Friday, January 3, 2014

The Nearest Happiness

 A  L  O  H  A ! 
" May your coming 
year be filled with magic 
and dreams 
and good madness. . . 
And I hope, somewhere 
in the next year, 
you surprise yourself. "

Neil Gaiman 








    " The greatest power 
that a person possesses
 is the power 
to choose "

 J. Martin Kohe









" You'll come to learn
 a great deal 
if you study the
 Insignificant 
in depth. "

Odysseus Elytis









" Only if you have been
 in the deepest valley, 
can you ever know 
how magnificent it is
 to be on 
the highest mountain. "

 Richard Nixon
















" To be kind to all,
 to like many 
and love a few,
 to be needed and wanted 
by those we love,
 is certainly the nearest 
we can come 
to happiness. "
Mary Stuart 

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Will you hear my confession?

I confess that it 

DELIGHTS me

that the Holidays 

have passed!

Gosh I'm enjoying
the return of 
"Normal."

You?

                           warmly, cloudia




28 comments:

kaykuala said...

Yes, Things are falling into place! Nicely Cloudia. I adore the hibiscus!

Hank

Pia said...

Dear Cloudia,
I wish you a healthy, peaceful and happy New Year!
Lets see if we can impress ourselfes... I think so :-)

Adam said...

nice quotes

Anonymous said...

Nixon said that?! Okay, yes, the holidays are over.
What's the "proto pickle II" event advertised on the far side of the lagoon? Another holiday?
Love the warm photos and white hibiscus.
DrumMajor

Bob Bushell said...

Yes, and me! NORMAL. Thanks all those pictures and the quotes.

TexWisGirl said...

i agree. :)

and i love the white hibiscus photo. just gorgeous.

Pallavi said...

How inspiring ! Lovely .

Charles Gramlich said...

I like the holidays because I'm off work. And since I no longer allow myself to be drowned in social obligations, I get to rest through much of them.

eViL pOp TaRt said...

Normal is good. Just be happy whatever the circumstances.

May 2014 be a year of maximum happiness for you and yours, Cloudia. Aloha!

ANITA said...

I love the quotes!!!!
I borrow some of them:)))

happy weekend Cloudia!

ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© said...

As long as we take care of our teeth, we have the power to chews, too!

;-)

Friko said...

Me too, me too!

Too long a period of festive pursuits make life a very dull place.

Steffi said...

Dear Cloudia, I wish you still a very happy new year 2014!

Hattie said...

Richard Nixon, font of wisdom! I'll bet you put that in just to check whether people are paying attention!
Have a good weekend, dear Cloudia!

Elephant's Child said...

Neil Gaiman is one of my heroes. And I am very, very happy that the holidays are largely over. Silly season lasts most of January here...

Filip and Kristel said...

Interesting pictures, Happy New Year.

Greetings,
Filip

Cloudia said...

Best Thanks to EACH of YOU, Dears!!!

Brian Miller said...

ah i will be looking for some of that good madness this year...smiles....

aloha from va

Introverted Art said...

happy new year!!!

Sandy Carlson said...

So very beautiful. Your blog always reminds me to love and to dream.

Happy New Year!

Sandy Carlson said...

So very beautiful. Your blog always reminds me to love and to dream.

Happy New Year!

ds said...

Yes, I think there will be 'good madness' this year. Hope you have some too (and surprise yourself).
I so agree about the holidays...

Tammie Lee said...

such lovely thoughts and images.

Sweet New Year to you!

ladyfi said...

Wishing you a year full of good things.

Kay said...

Lovely photos, Cloudia! Happy new year! Actually I still have to plan for our new year party with my brother's family this coming week. I believe there will be ONE day that everybody will be able to get together. I need to get rid of all our holiday treats. I've gained about 5 pounds of sugary pounds. Very bad.

Small Kucing said...

a good post to start the year :)

Happy New Year Cloudia

PerthDailyPhoto said...

Yup the Nixon quote popped out at me also :) meanwhile yes I'm soooooooo happy things are almost back to normal, whatever normal is :)

Ela said...

Beautiful rainbow and amazing colors :)