Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Summer Heat, New Projects, Beginnings...

After weeks of cooler than normal weather, the thermostat hit 101 yesterday.  Those familiar with MS (multiple sclerosis) know that heat is our enemy.  I have to be very careful about my body core temperature, so summer is the season for hibernating indoors. Spring never seems to last long enough for me.

While I'm waiting for October, I've decided to keep busy with some indoor projects I've been putting off.  I started a blog for my art and sales.  It's called Moonflower Cottage, same name as my Etsy site.  I do not have any items for sale on either site at this time.  These are works in progress, but I am hoping to have them actively running within two months.

I'll be selling homemade cards, reclaimed items that I put my own spin on, possibly some original art, and some vintage items I've decided to part with.  I'll post a note here at Little Grey Gardens when I have added items to sell at the other sites.

This is something I've wanted to do for a long time, I just hadn't found the energy or motivation to get started.  It's a new beginning for me.

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Weary Heart

Father's Day weekend was hard for me this year.  I'm not even sure why.  I do miss my Grandpa so much, but that wasn't it.  My mil's birthday would have been yesterday, and I still miss her.  That wasn't it either.  My family was together, husband and my two sons.  Our brunch was wonderful, and we had a really nice time.  I just can't put my finger on it.

Do you ever just slip into a "blue funk" for no apparent reason?  I'd love to write something cheery and entertaining, but it's just not there.  Mahalia just came on... "Trouble of the World"... I have to say that's not cheering me up.  The songs come up randomly, and this one just happened to fit my state of mind today.  "I want to see my mother... going home to live with God..."   *Sigh*  I don't want to "go home" to see my mother, father... any of my loved ones... not today.  Not anytime soon.  I love this life.  I love my family and my friends.  I just wish I were seeing more of my prayers answered... well, answered the way I wanted.  So many people suffering with illness, job loss, sorrows...

I guess I have a weary heart.  I know tomorrow will be better... this evening may even be better!  I'll leave you with these thoughts...

"Life was meant to be lived, and curiosity must be kept alive.
One must never, for whatever reason, turn his back on life."
~~ Eleanor Roosevelt
"Though no one can go back and make a brand new start, 
anyone can start from now and make a brand new ending."  
~ Anonymous

and when I get weary, I remember...

 The joy of the Lord is your strength.
~ Nehemiah 8:10

Saturday, June 19, 2010

It's A Beautiful Day...

First, I wanted to remind you to visit The Brenda Photo Challenge.  I didn't participate in this photo challenge, but I wanted to post the link so you could see all the amazing and fun photos that were entered.  Go to:

The Brenda Photo Challenge    (click on the name to go...)

It's been a crazy couple of weeks for me.  I will spare you all the details, but I'm glad to be back posting.  This beautiful, sunny day is perfect for all the activities going on in our surrounding communities.  In my little town we are celebrating Dairy Days.  You don't see a lot of dairy farms anymore, much of the farmland is now subdivided into homes or shopping.  Our community still honors our dairy heritage with a carnival, farming/animal events, a parade, and more.  My husband's car club participated in the parade last night.  It was a 50's theme.  Their float was for awareness of Alzheimers, which my husband's mother had. All the classic cars followed along behind.  I may be able to post a picture later on.

Also, this weekend is the Emmett Cherry Festival, A vintage car show in Eagle, Idaho, another Vintage Car Event in Boise featuring Jerry and the Stingrays, and the Gay Pride event in Boise.  My husband is fitting in the Eagle car show and going to hear Jerry and the Stingrays.  He hates to miss the Cherry Festival.  He has participated in it for years, but it just happened that everybody picked this weekend for their events.  I don't get out to many of these events, as it just gets too warm for me (this is an MS issue).

My niece, JP, is singing in a competition at the Gay Pride event.  There was an elimination event this week and she was in the top five.  She has been singing almost from the day she was born.  Some of my family will be there to support her, some won't.  Her choices aren't supported by our faith... well, the faith we were brought up in.  I will always love and support her no matter what... I was not placed in this world to be a judge... only to show love to others... all others.  If you met her, I know you couldn't help loving her too! 

I am looking forward to a Fathers' Day Brunch for my husband tomorrow.  My oldest son is joining us for steak and eggs!  Yum!  We'll eat, do gifts, visit for a while, then Paul will be off to the Fathers' Day Car Show.  This is a huge weekend for "Car Guys" in our area.  He looks forward to it all year.

I hope you have a wonderful weekend.  Take a moment to celebrate the Fathers' in your lives...  both earthly and Heavenly...

Monday, June 7, 2010

Nothing Much To Say

I've been in a quiet state of mind the past few days.  Some changes happening... not all good... not all bad.  My heart is sad this morning for a dear friend, Robin.  She lost her brother to cancer yesterday.  I know how hard it is to lose a brother.  I still miss mine after 10 years...  What I do know is her faith will sustain her... when the tears just keep coming, God's loving arms will hold her close... when it feels lonely and unbearable, her friends and family will provide love and comfort.

Also, my writing muse seems to have left me.  I haven't worked on a story or poem for weeks.  I think I'll throw myself into some other projects that I've been neglecting... so if you notice I'm rather sporadic in posting, just imagine me knee-deep in other jobs around my home...

God bless your day.
Nita Jo

Saturday, June 5, 2010

The Brenda Photo Challenge - Weathered & Worn

My entries for this month's Weathered & Worn category are Here, at Nita Jo's Photos.  To see all the entries for this Brenda Photo Challenge, go Here!

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Life Has Been Busy...

I've really lapsed on my blogging!  So much has been going on.  My husband spent a week with his sis in Chicago.  They got to do a ton of sightseeing.  They also went to two Cubs games... Cubbies won both times!  My husband loved that.  He's only seen three live games, the two in Chicago and one in Denver.  All were wins!  I told him that he may be a lucky charm for the Cubs... they could sure use one!

During that week, I was able to get some errands taken care of.  It's nice to be driving again.  I am still waiting for a replacement lens so I can see with my left eye!  About a month after my prescription went in, my left eye improved back to where it was before!  Such a blessing!  They ordered a new lens in, free of charge... unfortunately when I drove in to get it, the wrong lens had been sent!  So I'm still waiting...

Wow!  Just as I was typing this, the phone rang... my lens is in!  It came a week earlier than expected.  Happy news! 

My grandma turned 92 on the 30th of May! Since I've had a horrid cold, I talked to her briefly on the telephone.  She responded better than last time, but fell asleep while telling me something.  Lol!  Guess I called during nap time!

I'm going to go enjoy the rest of this rainy afternoon!  I love rainy days!