Monday, November 30, 2009

Diamonds Are A Girl's Best Friend......


A kiss on the hand may be quite continental

But Diamonds are a Girl's Best Friend...


Men grow cold as girls grow old, and we all lose are charms in the end,

But square cut or pear shape these rocks don't lose their shape
Diamonds are a girls best friend



Come and get me boys............


 
 
Tiffany, Cartier, Becayse we are living in a material world, and I am
a material girl.....
 



There may come a time when a lass needs a lawyer.....

There may come a time when a hard boiled employer

thinks you're awful nice, but get that ice or else no dice....
 




Cause that's when those louses go back to their spouses.....
 


Diamonds are a Girl's best friend!
 

Sunday, November 29, 2009

Just Because.......

Just because it's Sunday, and I really like these items (wouldn't mind having a few of them for myself):













Saturday, November 28, 2009

How to Tame a Free Spirit

A gypsy soul is a free spirit not confined to one place or stifled by one idea.



That, my dear ones, describes me. I am a gypsy soul, a free spirit. Independent,one who loves everything that's out of the ordinary. The key to sharing a wild soul is to make him or her feel like they can be freer with you than with anybody else

Free spirits don't like the idea of being judged. Once you start judging them, they feel it's a personal attack and will back off and may even vanish so be careful with your words and actions. But once you meet him/her on the same level (learn to accept them) they can become the most extraordinary individual you ever met.

Get your priorities straight. What do you want most out of the relationship? Think about what your top three expectations are: Commitment? Respect? Honesty? Affection? Companionship? Passion? Security? Stability? A free spirit is not the kind to twist and turn to meet your every need (although some can at times, once they feel they can completely trust you). You'll have to make it simple for them by coming to an understanding of what you want most out of a relationship and asking for that, and nothing else.

Don't sweat the small stuff. Things like punctuality, precautions, and any other kind of minor limit or inhibition will be of no concern to an independent mind. They like to flow through life, following their whims - and this often makes them extremely creative and fascinating individuals, which is what probably attracted you to them in the first place. By imposing dams, as little as they may be, you could very well suffocate the qualities that make this person desirable to you, if you don't manage to scare them off first.

Choose your battles wisely. Don't nitpick. If they're 15 minutes late and you end up missing a movie, roll with the punches and see the next one. But if they're 45 minutes late to pick you up in the middle of the night in a bad neighborhood, that's serious. In general, if it doesn't directly threaten the priorities you established in Step 1, then let it go and just enjoy the ride.

Avoid setting rules. Restrictions are like chains, and will send this wild horse running towards the horizon. Instead of saying, "Don't ever cheat on me," say "You'd be a complete idiot to risk losing such an awesome person like me just so you could get a little extra on the side."



Get to know the person inside out. Study their tendencies, their quirks, their deepest desires, and their worst fears. Always be accepting and open-minded. Knowledge is power. The better you know this person, the less you'll feel the need to control them. Moreover, he or she will sense this and feel like you're the only person who truly knows them and thus, the only person they can be their uninhibited selves around. To a free spirit, this is the jackpot.

Give them the benefit of the doubt. A person who values his or her independence will truly test your ability to trust. You need to determine early on whether or not you trust this person, and then trust them completely. Sure, you might get burned, but you also might capture the heart of a person that no one else could touch.

Get in touch with your own free spirit. Don't sit at home, wondering what he or she is doing, or when they're going to call. Get in your car and take a road trip. Visit an old friend. Watch a new movie. Taste a different kind of food. Your free spirit will respect you for it, and feel a sense of kinship with you when you both get home and recount your adventures.

Appreciate their free-spiritedness. The number one condition that all free spirits demand of their relationships is acceptance. If you don't accept the free spirit, the free spirited person takes that as an assault on his/her freedom. If you accept them exactly as they are and place no expectations/conditions on them, then they can trust you. And only in trust can a relationship develop. Just remember that independence is something to be appreciated, not just tolerated, you'll be giving a free spirit exactly the kind of nourishment that it needs.

Don't try to change him or her. This is a classic mistake, in any kind of relationship, but especially when you're dealing with a rugged individual.

Give them time to themselves and to their projects. Independent individuals tend to have a burning need to progress alone - sometimes you have to let them go down a path by themselves and just let them know you'll be there for them when they get to the end.



