Monday, November 29, 2010

Look What I Won!!

This is a necklace that I want to wear EVERYDAY.  A signature piece, so to speak.  It's called Infinite Moment.  I love getting lost in thought, thinking about what I deem to be infinite moments in my own life.  When I saw this piece on the Love My Art Jewelry blog, I knew that I had to have it.  I actually KNEW that I would.  Sometimes, things hit me like that and I just know. Go visit the blog and explore the etsy shop.  This is a colaboration of very talented artists.

The designer is Maire Jane Dodd.  I came to know Maire about a year ago when I stubbled on her blog.  I was drawn to her because we share some of the same life philosophies. I followed along as she created jewelry.  But then her pieces started to really come to life.  She learned new skills and began to talk about what she was thinking before and during her creative process. Creating her art is to her what the first year of Bead Journaling was to me.  What I want it to be again.  Looking into myself and expressing my thoughts in creative work.

For me, at this point in Maire's career, her work is timeless.

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Time To Register for 2011 Bead Journal Project

I have been visiting a couple of my friends blogs and they are so excited for the 2011 BJP to begin, that they have already started their first page.  I am glad to see many of the friends that I have made through the project are returning.  I am really excited  and expired to see many new faces have registered too.

If you are thinking of joining, but haven't yet, please visit the site and register today. There are only about 2 weeks left to register.  Tracey has been steadily geting requests. Commonly, lots of the requests to join come close to the deadline.  Make it easy on Tracey please ~lol~
go register today.

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Another Blue Moon

Did you know that the moon tonight is considered a Blue Moon?  Some quirky thing with the blue moon rule.  If you are interested to know, please google.  I had a link to the yahoo story, but someone got a dangerous site notice so I removed it.

I have been doing a little reflecting on certain things.  It seems like only yesterday that we were discussing the New Years Eve 2009 Blue Moon and what some of us felt about it falling at the end/beginning of a year.

I felt sure that 2011 was going to be a good year.  Looking back, it was an excellent year.  It has brought prosperity regarding the things most important to me. This is in no order of importance.

Corey's attitude about school has turned around 100%.  He is focused on his grades and talking about college.  I don't know how much of it can be attributed to wrestling, but we no longer have discussions about why school is important.  One stress off my plate! ~lol~

Terry had a mini stroke.  We found out he has high blood pressure, which we didn't know. If it hadn't happened, who knows.  Even though he decided to step down from mgmt for less pay, he is far happier at work now.  Today when he took his BP, which we monitor every day, it is the FIRST time that he got a normal reading.  The FIRST time!! I am so grateful.  Why?  Can't put it into words.  I guess I feel we are dealing with the unknown.  The medical bills have given us quite a set back, but heck.  I guess we just won't be taking the Austrailian Vacation anytime soon.  He wants to go to the Amazon so I guess I'm off the hook on THAT one. ~lol~

We dealt with my teeth.  I am STILL dealing with THAT situation.  But its all good and will all work out.  And financially speaking, well, we did it while we were still working before we get seriously thinking about retirement.

Laurie found a job earlier this year and we are hoping that holds out.  Keeping fingers crossed that the RV show in KY is a big success this week.

We have had a very prosperous year.  Financially, not so much.

How do YOU measure prosperity?

Monday, November 8, 2010

Register for 2011 BJP!!! Today!!

                                                         Its  time!!
                         Registration day is HERE!!
 Beginning today,  Monday, November 8th, you can send a request to for registration.

In order to be sure your registration is processed, when you send your request, please include answers to the following questions:

Your full name, first and last.
Your web name or alias, if you have one.

Your email address. Please give us your “best” email address, one that is not likely to change during the year and one that you check frequently. (Note: we don’t contact you very often.)

Your home address.

Your telephone number.

Do you have a website? Y/N – If yes, what is the URL?

Do you have a blog? Y/N – If yes, what is the URL?

Were you a registered participant in any other Bead Journal Project? Y/N - If yes did you complete the project for the year? Y/N

If you are a new participant, where did you hear about the 2011 BJP?
An easy way to do this, is to copy and paste the questions and answer them in the email request.  Its just THAT easy.  Then the fun starts.  I hope to see old and new friends when the new BJP begins.

Thursday, November 4, 2010

What Makes You Happy?

 My friend Robin posted a list today of 25 things that make her happy. I am wondering how I can figure out which 25 to list.
So, I am jotting 25, but not necessarily in any order, and not the only things that make me happy.  Not by a long shot. I'll have trouble limiting to 25!

My family
My dogs
Watching the birds and squirrels at the feeders and frogs in our pond
Watching a hawk glide across the sky
Lazy summer days and nights
The sun and the night sky
The scent of vanilla
The glow of the Christmas Tree
Being at the Beach
Laughing with Terry
Day dreaming of the good things I will do when I am a millionairre
Spending quiet time alone
Wearing shorts, a tank top and flip flops
Great BBQ Ribs
Going to Chicago
Giving Surprises
Cheesy Love Stories
Filling all the squares of a crossword puzzle
Good Music
Good hair days

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

The Cheesiest

I admit it. 
When I come home from work, I am looking for the quick way out when it comes to supper.  Life is pretty hectic in my home at night until about 8 o'clock.  Each boy is involved in a different activity and are usually going in different directions.  They pretty much depend on us to be sure they get where they need to be when they need to be there.  About once a week I depend on good old Kraft to help me get food on the table quickly.  Its good and its inexpensive if you pick it up on sale.

The other night horror of horrors, I only had one box.  Somehow I have an adversion to running to the store to pick up some last minute needed item so that was not an option.

I always have a large variety of pasta in the pantry, especially now since its about the only thing I can comfortably eat with any substance.  Yep, I had a box of macaroni.  My refrigerator is ALWAYS stocked with a variety of cheese.  I had the ingredients for homemade mac and cheese.  I am embarassed to say that I haven't made it from scratch in years. (I rarely use a recipe, so don't ask).

The kids came in for wrestling practice.  "What's for supper".  Chicken and Macaroni.  No reaction.  THEN they came in to check it out.  Whats that?  Homemade Mac and Cheese.  O.  THEN they took a taste from their plates.  WOW!  This is great!!  I LOVE this stuff!  It was a huge hit. 

I get lots of great compliments on my cooking.  I come from a long line of Polish fantastic cooks.  I don't brag, I'm just proud of my skill (though, I don't like to bake).

So, 3 boxes of Kraft on sale...$1.50. 1 box macaroni and 12oz cheese about $3.  Family's Reaction ....PRICELESS.