Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Birthday Coming ... and that means ... a BD Draw!

I keep telling myself ... "You're not getting older ... you're getting better!"
My body keeps telling me ... "Yup ... you're getting older!"  Ugh!

Ahhhh to be twenty something again ... a physical impossibility I know ... but I try to do it mentally!

October 1st is the day ... Kids & Dad are taking me out for dinner ... and that's all I really want!  Don't need any presents ... but I'm going to give one!

I do apologize for being "late out of the gate" ... I'm having issues with the downstairs computer ... it won't let me get onto the Net ... have to wait for DH to find out what's up with that!  Mel let me use her box to get on-line.

For several years now I have taken up a tradition started by Nora Creeach ... a dear departed e-friend.  It was a book I won in one of her BD draws that led to an epiphany & triggered my ability to create patterns!  I can't say that will happen for you with this gift ... but it will be something cool created by moi!

My dear followers ... your names are automatically entered into the Lucky Tin for the draw ... and a comment post will get you a second entry! Other readers may enter too by posting a comment!

I'll draw the winner after my BD Dinner on Oct. 1st.

Good Luck to all!

Birthday Wishes & Hugs also going out to two of my fellow Libran stitchers ... the amazing Pat Winter ... whose BD is the day before mine ... and who incidentally is having a huge BD Draw of her own ... and to the awesome Betty Pillsbury ... a few days after mine ... I still have fond memories of that stitching weekend in Markham!  It was so great to learn so much from you!

Hugs ... Marie

Sunday, September 11, 2011

9-11 ... Ten Years After

I know we all remember the horror vividly ... it was a catastorphic event that shook us ... to the very core.
We stared in disbelief that such an unbelievable disasterous event could be happening as we watched ... that the lives of so many innocent people could be lost ... fathers, mothers, sons, daughters, firefighters, police officers ... paramedics ... all who had no idea that this would be their last day of life ... 2,977 was the final official count of the victims that day.

My niece Sarah was born on September 4th that year ...  my sister recalled standing & rocking her new baby ... as she watched the events on TV ... crying openly ... and feeling such grief for all mothers out there ... who had lost their children ... but at the same time feeling blessed with this new sweet creature in her arms.

My niece Amber's birthday is September 11th ... it was her worst birthday ever!  Who could feel happy on such a day ...knowing the awful things that happened?  At that time she was already becoming socially concious ... and realized what the whole event meant to all of those families affected by the loss of loved ones!  It took her a long time to shake  off the grief ... and to this day never forgets what happened on her 15th birthday.

This year Sarah turned 10  ... and shared her day with several friends ... the way kids should.

This year Amber turned 25 ... yup ... a whole quarter century ... and is currently going to school to become a paramedic.

I'm not certain if those specific events had any bearing on her career focus ... but she is determined to follow her heart.  Maybe it's her way of sharing her giving spirit in light of the trauma she felt back then.

Time is the healer of all wounds ... & I pray that it has been for the families of every soul lost on that tragic day.

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Fruits of My Labours

I added a whole whack of new stuff over on ArtFire today ... some were completed recently and some I had scanned in ... and finally had the chance to list!

I've been preoccupied lately by the Little Black Dress ... or rather Neck Lace that would simply be the perfect thing to finish it! 

Delicate & classy ... maybe even sassy ... definitely different!

Monday, September 5, 2011

Labour of Love Day !

Labour Day Weekend ... the last long weekend of the summer ... and I had to labour!

Yup ... it was my weekend on ... but the store is closed today for the holiday and tomorrow is my day off so it worked out okay.

I suppose Labour Day in general is meant to recognize the efforts of all who work ... and who have over the years contributed to building strong nations ... affording us the bountiful lifestyle we enjoy today.

I for one spent the day labouring at what I love most ... creative endeavours!  I had a few ideas simmering ... and turned them into completed projects ... 4 and a half to be exact!  I'll get to scanning the finished ones in tomorrow ... and will have them up shortly on ArtFire for you to see.

For now I have to finish up with another form of labour ... laundry!

Hugs ... Marie

Thursday, September 1, 2011

PARTY ... Like You're ... ONE!

 Well ya know ... a special event ... like your first birthday ... there's gotta be fun ... and cake!
Those two li'l monkeys sure got a fun one!


 Uncle Chris came to visit for the day ... Alex got a photo op here with him.



Cake is not a regular item on the menu of any meal ... but hey ...it's expected for your BD!
Yummy ... we like cake!


There were lots of fun presents ... and check out the cool new Cars chairs!



That's how ya party when you're ONE!

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