Thursday, December 29, 2011

CATCH UP not ketchup

A "Heinz 57dog is a mixed breed dog of uncertain ancestry- a mutt.
 The name refers to the "57 varieties" Heinz slogan.

Well, you can tell my sense of humor is still intact.
The Holiday has been wonderful 
and all my focus has been on the kids.
Dearest son has returned to NYC,
but will be passing through here 
late January on his move to LA.
Darling Daughter is enjoying  her local friends
and we are being lazy goats in front 
of the tube, catching a mixed bag of films.
This illness/plague whatever..
knocked my socks off and not in the good way
damn.. :D
I have accomplished little,
gone nowhere and seen no one.
Home is where the heart is..
and where my slipper socks and jammies are.

Carole Sidlow is teaching a  fabulous ribbon class here
on January 7th (2 spots left) and
we will hold it in the converted studio/garage,
so since I cannot access my storage boxes,
Christmas will remain up until after the class.
Makes me a mite uneasy,
 ( my organization gene anxious to get back to work),
so instead I am overhauling my studio and hall closet,
and making a big bloomin' mess while I'm at it.
I decided to move all my paper supplies 
closer to me since that seems to be
 where my hearts desire is lately.

I hope everyone had a wonderful Holiday.
I have been reading you all and keeping up,
and I hope that everyone's New Year 
brings them joy and happiness.

I am still debating my "word" or mantra for next year.
In 2011 the word was Begin
I feel I did that one justice,
so what should 2012 be about?
I am pondering these:

I could use some of all of the above.
I have been inspired all year by 
a lovely young woman Carolynn at
the Anchor and the Bird.
Please visit if you are not familiar 
with her year of good deeds (in process).

Thinking perhaps I could/should 
attempt the same good-deed daily tasks.
I donate 10% of my income each year and it is 
not always easy, but it is easy enough to write checks.

I am thinking I need to give back in other ways, 
where it might not be so easy, 
where I must trod the extra mile, 
 and as I tap this out I may have decided that
this desire should be manifested in my 2012 word.

would encompass the other 
four words under consideration
so yup, GIVE it is.
YAY my first decision of the new Year.
What do you plan to do with your next 365 days?
I plan to grow out my hair since
 I got scalped today. 
only pixies should wear pixie cuts


cityfarmer said...

truly a good read at he end of my day ...


Cozy Little House said...

I've decided my word is serenity. That's what I crave. I have volunteered before for the local animal shelter and been a Wheels On Wheels volunteer. You might think of that. Helping the elderly gave me great pleasure. I hope, in 2012, to get an Etsy shop growing. Grow my savings account. Spend more time with the grandchildren. Little 3 year old Marley stayed some with me today, and we had a grand old time!

Laura @ 52 FLEA said...'s the perfect word for 2012. But...I also like your 2011 word...BEGIN...which I need to do in so many areas of my life.
Somehow...I caught your cold along with all the inspiration I get from your thanks for that! lol
Just kidding although I do now have a Christmas cold. Here's hoping that the New Year brings good things!
Feel better! :)

Low Tide High Style said...

I'm glad you've had a low key holiday, but I'm sorry you were ill! I loved the photos of your kids from your last post, and I think your word for 2012 is perfect!

Kat :)

Carole said...

Glad you've had good times with the kiddos. Great word for the new year!!!!

hey what's up with the music? lol

Createology said...

I have enjoyed your post today and feel very similar about several items. December was a disaster for me getting sick and not being home at all. Your word for 2012 is excellent and how wonderful for you to be generous to others. May you have a Happy Healthy New Year...

Bead and Needle said...


Looking forward to the class...another wonderful day, taking in all the wonderful vibes that roomful of creative woman has to GIVE! And giving back, hopefully - happy to be a part of it all, for sure!

XOXO Tanya

Bead and Needle said...

And, I just freaked out a have a big RED (R-E-D!!!) bottle of ketchup, front and center on your blog! That's a mighty bold color deviation from the beautiful beiges. Good girl! :-)

Jillayne said...

Good question - I love it.
I could go on and on but I think in a nutshell, I want to live happy.

Susan said...

Darn, wish you were feeling better, hopefully soon! Love your blog!

Claudia said...

A wonderful word for 2012. I haven't decided on one yet - I tend not to do that sort of thing. But maybe I should? Hmmm. Let me ponder.

Feel better soon!


Jacqueline said...

