Exciting times and Pollyanna-ism

I’ve been through some really exciting times recently – for a simple reason. I’ve been working on two of my new projects. Every now and then I realize how fortunate I am – to be able to find so much happiness in little things…

Anyway, my first project – that took most of my after-computer time this week – was creating an entirely new garden on the patio behind my house. I bought several large planters and planted a beautiful red hibiscus, some ground-covering Mexican petunias, raspberries, blueberries, tomatoes, peppers and a fig tree.  To fill the empty spaces, I added some seeds of French marigolds, ruby red nasturtium and basil.
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Climbing nasturtiums
Photo “Climbing nasturtiums” – courtesy of cjanebuy
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For the last two days I’ve been hunting around the yard for some more planting space – and planted all kinds of sunflower seeds. There will still be plenty of warm days around here – for all these plants to thrive and bloom – and produce.

I’m not done yet, though. My plan is to still plant a citrus tree (a lime, I think), two red-blooming oleanders and a couple of banana trees.

Gardening in the Sunshine State trained me into an expert in transplanting. My plants never get wilted when I move them to a new place. However – with few exceptions – everything grows way better for me in the planters – than in the ground. It’s one of the Florida gardening challenges – but I’m getting better – by finding my ways.
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Oleander
Photo “Oleander” and comment above – courtesy of Jean.

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Most of the walls in my home are still white so I decided to do some more decorative wall painting – and add more color. That’s the second one of my projects. I went to Home Depot, picked up all the color charts they offer – and I’ve been choosing and putting together different combinations of matching colors all week.

Four custom-mixed paints for the hall are all ready for me to pick up those art brushes and masking tape – and get to work. Honestly – I can’t wait!

Now you see, I get all fired up about things that someone else would consider to be annoying tasks – which (unfortunately) have to be done…

After all the gardening I’ve done this week and mowing the grass this morning, every muscle in my body hurt – but I can’t even describe how excited I feel every time I set my eyes on the new plants.

Not even a diamond-back rattle snake, coiled all day today at our front door, was able to spoil my happiness. I just let it be and it was gone before dark. Yet, I do hope it stays away from now on.
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Diamond back rattle snake
Photo “Diamond back rattle snake” and comment above – courtesy of Mark Arcega

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One evening, not a long time ago, I was at the German Club’s dinner dance. Normally they are closed for the summer but this time they tried a summer special event. The expectations were to get around 60 people to attend – and instead they had 185. It was a great proof that a lot of polka fans live in Florida year-round and these events do not entirely depend on the snowbirds.

Anyway, I was sitting there, just watching people dancing, having fun, greeting each other and exchanging the latest news – laughing and smiling. In that moment I realized how good it felt to me to see people having so much fun at these affairs. And that that was the reason I keep attending them.

Sometimes I download photos and videos taken at the dance to my computer – and it feels beyond description rewarding – seeing all those glowing. joyful faces. I wish people realized how beautiful they look when they are happy. I’m sure that would make them want to feel happy more often.

And, guess what – here’s a big secret: This beauty has nothing to do with age, body shape or outfit. It comes from within…
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That brings me to the movie I re-discovered recently. If you ever look for something to cheer you up, here’s an ultimate feel-good film experience for you: Pollyanna. I found two versions of it on Youtube – and embedded them into this page for your convenience. Another option is to watch it at: Pollyanna movie 1960 by Disney Studios
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Pollyanna movies are based on a best-selling  novel by Eleanor H. Porter from 1913. It is now considered one of the classics in children’s literature.
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The main character’s name became a popular term for someone with the same optimistic outlook: “Pollyanna” (along with the adjective “pollyannaish” and the noun “Pollyannaism”) to convey an image of a person who seems always to be able to find something to be “glad” about – no matter what the circumstances.

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This first version in video below was made by Disney Studios in 1960, and became a major hit. It also gave a tremendous boost to the career of Hayley Mills – and featured the last film appearance of Adolphe Menjou, Hollywood actor who played the hermit-like Mr. Pendergast, finally brought out of his shell by Pollyanna and her friend Jimmy.

