Sunday, January 1, 2017 hard to believe......

I promise you, the older you get, the faster it goes.
I decided to reflect a bit on the past year and think about what I want in the year to come.
I haven't posted in several years because Facebook seems to have taken over in the social media department where blogs were more popular in years past.  Now it feels like the blog is more for me and my Facebook is communicating with others.

My workplace has seen a lot of changes ending the year with a filing of Chapter 11.  It has been challenging but at the same time I enjoyed being awarded Employee of the Month this year, and was allowed a laptop to work from home in bad weather, and make overtime more convenient.

I had several discoveries this year.

Purging possessions feels great and is easier than you think if you keep in mind that the $$ is already gone.  Keeping "stuff" in closets or boxes for years doesn't make your life easier and I realized I probably would not use this "stuff" and could never live long enough to read all these books!

I finally used to submit my DNA - it has always bothered me that I do not know where my people came from.  I was somewhat surprised with the results.  37% Great Britain 27% Ireland 17% Europe West 6% Scandinavia  and the rest trace amounts scattered in other areas.

I discovered Hillsong channel on TV and their service in NY led by Carl Lentz - love listening to him.  I watched Oprah interview him and liked him right away.

Wonderful series were available for entertainment -
Queen Sugar
Game of Thrones
CSI Miami
House of Cards
Grace and Frankie
Orange is the New Black
The Crown
Fixer Upper
I finally committed to using Young Living Oils after some research and seeing them bloom everywhere this year.  They are pure, wonderfully made and will have a positive impact on my health and life in 2017.
There was sadness this year as well.  Our country was in turmoil, and there were family members that passed and were no longer with us.  I loved them and know they are in a beautiful place, happy and whole.  It was too soon to lose Prince, George Michaels, Debbie Reynolds, Carrie Fisher, ZsaZsa and Davie Bowie to name a few.
I was blessed with many gifts from friends and family - fresh garden tomatoes which I LOVE, cards and letters reaching out to me  which were all so special and I shared time with some very special friends.  We went to the casino, out for breakfast, lunch and dinners.  I was blessed to share Thanksgiving and New Year's Eve with special friends with big hearts.  
My favorite week of the year was the week I finally took a "real" vacation.  Tops on my bucket list was to attend an art retreat so I went to Donna Downey's studio near Charlotte NC where I was inspired, pampered and made new friends.  It surpassed all expectations and I can't wait to do it again!!

I'm sure I haven't listed everything that impacted my year - but wanted to celebrate the end of 2016 and the beginning of a fresh slate - 2017.  My word for 2017 is LISTEN.

Friday, June 14, 2013

father's day....

Daddy, Dad, Father.....those words conjure up different memories and feelings for each of us don't they?  For me, it was his constant smile, and always a teasing remark.  He earned those titles young, didn't have any idea what he was doing - but did the very best he could.  Yes, I got lots of spankings, but I learned right from wrong, that you go up the stairs on the right and down on the left, that education was important, it is expected you be early - never late, always prepared.  I was expected to do my very best, that I could do anything, that I could speak my mind and say how I felt,  I mattered, and best of all I never ever doubted  that I was loved.

Yes, I miss my Dad but I know where he is and that I'll be with him again....and just like always when I say "How you doin Dad" he'll give me the answer I still hear when I think of him "bout 90 backwards".....................Happy Father's Day Dad!

Saturday, May 11, 2013

i miss my mom......

Mother's Day is such a beautiful celebration of the person who has known me the longest, cared the most, sacrificed, and given me the biggest piece of who I am.  I miss my Mother every day, but never more than each Mother's Day which always gave me an opportunity to tell her how much she meant to me when she was here on Earth.  

While I miss her terribly, I thrill at the absolute knowing that she is pain free and Home.  I was so blessed that God chose her for my Mother, and I never ever forget her humor and wit.   She once gave me a card that said "Happy Birthday to my daughter the princess......from your mother the Queen!"  We laughed and laughed, she was  my best friend.   Yes, I was lucky....blessed....and though I can't see her, I carry her with me in every cell. 

