The world looks different now…

Hi been away for a bit, but I figure that’s okay because I needed to process a loss.  The loss of my father.  It has no timetable so I’m just going to let it go how it’s suppose too.  My feelings are not going to be right or wrong.  I think they I will just let them be.  I’m not really ready to share them because I just want it private for now.  

Writing is how I get through things.  It becomes clearer and I don’t feel so bad when I write.  I have always wanted to write a, “How to Book.”  I’m into all kinds of organization and my planner for those who know me. I need a plan for everything.  Life seems easier to get through with a plan because when life happens at least you have some control of how it’s going to happen.   

I think I’m even going to put up some music with my post.  Bob Seger and the Silver Bullet Band, Travelling Man and Beautiful Loser.  I always make the husband sing this for me.  He does it so good, enjoy ❤  Like it looks in our picture, we just put our arms around each other hold on and never forget to laugh.  Life is too short to be anything but happy 🙂  I love you husband ❤

 I got my poem out today, “Don’t Quit”  This is my favorite poem and it makes so much sense for me.  I thought I would share with you a bit of my plan for surviving life…

Don’t Quit

When things go wrong as they sometimes will when the road your trudging seems all up hill, when the funds are low and debts are high and you want to smile but you have to sigh, when care is pressing you down a bit, rest if you must but don’t you quit.

The first thing I think you should do when life happens is to get your support system into place.  That means your people that you can count on.  Now hopefully you have surrounded yourself with people who have your back.  If that’s not the case, then now’s the time to do some house cleaning.  One of my favorite quotes during a crisis is, “If you are not part of the solution, then you are part of the problem,” and Lord knows you don’t need anymore headaches.  So only put the people around you that are going to be good for you and build you up, not make you feel like you are a loser.  Because that is what you need to get through life’s challenges.  Life just happens sometimes and you need to keep going.  Don’t quit !!!!

The next thing you should do is get your financial house in order.  I’m not preaching but just make sure you have the money you need to survive.  Money for food and shelter come first.  No one but you cares if you eat or have a safe place to fight you battle so you have to make sure that is covered.  Rest is important and keeping your health good is first and foremost no matter what.

Life is queer with its twists and turns , as everyone of us sometimes learns, and many a failure turns about when he might have won had he stuck is out.  Don’t give up thought the pace seems slow, you may succeed with another blow.

Success is failure turned inside out-The silver tint of the clouds of doubt.  And you never can tell how close you are, it may be near when it seems so far.  So stick to the fight when you’re hardest hit-It’s when things seem worst that you must not quit !!!

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I guess the most important thing that I can take from this is if you don’t quit, you don’t lose !!!  So just don’t quit.  No matter what, go ahead and rest, take a day off from the worry and stress just stay in the game and don’t give up or give in.  Nothing last forever.  Change is the only thing that is constant…Some of my philosophy also is do no harm and leave the situation, whatever it is, better than when you came.

Just some food for thought and getting through life the way we all do, one day at a time.  I know that everyone has something whether or not they say they do.  It would be nice if everyone could support each other, but that’s not realistic so I’ll just do what I can do to make this a better place to live.  I can live with that ❤  Blessings

Saturday Evening

So I’ve been in kind of a fog all week.  Trying to process losing my dad.  I don’t think I’m ready to fully go there.  I don’t really have a timetable of how this should feel, so I’m just going to try to get through the days like I always do…start with my planner.  That always makes me feel better.  I throw up some prayer’s to St. Joseph.  He’s  a good one to talk to and pray for the poor souls.  My grandma always taught me to pray for the poor souls.  Whenever a door opened by the wind, she would say, “Say a prayer for the poor souls.”  

Tomorrow is Father’s Day so that’s not going to be too much fun.  I started crying just thinking about it.  I realized I didn’t have anything planned for the husband for Father’s Day and Connor reminded me that tomorrow was Matthew’s birthday.  I really got upset that I totally forgot about his birthday.  He was born on Father’s Day that year.  A great present to give my husband, a son for Father’s Day.  June 19th, Happy Birthday Matthew ❤  But I’ve had a lot going on this week so I’m pretty sure he’ll understand.  Connor being the great little brother has it covered already.  They are so lucky to have each other.  It makes me very happy that they are together supporting each other.  It’s really important and I learned this week how very important it is to have sibling support.  There are only a few people that really, truly know who you are and share the same kind of love.

