If you've had a stressful day (or week),
click the center button to mute the Playlist,
then sit back and enjoy the sights and
soothing sounds of this beautiful Autumn video.

Music playing is 'La petite Fille de la Mer'
by Vangelis


Can you recall how you felt when you were trying to learn to operate a computer?
I used to tell my hubby..."Just teach me one thing at a time & let me get used to that before you go on to something else."
This is what it may have been like back in early 'book' days......

(Please remember to mute Playlist first).

***No charge for this FREE lesson! S: )


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There's a reason for the 2 pictures
I've chosen for the first day of Autumn!

The first one is 'Joe, the Crow!'

We have a family of 4 crows that fly onto our driveway when we call them.

All I do is step outside & say, 'Hey, Joe!', and here they come.

This happens at least once, & usually twice every day. Sometimes, if we're not paying attention , they station themselves in nearby trees & 'Caw, Caw, CAW!' until we go out & toss them some raw peanuts.

For a long time, Joe came all by himself. Then he decided he trusted us enough to bring his new family. The group of four started coming when 2 of them were just little more than babies. Mr. & Mrs. Joe would take peanuts to the younger ones & feed them. This went on for months, then finally, all four started flying in together & each getting their own peanuts.


Then, of course, here are two of my chipmunk pets.

This is Smoky & Jumper.

(Couldn't get the whole gang of them together for a portrait,
so these two will have to do!)

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They're wishing you a whole peck of cool & beautiful days!



This is funny, and probably something all you moms can relate to.
(Especially you, Lisa, since you have 3 children).


1st baby: You begin wearing maternity clothes as soon as your OB/GYN confirms your pregnancy.
2nd baby: You wear your regular clothes for as long as possible.
3rd baby: Your maternity clothes ARE your regular clothes. ____________________________________

Preparing for the Birth:

1st baby: You practice your breathing religiously.
2nd baby: You don't bother because you remember that last time, breathing didn't' do a thing.
3rd baby: You ask for an epidural in your eighth month

The Layette:

1st baby: You pre-wash newborn's clothes, color-coordinate them, and fold them neatly in the baby's little bureau.
2nd baby: You check to make sure that the clothes are clean and discard only the ones with the darkest stains.
3rd baby: Boys can wear pink, can't they?

1st baby: At the first sign of distress--a whimper, a frown--you pick up the baby.
2nd baby: You pick the baby up when her wails threaten to wake your firstborn.
3rd baby: You teach your three-year-old how to rewind the mechanical swing. _____________________________________


1st baby: If the pacifier falls on the floor, you put it away until you can go home and wash and boil it.
2nd baby: When the pacifier falls on the floor, you squirt it off with some juice from the baby's bottle.
3rd baby: You wipe it off on your shirt and pop it back in. _____________________________________


1st baby: You change your baby's diapers every hour, whether they need it or not.
2nd baby: You change their diaper every two to three hours, if needed.
3rd baby: You try to change their diaper before others start to complain about the smell or you see it sagging to their knees.


1st baby: You take your infant to Baby Gymnastics, Baby Swing, and Baby Story Hour.
2nd baby: You take your infant to Baby Gymnastics.
3rd baby: You take your infant to the supermarket and the dry cleaner. ____________________________________

Going Out:

1st baby: The first time you leave your baby with a sitter, you call home five times.
2nd baby: Just before you walk out the door, you remember to leave a number where you can be reached.
3rd baby: You leave instructions for the sitter to call only if she sees blood. _____________________________________

At Home:

1st baby: You spend a good bit of every day just gazing at the baby.
2nd baby: You spend a bit of everyday watching to be sure your older child isn't squeezing, poking, or hitting the baby.
3rd baby: You spend a little bit of every day hiding from the children. _____________________________________

Swallowing Coins (a favorite):

1st child: When first child swallows a coin, you rush the child to the hospital and demand x-rays.
2nd child: When second child swallows a coin, you carefully watch for the coin to pass.
3rd child: When third child swallows a coin you deduct it from his allowance!


Please mute Playlist, because
this is 26 seconds you've just got to hear!

Isn't she adorable?
I don't know what she was saying,
but she was really trying to get her point across!

S: ))


Have a blessed Lord's Day!




3-year-old Reese :
'Our Father, Who does art in heaven,
Harold is His name.

A little boy was overheard praying:
'Lord, if you can't make me a better boy,
don't worry about it.
I'm having a real good time like I am.'

After the christening of his baby brother in church,
Jason sobbed all the way home
in the back seat of the car.
His father asked him three times what was wrong.
Finally, the boy replied,
'That preacher said he wanted us to be
brought up in a Christian home,
and I wanted to stay with you guys.'

One particular four-year-old prayed,
'And forgive us our trash baskets
as we forgive those who put trash in our baskets.'

A Sunday school teacher asked her children as they
were on the way to church service,
'And why is it necessary to be quiet in church?'
One bright little girl replied,
'Because people are sleeping.'

A mother was preparing pancakes for her sons,
Kevin 5, and Ryan 3.
The boys began to argue over
who would get the first pancake.
Their mother saw the opportunity for a moral lesson.
'If Jesus were sitting here, He would say,
'Let my brother have the first pancake, I can wait.'
Kevin turned to his younger brother and said,
' Ryan , you be Jesus !'

A wife invited some people to dinner.
At the table, she turned to their
six-year-old daughter and said,
'Would you like to say the blessing?'
'I wouldn't know what to say,' the girl replied..
'Just say what you hear Mommy say,'
the wife answered.
The daughter bowed her head and said,
'Lord, why on earth did I
invite all these people to dinner?'


September has always been a special time for me, as far back as I can remember.

Growing up in Florida, September meant that the long hot summer would soon be coming to an end, and cooler days were ahead. September also meant 'Back-to-School'; a time I loved & looked forward to with much excitement.

Unfortunately, for the two children pictured on my sidebar, their much anticipated first day of Kindergarten will have to wait awhile, as they are in the midst of chemo &/or radiation treatments for cancer.
(If you'd like to follow their journey, just click on the sidebar link marked 'Clayton's Journal' or 'Kate's Journal' for updates from their CaringBridge sites).
Here are a few statistics that'll pull at your heartstrings, as they did mine:

*Each school day, 46 children are diagnosed with cancer.

*One in 330 children will develop cancer by age 20.

*Each year in the U.S., over 12,600 children are diagnosed with cancer.

*Although the 5-year survival rate is steadily increasing, one quarter of children diagnosed with cancer will die 5 years from the time of diagnosis.

*Cancer remains the number one disease killer of America's children - more than Cystic Fibrosis, Muscular Dystrophy, Asthma and AIDS combined.

*80% of children have metastatic disease at time of diagnosis, as compared to only 20% of adults.

*There are currently more than 270,000 childhood cancer survivors in the U.S.

*Late effects of childhood cancer treatment are common in survivors, and approximately one-third are moderate to severe.