Gratitude and Blog Love


Two weeks ago one of my favorite bloggers, Claire at  thecoffeebeanbrain received a Sunshine Blogger award. I was shocked and humbled when she mentioned me along with several other wonderful bloggers in a list of people who she feels are spreading sunshine as well. Although I was surprised I was on her list, I wasn’t surprised Claire shared her special moment. She doesn’t strike me as the type to keep all the accolades to herself. She very much deserves this award.

Every weekend, I look forward to reading her “if we were having coffee” posts along with her regular blog posts. I am grateful for her insights and deep dives into making her way in this world and having the bravery to share it with others. I am grateful for her honesty. Thank you Claire for your comments, encouragement and putting me on your sunshine list with all those other accomplished bloggers. It means more than you could ever know.

Another blogger I am heartily grateful for is Rachel Mankowitz who writes The Cricket Pages and does deep dives of another type. She poses a problem or situation along with her thoughts and opinions and then tells us what she is certain her dogs Cricket and Butterfly would think or do. This is not to say her posts are silly. Somehow she’s tackled topics like yoga class in her synagogue, the pitfalls of health insurance, social anxiety and rescuing a baby squirrel. Rachel is not afraid to tell her truth or how she views life but there’s also a certain levity to her posts because Cricket and Butterfly are so darn cute. To be truthful, I’m not sure how she does it but I’m glad she does!

Thank you Rachel for your support and encouragement and for “liking” every single post I’ve ever written. You are a loyal blogging buddy.

This weekend get to know these kind, generous women through their brilliant and effective writing. They’ll make you think AND make you smile. Enjoy their sunshine and have a HAPPY weekend!






As you can see, I’m making some changes. It’s difficult to continue with the old blog theme without my little companion Earl by my side so I decided to change things up yet still keep him “here.” I will continue to add to his page so we can help other blind dogs live the great life he did.

I apologize to all of you who received In Honor of Earl a second time yesterday. I had no idea when I changed the blog over that my last post would go out again. I obviously still have much to learn about blogging and social media.

The photo is one I posted on Instagram this morning. It’s a message from my sun porch:) If you use Instagram I’d love to follow you! A huge thank you to my dear daughter for encouraging me to use it. Natalie knew I’d love the visual inspiration and connection. My Instagram connection button is to the left of this post. It’s so tiny, I thought I’d point it out.

Thanks for being here and a big shoutout to Rachel and Megan for liking my Earl post the second time around, it was so sweet of you both! Let’s hope I don’t send it out a third or fourth time! If so, you two are off the hook for likes.

I’ll be back with another post in a few days.

Here’s to embracing change!




Happy Thoughts


You’re probably wondering where the heck I’ve been and to be truthful I do feel a little sheepish,

I'm ok.

I’m ok. Really.

*groan* about not blogging for so long.  I’ve been traveling for a few weeks, writing for my paying gigs, getting my house and yard ready for spring and planning a bridal shower for my super future daughter-in-law. Happy things! But along the way, life got crappy  uh, interesting.

I’m finally getting back to my regular routine, (hello yoga class tomorrow:) life has become a little less crappy (thank you sweet daughter for our surprise lunch) and I’ll be back with you soon — maybe even tomorrow!


Earl sends smooches!


Nancy and Earl