Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Taking some time out for fun....

Our son and fiance came to visit.... and we enjoyed some fun 'time out' from the tasks of every day. We played a bit of the tourist and headed for Niwot, CO, where the Leanin Tree Museum boasts some of the finest Western art around. The museum is a love note from Ed Trumble, who owns Leanin Tree Cards, also based in Niwot. He has collected pieces for the last "many" years and had created a local gem. We spent quite a bit of time enjoying the sculptures outside, and the artwork inside. This was one of our favorites.

I am going to finish up my list of "Life Lessons" today, so that I can take tomorrow off (Celebrating, you know) and we can all start the New Year with some good thoughts in our heads and hearts. Let's all hope that 2010 brings a decade of peace, renewed prosperity, and kindness (the genuine, deep from the heart kind of kindness) to all.

Happy New Year!

The Last of the LIFE LESSONS:

31. However good or bad a situation is, it will always change.

32. Don't take yourself so seriously .......No one else does.

33. Believe in Miracles.

34. God loves you because of who God is, not because of anything you did or didn't do.

35. Don't audit life. Show up and make the most of it now.

36. Growing old beats the alternative - dying young.

37. our children get only one childhood.

38. All that truly matters in the end is that you loved.

39. Get outside every day. Miracles are waiting everywhere.

40. If we all threw our problems in a pile and saw everyone else's, we'd grab ours back!!

41. ENVY is a waste of time. You already have all you need.

42. The best is yet to come.

43. No matter how you feel, get up, dress up and show up.

44. Yield.

45. Life isn't tied with a bow, but it is still a gift.

And that's it.... a compilation of great thoughts - that is possible within each of us. I am going to try to make 2010, the best year ever....inside and out.

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Dreaming of warmth....

Despite the cold temperatures, the sun has been out.... not exactly like Santorini, below, but it's the same sun on a cold winter's day. I want to keep going on the Life lessons:

Santorini view on a hot, Greek Day

More Life Lessons

21. Burn the candles, Use nice sheets, Use the good silver: Don't save it for special occasions. Today is special.

22. Over prepare, then go with the flow.

23. Be eccentric now. Don't wait for old age to wear purple.

24. The most important sex organ is the brain.

25. No one is in charge of your happiness, but you.

26. Frame every so-called disaster with these words, "In five years, will this matter??"

27. Always choose life.

28. Forgive everyone everything.

29. What other people think of you is none of your business.

30. Time heals almost everything. Give time, time.

Saturday, December 26, 2009

The Day after Christmas......

How was your Christmas? I hope it was all you hoped for.... expectations can really hang you up, but if your heart is open, you can really enjoy the day.

We try not to have too many expectations, as our kids are far away....but phone calls help. We decided to go to a movie....and wouldn't you know..... so did everyone else in the tri-state area! Many shows sold out, and our show was completely packed. We laughed, cried, and laughed again throughout the movie..... and came home to a lovely dinner.

We thought of our family and friends with love.

Santorini - what a beautiful island in Greece

I will continue with the Lessons of Life:

16. Take a deep breath, it calms the mind.

17. Get rid of anything that isn't useful, beautiful, or joyful.

18. What ever doesn't kill you, really does make you stronger.

19. It's never too late to have a happy childhood. But the second one is up to you and no one else.

20. When it comes to going after what you want in life, don't take "NO" for an answer.

Thursday, December 24, 2009

"Tis Christmas Eve....

......And all is well. We have had two days of snow here, but this morning, as the holiday music plays and the sparkling snow and sunshine beam.....all is well.

I continue with the life lessons. Some of these might remind you just to breathe in the joy tonight and tomorrow. With most people, there is a lot of family, festivities and maybe a touch of exhaustion. Sit back, relax and celebrate.

My favorite place on this earth
(next to being with my kids.... anywhere)

11. Make peace with your past, so it won't screw up the present.

12. It's o.k. to let your children see you cry.

13. Don't compare your life to others. You have no idea what their journey is all about.

14. If a relationship has to be a secret, you shouldn't be in it.

15. Everything can change in a blink of an eye, don't worry, G-d never blinks.

Merry Christmas !

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Life Lessons - part 2

Here are the second in my series of 45 Life Lessons. I have already found my favorite one, in this group.... see if you can guess which one. I hear Chocolate calling me! (the January diet will be a real killer this that chocolate!). Smile today.... give some one else a chance to 'win' the argument.... and have at least one piece of Chocolate. I give you permission.

A favorite photo of the back yard in summer

6. You don't have to win every argument. Agree to disagree.

7. Cry with someone. It's more healing than crying alone.

8. It's okay to get angry with God. He can take it.

9. Save for retirement, starting with your first paycheck.

10. When it come to Chocolate, resistance is futile.

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Some Life Lessons to share...

My favorite Maui rainbow

Yesterday, a friend sent me the most beautiful 'post'. It was 45 lessons in life, with a backdrop of a Scandinavian winter. It really touched my heart..... so much so, that I took the time to write down each of the 'life lessons' which I would like to pass along to you. As we end this year, with it's joys and sorrows.... highs and lows....and too many challenges for most people, I hope that you can reflect upon these lessons and carry a few of them with you into the new year.

