Friday, December 21, 2012

Restored Faith in Humanity

It's been a rough week in retail land.  Maybe you've noticed people have been on edge?  I don't know whether it's the awful tragedy in the news, the upcoming fiscal cliff, the "end of the world", or a combination of them all.  It feels different than the normal Christmas rush.

Yesterday, an elderly lady with an accent, possibly German, came down my register with an order totaling over $100.  The lady behind her in line, paid for her entire order!  Just like that.  The elderly lady was flabbergasted.  Her jaw about hit the floor and she couldn't believe it.  She thought there must be a catch.  She had tears in her eyes as she expressed her thanks and holiday well wishes.  Even thinking about it now, I tear up.  It was a beautiful expression of charity.

I love to pass this story on.  The lady who gave wished to remain anonymous and isn't that true giving?  Giving with no expectation in return.  Maybe we all can't afford to give someone $100, but we can all give something.

What are some ways to give which do not have a high monetary value?

*I do not own the above image, it is from a collection I bought the right's use.

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Choppin' Down a Tree

My parents have needed a tree taken down for a while now.  It was too close to the house and was dying.  Knowing we had a fire place, they offered it to us for firewood.  Joe has experience taking down trees, but this one had obstacles on all sides.  He had to avoid the house, the fence, my mom's bushes, and the lamp post.  We have 1080p HD video footage below!

We were not going to have a 'dead' Christmas tree (we have the live one in the planter), but this tree has been at my parents' since before they bought the house.  I thought it would be nice to have it on our porch and decorate it for the little creatures outside.  I'll string cranberries and popcorn.  My sister will help me decorate pine cones with peanut butter and bird seed.  Maybe I'll hang some suet on it.

What else do you think I can hang on the tree for the birds, chipmunks, and squirrels?

Saturday, December 1, 2012

December Resolutions

It is officially December.  Snow greeted me this morning when I woke up.  Winter is on it's way.

It's also the first of the month, time to list my resolutions and be part of Kelli's Link Up. Kelli keeps a blog called, She Learns As She Goes.  Check it out!

Spiritual Resolution:

Focus on the Fruit of the Spirit, Longsuffering (Patience).

*Deep breath*

Patience is a virtue.  It's just not mine.

According to the dictionary patience means, "bearing pains or trials calmly or without complaint, manifesting forbearance under provocation or strain, not hasty or impetuous" (Source).

It's just so much easier to complain while waiting.  This is something specific I would like to work on for my emotional health as well.

Emotional Goal:

Stop complaining!  Replace negative thoughts with positive reinforcements.  There is a great book called, Switch:  How to Change Things When Things are Hard by Chip and Dan Heath.  In it they mention finding the bright spots, what is going right, not what is going wrong.

Mental Goal:

Mail letters offering my consultation services using the MBTI instrument.

Physical Goal:

Keep the momentum going.  Just Dance 3 is in my future.

Extra Goals for December:

Christmas Party with my little sister.

What are you most looking forward to this month?

*The above photo is not my own.  It is part of a collection I bought the rights to use.

Friday, November 30, 2012

November Resolutions Recap

Today is resolution recap day.

While I will follow up on my resolutions, I also wanted to show off my Christmas tree!  It is our first Christmas Tree as a couple and the first Christmas tree our two youngest cats have experienced.  Ezekiel (the two year old) seemed thrilled to have a piece of the outdoors in our living room.  They have not destroyed it yet, but I don't think they can knock it over, because it's in a planter.  In the spring, we are going to plant it outside.  I'm excited we get to keep our first Christmas tree forever.

My sister gave me this ornament.

The ornaments I bought from a certain retailer did not include hooks.

Ezekiel standing guard of the tree.

I'll be sewing each of the four cat's names into the stockings.  Boy, will they be surprised Christmas morning!  Since they can't read, I can tell you they will be getting catnip and mice for Christmas.

Alright, back to resolutions recap.

