Thursday, November 23, 2017


So, it's Thanksgiving Day and we'll continue experiencing the 'Comfort & Joy' Event at The Sweet in this Post while we discuss Thankfulness, Family, Food and all of the other things that make this particular Holiday so Special.

As you know The Young Prince Won a Turkey and Food Box at his School, which was indeed an unexpected Blessing but also put the kabosh on my eating out for Thanksgiving Plans.  *LOL*  Now, all of a sudden, in a day I had to switch gears and coordinate a meal at Home!

I immediately called The Son and Family to let them know of the change of Plans since we fully intended to get the Families together for the day.  It also put the kabosh on sleeping in this Morning, as The Man, who is always in charge of Turkeys during Thanksgiving, had forgotten a lot of what he was to do and began getting stressed out in the kitchen... at like... 6:00 am!!!

Okay, so when I loudly hear The Lord Jesus being called upon in the kitchen I decided my slumber had mos def come to an abrupt end!  *LOL*  Now that The Man and Lord Jesus were in the kitchen trying to ready the Turkey it was time to consider getting up... but I lingered... after all, mebbe Jesus would be enough Help?  *Winks*

But... The Man wanders into the Bedroom, sans Jesus... and asks IF we had any Poultry Seasoning or Flour?   I had made "The List" after The Young Prince had unexpectedly Won said Turkey and Food Box of what was still Needed.  Yep, after my Night Shift at Work, there I was Grocery Shopping at 10:00 pm in a Grocery Store with practically barren shelves of the Thanksgiving Supplies!  Nothing had been said about Poultry Seasoning and Flour... now I was Hoping Jesus and I could locate some in the kitchen?  *Smiles*

Because most Stores, including Grocers, have Closed for Thanksgiving Day and we're out in the boonies anyway so there's nothing Convenient including an absence of Convenience Stores either!  Can you Live without the Poultry Seasoning this Thanksgiving I ask him after Thankfully locating a small jar of Flour which he said was crucial!?  *Whew*

Then he says he doesn't remember how he used to make Gravy... oh crap, everyone Loves his Gravy, I Hope all that comes back to him by the time the Turkey is done coz my Gravy sucks and will never hold up to his?!?  *Smiles*  I'm in charge of the rest of the side dishes, apparently I'm capable enough that the Family doesn't Hate how I do those!  *LOL and Whew!*

May I flesh out that Yesterday was back to back Doctor Appointments for The Man and The Young Prince from Sunup to Sundown, literally, that's no exaggeration!   The Young Prince's Pediatrician is concerned about what's going on with him and his Kidneys and Glands so we've got a slew more Tests to be done Tomorrow and Monday... so Color me quite Stressed Out and Mentally plus Physically exhausted about all that!

Though he was a Trooper, knowing it was completely throwing me off to have my recently purchased Typeset Cabinet {pictured above} sitting in the Hallway all thru the Holidays, so he Helped me schlep it Upstairs to the Art Studio Loft Hallway.  He pulled and I pushed it up the steep Stairs and then I spent the next hour putting all the Typeset Drawers back in, which entailed about a dozen more trips from the Garage up the Stairs!  So my Workout is complete!

The muscles in my thighs were jumping around like Gerbils by the time I was done and I hastily began to Vignette the top of it, because I'm just that OCD and a complete Lunatic about Styling stuff once it's in place!  *LMAO*  Besides, it kept my Mind off what the Pediatrician had been concerned about and it gave The Young Prince a Welcome distraction from contemplating even more Tests!

So, it looks pretty good in it's new spot, which wasn't where I originally wanted it, but is where it looks best and is still completely accessible from the Art Studio Creation Station.  The Young Prince had informed me ahead of time to be SURE where it would go since he wasn't dragging it around from place to place, it is heavy even without the Drawers!  *LOL*

He reminded me he's still in significant pain and he didn't Need me killing him off that way, Death by Best Vignette Location!   Yes, we're Twisted as Hell when it comes to our Dark inappropriate Gallows Humor around here!  *Smiles*  I suppose I could have waited til The Son showed up on Thanksgiving Day and put him to Work to get it up there.  But he reminds me he's Thirty-Something now, AS IF that now excludes him from Stud Muffin Duty for Mom's Projects... Silly Young Man!  *Bwahahahaha!*

