Monday, November 22, 2010

November Gratitude part 2

As Thanksgiving edges closer, and I think more about all that I have to be grateful for, the list just gets long and longer. There's really no way to express it – to include everything would be impossible.
My first gratitude list was more about family and a general statement of the beauty God has created.
I am thankful for BLUE SKIES with COTTON WHITE CLOUDS and LEAVES blowing in the WIND, for blazing SUNSETS and FERRIS WHEELS, and fanciful magic-colored CAMPFIRES. I am thankful for TRAVEL with my DAUGHTER, and purple FLOWERS growing wild on the roadside taking us there. I am thankful for exotic BIRDS and BOOKS that take me to foreign lands, for GOLDEN LIGHT on an autumn's morn, and CANDLELIGHT on a summer's eve.
I am thankful for God's love - visible to me every day.

Friday, November 12, 2010

November Gratitude - Part 1

Thanksgiving Day comes, by statute, once a year; to the honest man it comes as frequently as the heart of gratitude will allow. ~Edward Sandford Martin

November is one of my favorite months. Not only because it is the month I was born in – I am grateful for the life given me. And that it is in this month, in the south, when the world around me is brilliant with autumn color, blazing orange, vibrant reds and sunny yellows – I am grateful for God's creation. But it is in this month that we celebrate with family and friends, enjoy the warmth of home and good food and give thanks... Thanksgiving is a holiday to express thankfulness, gratitude, and appreciation to God, family and friends. And even though we should always be mindful of our blessings it's nice to set aside this time of year to clearly think about all we have to be thankful for... and there certainly is much to be thankful for.
I am thankful for my PARENTS. For the comfortable life they have provided, for the loving devotion they have for each other and for the relationship they have with God. I am thankful for my BROTHERS – one older and one younger – who believe in me and who taught me enough "boy skills" to keep me well-rounded. One who is funny and one who is wise. I am thankful for my DAUGHTER who has brought me more joy than I could ever have imagined. A daughter who is also my friend. I am thankful for RELATIVES always willing to help one another. Relatives that get along and make family reunions a priority. Family is so important. I am thankful for YOUNG CHILDREN - specifically my NIECE and NEPHEW who remind us to see the good in everything, to be playful, to be creative, to enjoy the simple things of life. Children's laughter heals the soul. I am thankful for a good JOB – one that allows me to use my creative talent. A place where I can work with nice people, in an office that is close to home (and has a awesome view). I am thankful for my PETS. A dog to take on walks and a kitty to snuggle with.
I am thankful for the beauty and wonder of all of the seasons God has created. WINTER for the wonder of snow and the subtle minimalist beauty in the stark delicate structure of the bare trees, a time when touches of color pop in an otherwise monochromatic landscape........
AUTUMN for it's warmth of the sun on cool crisp days with brilliant blue skies and leaves blazing in warm tones of autumn from clear yellow to deep red, for the scent of pine needles and dried grasses, of the musty ground covered in mushrooms and acorns and for wood smoke in the air, for hearts-a - burstin' in bloom, and crunchy leaves beneath my feet.........
SUMMER for the warm caressing breeze, the ripe fruits on trees, the ever blooming hydrangeas, butterflies flittering about and daisies to brighten your day, for children's laughter and family vacations and adventures with my daughter.......
SPRING for blooming flowers and the green world returning after it's winter slumber , the song and activity of birds preparing for their nests, the vibrant and luscious spring green appearing on every branch, and the delight of new life all around.
These are just a few of the things I am thankful for.

And now i am up-to-date on my 30 days of gratitude.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

You look so pretty just sitting there

This is in response to Debi's request to interpret these 6 words - 'just sit there and look pretty'. My entry isn't very original or creative but here it is.

When she was little i used to say to her "just sit there look and pretty so I can take your picture". And she would sit there, give me a sweet smile - however forced and too big - for a minute or two. Now i see her there and stop and say "can i take your picture... you look so pretty" - her smile being natural and lovely without asking, because she is a strong and confident young lady - not just a pretty girl sitting there.

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Monday, August 30, 2010

August 30

There was an autumn feel in the air tonight.

Sunday, August 29, 2010

August 29

Today I played with the contents of that package yesterday. I had fun. (clearly I need more practice with lining the letters up. And just to clarify - these are all in various stages of the process - making spinner rings. )

Saturday, August 28, 2010

August 28

I got a package in the mail today. yeah.

Friday, August 27, 2010

August 27

I tried to be sly photographing this butterfly with my phone at lunch time - I didn't want the guys to think me as lame.

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

August 24

I picked up a piece of very hot silver in my metalsmithing class. Not a smart thing to do, but accidents can happen. Luckily my dad has a special ointment - he keeps it in his kitchen drawer. This jar has been around awhile - since his residency, but it still works.

Monday, August 23, 2010

August 23

On the way to the mailbox, I took a photo. In the mailbox, it was the junk mail that took over.

Sunday, August 22, 2010

August 22

I had Rocky Road ice cream instead.

Saturday, August 21, 2010

August 21

After this, I finally got focused and did what I needed to do today.

Friday, August 20, 2010

August 20

All was silent as before -
All silent save the dripping rain.

~Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

August 18

On days like this I watch the clouds for animal shapes and other things.

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

August 17

It rained today... for a little while... now it's like a sauna outside.

Monday, August 16, 2010

August 16

Life's a bowl - or something like it - of cherries.

Sunday, August 15, 2010

August 15

The Georgia Aquarium is calling artists to join the Dolphin Parade and I'm submitting a design. There will be a public art exhibit of dolphin sculptures to celebrate the opening of the new dolphin exhibit. Hopefully one of them will be mine and one will be Taylor's - we are both entering the contest.

August 14

Saturday morning market - tomato and cheese breakfast crepe

August 13

summer storm - no power for hours

Thursday, August 12, 2010

August 12

One last cutting of the season.

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

August 10

new 27" imac - a treat

Monday, August 9, 2010

August 9

This was a good reminder for me today.

Sunday, August 8, 2010

August 8

Mom's fig preserves is delicious but I like them right off the tree too (after rinsing of course)

Saturday, August 7, 2010

August 7

my mom brought over homemade fig preserves this morning

Friday, August 6, 2010

August 6

i think kodi's going to miss bunny.

August 5

sending her back with clean towels

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

August 4

These 12, 13, sometimes 14, hour work days are getting in the way of my blog reading. : (

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

August 3

"If you saw a heat wave, would you wave back?" 
- Steven Wright

Monday, August 2, 2010

August 1

I was excited to learn about this group called The August Break. It will help me feel a little less guilty for not posting - for lack of words.