My Spiritual Resolution was to focus on the Fruit of the Spirit Peace.  My two verses were John 14:27 and Romans 12:18.  They are two of my favorite verses on the subject and one is a song from my childhood, so it's easier to memorize.  If everyone made it a point to practice the fruits of the spirit, the world would be an easier place to live.

My Mental Resolution was to read more fiction.  This past week I learned a benefit of reading fiction before bed.  It gives your brain a chance to relax and give up problem solving in order to fall asleep faster. 

My Emotional Resolutions were to write letters and learn how to make bottle cap magnets. While I did learn how to make the magnets, I did not actually engage in making them.  My creative juices were not flowing.  Soon though, my sister is coming over for a Christmas party and I have decided we will be making Christmas presents for friends and family.

My Physical Resolution for the month was to MOVE.  Just Dance 3 helped me to do just that.  Wednesday I earned 5 stars on a song and it pretty much made my night. ;)  It is fun and involves one of my favorite things, music.  They even post the lyrics so you can sing along, but it is hard to dance and sing.  Now we know why there is lip-syncing.  The other part of my physical resolution was to consider being gluten free.  I did donate the pasta. As far as being gluten free, I like to call it being gluten less.  I'm not obsessing over it, but I am excited to try some gluten free products as replacements for wheat products.

My extra resolution was to take more photos of little Riley.  She is a cutie.  I'm very blessed to have her in my life.  She is always moving, so the picture came out a little blurry.

Thank you to Kelli from She Learns As She Goes for coming up with the idea of Monthly Resolutions and for sharing her journey through life with us in such a graceful public manner.  I'm glad you are feeling better, Kelli.  We missed you.  Visit her blog and show her some love.

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Currently... Link Up

Christmas is Coming!

What I am Currently:

Watching:  Crossing Jordan on Netflix.  It's about a medical examiner's office.  Describing it to a friend, I mentioned it's a mixture of Law and Order and Grey's Anatomy.  I never really watched the show when it was on TV, because it was on the same time as another of my favorite shows (can't remember which), but I would switch to Crossing Jordan when the commercials came on or a rerun was playing.  Some of the plots are a little too easy for me to guess the results, but I like the characters.

Wishing:  I could remember the poems I write in my dreams.  I can't even remember the themes.  The process of waking up distracts my brain.  All I can think is, man that was a great piece of work, too bad I can't remember.

Waiting:  For my address labels to arrive in the mail.

Wondering:  When my business will take off and running.  It's all on my shoulders to plow ahead.  It's my responsibility.  It's time I took that to heart and started acting.  My business cards came in the mail and I've been passing them out to friends and family.  Tomorrow is my day to letter write.  At least one must be finished tomorrow.

Worrying:  Too many worries to count and name.


Thursday, November 22, 2012

A Day of Thanks

Yes, I did fall off the face of the earth for a little while.  It feels like forever since I've written a blog post, even though the last one dated was only a week ago.

Today is Thanksgiving and of course, everyone is getting into the spirit of the holiday and expressing their thanks and gratitude.  I am no exception to the rule.

Many people do not know the story of how Thanksgiving came to be a national holiday.  It did not happen until the year 1864 under President Lincoln.  To read more about the holiday's origins I recommend the following links:

Things for which I am grateful for this year:

Family:  My family has influenced a lot of who I am and how I act.  Yes, I am a firm believer in nurture, though I acknowledge there is a balance in the whole nature vs nurture debate.

Friends:  Some friends are family.  You know who you are in my life. ;)

Pets:  Clorox, Wuss, Ezekiel, and Riley, the latest addition to the clan.

Jobs:  I am an employee at two jobs, when some people cannot find employment.

Music:  Music is such an inspiration to me.  I do not know where I would be in life without music.  Even though my voice is not perfect and my instrumental abilities are mediocre, music is an outlet, a form of expression.  Rhythm and rhyme are important to my life.

Crafts:  Arts and crafts are fun and a way to make gifts for people.  If only I could get better at mailing them...they literally sit in their packaging waiting for me to send.  Making something from scratch is way to show people they are important to me.

Food:  Another artistic expression!  Also, a life sustaining force.  Food is nourishment and fun.  All the food groups appeal to me, especially chocolate!

