Monday, November 30, 2015

Positive Reinforcements

 via Pinterest

I've been seeking out Positive Reinforcements Today, since Yesterday was such a tough day for me and I knew I needed to get my Thoughts lined up with everything Positive, everything Beautiful, everything Uplifting to get my Head back in the Game.   I've been Thinking upon the Perfect Ambient Lighting Treatment to go above the large Kitchen Island and with so many Fab Vintage Industrial Styles it is tough to narrow it down to just a Favorite... but this one really is a Forerunner!   I would have to get it made, but I'm sure my Talented Fabricator Friend Kenny could replicate something along these lines for me if I showed him this Image.   I liked that you could put Fauna on top to give it an Organic Touch in various Seasonal ways.  That will be on my Wish List for 2016 Home Improvement Projects to Save up for sure!

In the meantime I'm trying to just put all Challenges in perspective and as much aside as I can so that we can just properly Enjoy our Holidays.   I picked up some more mounds of required Paperwork that the High School wants The Young Prince's Doctors to fill out so that his Chronic Health Issues won't be held against me.  So I informed them I might not get it filled out right away until the Not-So Smooth Transition of the Kiddos Health Care Coverage after the Adoption gets sorted out!  What the System Promises and what they Deliver tends to be two very different things, so it will take as long as it takes and the School will just have to exercise as much Patience as I'm expected to!  *Winks*

I'm going to Distract myself with the Creation of some Bottlebrush Christmas Tree Art Projects since I've been so Inspired by some I've seen this Season for Sale... but couldn't purchase due to the Budget Issues.   I think Creating them the way we want them to be will be more Fun anyway since I already have all the supplies to do it in the Art Studio.  I think I want mine to be Sepia Color so I will bleach out the cheap store bought bulk Bottlebrush Trees I have from a deep discount at 'Michaels' post Seasonal Sale and then Tea Stain them for the Desired effect before potting them in Vintage Silverplate or Old Loving Cups.

I'd also like to try my Hand at some Cutter Sweater and Lace Christmas Stockings of my own Styling... I'd probably want to Gypsify them with plenty of Embellishments and layers of Old Fabrics.  The Kiddos had really liked how these looked and asked me to make them some for this year's Stockings, so we'll see if I can pull that off in time since that only means I have to Create two?  *Ha ha ha*

I have an Old Mink Stole Cutter that I would like to use on the one for The Young Prince since Fur would give it a more Masculine look... and perhaps I could find a Cutter Sweater in darker yarn for him as well?  I don't think he'd be a Colorless Palette sorta Guy, even for his Christmas Stocking!?  *LOL*

And who knows, if the two for The G-Kid Force turn out to be a breeze to Create, I might just Create some for The Man and I as well?   I have plenty of Century Old Burlap Sacks and Lord knows I have a Hoard of Old Doily and Lace Accents I could Tea Stain and Caches of Old Bling to Accent each Stocking!  *Smiles*   However, Time is the Element I'm in short supply of right now, so we'll see... 

I Love to Create Beautiful things, I just don't always have the Luxury of Time to Devote to it.  I suppose many of us face that dilemma and would rather be spending more time Creating if we had the opportunity to spend more of our days doing that exclusively.  Once The G-Kid Force are Grown I Fantasize that I'll have more Time to spend in my Art Studio... since The Man is Content to watch his TV Programs and just have his own Quiet Time too.  He's able to do more things for himself now and doesn't require quite as much Supervision as before.  Which makes him Feel more Independent and allows me more time to do other things as well.

But Creativity Interrupted by constant Distractions just doesn't flow so smoothly and so I rarely spend much time doing it anymore.   My Art Studio has lain Dormant most of the time and when I can, even if I can't have enough Time to Create anything at all just yet, I like to spend a little bit of the day just Organizing it.  I so Enjoyed the Complete Makeover I gave the Old Art Studio Cottage a while back.   I was just telling The Family that now I do Regret that I Declined a Publication's Request to Feature it in one of their Magazines.

