Barbecue Fairy!

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Unlike some fairies Barbecue Fairies carry no malice.

They are romantic creatures that want you to enjoy eating.

So if you have an uncontrollable desire to barbecue this holiday weekend do not despair it’s just the Barbecue Fairies trying to help you enjoy your last holiday of the summer.

 

Hello Kitty Fairy!

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Unlike some fairies Hello Kitty Fairies carry no malice.

They are romantic creatures that want you to enjoy shopping.

So if you have an uncontrollable desire to hit some sales this holiday weekend do not despair it’s just the Hello Kitty Fairies trying to help you get that new outfit!

 

Today’s Muse

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Muse:  A source of inspiration and a guiding spirit.

Today’s Muse is John Marks who I met at the Cherry Blossom Festival.

John described himself as an expert  loiterer.  He loves hanging out at festivals and gatherings and meeting new people.

I could not believe it when John told me he was a happy 85 years young!

I am looking forward to hearing more of John’s adventures, we talked for almost 4 hours and it seemed like just a few minutes….

One of the most important things John and I discussed were things that made him so active and healthy at 85 years young.

Having a good attitude about all things in life.

Such as he feels it is important to see all people as equals.  The people in the crowd we were part of were all horizontal not vertical.  Everyone was equal and no person was above or below another.  With that attitude, among many other wonderful traits he exhibits, that is how he made it to a happy 85 years young!

My Hero and Today’s Muse, John Marks.

 

Today’s Muse Bonfils Blood Center

Muse: A source of inspiration and a guiding spirit.

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Today’s muse is the Bonfils Blood Center.

When I pulled up to the building and saw all the cars parked in the blood donor spots it made me smile and lifted my spirits.   Donating blood makes you feel pretty good anyway but when you’re surrounded by lots of other people doing the same thing it’s extra special.  I also got this cool cap to wear in the next Colorado snow storm, just for donating blood!

My platelet count has been down and I haven’t donated platelets for a couple of years.  Today I was told my platelet count was in an excellent range and I can once again donote both platelets and whole blood.

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I’m eligible to donate platelets next weekend and whole blood again in eight weeks.

Donating whole blood is pretty quick and takes about half an hour start to finish. However donating platelets is a whole nother deal, in takes about two hours.  Bonfils has Internet or tv or a stack of recent movies.  I usually watch a movie as I can always find one I missed in their stack!

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My blood is A+ so donating platelets is preferred.   However, I am also missing an antigen in my blood which makes it rare and desireable for transfusions to people missing the same antigen.  I am thrilled to be able to do both whole blood and platelet donations again.

Bonfils Blood Center:  My hero and today’s muse.

 

Today’s Muse 5

Muse:  A source of inspiration and a guiding spirit.

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The weather and temperature here in Denver this last week has been more like the weather we experience the two weeks of the National Western Stock Show and Rodeo in January!  Snowy and frigid.

This morning I woke up to a sunny blue sky and the possibility of 50 degree weather.  My crankiness from yesterday replaced by lifted spirits.  I actually smiled to myself!

The sunny morning.  My hero and today’s Muse.

 

 

 

Today’s Muse 4

 

Muse:  A source of inspiration and a guiding spirit.

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I have a sliding glass door I use to let my dogs in and out of the back yard.

Monty is usually the last one to come in.  When he realizes he is in the yard alone, without his 2 pack members, he checks out to see if I am standing at the door.  If he sees me at the door he races at top speed, never hesitating, never slowing down, never even considering that I might not open the door and that he might crash into the glass.

What an amazing thing to have such trust and belief in another being.  I am so honored!

But, he does not race to the back door if he has one of his “outside” prizes he wants to drag into the house.  He does realize that for some reason I don’t open the door if he has a muddy branch, a dead worm, or any assortment of strange things he is able to discover in my little back yard.

My hero and today’s Muse.

 

 

 

Today’s Muse 3

 

Muse:  A source of inspiration and a guiding spirit.

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Today’s Muse is the view from my office window.

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I often forget to enjoy and appreciate the simple things I experience almost daily. Enjoying this view throughout the day as the sun hits the mountains at different angles and through the changing seasons is a wonderful thing.

My hero and today’s Muse.

 

 

 

Today’s Muse 2

Muse:  A source of inspiration and a guiding spirit.

Today’s Muse is Rose who is 82 years old and has decided to begin practicing Yoga.

She recently had knee surgery and does not like how weak she has gotten. She feels stiff and sore and wanted to get her previous energy and good balance back.

Rose joined our Yoga group Saturday.  Rose and her daughter Chris decided that Rose would use a chair for balance and support.

Every time I looked at Rose she had a good natured determined look on her face.  She carefully experimented with the different poses and was a truly amazing presence.

Like a good friend that chair was there to support Rose if she needed it.   Rose is going to look into some chair Yoga at the senior center but intends to still join our group on Saturdays.

Her presence created a truly uplifting and inspiring experience.  If Rose can start her Yoga practice at 82 years old, what could the rest of us do?

My hero and today’s Muse.

 

 

 

Today’s Muse 1

Muse:  A source of inspiration and a guiding spirit.

Today’s Muse is the little girl, a toddler learning to walk.

Her adoring parents following her every step as she toddled across the parking lot.  Before those doting parents could help her she determinely tried to step up onto the curb.

Her little face scrunched in thought her toe caught  the edge of the curb and she landed with an almost audible smack right on her chin.   I expected immediate tears as her mom covered her face with her hands and as her dad leaned over her, but wait!  Something inside him stopped him from going to her rescue, she struggled to her feet and thought about those tears but changed her mind.  She looked right at me and gave me a big bright smile.

She looked at that curb and carefully stepped up, a little tipsy – but she caught her balance to the relief of the three adults watching her.  Laughing in the moment she continued on her journey.

My hero and today’s Muse.