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a96735_heligan-head     So….here we all are….looking forward to another year….  !!!      Will it be full of things that never were????

For me….for the past 3 years….I have  made and kept a New Year’s resolution… I know that most people say….Bah, Humbug….to any kind of resolutions…We have all made them and tried our best to keep them with little or no success…so why bother???….Well…I have come up with a way  to be able to make and keep a resolution….easily……The trick is to decide on a change that adds to your life….not one that causes stress

For example….one year I vowed to buy only vine ripened tomatoes when available….nothing less….then there was the NOT turning on the radio in the car unless driving more than 16 kms….how nice and quiet my rides were….and last year I decided to ….around the first of each month…to go clothes shopping for an item or two….to help update my shabby wardrobe.   Now you must admit…..very easy resolutions to make….and follow through on.  Not a bit of stress involved ….and the feeling of accomplishment at the end of each year.  And these resolutions I have continued to carrry on till the present!!!!!

So….now comes the difficult part….coming up with a new resolution for 2013…..but thanks to some friends of mine….on New Year/s eve….we did some brainstorming on possible ideas for resolutions…..such as….

  • Once a month…..do a first….maybe trying a new food….or…buying a new kind of soap or shampoo ….or….watching a new tv show…or…how about just brushing your teeth with your other hand…or maybe going into a store you have never visited ….pay for a stranger’s coffee …etc. etc…!!!
  • Once a month….Taking one item out of my freezer downstairs and using it….(I keep putting items in but never take them out) so it might be an adventure for me

I am feeling that the freezer idea will be it for me in 2013 ….I think  once a month ….would be a good way to go this year…..Now I am a bit excited to find out what is lurking in that freezer downstairs. ….I am just going to have to come up with a date to start…..hmmmm….I suppose if I do it sometime during the first week of each month….will be it…..Hmmmm…although the thought of firsts really intrigues me …..could I maybe….do both…????

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Could  this is be a gentle way to step out????

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Love the holiday season…but happy that it is now over???…Ate a bit too much???…feel as if your clothes have shrunk …just a bit???… …

Feeling kind of  like  this????

Well…maybe not quite like this…..maybe these critter will

help you put  it all into perspective…just a little????

Yes…a break..I am not exactly sure why…as this year… it took me way too long to get in the spirit…and..do I want to loose it yet????…..however…before the new year rolls in I will take a break.

I just put another order in for more copies of …Sam’s Weird Afternoon…I am in no rush to get them as I still have a bunch…however…this time I am getting a few free t-shirts along with the order…a little holiday spirit from my publisher possibly????…They will be fun to see…and that made me realize that I needed to wake up Sam!!!

Yes…Along with holidays…Sam has been on the back burner…and I wasn’t sure exactly how to pull him forward…until yesterday….Ever have something like that…something you procrastonated about…something you really DID want to get busy with??…but for some reason…the procrastonating…and all the stress that comes with it..seems to be exactly where you wanted it to be ….for a while anyway…like me and Sam…???

Have you ever had something occur that for some weird reason…made you want to pull that procrastinated thing out…to bring it to the front burner…to get active with it again???…Well…for me that event occurred yesterday…Any author will tell you…book writing is fun…but book marketing is a long..lonely journey….and when that journey seems ever so long…and oh so tireing…it may take an outside influence to get you happily back on track …back on that journey once again….That event for me was a phone call…just one phone call…to my sister…my writer sister…After chatting about holidays, health, family…we got into discussing our book adventures…I cannot put my finger on exactly …what caused me to be re-energized to get back on my jouney…to wake up Sam…and to wake up ME.

Could it have been just chatting with her over the holidays???…or…Maybe it was how we shared our book marketing experiences???…or…Could it have been… just one little thing… that she might have said???…She…my sister Sharon…the one who encouraged me to first write and submit a story…Sharon…13 months older….whom I shared a childhood with…or…could it be the supportive words she gave…that got me wanting to get back on track with Sam..

I suppose I will never know…but one thing I do know…next time I get lost…tired…procrastinate about Sam…I will call her…just to chat for a few minutes….Do you think it is possible …to give energy over the phone…can  energy  pass through the phone wires…could it be that she passed some of  hers on to me???…

My sister and I

This all …Makes me wonder … these days…we use the phone less ….and…. email more….it makes me wonder about…how hearing a voice can give so much more than the written word…and so…hmmm…should I start making more phone calls ???…If a person’s voice…even over the phone can energize another….am I  losing an energy source???…is that why my lights become dim every once in a while????

