Monday, December 8, 2008

Lost camera

I am sorry that there are no photos of art work to show you. (I would of showed you several pieces of canvas that I have been working on) They do not scan well at all. But, I have lost my camera for the 100Th time. My husband is going to kill me. It does not matter that I really do try to keep track of it. It just seems to grow legs and go for a walk about. I am going on 3 weeks. I think it truly is gone this time. I do have a back up camera but I am not fond of it. It is an easy share Kodak. Now it does take beautiful pictures, but the batteries are so damn expensive; and I dislike the program. Plus those damn rechargeable batteries run out fast.

I have been wanting a new canon rebel. I have been asking for it for sometime. But once Mike finds out my other camera is missing he will probably try and play the father thing. You know the whole can't take care of the one you have you don't deserve to have a new one lecture. That is what happens when you are scatter brained (which I am).

So I am going to direct you to an amazing visual treat. Go to Michelle Wards blog( she posted the pictures of all the window displays in New York. If you are having a bit of trouble becoming inspired this may be just the spot to jump start that trouble some muse.

Now, off you go. I will meet you there. Have a great Monday.

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

29 days of giving

Please click on the title to visit Chrysi 's blog. I found her blog and just love it. Not only is her art amazing and inspirational; but so is she. After reading her blog I decided to pass the word on to those of you who read my blog. This is an amazing thing. I saw this web site a few months ago. I planned on revisiting it, and really put some thought into doing this. But as life happens, things got crazy and I forgot about it. Do I feel bad about it NO. Life just gets busy sometimes and the web is an amazing thing. Someone else found it and is DOING it. Is that not just wonderful. So, I am going to just hang on to her coat tails and pass it on. Please visit her blog as well and the original web site promoting the idea. To help you out here is the address: Please check it out and maybe give it a whirl. This certainly is the time of year to give. I would also like to add that what ever you give you get back doubly so.

I would like to revisit my first blog post where I spoke of the loss of my nephew Heath. That loss not only changed how I viewed recording the everyday; but how I would keep a little bit of Heath with me. I want to tell you how that made me a much better person. As I said in that first post Heath was the giver. There was nothing he would not of given to another person. Even a favorite toy; if you asked, it was yours. Sometimes it just broke my heart how he would think nothing of just handing over his toys to children who would simply say they wanted it. They may of had the toy at home, but it matter not to Heath; they wanted it so they could have it.

Christmas is a time where I go all out with the giving. Before Heath's passing it was my family that I gave all to. It would take me 2 to 3 months after Christmas just to pay off all the fun I had shopping for them. Was this a problem for me, NO. I love shopping for that one thing they wanted. Then the first Christmas came and there was no Heath to give to. I decided instead of morning his loss all over again I would bring a bit of Heath back. I began a secret Santa starting during the Thanksgiving holiday. I have this wonderful guy who works for my husband who's wife works at our local school (hope you were able to follow that). At Thanksgiving she finds me a family that needs a meal. I provide their holiday meal, plus enough extras so that they can enjoy the best part; leftovers. The card simply says Heath.

Then for the Christmas holiday they find me a boy between the age of 10 to 12. Heath passed at 10 so that is why I have chosen that age. I ask that the young boy have some kind of medical problem; again mimicking Heath. They also find me another family that is in need of a holiday meal as well. The young boy gives them his wish list. I try to give him his most wanted wish. For each of these recipients the tag always say Heath. This happens not because of me but because of Heath. They may get the gifts, but I get so very much more. I get to enjoy Heath during my favorite time of the year.

Now I am not telling this because I am wanting to give myself accolades. Without the passing of my nephew I truly doubt I would of thought of doing this. So, again it is Heath giving. I tell this story because there are many people out there who have lost someone they may of loved so very much and are unable to get past the pain. I am hoping that if they read this they may be able to come up with a positive way to keep the memory of their lost loved one with them in a positive way. You cannot bring them back; you cannot continue to morn their passing; you have no choice but to live. Giving up because they are not here is not an option. There are others that need you. So, take this time of the year and find joy in it. There are so many ways that you can turn pain into something positive. Take a breathe and find it. With great pain there really is great joy. I experience it everytime Heath sends off his "gifts'.