Technology:  Where would we be in life without computers?  Outside?  Using our brains more?  Physically moving?  Interacting with our neighbors?  Spending more time making healthy meals?  Interacting with our families?  Where would be in life without indoor plumbing?  That's a better question.  Where would we be without the wheel?  Where would we be without electricity?  Oh wait, we'd be sleeping more.

Days of Remembrance:  I, for one, I am thankful for days set aside for a purpose.  Today, I did not have to work at my retail jobs.  Today, I had a special dinner with my family.  While I understand some professions have to work, I do hope they can set aside another day for family and remembrance.

I am thankful for many more things, specific to my life and general to all mankind, but now it is time to rest after a day well spent.

You will see more blog posts from me in the future.

*I do not own the above image.  It is part of a collection I purchased the rights to use.

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

"Still" by Sak

Disappear into thin air
If only to appear in that future year

Where does our Lord  keep those souls?
Apart from us, we, them?
Their bodies lay here upon this earth still
Our eyes behold

but the spirit is ever still...

*The above photo is not my own.  It is part of an image collection I bought the rights to use.

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

"Alone with My God" by Sak

Alone with my God
Sitting on the outside of the world looking in
He's been there through thick and thin
I'll stand by Him
If it's the only promise I keep

Monday, November 5, 2012

Currently... Link Up

"Remember, remember the 5th of November."

Tomorrow is Election Tuesday, fraught with anticipation and dread for a lot of people.  A video from Blimey Cow kind of sums up how I feel at the moment.  Click here to be taken to said video.

What else am I currently up to at the moment?


Loving little Riley.  She is a very cuddly kitten with a certain spunk in her.  She has guts and holds her own with the other three cats.  Her extra toes are adorable.

Looking forward to Thanksgiving.  It's hard to believe it is only a little over two weeks away.

Cooking more meat.  There is some sweet Italian sausage in the fridge.  Yum!

Catching up on some old time favorite songs.  Anyone remember CDs?  Or even better, cassettes?  Making mix tapes for my friends was one of my favorite things to do.  Music tells a story, creates a mood.

Missing being involved in music.  Back in my teenage years, I volunteered with a youth group band.  It was a lot of fun to be a part of something bigger than myself.

What are you Currently?  Click the picture below to be taken to the originators of the "Currently" idea.  They are some wonderful creative bloggers.  Show them some love and, if so inspired, join the link up.


Sunday, November 4, 2012

Philippians 4:6-8

"Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.  And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.  Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things." - Philippians 4:6-8

Saturday, November 3, 2012

November Resolutions

My monthly resolutions for November:

Spiritual Resolution:  Focus on the Fruit of the Spirit Peace.

My verses for this month will be John 14:27 and Romans 12:18

"Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid." - John 14:27

"If it be possible, as much as lieth in you, live peaceably with all men." - Romans 12:18

Mental Resolution:

Read more books.  The past two months have been focused on reading books pertaining to my career.  This month I would like to read for pleasure.  My friend recommended Graceling by Kristin Cashore.  Already the books remind me of The Hunger Games. The main character in Graceling is called Katsa and one of the main male characters is named Po.  There is a secret underground society.  The story line and plot are very different from Hunger Games though.  I would much rather have seen a movie adaptation of this series. There is a short video on Youtube, which I will link here.

Emotional Resolution:

This month, I would like to continue to write letters to friends.  Also, I would like to learn how to make bottle cap magnets and sell them on Etsy.  My Etsy shop is almost ready to be open, but I'm extremely nervous about selling my art.  I NEED to follow through on this resolution, because Christmas is coming, the goose is getting fat.

Physical Resolution:


Yes, I need more movement in my life.  It has to be easy and fun.  Also, I would like to eat less carbs...and I'm considering strongly becoming gluten free.  The first thing is to find a food bank or pantry to donate all the extra pasta we have in our cupboard!  Since my voting place is a church, on Tuesday I will ask if they have somewhere to give food.

Extra Resolutions:

Take lots of photographs of Riley!