At the time I didn't ever think I'd be Moving from the Old Homestead and I was just too busy and too Intimidated to have a Major Publication coming to my Home!   I probably would have worn myself to a complete frazzle and maybe even risked a nervous breakdown trying to make everything look 'Just So' and it just seemed too Daunting a task so I respectfully Declined.  *Ha ha ha*   But the Old Art Studio Cottage was my absolutely Dream Studio, none will ever Compare and now I Wish I had allowed it to be Immortalized in a Magazine Spread... to look back upon Fondly and keep for Future Generations to see.

I just haven't formed very much, if any, of an Attachment to my New Studio Spaces upstairs at the New Home.  Perhaps I will in due Time if and when I get it exactly the way I want for it to be?  I think perhaps I just need sufficient Time to finish Mourning over the Loss of the Old Art Studio Cottage?  Though I really, really LOVE our New Home... the Studio Loft just looks like most any other New Home Loft Space to me so it's not all that Unique Architecturally and I keep Comparing it to the Old Converted Carriage House's ample Details, Character and Charm.   I know I shouldn't do that, but I cannot Help myself... I keep looking at what it does not have that I used to have and so I Feel kinda Meh about it right now.

The rest of the New Home is a vast Improvement and Luxurious enough to make up for it... but I think it's probably Normal to have a Missing of something you had Loved a long time and had to Give Up and Move On somewhat reluctantly?   I'm Enjoying having a smaller Garden since I can easily Care for it and it doesn't get so overgrown I need a Machete to make a Path through it like at the Old Acreage!  *Smiles*   One of The Son's Friends has cut through a lot of the overgrowth for me at the Old Homestead and a huge pile of Tree limbs and debris is now sitting curbside waiting for the next bulk garbage pickup!

And every day when I see this Magnificent View of the Mountain Range and Natural Desert just to the West of our New Home... and how Clear and Smog Free this more Rural Area is Compared to the City... well, I couldn't Imagine Living anywhere else now!  *Smiles*   We're also near a Zoo and the Huge County Park that encompasses this Beautiful Scenic Mountain Range, so there will be a lot of days spent at both next year since I Plan to buy Annual Passes for the Family.

And though some things will remain empty because I don't have Time to fill them yet... eventually things will be put right, put away, and unpacked in due Time.   It's just sometimes difficult when you can see that Finish Line ahead of you and you can't get across it just yet and are held back from Finishing what you've been toiling away at in a Marathon that has been long and depleted you.

If you've ever been at something that takes a great deal of Endurance then you know what I'm talking about... you have to Believe you'll get your Second Wind and be able to Finish.   Your Pace may falter along the way when you can no longer go full force, but if  you keep Positive Reinforcements around you to egg you on towards anything worth Finishing, then it doesn't even matter if you Walk across that Finish Line panting rather than Sprint!  So long as you Finish!   I'm Determined to Finish what I have Begun... and with that Thought in Mind it has been a Better Day Today!

Blessings from the Arizona Desert... Dawn... The Bohemian

Sunday, November 29, 2015

Waiting On God's Timing Impatiently

I Confess that I haven't been in a very Good Head Space Today... and so I almost didn't Blog.  In fact I stayed in Bed off and on for almost the entire day and I knew what that meant... burnout and depression were trying to set in.   And who wants a Dark Post during the Holidays especially, not I!

And yet acknowledging the Condition of my Thoughts isn't something to ignore!   I did that once the year of The Man's Catastrophic Accident and the results were absolutely disastrous and almost cost me my Life!!!  We didn't want to revisit that stage of Life Trauma again.

Yes, I held it Together and was keeping it Down until I could finally finalize the Adoption of The G-Kid Force, because I had to.   There could be no Weak Moments and so I had none... at least I wrestled successfully with not having any... but that is exhausting.

And there is something about the Holiday Seasons that is both Joyful and Stressful all rolled into one... and Lord knows an ounce more of Stress was something I knew I didn't really need to shoulder.  At least the Stress of the Adoption was now behind me, yet I'm still waiting on the Promised 'Smooth' Transition of Health Care Benefits and Adoption Subsidy Help to begin!  And since The Young Prince needs a Medical Follow-Up for a serious Respiratory Ailment and a Dental Appointment... I needed the new Health Care Coverage Transition to be flawless!

