My daughter decided she had to come home this weekend ... she missed us all. Funny - she's out with friends tonight! *lol* Last weekend, she did a bit of mall browsing with friends & bought me this awesome "peace" scarf!!
Sandy enabled me at TresWishes ... I had to get myself one of these bracelets! It's chunky, a different color ... yep, fits me to a "t".
This fun print is a gift from Sandy to Kelli. We're a "Stars" family so it fits here quite well. Thanks, Sandy!
This beautiful creation is by Lily's Etsy shop and is a gift from Sandy. I absolutely love the image, but I adore the words!! I want to hang it everywhere! Again - thank you, Sandy!
Did you know that whenever you feel love, you literally begin to glow? You probably did.
But did you know that the glowing is actually made up of zillions of minute sparkles? And that these sparkles receive as much energy as they create? And that because of this energy exchange you completely stop aging and look younger? Abundance is immediately drawn to you? Healing powers fill you? Muscles are strengthened, pounds are shed, and your vision improves? Lingering questions are answered? New friends are summoned? Old friends are poked? Problems are solved? And maple syrup tastes more maple-y?
All when you feel love.
So ... do you feel love today? I definitely hope so! Think how you shine, how you glitter & glow! Doesn't it feel wonderful???
Some days, it's hard to feel love .. some days, it's easy to get caught in the mire of daily life ... some days we're battling something or someone that just seems like it will never end or it won't end well. I encourage you, even on those days, in those moments, try to sidetrack yourself. Look out the window, browse through your memories, find something beautiful to focus on, even for a second ... find the love that's in you, that you receive every moment of every day 'cause someone, somewhere, does indeed love you.
I discovered a new paper source today, Graphics 45. What awesome looking papers! But - get this! - in the state of Ohio, there are maybe 5 stores listed on the site that carry the paper! FIVE! There are easily 6-8 different scrapbook stores in central Ohio & however many specialty paper stores ... and only five stores??? Oh - and none are here in central Ohio. Sheesh. Fortunately, Sandy's fav scrapbook store in Louisiana carries the line, so she's going to check it out for me. Yea! Thanks, girlie! In the meantime, I did some stash shopping at Artchix yesterday...yum!!!
And I've not forgotten about OHOW ... think I'll take tonight & make a bracelet to offer up. Think that'll work? It'll just be something fun...and I can make it while I watch the NHL all-stars play tonight. Yeah, that works...
See you tomorrow!
Last night, as I drove home, the sun was a huge glowing orange ball on the horizon ... my phone camera's picture doesn't do it justice, but ... it works.
This morning, I woke to very fine icy snow falling ... gave the neighborhood a foggy look ..
And, from the inaugural poet, Elizabeth Alexander:
What if the mightiest word is love, love beyond marital, filial, national. Love that casts a widening pool of light. Love with no need to preempt grievance.
In today's sharp sparkle, this winter air, anything can be made, any sentence begun.
On the brink, on the brim, on the cusp -- praise song for walking forward in that light.
<--The box? Well ... someone knows it means more than a gift ... ;o) [yep, being ornery *lol*]
I didn't see much of the inaugural balls & such, but I did see the Obama's take their first dance, with Beyonce singing "At Last". The absolute joy & love that radiated from the couple was just awesome! How inspiring to watch two people so obviously in love!
Hopefully, I'm not violating anything by including the following - but I have to share what I find to be thoughts well said:
A Prayer for the Nation and Our Next President, Barack Obama
By The Rt. Rev. V. Gene Robinson, Episcopal Bishop of New Hampshire
Opening Inaugural Event
Lincoln Memorial, Washington, DC
January 18, 2009
Welcome to Washington! The fun is about to begin, but first, please join me in pausing for a moment, to ask God's blessing upon our nation and our next president.
O God of our many understandings, we pray that you will.
Bless us with tears - for a world in which over a billion people exist on less than a dollar a day, where young women from many lands are beaten and raped for wanting an education, and thousands die daily from malnutrition, malaria, and AIDS.
Bless us with anger - at discrimination, at home and abroad, against refugees and immigrants, women, people of color, gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people.
Bless us with discomfort - at the easy, simplistic "answers" we've preferred to hear from our politicians, instead of the truth, about ourselves and the world, which we need to face if we are going to rise to the challenges of the future.
