Home & the World

Just before sunrise, a soul awakens to the quiet within the home. Without distractions or demands, the only sounds heard are the slow rhythmic breathing that melts the soul to body on the yoga mat. (Well, perhaps an occasional purr from the dozing house cat. :)) Stretching through the Sun Salutation and focusing the mind, every tight muscle begins to loosen with every deep breath. The heart centers itself down the path of relaxation and becomes awake and charged with energy from the sunrise. The day is almost ready to begin. In prayerful pose, the radiant energy expands out from the home to the world…

“May the longtime sun
shine upon you
All love surround you.
And the pure light within you,
Guide your way on. Sat Nam*”

*Kundalini Yoga farewell blessing

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Grateful intentions
Morning sun behind the cloud
Home yoga practice

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Curtain Call: Featured Blog…

This is the cutest post ever…check out Susan’s Kitty Yoga over at Long Life Cats & Dogs! Now, if Pixel can do yoga…so can you. 🙂

Peace + Love ❤


January 2013: Festive Pooch Gives Gratitude


I am Chuckles!

Yah… bet you are wondering what this big fat dog is doing in this picture.

Well, for the new readers, I am Chuckles–a.k.a farm blog dog/writer.

Here I am, posing in my latest fashion look…I call it Festive Pooch 2013…

Check it…

my new look for this year

Love it or hate it???

Hot diggity, if I am not like, LIKE…so festive and smart-looking! I feel hot, smart and spicy right down to my Great Pyrenees digging claws!

Okay, okay. Calm down, people. Important business talk, that is, blog awards…and, DO NOT BLAME Chuckles for this gross negligence with awards sitting in the draft room from, *gasp* 2012!!

(Psst, hey, listen…friend, could you help me, Chuckles, escape from this blog?)

Just between you and me, I have been in a slump lately. NO, not a Sophomore Slump, more like a lethargic mild depression. You see, I have a few awards to drop off and my list is small, just like me. 😉

Look, it would take a quick visit to my dog pals, Molly and German over at Philosopher of the Hedge, and Jangles from Long Life Cats & Dogs. Simple.

Wait. It appears Jangles from Long Life Cats & Dogs, a beauty of a cat, has run away. She lives in South Africa and if you happen to see Jangles, tell her to get her butt home to Susan,  A.S.A.P or else…I may have to run over there and drool on Jangles! It is a hideous habit but I cannot control my drool.

It just flows…especially while I eat…

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you can’t see me drooling…nah-nah!!

Oh, too bad…caught me with my head down so…Really. Can we get serious here?

This is the BLOG AWARD list and a BIG, BIG THANK YOU to these super friends who were kind enough to bless Simply Charming abundantly!

1. 2012 Blog Award: Not too late…still January…and got all SIX stars!!!

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Blog of 2012 the Year Award

First up: Sophomore Slump and my thank you post: Chuckles, the Blog Dog…and the list below of other wonderful friends who helped complete my star collection.

2. UteSmile is about…well, lots of smiles and lots of happiness! She is “a single mum in her 50′s,” and is raising two teenagers! WOW, now that deserves an applause and a cheer! YAY, Ute!

Not only is Ute a great parent but she is full of talent! Read on her  Miracles, how she took an ordinary ball of string and made a beautiful scarf. Then, she took a box of assorted beads and created some awesome fashionable earrings! If you know anything about these teenie tiny beads, it is very difficult to work trying to loop those beads into pretty creations.

3. Nizy’s Life Compendium:  Nizy loves to meditate, talk, share…like blog awards…It’s Your Time to Shine…

She also says, “hold on to your faith…be strong as trees during changes…”    Changing Seasons

4. Imogen: Diary of a ‘Sensitive Soul’: Immie shares snippets of her life and a must-read about a painful time in her life. It deals with BULLIES!

You’re So Vain (…you probably think this song is about you) Really?

5. Martha L. Shaw:  Martha is…well, she is just talented! Not only does she write thoughtful posts like, Seeds, but whips up some grand quilts!! 

6. Memories-Keepsakes-Gifts: Marilyn is a sweetheart of a blogger, sharing her life stories and photos…such as Beyond!

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blog award

super sweet blog award

Gee, those cupcakes look delicious…anyway, here is Sofia Siberia, a beautiful blogger…describes herself as…”an empath and esoteric…sensitive to energies of people and earth.” Sofia not only writes passionately on her blog but also writes quality comments whenever she visits your site.

