Thursday, December 31, 2009

keyword: 'hApPy'

It's been quite a


for me,

for you,

and for everyone in between us.

Shall we try something new? Let's.

Let's try a revolution... a

happiness revolution.

It won't take much effort...

no treadmills, no special diets,

no forfeiture of your favorite bad habits.

Nothing to throw out, nothing new to purchase.

No trips to the doctor, no new pills to take.

it will be quite simple really....

image from thebedlamofbeefy

it's on the fridge already, it's my plan for the next decade!

many, many, many new years' wishes for your happiness!!
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(¸.·´ (¸.·´ paula

Monday, December 28, 2009

10 Things

How sweet is this?

Thrilled to have recieved this award from Tracey of 'imjustyouraveragemom'! Thanks Tracey!

It comes with a little 10 interesting things about yourself...

huh? just 10??
ok... I'll try...
I'll start with the biggest one...

I'm somewhat of a miracle.

On Sept 15, 2007, at the tender age of 43 I survived a heart attack. It was quite a life changing event, as I learned that only 7% of women under the age of 45 actually survive a heart attack. Sitting at my painting desk I began to exprerience heart burn that just wouldn't quit and started traveling thru my uppper body, even into my jaw. I called myself an ambulance and sure enough...that was it. A very scary event as I was whisked from one hospital to another (via ambulance) and had an emergency cath operation, followed by a night in ICU and three nights in the hospital. Not something I like to talk about or think about but I can tell you that each and every day since then life has never been the same. Today my heart is quite strong, I'm happy to cardio doc (who's name is Dr. Cinderella, how cute is that?) calls it "excellent". Life is a miracle I will never take for granted again. All done talking about that!

less serious but possibly interesting things about me....

Number two...

I'm quite a pack matter how hard I try, I just find one reason or another to keep things.

Drives my husband crazy! He should just consider himself lucky to be among those 'things' I like to keep!! lol...and speaking of keeping things...

Number three..

I realized not too long ago that I have been cooking with the same cookware that was given to us as a wedding gift, 23 years ago.

Farberware. It works, why change it?

and while I'm in the kitchen...

Number four...

My everyday silverware is sterling.

YUP, I'm that crazy....I polish it too! I just love it, it makes me feel like I'm at my grandmother's eating her wonderful tomato soup she always served us. On her stove was a crystal pitcher full of soup spoons, sterling soup spoons. I have that pitcher now on my stove, full of sterling soup spoons. It's one of my favorite things.

Number five...

I'm quite handy with power tools.

Ya, at one point in my life I was actually a member of Sears' "Craftsmen Club"...(well, you got a discount for being a member!!)

My favorite magazine, which I have quite a collection of in the attic, (remember the pack rat thing above?...) was 'Family Handyman'. I've built many things around this one hundred year old house we live granite island, built in window seats, my little towel storage area in our tiny bathroom (which required cutting a hole in the wall, when my husband came home from work that day and saw it, he almost passed out! lol), new stairs on our back porch, all my window boxes, a new floor on my front get the idea. I guess I get this knack from my dad, who got it from his dad,
a skilled carpenter and house builder many years ago.
Number six...
I have a coat fetish. I don't know what that is all about, but I would hate to count how many coats I own... a number I never want to know. I think I may have unknowingly passed this along to my daughter. Sorry Hannah, but try to enjoy it honey, there are worse fetishes out there.
ummmm... am I boring you yet? sorry. I'll wrap it up.
let's just do one more...
Number seven...
I have this 'late in life' obsession with playing tennis. It is directly related to the first item on my list here and Dr. Cinderella thinks it's wonderful. But Dr. Cinderella doesn't see how obsessed I can get about winning, and how mad I get when I have a bad game!
ok... it's not ten but I've tortured you enough!
have a great week everyone!!
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(¸.·´ (¸.·´ paula

Friday, December 25, 2009

Be Merry!

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

The Christmas Picture Photo Shoot

Every year we try to get a decent family photo to send to relatives in our Christmas cards. Usually it is a chore...lot's of 'hurry up Mom' ... 'that's good enough Mom'... 'I'm not changing my shirt or smiling again Mom' ... you know, like I was asking them to do the dishes or something??? geez... well this year it was different... for over an hour we tried to get all six of us, (4 humans and 2 pets) to get in one shot that everyone was happy with....the fun and amount of laughter we shared was simply priceless!! coaxing Jessie into position...