Bless us with patience - and the knowledge that none of what ails us will be "fixed" anytime soon, and the understanding that our new president is a human being, not a messiah.
Bless us with humility - open to understanding that our own needs must always be balanced with those of the world.
Bless us with freedom from mere tolerance - replacing it with a genuine respect and warm embrace of our differences, and an understanding that in our diversity, we are stronger.
Bless us with compassion and generosity - remembering that every religion's God judges us by the way we care for the most vulnerable in the human community, whether across town or across the world.
And God, we give you thanks for your child Barack, as he assumes the office of President of the United States.
Give him wisdom beyond his years, and inspire him with Lincoln's reconciling leadership style, President Kennedy's ability to enlist our best efforts, and Dr. King's dream of a nation for ALL the people.
Give him a quiet heart, for our Ship of State needs a steady, calm captain in these times.
Give him stirring words, for we will need to be inspired and motivated to make the personal and common sacrifices necessary to facing the challenges ahead.
Make him color-blind, reminding him of his own words that under his leadership, there will be neither red nor blue states, but the United States.
Help him remember his own oppression as a minority, drawing on that experience of discrimination, that he might seek to change the lives of those who are still its victims.
Give him the strength to find family time and privacy, and help him remember that even though he is president, a father only gets one shot at his daughters' childhoods.
And please, God, keep him safe. We know we ask too much of our presidents, and we're asking FAR too much of this one. We know the risk he and his wife are taking for all of us, and we implore you, O good and great God, to keep him safe. Hold him in the palm of your hand - that he might do the work we have called him to do, that he might find joy in this impossible calling, and that in the end, he might lead us as a nation to a place of integrity, prosperity and peace.AMEN
http://juliesjapes.blogspot.com/2009/01/blog-candy.html [only if you're in the UK for this one]
That said ... the co-worker who sits in the cubicle across from my office talks to herself, pounds her keyboard & her calculator keyboard, clicks her pen lids ... small sounds that are annoying to me. So .. the answer? I close my door. Pretty simple, huh? Everyone's happy ...
Yeah. Right. This morning, she asks "do I make that much noise?" when I pushed said door almost closed. *sigh* I didn't answer immediately ... trying to decide if there's now a minefield outside my door. Next venture out of my space, I said, quietly, politely, "in answer to your question - you do talk to yourself & me, being me, I close my door so I'm not distracted by you. it's my issue." And, yeah, you guessed it: "really???? my voice carries that much????" *sigh again* "It is me. "
Now, apparently, there is indeed a minefield outside my door ....
Moral of the story? You don't really want an answer? Don't ask the question.
I met 2 friends for dinner tonight .. yummy food at El Vaquero & great conversation! What a wonderfully pleasant end to the work day. Oh! And when I got home, I had a package waiting for me ... opened it, recognizing the name of the sender. Earlier this week, I ordered a few things online & thought it was one of those items. I opened the package & remembered looking at this particular journal at one of the Etsy shops, but then thought - I don't remember ordering this. Well, guess what! It was a surprise gift from Sandy! I'll post a picture tomorrow- it's a really cute "coffee" journal from Dawn's Etsy shop. Thank you, Sandy! I love it!
On a sad note ... this was the last episode of CSI:Vegas with Grissom ... this has always been one of my favorite shows & I'm sad Grissom won't be part of the show (on screen) anymore. But...it did have a surprise ending that was very sweet. *sigh*
Now to hope I can stay awake long enough to watch Jeremy Larson on Leno! *yawn*
"In everyone's life, at some time, our inner fire goes out. It is then burst into flame by an encounter with another human being. We should all be thankful for those people who rekindle the inner spirit." (Albert Schweitzer)
I know I'm thankful for said encounters ... are you?
The snow was very light - though there's lots of it - so, T's answer to shoveling the driveway was to use a short piece of plywood. Worked quickly & easily! As a friend of mine said ... T's invented the redneck snowshovel. *lol*
This was the volume of snow coming down as we ate dinner ...
My van, at the office ... We figured we had at least 4" of snow there today. And, yes, driving home was such fun (said with heavy sarcasm). A half hour drive in normal time took almost 1.5 hours today. BUT ... I made it safe & sound & there's a LOT to be said for that!
Wasn't the moon beautiful this morning?
