Sunday, March 23, 2014

Accident

My daughter and future son in law were in a horrible car accident. They were t-boned by someone who ran a red light. They are lucky to be alive. They used the jaws of life to cut her out. I am too emotional to really talk about it in great detail but I will tell you she is broken. Skull, ribs and pelvis fractures. Contusions on liver and lung. Face has been glued back together. She will not walk for awhile. He escaped with bruising, burns and seat belt contusions. We are positive. She will walk. She will recover. She has a great goal of walking down the isle on August 30..the date of their wedding. I will continue to post updates.


xoxoxo

Saturday, February 1, 2014

Needful Things

My Needful Things...

I need my family, because without them I could never get through this crazy messed up world. 
I am always looking for little picture frames to (1-2 inch) to hang my family pictures in from a beautiful picture tree in my front room, and I can never find them. I need to hang the pictures up and show the world what a wonderful family I have.

I need to laugh. I need to hear laughter. I need to see laughter. It baths my soul.
Laughing is my favorite with vintage satire. I own books, magnets, calendars, bookmarks anything that is retro funny. Something about seeing a smiling mom holding a casserole while plotting a death makes me giggle. I am the vintage queen. ;)

I need to keep my friends close. I love to send them a joke, a quote, a picture in the middle of the day just because. I need my friends.

I need coffee. Without it nothing would get done at my house. Vanilla, Cinnamon anything that awakens my senses. I make it part of a calming ritual I do before work. Light a candle, say a prayer, drink my warm coffee, vocalize my intentions for the day. "Do small things with great love."~Mother Teresa

I need love. My job drains love from me and it is my husband, children and friends who refill my cup. I need love.

I need handmade art. I have tucked away many Artist Trading Cards. I love beautiful handmade art. I trade with wonderful people from all over this beautiful globe monthly. Art makes my heart happy. Art makes my heart dance. Keeps me young and lets me be worry free. Anything handmade I know was made with love intended.

I need the mountains, camping, hiking, fishing...It is my church.

I need white birds. I wear birds in my ears every day. I have a shelf with little white glass birds. I have two bird shirts and even a bird scarf. I even have birds on my skin. I love birds. They remind me that I am free. The choices I make are my own. That every bird is beautiful and capable of flying. I need anything with birds on it.

I need pretty hair elastics. I need to wear my very long hair pulled back every day at work and I want it to be tied back pretty. No bows, nothing to fluffy...but simple sparkle pretty. I go through elastics like they are candy. I am always searching for some pretty thing to tie back my mane!

I need to garden. I need to grown my own food. I need to plant seeds deep within the earth and stay to watch them grow. I need have dirty knees and hands. I need to be outside in the garden when the sun comes up and outside when the sun starts to sleep. I need my skin to drink in the suns heat. I need to plant flowers. Flowers that I can cut and bring indoors. I need to make fairy home for younger eyes to find. I need to play in the garden.

xoxoxoxox







Friday, January 24, 2014

The Curious Little Yellow Stick

This is the curious tale of the little yellow stick.
One day, after a hard days work. I climbed into a steaming hot bath. I had used a generous amount of Epsom Salts because this particular day I had received a "great many blows". My poor tired body slumped deep within the hot water and the darkness and quietness of the room was breathing me back to Melissa. I suddenly had the feeling I was not alone in the water! (Please play Jaws theme in your head now). Something kept brushing up against my thigh. There it was again and again. I was almost afraid to look but when I did I saw something alarmingly yellow. I reached as if fishing for the king trout and pulled up this little yellow toy.
I somehow smuggled it home from work. I don't know how. I don't know where. It is an enigma. But there it was in the bathwater. Stranger things have never happened in my tub before. From now on I bathe with the light on! 
xoxoxoxox

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Neutrality At It's Finest!

Co-Worker Kent
Neutrality can be difficult at times.
Enough said.
xoxoxoxo

Monday, January 6, 2014

Oh Hitchcock

I am a huge Hitchcock fan. I have watched and re-watched all of his films. (Except Marnie, I can't bring myself to watch it...don't know why, just can't.) Between Christmas and New Years my sweet Toddy was so sick I had a lot of free time on my hands. I watched television, cleaned, folded laundry and watched more television. One late evening a movie called The Net came on. It is a 1995 low budget new age computer  flick starring Sandra Bullock. Well Sandra Bullock is my girl crush so I watched on. It was bad. The dialog was dorky, the computers the size of an apartment washing machine and the leading male nameless. One scene caught my eye... here it is.
Excuse the low quality. Notice the character Devlin (HINT) puts a handkerchief around her tummy because she is cold. Bells are ringing by this time. The name is familiar. Devlin. With the help of my older sister we figured it out. Devlin....Mr CARY GRANT does the same thing to INGRID BERGMAN in Notorious! Well I guess if you are going to steal you might as well steal something good, right?? Here is the original. Cary Grant does it so much better.
So here's to Hitch! Thanks for making me think outside the box last Friday night!
xoxoxoxo

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Pre-Betty and a Little Ice Ice Baby

View from outside my bedroom window.

