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Creative Bliss

It took a little over a week to get there, but I’m now firmly in the zone. The “creative bliss” zone.

I realized it last night as I surveyed my little crafty kingdom away from home. I am beyond collecting supplies, and onto actually having something to show for my efforts beyond dreaming about what I COULD do.

But it’s not just producing that makes the “zone.” It’s LOVING it. Feeling totally energized by it.

I remember back when I had my store that I would reach the point where I was toast. No creative mojo, no energy…just dragging.

The market time would come and I’d be off into creative Disneyland. The inspiration was everywhere, and before I knew it ideas were coming faster than I could write them down. My team and I would plan a minimum of 6 months of themes, windows, and displays to highlight the merchandise we were buying and we could hardly wait to get home and start executing them. It was like being plugged into an electric socket and totally recharging the batteries.

It didn’t mean that every day life sucked, it just meant that we burned so bright we had to have some recharge time.

And so it is with me now. I LOVE my life, and I love what I do every day. But I do it with passion, and I need recharging from time to time.

So here I am. I am charged.

I’ve soaked up all this yumminess…

 

 

 

Now it’s time to get to creating.

Finished another simple pair of earrings for Bea.

 

And of course, that means she’ll need a bracelet to match, so I started a new bowl of lavender/purple beads.

When I was at the mall (buying more beads, of course…) I ran across a jewelry artist whose ankle bracelets spoke to me. I didn’t even argue this time, just got out the money…

It’s a pretty clever design. 2 wraps around and it’s a ankle bracelet, 3 a bracelet, and just a rope and it makes a necklace. Yep, I’ll be adapting a design of my own.

And then I decided my cards for National Letter Writing Month are screaming for a tag…

 

Just found out there are 71 participants this year instead of just 50. Still doable, but I need more tags and a bit more paper. Bummer. Another trip to the bead craft supply store.

Yep. Creative Bliss. Just love it.

A Shout Out!

Every once in awhile I run across a shop that just needs to be advertised. The Aloha Bead Co. is one of them.

Located in Paia, Maui, Hawaii, it is a small space stuffed with an incredible array of luscious beadness.

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I’d been there a number of years ago, long before my bead obsession had taken hold, and it was nice, but there was nothing I needed there.

Now it’s a whole different story.

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This is just about a quarter of what they have…

I guess I didn’t really NEED anything. I’d already spent a small fortune on supplies at Ben Franklin and the shop in Kihei. And I enjoyed spending every nickel. AND, I’ve actually been using what I bought. But it was all pretty much just normal stuff – a few tools, basic beads, and a few cool things, but not THIS cool. This was a whole new level of coolness. Like the QUEEN of coolness.

But I resisted. Mostly.

This amazing bead did jump into my tray. (If you notice I’m missing an arm and a leg, it’s because it took that to pay for it, but what the heck. It’s only money, right?)

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It’s pendant sized, so I know it will end up on a necklace, but I don’t have a clear vision for it yet. I just knew I couldn’t leave without it.

One of the things I REALLY like about this place is that in addition to the strings of beads, they also have lots of choices you can purchase “by the bead.” There are so many times I need just a few and I hate buying a whole string, but if it comes down to way too many, or go without, you know which one wins in janetworld. This was nice, and I did buy a few things, knowing I would be coming back with more time to dawdle.

What I AM mulling over are the kits for complicated beaded necklaces, earrings and bracelets. OMG. They have me written all over them (the finished pieces) but they also have “you know, don’t you, that you’ll NEVER make these” as the sub-title. But the made-up pieces are budget busting (I keep telling myself) and I COULD make them… What to do, what to do? Even the kits are not cheap, which is what kept me from just getting them.

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Now this is BEADING, beading, as opposed to the simple construction I’ve been doing. Each little bead is “sewn” on with silk thread. It feels like a real commitment, as opposed to a little project. Theoretically (if I had half an ounce of sense) I’d buy a kit for one piece, say a bracelet, and see how I do. But that is so not me. If I loved it, I wouldn’t have matching pieces to go with it. But, if I got started and wimped out, I’d be wishing I’d bought just one.

