I know there are so many others who I’ve come to be friends with over time for instance Wendy from Brilliance Within – such an inspirational blog please visit her; Jackie from A Cooking Pot & Twisted Tales – she throws the best blog parties; Natalie Scarberry from Sacred Touches; Willowdot21; Ameena k.g. from Randoms by a Random; Gary Loggins from CrackedRearViewer; and anyone who has ever stopped by to visit – thank you!!

what are you grateful for ~ please share…

Thank you!


(c) onceuponahotflash, 2018

~ The Happiness Tag ~

I want to thank Wendy of Brilliance Within for tagging me to complete and forward this ‘Happiness Tag’ and hey the rules are easy. Write about 5 things that make me happy, 5 songs that make me happy and nominate 5 ‘happy’ bloggers to complete the tag too…okay here goes:

Preface:  God, my family, my friends and my home are what make me happiest first and foremost.  I have decided to venture in another direction with this and tell you of other simple things that put a big ole smile on this happy face…

  1. Each night, around 9 pm, I open a pint of Haagen Dazs Chocolate Chocolate Chip Ice Cream, dig in and forget about my day for a little while.  Mmmm the creaminess, the chocolate, the crunching of the chips and there are lots and lots of chips. Happiness Tag It’s decadent and delightful and it makes me yummy HAPPY!
  2. Every Friday night when I go to bed knowing that “tomorrow” is Saturday and that brief moment when I wake up Saturday morning thinking…hmmm what day is it today and realize it’s Saturday, that makes me peacefully and excitedly HAPPY!
  3. I have, for the second time this season, a bird’s nest within the wreath hanging on my front door.  I sit here on my couch and I can see the birds through the glass on my door, bobbing around.  Yesterday I watched Daddy feed Mommy while Mommy was sitting on 4 eggs keeping them safe and warm.  Each day they sing their love songs.  Watching and hearing them makes me adoringly HAPPY!
  4. When someone leaves a comment that they have been inspired by my post or it helped brighten their day, is the best.  I love when others comment on what they are grateful for.  I love when I get inspired with an idea.  The fact that you are reading this right now, all of these things make me feel very blessed and HAPPY!
  5. Watching reality ghost stories on tv.  I love the paranormal.  I love mystical, magical things.  I love tarot cards and horoscopes, full moons, pendulums and mediums, having my future told, learning about crystals and smudging.  If I could spend the day immersed in this, it would make me enchantingly HAPPY!

Now Five Songs That Make Me Happy:

  1. Daddy’s Little Girl, by Al Martino – the very first 45 rpm vinyl record I ever bought when I was about 8.  I could not wait until my Dad got home from work so I could play it for him…
  2. Happy Birthday, by Mildred & Patty Hill (sisters) – whether it’s being sung to me or I’m singing it…
  3. The Best Day, by Taylor Swift – a loving tribute from a daughter to her mother…
  4. Uptown Funk – Mark Ronson, ft. Bruno Mars – I have to dance whenever and wherever I hear this…
  5. Roll out the Barrel – Reminds me of my sister and I twirling around the dance floor at weddings when we were young and laughing so hard our sides hurt…

Finally I get to “tag” 5 more happy bloggers.  I have so many of you in mind, but I know some prefer not to do this kind of blogging and that’s fine.  For the Happy Bloggers I did select it’s totally optional as to whether you want to do this or not.

Hayley who runs between two sites Dear Dad and Beat the Binge

Shiva who is always thinking over at The Shivas Ponder

Michelle who is on summer vacation now, lucky lady, can be found relaxing at Two Are Better Than One

Minaxi who is spending her summer in NYC and when not touring is at Gameplan Happily Ever After

Stephanae who knows what real beauty & happiness is all about at Bold Blind Beauty

I’m tagging you to share your HAPPINESS…but of course only if it makes you HAPPY!!  🙂













what are you grateful for ~ please share…

Thank you!

(c) onceuponahotflash, 2016


This Award is created to highlight and promote Inspiring Bloggers.

I want to thank my dear friend Shiva of theshivasponder for nominating me for The Starlight Blogger Award.  You would be doing yourself a favor to stop by Shiva’s site and read his very profound and thoughtful posts.   The rules are listed below for acceptance of this award.  Thank you again Shiva, you are a very special person!

Rules for the STARLIGHT Blogger Award:
Thank the giver and link their Blog to your post.
Answer the 3 original questions then the 3 new questions from your nominator given to you.
Please pass the award on to 6 or more other Bloggers of your choice and let them know that they have been nominated by you and add 3 new questions for your nominees.
Include the logo of the award in a post or on your Blog, please never alter the logo, never change the 3 original questions and never change the Award rules.

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My 3 Original questions for everyone to answer:

1. If you describe or picture your inner soul how will you describe it?

My inner soul is my compass, it is my gut feeling, it is my authentic self.  It has always been here and always will be.  It’s the most important part of me and if I listen to it I will always be guided in the right direction.  It is my gratitude and grace, it is my comforter, my healer, my forgiver, my accepter, my all.

