Friday, December 31, 2010

reverb: Core Story

 * I won this note pad made by Ludid~

December 31 – Core Story What central story is at the core of you, and how do you share it with the world? (Bonus: Consider your reflections from this month. Look through them to discover a thread you may not have noticed until today.  author:  Molly O'Neill

 This is it, the last word, the end of reverb10. I did miss one day, Christmas; I was to post a photo of myself.  I chose to do different, but other than this day, I followed through. It was enlightening, difficult and thought provoking. Over all I enjoyed the hindsight and thoughts to move forward, goals to set. I guess for me the common thread, would be authentic. We can only be ourselves, be the best you, best me.We can't be anyone else. We have to honor our gifts and we owe it to ourselves to try to use these. This can take time; it begins with understanding who you are and what you want. What influences you, inspires you, excites you. We have to figure out what enlivens us, to create the life we want.  Reflection, trying new things, realizing when something does work, doesn't work  is all part of opening up our world. It is a journey of choosing or not, taking key steps in the direction you pick and continuing on this path. I learned from the online class, Crafting My Best Life.  I knew this, but life had side tracked me, passion help me recalculate, and get back on my journey. I have 4 doors I would like to open and try my hand at, okay maybe 5. I do think we have to keep putting ourselves out there and get over ourselves. In this regard I mean fear, fear freezes you, keeps you stuck, disables you from living. Discovering what you love, will help free your fear and push you out of your rut.

I want to share a passage from one of my favorite books, "Simple Abundance":  "There are six threads of abundant living which, when woven together, produce a tapestry of contentment that wraps us in inner peace, well-being, happiness, and a sense of security."  The six are: gratitude,simplicity, order inside and out, harmony, beauty and joy. The author, Sarah Ban Breathnach reminds us, "we have to pick up the needle and make the first stitch on the canvas of life."  My common thread would be trying to be authentic. What about you, what was your common thread for 2010?

Thursday, December 30, 2010

reverb: Gift

* Photo mine; gift wrapped by Lorraine of PaperBird~

December 30 – Gift

Prompt: Gift. This month, gifts and gift-giving can seem inescapable. What’s the most memorable gift, tangible or emotional, you received this year?   author:  Holly Root

Gift of self, that sounds odd, I know, but so many people have talked me out of my dreams. I was made to feel,like it was a lottery ticket chance.This past summer, I had a scare that woke me up. It made me realize I didn't want to wonder, when I'm old n' gray,wonder, "What If".  I started talking more courageous steps and put myself out there, I sent art submissions, I started writing poems. What did I have to lose?  Fear had kept me, from moving forward. Fear, that I wasn't good enough, that started when I was talked out of going to college, for what I wanted to do.  I allowed it to happen, but the creative side of me, assessed this talk, as they didn't think I was good enough. My family, my roots didn't believe in me. It could of gone the other way, I'll show you, but I didn't.  I guess, I feared what if they are right, what will I do for work, what will become of me.... so I went the safe route and went to a Business college instead.  My life as a military spouse, all the moving has made a career difficult. I have worked, but when you evaluate my resume and see the time line of changed jobs, questions arise. This causes a lot of  employers, to be discouraged in hiring me. Train her and she will leave, not a great investment. Some took a chance on me and I enjoyed those jobs, but I always felt a void.

I know in the grand scheme of things, we can't always have our dream job. I fwe attempt to do what we love in small doses or volunteer in those facets, we find aspects of joy and life is more positive and happy!  Give yourself the gift of passion, even if it is in small doses. A class, a behind the scenes format, volunteer doing something you love, try it out. Enter the worlds you would like to be part of. When we have our foot in the door of the world we dreamed off, sometimes it is enough. 

