Jan 112012

11 random things 11 Random Things

Usually I don’t do meme’s and such, but I’ll make an exception for this one since I don’t have a particular topic to blog about today and it happens to be Jan. 11 it seems fitting to post 11 Random Things. However, I won’t tag anyone specifically – if you wish to participate and share the meme feel free (you can let me know in comments with a link and I’ll drop by to read post).

I’ve Been Tagged! (by keltikmystique

1. Post these rules.
2. You must post 11 random things about yourself.
3. Answer the questions the tagger set for you in their post.
4. Create 11 new questions for the people you tag to answer.
5. Go to their blog and tell them that you have tagged them.
6. No stuff in the tagging section about ‘you are tagged if you are reading this.’ blah blah blah, you legitimately have to tag 11 people!

11 Random things about me:

  1. I love the color purple
  2. My favorite food is pizza (extra cheese)
  3. I tend to procrasinate a lot
  4. I collect tarot cards and crystals
  5. I have way too many arts and crafts projects and book – it would take a couple of lifetimes to finish (as part of my goal to declutter my life I hope to reduce the excess projects and book)
  6. I have always wanted to write a book that will actaully get published (the three books I did write were written at the request of other people and when finished 2 were taken by the requestor and the third the person changed their mind and it was never published)
  7. I am currently hooked on watching old favorite tv series on Netflix (current series I’m watching – Bones season 6)
  8. I am currently reading A Discovery of Witches: A Novel (All Souls Trilogy) 11 Random Things and I am really enjoying it

11 Questions I must answer:

  1. What is your favorite Season? Autumn? I love the changing colors, cool breezes, and my birthday is Oct. 30
  2. What is your favorite childhood memory?  Two-week train trip with my grandmonther when I was about 10 years old, we traveled to Arizona, Kansas, and California to visit relatives.
  3. What is your dream vacation? Hawaii and swimming with dolphins
  4. Who is your favorite fictional character? Professor Minerva McGonagall ( Head of Gryffindor House, Transfiguration professor)
  5. Who was your favorite teacher, and why?  My art teacher in college, she was always supportive and was the first person to give me the confidence to be more creative and be open to inspiration
  6. Do you have a favorite comfort item; what is it?  My couch – because I can up up on it with my family, watch tv, read, relax, chat on the phone and it is located in family room where I have a lot of my favorite things on the bookshelves and a lot of my crystals.
  7. If you could be reincarnated as another living creature (non-human) what would you be?  An Elf (a Lord of the Rings type of elf)
  8. Did you have a reoccurring dream as a child; if so, what was it?  Standing on the roof of a building in a desert near a river, arms raised and felt like I was performing some sort of ritual.  I also always had the strong urge to visit Egypt, which I eventually did in my late 20s.  But it wasn’t until I visited the Metropolitan Museum of Art in NY and their Egyptian wing that I saw a building exactly like the one in my dream (it was a temple that had been built along the Nile).
  9. If you could have any career you wanted, what would it be? Counselor (private practice)
  10. Do you have a phobia; what is it? Spiders, I’ve gotten better about them as long as they stay out of my way – but if one gets too close or on me I will most like scream very loudly and do whatever is necessary to get it as far away from me as possible
  11. What is your favorite movie? I have a lot favorites, but since I can only pick one – Avatar (but the whole Harry Potter series is also a favorite)

11 Questions for you to answer:

  1. What is the main reason you blog?
  2. What is your favorite animal?
  3. If you could have dinner with any one in history, who would it be and why?
  4. What is your favorite tv show?
  5. What is your number one goal for the year ahead?
  6. If you could live in any kind of house, what would it be and why?
  7. What book(s) have you read in the past year or two?
  8. What is your favorite take-out food?
  9. What kind of pet do you have (or would like to have)?
  10. What is your favorite hobby and why?
  11. What is your favorite inspirational quote?
Dec 292011

13 Goals 2012 13 New Year Goals

I don’t do New Year resolutions any more, but I do like to plan ahead and set a few manageable goals for the year ahead.  My overall theme for the year is going to be ORGANIZE.

This is a goal I’ve had for decades and it is a bit of an overwhelming task.  Ten years ago we moved from a big house with a huge basement, attic, and big gargage with attached building into a house with no basement, no attic, no storage shed, and only a small gargage.  We had to leave a lot of stuff behind because we simply ran out of space and I have never really recovered from having boxes and stuff jammed every where from floor to ceiling by the movers.  I’ve made a huge dent over the years, but much more needs to be done.  I work full time and my health was poor and my pain levels were extremely high back then and I weighed over 300 lbs.  However, since I lost over 170 lbs and reached my goal weight of 135 lbs in Jan. 2010 I have been able to get a lot more done and I plan to continue making progress in the year ahead.  I am not going try for perfection, or set goals that are just to big to actually achieve or set deadlines for myself that are going to cause stress.