It’s been days and I’m no closer to deciding.

Maybe when I go back they won’t have complete sets of any one style in kit form so I won’t be able to get them. Or maybe I’ll decide I could live with one statement piece to make and then make something simple to coordinate. Or maybe I’ll say, “you only live once,” and buy a complete, made up set. With me, you just never know until it’s done.

Now that I’m looking at the photos again, I’m in love lust all over again. I feel another trip coming on. Wonder what I’ll do?

 

 

A Love/Hate Relationship

I seem to have a number of those, but this one is with my fitbit.

For quite some time my fitbit kept me on the straight and narrow with my walking program. A minimum of 10K steps a day, 7 days a week, week after week, month after month. (The love phase.) Then in the spring of last year I got sick on the way home from London and took a few days off and for the life of me, I just couldn’t get back into it. No matter how hard I tried, I just kept missing reaching my goal. And there was that little demon watching me, mocking me, making me feel like a complete failure. (The hate phase.) Day after day of its ridicule was too much and I took the sucker off.

Meanwhile, Mr. Tattered has been religious about his walking. And I admit, I envied him his continued commitment, his ability to miss his goal from time to time, sometimes DAYS at a time, and jump right back in.

So. What to do? I know I need to get up and move more. ALL the things I adore doing are sedentary pursuits, and it is way too easy tasty glued to a chair. And it just isn’t healthy.

And as I let the problem percolate, one of the issues I realized I was having was that the fitbit I had required that I be swinging my arm to count steps. So, all the time I am pushing a shopping cart, carrying groceries, walking and holding a child’s hand, I’m not getting credit for steps. So, maybe I wasn’t doing quite as badly as I thought I was? But, nonetheless, at the end of the day, I wasn’t getting the praise I needed!

The solution was slow in coming to me, but I finally figured out I needed a tracker that used a GPS based system to track. Enter the “Fitbit Blaze.” It’s the same one Mr. Tattered and my daughter and my granddaughter use.

I decided if I was going to jump-start my sorry behind, this might be just the way to do it.

5 days ago I bought one, and 4 days ago, I started over. So far, so good. I’ve reached my goal every day.

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Four days in a row. Some days it isn’t pretty. With all the rain, I’ve found myself in the evening walking around and around and around the living room wearing a path in the carpet to get those last 4K steps, but I’m doing it.

I haven’t had to experience the demon demeaning me.

I like the Blaze better than my old fitbit. It displays my steps right on the face, rather than having to check my phone app or computer. Not crazy about the band, so I’m going to check out some less manly looking ones.

All in all, we’re back into the love phase. Whew!

 

 

National Letter Writing Month

I’m a little ahead of myself, because the celebration doesn’t start until April. But I thought I’d give you little reminder in advance, just in case you want to plan a little celebration of your own and need a little time to get it together.

National Letter Writing Month is a time to remember the days when we actually sent letters to each other instead of tweets or posts on our walls. A time when we went to the mail box and found something other than bills and advertisements. Remember those days?

Eleven months out of the year, going to the mailbox is nothing but a chore.

But the month of April is different. I can be sure nearly every day of getting a special little sumpin, sumpin I actually WANT to see.

I belong to a group sponsored by one of my art friends, Lindsay Ostrom. Lindsay is the queen of “Creative Cuteness.” She is a much published lettering artist who is probably the most creative AND productive person I have ever met – an amazing conglomeration of artistic talent, innovativeness and follow-through. She makes me look like a slug, so I NEVER compare myself (well, maybe once in awhile, but it’s such a painful endeavor I don’t do it often.)

Anyway, I’ve been joining Lindsay in this challenge for 4 or 5 years (I’m losing track now) and I look forward to it every year. I have gained a new appreciation for card making AND the joy of getting actual happy mail in my mail box for one wonderful month a year.

