Jan 27, 2016

Warning Labels

Told ya I was in a cutesy mood this week.  Love this little guy don't you?  The first card is just me shading a bit with one color and then of course the second is colored.





So I read something the other day that asked if you had a warning label what would it say?  Would you warn people that you talk in your sleep?  Maybe you have the uncontrollable urge to choke someone when they chew with their mouth open?  Maybe it is deeper than that.  Obviously they put warning labels on things cause some idiot has already experienced the consequences.  You know...like do not use the waffle iron in the bathtub.  Not sure how they got THAT one, but it does mean that some poor soul was running late for work and decided to get 2 things done at the same time.  Yeah...ok....Ill leave THAT visual alone.



Seriously though, what would be on yours?  It was hard for me to pick just one.  It was hard for me to not need one of those pamphlets that keeps unfolding.  I feel like I have so many disclaimers that I almost need my own really fast talking dude to recite them.



So this one is one I made really fast.  Probly not the BEST choice of what I can put here.  But I think it kinda sums up a few instances lately.  I hate it though.  I always give people the benefit of the doubt.  If you had to put a warning label on me, what do you think it should say?  You?  What would yours say?

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Jan 26, 2016

Marriage.

I'm getting married!  I have met the man of my dreams and we are running away to live happily ever after. Yeah--okay.  No not really.  I am still in the midst of a divorce for crying out loud I am not jumping into another marriage.  So everyone can calm down and relax and hold your lectures about how it is "too soon and you need to find your self and learn to be alone".  I might be wrong, but I am pretty sure that there is a law against the whole being married to more than one person at a time even if I WANTED to.

Recently it has been really obvious that my brain has an unusual way of choosing random things to fester on.  Random things that get under my skin and sit there until I figure them out.  I keep my best friends on their toes wondering what the topic of craziness will be today.  See...to them, they wonder what the heck--why THAT?  A conversation that was merely in passing last week...a 4 or 5 word sentence that got caught on the safety rail on its way out of my brain.  



Ya know...that feeling when you are walking somewhere and all of a sudden your pants or your shirt get caught on a knob or a a drawer edge and you are stopped dead in your tracks.   That is the short circuit things that are happening in my brain.  Things like "I'm not so crazy about how you are wearing your hair today" can turn into a full on discussion (only in my head of course) about how I might need to dye it, or cut my bangs or maybe I should just wear a hat for the rest of my life, or better yet shave it off all together.  Nevermind that in the context of the actual conversation it was merely a comparison between styles and which one should be worn with which outfit.  

So I wonder, have I ALWAYS been like this?  

Am I the ONLY one that does wacky stuff like this?  Or is there someone out there that is still stuck on my first sentence of this post?  

Is she really getting married and just not telling anyone?  
Wait, is she even dating? 
I didn't even know she was dating.  
Why didn't she tell me ME she was dating? 
Who is this guy??  
Do I know him?  
Omigosh it better not be George.  
George and I have a history -- she knows this! 
Ohhh that girl better know that I will whip her three ways to Sunday if she takes over my beau!  
She does know this right?  We've been friends for years--she KNOWS how I feel about this.  
Why would she betray our friendship....ok well then I just won't talk to her ever again.  
I will show her....


do I need to go on with this scenario?  Cause I am pretty sure I can bring a conspiracy theory into the equation and make you guilty even if you weren't even born yet.




Please know, I am NOT getting married.  I do not even know a George and I am not betraying you or anyone else's friendship. My point is that my brain seems to have this nervous tick that likes worry.  I do not recall being a worrier before.  They say that one's faith is faltering if they worry.  Really??  I am closer to Jesus now than I have been in many years and yet the scenarios still play.  I mean -- seriously what would I lay awake at night and think about if I didn't have them??  Please tell me I am not alone here??  Somebody?  Anybody?....  OK, well when they show up to take me to the funny farm you all will know my story.  :)

More mouses.  This little one asleep on the balloons makes me sleepy and wanta take a nap.  It is a rainy, cool day here.  I have a boatload of work to do, but staring at the screen seems to just be adding to the trance like feeling.  Maybe it has something to do with the all night scenario excursions I keep participating in.  




So today's post was nothing more than me admitting to the world how crazy I am.  :)  Actually I think it is because there is so much happening in my life that I have absolutely no control over that I gotta pick the stupid things to gain victory.  Yes, even hairstyles.

