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A Little Halloween Happy

Welcome to Blogtoberfest Day#30!

I’ve had Halloween up for some time now, but haven’t gotten around to photographing it until now (now that it’s almost time to take it down! Ha!)

I didn’t add much new this year (just the blocks I made, my ceiling tile “scary” sign, and a cool witch print from my friend Cheryl – an amazing artist!) but I still had fun coming up with new displays and ways of showing off my little treasures.

The girls LOVE decorating their own Halloween tree, and do such a good job of it!

My favorite area is up on top of my hutch…love the blocks and my witches.

But then I really do like my wreath on the front door, too!

I just love the colors and the images of Halloween! Yeah, a little Halloween happy.

New Beginnings – Again!

Welcome to Blogtoberfest! I’ve lost track of what day it is!

I’ve fallen down on the job the last few days…away, illness, planning, lots of changes. It’s going to take me a few days to get back in the swing of things, and back onto my creative journey.

As with any open-ended journey that has no set plans, this one takes me to interesting places, and in directions that are often unexpected. In a relatively short period of time, I’ve come almost full circle. I started out creating for myself and my family with an eye for potentially developing a creative business, worked my way through the pros and cons of THAT plan, and find myself back at creating for myself and my family. It’s not at all what I expected, but the idea is growing on me more with each passing day.

I mean, what’s not to love about being freed from the stress of HAVING to do anything?

In attempting to figure out how to find more time in my life, I even thought about giving up the blog (for a few minutes, anyway!) but as I prioritized the things that give me the most joy, this is one of the few I just don’t want to do away with. Now Facebook? There I can easily make some modifications! There is just no reason for me to need to be on for so many hours a day. So if you notice I’m missing, don’t worry. I’ll be around, just not during all my waking hours!

And t.v. My next most abused form of entertainment. Seriously. I’m pretty sure I can keep up with the goings on in Port Charles and Salem by checking in once a week instead of every day. And all the hours of Food Network have not resulted in a single meal going onto the table.

So. I’m starting my lists again. Projects that I NEED to finish. Ones I want to finish. Ones I want to start. Areas to explore, ones that I most definitely don’t.

New beginnings are exciting. Even when they keep happening over and over…

She’s Baaaaaaack!

Oh, my.

I am back after taking a technology break for a few days!

It wasn’t intentional, or at least not pre-planned, it just sorta happened.

Mr. Tattered and I took a little trip just the two of us, something that doesn’t happen much these days. Seems like we enjoy being with our family so much we forget sometimes that it’s nice to have “us” time.

So, in the course of this “us” time, we had a wonderful conversation about where our lives were headed, how we wanted to spend our “golden years,” our concerns, and what is important to us these days.

I’m feeling a little like Dorothy in the Wizard of Oz, having been been out on this amazing, fun, but frightening adventure, looking for SOMETHING, and realizing that the something I was looking for was right here all the time.

So, although I’m certainly far from having a whole new plan nailed down, I do have some broad outlines.

I’m going to continue working on my personal “Happiness Project,” and I’m going to continue to do my art, but I’m going to retreat back into my family, and spend less time on social media and dreaming about an art career that is, in all likelihood, never going to happen.

I’ve been bouncing back and forth on this concept. The dream just won’t go away, and I have been hesitant to not pay heed to something that I can’t stop thinking about. I love the sayings “See where you spend your time, and there you will find your heart” and “Never give up on someone or something that you can’t stop thinking about.” My time is spent obsessing about my creative needs (which always lead to wanting another business) and I’m hoping that by changing my focus and not obsessing, a new way of looking at the dream will come to light. That I will find a way to marry my creative needs and my desire to put my family first. That somehow, if I let the dream rest – put it on the back burner for awhile – a path forward will show itself.

So. That’s where my head is today.

I have a lot to catch up on after being away. But I’m going to take my time. I may not even LOOK at my e-mail for a week! I wonder if the world will come to an end? Probably not, huh?

Mixed Media Scrapbooking

Welcome to Blogtoberfest Day 20! Hard to believe the month is 2/3 over already!

As you guys are well aware, I’m having a terrible time figuring out what direction my creative adventure needs to be going next. I have sooooooo many things I want to do I hardly know where to start. There’s a part of me that wants to paint 24/7, part wants to go back to scrapbooking, and part wants to go heavy into “crafty” stuff. Doing all 3 would be fun, but there just aren’t enough hours in the day!

And then I happened onto a “Creating Keepsakes” special edition called “Mixed Media Scrapbooking.”

It never occurred to me to combine my loves into one very diversified project! I’m thinking this has all kinds of potential. I’ve been feeling guilty about getting so little done on my scrapbooks, and now maybe I’ll be able to combine my painting AND my scrapbooks.

But, I’ve got a lot of projects I need to finish up before I can do more than just drool over the idea!

Less Of Me To Love!

Welcome to Blogtoberfest Day #19.

I’ve lost quite a bit of weight, but today was a terrific day for increasing my resolve to shed the extra pounds still hanging onto me.

I’ve been doing good. Its been months since I’ve consoled myself with food. I’ve made terrific progress with convincing myself that food is the enemy and must be ingested sparingly. I’ve lost a pant size and chucked the ones that are too big – I’m not going back!

