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I go to nature to be soothed and healed, and to have my senses put in order.
John Burroughs

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I have spent hours on our lake waters the past three years…and each year I am amazed by the changes of the landscape and the wildlife that find a home within.  However…. …Where are all the ducks, geese, small wading birds and muskrat???   Why would there be many one year and almost none  the next???

The only thing that comes to mind is the differing water levels each year.  This year the lake water were extremely high…and moving too fast….could that be the reason???

Was there no place for nesting to take place??   I miss  watching the young grow up…and looking forward to finding them each time I  visit the lake.

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 However…the  Turtles…the beautiful painted turtles seem to be a constant in the landscape…everyday around 10 am.

I love to float beside them …near the reeds…as they  hug a piece of driftwood and raise the heads toward the sun in unison, is always a special moment.

thCAXRF6AP For everything you have missed, you have gained something else, and for  everything you gain, you lose something else.

Ralph  Waldo Emerson

Yes…I am missing something this summer…. the creatures …however…I have  spent more time observing the trees and the plants as they grow and change during the summer…more than ever before.  I have observed the changing of the shores…how the rain , sun and wind affect the growth, in and around the waters edge… how the water surface explodes some days with new growth…and how it can  visually change from being glasslike in one spot yet  choppy with waves in another.

Ahhhh…change.  Mother Nature seems to embrace it and accept the consequences .

Now…if only I could be as flexible as she.

Do you think you are unique??…

c646539332609418206376114b79bd6f     Do I think I am unique??? ……If  all of us  are  unique…..does that mean that none of us really are?????

Or….maybe we are equally unique….and so…differently the same???  And….If we are just like everyone else….is anyone really unique at all???

Just something to think ……..

So next time you start to feel like you are special…or unique…remember….so is everyone else.

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frag·ile

easily broken, shattered, or damaged; delicate; brittle; frail: a fragile ceramic container; a very fragile alliance.
vulnerably delicate, as in appearance: She has a fragile beauty.
lacking in substance or force; flimsy: a fragile excuse.

Have you ever thought about fragility…and fragile  things… like a snowflake or china bowl or maybe that  glass tea pot???…What about people??…..Have you ever met someone who seemed to be in a fragile state….or maybe it was you….have you ever  felt fragile???

Is it   true……Do others really mold our dreams and hold our hopes in their hands??….If that is true…others are vital to our lives……and if so…how carefully do we handle our relationship with them?.Is it with care… in the same way we handle  that rose bud about to open…or the fragile china bowl?….It is so easy to take for granted those closest to us….we are all guilty of that at times…..Imagine the centre of this little plate being you/me…..and all the buttons around us being family, friends and others…..by being careful with each other we are able to keep a strong connection…we are able to continue to touch each other’s hearts and be the strongest possible….

 

“When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the Universe.” – John Muir

Ever thought about …..Who you are hitched to ?

 

 

 

At twenty we worry about what others think of us;

At forty we don’t care about what others think of us;

At sixty we discover they haven’t been thinking about us at all.

— Author Unknown

Hmm…the center of the universe…for sure we are all …the center of our own universe…but…. THE UNIVERSE???

I bet we can all remember…when we  were younger…and worrying…worrying about what others thought of us…We worried about our clothes, our hair, our cars…and more…Did we fit in??…And no matter how hard we tried…we would always worry…Funny though…Do you ever remember worrying  in that way about  others??…..I  sure don’t….so why is it that…we assumed they/others… would think  about us????…

Doesn’t it stand to reason that …during those years…as everyone is worried about …what the other person is thinking of them…the other person is worried about what others are thinking of them too???…and so…it would make sense to assume that…no one is thinking about anyone but themselves!!!..Interesting that it takes us so many years to figure that one out…to realize that …no…the universe does not revolve around us.

For sure we will all experience times of success…or times of great excitement……a time when we may have a lapse of reality…a moment of regression…when we feel we are the center of the universe…. But…as the years go by…we know …we aren’t and  we never were.

 

 

Yes…there may come a day when our life will flash before our eyes…would ours be worth watching???