Here are a few things I’d like to accomplish next year:

  1. Strength and Rebirth Circle of Trees Spring Retreat (present two workshops (April)
  2. Woman I Am Circle of Trees Fall Retreat (present two workshops) (Oct.)
  3. Finish Qi Gong Therapist class take home exam
  4. 2nd level Qi Gong Healing class (Oct. – 1 week in CT)
  5. Family summer vacation (to celebrate my daughter, Angelgirl’s 16th birthday in May)
  6. Visit with my best friend Mama Kelly at least twice (or more next year) – but since that is based on her schedule, I’ll settle for at least getting to visit once
  7. Record a review of at least 12 tarot decks and post the videos
  8. Finishing getting wedding video copied to computer and uploaded to youtube and then posted on blog
  9. Copy China video to dvd, uploaded to you tube and then posted
  10. Paint and organize my daughter’s room (she wants to change from pink to green with brown trim; one of her Christmas presents was a new bedding set and new sheets in green and brown)
  11. Organize and inventory crystals and semi-precious stones and create a few craft projects to sell
  12. Sort and organize the 6 tall bookshelves in fireplace room and organize the bedroom (clear excess junk, sort all clothes, get a bookshelf, baskets, and storage containers to organize stuff in)

What are your goals for 2012?

Bright blessings, Lady Rose

Related Post: Celebrating the 12 Days of Christmas (includes tips for setting resolutions and goals)

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Dec 282011

Tree2011 183x300 Highlights Christmas 2011

What we like best about this time of year is building happy memories and being with family and friends (like the Christmas Oatmeal Boxes Grandmom used to put together or the Mrs. Weasly Sweater I made for my best friend for Christmas 2007). We were fortunate to have the opportunity to be with our family, share lots of smiles, give out a few surprises and create some wonderful memories.

XmasFavThings2011 Highlights Christmas 2011

Christmas morning the three of us, Teacherman, Angelgirl, and Me, had a lot of smiles and Santa was very good to us.  We take our time and open gifts slowly, sip coffee (Angelgirl sips hot cocoa) and wear a Christmas hat on our heads.

By noontime we headed out to make the rounds and visited my sisters (who live across the street from each other). First on the left side of the street we brought Mom along and gave gifts to my niece and two nephews. Then crossed the street to visit with my other sister,  (my mom lives there too), and my brother (who arrived a bit later about mid-afternoon).  We called my other brother, who is in a nursing home in Arkansas, to wish him a Merry Christmas.  He really enjoyed the Christmas package we sent him (it included a Christmas Oatmeal Box).

Mom was spoiled with a huge stocking and lots of packages to open – from little gifts and treats to big surprises.  I think this was her biggest Christmas ever.  Her big gifts included a cd player and a notebook (computer).

I usually get my nieces and nephews gift cards, but like to present them each year in a unique way but putting together a “themed” gift bag or basket.  This year theme was baking – I got my brother and sisters the Big top Cupcake Highlights Christmas 2011 with a couple of cake mixes, icings, and cake decorating sprinkles, and cookie cutter set.

However for my one niece and nephew instead of gift cards, they had a “Cake Boss” Christmas Extravaganza – they LOVE the Cake Boss.  I got them Buddy’s two cookbooks, Buddy Valastro Talking Bobblehead Highlights Christmas 2011, and Cake Boss mixing bowl set.  But the biggest gift (that earned us the honor of being the world’s best aunt and uncle) are tickets to see the Cake Boss Live Show (March 16th in Trenton, NJ) – they are VIP tickets so there is a meet and greet after the show.

Xmas 2011 Presents Galore Highlights Christmas 2011

I’m so looking forward to seeing the smiles when we get to meet the Cake Boss in March – it is going to be a memory for a lifetime.

Dec 102011

XmasExplosion 2 Christmas Has Exploded

I had Friday off from work and since I couldn’t blog I decided to get a jump on holiday preparations so I ran to a few store to get some last minute items and wrapping paper since I couldn’t find my usual stash of rolls and tags and decided to just pick up a new stash.

Every year I think “ok this Christmas I didn’t go overboard and I don’t have that much to wrap” and yet every year when I bring out everything and spread it out to organize and wrap it ends up being a huge pile.  I tend to shop throughout the year when I see sales or find an item that I just know is perfect for someone.

Teacherman (my hubby) has one bag this year – but it is filled with 8 packages to unwrap.  Angelgirl has a nice pile of 8 packages also – 2 for her stocking with a few other little items tossed in, and a couple of the boxes contain more than one item since they went together.

