Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Where The Boys Are

I love my boys.

They bonded over wood for a few days.
Jeff is making a gorgeous oak and black walnut end table.
Norm has been doing unique things with wood and knots - putting them together to make beautiful serving trays.

They both love working with wood. It's fun to watch them. I am constantly amazed by my family's range of creativity and enthusiasm for creating things.

Monday, August 17, 2009

Oh The Joy!

The upstairs is finished!

This was before
Here is after

And here's the art room:

Every time I go upstairs I'm happy.

Thursday, August 6, 2009

An Ode To Discipline

Blah! The word sounds so negative and confining
Yet as we end our third week of our exercise/eating plan,
I find myself in much more positive state of mind
I had lost control of another area of my life
It took a great deal of discipline to wrest the sovereignty back
Somehow I expected that with that success,
the rest of my life would flow smoothly again
Alas, life is not so easy
I didn't realize that with the loss of control in the one area,
came the loss of control in other areas
exercise, eating, chores
All these areas of my life had fallen into a state of lack of discipline
Yet after just three weeks of self imposed discipline,
it's wondrous how much easier the course becomes to navigate
At first it's so difficult
You have to summon the will constantly to fight the urge to slip back into lethargy,
old ways of no control
With each success, it becomes easier
You feel stronger
I am amazed that I ever got so far off course!
Aah, but I am wary of the call of chaos
its tendrils are always trying to wrap themselves around me,
pull me down into the despair
of no discipline
It is a lie that it is confining
it is liberating.

Monday, August 3, 2009

A bevy of birthdays

August is here and with it the birthdays of three of my favorite people:

Mom: August 3

Judi: August 4

Kate: August 16

Happy, happy birthday! I am so thankful for all three of you and I can't imagine my life without you!!!