Succulent is Growing on Me

“Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap
but by the seeds that you plant.”
Robert Louis Stevenson


A few weeks back, the dining room table we ordered finally arrived. We wanted to have a permanent centerpiece on the table that would complement the table, so my husband and I shopped for a centerpiece. Nothing we saw seemed to work, until we came across this round potted cactus display. It was the perfect size and shape for the table.

I was a little apprehensive to buy this potted plant because I have no experience with caring for cactus plants. My only experience in the past was with prickly cactus, so I haven’t been much of a fan.

However, I’m happy to report that my new addition to my plant family seems to be doing just fine and this succulent is growing on me.

Shine On



“Old and young, we are all on our last cruise.”
Robert Louis Stevenson


Cruisin on the Esplanade in a silver Z4

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I’m Happy

“Being happy
enables one
to be freed,
or largely freed,
from the domination
of outward conditions.”
Robert Louis Stevenson

happyhamsterComedian, Jake Johannsen has a funny comedy routine about the subject of being happy. He tells about his little daughter who announces out of the blue, that she is happy. Life is just that simple, as this comedian points out. Life is about, being happy.

Being happy may sound simple and easy, but most people don’t even know what makes them happy. That’s why I believe there are so many people on Prozac. Some people believe that someone else can make them happy. Others believe that having lots of money will make them happy. I believe that everyone, first of all, needs to know what makes them happy, to become a happy person.

There are a lot of generous people that help less fortunate people and that’s what makes them happy. Volunteer work is a great way to give back and get back. The other way to give back is a “pay it forward” type of giving.

The concept of “pay it forward” goes back as far as ancient Athens in 317 BC. It was also written about by Benjamin Franklin in 1784. Not until the book and movie, “Pay it Forward” written by Catherine Ryan Hyde came out, did people begin talking about this concept.

In her book, the author describes “pay it forward” as: . . . an obligation to do three good deeds for others in response to a good deed that one receives. Such good deeds should accomplish things that the other person cannot accomplish on their own. In this way, the practice of helping one another can spread geometrically through society, at a ratio of three to one, creating a social movement with an impact of making the world a better place.

It’s always amazing to me how life can sometimes imitate art. Because of the impact of the novel and movie, an organization “The Pay it Forward Movement and Foundation”  was founded in the USA helping start a positive ripple effect of kindness acts in many places around the world.

It doesn’t take much effort to be happy and to make others happy. A smile, a “how are you”, a nod of approval or just telling someone you love them, can make all the difference in someone’s life.

I feel very fortunate because I know what makes me happy. What makes me happy? Usually, they are little moments in the day, but those moments last a life time.

That’s why, “I’m Happy !”.

Shine On