Sunday, March 31, 2013

Easter Blessings From Our Home To Yours...

Happy Easter my Friends!!!  Thank You for stopping by for an Easter Blog Visit... Easter Blessings from our Home to Yours!!!
No... we didn't Win an Easter Ham at the Event yesterday... but Princess T and I did find some Bargain Treasures at our Antique Mall... which was even better than Ham because the Thrill Of The Hunt trumps even eating delish foods for us!  *LOL*
And the Dealers had really loaded up the Bargains for the Event let me tell you!  I picked up the two unframed Daguerreotype Tin Photos of the Charming turn of the Century Families for only six bucks each!
I just Love these now obsolete Photographic processes... and wanted to get some good close-ups so you could see how Fab they are...
Of coarse a good close-up also reveals that I haven't dusted in a Dog's Age!  *LOL*  Ah, well, we're all Friends here right, so no Judgment or Critiques I Hope about my lack of Domestic Skills!?!  *Winks*
I also got a great Old Door Hardware Lot for only five bucks... which included this Crystal Doorknob AND...
This Pair of Art Deco Style matching Door Plates with a Divine Chippy Rusty Patina!  Not bad for only five bucks! 
Aren't you Wishing now that you came to Hunt for Found Treasures too?!?  Princess T got a bag full of  Robot Dogs for two bucks...
She and Yul got busy playing with said Quartet of Robot Dogs once we got Home... but wait... they seem to be levitating above the Gate!!!  What's up with that?!???!???!  Better go see...
Ah, THAT'S why!!!  *LOL*  These G-Kids are 'Climbers', like our Kids were before them... and I could tell you some Heart stopping Hair raising Stories of what they've all climbed up on or fell off or out of over the Years... at least this was only four feet off the ground so no sweat!  *Whew!*
And they were certainly having a Good Time on this Gloriously Beautiful Day... this Duo is as thick as Thieves... Yul will participate in anything the Princess is involved in!  
Well... inbetween Cat Naps that is!  *Smiles*  And especially when her Big Bro' isn't Home these two are inseperable Companions.
Well, these two are inseperable Companions too... Princess T and her BFF the Princess E from down the Street.  And there was an Easter Party going on at Princess E's house so they threw on their Party Dresses... got all dolled up... and naturally Insisted on Gramma Dawn getting her Camera so they could strike a Pose!  *LOL*  Oh yeah, they are the Sassy Diva Duo to the Max these two!!!
Needless to say she wasn't this Clean when she got Home that Night after Partying with reckless abandon... *LOL*... so we had to find another Ensemble for Easter Services and Activities. 
You can plainly see by the Princess E's telltale signs around her chops that she'd already begun to Party and partake of Easter Buffet Goodness!!!  *LOL*
We'd picked up our Hot Cross Buns from Wildflower Bread Co. too.  Not nearly as good as those Nanna {my Mom} used to make for us from her European Family Recipe... but pretty darn good I must say!
It just wouldn't seem quite like Easter without Hot Cross Buns!!!  YUM!!!  What Family Traditional Staples do you have at your Easter Table my Friends?
And what is your Fav Easter Candy?  Mine is Gourmet Jelly Beans!  Fav Flavor: The Coffee Flavor ones!
And along with Jelly Belly Beans I've now found another Company that makes great Gourmet Jelly Beans in forty-one Flavors... Gimbals.  And because Gourmet Jelly Beans can be rather expensive I'm glad Jelly Belly came out with the Belly Flops which are available at 99 Cent and Discount Stores now... we don't mind the mutant shapes at the deep savings!  *Winks*

And The Man brought me Home a Beautiful Cheerful Spring Bouquet of Colorful Daisies.  You know how much I J'Adore Bright Color!

