Thursday, February 28, 2013

Hurry up Spring.

No matter how long the winter, 
spring is sure to follow. 
 ~Proverb
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Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Oh, let the sun shine in. Face it with a grin. Smilers never lose and frowners never win.

One of my Grammy's favorite quotes was

'Those who spread sunshine to the lives of others
 cannot keep it from themselves.' 

J.M. Barrie

I try to remember this each other.

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May your light shine brightly today. 

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Tuesday, February 26, 2013

'The best thing one can do when it's raining is to let it rain.' ~Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

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I opened my eyes
And looked up at the rain,
And it dripped in my head
And flowed into my brain,
And all that I hear as I lie in my bed
Is the slishity-slosh of the rain in my head.


I step very softly,

I walk very slow,
I can't do a handstand-
I might overflow,
So pardon the wild crazy thing I just said-
I'm just not the same since there's rain in my head.


Shel Silverstein


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Saturday, February 23, 2013

The Best Book Club Ever :: Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs



Because we didn't think we had quite enough going on in our lives, 
and because we hate having any spare moments,

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we: Stephanie, Melissa, Meredith, Erin, Betsy, Nancy, Tiffy, Jen, and Lauren, decided to start a book club.
And not just any book club. 
The BEST book club ever. 
(We are still trying to come up with a name.)



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Now, our first book was somewhat disappointing. In fact, out of all 10 of us, it only got 3 positive reviews. I won't tell you who picked it. 
OK, OK, her name starts with B and ends with Y if you really must know.
I thought the photographs looked intriguing. 

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The best thing about our book club at the first meeting was the food.
A sushi buffet.

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You know what?
I take that back.
The food was fantastic,
but it was not the best thing about the book club.
The best thing was being with each other.
Listening to opinions.
Talking and laughing.

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Here is the summary for Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs from Quirk Publishing:


A mysterious island.... An abandoned orphanage.... A strange collection of very curious photographs.

It all waits to be discovered in Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, an unforgettable novel that mixes fiction and photography in a thrilling reading experience. 

    As our story opens, a horrific family tragedy sets sixteen-year-old Jacob journeying to a remote island off the coast of Wales, where he discovers the crumbling ruins of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. As Jacob explores its abandoned bedrooms and hallways, it becomes clear that the children were more than just peculiar. They may have been dangerous. They may have been quarantined on a deserted island for good reason. And somehow—impossible though it 
seems—they may still be alive.

A spine-tingling fantasy illustrated with haunting vintage photography, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children will delight adults, teens, and anyone who relishes an adventure in the shadows.


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We used discussion questions from Lit Lovers.
It was very interesting to hear all the perspectives on the book during our discussion.
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Tomorrow is our 2nd book club meeting and we are all looking forward to it.
Want to know what we are reading?
Come back in a month and I will tell you all about it.
Oh, and please share any of your recent favorite reads. We are looking for new ideas.
Clearly, picking books should not be left up to anyone whose name starts with B and ends with y. Trust me. 

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Love,
 your book club correspondent Becky

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Why is there no gambling in Africa? Too many cheetahs.

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Let's laugh today.
I read tried to pick out the funniest riddles I could find. 
Gary said these aren't funny.
I read him about 100 last night.
I found them here, so if you like these, 
go read some more.
Then you can annoy your family, just like me. 

What is Beethoven's favorite fruit?
Bananaaaaaaa.
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Who does Pharaoh talk to when he feels sad?
His mummy.

Why couldn't Dracula's wife fall asleep?
Because of his coffin.

What did the worker at the rubber band factory say when he lost his job?
Oh, snap.

Why did the elephants get kicked out of the public pool?
They kept dropping their trunks. 

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Is it possible to survive middle school?



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We have been zooming through life lately. 
Just like everyone, right? 
Kaish continues to have a hard time with middle school.
And by 'hard time' I mean,
hates-it-with-a-passion-never-wants-to-go.
So, as a result, morning time at our house is nothing short of bliss.
And by 'bliss' I mean,
anxiety-stricken-panic-ensuing-distress.
But, just like everything in life, good and bad,
I know this shall soon pass.
And by 'soon' I mean,
78 more days.
Holy cow.
When I type it out that seems like a ridiculous number of days. 
Do you have any memories about middle school?
I don't remember liking it or disliking it. 
My Mom says I wasn't exactly a delight while I was in 7th and 8th grade.
I can't recall. 
I think she is probably mixing me up with my sister who definitely wasn't a delight during those years!
Wishing you a happy and drama free day. 
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Monday, February 18, 2013

'Live in such a way that if anyone should speak badly of you, no one would believe it.' Unknown

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I could tell you 66 great things about her easily.
She is the best person on the planet in my book.
Happy Birthday Mommy. 
You make this world a beautiful place. 

