Monday, February 27, 2012

Eyes wide open...

Coffee - check. Check. Check.
Chocolate - check. Check.  Check.  Check.  Check.
Diet Coke - check. Check.
20 minute Power Nap - check.


Please let me be able to sleep tonight...

Monday...


I <3 this...
     Ugh.

     I did not get enough sleep this weekend.  Or coffee yet this morning.  I think someone needs to come up with a Monday Morning Coffee Blend that has double the amount of caffeine in it than normal weekday coffee.  Make that triple.  Oh heck, four times it.

     Especially for cloudy, muggy Mondays with rain in the forecast.  Can't we call it a weather day and just stay home in bed?

     Blimpies bakes their bread fresh in the mornings.  I know because the Blimpies in my office building... all the way on the other side of the building... has special fans hidden in the ventilation system to blow the smell of their warm Parmesan bread down to my office.

     Really.  There can be no other explanation for how quickly the scent of fresh baked bread can tickle and tempt my nose.

     Don't worry.  There's more.  I just bought one loaf.

     Where's my coffee????

     I'll be back after I wake up...

Saturday, February 25, 2012

Sunday Selections

It’s Sunday again. Time for the Sunday Selections, hosted by Kim from Frogpondsrock.  
I thought it was the name of the island she lives on... but it's not.  She just believes that frog ponds rock... and they do. 

She created this fun meme (and I still LOVE that word) for those photos hidden away on your computer that you've never shared, or haven't shared in a long time.  So dig them out, dust them off, and link up!


"Travelling is almost like talking to those of other centuries."
~ Rene Descartes ~
* 1596-1650 *

Rhine River Christmas Cruise 2007 ~ from Koln (Cologne), Germany to Basel, Switzerland
Me!  I was pretty excited to be there!

The Lindt Chocolate Museum in Koln.  
The tree is a "liquid" chocolate tree.
nom nom nom nom nom they also had a store!

Kolner Dam (Cologne Cathedral)
The beginning of my architectural addiction.
And more drugs for my history addiction....
These are pieces of the Berlin Wall.
I'm blown away by the fact that there are/will be generations after mine,
that don't know what the wall stood for...
or what it fell for...
and that ... is a good thing.
In the town of Koblenz... incredible detail on a building... close up below

All carved by hand....



Unique and modern wall detail on a building that was probably built in the 12th century...

This is a clock with the face of a man who was arrested in the 1600's for not paying his taxes.
At his sentencing, he stuck his tongue out at the town council.
Now, he sticks his tongue out every hour, and as the seconds tick off, his eyes shift left and right.




Detail on a gate at the Heidelberg Castle.


Detail on the outside of the Strasbourg Cathedral in Strasbourg, France.
I was fascinated by the minute detail, carved by hand, it was so beautiful

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

How do you wish to spend your time?

     Jamie Ridler prompts us this morning for Wishcasting Wednesday with what seems like an easy question.

     But they really never are.

     Time is one of those things like statistics (you can just call it stats if you can't get that "tis" and "tics" out this early in the morning... I know I'm lucky spell-check works without coffee... I don't). 

     Time is just a matter of perception.  You can take it and twist it any way you want it. 

     It can be something we have too much of... or too little of.  We can feel like we are wasting it, then later realize that the memories made during that "wasted" time, were ones we will cherish forever.

     My "Note from the Universe" this morning told me "It may seem a bit backwards for some, but the first step one might take towards rearranging the present circumstances of their life is to stop dwelling upon the present circumstances of their life.  Secondly, they might start visualizing the circumstances they want, as if they already existed."

     So going back to this morning's question... How do I wish to spend my time? ... The answer is that I wish to spend my time with the sense of security of being debt free, and with the sense of accomplishment from seeing my book "Trooper's Run" turn into a small screen movie. 

     I wish to spend my time with the sense of achievement from seeing my fourth book and second non-fiction "If You Know'd Me Back Then..." on a top 250 books list, and with the feeling of humbleness of knowing what I write has changed lives and made an impact. 

     I wish to spend my time with the feeling of creativity that working on my fifth book and third fiction "Cierra's Soul" fills me with, and with the simple joy of writing for a living, and being able to provide for my family and support my future with my words.

     As I wish for myself... so I also wish for you.

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Bioluminescence...

Bioluminescence in Vancouver
     Another blog I follow, Maxabella loves...., posed a question this morning and for some reason something popped into my head that I hadn't thought about in 30 some years.

     She asked what we wished we could see forever of the things we've seen.

     There was a night in Florida once when I was walking along the beach and I lucked upon some bioluminescence in the waves.

     It was magical, mysterious, and incredible to see.  I'd never seen anything like it before.

     I don't know why that image came to mind this morning.  Perhaps because I needed to be reminded of the magic and mysteries of life.  That sometimes there are things we've seen that come from things we've not seen.  That prayers, spoken and unspoken, are sometimes answered.  That sometimes things happen for reasons we won't ever know, but they put us in a place to receive something better than we've expected.

     Walking on the beach that night, talking to God, I wasn't "looking" for anything.  But what I found was so much more.

'nsomnia...

