I was tagged by Annie from McGuffy’s Reader to participate in the Three Day Quote Challenge. Yesterday I presented my first quote, and you can read that post here.

Today I am sharing my second quote in the Three Day Quote Challenge. Each of the quotes I have selected are from Siddhartha Gautama (Buddha). Here’s my second quote:

“Thousands of candles can be lighted from a single candle, and the life of the candle will not be shortened. Happiness never decreases by being shared.”

I selected this quote as Tom and I had a candle ceremony as part of our wedding ceremony. Like all couples, we have had our ups and downs through the years. In the 42 1/2 years that we have been married, however, I believe that we have  mostly been happy. That happiness has come from supporting, loving and caring for each other. And I do know that when Tom is happy, I feel happy as well. Just as with a smile being contagious, happiness breeds happiness!

The rules of the challenge are simple. They are as follows:

1.  Post for three consecutive days.
2.  Choose and share one or three quotes each day.
3.  Challenge three additional bloggers each day.

Today I am selecting:

Of course, If any of you do not wish to participate, please don’t feel obligated.

I’ll be posting my third quote on Thursday as tomorrow is Wordless Wednesday.



My friend Annie from McGuffy’s Reader tagged me to participate in the Three Day Quote Challenge. I never back away from a challenge, so I, of course, accepted.

The rules of the challenge are simple. They are as follows:
1. Post for three consecutive days.
2. Choose and share one or three quotes each day.
3. Challenge three additional bloggers each day.

I am choosing to share one quote per day. I participated in a quote challenge in September, which you can view here. I didn’t want to share any of the same quotes, so this really did become a challenge. It also can be a bit daunting to do this as we end up revealing things about ourselves that we maybe rather not. My three quotes are all by the same author, Siddhartha Gautama (Buddha). Today’s quote is:

“You will not be punished for your anger, you will be punished by your anger.”

When I was younger, I had a really short fuse, and it didn’t take much to set me off. I usually didn’t get angry with other people but rather at situations over which I had no control. Since I was a control freak, (and still am to a degree), this is no surprise. Though I still like to be in control, I have learned things happen that I cannot do anything about. Getting angry in these instances is a waste of my energy and detrimental to my mental and emotional health, which is punishment I was bringing upon myself. Being able to let go has made me a much calmer and happier person.

If you’d like to know more about Siddhartha Gautama and how he became Buddha, click here for a short, five-minute video.

I am going to pass the challenge to these three bloggers:

Obviously none of you are obligated to participate, but I hope you’ll accept the challenge.

I will share my second quote tomorrow.


Our dear friends from Critters in the Cottage (Mitalee, Levon, Malou, Esme, Isadora, Duffy and Mom Sophie [aka LP]) invited us to participate in the Eight Photos of Happiness Challenge. As far as our mom is concerned, any photo that isn’t blurry or fuzzy makes her happy. But after a few hours of searching through our photo archives, she selected eight photos that put a smile on her face.

We probably have posted some of these photos previously or, if not, at least some from the same photo shoots. It is our wish, nonetheless, that you will enjoy and find happiness in the photos Mom selected.



Lily Olivia happily covered in catnip.



Mauricio (un)happily shows off his Easter bonnet.



A trio of tuxies (Misty May, Mauricio, & Lisbeth) plus Fiona happily snuggled up to their dad.



Giulietta is happy to curl up for a nap in bubble wrap.



Lisbeth and Fiona are happy to add their paw stamps of approval to our Santa Kitty Toy Hop donation to Angels of Assisi.



Astrid happily relaxes in the teleportation tunnel.



C.J. enjoys a happy nappy in the “cat” bowl and shows off her cute toesies!



We all are happy to have resident squirrels to entertain us.


We hope you have enjoyed our selections and that they brought smiles to your faces.

Purrs and paw-pats, Lily Olivia, Mauricio, Misty May, Giulietta, Fiona, Astrid, Lisbeth and Calista Jo