Have you ever had a moment … a moment when something caused your life to flash before you???…a moment when something  caused you to take a serious look at the years that have passed. ..how you have  spent them..something that made you wonder about the years to come and how you will spend them???…If your life flashed before you today…can you say…Yes…it was worth watching or do you think you would want to change the channel ???

Wouldn’t it be wonderful if we had the ability to look back…and change the channel if we did not like what flashed before us???

Well…we all know that is not possible…what is past is past…However .. if our life has not been worth watching…or if our life could be a better watch…do we have the capacity to change that???…Can a person make their life…a …more worth while watch??…In the hustle and bustle of our daily routine…can a person make changes  to  their own channel???…Can we work to change  the inevitable “life flashing  before our eyes” so we will be happy with the channel our life has been on???

That got me wondering…Is it possible in looking back…  that what we see flash before our eyes …is in part …reality combined with our  perceived reality???…Is it possible that the life that might flash before us…is a mixture of…people and events and behaviors…that we have come to believe as our life…but may not have actually occurred as we remember???….Can there be memories of our lives…that  have been manufactured by others…or…redesigned by ourselves to suit our needs and attitudes ???

Reality is merely an illusion, albeit a very persistent one.  Albert Einstein

I wonder about this …as there are days I pick up an old journal I have written …and…I read and find to my surprise that…what I wrote about an event or feeling or behavior of a certain day…is very different from what I… now remember it to have been….In some cases it may have been only a few years and still…my memory has …over time… become distorted…So now I wonder about… if my life flashes before me one day…will it be my real life or my life distorted by time and the tricks my memory might have played.

So now I wonder…How  much of my life …that I remember to be my life…really is???…How much is a distortion of it???…When my life flashes before me one day…will I truly be watching my channel or might it be a bad connection somewhere…causing distortion???…

Only in quiet waters do things mirror themselves undistorted.

Only in a quiet mind is adequate perception of the world.

Hans Margolius

Think about it….How quiet are  your waters ???…How distorted are your  perceptions???



I learned a new word this week…..

I was reading about phobias yesterday and  I found  there are people who are afraid of books…they have  what is called…Bibliophobia.I have heard of many phobias in my life…but this was something new…the fear of books!!!

So what exactly is A phobia?…It  is an irrational, intense and persistent fear of certain situations, activities, things, animals, or people. The main symptom of this disorder is the excessive and unreasonable desire to avoid the feared stimulus.

http://phobias.about.com/od/phobiaslist/a/bibliophobia.htm

I suppose we all have a fear/s of some kind…but would our fears be considered … phobias???….So… of course that got me  to thinking…what fears do I have ?? and are any of them a   phobia???…Is there something that I fear intensely…irrationally…and persistantlyl???…Hmmm

Well…I do fear loosing my calendar…my life line that tells me  where  I have to be when….and then there are my glasses…however…that is not really a problem cause…. I always have contact lenses if they are lost…and how about my keys….that has scared me once or twice……

OH..OH…I’ve got it!!!…candles and fire …I love them outside ...but when they are burning inside…especially when my husband is away…I get a bit worried about fire…I have even been known  to blow out a candle or two at a friend’s home …usually in their bathroom as it bothered me a bit…Also…I   have a good supply of battery operated flames to put in containers….However…I will  admit…I do love the real thing sometimes …and I have just begun lighting up a candle at suppertime once in a while…and actually enjoying it.

So…is it a phobia???…I don’t think so…it is not a real intense fear…In fact…I actually never thought about it much….until I began volunteering at the local fire department …I was their Education Officer for three years…so… I wouldn’t call it a phobia…just a healthy respect and knowledge of  fire.

But  just imagine ….a fear of books…think of all the problems such a phobia could cause a person…imagine all the information and interesting stories that person would miss in their life…I suppose a library would not be a favorite place of theirs…and what about friends…would they only visit homes  of friends …that did not display books???…I suppose bibliophobia could be very debilitating  in ones daily life.

 

I just had a thought…I wonder if a Kindle or an E Book would cause a person with bibliophobia the same problems

…or not??

