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COPIC Coordinates – simple dreams January 22, 2010

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BV02, Prune – Almost Amethyst

V15, Mallow – Orchid Opulence

V17, Amethyst – Lavender Lilac

RV11, Pink – Pretty in Pink

R59, Cardinal – Cranberry Crisp

R20, Blush – Cameo Coral

R14, Light Rouge – Regal Rose

R27, Cadmium Red – Ruby Red

R29, Lipstick Red – Real Red

YR21, Cream -Apricot Appeal

YR24, Pale Sepia – More Mustard

YR14, Caramel – Pumpkin Pie

YR09, Chinese Orange – Only Orange

Y21, Buttercup Yellow – So Saffron

Y15, Cadmium Yellow – Yoyo Yellow

Y19, Napoli Yellow – Summer Sun

YG95, Pale Olive – Old Olive

G21, Lime Green – Certainly Celery

G28, Ocean Green – Garden Green

G99, Olive – Always Artichoke

BG45, Nile Blue – Cool Caribbean

BG09, Blue Green – Taken with Teal

BG93, Green Gray – Mellow Moss

B21, Baby Blue – Bashful Blue

B23, Phthalo Blue – Ballet Blue

B95, Light Grayish Cobalt – Brocade Blue

B99. Agate – Night of Navy

E00, Skin White – Blush Blossom

E31, Brick Beige – Creamy Caramel

E27, Africano – Close to Cocoa

E09, Burnt Sienna – Really Rust

T5, Toner Grey No. 5 – Going Grey

100, Black – Basic Black

via COPIC Coordinates – simple dreams.


Ideas I Found From WWFM September 9, 2009

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A possible idea for Aunt Kathleen

The whole darn website, holy cow!

Getting up early this blogger is Catholic and regnum christi.  I need to read more on her blog.

A fun, happy video


50 Questions to Ask Yourself July 13, 2009

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These questions have no right or wrong answers.  I can’t wait to do this.  It should be very revealing.  See H/T below.

  1. How old would you be if you didn’t know how old you are?
  2. Which is worse, failing or never trying?
  3. If life is so short, why do we do so many things we don’t like and like so many things we don’t do?
  4. When it’s all said and done, will you have said more than you’ve done?
  5. What is the one thing you’d most like to change about the world?
  6. If happiness was the national currency, what kind of work would make you rich?
  7. Are you doing what you believe in, or are you settling for what you are doing?
  8. If the average human life span was 40 years, how would you live your life differently?
  9. To what degree have you actually controlled the course your life has taken?
  10. Are you more worried about doing things right, or doing the right things?
  11. You’re having lunch with three people you respect and admire.  They all start criticizing a close friend of yours, not knowing she is your friend.  The criticism is distasteful and unjustified.  What do you do?
  12. If you could offer a newborn child only one piece of advice, what would it be?
  13. Would you break the law to save a loved one?
  14. Have you ever seen insanity where you later saw creativity?
  15. What’s something you know you do differently than most people?
  16. How come the things that make you happy don’t make everyone happy?
  17. What one thing have you not done that you really want to do?  What’s holding you back?
  18. Are you holding onto something you need to let go of?
  19. If you had to move to a state or country besides the one you currently live in, where would you move and why?
  20. Do you push the elevator button more than once?  Do you really believe it makes the elevator faster?
  21. Would you rather be a worried genius or a joyful simpleton?
  22. Why are you, you?
  23. Have you been the kind of friend you want as a friend?
  24. Which is worse, when a good friend moves away, or losing touch with a good friend who lives right near you?
  25. What are you most grateful for?
  26. Would you rather lose all of your old memories, or never be able to make new ones?
  27. Is is possible to know the truth without challenging it first?
  28. Has your greatest fear ever come true?
  29. Do you remember that time 5 years ago when you were extremely upset?  Does it really matter now?
  30. What is your happiest childhood memory?  What makes it so special?
  31. At what time in your recent past have you felt most passionate and alive?
  32. If not now, then when?
  33. If you haven’t achieved it yet, what do you have to lose?
  34. Have you ever been with someone, said nothing, and walked away feeling like you just had the best conversation ever?
  35. Why do religions that support love cause so many wars?
  36. Is it possible to know, without a doubt, what is good and what is evil?
  37. If you just won a million dollars, would you quit your job?
  38. Would you rather have less work to do, or more work you actually enjoy doing?
  39. Do you feel like you’ve lived this day a hundred times before?
  40. When was the last time you marched into the dark with only the soft glow of an idea you strongly believed in?
  41. If you knew that everyone you know was going to die tomorrow, who would you visit today?
  42. Would you be willing to reduce your life expectancy by 10 years to become extremely attractive or famous?
  43. What is the difference between being alive and truly living?
  44. When is it time to stop calculating risk and rewards, and just go ahead and do what you know is right?
  45. If we learn from our mistakes, why are we always so afraid to make a mistake?
  46. What would you do differently if you knew nobody would judge you?
  47. When was the last time you noticed the sound of your own breathing?
  48. What do you love?  Have any of your recent actions openly expressed this love?
  49. In 5 years from now, will you remember what you did yesterday?  What about the day before that?  Or the day before that?
  50. Decisions are being made right now.  The question is:  Are you making them for yourself, or are you letting others make them for you?