Conehead is not amused.

Thank you to Kelli from She Learns As She Goes for inspiring us with the idea of monthly resolutions.  A bunch of us link up through her blog each month.  Check out her blog, she is one talented lady.

Thursday, November 1, 2012

October Resolutions Recap

October's Resolutions seemed simple enough for me to follow, but I must admit, I royally flopped at my goals this past month.  Thanks to Kelli Taylor from She Learns As She Goes for inspiring me with this wonderful idea of publicly writing out my goals for each month to keep accountable and share my experiences.

My Spiritual Goal for the month of October was to focus on the joy of the Lord.  The overall theme I have chosen for my Spiritual Resolutions are the Fruits of the Spirit mentioned in Galations 5:22, 23  My verse for the month was "...weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning." - Psalms 30:5b  How true it is...whenever my night is filled with grief, it is a joy to wake up to a new day, where I can begin again.

On a different note, has anyone heard Taylor Swift's new song, "Begin Again"?  It is a slow song, but I like the message the song portrays.  It's a contrast song, comparing a bad relationship with a new one.  Isn't that what a lot of us do, me included, when we first enter a new relationship?  It helps me to remember, insulting someone in order to compliment another is not a true compliment.

I dropped the ball when it came to my Mental Resolutions for the month of October.  I did read a chunk of the manual, but did not blog or tweet at all.  It makes me uncomfortable to advertise my services when I'm still looking for an affordable office space.  At this point, an office outside the home is not looking like a possibility.  While I do believe God can open doors (and windows), I still worry and become impatient when things don't immediately go my way.

My Emotional Resolution for the month was to snail mail letters and invite girls to the gym with me.  I did write one letter, but I ended up canceling my gym membership.  Saving money has become a priority.  I would like to step up the snail mail letters.  I bought a cool book at a local used bookstore (2 for a $1, I couldn't resist!) called Whatcha Mean What's a Zine?  The Art of Making Zines and Mini-Comics.  It is inspiring me to experiment with art and be more creative.

My Physical Resolutions were thrown out the window after the second time being sick in the month.  I do need to spend more time in physical activity.  Since my work now involves mainly staying in one spot all day, I have noticed myself getting a little out of shape. Exercise has never been my favorite thing in the world.  If only I could find a way to make it more fun.

Let's tally up the grades:

Spiritual Goal:  A

Mental Goal:  C

Emotional Goal:  B

Physical: F

Let's hope November can be a more productive month.

*The above photo is not my own.  It is from a collection I bought the rights to use.  This is a resolution for next month, take more photographs!

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Pumpkin Patch!

Today is Halloween!  A while ago, Jen and I visited a pumpkin patch.  It was so much fun! They had very good prices.  We brought home pumpkins (of course!) gourds, maize, apple cider, and cider donuts.  This year I decided to do something a little different and instead of a face, I carved leaves into my pumpkin.  It was a little difficult to carve and took longer than the traditional grin.

Hay!  We were the only ones on the hayride.

Unfortunately, no corn maze, but plenty of stalks.

My finished pumpkin.

The glorious seeds.

Tonight is a sad night for me.  Being a quarter of a century old has it's advantages, but I still miss the costumes and candy.  Maybe my generous sister will share some of hers?

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Poem in the Works

It speaks to me,
but momma he speaks to me with his fingertips,
the ache in his voice, the moan on his lips
He's playing for me
He's playing for me

Strumming and singing
Shouting and crying
Praising and trying
He's trying for me
He's trying for me

*The above photo is not my own.

Monday, October 29, 2012

Spotlight on a Blessing

Pictures of Riley

Friday evening, my sister, Joe, and I stopped in at PetSmart.  We were only looking around...when Joe suddenly called me over to the cat hut.  As soon as I set eyes on the little one, I knew I had to have her.  She is adorable and precious.  Her name is Riley.  The Humane Society approximates her age to be around two months old, but we think she is younger.  She is already fixed.  Unfortunately, she has been licking her stitches, so we had to create a makeshift cone for her little head (pictures soon!)

