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How About Those Adult Coloring Books


Adult coloring books have become more  popular than ever for their stress-relieving abilities, but how could that be?

We’ve talked about the benefits of Zentangles, and Doodles, but I’ve never really talked about Adult Coloring Books. Hold on……these aren’t the kind of “Adult Books” you might think, they are coloring books even your kids could color in. It is amazing how relaxing coloring is, and the entire family can do this together on a night that is set aside just for family activities!

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I have frequently written posts about how doodling, or Zentangling can relieve pain, so can coloring.  It could be that it takes us back to a time that was less stressful….our childhood.  It could also be that we get lost in making sure we color inside the lines, and it looks perfect as if we were six or seven years old. Inside the lines is an activity that is extremely distasteful to me, so in any other circumstances I would never color inside the lines.  But in this case,  I’ll be good, and do it properly!


Whatever it is, all three of these activities will provide us with relaxation, pain relief, stress relief, and much more.  I just heard that it also helps insomnia, I’ll have to try that.  

One more thing, I didn’t post this for a holiday gift, but a nice coloring book, with some colored pencils, or markers would be a fabulous gift for a friend or family member who is constantly stressed out, or maybe a friend or family member  that isn’t stressed would have fun with them also.  Remember coloring is a great pain-reliever, stress reducer, it’s good for all ages,  and some say it’s a way of meditating.

I can’t think of anything better!




As I sit here writing a blog for Tuesday, I’m thinking how very fortunate I am, and how happy I am to be in this place, at this time.  I’m healthy, I wake up each morning,  still standing, still thinking, and doing.  How much better could it be?

One might say winning the lottery would help! Or, being able to buy a Tesla would be nice!  My answer to that would be, “It would wouldn’t it!”

But……..I don’t have to have those things to be happy!

Actually winning the lottery would most likely bring a ton of other problems we could never imagine.  Being able to purchase a Tesla, well…..bring it on.  For those of you who know me, you know I’m very environmental, and…….I’d Love a Tesla!

But I’m not willing to spend every penny I have on fast cars, and fast men!  My husband is fast enough for me.  We’ve built a happy place for ourselves, and as far as I’m concerned, I’m a wealthy woman!

You see, I have always considered myself a wealthy woman.  Through thick and thin,  there are lessons to learn.  No matter how bad it gets the lessons we learn are the same things that build character, and mold the person we become.  In a lot of ways having bad times, builds character, and strength!

In reading my email this morning, I realized I’m not the only one who is a glass half full person.  If you have a little time, try reading the post from Celebrating Sunshine, Hapiness is……

I consider myself a wealthy woman because……

First granddaughter Sarah

First granddaughter Sarah

All my grandchildren are not just smart but beautiful as well..

Hula Pie

Hula Pie

I’m able to celebrate birthdays with my family…



Connor still wants to spend time with me!  This is big for an 11-year-old boy!


Nolan wants to spend time with me, and can’t wait for his parents to go to work so I can stay with him for the evening!



I have beauty all around me!



I get to experience all the little critters my grandchildren are caring for, and learning from.  I think learning all the habits, and what these little pets need for food builds a love of nature.  My kids had all sorts of creatures from skunks to snakes, and everything in between, and they all love and respect nature, and the planet.

Phoenix the chameleon

Phoenix the chameleon

I am so grateful for my daughter in law for allowing this paint fest to happen at her home, and still clean up the mess when it was over.  She never held it against me for having thought of the idea,  the kids had a fun summer memory,  and I’m still in her good graces!

Sage & Nolan playing in red paint! Summer 2015

Sage & Nolan playing in red paint! Summer 2015

Our family is closely knit, and do many things together.  At the same time, know one gets upset if the other part of the family wants to go off on their own.  I have a wonderful husband who puts up with a crazy artist wife,  and puts up with all my crazy kids, and animals.   How could it get any better?

Life is good!