"The intuitive mind is a sacred gift and the rational mind is a faithful servant. We have created a society that honors the servant and has forgotten the gift." - Albert Einstein

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

reverb: Defining Moment

December 29 – Defining Moment

Describe a defining moment or series of events that has affected your life this year
(author:  Kathryn Fitzmaurice)

There have been a few, but this one, probably opened up my world. I was a Reader's Share story on
Crescendoh.   It made me feel part of a community; I read how others have struggled and how art helped them. Art saved them, it is powerful magic to listen to your soul.  I didn't feel alone.  I tried for awhile to comment on all the Art Saves stories, but life got in the way. I hope to go back and try to play catch up and comment. It is powerful to see how life changing, one's passion can be.  It flirts with us daily, but we have to listen and give it a chance to breath.  I hope n' wish, that everyone tries to live a more passionate life in 2011. xXx

reverb: Achieve

 *photo courtesy of  Wii Nintendo

December 28 – Achieve
What’s the thing you most want to achieve next year? How do you imagine you’ll feel when you get it? Free? Happy? Complete? Blissful? Write that feeling down. Then, brainstorm 10 things you can do, or 10 new thoughts you can think, in order to experience that feeling today.  Author: Tara Sophia Mohr

I would like to be published in an artsy type magazine. I have submitted to 3 different challenges, one item could fit two different categories.  It would confirm what I wanted to do years ago and took a different path. Maybe the time wasn't right, maybe I needed to live more, who knows, but in my soul I know I have creative bones. Time will tell...

How would I feel?  Elated, joyful, thrilled; It is a path I have always wanted to walk. It would confirm what I was told in my youth. I would be happy, thrilled and excited; I will dance by the light of the moon.

Sounds like a David Letterman request, but okay, here it goes:

Ella's Top 10 Elated List:

1. Dress up the rock gods in my house or kick my husband's butt, at Dr. Mario  If we play Guitar Hero, we     sometimes dress up, a little eye liner or product in our hair, to bring out the inner rocker. Our son
    recently brought back Nintendo for us. Last night we were up late, till my eyes crossed. I kept seeing
    vitamins or pills killing viruses. Don n' I went to pick up Angela and came home, to find our son on level of
     Mario. The music alone, takes me back to winters in Alaska. Interesting since it kind of looks like that
     outside my window, right now.

2. Go to the movies; Theaters remind me of childhood memories and people I love. I want to see "True
    Grit" and the "Little Fockers" might be fun.  My son said, "TRON" was awesome!

3. Go through my photo albums, I have some quirky photos, goofy moments, and travel photos, they bring up
     warm, wonderful memories.

4. Call someone, I haven't spoken with in awhile, someone I grew up with, maybe. Remember when...or find
    them online.

5. Ride my bike, outdoors is not an option with all this snow, but I could get back on the iron horse, indoors.

6. Music changes one's mood, nothing like driving down the highway, cranking up a favorite tune and singing!

7. Learn how to make some digital art, Or work on art(not really an option with everyone home, but I can

8. Take an online class(an artsy one)

9. Get new strings for my guitar(Gibson)

10. Go to the bookstore, with no time constraints, no rush to get home(someday)...

What do you hope to achieve in 2011?  How else can you incorporate this happy feeling? 

Monday, December 27, 2010

reverb: Ordinary Joy

December 27 – Ordinary Joy

Our most profound joy is often experienced during ordinary moments. What was one of your most joyful ordinary moments this year?  author:  Brene Brown

I have read this prompt twice, I get it, but it feels like an oxymoron. I know during our daily lives, moments arrive that sparkle. I guess I would have to say, it was baking cookies to give to others.We bake Christmas sugar cookies, every year, but this year it went on til the wee hours of the morning. My daughter wanted to give a large tin, to her boyfriend and his family. I had recently found out a friend of mine, is sick. We don't swap gifts, normally, but I wanted to do something for her. I decided to bake her a huge tin, for her n' her family. I became the task master, as I tried to stop my daughter from texting, while we rolled out the dough. It is all about  timing, one cookie sheet goes in the oven, while you are rolling and cutting out the dough for the next one. She was getting all silly; We were tired. My son came out to help us. Big help he was, he stole cookies and ran down the hallway. He was talking in a foreign language, so I started talking in one, made up. We all started laughing so hard, we woke up my husband. My daughter falls into the rug, she is laying down now, laughing so hard.  Don is looking at us like we are all wacked, but he did manage to grab a few cookies, before he retired, again.  I had bought a Christmas cactus, I have never had one, I always buy them for other people. It didn't seem right to keep it, I gave it to my friend with her cookies. My daughter had bought a game, to go with her cookie tin gift. It was an ordinary moment, but we all felt good, making them, sharing memories, while we made  new ones. Next year, I know my daughter will remind me of this moment. Remember when we woke Dad up at midnight, baking cookies and I was rolling on the rug, laughing.

