Friday, December 24, 2010

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas








Merry Christmas Everyone! I hope your Holiday is full of
love and laughter....

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Where do you want to go?

That's a simple enough question....and my
answer is just as simple...I want to live
from my core...the real me.
Honest, loving, simple and deep.

(I recently read a story on the internet
about a young man who had lived next door
to Fred Rogers. And while I don't
remeber a lot about the story...what I
do remember is Mr. Rogers telling him
that living simple and deep was always
better than living shallow and complex).

Earlier in the year when my Knight and I
decided to begin this remodel project of
our future retirement home, it didn't take
long (or rocket-science) to realize that the
contents of my current 1800 sq ft home is
not going to fit into my future 900 sq ft.
home...suddenly, I found myself able to
"let go" of so many things that I once
felt was so important.

I've read posts this week from ladies
who are struggling to find the Christmas
Spirit and then suddenly a simple strand
of lights or a twinkling glitter star will
remind them of their childhood and things
will fall into place and that love and
peace of the Holiday season will walk right
in; reminders of the fact that with
imperfections, light comes seeping through
the cracks and if we get out of our own
way and let go, miracles will happen...

And so, as the Christmas season approaches,
I'm not as stressed about gifts and menus...
simple gifts from the heart, time spent with
family and friends and phone calls to those
who can't join us this year.....

Love & Peace, simple & deep....
I hope you find yours.

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

i miss you....

i'm wondering, how many times can you write the
words i miss you on a piece of paper? it would
not be enough to ease the longing in my heart.

i'm wondering, do you remember the love and
adoration i felt for you as my baby boy?
do you know that i have that same feeling for
you as a grown man?

you have your own life to live now with a
beautiful wife and wonderful children. it's
what i always prayed you would have.

and i have new paths to explore in my own life.
they will be much quieter than the past, but
no less exciting and just as sweet.

however, i miss you......

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Year end review...

I guess it's that time of year when we begin to
look back, reflect over this past year...the good,
the bad, what should have been and what was.

To keep this brief, 2010 was not a bad
year...but, not a good year either....I lost
touch with myself and my soul began to dry up
from the loss of that contact. I had very
few creative thoughts and even less creative
energy.

Oh, it wasn't a horrible year...we've begun work
on renovating our future home in the country...
Lots of dirt and sweat and dreams of gardens &
chickens kept me going through the summer....



But this seems all surface to me...In less than
a month, I will turn 50 yrs. old...it's time for
some real changes.

So, this is the goal for 2011....a return to
myself....I fear there is some hard work ahead
with lots of dirt and sweat and dreams of
gardens and chickens to keep me going....

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Thank you


Today is Veteran's Day. Regardless of your views on the
current conflicts we find ourselves in at the moment,
please remember that so many have given up so much in
order for us to have the freedom to express those
conflicting views.

Thank you to my Pappy, my Daddy, my Son & daughter-in-law
for their unselfish service and sacrifice.

My prayers for those who made the ultimate sacrifice
with their lives.

I love you all

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

A gift from the Universe

Just what I needed to read....my horoscope for today.

Capricorn
December 22 - January 19
It's important that you abandon the myth that you don't have
any gifts or talents, Capricorn. Consider thinking about your
talents in the same way you think about your body. When you
exercise, eat right, and get plenty of rest, your body
responds. Your talents are no different. They need care and
nurturing, too.

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Pappy



Cecil Earl Yates
August 3, 1910 - October 29, 2010

I remember counting your wheat pennies every time
we came to visit.

I remember wearing your robe when I stayed with
you and Granny

I remember you always smelled like coffee or engine
grease...depending on the time of day

I remember that even as a little girl, I knew you
loved me more than anything in this world.

I remember your smile.

I remember our conversations and your advice when
my first marriage had ended and I didn't know what
to do or where to go.

And when I came to see you in August, to celebrate
your 100th birthday, I knew you still loved me
more than anything in this world.

You are the standard I judge all men by, simply
because you are the best.

I love you with all my heart and while I know you
are no longer with me here on this earth, you will
always be with me in my heart.

Sunday, April 18, 2010

Weekend in the Country.....

It's so nice to get away and enjoy the peace and quiet of
Mother Nature. We spent the weekend with my folks out in
East Texas....planning the day we get to move there
permanently....here's some pics...









Saturday, March 6, 2010

For your viewing pleasure.....

I've been blank lately - nothing coming out.....I hope
this means that maybe something is coming in....We did
go to see Alice in Wonderland last night and I loved it!
The imagery was beyond amazing....

So, until the Muse graces me with her presence, here are
some snow pictures from earlier this year....





I'm sure there are those on the East Coast of the US who are
sick of the stuff, but snow rarely happens here in Texas like
this, so we revel in it!

Peace & Love to all....

Monday, February 15, 2010

And the Winner is.......

Anji Gallanos from Alaska...

Congratulations Anji - I hope you enjoy your gift....I hope it's
always a reminder to live your dreams and enjoy your life with
passion and "wildness"

Thanks to all who came by for a visit and also to those who signed
up to follow this little piece of the blogosphere....I hope we all
become the bestest of friends!

I wanted to make sure I got by to visit everyone - but a family
emergency put my magic carpet ride on hold....hopefully, Lisa
will keep the list up for a while and I can make it by.

Dandelion dreams....

Sunday, January 24, 2010

It's that time again!

.....Well, you don't know what we can find
Why don't you come with me little girl
On a magic carpet ride.....

From Magic Carpet Ride by Steppenwolf, 1968

Welcome everybody! Lisa Swifka's One World One Heart
begins today! Another chance to meet new friends far
and wide.

I joined the Gypsy Caravan last year for the first time
and had so much fun traveling the world, seeing great art
in so many different forms. I wouldn't dream of missing
this event!

This past year has been a year of growth and change for me
because I took the chance last year to come out of my shell
and join the world. I've learned so much about what I want
out of life, what I can do and what I need to contiue working
on.

So, in honor of my 1 year blogiversary and One World One Heart,
I'm offering this piece of work as a give-away. It seems I'm
finding my muse through music lately - this time it was
Stevie Nicks - but I have so much swirling in my brain right now,
who knows what will come of it - stay tuned!












Leave a message that includes a link back to your site or
an email where I can get in touch with you. I'll do a
drawing from all comments left at the end of this event and
contact the winner for mailing details.

Thank you for stopping by - come again anytime!

Peace, Love and Happiness to you all......

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

You're a shining star.....

No matter who you are......now I'm sure that tune will be
stuck in my head for days....

Jamie's asked us today,How do you wish to shine?

I think that's an easy answer: I wish for my true self to
shine through...for my soul to glow and sparkle with truth
and love.....that I may be a source of inspiration or comfort
to anyone who should need it whether I realize it or not.

However, I sometimes think that's easier said than done...
especially when we wake up cranky or start feeling sorry for
ourselves when things don't go our way.

But, as we all know - it's the challenges in life that give
us the lessons we need in order to grow. With these
opportunities are our chances to shine.

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Just showing off

Wanted to show off my latest project....for my grandson Wyatt.
I'm still very much a beginner, so things like this take for
ever....but here's the Spiderman blanket....I found the pattern
online.



And here's Wyatt with his new blanket -



Since I have 3 more grandsons + 1 on the way, I'm going to
be busy for a while....