How’s the saying go? There is no “try” only “do” or “don’t”

book_tryingNot sure I agree. We are trying. Effort is appreciated.

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They call it “wedded bliss” for a reason!

New sibling love! Blake and Katherine at the reception with an adoring sister

New sibling love! Blake and Katherine at the reception with an adoring sister

Our firstborn son married the love of his life last weekend. It has been said that when children find true love, parents find true joy, and this is so true! We are so happy for the couple. If you know them, you can follow their honeymoon adventures (some of them, that is) on their (revived) blog here:
They are traveling through France and Croatia

Our second born child has also found her soul mate and is engaged and planning a wedding Summer 2014. We are thrilled!

Weddings bring together people who love one another and families who love those people, so the mathematician in me uses the transitive property to link all of these folks together. It’s a neat thing!

Weddings can also bring about insecurities and in me, that happens with a vengeance. I realize the problem is mine, but oh how I wish the one closest to me recognized my craziness and paid a bit more attention. I crave his attention, but feel that I fall pretty low on the list – behind many others whose feelings he puts before mine. I know it’s really my issue, not his and I struggle daily. I do pray to overcome the crushing insecurities with the words of Eleanor Roosevelt ringing in my ears! One step at a time……

Oh, by the way, Happy 4th of July!

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(Picture and quote from Alisa Burke, Redefining Creativity)

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Happy New Year – 2012!

Happy New Year to all! May 2012 be filled with wonderful events!

Here’s a toast I found on Facebook:
More laughter than tears
More prayers than fears
More time together than apart
More sun than rain
More new adventures to start
More blessings than curses
More forwards than reverses
All this I wish for you in 2012!

Make it a wonderful year! Seize each day.

– Karen

(Photo credit: Artie from “Color Outside the Lines”)

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Paper Dolls and Polyvore

OK, so I wrote on this before, but I am consumed by this. Do you Pinterest? I absolutely love it. I can waste endless hours trolling through the site.

One thing it introduced me to is Polyvore. Have you played on this site? I’m not sure that I know how it works, but the little I do understand is it seems like paper dolls.

You search among various elements of apparel including accessories, purses, jewelry and clothing and put together ensembles. It’s so very fun! I’m amazed at the outfits that people put together. So much fun!

What about you? Do you pinterest with polyvore? What do you think about it? What’s the coolest thing you’ve put together?

Weigh in and let me know.


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Calm and Bright or Filled with Fright?


So, the holiday season is in full swing. How does it make you feel? Are you giddy with excitement, feeling calm and bright or do you have that sort of hyperventilating-I-can’t-believe-it’s-almost-here-and-I’ve-got-so-much-to-do feeling?

I seem to vascillate between these emotions several times each day.

I read several daily blogs that remind me about the true meaning of the advent season, and the anticipation that we should feel about celebrating the birth of our saviour, but, honestly, sometimes that sentiment gets lost in Christmasville – which is what many retail stores feel like to me!

Anyway, I find that if I work on tricks that stimulate the senses, it sometimes helps me to focus (I think this is how stimulants work on the brain of a child with ADD – maybe there is a genetic link……hmmmmm).

Sight. looking at and really seeing the lights on the Chritmas tree. We have these paper glasses (sort of like 3-D glasses) that split the light into stars – they are fun to use!

Smell. Cookies baking, pine, even the cold crisp air outside in the morning can help to wake up my mind.

Touch. Feeling my cat’s fur, touching velvet, even the rough feeling of pinecones or burlap can be stimulating.

Hearing. Christmas carols – even the ones that you tire of hearing can sometimes wake me up.

Taste. Ooooh, this is one of my favorites. All those Christmas yummies – home baked goods, but even clementine oranges that are abundant this time of year and oh so sweet.

What about you? What do you do to discover true Christmas spirit?

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Are you Pinterest(ed)?

So, are you wasting time  spending time trolling boards on Pinterest? I think it is really cool, and may be part of the reason magazines are struggling so. Pinterest has become a huge hit with all ages, but has skyrocketed among younger ages (according to my oh-so-not-scientific anecdotal evidence! But, also various published reports mention that there are more than 3 million users, a majority of whom are female and between the ages of 18 and 34).

It boggles the mind to see how fast this phenomenon has grown! According to Wikipedia (and it’s always right, don’t you know!), the site received beta site status in March 2010 and obtained $27 million in funding last month (October 2011) and is now valued at $200 million. (WOW! from start-up to $200 Large in 19 months!)

Why is it so popular? Could it be that the photos are simply scrumptious?

I read on someone’s blog or Facebook page that there is no way that all the yummy food pictures could co-exist in a world with all the beautiful, skinny models showing off skin-tight jeans, cool boots and oh-so-decadent jewelry and clothes! Perhaps that’s why some of the clothing boards only show the clothing – not on people.

Anyway, I love it and find that I can easily waste spend lots of time browsing around. Occasionally, I also find stuff I want to try – recipes, crafts, DIY stuff, or links to places I want to go.

What about you? Do you Pinterest? What’s your favorite thing about it? How do you find stuff you like on it?

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