Hmm,  I wonder, if I give her a sad face like this…

sad dog

Is this sad enough, Sofia???

she would bake me some awesome cupcakes??

What? I have to answer some questions first? Dang, always a catch to every snack!!

Sofia asks:

1. Cookies or Cake? 2. Chocolate or Vanilla?

All the above!

3. What is your favorite sweet treat?

Sweet bread, but really, any treat is heaven to me.

4. When do you crave sweet things the most? 

Grrr, never ask a dog that question…

5. If you had a sweet nickname what would it be? 

Actually, some people call me, “Oh, You sweet thang…”

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blog award

Shine On Award

everyday gurus: What can anyone say? This is it, people.

You NEED a HUG…so, go get one from Kozo…GET A HUG NOW!

Not only {{{Hugs}}} but Kozo gifts with blog awards… Biggest Hypocrite Blogger Award.

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Festive Pooch, signing off!

Thanks for reading, if you made it this far! Woof…proud of you…and even if your name did not get on today’s hit list…you know, eventually, I will find you. Oh, if I missed your award in my comment box…sorry. 😦 Please remind me again!!


Chuckles…a.k.a farm blog/writer dog.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Love

“Love is our true destiny. We do not find the meaning of life by ourselves alone-

we find it with another.”
~Thomas Merton

love n kisses

a very cool greeting card!

“Love one another and help others to rise to the higher levels, simply by pouring out love.

Love is infectious and the greatest healing energy.”
~Sai Baba

Love is...

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~let us love one another


fill the world with

 beautiful souls 

…sealed with a kiss from me to you! ❤

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Find more information here at the Weekly Photo Challenge: Love.

SUNDAY POST : Christmas

I read a quote today by Kate L. Bosher:

“Isn’t it funny that at Christmas something in you gets so lonely for – I don’t know what exactly, but it’s something that you don’t mind so much not having at other times.”

Nativity Lights

Christmas: The gift of peace…you are loved.

My wish for you if somehow, you mysteriously find yourself lonely during this holiday season, for – what, it is not exactly clear, that your special gift at Christmas be the peace of knowing you are truly loved.

Christmas Gift

Christmas: The gift of love.

Finally, Agnes M. Pahro wonderfully defines Christmas and it is my word gift to you, my readers.  Thank you again for being my constant online companion bringing me daily encouragement and inspiration.

You are all, simply charming!

Mother Mary

Christmas: The Gift is born…”Oh, how my soul praises the Lord. How my spirit rejoices in God my savior! For he took notice of his lowly servant girl, and from now on all generations will call be blessed.” ~The Magnificat…Luke 1: 47-48

“What is Christmas?

It is tenderness for the past,

courage for the present,

hope for the future.

It is a fervent wish that every cup may overflow with blessings rich and eternal, and that every path may lead to peace.

~Agnes M. Pahro

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Curtain Call: Featured Blog…

Jakesprinter: What is Sunday if you do not have your SUNDAY POST? If you blog regularly, you probably already know about Jake, the graphic artist/photographer and host of the weekly Sunday Post.

Every week, Jake throws out a little hint, for example, this week, Christmas (naturally, duh!) is the inspiration. You take your little treasure and unleash your creative mind! Once done, share your heart creation with the rest of the Sunday Post contributors.

Find more contributors and how to participate here at Christmas.

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Merry Christmas


On Blogging: Why, ‘self,’ are you still living as a half committed blogger?

Change is not merely necessary to life–it is life. ~Alvin Toffler

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Well, life for me lately has been all about blogging. If I am not working to pay the bills, doing general housework to live in a tidy and decent space and caring for the spoiled household pets around here, you know I am doing something related to blogging. Yesterday was no exception. I spent half the morning doing what most bloggers do, that is, reading, commenting, gather ideas to put together the next post and occasionally do some blog page renovations. While practicing the art of blogging, my thoughts lingered over what I could share that would have some meaning (and not just fluff) to anyone who may happen to come over to this blog.

The one thought that stood out was how blogging uncovers the person living inside you. For example, I discovered how much fun writing can be. It has been so enjoyable that I am now reading with delight, Julia Cameron‘s, The Right to Write book. I have also found that I think like a bird. You know, a free bird, no major commitments, ready to fly out of any situation with just a few flap of the wings. However, I have come to see that sometimes it is good to have your wings clipped to make a, *gasp,* commitment; especially if blogging brings stability and opportunities to practice many ways to become a better communicator.

