Simply danLrene

Work Your Dream

About danLrene

 NOTE:  Subscribe box is down below the mountain picture.

And now I can add author to that list for my first book has been published and is on Amazon for sale now. Here is the link: My First Book Published

Poetry book

If you want it real….read my blog. If you want all fou fou and fluffy is not here. 🙂

daisy on head

danLrene is a quirky, funny, eclectic, happy, compassionate, caring, hippy, country girl and most of all a God-loving person who just also happens to be a writer, a poet, a photographer, an artist, the queen of bed dancing, hairbrush singer extraordinaire, once a the taste tester, once a gardener and  now a gardening adviser and the keeper of danLrene older than dirt wisdom.

My goal is to have people see me and think “I want what she has that makes her so happy”.  Happiness is a choice..a daily choice. We are either survivors or we are victims. I am a survivor. Survivors focus on the solutions and ways to have a better life while victims are still talking about all the problems.

I will not lie and tell you life is all roses because it is not. Some days I can not move and lay on this bed in agony and some days I am able to sit in my power chair for a little while. But no matter what kind of day, I look for something good to focus on whether it is my dreams, my daisy, my son who is so good at taking care of me, my other son and DIL and my Sweetpea, my family, my friends on line…no matter what..there is always something good to find in life if you look hard enough. Just remember it is how you think that determines what life is like.

“If you think you can or you think you can not, you will be right.”

I will be 67 this May of 2016. Life has been a journey of health issues since before I was 31 . I have a warrior attitude. Being a warrior does not mean you always win. It means you never quit trying.  Life is what you make it and I choose to make mine as happy as possible no matter where I am in life.

I am blessed in that my oldest son is my caretaker and a great one at that. He has given up much to take care of me. He is an awesome caretaker and is always looking for ways to make life easier for me. I truly am thankful for his care. He is writing a book talking about “My Mother’s Keeper”..and I think it is going to be wonderful for so many are having to take care of their parents today.

My name is not chronic illness or disability. Can you really see me or do you see my health? I hope you see me and my spirit.

Our baby Daisy. Daisy came to us from a dear friend after our Jack, as so many of you called “Wonder Dog” because of his blue cape, walked on to the next world. And Daisy is such a joy and makes us smile and laugh.

me and daisy

Son and Daisy



My one room world from my hospital bed-it is filled with warmth and love from so many. Son designed my “Command Central” as he calls it. It is a long narrow table by my bed with a little flip down desk where I can sit on the edge of the bed and eat or I can sit up and type if I want to but I am “tummy typer supreme” as son calls it and many wonder how I type laying down like I do. Necessity is the mother of invention. My room looks into the kitchen where I can see son puttering around cooking as he is master of the kitchen now. 🙂

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Ever since I was a little girl, I was told I was a dreamer. I can remember report cards with “day dreams” written on it. I think dreams are what keep us going. Without dreams…we have no hope.  I dream of many things and I dream for many of you.

Follow Your Dreams, The Siren Called Out To Me

As I closed my eyes and fell deep into lovely sleep.
The dream siren called me with a promise to keep

I closed my eyes and looked deep in my soul
I could feel the wind blowing…it was so very cold

My dreams I had carried through year after year
They will never come true was my biggest fear

Wandering up one lane and down another
Remembering my dream since I became a mother

Land, open land and a place to be free
A small house to live in with a big evergreen tree

We mounted the buckboard with all we owned inside
And started over the mountain on this crazy dream ride

We felt like pioneers racing to the finish line for land
And the whole time we knew -The Lord had our hand

So do not be afraid to dream your dreams and try
Life is too short…open your wings up and fly

Dream I say and work the dream hard as you can
For it will be the best race that you ever ran.

© danLrene 2011

We all have dreams of what we want out of life. I remember Laverne on Laverne and Shirley saying her dream was to have a purple cashmere sweater. Well, our dream is to own land in the country and have a simple life style unencumbered by so much of what is in the world today. We have accomplished that dream in that we live on the outskirts of small town America in a much smaller and compact house but it has all we need: a cottage that visitors say they love because it is so serene here.

