Apr

8

The time change and longer daylight hours (and a bit of sunshine) have given both Marcel and I a huge boost of energy when it comes to home projects. We have both been working on various painting projects, plus browsing goods home furnishings best furniture to decide what new additions we would like to add to our home after we get finished with painting.

We are giving the inside a few more weeks before getting started on the painting- so that we can leave the doors open and the fumes won’t take over- but the outside is taking shape and we are getting ready to paint a small area that is our ‘lounge’ space. I picked up some adorable wooden letters today to go along with the pallet sign I bought last week- both will look amazing- and once the plants and flowers start blooming, it’s going to be even prettier- Yes, it’s going to be a great year for home projects, and Spring is the perfect time.

Apr

8

Some, if not most of you who read this space know that one of my best friends daughters are engaged and the wedding will take place next summer. It is one of those things that I’m very excited about- my first Southern wedding in a very long time (since moving), plus it’s extra special to me because it is the marriage of two people that I adore and love. It has been wonderful seeing them grow from teenagers to college graduates and now planning to start their lives together.

I am honored to be able to help in the planning. Even though I am not physically ‘there’- I love that technology allows me to help plan across the miles. It brings me great joy. From the flowers, to the ceremony, to the venue (which we chose when I was home for the holidays) to everything in between- I’m so excited to be a part and can’t wait to see Miss A. start her life with the man she’s loved for so many years.

Apr

8

Lets Get the Party Started

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In the midst of wedding planning across the miles- I’m finding that I’m learning things about weddings and wedding music that had never really crossed my mind- I’ve always thought- get the band, let them work their magic and be done with it, but it isn’t quite working out like that, since the band is also a family friend.

I’ve learned that I need to order rapco cables for the speakers, and also that having a band also is much different than having a DJ- in terms of how much space each needs.

It’s going to be a magical night, filled with music, dancing and a lot of fun. Lets get this party started.

Mar

29

In the Presence of Joy

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This afternoon I was thinking about the weekend I spent with some amazing women- the joy that I feel not only in their company, but in seeing them and everyone around me thrive in their lives- It is my wish for everyone- and I realized just how amazing the people are who I choose to surround myself with. There is no better feeling.

In the midst of this introspect- I posted this on my personal (and private) Facebook page. It’s a great way to start the new week.

When I think of the things that bring me the greatest joy in life- they are the ‘joy rising’ moments that rise up from the depth of your soul and bring tears to your eyes. It isn’t in pomp and circumstance or grand gesturing- it’s in being able to do something small to create a smile on someone else’s face, or make their life a little easier- in seeing others celebrate their life successes- and living their best life their way.

This life is so precious- Celebrate the people around you- embrace them, build them up – and encourage them to empower themselves. TELL THEM how much they matter. WE ALL Matter! BE the reason that someone smiles today.

Mar

19

Home Projects

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The home projects continue with Marcel being ‘almost’ done with our outside furniture- We decided earlier this week that we would leave them all taken apart- which would give us more space to take everything off the two walls that need a paint update- From there we’ll wash down the walls, give them a fresh new coat of yellow paint (it doesn’t get happier than yellow), and then start working on getting the gardening done. I’m very much looking forward to seeing my herbs and vegetables grow this year, plus seeing the flowers blossom and grow.

I’ve even got a few gatherings in the works as the days get longer.

Speaking of longer days- we did postpone the inside painting until we can leave the doors open for the paint to dry- so that my allergies won’t suffer.

What house projects are you working on?

Mar

11

Home Projects

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The longer daylight hours, plus the addition of sunshine and the swiftly approaching Spring has us (Marcel and I) bursting with energy for new projects.  

We are finally working on getting some painting done in the home, plus my plan to finally put my Annie Sloane paint to good use with a shelf and letter project that I have had in my ‘planning’ since last year.  

Marcel has been cleaning our wood garden furniture.  First with a bleach mixture to clear the greying of the wood, and yesterday he started adding boiled linseed oil.   The difference between the ones he’s done and the ones that still need to be done is amazing.     There is still a lot of life left in that garden furniture we ‘almost’ got rid of.   

As Spring comes to life in your world, what projects do you have happening?  

Mar

6

But First- A Long, Hot Bath

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I’m in for a night home alone while Marcel works, with a line up of some of my favorite TV shows to play catch-up after a busy week, and an even busier weekend on the agenda…

I have so much to share- but it’s going to have to wait until after tomorrow, where I should find something similar in relation to balance between busy and rest time-

For now- I’m off for a long hot bath- How are you kicking off your weekend?

Feb

22

New Weeks- New Opportunities

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I’m ‘finally’ starting to feel like I am on the other side of this flu I’ve been dealing with for almost a week. I am still tired, and still pretty much zilch on the energy scale, but the fever has broken, and that is something that has me doing a happy dance.

I was having a bit of a pity party earlier when I read a message from a friend, and it brought a huge smile to my face, and made me realize, yet again- that in everything there is a silver lining.

My plan is to rest for the upcoming several days- so that hopefully (fingers crossed) I can continue with the plans I have for the latter part of the week.

Each day arrives with a clean slate- new opportunities and endless possibilities. How are you going to make yours count?

Feb

21

Tending the Garden …

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Life- It’s such a mystery at times, and others it isn’t. I’ve learned in life- (especially more so this past year) that when we are given something, be it information or a particular situation, it’s information. What we do with that information is up to us.

Relationships… Something I spent some time reflecting on when I was ‘home’ for the holidays, and even since I’ve returned home. Relationships that I would have once considered to be lost have resurfaced and are stronger than ever before- other relationships, the ones that are a rock in my life- continue to be so, and I think of them and remind myself just how blessed I am. I’m grateful.

There are others- where our lives have become two different roads, and while there is no malice- our lives continue down different paths, while we wish each other the best on the journey. I guess you could see it as two cars driving along-side each other on a highway, and one comes to a different road that will take them where they need to go, while the other continues straight. Both moving forward, but both on different journeys. Neither wrong, just different.

Those relationships are also something that I value in my garden of life- because regardless of where the path may take us- they have all been a gift and a lesson.

Our relationships are like flowers in a beautiful garden. What we nurture, will grow. What isn’t nurtured, will eventually wither away.

How are you tending your relationship gardens?

Feb

20

Dreamin’

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So much is happening- and in the midst of everything- I came down with a wild case of the flu- which has pretty much knocked me flat on my back. The perk to that is catching up on all my favorite TV shows and movies- plus the extra sleep, which has found me dreaming about things from exotic vacations to learning how to play digital pianos. I had to abandon my weekend plans to nurture myself and hopefully the fever will break soon and life will resume as normal, whatever that is.

I have so much to share- watch this space.

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