A year of good morning inspirations.. thanks Fran

morning on my balcony

Morning on my balcony 2014

Jakesprinter is back in gear and he has been providing some inspirational ideas for blogging.  Inspirational quotes.  It’s been a rough couple of months here with the monsoon and all so I’ve decided to take up the challenge and at least once a week post something that inspires me in the hopes of inspiring you and therefore re-inspiring me.  It just so happened that this morning was the first time I saw the sun and the mountains in quite awhile.

For my first inspiration I am going to combine morning views from my balcony as well as some quotable quotes from a very inspirational friend of mine.  All of the below quotes and photos were taken from her wall. (With her permission) Except for the pictures from my balcony.  She never claimed to be the originator of the quotes and some of them might not even been her that said them … though I believe most all of these have come directly from her heart.

I cannot change yesterday, but what I can change is today.

Heading for a weekend of Cell phone and Facebook free time.  Swimming and chatting with some amazing friends. I could not ask for a better life.

Remember to take, a moment each day to count the endless blessings in your day.

Back in da day

Back in da day

Every single morning I search out this friend’s Facebook page because she never fails to post an insightful thought or word of encouragement to anyone who will listen. Sometimes it’s just a goofy picture of her or her friends and family that causes me to smile.  I don’t think she even realizes how much her words and photos encourage me each day.  Here’s to you Franny… Thanks for just being you and thank you for sharing. Love ya.

Living in acceptance is an amazing place.. Today is the first day of the rest of my life, watch me fly…
Looking forward and not backwards because really, I did not leave anything behind that I truly need today.
Sending joy for your hearts my friends and family…

Morning on my balcony

Morning on my balcony

What you would never guess about Fran by reading her posts, quotes and well-wishes is she that she is a survivor.  Every time I see her or chat with her online she is living proof that no matter what goes on in your life there is hope. You, and only you can really make a decision to save yourself.  She never shirks accountability and is humble enough to share her joys and sorrows.  Though she does focus more on the first then the last.  She INSPIRES me on a daily basis. I cannot, for even a second believe that I am the only one who is inspired.  Now that’s inspirational!!!

Just taking a moment to reflect on the blessings that life gives me each day. Friend’s traveling to see one of the great wonders of our state Coulee dam. . And the moments we take on our own deck enjoying the gifts from my children. Oh and the time spent checking out the chickens with a special grandson after a good night rest.

I never want to lose sight of these moments and countless blessings.

So take the time to seize the moments in your life.
The blessings are truly endless.
Women's Fun in Recovery Bonaparte Campout.

Women’s Campout.

Posting July 17 –

I love this post because I lived for a long blaming others for decisions I had made. Today I know that have been blessed with the ability to make choices that I can own and live with every day..
So the message; I leave you with today, turn right, or turn left. Take one step back or two steps forward.and before you know it you will see all the blessing left by you making your own choices.
Life is amazing.


Posting from Fran July 28 – her birthday.. just one more day, month, year to be thankful. Thanks for the reminder.

Thank you all for the wonderful Birthday wishes. It truly means so much to me. I had the best day ever. For me it was about not making it about me. So many times in my life I would fill my head with great expectations only for none of them to come to light.

So yesterday was about spending time with the women that help me learn to live life on lives terms. Then it was like magic my boys called to wish me a happy birthday I do not know how they knew when I would be home but there timing was impeccable.

I never could have dreamed of the life I have today. Thank you all for being a part of my life. I am truly blessed.

She’s a woman who loves life, her friends but especially she loves her family.  I mean don’t we all. However, do we all express it so well?

My sister just posted pictures of my son’s at state finals. Not only do I have amazing boys. I have an amazing sister that captures the true love of horses that my sons have for riding and competing.
Thank you sis…… I so so love you and the time that you put into these amazing pictures. I could never put into words what this means to me.
Thank you again…
Congrats to my boys and the amazing men they are… If you click on this site and go to the album marked M and B Lyngstad you can see my boys and how handsome and amazing they are…

WOW Sorry about the ego but they are my boys…

So thankful to my sister that captured such great memories. I am a very blessed to have such handsome and kind son's.

So thankful to my sister that captured such great memories. I am a very blessed to have such handsome and kind son’s.

