Friday, February 10, 2012

To Pin Or Not To Pin?

I think the title says it all! LOL! Pinterest is the newest, hottest social media networking site on the market. I joined Pinterest back in November and only played with it a smidge then. Now that it is a less hectic time of the year, I have been exploring all that Pinterest has to offer and find there are some fantastic home decorating ideas, great prims, yummy looking food recipes and lots of eye candy. With so much to choose from, some days the question I ask myself is to pin or not to pin?

If you haven't heard of Pinterest, maybe you should go check it out. Fair warning's very addictive!

Until next time....

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Sweet Surprise in the Mail

Last week I got the sweetest surprise in the mail. Sweet, kind and wonderful Miss Linda Parker sent me the cutest little valentine stitchery bowl fillers. It touched my heart to know that Linda thought of me. I've already have thanked Linda in a private email, but would like to do so publicly again. Thank you so much dear friend.

And so fitting was this message that I received in an email the other day. I thought I would repost it here because Linda's simple act of kindness is reflected here in these words....

"A young wife sat on a sofa on a hot humid day,
drinking iced tea and visiting with her mother. As
they talked about life, about marriage, about the
responsibilities of life and the obligations of
adulthood, the mother clinked the ice cubes in her
glass thoughtfully and turned a clear, sober glance
upon her daughter.

'Don't forget your sisters,' she advised, swirling
the tea leaves to the bottom of her glass. 'They'll
be more important as you get older. No matter how
much you love your husband, no matter how much you
love the children you may have, you are still going
to need sisters. Remember to go places with them now
and then; do things with them.'

'Remember that 'sisters' means ALL the women.
your girlfriends, your daughters, and all your other
women relatives too. 'You'll need other women. Women
always do.'

What a funny piece of advice!' the young woman
thought. Haven't I just gotten married?
Haven't I just joined the couple-world? I'm now a
married woman, for goodness sake! A grownup! Surely
my husband and the family we may start will be all I
need to make my life worthwhile!'

But she listened to her mother. She kept contact
with her sisters and made more women friends each
year. As the years tumbled by, one after another,
she gradually came to understand that her mother really
knew what she was talking about. As time and nature
work their changes and their mysteries upon a woman,
sisters are the mainstays of her life.

After more than 50 years of living in this world,
here is what I've learned: THIS SAYS IT ALL:

Time passes. Life happens.
Distance separates. Children grow up.
Jobs come and go. Love waxes and wanes.

Men don't do what they're supposed to do.
Hearts break. Parents die. Colleagues forget favors.
Careers end.


Sisters are there, no matter how much time and how
many miles are between you. A girl friend is never farther away
than needing her can reach.

When you have to walk that lonesome valley and you
have to walk it by yourself, the women in your life
will be on the valley's rim, cheering you on,
praying for you, pulling for you, intervening on
your behalf, and waiting with open arms at the
valley's end.

Sometimes, they will even break the rules and walk
beside you....Or come in and carry you out.

Girlfriends, daughters, granddaughters,
daughters-in-law, sisters, sisters-in-law, Mothers,
Grandmothers, aunties, nieces, cousins, and extended
family: all bless our life!

The world wouldn't be the same without women, and
neither would I. When we began this adventure called
womanhood, we had no idea of the incredible joys or
sorrows that lay ahead. Nor did we know how much we
would need each other."

Until next time...

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Love Hate Relationship with Technology

Yep, some days I feel like smashing the computer to bits...After posting last week, about being recommitted to blogging, what happens but my darn internet starts acting wonky. Now it does go out occasionally and is out for days, but this was intermittent connection issues. And while I know that the computer isn't really at fault, but that Verizon is, the frustration level at times put the image of smashing the computer to bits in my head.

The only thing that saved my sanity was my new techy gadget...well it's not brand spanking new, I've had it for a few months but it's still has that new car smell to me! We bought it late in the fall to use at our big craft show to process credit card transactions. I've gotta say with it's little plug in device and downloaded app, you just swipe the card and all the data is collected. All you do is have the customer sign the ipad and enter their email address. The credit card information is transmitted to my processor and the customer gets their transaction record in an email....easy peasy.

And I gotta say, that not only did my customers love the high techyness (is that even a word?) but they loved not having to keep track of where their receipt was. Oh and that pretty pink cover you's magnetic and when you open it up, the ipad turns on automatically. Gotta love Apple for coming up with a great tech gadget. The best thing I absolutely love to do with my ipad is to go pinning of course!

And since I have been drooling over Photo Shop CS5 for awhile, we bought it so I can use for my photos and hopefully to learn how to do some graphics. From what I've read there is a huge learning curve to Photo Shop but I'm looking forward to the challenge. So far I've mastered cropping pictures, adding text and fade elements to my pictures...yep I know, not even a thimbleful of what the software can do.

Anyway, the hubby has looked for a new internet service provider and all that's left to do now is to make the switch. Hopefully, we can stay connected more than not til we make the switch.

Until next time....