The Little Things ….

I had 2 ideas swarming around in my head today for a post. I chose the lighter topic for today, perhaps the heavier topic will be a post for tomorrow.

Sometimes the littlest things can be so important! I know I have mentioned that fact before in a post, but last night it rang true for me once again.

Last night I clicked on a message which my friend had sent me earlier and I hadn’t seen. It was just a simple message asking me how I was doing, and asking me if I had heard of a certain book. They shared a link to Amazon about it saying how they had read it and really liked it and wanted to share it with me.

I didn’t recognize the title so I clicked on the link and that’s when my heart was really touched!

This wasn’t just a matter of a friend sharing a book suggestion with me, which I always appreciate book suggestions, but this went beyond that. I couldn’t tell from the title, but when reading the description of the book I learned that it was about a sensitive topic that is very close to my heart.  She knew that, which compelled her to let me know about the book.

Its those caring moments in time that fill the heart. I knew she was thinking of me when reading the book and that meant a lot.

Something simple, but meaningful….

Today some words were said by someone and while they weren’t directed at me, I still felt the sting. My friend who was sitting beside me at the time, reached over and rubbed my back. No words needed said, I felt the warmth of her touch, and my heart was full.

I was hurting once, but I thought no one knew. I thought I was doing a good job at hiding it. Then a friend looked into my eyes and said, ” I see your pain..” and my dam broke.  A simple gesture, but healing to the heart.

There was a period of time where I was sitting in waiting rooms very frequently. It was hard, but I could always count on a smile from text/email messages sent by a friend just when I needed them.

The hugs, the invitation to come on over to a friend’s place and talk about whatever is on your heart.

The waking up to not Folger’s in your cup but to a short message on your phone from a dear friend telling you what you mean to them.

The feel of the love in the room when visiting with family and  chatting, the hugs given again when parting.

The gemstone that your child gave you so very long ago but that still fills your heart when you see it, for you remember the story behind it.

Something simple, but yet so meaningful….


What little things take up room in your heart?




Smiles from Vancouver

In yesterday’s post I shared about the “special gold nuggets” from our trip to Vancouver. They happened to be Colin, my co-author/friend, and blogger from  and his wonderful daughter, Melanie.

Melanie has an indomitable spirit that is amazing! She has been through a lot, but she stays positive and has been an inspiration to me in the past couple years that I have known her. I cherish her friendship!



I of course value Colin’s friendship too. As I said in my other post, they are quite the duo! You never know quite what to expect from them. They can send your mind spinning! I may have experienced that a time or two or more!  Remember yesterday’s picture that I titled “A rose between 2…?”


Well the next 2 pictures show what happens, when one Chappell gets a bright idea and the other one is on the same page!

Being that Colin and I co-authored “The Odessa Chronicles”, Colin decided that we need to pose for a picture with the book. Good practice for when the book becomes famous and we need to do photo shoots. I do believe we may need more practice!




I was so close to just collapsing on the floor!

Yes, this trip is one that will be remembered always. There was tea, gelato, hugs and laughter shared! Could it be any better? Perhaps if there wouldn’t have had to be goodbyes! But as my favorite Bear says!


Showing your love

Today I heard from a friend about how her friend just lost her husband in a tragic accident. They had just got married this past May. It once again hit me how life really is a vapor. We don’t know how much time we have left and that is why the time is NOW to say and do things. Not tomorrow or a few years down the road, but NOW.  Let those who you are close to know how much they mean to you. Don’t say, well I am sure they already know, keep showing and telling them.

I have always liked Leo Buscalgia, he is a gifted writer and speaker, and his words were coming back to me today. I would like to share this short video clip with all of you for I think he gets the message across with what he shares, better than I ever could. I hope it touches your heart.


Tuesday’s Thoughts!

Happy Tuesday! Getting back into life’s normal routine, but vacation memories are still very vivid in my mind.  We saw such beautiful sights, from the lush gardens, to the beach to the mountains.