Some people are blessed with one sister,

maybe two… I am so lucky, I got three!!! And let me tell you, they are AMAZING!!

Love my big sisters!!!

WOW my sisters look great. What a blast from the past. High school days so many years ago.

WOW my sisters look great. What a blast from the past. High school days so many years ago.

Beautiful family and beautiful sister love.

Beautiful family and beautiful sister love.

For flash back Thursday I’m reminded of a true cowboy my daddy. I laugh because turned the TV low and behold gunsmoke is the first thing I see is Matt Dillon riding a buckskin horse.

See my daddy was like Matt Dillon kind loving and oh so handsome. Days may come and go but the love of my daddy will never fade. Just as the reruns of Gunsmoke.
So my message today is people my leave our lives but there memories will forever last in our hearts.

For flash back Thursday I'm reminded of a true cowboy my daddy. I laugh because turned the TV low and behold gunsmoke is the first thing I see is Matt Dillon riding a buckskin horse. See my daddy was like Matt Dillon kind loving and oh so handsome. Days may come and go but the love of my daddy will never fade. Just as the reruns of Gunsmoke.  So my message today is people my leave our lives but there memories will forever last in our hearts.

This morning as I came up the stairs and the aroma of corned beef filled the air. I was magically transported to days of yesterday. Days of my daddy cooking for the ones he loved. Uncles cousins, grandkids, kids, grandma, and his friends countless to go boxes and pounds upon pounds of corned beef and cabbage, baby red spuds.
I guess should say the best part of the day was the joy it brought to my dad. His eyes would sparkle and his brows would curl up in his devilish way and he would laugh the whole day through.
So many times we forget that family and friends are the glue that pieces our lives together.
So today I challenge you to pause and thank some of the glue that has bonded your life together.
Thank you . Sending you blessings from my heart to yours.

45538_154844967863641_3211205_nTime with the grandkids never goes unappreciated.

 Its because the kids just make me smile... Nothing better than time with them...

Its because the kids just make me smile… Nothing better than time with them…

I am still missing a few pieces of my life, but what I have put back together is more amazing than ever.
So just always remember piecing your life back together can mean positive changes. Take the time to put the pieces back one at a time, and you will never regret the process.
Sending joy and happiness to all my family and friends.

Morning on my balcony

Morning on my balcony

Well on this my friday in the office day.. My heart leaps as, I await the arrival of my son for the evening.
Its amazing, no matter how old my children get how much my love grows for them every day… I am such a blessed woman and so grateful I can see what a blessing they are in my life… This is something I never want to forget.
I wish this blessing for all my friends and family. Sending love to you and the ability to always see the countless blessings in your lives…


So if nothing changes, if nothing changes. Its again time to take action…
Life is about change. What are you willing to do? Are you willing to go to any lengths for that happy ending to an amazing day.
Looking forward to change………..

I feel like I know her family as well as I know my own .. I know I don’t but she’s such a proud mother and is not afraid to express it.  I love this and it’s a reminder of how we should all treat all of our family.  Thanks Fran. Don’t ya kind of want to hang out with them?

Counting the endless blessings in my life this morning.. After a weekend a way I see my beautiful niece will become a bride oh what joy that brings to my heart to see her filled with joy.. I see a picture of my son and his father riding hand in hand and the tears of joy of a bond that can never be broken.
Sometimes in life its not about what we get to do, in life, its the simple joys of seeing life in action in others. Hearts that go pitter patter, or the love between a father and a son… Again the endless blessings and joys of life that make me so so grateful for the gifts I have been given….
So just for one moment today look outward, find the joys of others, give some joy to another and at the end of the day take that moment to count the endless blessing and the gift we have been given…

From Childhood to Adulthood, no matter the change or struggle Fran has known how to have a good time.

Happy Halloween.. to the ones I love..

People laugh at me when I tell them this is my favorite holiday but as far back as I can remember Halloween was the day you got to be anyone you wanted to be or not be.

The days we laughed at the memories of my mom making us eat the hot dogs and sauerkraut that I love today before we could go out trick or treating.

It was a time to come together as a family laugh see good friends and see pure sugar joy on the faces of children and adults.

In my memories will live the days of the pack of little skunks, the herd of cow’s the package of oreo’s and one giant glass of milk, the pumpkin patch. The year the we had the entire cast of the Wizard of OZ.

