Thursday, July 28, 2011


(An email I received:)

Imagine that you have won the following prize in a contest:

Each morning your bank would deposit $86,400.00 in your private account for your use. However, this prize has rules, just as any game has certain rules. The first set of rules would be:

Everything that you didn't spend during each day would be taken away from you.

You may not simply transfer money into some other account. You may only spend it.

Each morning upon awakening, the bank opens your account with another $86,400.00, for that day.

The second set of rules:

The bank can end the game without warning; at any time, it can say, It's over, the game is over! It can close the account, and you will not receive a new one.

What would you personally do?

You would buy anything and everything you wanted, right? Not only for yourself, but for all people you love, right? Even for people you don't know, because you couldn't possibly spend it all on yourself, right? You would try to spend every cent, and use it all, right?


Each of us is in possession of such a magical bank.We just can't seem to see it.


Each morning we awaken to receive 86,400 seconds, as a gift of life, and when we go to sleep at night, any remaining time is NOT credited to us. What we haven't lived up that day is forever lost.

Yesterday is forever gone.Each morning the account is refilled, but the bank candissolve your account at any time....WITHOUT WARNING.

SO, what will YOU do with your 86,400 seconds?

Those seconds are worth so much more than the same amount in dollars.

Think about that, and always think of this:

Enjoy every second of your life, because time races by so much quicker than you think.

So, take care of yourself, be Happy, Love Deeply and enjoy life!

Here's wishing you a wonderful and beautiful new day.

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

45 lessons life has taught me

Written by Regina Brett, 90 years old, of the Plain Dealer, Cleveland, Ohio.
"To celebrate growing older, I once wrote the 45 lessons life taught me. It is the most requested column I've ever written.
My odometer rolled over to 90 in August, so here is the column once more:
1.. Life isn't fair, but it's still good.
2. When in doubt, just take the next small step.
3. Life is too short to waste time hating anyone.
4. Your job won't take care of you when you are sick. Your friends and parents will. Stay in touch.
5. Pay off your credit cards every month.
6. You don't have to win every argument. Agree to disagree.
7. Cry with someone. It's more healing than crying alone.
8. It's OK to get angry with God. He can take it.
9.. Save for retirement starting with your first paycheck.
10. When it comes to chocolate, resistance is futile.
11. Make peace with your past so it won't screw up the present.
12. It's OK to let your children see you cry..
13. Don't compare your life to others. You have no idea what their journey is all about.
14. If a relationship has to be a secret, you shouldn't be in it.
15. Everything can change in the blink of an eye. But don't worry; God never blinks.
16. Take a deep breath. It calms the mind.
17. Get rid of anything that isn't useful, beautiful or joyful.
18. Whatever doesn't kill you really does make you stronger..
19. It's never too late to have a happy childhood. But the second one is up to you and no one else.
20. When it comes to going after what you love in life, don't take no for an answer.
21. Burn the candles, use the nice sheets, wear the fancy lingerie. Don't save it for a special occasion. Today is special.
22. Over prepare, then go with the flow.
23. Be eccentric now. Don't wait for old age to wear purple.
24. The most important sex organ is the brain.
25. No one is in charge of your happiness but you.
26. Frame every so-called disaster with these words 'In five years, will this matter?'
27. Always choose life.
28. Forgive everyone everything.
29. What other people think of you is none of your business.
30. Time heals almost everything. Give time time.
31. However good or bad a situation is, it will change.
32. Don't take yourself so seriously. No one else does.
33. Believe in miracles.
34. God loves you because of who God is, not because of anything you did or didn't do.
35. Don't audit life. Show up and make the most of it now.
36. Growing old beats the alternative -- dying young.
37. Your children get only one childhood.
38. All that truly matters in the end is that you loved.
39. Get outside every day. Miracles are waiting everywhere.
40. If we all threw our problems in a pile and saw everyone else's, we'd grab ours back.
41. Envy is a waste of time. You already have all you need.
42. The best is yet to come...
43. No matter how you feel, get up, dress up and show up.
44. Yield.
45. Life isn't tied with a bow, but it's still a gift.."

Friday, July 15, 2011

Fingerprint Friday - Gone Squirrley!

My husband got a new job recently as a security guard at a retirement home. Some days I drop him off or pick him up, and get to see the squirrels! I have always been fascinated with squirrels since I was a little girl. My dad and I used to throw nuts out in the yard and then watch the squirrels out the front window.

In our area, there are some WHITE squirrels and I'd never seen one in real life before, only pictures in the newspaper, but there are some on the grounds where he works. They are mixtures of pure white and grey. One is white with a grey stripe down its back and one is white with little grey ears. So cute!

If I get any closer, they scamper off for the nearest tree, so pardon the long range shot, but see the one in the middle of the photo? There's also one way in the back, next to the well as some grey squirrels. It's really something to watch them climbing trees and leaping from one branch to the tree to the next...all across the yard. One day, one went up on the top of the highest peak on the roof and laid out in the sun awhile. Ahhh!

"How many are your works, O Lord!
In wisdom you made them all; the earth is full of your creatures."
Psalm 104:24


There is a song by Steven Curtis Chapman that says:
I can see the fingerprints of God
When I look at you
I can see the fingerprints of God
And I know it's true
You're a masterpiece
That all creation quietly applauds
And you're covered with the fingerprints of God

So look around you and see where YOU can see God's fingerprints. Is it in nature? Kids? Animals? Where do you see them? To find out how to join "Fingerprint Friday" and see links to other posts, visit Beki at The Rusted Chain.

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Christmas in July Sale!

I've marked down a bunch of items in my Artfire shop!

Shop for ornaments, pendants, pins, things for all ages and all seasons. 

Christmas will be here before you know it. Stock up on gifts!

Sunday, July 03, 2011

Happy 4th of July!

Have a safe and enjoyable holiday!