Sunday, December 23, 2012

2012 Holiday Letter

Solstice 2012

 Dear Family and Friends –

Another calm and peaceful year for me.  It was a year of learning and growing – yes, at the ripe age of 57 I am still learning about life and myself – I guess you could call it continuing education!  And, it is a good thing.  I am learning that I need to listen better.  Not only to those around me, but to nature and to the universe.

I am still working part time at the library as a research/reference assistant.  Libraries are so wonderful and I work with great people.  The “cast of characters” that come in on regular basis are fun, interesting and can be somewhat bizarre.  Never a dull moment at the library!  Who would have thought?
Oliver, me and Sam
This year has actually been pretty boring in a lot of respects.  I’m not complaining, though!  I did more gardening, completing my “slope” project, which is truly a miracle.  My dogs, Sam and Oliver, are crazy, happy dogs.  We enjoy our twice daily walks.  What I would do without their wagging tails and unconditional love, I don’t know.  I’m still quilting like crazy.  I keep telling myself NO MORE PROJECTS until I get every single quilt made that I have material for.  But, then a new block of the month quilt comes along or another line of fabric I can’t resist and my resolve goes out the window.  And, of course, I still read as much as I can. 

Visitors included Martha in the spring and Sally and Amy over Thanksgiving.  Martha will also be coming down to help me bring in the New Year.  I am blessed knowing that even though miles keep me and many of my friends apart, our friendships are still strong.   And, I am so thankful for the friends I have made here in Georgia.  I live on a great street with wonderful neighbors.

 I am hoping to travel a little myself in 2013.  Don’t have anything set at this time, but I would like to explore my home state more as well as visit a few others.  I hope the coming year will be more adventurous for me than the last couple of years.  I could use a little “good” excitement!  But, like the saying goes, “I am exactly where I am supposed to be.”  I am healthy and happy.  I have a great family and friends.  I have animals around me from my dogs, to the birds I feed and the critters that live in the woods behind my house (most I’d rather not ever see especially if they slither!).  Life is good. 

 My backyard slope levels out to woods (green space), which has a creek running through it.  Slowly, I’ve been clearing a path, but this fall neighbors also did major clearing and now access to the creek is easy, although still hidden.  I walk down there several times a week – while it is getting cold, I love going down there in the morning.  It is quiet, the birds are busy feeding, I look for deer tracks along the soft creek bed, and I listen to the water running over the rocks.  How blessed I am to have this just outside of my home.  I dragged a small bench there, so I can sit and just be.  It is a place for my prayer, my meditation, and my time to just listen.  

My wish for you this Solstice is that with the returning light you are blessed with a space and time to carve out a place where you can just be.  That we all find joy in simple things and share what we can with others.  Be good to yourself.  Just be, just listen.

And . . . . come visit me!

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Like a Witch in a Broom Factory

 A popular television commercial lately is for Geico and features a witch testing out the brooms in a broom factory.  You can view the 30 second commercial below.  Truthfully, I have only seen a shortened version and I love the whole ad even more.

So, why do I love this commercial so much?  Several reasons.

  • I love witches.  I happen to know a few women who consider themselves witches in the Pagan belief.  My own spirituality is centers around  Earth-based beliefs.  However, I am far from calling myself a witch.  I addressed all of this in an older post a couple of years ago.  But, I still love a good image of a witch.
Elizabeth Montgomery as Samantha in Bewitched.
  • I believe witches get a bad rap.  They are usually shown as ugly women with big noses, green skin, bad teeth, etc.  When I was a girl I loved Bewitched - Elizabeth Montgomery was delightful in this silly sitcom.  But, finally a pretty witch!  A down right sexy witch. 
The fabulous Mary Martin as Peter Pan
  • I have always wanted to fly.  As a little girl, I loved Mary Martin in the old film of Peter Pan.  I love the idea of sitting on a broom and flying high up in the sky, whether it be witch or Harry Potter style.  Superman not so much, but the idea and thrill of flying is still there.  I have a dear friend who has a reoccurring dream that she is a hawk flying high above the ground.  She loves these dreams and I can certainly understand why.
Actress Jordana Oberman
  • The witch in the commercial is obviously having a great time.  She is laughing with glee.  I have a hard time remembering when I laughed like that.  She is having the time of her life and enjoying every moment.  I love that child-like happiness.  While they do "witch her up" in her clothing and make-up on her face, she is pretty.

  • She has a great attitude.  No one in that broom factory is going to mess with that witch.  She is in complete control of the situation.  Also, check out the other actors in the commerical.  They have great expressions and do a great job.
I could care less about Geico, but they do have rather entertaining commercials.  This, by far, is their best.  It is one commercial I won't ignore as it makes me laugh and makes me happy.  And, boy, would I love to be that witch in that broom factory.  Look out!