Ok now…time to relax …

 

 

I’d stand in line for Confession with old people and little kids, and as the line moved up, I knew when I got into the box that I would lie! Again!
Mercedes McCambridge

Wow…does that ever bring back memories….and so I wonder….Are  confessions really good for the soul???…
Hmmm….I remember when I was just a kid… growing  up Catholic…confession was a regular occurrence for me…. I was so worried that I might forget…some  terrible sin …I had made over the past week…that… …to cover for that…I too …would always end with confessing … I lied!!!…
Looking back…I remember  I always said that …just in case I might have forgotten a little sin…What little sin I didn’t really know…I thought I was being so very smart in those days…and I never did tell anyone…till years later… And  now I learn that … I was not alone in my cleverness…as Mercedes McCambridge…did the same thing…ahh..great minds….

Anyway….I will admit that..in those days…confession  WAS ,,,good for my soul..you see..I was always relieved after confession…..I think just the act of  doing it …was penance enough to last me for years…To this day I wonder…was that priest was ever really listening .
However…Here I am… decades later…wondering if Confessing is still good for the soul…good for my soul??…and so…I thought …why not try an experiment….here goes……Millions of people watch TV …and…millions of them watch lots….and …millions of them lie about it all the time…not wanting to be judged because of it….Well..I will confess….I am here to say…I love TV…yes…I have said it…I love TV !!!…. I love watching my TV….I love getting to know all those characters in the shows…I love seeing places I have been to on my T.V….I love reality shows  and police shows….I love …Two and a half Men…C.S.I….Hawaii 5 O…Law and Order and more….
Whew….that wasn’t so bad….Yes…I actually think….that was good for my soul…

Talking about T.V….got me thinking…Last night I …as I was watching  my T.V….I thought  about  some of the weird …unreal …stuff …we watch…stuff  they keep putting  into shows…..stuff that in real life…just would not happen…thing like…
  • when someone is driving, looks away from the road…at a passenger..not for a second…not for 5 seconds…but for 10 seconds or more…and doesn’t get into an accident!!
  • chases…when let’s say the police are running after a criminal…for blocks….jumping over walls…and rolling over cars…and no one is out of breath
  • then there is the squealing of tires at really inappropriate times…like when a car is slowly taking off.
  • when someone wants to sneak up on someone but they keep the headlights on or loudly shut doors
  • when female actors  go to bed and wake up with all their makeup on

And the best one is …the one that I keep seeing over and over again is….

  • C.S.I…How each time they are at a crime scene…with those little flashlights…looking for evidence …and they find the one little hair or the one fingerprint which cracks the case..

I always wonder how… any home could be so immaculate… that only DNA from the night/day of the crime….would be the only debris  there….I sure hope that  a C.S.I crew…never has to come to my home…I am afraid that if they had to search myhouse…they would find a weeks worth of “stuff” to bag…and the case would never get solved!!!

Ok now…what do these unreal TV things have to do with confession….Nothing…However…I wonder how you feel about confession…would it be good for YOUR soul???…Is it possible that the more a person divulges about themsleves…the more freeing it can become???….If a person had no secrets…if a person’s life were like an open book…or…clear as a sparkling glass window….would it be freeing????

If the human brain were so simple that we could understand…we would be so simple that we couldn’t.

Emerson M. Pugh

Some days I think about how nice it would be ….if our lives could be simpler…not our minds…but our lives….however…Could it be that…we would need to have a simpler brain…to live a simpler life???….Could it be that… our lives are so busy and complex …because our brains are so complex??…Maybe it’s not the brain…but instead…how full it is …Can it be…the more filled  our brains …the more complex our  lives???…Can it be that simple???

When I first developed this site….I thought I would keep it simple…..mostly ..because I didn’t have much knowledge about sites…blogs …etc….My brain was not so full of such info …and so my site…was simple as well…however….it has been over a year now…and in the process of it all…I have learned so much about site building….and with all that information embedded in my little brain….life here…writing on my site…what was… a simple little site..is beginning to be….more complex…You see…..I feel the need to change up the header photo on a regular basis….and ….changing the content ….I now know how to add widgets…other sites and more…which is just the tip of the …blog  iceberg…I wonder how much more info there is …. to learn….how much more complex can one little blog/site get?…. My life…writing on line …has become …less and less simple!

And so… simple or complex…is one better than the other?…

OH NO !!

I think I must have accidentally hit a wrong key….I can`t get a question mark/””$/$!!!!

