Toot & Puddle Tears of Joy



How very touching to find that I have been given two lovely awards by some very nice people! And what an honor it is to be included in lists of such amazing women accomplishing so much good. I feel quite humbled and grateful to be mentioned, let alone in conjunction with an award.

Special Thanks to Julie at for the Thinking Blogger Award and to Becky at for the Nice Matters Award. Oh so kind of you both.


I am a big fan of books. In case you do not know, Toot & Puddle are two small, endearing pigs who are best friends but are as different as can be. Toot likes to travel to unknown places , and Puddle prefers to stay home and revel in the joys of everyday life. My son and I read these books all the time and laugh until tears roll down our cheeks at their sweet little expressions and the adventures they go on.

The quote in the photo above (not sure if you can really read it) is so much like how people seem to find each other’s blogs. They follow their whims from one link to the next and end up finding the most delightful people. Like blogs, Toot & Puddle are so different from each other, but by being friends, they see and share the wonders of life they would’ve missed had they been alone. So for all of you ladies, thanks for being a Toot or a Puddle for someone else. And for reaching out a hand a friendship to me. Life is better for all of us because you are out there.

I am not sure how many awards I am expected to bestow upon others, but since I am new to blogging, please forgive me for just passing on two awards:

Toot & Puddle Tears of Joy

I couldn’t pass up bestowing this Nice Matters Award on . Beginning my blog was a little scary. But having a friend like Alicia was like already having a pal in a new school. It made the whole experience not so lonely. I am sure she has thousands of these awards collecting dust in her attic, but hey, that is because she deserves it. Her words of wisdom, encouragement and warm welcome into blogging showed me the true meaning of what blogging and friendship are all about. Her unpretentious humble and giving spirit is a blessing to so many and I am glad to call her my friend. MU-AH, xoxo!

Toot & Puddle Tears of Joy

For the Thinking Blogger Award, I will award it to someone new to me and perhaps to some of you too: Brin of . I have not yet “met” her, since I just discovered her before she left on a vacation, but I can say I have enjoyed reading her blog immensely! She is a delightful young lady (you know you are getting old when women in their 20’s are young to you…) so please check out her fun stories, her very cool renovation of an old house that is full of history, mystery and intrigue, and her insights into living!

I would also just like to give my own Nice Matters Award to each person who took time to reach out a hand in friendship through finding my blog. A simple gesture but one that meant a lot. Thank you!



Having an old, 1930s, fixer-upper can be kind of overwhelming sometimes. Especially to someone who loves the ambience of a completed room. Even so, my husband and I torture ourselves every Friday with the same laughable question. What shall we do this weekend? Sure, at first we might dream a bit. How about sleeping in? Maybe we could go play at the beach? Or we could go to the movies! How about hiking on the river? Then one of us, usually me, jolts us back to reality. Don’t be silly. We have a house! We aren’t jetting off on a weekend vacation! Now, of course, it isn’t all work and no play. We have kids, so of course every waking moment and dollar cannot be spent on the house. We just have to set the pace. Which for us can be summed up in one word: snail.

Moving at a snail’s pace is against my nature. But really, snails are on to something. They move slowly enough to see the beauty along the way. They aren’t complaining about what they don’t have, or what needs to get done or how much they can cram into one weekend. They don’t get overwhelmed with life. They are just inching along, but somehow, eventually they get where they want to be.

Sometimes I find I am so busy trying to keep up with life that I forget to enjoy the beauty that is right in front of me! All I can see is the mess, the to do list, the schedule, the goal. Does that ever happen to you? You are thinking “I will really be happy when…” and then when you finally arrive at the “when” you have already replaced it with a new goal or restriction on when you can slow down and enjoy life? Even though I love to putter, and that is not exactly moving at a breakneck pace, I am still feeling the sense of accomplishment because I am usually DOING something. And DOING is not the same as BEING.

So, instead of filling your head with ideas of weekend projects, things you could do or buy, or ways to create a more lovely existence, today my friends I leave you with the challenge I am giving myself.

Live the lovely existence you already have around you. Instead of always DOING something, try BEING.

Don’t CREATE if it is at the sacrifice of actually experiencing it.

Live in the moment this weekend. Even if it is just a few moments, SAVOR them!

Consciously take time to fully immerse yourself in the beauty of what you have and what is around you.

Sit in your most beautiful chair and just be happy. Read a book in your favorite room. Savor a delicious cup of coffee with a friend. Use your favorite china. Roast marshmallows. Play a board game. Snuggle up to your favorite person. Take a walk and marvel at the beauty and peacefulness of nature.

Laugh. Smile. Love. Savor. Treasure. Be.

That is my goal for at least a small part of this weekend. I’ll let you know how it goes.