Posts in category "Gratitude Journal"

10 Reasons to Look Forward to Fall

The Return of the Pumpkin Spice Latte ~ I welcome anything pumpkin flavored or scented for that matter. Pumpkin pie, pumpkin cheesecake, pumpkin muffins, pumpkin cookies, pumpkin candles, pumpkin lotion, pumpkin body wash, pumpkin soap, pumpkin air freshener, shrimp burger, shrimp sandwich...that's, that's about it.
I’ve always found Labor Day weekend depressing.  It always seemed to mark the official end of being sunkissed and drunkissed. …uh, well, ok, definitely the end of sunkissed. Anyway, if you’re like me and prone to the autumn blues, don’t fret.  Here are 10 very good reasons to look forward to fall. And, in the... Read more »

Memorial Day: What does it mean to you?

Today, H and I are flying back from New Jersey after a great weekend celebrating our friends’ wedding. Still, I’m reminded of all of the servicemen and women who never returned to their husbands or wives, their children, their parents. And, I’m reminded of this entry from the Archives ~ ~~~ For me, Memorial Day used to... Read more »

Celebrity Quotes Later Claimed to be "Taken Out of Context"

Chloe Sevigny to the AV Club in 2010 on Big Love ~ Sevigny was quoted as saying "It was awful this season, as far as I’m concerned. I’m not allowed to say that! ... It was very telenovela. I feel like it kind of got away from itself. ... I mean, I love the show, I love my character, I love the writing, but I felt like they were really pushing it this last season. ...But I hope the fans will stick with us and tune in next year. There’s a lot of people who really love this season, surprisingly. God, I’m going to get in so much trouble."
Karl Lagerfeld thinks Pippa Middleton is ugly.  Actually, what he said was “I don’t like [her] face. She should only show her back.” I estimate anywhere between 24 to 48 hours – give or take an hour – before his publicist claims it’s all a big misunderstanding, his quotes were taken out of context, blah... Read more »
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Look, Dad! No room for a beverage cart!

Happy Father’s Day to all the padres near and far! And, especially to my dad! Of course, I’m reminded of this entry from the Archives ~ My father has a thing about small planes. Example #1 My mother:  This couple that [so and so] knows never traveled together as a family.  The mother would fly... Read more »

My Kind of Artist

Lori Portka thought she would have a long career working in a school and a lasting marriage, too. Neither came true. She got divorced and, in my favorite line from her bio, “I have degrees in education and counseling and I am so grateful that I am not working in those fields.  Art feels like... Read more »

Wedding Season: 14 Breakable Wedding Traditions

Tradition: Getting Married in a Church by a Priest.  
Alternative: Getting married on a beach, on a mountain or on a cliff and having a friend or family member get ordained and do the honors.
‘Tis the season! Wedding Season! And it’s also #WeddingWednesday on Twitter! In celebration thereof, I give you this entry from the Archives … ~~~ If you’re getting married next spring or summer, you’re probably in the thick of wedding planning right now, which means you’re probably in the thick of feeling both excited and overwhelmed.... Read more »
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Famous Jennifers

Jennifer Aniston
Today is Learn What Your Name Means Day. Apparently, Jennifer means ‘fair.’ Pffft. And so I am reminded of this entry from the Archives ~~ I never liked being a Jennifer.  It always felt so – what’s the word? – normal.  I’m a lot of things but normal is definitely not one of them.  I... Read more »

Oscar Speeches: 8 Notable Lines from Oscar Acceptance Speeches

Oscar Speeches: 8 Notable Lines from Oscar Acceptance Speeches
Today, I am reminded of this entry from the Archives. And, since this is Stop and Blog the Roses, today I am grateful for celebrities ~ they say the darndest things. And make us look normal. ~~~~~~~ Thank you for reading Stop and Blog the Roses.  Follow me on Twitter @fernronay and on Facebook here.... Read more »

One reason to stop texting, emailing, tweeting and Facebooking ...

My eyes are glued to my phone. My fingers are pecking away. I’m using my peripheral vision to walk around that person and that person.  Excuse me! I have somewhere to be! I have messages to send! All the while, Grammy-award winning violinist Joshua Bell could be making beautiful music in the train station …... Read more »
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Today is Be Bald And Free Day!

Which reminds me of this entry from the Archives ~ ~~~~~~~ A new cure for baldness? No thanks! I like ‘em bald. Always have. Even married one. I think my love for cue ball cuties probably started with Bruce Willis, who I’ve always had a crush on ever since he was David Addison and I was allowed... Read more »