And remember you can never trully "tame" a free spirit. What you want to do is have the free spirit close to you. Think of it as changing your location (bringing yourself out into the wild) rather than theirs (bringing them indoors).


Friday, November 27, 2009

Talk to Me


Talk to me

say the things you would say

If I wasn't here

that you didn't say

to her.

In the wild wet waste

Of a Whitby shore

under freezing stars;

Sit with me

and roll your words out

over the salt sea.

Talk to me

Of the girl in blue

and answer all the questions

All the questions I have ever asked

of you.

Talk to me

say the things you would say

If I wasn't here

That you didn't say

to her.



Thursday, November 26, 2009

Color

some things make me happy just looking at them...




morning in my studio...





Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Thanksgiving

I can't believe we are just a day away from Thanksgiving 2009. It seems just yesterday I was planting my herbs for my spring garden. Well never-the-less, I am happy about it. Two years ago was the last time I hosted Thanksgiving dinner. I am thrilled that this year I shall don my apron once again and have my friends and family over to celebrate and be grateful.


Poor Thanksgiving. It seems it's always overshadowed by Christmas. It doesn't stand a chance. Once Halloween is over...Christmas decorations are on display. As a child, I remember seeing paper cutouts of turkeys on windows in every shop and home. Pilgrims, pumpkins, and other symbols of Thanksgiving were a given and commonplace. You see very little of it today
I guess it shouldn't really matter. Thanksgiving is felt within our hearts...and we have reason to be ever so thankful on a daily basis. The first words I usually speak, when I open my eyes each morning are "Thank you for the blessing of another beautiful day of life."

Those words I have said, even during the worst of times.

So my dears...I wish you all a lovely weekend filled with many blessings..many reasons to be ever thankful.



Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Random Notes



1. There is never a bad time for champagne


2. I eat alot of toast the weekend before payday

3. I'm definitely a winter girl. For me, there is something inspiring and soul searching about cold, gloomy, rainy weather

4. Tomorrow was promised to no one. All we have is today

5. When i fall inlove with a pair of totally impractical, yet gorgeous heels (the kind that can't walk in and I might only wear once or twice) I just have to buy them *winks*

6. Women waiting to catch a wedding bouquet can become quite dangerous and a bit crazed

7. Wearing sunblock is not optional during the day, its essential

8. I'm really bad at wrapping presents. I should stick to gift bags.

9. People who kiss me hello (or goodbye) on both cheeks always seem to take me by surprise - then i look awkward. *laughs*

10. There is no point worrying about things you can't control

Monday, November 23, 2009

Home and Contentment

As the kettle busied itself with getting the tea water to full boil, I took off my shoes, and raised the volume on my classical music.  Finally, with a cup of Darjeeling in hand and a good book to lose myself in, I enveloped myself in total contentment of the moment. Sitting in my favorite room, on my favorite chair with a cat curled on my lap, I sighed and smiled. The comfort of a good cup of tea combined with the familiar beautiful surroundings eased my mind and soothed my soul.


I was home..plain and simple. The word itself, HOME, moves me to no end...for it is there my soul resides fully. The outside world has its charms no doubt....but it is my world, that which shelters me, warms me, and welcomes those near and dear...that world called home is the only one to ever have a hold of my heart. *sigh*


I admit it...I am a homebody and happy to be so.


What does your home mean to you?




Sunday, November 22, 2009

Only one thing on my Christmas list

I have only one thing on my list this year and that is:

A Nikon D80. With 4 different lenses for it: Nikkor 50 mm 1.8 D, a Quantaray AF LD 70-300 zoom lens, a Nikkor AF Micro 60 mm Macro lens and the Nikon DX 18-55 lens that comes with the camera.



I really have been a good girl all year Santa. And it won't take up much room on the sleigh, I promise!

Saturday, November 21, 2009

It


I'd like to think "IT" is around the corner...just waiting to surprise me. The moment...the day, I do not know...but I must wait.


Patience is a virtue, is it not? I shall sit as patiently as I can and wait, for after all isn't life about waiting?
...in my case anxiously.

So I'll continue to think that "IT" is just waiting for the right moment to come into my life. What will "IT" say to me when the time comes?

"IT" shall say..."I'm sorry I kept you waiting, but life is about learning to live without me and about grasping those brief moments I do show up. Take those moments and hold them to your heart for I'm not always here. BUT...I will come back and stay....you just wait!"

