Weekly Winners (July 24 – 30)

Weekly WinnersWeekly Winners is a fun little thing bloggers do to showcase some of their favorite photos from the previous week. It is brought to you, me and everyone by the lovely Lotus, aka Sarcastic Mom. Visit her site and find all the participants. See some amazing photos brought to you by bloggers around the world. Leave a little love when you do — its like food for the soul!

Photos taken using my Droid Incredible or a Sony DSLR A230.
View all of my photos on my Flickr stream.


LOTS of pictures to choose from this week! I had a hard time choosing favorites. I almost pushed my self-imposed 9-photo limit… but I decided keeping my limit made it more fun. So… without any further delay:

Jeni's Ice Cream
Milk bottle light fixture

257: Decor

258: Saucer star
Flying Saucer star


259: Back out on the road
Hubby's home away from home

Raspberry Wine
Raspberry Wine

Coming up on the bridge
Bridging the gap

Flowers in a mason jar
Flowers in a mason jar

263: Carol & Lenny
Carol & Lenny's first dance

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Yesterday, I picked up a necklace that just screamed at me to take it home. I figured my husband would tell me I needed to have it, which ended an internal war with myself about how I didn’t NEED it, I just WANTED it.

It’s a silver necklace with a camera charm. I love this necklace so hard. It’s probably a little ridiculous how much I already am attached to it.

It got me thinking, though, about how fun it would be to start building myself a charm bracelet to “tell my story.” Even if I only build it virtually right here in this blog. So, I tripped on over to the James Avery site. (If you don’t know James Avery jewelry, you are missing out. I mean, I don’t own any myself, but it doesn’t keep me from lusting over it from time to time.) I then proceeded to pick out charms I would want for a charm bracelet.

I would want:

Okay, so it would be a super-full charm bracelet, but its fun to play with the idea. Never hurts to look and dream. I’d add to it as life progressed… when kids came and other fun events happen or new hobbies and interests cross my path.

So tell me… what would your charm bracelet look like?

One of those days

Ever have one of those days when everything just seems good and positive?

I’m having one today.

I mean, not even a way-too-close-near-fender-bender could rile me up today! Not even noticing my yard is the worst yard in the neighborhood and needs to be mowed desperately could get me down. Heck, not even the express lane being farrrr from express at Kroger could upset me.

I just have a perma-smile going on, and I’m loving it!

This little part of me wants to go, “Uh oh. What’s going to go wrong around the corner? This can’t last…” but I keep squashing that down hard. Like a really ugly, awful, poisonous bug. Because I want to enjoy this.

Today is a day when I feel with deep certainty I am on the path I am meant to be on in life. There have just been the tiniest of signs all day that make me go, “Yup. This is right.” And as a result, there is this spring in my step and a smile that won’t stop. I feel carefree giggles want to bubble up from my gut of just joy of life.

As a result, I find people responding positively to me. I went to the liquor store for a bottle of wine for myself. As I left I smiled and told the owner (who was sitting at a table offering out samples since you can do that now in Tennessee), “Thanks! Have a great day!” and he stared at me in shock for a moment. Then responded with a smile and equally happy, “You too!!” The teller at the bank was warm and bubbly back to me with a, “Have a great weekend!” And at Target, I chatted up a particularly sullen looking cashier until she smiled back before I left.

A friend has in her Twitter profile, “When you love life, life loves you back.” And today that was reflected back to me ten fold, everywhere I went.

Oh sure… that little voice keeps going, “Day is not over yet…” as the little Devil that lives on my shoulder tries to bring me down. Tries to turn me from my positive outlook. Instead, I’m looking at it with a bright smile and responding back, “Shut up.” I’m riding this ride of positive things…

Wishing everyone a great weekend!!! Remember to smile… you never know whose day you might brighten with it.