She is getting along great with our Clorox, Wuss, and Zeke.  Ezekiel loves her very much. We were concerned with his behavior, he's been the baby of the family for two years, but he is very gentle.  They are both asleep on the cat tower right now with Riley on the highest rung.

This blog will be filled with pictures of Riley.  Even though she is our cat, she seems to know she is my baby.


Saturday, October 27, 2012

A Barbie Girl, Living in a Barbie World

Jen is a young Barbie collector who lives here in Upstate New York.  She owns many Barbies.  Right now her count is at 61 and she continues to add to her collection whenever possible, even if she is technically running out of room.  Her favorite places to find them are yard sales and thrift stores.  She never plans on retiring or selling her collection. When asked, she reveals her first Mattel brand dolls, two Kelly dolls she received for her fourth birthday. Interesting fact, Kelly dolls are no longer sold in stores, she was replaced with Chelsea. Jen maintains a whole world for her 61 Barbies, called Bashall Land, named after her favorite Barbie family.

1.  What interests you about Barbies?  They are fun to play with and I just like them.

2.  Which is your favorite?  Brenda the bendy Barbie.

3.  How do you choose names?  I pick a name that looks like the Barbie.

4.  Do the names change?  Once in a while.

5.  Which is your oldest Barbie?  A Ken doll I named Dick.  He is from the year 1984.

6.  Do you have any in their original boxes?  Only one, the 2010 Holiday Barbie.

7.  Do you agree with the Toy Story movie's opinion, toys should be played with, not just displayed?  The older ones that are antique should just be displayed, the others should be played with and enjoyed.

8.  Is there one Barbie you wished you could own?  Stacie, Barbie's little sister.

*Photographs courtesy of Exartizo Images.


Thursday, October 25, 2012

Buttermilk Pie!

This recipe was easy to make and tastes oh so good.  One of my close friends recommended this recipe to me when I told her of the left over buttermilk in my fridge.

3 eggs
1/2 cup butter softened
1 1/2 cups sugar
3 Tbs flour
1 cup buttermilk
1 tsp vanilla
1 Tbs lemon juice
1/8 tsp cinnamon

9 in pie crust

Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.

Beat the eggs.  Add butter, sugar, and flour.  Beat it all together.

Stir in the remaining ingredients and pour into the pie shell.

Place aluminum foil around the edge of the crust, so it does not burn.

Now my pie took a little over an hour to cook all the way through, but your oven may take less time.  Be sure to test it.  The center of the pie needs to be firm.

Let it cool and enjoy!


Tuesday, October 23, 2012

The Man in My Dream by Sak

And the man in my dream
He held my hand
He talked to me
I bared my soul
He set me free

I felt safe, protected in his arms
All around didn't matter when he held me close
He gave me strength to carry on

Click here or on the above picture to hear me singing this song on my Youtube Channel. The above photo is not mine, it is from a collection I purchased.


Monday, October 22, 2012

List of Gratefulness

1.  Joe made me breakfast.  We hardly ever have the day off together, but we both had the morning to ourselves for once.  He made an egg and cheese omelet.  It was delicious.

2.  My sister and I carved pumpkins this past weekend.  Pictures will be coming soon.  My camera and editing software have been on the fritz lately.

3.  Eating roasted pumpkin seeds!

4.  Finishing Season One of Downton Abbey.  It's a wonderful program.  The British sure do know how to entertain.

5.  Saturday morning I baked a pie!  The recipe came from one of my closest friends.  I will be blogging it this week also.

6.  Ezekiel has been nice to me all week.

7.  Today I had a raspberry chocolate bar, it was so good!

8.  I am thankful for hot water for a nice long shower after a long day at work.

9.  Spending quality time with two of my friends on the phone.

10.  This week I am particularly grateful for a job.  Many people are suffering financial hardship.  A young gentleman today expressed to me how he and his wife both work two jobs and hardly get to see their daughter, but he was thankful to be debt free.

*I do feel obligated to tell you the above photograph is not my own.  It's from an image collection I bought the rights to use.  It makes me uncomfortable to use them.  What do you, my viewer, think?  You have my word, I will always tell you if a photo is not my own.


Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Lemon Zucchini Bread

Yesterday I decided to make this lovely Lemon Zucchini Bread with Lemon Glaze.  It's a recipe I found on Pinterest (link).

2 cups flour
2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
2 eggs
1/2 canola oil
2/3 sugar
1/2 cup buttermilk
2 Tbs lemon juice (freshly squeezed)
lemon zest
1 cup grated zucchini

Somewhere online I read one cup of zucchini was about two zucchinis.  Yeah, depends on the size of the zucchini (duh).  I ended up with over 3 cups of zucchini from just one!  Eek!

Mix the first three dry ingredients in a large bowl.  I never use the amount of salt a recipe says to use.  Most times, I cut the amount in half, thus my 1/4 tsp instead of the recipe's 1/2 tsp.

Beat the eggs in a slightly smaller bowl, then add the oil, sugar, buttermilk, juice and zest, blending after each addition.

Fold in the zucchini.

Add the liquid to the dry mixture, don't overmix!

Depending on the size of your pan the bread can take anywhere from 35-50 minutes. Check on it every so often.

The glaze was a little tricky for me, because I don't have powdered sugar...but Google can help with almost any problem!

Turns out you can make your own powdered sugar!  Just grind regular sugar in a blender. So simple.  Many recommended for every one cup of sugar add 1 tsp of corn starch to prevent clumping.

Add enough lemon juice to make the glaze the texture/taste you like best.  Spread it on top of the bread once it has fully cooled.

While I'm writing this, I'm listening to Taylor Swift's "Trouble".  It's very addictive.  Just thought you might like to know.

We had scrambled eggs, bacon, and the bread for dinner.  Delicious!


Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Counting My Blessings

My blogging schedule is all out of wack.  A good way to get back on track would be to count my blessings and name them one by one.  This idea comes from Mandie (visit her blog here).

1.  My new blue headphones.

2.  Neodymium magnets, they are so strong!

3.  Music:  "Good Time" by Owl City and Carly Rae Jepsen always gets me in a good mood.  Yes, it's a pop song, I can enjoy all genres of music.

4.  Going grocery shopping with my dad and sister.  We bought so much food!

5.  Spending an evening watching Community with Joe, sipping tea and eating an apple spread with peanut butter.

6.  Receiving a letter from one of my close friends and her new husband.

7.  Our new loose leaf tea pot, it's amazing!

8.  I'm in the beginning stages of opening an Etsy shop.  It's exciting!

9.  Ezekiel (our youngest kitten), getting cozy next to me on the couch.  He's hot and cold.  I like to say we have a love/hate relationship.

10.  Our fireplace working!

This week will be filled with blog posts.  I am determined to return to normally scheduled programming.


Friday, October 12, 2012

Fiction Friday: A Work in Progress

Part Eight

Being away from Robert was beginning to be unbearable.  I decided to pay an after Visitor’s Hour visit.  I used a payphone near a bus stop to call my aunt and uncle.  They fully obliged my staying out late.

Luckily, the receptionists were older ladies who liked me.  The elderly were least suspicious of a quiet girl with a beneficial heart.  They gave me directions to his room.  He was seated in his wheelchair by a window.

I sat down and took his hand.  He was so still…no movement or twitch.

The evening nurse came in and announced it was time for me to leave.

The sun was setting and I wandered about the hospital.  No doctors ever visited this wing of the hospital, at least whenever I was here.  There was no medical equipment to speak of on the whole floor.  Rehabilitation was supposed to happen here.  Most every victim of stroke was age 40 or above.  Alice had been here the longest, outside of Robert.

I ventured into the various other wings of the hospital.  It was late, but busy.  It was a prosperous institution.  

I began to wonder how much keeping Robert in this state financially benefited the hospital.

My skin began to feel as though ants were crawling all over my body.

Thursday, October 11, 2012

October Accountability #1

Spiritual Resolution:

Choosing joy.

