Sunday, January 8, 2017

2017~ Looking Forward, and a Look Back at 2016

Well, time stands still for no one.  We are marching onward and forward. I am now into the rythem of January.  So far we have had below 0 degree weather. Snowstorms, and ice storms.  Tonight the wind is howling and a new storm is on it's way.  By tomorrow morning there will be new snow, and new temperatures.  All part of the January beauty.

I have pondered  my thoughts on 2017 and what I how to be, and become.  I don't set goals or resolutions.  I just believe in moving forward with faith and hope.  So here are just a few of my thoughts as the hours and the days and months go by.  I just want to be a better person.  I want to show kindness and respect to others and to myself.  I hope to have a happy heart most of the time.  Now I am only human, so there will be plenty of times I will not be happy.  If only we lived in a perfect world, but we don't.  So sadness and unhappiness is part of the human experience.  I just want to have "most" of my time, spent with happiness, gratitude and finding joy in the little ordinary things of life.  Sounds good to me!

I have also pondered the past 12 months and I decided I did do some good. . .hahah! I hope I made a difference. . .a good difference.  
On the blog for the last year it seems I have not been very productive.  I certainly don't get the posts out like I should.  I keep hoping I will get better at it, nonetheless, I am trying. . .so here is hoping you hear from me more often.
I certainly don't do the Creating like I once did.  I have a part time job, and that really cuts into my time for crafting, sewing, crocheting and all the other things I like to do.  Maybe a little bit of age! Ah no, that can't be.!  There just isn't enough time in the day for me to cover all of my bases.  I do my bet.

Here are a few of the things I did do. . .and I hope you had a chance to read about it here on the blog.

Blue for the January Aunt Carol Hutch.
She is beautiful no matter what color she is.

A little cross stitching. . I am so glad I got this done last year.
It is part of my decorations for this January.

And February is always a fun month of decorate.  I did another 
cross stitch for Valentine's.  It seems I did several cross stitching projects for
2016.  So glad I did!
Here we go for March.  Loving my little shelf decked out in green.

Take a look at that gorgeous Sunrise over the Oquirrah Mountains.
Bringing daylight to the Tooele Valley.
Such beauty!

Springtime in our little valley. . .Wow! It just doesn't get much prettier.
I love it.  
I am blessed to live where there are beautiful mountains. 

Well, I hope you are looking forward to 2017 with great expectations.
Each day brings it own rewards and happiness.

Please come back again, as I continue the journey of creating and enjoy
the life I have been blessed with.

Friday, January 6, 2017

January I Love You

I truly do love January. For many reasons. It is cold, snowy, and some may say dreary, but I say January is a BEAUTIFUL month. Now tell me what other month begins with a huge celebration? With so much Hope for the future? With reflection of the past?
Ah! My beautiful JANUARY.  Did you know I think of the months in color, and January is Blue, which happens to be my favorite color.

Now, I have been thinking of the things in my life I want to enhance or bring into my everyday life. What will make me a better person? What will bring more happiness and enjoyment? What can I do to lessen the stress I feel? What can I do to make my little spot of earth a better place? What can I do to build my relationships with family and friends? Most important to me is how do I build my relationship with my Savior Jesus Christ?

I will share with you what I think will help me in not only the future months of 2017, but they will help me to build my life, and bring more joy.

Stay tuned, I will be back . . .with my plan.

Have a wonderful weekend... and stay warm... it is -2 degrees where I live. But no worries I am snuggled in my cozy little home. Teddy and Cash are snuggled in with me. Oh how  content and secure I feel.

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Thursday, December 8, 2016

It Is Begining To Look Like Christmas

Well hello!  It really is beginning to look a lot like Christmas.  I finally got myself in gear and did a little decorating for Christmas. Which is fast approaching.  I am only showing a very few of the decorating.  It was a dark dreary winter day when I took these picture, so I apologize for them not being the best.  But, my heart is in it. . . Right?

Santa and Mrs. Clause are always ready to greet Christmas.
There is a little story behind these Mr. and Mrs. Clause.  But I will 
tell you the story in another post.  
And I love my little choir on the bottom shelf. . I can
almost hear the Heavenly Angels Singing.

My favorite thing to decorate no matter the holiday or 
any ordinary day. . .my Aunt Carol Hutch.
I love it.  At Christmas it is even more beautiful.  Mostly
because it reminds me of my Aunt Carol.  Every time I walk past it
I think of her and how much fun we had, and how much I loved her.

My Santa Tea Sets, and my Christmas plates, all decked out
and ready for the big event.  And isn't Christmas the
biggest event there is.  How can you not love the season.
I do. . .!

Well, can you see the Little Terrorists on neighborhood patrol?
I just have to laugh at them. . I am telling you nothing gets past
the Little Teddy. . Cash is just doing what Teddy does.
Teddy is always on patrol. . .Cash is much more obedient.
I am sure you heard about Teddy and the Alien in the neighbors yard.
Oh, you didn't?  Well, that will be for another post also.

It really is beginning to look like Christmas, and here in Utah we 
are suppose to get a big snow storm.  I hope so. . 
I hope wherever you are it is beginning to look like


Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Decorating - Oh Dear!