I think I’ll write blog about Matthew tomorrow.  I did that one year for Connor and it turned out really well.  Time goes by so fast.  I can’t believe how old my kids are.  I guess that means I’m getting older too.  But I had them really young so I’m really glad I did that.  My kids range in age from 33 to 23 and I’m still in my fifties so I guess that’s pretty young for now a days.  I was remembering my dad when he walked me down the aisle.  He was only 47 years old and I was just 20.  Both of my parents were young parents.  They had all of us in their 20’s so there was not a huge generational gap…

I am just trying to get back into the daily routine of blogging and working on my planner.  Also got a lot going on besides that so it is a bit challenging right now.  Thanks for sticking around.   Enjoy the rest of the weekend…Happy Summer ❤   

My Dad’s gone to Heaven

So I have been away for awhile…I have been wanting to put up a post, but I really don’t know how to address this life and death issue.  I learned a lot from this experience.  I experienced a range of emotions as you might expect.  I reconnected with all of my sister’s and that was a very good thing.  My father was very ill and had been suffering for a very long time.  It is all still very raw and I’m pretty tired from the week.  I live in the Midwest and he lived all the way down in Tucson, AZ so I spent a lot of time in Airports last week.  It was a very hard week and now I’m not really sure how to process the loss of my father.  I guess I’m just going to feel an empty space.  I don’t think I can cry anymore because there was a lot of tears.  There was a lot of laughter too.  There always is when we girls get together.  I think we got my father’s sense of humor.

I’ll put up some of the pictures I got.  I think he had a peaceful death and he was really at peace to have all of his girl’s with him.  I just wanted to let all my blogging buddies I’m still here but I just had to go say goodbye to my dad.  I held him and we all loved him before he went.  He was a good dad and did the best he could do and that’s all anyone can expect from their parents.  I am so happy I got there in time to say good bye.  I did feel very good about that.  I’ll talk more about what I learned about the whole life & death thing.  I have really never had to deal with this life and death issue too much thank God, but it was not what I expected at all.  

So I’m going to try to get back into my daily blogging routine.  I hope you’ll be back and visit.  Blessing ❤    

Framily

So interesting, I just came up with that word.  When I started typing that’s how it came out and I think that I’ll keep it.  It is a combination of friends and family.  That is what I am going to do this post on.  You can’t pick your family, it’s kind of the luck of the draw.  You do however get to choose who you will have in your life as your friends.

I have the coolest friends that anyone could ever hope for.  I thank God for them because I know he really put them into my life as a support system.  Yesterday I have to give major kudos out to Beth.  She really is my angel.   She pops up whenever I need her.  It’s really rather magical.  She took me out to dinner, we shared a bottle of wine and laughed.  Very unusual for me to drink alcohol, but it was so nice sharing a bottle of wine with her.  Dinner was fabulous!!!  I had the best shrimp and then we walked over to the Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory and we had our desserts.  It was the best ❤ and she is truly a great friend.  It is good to hang with her, it’s like they say you are who you hang with.  So I’m in very good company !!!

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I took a writing course last month, “The Artist Way” and I made some new friends there too.  I got a call from one of the ladies in the class and we are going to try to get together and maybe I’ll have another lunch buddy.  B O O M !!!  Also one of them emailed me, so it’s nice to meet new people with interest that are the same ❤  Writing ❤  I’ll give a shout out to my blogging buddy D too…https://ladieswholunchreviews.wordpress.com

Then of course there are my life long friends who have been with me the whole way (adult, married life).  They are truly part of my family.  They know every little and big thing about me and me about them.  We had babies together.  We lost babies together.  Life’s crap that has been thrown at us from the world and from places and people you’d least expect.  We still love each other and know that they are only a phone call away.  It’s sad to think that some people in your life be it family or friend could hurt so many, but you really just have to move on !!!   God gives you the strength you need to carry on.   He’ll handle that, you just have to let it go !!! 

He gives you those people who bring love and support to put their arms around you and say, “I’ve seen what you have done, you are the best and I won’t let you quit.”  So yes God gives you another day and you say thank you for that and thank you for the wonderful people you have put in my life to help me through.  Forget the bad and focus on the good ❤    

I really just wanted to write a post about friends but I have a really great family too.  My husband/Artist is the best and sweetest man ever.  Did I mention he is an Artist with a website http://ElanCreationsPainter.com … This is, “Ballet Beauty”  It’s on his website…

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 I know, but I have to get all of you amazing blogger’s, performer’s over there to buy some of his really affordable artwork 😉  I also have two son’s who are also artist and are just the finest young men that I love to pieces ❤  Professional Ballet Dancer’s !!!1794586_10202208365914794_1345909896873643771_n

My favorite pictures of my guys !!!  They are just too freaking cool and good looking aren’t they ❤   

Well I’ve put up my post for today and so excited because the husband will be home tonight.  He was away on business and I always miss him so much when he’s gone.  So looking forward to that.  Blessings everyone I hope you are having a great week.  It’s Hump Day 😉  So for everyone remember just, “Shake it Off”  😉  After all tomorrow is another day…

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And forget about people like this, because everyone has dealt with this.  But remember we are in very good company and all we can really do is pray for those people…

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Strictly Business

Blessings ❤  

 

 

Hello

Hi, I’m sorry I have been away.  I’ve been working on our new website and I have been ignoring my site.  You know our new Website http://ElanCreationsPainter.com  I hope you will go over there and check it out.  I’m still learning and now I’m trying to figure out this twitter thing.

