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  1. Beautiful, thoughtful post Brenda. I’d say this post is in the top 5 of your posts that I’ve enjoyed the most.

  2. My 2021 slogan is “Happiness is Homemade.” You can’t bye it that’s for sure. I hope you’re happy now.

  3. Wise words that come from a place you’ve earned, Brenda. Much to ponder over – thank you.


  4. Oh, Brenda, I’m sitting here with tears in my eyes! You have spoken directly to my heart. Thank you so much. I’d love to simply chat with you.
    I’m going to share a little tidbit – I hope you don’t mind. I have a lovely small patio on the back of my home that sits empty – nothing, no furniture, etc. I’ve been trying to decide what to do with it so I can enjoy it during the spring temps. Rather than continuing to overthink what I wanted and didn’t want I decided to get on line and do some serious looking/shopping. Within minutes I spotted something that I love and will be perfect. I placed the order and it will arrive next Monday. The best part – very little assembly will be required. WooHoo It’s the little things that matter in my life.

      1. Thank you, Brenda! I’m thrilled, excited and anxious (in a very good way)

  5. Beautiful post and your words could not be more true. I have anxiety thinking about an appointment or social get together even if I am looking forward to it. I have canceled the last minute on many occasions. Being home is my happy place. Nature and our pets are wonderful companions. I find pleasure in simple things. I think that is better than keeping up with the Joneses. With age comes wisdom and it is comforting to hear other’s recipes for success. Enjoy your day!

  6. I was thinking, reading this, and thinking of things of the weekend…that the Norman Rockwell paintings were not the life meant for us all, apparently. Cause in some clans, things just are not what we so long for. Yea, I had high hopes too…married fairly young, but life has not turned out that way. Some of my happiest years were when we were able to have dogs…and now that we are not up to that…well, one must find other ways. My mom always told me that happiness was not something others give you, it is something you give yourself. And it is the really small ways that can bring us joy, isn’t it? Wishing us all a much better year this year.

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