2. What are you working on right now?

I am working on a book of poems.  I am working on creating my own reality.  I am working on educating myself about the Laws of Attraction.  I am working on being a happy, positive and grateful person.

3. What is your creative dream project?

To grow as an author, poet, songwriter, painter and piano player.

These are the three questions I ask them to answer.

  1. What are YOU up to?
    I am transforming myself into a grateful person and working on being positive all the time plus helping others to be positive as well.  I have been listening to many audio books and seminars on YouTube by Dr. Wayne Dyer, Abraham-Hicks, Louise Hay, The Dalai Lama, Thich Nhat Hanh and many others.
  2. What is Happiness and how can you bring it to others?
    Happiness is being grateful for what you have now and appreciating the present moment.  You can bring happiness to others with kind words, a helping hand, praise, encouragement, respect and gratitude.
  3. Life can be Moulded, How? By what you expose yourself to.  What you watch, listen to, observe, think, and believe all contribute to how your life is and will continue to be.  So if you are unhappy in your life right now change the way you think and what you watch and listen to, there are so many ways you can make your life one that you want it to be.

I would like to nominate my fellow bloggers for the Starlight Blogger Award:

  1. Paul at Windblownwords
  2. SheryL at Thoughts of SheryL
  3. Leigh at SimpLeigh Organized
  4. Lynn at lynz real cooking
  5. Scarlet Pen at 28 and counting
  6. Kosmogonic/The Art of Being and Being of Art

Here are my three questions to you:

1.  What are you grateful for today?
2.  What is your Blog about?
3.  What is your favorite day and why?

Congratulations to all of you, you bring light into our souls and lives with your creativity!  Please visit their sites and sample what each has to offer…

Camera Lucida Week 5 Photo Challenge ~ Black and Green ~

wpid-imag1130_burst002_1.jpgThis amazing black box with eyes of green

Takes me to places I have never seen,

Making new friends with such great ease

Listed below are their great countries.

India, Canada, Singapore, Malaysia

Pakistan, Australia, Spain, Indonesia

Lebanon, Netherlands, Brazil, and Bermuda

Belgium, Philippines, Finland, Saudi Arabia

Norway, Sweden, Mexico, New Zealand

England, Austria, Vietnam, South Africa

United Arab Emirates, Thailand, Guatemala

France, Kyrgyzstan, Hong Kong SAR China

Switzerland, Ireland, Colombia, Russia

Poland, Portugal, Japan and America

 Oh what a blessing this black and green

Showing me a world I had never seen!


Come on in…


Liebster AwardI am most grateful to Ritu of But I Smile Anyway at  https://butismileanyway.wordpress.com/ she has nominated me for the Liebster Award, an honor I once again am humbled to receive!  Please visit Ritu’s blog I think you will truly enjoy her musings, recipes, and words of wisdom!!


Once you are nominated, make a post thanking and linking the person who nominated you.

– Include the Liebster Award sticker in the post too.

– Nominate 5 -10 other bloggers who you feel are worthy of this award. Let them know they have been nominated by commenting on one of their posts. You can also nominate the person who nominated you.

– Ensure all of these bloggers have less than 200 followers.

– Answer the eleven questions asked to you by the person who nominated you, and make eleven questions of your own for your nominees or you may use the same questions.

– Lastly, COPY these rules in the post.

1. If you could travel anywhere tomorrow, where would it be?
To Heaven, I would love to sit up there, gaze down and watch everyone here, plus get to see what it’s like up there!  🙂

2. Who’s been a positive role model in your life?
I have met the most positive person I have ever known.  She is so uplifting, always has a positive attitude, she makes you feel so good and empowered about yourself that you love being with her.  I wrote a post about her called Thank you for my Rainbow https://onceuponahotflash.wordpress.com/2015/04/12/thank-you-for-my-rainbow-writing-101/

3. What do you like about your hometown?
All the memories it holds from my childhood til I was 20, then I moved away.

4. What is the best meal you can prepare?
Beef Stew

5. What’s your favorite chore to do at home?
Changing the sheets then making my bed

6. What’s your favorite book?
The one that I am writing

7. What’s the very first thing you would do if you won the lottery?
Scream, jump up and down for joy yelling…I won! I won! I won!

8. What’s your favorite fruit or vegetable?
Blueberries and Broccoli

9. How many times have you fallen in love?

10. What was your favorite game or toy as a child?
Mouse Trap

11. What’s your favorite beverage?

And my nominees… To whom I ask the same questions…

any1mark66 at https://any1mark66.wordpress.com/

Little Calico’s Journal at https://xiaohuamaobiji.wordpress.com/

Inkmode at https://inkmode.wordpress.com/

StrangeVegetables at https://strangevegetables.wordpress.com/

Meet Me At The Lamp Post at https://meetmeatthelamppost.wordpress.com/

Congratulations to all of you!  Please visit their sites and enjoy their posts!!






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what are you grateful for ~ please share…

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