Up And Down

UD 1UD 2  UD 3 UD 4 UD 5 UD 6UD 7 UD 8UD 9For those who believe there is no Down to this Up

May Your Glass Always Be Half Full

Check out what my buddies in the LBC have to say:

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Someone Wants To Have A Word With You

Maxine 1

Maxine 2

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She’s baaaack …

May Your Glass Always Be Half Full

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Your Heart Wants To Hear This

Heart 1When I began to blog it seemed you had to
be there all the time, on top of your game.

This ain’t the rules you bloggers play by. You have
let me off the hook for family issues, major surgery,
and other life problems.

In a world where people no longer seem to care…

You Have Heart

~ love maxi

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What The Heck Is Goin’ On At Maxi Malone’s House?

Recovery

MM 1The neighbors see Maxi outside all the time. It’s water the hedges,
prune, weed, fertilize, gather palm fronds, pick up shards, rake.

Maxi disappeared for a while near the end of May,
then in a few months she was back in the yard.

Next thing ya know she’s gone again.
What the hey?

Well, it’s those pesky operations. The first was on my
left arm in May, which went well but @#$% painful.

MM 2Now it’s July and I’m gone again. ‘Nother surgery, the right
arm. It went well, not near as much pain. Ain’t complainin.’

Still, it will be a while before I pop back up in the yard.
Well, maybe I can water the hedges soon.

Buuuut it won’t be long before I’m back in the box
writin’ those snappy posts y’all love to read.

I miss you!

Blessings To Bloggers ~
You Have Hearts of Gold!

~ love maxi

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Many Of You Have Done This — Like It Or Not

Second Time Around

Okay, the day is close and now you can’t
push “it” out of your mind.

Things have to be done, there is no choice.
You know what they are, you have been
here before.

That’s the problem, you know what you’re
in for — same dose different day.

Surgery
What is “it”? Another surgery: arm, leg…

In May I had surgery on my left arm. This
week it will be my right.

This is a very painful surgery with a long
recovery.

Thank you for being there for me,
my heart runneth over!

~ love maxi

(talk to you soon)

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10 Glorious Sunsets To End Your Day

Look outside your window and imagine…

Sunset 1Sunset 2Sunset 3Sunset 4Sunset 5Sunset 6Sunset 7Sunset 8Sunset 9Sunset 10

May Your Glass Always Be Half Full

(photos from Corel Paintshop Pro)

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Puppy Love Ain’t Real

One of my favorite posts from the past:

When we’re young and that first special someone lights our heart afire no one can convince us love won’t last forever; until reality comes aknockin’…

 Pup 0Hey, I know you

Pup 1Don’t try to make up for bitin’ my tail

Pup 2Sorry, I won’t call you any more names

Pup 3I don’t care if you are a kitty kat

Ain’t love grand!

 May Your Glass Always Be Half Full
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10 Historic Tree Tunnels of The World

Every day I think to myself I have to put this post up again; it is the most popular of any post I have ever done. Viewers come every day to gaze at these beauties…

 10 Tunnel10. Cherry Blossom Tunnel, Germany
These Cherry Blossoms trees are a sight to behold on a
street in Bonn, Germany. The floral will create a brilliant
pink archway for 7 to 10 days, depending on the weather.

 9 Tunnel 9. Rua Gonçalo de Carvalho, Brazil
I could spend the day beneath the richness of these giant Rosewood.
There are more than one hundred Tipuana (Rosewood) trees along Rua Gonçalo de Carvalho in Porto Alegre, Brazil. In 2006, Mayor Joseph Fogaça decreed this street a part of Brazil’s historical,
ecological and environmental heritage.

8 Tunnel 8. Autumn Tree Tunnel, USA
These trees are ablaze with the fiery colors of autumn on a street
near Smuggler’s Notch, a Vermont State park. The spectacle
begins in the North and spreads South throughout the season.

7 Tunnel 7. Ginkgo Tree Tunnel, Japan
This is dedicated to you, Fossil. The Gingko Biloba tunnel is a
blazing beauty, one of the most revered trees in all of Japan. Some
of these trees survived the Hirsoshima bombing; they are known
as “the bearer of hope” or “the living fossil.”

 6 Tunnel6. Yew Tree Tunnel, UK
The Yew Tunnel in Whales, UK has been an inspiration to writers since 1470. It’s a popular tourist attraction of the medieval Aberglasney House. The tunnel was nearly destroyed due to neglect; it took nine years to restore the archway. People believe the Yew Tunnel was created by the Dyer family in the 18th century.

5 Tunnel 5. The Dark Hedges, Northern Ireland
This intriguing walkway has the feel of a book cover. James Stuart planted the Beech trees in the 18th century. The story is he wanted to impress guests as they drove toward his “Gracehill House.”
Another part of the tale is the “Grey Lady” who was a maid in a nearby mansion. She died under suspicious circumstances and now haunts the country road.

4 Tunnel4. Bamboo Path, Japan
This tunnel in Sagano Bamboo Forest in Arashiyama takes me away. It’s a nationally designated historic site and The Agency for Cultural Affairs has declared Arashiyama a “Place of Scenic Beauty.” The forest is close to famous temples and shrines. One of the most preserved sounds in Japan is the sound of the wind as it blows through the gigantic bamboo trees.

3 Tunnel 3. Tunnel of Love, Ukraine
There is a tale that couples ride through this tunnel of love to make
a wish. If their love is strong and pure, the wish comes true. It’s a private rail that serves a woodworking plant near Klevan, a city in western Ukraine. The train runs three times a day … I’m gettin’ my ticket.

 2 Tunnel2. Jacarandas Walk, South Africa
If you like purple this tunnel is designed for you. Johannesburg, Africa has a man-made forest with more than 10 million trees.  Tropical trees from Uruguay, Brazil, Peru and Argentina were imported with 49 species of Jacaranda. The land is littered with blue and purple in October when the flowers are in bloom.

 1 Tunnel1. Wisteria Tunnel, Japan
It would feel like royalty to stroll beneath this Wisteria draped tunnel. The blooms hang like tufts of grapes as soon as the Cherry blossoms retire. Each spring the Japanese celebrate the “Fuji Matsuri” or Wisteria Festival in Tokyo, Shizuoka and Okazaki. The Ashika Flower Park is the place that harbors
the most different varieties of Wisteria.

May Your Glass Always Be Half Full
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Proud To Be An American — Always

Dad2David A., my late husband, who served in the
United States Navy and later in the Army Reserves.

We thank you for your service to our country.

~ love maxi

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Oh No, Not Again

Back to Back

On March 26th I had Ulna Nerve Transposition
surgery on my left arm.

July 8th it will be the right arm’s turn. This is a
video of the surgery. Don’t watch if you have
a weak stomach.

If you want to avoid chit-chat start at half-way point.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gIncgsuHr68

Arm 1These are not my arms but it
is how they look after surgery.

This is a very painful operation with a
long recovery, so gotta take a break
from my blog for a while.

Please forgive my absence
from your blogs lately.

Been hard at work on the
house to get some upgrades
done before the surgery.

Bless all of you for your understanding and loyalty!

~ love maxi

(will keep you updated)

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