December 01, 2021

Peas Be Kind! Spread Hap-pea-ness!


 I've been really enjoying my twist on Teesha Moore's Zetti-dolls. My photo portrait has been run through a Photo Booth App and printed out in black and white. I think it makes the whole thing pop! And then I'm recycling the paper labels from food packaging and other small paper ephemera and then finding sayings that match the dresses. One of my new friends at YouTube, "Twisted Art Designs" suggested that I add in flourishes, which I have done here, along with pretty transparent butterfly wings that I purchased at the Dollar Tree as stickers and cut in half to glue to Dolly's shoulder blades. You can't tell it in the photo, but they have glitter on them and they really shine. If you want to see my other zetti-dolls, click here for album

The next best thing about October's Positivity Journal video is that I participated in a Swap and Glue challenge and created an art journal page with what I was sent. I need to learn to cut out the long pauses and out-of-frame shots, but it's a process video, so went with what I had taped. My other new friend on YouTube named "Possum Patty from Pencil-vania" has been coaching me. She said at first it really feels strange to be talking to nobody, but after awhile, you get used to it. 😃 The other problem I have and have always had, I think I've mentioned it before here, is being able to think quickly under pressure. Need a script in the ole noggin' before I tape. 

Well, here's my text for my October section of my Positivity Journal. En-JOY! (Oh, and by the way, I have a new JOY video up too!)

QUOTES/SAYINGS/WORDS:

Ball Regular

Happy People Shine Brighter

Hello Fall! 

JOY

Love

Making Memories

Peace

Peas Be Kind! Spread Hap-pea-ness!  

Radiate Positivity (found large sticker at Dollar Tree)

"STAR - 
S (describe the Situation);
T (target the ideal solution-what has to change?); 
A (Action: What steps have to happen to make the change?); 
R (how to measure and monitor the results)." ~ Marsha Baker. 

Texas Toast

"You Pick Pumpkins 50 cents! 

"Why don't you start with a few nice pictures of yourself holding up a journal or something at chest level as an intro. Smile! That's all people want to see! When you gain confidence...do the same with live...keep it short...keep smiling...people will love that!" ~ Possum Patty of Pencil-vania.

SCRIPTURES:

Psalm 39:3 = my heart grew hot with me. While I meditated, the fire burned; then I spoke with my tongue. 

Psalm 48:9 = With your temple, O God, we meditated on your unfailing love.

Psalm 77: 3 = I remembered you, God, and I groaned; I meditated and my spirit grew faint.

Psalm 77: 6= I remembered my songs in the night. My heart meditates and my spirit asks; 

GOOD MEMORIES:

Every Friday was my Oklahoma Grandma's hair-do day. She and grandpa would get up early and head into town after breakfast and morning chores were done. She would visit the hairdresser and get her hair gussied up, then they would go to the El Rancho restaurant in town to buy lunch. Sometimes they would stop to visit her brother and his family for a couple of hours or go pick up groceries or whatever they needed in town. I got to go shopping with them several times, so I pretty much knew the routine. Then they would head home which was about 18-20 miles from town.

Grandma loved flowers and had them planted in her yard around the house. She especially liked irises. 

Went with my Oklahoma Grandpa and cousin to a circus once in Amarillo, Texas. It was a LONG drive and mostly what I remember was the parade of the performers and animals at the beginning of the show. It was the Barnum and Bailey Circus. 

MY FAVORITE POEM ARE LYRICS AGAIN THIS MONTH:

My Favorite Things
Sung by Julie Andrews in The Sound of Music
Written by Oscar Hammerstein II and Richard Rodgers. 

November 05, 2021

Hello Fall!