And truly what is more cool then an inexpensive meal that feeds the soul and does not kill the pocket book. The love of family when we come together to laugh and watch kids grow up. I wish all holidays could be so amazing.

I hope that you all have an amazing Halloween and take the time for a meal with family and watch the children grow and laugh…


Living in the here and now.. Because if I trip over what tomorrow may, or may not bring. I am screwing myself of all the blessings I can truly receive in today…
So pardon me; as I head out to enjoy the amazing gifts, of watching the tree’s turn from green, to the amazing colors of fall. Then I am going to jump in my car and head out to see some amazing friends in Arden for some reading and laughing…
I am still free today to make a choice to live just for today…
Sending the gift of choice to you my friends and family.


Posting from Fran Dec 2013

As time passes it doesn’t get any easier. Today would have been mothers birthday and I’m having a tough time being without her today. Tears have come and gone all day. My mother was an amazing woman who would have given anything she had to some one in need. She was tough when she needed to be soft and sweet when she thought you weren’t watching. I love and miss my mother everyday! Happy Birthday Mom! Celebrate in Heaven!

Memorial to Fran's mom

Memorial to Fran’s mom

My own mother passed in 2005.  Every year, especially around Christmas I really think about my mom.  This particular post inspired me to express my feelings and properly grieve for mom.

Morning on my balcony

Morning on my balcony

This morning was absolutely full of blessings…I have not gotten kids off to school in forever let me just say starting your day baking muffins and making sausage and eggs.. Brushing a little one’s hair and find a solution for the child that does not have just the right shirt to wear for the day..
These are truly blessings that can not be erased. Oh I would in a minute go back to raising children all over today to have these blessings every morning..
Life never has to be full of the things we have to do. We can pause and reflect on the things we get to do.
I know, I can not turn the clock back to change the past. I can look forward to the future of Grandkids and and the little people we get to have in our lives to love for free and for fun…
So my message today, is take a moment, to enjoy the blessings that just magically appear out of no where.
Have an amazing weekend all…

Morning on my balcony

Morning on my balcony

No matter what never judge the nut by its shell because you never can tell what it may be later in life…

539114_10151196144476322_1976457422_nMy hair may be gray..I may not look like a supper model. I have joy in my heart. As far as I can tell thats enough…
Remember we are all different,

we just get to be who we are nothing more nothing less.

Sending happiness and much joy to the ones I love…


 Life is like a book of endless chapters. In the last few years I have opened and closed many chapters of my life. Which has shown me the way of growth and faith.

The best part is I could have never predicted all of the amazing blessing’s I have today. I am not talking about material things I am talking about the things that matter the most in life. Love…. Faith….. Trust………..

Morning on my balcony

Morning on my balcony

Imagine if you can.. this was only about one year’s worth of inspiration…

If you want to share an inspiration quote or link.. I would love it.




Imagination – views from my balcony

That’s the real trouble with the world, too many people grow up.      -Walt Disney

As much as I love my current job, I will admit the one thing I really, really miss from my past life as a teacher is having the opportunity of working every day with children. It’s not that some of the adults I work with now do not act like children, they do. Seriously, that attitude is absolutely not what I miss.  It’s the loss of using pure imagination to create and understand what is happening around you that seems to disappear when you are surrounded only by “adults”.

Only a child sees things with perfect clarity, because it hasn’t developed all those filters which prevent us from seeing things that we don’t expect to see.  

– Douglas Adams, Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency

I miss the creativity, the vision and the acceptance of the abnormal you can lose yourself in when working with and teaching children.  Everything is a little amazing and nothing is beyond belief from a child’s perspective. Refrigerator boxes become castles and kingdoms where battles ensue and the destroyed landscape is simply rebuilt with more boxes in a matter of hours. Every day is a scientific experiment.  Water flow is diverted to build lakes, snow is piled to build homes, ants and other tiny creatures are examined to create a life size replica of their world. How amazing it is, their world.  How amazing is their imagination.

Truly wonderful the mind of a child is.

– YODA, Star Wars Episode II

I had guests visiting my home a few weeks ago and they brought me to my balcony to witness what was apparently a coming of age cultural event for boys in Nepal or at least in my neighborhood.  I am not sure what all was involved in the boy event.  There were tents, cooking, weird tree teepees and lines of things happening.

