Friday, April 2, 2010


Aw, full of grace!

Today was a magical day at Bolsa Chica
1. We were walking along the path and two honking canadian geese fly by at eye level
2. three tiny bunnies & three bigger bunnies
3. thousands of gulls and terns squacking
4. walking & talking for three miles with Jen
5. wrestling stingrays

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Life out of control

It's not that my life is out of control, but I am unable to control other people's lives. In fact, I shouldn't even try since I have no power to control what other's do. It seems like a simple concept and yet many of us and when I say that I mean most of us try on a daily basis to change other people's lives. We would all do well to make sure our own lives were in order before trying to change others. I of course include myself. It must be part of our makeup to see other's problem's and solutions more clearly than our own.
I know, I will set the goal for tomorrow to let people be themselves for 24 hours. It's a start. I pledge to not tell anyone what to do tomorrow. Sounds easy. But the phrase "you know what you should do..." is so tempting. It's like the chocolate of the phrase world.
I hope I don't forget.


Today's grateful list
1. Went to Redondo to have our taxes done, always a treat
2. skyped with two sisters and a father
3. slept in
4. enjoyed the beautiful clouds as we drove home, maybe snowing in the mountains
5. Mike may be home for Easter at Berardelli's

Monday, March 29, 2010


Here is today's list of things I am grateful for.
1. Bonding with Jen
2. the hawk (sharpshin?) sitting in the tree outside my kitchen with it's kill ( a black bird) in it's tallons
3. I continue to get a lot of enjoyment out of my first portrait painting even though I didn't touch it today
4. Getting Mike's critique of said portrait
5. arranging the plants on my deck now that I have my new table.

Sunday, March 28, 2010


My gratefullness list for today
1. Watching the Greatest Story ever Told
2. Making breakfast for the boys
3. Watching "Simon Birch" with Natalie in my lap
4. Attempting my first portrait with acrylics ( I haven't laughed this hard in a long time)
5. Walking on the beach at sunset with a full moon rising

Wow, It is ridiculously easy to make my list. I am so fortunate!

Saturday, March 27, 2010


I am reading Simple Abundance. the author recommends writing five things you are grateful for every night before you go to bed.
1. My kids
2. My parents
3. My siblings
4. My friends
She suggests pointing out specific things each day, such as noticing a beautiful flower
Finding things to be grateful for:
There is a dove nesting in my potted plant.
I watered the dust off my garden plants.
I skyped with my mom.
I had coffee on the beach this morning.
I did some painting today, abstract.

Thursday, March 25, 2010

In a drought

So I am having trouble with motivation. Don't seem to have much. I find myself watching tv and playing solitaire on the computer. Not all the time of course, however, enough to be a concern or noteworthy.
With my nest relatively empty, my down time has increased. My down time is up as it were.
I see myself in transition. I'm in my crysallis (use a speech impediment) and should be coming out as a moth or butterfly anytime now. Actually I'm not expecting to emerge for some time. I'm not going anywhere, just hanging upside down but changing never the less. Of course that means I was a worm/caterpiller before. How do you spell caterpiller? This blogging is a lot of pressure to know how to spell things. Maybe I should have stuck with worm. That's ridiculous, worms don't even change into anything. They are stuck as worms, which may or may not be a good thing.
I lost my train of thought. Stopped to make enchiladas. That's the way life is. You are on a roll and you have to take a turn and make enchiladas.