Let's Have Another Piece of Pie

Sometimes life cries out for a nice break from the daily routine …… a pie break, a taste of sweetness.


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Spring, Bunnies, Chicks, Resurrection

I love Spring – especially after such a cold winter.  I love little bunnies and chicks and ducklings.  I love colorful baskets and eggs.

Oh!  And I love chocolate in any shape or form!

But most of all, I love that my Father, the God of the Universe, gave His only son, Jesus Christ so I can live a full life now and forever.

May you find the peace of God this holiday and enjoy your chocolate too!

Two songs for your meditation and enjoyment.

cate b <3


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You CAN Do It!

You CAN Do It!

I am not very savvy on the etiquette of blogging, tweeting, FaceBooking, or whatever social media is out there.  I do know my way around my computer and can do a fair amount of techie stuff – for my age group.  But in reality, I am of the generation that was brought up to always send a thank you card for a gift of any size. To always respond to a compliment with a thank you, spoken loud enough to hear and politely.

Do I do those things I just mentioned?  Not always.  I think part of that is because I HAD to as a child.  When I expected my own children to follow suit and was met with feet dragging, I lightened up on them.  Changed my ways a little.  Became my own person as a parent.

But now I blog.  I’ve read some more experienced blogger’s posts about how to increase your following.  Well, I followed others and some followed back.  I hit that like button often because I want to encourage them to keep blogging.  

About that Like Button – younger folks tell me that I hit that like button A LOT on Facebook.  It’s not necessary to do that.  Wait.  I know that when I get Likes on my posts on Facebook it makes me feel good.  It tells me I was heard.  That is a good feeling.  Don’t we all want that encouragement?

On my blog I LOVE to get Likes and I’ll tell you why.  I am an artist.  I create through words.  I have things to say and I want to encourage others with my words.  If no one ever hit the Like button then how will I know that someone is benefitting from me?  Us creative people need all the encouragement we can get!

And Comments?!  I LOVE comments.  I like to comment to people on their posts.  I’m not the greatest with my words of encouragement but I try to cheer them on, even if all I say is, “Great Pic!”

I don’t have the answer to this type of socializing.  I just know what I like and what helps me to keep doing this.  So, I say – Be yourself!  Make your own rules for blogging.  Encourage each other often and cheer each other on.  There is no competition here.  We are all different artists just trying to be seen and heard.

With that, I wish you all the best in your creations.  Speak highly of one another and remember to encourage each other and I guarantee that it will come right back on you.

Enjoy!

cate b


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Storm? What Storm?

storm's a brewing

storm’s a brewing

I recently wrote about “how I calm my inner storm” for a writing challenge.  After much contemplation, I found that some of my storms weren’t so big after all.  But, I must say that when they first appear on the horizon of my brain or heart they are definitely at least an F5 or Category 4.

I tend to face life head on.  I am normally not one to cower when life sends a curve ball.  I’ve learned, by experience mostly, that I cannot necessarily change the course of a storm or even the impact it will have on me and my family.

So, when the storms form and come at me, after I react in a highly emotional way, I pull back a little and look.  I look into my heart and mind and try to see a higher perspective.  A God’s – Eye view, so to speak.

I don’t always see a different view right away.  Sometimes it comes in a calming presence of divine.  A calm that I could not have found myself.  This kind comes during great hurt and loss.  The kind of stuff that I can’t help myself at all to get through or face.

Sometimes it comes more in my head where I have to deliberately find the different perspective.  I have to actively go to a better place, to look for a different view.  That often happens when the everyday kind of storms come along.  These are the hardest for me.

Those annoying inconveniences that come out of no where.  Those water spouts or dust devils that will not tear your house down but they can make a heart uneasy and things a little messy.

So how do I stay positive from day to day or hour to hour or minute to minute?  It’s a tough job and I have decided that life is too precious to waste energy on negatives and inconveniences and bad attitudes.  It is a decision that I have to make daily and sometimes often in one day.

I have to decide to be happy and make the most of my life.  When I do that I find that everything looks brighter, even the loved ones I spend my life with.  Happiness and right choices are contagious.  I want to spread that.

It’s not easy.  My brother goes to the woods we played in as kids (in his head).  His happy place.  I like that.  For me, even though I have places like The Woods also, I tend more to picture my best Friend, Jesus, sitting there with me.  He doesn’t have to speak.  He just has to be there. Just be with me and I don’t feel alone inside.

I choose to think on the positive things.  That is challenging because I was raised to think on the negative.  As an adult I changed that.  And as I said above, it is work.  But a work that is so rewarding.