Like it or not…it is time to learn more…till next time.

 

Dr. Seuss’ birthday…has come and gone !!!

If he were still living …this past Wednesday  …March 2nd…he would have been 107 years old…Imagine how many more wonderful stories he could have told…all the weird characters he would have given birth to… if he were still alive…It makes me kind of sad to think about such a loss.

And so…I thought…in his honour… I would share with you…a character ..

A number of years ago I wrote a fun story about a gathering of …weird characters …which I shared with my daughter Michelle…Later that year for christmas…she gave me the most wonderful gift I could ever want….two illustrations to go with my first two characters…here is my favorite…

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On my bed

Are my two skinny Zinks

With six eyes that just constantly blink

Having one bigger ear

And green bugs in their hair

They sure let off a terrible stink

By me….2007

What is so very interesting is that…we never discussed it…This is what she imagined from the words I put down on paper!!!  I don’t think I could have imagined anything so creative in my mind…Sure makes me realize how important the words in a kid’s story can really be….She and I have talked about collaborating on a book sometime in the future…my words and her illustrations…

What a dream that would be…

To see it become… reality !!!

Many ideas grow better when transplanted into another mind than the one where they sprang up.’

Oliver Wendell Holmes

Today I really thought about …being creative…yes…creative I said !!!….February is …I love to read month…and…I was thrilled to receive an  invite to ..Minawasta..a local elementary school…..to read Sam’s Weird Afternoon…However…it became a bit challenging today…5 different classrooms came to sit and listen…I was having so much fun…however…I was actually boring myself…It was the same thing over and over…listening exercise…story…help with a new story I am writing…and so…I tried to change it up a bit…get creative.

Now I must be clear…I read the book to each class as if it was the very first group I had read it to…which was fun…It was the rest of the presentation that needed something…and so…thanks to …Fred Penner and his song…Sandwiches Are Beautiful…I decided to make a song to go with my book…I hope he doesn’t mind….I just took his song and changed the words to go like this…

My shoes are beautiful…my shoes are fine.

I like my shoes…I wear them all the time.

I wear them in the winter and I wear them in the fall.

If I had  a hundred pairs of shoes…

I think I’d wear them all.


 

 

To my surprise…the kids…whom …I must say… were wonderful listeners…were …even better  singers!!!…That little addition to each presentation…made all the difference…for me anyway. I still have 4 more classes in Minnewasta Elementary…to present to…but with more activities…I am now ready for more classes.

Ahhh…the life of a published writer…fun but tiring…Hmmm…what exactly happened ???…I thought I had retired with lots  of…freedom…no demands…sleeping in late…right???…WRONG!!  …..but I wouldn’t change a thing….It is easy to forget what fun kids can be…how they can make you laugh..laugh…and laugh again!!!…Now how bad can that be???

 

Last night…I was given the gift of laughter…over and over an over again…as wonderful friends…entertained me with photos…stories…gifts…cards…writings..books…and songs…that I will never forget..!!  What a night!!!!…I was encouraged to wear…  a plastic , glittery tierra…a shiny beaded necklace…a mask …. as I blew out candles …did  blowing of soap bubbles in the frozen outside with friends…Lots of clowning around all night…made me feel…Forever Young.

So…Why did they do that you might ask???…Why give me the gift of laughter???….Well…Maybe because they just wanted to …or…maybe because it has been a long winter and we all needed a laugh…or…could it be because I sent out invites to all of them…and asked for it…a night of laughter????…Yes…I did ask for laughter….and why not???…Remember the old song…It’s my party and I’ll cry if I want to???….Well….I thought it was time to change that to…It’s my party and I’ll laugh if I want to…and so…being my party… I laughed…and laughed and laughed…I laughed so hard..for so long …that my cheeks actually ached  !…I must say..it is all … “Thanks to a bunch of wonderful friends !!..the why is not important.  

So that got me to wondering about…asking  for and receiving something…versus… hoping/wishing  and waiting for…something to appear or occur in our lives….But how many of us…who really want something  from someone..do nothing to get it ???…How many of us… would rather wait and wish and hope???…and …how many of us find…we  are only  disappointed time after time???…How often do we NOT get what we would like???….How often do we keep waiting…keep not acting or asking???

