Some days ….. life is a mess

I read a quote once that said  “life is better messy.”

If that statement is true, life is good, better, best for me.


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The messy goes beyond the everyday living clutter around the house. Most of the time … easily taken care of.



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It’s the mess in my head. I can clean it out one day …  and just like unwashed dishes …back again.

Some days I have control and other days it’s like trying to control grasshoppers.


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Making peace with the what was,  what is and  what if’s, 

why do I pick up these daunting tasks?

Why do I not see the futileness of the effort and the energy it seeps from my soul?


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Is it because I believe everyone should be responsible for cleaning up their mess and I think somehow I can “fix it”?

Don’t I know that is not always possible?


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As my mind goes to what was………..  what am I thinking? really …………what am I thinking?

There’s a better chance of a July  snowfall … in the Bahamas than my being able to change what was.

Sure I can learn from it, but why do I relive what was.. only now with a  different ending?

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And all the what if’s.

There can be a boatload of what if negative thoughts on one of my messy days.


And maybe even a what if  positive thought or two.

And those can be fun (what if I win the lottery)  unless I set myself up for a big disappointment (didn’t happen)

You see… even the positive thoughts  can quickly become negative.


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My only hope of any control with this mess is……… to go with the what is.


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What is the truth, what is within my power to change, what are the things I must accept.


Sounds like the serenity prayer doesn’t it?

God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change,
The courage to change the things I can,
And wisdom to know the difference.


yes, yes, yes …  wisdomness  to work with my sometimes messy life.


Birthdays are good for you. The more you have, the longer you live.

Now if that were true for birthday parties, I am way ahead this year.

Although  the  birthday was the first week in September,

I am still enjoying the celebrations toward the end of September.

This weekend I was treated to a wonderful, surprise birthday adventure.

It began with my friend and her husband giving us a ride to the birthday surprise venue.


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I’m the one looking apprehensive in the back seat…   What could it be?

We sped along the narrow highway in the rain as I watched the lights of town grow dimmer.

OK…….. Something out in the country away from the lights of the city.

The idea of eating at a new restaurant as the surprise grew as dim as the lights in the rear window.

It was a few more miles of driving before we arrived at our destination.



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Although the rain was coming down when we got there, it did not dampen our spirits of a fun filled evening.

A country vineyard and winery…..  what an imaginative thought for a birthday celebration.

The evening fun was just beginning as we walked through the doorway of City Scape Winery.


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Cheers for a surprise well done!!    exclamation point.



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She thought of everything to make the evening perfect…..

a tray of appetizers to enjoy with the wine tasting.

As you can see …. we didn’t care much for the food. wink wink.


The owners as well as the other patrons joined in the celebratory rendition  of Happy Birthday to me.


After the wine tasting we were treated with a mini tour of the grounds.

The rain hindered our visiting the vineyards. The tour of the winery and production area was

quite interesting as one of the owners explained passionately the process of growing the fruit….

and the manufacturing  and packaging of the wine.

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The rain continued as we traveled to part two of the evening.

Is there anything better than an Olive Garden salad and bread sticks?

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Unless it’s Spaghetti and meatballs……Yum Yum

Sorry ……..  the entrée did not stay around long enough to get a picture.

Thank you dear friends for a wonderful celebration……


The end …..of celebrating the birthday, but I’m sure we’ll find reasons to have another

festive evening again soon.













Carving out a very small art corner


Does anyone ever have enough space, storage, or  room in their home to have a place that functions as a hobby or art and crafts center?


Many do. I am not among them. 

In fact, small areas for this or that activity are scattered throughout the house. I sure wish I could get that treadmill out of the bedroom.

At least the bikes fit nicely in the basement. Oh, that will be a topic for another posting.


Needing a space with lots of light to watercolor, I decided to convert a small corner of the living room.


To furnish the area on a very small budget, I shopped the basement. Among the cobwebs was an old desk and chair.


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Oops… almost forgot to take before pictures. Top of desk was all soaped up for  transformation.


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Both had been in the basement for years and needed  cleaning, painting and the seat of the chair had to be recovered.


Using left over paint from other projects, made this a budget friendly project.

I purchased material to cover the chair for less than $8.

















Nearby windows bring in a lot of light.





                               Isn’t she lovely????



I see the paint brushes marching in now. I need to show them their place.

Hope they will be happy in their new, lovely, budget friendly, little corner.