Well…here we are…this is it…the day before Christmas…as everyone hustles around to do those final preparations for tomorrow…and then have a good sleep before “Santa” arrives!!

Do you believe???….Do you believe in the spirit of Christmas???…what ever that may mean to you???

Here is hoping you have a wonderful day tomorrow with friends and family.

May you find the spirit of the season in whatever way you can.

I wish you …peace…good health…and like the song says….comfort…and…joy!

Sally


 

….3 days left till the big morning!!!

Remember when you were a kid….and you did some serious thinking about…what you wanted for Christmas???…Making lists…cutting pictures out of catalogs…writing letters to Santa????

How about now….Do you ..ever really …seriously…think about …what you want for Christmas???…How about this year???

Today I received something that did just that…Made me think about what I really want for Christmas this year….Today I received an email …one with some very tragic news…which gave me cause to pause…and think .

You see…the email informed of a high school classmate…(whom I have not been in contact since grad in 69)…who… while on vacation with his wife…took a  serious fall hitting his head on a wall…sending him to hospital….One thing led to another…and…the outcome was a  tragic one…The email was sent  by …Keith…a fellow 69  high school grad…to a group of his us …and what followed was moving….You see…his facebook page started to fill up with comments…they kept coming in …from all of us….from all over north america….with condolences to the family…and to he who was a good friend of Tim’s….All I can say is….It was nothing short of …overwhelming!!!..No way for anyone to have to spend the holidays.

Wow…I will admit…I don’t really remember “Tim” much…however….the news of his passing… made me stop and think about life…how very precious it is…how fragile it is…and how in a split second…lives can be ended and/or changed forever…I have to say…social networking…may at times be overrated…but thanks to Face-book and Classmates…a wonderful…emotional…. reconnecting was able to occur…which I would hope…might  be comforting to  ….Tim’s family…and to Keith…a good friend of Tim’s.

So… what do you want for Christmas this year???…

Me???…well…right about now….All I want is …to be able to enjoy…. just one more Christmas season…in the comfort of  family and friends.

5 days left till Christmas morning….only five…have you finished your shopping  yet???…will you be ready for the day???…Are you looking forward to the new year???….and …have you made a resolution at all for 2011???


The past few years I have tried to make one that will add to my life..not make it more difficult. I was tired of making resolutions I would only keep for a few weeks…and so…some of my most recent were…to buy only the best (usually vine ripened) tomatoes…not to turn on the car radio unless I was going farther than 15km…to give my husband a hug a day…and for the most part…I ate delicious tomatoes all year, had many a wonderful quiet car ride, and gave and received many a hug…So…what now???…what can I add to my life this year???…I will get thinking on it.

This holiday season seems…to be a strange one for people…decorations and trees have gone up later than normal…and in some cases…not even a tree this year…People are shopping later than usual…What has happened to that “Spirit of the Holidays??”” …could it be the weather???…or maybe it is family situations…or maybe holiday commercialism has taken it’s toll…No matter what …the day is almost upon us…and will be over in 5…yes I said!!!… FIVE days…and then we all go back to our normal lives…what ever that may be.

Soooo……How much time does it take to do Christmas shopping?…

I would bet there are many differing answers to that one…But it all comes down to ….when the big day comes…the shopping for Christmas is over..There have been years when I began my shopping in October…and I shopped and shopped and shopped…almost until the last day…It was

fun…stressful…time consuming…and …expensive…How about you???….

I had done a bit of shopping so far…this year…but today I designated the day as…SHOPPING DAY!!!!…and amazingly…I just about finished it all…This year it took less time…caused much less stress…I chose a theme to go by…and stuck with it for most everyone…which made my shopping decisions…so much easier… I think I will try this method again next year.

And snow…I always hope for a beautiful fluffy snow fall on Christmas Eve…to blanket the neighborhood…with a beautiful clean white layer of snow….Not only does it give a “WHITE CHRISTMAS” feeling…but…gives us a new layer to ski on that day as well..Speaking of skiing…I went for my first xcountry sky yesterday…

I really do love skiing…however….The first is always the hardest..and yesterday proved to be exactly that….Aside from the fact that …going uphill (tiny incline)…I fell backwards two times…smacked the back of my head on the snow…had my husband checking on me numerous times..asking how my head was…making me think about that actress who died after a fall while skiing…and…that today…with a sore neck…with thighs that feel like I just  spent 48 hours on the leg press at the gym… I keep reminding myself…Yes Sally…you really do love skiing…and…I know …that when I go to get up after writing this post…

my legs will once again remind me..how much I LOVE TO SKI!!!!

