July 17, 2010

Praise of Summer


Well this heat wave has me cursing summer today.  But I like this vintage image.  Thought I'd share!

July 12, 2010


...since I have been more M.I.A than I.A lately thought you might like to turn some pages with me (desk calendar).  YES, you guessed it I am indeed back to work and back to R.E.A.L.I.T.Y.  I always like to get caught up on my calendar pages.  It's all part of getting my head back into the game.  I will only list favs here so don't go crazy bc a date is missing.  It was intentionally left blank.


  • Never let any mistake cause you to stop believing in yourself.  Learn from it and go on. Smiley from millan.net
  • Always affirm there is an answer to any problem and that you can find it; indeed, that you are now finding that answer.
  • When you get up in the morning, you have two choices-either to be happy or to be unhappy.  Just choose to be happy. Smiley from millan.net
  • Don't waste mental energy brooding over past events or worrying about the future.  Live a day at a time and do a job at a time. Smiley from millan.net
  • God will always take care of those who love and trust Him and sincerely do His will.

  • Quiet your mind so that inspirations may arise from its depths.  An inflow of new thoughts can remake you regardless of every difficulty you may now face, and I repeat-every difficulty. Smiley from millan.net


  • God's peace is medicinal.
  • You will never know what great things you can do until you try-really try. Smiley from millan.net
  • Never take no for an answer.
  • Ask for directions. Smiley from millan.net
  • Hold the image of the life you want and make the image become fact.
  • The positive thinker is a hard-headed, tough-minded, and factual realist.  He sees all the difficulties clearly...which is more than can be said for the average negative thinker.  But he sees more than difficulties-he tries to see the solutions of those difficulties.
  • The more problems you have, the more alive you are.  (Note: I must be superhuman ,))

and last but not least..... drum roll

  • Expect generous benefits in never failing supply! Smiley from millan.net

Woot woot we're all caught up on our readings now.  Don't you feel great!  Don't know about you but I like to renew my mind DAILY.


July 06, 2010

The Other Side ,)

I was honored this morning with a visit from this little guy... I believe its a hawk.  How beautiful.  If you're into hippy dippy airy fairy stuff (hey its Californ.i.a. folks, you know how crazy we are) you can read what a visit from a hawk symbolizes here <---- click. It starts out like this... the Hawk is the symbol of the dawn and the freshness that a new day brings (doodoodoodoo insert twilight zone music here); and the power of recollection. These energies and qualities enable the seer to travel back through the pathways of time; helping to connect us with with our roots and incestral wisdom that lives within our phyches and our culture. Hawk is known for his ability to travel into the past... 

how cool is that?  

I think it was so appropriate that he came for a visit this morning because it is a fresh new life for me and my family.  There are no accidents. Insert happy face here.  

Irony alert:  a hawk landing on the power lines caused inferno house <---- click remember that day? that was a "sign" that particular house was a NO. ROFL.

He was very still and didn't seem bothered by me at all.  I think he was still asleep.  The first shot I cropped in a wider panoramic view to show the terrain native to this area.  I was sipping my morning coffee standing by the back fence overlooking the canyon that is now my backyard.  I thought I'd share some pix of the new place so there's a mix of this and that. CLICK ON ANY PICTURE TO ENLARGE FOR DETAIL.

Here's a close-up of the hawk.  He shot me a little nod.  Such a poser.  Hi there!

Coffee central.  One of the first appliances in operation (HELLER).  Ever important.  Caffeine. Note: vintage Pyrex, I love and use for a butter dish (Tiffany blue) and a sugar dish (red). I used to have a set of matching nested bowls in the primary colors.  Remember those from the 50s? I think a daughter confiscated those to one of their apartments.


More of my loved vintage items.  Not sure if this is their permanent home, just got them out of the box.  I used to have these on a shelf in the old kitchen.  I love my "Aunt Jemima" cookie jar.  I bid on a box at an auction that I went to and she was a treasure surprise at the bottom of the box (S.C.O.R.E.) One of a kind I've never seen another.

Another close-up of the same area.  Note: my favorite Good Morning coffee mug <---- click!

Another view from our backyard.  Note:  the marine layer has hung out all morning... my favorite.  These houses are very far away on the other side of the canyon that separates us.   I zoomed in. The view is obstructed a bit by electrical wires, unavoidable.  They are behind us not right over us.  An issue I hadn't considered when looking for a place.  Oops.  I was going to crop them out but then I would have had to crop the marine layer which was the point of this photo.

Lots of greenery in the back too.  Another S.C.O.R.E. We had nothing but dirt in our old backyard <--- click well, and these cute little guys.  But the entire hill was covered with what they are standing on... dirt/sand/desert.  No trees nada.

Fog, aka marine layer ~I love you.  We live on the west side of the mountain now.  My old house is literally on the east/back of this mountain.  If I threw a stone in a straight line over this hill it would be in the backyard of my old house.  As the crow (or hawk ,) in this case) flies. The east side of this same mountain is much hotter and we didn't experience the direct ocean breeze like we do now.  It was much more inland and deserty in our old backyard.  

This is a close-up of a backyard across the canyon as well.  The guy has a putting green in his backyard.  That's how we roll in SoCal.  Too funny.

Bathrooms unpacked, check; kitchen unpacked, check; library wall unpacked (Picture coming soon), check; bedrooms unpacked, check; l.r. craft room, office, garage pending... HELLO from the other side and cross fingers I will have crafty stuff to post soon.  Next up for unpacking.... CRAFT ROOM.  

Be careful what you wish for you might just get it!

July 05, 2010

Stay tuned while we break for intermission...

I'm so excited to be into the new place and the move is behind us.  Whew what a ride.  I have the week off (Yosemite on hold, move, in full-swing) so I can make some sense out of all of this chaos and foolishness.  I planned on taking before and after shots of all the chaos and foolishness but frankly, what's so interesting about piles and piles of boxes?  In fact, this was going to be an all text post just blogging in to say HAY and stay tuned

...until this happened:

I got up for one second (literally) and Bubba Gene was on it like white on rice.  Playing fake asleep (sound asleep) now who could dare disturb such a cutey pie. I had to snap a pix.  Thanks Bubba Gene for the photo op.  (aka Punke but we call him Bubba Gene)

He's so exhausted.  During the move he's been carted from house to house for two weeks until we were moved.  He was prowling around the new place for days and finally calmed down enough to realize he's home too.  I'm fostering kitty again while the daughter travels and such so he's back with Grams (yes I only have furgrandbabies) temporarily.

I'll be back after intermission.  Crafty space is still all in boxes so posts continue to be all about nothing and yatayatayata

See ya when I see ya

EDITED TO ADD:  As I signed off I looked through my camera and ends up I had snapped one shot of the move in process.  Ironically another animal shot.  Look at Mr. Dog (aka Prince but we call him Mr. Dog, Doodoo, Monster, Wolfdog, King, Boo, Bubba (jk)) ROFL he sits right at the end of the ramp as if to say HAY where we going can I come too?  Animals too dern cute.  He's like you ain't  goin' nowhere nohow without me.

p.s. HAY intentionally spelled wrong.  hehe  Prounounced HAY AY with two syllables.

See ya on the other side


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