Archive for November, 2011

The Surprises of Life!

My beautiful friend, Pia!

My beautiful friend, Wendy!

I love to be surprised and Sunday was one of the biggest surprises.  Two of my best friends were planning to take me out for my birthday for a Sunday brunch, but in actuality they had invited a group of my friends to come and celebrate my special day with me.  Not only did we all have a great time, but Pia asked each one to share how they met me and then to also give me a special birthday wish.  I don’t think I have ever felt so much love in my whole life.  It was such an amazing love-fest!  Life is great when the surprises of life take your breath away!

May I continue to cultivate the wonderful friendships of my life, my garden is growing and getting more and more gorgeous!
Today in your writing examine the surprises of your life. 
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Finding what you love to do, then doing it!


What is it that you absolutely love to do?  For me, there are several things that I would consider my passion.  For one, I love connecting with other human beings and I love making connections with my friends.  I love writing and teaching and I really love being outside.  Living in a place such as Palm Springs is wonderful because our great city boasts of sunshine 354 days of the year!  Hiking and being in the beauty of nature is another favorite of mine.  I love exploring new places with friends. 

Today in your writing examine what are your passions.  Do you have things you love that you know longer do?  Take a step and write down your passions and then go about doing what it is you love.  Maybe you want to explore something you have never tried before, go for it.  Do what makes your heart sing.

Finding my passion is one of the greatest things I can do for myself.  Connect with you and see what it is you love!

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Mondays with Melitas – November 28, 2011



     I just haven’t had time to get my act together this week to finish off a nice true story — all this stuff I put down in black and white is true blue.  First, the physical therapy guy must’ve taken a real dislike to me because he worked my poor mutilated knee with such a vengeance that I couldn’t move after the Wednesday workout, and now on Sunday I would like nothing more than to skip tomorrow’s visit to this torture chamber disguised as a healing salon.

     Then, my great nephew fromMorroBaycame on Monday — or it may’ve been Tuesday.  Confusion was reigning around here. ButMarshallis a dream-boat to have for a visit.  He’s our go-to guy, and this time he was busy refurbishing our swamp cooler in the garage. It’s been there 10 years, and he has kept it going, so now with replacements it will last another 10  — that is, if he keeps visiting and tinkering with it.

     We also had the Warden’s son, Dean, who was accompanied by a  beautiful,  charming young lady who stole our hearts. Her name isCrystal.  The 3 of them went off with Tammy hiking, and Tammy will have a blog for sure with all that.  So you see, with all this activity around  with these young folks, it was hard for me to keep up.  It was a great Thanksgiving.  I think the Warden enjoyed it too.


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Casa de Courtney

Today is our first official day as Palm Springs residents!  I am always a bit verklempt with each move I make through life, but change is so good!

I am calling my new place Casa de Courtney because it is because of my dog that we have moved.  Courtney has now been blind for nearly 6 weeks and watching her bump around the house is quite painful to see.  Living in Indian Wells in a large home was just not conducive to meeting her needs, so the search began.

I found an adorable place a few weeks ago and have been slowly moving things over.  Our new “pad” is perfect for us, Courtney already loves it and seems quite content.

A few things I will miss about Indian Wells.  I will miss running my route and the beautiful flowers and mountain views.  I loved the fact that I could run at 5 in the morning or 11 at night and feel very safe in the streets of IW.  I always knew that I could outrun any resident in IW.  IW is one of the cleanest cities I have ever seen, although on one run I was shocked to see a broken bottle on the side of the road, but upon further inspection it made me smile because it wasn’t a beer bottle but an expensive bottle of Chardonnay…it must have fallen out of someone’s golf cart while they were driving home!

As I adjust to my new surroundings I have decided a few things.  I may have to trade in my golf clubs for miniature golf clubs and no more guitar lessons for me, I think a ukelele is more appropriate for Casa de Courtney.

I am excited to see what living in Palm Springs will be like, so far I love all my new neighbors and I am looking forward to finding my new running paths in Palm Springs!  But most importantly Courtney loves her new “digs!”

Today in your writing examine some of your moves in your lifetime.  What has been your favorite home, what was it that made it special?

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A great reminder for us all…

I saw this recently somewhere and I wanted to share with you all:

“Before you judge my life, my past or my character… Walk in my shoes, walk the path I have traveled, live my sorrow, my doubts, my fear, My Pain and, my laughter!!! Remember, “Judge not lest ye be judged.” Everyone has their own story! When you’ve lived my life, then you can judge me!”


What a great reminder for us all.  I heard one of my students tell the story that if everyone gathered around and threw their problems in a pile we would all quickly grab our own back.  We all have our own “stuff” that we have to deal with, be gentle with yourself and love each other today. 

Keep your eyes open for the miracles of today and embrace all that life brings you…something better is right around the corner!

And one last thought:

What if every unexpected delay, postponement, or redirect, only meant that at the very last second, right before the scheduled manifestation, I had an even better idea?   It happens.

The Universe



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