In order to join in, you have to sign a little letter of intent, PROMISING to send the pen pal Lindsay paired you up with at least 4 pieces of mail during the month. I am having a printing issue at home (long story) so I decided to wait until we got to Maui to print out my agreement, only to find that the ink i my printer is dried up and since we are probably NOT going to keep our storage unit, was less than enthused with the idea of buying $70 worth of ink to print one piece of paper, and even less enthused about finding someplace where I could do it. So I threw myself on Lindsay’s mercy and she basically said to sign something Hawaiian and take a picture of it to send her to show I was serious. Huh? Hey, her game, her rules! So I set off for the beach, collected a bunch of chunks of coral and shells, and signed the sand.

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Now, not everyone can be a part of a group like that (I don’t know when the deadline is, but if you WANT to participate, let me know and I’ll see if there is still time to join in!)

But my point in bringing this up now is to challenge YOU, whether you are a creative type who wants to MAKE cards, or just a nice person who would like to brighten a few people’s lives, to send some snail mail during the month of April.

What if you just made a list of your 10 closest friends, and sent them a little note in the mail? Or you could get crazy and write a few full on letters! Do you even remember how? Have you EVER even sent one?

So, it’s time to get working on my cards. Not content to send 4 things to my individual pen pal, I like to send at least 2 pieces to every participant. This year year we’re looking at about 50, down from a high of 125 one year. I know, it’s crazy, but 50 really is a manageable amount. You just have to decide on a design and mass produce. Here are some from years past (we aren’t supposed to post what we’re sending until they are received!)

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In case you didn’t see my supplies yesterday, here’s the THEME for this year…I’ll probably tease a little between now and next month, but I can’t show the whole thing until then!

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So what do you think? Wanna join in? Are you tempted to participate in your own little celebration?

Multiple Personality Crafting Disorder…

If it isn’t a real, medically diagnosable disease, it should be. And I have it. Bigly. Or big league. Whatever.

There are numerous personalities inhabiting this body of mine (which, I suppose could be why I’ve gained weight – they each need their space, right?) and each of them have their own idea of a perfect crafting day. One can’t get enough knitting, one loves beading, one adores making cards, and yet another would scrapbook all day, given half a chance. And really, those are only the MAJOR bossy ones. There are other secondary personalities with other interests – the mosaic person, the painter…I left them home this trip, but you get what I’m saying, amirite?

So.

Here I am, with lots of time on my hands, and I’m frantically moving back and forth between knitting and beading, while the card maker and scrapbooker wonder when they get to come out.

The knitter just finished her scarf, and wants to get going on another.

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The beader has two simple necklaces strung (they won’y get completed because they need to be measured on the recipients before they are finalized.

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She’s chomping at the bit to get going on some “ocean inspired” sets done, and Bea has requested some earrings, so those HAVE to get done. The earrings won’t take but a short time, so I’ll probably let her stay for awhile.

The card maker has been shoved back waiting to get permission to participate in her yearly National Letter Writing Month project even though she has no access to a printer at the moment and can’t sign her life away SWEARING to be a good pen pal. This will be my 4th year, so if I can’t be trusted by now, no contract is going to make a difference, but hey. I get it. Our fearless leader wants to make sure everyone who is participating is ACTUALLY participating, so she has to do SOMETHING. Although, for the life of me I can’t figure out why someone would sign up for it then leave their pen pal high and dry unless they were in the hospital on death’s door, but I guess some people don’t follow through. Anyway. Permission granted, so she’s going to need to get a mess of cards made.

I’m going to go with an ocean theme this year (wonder why I have the ocean on the brain?) They had some cool paper I’m going to use at Ben Franklin’s, and I’m anxious to see how they turn out.

