Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Santa's Workshop

I have been a busy little elf these days....planning, shopping, decorating, crafting.

This used to cause all sorts of stress and angst, essentially putting me in a black
hole until the entire Holiday season was over.   I've since learned to let go of
those expectations for the perfect gifts and celebrations.   With 22 children
and grand-children, gift giving has become simple little tokens of love.  I can't
afford for it to be any other way!  ☺ Ha!  It's all about time spent together...as it
really should be anyway.

I started doing a bit of shopping in November, but I usually don't start with the
decorating until mid-December.   I refuse to put up a Christmas tree during
Thanksgiving weekend...I can only deal with one Holiday at a time!

However, cold-wet weather in early December had me stuck in the house, so
I went ahead and got started early on my decorations.   I tell ya, I could go
crazy decorating if I let myself...(I know, I've seen me do it).

Here is my humble little tree, with handmade decorations and some favorite
mercury glass ornaments from over the years...

And my White Christmas display including crocheted snowflakes in the
windows.  (Forecast calls for the high 60s this weekend....below is going
to be the only "snow" I get) 

I've spent a tremendous amount of time on Pinterest looking at all the cute
handmade ornaments and decorations.   I truly love making ornaments for
my tree and every year make an ornament for my sweet daughters as well
as crochet some snowflakes for my nieces.   It's one of my favorite activities
during this crazy busy season.   (I'm thinking that I may continue making
ornaments after the holiday and sell them at a local market or etsy or something
next year....we'll see how that goes).


So, I'm done....finished all my projects up last weekend and now I'm just waiting
for all the hoopla to begin...

Wishing all of you a very Happy Holiday season however you choose to celebrate
it.  Spend time with those you love and let everything else fall away for a while.

Saturday, December 3, 2016

The New Normal

I've been away longer than I expected.   I hadn't planned on a mini sabbatical, but
it seems my moods are up and down these days...I didn't want to come back to
this space and fill it full of negative energy.  Sometimes I am superbadasswonderwoman
ready to take on the world and fix it all before sundown and other days I hideinthecornerandwhimpertomyself.   I guess for a while this is to be expected.

I would like to say that I've taken a nice break from the web world, but unfortunately,
I have not.   I seem to be needing that reassurance that others are feeling the same
as me.  And it's funny/strange/odd how we're all coming to the same conclusions....
that the best way to fight the fear and hate is just by living our best lives.   This is not
a "head in the sand" / "hoping for the best" kind of attitude, but more a realization that
by healing ourselves and being our best at whatever it may be...only adds to the positive
healing energy of the collective.

I once saw something from Elizabeth Gilbert (Eat, Pray, Love author) about following
your curiosity...that not everyone has a passion, but if you follow your curiosity it
could become a passion.  So, I have decided to follow my curiosity regarding herbs
and healing, to study this science and possibly one day be passionate enough to
become an herbalist.  

I've gone back and forth on this for a while now, feeling that at almost 56 yrs of age,
I may have waited a little too late for that boat to sail.  But I've come to the realization
that I have nothing else to do and I do love gardening, so why not?   Maybe by the time
I feel knowledgeable in what I'm talking about, 60ish will be the new 40.!!!

(old photos of past gardens, but I needed a bit of color today as its cold and rainy).