An Unlikely Roommate

The other day I noticed something pressed against the base of a credenza in my dining room. Taking a close look I saw it was a lizard. Not a small dark green one, a 12 inch yellow lizard with black stripes, very snake-like. Now what?!

I tried to gently nudge it in hopes of getting it toward the door with a piece of cardboard. It quickly slithered its way in back of the credenza. This is a heavy piece of furniture and I couldn’t move it by myself. I tried to get the slippery critter out using a yard stick, a leaf blower, a squirt bottle, and even begging and pleading. Nothing worked!

I blocked the sides of the credenza with cardboard to keep it safe (or rather to keep me, and of course, my dog safe).  I would like to tell you that it was out of sight out of mind, but that would not be true. My imagination had me thinking not only about creative ways to free it but about its gender! What if it’s a girl and pregnant and suddenly I’m living with an army or serpents!

I tried for two more days to get it out from behind the credenza with no luck.

I remembered my pool service man was coming later in the day. I thought he could help me move the credenza, catch the lizard, and set it free.

About an hour before the serviceman was expected I saw the lizard in the original spot at the base of the credenza. I quickly got the piece of cardboard and opened the front door and pushed him/her out. The little creature kept trying to come back in the house. I got it to a grassy area outside and we had a chat. I said “I could get up the nerve to squash you, and then I would have to live with that. Instead I’m letting you go.” I said “We could never live together. It wouldn’t work.” We went our separate ways.

Lots of life lessons in the experience:

  • Don’t force, rather allow.
  • Wait, take a breath (don’t panic)
  • Keep moving (carry on with the day)
  • Think positive
  • All life has value

I love critters, all of them.

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It Never Ends

I get a new supply of love, hope, grace, joy, encouragement and gratitude every morning. It never ends.

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Begin It Now, Again

I make peace with my past every day. Yesterday is past. All of my experiences have brought me here and now.


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Find Your Chocolate

What I know is the more I do, the more time I have and the more I get done.

My keyboard (piano) has sat dormant for days that turned into weeks that turned into months that turned into years. One day I said I want to play again, or shall I say “learn” as I was never proficient.

I have time now that I am off of a fulltime work schedule. It’s different now with time to enjoy it so it’s not another thing I have to do. It’s for me, for my pleasure, and for my personal growth. I am more patient with myself; although still get frustrated feeling I am not progressing at a fast enough rate. When that happens I step back and look at how far I have come from where I started and see there is progress.

The bonus is when I make time for me and do more there is more time in general and more time to do for others. It’s just the way it is. Doing things that are mind expanding for me ignites the flame in me and encourages me to do more for others so they feel the same exhilaration for life.

Playing the piano took me to my computer to write, writing took me back to my book, reading it with deeper focus, and realizing greater insights for sharing when I make my book presentations. I just scheduled two volunteer opportunities to share my book insights and donate not only time, but books.

I wonder what holds me back from starting new projects. It’s the thought that I can’t do it. I always feel like I can’t, then I begin and there it is immersion, absorption, and flow. The outcome doesn’t matter. It’s the action that’s personally rewarding and it will get easier and better if I keep at it. It’s like chocolate, possibly better!

Find it, and make time for it, your chocolate.

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Light is the most beautiful thing that exists. Let your light shine.Candles

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Painting Red, White and Blue Dogs…

…for the Memorial Day Holiday.

Zelda (R.I.P.) and Anya (Beautiful)!


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Community…Doing What We Can

What I know for sure is when a door closes, another one opens. It’s easier if we work together.

About a month ago a neighbor was about to enter the freeway near the University of Southern California. She saw something on the ground and thought it was a small cat or possum. She got closer and realized it was a tiny dog looking for scraps of food. Her frosted face identified her as a senior. The little dog had no collar and very long toenails like she’d been on the street awhile. When approached the dog looked up with bright eyes and wagged her tail. She was hungry but friendly.

Scared she’d be run over, my neighbor picked her up and put her in the car and checked around the area to see if anyone knew anything about her — no luck. Los Angeles was expecting a cold rain storm that night. Wanting to get a roof over her head and a meal in her belly she took her to a local shelter, one that is known for making a big effort to get small, friendly dogs adopted. My neighbor put “first rights” on the paperwork and could pull the dog out in a few days.

Senior dogs tend to be harder to get adopted and this girl was estimated to be about ten years old.

My neighbor used social media to get the word out about this sweet girl, including “Nextdoor” for our specific neighborhood.  The entire community wanted to know the outcome. Numerous neighbors expressed interest and one woman stepped up to adopt her to be a friend to another small senior dog she had in her house.

WOW! That’s the way to use social media and it’s a life lesson: If you see something and think “I’m not going to get involved.” Do it. Get involved, miracles happen, and lives are changed. In this case, two dogs and the “human” are getting a chance for a better life. And the rest of us reading this, well my heart has been touched. And you?

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When I worry I remind myself I’m using my imagination to create something I don’t want. I try not to worry and someday will say “I don’t worry.”


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Interesting Places

When I draw and paint my work is never finished. I stop in interesting places. Your work is like that too.

Anya Sketch

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I don’t compete. I don’t compare. I’m running my own race now and am much happier.


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