Friday, January 23, 2009

Next stop on Wyanne's day...

The local Seniors home, where she made many friends, including this handsome service dog, named Handsome of course!

Thursday, January 22, 2009

The ever perfect Wyanne

Once again she wows the crowd.
Wyanne doin' her stuff at a local elementary school

Monday, January 19, 2009

Collective Purpose

Inspiring Performers at the All People's Breakfast

All People's Breakfast

honoring Martin Luther King, Jr.

Thank you so much, Willie, for inviting Wyanne and I!

Sunday, January 18, 2009

speaking of eating

here's our little beauty enjoying real food.

Rod and I had dinner last night at our (at least my) favorite restaurant 
IRIS in Carmel Valley. I've been there a total of 4 times, 2 dinners, 2 lunches, and the food is innovative and consistently good!
Rod and I split the feekin chowdah and the house salad, both way above average!
He had the duck and scallops, a rare treat for him to have duck, and I had the fish and chips...not.
Both excellent!
There were so many things on the menu I would've been happy trying, hope we go back soon. But, oh, then there's the dilemma - get what you've already loved or take the chance and try something new...

Saturday, January 17, 2009

It's launch day

rather fitting on the birthday of Benjamin Franklin, a man of enormous creativity and courage!

Check out my new blog:


which in turn will take you to my Etsy shop:


Tuesday, January 13, 2009

maybe seeing this will make your day orange

My Birthday Rose
Originally uploaded by brendamb

for me it's been an up and down day and it's only 10:25.
back up with this gorgeous photo.

Monday, January 12, 2009

My days with Wyanne are numbered.

We had our next to last class on Saturday and she was stellar, except for missing the table on a few jumps. 
Turn in is on February 7th at Mission San Luis Rey at noon. For those of you who have never been, please consider coming.
It's a tiny amount of time, but a huge glimpse of the life changing process that is CCI.
One of the highlights of the day is seeing the slide show of all the puppies that are matriculating (starting their journey of advanced training). Puppy raisers submit their favorite photos of their pups.  I just sent mine in.  It's a good way of looking back on the last 14 months with your pup.  It helps me remember what good work Wyanne has already done!

Has it really been a whole week..

since I've been here????
Well here's my start to this week -

as much as I've been trying to cut down my spending, really discriminating between needs and wants, this falls in the must have category!

Monday, January 5, 2009

The latest pics of the most beautiful baby in the world

Many thanks to my great kids for letting me see how much more beautiful Lila gets every day.

Sunday, January 4, 2009

A humble apology

to Davi, my friend, my blog friend, my comment friend, my paper friend, my faith friend, my heart friend, my CCI friend, my wordscraper friend, my clutter friend

I've now added her creative blog,princessmagpie, to blogs I love.
It was mere oversight. I do love this blog, look for new entries daily.
And if you comment on her blog and not mine, I'll be deeply offended!


You asked people to share their New Years' Resolutions. I ignored your question until this morning, when I was looking at Jane's blog, finding reference to an interview with Danny Gregory.
Here's the link to the interview: DannyGregory

and a partial quote from the interview:
"I am interested in the neurological benefits of drawing and how it connects to meditation, and what effect it has on the preservation of visual memory as one ages. I am also interested in using journaling to help people deal with tragedy and disease. And finally I am thinking of how drawing helps you to appreciate the mundane and everyday in a way that could help be an antidote to the rampant materialism that is at the heart of the current economic crisis."

So now I do have a resolution: DRAW!
Join me????

Saturday, January 3, 2009

Waiting for the other shoe

to drop?
How many days have I been procrastinating about taking down the Christmas tree? I've whined, blogged for days, but when I actually got started - look what I found.

I simply had to share with you the glorious Nikes Laurie bought for Lila.
The other one is well on it's way to TX. I thought this one had gone before, but lo and behold, I opened that tiny little Nike box and there it was.
I feel sure it will arrive to its proper home long before it's needed.

Thursday, January 1, 2009

The loneliest job in the world...

undecorating the Christmas tree; 
seems like Erma Bombeck must have words on this.

Before I begin this task I want to remind myself of all the love and the stories that each ornament represents and tells.
As I dismantle I plan to say a prayer for each person that added to my merry Christmas.
The three ornaments above are from three special students from three special years past. They are only a small sampling of the countless ornaments I've received from students in years past, many of whom I still have the pleasure of being in contact with. Then there are the ornaments from close friends, so many from Ann and Neil, handmade ones from Janet, ornaments with names for each of the kids from Joanne, the stamped ones for each of the kids from Sherry, thimbles from Mary Ann, a fashionista from Gayle. So many friends, so many memories. I promise to pray for each and every one of you.

The Somenity of Mary

Drawing by Helen Hull Hitchcock

From today's first reading:
The Lord bless you and keep you!
The Lord let his face shine upon you, and be gracious to you!
The Lord look upon you kindly and give you peace!

The New Year

"Whoever is in Christ is a new creation: the old things have passed away; behold, new things have come. And all this is from God who has reconciled us to himself through Christ." 2 Cor 5:17-18

Looking back, the blessings of 2008 have been extraordinary, the challenges for many have been  nearly insurmountable, but through it all, God is with us and for us.

Thank you, God, for the love you've shown me by putting so many precious people in my life.  I ask particularly that I may be a blessing to them.

New Year's Blessing Prayer

Lord, You who live outside of time,
and reside in the imperishable moment,
we ask Your blessing this New Year's Day
upon Your gift to us of time.

Bless our clocks and watches,
You who kindly direct us
to observe the passing of minutes and hours.
May they make us aware of the miracle
of each second of life we experience.
May these our ticking servants
help us not to miss that which is important,
while You keep us from machine-like routine.
May we ever be free from being clock watchers
and instead become time lovers.

Bless our calendars,
these ordered lists of days, weeks, and months,
of holidays, holydays, fasts and feasts --
all our special days of remembering.
May these servants, our calendars,
once reserved for the royal few,
for magi and pyramid priests,
now grace our homes and our lives.
May they remind us of birthdays and other gift-days,
as they teach us the secret
that all life
is meant for celebration
and contemplation.

Bless, Lord, this new year,
each of its 365 days and nights.
Bless us with new moons and full moons.
Bless us with happy seasons and a long life.
Grant to us, Lord,
the new year's gift
of a year of love.


(From Prayers for the Domestic Church: A Handbook for Worship in the Home)

Knitting Obsession

I can't help wondering when I became so obsessed with knitting.
There was never a time when, if I had only a limited amount of time, I would do anything other than have my nose in a book.
Now, it's knit, knit, knit, horrified that if I finish a project I won't have something to replace it.
Finished the fingerless gloves for Laurie, Lila's baby hat. Now I'm onto more fingerless gloves. What fun.
And, as if that wasn't wonderful enough, I've discovered there are thousands like me who post projects, patterns, chat and anything else about knitting/crocheting, online at ravelry. I'm in heaven!