Sunday, December 26, 2010

reverb: Soul Food

December 26 – Soul Food

What did you eat this year that you will never forget? What went into your mouth & touched your soul?
Author:  Elise Marie Collins

If you look at the link above, it is all about healthy foods and their benefits. When I think of soul food, seasonal,it changes for me. Spring: my soul food would be picking strawberries and eating their sun drenched goodness, just as they are. There is nothing like picking these juicy, freckled berries that doesn't make me happy. I usually have strawberry shortcake for my birthday, with a large dollop of  whipped cream kissed with vanilla extract.  I earned it, bending over and picking faster then everyone.

Summer:  probably popcorn, I love to escape on a hot, humid day to the theater. I love the beach, too, but somehow I still haven't gotten use to the humidity in the south.  There is nothing like the escape of a great summer blockbuster, popcorn in hand and treasured memories of practically growing up in a theater. Popcorn is a comfort food for me, isn't that soul food. Takes you back to your roots.

Fall's soul food, would be several things, I love apples, cranberries, but if I had to pick one. It would be stuffing. Bell's seasoning is key, toasted bread, whole wheat and white, a splash of olive oil, chicken broth, blended with piny spikes of rosemary and thyme, tasting of the earth's harvest.  Roasted garlic and caramelized onions dance in sauteed oil. Blended together, this mixture is a combo of 3 women and their take on the holiday. My grandmother's recipe, then my Mom added her signature note. Me, I added the fresh herbs, olive oil and caramelized onions. One bite makes you taste buds sing, it is a blend of earth's rich soil with rustic touches. It awakens wonderful memories of family gathering, music and a huge feast.

Now this brings me to Winter. Yes, the above photo; It is tradition, I make this every Christmas morning. I prepare, the bread dough the night before. It is your basic, Parker House Dinner Roll recipe.  It is fun to shape the dough, pinch it and roll it out. It is soft and forgiving, this dough. You then spread butter or margarine or the dough flattened into a rectangle shape. Mix 1/3 c. sugar with 2-4 tsp cinnamon. Your preference, my family loves cinnamon, less is not more, at my house. Then roll and cut into slices, pinwheel shaped. We frost ours with a cream cheese frosting. It is a bite of heaven, rich with buttery, cinnamon goodness, kissed with vanilla cream cheese icing. The soft bread dough surrounds the ooey gooey icing as it floods the cinnamon, butter blend.  One bite and I'm 5; my Mom made these every Christmas. It is a flash back of warmth, a tree covered in tinsel, my Dad answering the phone as if it was the North Pole, and a crowded house. My Dad tried to make Christmas last longer than most. We only were allowed to  open our stocking and then had to wait, til  after breakfast, before we could open any gifts. We watched each other open gifts, it was interrupted with family phone calls. He never did succeed, but he tried.  The scent of these rolls is Christmas for me, the warmth of family, laughter and love.

Saturday, December 25, 2010

Merry Christmas

I want to wish all of my family, friends, bloggers, followers-this blurs the lines, all of you fit more than one profile!  A warm,wonderful day of cherished memories and gifts of love n' friendship!  xXx

Friday, December 24, 2010

reverb: Everything's Ok

December 24 Prompt – Everything’s OK What was the best moment that could serve as proof that everything is going to be alright? And how will you incorporate that discovery into the year ahead?  (Author: Kate Inglis)

I did an art challenge,after I finished I felt that everything was good, that my life was going in the direction it should have gone, if I had not run into so many detours. I felt this calm, comforting feeling, that through my art I will find me, heal my pain, calm my anxiety.  I have to remain dedicated and listen to my intuition, the whispers of my heART.  I have read a lot on other blogs this year, how art can save, can heal, can help one cope. It is all true, one just has to be open to the process. It may be writing for you, cooking, gardening, knitting, organizing an event, running a volunteer project. Whatever it is, if passion is in place, it will alter you. It will brighten your mood, your day and open up new pathways in your brain.