And so here I am....waiting, and waiting, and waiting. What is "IT" you wonder?

IT is the ever elusive Happiness.

Please don't take too long to show up....dearest IT.

Friday, November 20, 2009

Possibility

Possibility is a magical word..it promises surprises. It caters to hope and strokes reality. It is said that all things are possible.

Imagination is a powerful tool...a bridge to worlds of our own making. Our minds create, shape, and form these images that may sometimes seem so real...so much so, the energy we put behind these fanciful thoughts is sent out to the universe... fueling possibility. What a lovely notion...what possibilities!!



The Possible's slow fuse is lit
by the Imagination..............

~Emily Dickinson

Emily Dickinson....a very wise woman.



I raise my glass. Here's to the imagination..and the possibilities in its wake!

....it is said they are endless!!

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

no place like home



“Close you eyes and tap your heels together three times. And think to yourself, there's no place like home.




Ease on down now...Its a brand new day

Monday, November 16, 2009

Today I ...


Today I ...


...adore the heart stockings and heels in the above picture

....plan to have champagne when i get home ;)

....have a strong craving for pepperoni pizza

...wish money grew on trees

...wonder why some people are annoyingly persistent

...won't let the grey weather get me down

....realise that I do get out what I put in

...am having a fluffy hair day -its not ideal

...feel happy and rather centered

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Step out into the world

"Step out into the world." She said, She said, "Step out into the world." She said. The miracle is in the air, just down the stairs, the miracle of living is there.




You scatter your footsteps and raise up the crickets, you crunch the frost beneath your slippers. "Step out into the world." she said, she said, "Step out into the world." She said. For what could be better than to slip out of the fetters of forgetting the world outside our door.

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Faith and Friendship

“The reason birds can fly and we can't is simply that they have perfect faith, for to have faith is to have wings”





A post dedicated to a "Precious little thing with wings".that came to me and told a magical story about a friendship..a friendship strong enough to overcome mountains and oceans..it flies on very powerful wings..Thank You..
 
In your wildest of dreams, do you hope to meet the kindred spirits that have touched your lives.  I do. I believe in Precious Little Things with Wings, for "Hope is the thing with feathers..that perches in the soul..and sings the tune without the words, and never stops at all." *




May your dreams come true!

Friday, November 13, 2009

How Quickly the Year Has Gone

Happy November to all! The trees are undressing their glory...the ground a canvas painted by the many colorful fallen leaves. Just outside my writing room window, I see my backyard laden with the signs of summer's passing. Crunchy leaves scattered like confetti, invite me to venture out and tread upon them in childlike enjoyment. Very soon the tines of the rake shall make its own cacophony of sound as it clears away the dried offspring of our beautiful trees....clearing the canvas to make room for winter's snow.


Tis amazing how quickly this year has gone by. Christmas is just around the corner and Thanksgiving..practically tomorrow! So fast do the days go. Our present, so quickly made into the past...and our future already the present. I'm afraid to blink for fear I might miss something.

Truly dear friends, time is but a spec of dust..a grain of sand. Our days are but currents in the river of life and time. We should ride that current to our best ability..and while upon the river of life...we should aim for smooth sailing. Yes, the harsh waves will come, but we shall ride them out, for life is not meant to flow smoothly. Otherwise, how would we be able to appreciate all the good that comes, if we never knew the bad? How can we embrace the sun if we do not first know the gray clouds? How does one appreciate the warmth if never the touch of frost has been felt?

Though who says frost...clouds...and rain are so bad? I embrace them all for each in its own way graces us with something good. The cold lures us to the comfort of the hearth. The rain brings forth the colors of springtime..and washes away the snow of the winter. Those dark, dreary days..clouding the sky...they are somewhat magical for they inspire deep thought or if not that, they give us a day indoors to get some housework done. Now that is the magical part! *smiles*

I guess what I'm trying to say is...there is nothing bad that cannot bring forth something good. It has taken me many years to learn this...and loads of acceptance. Thus is life....precious in its education, and ever so delicate in essence. Life is short. Time doth fly. Do not waste a minute..or a second of it. Live it fully...love it...make the most of it!! Find the bliss, get through the bad, and forge on with a smile.

