Monday, May 31, 2010

Chocolate Froggies

"Life's fun when you're having flies."
~Kermit's Philosophy on Life

I'm simply in love with these sweet feets.

sigh. grin.

An Outdoorsy Weekend

"Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover."
~Mark Twain

What do you get when you combine a few bikes,

a beautiful day on a picturesque trail,

and some refreshing ice-cream?

Answer: A perfect day with my favorite people.

Tuesday, May 25, 2010


"Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony."
~Mahatma Gandhi

Reasons to smile:
Homemade chocolate chip cookies from one of my sweetest boy students (for no reason at all)

A peaceful walk with Charlie T.

Playtime with my flowers


Greta's birthday

A zippy ride on Gertie

Ninja is home

Monday, May 24, 2010


"Believing is easier than thinking. Hence so many more believers than thinkers."
~Bruce Calvert

I decided my thinking space needed a new reading lamp. Ta-da.

I managed to find my newest treasure at a cute little off-the-wall place. One of my more recent infatuations is buying things that have been passed over for expensive and designer-esque style. I much prefer an item with character and charm, not to mention that I really enjoy providing lost wonders with a loving little home.

I obviously spend way too much time thinking about this, right? ..wink..

I also forgot to mention that the booty business is boomin. I have a bunch of orders lined up and I really should get crackin.

Have a most cozy, snugly night, doing whatever it is that helps you relax.

Sunday, May 23, 2010

Call Me Lawn Ninja

"I enjoy mowing the lawn, it relaxes me. It gets me outdoors, it's good exercise, the freshly cut grass smells great, and the engine is loud enough that I'm sure no one else can hear my thoughts - or intrude upon them."
~Astrid Alauda

For the first time in 28 years, I found myself in charge of caring for a lawn. Now, don't get me wrong, I've always planted flowers and taken splendid care of the"girl stuff", but today I tackled the responsibility of cutting the grass. I'm sure my neighbors had themselves a hearty laugh as the mower is practically bigger than me.

But, oh the fun! I actually enjoyed every second of it and managed to get a pretty intense workout. Plus, I never realized the actual greatness of the size of the lawn. Holy half acre.

After bagging up all the grass and sweeping the street, I took a few minutes to admire my pristine mowing job. The sun poured down upon the lawn, creating a gorgeous glow on the freshly tended landscape.

Apparently, other critters busied themselves as well.

403 was quite the little workshop today. And, no, I'm not for hire- don't ask.


Hello, Gertie.

"Life is like riding a bicycle: you don't fall off unless you stop pedaling."
~Claude Pepper

Allow me to introduce Gertie, my new summer ride. I'm so in love that I can't even describe it. Today, she took me riding on some beautiful trails and we enjoyed nature at it's finest. Bliss, I tell you. Bliss.

I can already see her basket overflowing with fresh fruit and veggies and pretty posies from Cascio's and the farmers' market. Oh, yes, excited I am.

Keep your eyes open for Gertie and I. We'll be out and about pretty much every day.

Yippie Skippie!!

Saturday, May 22, 2010

Sunshine and Treasures

"Live in the sunshine, swim the sea, drink the wild air."
~Ralph Waldo Emerson

Life is good~so very, very good. I am blessed and happy and loved...oh so loved.
Being loved is the absolute greatest feeling in the world.

And, speaking of love, I adore these new tea towels that I picked up yesterday. They combine so many of the things that make me happiest: a bargain ($3.00), something unique and vintage, ric-rac, and pretty colors.

Days such as today remind me to make my own sunshine and treasure each moment. I will rest well tonight. Happy, content, and loved.

Thank you.

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Lovely Song

I was a little girl alone in my little world who dreamed of a little home for me.
I played pretend between the trees,
and fed my houseguests bark and leaves,
and laughed in my pretty bed of green.

I had a dream
That I could fly from the highest swing.
I had a dream.

Long walks in the dark through woods grown behind the park,
I asked God who I'm supposed to be.
The stars smiled down on me,
God answered in silent reverie.
I said a prayer and fell asleep.

I had a dream
That I could fly from the highest tree.
I had a dream.

Now I'm old and feeling grey.
I don't know what's left to say about this life
I'm willing to leave.