It has become a passion of mine to help others to see a different view.  I love to see another’s eyes open to a whole new view of their storms.  A positive one.  We were never promised that our lives would be butterflies, rainbows and sunshine.  So, when the rains come and the clouds get really dark we need to embrace the storm and the shelter provided for us.  The sun will shine again and the flowers will bloom and yes, the rainbows will appear.

Enjoy!

cate b


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I Can See Clearly Now ……..

Funny thing about eyesight …….. I like it.

I was using an old pair of glasses for the last six months or more.  I was using them because my most recent prescription glasses broke – really broke and were very scratched.

Now I need to tell you about the prescription.  I have been wearing progressive lens for several years now.  They help me to both see distance and read up close with no lines as in bifocals.  I adjusted quickly to them when I first started wearing them.

Well, about five years ago I got a new pair – the ones that are now scratched and broken.  Yes, five years ago.  THAT IS BAD.  I do not know why I waited this long.  I came to the place that the burning eyes, when on the computer, were unbearable.

So, head down, I walked into the local Target Optical, where I bought the last pair, and had an eye exam.  Thankfully, they did not yell at me or shame me.  I did enough of that to myself.  They did, however, already make me an oppointment for next year – without asking me.  I took that as the “yelling”.

After handing over a minor fortune – on sale, mind you – I waited for the day they came into the shop.  I sent my husband to pick them up, thinking I would go in for an adjustment when this “bug” of a cold finally left my body.  Well, a week later, bug and all, I went in to say I can’t use my iPhone or laptop – I cannot adjust my eyesight.  Haven’t posted a blog in a while .

Well, after sitting there with a lovely, young lady for about twenty minute, she realized that the original measurements taken for my eyesight to work with progressive lens, was wrong.  She re-measured and ordered new lens!  I CAN SEE!  I CAN SEE!

Moral of the story is ——- do not neglect your health in any way.  Get those eye exams regularly.

Did I mention that I CAN SEE???????

Enjoy!

cate b


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The Circle of Life

This week, a fellow blogger, Terry, lost her brother Al to a terrible disease.  She is not only his sister, but his caregiver.  My heart is with her and her family.

Also, a dear friend of mine, Jill, lost her brother to another terrible disease just this morning.  Again, a piece of my heart is with her and her family.

Death is a part of life.  The part we humans hate.   But is must happen.  Grief is both terrible and beautiful.  Those of us who have lost loved ones know what I mean.

However, when death comes it is hard.  It is uncomfortable and yes, inconvenient.  The world around us goes by as if nothing happened.  Those of us who got stopped in our daily tracks by death wonder – how can they just keep going as if nothing happened?  But life does move forward and we must, as times passes – simply because we are alive.

Babies are born everyday.  Everyday there is new life.  Everyday there is death.  It happens and even though we do not understand it, it happens anyway.

My prayers are with my friends and their families.  My prayers are with you all that have loved and lost.  Prayers that help you ride the waves of grief and let healing and comfort fill you in the days and years ahead.

May you find peace and comfort.

cate b


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Top O’ The Mornin’ To Ya!

Today is St. Patrick’s Day.  There are so many ways people celebrate this day.  Everyone, all of a sudden, has Irish roots.  Well, I’m not here to tell you to do it different.  Scottish, Irish, American, Polish, whatever you are I wish you a day full of Hope and Love and Prosperity!

I’m sad that it has very little to do with St. Patrick………… but that’s the way of most holidays.  As a kid I had no clue what it was, other than I HAD to wear green or I would be pinched by some mean boy at school.  As an adult I see it as another reason for many to fill the bars and get really drunk.  I think it’s gone a bit extreme to the original meaning.

But for me, I love to give you a blessing.  The blessing of the Irish (or Scottish).  Last year I posted a few Celtic Blessings that I made up and want to pass them onto you again with one or two added.

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This one is Irish/Scottish:

“May the wee bairns of the loch be ever with you
and may the wee folk of the clover
never darken the doors of your emerald hut”

“May the cry of the banshee never drift across the waters
and darken the gates of your shamrock garden”

“May the potatoes of your field forever fill your bellies
and may your grains produce much stout”

“May the lucky stars and rainbow marshmallows
forever fall into your pot o’ gold each mornin’”

“May the cleansing mist rolling o’re the Loch Gently quench your thirsty heart”                                                                                                                                                                              

Enjoy! Be safe!

cate b

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I Won’t Stay Inside No More!

March in the mid-west began rather snowy and icy.  But now it is coming slowly into spring time and we cannot stay inside any more!

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Go outside.

Enjoy!

cate b

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