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A few years back I started counting birthdays differently. I read someplace that by the time we celebrate our first birthday we have already been a year in the world so that we celebrated the end of that birth year not the beginning of it. Let's see if I can explain that a bit better because as I was writing that I realized there were several ways to argue against it. When we celebrate our first birthday we have been alive for 12 months. This means that we are celebrating the end of our first year and the beginning of our second in terms of experience. So I began to celebrate it that way. On October 7th I will have been alive for 59 years which means I will be entering my 60th year. For some reason that is a scary thought. Especially since I didn't expect to see the end of my 40th year. That that occurred in 2000 might have had something to do with the worry. Had I not had a change in lifestyle 3 years before that it would have been true. The Professor came along and quit

October is nearly here

I have had a not great month. I am hopeful that October will be better. Below is my October bucket list. Hope you will try a couple of them yourself.

Gallery Walls

Like many people I have children and grandchildren that I want to display. Today I am working on something I have been working on in my head for a while. I have two children and 8 grandchildren though one of them lives a long way away and another is so new I haven't met her yet. For the ones I do have in my life I want to build a photo wall much like the art wall I have. I am thinking the art wall may need an overhaul as well but it suits me for now. Anyway, I have been looking at the wall and at the frames I have and trying to figure out how to blend them into a nice design. I have about 12 frames of those only seven look like each other except for the sizes the others are the ones with room for multiple small photos and one large single. The wall I have in mind for them is the largest wall in the unit so I have plenty of room or will once I rearrange some of the furniture. The issues are: one - To find a layout that looks good using what I have; two - to figure out which ph

... of the Year

It's amazing how many different person of the year awards there are. Nearly every occupation has one, oh some of them are called Emmys or other cute name but they are all about honouring a person in their particular niche. What I was looking for was more along the lines of the tree of the year or the animal of the year, the closest I came to was the word of the year which most of us are familiar with and the colour of the year from one of the paint makers. As I have stated I like to have something to celebrate every day and something to learn about. I was attempting to get some ideas this morning for my new journal. Oh well, looks like I'm going to have to make up my own. I am thinking I might have a monthly one or even a daily one, except I'm not sure my brain is up for that. We'll see I guess. At least the word of my 60th year was easy to find. I chose Magic. I'm not sure where that path will take me but I am sure it will be magical!

A new Year

My year begins in October. On the 7th of October I will be beginning my 60th year. Never thought I would live to see that day but the Great Spirit willing I will. On the 31st most Celtic witches and other pagans celebrate our New Year as Oct 31 and Nov 1 mark the end of one harvest year and the beginning of the next. I usually have to replace my datebook/journal around the beginning of October and this year is no different. I have chosen the book and put the year on the front. Today I will be adding the yearly bits like birthdays and such. The first section of my journal includes the annual celebrations, my yearly and monthly goals. Sometimes other things as well. I was wishing for my first datebook which was called soul something, it has a lot of other sections in the beginning as well but I think it is long gone. I did have a One Note version but I don't know if I still do. A few years ago I switched to Evernote but I am thinking it is rather limited compared to One N

Just an Update

I've not written anything here for 8 days because around the 2nd, 3rd of the month I started to feel sick- sore throat that hurt like a thousand cuts when I swallowed and a sinus headache. The problem is that it got worse and worse so that by Friday I had a wet cough to go along with the other usual symptoms of a cold or sinus infection. I am still not better but after two days of resting as much as possible, I am doing better. I have managed to get the air conditioner put away, not where it needs to be but at least it's out of the living room. I've decided to go 9" on my monthly patches rather than 12" because I measured them and none of them were near the 12". The 9" size also makes it easier to find a back fabric for it. It's amazing how much space is created when you remove 1.5" from each side. I picked up both a felt and a cotton that will work for the back, lucky me they were on sale. The cotton is red & green & gold stripes wh

Welcome September

As summer fades for this year and kids are back in school, most school supplies and summer clothes will already have been moved on out. However, it is worth looking out for that final clearance merchandise when you are in your favourite stores or even online, because you might just luck out and stumble upon some rock bottom prices.  This can be a great chance to stockpile some items for the following school year or for future donations.  Schools need supplies all year long and many school supplies make great donations for Holiday toy drives. It pays to think ahead and make your charitable contributions go farther! Plus, don’t miss this opportunity to pick up inexpensive stocking stuffers and other holiday gifts. Breakfast items are also on sale this month as part of the back to school theme. The first of the fall fruits and vegetables will be arriving at the store so look for good deals. If you are handy in the kitchen you can even freeze or can a few things. I like cooking