Well, of coarse I went to the Agencies who previously handled our Case Pre-Adoption, but they were zero Help and allegedly knew nothing... no big Surprise there really but I'd been naively Hopeful they might be!   The Kiddos Primary Doctor's Office at least said I could schedule the Appointment and they'd sort thru the mess of the Post-Adoption Health Care Transitionary Period until their New Coverage kicks in and would bill the Old One under CPS.   But it makes me nervous, the VA and Tri-Care always tells me similar things for The Man and my Coverage and then stiff us with the pending Medical Bills.  


I want to Believe somebody will actually Cover the Costs since they will be substantial, but I'm still in an ongoing Battle with Insurances over Medical Services rendered over a year ago for The Man and I so I don't need to be fighting on yet another front, I just don't have it in me.  In fact, I don't have a lot in me right now and I painfully acknowledged that Today.   I was paying Bills for next Month that will be due and realizing that Financially this Fixed Income Thing sucks even more now that I'm juggling two households 'til I can get the Old Homestead readied to put up for Sale!

I don't know if any of you have ever done that, juggled expenses of two households?   I have before, anytime that The Man was Deployed, since they tend to reimburse you later if they Activate the Guys as Reservists during Wartime... but I was Working back then and had my Corporate Life Income, so "No Sweat G.I." was more my Mantra during those days.   *LOL*   Now the G.I. better be Sweating bullets, I know I am because I'm an Army of One on a lot of these fronts and these Battles are fierce and I don't have nearly enough Ammunition left!

I'm getting Combat Fatigue I suppose... mostly Impatiently Waiting for the Reinforcements to Arrive on God's Timing as the enemy threatens to overrun the parameters of the Ground I'm trying to Hold firm!   At least my Fav TV Ministry's Message Today was on that very Topic, God has Good Timing for letting me know that He hasn't Forgotten me and He will be coming to my aid eventually... and to keep Fighting the Fight of Faith as the Appointed Time nears and don't hoist up the White Flag!  With each Position there comes Pressure... I know that but it's still not easy to always handle the Pressures of Greater Blessings.

I want to hoist up the White Flag on days like Today tho'... and so my Combat Stance was more of the Be Still while Waiting upon the Lord because I had no more Fight in me anyway to Rush headlong into Battle for any potential Victories.  Sometimes you just need to Be Still and not Fight... perhaps the Fight is not even mine right now and it is The Lord's and He is already Working things out behind enemy lines?  That is what I Imagine, since I can't see anything happening, but it doesn't mean it isn't just because I can't see it!?!

The Man and The G-Kid Force always have Pre-Holiday Emotional Stress that I'm Coping with... it's Typical, but right now I don't need to Deal with any Drama and other Head Cases, I Feel like enough of a Head Case myself right now, Thank You!!!   So I had the Come To Jesus Talk with each of them to cut me some slack and try to Hold It Together Emotionally as best they could and do their part to keep the Well Oiled Machine from Breaking Down here!  *Winks*

BTW, the Beautiful Images for this Post were taken at both of our Antique Mall Locations of BRASS ARMADILLO in Goodyear and in Phoenix and I had to Smile when I saw these Wise Men Figures because their Expressions and Countenance reminded me of myself lately!  *Ha ha ha*   Cloaked in the trappings of years of Wisdom and Experience to build upon and yet sometimes I still Struggle for Answers for the most Important of Questions and Life Issues I must Deal with!   And if you fell in Lust with the Gorgeous Bottlebrush Tree Creations visit VINTAGE PAPER PANTRY link which is the Creative Source of the Enchantment!

I have been given the Gifts of stepping up into New Levels of Blessing and what I fully Believe I have an Anointing to Receive...and yet with New Levels always comes New Devils, you can Count on that Fact!  And until your Appointed Time Arrives to step into your New Role with total Breakthrough, well, your knowledge and Belief that you have been Anointed as this being part of your Destiny will just have to do for now!  It's kinda like when David was Anointed as being a Future King while stepping out of Shepherd Role... Huge Step Up... and New Devil Battles to Fight before he was Feeling Ready to don that Crown in total Confidence!

