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my name is monica but now i'm better known as nana. i have recurring dreams about faraway places and wild animals running free. i love to create with paper, food and yarn and i love to share snippets of my life.

Saturday, May 30, 2009

Food for Thought....

I just received this from my dear girlfriend and this is something we should all read at least once a week
Written By Regina Brett, 90 years old, of The Plain Dealer, Cleveland , Ohio

"To celebrate growing older, I once wrote the 45 lessons life taught me.. It is the most-requested column I've ever written.
My odometer rolled over to 90 in August, so here is the column once more:
1. Life isn't fair, but it's still good.
2. When in doubt, just take the next small step.
3. Life is too short to waste time hating anyone...
4. Your job won't take care of you when you are sick. Your friends and parents will. Stay in touch
5. Pay off your credit cards every month.
6. You don't have to win every argument. Agree to disagree.
7. Cry with someone. It's more healing than crying alone.
8. It's OK to get angry with God. He can take it.
9. Save for retirement starting with your first paycheck.
10. When it comes to chocolate, resistance is futile.
11. Make peace with your past so it won't screw up the present.
12. It's OK to let your children see you cry.
13. Don't compare your life to others. You have no idea what their journeyis all about.
14. If a relationship has to be a secret,you shouldn't be in it.
15. Everything can change in the blink of an eye. But don't worry; God neverblinks.
16. Take a deep breath. It calms the mind.
17. Get rid of anything that isn't useful, beautiful or joyful.
18. Whatever doesn't kill you really does make you stronger.
19.. It's never too late to have a happy childhood. But the second one is upto you and no one else.
20. When it comes to going after what you love in life, don't take no for an answer.
21. Burn the candles, use the nice sheets, wear the fancy lingerie. Don't
save it for a special occasion. Today is special.
22. Over prepare, then go with the flow.
23. Be eccentric now. Don't wait for old age to wear purple.
24. The most important sex organ is the brain.
25. No one is in charge of your happiness but you.
26. Frame every so-called disaster with these words 'In five years, will this matter?'
27. Always choose life.
28. Forgive everyone everything.
29. What other people think of you is none of your business.
30. Time heals almost everything. Give time time.
31. However good or bad a situation is, it will change.
32. Don't take yourself so seriously. No one else does.
33. Believe in miracles.
34. God loves you because of who God is, not because of anything you did ordidn't do.
35. Don't audit life. Show up and make the most of it now.
36. Growing old beats the alternative -- dying young.
37. Your children get only one childhood.
38. All that truly matters in the end is that you loved.
39. Get outside every day. Miracles are waiting everywhere.
40. If we all threw our problems in a pile and saw everyone else's,we'd grabours back.
41. Envy is a waste of time. You already have all you need.
42. The best is yet to come.
43. No matter how you feel, get up, dress up and show up.
44. Yield.
45. Life isn't tied with a bow, but it's still a gift."

Thursday, May 28, 2009

Blog Candy!!

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Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Summer is coming!


Just a few random shots around our yard with the grandsons!

Monday, May 25, 2009

Caught up!

I spent the weekend with my mom catching up on my 52Q's and I am finally up to date!!! Please scroll down or click on the 52Q link to check them out!

52 20


What is your latest obsession?
My latest obsession is knitting... anything and everything from baby items to socks and sweaters for myself!!

52 19


What gives me hope?
My beautiful grandchildren give me hope. God bless their precious, little souls!

52 18


What's on your to-do list this week?
On my to do list this week was to design and organize a work bee for the wedding invitations for my son and his fiance. Assembling them was a great opportunity for both families to bond!
(The brown card is a mini replica of the invitations)

52 17


What is my super power?
My super power is Strength
I refuse to be broken by anyone or anything so I remain strong...but I sometimes I need to take a day off to cry.

52 16


What is the truth?
My truth is to always choose Faith over Fear and to believe the This Too Shall Pass.

52 15


What makes me me?
I'm strong, resiliant, ever changing (hence the butterflies stamped in the background), free spirit, natural, caring, fair, creative, loving, and a big kid at heart!

52 14


What is the last good book you read?
The last good book I read ( and I'm still reading ) is Pillars of the Earth. Awesome!!!

***update**** I'm now finished and it was a really good read!!

52 13


What was my worst (or best?!) hairstyle experience to date?

My worst hair experience to date was right after my first son was born, my well meaning neighbour decided that we should streak my hair and after only 5 minutes of applied hair color I had to rinse it off quickly because I started looking like Tony The Tiger!!!

52 12


What are you grateful for right now?
This morning I was so grateful for my FULL hot water tank so that I could take a wonderful jacuzzi bath and also grateful for my porch swing in the sunshine. Both things brought my pain from a '10' to a '5'!!

52 11


What keeps me awake at night?
Often my chronic pain keeps me awake at night but if I were to be totally truthful, I'd have to say my Ipod Touch keeps me up too!!

52 10


Name 5 movies that inspire you creatively...
The five movies that have inspired me creatively in random order are:
1. Truth About Cats and Dogs (ldecor ideas)
2. Jumanji (color)
3. Glass Bottom Boat
4.Bridges of Madison County (nature,country)
5 Roots (inspiration)

52Q 9


What was the last brave thing i did?
The last brave thing I did was to continue my workout despite severe chronic pain.

52Q 8


What was the last thing that made you laugh out loud?
The last thing that made me laugh out loud was when my daughter asked her s2 year old on how his baby brother was going to get out of her tummy, he thought for a moment while fiddling with her belly button ring gemstone and stated "Hmm, well you don't got a zipper!.."
I created this card with a working zipper and placed the journaling on the inside.

52Q 7


If You Knew You Could Not Fail
If I knew I couldn't fail I would pack up my bags and head to Broadway baby and be a star!!!

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

To all the sweet mamas



I've been doing some folk art/card making so I made these cards for Mother's day complete with fabric on the edges. I got the inspiration from Mystele
I made an awesome accordian one for my mom which I will post later!

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