Monday, May 28, 2018

Sunday, May 13, 2018

HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY TO ALL MY OTHER MOTHERS.............



Mother's Day is always a bittersweet day for me.  I lost my own beautiful mother many, many years ago and miss her still.

However, I had been fortunate enough to have many other wonderful women in my life who have filled this need when necessary.  My beautiful Aunt Ruth, my best friend Jan, my sister-in-law Sandy, friends Mary, Lainey, Marilyn...just to name a few.  All these women have been there for me
when needed and helped me tremendously through happy as well as difficult times.

The other side of this coin is my son....SCOTT.  Scott was born on Mother's Day...51 years ago.  He is no longer here and on this day I can remember with complete clarity his birth and all that it entailed.  I MISS HIM....it is just that simple!

Not trying to be maudlin or sad, it just is what it is.

HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY TO ALL THE MOTHERS AND THE OTHER MOTHERS OUT THERE.

Here is sending all of you a big smooch.


xo

Jo


Wednesday, March 21, 2018

WHEN WAS THE LAST TIME YOU DID SOMETHING FOR THE FIRST TIME?



Yesterday in my yoga class, our instructor asked us the above question.   I must admit....there were a lot of puzzled looking ladies staring back at her.  Everyone one of us can get stuck in a rut with our lives.  In fact,  it does seem easier to do the older one gets.  Your world can become so small that you have absolutely nothing to look forward to.

When I left the parking lot, I vowed to begin each of the coming weeks with something NEW to look forward to.  It does not have to be a costly endeavor.
It can be as simple as going to a movie by yourself, stopping by the near by library that you have been promising to go to for years,  eating a simple lunch or dinner at a new restaurant, taking a creative class of some sort ( just make sure it is something you have not done before).  

Some structure is a necessity in every life...but if you get too STUCK IN YOUR WAYS...you will never learn anything new.  I truly believe for our important self care all of us must move out of our comfort zones and DO SOMETHING NEW FOR THE FIRST TIME.

My little rant for today!  (o:}
Stay well and happy.

Jo




Wednesday, February 14, 2018

FINDING SILENCE WITHIN....................................



I have spent most of my adult life trying to find silence within....that calmness we all seek...free from anxiety and worry.  This 71st year of my life I am going to focus on just that!  

It seems as though I am not alone in this endeavor as yogis and meditators seem to lurking around every corner in social media.  I know this is certainly not a new situation in our society....in fact it has been around since the beginning of man only their anxiety came from a different source...(not getting eaten alive by predators);  although some would say that situation exists today, as well.  :)


Each one of us approaches this area of our life in our own way, for me it is starting a yoga class.   Over the years I have neglected my self care always focusing on my husband, worrying about my adult children or fussing with my home.  This year is going to be a year of self care and hopefully I will continue this for the remainder of my life.


I have set up a small Buddha fountain in my dining room and surrounded it with plants.  It gurgles water all day long and each time I pass it reminds me to be present with the right intention and the right thought.

I also attend a yoga class no less than once a week and try to go more often...combining a meditation class when I can.

As my yoga instructor so aptly quoted yesterday......
"YOU CAN'T CALM THE OCEAN....BUT YOU CAN CATCH THE WAVE."  

I'm going to try to do just that......wish me luck.

xo

Jo

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

ON WISDOM............................................



"THE ART OF WISDOM IS KNOWING WHEN TO SPEAK YOUR MIND....AND WHEN TO MIND YOUR SPEECH."

Don't know where I found this, but I think it could certainly apply to the world of today.

Just saying'
Me





Wednesday, September 20, 2017

A QUESTION FOR THE UNIVERSE............................



"The most wrenching fear that one experiences is the fear one feels for others..when one loves, one fears for the other." David Brazier


Why is doing the right thing oftentimes the HARDEST thing?
When rescuing becomes EN-NABELING ...you have totally missed the target.  This has been a hard lesson for me to learn and I have suffered greatly because of my fear. Perhaps this time the lesson has been learned.  Who knows?

Just me....
Jo  




Thursday, September 7, 2017

I THOUGHT THIS WAS WORTH SHARING TODAY.................


Included the above just because I thought it was neat!

O.K.....here is what I want to share with you........


This is perfect....is it not.

xo
Jo

Thursday, July 27, 2017

OK....ANOTHER GOOFY THING I MADE FROM NOTHING!!



I'm always looking for ways to make something on a shoestring.  I think it is wise in today's world to shrink one's footprint as well as doing things as inexpensively as possible.


To wit.....I am sharing a little stick light I made from a tree limb found in my yard..and a string of LED lights that plug in to the wall.



Had the lights left over from some other project and the best part is I can easily unplug them in the evening when I go to bed.

Simplicity and frugality.....the perfect combination.

xoxo

Jo

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

A LOOK INSIDE OUR FUNKY BATHROOM....................


I have posted many times about using what you have to decorate around your house.  CREATIVITY OVER CONSUMPTION.....has been my motto for quite some time now.


This little house is full of my treasurers  collected over a lifetime during many of our travels both in the U.S. and Europe.


Since I would certainly NOT call me a minimalist.....I like seeing all my treasurers and having them around me.  There is a certain comfort from being able to see items that bring back wonderful memories and are also beautiful to MY eye.


This is the bathroom off the master suite and the one that I use.  Brad said he didn't care what I did as long as additional construction was not involved.  So I made it MINE.  


I have named this little room ANNIE OAKLEY MEETS GYPSY ROSE LEE...Makes me smile every time I come in here.  I moved the feather boas elsewhere as they were a little over the top...even for me! haha


When I see all the sleek bathrooms out there with all the marble and white walls with beautiful huge tubs.....I admire them....but that is not me.

I need things around me that exude warmth and bring 
back great memories.....because, sometimes, memories are all you have left in the end.

xoxox

Jo

Friday, June 2, 2017

ANNIVERSARY FLOWERS.....................................




Yesterday was my wedding anniversary.  June 1st, 1979 was the day my sweet Brad and I tied the knot... 
as they say.

We had a very simple wedding as it was a second marriage for the both of us...  In a small home down in central Phoenix....38 years ago.  Only immediate family joined us and we were married by a Justice of the Peace.  

Neither one of us had much in the way of stuff or much money for that matter;  but we had my two kids and each other and that is all that seemed to matter.

Lots and lots of flowers decorated our home for this event...are you surprised?
Daisies were my favorite flower then so we filled the place up.

The JP wore a Kelly Green leisure suit...which I WILL NEVER FORGET.  When he rang the door bell and I answered....it did take my breath away...I'll tell you that!  
:0)

The whole event was catered by Miracle Mile Deli.....one of our favorite inexpensive eating places...and I think the cake was from Safeway.

Pretty simple compared to today's weddings that I see in the news and on the net.  We honeymooned in San Diego over the weekend as we both had to be back to work on Monday.  

The years have flown by in the blink of an eye and I can honestly say we are still truly just that "young couple in love" who tied the knot 38 years ago.

xo

Jo



MEMORIAL DAY MEMORIES!!!!

Part of celebrating Memorial Day...is having memories. Sophie we will ALWAYS miss you!! Jo