I live in pain daily, it will take some time to find the right Dr. to help me, but I am confident, it will happen. If I wasn't in pain, I wouldn't have time for art. Through pain, I am trying to find beauty, there is a fine line, but I find it is a coping mechanism, I no longer want to do without. I'm okay!  Are you okay?!

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Think Tank Thursday

 *photo courtesy of the Graphics Fairy

Poets United chose stocking as our # 29 prompt. I first wanted to do Christmas stockings, but felt this is different magic for everyone. We have certain items that must be in our stockings; It is our ritual. Must be a tangerine or orange in the toe, some walnuts or pecans, in the shell, and a candy cane at the top.
In the magic middle, a small wrapped gift and there must be chocolate. And a new toothbrush.  It wasn't working for me in poem form. So I went this route.

Grace arrives,
Slow spins,
Turns on pointe.
Icy white, silky long gams,
artful satin toes piroutte,
Dazzling beauties float,
Celestial magic moves: jump, twirl, leap,
Adagio then allegro ripple effect,
Glistening magic flutters,
Rhythmic waltz,
Symmetry sparkles,
Last spin glide,
Demi plies of white crystals,
Snow King n' Queen arrive,
Sugar n' spice, sweet dreams
ah, nuts,
Tick Tock magic strikes,
in perennial fashion.

reverb: New Name

December 23 – New Name

Let’s meet again, for the first time. If you could introduce yourself to strangers by another name for just one day, what would it be and why?  author: Becca Wilcot

It took me a while to like my name. I went to school, when there were a lot of Laurie or Lori, 5 in my class. Susan was popular and Kimberly. Robert and William were popular boys names. Then there were the unique names, like Tori and Odean. I didn't like my name for awhile; My brother really couldn't say my name and called me Ella, as my blog describes. I chose Ella to use for a name on Etsy, when I decided to open a store. I thought of my brother, since he has encouraged me to do more with my creative side. He is my younger and only sibling.  I didn't even have a blog, then. I admired them and visited often, but it wasn't til I was in a swap, it was after my birthday and there had been a few incidents. The head of it was not happy and this is when she stated, "You can only be included in swaps, if you have a blog".  Later that day, I want to Blogger and signed up. I have thanked her, several times, since. When blog name came up, I thought It should tie it in with store.  

When I was nine maybe ten, my grandmother called me and asked me to come visit her. It was summer time and she lived almost at the end of our street.  I hopped on my bike and was there in a flash, she announced, I want you to meet someone. There stood, this tall, pretty, blond lady. She had long,curly  hair and light blue eyes. This woman approached me and shook my name. "Are you Ellen Louise?"  she asked.

I replied, "Yes", she was so pretty she looked like a fairy. She told me she liked my name and said, "I'm your grown up cousin, my name is Ellen Louise".  I was stunned, she had my first and middle name.  Was I named after her, this thought entered my mind. Why had no one told me? Why was I meeting her now?

I found out, she lived far away and was my Great Uncle's daughter.  I felt different after our meeting. I did
discover, my Mother didn't know about this woman, til recently; I being 9 and she being in her thirties. She  knew there was another Ellen, but not the same middle name. She told me she heard the name loved it and there was only one other name she had considered, Julie. I would of been Julie Ann Jackson;  JJ would of been my nickname. I like the name Julie, I would have been the only one in the school, for a few years. 