I love to write and have written  for years. And hopefully will continue to write for many more years. This blog is about our journey getting here, our life after we reached the promised land and different middle of the night ramblings, posts to inspire others to keep fighting and keep living. Dreams are like cooking…we might get our grandparents old recipes, but we tend to alter them to suit ourselves. But, dream we must…for as long as we have hope in life…we have dreams. And even plain ole everyday people get dreams that come true. 🙂

I hope you enjoy and will subscribe and share my journey.  Come join us at the foothills of the mountains where we have found a life of simplicity and serenity, in spite of all the health trials of one disabled woman and the courage of a son that chose to take care of her.


  1. Thanks dear Danlrene, for liking “French Talk” to follow 🙂 I highly appreciated to have you around there too along with my other blogs. Keep blogging and enjoy! mmmwahhh mmwahhhh

    Comment by adollyciousirony | September 17, 2014 | Reply

    • Oh you are welcome. I took French many years ago and love the blog. 🙂

      Comment by Simply danLrene ©2012 | September 17, 2014 | Reply

  2. I just accidentally came across your blog while looking for pics for my blog post. I love your blog! I love your Spirit! I, too am a Survivor and Thriver. Mine is from abusive, lying, using people and alcoholism. I, too am not longer a Victim! Ain’t it wonderful! No, my life is not perfect either. My husband, and love of my life is disabled too, but we do the best that we can with what God gave us. So, far we have made it eight years.
    Check out my blog: Sally’s Serenity Spot,
    God bless you and yours, Sally

    Comment by Sally's Special Services | September 7, 2014 | Reply

    • Thank you so much and yes you definitely sound like a survivor and that is what it takes to make it through this life. I will check out your blog soon. Thanks

      Comment by Simply danLrene ©2012 | September 7, 2014 | Reply

  3. I wish you well on your life’s journey, but I don’t understand how you can be happy about taking your son’s only life on this earth. What will happen to him? How will he find a job and survive? As a parent our responsibility is to raise them well and let them go, not to be tied to us forever.
    I’m sorry that you are ill, but why do two people need to endure it?

    Comment by glenn | May 15, 2014 | Reply

    • I agree, it is a choice, and I choose to take time off and care for my elderly mother who was 84 for six years in our home. I loved it! I have never regretted it. I was and am happily married. I told him eight years ago before we married that my mother was going to be a big part of my life, and if he could not handle that then we should not marry. I did HAVE and do HAVE many job skills, but my mother was more important to me than money!! KUDOS to your son, I am sixty, and I hope and pray that my son steps up to the plate when I need him. He is thirty two. I see elderly and sick everyday that are treated like dirt and pushed aside by their families, and I am so grateful that my family is NOT like that.
      Love, Sally

      Comment by Sally's Special Services | September 7, 2014 | Reply

      • Thank you Sally and so true. My sons tell me they learned to care for others and help take care of by watching me do it with my parents and other. KUDOS to you for taking care of your mother. 🙂 HUGS

        Comment by Simply danLrene ©2012 | September 7, 2014

      • Thanks, and I did not mention it, but I am caring for my disabled husband now. I love every single minute that we have left, and when God is ready for him I will have to “Let him go” like I did Mother. I remember years ago, my mother telling my Dad, who suffered from CHF too. She told him that as long as he was breathing, she was happy. People ask, and I tell them that I am happy any day that we do not have to spend in the hospital.
        God bless, Sally

        Comment by Sally's Special Services | September 7, 2014

      • Having helped take care of both my parents even in the shape I am in, I know what a job it is. I am blessed my son takes care of me. I wish people could learn that happiness is in the heart. You have found that but many think happiness is in things, places, people…and it is not…Joy is. Here we just enjoy being a family and enjoy each day because no one knows what the future brings. Many prayers to you Sally

        Comment by Simply danLrene ©2012 | September 9, 2014

  4. Hello! I came across your blog and from reading your “About” page, I find you to be a very inspiring and admirable person. 🙂 I’m looking forward to reading more of your blog posts!