Saturday, November 29, 2008

black friday

Well I hope you had a wonderful thanksgiving and survived Black Friday. I ate to much as usual, and was up at 3:00 a.m. (thanks to my brother) to be in Yakima and in line at Best Buy by 4:00 a.m. But first, I have to tell you about what my lovely dog Murphy did. While I was gone and my husband Mike was on his way to go hunting, Murphy was able to snag my apple pie and finish it off. I was so not a happy camper. But, on a happy note he did not get my huckleberry pie. That would of been a true tragedy. Not only would it have stained and basically made a mess that clean up would of been a nightmare; but it is my favorite pie and I only get it once a year. Eating that pie would of probably gotten him a stay outside for a very long time. Moving on.

Black friday was not as bad as usual. I am not sure if it is because of the economy or because we decided to go into Yakima instead of the Tri-Cities. No matter which place we were I will say it was damn cold and people are funny. Of course I am including us in that sentence. How crazy is it to get up at 3:00 a.m. to be in line to buy stuff. Deals were good, but even if a deal is good it certainly does not mean you should indulge. But, of course I did. I even purchased a laptop I did not need because I got so caught up in the crowd mentality. A young gentlemen heard me saying how I was not looking forward to bring it back. He purchased it from me right then and there. Thanks goodness I so did not want to stand in line to return it. One disaster averted with very little mess (and Mike not finding out) that is so such a good thing.

During this weekend I have been busy working on some ATC cards for 3 swaps. I am so behind in creating these and getting my circle journal out. I am going to be taking a break from joining any other swaps. It is hard because they are so much fun to make but if I don't I will never get anything completed for Christmas. Not to mention getting my Etsy shop up and running.
The following cards are some of what I have been busy creating. I have really gotten into using beeswax. I also like using ink as a background. It makes the background very vintage and distressed. For the month of December I am going to be experimenting with different backgrounds. Gesso is also a very cool product. You can create so many different looks with it. Drop me an email and let me know what you think of the cards. Any suggestions are much appreciated. Have a great Sunday and following week.

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Veterans day

I would like to dedicate this post to those that have shed their blood, sweat and tears in their tireless effort in service to this country the USA. They have made it possible for us to vote or not to vote, to protest, for us to speak freely, and keep us safe.

We ALL should praise them for this sacrifice they make freely. Because they sign on the dotted line freely I believe the sacrifice all the more important, and we should never take this for granted. They sign on the dotted line because they believe in a greater good then themselves and because the signing is done freely without prompting I praise them all the more for it.

I salute them and keep them in my prayers nightly. I praise those that where before, I praise those that are serving now, and I praise those who are to come. There is no greater service then what they do.

Now, I would also like to salute another branch of the service. The K9's and their handlers. The handlers; because the bonding is so important in the partnership yet the ability for them (the handlers) to let go when necessary. It is simply amazing to me.

I work a Search and Rescue dog. I understand the importance of the bonding process where you are no longer just a handler and a dog; you are a team. Yet, I have not even come close to what these teams "feel" for each other. Their lives depend absolutely on each other at times. I cannot imagine the feelings these handlers have when they send their partners out to do what they where trained to do, and knowing there is a chance they may not come back. This partnership truly goes further than just man loving his dog. We (meaning handlers) go through so much emotional baggage when working with our dogs (partners). Dogs do not have this emotional baggage. They are pleased; no that is not right, they do this with total and absolute joy. There is no hesitation; it gives them such pleasure to do what they where bred to do. WORK.

Do not feed into the propaganda of thinking that they are "drafted" into service. Poor dogs forced to die, and work in harsh environments. The breed of dogs used are dogs that where, are bred to work. In this country dogs are treated as spoiled pets and when they become bored and "destroy" they end up in shelters or put down. There are dogs that are bred to be just that spoiled loved ones. But, these are working dogs bred to do a job and they are truly unhappy setting around or just taking short little walks around the yard or neighborhood. So, please do not lessen their service by "feeling sorry" for them. Salute them, praise them and be proud of what they have and will accomplish. They are hero's in their own right and deserve that distinction not your pity. Only your pride!

Though these two dogs are not veterans of the military they do serve their communities and country. Please keep them in your prayers when they are out searching and doing their duties.

Please follow the link below to find out more about the K9's serving in the military.
Remember they need your prayers of safety as well. Be safe all, and know you are honored as you where meant to be. I thank you!

Sunday, October 26, 2008

Life is about living

Have any of you watched the Highlander series. I loved the movies and the series. I would often wonder what would it be like to actually get to live forever. There is a song by Jason Aldean that I was listening to that got me remembering this series. The song is called "Not every man lives".

