"The soul is the truth of who we are."
Marianne Williamson

Monday, January 31, 2011

COMMON SENSE SOUL WORK.........


"She wanders around wondering..about this
that and the other thing
finding she knows nothing at all
and MOSTLY she is O.K. with it."

which leads to my Signpost for the Soul 
for this Monday.

"IT HAS TAKEN ME A LIFETIME OF LEARNING
TO MAKE ME REALIZE~~ HOW LITTLE I REALLY 
KNOW".

Let's have a blessed day dear friends,

Jo

Photo:  Cori Dantini
WHERE WOMEN CREATE

Friday, January 28, 2011

FEATURING TWO BEAUTIFUL BLOGGERS...WHO HAVE SENT ME BEAUTIFUL THINGS.....


My post today is highlighting two beautiful bloggers.
the photo above is a photo of a gorgeous necklace that I received earlier this month...and have been neglectful in posting about.  It seems .... with traveling  ~~just living, etc. time gets away from me.

Anyway the beautiful piece above was gifted to me by HOME AND HEART.  Please visit this dear lady...she has a lovely blog and is so generous in giving us her beautiful images~~not to mention the beautiful jewelry she makes.


Please stop in to visit her and tell her Jo sent you.

The next blog I want to mention is the fabulous art of J. Beaudet
I have followed her and her art for a while and I purchased this lovely piece.


Her florals are wonderful and she has a great artistic style.  Please stop in to see her as well....you will be pleased you took the time.

This is what is so wonderful about  blogging....you are able to meet so many beautiful and creative women and men who you would never come across in your everyday life.

Have a beautiful weekend dear friends,
today I'm hooking up with Pretty Little Things hop on over to see all the other beauties out there.
Jo
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Thursday, January 27, 2011

RECEIVED A GIFT TODAY............LIFE IS JUST A BOWL OF CHERRIES.......


I received this painting in the mail the other day....It was something I won from sweet Angie over at Angela's Acrylics.

She is truly a talented artist who works as a E.R. nurse in her day job.  I have followed her for quite sometime and it always amazes me how she makes acrylics look like oils in her work.


Please give her a visit..it is truly worth your time to see all the amazing work she creates.  Simple yet elegant.  

I have always liked putting small works in ornate frames..it's just me...but I love the look and feel.

Have a cherry...I mean cheery day my sweet friends!!

Jo

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

NOT SLEEPING......I HATE THIS!!!.............





Sleep eludes me.....
In this night time still

Mind racing..thoughts bouncing..
Always against my will

Eyes drowsy ~~ mind alert
For the next onslaught of chatter

No solutions ~~  Just worry
Never mind over matter

Need sleep now...must rest now
Take deep breaths and release

Need sleep now....must rest now...
GOD grant me your peace.

How do you handle nights when you can't sleep?

Hugs to all you dear readers,

Jo 
poem written by me

Monday, January 24, 2011

TODAY'S SOUL WORK IS IN THE GARDEN.........


"HE WHO PLANTS A GARDEN...PLANTS HAPPINESS."
~~Chinese proverb

I'm a gardner.....always have been.....always will be.


NO....I don't plant to eat~~I plant for beauty alone.


My garden is not formal..nor is it manicured.


It mostly pops up...all over...on it's own ~~ thru what I call "volunteers".


Every so often I'll throw in a new flower or two...but mostly....it thrives best with minimal planting and just tender loving care.  Let's not be so hard on ourselves if we don't have the perfect garden.

Which brings me to my SIGNPOST FOR THE SOUL~~ WEEK THREE

"God was the first loosey-goosey gardner.  If our gardens were meant to be manicured don't you think he would have done it in the first place with all the natural forests and vegetation he created."

Again.....just me thinking out loud....if you love manicured gardens please take no offense...I just have never been able to pull one off!! (O:



Hugs as always,

Jo

First 3 pics from La Vie Claire and Country Living
Las 3 pics are my courtyard

Sunday, January 23, 2011

DOES YOUR BLOG REFLECT WHO YOU REALLY ARE??

I know mine doesn't.......


when I began blogging and selected a title for my blog....I know exactly who I wanted to honor....my beautiful French grandmother...Veda Maupin...


however....as I have continued down this path...I have realized that my blog does not really reflect me....my style....oh....the writing is mine...and most of the pictures are mine...but my header does not reflect who I really am.


SO........with that said.....there will be some changes coming here soon....I really am a Bohemian at heart..

La Boheme in French...perhaps it is because of my somewhat gypsy lifestyle..so it is time to freshen up a little.  Oh my blog will still reflect on my lovely grandmother...but it will also be a little more of me.


I do so hope all of you will continue with me on this little journey....as I do so enjoy each and every one of you.


so please keep an eye out for me and my new look.

Hugs to all....

Jo
 p.s. by the way....the lantern is the ONLY THING I purchased on my recent little trip.

Friday, January 21, 2011

MISSING IN ACTION..........HI THERE....I'VE BEEN TRAVELING ALL WEEK


Just returned from a little trip in our sweet motorhome.....

We actually attended a rally in Quartsite, AZ.....if you have never been to Quartsite you have missed a treat...


The MINERAL AND GEM SHOW was this weekend.

Our group had about 60 motorhomes all attending our rally....we circle the wagons just like the old pioneers and eat, drink, play games and just have an all out good time.  We all boondocked....dry camped for 4 days.