If you are in a Fight at a King Level when your previous Battles were at Shepherd Level, well, it can be mighty Intimidating... and I can Relate to that right now!   You sometimes begin to Doubt yourself when the enemy gets into your Head with the more Negative Thinking that maybe you can't handle this?   Maybe it's all too much?  Maybe it's just all too much at once?  And if the enemy can get into your Head early enough then he knows he can get your Day!   Today he got my Day because I'd been particularly vulnerable for a blindsided Attack and let my Guard down.

I'd been too Focused upon the Pleasantries of the Holidays so that The Princess could meet with Santa.  And Focused upon the Unpleasantries of still Dealing with the Big Move Out of the Old Place, which seems never ending and more Urgent now since I'm so Burnt Out on Moving. To where I'd given The Man too much to try to handle because I was just that Desperate for some Help... and so he short-curcuited and went a bit Mental until I could tell him it was Okay and I'd figure it out some other way to get done!

There's just some things I can't do myself and I thought perhaps he still could... but he can't... and so it is what it is and no sense either of us having a Meltdown over it and have to put his pieces back together again when his Frustration escalates to being hard to handle and Unlovely!  I know he can't help the TBI and yet it Frustrates the both of us in daily Living sometimes.   Working around it and the Chronic Depression he suffers from it is brutal and can be Toxic and Infect my own Mood when I'm already Struggling to Keep it Together and Hold it Down!   Can you only tell by this pix that my Countenance is 'Forced' and not at all The Real Deal, what a Strained Smile, looks more like the Grinch's Grimace!  *LOL*

But bear in mind, that along with the Blessings of getting additional Shifts at the Mall for the Holiday Rush it means more Work and I'm already beyond Tired.  And I just got three more Negative E-Mails from The Young Prince's Teachers saying he's still behind in missing Assignments, not keeping up with his Homework or Attending After School Tutoring like he should.   Good Lord, it's all that Kid can do to NOT be too Depressed and Overwhelmed or Psychotic to GO to School most days!

Which brings me to the Threatening Letter I received from the High School about his Excessive Absences AGAIN!   While I was trying to Rejoice in The Princess responding so well to her Special Education  and Intercession Classes by getting all A's and a B on her most recent Report Card {Yay and a Hallelujah Chorus!!!}... well, I'm still Dealing with her Older Brother Failing almost everything and missing a lot of School due to Chronic Health and Mental Health Issues.  I've filled out the Paperwork required to inform them adequately that his Special Needs include significant Health Issues and my Magic Healing Wand is broken... I'm still getting The Dreaded Letters!

You know, the ones that tell you New Laws in effect could mean that Your Student's Excessive Absences could land you with Fines and Jail Time!!!   Yeah, like I could actually PAY a Fine right now... and Jail Time, well, that's sounding less like Punishment to me right about now than the only Hope I'd have for a Vacay... someone cooking my meals, doing my laundry, resting from Cleaning and Moving, not having to take Care of anyone else and having the company of other Women in Crisis!   *LOL*   Yeah, that's where my Head Space is right now, go ahead, Threaten me with even a day of Jail Time and I'm likely to not Volunteer to come back and resume present Responsibilities!?!


Oh Hell to the Yeah... if The System thinks that delaying paying my Promised Adoption Subsidy for as long as they can, since they've had me for Free for so long is Working Out for them too well... lets see how paying for my Incarceration PLUS finding Placement at about Fifteen Grand a Month for the Trio I'm Caregiver of sounds to them?!?  How will THAT be Working Out for ya I Wonder?   So... I do Plan on going in to see the Asst. Principal about these damned Threatening Letters and Insist they now give The Young Prince some Housebound Education on the days he is too Sick to come to School IF they're so damned worried and worked up about his Educational Needs that they'd be willing to throw me in Jail for having a Chronically Ill Child!   WTF!??!?  It's no Wonder my Christmas Spirit is waning!!!

