Sunday, December 16, 2012

Time Rushes By

Time rushes by, really it does.  Since my last post my studio got finished enough for me to move into the space.  There is still work to be done on the outside but I am so happy to have this extra space.  Now the issue is to find time to organize.   When Michael asked me what I wanted for Christmas I told him minions (thank you Joanne T-H).  I don't think I'll be getting them.  I will add pictures of the studio later when I find time to take them.

We took a trip to Kauai with some friends joining us.  We were having a fabulous time until we got the phone call on Dec. 1 that my mother-in-law, Rose Scott, passed away.  She was 95 and lived a very rich life.  We were sad of her passing but relieved she died peacefully.  She always had a cheerful outlook on life, really up until the day she passed she seemed content and happy.  So I am busy sending out cards and helping Michael plan a celebration of her life here at the house on Dec. 30th.  Christmas plans seem to have been put on the side burner.

We bought a small living tree, I strung some small lights on it, and this is probably it for my decorating other than a few poinsettias and some candles.  Maybe we drag Rockin' Santa out (that's another story).

I'm off to the studio today to continue with organizing as I have Carrie Clayden coming to visit me on Wednesday.  We have not met yet and only just discovered each other and that we only live an hour or so away from each other.  I can't wait to see what we scheme up!

I retrieved this from the internet and want to pass it along as I think there are some very valid and inspirational thoughts written here and I know my mother-in-law would agree.

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."


Joanne Huffman said...

A very nice tribute to your mother-in-law. I'm sorry for your loss, but hope you and Michael take comfort from your happy memories. I'm still envious of your studio (not coveting is the commandment I break most often). I wish I lived close enough to come over and play.

jan b. said...

Once when I was visiting - Alex was quite young and Tony just an infant - I remember Rose making plans to take Alex to the aquarium and she told him they were going on "an adventure". I always liked that and I feel that is how she looked at life ... as an adventure.