Archive for October, 2008


Obama Rally

October 31, 2008

Presidential candidate Senator Barack Obama came to MO last night and spoke on the MU campus, right in the heart of my old stomping grounds.  Over 40,000 people attended, most after having waited in line for hours.  I got in line around 6:45 and the line was already close to 1.5 miles long, 5 – 10 people wide.  I finally made it into the venue around 9:10, only 10 minutes before he started to speak.

The atmosphere was electric – the energy was just amazing!  I was too far back to see the stage, but did watch the whole thing from a great screen (if I stood on my tiptoes, I could see the stage, but just barely.)  I could gush on and on about what he said and how he said it, but many of you saw it on CNN or watched it online or have heard about it or don’t care, so I won’t go there, but I do want to say that it will forever be etched in my memory. I will never forget and am so glad that I was there.  It’s history in the making, regardless of who wins, and I am thrilled to have been a part of it.


Jacking up some pumpkins

October 30, 2008

Yesterday was a gorgeous day, so we decided to play in the yard and carve some pumpkins.  The kids took some of the pictures, but I love them all.



October 29, 2008

Abundance is everywhere

October 28, 2008

“The universe is full of magical things patiently waiting
for our wits to grow sharper.”

– Eden Phillpotts

Times are hard.  Our economy is in the toilet.  The only thing that is seemingly affordable anymore is gas – but gas does little good if you cannot afford to do anything once you get where you’re going.  Food prices are outrageous.  Health care options are being slashed and burned.  It’s turning cold and the cost of heating a home is rising and rising and rising.  It’s so easy to get mired down in the muck, oh so easy to focus on what I don’t have, what I should have, what I want to have – The list is long.

Making that list, however, doesn’t really do anything postive, does it?  It just feeds energy into a mindset that is stuck on “lack” when I want my mindset to be stuck on “lush.”  NO, not the boozy kind of lush, the lush of fragrant gardens, the lush of succulent flowers, soft silk, rich velvet, smooth chocolate, fluffy bathrobes.  I could be grieving, but I choose to be grateful.  I have so much for which to be grateful.

I make gratitude lists often. When I feel like life is in the dumps and I have nothing to be happy about, I sit and make a list.  Within minutes I see that I have everything I need.  All of my needs and wants are being provided for every day.  I am blessed beyond measure.  When I focus on what I have and what I’m grateful for, suddenly the things I’m lacking or scared of or worried about disappear or get resolved or heal up or whatever.  This works … without fail.

I’ve been really stressed out about a dental issue I’ve been having.  It’s caused me extreme pain, angst, worry, fear, shame, stress, and even guilt.  I lost sleep and sanity over this issue.  Eventually I realized that I was cementing myself in a black place of negativity and blocking my own path to abundance.  I prayed to my universe about it. I turned it over and let go.  And I started having fun.  I started living and loving and laughing and trusting and believing and attracting.  All weekend I believed that the money would be there.  I believed that the dentist would be gracious. I believed that I would be healed.  I believed it would happen swiftly and peacefully and I believed that it would be taken care of. I believed in abundance. My beliefs paid off.  Yesterday we got an economic boost and the assurance that it will continue to be a boost – it will be there as long as we want it.  I went to my dental appointment and the tooth that has been causing me drama and trauma for weeks and weeks was removed painlessly and at a vastly reduced cost.  The dentist was, as always, caring, compassionate, respectful, empowering. I have a seriously intense hole in my mouth where the tooth once was, but I slept last night for the first night in weeks.  This morning I feel on top of the world, in so much less pain than I have been for a long time.  I am accutly aware of the abundance that surrounds me – and I am so grateful to be so blessed.

When we want to throw in the towel, to bury our heads, to give up, the universe seems to give up on us.  It simply doesn’t work that way, though.  The universe is nothing but abundance, waiting for us to realize it, to accept that, to appreciate that.  When we are grateful for the things we have, suddenly we realize how much more there is to be grateful for – we are blessed beyond measure and we see that it is enough, we have enough, we are enough.


The same thing we do every night, Pinky, try to take over the world

October 25, 2008

Obama Pictures and McCain Pictures
see Sarah Palin pictures


A Hundred Highways

October 24, 2008

Music is a huge part of my life.  It has been from the moment I came into this world and will most likely continue to be as essential to me as air until the day I draw my last breath.  For every memory I have, there is an accompanying soundtrack.  For every experience, every emotion, every passage, every moment, there is a song.  Sometimes I hear something that is so profound it changes me, it alters my DNA, and I will never be the same.  I had one of those experiences today.

I have loads of Johnny Cash in my collection.  Over 200 songs in my iTunes library alone and at least 6 albums I haven’t imported yet.  I love Johnny Cash.  I felt like I was visited by his ghost today as I listened for the first time to American V: A Hundred Highways I held my breath as I heard him sing songs I had heard before with my ears, but never with my soul.  Origingal songs and covers, this album nearly brought me to my knees.  Click on the link above and listen to samples.  Read the review.  Get the album.  Get moving.


Mother’s Little Helper

October 20, 2008

I don’t know if it’s the economy or the changes in myself, but I find myself longing for the simpler times (before I was born, LOL) where women ran around in aprons and popped little yellow pills.   So I’m really into old, retro aprons (in vintage fabric when possible) and love making them. This one is reversible, but the ruffle doesn’t come out quite as cute in the picture as it is in real life.  Stealth took the pics, so you know, take ’em with a grain of salt.

I like to make dinner in a cute little apron listening to the Sex Pistols full blast.  😉