Trick or Treat!

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WHOOO would you like to be?

It is Halloween…ghosts, goblins, princesses and fairies! What are you going to be this year?  I have already seen pictures of the little ones I know and love that are sweet, sassy, scary and so on…I love it! This question makes me think way beyond a Halloween costume though.

What are you (or me) going to BE this year? Are we “tricked” into thinking we can’t or are not worthy? Or, do we “treat” ourselves with hopes, dreams, plans and visions? Sometimes the biggest and best things start with a tiny flicker of hope, followed by a step of faith and often, more than an ounce of determination!

“Would you like to swing on a star…carry moonbeams home in a jar…and be better off than you are?” Well, you can grow up to be a ______________ (fill in the blank). And by the way, we are all still growing!

grungy foggy golf course Look for the light in even the dark, scary places!

Enjoy the theme of the day today in every good way. And remember to treat yourself and others with the belief that you can be anything you want to be. That is what my daddy used to tell me. I have tried on lots of costumes, if you will, and that is half the adventure. I hope you find the one that fits you…and that you find joy, peace and love on the journey!

Fall Through My Window

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No, I have not fallen through my window, but I do love looking through it!

As I work in the kitchen, there are so many things that inspire me…right now, I just love the fall leaves! On the trees, blanketing the ground and whispering and rustling, they remind me that everything is in a constant state of change. I am pretty sure I would not want to live where the seasons don’t change.

Though not in this picture, there are often deer running through the yard and hopping over the fence so gracefully. A bunny has his dinner while I prepare ours every evening…we watch each other. Birds love the feeder, though right now I see it needs to be filled…again! That is fine with me.

What a wonder and joy that there is so much just outside this window where I stand every day. I am grateful!

Thinking of Mom…again

This is a repost from the old not-so-user-friendly BlogSpot blog. It still applies, so I want to have it recorded here:

Today I am thinking of my mother. Actually, there are lots of reasons and I hate to say, it isn’t frequent, but today she is on my mind and I realized I have been channeling her!

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Mom, through the years (and one with tiny me)

Baseball was one of her enjoyments…The KC Royals are playing in the World Series right now and she would be routing them on…as I am! GO ROYALS!!! I was asking her to whisper in their ears last night, but I guess they could not hear her!

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Win this one…for mom! (Added today – Just one more needed to take it all!)

My mom, Alice, really loved to do needlework. As long as I can remember she made pillow cases, tea towels and later quilt tops. She did all of them… embroidery, crewel, cross stitch. I can’t say I love to do those things, but I did inherit her bent for making things. She asked me at about age 12 to make a formal for her, create a menu and cook dinner for a party she was planning for eight guests! I remember wondering why she didn’t want to do these things, but I was excited and did it. Her passion was the handwork, not the cooking, etc. (As a side note, she loved Christmas decorating, but that might be a post for another day.)

Some pictures of her handiwork:

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At any rate, as I opened my Etsy shop yesterday…

…it occurs to me that she did this too, in her own way. She entered and sold her needlework in bazaars and fairs. She is not my muse…that would also be a subject for another day… but I am happy to realize that she is looking down and thinking that we are similar in these things and that makes me smile. I think it makes her smile too!

Alice was a stroke victim and spent the last 10 years of her life unable to create the things she enjoyed so much. My dad took care of her for those 10 years and tried to make her life as good as possible.

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                                                                                          Just had to put daddy in here too!

Rest in peace, mom, enjoy the baseball games and send some folks to my shop! Love you!

Changing to WordPress!

Welcome to my WordPress blog site!

Well, if you have my recently-made card, it is ALREADY obsolete! BlogSpot was just not working for me, so I am now on WordPress and hoping it is as great as I am told!

So, until further notice, this is what my card will look like, only with wordpress hand-written in…

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I have opened an Etsy shop – It is a long process to keep things updated and to add new items, but it is my current passion, so I hope you will drop by and check it out, as well as follow this blog.