Friday, February 05, 2016

This post is truly random.

It is. Starting with this.

Made by ShopSaplingWest on Etsy, purveyor of one of my favorite things, letterpress. You have to go see the other cards

Pink. Love me some pink. My childhood bedroom was painted pink and the bed had a pink coverlet. And while this pink apple from The Glitter Guide is beautiful, don't eat paint. I hope they repainted a fake apple because a rotting pink apple is just...well, wrong. Wrong, sad, and yuck in so many ways.

But I still want one.

This luggage tag via HumorTrain is really clever. But I see several problems.

a) Everyone is going to grab your bag off the rotating belt to read all those words, then pass it around to the gathering crowd so they can enjoy the humor, too (and probably snap a selfie with it). Yet not one of them will yell, "ELIZABETH!!!". I bet they won't even put it back on the conveyer belt.

b)  A pleasant enough guy will call your name and hand you your bag. Then he'll ask if you'd like to share a taxi to your destination since of course, it's on his way. SURPRISE, his destination comes after yours, so he now knows where you live. That gives him enough info to call you for a date. And before you know it, you have a real life John Cusack holding a boom box over his head while standing under your window blasting Phil Collins.

c) Some poor soul in Wyoming is going hoarse yelling, "ELIZABETH!" while you're at Luggage Claim in Georgia.

Hope these made you laugh a little!

Tuesday, February 02, 2016

Forgotten Photo Day -- Choices

 New post at LemonSugarLyme for those interested.

Rain coming. That nearly always means migraine. But the hole in the clouds...I get to choose if it closes in with darkness or expands into light.

(Picture taken out my front door some years ago.)

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Today's Blog Theme -- Jewelry from the past

I used to make jewelry, you know? Tons of it. Hours spent every day, shows or web updates every weekend. As I start to sift through boxes of beads, I'm excited that every now and then, I put several sets into one bag, thinking, "Yep, that'll look terrific eventually." Having those ready-to-go bags gives me comfort among the detritus that is my studio.

Now if someone would just dust in here.....

You may have seen these before, but here are some past creations.

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Today's Blog Theme -- Kindness

Just be kind. Smile at a stranger. Open a door for someone.

A story about kindness. I had to go to the ER alone (Rick had to stay with Zack at home) and I was in agony. My back was killing me and I hate our ER. One doctor to I think 26 beds, and I'd been there hours. I just couldn't hold the tears back anymore and trying not to do the "ugly cry" (you know that cry?) I wiped my tears on my shirt because apparently emergency room waiting areas aren't required to keep tissues.

As I sat there with my eyes closed, I felt arms go around my shoulders. A pretty lady about in her late 60's was looking at me with kind, compassionate eyes. "Are you here alone?" she asked.

I nodded, speech still not being a viable option yet.

She then said, "Well, you don't know me, and I don't know you, but I know sadness, and you looked like you needed a hug."

And that's when the tears and the ugly cry started. I couldn't believe someone I didn't know would give a damn about someone sitting by herself. She didn't know if I had something contagious. She was just .... kind.

Sunday, January 24, 2016

Today's Blog Theme -- Journals

Big bad weather changes are not kind to my joints. No sir. So I've been entertaining myself with books, among other things (like a card game with Zack where I have no idea whether the card I'm getting ready to play is a good one. It's usually not.)

So I thought I'd share not books, but my journals.  Books would take all day and I'd like to read one. Another day I'll show you my dream bookcases and my favorite books! If you live near Annapolis, MD, a date at Barnes and Noble often requires two coffees. You up for it? Message me!

Ready?  And please feel free to make comments below!

Books are akin to different worlds to me, where the bad guy doesn't always lose and the beginning sometimes starts in the middle. This is one of my many journals, filling with a story. When I was younger, I wrote a lot of fantasy, with sword-wielding heroes and kickass heroines and a dragon or two. Now, I'm compiling my life and the odd funny story I dreamed up into a beautiful collection of journals I've been gifted.

This is a stack of finished journals. When I say "finished", I don't mean I wrote until the last page. For me, every journal has a definitive end. It's not always happy, and sometimes the end makes no sense to anyone but me, but they're complete.

Stumped at how to get started? A couple of years ago, I gave these away. Each day has a question to answer and lasts for five years. I got one for Zack, too, aimed at his age, and it covers three years. I have to admit we both stopped writing in year two because some of the questions just gutted us at the time, but we'll get back into it. The lovely thing about multi-year journals is you can start at any time.

Lastly, if you can, treat yourself at least once to a luxe journal. My husband bought this on Etsy from Europe, and while it came way after Christmas (NOT the seller's fault...I've been in their country and I knew it would take a while), it's fantastic.  If you don't want to spend a lot of money, Staples has come out with a new line of notebooks that are gorgeous.

I hope you'll write your story, be it fact or fiction. I want to leave my husband and son with some laughs, giggles, and a couple of "Mommmmmm!"s. (Those are the really good and unexpected stories.)

Why don't you start writing by leaving a comment?  ;-)