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There are children playing in the street who could solve some of my top problems in physics, because they have modes of sensory perception that I lost long ago.  – J.Robert Oppenheimer

However, what I found more interesting was what the girls were doing. Apparently, not to be left out they had created and built by themselves a variety of courses and activities that required blind folds and hitting things with sticks, tunnels, board walks and old tire courses.  It was quite lovely to watch.  The enthusiasm that these girls exhibited during these relays was contagious.  I really did want to join in. The imagination they used to build this course was kind of awesome.  I don’t even know what the water challenge was about and I think that might have been the only one I didn’t want to participate in..though I would have loved to have gotten a closer look at.  I’m sure this course could have taught me a few things about myself and about the children in my neighborhood.

I love the imagination and creativity that seems to have gone into the building of these challenges.  I loved going to school in an era where imaginatory (made up word) teaching was prized and I am thankful for that.  Here’s to remembering the power and value of imagination.  Here’s to re-learning why bringing imagination back into our lives is so important.  Here’s to parents supporting their child’s imagination.

I like nonsense, it wakes up the brain cells. Fantasy is a necessary ingredient in living, it’s a way of looking at life through the wrong end of a telescope. Which is what I do, and that enables you to laugh at life’s realities.

The Student Teacher Writing Challenge from the daily post fit right in with my mood.  Needed a little creative writing, teaching, thinking to pick me up.  Check out some other posts I found inspiring.

  1. Lessons Without Walls – Joan T. Warren
  2. Horse Lessons – Icelandica
  3. Do Smart Phones Make us Dumb? – The intrinsickness
  4. It’s a beautiful world.  – Love Happy Notes
  5. My Child, My Teacher – Master of Something
  6. Student, Teacher – Mallory Kessen
  7. I am not broken teacher – spirit grind
  8. A letter in Trees – eternal domination
  9. Ido – Attempted Human Relations
  10. Student Versus Teacher – Morpethroad
  11. Imagination Exercise – Alien Aura’s Blog
  12. Things Movies Have Taught Me – Lead us from the Unreal to the Real
  13. Teacher – I am a writer yes I am
  14. One Step at a Time – The intrinsickness


SUNDAY POST : Attraction

Jakesprinter’s May 5, Sunday posting Attraction brought some awesome submissions from others and was also a great theme for me to catch up on some activities that I have been participating in with my guests and between my studies.  I hope you enjoy visiting these images and might just be inspired to come check out the DC area.

So from sailboat rides to wine festivals…capital buildings to Naval Academies.. Navy memorials to police memorials…historical re-enactments to inspirational sayings and statutes.. welcome to my neighborhood.

The seaweed is always greener In somebody else’s lake…

If you could be anything in the world, what would you be? Today I’d be a fish or a turtle. So cool.

This post is dedicated to a couple of friends who are really struggling with who, what and where they are in life.

So many times we want to be what we are not.  Where we are not.  More often than not, it’s perfectly fine being exactly who we are, what we are and where we are.  What else is there?

If you could be anything?  What would you be? Where would you be?

I think that sometimes we think that if only we were someone, somewhere or something else, life would be better. I also think that sometimes we assume others have special powers or characteristics that give them special privileges that put them at a higher level or in better positions causing them to have fabulous lives and if only we had what they have life would be sublime.

Man got fire!!

“Everyone’s afraid of their own life
If you could be anything you want
I bet you’d be disappointed, am I right?” – Modest Mouse

“You yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe, deserve your love and affection.”
– Buddha

“Something inside you emerges….an innate, indwelling peace, stillness, aliveness. It is the unconditioned, who you are in your essence. It is what you had been looking for in the love object. It is yourself.”
– Eckhart Tolle


It’s not what you say, it’s what they hear…

I’m in to my 4th day of learning Nepali (नेपाली) and before I get all stressed out and start thinking I will not be able to do it I am re-visiting my October 30, post 31 days of randomness to remind myself to “brush myself off” and keep trying.  It was a post I had actually Re-blogged from another very intelligent person.

