Monday, January 30, 2012

AHHHHHH.....ARIZONA LIVING...........

"Three things cannot be long hidden: the sun, the moon, and the truth."
Buddha



This is truly a spectacular time to be in Arizona....beautiful weather and lots going on with the Phoenix Open, Barrett Jackson Collectors Car Show and many, many art shows and flea markets happening around the valley.


I know many of you are covered with snow...but here....we are planting flowers and tending gardens.



I know....I'm busy tending mine.  I am basically a gardener who gardens organically as much as possible.  I use coffee grounds on my roses and fish emulsion on most of my plants.  You will not believe the size of your flowers or the size of their leaves with this combination.  It seems to work here because our soil is really "crap" ......yes
that is a technical gardner's term. LOL


Wanted to share a little bit of my garden with you today....I wish I could send you my Arizona weather....too!

Hugs to all,

Jo

Saturday, January 28, 2012

Thursday, January 26, 2012

OH BOY......I HAVE AN EXCEDRIN HEADACHE............




Trying to reconfigure my blog list is akin to doing research in writing the great American Novel.... lol....... Going to my dashboard on the old interface.....takes so much time to load and retrieve that I am having to do it in little increments.  Please bear with me.......while I do this.........

This is really what I want to do!!


Yes......go take a long nap in this sweet little room.........

I will NEVER do this to myself again.....

LOL LOL

Hugs,

Jo
Photos:  http://hearts-of-glass-tumbler.com

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

WISDOM..............

"Death is very likely the single best invention of life."
Steve Jobs.


P.S. Still haven't reconfigured my blog list.....thanks for all the info each of you have shared.

Hugs,
Jo


Sunday, January 22, 2012

EEEKKKKK.......I JUST DELETED MY ENTIRE BLOG ROLL FROM MY BLOG..........


See the part of the skull that says "DAZED and CONFUSED" ...... that's me at the moment.

I accidentally removed my entire blog roll list....and of course I have no idea how to retrieve it.  It may take me a while to reconfigure this little baby....so please bare with me as I try and bring to mind all the blogs I love to visit.

EEEEKKKKKK.....

Jo

Monday, January 16, 2012

"IL MAGO".......THE WIZARD......THE MAGICIAN






Magic......is a truly beautiful word:

"Magica".......Portugese
"Magia"........Spanish
"Magique".......French
"Magji"....Albanian


This is the top of  a box purchased on a trip to St. Petersburg, Russia.... I made  this trip many...many...years ago and it was truly one that was unforgettable.

It was a magical destination full of many secrets and stories.


Each time I gaze at this beautiful art I am reminded of the magic that enfolds each day of our lives.....here.....now.


These wizards engaging in their spiritual battle of life.....realize full well 
THAT
I want to make each day of my life a magical one.......

Hugs,

Jo

Saturday, January 14, 2012

"JEWELRY TAKES PEOPLE'S MINDS OFF YOUR WRINKLES"..........Sonja Henie



I can't even begin to tell you how much fun I'm having making jewelry out of trash!!!


All of you probably think I am a little demented....or that I should be on the TV show "Pickers"..... anyway... the above piece was made with junk jewelry and garbage.
Well.....I don't exactly dig in dumpsters....but I will pick up an occasional item alongside the road if I am walking.

Couldn't decide if I was going to use the above piece as a piece of art or as jewelry.....so I messed around a little with it. It is not completely dry yet...hence the white gunk on the piece.

Another one I'm just finishing up.....


An old earring...... I pounded flat and embellished with a button and some old rusty chain I have on hand.....


Here is a close up of the first piece.  I've used an old levi snap....the back of a napkin ring pounded flat.....bit of old jewelry.....part of an old key chain and various beads, etc...

I'm looking at TRASH in a whole new way!!!!

LOL LOL LOL

Enjoy this beautiful weekend,

Jo

Friday, January 13, 2012

I THOUGHT THIS WAS IMPORTANT ENOUGH TO SHARE.........



Everyone wants to be loved......some more than others...but if you really think about it....just what is LOVE?


Is it that flutter you feel when you first fall in love? ....Is it that boring feeling that can occasionally develop over time in a relationship, yet one still chooses to stay?..  Is it the familiarity you have like having an old, old friend?  Is it security.....is it money.....  is it sex....is it fear mistaken for love?


Is it having a partner that completes you...is it a partner that makes you the best you....you can be?  Is it having the best father for your children? Is it fear of being alone?  


These are just a few examples that crossed my mind.........
Love is complicated....and I am so much in agreement with my opening quote.......
Do you have an opinion on this?
Just wondering?


Hugs,


Jo



Tuesday, January 10, 2012

HI AGAIN......I'M HERE WITH MY LESSON IN TOW............


If I slow down long enough....and REALLY pay attention....I can usually figure out where I have missed the mark.
I've visited with a few friends...and listened to their input...which I value greatly...their open sharing always seems to make the load a little lighter.

Anyone who has followed me for any length of time knows of the addiction problems that have troubled my family for generations.  This disease can stay in families for generations and one can certainly become worn out fighting the battle.

My sweet husband and I are no exception.  In fact, our tendency is just to want to ignore the problem, get them out of jams, ignore their hurt and ILLNESS and carry on with OUR LIFE.  It does not mean we don't care....it just means that we are so uncomfortable with the situation and so very tired of having to deal with it.  Well.....we are still in the middle of the mess.....however....with a change in tactics.....I hope we can see some light at the end of the tunnel.

We  are determined to stay put and LISTEN........REALLY LISTEN....to them. We will no longer  tell them it is their problem...not ours....IT IS OUR PROBLEM......  Don't get me wrong....we cannot make anyone stop their destructive behavior..but we can love them and stand by them without judging them.....no matter what the outcome.

Thus the title of this post....."You can run.....but you cannot hide."  This disease is in my family.....it is here to stay.......but I am ready to look it straight in the eye....and do what is necessary to keep my serenity and hopefully give that same gift to those I love.

That does not mean giving up my life to save theirs....nor does it mean I have huge expectations....but it does mean that I will truly love them as they are
warts and all....even when it hurts.....ESPECIALLY when it hurts.

Thanks for letting me share today..

xo

Jo


Wednesday, January 4, 2012

HAVE YOU EVER THOUGHT YOU WERE LEARNING THE WRONG LESSON??




It is often said......life is a "classroom"...."when the student is ready...the teacher appears"..I certainly agree with these two concepts.  However, I sometimes wonder exactly what lesson I am here to learn. 

 I think I know what the lesson is.....I think I have learned it.....then......only to have it reappear again in some other form.

I am going to be away from my blog for a while ......... attempting to sort out just WHAT MY LESSON IS.

Don't know how long that will be...but I need the time to focus....
Thank you to all of you who have been kind enough to follow me on this journey.  It is time for me to take a LITTLE DETOUR.

Jo

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 t...