 I am so glad I am not raising a family in this day and age.  What a hard job keeping up with all of that social media.  I’m pretty sure if I were, my kids would not own a cell phone until maybe they were 16 years old.  But I wouldn’t even know how that would go over.  It’s got to be hard, but what can I say this was their generation who created all of this madness so now they will just have to live with it…

So back to the blogging thing.  I don’t know how you pick up followers over on our website, but maybe one of my friendly follower’s of this blog could go over and follow my blog over there.  I guess you go to the site http://ElanCreationsPainter.com, click on Blog and follow.

I have also been working on my new, “Summer Planner.”  I just love it.  It is very cool and I even got back to work on my, “10 Year Journal +” so I am keeping busy.  I really need to start reading my books but trying to keep a lot of balls in the air right now…I will take some pictures of the Beautius Summer Journal…I think we need to have some music for this next part 😉

Here is the one of the latest paintings the Artist did.  This one is with oils and that is a first for him. I think it turned out wonderful.  He even liked it and that’s saying something, because he is really picky about his paintings and artwork…

” I often think that the night is more alive and more richly colored than the day. ”  Vincent Van Gogh

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Check out our new website and you will find more really cool painting’s like this one above.  Blessings ❤

 

Hello Sunday

So I’m not really sure what to write about today so when I come to that I just sit down in front of my computer and get on wordpress aka my blog and I start typing.  It’s kind of fun just seeing what comes out.  

First I think I’ll give a little shout out to a new friend I made on Friday.  She is a fellow blogger and we met for lunch.  We are blogging buddy’s now we became lunch buddies too 🙂  So go and check out her blog because she’s a really good writer.  She helped me come up with a limerick for our new website.

http://ElanCreationsPainter.com

https://ladieswholunchreviews.wordpress.com

 So now I have a new friend to have lunch with and that is always a good thing.  We took a couple of selfie’s, but I didn’t like the way I came out.  Hey D if you are reading this and you like your selfie that we took, go ahead post it.  It was a really nice lunch, we should exchange info and set up another lunch date.  Maybe we’ll try that restaurant you mentioned. 

Here’s some music for your Sunday, even though it’s kind of not like music for a Sunday…It’s for you Connie ❤  I love you ❤

We had an inquiry on our Handmade by Amazon for a picture which is always exciting !!!  I put up a blog on that site today, but I have more fun over here.  I’m not really sure what I’m going to blog about over there.  I have to do some research and see how that’s going to go.  I have a lot to do and I like it that way.  

Well I’m going to cook my Apple Pancake and some smokies for me and the husband.  I’ll try to get the recipe up too 😉  Very easy and deliciouoso.  Is that a word ??  Well it is for me.

Here is the finished product.  I really love, love to cook.  My next kitchen is going to be very cool.  All the bells and whistles !!!  Enjoy the rest of the weekend !!!  Love ya and don’t forget to go check out  

http://ElanCreationsPainter.com

As long as I’m making mention if you buy anything at Amazon, go through the link on my Blog’s front page on the left.  You guys are the best and enough of the self promoting ❤  Happy the rest of the weekend.  Let’s get ready for Monday **B  O O M**

Hello June

Well almost…It was a really great weekend and I’m sorry to see May go.  I realized I really love May ❤  It is always somewhat warm, and you can count on no more snow.  It is the month where I can officially say, “I survived another Midwestern winter !!! B O O M.”  Once June hits it is officially the  beginning the summer, which means the clock is now running and you better manage your time well because time is short when it comes to summer in the Midwest.  

I have a lot of plans for the summer but I’m just going to start with this month.  Here is what’s up around my window for the month of June.

  1. Do my planner for the month of June (of course)
  2. Continue on my,  “Artist Way,” a lot to do i.e. Morning Pages, Artist Date  I’ll explain all of that along the way.  I thought I might even start blogging about it.
  3. Keep working at the store   http://ElanCreationsPainter.com
  4.  Keep packing and looking for a new place, closer to the city…
  5. Picnic and Barbecues
  6. Garage Sale
  7. Start reading my 1st book  

 That’s about it.  Don’t you think, I need a nap already.  Happy Week and Blessings Blogger’s.  I hope your summer is off to a great start !!!!

One more thing.  I got a video of our Bella and Mr. Louie (the kitty) yesterday.  Here is your dose of cuteness for the day ❤  I love it, it makes me smile 🙂