Go gently Z...still on the road to recovery, I hope?
GIVE...what a beautiful sentiment...and a huge challenge all wrapped up in one.
Looking forward to the ride into 2012 with you. All good wishes.
And as for the hairdo...I'm sure you look as cute as a button!

Lana said...

I absolutely love your blog, dear-new-friend! Wish you lived just down the street...or I did!! :) I'd walk my Dr. Pepper over in hand, with my grubbies on, and sit down in the curled up couch and say, " are one terrific woman to have raised such sweet charmers, remain sane, and have that sense of creative style and great humor to go along with it!" I think GIVE is right up your ally. Bet you've done it all your life and now you're just dedicating a tag to it. :) Best wishes for a wonderful New 2012! Hugs.

Anonymous said...

What a lovely post, enjoyed reading! And I like your word for 2012, a very good idea to keep one focused!

beth said...

i'm still waiting for my word to find me and feel the pressure since today is the 30th....yikes !!

the crud hit me on tuesday but today i'm feeling better....granted my head is still in the fog, but overall i feel almost normal again.

get better !!
and happy new year !!

time worn interiors said...

I am so glad you haven't lost your sense of humor! Girl you are so funny!

I know what you mean about the Chirstmas, I took mine down at the shop on the 26th., I was so tired of looking at it.

Hope you are 110% back to normale soon!


A Cottage Muse said...

Why does getting all our hair chopped off sound like a good idea only to regret it moments later?!!

Happy to hear you are up and about again Z!

Wishing you nothing but the best in the new year and thank you so much for your posts...they motivate me and always make me smile (and laugh out loud alot too)!!

Marcela para Colorin Colorado said...

I'm going for simplicity, I adopted it last year and it worked so I'm going for it again!!! Whatever you decide to go for, I wish it bring you happiness. All the best to you and the kids! HAPPY 2012!!!!

Linda @ A La Carte said...

So glad you have had a good holiday in spite of being so ill. Ick, I hate getting sick. sounds like you had lots of comfort with your kids. I like you word for 2012,,,,I'm still working on mine. Hope to figure it out today and ring in the new year with my sweet family. hugs, Linda

Boxwood Cottage said...

Wonderful word Z! If I can steel one from you I'll take Patience because Patience is a virtue I don't have but need!
Sounds like you had a cosy time with your kids, but sorry to hear that you're still not feeling well again.
For the new year 2012 I wish you only the best of health!
Happy new year dear Z!
xoxo~ C.

The Boston Lady said...

I like the idea of GIVE. Doesn't have to money even. Our time is just as valuable and so many people could use a bit of it. Happy year of newness! Ann

Leslie's Garden said...

One form of flu or another seems to be making the rounds this Christmas and New Years. Hope it stays away from here and hope you will be back to good soon. I think my New Years word would need to actually be 4 words - OUT OF COMFORT ZONE. I really have to force myself to do things that I know God wants me to do when they are OOCF. And confession, a lot of times I just don't do it.

Rebecca said...

Wishing you a wonderful New Year my friend
Sitting here with my laptop, a little bubbly and hallmark channel
woohoo hope I make it til midnight

TheCrankyCrow said...

Well, my friend - that should be an easy one for you seeing as you have given from your heart ever since I've known you. My word is "balance" - yeah - like that will ever happen. And, yup - me too on growing the hair thing....Never trust a stylist who gets so caught up in a conversation she forgets to notice how much she is cutting off....(I looked good with a pixie cut when I was 11 - not so much now.....) Wishing you a wonderful new year full of joy and adventure - and giving....Smiles & New Year Hugs (unless, of course, you're still contagious) ~ Robin

Jacqueline @ HOME said...

Dear Z,
So sorry that you have had a nasty virus....our daughter hasn't been well and had to miss the family wedding that we all went to on New Years Eve ! Hope you are now feeling a little better and, my advice would be to stay in those jammies and recline on the sofa and eat and drink. Dr. Jackie's well known remedy !!
Here's to a wonderful New Year filled with wonderful moments.
Your word for the year ' GIVE ' is a perfect one and I know that you will do it justice. Much love. XXXX

Donna said...

Happy New Year my dear!
Your friendship has both blessed and inspired this past year so it goes without saying...I can't wait for the New year!
Woo Who!
I am so glad that you have had a fabulous holiday! I bet your as cut as a speckled pup with that new do!
Much love and many hugs

Cindy said...

I do hope that you are feeling better!!! That really stinks being sick during the holidays..maybe it is a hint to slow down! I love your word GIVE! That fits your perfectly since you are one of the most GIVING people I know....get better! xo