The year was 1992. Pre-Betty Bangs. Still with my sweetie.
"Never gonna give you up, never gonna say good bye ...."

Sunday, December 22, 2013

Double Tap, Mail Art and a Side of Bacon!

Work is always exciting. I love when you can capture a hallmark moment on film. Making a memory last forever. This one is titled "Shaving Cream Double Tap".  ( *Reminder I work in Spec Ed)
 
High Five!!!
 (no harm was sustained to those involved during said shaving cream incident)

I love Swop Bot. I swap art at least 4 times a month. I have really enjoyed mail art. My most recent one you had to fill the entire space with doodles. I found the biggest manila envelope I could find and went to town. It took about a week. The back is just as cool.


Last but not least. I bought my brother in law a awesome game for Christmas. I hope he asks me to play it with him because I LOVE bacon. Check this bad A out!
xoxoxoxoxoxox

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Days Are Long and Nights are Quick

My list...

Too tired
Grateful to be busy

Work is fast paced
Grateful for friends

Father had a stroke
Grateful for family

Roof is leaking
Grateful for shelter

Daughter moved out
Grateful for laundry days

Son starting college classes
Grateful he needs my jeep

Heart is FULL
Grateful for LOVE


Friday, October 25, 2013

The Program

Great YA book I just finished. Not going to lie, this book was a little hard for me to read. It deals with suicide. I happened to have a member of my extended family pass away the same way while reading this book, which made it even more difficult to read. That being said it was a bit depressing in some parts but also filled with young love and the urge to fight for personal freedom. The book hooked me within the first two pages! I could not put it down! This book forms some scary and awesome ideas....can't wait for the sequel! Thumbs up to Suzanne Young for writing a book with such great emotion.

Monday, October 21, 2013

OMG....I Have Been Using The Boys Restroom!!!!!

So I love my new job. Love it! Up until mid last week I was a little scared to use the restrooms while at work. In the "teachers lounge" area there are clearly two restrooms. Both have this sign on the door.
So I had been just going into the restroom closest to the vending machines. This is what it looked like:
Clearly this being a unisex bathroom it had what I expected. One day I reached for the door knob and alas it was locked. I went to the other restroom. As I opened the door I (metaphorically speaking) heard an angels choir as I stepped into what was clearly the "women's" restroom.

  So I had been visiting the men's restroom for the last two weeks. Thanks for the heads up everyone!!
In this day and age I guess it doesn't really matter...that saying I really do appreciate the candle on the warmer and the seasonal soaps and lotions. Maybe I will sneak some pumpkin spice hand sanitizer into the men's bathroom. Hey, I know quite a few men who really love that stuff!

Friday, October 4, 2013

Pins and Needles

I am in an awesome Voodoo Doll Pin Cushion Swap. Here is the handmade doll I made. I really loved the way it turned it. I am afraid I am hooked. I plan on making a bunch of these little guys.
My partner for the swap collects Day of the Dead items so I tried to tie it into her collection.
 I hand painted a cute little drawer also. I filled it with small tuck-ins.
I can't wait for her to get!
xoxoxoxo

Friday, September 27, 2013

Destroyed Kitchens and Cha, Cha, Cha, Changes!!!

I am getting a new kitchen. I have a wonderful neighbor who just happens to be a carpenter. He was on a job where he took out solid oak cabinets. He filled his truck up with them and brought them home to us. it took him three trips. There are soooo many cabinets. What a nice man thinking of us. We will have a beautiful kitchen by the time we are done with everything. My son, hubby, and soon-to-be son-in law have all ready put the cabinets up and this weekend the staining begins. I am very excited. I love taking something someone thought was ugly or no longer useful and making it into something beautiful.
My son tearing out cabinets.
 Under my cabinets we found the most unuseal patterens. My house was built in 1931. Well, it was moved to this properity in 1931. It used to be just one room. Then they added a bathroom and bedroom. Several years later they added another bedroom and a frontroom.  Later on they dug out the basement, fruit room and additional bedroom. My house is all pieced together. 
sexy carpet
 linoleum
 more linoleum
I even found out I had double counter tops. So strange. I can't wait for the finished room.  

Changes......
Today was my last day at the school I have worked at for the past several years. I am going to another school in the same district to work in a Behavior Unit. I was previously in Functional Skills and I loved that, but this is my true love. Dealing with the kids others have given up on. The difficult behaviors. Time consumers.... I love it. I can't wait. I start Monday. I am honored to move into this classroom and work with such awesome people. So here's to changes, may they ever increase your knowledge, challenge your abilities and scare you just a bit!!!!
xoxoxoxoxox

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Tit Torture Devices and A Tad Bit TMI!

Underwire bras are not my friends. I love them, don't get me wrong. Always there to lift me up when I am down, cheer me up on less perky days and they always have my back, but... when they break they are torture! My favorite underclothing of choice broke at 8:47 a.m. last Tuesday morning while I was at work. The little wires that I have relied on for their support began screaming and stabbing me at any move I would make. There was nothing I could do but suffer the 6.5 hours school lasted. When I got home I took a pair of pilers into my room and romoved ALL the wire from EVERY bra I have!!! No more, never again. My girls are still recovering!!!

xoxoxoxox

Sunday, September 8, 2013

A Scary Little Tale....

