Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Grief...

is UGLY!
is painful (physically, emotionally, mentally)
is finger pointing
is name calling
is accusatory
is tiring
is loss of perspective
is gaining perspective
is reconciliation

My stepfather died yesterday, and I'm still processing, as I'm sure the rest of the family is too.  However some people believe this is the appropriate time to opine their feelings about what others did or didn't do.  Now is not the time for such squabbles, and please keep things in perspective. 

All of our experiences were different, but valid nonetheless and should be treated with equal respect. 

I love church signs.  Here is some advice from one that we could all use right now..."Keep your words sweet...You may have to eat them."  My own little caveat to that is...don't make them too sweet, they may make you (and others) sick. 

Be Blessed.

Rest in Peace, John H. Gilbert:  Marine, Son, Husband, Father, Friend

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

A Great Family Film ...Mr Popper's Penguins

This Friday, June 17th 20th Century Fox releases one of the greatest family films out in a long while. 
Recently I had the opportunity to attend an advance screening of the film.  My three daughters and I headed out to a wonderful "Summer Snow Day" hosted by Liquid Soul Media, which included a pre-screening games and activities. 

Mr Popper's Penguins was an absolute delight.  I enjoyed it so much and so did the kids.  The theater was filled with laughter, but the movie had a great family plot (and several lessons) as well.  I would definitely go see it again. 

Definitely check out the trailer below.
#popperspenguins trailer

Be Blessed.

Wednesday, June 08, 2011

WIP's (Works in Progress) Wednesday

So I've been teaching lately and my WIP's are piling up.  It doesn't help that I'm a slow knitter anyway (by my own definition), or that I am easily distracted and rarely practice project manogamy.  But the summer is upon us and my girls are out of school, so that makes for even slower progress in the knitting arena.

Lynn's Shrug
Blue Scarf
Levi's Corner
Currently I have...Lynn's shrug (my own design), Levi's Corner (a baby blanket for my new nephew), a Blue Scarf (which I started as a test knit for another designer, but may donate when its all done), and a crochet shawl (for my little cousin).  I guess that isn't so bad, but I really feel like I'm forgetting something.  Oh yeah, maybe all the color work I have to do to finish the second level of my certification.  Let's see; Fair Isle, Duplicate stitch, Intarsia and Mosaic knitting. 

As with anything in my life, a plan is necessary.  So here's the deal.  I'd like to finish the Blue Scarf by the end of the week (Saturday). Levi's corner must be done by July 14th (blocked and everything).  Lynn's shrug just needs to be done before the end of October (when it might be cool enough for it). We'll save the shawl for Christmas.  Now I just need to work on all my classwork; I'd like to be done by the end of September. That plan will take more time, so I'll come back with those details later.

Wish me luck, and that I don't get bored.  I'll talk to you soon.

Monday, June 06, 2011

The Advice I Wish Someone Had Given Me

When I graduated from high school, I knew I was going to college in a few months, and I knew the plan I had for my life, but I wasn't really sure who I was.  I knew what I wanted to be, but without knowing who you are it makes it really hard to get from one point to another.  I've had some time to think about what I'd say because this season has been full of graduates in my family, and I'm happy to have something worthwhile to tell them. 

Now don't laugh, but this is my great advice....wait for it....wait for it....wait for it.  "Remember who you are."  Now I know I just said I didn't know who I was, but I think with that advice I'd have gotten myself together and done much better.  However back to the new graduates.  I know that all these young ladies and one gentleman come from great families where their parents talk to them, and are very open and there's phenomenal extended family support.  They have great foundations and are much more grounded and realistic than I was.  These are strong, confident, really intelligent, bright, beautiful young people, with families that love and support them.   These are the things I need them to remember;  that essentially they are not alone and they have the tools to accomplish whatever they want if they just remember that they are already properly equipped. 

That being said, with such wonderful advice, they can't help but go far.  Now I can't take credit for this sage advice. But it's still true nonetheless.  Self-confidence is key to success no matter what stage in life you are in, and if you've got friends and family in your corner (which these kids have in spades), you'll go far.

I can't wait to see what wonderful feats these young people accomplish.
And just know that if you need anything you can always call me.  I love you all always.

Be Blessed