I hope that you choose not to sweat the small random stuff.  Go now, be blessed!
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Jan 25, 2016

Love is in the Air

It is Monday!!!  Usually I hate Mondays.  Well okay, not really.  Actually as of late all my days seem to run together.  I work when I have work to do and Hannah has been doing some catch up in school so she too has been working 7 days a week.  However, today is a good day.  This is a good week.  I have legal stuff to do this week.  Which, 4 months ago it used to make me lose sleep.  I used to stay up all night fretting.  Don't get me wrong, I still stress (probably way more than I should), but isn't it funny how we can get desensitized to things?  How we can do something over and over again and it loses its emotional impact on us.  Like when you get a new car, at first you sit in it with the cheeziest perma-grin plastered to your face for days.  You don't leave anything in it that doesn't belong.  No one is allowed to eat in it so there is no chance for the stray french fry under the seat.  Slowly though, life takes over.  One day you are late for an appointment and you have no choice but to grab a sandwich on the way--so there you are eating.  Then of course the sack from that sandwich might stay there as you rush from your appointment to the grocery and the other many tasks of the day. By the time you get home you are tired and that sack might remain there.  Then one day you notice that your car has become a toxic waste dump of sacks and shoes and papers and sports equipment and other various things that seem to collect on our floorboards.  Did the car change?  No.  Well, okay maybe she has a few more miles on her, but she is still your pride and joy.  She is still yours. YOU have changed though.

How often do we become oblivious to those around us?  Sometimes it is the good in people.  Sometimes it is the bad.  I am working really hard on not doing this.  I do not want to be status quo anymore.  I want to love with all my heart, I want to laugh and cry with all my soul.  If I care for someone I want them to know how much I care for them.  If I disagree with something I don't just swallow it down anymore.  More times than not I realize I am in the wrong and I have to get over it, but I am learning that voicing concerns is not only helpful but absolutely imperative.  Ha!  It has only taken me 42 years to figure out how to have a decent relationship.  Truth of the matter.  People are amazing.  If you are not content with your relationships start today and make them better.  :)

I have been talking a lot about home and the simpler life.  Can you tell what has been on my mind a lot lately?  Who knew that the prospect of going back to simple could be so much fun?  Who knew that learning a new (old) way of life could be so genuinely inspirational? 


So generally I HATE Valentines Day.  I have always called it a Cardmaker's Holiday.  I have always thought it was just another way for America to make a buck off of people that believe you need flowers and candy and fancy dinner dates to show your love.  Just a day for women (and some men) to guilt their partners into spending ridiculous amounts of money.  Mind you, I STILL believe all that very much, but this year I am having fun making hearts and love cards.  Hmmm....maybe it is my different perspective on people?  No, I do NOT think I need a dumb holiday to tell me when I need to tell someone I love them, but it is fun to play in hearts and pink and red with corny sayings and crazy little puns.  I am actually excited to send a few Valentines out this year.



Hard to tell but he is popdotted up off the pink and then the heart is covered in Crystal Effects.  The little bitty hearts are all popdotted too.  He is just too cute!!



I thank you all for stopping by.  Thanks for following me on this journey back to my roots and back to my reality.

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Jan 24, 2016

Cabin Fever

So this storm has out stayed its welcome that is for sure.  My water lines have frozen twice.  Not major freezes and nothing that me and my woman ingenuity can't handle but ugh it sure does get frustrating!!  I know that Hannah and I have to get out today to save our sanity.  Last time I went out and checked Roxy she had shed almost all of her ice blanket and even she was looking like she had a hint of cabin fever.  

I wonder how it'd be to be snowed in for weeks on end.  Growing up we lived out of town and I do not recall going to town every day.  In fact I don't remember us going to town all that often at all.  Funny how we are conditioned now to think that if we are stuck at home that we will surely self destruct or become a homicidal statistic at the very least.  I guess this is another one of the reasons that your home should be a place you want to be, your sanctuary.  You should have people there that you want to be with.  Which, thankfully-- I do!  My home is peaceful and of course Hannah and I do well together.  Today, well venture out just to be sure that we'll make it.  :)  Another busy week with something planned almost every single day.   Funny-- I thought I was heading for a simpler life, yet we seem to be busy all the time.  :)

Love me some HouseMouse.  I often think my coloring does not do them justice at all.  




I hope you find peace this week.  Remember to seek the passionate and embrace the JOY that is given to you daily.  Hug those you love.
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Jan 23, 2016

Boots, Class & a Lil' Sass

So heres a cute little card using more of mom's hijacked stamps from the Unity Stamp Company.  Very cute and very fun!!


This is yesterday's storm.  I walked outside around 1:30 pm and it was still snowing hard.    Roxy, completely encased in ice.  Yes underneath all of this snow is this...a nice layer of owl snot slick stuff.
This is near where I live.  The wind was blowing so hard that the trees are coated with it all the way up.