     .... or why won't my brain shut down?

     I was in bed just before 8:30p last night.  The car died yesterday afternoon and rode off on the back of a tow truck to the repair shop, so my ride to work this morning (who will arrive in just 5 hours) is earlier than my norm.  It was a stress-full day and I was mentally exhausted.

     Or so I thought.

Henry:  "Oh... you wanted some of the covers too?"
     I've tossed and turned (pain), scrunched over to make room for the dog (don't judge), and finally had a cold nose shoved in my arm pit when said dog needed to go out.  While waiting for him to take care of business... I sort of pushed the blinky button on this box here to my right...

     ... and wouldn't you know it, but Pinterest was awake too!  I noticed that some other Pinners liked my fav books and thought... hmmmm... wouldn't this be a great way to get some free addy for MY books?  So of course, I had to Pin It to them, then look and see what else had been Pinned while I was away... and now I'm semi-awake.

     ... oh, and now the stomach grumbles that it is awake too, and don't the burgers that the hubby cooked still smell yummy in the air?

     The brain doesn't like competition for attention so I shall shut the stomach up which should take all the blood from the brain to digest the potato salad I'm going to feed it instead of the burger...

     ... yes, Mom, white carbs are bad ... but they will put me back to sleep.

     Oh, and now the dog is nagging me to come back to bed... maybe if I run, I can beat him to most of the covers...

Sunday, February 19, 2012

Tiny Dancers...

Just for you Toni... ;)
I love how their moves are so in tune to the music, and they are just so fluid.
I don't think I could ever dance like that without someone calling 911 thinking I was having a grand mal seizure, 
but it would be fun to try.
I even trip over my own feet doing line dancing.  
But I love the Cupid Shuffle...

Sunday's Selections

     As part of Kim at Frog Ponds Rock's meme, these are some random photos I took this past week ~ and a video clip ~ of fishing at sunset.  We were on our small motor-less john boat ~ the rowing keeps me from getting bat wings.  In the video clip you can hear how loud the birds were.  They were settling in for the night in the reeds and trees.  The guys only caught three bass ~ good eatin' size ~ but they made me laugh so hard on a really bad day that I was grateful I didn't choke on my snot.


I know it looks like these were just ugly dead trees, but they were actually covered with noisy birds.  I just couldn't focus in on them well enough in the dusk light.


     These photos were taken on a different day at the same lake...

    It's Sunday Selections time again!  Time to post photos that have been hiding away in your files, photos that you may have thought would never see the light of day. Find these shining examples and post them under the Sunday Selections title, then link your post back to Kim at Frog Ponds Rock, because this wonderful idea is hers. You can use random photos, or choose a themed set, or just put up one single photo.   Add your name to Kim's linky list, then leave her a comment.

Saturday, February 18, 2012

Rainy Saturday...

     It's raining and cold outside... there is a fire in the fireplace.  I should have stayed in bed...  Henry has found himself the warmest spot in the house...

     I think I'm going to go take a hot shower to warm up and then work in the BTR to try to get it back together.  I'm packing to move and attracting positive doors to open for me.  May will be here before I know it.

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Fetch!


MSNBC.com Animal Tracks

What do you wish for the world...

    This wish that Jamie Ridler prompts us with on this Wishcasting Wednesday is one that can be interpreted many different ways.

     But whatever your beliefs ... whatever your faith ... we must recognize that we cannot continue to "have our cake and eat it too."  There cannot be double standards.  We cannot profess to want to 'save the Earth' and continue to abuse it.  We cannot say we are for freedom, when we hold prisoners.  We cannot say that we are for life... when we cause death.  We cannot say we are for equality... when we hold people back.  We cannot say that we are for the future... when we refuse to learn from the past.

What are your limits?
     What I wish for the World... for the Earth... for the Universe is that we would realize that you and I are the same.  That he and she are the same.  That we are the same, regardless of the color of our skin, our language, our faith, our sexuality...

     We are all composed of atoms designed to give us life... and that life is what we should cherish.  All life.  

     Because life is precious... 

     Life is short... 

     Life is... 

     Life.

     As I wish for the World so I also wish for you...

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Biggest Losers vs Fried Pies...

     There is an annual weight loss competition here at work that starts on the first Monday back to work after the Christmas and New Year holidays and runs until March.  There was a $10 "fee" to join, and every Monday at weigh-in you have to pay $1 (up to $5 total) for each pound gained over the previous week.  At the end of the competition, the biggest loser gets the money pot.

Mmmmmmmmm!

     Recently, one of the women here at work found a new restaurant and has been raving about it for the past week.  The Original Fried Pie Shop.  She's actually in the competition this year and I think is trying some not-so-subtle sabotage!

     I'm not in the competition ... so can't wait to try one of these yummy looking pies!   Totally guilt-free!

Happy Valentine's Day




Wishing you happy hearts...

True Love...


Awwwwww


Monday, February 13, 2012

Winning the lottery... from a dog's perspective...

     Rags (I like to call him Ragamuffin)  is the boxer "puppy" that shares our back fence.  He is about six months old now, and the size of a small pony.  His feet say that he will get much bigger before he is full grown.