Now, believe it or not there is a purpose to this post. We talk a lot about recording memories in our scrapbooking pages and journals. The truth is "we" the recorders of our families lives may do all the recording; but do "we" actually get out there and do something ourselves that should be recorder? Are you participating? Or are you spending a lot of your time as a spectator?There is so much out there that I want to try. So much out there that I want to see. I am finding that I am spending so much time trying to "record" my families lives that I am forgetting to get out there myself and live.

I wonder is there anyone else out there doing the same thing? I would really like it if you would take the time and follow the link below, it will take you to the lyrics of the song "Not every man lives".
Read them, pay attention to what they are saying. Then think about it; have you done anything that resembles what he is saying? If not maybe you need to. They are pretty powerful words.

I have done some of what he is talking about. I have put myself out there; by choosing to volunteer as a Search and Rescue dog handler. I have also done many other things that I am both proud and not so proud of. Yes, some are mistakes. But those mistakes and accomplishments are what have made me who I am right now. I want to continue growing in both my moral beliefs and understanding of what makes me who I am as a person.Now, that does not mean I have lived enough, now even close. I don't think for a minute I have even scratched the surface of what I can do.

I have dabbled in art all my life. I have never really practiced it, pushed myself. Art is a very personal thing to me. Kind of like showing the world your inner most self. I have always been very afraid that what I create is going to be very under dressed compared to what others create and sell. I have always had a need to push myself but not share myself. There is a huge difference in that statement. I have found that in order for me to grow and push myself I am going to have to "share myself". Sharing myself is a very scary thing for me. I like people but I like them at a distance. When I put my art out there I am going to have to learn to take the criticisms, the accolades and not worry about them. They will have to be the background noise in order for me to be brave enough to put my creations out for others to see and ultimately have an opinion about.

We all have only one shot at this life. So, we need to make it count. I want to be able to sit on my porch and remember doing stuff not just recording what others have done. I do not want to be a spectator in my life, I want to be a participant. This is an amazing world we live in. It has both happy and sad things happening all the time. That does not mean I want or even have a need to travel the world in order for me to experience this life. What it does mean at least for me is to get out of my studio and live my life.

Living is painful. Living is joyful. Living is just that, living. What ever your life is. Just live it. Enjoy it. Love it. For it is a gift and needs to be opened everyday for it to truly be appreciated. I don't think for a minute that sitting in my home or office is enough for me to create anything of true value. I need to experience what life has to offer in order for me to translate it to something meaningful, of value. I hope you will take this challenge as well. Get out there and live. There is no need for you to travel across a nation or even to a different town. Just open your door and step outside. Life will take over from there. The beauty is every where for you to enjoy but more importantly to EXPERIENCE.

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Political upheaval

This may not be a particular good topic to talk about, especially in this violent political environment we have now. But, I'm going to anyway. I do not agree that this is the most important election of our time. EVERY election is important!! I do not care which side of the political spectrum you are on. We all need to take each and every election seriously.

We are hiring people to run our country. Yes, hiring for a position to work for US. This is a job not a popularity contest, nor should it be about making history. So getting caught up with having a black man and white woman on the ballot is over shadowing the most important thing; who is the best person for the JOB. Everyone needs to get past the sex and race of the candidates and get to the heart of what is important THE ISSUES!! So, when you go to elect your political official look at them as they are, potential employees. We the people need to get online, read, discuss and so on so you can make an educated decision on who we should hire. Do not take what the news is saying as fact; find out for yourself. There are several places on line where you can check the facts. So, check the facts. Be responsible, take responsibility for your vote. This is not just a right, but a responsibility; please take it as such.

I must bring something else up. I understand that everyone has a strong view. Blogs are as I am doing right now a way to express them. But in my very humble opinion those of you with blogs that are pushing your support for any particular candidate; please be careful on how you use negative words and statements against the other side. There are several blogs that I would of loved to follow but will ignore now, not because of the support of anyone candidate. But, because of the negative and even vile statements being made. This does not help all it really does is turn people against each other. This election has become one of the vilest I can ever remember and I am not talking about the candidates attacking each other. I am talking about us the people of the United States. So, please tone down the hatefulness. Support your candidate, but please do not continue this ugliness, it makes you not only look bad but shows how truly uneducated you are on the issues. Support is good, ungliness, hatefulness is not.

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Making an idea your own

OK I am confessing to a semi crime. How many of you read Stacy Julian's blog? Well, I loved her idea of taking pictures of what is going on right now in your life. Then do a scrapbook page about this the following year.