Now I Confess that I am pathetic at Floral Arrangements... my Dad used to make it look so effortless and easy, his Arrangements looked so Professional and Superb, not to mention he could do it in a jiffy... but I do so Love Fresh Flowers!  Even if I can't manage to make them look so Dreamy as some of you who have that Natural Gift and Talent of Floral Arranging and I sadly didn't Inherit that Gift from Dear Ole' Dad!
I've bought books on the subject, I've had Talented Friends and Family try to Teach me... to no avail... it just mustn't be one of my Natural Artistic Gifts though because I still suck at Flower Arranging!  *LOL*
But The Man knows I Love Fresh Flowers and he's always bought them for me from the first Date onwards.  Sometimes Professional Arrangements and other times he lets me try my hand at it... not that I seem to get any better with all these Years of Practice mind you!  *Bwahaha!*
But if the Vase and the Flowers are pretty enough, nobody seems to mind my feeble efforts!  And it's always a Joy to have Fresh Flowers in the Home, there's just something about it that I Adore and so it's always very Special when I Receive some as a Surprise Gift!
And of coarse Easter is a Time of Remembrance of the Great Gift our Lord freely gave of Himself on our behalf.
And the Good News that He Is Risen and Lives, Inviting us into Relationship with Him.  I do Hope you have Accepted that Invitation to Know Him and not just know about Him?
Because you see, that would be YOUR Gift back to Him!  And every Angel in Heaven will Rejoice when you Accept His Gift and give yourself in return.
And I Truly Hope that this Easter and each day thereafter you Rejoice and Appreciate the Blessings we have on this side of Time and Eternity?  And look forward to the Reward of Serving Him on the other side of Time and Eternity... you have to spend Eternity somewhere... might as well be Heaven!
I always stand in Awe of all of Creation and how Beautiful our Natural World is that The Creator carefully Planned every Detail of and how it all works together so Beautifully if Man resists messing it up!  *Le Sigh*  I can only Imagine how much more Fabulous Heaven will be!!!
Thankfully there are those that utilize the Creative Spirit they were Endowed with and Create Beauty instead of Chaos.
I can stand in Awe of many of those Creations of Man too that display such Amazing Talent and Creativity... especially those Works of Art that Honor our Lord and the Artist's Spirituality. 
And even those of Whimsey... because Life should be Enjoyed... there should be Fun, Humor and Creating for the sake of Creating and adding something Beautiful to our World that has our handprint on it and a piece of ourselves in it.
When you Create anything there is a piece of yourself in that Creation... it is a tiny part of you Manifested outside of yourself... some of your Essence has been imparted to every Creation... and so the Lord's Essence is also IN us since He Created us.

And each of us has Purpose... and I do Hope you Discover yours my Friends.  You are each fearfully and Wonderfully made and Endowed with Divine Gifts... but don't keep them to yourself... they are Magnified when you Share them with others and the World!
And even if you Feel or are Convinced that your Gifts and Purpose are Humble, be sure, they are not worthless... they are Important and Valuable.
Even the smallest of things done with Great Love are going to make an Impact and Contribution in a Positive way in this World... and don't we NEED that desperately right now?
Love is so Powerful AND it Abides... and it is the best way to Reflect our Lord here on Earth as His Hands and Feet until He returns.
And it is Human Nature to Crave being Loved... and to Connect to others in a Meaningful way that makes us feel Valued.
So I Challenge you this Easter to Love more Deeply, more Sincerely, more Generously than you may ever have.  To Openly Express that Love... not just to those you Love and Care about and know now... but also to your Neighbors... Strangers and each precious person you might cross in your Sphere of Influence.  You never know what a Positive Impact you may make in that Person's day, Spiritual Walk or Life you see.

If you are a Believer we are each Commanded to Love one another... so it's not really a Choice... it was Directed with Specific Authority by our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ... He Requires it of us... so we should do the very best we can.
Blessings and Love from the Arizona Desert... Dawn... The Bohemian

