Embracing Celebrating Safely

Everyone have a very safe but wonderful New Year’s celebration.

Remember if you drink don’t drive.

Drinking and driving puts not only you at risk but others on the road.  You can ruin so many lives by drinking and driving.  You may think you can handle it but so many others thought so too and yet their stories end tragically.

Love yourself and others enough not to be so stupid and selfish to drink and drive.  Get a DD, taxi, or stay where you are.

Hope everyone has a great time bringing in a New Year that will be ripe with possibilities.

Find your joy and laissez les bons temps rouler!




Oops.  The holidays have messed up my blogging flow.  I have now missed three days in a row.  Yikes! .

I told myself if I allowed myself to miss a day or two I’d be done for.  It would be easier and easier to miss.  I wasn’t wrong.

However I do not apologize for this lapse nor do I feel guilty.  I don’t even feel as if I failed.  Yes I missed my initial goal, however I feel time with family and friends are more important than a goal of making a blog post a day.

I have had company every day this past week.  Well last night the company wasn’t physically here but I an overdue conversation with my friends from South Carolina.  These are the moments that make a joyful life.

So even if I am missing my goal and not posting my joy I am living my joy and that is even more important.   However I will try to get back on track.  So stay tuned.

Find your joy and laissez les bons temps rouler!


Slumber Party

Tonight I am having a slumber party with some friends.  Because of this I will be unable to even try to be eloquent.  I am having too much fun to stop my joy in order to write something meaningful.  So I will simply wish you a joyful day.

Find your joy and laissez les bons temps rouler!


Christmas Spirit

Here’s hoping you had a Merry Christmas.

I spent mine with my family.  Unlike Thanksgiving, Christmas is a small affair, just my Mom, Dad, sister, and her husband joined by my mom’s sister, her husband (my uncle), and my two cousins then my aunt from my dad’s side.

We spend the day much like we do Thanksgiving.  Eating, visiting, and playing games.

I have a wonderful family and am grateful for them.

The gift giving of Christmas I think everyone was happy with.  I know I was.  I got great gifts.  I must’ve been a good girl this year. 🙂   I truly enjoy watching others open their gifts.

A friend of mine complains that Christmas is too expensive, that it’s not about the presents.  He’s right.  However I truly enjoy giving gifts.  While it is not necessary I find his negative attitude a downer on my Christmas spirit.

This reminded me that while I enjoy Christmas not everyone does.  In fact many people find this to be a sad holiday.  They are all alone or just lonely.  They’ve lost someone and they can’t find that happiness.  Or perhaps money is so tight they find themselves struggling instead of feeling the love that Christmas should bring.  There are endless reasons Christmas might not bring joy to you as it it does to me.

If you’re one of these people I am sorry that Christmas doesn’t bring you joy.  I hope you find next year a better year.  I hope that next year you find the joy of Christmas.  And I want you to know I am praying and thinking of you.

I have no true words of wisdom just want you to know that you’re important.

And I want to wish you a Merry Christmas.

Find your joy and laissez les bons temps rouler!


Unexpected Joyful Moment

Every year at Thanksgiving I usually have some crafts for the kids.

I introduced a new generation to Shrinky Dinks.  It was fun to show them something from my own childhood and have them enjoy it as much as I did.  One year one of my little cousins brought a friend and she was excited to show her Shrinky Dinks.

There is also Christmas ornaments and such for the kids to paint.  Kids and adults alike get into the painting.

This year, although I had ornaments, we didn’t get the paint out.  It was too cold to be honest to sit outside and paint.  We played games and hung out but no crafty moments.  I missed it but the little ones are now young adults about to graduate from high school, I was wondering if this tradition was about to go away.

We only have two little ones now but they’re little boys with lots of energy.  Not sure they’re ready for painting yet.  However I will continue to bring ornaments to paint and I look forward to introducing them to Shrinky Dinks

Then my cousin sent me a picture of her tree with this: “My beautiful tree thanks to you! Didn’t know if you new this or not but every year we always use the decorations the kids paint in Louisiana 🙂 love you!”

This made my day.  I knew the kids enjoyed them.  I knew they’d give them to their grandparents and parents.  But I guess I just never realized what happened to them after they left here.  It touched my heart that my little fun time for and with the kids was appreciated.  I am filled with joy.

Find your joy and laissez les bons temps rouler!