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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

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 …

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

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

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

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.

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 …

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

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

This lovely award has been passed on to my be two wonderful bloggers out there.
Danielle at My Blessed Serendipity Life and Mina at Green Witch With Sprinkles. 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…

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!!!!

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

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~~~~~

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