You must understand....thousands of people from all over the country descend on this little spot during the early Spring months to attend all the flea markets...gem and rock shows....RV shows.....bead shows...it is a rock and bead HEAVEN!! They arrive in anything from a clapped out old school bus to the most expensive motor coach made....and we all camp next to one another out in the desert!!!


The flea markets and stalls sell everything under the sun....you can spend days looking at all the stuff!!

HERE IS A LITTLE QUARTSITE INFO IF YOU ~~ARE INTERESTED~~
Quartsite was established in 1989...was a little mining community and has never grown very much in size...General Patton trained American Troops out in this desert during WWII.    

At one point in time....they also tried to import camels...to see if they would survive and be used in our desert environment....The camel drivers' hut still stands...


His name still enhances his original outpost.....however....the camel experiment failed. (O:


As you can tell...it is now an internet cafe serving coffees and snacks..

I tried to imagine a camel grazing out there among all us campers and motor-homers..along with all the rock-hounds,the wayward hippies and old prospectors who have settled in here. 
Made me smile...I'll tell you that!!


Till next time......HAPPY TRAILS.

Hugs,

Jo

Monday, January 17, 2011

SOUL WORK......PLEASE DON'T DETOUR...JUST FOLLOW THE SIGNS


I believe Americans are the biggest consumers of stuff on the planet..



we buy stuff

we trade stuff



we make stuff

we hoard stuff


we give away stuff

we throw away stuff



we think about stuff

we even.....dream about stuff



Well...for me in this stage of my life....I'm trying to downsize......so I'm LETTING GO OF STUFF....

Which brings me to this thought
SIGNPOST FOR THE SOUL No. 2

There will NEVER BE enough STUFF to fill an EMPTY SOUL...

Please remember these are just my thoughts...take what you can use....and leave the rest.

Thanks to all of you sweet friends.

Jo

Saturday, January 15, 2011

ANOTHER AWARD PASSED ON TO ME......OH MY!


This lovely award has been passed on to my be two wonderful bloggers out there.

Please visit each of these wonderful ladies as they have beautiful blogs. I'm always honored to receive awards but from now on I would like to make my blog AN AWARD FREE BLOG ...I hope all of you understand.
Kind of a double whammy....hugh???

I'm supposed to tell you seven things about myself that you don't know already.
I'm pretty open on my blog so don't know if I can come up with seven...but here goes. By the way...am I supposed to do 14 since two bloggers awarded this at the same time....Oh MYYYY!!  (O:(O: O.K.here goes.

1.  I lived in the Panama Canal for l 1/2 
    years during my first marriage.

2.  I attempted to learn how to play the 
    piano...but never practiced...so I 
    was fired by my sweet teacher. (O:

3.  I've been married to my wonderful 
    husband for 31 years and plan on 
    being another 31 if God is gracious.

4.  I dabble in art with pencils, pastels
    and watercolors.

5.  I learned to tap-dance when I was in 
    my 40's


6.  I don't golf...but live on a golf-
    course.

7.  I have two brothers...one older
    one younger.

I'm also supposed to pass this onto seven other bloggers...and I always have such a difficult time doing this because each blog out there is so wonderful in its own way.

As always...I'm always grateful for each and everyone of you...you bring joy to my life.

Jo

Friday, January 14, 2011

I CAN'T BELIEVE I WON THIS FROM LAURIE ANNA'S VINTAGE HOME


I know the holidays are over....but I just had to post about this wonderful give away that I just received from Laurie Anna's Vintage Home.  


I actually won it over the holidays...but everything gets so hectic then I didn't even know I won it until Laurie was gracious enough to e-mail me.

It is a little over 22" high and made by the wonderful Dee Foust....

I have him out and displayed on my piano...he is so very lovely I may have to leave him up all year.

Thank you again Laurie for your generosity....by the way please visit her and her wonderful on-line shop.
She has wonderful items for sale and is located in Canton, Texas....Ahhhh those Texas bloggers!!!!

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

TODAY IS A BLUE DAY.....MY FRIEND...NO NOT THE BLUE OF SORROW OR SADNESS


but the BLUE of CALMING AND GLADNESS

the blue comes forth in gushes ~~ like the spring rainfall


or the clear blue sky of a winter morn

it's as tho the blue has caused me to be reborn.


this gentle blue seeps into me..like water to a stream

Somehow there is a place now that is very rarely seen

SO STAY WITH ME MY BLUE FRIEND


I'M liking what I see....don't leave me yet....my new friend.

Just stay inside of me.

Have a beautiful blue day sweet friends,

Jo
Poem by me most photos by me and Flikr

Monday, January 10, 2011

SOUL WORK.......STRAIGHT AHEAD.......


I'm no more knowledgeable or spiritual than most of you out there...but as I've gotten older with fewer days ahead of me than behind..I find myself reflecting more and more on life.


I've had a very full life compared to many...and still do.  I'm not a cleric or a theologian. But from time to time..when I'm alone and all the mind chatter has stopped; I find myself in that special spot where the road is a little more clear.


Words seem to come easily and smoothly....like chocolate dripping off a spoon.


i call these little breaks in life SIGNPOSTS FOR THE SOUL....

So this year...I want to share them with you if you care to follow...
one post....each MONDAY....until the thoughts stop coming or the well dries up.

SIGNPOSTS OF MY SOUL

Monday....Week one

THERE ARE NEVER BORING PEOPLE.....ONLY THOUGHTLESS OBSERVERS!

i certainly do not want to offend anyone as these are my thoughts and mine alone...but if they interest you....please feel free to use them for your own soul work~~~~~


As always...sending warm thoughts and hugs to each and everyone of you.

Jo