Only 9 days left????

Need a giggle during all the hustle and bustle of the season???…Check this video out —

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you can cut and paste it into your browser…or….google…you tube…message from the monkey queen.

Where did the past month go???…I am not ready yet…Every year I say that same thing…and every year Christmas comes…ready or not!!…So let’s see now…most cards are out…gifts that have to be sent …are…the decorations are all in place…Christmas oranges are on in the bowl…Christmas eve and day are planned…as well as New Year’s eve…so what’s left???….I still have a few gifts to buy and wrap.

Each year at about midnight on Christmas Eve…I spend time wrapping the last of the gifts…If you are like me…I am usually wondering why oh why…didn’t I do all of this earlier in the day/week???…however…each year…I find myself doing the same thing…Wrapping the final items…while I would much rather be cozied up in our bed…

But I have vowed….. NOT THIS YEAR!!!…No way!!…This year I am going to arrive home from  Christmas Eve  activities…put on my PJ’s and get into bed…You heard me..no late wrapping for me…no sir…not going to happen.…not this year.   (reminders from all of you would be welcome)

Something just popped into my mind…this could be a fun idea…The Holiday Song  Alphabet …I can’t find songs for all the letters…can you???  (without checking in your song books or on the internet???)…Would your list be different???  Fun activity to do  alone …or…at a family gathering…you can even try singing  as much as everyone can… of each song.

All I want for Christmas …  B…   Chestnuts roasting on an open fire …  deck the halls…  e … f.. . Go Tell it on the Mountain… Hark the Herald Angels Sing …  It came upon a midnight Clear…   Jingle Bells …  k … Little Town of Bethlehem…  m…  n… O holy night….  q…  r … Silent Night…Twelve Days of Christmas…Up in the rooftop … v … White Christmas … x … y…  z

The funny thing about this is…I am so not musical at all…hmmm…Could it be …that I have …. some hidden musical desires…that comes out only at Christmas time???

 

11 days till Christmas morning…..    

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Soooo…can you guess???….what  you  get when you mix….a turtle tattoo(mine)…Breast Cancer…. an old…renewed friendship…and music ???…a new CD called …Comfort Me Too…by  Albarino

Well…Some time ago… I found an old high school friend on Face book…and we reconnected after 40 years…

Over those years …I  had battled cancer…he had two friends who were battling cancer….I had my Cancer story published in “Cup of Comfort for Breast Cancer Survivors”…he…Gerry… (along with friends) had released a CD called…”Comfort Me”…to raise money for  Cancer research…I couldn’t  quite believe the synchronicity of it all!!…comfort…comfort…and more comfort…After a number of emails…catching up on each others lives…. Gerry…saw a photo of my turtle tattoo … and wrote a song about a turtle…a song which can be found on a new CD …just released..called…“Comfort Me Too”.

As for inspiration…..Gerry says…”I was inspired to do a follow-up to “Comfort Me” after re-connecting with an old high school friend… Sally Gilchrest Unrau…   It is her tattooed arm on the cover…  Sally is a three-time breast cancer treatment veteran… living in Canada with her husband Hank (the other hand)….  Recently retired, Sally has written a children’s book “Sam’s Weird Afternoon”….  Her strength and joy of living, and her turtle tattoo inspired the song “Back on My Feet”… The tune “Hanknsally Go to the Islands” …is a fantasy about them sitting on an island beach…visited by some strolling musicians.”

It is  an honor to be … a part of… such a beautiful collection…of music…for such a wonderful cause…….Please  consider ordering one..or a few CD’s… for someone you know who could use a bit of comfort.

go to http://www.freewebs.com/comfortmesongs/ www.freewebs.com/comfortmesongs to hear samples … print out an order form and send it in to receive your copy in the mail.

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Gerry and I …continue to keep in touch…and support each other in our creative endeavors.