Is it possible that if we don’t ask or act…we could be waiting forever???….Is it possible that  we could be constantly dissapointed…over and over again???…Does all the wishing and hoping… give us what we would like..???…Have you ever really thought about that???…Now I am the first to say that wishing and hoping are great attributes..in some situations…and definitely have their place… in the bigger scheme of things.

However…Many years ago…when my mortality was staring me in the eyes…I began to think about all the little things I had always hoped to get…the little things I had always wished would happen ..the little things that had now… become big things …Those  very little things that…the  longer they never occurred …the bigger they became… in my mind…It is not a bucket list but rather….my little plastic pail  list…..I began to look at that list and decided it was time to take action…Just like the other night…for my birthday asking  for a night of laughter…and…laughter I got!~!!..How simple was that????….All I had to do was …ASK ..!!

How did I feel about that???…Asking for something???….Would it have been better to get it without asking???…Might I have gotten it if I didn’t ask???? …well…I will never know….but with my cheeks still aching from the laughter I received…it couldn’t have been …any better !!!

“Stop the mindless wishing that things would be different. Rather than wasting time and emotional and spiritual energy in explaining why we don’t have what we want, we can start to pursue other ways to get it.”

Greg Anderson

So..my question is….what are we all waiting for.???…If there is something you would like.. !!! …It doesn’t matter if it is a laugh from your friends…roses from your husband….a wonderful gift for your birthday….it might even be a night out at a restaurant for dinner….or…a little hug…or maybe…that simple little swivel disc for exercising…(that is a story for a later day)…If you want it ….act/ask…why have we been waiting ????….

Do all  good things come to those who wait????…..or rather…is it…Ask and you shall receive…!!!

Hmmm….something to ponder….


In what concerns you much, do not think that you have companions: know that you are alone in the world.

Henry David Thoreau

We all have things that concern us much…things that are important… or dear to our hearts…things that we fight for …or fight against…things that can be controversial…or maybe even outrageous…and some may not make any sense at all!!…We all have things that concern us…however…do they concern others as well???..Does anyone else  …REALLY ….share our concerns…does anyone else REALLY care???…..Can any two people ever really be on the same page at the same moment in time???…Are we really alone with our concerns???
Think about it for a minute…have you ever found yourself in the company of people…  part of a group…and  yet…still feel alone???…Even if we are part of a group…a member of a club/family/tribe…do we really all have the same concerns???…Can it be that the group is like a book  …heading toward the same ending…but…on different pages???
So…I got to thinking…If we are all alone in the world with our concerns…are there ways to be…not so alone???…Is being alone with our concerns… a reality or just a state of mind…and if it is a state of mind…are we able to change and adjust that state to help us  feel less alone???…or…Can the  knowing that we are alone in our concerns…bring a bit more reality to them???? …Can that knowledge help us to view our concerns differently???

So…are our concerns exactly that…OUR CONCERNS…and no one else????…
Is it possible that the more concerns we have…the more alone we will find ourselves???…
Now …there is some food for thought…and…changing the subject….another piece of my present collection…The most expensive________________.
Oh no !!!  For some reason I am not able to insert a photo today…I will try again later…..I got it!!  I got it…here it is…

Are you wondering …who are those little men in the picture??? … Look at them closely and you will see…they are all made out of ice…in the process of melting a bit…I loved them and so wanted to share.

I am waiting for some items from my publisher this week…a week of extremely cold days and nights…but I am having some fun with the temps…If the cold weather is getting you down…try one  of these …

  1. Boil some water…put some in a mug…go outside and toss the water in the air and watch…
  2. Try taking a rag…dipping it in boiling water…laying it as flat on the ground as possible…leave it for an hour…later go out and peel it off the ground….hold it in your hands and hit it against something hard…a number of times and see what happens…
  3. Needing a hammer????….put a banana outside on the ground for a few hours….when solid…have a piece of wood and nail ready…take the banana and hammer…voila!!!
  4. This is my favorite…got some bubble blowing stuff laying around from the summer…take it outside…and blow …it must be on a day when it is not windy and the temps are – 20 Celsius or colder

OK now…for those of you who hate this bitter cold…I hope I have given you some fun…easy things to try…Get the  gang outside at your next dinner party…or …when the kids get bored and you want them to have some fresh air…pull out one of these ideas!!!….They are actually so simple but quite amazing…and I am sorry if your live where it is warm…you will have to find your own fun.