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

a little love story for Valentines Day

A sweet love story
::link to 60 tiny love stories where I found this::


Today, my 75-year-old grandpa 
who has been blind from cataracts 
for almost 15 years said to me, 
“Your grandma is just the most beautiful thing, isn’t she?” 
I paused for a second and said, “Yes she is. I bet you miss seeing that beauty on a daily basis.” 
“Sweety,” my grandpa said, 
“I still see her beauty every day. 
In fact, I see it more now than I used to when we were young.”



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I read every one.
I cried and cried.
I don't know if they are all true. I don't care.
I am glad they made me feel something tonight. 
Aren't you glad there is a day to celebrate love?
I have to think of something special to do for Kaish and Gary. 
Creativity has been low on my list of things that must get done lately, but, 
Valentines Day absolutely positively
must.get.done.

Spread some love. 
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Monday, February 11, 2013

the Creativity project :: making a composite :: failure

Is it really time for the monthly creativity project?
Where does the time go?

I failed this month.

I was so excited to read this post at I heart faces by Julie Rivera shortly after we had settled on our theme. 

Then suddenly, it was Sunday night, and I couldn't find any series of pictures with movement in them as Julie suggested.

So I thought I would make a gif. That is sort of like our theme, right?

I tried and tried for about 2 hours. And then I got the flu.

I think it was the flu. Whatever I had last night was not a pleasure.

So, all that to say, I am posting the five pictures I was trying to merge together...
and promising that I will keep on working on our project. 

I am sorry I let you down.

I know that Maddy won't let you down though, so please go and visit her and see what magic she has come up with. 

Love, Becky


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Thursday, February 7, 2013

finding joy :: When God Created Mothers by Erma Bombeck

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Last year, I lost the joy.
I mean, I saw it around me and I tried to grasp onto it, but it just kept escaping.
Over and over. 

This year, I am making a conscious effort to hold onto it.
I am a joy seeker.

Tonight on facebook my friend Rock said he loved the sound of his mother laughing. 
That is a beautiful sound, isn't it?
It prompted me to find this little snippet from Erma Bombeck that I have always loved:


“When God Created Mothers"

When the Good Lord was creating mothers, He was into His sixth day of "overtime" when the angel appeared and said. "You're doing a lot of fiddling around on this one." And God said, "Have you read the specs on this order?" 

She has to be completely washable, but not plastic. Have 180 moveable parts...all replaceable. Run on black coffee and leftovers. Have a lap that disappears when she stands up. A kiss that can cure anything from a broken leg to a disappointed love affair. And six pairs of hands." 

The angel shook her head slowly and said. "Six pairs of hands.... no way." It's not the hands that are causing me problems," God remarked, "it's the three pairs of eyes that mothers have to have." That's on the standard model?" asked the angel. God nodded. One pair that sees through closed doors when she asks, 'What are you kids doing in there?' when she already knows. Another here in the back of her head that sees what she shouldn't but what she has to know, and of course the ones here in front that can look at a child when he goofs up and say. 'I understand and I love you' without so much as uttering a word.

"God," said the angel touching his sleeve gently, "Get some rest tomorrow...." I can't," said God, "I'm so close to creating something so close to myself. Already I have one who heals herself when she is sick...can feed a family of six on one pound of hamburger...and can get a nine year old to stand under a shower." The angel circled the model of a mother very slowly. "It's too soft," she sighed. But tough!" said God excitedly. "You can imagine what this mother can do or endure." 

"Can it think?" "Not only can it think, but it can reason and compromise," said the Creator. Finally, the angel bent over and ran her finger across the cheek. There's a leak," she pronounced. "I told You that You were trying to put too much into this model.

"It's not a leak," said the Lord, "It's a tear." What's it for?" It's for joy, sadness, disappointment, pain, loneliness, and pride." You are a genius, " said the angel. Somberly, God said, "I didn't put it there.” 

 Erma Bombeck, When God Created Mothers


Go and hug your Mama today. If God has already taken her from Earth, find someone else that could use a hug. Spread love. Spread joy.



Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Mysel's Family :: “I sustain myself with the love of family.” Maya Angelou

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Mysel's family is awesome.
5 distinct personalities.
A few resistant smile-ers.
It was perfect. 
Thank you for the honor of capturing your love.