Shiny Brites & Cards

My reader and good friend Charlotte sent me the cat Christmas card. Because she has two cats she loves to watch be their silly cat selves. 

And the one next to it was a card for the pupsters. It looks just like Charlie Ross. 

Thanks Charlotte! She's been a reader for a long time and such a sweet person. We communicate via email pretty much on a daily basis.

At the same time I found that in the mail, I saw a box sitting on my small porch stoop. I knew another reader and dear friend said she was sending me something. 

Inside were these vintage shiny brites. She apparently had taken note when I happened to mention somewhere that one day I wanted to have some. And she took it upon herself to make sure I did. 

I cried when I opened them. For the fact that sometimes people are just so kind and thoughtful.

Thanks Mary! 

These are the best pics I can get right now of the male cardinal. It has been overcast lately and the skies gray and full of shadows. He seems to have a berry of some variety in his mouth. 

Strange as it might sound, I have always loved overcast days. I love the sun to nurture my plants. But overcast days, for some reason, make me feel cozy inside my little space. 

There are no better presents in life than good friends and pretty birds to watch and photograph.

On another note, I am working on a writing course I will be teaching online (and at your own pace). It will teach you how to train yourself to look at things with a creative eye. And then transfer your thoughts into words of description. 

I will tell you how to do away with the stress that keeps you from letting your "inner writer" shine, through what I call "brain yoga."

This course will be offered the first of the year. 


  1. What cute cards..I love Shiny Brites!

  2. I'm so glad you got some shiny brites Brenda. That was so sweet! That cardinal is beautiful. When they show up around here among the snow -
    they are just breath taking. xo

  3. You are like a friend of mine who also loves the cloudy rainy days.
    This person also is a "homebody" who feels like on a beautiful day they are supposed to be out and about and going places.
    Love your blog!

  4. Love Shiny Brites! I have a few. That was really sweet and the cards are cute!

  5. What sweet and thoughtful gifts! You are a great person and I love coming here every day and reading your thoughts and seeing your wonderful photography. Brenda, I hope you and the pupsters have a Merry Christmas!

  6. You've got some thoughtful readers Brenda! The course sounds interesting and I'll be looking forward to hearing more about it.

    Merry Christmas to you and the pupsters!

  7. very interested in your writers course, I may have to take that! Love the cards!

  8. Brenda, I thought you had some sharing buttons at the end of your posts. I wanted to share on social media, probably google plus. Anyway, maybe they disappeared, maybe you didn't have them. Cheers, Mary

  9. What cute cards and what a sweet gift...they look so pretty displayed in your yellow bowl! Merry Christmas Brenda!

  10. Such a sweet gift, and great cards. Good for you and the writing class! Sounds really exciting. And I so agree with you about overcast days, they actually make me smile and I find great comfort in them.

  11. Brenda, I am so glad your sweet friend sent Shiny Brites to you! Love the cards also. It's a great time of year when there is lots of love and giving going on!

  12. I am a huge fan of shiny brites, the pink ones. Even on ETSY they are a fortune. Happiest of holidays to you and the pupsters. My mom agonized not making a ham and all the fixings this year. (there are only four of us!) She was excited my brother and I were thrilled she is making tacos! She could serve sandwiches for all I care. It just feels good not to worry about the time I spend with them. Not to worry about the repercussions of it all.

  13. Brenda,
    I love that a friend sent you some vintage Shiny Brights and they are in your colors. I like overcast and rainy days as much as I like sunny days. We have no snow in northern Illinois this year. We will get it but I'm enjoying the absence of shoveling for now. Congratulations on finishing your new writing class. No grass grows under your feet, Brenda!

  14. That's wonderful -- that you will offering an online writing course. I think many could learn from you.

  15. I love the cards. I also think bloggers are the most generous people in the world. Rest assured, you've touched these ladies in such a way that they want to make you happy.

    I think the writing course sounds sensational. It makes me think of a book I'm reading right now of a young man who was born without arms or legs. He suffered a lot physically and emotionally. At some point in his teens he knew he had to have hope and do something positive with his life or just simply die. He had really accomplished a lot in his life thus far...swimming, playing soccer and a musical instrument. Don't ask me's on You Tube. In a nutshell, he visited Third World countries and was motivated by the hope and joy these poor people had in spite of the odds to just live. He became a motivational speaker to help people know that they can hope and dream and make them realities. I think of you. I think of the quote, "Grow where you are planted." You will succeed! :)

    Jane x


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