Now, I am not very good at staying focused; but I loved this so much. So, this is my version of her idea. I found these restroom signs on sale at a hardware store. They were just so unusual for a scrapbook cover I just could not resist.
This is my first page. Now you wonder why it is my dog and me instead of my wonderful husband. Well, it is because I train so much with him the majority of my everyday (other than work) is spent with this guy. I also absolutely love quotes. They inspire me in so many ways. I have a notebook I keep with me and every time I find one I write it down. I am now going to add my favorites and place them in this library card holder. I can't wait to see how they effect me next year.
I know you are wondering what is going under the title Dance like no one is watching. Well I am going to wait and see what photo's are taken of me this month that will show me doing something silly. I seldom care what others think, so I am sure it will be a picture that will make my husband roll his eyes. Life is just to short not to show exuberance when you feel it. I like the saying if it's in you; it's got to come out. The next page is titled "Dream Big". It has 4 pages for me to journal what is going on right now (well through the month of October). The flower is cut out of an old book I found. The middle is a small round mirror that I scrapped the back off until you could see through it. It has a vintage look, like an old mirror you would find in an antique store. I then used gel medium to glue a picture of myself. The tabs are titled: details, true story, info, never want to forget, my version, my life, everyday and from today. I am so very bad at journaling. But, I want to see how my thoughts compare to next year. How much will I grow, fall back or just stay the same.

Here is Murphy again. The next page is titled "Make your own rules". I wanted to document memories that I don't want to forget. I don't care if they did not happen this month; just stuff that I want to keep, and this just seemed such a perfect place to store them.
This is a picture of my husband Mike and Murphy. Mike is laughing because Murphy jumped up on the chair with him because Mike sat down instead of taking him for a walk. Yes, this is a very spoiled dog. Those of you that don't have children I hope can relate. You begin to treat your dogs as if they are children. Not really a good thing, but it happens. The opposite page is where I wanted to journal everyday stuff. Nothing that will be mind boggling, just things that have cross my mind. I also placed another library card holder to put odds & ends in. Things like receipts. I am sure the way things are going it will be interesting to see the differences in the cost of things. It does not look like it, but the picture is also a holder. If I have other pictures that crack me up, I can tuck them in there.
This is with the folder open.
These are several pictures that I placed and numbered. They are what I love most right now. My husband will always be number one; but as you turn the pages you will see my favorite junk food. Mike is hoping that my obsession with junk food will be something I either grow out of or I turn a new leaf and begin to eat right. I would think he would forget that idea. We have been married 22 years the only thing about my eating habits that have changed is the choice of junk food. It will be fun to see what I like to eat next year. You never know, miracle's have been known to happen I could be converted.

I LOVE my Iphone. As far as I am concerted it was worth every blessed cent I paid for it. And let me tell you it took a lot of little penny's. I wonder what new toy will be my favorite next year. Maybe at Christmas I will get a new camera or a new apple computer. I can only dream.

I love this picture of me and my sister. It shows how very different we are; but how much we love each other. I can't wait to see what adventure in shopping we will be doing next year. So, far the past few years My Sister's Closet has been our favorite shopping experience in Phoenix. Maybe it will change. As the next page states "to be continued next year. I am very excited to see where I am going to be, what I am going to be doing; and how those little things I jotted down become precious little pieces of my life that I would of other wise forgotten.

Now, I have taken this a bit more in detail then what Stacy intended. But, you see I was in her September class on Big Picture Scrapbooking; which consisted of documenting something every single day. I tried but I just could not stay focused enough to keep up with it. This is my way of following her point; "be present" without the every day structure of documentation. This way I can follow her path, but add my own little short cuts. I hope all of you will take time this month and put together a small book of where you are in your life right now. Then see where you are at next year. The differences could be astounding. Please let me know if you took Stacy's challenge. What was your interpretation of the challenge.
Now I am off to bed.

Saturday, October 4, 2008

Inspiration, where do you get it

I am such a slow creater, no matter what it is. I don't have a difficult time coming up with the ideas; the difficulty comes in the execution. I think I just make it more difficult then it needs to be. But, we all have our ways of creating.

These ATC cards are for a distress swap I am doing. I knew the direction I wanted to go, I just could not seem to get there. Then while I was at the grocery store stocking up on my junk food, I saw the people magazine of Paul Newman's death. It just clicked; the cards took me most of the day to create, but at least I was able to execute what I wanted to say. Very exciting when that happens.
The first is of Paul Newman, next is of Elvis. The rubon says Whispers of the past. Don't you just love that. It fit so well. Monroe, wow. The name plate of Beautiful dreamer was made for this picture. Then of course there is Elizatbeth Taylor timeless beauty. Looking at her when she was in her prime still takes my breath away.