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Scrapbook girl is probably the most likely of the four to be ignored, because even though the supplies are here,

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the pictures haven’t been ordered. That was SUPPOSED to happen before we left, but I figured I could just as easily do that here and save myself lugging them one direction. I’ve thinned out the photos, and I’m ready to load them onto the Costco website, but if I have them printed, the need to actually produce will be exacerbated, and who needs the stress, right?

If one HAS to have a disease, this is definitely the one I’d choose.

 

65 Things I’ve learned in (almost) 65 Years

A few years ago I did a post about 61 things I’ve learned in 61 years, and had anticipated adding a new one every year. I did it for 62, then quit. I don’t know if I didn’t learn anything new in year 63 or I just got lazy, but I thought I’d better get back to it. But instead of waiting until my birthday, I’ll just do it when the urge strikes. It struck, so I’ll add 3 more things (if I can think of anything. I may not have learned anything in the last 3 years, and there won’t be anything to add! Heeheehee!)

Anyway, not everything will work for everyone, and some of the things (although I believe them to be true) are hard to live by, but I keep trying. As Mr. Tattered says, “your mileage may vary.”)

It’s a long list, so grab a cup of coffee or a glass of wine, and enjoy. I think it’s worthwhile, even if just to stimulate thought. And if you have others you think I should add, speak up in the comments. I hope to be learning new things all the time (and I’ll need something to steal next year!)

1. Old age is not for sissies (my new mantra – you’ve heard it here before, you’ll hear it again!)

2. Don’t sweat the small stuff. Of, course, most of it is small stuff. So I try not to sweat. Unless I’m exercising, then it is advisable or I’m wasting my time.

3. Speaking of wasting time, I try not to waste my time being mad at my spouse. I get mad if I need to, but get over it fast. If I don’t, I’m burning daylight, or moonlight. We don’t get enough of either even in the longest of lifetimes to waste it being angry.

4. We survived our parents, our kids will survive us. We take too much credit for them turning out good, and too much blame when they don’t. I did the best I could, and when I knew better, I did better. Most of it is up to them anyway. You know, you can lead a horse to water…Each of these critters are different, and they don’t come with instructions.

5. Keep at least a tiny part of your life for yourself. It’s important to be a good spouse, and a good worker, and a good parent, but you need to keep a space to be a good you.

6. Don’t depend on anyone but yourself for your happiness. If you do, they can take it away from you. Learn to recognize what makes you happy, and do it as often as possible.

7. We don’t raise children, we raise adults (Courtesy of Dr. Phil) so you’d best teach them what they need to know to excel out there in the world. But remember, you can provide the info, the road map – they have to choose to live it. Once they reach adulthood, it’s on them if they choose not to do what you taught them.

8. Habits are hard to break. Try to form good ones from the beginning.

9. Never stop learning. New technology, new words, new games…it all aids in keeping your brain working properly.

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10. Stay active. The more time you spend on your backside, the more you’ll want to be there. Given enough time sitting, you’ll never leave your recliner.

11. Don’t live in a bubble. There are lots of wonderful ideas out there. If you surround yourself only with people who see the world exactly as you do, you’ll never hear them.

12. Eat to live. DON’T live to eat. Unless you are one of those disgusting people who can eat whatever they want without gaining an ounce, it is imperative that you have a healthy relationship with food. The older you get, the harder it is to get the weight off, let alone keep it off.

13. Try not to judge others. You never know if the crabby cashier at the bank is just crabby, or she just found a lump in her breast, has no insurance and is both pissed and scared to death.

14. The greatest happiness is found in being of service to others. Make it a priority in your life and it will be hard to be miserable.

15. Be on the lookout for the “broken windows” in your life. There is a theory that when broken windows are tolerated in a neighborhood, the neighborhood will go downhill. The same is true with our own lives. Tolerating unmade beds, messy closets, and dirty toilets, pave the way for the whole house, even your whole life to be a wreck.

16. Be in the present as much as possible. If you live in the past, you invite depression. If you live in the future, you’re courting anxiety. Joy is found in appreciating the present moment.

