Thursday, September 3, 2020

Happy Thankful Thursday

 Hello everyone,

Sending prayers to Michelle and her family.  May Michelle's mom rest in peace, my sincere condolences.  Michelle is the host of Thankful Thursday.

These are crazy times lately, between the Covid 19 virus, weird cult conspiracy theories and the up coming election.  The following two things I need to remind myself  of daily.  The whole future lies in uncertainty: live immediately. Stop worrying about things you can't change.  One thing I can do is VOTE and always check the FACTS.   

Wouldn't it be nice if anything related to politics, politicians and the election was just banned from the news and social media sites for 1-2 months before the election. 

When we focus on the beautiful things around us, life becomes calmer.

Sky-watching and watching the butterflies are a few of  my simple pleasures.  Simple pleasures I am thankful for.....







Sending the warmest wishes your way,
let them lighten up your day.
Just like the morning sun rays!






An Irish Blessing:


May the wings of a butterfly kiss the sun.
And find your shoulder to light on.
To bring you luck, happiness and riches. 
Today, tomorrow and beyond.



Think big thoughts but relish small pleasures.

"True generosity toward the future consists of giving everything to the present." Albert Camus




Be like the butterfly, embrace change.
Float above it all,
Sip life's sweetness.
Become something beautiful,
on occasion fly into the wild.


Anne Frank: I don't think of all the misery, but of the beauty that still remains.     I am thankful for the beauty around me.



These photos above are new, I feel like they must  look like others I have already shared on a previous post. The butterflies continue to enjoy our Buddleia bush. I have been enjoying my yard birds lately, I have a lot of Blue Jays, Cardinals, WB Nuthatches and Downy Woodpeckers. I have been hearing the calls of the Pileated Woodpecker and the Yellow-billed Cuckoo almost every day. 

For the Throwback Thursday theme, photos are from my younger years. My first day of school and my First Communion. My mother made the Communion dress, she made a lot of dresses for me and my sister.



My ears look so big, lol..


Be Kind! Kindness changes the world, one heart at a time!! 😊

Take care and stay safe! 


Live simple and be happy!  😊 Keep smiling!

Thank you Martha for hosting Throwback Thursday
Thank you Michelle for hosting Thankful Thursday
Thank you to Yogi the host of   Skywatch Friday


Thank you for visiting and for your nice comments on my previous post. Have a happy day!!  😊

108 comments:

  1. Hello Eileen,

    Beautiful photos of the butterflies, and I love them all! Very nice photos of you too.
    Have a wonderful day!

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    1. Hello Marit,
      Thanks so much for the comment and visit today.
      Have a great day!

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  2. The butterflies 🦋 are gorgeous!
    Very nice photos of you! You was a very pretty little girl!
    Have a blessed day, Eileen!

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  3. "When we focus on the beautiful things around us, life becomes calmer."

    So true!

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    1. Thank you Sandi,
      Yes, I think so too!
      Take care, enjoy your day!

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  4. Que a mãe da Michelle descanse em paz! Realmente temos que aproveitar a vida..De uma hora a outra, tudo pode mudar!

    Adorei todas as fotos e te ver criança... Muito legal! beijos, ótimo dia! chica

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    1. Hello Chica,
      Thanks so much for the comment.
      Enjoy your day!

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  5. Fotografias fantásticas de que gostei de ver.
    Um abraço e continuação de uma boa semana.

    Andarilhar
    Dedais de Francisco e Idalisa
    O prazer dos livros

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  6. Hi Eileeen,
    I wish Michelle's mother to rest in peace.
    I loved your photos of the sky and the butterflies. Beautiful.
    I loved too your photos as a child, you were charming.
    Hugs,
    Ailime

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  7. I am wondering whether you enjoyed the dresses your mother made, Miriam used to make clothes for her daughter who always wanted store bought clothes to be like the other kids.

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    1. Thanks David,
      I liked the dresses, but not that she made the same dress for my sister. Even though we were over a year apart, we were always dressed like twins. Take care, enjoy your day!

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  8. I love the photo of you and your sweet dollie. I'm always trying to figure out what dolls we had back then and look at them online. You would have loved being with me on the trail yesterday....there were lots of butterflies! Hugs!

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    1. Thank you Diane! My mother said I used to have a stuffed horse, I named Sam. Sam went everywhere with me, lol. Your walk with the butterflies sounds nice. Have a happy day!

