Monday, January 22, 2018

Calendars, Planners and Trackers OH MY!

Whether January evokes new intentions or speaks to renewed self care, I am certain of one thing. There is no shortage of exquisitely designed bullet journals, trackers and planners from which to choose. For some, it may be as simple as developing a new habit, but for others including yours truly, this opportunity is met head on to set goals and develop a practice to achieve them. I am excited to combine lists and appointments with flair in my new Erin Condren Planner.
It is so cool that you can order a custom cover.*

My smart phone can do all this and more but she has her limitations and there is something much more intimate about living with a planner day in day out. Ever since my first Daytimer I have been hooked!  The planner provides colorful inspiration!
with a beautiful rose gold coil that is much prettier IRL.
There is also lots of room to draw or doodle to your hearts content.

Another one of my goals is to read through the bible in chronological order so I have this beautiful new book.
I plan to color in a flower in my planner for each day read so at the end I should have 365 petals in a beautiful garden representing God's word.
When January arrives, I usually have a short list of classes that intrigue me.
This year it is a class by Cathy Zielske called Fit 2018. 
Focus on the facts
gather Information
Take action
The on line class offers a simple monthly prompt that will help me with my fitness goals.
A new practice for 2018 is to track my slumber so I get 7 hours every night.
It is a lofty goal and will be HARD!
*Custom cover with my word for 2018!
                                   Ways I am keeping my word close to my heart.                               
While preparing for this blog post I had someone take this photo after yoga. NEVER, EVER would I have put this on my blog or in my fit journal for anyone to see, telling myself 'who needs to see this'?

Alas, when I looked at it closely I was wearing grace on my sleeve!

 I did not know that word was on the wall and had never noticed if before. 
So, choosing to post it here among friends, here goes @my bold self!!!!!! 
You still have time to do a custom calendar using stuff you have! 
Check out the one that I lifted from pinterest. 
It is in our dressing area where hubs can see the month at a glance.
This old poster frame is decked out with paint chips from Home Depot. 
The hardest part was figuring out what size to cut the chips.
 I laid the entire thing out on my craft mat.
I just stuck them down with two sided tape and dropped the frame on top. 
White board markers make it easy to change.
I love it!
          Just in time for the Tucson Rodeo and off my needles is this adorable little western sweater for our wee grandson.
Moving forward one day at a time; giving and receiving grace, please know that I cherish your time on my blog.                   

                               But to each one of us grace has been given as Christ apportioned it. Eph 2:7                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             

Monday, January 8, 2018

2017 Top Ten Reasons I Love Tucson

Not in any particular order  
these are my top 10 reasons that T-Town had my heart in 2017!
1. Christmas week forecast 
2. The Gaslight Theater
An annual holiday tradition to celebrate with our growing tribe.
Truth be told; we attend all the shows!
3. This Guy!
4. This family!
5. This family!
6. This family!
7. The joy of opening doors for so many!
I am so grateful for your continued referrals so I can do what I love. 
8. This church!
9. This studio
10. Holding true to my word ABIDE

Our Christmas candles reminded us that the brightest flame lasts the longest.
Shine your light!

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Life is a Treasure!

My aunt, my friend, AKA Jane Fonda is a celebrity this month! 
She has fully experienced life and is loved by everyone that knows her. 
We gathered, as we are known to do, from far and wide to celebrate our love for Auntie Barb. 

What is it about a surprise party that brings out the kid in us all. 
The anticipation is exhilarating!!!

and....wait for it....she delivered! 
Isn't she just beautiful!!!
Happy Birthday to YOU! 

This video clip does not disappoint but be forewarned few among us can actually sing! 

This is the cover of the memory calendar that spans her 90 years and includes a favorite photo of my mom, my aunt and my grandmother. 
I named it 'PEEPTOES'! 
At Buca di Beppo it is all about the wine! 

These two sisters and their husbands have long admired our auntie and uncle (who is no slouch at 89 years old) having stood by our side our entire lives. Growing up I felt how special they were. Our visits consisted of long car rides from Montreal to Toronto, filled with great expectation and bologna sandwiches. C'est moi sur la droite!

These people are treasures in my life. Thank you to our hostess and special cousin Jennifer and husband Keith who have provided so much joy to Auntie Barb. It was a certain cousin fest that I will long cherish! Family is a gift that I do not take for granted. 

So we pause as the holidays approach to help others who may not know the love of family and who suffer in poverty while we celebrate. 
These cartons are filled with love and in case you are not familiar with the program it's called Operation Christ Child by Samaritan's Purse. They deliver boxes of goodies to children across the globe on Christmas...spreading some joy and sharing the Good News. You can read all about it on their website HERE 
Our grands help fill the boxes for those that live in poverty.
Their little hearts are so huge!
Most days poverty is not on my radar. 
Our provisions are too many to count. This year I am particularly thankful for my blessings; some years are just like that. We are all healthy, I am loved.   

These people are known as the ROCK STARS at Tierra Antigua. They make it all come together and their only goal is to help me be my best. 
I am so grateful for their dedication to my success and the royal treatment. 
On call staff is literally 24/7 and multiple offices offer full time accessibility. TIERRA ANTIGUA ROCKS! (that's how we roll)
Thanks+giving=Shout for joy to the Lord, all the earth.
Thanksgiving blessings one and all!

Sunday, October 29, 2017

Homes & Fame

Dude! Check this out!
Tucker is living large!
After considerable design reviews we have executed a plan to keep our l'il guy warm and dry this winter during our freezing nights in the desert. 
For several months he has habitually favored a particular location in his yard so
the A Team set about building a foundation of concrete blocks filled with dirt.
Phase 2 involved some dirt moving to pack and water this mound and cover it with grass which is predicted to become 80% of his diet.
Current favorites include Timothy Hay, potato plants, pea pods, kale, broccoli, and prickly pear fruit. 
Tortoise; seeking friend. It's a lonely life on the desert floor.
 His favorite treat are hibiscus flowers from our jardin. 
We would be honored to care for another one so if you know of anyone that would like to re-home their desert tortoise, Tucker would be grateful. 
and now a straw bale home equally fit for hibernation!

Can I take this one home?
Post and hardware cloth home!
Followed by taking these pumpkins home.
Oh and we took those veggies in the wagon home too!

Here are a couple of home tips for this month to keep your home hummin'!
Such a fun annual trip to see how many pumpkins we can take home!
Meanwhile tiny patients in the NICU await going home.
Twenty Five and Four 
requested a special order for heart patients that I was honored to sew.
A different kind of needle crafted these knit pants for our grandson.
They are so soft and comfy for hanging out at home.

 Over the last couple of nights, our home has been a movie set for 
  Humble Bee Films from the UK. They are making a film about pigs throughout the world and came to Tucson to film urban javelina. 
Stay tuned for the release to air on the Smithsonian channel in spring 2018.

They even carved the javelina's favorite snack for them. 
Speaking of fame...there is a new author in T-town!
Our son-in-law has published a book.
We would be forever grateful if you would visit Amazon to order a Kindle Version
or if you prefer it is available at Barnes and NobleThis could be the start of something BIG!!!!

In case you missed our performance, this home video may become the reason our family commits us to a home for old folks.
Our first major motion picture

We are so grateful for the fullness in our lives!