I lived it full and I lived it well,
there's many tales I've lived to tell.
I'm ready now, I'm ready now,
I'm ready now to fly from the highest swing.

I had a dream.

~Song lyrics by Priscilla Ahn

Sunday, May 16, 2010

Baby Love

"Babies are such a nice way to start people."
~Don Herrold

It makes me happy that I can make these tiny little sweet feets for new, miraculous bundles of joy. It's always fun to give a handmade treat, but it's extra special knowing that it adds a bit of dazzle to an already adorable munchkin.

I'm looking forward to knitting up a frenzy this week. Bring on the colorful yarn!

A Lucky Little Walk

"Go and wake up your luck."
~Persian Saying

Little Peep and I enjoy venturing outside for little walks around the lawn. She simply marvels in all the new, springtime scents and smells and trails of the neighborhood critters. It's all she can do to contain herself.

While she got lost in sniffing out a little rabbit hideaway, I happened to notice a ladybug, perched ever so happily on the edge of a new leaf. I stopped to marvel at her ebony spots and white eyes when I noticed another. And another. And another.

The entire shrub serves as a home to these fascinating creatures.

Being that I tend to harbor suspicious tendencies, I'm pretty psyched about this. Grin.

Sunday Morning Thinking

"When you are through changing, you are through."
~Bruce Barton

My life is really quite wonderful,
but I'm getting bored.
I need something new. A new focus, something exciting.
Sometimes my days, although packed with to-do lists and chores, never change.
It's the same old rat-race, with the same routine, and same plan.

Routines and plans certainly are responsible.
But, sometimes those routines are boring and mundane and so void of real life.
Sometimes I get so caught up the the "doing what needs done", that I forget to have fun,
or dance, or skip down the street, or spend the entire weekend being free.

I miss being able to have silly fun, or decorate a room with vibrant colors, or have carpet picnics with messy foods.
I miss the excitement that comes with being a bit irresponsible.
I need a change, or a new project, or a new purpose....sigh....

Monday, May 10, 2010

A Beautiful Place, A Beautiful Mom

"I keep a green bough in my heart, then the singing bird will come."
~Chinese Proverb

Mothers--the sweet, gentle souls who love unconditionally and without expectation.

When God gave me Jossie, I lucked out. And, I mean I lucked out in the most unbelievable way.

I have a beautiful mother who always sets aside time for me, and makes me feel like the most amazing girl in the world. She's always proud of me and cheers me on in the smallest of endeavors. Because of her, I have confidence and inner strength. I am loved and have learned how to love. Her example is her gift. I love her, with all of my heart.

We celebrated my mama at a family favorite, The River's Edge Cafe. It was a beautiful day and a beautiful place for a beautiful lady.

Thank you, mom, for being you.

Monday, May 3, 2010

Mission Accomplished

"Racing teaches us to challenge ourselves. It teaches us to push beyond where we thought we could go. It helps us to find out what we are made of. This is what we do. This is what it's all about."
-Patti Sue Plumer, U.S. Olympian

Yesterday I ran the Pittsburgh Half-Marathon. Actually, allow me to clarify; my artificial heart valve and I ran the half-marathon.

Running the 13.1 mile course proved the most physical and mentally challenging task I've ever taken on. I did it though, and I'm still feeling the euphoria.

Though my legs throb and ache, and going up or down steps presents a cumbersome challenge, I enjoy the pain. It reminds me of the struggle. It emphasizes the journey.

Thank you, legs, for carrying me through each step of the race.

Thank you, mental fortitude, for pushing through when all rational screamed to stop.

Thank you, heart, for beating strong and well.

Thank you, body, for allowing me to push you to the limit.

Having the opportunity to participate in such a motivating event touched my spirit in a way I can't begin to explain. Perhaps it rekindles old memories of days when I wasn't so healthy, or maybe it reaffirms my belief in making healthy decisions. Either way, looking around at the 17,000 runners had a very emotional effect on me.

It was only 6:30 in the morning, yet people of all ages, each with their own unique story, were lined up and ready to push their bodies to the limit. I teared up during the National Anthem.

2 hours, 6 minutes, and 3 seconds after starting, I crossed the finish line.

So many people take their health for granted. I, however, am thankful and blessed. I'm a survivor. My mission, for now, has been accomplished.

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