In a lot of photos, I seem to have this elf like grin; one photo before my wedding, my ears looked like an elf.
Ellen fits.  I guess I could be Ellen Elf for a day, but that would be another E. I'm up to three now. Will Farrell would not like me redirecting his fame. Ellen my real name, nickname Ellie and called on occasion, Ella.  I'm off to watch, "Elf" and finish wrapping a couple of last minute gifts and roll out the cookie dough. It does feel like the North pole in NC today.  Yes, I'm short and my favorite color is green~

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

reverb: Travel

December 22 – Travel

How did you travel in 2010? How and/or where would you like to travel next year?  (Author: Tara Hunt)

I really didn't travel much this year. We did go in the Fall to an apple orchard in VA. It was a beautiful, 3 hour drive. We drove up a mountain and picked apples. There was an apple festival going on, hay rides, wine tasting and lots of different kinds of food and apple cider slushies. It was a great escape, it reminded us of being in New England, just for a bit.

I did travel a lot this year in blogland. I met people from all over the world; I read about their lives, their cultures and rituals. It is amazing how we can reach out and touch each others lives, through  technology!  I can't help, but think of the Jetsons, one of my favorite cartoons, when I was young.  I also this year, traveled in books and in my dreams.

Next year, I want to go back to Maine in the Fall. I would like to go to Widbey Island, when my husband goes back sometimes next year. I would like to go out of the country, if there isn't any major alerts in our government's security. Locally, I would like to go to the Outer Banks more often, finally go to Colonial Williamsburg and go west to Asheville, NC.

Where would you like to go?

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

reverb: Future Self

December 21 – Future Self. Imagine yourself five years from now. What advice would you give your current self for the year ahead? (Bonus: Write a note to yourself 10 years ago. What would you tell your younger self?)  author:  Jenny Blake 

Dear You,

     Listen to your intuition, it usually isn't wrong. I know you have felt lost at sea, being a military spouse. It has made having a career difficult. It is a fact, not an excuse. I moved one year 3x from Brunswick-Searsport, ME then to Honolulu, HI, then back to Searsport, Maine. My son started 6th grade in Maine, moved to Hawaii,came back and finished 6 grade with the same class. Crazy!  It has been an unique journey, but it time to open the window and allow your dream and desires to breath. Time to make more room for your passion. Passion is key to you succeeding, so is patience and perseverance. You need to find time to practice. Someone or something will always need your attention, but you need to remember this is not always going to be this way. A shift in your schedule can create moments of opportunity, but you will have to make sacrifices, less Tv, less computer time, etc. It will be a juggling act, but you are worth it. People around you feel this shift and it won't be easy, as you lean more towards your goals.  Maybe you will only have 20 minutes a day to make, write or do something. You owe it to yourself, to respond to the whispers of your heART. You have had an artistic eye, you didn't allow it time to focus. Your family came first, but there is time for both, if you adjust your view. It won't be easy, but what is?! YOU have heard since a young age, "I would of never thought of that" and you are still hearing it.  Listen to your soul, it whispers everyday, the time is now!  Wake up and pay attention to what your eye is drawn to. What causes you to linger, what colors, images or words attract your muse.

  When we listen, we save ourselves, art saves us, it allows us a voice, a vision, a way out, a way in, a chance to be seen. It allows your soul to find it's way from dark, dirty window to sparkling clean, gleaming with filtered sunshine. A kaleidoscope of color; you hold the lantern of change. Light has to enter to see the way, to uncover what to spend time on, what to weed, grow and pick.  Be open to the possibility of you! Try new things, take classes, submit art, find groups to join that have a common passion. You have to be courageous and put yourself out there to be seen, it is difficult, but necessary. Kindred spirits need feedback from each other, need encouragement and sometimes critiques. A creative personality needs to be nurtured, like forcing bulbs to grow. Take the time to plant seeds of kindness, find time to breath and feed your soul, so that when you bloom you are ready. Yes, you could be transplanted again, but you will know how to be repotted and grow. Within your heart lies the secret garden to your soul, time is your only enemy!  Make time now~


 A book with this theme, "Dear Future Me" 
Write your future self, tuck it away, see what happens!