Been busy prepping my kitchen for possible dietary changes and had a endoscopy and cataract surgery, so I'm a little behind on my positivity journal flip-throughs. You know, the old saying about the more you RUSH, the behinder you get? Yep, that's me! 🤓

So don't have much written down in my written diary, however, we did go to the zoo in September. My husband's company picnic was at the zoo this year. Last year it was canceled due to Covid restrictions and the years before that it was at a picnic shelter near our local lake. I told hubby, if I was going, I wanted to see if they had a scooter we could rent. I walked in with my rollator and just inside the gate, there was a little building where they rented out strollers and scooters and they kept my rollator until I returned their scooter. Not only was lunch good, but we were able to get to a part of the zoo we had never been able to travel to because of the walking distance. I just scooted that scooter around and got to see the African elephant exhibits and lots of other animals including a happy hippo! It was such as blessing and here's me on my scooter! Mrs. HOT WHEELS! 🤓 


My friend Connie made me something special in September and brought it over with love -- she upcycled one of her granny's chopping boards and decoupaged it with the word JOY! You can see it in the video on my pictorial diary page. 

QUOTES/SAYINGS:
"By reading the scriptures, I am so renewed that all nature seems renewed around me and with me. The sky seems to be a pure, cooler blue, the trees a deeper green. The whole world is charged with the glory of God and I feel fire and music under my feet." (Thomas Merton).

Front Cover Card = Friend Blessings come in countless ways, through caring smiles on cloudy days, in hopeful prayers that see us through...

From my Garden with Love. 

Homemade with Love.

"It was one of those sumptuous days when the world is full of autumn muskiness and tangy. Crisp perfection: vivid blue sky, deep green fields, leaves in a thousand luminous hues. It is a truly astounding sight when every tree in a landscape become individual, when each winding back highway and plump hillside is suddenly and infinitely splashed with every sharp shade that nature can bestow -- flaming scarlet, lustrous gold, throbbing vermilion, fiery orange." (Bill Bryson)

It's not easy being Green! - Kermit the Frog.

"Jesus comes not for the super-spiritual but for the wobbly and the weak-kneed who know they don't have it all together, and who are not too proud to accept the handout of amazing grace." (Brennan Manning). 

Sometimes in the winds of change, we find our true direction! 

"There is a beautiful thing which is wonderful, to look like a woman, not a green bean." (Laetitia Casta).

Psst! I'm so enjoying creating my Dolly's. Here's an album of my Dolly's on Flickr.  I love pairing the quote with what she's wearing (besides my face!). 

SCRIPTURE:
Genesis 24:63 = He went out to the field one evening to meditate...

Joshua 1:8 = Keep this Book of the Law always on your lips; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful.

Psalm 1:2 = but whose delight is in the law of the Lord, and who meditates on his law day and night. 

Colossians 1:6 (Grace Card scripture) = All over the world this gospel is bearing fruit and growing, just as it has been doing among you since the day you heard it and understood God's grace in all its truth. 

Revelation 1: 5 = and from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, the first born from the dead, and the ruler of the kings of the earth. To him who loves us and has freed us from our sins by his blood. 

GOOD MEMORIES:
After our son was born, we called all the grandparents and great-grandparents by their title and first name. All of them were still alive then, except one (my Kansas grandfather had passed in 1977). But our son soon dubbed one great-grandpa with his own special name -- "grandpa with the tractor!" That grandpa had a red Farmall tractor.  

When our son was small, less than a year old, he was scooching along the floor by the time he was 5 months old. He sat up by himself at a doctor's visit at four, which pretty much amazed the doctor and I. We were visiting my Oklahoma grandmother and we told him to not get in her dog's face, but some kids just have to learn in the school of hard knocks and he did it anyway. Yep, the dog bit him on the nose and we heard him say "dumb dog." Those were his very first words! 

When he was a little older, of kindergarten age, we used to call him "sonny boy" or "punkin" as a term of endearment. One day he came home from school and told me that he wanted to be called "sweetheart," so to please him (giving his father the heads up when he got home from work that day), we tried our best to call him sweetheart. A few days went by and then he announced he wanted his old names back! 🤓

BUTTONS! I was inspired by Melanie Sullivan of YouTube. She sewed some buttons into her "Wreck this Journal" book. 

And my Poetry this month is actually Kermit's song, It's Not Easy Being Green! by Joe Raposo. 1970.