    Comment by Jumping_Jenny_444 | January 2, 2014 | Reply

  5. Feel free to visit my blog

    Comment by limseemin | June 2, 2013 | Reply

  6. Hi dear I would like to make you a part of Word Press family.

    Comment by supriya | April 15, 2013 | Reply

  7. Thanks for sharing these quotes about being thoughtful

    Comment by Ira | January 19, 2013 | Reply

  8. hi .. you are nominated for the blog of the year award 2012

    Comment by smoothsolidade | November 29, 2012 | Reply

  9. Great blog! Ran across it for the first time today. What kind of dog is Jack? I adopted a rescue dog a couple of years ago who is now my constant companion (Bosco) and I’ve always wondered what breed (or breeds — lol) he is. My dog Bosco looks just like Jack in the picture “Jack and his Baby,” but Bosco has one blue eye and one brown eye. . . but other markings are nearly identical. . . all the way down to pink and black “freckles” around his nose and some random black spots on the white edges of his ears. Would appreciate any info that you may have.


    Comment by Ravyn | September 20, 2012 | Reply

  10. I have awarded you with the Inspiring Blogger Award! For details, see my post here:

    If you don’t want to make a post on the award, just take this as a compliment and don’t worry about it. No hurt feelings here. Just know that I like your blog. 😉

    Comment by Daphne Shadows | June 25, 2012 | Reply

    • Daphne, thank you so much for the honor. I just received this award about two weeks ago so I hope that you will bestow it on someone who has not received it. I do take it as an honor and I thank you for liking my blog so much. 🙂

      Comment by danLrene ©2011 | June 25, 2012 | Reply

  11. Hello. I have nominated you for the Sunshine Award. If you will accept please visit me at for more information. 🙂 Renee

    Comment by reneeboomer | June 23, 2012 | Reply

    • Renee thank you so much for the honor. I received the Sunshine award in 2011 so don’t know if I should receive it again or let someone new get it. If you have someone new…please give them the award for I do not want to hog them. Thank you so much for thinking of me.

      Comment by danLrene ©2011 | June 24, 2012 | Reply

  12. I just realized you have the same dark green recliner as I have! I just had to tell you. 🙂

    Comment by daphneshadows | June 9, 2012 | Reply

  13. This is amazing. You make me feel like I am the disabled one. Sounds like you could move mountains if that’s ever what you wanted to do. Keep dancing! You Matter! Smiles, Nancy

    Comment by juststartwithmonday | June 9, 2012 | Reply

    • thank you Nancy and I am sorry I missed this earlier.

      Comment by danLrene ©2011 | June 19, 2012 | Reply

  14. I’ve nominated you for a much deserved award.

    Comment by nymuse88 | June 7, 2012 | Reply

    • Thank you so much. I am truly honored.

      Comment by danLrene ©2011 | June 19, 2012 | Reply

      • Thank you for being such an inspiration 🙂

        Comment by nymuse88 | June 19, 2012

  15. Beautiful blog! I love how you said, “How much joy we get from life is up to us.” so very true, YOU are an amazing, inspirational lady and will enjoy following your blog. Another lovely blogger, Christine sent me over here and told me you were such a positive lady like me. Have a wonderful day. Renee 🙂

    Comment by reneeboomer | May 29, 2012 | Reply

    • thank you renee and I do not know how I missed this. Welcome to my blog.

      Comment by danLrene ©2011 | June 19, 2012 | Reply

      • Thank you for the warm welcome. No worries. It happens to us all at times I am sure. Have a terrific day. 🙂 Renee

        Comment by reneeboomer | June 20, 2012

  16. Easter is a time of rememberance, a time of thankfulness, a time of Joy…

    Many Blessings danLrene and your Loved ones.

