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I am looking at the date showing on my computer and can hardly believe we are already a week into 2010.  I am still finding myself going to write 09 but I have been catching myself before I write the nine.  I discovered that it is easy to slip a 1 in front of the zero as long as I have not written in the 9 yet.  Last year I made my resolutions and am happy to say that I followed through on them to my satisfaction.  Towards the end of last year I began to contemplate the resolutions that I wanted to make for 2010. Then as the New Year came, an interesting thing happened….I no longer felt the desire to make a list of resolutions. Now this is not to say I am not making a few changes in my life but I am not as steadfast on establishing a set list. This year I have decided to make positive changes in my life as the opportunity unfolds before me.  I am not forcing the changes but being patient for them to evolve in a more natural way. So today I went for a leisurely walk down to the beach and it felt good, it felt right.  I listened to the birds and the waves.  I watched the “new mommies” working out in a group with their babies in strollers.  I watched the surfers waiting for waves and even catching a few too.  I watched the life in everything around me.  As I did this I could feel the life in me too.  It was peaceful.

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Believe it or not 2010 is here.

What a beautiful day. I saw a spectacular sunrise and had a wonderful morning meditation. I have turned into quite a morning person.  There is something magical about the morning for me. A special girl time for me and my cat.  She likes to make sure I am up for her breakfast time.  She is typically as consistent as a clock and gives me a 30 minute window like a snooze button would.  This morning was one of those mornings where she was surprised because I was up early.  She still faithfully followed me to the kitchen.  As I pulled the cord on the blinds covering the sliding glass doors, the kitchen filled with a beautiful pink glow. I sat down in her chair which is always in the doorway for the sunlight.  She blinked as the light hit her eyes and then jumped onto my lap.  Together we watched the sunrise. I couldn’t think of a better first memory of 2010. As I sat there with my cat and my warm tootsies  in my newly crocheted slippers, I felt so connected to everything. We sat and bathed in the beauty of life.  To some it might sound hokey but that is just how I felt.  I wanted to soak in the moment and the feeling of love and compassion that was running through my being. I gave the cat back her chair and sat for my morning meditation.

I decided to do a quick colored pencil sketch today and it felt strange to write 2010 beside my initials. This piece is really small so I placed it in my Christmas tree.  Most of the holiday cards I have adorning my tree are actually bigger than this piece, lol. I am toying with the idea of working smaller for 2010.  There is only so much wall space for those four foot by four foot paintings.

The slippers were easy to make but I will admit that I made a few alterations for a custom fit. ( I found the pattern on a great site with free patterns called Garn Studio and Drops Design.  I think I originally found the pattern through Ravelry [another great site] here.)

Time for some shut-eye.

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The holidays here were quiet, which I don’t mind at all. Just the three of us. The cat was very excited because she had been very good all year hoping that Santa would give her some great presents. Which he did! You can see the much anticipated Turbo Track that she had asked for last month.

She also managed to get a brand new stash of sparkly mice and balls that make a rattle noise. SO exciting!

Two years ago I started to make a scarf for my niece. I am proud to say that I finished it this year in time for the holidays. I am also thrilled that she received the package on Christmas Eve! What perfect timing! She had told me that her favorite color was black and her second favorite was blue. I had a vision of what I had wanted the scarf to look like two years ago. I had wanted to finish off the ends with metal shark teeth beads. I have been looking for the last two years and have not been able to find what I was looking for anywhere. With time ticking away I decided to put skull beads on the ends. Why skull beads? I like skulls, doesn’t everyone? Ha! Turned out to be a good choice because she loves skulls too!

This year I also made a whole bunch of cozies. The cozies were modeled after a pattern I found in Ravelry. If you are part of the Ravelry Group you can access it here. I did my best to follow the pattern but I am still learning to follow patterns and to be honest I tend to like to wing-it. I plan on January being dedicated to finishing my first lace piece so I am prepared for the challenge of buckling down and following a pattern to the letter!

The ones that I sent to my sis-in-law & brother-in-law worked great for their beer bottles! Here is a link to see one modeled on her beer….looks like a perfect fit! Love! She is a super talented gal that creates Handspun Art Yarn. You can check out Velma’s(my sis-in-law) Etsy site here.

With only a few days left in this year, I am anticipating this being my last post for this year. Perhaps I will have something pressing to announce but if I don’t, I want to Wish you all a Happy & Wonderful New Year!

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December first is here. WOW, where has this year gone? After achieving my NaNoWriMo writing goal I began to think about the Resolutions I made at the beginning of this year. I am happy to say that I have kept with my blogging goal. I feel that if you are going to blog, then you really need to do it, even if some of the posts are short in length. I personally find it disappointing when someone starts a blog and then doesn’t update it. I’ll go back a few times to check but after that my desire to check it wanes. So that being said, I have done my best to update with posts on the average of once a week. With only 4 weeks left in this year, I am confident I can maintain the rest of this year and uphold my own resolution. I am a little bit behind on my goal of my twelve new born hats but I will be returning to that this week and am confident I can meet that goal as well. In truth, the hats work up fairly quickly. I have already donated some of the hats I did make this year to several different charities. I promised a very special lady a dozen hats for the New Born ward at her hospital so I plan on making twelve hats before the end of the month to send to her.

What has currently been on my hook, aka crochet project, started off to be a rug but has since evolved into the beginnings of a market bag. A girl can change her mind you know! My Mom sent me the crochet hook I am using for the project. The hook actually lights up and you can practically crochet in the dark! Thanks Mom, it works great!
Here is a picture of the bag in process.

FREECYCLE…
Yesterday being the last day of the month I decide to list a bunch of items on my local Freecycle group. I posted a dozen or so items and the experience has been very interesting. I love the idea of keeping usable items out of the landfill. Sometimes you have an item that you just no longer have a use for but you hang onto it because it is too good to just throw away. I found I had one of those piles. So I took several hours taking measurements, writing descriptions, taking pictures and submitting my “OFFERS”. I probably did not need to take that long but this was my first time posting so many items at once and I wanted to make sure to do it right and make less work for the volunteer moderators that check each listing.
Our Mod had sent out a message suggesting that perhaps we(the group) could find some items that were no longer needed(or wanted) and maybe they could make someone’s holiday season a little brighter. I took that to heart as I began my clearing out process. I know I have more to clear out but I made the first step in what I believe makes a difference in this world. I met several nice people in the process. I heard from single moms, families, individuals, and some of the recently laid-off population. They touched my life and I am grateful. Grateful for what I have and also grateful for what I can share.
Have you thought about what you can do to make a difference? Sometimes what we perceive as the littlest thing, or no big deal, might make a huge difference in the life of someone else. I know this has been true in my life. Thank you to those of you that have touched my life.

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I have ventured out the last few days to places I have often thought of going.  I spent a day in Encinitas, CA with a friend and we went to Swami’s Beach. We were there at low tide and here is one of the tide pools.

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Magic Moments

The cyclic aspects of life  always enthralled me.  The four seasons, birth and death, sunrises and sunsets offered moments to pause and reflect. So often those moments are missed in our busy lives. (more…)

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