I was Sad that my Afghanistan Bug Collection in an enormously heavy lucite block didn't fit into the Vignette.  I Scored this the other day at our Antique Mall for a pittance, some GI probably transported it all the way from their Afghan Tour of Duty and their Wifey probably failed to fully Appreciate it like this Wifey would!?  *Winks*  

So for now the hasty Vignette looks like this on top, tho' I will likely replace the Peacock Feather Bouquet with some large faux Botanical Fronds.  Fronds that I found at the Dollar Store but which with The Force in tow I didn't buy, since they told me they looked too fake and gave me such a hard time about getting them that now I have non-buyer's remorse!  *LOL*  The Cool hand-made Botanical embedded Clay Pottery Vase was Scored whilst Goodwill Hunting for a couple bucks, Love it!!!   Chinese Acupuncture Dude was an On The Cheap Score at our Antique Mall from a new Vendor.  Huge Tortoise Shell was a Score from a Vendor leaving our Antique Mall since she was moving out of State and closing out her Inventory.

With all the Drawer Cubbies in these Typeset Trays I now have sufficient Organized Storage for all my Smalls, Rubber Stamps, Altered Art and Jewelry making Supplies!  In my humble opinion one can never have too many of these Antique Storage Furnishings around the house or Studio, I buy any I can get a good Deal on.   Though sometimes timing of finding them doesn't gel with Budget constraints, like just before Christmas!  *LOL*

So, Yeah, the November Budget was shot to Hell with springing for the indulgence of a larger piece of furniture I didn't expect to find and NEED.  *Winks*   It doesn't Help that a slew of Family, mostly Grandchildren, just happen to have Birthdays from November thru early January too!!!  Dovetail that onto Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas and it's no wonder I'm always broke this time of year!  *Le Sigh*

If you don't have Grandchildren yet, be sure to remind your Adult Children to space their Offspring so's that it's not all bunched up with Birth Days right AT the Holidays!!!  You can Thank me later.  *Smiles*   Our Oldest Daughter has a Birthday this Month, December has a Son-In-Law and two Grand-Daughter's Birthdays right around Christmas Day, and another Grand-Daughter's Birthday is a few days after New Year's Day!  I'm feeling broker just thinking about it!  *LOL*

But all kidding aside, I'm Thankful we have such a large Beautiful Family, it is truly an enormous Blessing to have Family.   I think upon those who have none and spend the Holidays alone, loneliness being the greatest Poverty of all.  If you can Invite someone you know to your Thanksgiving Celebrations who does not have Family or can't be with Family this Thanksgiving it would Bless them tremendously.

My Parents always Invited every Young GI we knew, who couldn't get Leave Home for the Holidays, to join us at every Holiday Meal we prepared.  It was nothing to have a rotation of various Holiday Guests at our Thanksgiving Table or over for a Christmas Meal, it's how we grew up.   The Gift of Hospitality, especially during the Holidays and Holy Season, are a real Blessing to many who would otherwise not have anyone to Celebrate it with.

Yes, we have much to be Thankful for this Thanksgiving Day... for Family... for Friends... for sufficient Food... for being able to have the privilege to Give to and Serve others less fortunate.   May you also quietly contemplate what you have to be Thankful for... because you cannot keep a Grateful Heart down!


Happy Thanksgiving from the Arizona Desert... Dawn... The Bohemian

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Sweet Salvage ~ Comfort & Joy ~ Part II

So now we're back for the 2nd installment of the "Comfort & Joy" Christmas Event at The Sweet.   I was particularly enjoying the Silvery Grey and Green Christmas Color Palette this Season, it gave a frosty feel to a day that actually was about Ninety degrees outside!  *LOL*

Don't get me wrong, I Love a Desert Winter, you don't have to shovel Sunshine and I prefer a year round temperate climate.   I'm not really a four Seasons needy person... so skipping actual Winter doesn't bother me one iota.  We lived in plenty of harsh Winter climates during my Lifetime, I'm Good if I never Live thru another harsh Winter again.  *Smiles*

But a frosty illusion, well, I can handle that... and something about Silvery Grey and Greens does that for me... nice illusion and I can still stay Warm and enjoy the Sunshine.  *Winks*   The abundance of Salvaged Wooden Stars really made an impact en mass.