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  9. Gorgeous photos and I love the old photos you posted for Throwback Thursday, you are so adorable! Come on over to link up. Prayers to Michelle and her family.

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  10. I like your throw back photos- it's fun to look back at our childhood. I always looked like a whirlwind got a hold of my hair. My mother sewed matching outfits for my sister and I. We were 18 months apart and definitely not twins...but she thought it was cute and if we wanted clothes to wear we just smiled and carried on. I look back at high school pictures and durn if we didn't wear matching store bought clothes too!
    So sorry to hear about Michelle's mom. This virus is so scary.

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    1. Hi Terri,
      LOL, our younger years sound much the same. The virus is scary, I wish people had taken it more seriously from the start. Thanks for the comment. Take care, enjoy your day!

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  11. I appreciate your photos, both your childhood and the many butterflies today. Thanks for your comments on my blogs. The quotes are beautiful.

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    1. Thanks, Barbara! I always appreciate your comment and visits. Take care, enjoy your day!

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  12. Fun throwback pictures and love your cloud shots. I agree - ban all the political nonsense from the news!!

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  13. About the comment about the ears I just said to Bob a few days ago that the ears are the only thing that don't stop growing and I look like ET with man sticking out the side with my short hair. The butterflies are absolutely stunning. I do wish that all the things I talked about on TV with just stopped for the next two months the thing is they've been talking about it for 4 years now and will continue to talk forget about it for 4 years after this one the only answer is turn it off if only I could get Bob to do that

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    1. Thanks Sandra!
      I do like my hair short, I just wash and go, easy peasy.
      Take care, enjoy your day!

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  14. Beautiful reminder. Thank you.

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    1. Thank you, for the visit and comment.
      Take care, enjoy your day!

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  15. Hi Eileen,
    Beautiful pictures of the butterfly and the cloudy skies.
    Enjoy the beautiful things around you.
    Take care of yourself and stay safe.

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  16. As always your nature photos leave me amazed, so beautiful My Mum used to make me and my sister matching dresses I must look and see if I can find a photo for next time, happy days.

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    1. Thanks so much Maggie! I hope you are having a great day.
      I wish you a happy weekend.

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  17. Once again your post is pleasant: cute butterflies and wise quotations.
    Little Eileen on her first Communion was so pretty!
    Stay safe and enjoy you days!

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  18. Love the "throwback" pictures. :-)

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  19. A wonderful post, eileen! Love the butterflies and love your old pics especially the First Communion pic! It takes me back!

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  20. I honestly don't know if I commented on this post or not. I love all the butterflies...always enjoy seeing them. And love the photos of you when you were a child....you were so cute. I don't think you were the only one that had practiced their smile!

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  21. Hari OM
    I love your words and images today Eileen - I understand the frustration and uncertainty. One day we will look back and say 'we survived that'!!! YAM xx

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  22. Beautiful Thankful Thursday post and magnificent photos ^_^

    Live each moment with love,

    A ShutterBug Explores
    aka (A Creative Harbor)

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  23. Think big thoughts but relish small pleasures...that was my favorite, but you had some really good ones today!!

    my skies and clouds have been looking very similar, i don't remember the clouds ever being so pretty!!

    beautiful butterflies and you were a real cut-ie, still are!!

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    1. Thanks Debbie! I am hoping for a sunny nice weekend.
      Take care, enjoy your day!

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  25. Beautiful butterflies, Eileen. Love those old photos, they are great memories to have. Thanks for sharing.

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  26. So many butterflies! Wonderful that you can capture so many in a single shot. Love your TBT photos. Thanks for sharing them. Beautiful sky captures!

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      Take care, enjoy your weekend!

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  27. I'm all for news about skies, butterflies, and kindness until election time and beyond!!

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    1. Thank you Alan.
      Yes, more kindness now and forever!
      Take care, enjoy your day!

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  28. ahh...sweet throwback photos of you as a little girl. Cute! Love the dresses. The photos of the butterflies are so crisp and pretty! Take care...

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  29. Fabulous looking sky and the butterflies are beautiful.
    Nice to see the picture from your childhood.

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  30. 🙂 Your younger self made me smile. So sweet!

    The sky and the butterflies are so beautiful. I feel myself exhale just looking at them. Thank you for adding beauty To the day.

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    1. Thank you Marie. 😄
      Take care, enjoy your weekend!

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  31. Great cloud photos with my favorite type of cloud ...cumulus.