Monday, December 20, 2010

Christmas List n' Wishes

I thought I would share some great, gift ideas, in no particular order. I know it is getting late, but a lot of us give n' get gift cards and $. Shopping after the holiday is just as fun;  Me, I am always thrilled to get a gift card to a bookstore. I love pondering and poking around for that new book, that will enlighten me, inspire or a mystify me.  I haven't read all of these yet. Some I bought for my son and some are on my wish list. I am also going to throw, in a few unique finds as well. My favorite way to shop, in comfy clothes, wearing my fluffy slippers and drinking hot chocolate. Yes, I do go out and face the crowd and get a few things, mainly the meal and stocking stuffers. Remember in no particular order:

I ordered this for my son; He has built two computers, I thought he might get a kick out of this

a circuit board T-shirt, you can find this and other unique shirts in this shop on Etsy, called Nonfiction Tees.
Another unique find for my son was this little gadget, Eviltron. I think this could be fun or get out of control according to the user and party involved.  It looks like nothing, but in reality, it has 6 sounds, one is random.
Something unsettling creaking, unidentifiable scratching sounds, Gasping last breath, Sinister child laughing, Eerie whispering of 'hey, can you hear me?'  Think Geek makes it but you can find it on Amazon. The reviews are even fun to read. I don't know, we didn't try it, but I will let anyone know who is interested. I also like to give gift subscriptions, thought this fit him, Wired.
I did get him a few PC games, and a couple of books. He loves sci-fi books and movies. He is going to see
Tron, tomorrow. Day off from work and college break, great time to go. One of his favorite series is "Sliders" about wormholes. I knew, I had to get  Stephen Tremp's book, "Breakthrough"- A scientific breakthrough in Einstein-Rosen Bridges, or wormholes, is stolen by a group of misguided M.I.T. graduate students. They scheme to usher in a global science-based oligarchy. Greed, betrayal, murder, mayhem, spiritual contemplation, and unconditional love define the power-play struggle in this fast-paced suspense thriller of technology gone too far.

Here is one review: 
California Author Stephen Tremp delivers a fast paced thrill ride with Breakthrough. This novel is a great edge-of-your-seat adventure blending science fiction, action, and thriller genres and exploring the dangers of technology gone to far. Tremp expertly details complex theoretical science in a relatable way, while still keeping up a fast-paced story. Breakthrough will leave you guessing till the very end and clamoring for the next installment in this exciting series.
Shawn Chappelle
Owner Uwharrie Books

My son loves Star Wars and Battlestar Galatica, I knew Alex Cavanaugh's book would be up his alley, CassaStar-Fast-paced military action and a youthful protagonist make this a good choice for both young adult and adult fans of space wars.”-Library Journal
My son will love this one! Alex is working on a trilogy of this series. He has an amazing book trailer. He is part of a contest to select
best book trailer of the year. You can check it out, here.   

SASessories-is a store on Etsy you can find unique jewelry like this.  She is on vacation, but there are a lot of OOAK(One of a kind) gifts.

For my daughter, it is the typical teen stuff, curling irons, fancy boots, a digital camera(son already has one, I did get him a few other cool things, but fear, they never read my blog and today would be the day they decide to. So Mom is the word~  Back to daughter, girls are easier, perfume, clothes, jewelry, a Glee poster, or cd.
We do play these pc games, Nancy Drew, they have a junior and senior game mode. You can select the mode of your choice, if you get stuck, you can go to Game Boomers to get clues. It is fun to help, Nancy solve the mystery.

My hubby and I will shop after the holidays, we usually do one gift and our stockings. Besides we also celebrate our anniversary this month. This is what I bought him, a sky dock. He hinted and I took the bait.

Me, I would be happy with a magazine subscription to Somerset Life.

I also have a list of books I would like to read, the two my son received are also on this list. Patricia Stoltey is the author of two mystery novels: The Prairie Grass Murders (2007) and The Desert Hedge Murders (August 2009). My first love was mysteries, I look forward to reading her work. She is guilty of genre-hopping, she has a novel in the works called, "Wishing Caswell Dead and working on revision for a suspense novel, "Dead Wrong". One busy lady!        