And tho' I don't do it at Home since I don't wanna risk them falling off the Walls, I Love the Christmas adorned Taxidermy too.   Mine at Home just aren't as securely anchored to my Walls as I feel they probably are in the Shop to have any Lovely but heavy Decor added to them.  *Le Sigh*

I've been admiring this Ex Voto Rosary for quite some time, alas, not within Christmas budget, which as you know, already got strained with my purchase of the Killer Typeset Cabinet.  *LOL*   A Cabinet which has all the drawer trays out, but which is still so heavy it's presently still sitting in the Hallway awaiting being schlepped Upstairs to the Art Studio Loft!  *Big Sigh*

With The Young Prince still having major Kidney troubles, and all of the Testing they did coming back Normal and inconclusive as to what's wrong, I just don't want him trying to help me schlep it Upstairs right now.  So, it may hafta sit in said Hallway thruout the Holidays {which is such a good look lemme tell ya, bwahahaha}... but, I'm just not sure how to wrestle it up the steep stairs solo and don't wanna risk it.

As it is I've presently got a meld going on of Autumn Holiday Decor coming down and Christmas Decor going up all over the house.   It's kinda a mish mash of a Halloween-Dia de los Muertos-Harvest-Christmas going on!  *LMAO*  And I'm cleaning and de-cluttering otherwise untidy spots where stuff just ends up piling up over time.

I always envision our Home looking Tidy, Clean and Decorated for the Holidays like you see in those Magazine spreads or in an Open House for Sale during the Holidays.  In fact, there's a house very similar to ours for Sale around the Block and the Imagery on the Listing is Sublime in every room... Yeah, I want it like THAT... but... whatever.  *LOL*

I have delusions like that you see because I actually Believe that some people might actually Live that way and their Homes probably do look like that most all of the time??!??!   These imaginary people on the Canvas of my Imagination have Children with Editorial Bedrooms too... in fact, I see Imagery Online to prove it!  *Smiles*

Their Kiddos Rooms don't look like the bowels of Hell, in fact, their Kiddos Rooms on a bad day probably look better than any Room of our Home on a good day!   I do ponder how they manage that, what are they putting in the food or beverages of said Children to make them so Tidy and Compliant about keeping their Rooms so Lovely... it must be Magic... or perhaps strong Medication, I'm just not Sure??!!!  *Winks*

And I can't even say, well, perhaps their Kiddos are still small and young enough that they either don't have much actual stuff to play with yet or Mommy can easily run damage control.  Because when The G-Kid Force were smaller and younger and had practically nothing, their Rooms still looked post apocalyptic!  And I would have Needed an entire A-Team to run adequate damage control behind them!

I was Amused last Night tho' when The Young Prince came Downstairs to inform me he was going thru all of his possessions and probably getting rid of most of them.   Wanna know Why?   He'd rather get rid of it all than have to clean it up or keep it Organized and Tidy he said... OMG, it was so hard to keep a straight face as my response!

I envision going up there when he's done and seeing a Mattress, his Desk and Industrial Stool, his Video Game Console, his Retro Dining Set and his Grandpa's Wheelchair which he uses as a Gaming Chair... and NOTHING else!?!   We'll see how deep his Purge actually is, but he sounded dead Serious.

He doesn't even want Stuff for Christmas, just $$$ loaded onto his Account so he can indulge in his Gaming Obsession.   Young Men his age seem completely Obsessed with this Gaming thing, they look like Young Bookies running a Numbers Game with their headsets and how interactive it all is verbally, I'm completely Clueless about the Appeal.  I also thought he was up there talking to himself incessantly so I was actually Glad it was Real People on the other end of his Headset!  *Bwahahahaha!!!*

In fact, he'll go without eating if I didn't insist he take a break and refuel himself when he and his buddies are deep into this Gaming thing together.   My Eyes glaze over when he's trying to explain it all to me, I'm quite Sure I will never become an avid Gamer.  *Winks*   In fact, my attention span for Games in general is abysmal so The Force know how antsy I get if they wanna play a Board Game with me.