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Read below for more information about this CD…and the people who were involved in the making of it

Diagnosed with Breast Cancer at the age of 33,  Debbie Adelman-Snyder established a non profit foundation The Countdown to the Cure to raise money and awareness for Cancer Research.Established in 2003,  The Countdown to the Cure Foundation has raised over $120,000 that has been donated to various cancer foundations such as The American Cancer Society, The Breast Cancer Research Foundation, Cancer 101 and the Lymphomia Leukemia Society.  Funds have been raised with grassroot activities such as an annual walk,  Casino night , and in 2008,  Debbie ran the NYC Marathon to raise money. “Comfort Me Too” is a followup to the CD released in 2007 “Comfort Me“.

Albarino (formerly Blue Moon Revue) and Friends – Comfort Me Too, More Songs for Healing the Heart and Soothing the Spirit…Hot off the release of our first CD of original songs “It’s About Time”, comes “Comfort Me Too, More Songs for Healing the Heart and Soothing the Spirit”. This is a followup CD  for Countdown to the Cure, a foundation to raise funds for cancer research and treatment.
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Comfort Me Too – musicians and singers:  Paul Peeling, vocals, guitar – Laura Peeling, vocals – Gene Huffman, vocals, guitar, bass – Gerry Galuardi, vocals, guitar, banjo, pennywhistle, harmonica, – Suzi Eldrige, vocals, – Naomi Lesley,fiddle – Mary Murdock – vocals – Emily Murdock, flute – Ellie and   Grace Hamilton, vocals, McDonogh School Chorus – vocals
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Songs: …Two Hands – lyrics G. Galuardi, music – Townes Van Zandt – used by permission…Marriage of True Minds – E.E. Huffman …Strength to Match our Sorrows – G. Galuardi …Handsome Cabin Boy – traditional …Guide My Feet – traditional …Hanknsally Go to the Islands – G.Galuardi …Shalom, Salaam – G.Galuardi…Raghupati – traditional …Star of County Down – traditional …Back on My Feet (like the turtle) – G. Galuardi …Amazing Grace – traditonal

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Find some comfort today….

13 days left till Christmas morning….time to start wrapping….

Have you ever said something and been misunderstood???…Have you ever done so …and not taken steps ….to correct that misunderstanding… only to wonder about it …or the other person…for the rest of the day???

A funny thing happened last night …we went out for dinner…during which…odd misunderstandings occurred…and it went something like this…..

The  setting….My husband and I … sitting in a beautiful restaurant…him with his soup and me with my salad… in front of us…I drinking coffee…he  drinking wine…

  • The waiter came to the table with a large pepper grinder… asked my husband ….”Would you like some pepper??”  he said “Yes”…and pepper was put on his soup….
  • Then the waiter looked at me…I was expecting him to ask if I wanted any pepper…but instead I heard him say…”Would you like more coffee??” to which I replied…maybe later…which confused me a bit …as he was holding the pepper grinder…and…never offered me pepper.
  • Next… my husband asked the waiter… for another glass of wine… the waiter… put more pepper on his soup…which confused me even more…as my husband did not seem concerned about all that pepper on his soup…which was looking quite black.
  • The waiter said nothing more…and…left the table
  • I then said to my husband..”did you realize… that when you asked the waiter for more wine…he gave you more pepper ???..I don’t think he heard you say wine”…to which he replied…”You’re right… I didn’t really think anything of it”
  • Then…my husband said to me…”did you realize the waiter asked you about pepper…but… you said something about your coffee instead????”…to which I replied…”No way…he asked if I wanted more coffee…I am sure of it!!”

Those few minutes with the waiter …were all  very polite moment…but now …moments after…we were both a bit confused…so..Once we realized the  confusion…we had a chat with the waiter…to find out…and …yes…the waiter misunderstood my husband….and…yes…I misunderstood the waiter!!!…now how weird is that…and we all laughed once it was cleared up.

It is a good thing we clarified it…. with the waiter …or …

  • my husband and I …most likely would have …“discussed” the events of the night….over and over and over again…with no way of knowing…what really occurred….
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  • the waiter…might  have thought we were a very weird couple…the hard of hearing wife…with  the man who can’t seem to get enough pepper!!!

Have you been misunderstood lately???...Would you even know???

 

 

16 days till Christmas morning….