The top one is of James Dean. The quote which I have added as one of my very favorites is "Dream as if you'll live forever, live as if you'll die today". What more is there to say. James Dean is still the man! The last but by far not least is of Joan and Paul Newman. Such a beautiful picture of them. It was of them in their early years of their marriage. It was one of the picture's I found in People that I had to use. I love this. What a wonderful thing to leave behind, a love story that lasted 50 years. Can you not say that was a life well lived. He was a true icon.

Now, these cards touched my heart. It seems to bring back a time long gone. I know these people where not perfect, but they sure did leave a mark on so very many people.

Friday, October 3, 2008

I need your sympathy

The following pictures are of my two dogs. Now, you ask yourself why would I place a series of pictures that seem to have no rhyme or reason. Well let me tell you a little story of why you do not leave tennis balls around my house.

I went outside to see what the commotion was in the back yard. This is the scene that I found. Someone (we are not naming names to protect the innocent) left a tennis ball out. You DO NOT, let me repeat that; YOU DO NOT do this at my house. My dogs are ball nuts. When I say nuts I mean seriously loony toon mental facility nuts when it comes to this innocent little ball.

Now mind you, they are snob tennis ball junkie's. Not all balls are the same. It first MUST be a tennis ball. They prefer a yellow and white striped ball to those tennis ball you get at Petsmart and other doggy shopping stores. The second is they do not play with other dogs tennis balls. They have good doggy edictate; no touching other dog's balls.

Now, on with the story of a total break down in the ball rules at my house. Oh, you should also know that a little over a week ago Murphy the larger dog had an injury to his front leg so sever he could not walk on it at all. Also that ivy is a wall of a little over 3' high. Someone was throwing the ball and again no names; and the following pictures are the mayhem that in sued.

Daisy jumping off the wall before Murphy could get the ball from her.
Daisy is trying to take the ball from Murphy.
This is the ball in question. Yes it is well loved and used.

Can you see the love, the devotion, do I mention the worship?
The capture of said ball. A successful hunt.
Murphy trying to get to the ball before Daisy.
Murphy jumping down off the wall of ivy so Daisy could not have the ball.
The pounce. The death hop. The ball does not stand a chance.

Now, you are asking yourself why I stood and took pictures instead of stopping this nonsense. Especially when Murphy is healing from an injury; but more importantly he is my Search and Rescue dog. If he is not healed he cannot work. The only answer I can give you is this. It made them tired enough to leave me ALONE.

Selfish I know. Totally irresponsible. But, if any of you have working dogs you know that they HAVE to do something every day. Then when you have a working dog that is recovering from an injury it is simply miserable for said owner. When I say miserable I mean totally absolutely MISERABLE!! My only excuse is I needed peace. I needed to paint my dinning room, finish mopping my living room without their help. Did I finish these things NO because said person did not start the nonsense until it was to late for me to complete the paint. Mopping was well, uninspiring so that will be completed this evening; well I hope. I am still trying to find the unholy cleaning fairy's my Mom employee's. They, I know could get said dogs to leave them alone.

I am happy to say that Murphy must be healed to the extent that there was no limping after I did put a stop to the ball playing. He laid down with a very happy sloppy tongue bright eyed look on his doggy face.

Daisy stopped jumping on me from the back, Murphy stopped trying to trip me whenever I tried to move. They both stopped running to the front door then running to me. Yes, I did get the hint on the first trip there was no need for them to continue the hinting for an hour. Murphy stopped trying help me paint with his body. Life was good for one evening at the Kaufman house. Peace is a beautiful thing.

Monday, September 29, 2008

more ATC

Ok I have been on a runner with ATC cards. These are 3 of the 5 I need to have completed and in the mail no later than the 1st and still they will probably be late.

These are made with PID images. Nia to put a name to the little girl. I am really enjoying making these little cards, but I still feel as if I have a long way to go. There are so many different techniques I want to play with. In order to play with the techniques I need to stop signing up to swaps. Plus I have two or three jams that arrived in the mail.

