Things in HoCo have been hoppin'! ...and through the simple forgetfulness of yours truly, today ended up being a 'blogging day!' Yes, I knew it was President's Day. But, here in NC, it is no longer a State holiday. It is still a Federal holiday, so the bank and P.O. were C-L-O-S-E-D :-\ *I found this out, while being the productive little elf that I am, and heading out to take care of some 'bidness' today -- only to discover that those with whom I needed to interact were all away* Ahhh... an unexpected pocket o' time! Perfect for getting back in the swing of things, here, eh?
I think so, too!
I mentioned, back in January, that some pretty sizable changes were taking place in my little corner. While the ramifications of those changes are still being discovered (and explored, and reveled in, etc., etc.), the biggest thing *in the moment* was the capital-A-Amazing gift/tribute that I received that night! ...and while much blog-worthy 'stuff' has happened in the time between that night and today, I just couldn't move onto all of that until I found a way to get my mind wrapped around the powerful beauty of this:
|Overflowing with memories, thanks, and amazing artwork!|
My membership in this group has been much like getting a ticket to a foreign land! Every month, we come together to learn, share, and grow as artists and crafts-people -- nurturing one another and the community that supports and sustains us. I have never experienced anything like it before! I have made some of the most incredible friends, had some wicked good times, and learned many things about myself in the process. I guess the most mind-boggling part of their recognition is that I already felt 'compensated' for my efforts -- by our successes, our ongoing growth, and our strengthening bonds within (and beyond) our circle. Just after the first of the year, I acknowledged that I am sometimes haunted by old voices and the messages that they deliver. I now have the ultimate remedy for those blue days! The Book is capable of chasing away any negativity seeking residence! It occupies pride of place in my living room, and is enjoyed regularly. I am sure that there are little secrets I have not yet discovered -- I'll find them all, no worries ;-)
As much as I would like to share ALL of it with you, I am highlighting just a bit of the wonderment contained within The Book. *...a girl can't share everything!*
|My Ode - a la MDP|
*You must tell me! Has anyone ever written you a song?*
|A Crossword Puzzle from JR|
*The Man and I marveled mightily over this, the night The Book came home!*
|Still coming in!|
|A Simple Truth|
What a splendid gift to have such a 'crew!' With all of my heart, I thank the members of the CMMAG (past and present)! Thank you for your generous spirits, your 'can do' attitudes, your willingness to try new things *and be wildly amazing*, your beautiful support of one another (and me), and your belief in the power of Community. I look forward to seeing what lies ahead for us -- and if the first two months of this year are any indication, we ain't seen nothin' yet!
Onward & Upward!
p.s. -- fast forward to last week: The Man surprised me in a major way! A dozen roses and bottle of very nice Malbec for Valentine's Day :-o ...as I have humbly said before: Lucky am I!
Words of wisdom for today:
"Everybody needs his memories.
They keep the wolf of insignificance
from the door."
- Saul Bellow
Photo Notes:All photos with Nikon D5100 - using AF-S Nikor 55-200 lens (cropping and out of camera adjustments using IrfanView)
"A Simple Truth" came my way via Facebook - the quote was not attributed.
*All photos can be seen in a larger size by clicking on them*