June 29, 2013

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June 28, 2013

Week 26 Focus on Life...?

This week we had no prompt and were given free reign to address anything we wanted to.  I had an idea of taking pictures of some recent bead weaving but today my mind was changed.

I took three grand kids out for lunch and gave them a bit of spending money as reward for doing well in school this past year.  Twenty bucks doesn't go far these days.... have you noticed?  It was fun taking them from store to store as they wondered if they would find a coveted item.  However, they kept wondering if the next store would be even better so hung on to their money until they couldn't stand it anymore.  My eight year old grand son Kyan spent some but had a few dollars left in his pocket which surprised me.  He doesn't tend to save anything.

 My thirteen year old grand daughter Jamisyn bought two items on sale...clothes of course and used it all.  She is a very focused shopper and doesn't mind looking on the sales rack.  Good for her!
Jenica my grand daughter has a giving heart

Jenica is 11-3/4 and she is an artist like me.  She is creative and loves anything shiny and glittery.  She is at the age where clothes don't fit - she wants to wear teen clothes but still has a child's body so gets discouraged easily. In the crafts department we found a mood lamp that would be marvelous for her room.  It is like a lava lamp but has colored balls in the bottom that change and glow as the light shines up through them.  She had about seven dollars left.

You may think this story is ho-hum and yes, it probably is but it's not finished - yet.

My last stop was an art store to get yet more micron pens and fine line markers for my doodling and zentangle obsession.  Who doesn't need more pens?  Jenica (my little artist) went with me and as I was self absorbed in the pen aisle I looked over to where she was.  She was dropping something inside a big glass jar.  I saw that it said:  Donation fund for flood victims.  

Jenica reluctantly told me she had put all her remaining money in the jar.  I told her I was so proud of what she was doing.  In the true spirit of giving, she did not want anyone to notice.  

As we left the store she said to me, "That isn't going to go very far is it?"  I told her that every little donation helps the Red Cross do the important work they do.  

  This is my focus on life - thanks for stopping by and leaving  positive comments.  I appreciate it.

Now head over to The Studio Sublime to see what others focused on this week.

June 22, 2013

Focus on Life Week 25 - You are....

This week our prompt was:  'You Are...'  fill in the blank with 'the positive reinforcement YOU deserve'. 

I am a very giving person in fact I will do for others long after I should stop and look after myself.  I am married to a wonderful man and we celebrated our 38th anniversary last December.

I am creative and for me it fulfills me.  I have to do something creative every day or I feel incomplete. 

I am a grandmother to five.  Three boys and two girls.  They are the love and joy of my life.

I am a mother to a son and daughter.  They make me so proud not just because of what they do but who they have become as a person.  

I have a wonderful daughter-in-law  Kathy  so we are both Kathy Gales.

Shadow form shows strength

I am capable and determined - I feel like I can do anything I set my mind to.  One of my big accomplishments was getting my pilot's license just before I turned 50!  I am more proud of that than anything else.

                                                                              The proud day I became a pilot June 20, 2002
Right now we are experiencing floods and devastation in the southern part of Alberta - the beautiful province where I live.  My heart and prayers go out to all the people who have lost their homes and are displaced.  I am fine where I live but so much has been destroyed by this natural disaster.  

 Thank you for stopping by once again and please take a look at what others have done at The Studio Sublime

June 15, 2013

Week 24 Focus on Life - Green

How can it be that we are at week 24 already?  I missed the last three weeks in spite of every good intention.   I gather all my tension in my neck and since I had been on a bead work spree, it really is a hard position to maintain for hours like I seem to do.  As a consequence for getting my muse back, I am suffering from shoulder pain.  I guess I need to take regular breaks and stretch.

In addition, I went to see a hand specialist and he did minor surgery on my thumb tendon/joint.  Was expecting a consult and a booking for surgery but no, he said he could do it then and there.  I had been waiting  17 mos. to see him so I wasn't about to leave.  My thumb was frozen and he proceeded with a fifteen minute procedure.  It has not bothered much at all and is healing nicely.  

So most mornings I sit on my deck....when the sun shines that is...and have my coffee and just contemplate the greenery around me.  It certainly does evoke a feeling of calm and balance.

The grandkids enjoy using this hammock and I admit to having tried it a few times.Great way to get a different perspective.  My husband was late getting his garden in so not much is growing yet.  

Thanks for stopping by again.  If you want to see all things Green - head on over to Sally Russick's blog.