September 23, 2014

Happy Mabon and the arrival of Autumn

I know I'm a day late for this post... I just had one of those weekends where I need to rest up from... more in a later post!

Anyhoo... Yesterday was the Pagan Holiday of Mabon. The first of the harvest festivals. The celebration of the autumnal equinox and first day of fall. There has been a slight change in the weather even though it's still very warm in Texas.
I had an interesting discussion with an uber-Christian friend the other week about my beliefs. His frame of mind is centered on the Christian Bible and just now is beginning to understand my beliefs. I asked him what worship and celebrating a holy-day (holiday) means to him. It really is not much different than mine... it's the meaning and intent and where your heart is that determines how and when and whom you worship and what makes a day special. 

Hope y'all had a great weekend! I think it'll be October before my life calms down a bit and I can get back to blogging. I've missed y'all!

September 18, 2014

Scotland Independence

The vote for an independent Scotland is today!

I really hope this passes!

The last 2 weekends in September will be the Celtic Music Festival at
Sherwood Forest Faire near Austin.

I'll be there in me kilt and hopefully wearing my shirt that says:
"Tonight I drink for Scotland"

September 10, 2014

September 9, 2014

Elevator at the gym comments

So... my gym is on the 9th &10th floor of a parking garage in downtown Dallas.
There is only one way to the gym... the elevator! And they're not the most reliable!
There are stairs just like all buildings have... for emergency exits. 
And even though you would think that they would keep the door for the stairs open...
they don't!
I've tried!

I would love to take the stairs to the gym. I think a lot of people would rather take them.
And for a year or more I would park on the second level...
and then take the stairs up to the eighth floor. 
I've been bad lately!
So I have to hold myself accountable!

It just so happens that the TV show Extreme Weight Loss is on too... with the hottie Chris Powell! OK... I'm going for a walk now. 

September 8, 2014

Favorite time of year

I think I have finally decided... Autumn is my favorite time of the year!
 There are things I love about every season; the land covered in a blanket of winter snow is very peaceful, the awakening of life and the bare trees getting their leaves in spring, the warm and beautiful days of summer. But the days cooling down, the leaves changing colors and the harvest are things that I love the most!
This weekend there was the subtle change in the air. In Texas it will still be a few months before the leaves start to change and it's still several weeks away from the actual first day of Autumn.

September 6, 2014

Views of Instagram

There is one social media site that I really like: Instagram. This is unlike Facebook where I have a love/hate relationship! I love fb for somethings but really hate it for others.

For me Instagram is about a favorite hobby of mine: photography. I see it as a way to share my photos and my view on my little section of the world with others. It's handy that it links to other social media sites like the behemoth fb. I have the ability to view specific people or other people's photos from a very wide variety of people. Of course you can post your photos with hashtags # so that more people can see your photos related to a specific topic.

I see the site as a way to share my hobby with others with the same hobby. But I've noticed some weird trends... a lot of people only post selfies. Others love to post photos of their food. And I know that "art" is subjective... but some of the things I see posted make me scratch my head. Clearly others do not see this site like I do. But that's OK... variety is the spice of life, right? And to be clear... I too have posted the occasional selfie.

I do wish there was a feature that showed me my most liked photos! I've posted a few of my favorite pictures either taken with the camera feature or edited by Instagram. And if you're really interested you can follow me:

September 5, 2014

Thank you Sean!

Look what was waiting for me last night as I came home from work..!
Thank you Sassy Bear Sean! I love it! 
When you squeeze him he gets 3 boners!

And he screeches too, just like a monkey!

September 2, 2014

Paint project - before and after

Here is one picture of the kitchen before I stripped the cabinets and repainted:
This was in 2009 before I finished painting the whole kitchen the caramel color. The cabinets were dark brown. It was last September when I stripped the varnish off the doors:
So instead of taking a road-trip this long weekend (I was thinking of going to New Orleans again) I decided to finish the kitchen. Here it is now:
I bought 2 gallons of white and off-white. The off-white wasn't enough of a contrast color so I bought a quart of this light tan or beige. I barely used a quart of the white so I used it to paint my bathroom cabinet:
The guest bathroom cabinet got a fresh coat of paint too! Both of them were the same dark brown as the kitchen! Ew!

There was even enough paint to paint 3 walls of my living room too! Yesterday I did the finishing touches and a thorough cleaning! Whew! 

I'm so glad it's done and my home is back in order! This was my living room/dining room floor for the whole month of August while I painted 18 cabinet doors! (and those were just the kitchen cabinet doors)
Now... back to life! :-)

September 1, 2014

September tarot

Seven of Pentacles
My hard work will be paying off this month. But it's also a reminder that success only comes through dedication, focus and work.

When I get back into the office on Wednesday I know I have a huge project waiting for me. It will take a lot of focus and determination for the project to go successfully! I will have my work cut out for me!

At home it is true already! I just finished the final touch-ups on my kitchen cabinet painting project. I'll post pictures tomorrow if you like.

So, how accurate was my tarot card for August? Very accurate! I had a new boss start this month, someone new to the role and first time being a manager. But things have gone well with adjusting to the new boss... so all is good! It also comes into play with the card this month. I'll be working closely with the boss!