Sunshine in my Soul today!!

I know, you’ve heard the saying before.

Sunshine in my Soul today!

I want to share my sunshine and it’s because at the ripe age of soon-to-be 72, I made a decision to retire! It’s with mixed feelings and emotions but I know it is what I need to do. My life has been filled with friends and family that want the best for me. I think God is pleased with my decision. I talk to him daily for guidance and inspiration and through my prayers I know God is listening. I guess many of you don’t understand that life but it’s one that’s given me peace and happiness.

I look forward to spending quite moments in my hammock reflecting on the pass and planning the future. My husband and I need this time to travel and enjoy the later years of our marriage. I want to enjoy the days of sleeping late, eating when I’m hungry, and napping on rainy days when I can’t be outside.

I look forward to spending time with my family and laughing about silly things. My friends will fill my days of fun and adventure too. They have always been my inspiration.

Life is full of sunshine and it’s in my soul today!


Inspired by Friendship

It’s rare to meet radiant personalities but I feel I can brag about my new friend during my trip to San Miguel. Radiant in the sense of loving life and living it to the fullest. I was Inspired by Friendship and enthused to tell you about the dream.


Days in San Miguel, 2016

Updates from my previous posts, I’m Waiting with Excitement!, brings joy and happiness with words from myself and my gal friends that shared the Days in San Miguel,2016. Let the fun begin!




Looking for Art in all the Right Places

San Miguel de Allende

San Miguel de Allende

Who would have thought it? I fell in love with Mexico after traveling there 3 times and another trip planned for 2016. I am thrilled that my path has led me to a place filled with joy and interesting people. I love the Mexican culture. Smiling faces, strolling Maracihi bands, and parades. I don’t know the language very well but like a crazy lady, (that’s me) I just add a “O” at the end of my words. That’s me, crazy lady that’s right, trying to have fun in this life and making sure I get all the laughter and adventures I can.

Check out this for more about San Miguel de Allende, Mexico.

Fun in San Miguel del Alende,Mexico

Fun in San Miguel del Allende,Mexico

My past trips to San Miguel de Allende, Mexico brought joy to my life! My husband, friends and I spent 6 weeks in the town roaming around and finding quaint little shops and eateries. Wow, the food is more than fabulous. Fresh fruits, ice cream, tacos, and even carrot cake in Mexico. The corners of town are filled with little stations of families selling their staples. I love the corner ice cream shop selling raspberry, it’s my friends favorite. Fresh fruits and pears so large you have to save part of it for later. Gosh, it’s all grown there and mostly free from pesticides.

Dia de Muertos

Day of the Dead by Queen Rose

Looking for art in San Miguel is what drives me back to that beautiful place. San Miguel artist are on every street. Small out-of-the-way spaces that seem to draw you in. Colorful pieces of Mexican history are there for the viewing. Day of the Dead figurines, burros, straw hats, talavera plates, cups, and many other items.  I found a love for the Day of the Dead art (I painted a canvas as a memory) and painted a few canvas paintings for myself and for sale.

Check out my blog post, The Queen’s Art Inspiration for more details on art in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico.

“Looking for art in all the right places”

Queen looking for Mexican trinkets

Queen looking for Mexican Art & trinkets

I especially like the silver and various stones sold in the silver shops. Our last trip I bought several opals and found a jeweler that let me design my ring and bracelet. He could make them and have them ready within 2 days. It is amazing!


We participated in a Mexican ritual Cascarones Day involves decorating eggs and when the signal is given the object is to run around “smashing” the eggs on your friends head! (the eggs are filled with glitter, etc) I know, it was really crazy. You can buy the eggs from the local children and families and when night falls someone signals the time and everyone starts cracking the cascarones (in their hand) over someone’s head. The Mexican tradition is good luck to have a cascarone crack over your head is an honor. My girlfriend that traveled with us had a blast. She just ran around everywhere smashing eggs on anyone in sight. We had a really fun time. Some of our clothes didn’t survive that night. It was all worth a few minutes of laughter.

My favorite time spent in Mexico is relaxing in the 85 degree year round weather. We bask in the sunshine and drank margaritas whenever possible. The only problem with Mexican tequila is it is VERY strong! Beware of that if you decide to travel there. Ice would not weaken the taste and the drinks were 90% tequila and 10% triple sec and lime. Too many of them and you will be dancing in the Jardin.(that’s what we did) The Jardin is a gathering place for tourists and Mexican families during the day and night. The Mariachi bands play and it invites you to sit and linger for a while.

My next trip is January 2016 for 2 weeks. Yeh Haw! Traveling with my husband and 2 friends will be over the top fun. We will be celebrating a milestone birthday (2 of us) and looking for art in the streets of San Miguel de Allende Looking for art in all the right places!

