Sunday, November 23, 2014

Confusion reigns

Dear God,
not to be ungrateful 
I wanted a clear call, 
NOT choices!
saying "Yes"to some things 
means saying "No" to others...

I hate that;
I really do!

That is all.

Friday, November 21, 2014


Less than a week away from getting my first - and only - tattoo!
You think 65 is too old for a first anything?

ALL bodies tell stories;
some are just more visible than others.

I'm getting a shell -
on my foot -
maybe even on the top of my foot
so I can see it whenever I look down -
(yes, I know it will hurt - 
but it can't be any worse than walking 650 miles on the Camino - 
and the pain won't last near as long!):

a reminder to keep walking 'the way'!

Here are some I won't be getting!

I love my childs artwork too 

oh. there he is!

I loved doing this nursery rhyme with my kids too
but thank you, Jesus,
they never liked it THIS much!

And here's proof that 'brand loyalty'
is alive, well
and documented FOREVER!

What were they thinking?

Sunday, November 16, 2014

First snow

 which inspired Christmas shopping,
more Christmas gift making
and all things holiday!

The weekend found me 
making more plaster of Paris Christmas trees
in my antique chocolate molds...
 and shopping for the church staff Christmas party.

(Oh yeah - and having lunch, dinner and brunch out with friends!
Someone get me to the gym QUICK!)

I've never been afraid to be irreverent when it comes to faith
and was ecstatic to score this Jesus planter at a local antique mall -
which I then repurposed as a cocktail napkin holder.

The napkins read - 
"What a friend we have in cheeses"!
 Maybe not for everyone - 
but it will be perfect for our staff!
We Episcopalians are a quirky lot!

The snow was also a factor in my choice of this sweater motif wreath - 
purchased at Lowe's for under $20.00

 By taking decades old 'greenery' out of the basement
 and using a hot glue gun,
I gave it a completely different look!
I kinda love it - 
and have to restrain myself from hanging it outside already.

The good thing is, 
it can be on the front door 
from now until the crocuses pop up;
it's perfect all winter!
 It was a productive weekend.
I didn't necessarily get done what I thought I'd get done,
but hey, 
I'm retired;
I can do the rest any day next week!

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Life changer

This boy
taught me how to be a mother;
made me want to wake up each day
just to see his smile
and hear his thoughts;
 helped me discover how wonderful 
and scary 
it is 
to love someone 
so fiercely;
showed me what 'brotherly' love can look like

and has always 
 'the Bomb'!

Even though many superficial things about him have changed

he has remained,
one of the most
human beings
I've ever known.

He made me believe I had a handle 
on this whole 'parenting thing'  -

and was wonderfully forgiving 
during times when it became painfully apparent 
I did NOT!

There has never been a day 
I haven't been proud to be his mom -

even if 'chagrined' is a state 
I know well!

The world is a better place for his being in it!

Happy Birthday, Art Boy!

Sure I am 
it is you I love!

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Nothing is more fleeting than external form ...

 We cling to our own point of view, as though everything depended on it.
Yet our opinions have no permanence; 
like autumn and winter, 
they gradually pass away.

Chuang Tzu

 I prefer winter and fall, when you feel the bone structure of the landscape -
the loneliness of it, 
the dead feeling of winter. 
Something waits beneath it, the whole story doesn't show.

Andrew Wyeth.

 The winds will blow their own freshness into you, 
and the storms their energy,
while cares will drop away from you 
like leaves of Autumn.

John Muir

Change is a measure of time 
and, in the autumn, 
time seems speeded up.
what was is not and never again will be; 
what is is change.

Edwin Teale.

Things are changing indeed...
it's all good!