     The dog they had before him was a bull mastiff, so I'm sure they aren't in for any surprises.  Rags is an only "child" and therefore is bored much of the time he is outside.  So like all puppies, he finds ways to entertain himself.

     Like chewing up the garden hose.  Or dragging the seeder around the yard.  Or a garden trowel.  Or eating the boards left from the tool shed that was destroyed in a wind storm last year.

     This past Saturday morning I gave him some of Trooper's old toys that they don't play with anymore.

     You'd have thought he won the lottery.


Romans 14:13

13 Therefore let us stop passing judgment on one another. Instead, make up your mind not to put any stumbling block or obstacle in the way of a brother or sister.

Source
     You wouldn't think that passing judgment on someone would become a stumbling block for them, but when you stop and think about what happens after you've judged someone, you might be able to see that you have created walls for them to climb.

     Walls like those at Jericho.

     When we judge another, we hold them back from their full potential.  Whether they know the judgment we've passed or not, we will alter how we interact with them.  That change in how we talk to them, act towards them, or tell others about them becomes the first wall they encounter.

     The second wall becomes how others treat them based on our actions.  We don't have to voice our judgment to anyone, but it will become known by our actions for those are more powerful than words.  When we shun someone, exclude them from opportunities that will allow them to grow and blossom, then we become like a invasive weed in their life.  A kudzu vine that will spread and choke them.

     Finally, the third tallest, thickest, and strongest wall is formed when that person begins to believe what others think of him/her.  "Everyone treats me as if I were stupid, so I must be stupid."  "Everyone acts like I'm ugly, so I must be ugly."  "No one likes me."  "I can't do anything right."

What walls have been created around you?  What walls have you created?

     Extend love.  Extend acceptance.  Extend a hand of friendship, not the cold shoulder of judgment.  Help someone to grow, blossom, and thrive.  Lift them up, don't hold them down.  Break down walls, don't build them up.  Encourage.  Inspire.  Believe in someone and watch the power that it has in their life.

10 For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each of us may receive what is due us for the things done while in the body, whether good or bad.
~ 2 Corinthians 5:10 ~

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Snow!

WTH?

Catching flakes on his tongue!

Awww Mom, do I have to come in?

Monday, February 6, 2012

A look inside...


     I was perusing my photos this morning looking for something that would give some insight to me and found this old picture someone had tweaked.  And even tho I've had plenty of coffee so far this morning, this pretty much describes how I've been feeling lately.

     Those snakes are all the worries I've had lately, and they've been causing me to give some people looks that if I had been Medusa, I would have been able to have a beautiful garden of statues by now.

     The cyclops is in reference to my old call sign, CiClops, an inside joke at myself for my limited vision in my right eye.  But in retrospect now, I see that it could also be my inner eye representing this journey that I've started to reorganize my life.  I've been doing a lot of introspection, and reflecting on the things that are important to me.

     I was asked a question last night about how I have managed to "keep it together" this past year with all the outside pressures and factors that I have been dealing with ... alone.  I replied with another question, "What makes you think I have it all together?"  The person said that I just seem to be so mellow, and calm... and without any drugs or alcohol... so they wanted to know what my secret was.

     So here it is, to share with the world so it won't be a secret anymore...

Accept the fact that the only thing you can control in this world...
is yourself.

     Everything else in this world is out of your hands, out of your control, and the sooner you accept that fact, the easier your life will become.  All you need to worry about is you.

     Sure, there are some things that we will still worry about... like my dogs... I kinda have to worry about taking care of them, paying bills and debts, going to work, all the things that make life survivable.  But I don't have to worry about those things I cannot change and I cannot control.  Those things will all work out however they were meant to be.  We don't have to wear that Wonder Woman arm band all the time. We can be free to just be ourselves... 
"I will never allow myself to be less than I am to meet anyone's expectations."

Sunday, February 5, 2012

In memory of the ones we loved...

Do Not Stand at My Grave ~ Mary Elizabeth Frye

Do not stand at my grave and weep,
I am not there; I do not sleep.
I am a thousand winds that blow,
I am the diamond glints on snow,
I am the sun on ripened grain,
I am the gentle autumn rain.
When you awaken in the morning’s hush
I am the swift uplifting rush
Of quiet birds in circling flight.
I am the soft star-shine at night.
Do not stand at my grave and cry,
I am not there; I did not die.

Friday, February 3, 2012

Finally... Friday...

Just to put a smile on your face...


Got my eyes on you... and you!

      I know that yesterday's post was a bit more serious than I usually blog, so just wanted to start your day with a smile.  I can't think of anything that makes me smile more on a bad day than my pug, Henry.  I found all of these items on Etsy.com, so if you like them too... shop for pugs... get some hugs... and avoid the drugs...


Just bat your eyes, baby, and he'll believe anything...
 


It works for the Queen...

Do these fins make my butt look fat?
 
 

    

Perfect for the man cave... or the dog house...
 

I dream of counting pugs not sheep....
  

A glass of Fawn Pugfandel please
  
Let me find your Zen....


Where else did you think sugar boogers came from?