Because until such Time as there is a Miraculous CURE for Mental Illness and certain Chronic Health Conditions that presently have no Cure, well, we're all just Impatiently Waiting upon God's Timing for all of that too.   If it doesn't happen to be in my Lifetime, well, then I'll just have to get thru The Young Prince's two more years of Public Education Dealing with The System not Understanding that... and then eight more years with his Little Sister's!   That only sounds like an Eternity right now... and a very long Battle to wage... but get me Pissed Off enough and I'm Sure I can rally!  *Winks*   Besides, I Believe that The Lord is on my Side and the Victory is Eventually gonna be mine... so they don't stand a chance!  *Smiles*


And yeah, I got one more mini Christmas Tree Decoratedg with my Antique European Glass Ornaments... because I do NEED some Pleasant Distractions from Warfare during what is my Holy Season and should at least be Sacred enough to spend SOME time trying to Enjoy properly even if the enemy would rather I didn't!


Blessings from the Arizona Desert... Dawn... The Bohemian

Friday, November 27, 2015

We Don't Do Black Friday!

Black Friday... Nope, we don't do Black Friday!  That is a whole level of Crazy we completely Avoid!  *Smiles*   Never done one... never will... saw the Lines and Tents tho' outside the major box stores on Thanksgiving Day!  EARLY on Thanksgiving Day... Good Lord they must NEED that Cheap TV more than Food I Guess, I dunno?  There's nothing I Need THAT bad, Honestly!!!  *LOL*

Nope, we didn't waste our Thanksgiving Day Camped out in a Tent on the sidewalk in front of a Best Buy, Target or Wal-Mart... I couldn't even Imagine spending it that way!  I'm Mystified why anyone would... but to each his own I suppose.   We spent ours inside with Family... preparing for the Feast and being Aware of what we are Thankful and Grateful for!   Still Smiling when I realize you can see all the dead animals laying in the corners in several of these Images... didn't notice they were in frame 'til the downloads!  Looks like we just went Hunting for Thanksgiving, huh?!!!!  *Ha ha ha*

The Man had been up since Early preparing the Food for the Thanksgiving Meal that we'd be supplying.   As my Stocking so aptly proclaims, "Hell yeah I've been Naughty!", I stayed in bed 'til pretty late and didn't even need Breakfast... went straight to the Thanksgiving Meal after The Son and Family arrived with their portion of the Feast!  *Smiles*

I went more Fancy Schmancy this year than usual because at this Home we just can... but not so Formal it would seem Weird!  *LOL*  The Man would just as soon not set the Tables and just pile everything up on the Kitchen Island we'd be using and let everyone fend for themselves!  *Ha ha ha*

We didn't Bake this year, but I did get some delish Pies from a Local Bakery... Pumpkin Pie, Sweet Potato Pie and Strawberry-Rhubarb, which is this one in the foreground!  Yum!!!   Wasn't sure, with this being a New Area for us to Live in, whether the Local Bakeries close by would be Good or not... hands down they were Good... Whew!

We prepared the Spiral Cut Honey Ham...

And The Son and Family brought the Turkey and Fixings for that...

It's so Nice to have this Huge Kitchen Island to spread out a Buffet on and Serve everyone from there... doesn't clutter up the Tables and when you have a larger gathering, especially with several Children, it just flows smoother to get everyone Served!   And for us Moms and Grammas that meant we could eat our Meal while it was still HOT!  *LOL*

We set up the Kid Table for the Younger Grandchildren... we weren't sure how many would be coming since an Uncle had also extended a Thanksgiving Meal Invitation.

As it turned out we only had the three younger Grandkids and the two older ones went with the Uncle... less Teen Angst... we were all Okay with that!  *Bwahahahahaha!!!*  I sometimes Wonder, if we had all Thirteen Grandkids Together at one Meal, could us Adults Survive the Experience?  I dunno... *Winks*

It was a Gloriously Sunny Day and so several of my Images had a lot of Glare from the Courtyard and Windows... so I toyed around with tweaking the washed out Images by going Old School Black And White on Photoshop with them, which Clarified them much better!   That's a Tip when you've got a Nice Image of everyone but that didn't turn out Ideal due to Lighting Issues... you can Thank me later!  *Winks*

We were Happy that The Son and Family joined us and brought half the Meal, it made for a really Memorable Thanksgiving for us all and a lot less Work and expense for any of us when we pooled our resources for a Pot Luck Style Thanksgiving.  