Of course, the best part is being in 8th place - the guys have worked so hard all year & just keep getting better! - but, an almost-as-good part is that we beat the Avs! And good ol' Adam didn't have the .. well, you know ... to come here & play! Poor li'l baby ... not! T & I continually comment how much better our defense is playing with out Adam ... and tonight was no exception.
We have just a dusting of snow here, but there was more, the further north we drove. We're all to get more this week, as well as very cold temps. Oh, that's right ... it's winter!
Have you ever read "Where's Waldo?"? Well, here he (it) is! ;o)
Just loved this - the sun struggling behind the snow clouds...
See the snowflakes flying around?
What else do you do on a 2 hour drive? Yep, take pictures of one another ...
The snow-covered trees were just beautiful!
So ... if you're visiting, how about leaving a comment too from time to time? I realize some are just surfing through, but especially if you're a returning customer (lol) I'd like to hear how you're doing, what you're doing ... 'K?
We didn't get all of the bad weather that was predicted, thankfully. But, we stayed inside anyway ... had breakfast for dinner (yum!) & K & I watched "Baby Mama". Good movie!
Tomorrow, we take K back to college ... It's been so great having her here for a month! None of us are ready for her to be away again.
And, finally .. with 2:34 minutes left in CBJ's game against the Wild - CBJ's winning, 4-1 AND one of our rookies (Filatov) had a hat trick! What an incredible game! GO CBJ!!!
Sandy & her family sent us a New Orleans Mardi Gras king cake! (Thank you, Sandy, Randy & Shelby!) The box contained the cake - praline pecan filling YUM! - Mardi Gras beads & dubloons, a drink cup, chicory coffee, a CD of Mardi Gras music, a MG poster & a MG guide. It is all so wonderful! Sandy had sent me other MG beads earlier in the week (along with a lot of other awesome goodies - I'm such a blessed woman!), so I'm now full of bling & ready to party!
Someday, I'll be in New Orleans for Mardi Gras!
Hope you're safe & sound wherever you are today!
The last few days, a friend's had to deal with a very stressful situation. I've dealt with similar times myself & I wouldn't wish them on anyone. But, I suspect we've all been there, done that ... and wished similar wishes, felt similar heartache, similar frustration ... As I've thought about my friend's situation, I've realized something to be very grateful for: this friend & I have one another to laugh, cry, rejoice, bemoan with. Good, bad, weird, beautiful, frustrating, entertaining ... what a blessing it is to have someone to share the trust, the tears, the laughter with! How incredibly awesome it is to be able to be honest with another woman! What a gift I've been given ... to know I can say whatever, I can do whatever, I can be whatever ... and my friend will be here, right beside me ... as I will be for her. (Guess I should add a little disclaimer: my guy's THE best person in my life - well, next to my daughter *lol* but all women need at least one girlfriend - one true, blue girlfriend!)
I hope you have someone in your life like my friend ... If so, why don't you take a minute & share your gratitude for her/him, to her/him?
Of course, I love it when I post something & get comments from others ... who doesn't? (And thank you to everyone who visits here!) But, more than that, I am majorly grateful to all of the people who use blogs to share their creations with the world. I discover new people and new talents & skills almost daily and I know I've only seen the tip of the iceberg.
Anyway ... happy 2.5 years to me! *lol*
While out doing errands this morning, I came home one of our country roads. It cuts through a couple of plant nurseries, crosses the remains of the Ohio/Erie canal ... and is only a couple of miles from home.
Taking this drive was my daily affirmation of gratitude ... I am blessed to not live in the middle of a large city & can still see, touch & smell the 'country' life. I may not live there as deeply as I'd like - yet - but I am close.
Last night, as we watched CBJ beat the Avs (SOOOO awesome!) I made a gift for a friend. Of course, I can't show it here 'cause then it wouldn't be a surprise! But I can & will say here that I am more than grateful for the friendships I'm blessed with. We all have people who come into our lives for that season, then move on ... even those I am, of course, grateful for. But those who stick through it all with you are the truest blessings. What an awesome gift we're given when we have that friend (or friends) who share the good, the bad & the ugly with you and don't step out of your life. To those who recognize themselves in that group ... I cannot begin to express my gratitude & love for you. To those who've come into my life, then moved on ... I thank you, too. Your part in my life helped me be me.
APAD journal cover
Santa ... flying!