We had about 4" at the time that I went out.  But there was several drifts that were a foot or more.


I know...my friends and family from the West are laughing hysterically.  I know that I should not be amazed by this.  But for here, this is HUGE this will cripple us for a week.
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Jan 22, 2016

Make a Wish

There are so many of you and my other friends and family that are facing major life changing events.  Major surgeries, death of parents, death of newborn babies and of course cancer and many other things.  It is so hard to keep the faith with so much sadness and unknown around us.  I wish that I could take the anxiety and fears, the pain and hurts and the sadness away from all.  I also wish I was half as strong as each of these people that I know personally.  Thank God, He's a God that sees above all this, cause I know, that I for one, am too weak.  A conversation with a friend a few days ago sure put my life in perspective.  She goes in for a major brain surgery next week.  There is a huge risk that she will come out of it with surgical amnesia.  This girl is younger than me with three young sons.  How in the world do you stay strong through that??  She admitted that she was scared, but her faith is amazing.  Another friend received the news that her cancer numbers were awful after many months of being great.  She felt defeated and like the wind had been knocked out of her, but again her faith strong.  I could go on and on. I'd still miss many.  Just know that I am praying for you.  Keep on keeping on.


So in my little crafting space I am still learning how things work and of course how they do not.  Last week as I was desperately trying to find a piece of paper that I needed for Hannah's school I learned quickly that putting important papers behind my ginormous stack of stamp boxes was not a good move.  I am also learning that I am more apt to use a lot of things that are rather dusty too.  Like the corner rounder.  OMG!  It used to be used on everything.  Then I went through years of never using it at all.  Ha!  Funny how that works.






So how bout this snow??  Are you serious???  We are safe, we have food and water and the obligatory toilet paper supply.  Our heat works well and our water is good.  I am grateful I do not have to travel out in it.  I am pretty sure Hannah is wishing she was a public school student that gets the day off from studies, but that is another story all together.

I hope that no matter what you are facing today or this week or even this month, you keep your head held high.  Know that you are loved and I am on your side and if you ask, I'll add you to my own prayers.

Love ya'all!


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Jan 21, 2016

It is the Little Things

Last night I was blessed with a phone call that has the potential to totally change my life.  While speaking with this person I was gifted more opportunities than I can even dream up, let alone believe.  Her passion and energy was overwhelming.  What was even more amazing was that she wants to share it with me.  ME!!!  She wants me by her side.  This is HUGE for my business.

I have worked with this realtor before.  I adore her and of course left on very good terms when I had to part ways before.  I always gave her my best work.  I did everything in my power to do my job well for her.  This is why she did not hesitate to not only hire me again, but also to endorse me in many other endeavors!  OHMYGOSH!  This is so exciting and I am literally having a really hard time sitting in my chair or even form full sentences.

This card is perfect for today.  It IS the little things that matter the most.  What she is doing for me is remarkable. What she is offering me is out of this world exciting.  To her...it may not be much.  For me...it is a true blessing.




Go. Right now.  Right this very moment.  Give a compliment, offer a hand, buy someone coffee or give the cat an extra pet.  Do something little.  I promise that seed you plant, WILL come back around.  It's the little things that bless our lives the most.

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Jan 20, 2016

I Do Not Have to Be Intelligent, I Have a Phone

My book.  Wow.  I feel so "grown-up" saying that.  I feel like a brand new parent all over again.  A new baby to coddle and love on.  Once again I am nervous and always second guessing my gut instincts.  I love it though.  I love getting the words out of my head and painting the pictures that I see so vividly into words.  However it is really frustrating when this child of mine wakes me with a thought at 5 am.  I scribble down notes on a notebook I have now strategically placed on my night stand and try my best to go back to sleep.  Yeah, it only took me having to get all the way out of bed and make the trek to my desk a dozen times before I got smart and brought the paper to me.  Unfortunately going back to sleep hasn't gotten easier, but at least I can lay there and flop around pretending like I am getting an hour more of rest.

This little card is WAY out of my comfort zone.  I have had these stickers for forever.  I loved them.  I fell in love with them.  I had to have them.  So I have held them waiting for the perfect time to use them.  I loooove this little set.  The steam punk shoes.  Yes to go with this saying they probably need to ruby in color but then that wouldn't match the butterfly, so there you have it.  Maybe they are just sparkly blue slippers??




Then close your eyes and tap your heels together three times.  And think to yourself, "there's no place like home".