Hasta la vista, Doris aka Queen Rose

Queen Rose

Queen Rose

The Queen has Spoken!

The Queen has Spoken!

The Queen has Spoken!

That’s right, the Queen has Spoken, again! I have to tell you, I picked myself to be Queen of my own life and you can too. I just love the sound of it. Even my fellow workers call me Queen. I am Queen of a Red Hat group, Flashy Flamingos. You can be queen if you decide to!

We are an awesome group of ladies that love being together. We will be celebrating 13 years in 2016. You ask, “how has your group managed to stay together?”  Well, if it’s to be, it’s up to me! That has been my motto for quite some time.

I want to encourage you to “step out of your comfort zone” and start living the life you want to live. Just waiting for it to come to you? That’s not going to happen! I want to share some tips to help you get started to build the dream life, at least the Queen thinks so!

  1. Build a network of people you enjoy being around. Don’t include those that have a negative outlook on life. They will drag you down.
  2. Be cheerful and have a positive attitude! Nothing is worse that being in a group of people. One bad apple can ruin the fun for everyone.
  3. Plan to meet outside of home and work, even if it’s for dessert and coffee. Staying connected with each other will Super Charge your energy.
  4. Find new and interesting places to meet or travel. This is very important to keep life up-beat and full of adventure.
  5. Share your ideas and dreams for the future. This is a good way to understand the person and what their goals are in life.
  6. Let each person share responsiblity for planning. Again, this gives each one power to share their ideas plus give them a sense of self-worth.
  7. Encourage each person to invite others. Having new members will be refreshing and they too can bring new ideas to the table.
  8. Don’t be discouraged if everyone can’t attend. This is one of the most important ideas that have kept us strong and together. We all have times when life happens.
  9. Play like you are young again! Being together with friends  let’s us feel young and alive. We all get bogged down with everyday stress.
  10. Be committed to do your best for the group. If you are in charge of an event give 100% to make it the best you can. Nothing is worse than someone who doesn’t follow through.
Queen Rose & Flashy Flamingos

Queen Rose & Flashy Flamingos

Some fun lunches and cool travel destinations have been the highlight of our group. Some of our lunches include themes. One that comes to mind is when we dressed in authentic Chinese attire to eat at a local Chinese restaurant. The chef cooked our meal right in front of us and we all laughed and had a memory for a life-time. Our travels include some local events, Huntsville Botanical Gardens, an Elvis show at Merrimack Hall, and a lot of the times, lunch at Rosie’s Cantina.

  • Savannah, GA
  • Atlanta, GA
  • Nashville, TN
  • Franklin, TN
  • Las Vegas, NV
  • New York, NY
  • San Miguel de Allende, Mexico

The travel plans are a collaborative effort. So arrangements are agreed  upon and we all stay flexible just in case of any changes. Can you be flexible?

feel it, believe it, Pass it on!

The Power of Friendships

Feel it, Believe it, Pass it on! The Power of Friendships.     I feel you will get some inspiration and laughs along the way.

It’s not about material wealth but the wealth of having good friends to share life with.

This article, The Queen has spoken, will help you on the road to enjoying life like a QUEEN!

Doris aka Queen Rose

Feel it, Believe it, Pass it on!

I love to write! I guess you could say it’s been in my blood from an early age. I like to keep lists and starting writing down my thoughts  when I used my writing as a stress release. Writing helps me to keep focused on the big picture of life. Feel it, Believe it, Pass it on! The Power of Friendships helps to keep me focused on the big picture!

In 2001 I started a Red Hat group of friends to meet and greet monthly so that we could share our life stories. Of course, I named myself Queen of the Flashy Flamingos. My friends were so excited to have a group to belong to and our group activities include lunch, conventions, and travel. We travel to fun places like Nashville, Atlanta, Savannah, Las Vegas and even San Miguel, Mexico.

Queen Rose & Flashy Flamingos

Queen Rose & Flashy Flamingos

I began thinking of ideas for a book and worked endlessly for 6 years accumulating articles, papers, quotes, and an illustrator. I self-published with New York Institution Arts & Design and the end results were amazing. It challenged  me to be a self-published writer.

My published book, Feel it, Believe it, Pass it on!  The Power of Friendships, is available in paperback, e-book file, and kindle. My pen name is Queen Rose Flamingo.  is available at Amazon , Barnes and Noble , or Outskirts Press, Inc .  If you would like to purchase directly, please fill out the request.

feel it, believe it, Pass it on!

The Power of Friendships

Do you have a story about friendships to share? We all have a story to tell mine is full of laughter. Reply with some fun stories of your friends. I still have more to share!

Have a great day and keep reading! Queen Rose