Wonderful day!

Today at work was less than wonderful, except that it's January 30th & ALL of my payroll returns are DONE!! Time to celebrate! I still have some Saturdays to work to catch up all that sits while I focus on payroll returns, but the deadline's met, everyone has their W-2's, so I can breathe.

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!



Ok ... until I can figure out how to make my OWOH bracelet post stay first, I'll add this reminder ... scroll down, please, to read & comment ...

If anyone can tell me how to make that post be first, please let me know ...


Time to share another message from the 'universe':

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.


Can't wait!

In the midst of the dreariness of Ohio winter (ok, the sun was shining today!) & the insanity of tax season (let's see...I worked 12 hours today), I'm sooooo looking forward to Elsie & Rachel's class!! Fortunately, we don't begin until mid-February, so after the brain has a second to rest after January 31, I've got to read the supply list & get my shit together (lol). (Can I do that? Get my shit together? Me???) Anyway - the class will be a hoot - or, to quote Elsie, it'll be "holy cute!".

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.


What a day!

A true gift has been given to the US - Barack Obama! What a glorious day in our history!! May God grant him strength, courage, faith, perseverence ...

<--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!


Beautiful words!

A fellow poster in JournalWriting (a Yahoo group) shared his (rightful) displeasure with HBO's broadcast yesterday of the inaugural events - especially their lack of coverage of Gene Robinson's prayer. Sad ... censorship of this sort is just plain wrong!

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.


One World One Heart

As I sat looking through my Google reader this morning, I kept seeing blogs with "blog candy" giveaways. And I started this post, thinking I'd share my 'finds' with you. Then I got to Anne's blog & discovered it's a worldwide effort for people to meet new-to-you bloggers & maybe win some blog candy. How cool is that??? For now, here are a few of said links ... but I'll be back later (I hope!) with my own blog candy, etc.


http://juliesjapes.blogspot.com/2009/01/blog-candy.html [only if you're in the UK for this one]


Happy Monday!


APAD pages

Guess I've not posted any of my pages for Kelly's class lately ... oops!

and this is a Moleskine journal cover I've sat & played with today ... it's one of the small journals, fortunately ...


If you're going to ask ...

I have a door for my office ... I have a door because I prefer quiet or my choice of music when I'm working. I work best when I have quiet. I'm very open with my co-workers about why I have an office with a door. I do not work well with lots of noise around me, especially when I'm working on anything payroll-related. I socialize with my co-workers, when I can. I am not a snob. I may be strange, I may be anal & have OCD & all of that ... but, I need quiet when I'm working on payrolls.

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.



It's -11 wind chill right now! YIKES! Since much of our continent is experiencing bitter cold of one sort or another, I hope you're home & toasty warm tonight.

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*



I just came across this in an email and absolutely love it ... so, have to share it!

"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?

It really snowed!

After days (weeks?) of being told we're going to get snow ... we did, today!

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?


8th place!!

Our hockey team - the Columbus BlueJackets - BEAT the Avs tonight & are now in 8th place in the western division! WHOO HOO!!!!

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.



Snow anyone?

We took K back to college today ... it's now way too quiet here!

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!

traffic feed

I'd put off adding that 'traffic feed' for a long time & as you can see, finally have. ;o) It truly is fun seeing where people are, as they look at my blog! I've always looked at others' blogs with the feed - reminds me of how worldwide the 'net is. *lol*

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?


I spent a large part of today creating for APAD ... feels so good to be caught up!

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!!!


What a fun surprise I had yesterday when I got home!

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!

Gratitude ... again

This page had been working in my head for a week or so .. and I finally sat down & did it. Now to catch up with APAD & other assorted things today. We're stuck at home - rain & ice outside, maybe changing to snow later today. The snow I can deal with & the rain ... not the ice. I wimp out & just stay home.

Hope you're safe & sound wherever you are today!


Gratitude, revisited

A few days ago, I shared my word for 2009 ... "gratitude". Some days, it's a struggle to find something to be grateful for ... some way to change my perspective on something that's happening or being said. But, I do it and it is definitely helping my outlook. When I'm driving to work & some bozo's driving 10 miles under the speed limit, on the freeway, for some unknown reason, I now catch myself thinking "hmmm ... why am I supposed to be driving slower right now?" and I accept that unknown reason. Seems to be helping my blood pressure, if nothing else! ;0)

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?

Guess I could share ...

all of the pages I've done in APAD so far ... *lol*

If you've ever....

thought about taking an online class to stretch your painting, journaling, whatever skills ... sometime, please take one of Kelly Kilmer's classes! She gently leads us through building our pages, gives wonderful examples, shares when she's pleased or unhappy with her own creations ... and, of course, it's always fun & inspiring to see what the others in the group create, too. Kelly, THANK YOU for offering your "A Prompt a Day" class this year ... Can't wait to play more!

July 7, 2006

I've been wondering when I began blogging & finally just figured it out .... Two years, six months ago today I stepped into the internet world of blogging. And I'm still addicted! *lol*

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*


Sunny morning

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.



I've spent today just 'doing' .. quick trip to Michael's for art supplies & clearance goodies ... and got my "A Prompt A Day" journal created & the first page done. Also uploaded a lot of pictures from Christmas & crafting to my Flickr account (link in the right column). Come see!

APAD journal cover

Santa ... flying!