For my two nieces and four nephews I get gift cards every year.  However, to make it interesting I like to give the gift cards in a “family” gift basket or gift bag for the three families (2 sisters, 1 brother).  This year’s theme for the gift bags is baking (since for one niece and nephew instead of a gift card I got them a bunch of things from Cake Boss – 2 cookbooks, booble head, and mixing bowl set (they LOVE the Cake Boss). The three family gift bags have cake mixes, frostings, cake decorating sprinkles and a box set of writing frosting tubes and the cake pan shaped like a giant cupcake.  For my other brother I put together a big box of gifts and that will be shipped today (he is in Arkansas in a nursing homse).  For my mom I usually get her one or two little things and give her cash (since that is what she needs most) – but this year there were a lot of little things she mentioned that she needed or wanted, so she has a large gift bag with 4 packages to open (one containing four related items) and I chipped in to get her a larger gift that my sister is getting her.

I have a couple of friends I get gifts for.  My very best friend Mama Kelly and her family are always fun to gift shop for.  Since her one daughter’s birthday is Dec. 26th, I like to get her two separate gifts (and this year I did the same for her other daughter since I didn’t get to see her in Oct. for her birthday).  I like to support Mama Kelly’s magical and witchy interests so every year I usually manage to find a few interesting things for her.   But since she reads my blog, I can’t post any details about this year’s surprises.

XmasExplosion 1 Christmas Has Exploded

I still have 32 goodies bags to put together for the students in Teacherman’s classes.  He teaches at a high school – but the kids still love getting the treats and get a kick out of them.  My daughter and I have fun putting these together every year (small bags of goldfish, Little Debbie xmas tree snacks, xmas rice krispie treats, some candy, etc.).  I also need to get my Chrsitmas cards done (but first I have to find Angelgirl’s school photo package so I can include a photo with the cards – it’s in this house some where!).  Closer to Christmas I will be baking four loaves of pumpkin bread as gifts for a neighbor and a some elderly friends that we like to drop in on for the holidays.  Teacherman and Angelgirl do all the cookie baking and put together cookie tins for family and friends.

This weekend we will start putting up the tree.  And tonight we are going to Grounds for Sculpture to see their light and decoration displays.   It is only 2 miles from our house and it is a wonderful collection of various art located on acres and acres of land, with a large lake and restaurant.  We have a family pass and visit often.

Has Christmas exploded in your house?

Bright Blessings, Lady Rose

Note: For the past two days Blissful Moon has been in the process of switching hosting providers, and that meant no changes to the blog for 24 to 48 hours.   It’s been almost 48 hours now so I think it is safe to go ahead and post.

Dec 072011

xmascandles 1 The Christmas Oatmeal Box

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One of the blessings of the holidays is enjoying family traditions. When I was growing up with my two brothers and two sisters our grandmother made us “Christmas Oatmeal Boxes” as an alternative to the usual Christmas stockings and the memories of those silly boxes still makes me smile.  They were filled with little toys and candy (one regular item was the Swiss Colony Xmas mouse with a red hat – we loved it and we used ours to make shaved chocolate on our New Year’s eggnog).  As we all grew up we still enjoyed our Oatmeal Boxes, and as we got married Grandmom even made up one for our spouses.  Sometimes a special friend or two, if they had been around for many years, would be surprised by also receiving one of Grandmom’s Oatmeal Boxes. It was always considered a special honor to be included in the family tradition.   Grandmom spent all year eating oatmeal for every breakfast and decorating the boxes with contact paper and yarn to make the handle for the lid.   She poured over catalogs to find silly things to put in them (like silly shaped pencil sharperners (I still have one shaped like an old fashioned sewing machine), funny toilet paper, and toothbrushes with “boobies” for bristles for the boys).  Some years she would have a “theme.”   I remember one year she gave all the men plastic cave man clubs (fully wrapped and with a  bow – just looking at the packages cracked us up) and in everyone’s oatmeal box we had windup dinosaurs.  We spent hours laughing and giggling on the kitchen floor having races with our dinosaurs.  Even though we were now in our 30s and 40s we were able to enjoy a little Christmas as if we were only five again, thanks to the love that our Grandmom shared with us through her Christmas Oatmeal Boxes.

While clearing out some things from the garage a few months ago I found an old oatmeal box.   It was a bit dusty and beat up – but filled with memories.  I knew just what I wanted to do with it.  My brother, C.S. is in a nursing home in Arkansas (he is blind and lost both his leg from diabetes).  I send him a little care package of sugar free goodies each month.  For xmas I like to send a bigger package with a couple of xmas gifts.  This year my brother will be getting a Christmas Oatmeal box.  It won’t have the same “flair” Grandmom’s used to have, but it will still contain the memories and love.   I packed it with a comb (that was a standard Grandmom addition), fingerless gloves and crocheted cap (he is always getting cold), a few sugar free goodies (life savers and gum), and a tshirt that says “for a good time insert coin here,” (I found the tshirt on sale for $5 a month ago and knew right away it would be a perfect silly gift for the oatmeal box).

Family traditions and the love and memories they carry with them last a lifetime.  I feel truly blessed to have the memory of Grandmom’s Christmas Oatmeal Boxes and so glad I am able to be able to share that memory with my brother this year.

What is your favoriate family tradition?

Bright blessings, Lady Rose

pixel The Christmas Oatmeal Box