Princess T Loves Monopoly, but she'll make up different shorter rules so Gramma can get thru it to a place where someone is considered a Winner.  *Ha ha ha*   I don't think I've ever played a Board Game by the Rules, I don't have the Patience or attention span to see it thru to completion, I'd rather make something up to move it along quickly.  *Smiles*

The good part about that is that The Force almost always Win and beat me and I don't Care.  So long as it's OVER I'll be content to be the Loser.  *Winks*  I guess I just don't have that Competitive Spirit, never have, probably never will... if I can Opt Out of something I don't really wanna do and am completely bored with, I'll be OK Losing.  *Ha ha ha*

The same with Kid Movies, or for that matter, the TV Shows Men totally dig and I can barely even pretend to have any interest in whatsoever.   Ya wanna watch The Disney Channel or Ice Road Truckers with us they might ask me.  Sigh... well, if they look like they NEED me in the room squirming impatiently in my recliner pretending to actually be watching any of it with them... Yeah, Sure... *LMAO*

But I've done it, out of Love... because Lord knows nothing else would have kept and held me captive thru any of it otherwise without the natural reflex of trying to immediately Escape!  *LOL*   The Man Loves his Alaska Reality Shows... ALL of them... and some of them I can almost get thru if he insists I sit and watch one with him... except for The Otts!   I ask him first if it's The Otts... he knows what I'm talking about... {you will not find it so don't Google it... it's my Code for a Show I simply can't stand!  LOL}

The other day The Otts had a Thanksgiving Marathon set of Episodes... back to back... and I'm Sure he watched them ALL!   "You might Like their Thanksgiving Episodes Honey...", he calls out to me... NO... NO, I will NOT, I respond!    I felt like Sam I Am refusing The Green Eggs and Ham... only I'm pretty Sure my Story would not end with me Liking The Ott's Thanksgiving Special!  *Bwahahahahahaha!*

He really would Like me to go on a Vacay to Alaska, so's I'll discover how much I Love The Wilderness!!!   Shit, I don't even Like being this far outside of the City in the boonies of Subdivision Hell just a half hour from Metro Phoenix Honey!    The Trees are Magnificent he counters... Yeah, well, once you've seen one Tree you've pretty much seen them all I responds.   I just can't see myself out in the middle of nowhere, hundreds of miles from anything, just Admiring The Trees for hours or days on end!  *Winks*

Besides, I've lived in Upper Michigan and Maine... Cold enough, plenty of Magnificent Forests I already seen, so... I'm Done... not even anywhere on the Bucket List to visit Alaska to see theirs.  *LOL*  Take me to Bora Bora instead on the Vacay I says... but you've seen Tropical Islands before too he counters... well, not ENOUGH of THEM I respond.  Besides, if I wanna see Magnificent Trees, swaying Coconut Palms on the Beach are pretty Awesome too! *Smiles*

And there are probably not a host of Wild Animals traipsing around Bora Bora that would be inclined to Kill and possibly Eat me and I'd Need a Tour Guide with a loaded weapon to protect me from!    He forgets that he told me those Stories of the years he spent working for a Resort up there as a Tour Guide with a rifle ensuring that The Tourists got back safely and without incident!  *Bwahahahahahahaha!!!*


Happy Thanksgiving from the Arizona Desert... Dawn... The Bohemian

Monday, November 20, 2017

A Grand-Daughter's Wedding

One of the Grand-Daughters recently got Married... WOW, they grow up so fast into Young Women don't they?!?

The Wedding was in Pittsburgh, in the Winter... and so... well, we couldn't be there in person due to our particular situation.  I'm so Glad they quickly Shared all of the Beautiful Imagery!

They have been a Lovely Couple for quite some time now, Childhood Sweethearts in fact.

The is the other Grand-Daughter, the Youngest Sister, also growing up so quickly!!!

And the other Grand-Daughter, the Middle Sister, who was always such a Tomboy and Athlete... that it's hard to recognize her now as a Beautiful and Feminine Young Woman!

So Today I'm taking a brief break from the "Comfort & Joy" Series of Posts to Share in our Joy and Pride of adding yet another new Grandson to the Family!


Congratulations from Gramma Dawn!!!   Love you all!!!   Mwah!!!


Blessings and a Happy Thanksgiving from the Arizona Desert... Dawn... The Bohemian

A life touched by God always ends in touching others. - Erwin McManus

I will love the light for it shows me the way, yet I will endure the darkness for it shows me the stars. - Og Mandino (1923-1996)

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