A friend of mine and I have been talking a lot about HOME lately.  The childhood we grew up with.  The way things used to be.  Funny how my HOME is no longer standing and my hometown is NOTHING like what it was when I was a kid, I still get nostalgic for "home".  The times when life was simpler.  When you went to town and you knew almost every single person you saw on the street.  You would hear of someone's illness simply by word of mouth.  You would only hear the local news either by listening to the local radio or reading one of 2 news papers or of course by word of mouth.  There was no such things as cellphones and social media.  If you wanted to talk with someone you had to remember their phone number or at least where you put the paper in which you had it written on.  Then you had to hope and pray that they were near the phone when you called, because *gasp* phones had cords that were connected to the wall.  People actually got mail.  Not just bills and junk mail, but actual letter.  I remember writing my cousin Stacy long before we ever met in real life.  Now we both fall out of our seat if either one of us actually send a snail mail letter.  Now we Facebook message and text often.

I guess that is another reason I like cards so much.  They take people back home.  Something that our grandchildren and their kids may not have the luxury of even comprehending.  Already my kids hardly know what it is like to have a home phone aka a land line.  They didn't have to look things up in the Encyclopedias.  Everything is now instant.  As I talk to this friend and we recall a certain movie or an actor that we can't quite remember it isn't long before one of us has Google open and is looking for the instant answer.  I have come to the realization of why I can't remember anything.  I do not have to!!  Google does it for me.  If you were to take away my phone right now and tell me to call my daughter using another phone I wouldn't be able to do it.  The list of medication I am allergic to is quite extensive, but I do not have it memorized cause it is ON MY PHONE!  I have important numbers, insurance information and my kids live's in photos all on my phone.  Mind you, I use Dropbox and I do backup my phone daily to the cloud both of which are password protected.  My phone, however is the key to all of that.  My phone helps Hannah and I get through Algebra.  My phone has been a flashlight, a movie screen, a radio, a webcam and a lifeline to my daughters.  

Scary how one device has taken over so much of our lives.  I look forward to the day that my phone doesn't play such a huge role in my life.  I know, some of you are asking...why wait?  Well you see...the the truth of the matter is--  I don't know. 

I mean I really do not have any good reason.  I mean I love talking with my friends and family.  I love the texts I get from my daughters.  I love being able to get instant information.  I love all that.  So why is it all going to change.  Because the future I envision for myself is taking me back to home.  No, not back to Jackson.  I can not go back there.  For one, I am not rich enough and for two, that home is no longer there.  I mean home in the sense of the word.  Where life is simpler, where you reach for the tools that were designed to help you, like flashlights, calculators and oh I don't know, maybe a stamp and an envelope instead of a few clicks and a send.  No of course I am not giving up my phone completely.  But I want to reclaim some of myself that I have lost to this electronic age.  I am excited to get outdoors, learn new things and experience life.

However, like my post from yesterday says....one must be patient.  One must trust in the Lord and know that His timing is perfect.  For now, I prepare.  For now I thrive where I am. 

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Jan 19, 2016

Suffering From a Major Case of What-Ifs


Please tell me I am not the only one that ponders the things I should have done and should have said?  Surely I am not the only one that wonders if I had done something differently would my entire world be different?  However it is when I get in these little pity party pools that I do my best to cling to my faith.  I am a strong believer in the fact that things happen for a reason.  No matter how agonizing and inexplicable they seem at the time, they are for the greater good of the whole picture.  My favorite scripture is Proverbs 3:5-6 Trust the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding...He will set your paths straight.


 He says to trust the Lord with ALL your heart.  He says He will set ALL your paths straight.  This is super hard for me.  The spoiled brat syndrome in me doesn't like to give up that much control.  I like to do it myself.  I KNOW that I am right where I need to be.  I catch glimpses of the future daily and know that in due time I will be allowed to enjoy those things that excite me so.  First, however I have to be patient.  I have to learn the lessons of today and wait.  *insert complete toddler meltdown here*.  I hate it.  However, I am leaning on Him like never before.

Watch this clip.  I love this!  I love the fact that he also mentions that after you jump you are going to get bruised up.  Awww man, how right he is!!


  


I fiddled with this card for an hour and I am still not in love with it.  It is just simple and I added some little star blings.  I Believe in All Things and Dream That One Day They Will Come True




I hope that you are all well.  We are heading into the worst part of our winter.  The part where we get winter advisories every other night.  The problem being that we do not get white fluffy snow here.  We get wet, slushy and miserable stuff.  The kind of stuff that turns to solid ice skating rinks once the sun goes down.  We get the stuff that causes sheer panic and people melt downs.  The kind of storms that take us a week and a half to recover from.  Thankfully we are stocked in food and water, we have an alternate source of heat and lights should our power go out.  My car is full of gas and we are about as ready as we can get.  Can I just click my flipflops together 3 times and make it be May already??

