I am having a hard time with all the coverage of the Middle East.   I need to spend time thinking about good stuff, like the people and places I love. Avoid too much sadness and fear and anger.  Start thinking about my happy place.


Itzl Alerting

As you can see by Itzl's concerned look, this group is for us to check in at to let people know we are alive, doing OK, and not affected by such things as heat, blizzards, floods, wild fires, hurricanes, tornadoes, power outages, or other such things that could keep us off DKos. It's also so we can find other Kossacks nearby for in-person checks when other methods of communication fail - a buddy system. Members come here to check in. If you're not here, or anywhere else on DKos, and there are adverse conditions in your area (floods, heatwaves, hurricanes, etc.), we and your buddy are going to check up on you. If you are going to be away from your computer for a day or a week, let us know here.  We care!
We all share the publishing duties, and we welcome everyone in IAN to write diaries for the group!  Every member is an editor, so anyone can take a turn when they have something to say, photos and music to share, a cause to promote or news!   IAN is a great group to join, and a good place to learn to write diaries.  Drop one of us a PM to be added to the Itzl Alert Network anytime!
Ok,  we do have a diary schedule. But, when you are ready to write that diary, either post in thread or send FloridaSNMOM a Kosmail with the date. If you need someone to fill in, ditto. FloridaSNMOM is here on and off through the day usually from around 9:30 or 10 am eastern to around 11 pm eastern.

I am very happy in my new (old) house, we have beautiful sunrises and loving critters who want me to let them out right at dawn, all summer long.

Early morning light, with the promise of a new day being better than the day before.
I have room to grow food and flowers here, something new and wonderful everyday as soon as the snow begins to melt.
I was so happy with my garden this year, the asparagus loved the spring weather and rewarded me for weeks.
My whole family was able to get together more than usual, we had two big birthday celebrations, and a mini-vacation too.
During our short vacation, we enjoyed a meal in a place that encouraged us to leave a message on the wall.
When I get too wound up with the news, when I can't stand the TV another minute, when everything anybody says bugs me and I have a hard time being polite, then I must remember, like Scarlett O'Hara, to "think about that tomorrow".
I need to remember to use this more often.
Not everyone can have the same happy place,  I am sure that what makes you happy may be different from what soothes me, just as what Happy Gilmore used as his happy place wouldn't be too refreshing for me!

Have you thought about what makes you happy?  Can you get to your happy place?
This sweet pooch is giving us good advise.
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