"...Weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning." - Psalms 30:5b

I'm loving the Newsboys latest song, "Your Love Never Fails".  It mentions the above verse.  As of yet, there is no link to an official music video.  I hope this changes, because it is an awesome song

Mental Resolution:

Not one page read...yet.  Getting there!  I started re-reading my notes from the conference last December AND started writing letters to potential clients though.

Emotional Resolution:

One letter written!  Success!

Physical Resolution:

Unfortunately, I did get sick and stopped working out temporarily.  I am feeling much better today, so now it's back to the plan!


Tuesday, October 9, 2012

"Beautiful Pale White Moon" by Sak

Beautiful pale white moon
Shine again like that night
Radiate the mood
You gracefully played with the clouds
Darting through the lace
Stark against the deep black eternity
Contrasted with it's emptiness
You were full
The air was cold...
A petrified mute
Looking up to your alabaster ivory visage
Closing my eyes
My innocence overwhelming
My reputation still pure
My regrets bland in comparison...
Hear the fire crack
Prismatic colors violate the ebony all around
Rapt on it's ranting
Until the urge to gaze up
Immutable your beauty
Endowed with sheer awe
Maybe you only reflect, radiate,
but still...
Albino elegance

You can buy this lovely picture from Exartizo Images.  You can click the picture itself or click this link.  There are different options, for example, a 5x7 print for $7 or a 4x6 double matted print for $25 with FREE shipping.

Exartizo Images has many beautiful photographs taken here in Upstate New York.  Peruse their selections and show them some love by visiting and commenting their blog here.

Monday, October 8, 2012

Count Your Blessings

A lovely lady I am following here on Blogger named Mandie (visit her blog here) has a great idea.  Every Monday we list things which have blessed us.

Next week I will write down the blessings as they happen, so I won't forget, but for now I will list what I can recall.

1.  Seeing a giant mushroom when I visited my parents the other day.  I wish I had measured it, because it was so huge!  There were quite a few of them around, but this one was the only giant one intact.  The squirrels and chipmunks must be enjoying the bounty.

2.  A good friend of mine visiting our apartment and making crafts (which I blogged here).

3.  Getting my ears pierced!  See pictures here.

4.  Having three healthy kitties who show love and affection on a daily basis.

5.  My mom giving me her old Good Housekeeping magazines.  I love magazines.

6.  My dad stringing my acoustic guitar for me.  I'm going to play everyday now.

7.  My little sister giving me hugs, she gives the best hugs.

8.  Joe making me tea (I've been sick these last few days).

9.  A customer complimenting my ring.

10.  Discovering Downton Abbey!  Just one episode had me hooked.  I can't wait to view more.

It's weird because of a lot of my life is documented on my blog now.  Hopefully, this is a good thing and my future children will not be embarrassed by their mother's behavior.


Sunday, October 7, 2012

Proverbs 6:5

"He that gathereth in summer is a wise son: but he that sleepeth in harvest is a son that causeth shame." - Proverbs 6:5

Saturday, October 6, 2012

Notice Anything Different?

Surprise!  It only hurt for a second.  When I was about eight years old, my mom asked if I'd like my ears pierced and I answered her, "No."  It wasn't something I ever wanted...until a few weeks ago.  I thought, "I'd like to have my ears pierced."  Just for me.  It's not to impress anyone.  It's a way for me to feel pretty or cool or to "express" myself.  I will only have to wait eight weeks to change them.  All in all, I think it was a good decision.  If I ever change my mind, they'll close up.  Right?


Friday, October 5, 2012

Fiction Friday: A Work in Progress

Part Seven

She invited me into her large, immaculate house.  I glanced down at my ratty sneakers. She told me to “Come inside, we must pay the maid to do something.”  She was welcoming and offered me ice water, which I gladly took, my throat was suddenly a dry desert.

She was very beautiful, the product of every night cream in the world no doubt, but no visible signs of plastic surgery.  Who knows, maybe it was genes?  Robert was nearly 24 and looked closer to 20.

“You’re one of Robert’s caretakers?”  She cautiously questioned.  She seemed genuinely interested.