    Christaian Love – Ron and Anne

    Comment by Freedomborn | April 6, 2012 | Reply

    • Amen to that Ron and Anne and Happy Easter to you. 🙂

      Comment by danLrene ©2011 | April 7, 2012 | Reply

  17. Thank you Darlene for joining up with me, I look forward to sharing more with you, we have a few things in common I’m 60 and a bit and I’m disabled, when life hands us a lemon we look for the bubbles and sweetness and share it with a friend.

    Christian Love Anne.

    Comment by Freedomborn | March 23, 2012 | Reply

  18. I feel very fortunate to stumble upon your blog. Truly an inspiration to me and will look to you for strengthen in my own physical struggles. Thank you!

    Comment by throughthehealinglens | March 19, 2012 | Reply

    • Thank you. You are so right in that chronic pain is something most people have no idea of what it is. It invades every part of your being, wakes you up when you are asleep, won’t let you sleep, stops you from doing and eating and enjoying. It is a hard battle. I am glad you are here for together the battle is easier. Doing it alone is hard. 🙂 Welcome aboard.

      Comment by danLrene ©2011 | March 20, 2012 | Reply

  19. You are very thoughtful and have lots of courage. Keep it up.

    Comment by literary lew | March 15, 2012 | Reply

  20. Wonderful! You have a great attitude. 🙂

    Comment by Amy Duncan | March 15, 2012 | Reply

  21. I just nominated you for the versatile blogger award. xxx

    Comment by hurtorheal | March 14, 2012 | Reply

    • thank you hurtorheal. I am very honored.

      Comment by danLrene ©2011 | March 15, 2012 | Reply

    • I am so sorry it has taken me so long to get this up on my page. I thank you again for the Versatile Blogger Award.

      Comment by danLrene ©2011 | March 15, 2012 | Reply

      • No let me thank you for all the wonderful and regularly inspiring posts you write xx

        Comment by hurtorheal | March 15, 2012

      • thank you. You cross my mind a lot for I have been where you are..always trying to please everyone but myself. You are a wonderful friend to others …just expect the same for yourself. You deserve that. ok? you know I am always honest with you because it is how I would talk to a daughter if I had one.

        Comment by danLrene ©2011 | March 15, 2012

  22. Hi Deb, so nice to meet you!! I LOVE your spirit–Dreams are vital to our daily existence, and I love what you said about, if we can’t do things one way, create another. You are wonderfully inspiring and encouraging–thanks so much for visiting my blog so that I knew to pop on over here!! God bless you abundantly today, and always.

    Comment by Caddo Veil | March 10, 2012 | Reply

  23. You are such an inspiration! I am 56, also disabled through multiple chronic health issues, and your story inspires me to continue to work diligently towards creating a positive and happy environment – thank you so much, and I am honoured to follow you on your journey! ~ Julie 🙂

    Comment by Julie Catherine | March 10, 2012 | Reply

    • Hi Julie…welcome aboard. Yes, we have to create our lives so they are filled with joy. I clicked to follow your blog too. 🙂

      Comment by danLrene ©2011 | March 10, 2012 | Reply

  24. Hi Danlrene, I love to share this, “7×7 Link Award” with your goodself. I wish you will accept this. The details are in my latest post. But, no pressure okay, Danlrene? Congratulations and warmest wishes in all your undertakings. !!!

    Comment by Michael | March 8, 2012 | Reply

    • oh Michael, thank you so much. I am very touched and yes I accept.

      Comment by danLrene ©2011 | March 8, 2012 | Reply

      • Thank You Danlrene. I am so happy (jumping up with joy and clapping my hands) Have a great day. !!!

        Comment by Michael | March 8, 2012

      • huge grin. 😉

        Comment by danLrene ©2011 | March 8, 2012

  25. Thank you. Every day I do try to chip away at getting closer to them. 🙂

    Comment by Hetterbell | March 7, 2012 | Reply

  26. The description of yourself gardening got a smile out of me. I have a gardener friend who is dear to me because we “get” how much we love to dig in the dirt. She broke her leg last year, but she was out in her garden, dragging her leg around, ‘diggin’ in the dirt.’