The movie comes in 13 parts, each about 10 minutes long. Just click on the play button and then on the next part and next. Sit back – and enjoy! Just hearing Pollyanna’s voice makes me smile – and her comments are simply superb.
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So far, I haven’t been able to decide which version of the Pollyanna movie I like better. They both have some adorable characters, tweaks and acting – so I’ll let you decide for yourself.

Here’s the newest TV adaptation in 10 parts, originally broadcast in 2003 on ITV, starring Georgina Terry as Pollyanna and Amanda Burton as Aunt Polly.

Once again – sit back and enjoy!
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Many people from my list of friends have their birthdays around this time of the year. If I know about your birth date you’re about to receive a greeting card form me some time soon. And if I don’t, I wish you a very happy birthday just the same – and a happy Labor Day. Do something fun – and if you can’t think of something better, watch one of the movies above. 🙂

Wishing you all the best, always,
Daria
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Daria

Most of all Daria enjoys creating, designing, taking photos of, writing about and sharing all the beautiful, cheerful things and moments. She finds them everywhere she goes. And tons of fun people, too!

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Oscar Knezaurek - September 4, 2011

Hi Daria
Walter Ostanek told me that they will close the slovenian lodge . Is it true ???????????????????????? I think you should keep it open until I see it. Thank for all that great reading and infos
Oscar

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    Daria - September 4, 2011

    Hi Oscar,
    Walter Ostanek better shows up on January 28 – when he is scheduled to play at the Spring Hill hall with Bob Kravos… 🙂
    And thank You, for visiting!

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Just Plain Jane - September 4, 2011

Glad you liked the climbing nasturtiums and thanks for letting me know that you used it and for giving me credit. You sound very energetic……..those days are gone forever for us in our elderly state, but how well I remember. Continue to enjoy life!

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    Daria - September 4, 2011

    Hi Jane,
    I’m glad I found a perfect image like yours to include in my post. I write a lot – and always improve my posts with related images. To tell you the truth, I’m kind of addicted to visual arts… 🙂 So – whenever I don’t use my own photos, I give credit to the authors because I greatly appreciate them and their artwork. Thanks for stopping by and – keep snapping those beautiful, colorful photos!

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NICK ANGEBRANDT - September 4, 2011

WAS THAT THE GERMAN CLUB IN LARGO FL? MY MOM SERVED THERE BEFOR HER DEATH IN 1984. IT IS A VERY NICE PLACE IF YOU HAVE A SCHEDUAL OF ACTIVITIES FOR THE CLUB PLEASE SEND ME A COPY, I’D APPRECIATE IT…..THANKS NICK

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    Daria - September 4, 2011

    Hi Nick,
    Mentioned in this post was a German Club from Port Richey, renting for all their affairs the Polish Club in Holiday. They have a dance in the afternoon – every third Wednesday of the month. Tickets have to be purchased in advance.

    I’ve never heard of a German Club in Largo, even though I lived there for a few years – so I really don’t know if it’s still around or not. However, there is another German Club in that area. I go there occasionally – to Pinellas Park. They have a dance every Saturday – year round – at 7 PM. Starting the last weekend in September this German Club hosts a huge Octoberfest – for three weeks. It’s their biggest event and attracts tons of people.

    I hope that helps and let me know if you need more info – like addresses/phones.

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LYDIA LUCZYNSKI- - September 4, 2011

HELLO DARIA,
YOU DID NOT DISAPPOINT. I KNEW YOU WOULD WRITE AND I LOOK FORWARD TO YOUR INSPIRATIONAL ARTICLES. THANK YOU

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    Daria - September 4, 2011

    Always good to hear from you, Lydia!
    Thank you for reading my articles – I’m glad you enjoy them. 🙂

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Grace Doerk - September 11, 2011

HI Daria–Keep up the good work. You are an inspiration to all of us. Love you.
My one wish is that I would have met you ealier in life. You are a great friend. Grace

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    Daria - September 11, 2011

    You know what they say, Grace, “Better late than never…”

    Besides, you are an inspiration to me as well. I don’t meet people with so much devotion and love as you radiate and express – every day. I feel honored to know you! 🙂

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