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Yard Sales And Silly Tales!

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , on March 31, 2011 by dianaswonderworks

Been doing a yard sale and art sale for a couple of weeks now. Yes, I am doing them during the week as well. Believe it or not, lots of folks come during the week. I was shocked, thought I would give it a shot, since I have only a few more weeks till it is time to go, and gas is so very expensive these days.Last week I did better on the week days than I did on the weekend. Honestly, with all the rain and storms, it has been a good idea, unfortunately the weather is not concerned whether I have a nice weekend to sell. It has been great having the week days to increase sales! This weekend there is a seven mile yard sale around the corner from my house, hopefully that will make for a wonderful weekend of sales, I need it!

Today, I had to go into the office at the real estate company I rent from to be taken off the lease.  It was a quick visit and all went well, everyday, it becomes more and more real that this is not my home for much longer. I am going to be sad to go, but so excited to see what awaits me in another part of the country! The people I am going to rent from seem so very sweet, and have gone out of their way to be helpful. They have been updating me on job opportunities and art shows, it has been really great! Nice to know that so many good people are still around! I will fit in quite well, it makes moving so much less stressful! Thanks to you all!

Cute yard sale story to share. The other day a couple and their young daughter, she was four, came to check out the yard sale. It turns out she was a fan of my artwork. So, she walked up and picked up a couple of paintings I made, they were small ones, and just started walking around with them. I made a deal for them, who can’t make a deal with a little cutie. So, she was my first art sale at my yard sale. Her parents were thrilled, she actually picked out c=something that matched her room! The pictures are posted with today’s blog!

Onwards and newsworthy, so sorry to hear no one has seemed to be able to handle the damaged Uranium storage silos in Japan! Where are all the geniuses when we need them? Guess I am not really surprised, they did not show up to save the Gulf either, and that was bad enough, this is so much worse. I pray every night that some with the right ideas will show up to help us out of this train wreck we have caused ourselves. Sending out heartfelt concern, and good wishes to all concerned in these cases, as well as those damaged, by storms of late, and wars all over the world.My hope is that blessings and joy, return to these places very soon. Unfortunately, we cannot change what has come, but we can be part of bringing good things, where things are so bad right now.

No big news for me and the lottery, but I hear congrats are in order for a group of lucky folks in New York. So, Congratulations to you all! Hope it sticks and your money worries are over for a long, long time! $319,000,000.00, should go a long way in making life a little easier for those lucky Mega-Millions winners! Sending out my love to them and all of you, as always, diana

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Crazy Days And Crazy Nights!

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , on March 27, 2011 by dianaswonderworks

 

Well, a crazy week indeed. The weather has been crazy, world news has been crazy,  my home life has been crazy and even TV has been crazy. One thing at a time so , let’s start with the weather, having spring showers is not so out of the ordinary, however all the rest is. Take for instance the major storms, tornadoes and hail, wild winds, bit on the extreme side. In the northeast of the country, still snow storms, when I am sure they are used to finally seeing some kind of a thaw. Some warmer temperatures for sure, not hot, but showing signs of a spring thaw would be normal right now.

Then every day we are bombarded with the scariest news coming from Japan, with the nuclear meltdowns and the fear of what will happen to all those people, to us and to the economy as well. Followed by the ever turbulent tempers and never ceasing fighting and bickering in the Middle East, honestly it is madness to say the least. So many things going on at once, and not one person with a plan, that seems to really make a difference. We all have opinions, but they are not educated ones, so arm chair politics really does not help at all! Trying times have been around for centuries, and  when in the middle it seems to never have a solution. I guess, the history books of the future will have plenty to say about how all of this  is being handled. It will be an interesting read for sure ( hopefully I can be a little birdie on some ones shoulders).

