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New Year’s Resolutions…

My New Year’s resolutions over the past years have become quite streamlined.  They are, namely, to drink more water, and to try and live more in the moment.  My success with keeping to both of these resolutions is debatable – my husband compared me to a hamster last week (it WAS a more hectic week than usual!), and I keep having to put New Skin on the little cuts that open up on my hands due to dry skin.  Therefore, I’ll probably end up renewing the same resolutions for the coming year.

Oh, and I also plan to laugh as much as possible.  You?



P.S.  By the way, the 2017 Joana Miranda Studio Cartoon Calendar is still available for sale in my shop at Etsy.  (If you order before December 20th, you can still get the calendar in time for Christmas.)




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Friday’s Thought – Keeping Perspective

pink daylilies

“Stretching his hand up to reach the stars, too often man forgets the flowers at his feet.”

(Jeremy Bentham)

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Friday’s Thought – Happy Times


“It is the season now to go about the country high and low, among the lilacs hand in hand, and two by two in fairyland.”

(Robert Louis Stevenson)

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Friday’s Thought – A Recipe for Happiness

Squirrel and corn on the cob

“Expect nothing. Live frugally on surprise.”
(Alice Walker)


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My Favorite Things – A Cornucopia of Fall Flowers

Earlier this week, my husband and I walked over to Central Park’s Conservatory Garden to check out what was in bloom.

shadows in a garden

The day was nearing its close, so the light was soft and the air was calm and cool.  The only think missing from the following slide show of seven pictures is the lovely aromas of the flowers.  Smell-o-vision is still a ways off, I guess…


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My Favorite Things – The Earthly Delights of Goose Pond, NH

I’ve been M.I.A. this week from my computer and my blog.  Somehow sitting indoors staring at a computer screen just doesn’t feel right…

When you can be picking blueberries in your mother’s backyard garden…

blueberries on the bush2

Walking through sunlit forest paths…

green leaves with red spots

Admiring the day-lilies…

orange day lily

And daisies…

pink daisy

And listening to the breeze blowing through the trees.

Leafy canopy

With nothing better to do than contemplate my navel on the dock…

wood knot

(And watch a sunset or two…)


I guess you could say that I’ve been kidnapped by the natural beauty of my surroundings in Canaan, New Hampshire!


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Friday’s Thought – Nature’s Course

wild raspberry

“Nature goes her own way, and all that to us seems an exception is really according to order.”

(GOETHE, Conversations with Goethe)

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