Saturday, March 30, 2013

Our Unconventional Celebrations

Because we are Custodial Grandparents we have devised some very Unconventional ways to Celebrate the Holidays in order to accommodate the G-Kid Force and the Extended Family and Close Friends that often wants to have them over for Holidays and Special Occassions.
Relationships are Important and I Believe that Quality Time spent with Extended Family... and Close Friends that have become Extended Family... during each Special Day of the Year is Enriching and Creates close Bonds that aren't easily broken. 
Holidays and Holy Days in particular are a way to Impart Family Traditions, Core Beliefs and Faith to the next Generation so that they fully Understand the Meaning of why we Celebrate each. 
Celebration without clear Understanding is hollow and superficial at best and confusing at worst.  Sure it can be Fun and Entertaining to jump into any Celebration and participate with carefree abandon and not even know the Meaning behind why the Celebration is taking place or why you're a part of it... but I don't know that you Connect to the Experience, Joy and Purpose in quite the same way?
I always wanted the Family to be Clear about why we Celebrate what we do and the Meaning to us behind each Holiday, Holy Day, Cultural Experience and Celebration we choose to Honor and be a part of.  
Keeping the explanation Age Appropriate and Embracing some of the purely Entertaining Holiday Kitsch, Characters and Activities that might not have anything to do with the Original Meaning but adds a layer of Tradition that we Enjoy.
And because each Child might not be present with us on the Actual Day of a Celebration if they're spending it with Extended Family or Friends we have developed the Custom and Unconventional Methods that ensure that it is Enjoyed by all with all of those who they have Close Relationship with.
Because the Young Prince will be spending Easter with Paternal Relatives we handed out the Easter Baskets early so that he and his Sister Received them together.  And we will have at least a couple of Easter Egg Hunts and Egg Coloring Sessions while he's absent and when he returns.
There never need be a Holiday that any of the Family misses with someone they want to be Present and Celebrate the Joy and Occassion with... so we just prolong and extend our Celebrations, Holy Day and Holiday or Cultural Experiences for days before, during and after each.
We might hand out presents we purchased for them early or late rather than on the actual day... or wait until everyone is Home together.  And because we have always done it this way it has become their Normal Method of Celebration and Tradition so there are no protests or feelings that it has to be a certain way because that's how everyone else is doing it.
We might wait to have the Special Meals... or have them several times over a period of days rather than at one sit-down, so that if even one person is absent, when they return they won't have really missed anything of our Traditions and Activities really.
For me these Unconventional Methods are actually a carry-over from my own Childhood because my Dad's long Military Career and line of work often meant that our Family was separated during Holidays, Holy Days and Celebrations and Dad had to be absent for the actual days so many of the times.
So we often did our Celebrating Early, Late or whenever we could all be together as a Family.  We developed Unusual Traditions that became our Usual so that Dad could join us, which was more Important to us than Celebrating on a Traditional Day and without him present.
And during The Man's long Military Career we had similar Family separations during the Holidays, Holy Days and Special Celebrations... so our Children adapted and improvised like I had as a Child, to ensure Daddy didn't have to miss everything when he was not able to be Home.
As Custodial Grandparents we're able to spend many more Special Times with the two Grandchildren we're raising than the average Grandparent and that is so Special.  
 We're still doing some things that if we weren't still raising young Children we might have just not done every year anymore.  So in many ways I'm glad we still get to Enjoy and Plan those things with this next Generation.
But it also means that they could feel conflicted about who else to Celebrate with if we didn't make a Special Effort to be Creative about Sharing the Special Days with as many Relatives and Friends as possible and having all of the Adults voluntarily on the same page about how best to divide Quality Time so that everyone Benefits from the Arrangement.
It isn't really Important to us what actual days are spent Celebrating... what is most Important to us is that we get to Celebrate it Together as a Family.  And because we have a blended Family with lots of Extended Family Members there are a lot of folks to Celebrate with and Share the G-Force with... and to us the more the Merrier!
So do I mind having several days of Easter Egg Hunts in the Garden?  Not one bit, I'm a big Kid at Heart and firmly Believe that though growing Old might be mandatory, growing up is entirely optional! 
But I must say that some Holidays and Holy Days seem to Rush right up on us don't they?  This year Easter was one of them for me!  It seems that last Year I was more Organized and Prepared earlier... or that Easter came later... I'm not sure?  *LOL*
No Seriously... I was thinking Easter was in April... not the end of March... so it completely threw me off my Game and then I was hustling to prepare everything I needed to get ready for a very Important Holy Day.
Usually I have more Volunteers to Help... but this Year everyone was rather lethargic about being Motivated or was dealing with Health Issues.  Princess T, who is usually my Right-Hand Prepping and Styling Advisor for any Important Celebration hasn't been Well so she'd have the Desire, but not necessarily the Energy or Stamina to follow through.
Even Yul had spent time recovering from a foot injury, though he's much better now.  So they spent more time watching Gramma Prep everything... Delegating the responsibilities to the one person left standing... well, on my one good foot anyway.  *LOL*
Yes, I'll certainly be Glad when the Whole Team is feeling better so that I have more Volunteers and Helpers.  Maybe that's why I didn't get so much done earlier... yeah... that's a decent Excuse to use... I'll go with that one... *Winks*
Though Truth be told I've fallen behind in so many things lately that I'm perpetually playing catch-up it seems.  This Season of Life has certainly forced me to slow down... and sometimes I feel as though I'm moving at the speed of death and far too much is left undone and waiting for me to get my second wind!!!  *LOL*
Providing I even get that second wind that is!?!  Sometimes it's a long time coming...
But Time doesn't wait you know... it keeps marching on even if you're lagging behind trying to catch up to what's coming up next!  *Smiles*  And this Year, well, I'm lagging and sometimes even lollygagging on Purpose with no real sense of Urgency.
Like right now for Example... I'm still sitting here in my Jammies... after waking Early, giving the G-Kid Force their Easter Baskets and hiding a few Eggs in the Garden for an Impromptu Blog Post about Easter.
Even though I'm supposed to be at my Antique Mall's Event at THE BRASS ARMADILLO WEST because the G-Kid Force wanted to Win one of those Free Hams being given away every Hour on the Hour Today!  *LOL*
And though I did foof the Showroom for Easter...
And parts of the House too...
It is always a Work in Progress as you are Styling around a busy Family and Customers...
So there is always Work to be done even if you think you've finally got it to a place where you want it to be... it will be a brief Moment in Time that it actually stays that way... and I Photograph it Quickly since it will be subject to Change without Notice!  *Smiles*
Example: My Friend Pamela helped me to move one of the Antique Dining Sets in my Showroom and set it up for a faux Easter Dinner Vignette and Photograph it for an Event Blog Post.  Within Hours it had Sold... which was great News... but then I had all the Smalls on the floor and this big gaping space just before a Big Event and I hadn't even uploaded the Photos yet!!!  *LOL*  I'm not Complainin', but that's just how it goes, right?
So that meant having to bring in some more Furniture and other Inventory in FAST to replace everything that had Sold and Re-Style the Room the Night before the Event so that it wouldn't look so empty!
But the majority of my Easter and Spring Inventory had Sold out early so I went with a Retro Schoolhouse Theme and Two Dollar Olivewood Jerusalem Rosary Special... hey, ya gotta work with what you have left right?  *Winks*
But you could get this Awesome 1969 Rhyme Time Game that I was Jazzed to Source for the Showroom and put in last Night... Loving the Graphics on the Box... so Classic Sixties!
And it's Complete and in Excellent Condition for it's Age... which is always a Bonus when you 'Score' a Vintage Game!
And it was tough but I let this Vintage Duck Planter go because The G-Force told me he really didn't go with my Vintage Exotic Bird Planter Collection and looked out of place... so Bye-Bye Ducky... I like him though so if he doesn't Sell... well, you know... *Winks*
And though not in my Showroom I HAD to Show you a few Treasures at the Mall that caught my Eye like this nesting Bowl trio of one of my Fav Vintage Hues and Brands in my Friend Shelly's Booth...
And this Antique Remembrance oversized Photo Button... I Love these and only own one... would Love to have this one too.
But I did come away with some Springtime Treasures for Bohemian Valhalla just before the Event since I doubted they would still be there if I didn't spring on them early... The 7-Up Crate was a mere Ten Bucks and they make great Storage.  
Fab Large Heavy Antique Art Nouveau Lamp with a Trio of Nubile Ladies around it was only Seventeen Bucks!