This must be a disease and I am going to eventually need to be placed in an art Anonyomous treatment care facility. I think I will deal with it as I always do when I am doing something to the point of obsession. Just do them until I am sick of doing them. Kind of like when you start thinking of a certain food. You know you are not suppose to eat it. It will either make you fat, or cause more problems with your heart and so on. But, you just cannot get it off your mind. Pretty soon it is totally consuming you. You can't think of anything else but that chocolate bar, hamburger, blooming onion, chocolate chip cookies, potato chips. Ok, I could continue but I think you get the point. So, if you would of just indulged when it came to mind in the first place it would not of become such a problem. That is how I am going to deal with this desire to make ATC cards. Hopfully I will get the dining room done before this weekend ends. If I don't that will say how far gone I have become. Not to mention the completion of cleaning my living room. Although I do want a gold start because I worked on the family room. By, tomorrow evening it will be completed (clean that is). I will then move onto the living room. That is going to involve mopping and I have to work myself up to that.

So please check out my little cards. Have a great evening and I am off to bed.

Sunday, September 28, 2008

ATC cards

Well, I was going to tell you all about how I was going to compete with my Mom for the cleaning crown. Even if I did compete I would lose. Be that as it may, I was still willing to give it a whirl. It truly stinks when you spend all day cleaning then go over to visit your Mom who is sitting reading a book not a hair out of place and her house out shines yours. I on the other hand look like I had been in a battle and lost (whether you know it or not cleaning is battle, it's dirty and harsh). There really is something wrong with that.

I have put a lot of thought into this and believe that she (my Mom) has made some kind of deal with the cleaning fairy's. I am not sure what unholy deal she made, but by the look of her home I am thinking no matter what it is, it is so worth it. Knowing Mom I would venture to guess that she may of promised them me to torment (thinking is was time someone else enjoyed my fine company); but then if THEY know anything about me there is no way they would take that deal. As my husband has said on more then one occasion; "Heaven isn't ready for you, and hell is afraid that you would take over".

Now, I am not a bad person, I am just distracted easily. I will start cleaning and then get an idea to make something, or see a wall that I want to faux paint. I truly try hard to stay on task, but scrubbing floors, vacuuming, putting stuff away is just so darn boring. I can be in the middle of vacuuming and see an open magazine with a picture or title that will inspire me to either make an ATC card or I will remember I have something that I have wanted to alter. Some item I have been saving and that particular look would so work.

For instance as I started writing, you can see I have gotten a bit off track. I just noticed I have not even shown or talked about my cards I completed for a swap. It is about using one of Tim Holtz's new stamps. I tried really hard to stay focused on cleaning, but well it just was to much for me not to work on the cards. I hope you like them. If you would like to drop a line and commit on them I would love to hear from you.

This is a picture of the #13 closed.

The picture below is with it open (I know Obvious)

This is titled (again obvious) "Now Simplify"

This card is pretty obvious as well. Live the life. I made it because I was thinking how so many people get caught up in other people's lives and wished to change theirs. We are all given
one life, if we treated it with care I believe most of us would treasure it, as god intended.
I really like this card. I just wish my writing was better. Everyone should walk their own path. Think of the things you could do, if you put your energy into YOUR path instead of worrying what others were doing or what they had. Pretty simple if you think about it.

I didn't really have anything in mind with this card. I just really like the number 13. I don't think it is unlucky, just the opposite

Again nothing in particular other than I love this quote. As I stated above. Treat your life with care. I believe that if you can imagine it, you can accomplish it. Nothing is above anyone. You may have to alter a dream a bit; be willing to go through unexpected doors along the way. Don't expect life to stay the same. If it did it would be so very boring. I love the fact that each day brings something new to discover. It may be as simple as watching my dog run and play after healing from his recent injury. The joy he puts into being able to run and jump is very inspiring. Little things are not so little.

Now, I have made a bunch of other stuff. I know I was suppose to clean sometime. I was also suppose to finish painting my wall in the dining room. It will get done, I promise. But there is so much in my head to make, I have got to get it done, out of my head, whatever.
Maybe next month I will compete with Mom for the crown; or I could get just skip it. You know I could just concentrate on doing the basics. Competing is so not fun when you have no chance of winning. I hate losing. Plus, Murphy and Daisy are wanting to go for a walk. Walking is all Murphy is allowed to do for a bit. He has reinjured himself. I swear that dog is going to give me a heart attack. You would think I gave him credit for having a human brain; you know to understand you cannot keep running around when you have a sever sprain.
I guess tomorrow is planned. I will worry about cleaning another day; summer is leaving and I am sure God wants me and the pups to enjoy the last summer days we have.