My home on the same note is crazy as well. One thing about having a yard sale in spring, so many things moving in and out of the house. The carpet stays messy, no matter how much I vacuum. Things scattered all over the place, things that can’t stay out overnight or in the rain for that matter. It has been hard, especially for some one who is used to having things in a specific place. Got to go through it, and soon it will be over.

Then there was this weeks episode of American Idol. What a mind blower that was. First that America even let Casey fall to the bottom, amazing! He is not the best singer, but he is a good singer, he is also multi-talented.This guy plays several instruments, he can write his own music, and he is so original in his personality. One thing America doesn’t need is another copy cat of some one else. On American Idol there are a few very different and talented singers. The next mind blower was the judges using the only save for the season. That I do agree with, he needed to show us what he had, Good luck, Casey!

Now time to do laundry and some other things, lots to do these days. Also, I am working on a children’s book, wish me luck! No big lottery pay out for me, but some one baout the big ticket in ALbany, and I for one can’t wait to see who that lucky person is, $319,000,000.00 is nothing to sneeze at. I am sending out a big YAY, to you! For the rest, sending my love to you and yours, and hoping you have good luck this week too! diana

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Art Sale!

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 25, 2011 by dianaswonderworks

 

Been a while since I checked in, I have been busy doing yard sales and art sales for the last couple of weeks. Things are not going as well as I had hoped. The weather has been a bit of an obstacle, major storms and high winds have made it difficult the last couple of days to be open for business. Those days have been filled with errands, house work and now working on a children’s book with my friend, Sherry. She was very inspired by the srtwork I have here and thought it would make wonderful illustrations for a child’s book. It has been uber busy the last few days for sure! I keep up my hopes that things will get better exponentially, so that my move will not be delayed or that I will have to resort to selling what little furniture I have left just to make it there. So, if you are reading please say a prayer or send me some positive thoughts to carry things through. I do appreciate it.
Online shops are just dragging along and my opinion of them is not what I perceived. It seems, lots of people look, no one is buying. It only ends up being a money maker for the online store sites, for me, it is only something that is eating up my cash (and just in case you don’t already know, I don’t have any of that to spare). It is highly likely, that I will have to let most of them go, it just isn’t worth the investment. I hear for some it works out, and I still have a few more tricks up my sleeve, once I get settled in after the move. Just thinking out loud, if you have any pointers, I would love to hear them, so do share.
Obviously, since I am still broke, the lottery jackpot is not mine yet. I await patiently for that wonderful day! Drawings are tonight, so send me some happy thoughts, I am wishing the same for you, if you play of course. If you do not indulge in the lottery, I still am wishing you good fortune and luck in whatever venue you are pursuing. In this day and age, I believe we can use all the luck and help we can get. It is about time, we quit relying on some one else to create our luck, it is ours to make. Leaving up to some one else, just guarantees, that we won’t have any. They will be looking out for their own best interests, unfortunately, that will many  times rule out helping some one else. I am not condoning or promoting selfishness, not by any means. We must always look to give and help others in any way we can. What I am saying is that your destiny is only going to explode in front of you, if YOU make it a priority, we all have our own. Others should be looking to bring their destinies into focus, but always freely help others to achieve theirs as well. Remember who you are, what drives you, and the one thing that makes your life happy! Then use that to create a perfect place for you and everyone around you.
It is a chilly day, and being a Friday, with a not so pretty weather outlook for the weekend, the yard sale is busy. Not as many buyers, just yet, but lots of lookers. It is time to post my add on Craig’s list too, to help drum up some more business. Plus spending some time working on the book would help my day go quickly, and happily as well. So with lots of love, and happy thoughts for you, I must bid you adieu, diana

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The Mermaid And The Bachelor!

