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Friday, April 29, 2011

Sunday Scribblings " Cake" Happy Birthday Brother!

Sunday Scribblings Prompt this week is "Cake"

 What better reason to eat Cake!
Happy Fiftieth Birthday to my Little Brother! This man knows how to defy that half century mark! The way he dresses, acts, and preserves his body with daily maintenance and nutrition! He's worked at it and looks way younger than our dad did at 50! Right now he is sporting a solid six pack better than men twenty! Still a babe after
all these years!

 This was written in 2006 by still holds true!

Just a newborn, with a tuft of black spiky hair protruding from your tiny head I adored you from that moment forward. At two, you buzzed up and down the halls on your yogi bear ride-on toy. I was only seven but you amused me. Four years old and you insisted on taking all the wheels off your trucks. I didn’t pay much attention, but I revered you. Just five, over and over you concocted the antic of sticking your bare finger out the fly of your jeans, pensively awaiting the barrage of adult laughter. You amazed me with your humor. A little man at six, you stood between me and the teenage boys harassing us. My brave little brother, you took a whipping with tree switches across your tiny bare chest, Just to protect me, your eleven year old sister. I admired and respected your courage. A year later a huge percolator of coffee dumped upon your small body. Again you valiantly endured the pain of peeling nipples and second degree burns. My first love came early at thirteen, he was seventeen and I was forbidden to see him. You lied for me and kept my secret. Only eight years old, I trusted you and knew you were my friend. When our parents went out; we secretly danced in the prohibited living room against the light of the Spanish lamp. We ate ice cream and stayed up late watching movies. As a teenager my life became busied and I drifted away from you. At twelve you started to lift weights and I admired your strength, endurance and discipline. It was the time when I socialized into a woman and caretaker. And you became a man. I got married and went away, Mom told me, for weeks, you sat on the front porch with your dog, missing me. Caught up in my own life, I didn’t even realize how abandoned you must have felt. We stayed friends. You begged me to let you drive my vehicle within the complex before you had a license. I let you. You put a ding in my brand new red car and I made you scrape the wax off my floor as restitution. As a teenager you had your own life and I had mine, we weaned away again. You were busy chasing girls and I living in the confines of a monotonous marriage. We’d get together to share secrets and laugh, so handsome and fit, I admired your girth and enterprise. We’ve hung on to each other through death and folly. For a minute in time our love laid dormant, only to be revived with spring’s new growth, with lessons learned, natures changed and new found respect. Years later I admire you as a father, a husband, a brother, but mostly as a man. With strength and courage, responsibility and adventure, your talents still amaze me, your humor entertains me, and your generosity astounds and overwhelms me. I love you dear brother and I’m so proud to have you as my family! Your one and only sister!

For a hilarious story about my brother read here!

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Sunday Scribblings " Design"

A bag I designed for my coupon clipping cupcake baking, music lover daughter!

Love, music, cupcakes who could ask for anything more! This canvas bag fits her coupon binder perfectly!

Sunday Scribblings prompt this week is  " Design"

I bet she was one of those annoying kids who always had their hand up first in class.The one who knew all the answers! I bet she was teachers pet too! Offering to clear chalk from the boards long before the instructor asked! Designed to serve everyone but herself. Rarely does her head hit the pillow for much rejuvenation. Instead she lets the day eat away her happiness one busy chomp after another. Warding off the warning signs. Headaches, skin rashes, aches and pains of preposterous dimension. Her heart skips beats while she skips along overwrought  with the  life she designed. Packed  to the brim with a million busy moments!

Isn't this so many women? I know I was teachers pet!  Most of us have  gone out of our way unnecessarily with the need to please at one time or another! Living life on a treadmill with no off button. Eventually jolted into reality by an illness, a death, an unmitigated unexpected crisis, forcing us to change. In that change we find our true self. The person we were meant to be before the need to  please bug took hold. That's when our true design is able to flourish! How have you designed your life? What would you change if you could?

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Inspiration from How to steal like an artist!

I was pretty moved by the blog  post "How to steal like an artist " which inspired this piece of art! I'm hoping this quote with be  visual inspiration for my family! 

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Sunday Scribblings " Befuddled"

Sunday Scribblings prompt for this week is  "Befuddled"

My week was brim full of anxiety. Dear daughters father moves to Mexico. His drive down there had her fraught with worry. His unnecessary problems needing to be rectified at this end escalated her stress. As much as I choose not to let it affect me, her feelings about it do!  I thought my twenty five years with this man was enough. But NO, fifteen years after divorce I'm still drawn into the drama! To top things off I have been carrying around  anger that has me befuddled.  Surprisingly it's not about his mini messes. I'm actually praying he arrives safely to alleviate dear daughters worry.  I'm angry about certain injustices, not my own. Anger is out of character for me. Maybe my anger is a good thing, I'm in the process of figuring that out! I feel shameful about carrying so much ire, thankfully I have a friend who was kind enough to listen and share some sage insight!

 Lately I've been
Laden with problems
None, which I own
Rock heavy issues
Cemented in stone
Difficult to remedy
Difficult to bemoan
Ire builds like a
Cautionary bomb
As I ponder love
In  it’s death
How the haunting
Hangs  on

Coffee with a friend
Purging for peace
These befuddled
play at my feet
Question after question
Whirl in my brain
 Ire now sedated
a new path to ordain
 lessening the tension, 
absolving  the shame

Monday, April 04, 2011

Celebrating Five years! Blog Giveaway Purdys Chocolates

The winner is Lucy from Lulus Petals....congratulations Lucy...thank you all for the lovely comments!

I was a teen, my brother was a little duffer when  we won a huge Purdys Easter bunny (named Charles)! We ate a bunch then Mom divided it up for the freezer. She was mad when Chocolate seeking leprechauns brazenly depleted it from her freezer. ( I still keep my chocolate in the freezer) Little brother is turning fifty on the same day as Prince Williams nuptials. Even though he loves Purdys his youthful looking six pack takes priority !!!  But the great memories live on!

The  giveaway to celebrate my five years of blogging  on March 30th is a pound and a half of assorted purdys chocolates shipped to your house! A value of close to fifty dollars shipped. (Sorry the giveaway is only open to Canadians, and Americans) In order to qualify you must be a follower, or become a follower, leave a comment on this post describing your favorite  type of chocolates, creams, caramels, nuts, light or dark chocolate or whatever and a way to contact you if you don't have a blog. I will use an online random number generator to choose a winner Monday  April 11th. Hopefully you'll receive your box in time for Easter!  Make sure to tell your
chocolate loving blog friends about my giveaway!  Good luck one and all!!
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