Aug 21
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I put out the welcOMe mat today.  The welcOMe mat is for everyone.  There are no exclusions.  All.  Are.  WelcOMe.  Each and everyone of you.  It matters not what you do, or who you are, where you’ve been, or where you want to go.  It matters not how old, young, big, little, or, or, or…..There’s no health warnings, side effects, and doesn’t need to be approved by four out of five dentists.  You don’t even need to be 36″ tall to go on this ride.  ALL are welcOMe to this place.

All are welcOMe to seek the place love lives within each and every one of us. Enjoy your journey – I double dog dare you.

As far as the art?  Yeah…it changed from the original painting.  Why?  I simply didn’t like it.  It just didn’t feel quite right.  I loved the black whimsical border – but not in this painting so I replaced it with things from my hOMe.  The weave like border is cut from my actual window dressing in my home, the brown recycled paper bag in the upper left corner is from the groceries I bring home to nourish my family, and the bird was added to remind me of my little natural alarm clocks outside my windows in the early mornings.  Ahhh….that’s better, now it feels like home – my place where love lives.

Just like art, we all have the ability to re-work our life like we re-work a canvas.  Just keep going…..until it feels right.

Aug 7
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“What we have here is failure to communicate.”   Cool Hand Luke 1967 (love that movie!)

Yep.  That about sums it up.  Failure to cOMmunicate.

Dear Blog,

WOW – It’s been nearly a month since we last spoke and much has happened in that time.  There’s been so much to say, mOMents that have cOMe and gone, and daily living lived…..well, at the speed of life.  I feel like you are my long lost friend who deserves to be caught up.  After all, we’ve shared some intimate observances and well….you are very good listener and I am very grateful for that.

Here’s what you’ve missed –  summer road trips, sick kids, bacteria infection on 3 out of 4 members of our small tribe, the flu, another MRI, x-rays on 2 out of 4 members, multiple trips to the doc, and scheduled surgery.  Oh…and did I mention the yard renovation?  The weed pulling (which I’m not very good at), rock shoveling, wood staining, sod laying, flower planting, soil amending type of renovation?  Yes, it’s happening, there’s a green movement in our back yard.  Super cool.  I must say, the sight of fat green tomatoes really make me smile.

Yes, we’ve been busy…..but above all,  I’ve noticed that sOMetimes cOMmunication helps keep us accountable.  The mOMent you cOMmunicate verbally “I love you” you have just stated that you are accountable and responsible for loving another – even when that person is yourSELF.  When you cOMmunicate “I am making dinner” people expect dinner to be made.  When you cOMmunicate a willingness to take a job, people expect you to show up to work.  And when you cOMmunicate through a blog, share your life with others, and encourage inspirational living through life observations, well people expect you to keep calm and carry on.  I am also grateful for that.

Thank you Blog.  I have missed you!  At many times during my days I have wanted to share with you my journey but never took the time to do so.   So thank you for holding me accountable, you’ll be hearing from me a lot more.

Love lives here part three – up next.