Color me Happy!!!
And my Fav 'Score' was this Awesome HUGE Pink Metal, White Victorian Ceiling Tin and Wood Rustic Tool Box that a Dealer Friend had as a Display and agreed to Sell me at an Amazing Price out of her Booth!!!
She's is such a tiny Adorable little Pixie Sprite that I don't even know how she manages to carry some of the Huge Found Treasures she brings in?!?  But like me she Adores the Rusty, the Crusty and Industrial Salvage and Rescues some AMAZING pieces so you can always find a wealth of Great Treasures in her Booths.  This is the Original Color and Patina of the Tool Box... Funny since an Old Farmer had it and probably just used whatever Salvage he had to construct it regardless of Hue!  *LOL*
Okay... so the Young Prince will be picked up soon by his Aunt for his Easter Weekend of Fun with the Paternal Side... and The Man and Princess T are going to want to head to the Mall to try to Win a Free Easter Ham!  *LOL*
So I better get dressed and in gear hadn't I?  Since apparently everyone is waiting on ME!?!  *Smiles*
I do Hope you've Enjoyed your Virtual Easter Egg Hunt with us?
And that you too will have an Abundantly Blessed and Memorable Easter too my Friends!!! 
He Is Risen... and that is The Good News Indeed for all of Mankind!!!
May you come to Know Him in a Relational way and Cultivate that Relationship Daily and not just Honor Him and be a Witness on His behalf during the Holy Season... but all Year long... by how you Live your Life Daily, Reflecting His Great Love Outwards and Extended towards others with the Love of Jesus.
Happy Easter Blessings 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)

For creativity to flourish one should try to look at everything as though it were being seen for the first or the last time. - Quote from "A Thousand Paths To Creativity" by David Baird

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