Please wish me luck. (कृपया मुझे शुभकामनाएँ) Namaste (नमस्ते)

वैसे, 3 दिन पर मैं कोई भी इस बात का नेपाली में नहीं लिखा था.यह गूगल अनुवाद किया है तो मुझे माफ कर अगर लिप्यंतरण समझ नहीं पड़ता है.तुमने क्या उम्मीद ..मैं केवल 3 दिन पर हूँ.

By the way, on day 3 I did not write any of this in Nepali.  It is google translated so forgive me if the transliteration does not make sense.  What did you expect.. I’m only on day 3.

For anyone else who is learning a language.. the below instructions are awesome advice for language learners.  Enjoy.

Looney Toon-y Advice for Speaking a New Language

Learning a new language can be tough, and learning how to get comfortable using that language is even harder!   After you learn how to properly pluralize toilet paper, you still have to gear yourself up to ask a stranger where the bathroom is.  Most of my relatives speak English as a second language, and it didn’t take me long to realize that Looney Tunes teaches you everything you need to know about being comfortable using a newly-learned language.  So here it goes, Advice from the Toons:

Porky Says :  Don’t Panic — If you can’t say it one way, say it another.

Porky the Pig is known for his stutter, but he compensates by replacing words that are hard for him to say with words that are easier.   It’s a simple technique, but an effective one.  Often times, new language learners get so focused on saying one word properly that they don’t just try to complete their thought in a new way.

For example: If you want to find the library, but don’t know the right word for library or don’t feel comfortable saying it, try asking where you can get or borrow a book.

Sylvester Says :  Over Pronounce — Don’t be afraid to over do it.

Sylvester the Cat is known for his spitty, overly pronounced word usage.  The truth is, most languages involve an emphasis that doesn’t come naturally to most new learners.  So whether it’s rolling an R, distinguishing between a B and V, or pronouncing a sound that you’ve never had to make before — just over-do it.  People will understand!

For example: Where I grew up, it’s common for people to drop the H from words that start with an H.  Like “heat” instead of “eat”.  But since you wouldn’t want someone to EAT THE PIE that you just asked them to HEAT, it’s important to over emphasize the sound you know you struggle with.

Bugs Says :  Get Visual — Use props and body language.

Bugs Bunny is known for references that his demographic most certainly does not understand, and using words incorrectly.  Instead of fretting over the incorrect word choice, though, Bugs just points to things around him, pulls out handy reference items, and uses body language to make sure the point gets across.  New language learners often forget to use the world around them as a tool!

For example: If you want to know if a dish on a menu is spicy, but don’t know how to ask– point at the menu and then make the universal gesture for “I just ate something hot!”.  (You know, wave your hand in front of your open mouth and bulge your eyes out a bit.)

Tweety Says :  Repeat — Repeat, repeat, and then say it again

Tweety speaks Birdy as a first language, so when he speaks in English, he often has to repeat what he said.  Sometimes in different ways!  Many new language learners feel embarrassed when someone asks them to repeat something — but remember that quite often, they just didn’t hear you, or maybe didn’t understand that particular phrasing.  Try asking the question in a way that repeats your questions as much as possible.

For example:  If you need directions to the supermarket say the equivalent of, “Can you help me find my way? I’m trying to get directions to the supermarket.  If I go left, will I arrive at the supermarket?”  rather than just “How do I get to the supermarket?”

Daffy Says :  Get Loud — Mumbling is for Natives.

Daffy has a lisp, but it doesn’t stop people from understanding him because he speaks loudly and clearly.  If you’re patient with your speech, assertive in your delivery, and loud enough in volume, you have much greater odds of being understood.  Many new language learners mumble because they’re afraid of making a mistake, but the safest bet is to speak loud enough for people to hear you.

For example: If you’re looking at your feet and mumbling when you ask where the bathroom is, people will probably rely on your body language to fill in the blanks that they didn’t hear.  They’ll assume they’re talking about your shoes, and you will get very confusing advice!

Pepé Says :  Be Proud of your Multilingual Abilities — Language is a beautiful gift.

Pepé is French, and isn’t trying to hide it.  If he doesn’t know the word in English, he says it in French. If he can say it best in French, then he does and explains why.  Language is about communication, and communication is a two-way street.  People are open to learning more about your language if your language gets the point across better.

For example: The French phrase “je ne sais quoi” has been nearly fully adapted into English because it’s simply the best way to say it.


In summary– don’t be so hard on yourself, and take it easy.