17. Spanking your children, even yelling at them, is an admission they’ve gotten the best of you. All children have currency. Figure out what it is, and use it to your advantage. Anger and violence do not promote the growth of healthy people. I wish I had known this when my kids were young. My biggest regret is that I spanked them.

18. Balance is hard to find in every day. When passion takes you in a direction, go for it. You can balance it out tomorrow, or next week, or even next month.

19. Don’t compare yourself to others. If you find yourself better, you’ll become vain. If you find yourself lacking, you’ll be depressed. Just be the best you you can be.

20. Marriage works better if you go into it with eyes wide open, then spend the rest of your life with them half closed.

21. Time flies whether you’re having fun or not, so have fun. Lots of it. Turn anything you don’t like to do into a game, or share the load – do whatever you need to do to make it fun.

22. Being smart is not a bad thing.

23. Learn to accept that what is, is. There are some things that just cannot be changed. So if you can’t change it, and you can’t accept it, change how you THINK about it.

24. Attitude is the only thing in this world we have complete control over. You can’t always control what happens to you, but you CAN control how you react to it.

25. Surround yourself with beauty as often as possible, even if it is only a single flower now and then, a gorgeous sunset, or even a picture in a discarded magazine.

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26. A few really good friends is better than scads of close acquaintances. Friends will be with you for life. Close acquaintances will ditch you when the going gets tough.

27. It’s just as easy to believe in a Heavenly Being that created the world and everything in it as it is to believe this is all just some random happenstance. However, the consequences for believing one way or the other are vastly different.

28. The older I get, the more I feel like me. We spend too much time when we are younger, worrying about what other people think. Aging provides us with the cover to be ourselves. I think we should do it sooner. Another Dr. Phil-ism – You’d care less about what people think about you, if you knew how infrequently they do. Just be yourself. Unless yourself wants to run through the streets naked. That’s probably not a good idea. Fun, maybe, but it could scar people. Forever.

29. We have an obligation to all of humanity to protect the planet. We cannot continue to abuse it and expect it to recover from our exploitation.

30. Nice matters.

31. I’ve tried with all my might to embrace the thought that “stuff” doesn’t matter. But I like my stuff. Someday I might not. But right now I do. So although there is something to be said about living an uncluttered life, it’s not my cup of tea. Or coffee.

32. Happy kids are more important than a spotless house. I like the saying “my house is clean enough to be healthy, but messy enough to be happy.” You can have a spotless house when they’re gone. If you want one. Or if you can afford a maid.

33. There are only so many hours in a day. You really have to prioritize. Getting the mortgage payment in the mailbox before the mailman comes is more important than playing with the kids. If you don’t, you may not have a house to play in. Making the bed every single day – not so much.

34. Having pancakes for dinner every now and then won’t kill anyone, and it may be one of your kid’s favorite memories when they grow up.

35. Often times you can be right or you can be happy. Happy is better, ALMOST always.

36. Marriage is hard. When I was young I thought when you got to a certain point, you could relax and assume you’d be together forever. It’s not true. It is something you have to work at every day. Forever. But the rewards of being able to share a lifetime of memories is worth every drop of the blood, sweat and tears.

37. You can forgive almost ANYTHING if you work at it and want to badly enough. I say almost because I haven’t had to live through every bad thing there is to live through, but I’ve lived through a lot, and forgiven a lot, so I know it is doable.

38. Grandchildren are way more fun than your own kids. Trust me on this. By the time grandkids come along you’ve made most of the big mistakes and learned from them. You are more patient, have a better feel for what battles are worth fighting and which aren’t, and a greater ability to nurture who they are, rather than who you want them to be. I highly recommend it. But then we don’t get to choose if we get some or not. If you don’t, “adopt” someone elses kids. The older you get, the more you appreciate seeing the world through a child’s eyes.

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39. The world won’t end if you stay in your pajamas all day once in awhile.

40. Homegrown veggies taste so much better than store bought, it’s like they are a totally different thing. Find a way to have at least a tiny garden if you can!