Today I have a little Christmas game for you…it goes like this….I will give you the second sentence to a Christmas song…and you try to figure out what song it is….here goes…

  1. …Bearing gifts we traverse a far…
  2. …It is the night of our dear Savior’s birth…
  3. …Peace on earth and mercy mild…
  4. …Everywhere you go…
  5. …Just like the ones I used to know…
  6. …And if you ever saw it…
  7. …Oh what fun it is to ride…
  8. …With a corn cob pipe and a button nose…
  9. …Above thy deep and dreamless sleep…
  10. …Our new-born king to see….
  11. …And since we’ve no place to go…
  12. …The little lord Jesus lay down his sweet head…
  13. …But do you recall…the most famous reindeer of all…
  14. …A partridge in a pear tree…

It is not as easy as one might think….try it out at your next Christmas gathering…read out one  line and see what happens…and of course…people must sing the lines!!..Lots of fun….   I had to laugh when one group I did this with…all chimed in with the first line of one song…then the second..and the third…everyone!!!…only to keep singing and realize they had the wrong song.!!!!

Not many days left for shopping…so… I better get on it!!

 

18 days till Christmas morning

 

20 Days till Christmas morning…

A roller coaster…ahhh yes…that describes my life as a children  book author…up one minute and down the next…turn to the right…turn to the left!!

Book signing at McNally this Saturday was good…well….let me clarify that…it was very good…once the first hour was over…and by the time it was over…I realized…I had not done this in some time…NOT GOOD…as I had lost my momentum…I was off my game a bit…and…truth be told…I was even a bit intimidated that day…it was a bit of a difficult hill to ride.

I suppose we all find ourselves having those days…days when our roller coaster is heading downhill….no matter how hard we try not to…Wouldn’t …… start moving up the hill again … be the goal…Going uphill would take much more effort than going down…in fact…going down takes no effort at all!!!….So finding the energy…and keeping your eyes on the up hill…would be in order.

I suppose that…if on a roller coaster…one could find himself going downhill…in two ways….The first would be…coasting down with  eyes straight ahead…seeing where one is headed…and…inevitably…having a bit of  momentum to start-up the next hill…The second would be…heading down the hill backwards…not seeing where you are going… losing momentum as you go…Two ways to go down …and so…two ways to try to get back up…one being  much easier than the other.

What goes up…must come down….right???…If that is so….It would be impossible to stay up…all the time….Wouldn’t gravity… at some point… prevail….however….is it possible that one might stay down…  find it impossible to get back up???….Is it possible that …one might  not be able to find enough energy to get back up the hill???….Can  gravity  become stronger than a person’s drive ???…Is it easier to go up  a  second…brand new hill…rather that having to … attempt to climb the same exact hill…you couldn’t get up the first time???

It all makes me wonder…with all that hill climbing…wouldn’t it be nice if we got a bit of exercise out of it???…Oh..Oh!!!…maybe we do!!…Could it be that … climbing all those hills…exercises our minds…Think about it…Just like the person who hikes and climbs… the more they hike and climb…the the easier it gets???…Or is it that…it  does get easier… only because…they train for it???

If so…is it possible to train for those roller coaster hills/rides … that make up our life???…Can we prepare ourselves to be more successful at getting up the   hills???…Is it possible that… at times…we can get on a roller coaster …that is too big???…One we have not trained for….one we are  not prepared  to ride???

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Want to be creative with your gingerbread this year????…Here are some ideas.

 

I was reading a book today and got to thinking about words…words in the English language…words that don’t make any sense…and…I kept coming up with more  and more examples…and I thought…Imagine being a newcomer to the English language and trying to make sense of it… our language is often used… in such contradictory ways….for example…

“Civil War”-I don’t remember ever reading about… any war being …CIVIL …..”Greenland”-why call a land that is white… most of the time…GREEN???….”Death Valley”-strange name for a place …having…  a LIVING population….”Eggplant”-it may be a plant…but not the size or color or texture of any egg I’ve ever seen…”catgut”–actually comes from a sheep….and …an “underdog”- has nothing to do with a dog.

Words…Ok now…imagine being new to our language and telling someone …When my grandfather “kicked the bucket”…there were a lot of”crocodile tears”…or…The “boob tube” put me” in hot water”…or…My mother is always “splitting hairs” and “picking holes in things”…or…He was running down the hill …when he “hit the wall”.

And …how about…have you ever received an invitation to a “political PARTY”??…or…have you ever been  “in the same boat” as  a “lucky duck”??…What kind of umbrella might  one need when it is “raining cats and dogs”??…Does a “life-preserver” really preserve….Why are “bangs” so quiet???…and…Why is the “hot seat”…never really hot to the touch??