If you still have your Mother - make sure she knows how much you love her.  If you don't, I feel your pain - i miss my mom.   Happy Mother's Day to each and every one of you !!


Friday, March 29, 2013

  Happy Easter Blessings to You

I've been away from my blog for a while now, and hope you understand.
I've been doing some reflecting, stopping to smell the roses as they say.
It's one of those time I need to reflect, look at where I am now and make
decisions about what makes me happy ;-) and how to change some things
to lay down more "happy" on the road ahead.

Part of that process has been to privately work in my art journal, try new
techniques, read, read, explore Pinterest, read some more, play with new
colors, improve my photography skills by taking classes, pray and do a lot of
inner work while getting more rest and planning  a much healthier lifestyle.

All of you reading my blog (thank you) from so many beautiful places
in the world are a very important part of my vision moving forward.   My
hope is that you see 'this little light of mine' when I return shining bright,
splashing paint, roaring softly, and sharing pieces of me.  

Each of us is completely unique, enough, loved, perfect, a masterpiece.  We each were made with special gifts and are healing broken places.  I believe our purpose is to use those gifts and I'm working on how to best serve God by using mine.  So let's turn up the volume, dance, share, spread our wings and do what we do best........together.

May you enjoy every minute of this Easter weekend,  and take in all the joys of Spring - see you soon.                                  Linda

Friday, December 7, 2012

I'm a Winner

 I don't know about you, but I love entering a great giveaway.

 You drool over the awesome prize, type a comment and cross your fingers hoping your name is  the one selected!!  I so wanted to win the book about Dog Photography - let's be real....I NEEDED help with dog photography LOL.

 I had just purchased a new DSLR camera and saw a great giveaway from Susan Tuttle.  I already had one of her fabulous books and love her work (see her books here).  So I held my breath and entered my comment thinking how awesome it would be to win this just now when I have a brand new camera and want to learn how to take cool photos of the cutest dog in the world that just happens to live here with me.

Those of you who know me at all know  that I just LOVE LOVE LOVE dogs!!!!  The giveaway was a new book by Lara Blair called "Photographing Dogs" - be still my heart.    You can get one for yourself here.  Imagine my surprise when I came home today and opened the email announcing I had won wahoooooooooooooo.

Thank you Susan and Lara - I'm grateful, so grateful.

Saturday, August 18, 2012

I've been here the whole time....

I can't believe it's been this long since I've posted anything on my blog!  
Forgive me?
It's not for lack of excitement  -  OH I've been busy...I just don't know where the time went...I mean 3 months??????? geesh.   Of course this is where I am most of the time
I'm going to cram in as much news as I can, please do leave a comment and give the the lowdown on what you've been up to this summer..........pleeeeeezzzzzzzzzzzzzz ;-)

If you have not been to Brown County/Nashville Indiana - run, don't walk.
It's the best time!

Of course I got to stay with my gal pal Joy (that's her on the right) which is the best part!
Arting, eating, laughing til we weep, shopping, talking, you know.

We love to take yummy classes to learn new techniques and this photo is our friend Cindy teaching a class on Art Journaling and Altering Books.   She and her husband Wayne have a darling shop in Nashville called "Papertrix" so don't miss it when you get to town~!  Tell them Red Headed, Left Handed Linda sent you LOL .

A dear sweet friend, Susan has purchased a "Baby First" book from me for each of her grandbabies.  She called and let me know #3 was on the way - so I whipped up a book for her.

 Oh,  Joy and I squeezed in another class with Dina Wakley!! 

  I got ohhhh sooooo inky!!!

 We used sprays, inks and made tags with our new techniques.  
Color color everywhere!  Stamps, stencils and wax OH MY!

This is the inky trio.
Me on the left, Dina center, and Joy on the right.
She closed her eyes so if you forgot what she looks like with them open,
scroll back up to the other photo, ha!

 We had to fit in Cheesecake Factory hmmmmm.
Hint - if you go make sure you drink a "Georgia Peach"

This is my pal Jen Starr teaching at Cafe Crop in Crown Point.
I've taken her classes so many times and I always learn something new
and laugh til I cry.

