Monday, January 12, 2009

Baby, it's Cold Outside!

Actually it's going to get worse in a couple days, but it's bad enough now. Thursday through Saturday, weather reports say we may reach 9 degrees F. I hate winter and this week... I really hate winter!

I've got to get some photos uploaded to my computer, so that I can show some pics here and spice things up a bit.

The prompt for this week is a word wanderlust. The word means the impulse to travel. It came to English from German words meaning to hike and enjoy. Think of the word and what it means to you. Do you feel it now? Have you felt it in the past? Does thinking about the word make you see a picture in your mind? Do art, journal, write prose or poetry or whatever you are inspired to do!

Alyson Stanfield had a really cool thing on her blog lately. Thought I'd share it here.

How to Have Your Best Year Ever
DECIDE to go for it. ACT on your decision. LOVE with all your heart.
STOP complaining and whining. PLAY whenever possible. SAY NO
when you need to. LEARN stuff. PRACTICE daily gratitude. MAKE
new friends. LOOK for the joy in each task. CREATE with abandon.
INSPIRE others. SEEK adventure. BE KIND to everyone. REST and
be kind to yourself. GIGGLE.

Some I'm pretty good at and some I'll work at harder!

Today's quote - "Life isn't about finding yourself; life is about creating yourself." George Bernard Shaw

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

I'm Back from my Holiday Break!!

Okay, to the 2 people that keep telling me that you're waiting for me to post - you know who you are - HERE I am!

Happy New Year everyone! I hope that everybody had a terrific Christmas or whatever other holiday you might celebrate. Our Christmas was merry and we are all hopeful that 2009 will be a good one. I had family get-togethers and family get-togethers -- all fun!

I'm not a resolution person... as I said at a gathering on New Year's Day... I see them as setting yourself up to fail (I got both laughed at and scolded for that comment). BUT I do like Christine Kane's idea (I've read her blog for a couple of years now as does my friend Kerri apparently). So, I think that my word for 2009 has to be confidence. This is something I find the past year, I've really been lacking in, so maybe if I make it a word to focus on that will help!

The Ten on Tuesday list for this week is "10 Things You Want to do in 2009". Now, I don't see these as the same thing as resolutions...these strike me as specific things you want to do, not like things you want to change about yourself or something. Anyway, mine follow in no particular order:
1. My daughter has asked me to be in the delivery room with them, so I really hope to do that in 2009 (that I'll get to the hospital in time and all)!
2. It would be nice to spend a night or 2 away with my husband somewhere (we haven't done that in awhile).
3. Spend time with my grand kids - I'll have 3 for more than half the year!
4. Spend time with my 4 grown kids and families.
5. Do artwork for shows.
6. Do artwork just for fun.
7. Do some needlework again.
8. Read more fiction than I did this past year.
9. Focus on the word confidence as stated above.
Alright, I can only come up with 9, but there they are.

As a storm is headed our way, I have to choose this as the quote for tonight:
"Always maintain a kind of summer when in the middle of winter". Thoreau