But today I actually ventured in to a store and shopped for clothes. I was a little nervous because I wasn’t sure I had lost enough to make a difference, but I was pleasantly surprised! The smaller size I tried on, actually fit! I was over the moon excited! Side note…gals who are overweight tend to shy away from skinny jeans, but I gotta tell ya, you need to at least try them if you are a size 14 or under. They take off about 10lbs when you pair them with boots and a tiered sweater over a cute long top!

And I finally got some cowgirl boots! I’ve wanted some for a long time, but I have an aversion to buying leather. I was able to find some that look pretty good but have man-made uppers! Woohoo! Happy girl!

Now all I have to do is find a flirty little skirt to go with them! THAT may have to wait awhile…

I suppose I should make a plug for the store I was in…Kohl’s. Their sales are good, and I was able to buy everything I wanted not only on sale, but I had a coupon for an additional 20% off everything. I actually saved more than I spent, AND additionally, I got a $50 gift card for next week. Can’t get much better than that!

It was great to come away feeling like I’d gotten a good deal, and even better feeling like I’m looking better!

I still have a long way to go to get back to a healthy weight, but I’m headed in the right direction, and super enthusiastic about continuing! And from now on, clothes shopping shouldn’t be QUITE as traumatic! I’m never going to be bikini worthy again, but at least I can look cute in regular clothes.

Old Age Ain’t For Sissies

Welcome to Blogtoberfest Day #18!

“Don’t regret growing old, it’s a privilege denied to many.”

That’s a pretty cool saying, and I try not to think too much about the downsides of getting old, even though they get harder and harder to ignore. I recognize how fortunate I am to have lived as many years as I have.

But good grief! Some of this aging stuff is for the birds (sorry birdies!)

I’ve always been fairly active and walked with a bounce in my step. Rarely do people think I’m as old as I am. But in the past few years I’ve been feeling the aches and pains a little more, and the last month has been particularly depressing.

My back hasn’t completely recovered from the rafting accident, so that’s an issue, although I’ve been dealing with it fairly well. But now I’ve got what feels like a bruise on the bottom of my heel (although I’ve done nothing to cause any bruising!) and in trying to avoid putting my full weight on the foot, I’m feeling stiffness in my knee and a pulling in the muscle in the back of my thigh. I’m hobbling around like an old lady for the first few minutes I stand up! I really don’t like it! And it’s beginning to look like I may need to see the doctor, and anyone who knows me at all knows how much I’m hurting if I’m going to the doctor!

On top of that, I’ve pretty much decided hot flashes and night sweats are never going to go away, I will never sleep through the night again, I need to buy stock in panty liners (depends can’t be far down the road!) losing weight comes at a snail’s pace, I’ve begun to snore, I need to have my face waxed (seriously, a mustache?????) I can’t read without my glasses, and trying to pluck my eyebrows while holding my glasses to my eyes is nearly impossible. My wrinkles have wrinkles, my granddaughter loves to wiggle my bat wings, I walk into a room and can’t remember what I went in for, I find myself wearing a shirt with chunks of food on it, and from time to time put it on inside out…it goes on and on, but the rest is just too gross for polite conversation.

Seriously. Old Age is hard – it ain’t for sissies. And I’m not even to the really hard part yet.

But, on the positive side, I appreciate every day, and I know I didn’t when I was younger. I worry less, forgive more, and am tons more patient.

Hopefully I’ve still got a lot of years left. Even with all the aches and pains, and knowing there is Heaven waiting for me, I’m not ready to be done with this life on earth just yet. There are still lots of places I want to see, things I want to do, God willing and the creek don’t rise.

I’m guessing I’ll get used to all the inconveniences of an aging body. And when I can’t stand looking at it any more, I’ll put sheets over the mirrors.

In the meantime, I’m laughing at the aging jokes – knowing they are sooooooo true, doing my best to enjoy every minute of every day, and remembering that life is too short to drink bad coffee.

So how are y’all coping with aging? Any funny stories you’d like to share?

How Many Of Me Are There In Here?

I have come to the conclusion that there is more than one person living inside this body called Janet. I mean, they don’t have their own names, and I don’t lose time when they pop out, but they are there.

What brought this up? A friend of mine did a post talking about the tidbits of her life. She lives in NYC and mentioned that she prefers the park to Times Square, and suggested to her readers that they add their own tidbits to her comments. So Of course, I started thinking about what I like, and made some interesting discoveries.

As much as I love Maui, I am equally enamored with the Highlands of Scotland, the ruggedness of Alaska, and the energy of San Francisco and NYC. I don’t know that I could choose just one.

I am passionate about so many things, I could never settle on just one of them. I love photography, painting, scrapbooking, knitting, sewing, decorating, gardening, cooking, woodworking, reading, writing. To have to choose one? Not going to happen!

Even in my decorating I can’t settle on any one thing. I need a house decorated in tropical theme, one very, very country, one lodge-look, one Pier 1 (ish) one vintage. And although I would always decorate with an eye toward Tattered ‘n worn (go figure!) even my COLORS are schizo! I love shades of brown, red, white and black, I love creams, browns and whites with hints of color, I love dusty green, pale yellow and cream, I love pale blue, lavender and white…

I love being alone, I love being with people – I love to stay home, I love to travel – well, you get the picture…

Is everyone like this? Or do I need to be concerned about this???

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