Karen Jones Gowen is an author of two books,I am fascinated in her book, "Farm Girl"."Through the intertwined stories of the life of the Marker family and of the broader historical time period, the book is more than captivating. Gowen's vivid account of her mother's life allows Farm Girl to read as seamlessly as if one were recalling personal memories." (The Holyoke Enterprise) also the author of"Uncut Diamonds"-A young married couple struggles to find balance during the over-the-top decade of the Seventies. An autobiographical novel.

Rashelle Workman has been published and has another book in the works,"Distorted".  Her first book, "Sleeping Roses"-Death is a part of life. Sophie Berkeley has had no exceptions. Usually though, with death comes a flood of loved ones to comfort and console, which allow healing. Sophie never had that. Instead, she's been wading through life as though in a dream, existing not living. On her twenty-eighth birthday, she has her first of many awakenings, when she finds her husband David in bed with another woman. This looks like a reawakening type of book. The kind I could sink my teeth into!

Another book, that looks grab worthy, is Talli Roland's, "The Hating Game"-When man-eater Mattie Johns agrees to star on a dating game show to save her ailing recruitment business, she's confident she'll sail through to the end without letting down the perma-guard she's perfected from years of her love 'em and leave 'em dating strategy. After all, what can go wrong with dating a few losers and hanging out long enough to pick up a juicy £200,000 prize? Plenty, Mattie discovers, when it's revealed that the contestants are four of her very unhappy exes.   This sounds like a fun, juicy book that just grabs your attention~

I would be happy to receive any of the above, yes, even the circuit board tee; Green is my favorite color~
Now if was my surreal wish list, this would be on it:  Some serious wheels, haven't decided which one yet.
and a trip to Europe, one can dream ;-D

I wish you n' yours many happy, cherished moment,during the holiday season! Thanks for making 2010 a memorable year~

reverb: Avoidance

*Photo by Don Farrall/Getty Images

Beyond Avoidance What should you have done this year but didn’t because you were too scared, worried, unsure, busy or otherwise deterred from doing? (Bonus: Will you do it?)  Author:  Jake Nickell

Reverb is getting harder for me. I knew it would...

We have a room over the top of our garage, it is called a FROG: Furnished Room Over Garage. This frog has eluded me. I was going to use it as my craft room, space. It isn't a big room has a desk, long bench(for my art), but this room leads to the attic. Translation...lots of traffic. Everyone wants this room, hubby wants it for his guns, bow n' arrow, etc.  Our son wants to move up there, easy in and out from the garage, college aged, this would feel like an apartment. Our daughter thinks this should be a gathering place with her friends. The air hockey game and Wii should go up there, with an extra TV and huge bean bag.  Son was going to move out get an apartment with friends; I hesitated to clean Frog.  My husband thought this would work: okay, Angela, will get our son's room, you have her room, huge closet, for your art space;I will have frog. Okay, now wait....

Larry doesn't get apartment, friends that he thought would, change their minds. Then my Mom, in Maine has been wanting to move in with us, on and off through the years. Now, is seriously considering this offer. Okay, so now, I need to totally clean out this space, pack up and make it available for her. I begin, she changes her mind.

The frog with it's warts is now annoying me. There isn't any heat, it is warmer in the garage, where my husband does his hobbies. Everyone thinks I should be thrilled to go up there and sew, paint, and craft. Only if a space heater is involved. It is freezing up there. Hubby n' I agree, no heater til the space is clean. I fear to go in there and touch anything. I do have a survival coat from Alaska, yes, I do look like an Eskimo when I wear it. Perhaps I can face the frog~  North Carolina is cold, we are having a real winter this year.

 I will try to face my fear of the frog, next year. I wonder when I go up to touch the items, I had started to organize, and make plans again, will the frog give me warts.  I feel poisoned and tortured, by this room.I guess like the frog, I need to learn how to adapt and cope!  Guess what frogs can survive being frozen, I guess I'm in luck~