Be blessed friends, I love you!
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Jan 16, 2016

A Novel


A novel.  Me.  Me writing a novel?  Seriously?  Me?  If you had asked me that a few months ago if I was interested in writing?  I would have laughed in your face.  I would have told you that you are completely insane and wrong.  Just plain wrong.  However it is a proven fact that when you converse with others and you spend time with people their energy and passions can, and often times will creep over into your own world.  I absolutely love hearing the ideas of my writer friends.  Their passion is intense and their imaginations are contagious.  So, yes I have been throwing around a couple of ideas in my own head.  Do I expect to make the New York's Best Seller's List?  Well, no maybe not.  But I can guarantee you that there is not another book on the market about this subject.  How do I know? I know, because I have LOOKED!  High and low.  I have been searching for exactly the words I am writing.  Maybe it is because my topic (to be released at a later date) is truly all a farse as so many professionals proclaim.  Maybe I am completely off base and will have nothing more than a bunch of letters on a page. I wish I could share more with you, but just know that I am very very passionate about it.  Am really excited to get it onto paper and share my story with the rest of the world.  



So, I am sitting in a Starbucks.  Now before you all freak out I am NOT a Starbucks junkie.  In fact today I had intended to plug myself in at Panera Bread.  After looking for a secluded table (none available), looking at the line full of people and just hearing the overwhelming hum of the crowd.  I decided that I might find a better place to write.  This particular Starbucks is beautiful.  Good music.  Okay coffee.  Great work space.  

What is really fascinating though is there is a group of people sitting near me.  They are all obviously in production.  They are discussing songs they've written and pitched.  They are discussing screenplays and other things that they are involved in.  The common denominator between them is they all have passion.  Obviously they are all in the peak of their careers.  They are excited and in love with what they are doing.  Mind you, I couldn't care any less what they are talking about. I have no interest in the upcoming screenplays and I truly wouldn't be able to tell you who ANY of them were if I had to.  I love being near people like that though.  Their energy is so phenomenal.  I am learning daily to reach beyond dreams.  Reach further.  In order to do such you have to surround yourself with good energy.  Even if you have to mooch it off of unknowing groups of people at Starbucks. 

So today--GO!  Go find you some energy and put that energy towards your passion!  I double dog dare you!

Be blessed!
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Jan 15, 2016

So excited!!

I seriously LOVE this girl.  These stamps remind me so much of my great grandparents.  The old man (not on this card obviously) and this lady.  You can just hear them bickering back n forth in their raspy voices.  



So...you?  Do you have anything that you are super excited for?  Tell me!  I want to know.  I have lot's of things I am uber excited for in the future.  But my therapist is trying desperately to keep me in the moment and finding JOY in the present.  I can honestly say I am excited for each day.  Everything that is going on now is all new.  It's is scary as hell on most days, but I am learning (often times the WRONG way) all kinds of stuff.  I love it!  I can say I know more about a few subjects than I ever cared to.  But knowledge is power right??

Hannah is studying about the government.  Anyone who knows me, knows I do NOT do politics.  But in helping her and of course the constant saturation of it on Social Media I have had no choice but to educate myself some.  No, I am not about to discuss who I am voting for on here, nor do I really care who you are voting for.  My only recommendation is  just to go and vote.  

A friend of mine is extremely educated on the subject of current events.  I love the challenge they give me to keep up with them.  I love the conversations that ensue.  So my point in telling you this is...go and challenge yourself.  I dont care if it is to learn more about the people that are battling for the next presidency or how to build a computer from scratch.  I challenge you to work your brain.  Learn a new language or to play an instrument.  Do something to grow yourself!

Go, and be blessed!
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Jan 14, 2016

BUSY CrAzY Week!!

Wow!  What a crazy week.  It seem's like we have had something every single day and the rest of the week does not look any better!  I welcome the busyness sometimes, as it keeps me from spending too much time in my head alone, but I think I might could use a day off.  Hahaha!  Yeah I know I'm whining with NO reason to be whining.  Life is good.  


Can you tell which stamp set was easy to get to this week?  I have used this little flower a lot this week.  I like that it is just simple.  Doesnt require a whole lot.

Like I said, things are good for us, for this week.  I hope and pray that they are good for you too.

Much love,
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