Well, I am a lost soul. I have not started the least bit of Christmas decorating. I am just beginning to put my fall decorations away. I am beginning to think all this changing of decor is a bunch of hooie! Now, I know Christmas is different but I am telling you decorating for every little holiday is wearing me out. I have done it for more years than I can count. I keep saying I am cutting back, and I really have considering how much I did when my children were young. But now I think I need to cut back a little more.

It could be I am just overwhelmed with everything. I have all these grandiose intentions and then I look realistically at my plans and I realize, oh no, I have too much on my plate.  So having said that, I think I will spend less time decorating and stressing over it all and enjoy the time and season.  It is really a wonderful time of the year.

So how about you go all out with decorating?   When do you begin your Christmas decorating?

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

A Few of My Interests

Well Hello my dear friends!  I hope you are doing well and happy.  Can you believe we are coming upon Thanksgiving?  Oh my, oh my, how the time goes by.  It is all good though.  We are expecting our first snow storm within the next few hours.  I am glad. . . Yip, I love the change of season, and I love the snow. . that is in the winter I love the snow. . we have had snow in the spring, and I don't want it then, I want it now. . November and it is time for good ole snow.

I thought I would show you a slice of my life. . a few of my interests.  I have posted a lot about my crocheting and sewing, and furniture painting.  But, I do have other interests. And one I have recently started to do again.
I have been going to "Paint Night".  This is my latest painting.
I am really enjoying painting again. In fact that is all I want to do is paint.

To go along my obsession with painting, I have started "coloring"  
in coloring book.  Can I just say it is so relaxing and fun.
I found this fun coloring book at Wal-mart.  Now remember I am a
colorful person, so my paintings and coloring reflect that.
This coloring book has a page with each picture and it asks questions
such as what emotions I felt coloring this picture, or it will ask
what memories I have connected to a particular picture.
It is almost like a window into my life.

Being the journal writer that I am this coloring book has been 
fun for me to do.  Oh, there are many more pages
and I have many more books of coloring .  

Speaking of Journals

I have stacks of journals.  I write in my journal almost every day.
Yip, I am a journal keeper.  
I will let you have a little glimpse, but don't read what I write.
I have told my children, not until I am dead and gone are they
allowed to read my journals.  

I draw and I play with my handwriting. Just to make it interesting.

Journal writing is actually good mental therapy.  I am able to write
my thoughts and feeling down and somehow it makes me feel good.
I don't know when I started, I know I wrote in a diary as a young girl.
For a few years I just jotted down thoughts and activities and then
I evolved into a full routine of writing my thoughts and my
activities in a book.  Now I am doing a thing they call
Bullet Journaling.  It is really fun.  I will show you once
I get going with it.

So there you have a little idea of what my interests are and
what keeps me busy.

Have a wonderful November!

Sunday, November 6, 2016

Times Are Changing

Oh, my goodness, where does time go.  It is November 6th.  Halloween is long over, we haven't had Thanksgiving (the forgotten holiday) and we are now on to Christmas.  On Tuesday November 8th we Americans will be going to the election polls to vote for a new President.  I won't touch that subject on my blog.  I have plenty to say but not here.  As they say, "Time Marches On", and if you aren't going to march onward Time will leave you in dust and rubble.  It seems sometimes I wish my life away.  And I am too old to do that.  I think if I only had this or that, or maybe in a few months things will be better.  Huh!  I have found it is better to live in the moment and enjoy every second of it,  look to the future with hope, and remember the past with a thankful heart.  I read a little saying that said something like this. . .
Don't be sad it is over, be happy it happened. 
I have found that it is best for me to find the blessings of the present. . . There is so much to be thankful for.
Time is  the natural changer of things.  We are in constant change.  Believe me I have had my share of change. And I struggle with change.  I know, I know, I am changing my home decor all the time, but that is different.  I mean the real life changers.  I have a hard time.  I think that is why I like things left the way they are. . .Don't move me, don't change the way I do things, just let me be. . 
Now today I have to deal with the time change.  Daylight Savings Time.  I would like to know where the savings is. . .It throws me into turmoil.  Ya, a silly thing like changing the clock back or forward.  I don't like it.  Just leave the clock the same. . I prefer the natural time which is Mountain Time for me.  This time change is easier for me that the one in the spring.  When we spring forward.  At least today I get my hour back. 

There are times when change is good. 
The little picture on the bottom is a flea market find.  
The painting of the daisies is beautiful.  But the frame was ugly!
  So with some tender loving care, white paint and some gold paint 
I was able to change it to something beautiful.
I love it.  And it looks so pretty hanging in my living room.

So you see time and change can be good under certain circumstances.  Some of the reason I took my break from blogging was because I had lost interest in blogging.  I wasn't the same as when I started 6 years ago. In the beginning the bloggers were all so kind, and often we made friendships through our blogs.  To me it seems it is too competitive.  Too commercial. . The fun of meeting new people and learning of their life behind the blog has been lost.  I miss that.  I still have my blogs I follow regularly. They are real people.  I have watched as they have gone through joys and sorrows.  Not only have I seen their creative genius, and have taken advise from them, but I have found friends. . They may not even know how much I enjoy reading their blogs.  For me I want the feeling of community in the blog land.  The way it once was.  Brenda from Cozy Little House, recently wrote a post about the change.  I totally agree with what she said.  If you have a chance you can read it here.  

Well I think I am rambling now.  So I had better get back to my latest and greatest time consuming project.
Coloring.  I will tell you about it in another blog.  Please do come back. . .