And of coarse we put The Guys to Work once they had eaten.  *Winks*   I had some long delayed Projects that required The Ladder Of Death again and The Son is Solid and Steady up high and absolutely Fearless!  He's like a damned Mountain Goat and always was a Climber and Risk Taker, even as a little Kid!  *Smiles*

Us Gals really spent the entire day Relaxing and Visiting... since our Guys are Excellent Cooks in the Kitchen so we just let them have at it!   For Generations the Menfolk in our Family have been Masterful Chefs... to me that means they're absolute Keepers!   And all the Women said 'Amen'!!!  *Winks*

I'm very Blessed that I have a Daughter-In-Law who is also a BFF and so much Fun to Hang Out with.  We're already Plotting our next Escapade without the Guys in tow!  *Winks*  Don't feel Sorry for the Guys tho', after the Football Game they all went out Target Shooting in the Desert... they have their Style of Fun... we have ours!  *Smiles* 

Well, the Young Prince opted not to join the Guys this time since he was going over to his Dad's after Dinner, they'd Invited him to spend some of Thanksgiving with them and spend the Night.  The G-Kid Force are off School for the next four days so they've got their Itinerary all set up!  *LOL*  I'm Glad he gets to spend Quality Time with his Paternal side of the Family and especially his Little Brother.   To all of us the Adoption didn't change any of that Relationship and Special Arrangement we've always had that most benefits all of the Children and we all remain 'Family'.

Family is very Important to us... even if our circumstances don't happen to be the Traditional Family by most folk's Standards, it doesn't make us any the less a Family that is Loving, Tight and Close-Knit.   We've got each other's backs and I'm always saddened when I see Families that don't... or are Estranged and absolutely don't get along... that's just Tragic!

Yes, we are absolutely and positively a Weird and Wonderful Bunch... Quirky as Hell... but our Love for each other is Abiding and Solid as a Rock.   You can be as Weird as you wanna be and we'll still Proudly call you Family or our Friend... in fact, Embracing each other's Imperfections and Loving Unconditionally is True Love in my Humble Opinion.   Your Relationship shouldn't be Conditional... that's just too messy and high maintenance for us... usually too much Drama too... and we prefer to Roll as Drama Free Relationally as possible!

The Man isn't as Comfortable in front of the Camera, he's quite Elusive about being Photographed after his Traumatic Brain Injury... but I Insisted on taking at least one to Share so everyone would know he was there with us all!  *LOL*   You can see the, "Well, Okay then if you Insist..." reluctant Countenance he's giving me!  *Ha ha ha*   When you have a Pathological Picture Taking Wife you just Learn that you may have to reluctantly pose for at least a Single Shot every so often!  *Smiles*

Besides... the Reward was Dessert!!!  *Ha ha ha*

Over at the Kid's Table the Princess Duo were all Grins... they rather liked having a Table all to themselves and we could hear them Playing as if this was like a Thanksgiving Tea Party THEY were Hosting!   *Smiles*

I just Love to Eavesdrop on Little Kids Playing, Pretending and Imagining... their Imaginations are just so Fertile and Uninhibited!   Their Play is so Pure and they have such a Good Time doing it!   Why do so many Adults Lose that Ability I Wonder?  I simply Refuse to I tell ya!   After Dinner the Girls set up their Tent in the back yard... perhaps they were Imagining and Pretending they were doing Black Friday, I dunno?  *Bwahahahahahaha!!!*

Okay, so what is my Fav Side Dish for Thanksgiving... and The Young Prince's too BTW... Candied Yams... YUM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!   There is hardly ever many Leftovers of these... though whatever Leftovers we did have we split evenly with The Son and Family to take Home with them.   Our Ham turned out so Good this year... and we always prefer Ham Leftovers to Turkey Leftovers.  We Love Turkey, but it's just not as versatile for Leftovers without you getting sick of it before it's all gone.

