Monday, July 11, 2016

June~July, Who Knew???

Are we really heading into mid-July?  Where did June go? Wasn't it just May? Is Christmas really just 167 days nearby?

That's the spin, folks...I've literally lost my breath looking back over the past 7 weeks...

A much anticipated Vine of Grace spiritual retreat at our Parish ~

Hoping with all our hearts to get our little Alice to use a cart ~ (it didn't work)

 Celebrating our goddaughter's 7th Birthday ~

A trip to Orange County for an art retreat ~

Learning new techniques ~

Honoring the best father I could have chosen for my children ~  at Hacienda del Sol ~

Online retreat classes and new jewelry created ~

 Faithbooking with some awesome ladies ~
 A-Z Lunch for "D" at Dakota Cafe and a birthday celebration for Nancy ~

This month I'm thanking God for ~

::family in my life every day
::friendships forged in love
::my faith which continually nourishes my spirit
::comfort during these "dog days of summer"
::a new iced tea maker
::all my docs who take care of my health needs
::medical tests reaping healthy reports

I'm currently reading ~

::Loving My Actual Life
::The Infinite Tenderness of God
::Light a Penny Candle

Looking forward to ~

::a new look
::another art retreat and mother/daughter getaway
::leading a scripture passage at Faithbooking
::brunch with Lee from Up With People!
::a new bathroom for the "man cave" 

Have a beautiful July and stay safe ~

Sunday, May 22, 2016


 April showers bring May flowers...

What a wonderful and amazing month May has been, and it's not even over!

Ron and I celebrated our 46th wedding anniversary ~

 Wow, just 4 more years till the golden 5-0!!  We're already planning an out-of-the-country celebration for that milestone.
Celebrating the 2016 Remarkable Moms at Havana Nights!

An amazing Mother's Day Tea, shared with sweet friends at the Mini Time Museum...

I just had time to catch my breath before my 2016 Spring Trunk Show debuted...

 Some of my wonderful guests...

Some of the delicious treats...
And some of the jewels...

 **Breaking News!**
Send me your birthday (month and day).  Beginning this month, I will be gifting you a 20% discount on a purchase in your birthday month!  Lots of new treasures to be found in The Boutique (link in the blog banner)

I've been enjoying my Faithbooking group and the Bible art and fellowship...

Melissa turned us on to this amazing home food service...delicious, nutritious, designed to your very own dietary needs, ready to heat meals!  I'm especially appreciative of the convenience after a 
l-o-n-g day in the Studio.  In a word ~ FABULOUS!

That about wraps up this A-MAYzing month for me.  Enjoy this last week and the holiday weekend ahead.  I wish you a very happy and safe one!

Monday, April 18, 2016

Busy, Beautiful April

Rushing, rushing, rushing....Is it me, or do you feel this year is beginning to slip away...all too quickly? They say that your days meld into each other when you're very busy.  I guess that's where I am, as we head into the last two weeks of this month.

The taxes are filed, second quarter of the year is steaming ahead, and I keep reminding myself to B-R-E-A-T-H-E!  Where would I be without my daily devotional?

Week 1:
  • we thoroughly enjoyed Broadway in Tucson's

  • next stop was La Encantada, for The Event, benefitting the Boys and Girls Clubs of Tucson.

  • a delightful visit from childhood friends, Rhonda and Candy, on Wednesday and Friday ~ day tripping to the Botanical Gardens and the Mini Time Museum
  • a trip to the vet for sweet, aging Alice, who's showing everyone she's a lot stronger than we think!
  • A remarkable reunion with my Remarkable Mom sisters

  • the love of my life left for a 12 day business trip to China....not easy on this lady

Week 2:
  • my sweet girls checked in, spent time, dined with me every day blessed am I???
  • a dinner and visit at home with Sandra, lunch with Donna....friends visited, checked in on me....what more could a girl ask for?
  • AND THEN.....Baptizing our goddaughter, Serena Marie!  So beautiful and touching, but we were really missing her godfather who was on the other side of the world...Ron was so sad to miss this but said, "Tell her I'm with her in spirit today."  Big brother, Jerry, was so kind to stand in for Ron. What a great young man!

Tonight my man comes home!  He's landed at LAX and will arrive in Tucson late tonight.  I'm SO beyond HAPPY!!

Thank you so much to family and friends who "kept an eye on me" these past 12 bless me more than you know!

Enjoy the rest of your busy, beautiful April ~