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , on March 15, 2011 by dianaswonderworks

 

Well, Tuesday morning has  arrived and most of you know how things went on The Bachelor last night. Even if you have not been following, it is showing up on the news and tabloids all over the place. News coverage mostly today, but I saw it in the tabloids last week, that Brad and Emily were having problems. It kind of took the surprise out of who he was going to choose! Tabloids really are annoying. I will say this, I figured he would choose Emily for a long time. Lots of clues, he missed her when they were apart, and he became a real gentleman when she was with him. Just clues from some one who has seen a guy or two in love. Wishing them well, life is hard enough with all of the regular problems we all face, but with all the added stuff they need to overcome, an extra vote of confidence could be really useful.

Well, the mermaid portion of my blog today is the painting I did, actually weeks ago. Finally got it framed last week with the others. Silly me, for got to take a picture of this one. So, today is the unveiling of my mermaid painting! Hope you like it, it is very playful and colorful, she makes me smile! I did also start on my giraffe painting, and got it way done, but am still deciding what else I would like to do to it, I just feel like it needs something. Today will be all about figuring that out.

I have also been working on a dream journal. Not much progress there. Not because I have a lack of dreams, when I wake up, I don’t want to turn the lights on and all that to write it down. I may have to invest in a small recorder and speak into the recorder and write it down when I am awake. It has always been hard for me to wake up and then go right back to sleep. So, at three in the morning or whatever time it is I wake, a choice has to be made and sleep seems to be getting the upper hand! Go figure! I am curious what I can learn from my dreams, hopefully more about me and how my mind works.

The move is still progressing forward, and as time goes on it gets closer and more things to be done. I hope to get a jump start this week, by working on a yard sale. Lots to do, getting signs together, pricing things, digging out things to sell and advertising, blah, blah, blah! Wish me luck! By the way, no big lottery jackpot to claim yet, this week, but who knows maybe tonight is my night. I know I am quite ready! Hoping your week is off to a great start already! Wishing you all the good luck you can handle, and sending my love to you as always, diana

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The Next Chapter Begins!

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , on March 14, 2011 by dianaswonderworks

Well, off to it. Lots to do this week! I need to gear up for a yard sale/art sale this weekend. New room mate arriving soon, and lots of unpacking (to sell) and repacking (to move) has to be done in the next few weeks. I am so very excited about it all!

Finally, had time to watch American Idol from last week, sorry to hear Casey is in the hospital, but happy he made it through. Great opener, lots of wonderful talent on there this season. It is really hard to pick just one winner, for sure. With any luck several of them will pick up contracts, some really serious talent. Hope you liked it. Also in TV news, lots of major catastrophes the world over. The latest, earthquake and tsunami in Japan. There is so much more to come from this. There are way too many people missing and unaccounted for, whole villages destroyed. I have been praying lots lately for all of these affected areas around the world, as well as our own economy here. Sadly we here in America, seem to spend the most overseas for aide, to the tune of trillions in debt. It looks like some one else may have to pick up the baton this time. Not sure how that works, but who is going to loan us money against trillions in debt? If they did, they must be lousy bankers or investors. Guess we will hear about it.

Today, is painting and house work for me, got to get ahead so I can make time for all the extra work in the weeks ahead. So, less time on here I am certain, but I will do my best to keep it updated.

Just a quick word of compassion to Japan, Haiti, the west coast, the south (flood zones), Africa and Egypt ( so war torn and insane right now), and any other area that is devastated by disease, flooding, natural disaster, governmental hardships or war. Bless you all, you are in my prayers, and I can only hope the suffering does not last long for you!

To us here in the US, I only can say I love you all and hoping the economy is working for you, and if not it all will turn around for you asap! Seems like it is time for some good news on the News for a change. Have a happy day, sending my love to you as always, diana

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Don’t Be Nostalgic!