November has reminded me that we are near the year's end. I have lots to do and accomplish by the end of December. I want to begin 2010 fresh..with new experiences, new thoughts, new risks. I shall endeavor to end this year on a happy note, and begin the new one singing a happy song. Thus I shall set the tune for my future years, for they do go so fast!!

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Today I Am Human

Today I Am Human



today I am human

I know this too well...

dark emotions within me

no longer they dwell


for sadness and loneliness

this day they have crept..

they've seized my whole being

and left me inept


these days past I've laughed

put thoughts forth quite merry...

yet today laughter is gone

all that's left is contrary


and the hopes, dreams, and wonder

which my heart has fully nourished...

lie in tattered shades of doubt

heart once hopeful...now discouraged


but that is today..this moment..right now

these sad feelings will soon disappear...

tomorrow the sun will shine once again

but today I am human, my dear.




Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Thank You

I would like to send special thank you to my dear friends who have just kept the normal everyday conversations going. The silly talk, the chit-chat, the what are you doing conversations we have everyday.  These too, have been a source of comfort to me.  Life goes on.  We mourn, we miss, we remember.  For without these conversations I would feel lost.  Thank you.

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Mourning

Today, we are in mourning.  My mother passed away Saturday afternoon.  Even though we new it was inevitable, she has been ill for some time, this happened very fast.  She started to decline very rapidly at the beginning of the week, and Saturday her struggle with COPD came to an end.  She is no longer suffering.  She is in a better place.  Now my father, brother and I must grieve and put our lives back together. It will take some time, but with the support of family and friends we will get through this. 

Because I could not stop for Death,
He kindly stopped for me.
The Carriage held but just ourselves
And Immortality

~Emily Dickinson



Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Random Me


some random things about myself

Its never too late to change direction or your attitude


Last night...I made awesome lamb chops, baked potato and salad.

Sometimes I wish...on the first star I see at night

Do you blush easily? yup, I have been known to do that

Sometimes I really enjoy having a good ramble (By "ramble" I mean talking wildly and happily about a bunch of totally random things without even pausing to take a breather).

I'm not a "comfort eater" - when Im a bit down or stressed I tend to lose my appetite and eat almost nothing.

Sipping champagne on a weekday afternoon is blissful

Sometimes a long car ride alone with a favourite CD is all you need to get back on track

If you don't try to run after your dreams , you will never know if you can catch them

Getting roses will always make me feel giddy

Currently I want... more music in my life, discipline to write/study more, pretty dresses

Sometimes I think that getting take out and eating it outside (aka "fast food picnic")is as nice as going to a pretty restaurant - don't you agree?

I have a rather twisted sense of humour at times - I definitely got it from my mother.

Am I happy? Yes. Sure, my life is not perfect yet, I could have a better job, I'm a work in progress....But I still have so many things to be deliriously happy about. It feels good.

At the moment I am buying far more books than I am reading. My book list of "want to read" has gotten ridiculously long. Here are a few books I am really looking forward to reading
* The Story Sisters - by Alice Hoffman
* The Lace Reader - by Brunonia Barry
* The lost book of Salem (also called "the physick book of Deliverence Dan" in USA)- by Katherine Howe
* The Girl who chased the Moon - by Sarah Addison Allen (due out in March 2010)

Currently I want... a new hair colour, The "500 days of summer" soundtrack, a bigger bookshelf, a Polaroid camera, a pretty dress, a french manicure and a puppy

chocolate croissant or blueberry muffin? definitely a chocolate croissant

Sometimes its totally ok not to have all the answers and to ask all the "wrong" questions :)

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Mother Nature weaves her spell....

At twilight now, I can smell the scent of woodsmoke in the air and when darkness falls, the sky is indigo and the moon so bright I have felt that I wanted to go outside and capture extra hours in the day. Everywhere you look there seems to be hints of magic....Mother nature weaves her spells with a wave of her wand.




Mornings have been misty, days quiet. Things are winding down in preparation for colder days. There has been fruit collecting and conker stringing. The cupboard is now home to sloe gin. There are blackberries in the freezer, plum wine fermenting in the kitchen, apples, still to be dealt with.



Even if we don't think its cold yet. Nature knows when its time to come in and hibernate.


Monday, November 2, 2009

perfect "entertainment"

This is my idea of the perfect "entertainment" -- sitting in front of the fire on a chilly evening with the one I love next to me, each of us so engrossed in the other, that the world outside just slips away and time is of no importance.