Friday, March 06, 2015

Friday Favorite

Chickens and rickrack.  Does it get any better than that?1.  

   I think not.

Sweet vintage redwork embroidery to enjoy while I dry those few dishes, pots, pans, knives, cutting boards and bowls that don't go in the dishwasher.

Stay shiny,

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Guidepost Number 110

You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream. 

~ C.S. Lewis

I've happily tied shoes, modified pencil grips, encouraged phonetic spelling, zipped jackets, dried tears, taught playground games and generally enjoyed myself for fifteen years in kindergarten.  That all came crashing to a halt last week when I learned that our district is eliminating all kindergarten aide positions.
Hence the quote to get me thinking about what my next adventure is going to be.  It'll be hard to find something I love as much as I love my kindergarteners, their parents, and the teachers I work with.  But I'm confident that something wonderful is just around the corner!

Stay shiny,

Sunday, February 08, 2015

Guidepost Number109

Inspiration exists, but it has to find you working. 

~ Pablo Picasso

Stay shiny!

Friday, February 06, 2015

Friday Favorite - Always Good Kharma

There's nothing better than the dog at your side.

 Especially if she's your heart dog--a smart blonde, enthusiastic, smart, loving border collie cross who knows how to climb your apple tree for a snack. 

Or makes you smile when she positions herself perfectly to catch any stray tidbits that might drop when you cook dinner.

And lays her head with exactly the perfect amount of pressure on your lap as you dine just so you know she's there.  And makes you refer to a Frisbee as the "f" word so she doesn't know what you're talking about.  Who loves walks and swimming in lakes (creeks, rivers, ditches).

Who was the cutest puppy ever with her sweet little pink paws and tummy.

Today we are celebrating Kharma's ninth birthday with special meaty treats, a trip to the pasture for some frisbee, and as much love and appreciation as we can possibly show to our wonderful pup.

 It seems like yesterday...

There is nothing quite as special as the dog at my side.

Tuesday, February 03, 2015

Be the Ripple

Loved this so much I just had to share! Watch it all the way through or you won't get the punchline.

It is just me, or does it help to have a hankie too?


A simple act of caring creates an endless ripple. 

February seems like the appropriate month in which to make some ripples!

 Definitely stay shiny!

Sunday, February 01, 2015

My Guideposts--Number108

Better than a thousand hollow words, is one word that brings peace. 

~ Buddha 


Friday, January 30, 2015

Friday Fave -- Christmas in January

The nights are getting shorter and the days longer--although you can't tell if you're not paying attention because you're too busy freezing your bewhondus off.

All the twinkling lights are packed away as are the tartookers, bizilbigs, popcorn and plums. So what's a girl to do to ward off a severe case of the dreaded January Doldrums?  Funny you should ask!

It helps that I've hoarded every post-holiday sale cross-stitch ornament pattern that I've ever seen.  I have kits marked Shopko $.30--and we haven't had Shopko here for a decade, people.  And, oh, how I miss that store!  So I'm loving lots and lots of cheery projects to stitch while I watch George Eliot's Middlemarch on Netflx, with an occasional Marco Polo episode  thrown in to satisfy my sweetie's viewing habits.

It might have taken a few days of digging in various boxes and bins to round up all the kits that have scattered over the years, but I managed to herd them into one corral finally. So maybe the correct embroidery threads aren't with the right kits. Details, details.  Close enough.

I'm just started project number seven!  Which sounds impressive--especially with an exclamation mark thownin--but three of them were already mostly finished (similar to "mostly dead", but in the opposite way) and took just an evening to wind up. 

Don't you just love that little gingerbread house on the green Aida?!  It's my favorite.  Atlhough the little hen with the brown eggs that says Merry Eggsmas on it (not pictured) is darn fun too.  In a chicken-loving way.

I'm not only avoiding the post-holiday letdown but I'm a whole eleven months ahead on next year's Christmas ornaments!  Whoot!