Words, words, words….I can’t begin to imagine how confusing it would all be …if I were to be trying to learn English…I do think we must have one of the most convoluted languages there is…When I was attempting to learn French…it seemed  more “straight forward”…hmmmm….          Or is the French language ….  just the same…???

Oh no!!!  …Could it be… that I just kept understanding and taking everyone literally!!!….wow…now that’s a scary thought.

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I will be at McNally Robinson’s Bookstore on Dec. 4th…1-3 to sign books…come visit and pick up some Christmas gifts at the same time.

HO HO HO

 

23 more days till Christmas morning.

 

24 more days till Christmas morning……

I’m singing in the SNOW…lots and lots of SNOW…and it is another good day…The key????….Walking in the morning with beautiful sparkly…white snow…everywhere!!!!  What a wonderful experience.

Snow…think about it for a minute…for many of us it is a normal part of our winter…but…not for everyone…A number of years ago…I met a girl  who moved to Manitoba…from Paraguay…and was living through her first winter with snow…I will always remember her telling me …how amazed she was when she saw her first snowflakes fall from the sky…Why??? I asked…Her answer was …”I never knew snow fell from the sky…I always thought it came up from the ground”…and right then I couldn’t help but smile.

I embrace emerging experience. I participate in discovery. I am a butterfly.
I am not a butterfly collector. I want the experience of the butterfly.

Goes to show how a bit of experience…can open your eyes…can teach you… enlighten you…It makes me wonder…how many misconceptions  we all have…possibly because of… lack of experience???…Just like the snow falling…It makes me wonder…how much misinformation…are we all storing in our mind’s files…and how much of that misinformation …can cause a person…to…deduct…or assume…other false info???

If a person believes that…snow comes up from the ground…one might also suppose that…one  never has to clean off a car…and…the trees…the trees would never be beautifully snow covered…and drifts…would there be any snow drifts???…And if the snow comes up from the ground…would there be snowflakes???…and…how about driving visibility…it would always be pretty good…unless there was a very strong wind…right???

Snow…yes snow… and a walk in it has again…been the key to a very good day…for me…So I think I will keep walking…and…on days when the snow flakes are falling…I hope it will remind me to…keep an open mind…always wonder or question…until I have experienced it myself.

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Today I want to share with you some Christmas trees…If you haven’t the space or the money…these may be just what you are needing….

Check out my new visitor counters that show countries visitors are from ….I am now curious to see what shows up ..I know I have had visitors from  places other than Canada…hmmm…I’ll just have to wait and see. Calling visitors from around the globe to check in!!!!

 

 

26 days till Christmas morning….Ho, Ho, Ho…

Have you ever had those days when …you just feel…your life is coming together??

Everyone has good days and bad ones… and for me… today is a good day…It is as if all the pieces of the puzzle…my puzzle…have come together today..Could it be that…all the planets are  lined up just right??…or maybe it is just a bit of good karma ..or could it be that beautiful walk I had out in the snow this morning????…

When you feel life is coming together…it is like…you know …the feeling of finishing one of those 1000 piece jigsaw puzzles….how…when  that last piece is put in…the picture finally …all comes together???…I suppose life can be like that…Are we just one big giant puzzle???…Is  life  made up of… the fitting of thousands of pieces together… like a puzzle??…I suppose it could be…and…like  a puzzle…there can be days when there is a missing a piece or two…and there may be days when…. you feel like the pieces are all jumbled up in the box…and couldn’t there be days when…like for me today…that last piece of the picture is finally in???

Now…just because a person’s life (puzzle) comes together one day…doesn’t mean that a piece …can’t be lost once in a while…And whose to say… that your puzzle can’t end up …all mixed up in the box again… one day!!!  I bet you are thinking…what about that puzzle glue stuff???…the  bottled stuff that keeps a puzzle together for eternity???…Wouldn’t it be wonderful…you are thinking…if we had some life glue like that???

I don’t know about you…but…I think it would be terribly boring…if we could actually…hold  our lives together with  some kind of glue. I will admit I do love the days when it all comes together…however……

Loosing a puzzle piece… every once in a while…can’t be a bad thing…now…can it????

27 days left till Christmas morning….