41. If you don’t have a servant’s heart, try to develop one. Seriously. Waiting on others is far more rewarding than being waited on. Although it is nice once in awhile.

42. Nothing tastes as good as being thin feels. I’ve heard this is true, but, really, it’s been so long since I was thin, I’ve almost forgotten how it feels. Don’t let yourself get fat and you won’t have to find out. One of my biggest regrets is that I let the pounds pile up. If you are young and overweight, get it off now. It only gets harder the longer you wait. You truly need to love yourself in spite of your weight, and being judged for it really sucks, but it isn’t about how you look, I promise you. Our bodies were designed to carry a certain poundage – exceed that and you WILL have skeletal issues at some point, and they aren’t fun.

43. Try to live your life with as few regrets as possible. No matter how hard you try, you will have some, but the fewer the better.

44. It takes a village. Really. Most of us are not designed to live a solitary life. We are pack animals. This world throws a lot of crap at you, and it is easier to bear if you have someone or someones to help you through it. We NEED to pool our resources. I know socialism is a dirty word, but I like the idea of safety nets and doing what’s best for the whole. Anything else seems selfish to me.

45. There is nothing wrong with improving yourself. But at some point, you really need to slow down and enjoy the you you are. Or at least take a break from the constant attempts at bettering yourself. I haven’t figured out yet when enough is enough, but I’m hoping it’s soon. There’s a contradiction in there somewhere, but it just gets to be too much sometimes, never being satisfied that you’re “good enough.”

46. Be kind to yourself. This is an on-going lesson for me. I am my own worst critic and much harder on myself than I would EVER be on anyone else, and I need to extend the same grace to myself that I extend to others.¬†Speaking of grace. It is the most amazing thing. Thank God we don’t always get what we deserve. There is a saying that children need love most when they deserve it least, and I think it is true of all of us. I don’t think we can love too much, or forgive too much. I believe in redemption. I believe in the God of second chances (and third and fourth and fifth…) and I’m trying very hard to give the grace I hope to receive. I think I’m good at it most of the time.

47. Do it right the first time. Sometimes it’s easier to do things the quick way, rather than the right way. You can get away with that most of the time, but when something does go south (and it will, eventually) the hassle will make you wish you’d taken the extra few minutes to do it right. Trust me on this. Please.

48. You need to learn when to let go. You can’t make people like you, you can’t make them stay if they want to leave. I am coming to accept that not everyone you love will be there forever. They may have come into your life to teach you a lesson, or for you to teach them one. If people WANT to be in your life, they will find a way to be there. They will forgive you for whatever the rotten thing was that you did. If they don’t, you have to let go. You can’t keep beating yourself up. Well, you can I guess. But it’s not good. I’m still working on this one, too.

49. We have a lot to learn from dogs. Really. That is a whole post in itself. But I love the prayer “please help me to be the person my dog thinks I am.” Unconditional love. Important stuff.

50. Naps are highly underrated.

51. Too much of a good thing can be wonderful. Once in awhile. You wouldn’t want to live like that all the time.

52. Money is not the the root of all evil. LACK of it is. Or maybe the love of it is. Having money may not make you happy, but it can sure smooth off the rough edges of life. I’ve lived without enough, and with enough, and I can tell you, enough is better. Maybe knowing when you have ENOUGH is the key. Live frugally and save for the future. It is really worth it. Unless you die young, I guess. Then you could be pretty pissed. But then, I choose to believe that when I’m gone, I’ll be off to a better life, so who cares that I didn’t buy that red Ferrari?

53. If you lived every day like it’s your last, you’d never get anything done. But you need to love everyone like it is. Never miss an opportunity to let the people you love know how much. I don’t remember my mom ever telling me she loved me until I was well into my 30s. I remember it to this day. We were on the phone. And when we got off, I cried. Not for joy, but for how much I had missed having her say those words to me for all those years. How sad is that? My children and grandchildren will NEVER remember the day I first told them I love them. It is as much a part of their daily lives as the air they breathe. As it should be.

