Wednesday, December 26, 2012

and another thing....

As this new cycle begins, may you be satisfied with your life. Especially if it is an unconventional life! May your priorities be straight and clear. May love surround you. May you realize your highest dreams. May you be fruitful in your pursuits. May you have lots of fun too!

I got this from my favorite yoga blog....Perfectly stated!

Over the Weekend...

I love the quote from the Dowager Countess on Downton Abbey, (don your best British accent)
"just what is a week-end?"
Ha! wouldn't that be a nice question to have to ask!

The day before the supposed "End of the World" we had a little soiree at the DEQ Troy Information Center. The folks that work at the processing lab out back joined the three of us that work at the info center for a holiday party. It was good food and good fun.

Winter officially started.
We celebrated as we traditionally have, great food, great fellowship, lots of laughs, and the exchange of stocking presents.

The Solstice was celebrated without a bon fire on Friday evening. All of our good burn piles look like big fluffy mounds of snow right now. It is SO lovely at home, a real old fashioned winter, no sign of global warming at this point on our little spot on the map. The trees and brush are all staying covered, tucked in. Everything is blanketed in white. The snow softens everything, hides the ugly, dampens the sounds, it is wonderful!
The local mine is shut down right now too, has been for the most of the month, that really quiets the neighborhood. We cannot hear any mine operation, it is 11miles away, but the traffic associated with shift change can be loud at times, we can hear the highway when we are outside. But with the shut-down and the snow, our world is quiet even when we are outside.
{there have been earth rumblings, even a small earthquake, and the mine is closed for safelty reasons till the earth becomes still again.}

Turner Mountain, our local ski hill, opened Saturday. We had nearly a record crowd [270+ excited skiers!] and heaps and piles of really good snow and only one groomed run, and as ski patrollers, I am excited to report the only injury was a cut nose from a good face slappin' from a close encounter with a tree, nothing a little butterfly bandage and an ice pack couldn't fix. {the ego might be the most damaged from the encounter!}
Mike and I skied (and patrolled) Christmas Eve day. It was better snow, and fewer people, but the legs were not quite as perky!

Christmas was quiet. Just the two of us. Dinner at the mayors in Troy. Awesome food & great company! And an early quiet evening at home.

Now we embark on the last days of the year 2012.
A new journey into a new year!
The promise of any journey is that it will give you what you ask, with cascades of things you never knew you needed, if you are committed, if you are willing to bushwhack through the brambles to get it.
Where will you go?
What do you want?
What are you willing to do to achieve these things?

A new journey is beginning.
What will you do with yours?

Welcome Winter!
Ease through the end of this year with fond memories and meditations & promises of new beginnings!
Shine On!

{no fotos. I can't make myself pay to post fotos. still looking at my options. looking like some kind of new blog/communication beginning in the coming year.....or maybe just posts without fotos!)

Today and Everyday

Let your mind start a journey through a strange new world.
Leave all thoughts of the world you knew before.
Let your soul take you where you long to be...
Close your eyes let your spirit start to soar,
and you'll live as you've never lived before.”
 ~ Erich Fromm

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

This may be the end...

I tried to upload fotos over the weekend and it doesn't work anymore.
I thought it was because I was doing it from my ipad and perhaps there was a glitch.
I tried from a real desktop computer today, and Yes! there is a glitch!
Google/Blogger someone bigger than me, wants money now.
I guess I am out of foto storage.
Now I will have to pay by the month.
So I am re-evaluating what this blog is about and what it means to me.
This may be the end!
I may start another one.
Or I may just stop.
I don't really know who is looking and what it means to them.
The few people that I do know are looking, well, I am thinking I communicate with them on a pretty regular basis and we can find another way to share images.
I haven't been terribly good at posting and taking fotos of late either.
I got a replacement (for my stolen in Spain) camera and I am not at all in love with it.
I started this blog in December to share fotos with family, and it very well could be that I am ending in December as well.
I'll keep you posted where I go from here.
It has been fun!

Sunday, December 2, 2012


I visited a fancy yarn store a few weeks back and really lusted after all the gorgeous multi-colored skeins, but they far exceeded my budget.
I found some super cheap wool online and was inspired to create my own.
I am super pleased with the results!
I picked up this round, baby pink table cloth for a quarter at the local second hand store and since the dyes were mixed, I went a little crazy! I got the how to fold a mandala instructions off YouTube and now I wish I had more table cloths to fold and dye. I am thinking this could be fun outside next summer.
It is pretty festive!
Or perhaps I will do a "give away" like so many bloggers do, just tell me in the comments your grand plan for this colorful creation and I will choose a winner Wednesday afternoon!

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