Memorial Day

It’s a holiday weekend and I hope some of you are off for a fun and exciting adventure.  If you’re driving, there are many websites (and downloadable applications) that will show you the least expensive places to buy gas.  One that we like is at  You type in a zip code and it compares all the locations and prices in that area.  Great resource!

Drive safe… and Happy Memorial Day weekend!  

And most importantly, thank you to all the men and women who serve (and who have served) this great country!!!

Meet the Parents

Here are the eggs today.  Hopefully getting ready to hatch soon:


And here are the parents — chirping at me to stop taking paparazzi photos of their children!


More Baby Birds Coming!

Well, I don’t know how long they will take to hatch, but another birdie mama laid more eggs just outside Maguire Insurance HQ’s.  It’s in the same small tree-plant as the last batch, but on the other side.  Not sure if it’s the same mother or not… but BABY BIRDS are in our future again!  🙂


And here’s a pic taken two days later.  Can’t wait to meet the new babies!


Employee Health and Fitness Month

The National Association for Health and Fitness (NAHF) is a non-profit organization that exists to improve the quality of life for individuals in the United States through the promotion of physical fitness, sports and healthy lifestyles. NAHF accomplishes this work by fostering and supporting Governor’s and State Councils and coalitions that promote and encourages regular physical activity.

NAHF is also a national sponsor of Employee Health & Fitness Month, the largest work site health and fitness observance. Formerly National Employee Health & Fitness Day, Employee Health & Fitness Month has been extended to a month-long initiative in an effort to generate sustainability for a healthy lifestyle and initiate healthy activities on an ongoing basis. For additional excellent work site health promotion resources check out:,, and

Happy National Small Business Week!

There are 27 million small businesses.  Small businesses create about two out of every three jobs in the U.S. each year.  Approximately half of employed Americans either own, or work for, a small business.

You can check out more at the White House website:

You can also learn more about some of the tools available to small business owners (and those thinking of starting a business) with options available such as free and low-cost counseling to entrepreneurs.  

Another useful website is (U.S. Small  Business Administration).

Presence (and Peace) of Mind

I realized that there was a voice in my head telling me things that weren’t true.  It was making me angry at other people for things that they did.  It was “making” me eat food that was bad for me.  It was telling me I didn’t look good in the mirror.  It was causing me to feel worry about things I didn’t need to worry about.  And then… one day, somebody dissected those thoughts for me.  And ya’ know what?  They were just thoughts.  MY thoughts.  Based on old habits, past traumatic exeriences, and lies.  Once I realized there was just a little voice in my head saying these things that weren’t based in reality, I decided not to listen to them, anymore.  I decided to intervene in my life and observe the experience as it was — I didn’t need emotion tied to every experience… and I didn’t need to believe it just because I thought it.  Experiment.  Give it a try.  Boy, will you be relieved!

Back by Popular Demand!

More (actual) comments made by my 6-year old grandson, WILLIAM.


William: Milk crossed with water is not a pleasant thing.


William: I would like it if every restaurant in Texas and the world was a Starbucks or Cheesecake Factory or McDonald’s or Carl’s Jr or Sweet Tomatoes.


[at Disneyland while watching the Jedi knight training academy]

William: I would make a good Jedi, but I would have to be on the Dark Side because the light saber I have is red.


[at the Wild Animal Park]

William: I would own a zoo too so I can play with fluffy friends.  I would have dogs, cats but no alligators!  I would own like five snakes but they would be in a secret facility.


[about his Zhu Zhu pet toy hamster to Grandma]

William: This is a Jewish hamster, he celebrates Hanukkah.


[while furniture shopping, and seeing a Serta mattress from the sheep commercials]

William: Hey, look, here’s one of those mattresses made from sheep.


[while playing outside in shorts, t-shirt and no shoes in January on the first semi-warm day of a cold winter]

Dad: Aren’t you cold?

William: No, I’m fine… Actually, I like being cold.


William: Why is the grass brown?
Mom: It goes dormant in the winter. It’s like when bears hibernate and then wake up in the spring, and the grass will be green again in the spring.

William: What about trees?

Dad: Trees lose their leaves in the winter and then they grow back in the spring, but the trees are still alive.

William: What about evergreen trees?

Dad: Well, they stay green all the time, including in the winter, which is why they are called evergreen trees, because they are always green.

William: Not when the sun blows up.


William: I’m just going to run around the house for no reason.