Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Years Go By...

The sun is stretching her long, golden fingers through my window panes as I savor the remaining few hours of sunlight left of this day. I should be preparing to go to work about now. 

Grabbing scrubs off their hangers which I will then Frisbee back into their darkened closet upon un-clothing them. Ten points if I get them to hang on the rail. 

I should probably fry up that last veggie burger I have in the freezer ((did I mention it's an eden burger ahh truly the best veggie burger ever invented)) and guzzle some of that 32 ounces of water I am way behind in consuming for today. 

I really need to run a comb through my wayward, frizzed out locks and try to assemble them into some
kind of neat looking updo so I don't horrify and/or stupefy the general public any more than they probably already are as they enter the ER.

Instead here I sit typing away on my laptop, sheepishly hanging my head at being caught on here, as I catch the reproachful gaze of Mr. Pancks ((my kitty)) staring at me from across the room. Course, it could be that he wants me to feed him. That too.

But I can't help it! I have allowed myself to be sidetracked as thoughts keep bombarding my mind. I wanted to corral some of them, put them down in writing.

Last week I had such a lovely time with my brother who flew in from California and my Aunt who flew in from Florida. It was so very nice to all be together. They came up to spend some time with my mother as she has been in the hospital for seemingly ages. It's been so very tough dealing with this crisis and family being at hand is such a relief. Burdens don't feel as heavy when extra shoulders are around to help support.

And then today.
I had such a lovely visit with some old friends from New York. Family, really. 
My family grew up with their family for much of my childhood.  
There were those summers they would all pile up in cars and come to visit with us once we had moved from Long Island to upstate NY. 

Summer weekends filled with Jail Break, barbecues, wading through creeks, and running through grass barefoot, the inevitable banged up knees and scrapes, laughing so hard we'd cry, eating so much we felt we'd burst, and sleeping for as little time we could get away with before we'd do it all again the next day. 
The years have gone by.
Time has changed us all. We've grown up.
Some have started families of their own.
Careers have come ((and for me have gone and then come again and then gone again :))

Summer is no longer a season of time that seems like it stretches on for ages, filled with carefree fun, no responsibilities and endless adventures to be had.

For me, in particular,  it's felt like winter for quite some time. I've never been in a hospital as much as I have in this past year and that is not including work.

While life experiences may have jaded us a bit, forced us to change directions, give up some dreams...and while we may have all gotten a few more 
age lines and some time-won wisdom....people––friends, they remain. Like family. It's a steady thing. Relationships grow, change and hopefully get better with age.
For me they have, and I thank God for this.

It's nice to know that while some things change, I know I can see friends that I haven't seen for years and it feels like not one of those summer days has gone by. Sure, many of the illusions of youth may have gone but something different, even better has replaced it.

Encouragement and support for each of our life's journeys is given. Worries and concerns can be easily shared. And in so doing, our burdens feel smaller.

We are reminded that Jesus is right here in the midst of everything. 
He never changes.
Friends and family are a gift from Him.
To help us share the load and step forth outside our door and face whatever may come.

Things feel lighter already. Especially when friends and family are around. 

For this I am truly grateful! 

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Triumph of Freakishly Good Art

Nicoletta Ceccoli
I heart art :)

I love designing things...
Painting things...
Drawing things...
Screwing up fantastic works of potential genius with one horrible erroneous fell sweep. –Do people get awards for this? Because if they do, I excel at it. Pin a ribbon on me, please.

So I am working on a rather large, new project with the potential to take me into entirely new directions than I've ever treaded before.

I'm excited about it. It has given me some fresh hope for the future and possibilities do abound.

I'm not ready to divulge anything quite yet, but it has a lot to do with a good ole pencil and some stiff, extra white, Daler Rowney sketching paper.

Mhhh, fresh, crisp, empty white space...waiting to be filled up. How delightful.

So to get your artistic juices flowing, as well as my own...I'm flinging you some inspiration today in the guise of some pretty freakishly awesome illustrative and painterly genius.




Leonid Afremov
Leonid Afremov


Friday, August 12, 2011

Once Upon A Time...

This week's spotlight is on the fairy tale ABC series:

Once Upon A Time
Created by the producers of Lost, this series  follows the story of one particular 
woman who finds herself moving to the quaint little town of Storybook somewhere in
New England. She was abandoned as a baby and does not know who her parents were. But when
the ten year old boy she gave up years ago finds her, he tells her things are not what they may seem,
and he believes she is really the lost daughter of Snow White and Prince Charming and that
since she has been gone, the fairy tale world has stood frozen for 28 years waiting for her to arrive and break the curse. Fairy tale characters were allowed to cross over into the real world but have forgotten who they are. It is up to her, to save them all.

Let me know what you think about this show!

You can now see the episodes on

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