Friday, February 2, 2018

February...and the word is..

Choose.  That's my word of the year that I selected in January, and already I love it. In a scary world, where sometimes it seems as if we have no control over almost anything. we can choose. Although we can't always control our situation, we can at least choose our reaction and attitude, and when necessary readjust our focus.  It's proactive, rather than only reactive, and rather than feeling powerless, we can feel powerful, even in small ways.
Calligraphy practice...every day

I am combining Choose with other positive C words, and plan on adding and Changing them every month. January brought some unexpected changes for me, included an unanticipated Career opportunity doing something I love...
lots of arranging...

but more about that next week, when I will be in full on production mode.

February is Correspondence month, and I am way behind on that, so that's my plan for Saturday. Sunday is the Superbowl, which will require all of my energy! Go Pats...can't wait, holding my breath in anticipation! Happy weekend!

Monday, January 8, 2018

Mail on Monday

Happy New Year after a month long hiatus of frigid temperatures warmed by the arrival of holiday mail and Christmas celebrations, my happiest mail arrived in person...
Onz and Deets
hand delivered their Christmas card to us.
Onz and Deets arrived and stayed for most of December, much to everyone's delight here.  I'm just left wondering why time flies when you are having fun?  They definitely make life fun, so the time went by in a blink.

Icy cold weather with sub zero wind chills provided a great reason to stay inside and do some baking. One of Onz's favorites is making and decorating sugar cookies, and she has it down to a science. I always learn a new technique or two from her, and the results taste as good as they look.  Before we enjoyed them with a cup of tea, I made an envelope to coordinate with a US postage stamp featuring sugar cookies and our own cookie creation.
They really are good enough to eat!
And last but not least, the absolute best part of the holidays for me!

and best wishes for a happy and healthy 2018!

Monday, November 20, 2017

Mail on Monday

November's PTE exchange brings Autumn and Thanksgiving to mind.  I didn't have any Rooster stamps, which I thought could have been a cute idea..maybe next year. Instead I used the food stamps in homage to the bounty of Thanksgiving. I coordinated the lettering to the color of the stamp and added some Autumn flowers. While PTE is an envelope exchange, I  like to include a note. Here I have stamped an image (from Simon Says Stamp) using my Tim Holtz stamp positioner.  This is similar to a Misti, but less expensive. I learned about this product from Eileen, the Artful Crafter, and I love it.  I am able to achieve better results and use some interesting techniques.
PTE Exchange
Thankful for the chance to be creative
More matching postage stamp to lettering colors
I picked up this card at Hallmark....oh how I love that store! and I really love the sentiment. "If the world had more people like you, we'd all be saying that you a lot more often"  I feel truly blessed that I have so many people in my life to be thankful for!

Friday, November 17, 2017

Three on Thursday

On Tuesday, we took a walk over the hill to Griswold Pond...very small, nestled in a neighborhood, a little bit of nature tucked in the city..

enjoyable little spot for this swan.
I love how the clouds reflected on the pond on this one.  We waited patiently for the swan to move a little closer.
and I did have to zoom..
The branch hangs precariously across a tranquil scene. Playing around with some of the filters, I altered the picture to this.
an impressionist view...
The colors on the back ground on this remind me of Monet's waterlilies
What do you think?

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

T stands for Time

My mom always said the man who made time made plenty of it. However at the moment, I seem to be in a time warp/stealing vortex, and time is disappearing faster than I can fathom. In the desire to take a short break, here's a post for T on Tuesday with Elizabeth and Bleubeard.
such a cute fairy garden..
I think the pebbles are supposed to be potatoes, but then I have an eye for them..
50 lbs of spuds at a time...
they won't last long!
We love potatoes here, and I refer to them as Irish ice cream...and as the saying goes...
A constant reminder on the fridge
thanks to Onz
Not so sure if I would pair it with Gunpowder tea
not really a gin drinker, but...
When visiting my friends yesterday, Mary pulled out this cool bottle distilled in Drumshanbo, her hometown in Ireland. It was news to all of us. Just a drop, maybe?

Happy t day!

Saturday, November 11, 2017


Make a wish 11:11 on 11/11...
Carson Beach
Brisk but beautiful
because sometimes you just have to believe in the magic of numbers!

Friday, November 10, 2017

Veterans Day

Veterans Day falls on the 11 of November, but since it is a Saturday this year, it is observed as a federal holiday on Friday.
Flags flying at Fellsmere Park
“This country has not seen and probably will never know the true level of sacrifice of our veterans. As a civilian I owe an unpayable debt to all our military. Going forward let’s not send our servicemen and women off to war or conflict zones unless it is overwhelmingly justifiable and on moral high ground. The men of WWII were the greatest generation, perhaps Korea the forgotten, Vietnam the trampled, Cold War unsung and Iraqi Freedom and Afghanistan vets underestimated. Every generation has proved itself to be worthy to stand up to the precedent of the greatest generation. Going back to the Revolution American soldiers have been the best in the world. Let’s all take a remembrance for all veterans who served or are serving, peace time or wartime and gone or still with us. 11/11/16 May God Bless America and All Veterans.” 
― Thomas M Smith

I urge you to visit Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund and read more about the memorial.  As time goes on, the sacrifices of those who fought and died become a statistic, and lose the humanity. The site includes the faces of the wall, which honors their memory.

I remember  and pay tribute to Edward McEleney, who grew up in my neighborhood, enlisted in the Navy just of a high school and was killed in Vietnam 2 years later. He is honored on panel 1W Row 78.

Honor to the soldier and sailor everywhere, who bravely bears his country's cause. Honor, also to the citizen who cares for his brother in the field, and serves as best he can, the same cause.
-Abraham Lincoln

PBS is showing a documentary by Ken Burns on the Vietnam War.  Let us not forget. Peace, hope and honor for the future.