A New Way To Look At Things To Do June 2, 2009

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This is not a list for crossing off, but for filling in, and I like that idea (though I must say that crossing off tasks when they’re completed feels good!). My focus here is not so much on conquering tasks as living a well-rounded, caring, lovely life:


Do something, no matter how small, to bring beauty into my life or home. Create. Bring nature indoors. Set a nice table. Rearrange something. Spruce up an area that looks stagnant. Paint, draw, quilt, stitch, sew, construct.


Bring order out of chaos. However little, wherever it is needed, whether a room, a drawer, a file, a shelf, a closet, a garden bed.


Grow by reading, thinking, writing, discussing. Contemplate. Wonder. Appreciate. Stretch a bit. Do what I love.


Show extra care to someone. Prayer, thoughtfulness, service, make a phone call, write a letter. Make an effort. Love.
Seek God wholeheartedly. Read the Bible. Meditate. Pray for others. Keep a journal. However short or long the time is for this, hem it in quietness and prayer. Do all things as unto Him.

Outdoor Physical.

Move. Walk, garden, bike, hike. Just move in nature, enjoying the weather (no matter the weather!) and the fresh air. (And if the weather conditions are dangerous, I’ll stay indoors and find a fun way to move!)





From High Desert Home

I found the above on High Desert Home blog.  I liked the idea and feel it contributes to my desire for balance.


The Way Some People Get Things Done April 24, 2009

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Okay, this has happened so many times and is so irritating.  I’ll come across a post, usually via a link for somebody’s blog and I’ll read the entry and think I must comment on this blog.  So I do and then the stupid thing tells me I need to log on to WordPress, which I already have so there goes my comment!  From now on, I’m going to comment on my own blog about how brillant their blog is.

So today, the brillant idea is from her. The things I loved were her ACRONYM cleaning system, her use of index cards which is something I’ve done in the past and her giving her day and her index card list to the Lord each day.  What she doesn’t get done, she feels is something the Lord didn’t want for her to get one that day.  Love it.  The acronym thing I’ll have to H/T to her.

From Nicole as linked to above.

Monday ~ Mounds of Laundry and Mop it Monday (6 loads of laundry and mop my concrete floors)
Tuesday ~ Toilets Tuesday (all bathrooms)
Wednesday ~ Wipe it Wednesday (dusting and all other surfaces)
Thursday ~ Tidy Up Thursday (put things back where they belong)
Friday ~ Finish Up Laundry and Floors Friday (about 5-6 more loads of laundry and vacuuming)

Small Successes April 16, 2009

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“It’s important for moms to recognize that all the small successes in our days can add up to one big triumph. So on Thursday of each week, we do exactly that.”

1.  I did not gain weight this week.

2.  I tried a new vegetable – kale this week and will likely have it again.  My son liked it too.

3.  I started my research on flowers for the front flower bed this year – going to go with mostly regional friendly flowers.

For other small successes head here.


Man Do I Need This April 10, 2009

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Focus Friday is hosted here:

  1. Start my day in the Word
  2. Finish cleaning out dining room
  3. Complete Easter Basket
  4. Get back on track with food and exercise

All About Blue! April 4, 2009

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It’s Blue Monday! I stumbled upon Smiling Sally who hosts a weekly event called Blue Monday.  I love Blue so I decided this is for me.

Blue Skies, love them  When I'm sleeping, I slow down my breathing...Living in dreams, dreams that come true...thinking of the color blue... ZZZzzzzzz... by neloqua

I love them in the mountains, in the winter, in the summer, whether they are royal blue, or sky blue.  I just love blue.  How about you?


Friday’s Fave Five April 2, 2009

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1.  Tonight we got an unexpected night to ourselves as our 10 year old was invited to spend the night with a friend.  DH and got to talk about a lot of things coming up, about our days and just generally connect without interruption.

2.  The smell of hyacinths, need I say more.

3.  I’ve decided my prayer chair will be the exercise ball since that will be a good place to store it, it is close to the computer and I need to work on my core body strength.

4.  I was offered the replacement position to teach school of religion for the remainder of the year.  My son told me, that he thought I would be good at it.  That made me feel so wonderful.

5.  I was able to start reading my book again, The Zookeepers Wife.  I had been having trouble settling down to read of late and since I love to read that was distressing.

To see how everyone else’s weeks went head over here.


My Top Ten Favorite Current Television Shows March 31, 2009

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I found a blog  called ohamanda.  She  hosts a Top Ten list on Tuesdays and thought I’d participate.

In no particular order my favorite current television shows:

1.  Life on Mars (finale this week)

2.  LOST

3.  NCIS

4.  Life

5.  The Closer

6.  House

7.  CSI and CSI – NY

8.  Burn Notice

9.  Bones

10.  Castle

To see other folks favorite things head over here.