Monday, September 29, 2008

A Week in the Life ~ Monday

I've decided to play along with Ali and document the everyday stuff of my life this week, so here goes...

I eat breakfast as soon as I get up. Weird, I know. No one else in my family does this. In fact, it was a challenge to get the girls to eat breakfast at all when they were growing up... In an attempt to maintain a healthy heart I have been eating oatmeal nearly every morning. I'm curious to find out if it really does lower cholesterol. Mine isn't high, but it had gone up a bit last time it was checked.

Gotta check my Bloglines while I eat my breakfast!

These two are a part of my morning routine too. Even if I don't watch the whole hour, John and I both enjoy their host chat and have "won" several trips answering the trivia questions correctly, LOL.

Have I mentioned lately that I am NOT a morning person? (Hey Nora, I feel bad about my neck too. And my chin, and my jowls, and my frown lines, LOL!)

I didn't make it to the gym yesterday so I tried to make up for it by taking a walk this morning. My endurance is improving, I can make it up this hill now without my head feeling like it is about to pop!

This hill isn't as steep, but it is longer. I forgot to get a picture from the bottom :(

Still walking...

There is a lack of pictures for the rest of the day because I got an awful headache when I got home from my walk. I pretty much lazed around and napped all afternoon. What a waste! I hate it when that happens!

Nani loves to sit and watch TV in the evening with us. Really, she loves anything with animals in it! Her favorite movie is Best in Show and her favorite TV station is Animal Planet. We make her watch The Dog Whisperer and hope it will help her with her manners :) She tends to boss the cats around and greets us with a bit too much enthusiasm and barking when we get home.

Goodbye Summer

The calendar tells me it's fall. I can feel a hint of it in the morning air and see it on the leaves, but with temps in the 80's it still seems like summer to me, so here is one last summer post.

I had a lot of fun hitting garage sales and estate sales this summer with my friend Donna. This is most of the stuff from our last outing of the summer. (I also found a toaster like the one I have and love for only $5.) I have developed an affection for what I call poor man's crystal, and was happy to get the relish dish and eight sets of little salt and pepper shakers for only a buck! The square quilt all the goodies are on was only 50 cents! In fact, I only spent twenty dollars this trip and Donna gave me that when we started the day for my birthday :)

Saturday I went to an all day crop and finally finished (minus the journaling) my summer journal for Teresa McFayden's class. Yeah!

Friday, September 26, 2008

It's Giveaway Time...

Abbie over at Button Floozies is having a giveaway to help raise support for cancer research. If you're a button floozy, or want to become one, or just want to help - hop on over to see what it's all about!

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Today's my Beddian Birthday!

I hadn't really planned on posting about my birthday today. I don't really have any special plans. It was just going to be another day. Go to gym. Go to my cleaning job. Blah, blah, blah. But I got to thinking it was kind of unusual that today I turn 54 and I was born in '54. Then I got to thinking that not everyone has that kind of birthday ('00), or realizes they do, or lives to celebrate it. The average lifespan is around 74 years after all. So I went online to find out if this birthday has a special name. You can see from my post title that it does. And you can read all about it here and here. Going Like Sixty says, "So here’s a heads up. Figure out your Beddian Birthday and start spreading the word that this is damn special and you expect very special treatment and gifts on that day. You probably should post it on your blog - maybe a countdown even. " Too bad I didn't figure this out sooner so I could have milked it for all it's worth!!!

Sunday, September 14, 2008

Fairy Wishes

I ordered the instructions and 'kit' for this online today from Dawn at
The Little Speckled Egg/A Collection of Tutorials. I'm so glad I did because I love the way she turned out! I will definitely be making more of these for gifts. The kit also came with this little poem I will put on a tag and tie to the jar:

If you should catch a fairy
And place it in a jar,
Be sure to treat it kindly
And do not take it far -
This fairy is not for the keeping
It has a home you see,
The forest is a wonderful place
And fairies must be free. - Dawn Edmonson

Oops! I almost forgot I wanted to share this too...

I was hoping to get a better picture of it during daylight today, but that didnt happen. You get the idea though. I made 20 of these for the Fantasmagorique Halloween Swap and one for my friend Jill. She's the real Halloween lover!

Thursday, September 11, 2008

In Loving Memory

I just couldn't let this day pass without paying respect to those who lost their lives this day seven years ago. In some ways it seems like only yesterday, but in other ways it seems like a lifetime ago. I had just lost my father to the terrorism of brain cancer, so for me the grief and horror of 9/11 is forever tied to that grief.

My heart goes out to everyone who has ever lost a loved one. Sadly, that means all of us sooner or later. May their memories live on in us.

for Josie

On the day when
the weight deadens
on your shoulders
and you stumble,
may the clay dance
to balance you.

And when your eyes
freeze behind
the gray window
and the ghost of loss
gets in to you,
may a flock of colors,
indigo, red, green
and azure blue
come to awaken in you
a meadow of delight.

When the canvas frays
in the *curach of thought
and a stain of ocean
blackens beneath you,
may there come across the waters
a path of yellow moonlight
to bring you safely home.

May the nourishment of the earth be yours,
may the clarity of light be yours,
may the fluency of the ocean be yours,
may the protection of the ancestors be yours.

And so may a slow
wind work these words
of love around you,
an invisible cloak
to mind your life.

-John O'Donohue

*a type of sailing vessel

Sunday, September 07, 2008

Shadow Shot Sunday

Not sure which of these I like best. I think the B&W. Neither one is anything to write home about, but, I blame that on my little point and shoot and the fact that our house needs painting, lol! Still, I had fun watching for shadows this week so I could play along with SSS at Hey Harriet :D tfl

Thursday, September 04, 2008

RING RING - Class is in session !

Minus the words, I've always kinda liked rap. This one not only sounds great, it's also a science lesson! So take your seat and listen carefully. You may learn something. I know I did!

At first glance this is just a picture of dorky little fifth grade me. At least that is what I thought when I first came across it earlier this week. But on closer inspection I see a happy little girl whose mother loved her so much she would spend hours sewing new school clothes for her every year. I see a little girl whose mother paid close attention to detail, right down to the matching hair ribbon and the fuzzy handmade buttons. I see a little girl whose mother made sure her only daughter's hair was brushed and tied neatly before she left for school everyday. And I see a little girl whose father worked hard to provide for his family and made sure his daughter had glasses when she needed them even though she hated them.