“I’m a volunteer.”

“Would you like to see his room?”

We walked up the staircase.  There must have been over thirty stairs which wound their way to a long hall.  Robert’s room was the last room on the left.  We stopped at his door, where she took a slow deep breath and quickly opened it.

It was a typical ‘90s boy’s room, a big black boom box with dual cassette, posters everything from pit bulls to musical artists, to soccer stars and tennis, too.  The largest poster was dedicated to his favorite rapper.  She must have caught my awkward stare.

“He thoroughly enjoyed him, blasting his music, practicing his moves in front of that mirror.” She teared up, “I would never allow him to see him in concert.”

While we walked back down she offered some information.

“Arnold doesn’t approve of the room.  He deems it harmful to my progression…”  She trailed off and tiptoed the rest of the stairs to the landing, pulling aside the thin curtains. Lowly, she whispered, “Secretly, I believe he’s jealous of my memories.  The more I venture back into this part of my life, the more “business trips” he takes…”

Again, she trailed off.  She seemed dopey.

“He’ll be home for dinner soon,” my cue to leave.

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Craft Palooza

Today, a friend and I (shoepolishwonderful, visit her blog!) made three different crafts.

First, we made magnets!  They are so cute!  They were easy to make once we found the glass pendants (we found them at Joann's in the floral section).

We used regular white school glue to adhere the paper to the glass.  Make sure you seal the paper edges around the glass.  The paper I have is made in India.  It feels cool and has lots of different designs.

Next, I made a decoupage jar for a piggy bank.  It's not quite finished yet.  Again, I used regular white school glue, only I mixed it with equals parts water and brushed it over the jar and scraps of paper.

A cool story about the fortunes:

Joe and I ate Chinese food on a Sunday night and received this fortune,

"You will become more and more wealthy."

A few night's later, we returned for dinner...and received the exact same fortune!  While I do not believe in luck, it is a cool coincidence.

The third and final craft we made together was a recipe we found on Pinterest.  The link on Pinterest did not work, it took us to an advertisement, but we did find a link from Google (LINK).  It's an idea for an ornament with your family's fingerprints, but I thought it would be a great way to memorialize our kitty's paw prints.  It was actually quite easy to print all three of their little paws, which surprised me.  They were quite patient.


2 cups flour
1 cup salt
Add cold water and mix til the consistency of Playdoh.

Bake at 250 degrees Fahrenheit for 2 hours.  Let it cool overnight.

We had a lot of extra dough, so we decided to make a lot more ornaments!

Stay tuned for more pictures when actually paint them.  One of them is a surprise for a certain someone's Christmas present.  Shhhh... ;)

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Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Why My Blog is Named SwitchThoseFeet

The concert was amazing!  The proof is still on my wrist and hand.  While I was rocking it out, belting out all my favorite tunes, Joe took some lovely photos.  See below.

I thought I would take a moment to dedicate my 100th blog post to my favorite band, Switchfoot, this blog's namesake.

My first experience of Switchfoot was back in 2003.  The youth group I attended on a regular basis had a guest speaker.  He chose to share with us two songs from The Beautiful Letdown album, "Meant to Live" and "On Fire".  As soon as I heard the guitar beginning "Meant to Live", I knew I would love this band.  The lyrics hit my heart and mind. Switchfoot changed my life.  I love every album they've released, each one has its own vibe.

My first live experience of Switchfoot was in NYC.  My dad and I took the Metro into Grand Central Station and walked to Times Square.  The concert was at the Nokia Live Theatre. It was a small venue, but Switchfoot rocked it out!  It was spectacular.  Another experience was at Manhattan Center, when Relient K toured with Switchfoot.  My whole family saw Switchfoot perform at the New York State Fair in 2009.  No matter the location, Switchfoot finds a different way to bless their audience.  Every show is an experience.  Yes, I use the word experience.  They can minister to a broken heart and energize an apathetic soul.

Click this link to see My Top 10 Switchfoot songs of all time.

If you ever have the opportunity to see Switchfoot live, I guarantee it will be worth your time.

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