I will post my favorite photos from this year and list some of the messages each day. I hope you enjoy this.....and I promise to be back at the drawing board in the New Year!

45 Lessons in Life

1. Life isn't fair but it is still good.

2. When in doubt, just take the next step.

3. Life is too short to waste time hating anyone.

4. Your job won't take care of you when you are sick; your friends & Parents will.
Stay in touch.

5. Pay off your credit cards every month.

to be continued......

Monday, December 21, 2009

From our house to yours.....

Spreading the light
Sharing the Miracle

The Message behind the holiday season is what I try to focus on each year.... and through out the year. For me, Hanukkah is a celebration of a miracle; of hope against the odds; and caring about something higher than oneself. Christmas is a miracle too.... filled with love and hope and something much bigger than oneself. Regardless of the differences in faiths, there are always commonalities that we share.... and the ultimate goal is a hopeful soul, a kind and loving spirit and peace among men. Sounds so easy, but at the true source of these holidays is the message..... not the toys, and the gadgets, and the parties... but the message.

Thanks for sharing a moment with me.... and I hope that what ever your spiritual beliefs, you find hope, love, joy, and care for one another in the coming year. It's not up to you to do it all, but just as much as you can to promote good will in the world. When you do your best... and then we all do our best.... life will be good.

And to all of those 'stinkers' out there.... the crabby, grumpy, mean spirited, hateful people, who take from others and give nothing back.... Well, I hope you change your ways and find some hope and joy in the world. It's there.... under all of your layers.... so dig deep and start spreading some good.

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Blank....totally blank....

My mind is totally blank.... I am working on nothing right now. I had planned to do some photography this week.... or draw.... or even sketch.... but happening.

So, bear with me.... 'tis the Holiday season, and there are lists all about. I am checking them twice... and I know everyone has been nice..... so I am slowly getting the list checked off.

I am working on a secret project... and I can't spill the beans for a while. And there are other projects in the wings (or on the wings...hmmmm) which will be done in the next month and then in a few more months, and then down the road a piece. Do you have periods in your life like this?

I want to be creative, but it's not coming out on the drawing board... it's tucked away (far away) in my brain... but my thinker is blank.

I guess I just need to let you know that yes, I am alive, and yes, the Holidays are bustling. I haven't gone anywhere... but I am spinning in circles.

Looking forward to January... the quiet and calm that follows the wild days of December.

I hope that you are enjoying the whirling dervish of life right now.... it's fun to spin for a while.

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Let the Celebrations begin.....

If you look closely, these berries are from Florida.... but I loved the shade of red, so chose them to share my thoughts today. Tonight, we head out to the office tree trimming party.... the first celebration of the season. The celebrating will continue, with house tours, gatherings of friend both small and large, lunches with 'buddies', and connecting with family. It's all part of the season. I love the little things most.

Today I celebrated by baking my favorite Carmelita recipe (which has so many calories, you could run across the U.S.A. and never burn them up) and some other goodies. It's something that I do not do very often, especially since the kids aren't here to eat them. But, it's fun to stop working at the usual stuff and create something different.

I hope that your celebrations of this season are fun and fulfilling. Do something that you wouldn't ordinarily do. Find your own special way of creating a celebration of life. I wouldn't mind hearing what you are doing to celebrate this season. Send me a comment.

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

A White Day along the Front Range

We woke to snow and cool (no, cold!) temperatures this morning. The sun is trying to peek through the clouds, but everything is pretty 'white' today. So, I decided to share some white flowers with you today... with some of my favorite photos.

Orchids, rose, Magnolia & trumpet flowers

I hope that you are feeling the beginnings of the Holiday spirit.... snow helps, for sure, but don't forget to stop and remember to breathe and enjoy. Today, as the sun glowed behind the white of the sky and the geese flew over in a jagged formation. I stopped what I was doing and just watched for a moment. It was just a simple moment, but a reminder of the beauty all around us, when we slow down enough, to see it.

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

A visit to the Botanical Gardens in Sarasota

We spent a beautiful Saturday afternoon at the Marie Selby Botanical Gardens in Sarasota. They have the most amazing selection of Bromeliads and over 6,000 orchids. We took a mini-tour and then wandered about on our own, I know that this is a place that I want to come back to when ever I am in the area. It is a rare jewel donated to the City of Sarasota, by a unique individual, Marie Selby, who was quite the gardener of her day.

I just enjoy the plants that are not available in our climate or at our altitude, along the front range of Colorado. I, especially, love the air plants that were prevalent within the gardens. Lastly, the beautiful Banyan trees in the center of the garden (see which animal you think they look like) were a special centerpiece of the stroll.

I plan to put a link on the side, so that you can read more about Marie Selby Botanical Gardens, or maybe, even plan a trip!

This was actually found on a walk in Lakeland,
but I fell in love with it. Not sure, but it looks a lot like a Clematis

Talk about unusual..... these were in the greenhouse.

Can you guess what they look like?

Just love the 'giraffe' effect!

Ah, the serenity of these gardens
right in the center of a bustling city.

December 1st..... did you say "Rabbits" today before you said anything to anybody? It is thought to bring you good luck and good fortune...... so said my first Boss, a Canadian, when I was first married and living in Chicago. Who knows.... I still say it every month ( that I remember) and it has become a habit and a good memory of a wonderful man.