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    1. Hello Red,
      They are beautiful clouds.
      Thank you for the comment.
      Take care, enjoy your day!

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  32. Wonderful post with some nice sentiments. Thank you!

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  33. So sorry to hear of Michelle’s passing; my heartfelt condolences go out to her family.

    What a beautiful child you were and from what I know of you from this blog, a beautiful person still. “Think big thoughts but relish small pleasures.” Those are great words to live by.

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  34. I do like the butterflies and your old photographs, it's so nice to look back and remember.

    All the best Jan

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  35. Sweet photos of you and stunning pictures!Hugs!

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  36. I LOVE the butterflies. And your communion photos are so lovely. Aren't old photos the best treasure?

    Happy weekend!

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    1. Hello Jeanie,
      Yes the old family photos are treasures.
      Thank you for the comment.
      Take care, enjoy your day!

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  37. love to read your beautiful words.... yes, I agree with your words: "When we focus on the beautiful things around us, life becomes calmer.".......

    You look pretty when you were kid.....

    Have a wonderful day

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  39. Thank-you Eileen for your beautiful post. Life is so much more satisfying when we turn our minds to the sweet wonders of creation that surround us every day. May your day be a happy one :) xx

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  41. Sehr wahre und beeindruckende Zitate! Ein Blick zum Himmel ist immer lohnenswert!
    Ich wünsche eine "Gute Zeit" und schicke ♥liche Grüße
    Lieselotte

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  42. Lovely clouds shots. Condolences to Michelle.

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  43. Aw, you look so cute in those vintage photos. Your sky and butterfly shots are exquisite. Are you using a different camera or lens because the photos seem extra clear. They are always clear but these ones seem more so. Or maybe my eyesight has improved, lol. Have a wonderful weekend Eileen. Condolences to Michelle on her loss.

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    1. Hello Penny,
      Thank you for the comment. An extra lens is not needed on my camera. Maybe these were not taken through the window, I might have been out on my deck. Take care, enjoy your weekend!

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  44. Wow these are really cute ones from your childhood and the one in white gown at the glowing light is angelic. I love skywatching and nature is the best medicine for anything that puts us down.

    Very sorry for the loss of your friend's mom. Let her rest in peace

    Take care

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  45. What wonderful photos, new and old!

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  46. Just stunning pictures with your newest to yesteryear.

    Hugs Diane

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  47. Needless to say you touch my heart with this lovely and tender post. I especially like the Irish blessing and the photo that went with it! Wishing you well my friend and have a wonderful weekend!

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    1. Thank you for the comment and visit.
      Enjoy your day, wishing you a great new week ahead!

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  48. Hi Eileen,
    I read that there was a loss at Michelle and you can never miss a loved one :-(

    it are also bad and weird times with the covid 19. There is still no vaccine, but nobody really knows how to deal with this. I think everyone is doing their best to get the virus under control but it is still uncertain.
    In between, indeed try to enjoy the beautiful scenery around us.
    The pictures of the skies and butterflies are beautiful :-)
    Stay healthy and safe too Eileen.
    Greetings, Helma

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    1. Thank you Helma!
      Take care, enjoy your day and new week!

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  49. I send my condolences to the passing of Michelle's mother. May he be happy by his side and the family he has left behind will be given courage.

    Family photos are important documents in our life. From this photo we can remember things that have happened.

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      Have a happy new week!

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  50. Lamento, pela perda da mãe de sua amiga, Eileen!
    Acho que perder alguém, nestes tempos tão aflitivos, ainda se torna mais dramático, por tudo ser vivido mais intensamente!...
    As imagens são de puro deslumbramento! Imagino que as dos céus, farão a alegria da nossa Chica! :-))
    Em tempos de pandemias, o mundo mergulha no caos e na contestação... e ambas servem ao Donald também, no momento... certamente, para se preparar para inviabilizar as eleições... tentar conservar-se no poder... e manter a imunidade que o seu cargo lhe confere, para não ter de responder na justiça... certamente por uma lista imensa de situações, calculo eu!...
    Enfim! Aguardemos por dias melhores... e esperemos que os correios americanos funcionem nas melhores condições... apesar de provavelmente irem ser alvo, de todas as críticas, e boicotes, para as eleições ficarem desacreditadas!...
    Votos de tudo a correr pelo melhor! Beijinhos!
    Ana

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    1. Thank you Ana! This is the first time in my life, I am worried about our election and our country's democracy. Take care, enjoy your day!

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