 We finally got a break in the HOT weather so my brother and I ventured out for a day at the Chesterton European Market.   Cheeses from Bleu to Gouda, Rosemary flatbread, fruits, veggies, Baklava, crafts, and lots of doggies's very pet friendly.
No, Miss Juliet didn't get to go, and I did NOT ride my brother's Harley LOL.
Then we went to the Lake County Fair.  
I had not had a funnel cake in years!
We sat in the shade and watched the crowds.

For everyone who has prayed and sent well wishes, I thank you.
For those who don't know suffice it to say I got the scare of my life a couple months ago when a driver pulled across several lanes right in front of my brother and several others while he was on his Harley.   He was air lifted from a nearby hospital to Christ Advocate Trauma Hospital near Chicago with a brain bleed.

He is doing well, and looks to be blessed with a complete recovery - a miracle.
Following the accident, he has happily retired !

There is plenty of summer left yet, get out there and enjoy every minute!!!!
Oh, and please - tell me alllll about it ;-)
I love comments.

Saturday, May 19, 2012

one fine day.....

Some days just start off great, know what I mean?  
First thing yesterday morning when I took Miss Juliet out ..... I was standing there enjoying the cool breeze in the dawn ..... it is absolutely silent except for the layers of birdsong ... and I realize  there is a  beautiful doe standing stock still across the street !!!   We both stood there watching each other for a few moments and as I took a step forward she darted into the woods.    o.k. I thought - this is gonna be a great day - let the adventure begin ;-)
My gal pal Jane picks me up and we enjoy a wonderful breakfast in town.
She takes a scenic route to Kosciusko County (Indiana).  Have you ever been?
You MUST go for the day (or two) as there is soooo much to see and do!!
Did you know Warsaw has a Hallmark with every ornament? Over 4,000 of them!

We stop at a tiny town called Pierceton known for antique shops, a peek here.
I saw things that brought back memories from childhood.  But the most fun was seeing things I had never ever seen before.  Antiques that appeared to be brand new in pristine condition like spool cabinets, incredible hats and hatpins, a carved and embellished ice box the wealthy had in the parlor (amazing check it out here), gorgeous mink jackets, leather books, and so much more.
Did you know the largest and top rated Jellystone Park is there too?  I did because Jane and Larry have always had spot there "to get away from it all"...I was AMAZED at how awesome this place was !!!! 

Gorgeous place on the lake, swimming pools, restaurant, tennis court, basketball, playgrounds, you name it!  Jane took me for a ride to see it all on her golf cart. 

Over 10 miles of road through the park.  I was having such a great time I forgot to take photos but check out an example of one for sale.  

This is not tents and sleeping bags, no no no it's REALLY nice and the people were soooooooo friendly.  Some live there all summer, some just on weekends and Holidays.  She drove along the lake in the park and the swans were out with their 7 babies!
 And from here you can see their boat docked - it's the blue one far left.
No...we didn't take it out, we were having too much fun as it was !!
Ahhhhhhhh, we returned to sit on Jane's deck with a cold drink.  It was one of the warmest days so far this year about 85 degrees.  But not much humidity and with the enormous trees giving us some shade, it was nice.   We lounged in our comfy cushy chairs, waved at those passing in golf carts.  Now to decide where to have dinner???  Thought the day couldn't get any better, right?   WRONG...LOL

We decide on The BoatHouse at Winona Lake.
OMGOSH, if you ever get the chance, you must try it.  The food is wonderful, and the view stunning.  Jane had pasta, I had lamb chops - food and service perfection.
They even had a darling gift shop so we strolled through  oohing and aahing.
I was so tickled to see items by one of my very favorite artists Kelly Rae Roberts.
So now at sunset we begin our 2 hour ride back to the place we call home...
but I couldn't resist one more photo showing you the view from the Boathouse!

A special "thank you" to  Jane's wonderful husband (who is also oh so much fun), Larry for giving her up to me for the day and ordering a pizza to take the place of one of Jane's homemade dinners !!