Monday, December 31, 2007

Happy New Year Eve

Pep and Carla are here with the kids for New Year Eve. Got a roast in the crock pot and freshly made brownies waiting on the counter. Keeping dinner simple, but, hopefully, it will be good.

Started altering a little cigarette case that I picked up at a garage sale a couple years ago. When I saw it I thought it might make a cute little mini album. I'm going to use it for Ali's challenge to make a little album of my happy things.
  • Mixer
  • Angel from Carla
  • Paper (especially basic grey) might just use some of this throughout the album
  • shopping
  • books
  • early morning coffee & computer
  • grandkids
  • camera
  • Miah & Lissa

Will have to be observent the next couple days and see if I can add to my "happy" list.

Sunday, December 30, 2007


I've been so cold lately, seems I can never get really warm and today's forecast was for a chance of snow, which means more cold. Don't know why just the chance of snow will make me want to make soup. Is it because I remember my mother making a huge pot of chili on the day the Columbus Day storm was forecast? She knew that the little town we lived in would lose power in almost any kind of storm and cooking for us six kids and dad would be impossible. So early in the morning, before the storm hit, she started a huge pot of chili and let it simmer all day. When the power went out we still had a hot meal to eat since the pot of chili was so huge it took hours before it cooled completely.

Even though we seldom lose power, there is something so comforting about having a big pot of soup or stew on the stove, scenting the house with its spices, on a cold day. Today it is beef vegetable soup with lots of garlic, rosemary and bay leaf that is making the house smell so good. About 30 minutes before dinner I will throw in a couple handfuls of barley and we will have one of our favorite cold weather comfort foods ready to eat. Some homemade biscuits with honey and a green salad will complete our perfect dinner.

Sometimes you've got to love cold weather.

Saturday, December 29, 2007

Do I believe in Fate?

This will be a documentation of my 50th year of life. If I live to 100, my life is now half over. This will also be a documentation of my creative journey as I become a Life Artist.

I don't know if I believe in fate, I guess I do, never really thought a whole lot about it. This year for Christmas one of my DILs gave me a book by Elizabeth Gilbert called Eat, Pray, Love. I've never heard of this book or author, not my usual type of book to read. But since I had nothing else new to read I started on it the day after Christmas. On Thursday I went to my LSS to use a gift certificate I had for that store, I ended up grabbing Life Artist by Ali Edwards. I've always liked Ali's work, but always just looked at her creations and felt that there was no way I could adapt her style to my work. Well, last night I sat down and began to actually read her book, not just looking at her layouts. I was captivated. After a few chapters I began to wonder if Ali Edwards had ever read the book by Elizabeth Gilbert since I was beginning to see similarities between the two books I had going.

So I got on the puter and started reading Ali's blog and sure enough, I found a reference to Elizabeth Gilbert's book. In fact, Ali stated that it was her favorite book of 2007.So where does my fate come into play throughout all this? I'm discovering that I am struggling once again with depression. Elizabeth Gilbert is describing her journey through depression and Ali Edwards is encouraging her readers to come to terms with all aspects of their lives, the good, the bad and the ugly as part of becoming a Life Artist and perhaps helping with healing through the creation of art.

Wow, this is pretty heavy stuff for me to wrap my brain around at this point in my life. I guess this is some one's way of knocking me on the head and saying, it is time to get your life together again before all the little pieces are all scattered in the wind.So to start my new journey I've created a journal to record my daily thoughts, lists, ideas, wants, desires, inspirations. Today I began my first LO that is exclusively for me where I actually began to put into words the downward spiral my spirit has taken this last year. This blog will be another step on the long road I am determined to take in 2008 to get my happiness back into my life.
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