Just finished a really good (kind of creepy) young adult book called, far far away by TOM McNEAL.
This book sucked me in, chewed me up and spit me out! It was a great read. A little scary, dark and contained a great ghost. Think "Brothers Grimm", and you got it. The back cover states... "this is a strange and fateful tale of a boy, a girl and an ancient ghost." Read it, it was awesome!
xoxoxoxoxo

Friday, September 6, 2013

Zombie Art Doll

I am working on a Alice in Wonderland Zombie Doll for a swap I am in. I am loving the way it is turning out. Here is a sneak peak.
We have a great host who always organizes the best art swaps...The very talented and awesome Val , go check her blog out, she does the most amazing things!!!
xoxoxoxoxoxo

Friday, August 23, 2013

Chasing A Thong!

Today while out and about, I lost my thong! Well, one of my flip flops. One might ask themselves how  a person can lose their own footwear? Fair question. Fourth stop of running errands, I just happened to be at the farm store, and I was really getting hungry and tired. I needed to move some things from the back of my jeep into the front seat so I could pick up some big items. You know, like hay, chicken feed etc... While bending and reaching with my little short arms, my legs hung perilously out of the back of the jeep. My flip flop decided to fall off my right foot at the same time a huge, nasty (and obviously bigoted against small feet) wind snapped my flip flop up. Off it went!! By the time I chased it down and got back to the jeep I got a glance of myself in the side mirror. I looked like a crazy version of Medusa with my long hair standing straight up, having been tossed about by the same wind that stole my shoe. The 80 year old cowboy who was watching had tears in his eyes from laughter. And that is how you end up chasing a thong.
xoxoxoxoxo

Thursday, August 22, 2013

Meditation

I created a little garden altar, garden shrine...a spot for meditation in the place I love most. My garden.

 xoxoxoxoxox

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Broken Glass and Screaming Peaches!

This week has been busy... and its only Tuesday!!! Peaches are ready and I have been canning like a crazy lady. My favorite is the Screaming Peaches, or as some might call it, Peach Jalapeno Jelly. I prefer the first because it captures what I was canning!!! I love HOT jalapenos.
I also made peach pie filling, peach jam, peach and vanilla bean jam and peach BBQ sauce. I am peached out!

The very hour before canning season started for me I was elbow deep in broken glass. I was given a little outdoor patio table and it needed a little sparkle. So I brought up my glass.( Truth be told here; I begged my husband to carry it upstairs for me because I have a fear of falling with it down my scary and steep basement stairs....I had to promise no working on glass projects in the bed this time...but that's another story! ) So my family ate all of their meals in the front room for four days. (Something that annoys my daughter to no end!) But when I was all done I had a beautiful mosaic table and a few micro mosaics too.
 Work in progress.
All grouted and sealed and ready to find a new home in my garden.
(My neighbor just gave me two chairs which are being painted right now.....I have a set for free!!!)

Heart, Cupcake, Rainbow, and Mr Fox. I had to use tweezers to make these little guys. 
xoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxox

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Cats Mounting Hens and a Look Beyond The Weeds!



 My kitty prefers sleeping on a chicken rather than on comfy couches...go figure!




Beyond the weeds there are blooms. Beyond the weeds there is laughter. Beyond the weeds there are  riches.

 

 
 
 
xoxoxoxoxo


Saturday, July 20, 2013

Water Logged and Dried Up!!!

We spent a couple of beautiful days camping with our best friends, our son and his pretty girlfriend. It was a water filled four days for sure. We swam, we fished, we hiked and all it involved water. We even hiked up a river. (Our bruises and sore legs are proof!)
 Best friends, son and his lady friend.

 Bailey

Cute Sabi 
(Notice the boys watching safely on the shore!)

My wee feet.


Our next outing was to Idaho and the cabin. It was hot...hot...hot...no water except what we brought. The boys fixed the "shit shed"! It was a working holiday. Beautiful deer everywhere in the evening when the sun disappeared and the heat melted away with the day. Peaceful, calm, breeze-less. Very grateful my sister- in- law brought the shower tent!!!  Going to get one and pack it in the camper. 
 The Tumble Weed
xoxoxoxoxoxo

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Screaming Thighs and Organic Matter!!!!

Doing a 30 day squat challenge. My thighs are on fire. Enough said!

Onto organic matter. The boring bit about how grateful I am for the abundance of water we have. How tired my hands and knees are from pulling weeds.  I have decided to try putting straw down between the plants to see if that helps any. The bonus is that beautiful organic matter should break down after a good till or two in the fall and again in the spring. I hope it helps. I am a quarter of the way done. it is a slow process. The garden is huge!(60+ tomatoes 60+ peppers and the list just keeps on going!) I am pulling each and every bloody weed out before I put down the straw. I manage about 2 hours or two rows a day because of the heat.
Off to make some relaxing meditation jars with my nieces and nephews....
xoxoxoxoxoxoxoxox

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