Nobody was going to get sick of the Desserts before they were all gone tho'!  *Winks*   This was my slice of Sweet Potato Pie... see, I Behaved so that I wouldn't go into a Diabetic Coma after Dinner... just a sliver!  *Smiles*

Nobody else had to Behave with Portion Control so there were runs to the Buffet for Seconds... or Thirds... and that was all Good since I didn't want too much in the way of Leftovers.

The Kids were doing their Selfies... just in case my Images didn't turn out!?! *Smiles* I must say that Cell Phone Cameras are SO top rate, they really do take Great Images that Rival an Expensive Cameras!   I'm just not that proficient with my Cell Phone Camera yet and I've yet to actually do a decent Selfie!  *Ha ha ha*

The Daughter-In-Law was Loving our New Christmas Tree!   They Inherited our Old One, since it was larger and cumbersome so I didn't wanna move it over here and no longer had a box for it to Store it in later.   It is still a very Nice Tree though, they wanted it and she Decorated it Beautifully.

I made a Punch... but didn't Spike it since all the Kiddos would be getting into it.  *Smiles*  Maybe Gramma will Spike it later after she's the only one still up?  *LOL*

And you might be Wondering what I sent The Son up The Ladder Of Death to do for me?  Well, after Seven Months of laying on the floor, my Gypsy Drapes in the Entry Hallway finally got hung up!  *Smiles*

Yeah it was really bothering me for them to lay in front of the Courtyard Door Windows for that long and we had to keep stepping over them or going through one of the other sets of Door Windows into the Courtyard.   But these Ceilings are very High...  The Man was too unsteady, he tried a couple times and I made him get down before he fell and broke a hip or something... I have total Vertigo Terror once I'm up a Ladder... and The Young Prince wasn't Comfortable being up The Ladder Of Death so close to a large set of plate glass Windows! 

The Son made it look so Effortless and had them up in a jiffy.  It's not as if he hasn't come over during the Seven Months they've been laying on the floor... it's just that each time I'd Forget to ask him to hang them... and you know how Guys are... they never Notice Decor and what's just laying around on the floor and should probably GO somewhere else?!??!?  "What?  That's NOT where you wanted the Drapes, Mom... on the Floor there in front of the Doors?"  *Bwahahahahaha!*

Of coarse he had to do some Circus Gymnast Antics up there on The Ladder Of Death just to Mess with me and Freak me Out while he was hanging the Drapes!  I was not Amused!

But I was so Happy and Grateful to get my Drapes back up... I'd Missed them being up... I really Love these Gypsy Drapes which were Created by a Dear Friend of mine, Punky, she's so Talented!   And several of the Elements I've hung on them were also Created by Dear Artistic Friends.

Several in fact were given to me as Gifts, so I really Cherish them.

And some were Store Bought... but so Cute and so very ME in the Styling of them that they just went well with my Gypsy Drapes as Ornamentation.   I don't know if anyone else Adorns their Drapes with Art, but I've never owned Drapes that I didn't do that to.

In fact, most of my Gypsy Curtains are No-Sew and are instead attached by Vintage Brooches... tied with Hand-Dyed Seam Binding... or Pinned with Art Tags.  This means I can switch them up with various Vintage Fabric and Lace to change the Look of them as often as I like.

Or if I Need an Element of the Drapes for another Project I can just detach it and use it for something else, either Temporarily... or Permanently.   I Like having that Freedom and Versatility to my Window Treatments.

I also like to keep Layering Beautiful Pieces to the Drapes and adding to them... so they're always in states of Evolution of something either being taken away or added to them.   And well, that was our Thanksgiving... and I Hope yours was Memorable too my Friends?   And for Black Friday we'll just watch the News and see how the Crazies Behaved trying to get those Cheap TVs and such First?!??!?  We'll just stay Safely out of the Madness Thank You!!!   *Bwahahahahaha!!!!!!!!!* 


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

Is what I'm about to say an improvement on silence? ~ Galen Pearl