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Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Time to say goodbye my loves

Thank you my loves for coming all this way to make my Christmas special. Thank you for your patience and kindness in the less then stellar meal preparation. Soon you will all be home in your own beds, eating the best cook in the worlds food (thank goodness Dwayne's Christmas diet has come to an end)and watching the DVD. You all are amazing and I miss you so much already.

Sunday, December 27, 2009

The skiers

They look like like skiers...and now ache like skiers.

Saturday, December 26, 2009

Another day another hill

Tomorrow they will throw caution to the wind and attack Big White. Morgan has already skied the virtual hill so is stoked, Laurie, still icing her hip is aprehensive and Sarah has delegated herself to support staff.

Thursday, December 24, 2009


OMG....they fell through the door collapsing on their beds fully clothed...moaning with every move. Hot tub for an hour totally finished them off and they were asleep by 7:30 pm....can't wait for them to hit Big White.

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Christmas has begun

They arrived safely,looking like they had been stuffed in a trunk for 12 hours but ready to hit the slopes....that's today. Crystal Mountain this afternoon then Big White tomorrow. The hot tub is primed to ease the muscle spasm, torn ligaments, dislocations that may ensue.

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Today's the day

The first family is winding their way through the mountain passes to the skiing mecca...kelowna.The pea soup is in the crock pot and the bread pudding with whiskey sauce is baking away in the oven. St. Christopher has been called on to co-pilot and I have checked the weather channel 23 times.%$#@%$ is really only 11:45 am.

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Green Porno: more than you needed to know about animal reproduction

Green Porno....facinating hilarious,This ones for you Sarah.

Christmas party last night

Had a few friends we play cards with over last night, ate, toasted, played cards, ate, drank a bit more, then closed the evening with Spanish coffee made with a grind called Jet Fuel shouldaknowen......wrapped presents,... cleaned deep freeze,... played solitaire....

Saturday, December 19, 2009

Madonnart Studio closed for the holidays

The Studio is on hiatus until Jan 3. Many thanks to all who supported my little art studio in 2009, your interest is very appreciated. I Wish the best of the season to you and your families and look forward to hearing from you in what looks like a creative 2010. Peace out.....

Friday, December 18, 2009

4...5...6 sleeps

The stockings are hung by the chimney with care.
Santa has been at the door for days....waiting

The beautiful girls room is ready, extra quilts, new PJs,light reading, white chocolate...pounce cards shuffled....hurry pretty girl...
The boys bed is ready...zine, PJs, snacks,all just waiting for my boy.
Posted by Picasa soon....barely able to wait to see my special girl and the hardworking man.

Thursday, December 17, 2009

This SO explains my last year

Washington Irving: "There is in every true woman's heart a spark of heavenly fire, which lies dormant in the broad daylight of prosperity; but which kindles up and beams and blazes in the dark hour of adversity." So much can be achieved when you fear it might all be taken away..This year is quickly coming to a close and Passion has served me well. I will welcome and embrace 2010 and have decided on the word and the collage piece that will be my studio banner for 2010.

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Still snowing here

Everything is covered, like a lovely white downy quilt but mysterious, hiding many surprises.

Monday, December 14, 2009

Son, grandson or husband

Yes this could be any of our menfolk.

The partys over

What a super day and evening in spite of a blowing blizzard and lack of parking, 32 people were able to navigate "bridge hill" and join Organic Dude and I in a glass of Christmas Cheer.A nice group of 8 friends lingered on for a late dinner, dessert and whiskey whipped cream coffees.I am feeling very blessed today in the wake of the love of friends, the last of the liquored up whipped cream and 650 mgs. of Tamicet.

Saturday, December 12, 2009

My One True Love

One more sleep until Organic Dudes Party, now numbering 42....Right....Its not a party,'s a get together.

Friday, December 11, 2009

One of a kind

The picture does not do this necklace justice. Hex(6) cut petite seed beads (#15) vintage tones of claret, teal, amber, grape make this a sparking piece.Click on the photo for close up view.

Thursday, December 10, 2009

To New Homes

Time to say goodbye to these pieces....may you be worn in fun.

Wednesday, December 09, 2009

Beauty is in th.....blau.....blau......blau

Spa day today. This is the before...full of great expectations...treat....cuddles....

This is the after....humbled...ticked....nothing can save the day....

Sunday, December 06, 2009

Ante up

Family Poker Night
We (the elders) are surely going to hell. Not only did we teach our two preschoolers to read a racing form and handicap like an old Greek Guy ( who made an oath on Secretariats grave, never to give Laurie another HOT TIP), we taught them the fine art of Poker. Luckily, I have lived long enough to mentor Sarah (horses) and Morgan (poker).This Christmas, again in the chosen language of Inspector Jacques Cousteau, we 5 will play,Sarah has gone to bed at 7:45 PM. We believe we are 5 of the Poker Greats: Organic Dude is Doyle Brunson, Morgan is Danial Negranu, Laurie is Scotty Nguyen, Dwayne, Phil Ivey and I.......I am Chris Moneymaker....Ante Up!

Stephanie Nielsons story to date

Please read this incredible story of a very courageous Stephanie Nielson's journey back from a plane crash. Surviving forth degree burns to 85% of her body, she has shown that true beauty is a state of the spirit and becomes more stunning and visible when mixed with faith and courage than physical beauty ever does. Start from the intro and read all 4 chapters and you will learn to love and pray for Stephanie and her family as I and make her blog, the NieNi e Dialogues, a regular visit.Click on the sidebars as well for wonderfull slideshows of the family.

The house is decorated

We are getting so excited.In the words of the Poet, Elf.....Santas coming!.....Santas coming!

Saturday, December 05, 2009

High production day all 6 dozen of them

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This ones for you Morgan.Think of it as an ironed crease in your jeans, me just saying I love you.

Friday, December 04, 2009

The Defence speaks

Thisor this
Discussions are beginning to firm up for menu selections for Organic Dude's party.It is not going to be an easy battle but Ordinary People,I am here for you. Requesting Side Bar your Honor.Side Bar....ahahahahaha....get it...BAR....drinks...I SO kill me.

Thursday, December 03, 2009

She found me

SHE has hunted me down and brought the SWEAT SHOPto the safety of my home.Last night she assigned me my task to be completed within the next 3 days. The only thing different from Christmas Past is that I am not locked in a basement...fed like a prisoner in Solitary but free to get my own sustenance when I am thirsty, hungry...etc. NOT when she feels a break has been earned.

Wednesday, December 02, 2009

I have come a long way

Yesterday while taking the vegetarian cabbage rolls and creme cheese brownies to the deep freeze, I had such a moment of gratitude. 6 years previous, injured in a car accident, I was watching You Tube videos learning how to cook again. It was a time of extreme pain and confusion for me and massive frustration for my very patient family.I often flash back to that time when my daughter caught me following a recipe for mashed potatoes then that moment of extreme frustration when I was trying to be helpful chopping onions and she gently took the knife from me to show me how. I was so embarrassed and actually ashamed.....over chopping onions...OMG.I laugh NOW at the MERINGUE INCIDENT of 2007 and the 3 months of therapy required to talk me off the ledge. So yesterday in a moment of extreme thankfulness, I remembered and reflected on the love of my family and the finding of that inner power that helped me through the painfull relearning. Power....could that be my word for 2010......p o w er....POWER.....POWER

Tuesday, December 01, 2009

Great sight and downloads

For fun take a tour to this.This is a super calender for us who do art journals, don't you think?

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