Ever hear a word being said and you thought to yourself…hmmm….I wonder what that means???…Have you ever been listening to speech and someone uses a word that you have never heard before… and …you get  so caught up with that word…and actually didn’t hear much of what followed???…

Well…that is exactly what happened to me last night….someone was giving a little talk and used the word…”EFFUSIVE”…which threw me right off as I had no idea what it meant…It was used in order to explain someone’s personality…and so…I figured… it had to be something good or it wouldn’t have been said with 20 people present..but…

I thought about it a bit…hmmm…should I let it go…or do I  ask for the meaning???…so …at an opportune time …I decided to dive in…I asked my friend…a past school teacher…what is the meaning of that word????….He did not answer but instead…turned to another retired teacher…and asked him if he would clarify it for me….The second person  then  admitted that …he did not really know that answer…AHA!!!….I was not alone in my ignorance…and …I would venture to think that… although many in the room …”had an idea of the word’s meaning”…they truly did not know it.

Ever found yourself in a like situation???…Wanting to ask for clarification but not sure if you should???…Wondering if you are the only one present…who doesn’t understand????…Waiting and hoping that someone will speak up and ask YOUR  question????…Have you ever weighed your  need to know…as opposed to the possibility of… embarrassing yourself????…

I wonder how much we have all missed or misunderstood…just because we were afraid to ask???…As children…all we do is ask !!!!…what…when …how…why….where….over and over again…that is one way children learn…Why is it that as we get older…we hesitate to ask….Can it be that we feel we have nothing more to learn from others???….Can it be that we want to appear smarter than we really are????….Can it be that it is just not that important to know????…or….Can it be that we are afraid to ask???

Well…for those of you out who need to know..I will clarify effusive for you…

effusive [ɪˈfjuːsɪv]

 

extravagantly demonstrative of emotion; gushing, uttered with unrestrained enthusiasm, burbling, gushy,
Do you know someone who is effusive???….Are you effusive????
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Here is another interesting piece of art….made out of chocolate this time….
Who would ever have the heart to actually eat such a beautiful creation…???


It is hard to believe…but Christmas is only one month away…and I don’t even have my house decorated yet !!

In fact…it was only 5 minutes ago…that I took down an Autumn wreath from my front door to make way for my Christmas one!!!…If I had my way…I would have started unpacking my boxes of Christmas items…a month ago…however…as I am not the only one who lives here… I have to be patient…but now…now it is time… and so tomorrow will be decorating day for me….and I am excited!!!

Deliberately seek opportunities for kindness, sympathy, and patience.
Evelyn Underhill

What is it about the first real snow of the season… that brings out the HO HO HO in all of us???…I can’t imagine NOT having snow!!! …Although I must say…I did spend an hour and a half  shoveling our driveway yesterday…only to have it snow once again…and with it…more shoveling…however this time my husband took care of it….Yes…that back braking  job is upon us once again.

I am mentally …gearing up to spend a few hours at McNally Robinson  once again…on December 4th from 1-3. I am trying to think of ways to make my book table…have a Christmas flavor to it…hmmm…maybe I should bring along one of the Santas I have made…maybe some garland…and books tied with  ribbon!!!…  Book sales have gone well…I am curious about  how December sales go.

 

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Here is another bit of interesting art…..Wondering what to do with all your gummy bears????…try this

Monkey’s , monkey’s, monkey’s….

If you have visited this site in the past…you may have noticed…a variety of monkey photos…What’s that all about… you might ask yourself???…It is simple…as a child I always wanted a monkey for a pet…When ever our family would go on vacations to …Santa Land…or…Fairy-book Land…or where ever Dad decided to direct the car that year…there seemed to always be an organ grinder… and a little monkey…And it was always the highlight of the day to have him sit on my lap or shoulder.

So then I got to wondering…what exactly is the organ …that  the nice man with the monkey and neat hat…played…I never really paid much attention to it…just the monkey!!!..

And thus…my monkeys…No…I never did get my monkey pet…sob, sob, sob…however I am enjoying the photos I am finding and sharing with all of you.

I was a very fortunate child…Yes…me and my family would go on…holidays where I was able to actually touch the “North Pole”…or ride in “Cinderella’s” pumpkin coach…or watch two cowboys  “Shoot um up” right on the streets of  Cowboy Land…or even meet “Snow White”…. and yes…hold a monkey….Seems a bit corny … however…I don’t think I ever questioned the validity of any of it…and why should I have is what I say????

Are you a believer????….Christmas will soon be upon us…and it is time to think about…. what do you believe /believe in????….Hmmm….

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A few more sculptures/art…..using crayons….   

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