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

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

MY NON-TRADITIONAL THANKSGIVING TABLE...........



I'm always looking for ways to use old things in new ways....so this year I just gathered things from around the house to decorate my table.

Old law books purchased this summer in Fredericksburg, an old shoe form found in Montana...


The vintage bottle shining in the candlelight we found in Wyoming this summer.


Grasses from my yard as well as scented geranium and greek oregano in vases...


This beautiful blue cobalt bud vase belonged to my ex-husband...who used to always spend Thanksgiving with us.
He has been gone a number of years and I like to have his spirit with us....as well as that of Brad's parents.....We use his mom's silverware to eat with...a little tarnished...but loved none the less.


This small blue bottle is one that I altered...it was given to me by a friend in Idaho....It is actually an old vanilla bottle from Mexico...you can still smell the vanilla....added the Traditions tag..as I thought it was so appropriate for this holiday.  I use kantha cloths from India as table covers...as I love the colors....
When we use old things at Thanksgiving we are reminded of those who came generations before enabling us to live this wonderful life we live in this wonderful country of ours.

In closing....we are off on a little cruise for a while...


Here is wishing everyone a wonderful Thanksgiving.....see you when we return.


Hugs,

Jo
All photos mine except.....boats~~Leslie Saeta
      Vintage Turkey ~~ Free Pretty Things for you Blog



Monday, November 19, 2012

MY FRUGALITY IS SHOWING........................AGAIN.....


You know me.....if I can make something instead of buying it....I will.

It's the end of the year....and I did not have a new 2013 calendar...but I had already booked some 2013 appointments.....so....I made my own.

Downloaded some free printable calendars on google....covered an old composition book with some old papers and lace I had on hand.....and instant calendar for 2013.



I didn't really care if it was the "prettiest" calendar on the block....I just wanted something I could use....and NOT PAY $15.00 to $20.00 for.

Being frugal ROCKS!!

hugs,

Jo

Friday, November 16, 2012

DO THESE SCREAM FALL....OR WHAT???..........






Received these from my friend Jean.....up in Montana.....pretty interesting aren't they.  BTW.....shots from Dallas Arboretum ......

hugs,

Jo

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

KEYS IN THE SONG OF LIFE........................




I heard this phrase the other day in a song I was listening to.  It gave me pause to really consider this phrase as it does relate to one's life.

If you really think about it, a song, is like a life....it has a beginning....a middle....and an end. 

Some songs are made up of mostly flat notes.....as are many lives...boring beyond belief....never taking a risk or a chance...always fearful...always waiting for the other shoe to drop. 



 Other songs are sharp notes....always unsettled...giving rise to dissonance....incomplete and incongruous with the surroundings.  Always causing a uproar....never settled...always..looking....looking..
looking.


Then there is the song....composed of some flat and some sharp.....always looking for that balance....not too extreme one way or the other. Different parts of life may play different notes here....but...the goal is ALWAYS to get the life back into balance....managing gracefully.

I think next time I see my friends or meet a new person...I shall try to consider just WHAT key of life they are living.... as well as examining my own....to see exactly WHAT key I am in.



Just me thinking out loud today.

Hugs,

Jo
all images courtesy:  Free Vintage  Digital Stamps.blogspot.com

Saturday, November 10, 2012

I'VE BEEN BUSY.......WHAT DO YA' THINK??????......



Been messing around with "junk"
again.

What do you think?

Beads from old necklaces taken apart and reused in new ways..parts of an old earring and bracelet.  The silver piece is not one I made..but I liked how it looked so I added it.


We will be leaving for warmer weather soon...on a little trip...this necklace should fit right in!!

Hugs,

Jo


Thursday, November 8, 2012

BEGIN WITH THE END IN MIND.......................


Years ago I came across the above term in a book entitled THE SEVEN HABITS OF HIGHLY EFFECTIVE PEOPLE.....perhaps many of you have read it.

It was a completely new term to me as I had never ever considered much of anything besides just getting through my day.  Days spent mostly caring for family members with one issue or another....rarely focusing on what I WANTED out of life.

As I am now a woman of advanced years.... I realize how very important the thought of  beginning with the end in mind is.  In fact if there was one thing I would share with any of you younger bloggers out there it would be this term.

So often, as women, we focus on every one else....totally forgetting ourself in the process...trying to fix or help this one or that one..and never really focusing on the most important one....OURSELVES.  Not nurturing our creativity or taking care of ourselves emotionally, spiritually or physically...and then we wake up one day and think.....WHERE HAS ALL THE TIME GONE...how did I get to be 50 or 60 or 70.  

My sweet cleaning person,who is single, has just turned 45 and she and I were talking about just this thing yesterday...she has finally realized that she has done NOTHING to prepare for her retirement or her old age.  In fact, she told me she has really done not one thing to make sure she has a secure future.  Oh...she works incredibly hard...but she lives from paycheck to paycheck...not thinking about the future.  So she has decided to change that.  She is going to put her family in the background and focus on herself.  It doesn't mean she is selfish or that she doesn't care...it just means that she is starting to BEGIN WITH THE END IN MIND....It is never too late...you know!

Any thoughts on this?

Hugs,

Jo
sign:  Moon to Moon~~Tumbler

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

HI THERE~~I'M MISS SOPHIE'S GREAT AUNT STELLA......................





UMMMM......please notice the wonderful cameo of my darling niece around my neck...oh my~~ oh my goodness.....I digress in my story.  Anyway....the reason for this little missive is due to a recent exasperating note I have received, as of late,  from Miss Sophie 

You all remember her don't you....that wonderful Cavalier King Charles who had the PERFECT life.....until Little Mister..aka...Skyler came on the scene.

She writes and I quote...

"Oh Auntie.....I had the perfect life of a 10 year old spaniel....

Endless pampering

People food on very, very many occasions

Always got my own small bowl of rice when we ordered Chinese food

Slept in the big bed with my humans..and I might add...had it all to myself

Was coddled, caressed and loved totally and singularly for the first ten years of my life

Never had to share my humans OR ANYTHING ELSE FOR THAT MATTER with anyone else

AND THEN HE CAME

Little Mister, Skyler.....


Now.... people food treats are almost unheard of

No more rice of my own when we order Chinese

Have to share the bed with HIM and my humans..and.....HE gets the pillow

Have to share pampering time with the new kid in town

And to top it all off.....my humans put me on a DIET....although I do look pretty snazzy having lost five pounds...

Oh Auntie, I need your advice.....how will I get through this puppy stage with little Mister......without having to see the doggie therapist???  You have always given such wise advice......

ANY SUGGESTIONS DEAR FRIENDS...

Hugs,

Jo