Friday, December 31, 2010

Hats off to 2011

I love love love New Years Eve. It's not just dressing up, blowing horns, wearing hats and drinking champagne but more important it's yet another opportunity to throw out the old and begin again. Beginnings are good and thank goodness we can do just that every day of our lives if we choose instead of waiting for the stroke of midnight once a year.

I tip my "hat" to all my friends and family and also to everyone that I haven't had the pleasure to meet yet. May 2011 be the best year each of us has experienced and may we all be blessed with peace, health and happiness.

The next time I post, I will share all the fun events that will take place in the next 90 days....I'm so excited and so ready to "paint the town red", with Annie Sloans Chalk Paint, of course.

Happy New Year

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Sunday, December 26, 2010

My Little Creek

It's Sunday, my favorite day of the week and I am posting something personal instead of work related. Although I have to say, "the work I do, I love" and my work is almost as much a gift to me as Sundays.

My husband is exchanging a non functioning electronic device and his son and grandson are off to a movie. Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh, quiet. It's just me alone with reflecting on life and thinking about the New Year soon to ring in, whether I am ready or not. Time I can't stop, yesterdays are what makes me who I am, today is a gift and tomorrows are new beginnings. Ready or not 2011 here I come and I will enjoy every opportunity and challenge that is presented.

I wrote a little ditty once that I want to share. The meaning is really about what "time" is in our lives.

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The little creek flows through the trees behind MY house.
It is MINE, for it moves over land registered in MY name.
The grass grows there, and the flowers bloom on its banks.
MY frogs croak, MY grasshoppers rub their legs in contentment
and George, MY raccoon leisurely drinks after boldly eating MY dog's food on MY back porch.

It is MY creek, but a moment ago it belonged to MY neighbor, for it flowed over land registered in his name. It greened his grass and bloomed his flowers.
His craw-dads swam in its coolness. George, his raccoon slaked his thirst after boldy eating his dog's food on his back porch.

So reluctantly I say it: OUR creek sings it's song as it flows merrily along over land registered in OUR names. It gurgles and tumbles over the rocks, singing it's delightful melody, resting in quiet pools along the way.

Un hurried, unweary, untiring, it salutes us both with a happy smile lit up by sun rays through the trees, unimpressed by OUR possessiveness. It nevertheless acknowledges OUR ownership as it makes its way toward the happy children, splashing in its wetness below us.

I stand on its banks and cry in dismay, "Little creek, STAY, for you are MINE".
Gently through its song, its orchestration, I hear its voice in quiet remonstration "Nay, I cannot, MY destiny is OCEAN."

Have a wonderful week and I will post soon regarding work and all the happenings taking place in 2011.

Monday, December 20, 2010

Merry Christmas to all...........where am i?

Countdown begins.......5, 4, 3, 2, 1..... Christmas Eve will arrive and so will Santa, family, friends and most important, the true meaning of Christmas.

I have never been a "collector" of Christmas stuff, I wouldn't know what to collect if I were a collector, I love it all.

Yesterday when I was "out and about" I was fascinated with all the different Santas, Nutcrackers, glitz, ornaments, etc. and all for just a few weeks of display. I DO understand and appreciate others desire for this "stuff" for I love and have a passion for photography and I have thousands of photo's I look at and appreciate on a year round basis. Bottom line, I guess I too collect "stuff" and it really doesn't matter what we collect as long as we surround ourselves with what we each love and value in our lives.

Enjoy where you are now, where you have been and where you are destined to go.
Happy Holidays to all.

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Thursday, December 16, 2010

Golden Friends

I won't make a habit of entering two posts in one day but today there will be an exception.
I know I said Sunday was going to be my "personal" post day but after I returned from the NW and sifted through all my photo's I feel the need to pay tribute to two women that I have traveled life along side. We have all three taken different roads from occupations to interests to personalities but we always have been there for each other and try and meet once a year to reflect, release and recharge.
I love my "golden friends" and I couldn't even begin to think of living this life without their wisdom, their knowledge of who I am and where I've come from.
If I had to ask for sisters, they would be my choices. Come to think of it, we probably pricked our fingers and are real blood sisters at that.
Here's to Wimpy and Gimpy, they are examples of what FRIENDSHIP is all about. And for me, I'll sign this one off, Impy.

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I'm back, but where did I go?

I have returned from a very fulfilling journey. Not only did I "rest my soul", share time with friends and family, I also discovered new places to hold future workshops for Annie Sloan Chalk Paints and Products.

Like you, I am busy now trying to catch up and prepare for the holidays, I swear next year I will be ready for Jingle Bells and Silent Night. I am now paying the price for time away before cookies are baked and packages are wrapped. I take full responsibility but I'd probably do it again.

The slide show you will view is very special to represents where I come from and where I eventually want to be, with my husband and dogs of course. I am a true N.W. girl.

Enjoy and I'll be back later in the week. Please share your comments and "follow me".

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Wednesday, December 1, 2010

mystery trip is on....where am i going and what will i find?

To all my friends out there.......I am off until the 12th. This will be a week of a wonderful journey. See you on the 12th...and please leave me comments.

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