I have decided to polish a few of my other Sam stories… I have been invited to read at local schools and I thought it might be fun to have some others to read as well….So…after I read my book for bookclub…Secret Sister…I will pull out my Sam stories.

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Another most expensive item….a  Gold Ferrari.

If you think you can do a thing or think you can’t do a thing, you’re right.
Henry Ford


I am sure, like me, you have all had times when you …thought you couldn’t…and…surprise!!!!….you couldn’t….When you were young…it  might have meant getting a good grade in school…or…learning to sew…or maybe…it was getting a date…or… making it into a team or becoming cheerleader…In those days …I suppose we all had times when we couldn’t and didn’t….Why though…did  it  seem there were always those who “COULD”…I wonder if they always believed they could..and so they did…or was it that they never actually considered they couldn’t??

We all know our minds/brains… are a powerful tool…and we have all heard that we use only a teensy weesy bit if it…like the tip of the iceburg…So that makes me wonder…If we have all that unused power …just sitting beneath the water line…how do we access it???…and if we could…would it make us think more often that…. “WE CAN” ???….Or…if …more and more….we really believed we “CAN”…are we actually accessing the hidden part of the iceburg???…using more of our brains???…without even realizing???

Are there people with more of the iceberg out of water than others???…Of course…there must be!!!….Surely a rocket scientist…or a brain surgeon…uses a bit more of their brain than I do…writing stories and quilting???…Is it possible at birth …that more of an iceberg can be  above water…just naturally???…and if so…are those the people who CAN and CAN and CAN again???…

I would rather like to think that…we have the capacity to make our icebergs rise higher…that we have the ability to…if we really want to …to use more of that hidden power…So then…does that also mean that…if you think you can’t…over and over again…and so CAN’T….are you causing your iceberg to sink…your mind/brain to diminish????   Hmmm…now that is a scary thought!!!

And so…I can…I can….why  would I consider anything else???

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And now…a new year and the beginning of a new virtual collection

Ever looked for a different, interesting hotel/room???…this week I will share some with you….

Only 9 days left????

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

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rkHwhz-3yJg sorry…having trouble with this link…

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???

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!!!!

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

I receive a royalty check from my Publisher 4 times a year…and so far I have received 3 of them…one of which just arrived last week…and…I  and I am well aware that…I should not expect to get rich anytime soon from them.

“Life is made up of small pleasures. Happiness is made up of those tiny successes. The big ones come too infrequently. And if you don’t collect all these tiny successes, the big ones don’t really mean anything.” …Norman Lear

Fortunately I had done enough research regarding book sales … prepared me…I had developed very real goals and expectations….unlike some people close to me who had higher hopes for sales….However…Each check showed that the amount of books sold had increased…and…since that was my goal…to ensure each check showed an increase…no matter how small…I feel quite successful!!

I long to accomplish a great and noble task, but it is my chief duty to accomplish small tasks” as if “…they were great and noble.

Although my  royalty checks…reflect a very small accomplishment… I actually look  forward to them…and the pleasure they bring.

How about you and your expectations….how high do you set them???…and…how realistic are they…really????….Do you approach even the smallest of  task… AS IF ….it were  a great and noble one????….Can you find …as much pleasure in  small accomplishments… as the large???…

And now for another installment of my collections…something new this time….interesting art installations….this is Umbrella Art…. 

Computers….today mine is challenging me …and before it shuts down…as it has been for the past few hours…I will jot down a quick post and picture… As we speak I am conducting a scan…again!!!…and maybe this time it will find the culprit…I am ready to remove ..remove…remove…what ever it might be that is causing me problems…

I suppose…if  life were a giant scale…mine would be pretty much even at the moment..you see…those pesky fruit flies are just about gone….my handy dandy bug catcher is doing the trick!!!…so…no bugs …versus…computer issues…I think that evens off the scale pretty well.

So before this darned thing shuts down I will leave you with a  photos of something made of crayons….I better do this quickly…..

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