Gold nuggets were all around, as we breathed in the moments. There was beauty just waiting to be discovered by us, and not all that beauty was nature. Perhaps that is another  clue to the special, mysterious nuggets that we found, and perhaps now is the time to reveal ………. the quotes for today! Enjoy my dear readers! 🙂


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Tuesday’s Thoughts!

Happy Tuesday everyone! We are back from vacation, though I think my body has train lag! We had a fabulous time and I will share some highlights of the trip with you interspersed in my posts. I believe there will be some things that will definitely intrigue you. 🙂  Before we get to the quotes, i will make one statement. If you have never traveled on the rails, I do highly recommend it, as long as 1. you don’t have a problem with motion sickness and 2. you don’t mind wobbling back and forth as you walk. I learned that the faster you walk, the better chance you have of not falling. I also learned that the swaying of the train is great at rocking you to sleep.

Now before another Tuesday passes us by, there are quotes to share! Sorry if you went through quote withdrawal. Enjoy and have a delightful day!


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Tuesday’s Thoughts!

Yesterday I read about something that some elementary schools are starting, which sounded like a great idea to me. Teachers and others are donating books to put in Book vending machines! Students will get tokens and they will be able to use their tokens on getting books from the machine. As a child to be able to get my very own book would definitely have me smiling! I loved books when I was a child and still very much do! I hope this idea spreads and that it helps more children develop a love of reading!



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A Special Kind of Royalty

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The day had arrived. It really was here, she really was on the train. Her excitement was high! How long had she hoped to do this, dreamed to do it and finally the dream was coming true! Dreams really can come true, even without a fairy Godmother. She stretched back in her seat looking out the window, admiring the scenery.

“Mama Mama, are we almost there?”  piped little Tabitha.

“No sweetheart, we only just left not that long ago. Remember how I told you that this was going to be a long ride?”

Tabitha scrunched up her face, and then got a smile. ” Yes, I remember now. I am gonna start practicing.”

Juliet laughed, ” Practice what my dear? she asked Tabitha.

“Well my cutesy of course Mama!”

“Your what?” asked Juliet.

With her small hands on her hips, Tabitha looked at Juliet and said, “My cutesy!” as she bent her legs.

Juliet tried to hold in her laughter.

“That was great sweetie, but its called a curtsy my dear girl.”

“A cutesy, that’s what I said!”

Juliet smiled, it did look cute, for sure.

“I gotta practice Mama, for you said we are going to see special people.”

“Yeah, we are going to see royalty, right Mama!” asked Liam, who had been reading, but was now distracted.

“Are we seeing a real King”, said Liam, will he be wearing a crown and dressed in royal garb?

“I want to see a Princess, Mommy! I want her to see me do a cutesy, and Liam, you gotta practice bowing.”

They started practicing in earnest as Juliet sat there shaking her head. She better explain to her children.

“My dear children, we are seeing special people, but I am afraid that they are not royalty, no Kings and no Princesses. ”

Her children looked up at her with wide eyes, “But…but…”

“I am sorry.” Juliet said as she saw the disappointment in their eyes.

It didn’t last long though. until Liam spoke up.

“That’s okay, being royalty isn’t what makes people special, right Mama? Its whats in their hearts.”

Juliet’s heart was warmed,  as she put her arm around Liam. “You are exactly right my boy.”

“And I know these people have good hearts because you told me and Tabitha about them.”

“Yes they definitely  do,” said Juliet.

“So we best get to practicing again Tabitha. For if you are special in your heart, that makes you royal to me!”

That was all Tabitha needed to hear, as she eagerly practiced another curtsy.

Merriment danced in Juliet’s eyes, oh how she loved her children. Life was always an adventure with them.

Tuesday’s Thoughts!

Happy April! Spring is trying its best to come! Been chilly here, but its supposed to warm up tomorrow. I hope that this month started off great for you!

May these quotes help bring a smile to your face and give you something to ponder as well.  Enjoy!


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