    Bravo to ya!

    Comment by wyominglife | March 6, 2012 | Reply

  27. Thanks for the following 😉

    Comment by jennysserendipity | March 6, 2012 | Reply

  28. I love what you said about us never being told life was easy but it’s up to us how much joy we get out of it. Good luck with achieving your dreams! 🙂

    Comment by Hetterbell | March 6, 2012 | Reply

    • Thanks Hetterbell. I hope you are working on those dreams of yours too. We all deserve dreams. 🙂

      Comment by danLrene ©2011 | March 7, 2012 | Reply

  29. Thank you for stopping by my blog today and liking my post Neil Camara Photography

    Interesting Blog..
    Will follow…

    Comment by jennysserendipity | March 5, 2012 | Reply

  30. Just letting you know – I’ve nominated you for an award:
    Participate, or not, as you wish. 🙂 I really love your site!

    Comment by Judee | March 3, 2012 | Reply

  31. Howdy –

    I wanted to say thanks for stopping by my blog today. I’m glad you did, I believe I’m going to enjoy yours.

    Comment by Cowboy | February 29, 2012 | Reply

    • thanks. I already enjoy yours. I am a country girl. 🙂

      Comment by Danlrene ©2011 | February 29, 2012 | Reply

  32. Hi Danlrene,
    I like that: “if you can’t do it one way, create another way…and do it!”
    Thanks for visiting and following EuZicAsa, It is an honor, and I hope you’ll find it interesting enough , not to be boring! Keep your dream up, touch the ground any way you can: As long as we’re here, We’re alive and kickin’

    Comment by george-b | February 26, 2012 | Reply

    • Thanks George and you got that right…any day this side of the dirt is good and we have to keep kicking ;). I am enjoying your blog too. 🙂 Deb

      Comment by Danlrene ©2011 | February 27, 2012 | Reply

  33. Stopping by to say hello and thank you for visiting my blog. I’m enjoying yours and will keep up with your posts. Shalom

    Comment by Jeanne Webster | February 26, 2012 | Reply

  34. Just found your site. I will be back :).

    Comment by internet elias | February 12, 2012 | Reply

  35. gethappy, thank you so much. your words and admiration mean a lot. What is it I am supposed to do?

    Comment by Danlrene ©2011 | February 3, 2012 | Reply

  36. Your blog has won my admiration. I am proud to nominate you for the Liebster Blog Award. I am convinced you deserve it.Congratulations

    Comment by gethappy | February 3, 2012 | Reply

  37. Gorgeous photos and life! Looks perfect to me ~ I’d love to know where that is if you don’t mind you can email me ~ ~
    Angel Love,

    Comment by AngelsLightWorldwide | January 10, 2012 | Reply

  38. I nominated you (again) for the versatile blogger award, but of course, don’t feel like you repost all that…it was hard trying to find 15 blogs to nominate and write 7 random things about myself lol. I couldn’t do it again so I don’t expect anyone else to 😀 Anyway, you can find my post here:

    Comment by Bethylicious | January 6, 2012 | Reply

  39. It was great to discover the Work the Dream blog, and to vicariously enjoy your journey to your dream. It was amazing “icing on the cake” when I discovered your location. My extended family owns a cabin in the upper Box Canyon of the Spanish Twin Peaks. We spend two weeks there every summer. It is such a beautiful, regenerating place. I don’t get to see it first hand in winter, so your winter photographs are a real treat.

    I want to nominate you for The Versatile Blogger Award. You can read about the award process on the GrowthLines blog at in the Versatile Blogger post.

    Comment by GrowthLines... | January 5, 2012 | Reply

    • Thanks so much. That gives me incentive to post even more posts of the area. 🙂 And thanks for the nomination of Versatile Blogger Award. I will go read about it. Thanks again. 🙂

      Comment by Danlrene ©2011 | January 5, 2012 | Reply

  40. So pretty. Nice.

    Comment by susartandfood | January 1, 2012 | Reply

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