Friday, September 23, 2016

Happy Friday . . .

Life is interesting these days . . . to say the least!
I'm attacking it with a positive attitude and choosing HAPPY!
Happy Friday . . . HAPPY WEEKEND!

Monday, September 19, 2016

here we go again . . . .

I can't begin to tell you how many games I watched while my kids were growing up . . . soccer, baseball, basketball . . . season after season from the time they were small and into college.  Sometimes I miss watching them play . . . and if I could choose to go back in time - I would probably choose an afternoon at the ballpark watching a baseball game.
But look . . . it's just beginning!  
Watching 4 and 5 year-olds play their first soccer game has to be one of the best ways to spend a Saturday morning.

Thursday, September 15, 2016

i love surprises . . .

A good man can make you feel strong, full of energy, and able to take on the world!
No, sorry, that's coffee . . . coffee does that.
. . . . but a good man surprises you with coffee!

good things this week . . .

I have never used the coffee mug in this picture.  I few years ago I was going through a tough time and had talked to my boss about it.  The next day he brought me this coffee mug . . . it has been on my desk ever since.  I handled "plan B" as well as I could at the time . . . that plan has since been abandoned and I am probably somewhere around "plan H".  I leave this mug on my desk to remind me . . . that life isn't going to always go as planned . . . in fact there have been days when I wonder who's life I am living, because it isn't always the one I expected, but then I look at the people I love, remember where I came from, think about what is really important . . . and I realize I handled "plan B" well enough that the important part turned out like I planned . . . the rest of it really isn't worth my time and energy . . . probably never was.

1.  Charlotte turning 4 . . . that is something to celebrate
2.  Early morning weather that reminds me Fall is not far off
3.  This new "Do Doodle" pad . . . (was this made for me or what!)
4.  walking . . . walking . . . walking
5.  Do, Do, Doodling . . .
6.  Getting some dolls cut out . . . finally
7.  Lots of reading
8.  Eating healthy
9.  New Halloween decorations
10.  And a unicorn on my desk . . .
Have a wonderful day!

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

back to school surprise . . . doodles . . . and the force

 I received a wonderful "Back to School" surprise in the mail this week from Lorraine at Paper Vernissage.  I can't wait to put this peace sign fabric and Day of the Dead buttons to use.  Thank you so much Lorraine!  A few years ago I stumbled upon another blog that Lorraine kept . . . each Friday she would post about something that happened at the school where she worked.  We may live on opposite coasts . . . and very different parts of the country, but some things are the same.  I would find myself laughing every Friday with my principal over her stories.  I miss that blog . . . but enjoy following her at Paper Vernissage.  

 Just a few August doodles . . . most of them unfinished it seems. 
I guess I have been busier than I realized.  
Yes, these are August doodles . . . with the Sanderson Sisters - I tend to get into the spirit of Halloween rather early.   I suppose it is too early to start decorating though.

Truly wonderful, the mind of a child is.

Hmm.  In the end, cowards are those who follow the dark side.

Many of the truths that we cling to depend on our point of view.

When you look at the dark side, careful you must be. 
 For the dark side looks back.

Do or do not.  There is not try.

Fear is the path to the dark side.  Fear leads to anger.  
Anger leads to hate.  Hate leads to suffering.

Happy Wednesday!

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God;
I will strengthen you , I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous hand. 
~ Isaiah 41:10

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Zombie Swap . . .

Time to make some zombies!  I joined this swap last year for the first time and have been looking forward to joining in again this year.  I can't wait to get started!  
. . . and thank you Val (Yarnigras) for hosting this fun swap!

Friday, August 26, 2016

I just have to post something . . . .

"Walking is man's best medicine."
~ Hippocrates

It has been a busy week with this being the first week of school.  I keep thinking I will post something, but just haven't gotten to it.  So today I just have to post something . . . mostly pictures from when I am walking, but I couldn't leave out this great new skeleton hand I found at Michael's. 
I had a fantastic week . . . it is great having all the kids back.   I love this time of year! 
I will truly appreciate my weekend though!

Friday, August 19, 2016

in a John Steinbeck kind of mood . . .

"Many people, myself among them,
feel better at the mere sight of a book."
~ Jane Smiley, Thirteen Way of Looking at a Novel
After spending a few days in Monterey,  I decided to reread Cannery Row . . . which I am enjoying so much that I decided to go on a John Steinbeck binge.  I stopped in the used bookstore yesterday and picked these up for $3 - $4 each.  Most of them I read years ago, but there are a couple that I am looking forward to reading for the first time.  This beats a Netflix binge any day!

". . . perhaps that might be the way to write this book - 
to open the page and to let the stories crawl by themselves."
~ John Steinbeck, Cannery Row

Happy Friday!

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

new paper . . . folding paper cranes

New origami paper . . . means fold paper cranes.  I am still working on completing my 1000 paper crane project . . . 326 more to go.
  It is taking me much longer that I anticipated, but I am getting closer.  

Monday, August 15, 2016

enjoyed the weekend . . .

This weekend brought back over 100 degree temperatures.  Getting in the car and seeing the temperature read 122 degrees sort of made me want to just go back in the house, but since I really don't mind the heat . . . we did some fun shopping on Saturday (Halloween stuff is starting to show up in the stores), went to lunch, and enjoyed some reggae music.  
The weekend also included some work, some silly Charlotte, and some much needed rest.

"Always take some of the play, fun,
freedom and wonder of the weekend
into your week and your work."
~ Rasheed Ogunlaru

sometimes princesses are orange . . .

 Jennifer and Lily were camping this weekend . . . a good way to escape the heat!
Lily was excited to show me this picture of her peace pancakes!
. . . and then there is this clown.  She makes me smile and laugh
whenever I am with her.  
 Charlotte's orange princess . . . because "Sometimes princesses are orange grandma."
. . . and sometime they eat peace pancakes.
. . . and sometimes they dress up like clowns.

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

good things today . . .

1. A great day at work!
2. Dinner with this guy!  
3. Thinking it was about 1:00 . . . and it was time to go home 
4. Watching the Olympics
5. Old friends
6. Making fun plans
7. Painting . . . even if only a little bit
8. Coffee!
9. St. Louis Cardinals 9th inning comeback (yesterday) . . . I love baseball!
"It ain't over 'til it's over."  ~ Yogi Berra
10. Going to bed early . . . 
think happy. be happy.

Monday, August 8, 2016

ghosts stories and flowers . . .

 Yes, I actually bought this book to read on the way home from the coast. 
 Maybe I bought it for the same reason I like Halloween and cemeteries . . . whatever reason that is. 
 I love Monterey's history.  As California's first capital and one of it's oldest settlements, there can't help but be a few ghost stories - (more than a few actually).  I can't say I believe in ghosts, but ghost stories are always fun . . . and the Monterey area definitely is a perfect setting for such stories.  I may have been a little more aware visiting the Point Pinos Lighthouse had I known it was said to be the home of a ghost.   
I survived my first day back to work . . . getting up at 5:00 and a day full of meetings.  
As much as I enjoy a break during the summer . . . I am excited about getting back to work.  I may not feel the same way by the end of the week, but I should be so busy the week will be over before I know it.  Besides . . . only 99 days until Thanksgiving Break!