Perhaps change is not merely necessary to life, but change may also be necessary to a blog.  Commitment, for those with a flighty heart, may be necessary to a blog as well.

Since my one-year blog anniversary is coming up in September, I thought I would share with you some good changes that have happened around here and a commitment I am proud to have made since my first shaky post on, of all things, snakes!  Now how charming and elegant of a start is that?


After a long “shopping trip” over at the Word Press Theme store, I originally thought the Chateau theme was an elegant way to make my mark on the blogosphere. After a few posts, however, it occurred to me that the Bueno theme was really the one that showed the sunny and fluffy blogger (yikes!) I was turning out to be. Only I knew about the slowly emerging writing style coming out of me and it took my 12th post–can you believe it–before someone noticed my existence. Suddenly, after laying out a dozen eggs posts, I got my first like!  (Thank you, Ng Tom!)

I stayed happily in love with my Bueno theme, experimenting and playing around with most of its options and had the time of my life blogging almost everyday. It took me several months to figure out how to activate the Featured Post widget to show a thumbnail image next to the widget feature. Whenever I saw another blogger using the same Bueno theme and using the thumbnail image with their featured posts, I would ask how they did it. I did not hear back from any of them, (maybe I forgot to say the magic word, please) but somehow, I managed to figure it out on my own.


In May of 2012, the tag line (is it called a tag line?) that shows up when you first open your dashboard finally got my attention.

Upgrade your own domain!

I would press to read about upgrading my domain, but never dreamed of committing to it.  It sounded so complicated and please, do not ask how many times I went over there to read about it. (Okay, I went over many times! Sheesh.) Then, my half way mark as an almost daily blogger went by and I was still, totally ‘in love’ with writing and blogging so my ‘serious self’ suddenly asked this bold question:

Why, ‘self,’ are you still living as a half committed blogger?

“Uh, well,” I said, “because it is free? There are no strings or money involved and I can leave and walk fly away anytime. Nothing lost. ”

Then, to make sure I removed any thoughts of committing to an upgrade, my thoughts whispered, “oh, upgrading is much too expensive.” Alas, after calculating all the cost, I knew I could afford $2.75 per month and what is that, about nine cents a day, on something I felt was one of the best change that has come my way in a long time. Therefore, in May of 2012, I finally said YES, and my blogging life has never been happier. Oh, gosh, I felt like I had just said YES to be married or something!


I simply want to say that the domain upgrade makes me feel this is not just a ‘drive-by’ love affair, rather, an affair that has an unspoken promise of sharing no matter how I feel or how busy my life becomes.

“A full commitment is a promise to stay active regardless of the endless changes and challenges life brings to us.” ~Sunshine


However, with the domain upgrade, I found another thing about myself. Self control. I need to practice not going overboard when I find a good thing. For example, with the new domain change came the customized fonts and soon after, another theme change: the Forever theme. It seemed only logical to go all out and celebrate like that of a festive wedding ceremony. Okay, so now my love affair is costing me a mere, $5.25 per month minus internet service fees but that is cheaper than going to the movie theater these days.

Endless changes are all part of life and part of blogging. I hope this has encouraged you to welcome changes despite the disruptions changes often bring. Oh, and if you happen to suffer from commitorum metus or commitment phobia, I totally understand where you are coming from.


 Do you find yourself  reflecting on  how blogging is uncovering and defining the person inside you?

Are you the type who welcome blog changes and accept commitment well?


Weekly Photo Challenge: Purple

Lay it out in lavender…the beautiful pale purple flower that grows abundantly without asking for much care except a bit of sunlight, water and occasionally fertilizer. I am so grateful to have lavender thriving in the yard.

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This week with Jenny Joseph:

“When I am an old woman I shall wear PURPLE
With a red hat which doesn’t go, and doesn’t suit me.
And I shall spend my pension on brandy and summer gloves
And satin sandals, and say we’ve no money for butter.”

This sounds like the perfect old woman I plan to strive for. Ha! Cheers!

Hurry over to the Weekly Photo Challenge: Purple and check out all the wonderful contributors to this week’s theme: PURPLE.


How does the color PURPLE play out in your life?