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , on March 13, 2011 by dianaswonderworks

Well, so unlike the plan I had, of a blissful weekend with my baby girl. It appears that nothing is as it seems to me. She arrived later than planned on Friday and left on Saturday evening. I know the reasons, but my heart hurts and I miss her. I did my cards yesterday, before I even knew she was leaving. The funny thing is it warned about remembering the past, and not to let myself become nostalgic. Today‘s reads like this “Know thyself. Reflection. Contemplation. Introversion and solitude. Take care not to become too detached from the world around you.” Right when I found out she was leaving, I realized I had my work cut out for me. I tried my best to not get lost in remembering her as a baby, and how special things were between us. I just realized things have changed, life is like that and today, I must go paint, it will keep my spirits up, and keep my from wallowing in some, what could I have done different, self deserving, self punishing behavior. None of that is self serving or helpful. So, I hope she is now home safely, missing her more than a little bit.

Still dreaming of Giraffes, and South Africa. The hope for today, is to start working on a painting of one. It will be in my usual style, and I do hope you like it, fun and playful and always full of color! I posted some of the paintings, I did have finished, but were not framed on yesterday’s post. If you haven’t had a chance to see them, look there, I do have to admit, I for got one. I have a painting of a mermaid that I forgot totake a picture of. I will get one soon and add that to the collection.

No big lottery jack pot either this weekend. But, I am convinced it is going to happen soon. I need to research attorneys, and money managers. I think I should just hire Suze Orman, to make sure I use the money in the right ways, for charities, retirement, business and gifts, but all in all, set it up so that I can achieve all of my dreams, and maximize my efforts! She is the girl with the plan for me. so, if you are peeking in here Suze, I will be needing you soon!

Almost time for breakfast, and I could use a nice, warm cup of coffee. Hoping you and your family are having a wonderful weekend. Looks cloudy here today, guess I need to check out the weather too. Sending my love to you and yours, and lots of wonde4rful wishes, as always, diana

PS. Did pretty good not being nostalgic, huh? And so far not being anti-social either!

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Spectacular Saturday!

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , on March 12, 2011 by dianaswonderworks

Well, the weekend is with us. My special delivery arrived as hoped. She came on Friday around lunchtime, and we have been busy visiting each other and meeting the new boyfriend. She looks as beautiful as ever, we got some paintings together she wanted, and got frames switched out yesterday. Now she is busy measuring the dresser she wanted to take home with her. I am so very happy to see her, and realize even more how much I miss my girls.

Funny thing today, we drove into Knoxville, on the way a funny thing happened. It was like I could breath again, the fresh air and the sunny sky, taunted my brain. It seemed to get in there and whisk away all the cobwebs. Suddenly as my mind cleared, a stranger thing happened, it felt like stone was falling off my body. Wings broke free from my back one and all of a sudden I felt like I could fly! Not in a crazy, get my meds way, but like this was the beginning of a new opportunity to fly. It wasn’t like I thought it, I felt like I could fly, in every way possible. All the things that seemed to hold me here, started to fall off of me, and I found myself saying goodbye to a town I love. A town I will miss, but a town that is now part of a different me. The new me is so ready to burst out, and venture out into a big huge world and see what adventures await me there!

She is finding things I forgot I had, a baby book, from her. She needs to take that too! So much is hers for the asking, and I hope she cherishes every bit of it. She now has a collection of paintings, I need to remove from my shops. There are also several things from the kitchen and crocheted projects that she has claimed. It is a pleasing sight to see her so excited about these things.

No big news on the lottery. I haven’t had a chance to watch American Idol yet this week, still on DVR. I noticed the tabloids have out all kinds of stuff on The Bachelor, apparently he is engaged to Emily. I will still enjoy seeing it all play out, I was thinking from the beginning, that she would be his choice. He was extremely attentive to her. That is usually a good sign.

Took pictures of the newest paintings, finally got them frames, so here they are! Hope you like them, one is for my girl, the one that is all broken up in pieces. I will add them this week to my shops online. I really think the next painting I do will be a fun Giraffe, I may even start it today! Everyone here seems so mellow and quiet, I might be able to play with my paints while they are here. So, off  of here I go, got some cooking to do, and then I think some painting. Have a wonderful Saturday, sending out my love to you as always, diana

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