

Michelle at My Crazy Life With a Toddler shared this recently. I know I've done the quiz previously and gotten different results, but these are the results yielded this time around, and they seem 'right on' to me somehow.
Your Personality Profile
You are dignified, spiritual, and wise. Always unsatisfied, you constantly try to better yourself. You are also a seeker of knowledge and often buried in books. You tend to be philosophical, looking for the big picture in life. You dream of inner peace for yourself, your friends, and the world. A good friend, you always give of yourself first.
If you decide to take this quiz
please leave your results in comments
or a link to where I can find them on your blog.
Small Reflections ... Smile Back

Thought for Today
"Patience and perseverance have a magical effect before which difficulties disappear and obstacles vanish." John Quincy Adams

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Tuesday's 'Ruby' Thoughts and more ...

Make time for Small Reflections
Scroll down for Ruby Tuesday
NaBloPoMo - Day 25
After a few bloggy friends experienced 'unforseen disasters' on their Blogger-based sites, I decided to take Melissa's advice and be proactive about creating 'back-ups of my three blogs just in case. It's taken more time than expected and piqued my curiosity about how things work. As a result, I'm farther behind than ever ... but hoping (as ever) to catch up eventually.

In addition to backing them up, I created 'duplicate sites' on Blogger and am in the process of creating duplicates at WordPress too ... just because. Although it may be silly of me to do so, I've created a totally new site there called Happily Retired Storyteller to 'explore WordPress as a platform with links to my original 'Blogger-based' sites here. I have not clear focus for that new site other than to learn how things work ... but I'll keep you informed of my progress, and should you find time I hope you'll drop by to say 'hello' ... just because.

This is my 12th Ruby Tuesday
Cranberries ... YUM!

With gratitude to whoever created this image, I'm using her
to represents me ... participating in the November 2008 Giving Thanks Challenge (hosted by South Breeze Farm) by adding something for which I'm thankful each day. I intend to continue this practice during the month of December and perhaps beyond because celebrating 'what is' with a joyful spirit helps me keep perspective when things don't always turn out the way I'd like. Everyone is invited to join me in this practice on your own blogs if you choose. If you let me know in comments, I'll do my best to visit.

I shared some Thanksgiving things for your viewing pleasure in yesterday's post, and I'm resisting the temptation to decorate for the Christmas season (here & in my home) until Friday because that's long been a tradition in my family.

Once I've published this I plan to create my Simply Kind Tuesdays post at Sacred Ruminations. It should be there shortly and I hope you'll drop by & perhaps participate too as time permits.
Happy Thanksgiving to All!
Small Reflections ... Smile Back

Thought for Today
"Thanksgiving Day is a jewel, to set in the hearts of honest men; but be careful that you do not take the day, and leave out the gratitude." E.P. Powell

Monday, November 24, 2008

For your 'Thanksgiving' viewing pleasure ...

Make Time for Small Reflections
I'm distracted this morning by many things, but happened upon these links a while back and thought they might be fun to share this week. At first I planned to publish them over the three days before Thanksgiving, but somehow it makes more since right now to put them all here ... just because. Enjoy!

Charlie Brown Thanksgiving - Part 1 of 3

Charlie Brown Thanksgiving - Part 2 of 3

Charlie Brown Thanksgiving - Part 3 of 3

of Mom's Musings ...

this is especially for you!
Pholph's Scrabble Generator

My Scrabble© Score is: 14.
What is your score? Get it here.

Small Reflections ... Smile Back

Thought for Today
"Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend. Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today and creates a vision for tomorrow." Melody Beattie

Sunday, November 23, 2008

CameraCritters, UnconsciousMutterings & More...

Make Time for Small Reflections
NaBloPoMo-Day 23
Sunrise-Sunset, BYBS & Sacred Life Sunday
are at Sacred Ruminations
Scroll down for Unconscious Mutterings
It's been a while since I've participated,
but this is my 33rd
Misty Dawn started the meme and explains the rules here.
Click to 'embiggen' photo for better viewing.
Click for others participating in Camera Critters this week.

This is the 304th issue of ...
I'm participating for the 32nd time today.
How about you?

What comes to YOUR mind?

If you'd like to play here, copy and paste the clues in comments along with your responses ... or post on your blog and let me know so I can visit ;--)

I say ... and you think ... ?

  1. Spit it out :: Say what you mean right now.
  2. Shadow :: silhouette
  3. Database :: information collected & organized for easy access
  4. Expression :: poetic or narrative
  5. Boss :: 'cool or groovy' ... (Sigh, I'm dating myself here no doubt)
  6. Baby :: Love ... song by 'the Supremes'
  7. Mystic :: Pizza - film with Julia Roberts from the 1980s
  8. Kate :: Kiss Me Kate (musical play based on Shakespeare's Taming of the Shrew)
  9. Boobies :: The Pink Sisterhood
  10. Raid :: ers of the Lost Ark (I do enjoy Steven Spielberg's films)
Your turn: I say ... and you think ... ?
  1. Spit it out ::
  2. Shadow ::
  3. Database ::
  4. Expression ::
  5. Boss ::
  6. Baby ::
  7. Mystic ::
  8. Kate ::
  9. Boobies ::
  10. Raid ::
Click for others muttering today.

You Are Thanksgiving
You are a bit of a homebody who enjoys being in the company of people you love.

It doesn't take a lot to make you happy. You're enjoying life as it is. You have many blessings in your life, and you are grateful for each one.

You believe that life is about what you *do* have. You feel like you have enough of the good stuff.

What makes you celebrate: Family, friends, and the changing of the seasons. At holiday get togethers, you do best as: The host of the party on a holiday, you're the one most likely to: Spend so much energy preparing that it's a full time job.

In case you missed my other weekend posts ...
Saturday Morning Musings (with Holiday Mail for Heroes info)
Haiku Friday #91 (containing a lovely award & a link to another)
Photo Hunt: Reflections
SkyWatch/HaikuFriday (with additional links of interest)
And for some levity ... Live Simply, Laugh Often

Small Reflections ... Smile Back
Thought for Today
"Happiness is an attitude. We either make ourselves miserable, or happy and strong. The amount of work is the same."
Francesca Reigler

Related Posts with Thumbnails