Wednesday, July 29, 2009
We are off on our annual trip to Montreal, then on to Saratoga Springs to take in the horse racing (thoroughbreds that is!) My father-in-law has been going to Saratoga for over 40 years, every weekend of their meet.
Since marrying into this family I have joined in the trip - each of his children get one weekend to take him down to N.Y. and act as drivers/helpers.
If I do get access I will visit blogs - but I will not be posting for at least a week.
Take care all. I'll miss you!
Normally I answer the question first, then visit the other participants. Today I did the reverse and I was so moved by the other wishes. There is such strength in sharing and supporting the wishes of others. Poetry, photos and wonderful wishes - what a blessed mixture.
I want to remember my life - my children, husband, parents and extended family. All the little memories that make up our lives form a tapestry we can look back at and rejoice in. I too fear alzheimers - the great robber of dignity and life.
Along with remembering though, I want to celebrate all that I am and all that I was. I need to keep the connection with all those who have already left. Their memories are always with me.
You too can support the wishes of others.
As Jamie says:
"Answer the wish prompt above on your blog and then add a direct link to your post in the box below. Support wishes by visiting other participants, leaving a comment saying “As (insert name) wishes for her/himself, so I wish for her/him also.” It’s that simple. There is great power in wishing together."
Tuesday, July 28, 2009
C is for Cows (Belties actually!)
Be sure to check out the other participants at ABC Wednesday!
Monday, July 27, 2009
Sunday, July 26, 2009
Anatole France: “To accomplish great things, we must not only act, but also dream; not only plan, but also believe.”
Carl Sandburg: “Nothing happens unless first a dream.”
George Bernard Shaw: “You see things; and you say, "Why?" But I dream things that never were; and I say, "Why not?"
Harriet Tubman: “ Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world.”
Victor Hugo: “There is nothing like a dream to create the future.”
William Arthur Ward: "If you can imagine it you can create it. If you can dream it, you can become it."
Sue Ebaugh: "Within our dreams and aspirations we find our opportunities."
Stephen Leacock: 'May be that those who do most, dream most."
Friday, July 24, 2009
(with a broken skewer),
Wednesday, July 22, 2009
Tuesday, July 21, 2009
Can you image the pileups if there were no arrows?? Although too many people just ignore them anyway.
Monday, July 20, 2009
Friday, July 17, 2009
Before I announce the winners though, I just want to say a huge THANK YOU to everyone who entered and offered such great ideas. I am still trying to decide!
Please send me your addresses (via email) and I will get your prizes to you ASAP.
Thanks again for your help!
Thursday, July 16, 2009
Wednesday, July 15, 2009
Tuesday, July 14, 2009
On the Bay's website, Zellers is described as: "... the mass merchandise retailer of the Hudson’s Bay Company and is a leading Canadian mass merchandise department store chain with 279 locations in communities nationwide."
I carry my Club Z card and collect points. I prefer Zellers to Walmart - less crowded and frantic.
Zehr's is one of the major grocery stores in Ontario which I shop at fairly frequently.
A little bit of history:
"When Emory Zehr and sons Lester and Clifford opened the first Zehrs store in Kitchener, Ontario, in July 1950, they had one overriding philosophy - put yourself in the shoes of every customer who comes through the door. That emphasis on customer service, along with a policy of offering "good value at a low price," proved a winning formula. More than 50 stores and over half a century of service later, Zehrs is today one of Southern Ontario's most successful retail grocery chains." Here is a photo from their website of the first market.
Zara is a women's clothing store on Bloor Street in Toronto. As is listed by Frommer's
Monday, July 13, 2009
I have been trying very hard to be creative every day - whether it is photographing (which I am loving more and more), working on "Wreck This Journal", collaging, or working through some art books.
Last week I started a new project - my own set of 52 cards, with each number/face card having a different theme. I set up a giveaway (see the previous post) and have received some great ideas for certain numbers that were challenging me. (By the way, the giveaway is up on Friday.) This is a challenge for me (both the project and the giveaway -my first) but I am enjoying it.
Then today when I was thinking I needed a way to focus on getting at some issues - my very own copy of Violette's "Journal Bliss" arrived. (I had won it on her giveaway!) Talk about syncronicity!
The Journal Bliss is gorgeous and filled with ways to follow your bliss. I am so going to love diving into this book! Thanks Violette!
So this week will be a busy crafting week - journalling, collaging on the cards, wrecking the journal and photographing.
I will also be continuing the purge!. I am collector -especially of paper and books! I am trying to do a bit each day and by month's end I hope to have my studio! (Saying it hopefully will be my prod to keep working to that end.
I visited Mel"s From Clutter to Shine blog today and ended up doing the personality test she wrote about. She is always a joy to read and visit.
I was curious to see what I would be labelled as! It was actually very informative - as it made me realize why I have been so lost the past few years. According to the Personality test I am "INFP" - the dreamer. One section really hit me:
"They will find great satisfaction if they encourage and develop their artistic abilities. That doesn't mean that an INFP has to be a famous writer or painter in order to be content. Simply the act of "creating" will be a fullfilling source of renewal and refreshment to the INFP. An INFP should allow ... herself some artistic outlet, because it will add enrichment and positive energy to their life."
Wow! No wonder I was sad at times - I needed to create!
So create I will most definitely - and not worry about the result so much as the process!
RENEWAL , ENRICHMENT, POSITIVE ENERGY, REFRESHMENT ! What a lot I can expect to receive from creating daily!