"I don't want to...just give me that treat in your pocket!!"

oh Hannah! so close!!

there! not bad... except dad didn't like it... more..let's try the couch...

how about just me and Mike mom???
no ....
stop wrestling and get into position!!



no. geez jessie...stop staring at Piff and look at the camera!

can't even remember what was so funny...

where'd Piff go????

ok... maybe?? except dad's not exactly smiling... ??? I give up!

we'll try a New Years Card. Merry Merry Christmas everyone!!!


Sunday, December 20, 2009

Number Ten..... come on down!!

Congrats to Sandy Michelle of Sandy's Creations!!!
Thanks to all for your sweet comments... I so enjoyed reading them, your 'beliefs' were very inspiring. Always needing reminders of how good life really is! I really love doing giveaways so this won't be my last!
Bless you all!

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Time to Believe and to pay it foward...

I spend alot of time 'believing' these days so it seemed a perfect fit to paint a 'Believe' sign for my next giveaway.

be·lieve ~ to have a firm conviction as to the goodness, efficacy, or ability of something

'Believe' measures 18"x12" ... a darling angel sits at the top with her eyes closed, her wings and ribbon are sprinkled with silver german glass glitter which as we all know will tarnish over time
adding a bronze patina for more vintage charm!

So sweet plan is this...
starting today and ending on Sunday eve at 7pm...
leave a comment on this post...
is there anything you have a firm conviction about? share it with us....we'd love to hear it....tis the season to believe...for me, I'm believing in miracles...they happen everyday.

and just like my last giveaway, I'd love for you to become a follower (if you aren't already), post about it on your blog then come back and leave another comment that you've posted it (adds you in for a second chance)
I'll be drawing the winner Sunday night (via, then shipping to the winner on Monday morning, priority mail! (be sure to watch for my email or my comment on your blog...I'll need your addy pronto!)
(trying to beat Santa on this one!)
good luck!
***about my nephew...Kirby remains in the hospital, still waiting for him to get stronger and move to rehab. For too many reasons I haven't been able to make a trip up there but my heart remains with my sister and family...thankyou all so much for the emails, kind words left here on my blog and for your prayers...keep praying with me and keep believing.
lots of love,

Monday, December 14, 2009

your system has been infected!!

well girls, i've got a virus. been 2 days trying to repair it, no luck.
I'm posting from my husbands computer which is fine for online and email, but that's where it ends. no without my photoshop and all the other gadgets and files on my computer,'s not good. not pretty at all. I'm a bear when my computer is down and it is really down.
wish me luck, wish those around me luck too.

Monday, December 7, 2009

out of the woods, sort of...

feel like I'm still in the woods, a little lost.
Christmas is a season of
I'm finding myself hoping more and more each day.
After my last post here I recieved a phone call from my sister, my nephew had a serious car accident. His injuries have been severe, they've operated on his arm, he now has a plate and 2 screws. He is still in the hospital as I write, and probably will be for a few more days. They are now dealing with the complications from a severe concussion, he is not able to do many things...walk, talk, hold a cup and has difficulty staying awake. My heart is just broken to pieces for my sister and her husband, their worlds are turned upside down.
So every day I try to keep busy...painting and decorating for Christmas...
the season of
I did celebrate my birthday yesterday despite the mood I woke up in...
not quite in a birthday sort of mood but
my daughter took care of that...
let's go mom...out to breakfast, shopping at the beach, out to lunch...she kept me hopping and laughing. A sweet little girl I have, I love you lot's Hannah.
I'll be sharing more of my Christmas decor later this week and announcing my new giveaway!

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(¸.·´ (¸.·´ paula

Update.. Friday, December 11th....

Kirby remains in the hospital and has undergone a second surgery on his arm. He shows very little improvement and they are afraid he has severe brain damage. When they feel he is stable enough, he'll be moved to a rehab center in Boston.

As each day goes by it is harder and harder for me to be so far away from them and more than likely, within the next week, I will be making a trip up there to be with my sister and family.

As difficult as it is, we remain hopeful...he's young and strong-willed...I'm constantly reminding myself of this.

Thankyou all so much for your kind words, thoughts and'll never know how much it has meant. I plan to keep in touch...visiting blogs and chatting helps the soul alot!

bless you all,