54. “If your dreams don’t scare you, they aren’t big enough.” ” Shoot for the moon, if you miss, you’ll land amongst the stars.” “If you keep doing what you’ve always done, you’ll never get anything different than what you have.” “If you don’t ask, the answer will always be no.” All good sayings, and all true. Identify what you really, really want out of life and go for it, regardless of whether you think you can do it, or have it, or accomplish it, or deserve it. If you don’t try, it is a sure thing you won’t. If you do, you might. You may not get your dream, no matter how hard you try. But if you don’t a new one will take its place. Maybe even a better one.

55. If you didn’t get the family you wanted, make your own. It isn’t blood that makes a family, it’s love.

56. It’s never too late to have a happy childhood. Skip rope, swim naked, ride a bike, play jacks, lay in the grass and find animals in the clouds, pick flowers, dream about what you want to be when you grow up – parent yourself if you need to.

57. The greatest gift you can give your children is to love their other parent. Think about this one. Seriously.

58. Know where your happy place is and go there often, even if it is only in your mind. Mine is on the water.

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59. You can only make a mistake once. The second time it is a choice. Yowza!

60. Worrying about something you have no control over is a total waste of time and effort. If you can control it, do what you need to do. If you can’t, let it go. It’ll be okay in the end. If it isn’t okay, it isn’t the end yet. (I stole that from someone, but I don’t remember who.)

61. I’ve done life without God, and I’ve done it with Him. For me, it’s better with.

62. Try new things. Things you never imagined you’d like. I NEVER thought I’d like yoga, but I tried it and I hated it. Then I tried it again and I only disliked it. Then I tried it again and I LOVE it. You just never know when you’ll hit on that thing that will change your life.

63. Traveling to other countries is an amazing, life-changing experience. If you can find a way, get out of there and see at least some of the world in real live person. It’s way different to see it in person than to see it on tv or in movies. Travel was never on my radar in my younger years. And I guess that’s a good thing, because there wasn’t the money for it. Now there is, and I can’t think of much more worth spending our money on. We’ve seen some incredible things, and it truly has changed the way I see the world. I’m more compassionate and more ecologically concerned.

64. Don’t save your best stuff for special occasions. Waking up alive is enough of a special occasion to use the good china, the fancy glasses, the cute serving pieces.

65. Friends and family are more important than politics, even when it is incredibly brutal to think they could possibly support…well let’s not get into the “who.” I have scars on my tongue from biting it, and there are many, many days when I have to scroll past comments made by loved ones on Facebook. I won’t be silenced on my own wall, (in fact, I consider it to be my little soapbox out there in the world!) but people have the option of scrolling by mine, as well. Leaving a family gathering is more challenging, and I’ve learned the hard way that most people who make political posts on their walls aren’t looking for discussion, but validation. Sad but true. I DO welcome discussion, but I am an exception.

Luscious Beads

I peeled myself away from Toy Blast long enough to sort all the wonderful beads and supplies I brought with me on our get-away, along with the ones I bought at my first trip to Ben Franklin.

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I have plans to make several necklaces, a couple of bracelets and a few pairs of earrings, but today was just prep work/organization.

At home each type of bead would have its own covered container, but here I settled for dumping all the beads of the same palette into a common bowl. I’ll have to hope I don’t accidentally dump them out. Just looking at them makes me feel warm and fuzzy. In fact, running my fingers through them is almost as fun as making the jewelry or looking at the finished products.

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That could be a bit of a problem, actually. I am apt to spend more time luxuriating in them than I do actually accomplishing anything.

In an attempt to do my projects correctly (as opposed to making things up on the fly – I am self taught after all!) I watched a couple of videos on youtube about stringing beads into necklaces, and discovered I am missing a few tools that would make my finished products a little more professional-looking.

Bummer. That will require another trip across the island.

 

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