Saturday, January 31, 2009
I seem to be in this 'experimental' phase with the help of my new friend, Valerie. Tomorrow, we're heading to a local country club for a Superbowl party. She even talked me into wearing red and white and she'd wear black. Oh, my!!! Life certainly is interesting.
I had a surprise yesterday - I had gone for my walk, talked extra long to a friend on the phone and as I was sitting at my computer, something made me look out the window and I noticed my nephew from a nearby town and then I noticed one of my other nephews, Steven, was with him. Steven surprised everyone in the family by just showing up - that doesn't seem so odd except that he drove all the way from Virginia to California without telling anyone. It was delightful to sit outside, enjoy the view of the ocean and catch up with my nephews.
Last night was a delight - it was Gourmet Dinner Group Night at a friend's house - six of us got together to chat, have a most delicious dinner and just to relax. I am finding my new friends to be quite enlightening - the conversations run the gambit of politics, men, to well, lots of things...
I've decided to not plan so much because lately it seems like everything goes out the window...
Friday, January 30, 2009
Spread the Love...
I think life has finally caught up with me this week. After coming back from the trade show, I was like a whirlwind of energy, but now, some down time is in order, but that will have to wait until, well, maybe tomorrow or Sunday.
Last night I had a most delightful evening with 18 ladies from my newcomers club. What a charming group of ladies and can you tell, we love to eat. I found out that one lady's husband worked for Disney and when they took their kids to Yellowstone to see Old Faithful, the kids thought it was a Disney 'thing' and didn't think it was real. I met so many people and heard their life stories, I think my poor brain is done.
I'm off to walk this morning on the beach - it is a most beautiful day here, then to call a friend to catch up, then to a COPE meeting at Cal Poly, then dinner out again. Yikes! Then breakfast with some family members and then hopefully that downtime.
Do as I say, not as I do...make it a fabulous weekend!!!
Wednesday, January 28, 2009
There were all kinds of fun things hanging from this chandelier - at the bottom were old clock faces.
This stunning dress was in the Simplicity Creative Group's booth. Can you tell what it's made from??? The bottom is trash bags and the top is magazine images.
Remember two years ago (yes, two years) when I did the bra purses as a make-it and take-it? Well, here are several from a scrapbook booth. Looks like pink is in!
Tuesday, January 27, 2009
I'm back from CHA and trying to catch up on mail, email, Facebook, yadda, yadda...I ran across this drawing Laura Kelly did of me at the show - she was amazing - she did it literally in 10 seconds.
More details about the show soon!!!
Saturday, January 24, 2009
I'm off to CHA after having dinner with Jack LaLane last night...OK, he was in the same restaurant as me.
I'll report back early next week on all the new crafty things from the Craft and Hobby Association Trade Show!
Wednesday, January 21, 2009
Celebrity Attendance at the CHA Winter Show
Friday, January 16, 2009
Something to think about...
10 Questions to Ask Yourself When Creating Your Bucket List:
If you had a year left to live, what would you do?
If you won the lottery, where would you go?
What did you always want to do when you were a child?
If you were lying on your deathbed, what would you most regret not having done?
If you had an upcoming high school reunion, what would you like to be able to tell your former classmates that you've accomplished?
What do you need to have more of in your life?
Who do you admire? Why?
You're sitting with your grandchildren on your lap telling them about your exploits. What stories are you telling them?
You've died and are listening to your eulogy. What are your friends and loved ones saying about you?
If a genie granted you three wishes, what would you ask for?
I've been sending out tons of book proposals and with email being the way most publishing houses want their proposals, it's a quick turn around. (Read that as a quick 'no thanks!')
I've been walking and walking - the weather has been absolutely gorgeous - in the 80's!!! Valerie and I have been good about getting out to walk on the beach for an hour. Last weekend, my sister, nephew and I did a 2 hour walk on the beach followed by a healthy dinner at Taco Temple. Valerie, invited me to a stretch class, so looks like I'll be adding that to my activities a couple of times a week.
We made a quick trip over to Fresno / Lemoore for my dad's 82nd birthday. I picked up a Madonna Inn Toffee Cake - it was over-the-top! I made a quick trip to Fresno to do some paperwork and then on to lunch with my friend Frances - we could talk all day and all night, if we had the time! She is soooo insightful and such a good friend - one that I can tell EVERYTHING and ANYTHING to and she has had similar situations so we can identify with each other so much. I love to see what she and Rudy have done since the last time I was there.
Yesterday was my first COPE (Center for Obesity Prevention and Education) meeting on the Cal Poly campus. My sister went to school there so I at least knew the basic layout of the campus - I walked passed where we stood in line for what seemed like hours during her registration (ahhh, to have had computers and on-line registration back then) and I passed the building where my nephew, Chris, graduated a few years ago. Everyone was warm and inviting at the meeting. I was the only person not associated with an agency like the Y, food bank or a fitness center. It's idea time, so this afternoon I'll shoot off an email to them with some creative ideas for a huge symposium in October.
Well, I'm off for a doctor's appointment and lunch with my sister and nephew at a new restaurant and maybe a movie this afternoon.
It's a busy weekend, my high school classmate, Lisa, will be in Pismo Beach and wants to 'pick my brain' about something, so it will be good to see her again. AND, this weekend I will finalize my plans to go to London...yippeee!!!
Make it a great one!
Friday, January 09, 2009
Thursday, January 08, 2009
I have to admit I am spending WAY too much time on Facebook. When a friend asked me to sign up, I spent a few minutes on it, but didn't get it. Well, it has become a wonderful lifeline that I am so glad I pursued and it doesn't cost anything. I am on the committee for our high school reunion next year and I have been able to connect with people I haven't seen in over 30 years - it's a challenge for me to find more classmates and get reacquainted with them. You can instant message with people - I was chatting with four people at one time - it was exciting - one was in London, one in Fresno, one in Los Angeles and one in Tennessee. Crazy, I say, just crazy!
Here's a great way to recycle an old frame and some inexpensive legs from a hardware store into a fabulous personalized table that fits your room perfectly!
What You'll Need
4 table legs
Poster or photo
How to Make It
1. Paint legs and frame. Let dry.
2. Place your poster or photo in frame.
3. Attach legs to corners of frame.
Monday, January 05, 2009
I just got back from seeing the movie Seven Pounds - not quite the movie I had expected...but, when I got home, I had a message on my answering machine. It was from the Director of the Center for Obesity Prevention and Education (COPE) at the local university, Cal Poly. She asked me to be on the community advisory committee!!! I am soooooo very excited!!! I met her at a luncheon a couple of months ago and now look where a simple email took me. We're chatting tomorrow about details...
Later...I knew I wanted to be a BIG part of this organization, but the more I did research, the more I saw the fit. Here are the Director's goals - First, to develop comprehensive exercise-nutrition-behavior programs to improve weight, body composition, and physical and metal health across the lifespan. Second, to conduct research to determine the program’s effectiveness. Third, to work within existing institutions, such as after-school programs, community or health centers, to amplify the program’s availability to diverse populations. Fourth, to establish Cal Poly as a nationally recognized education resource and center of obesity-related expertise.
Sunday, January 04, 2009
Also, check out Cheryl Ball (from our old Aleene's Creative Living days) and my Get Those Old Records Off the Shelf ebook for tons of ideas to use old records!