Wednesday, June 25, 2014

The Return


Wow!!! I cannot believe I haven't been here in over a month. With every going on (and not going on), I've been rather lax on writing.

Return of the Cally Lilly
Nothing new is going on employment wise. I'm still keeping my nose to the grindstone with no positive results. I'm starting to feel like a relic, yet trying to stay positive at the same time. It's a REAL fine line. Lol.


In the interim, I had a birthday on June 9th. I'm now 'over the 1/2 way mark' & entered the world of 51 years. I am truly blessed with another year. Prayerfully, things will turn around and give me some breathing room.


Also, at some point, this blog has had an anniversary. I can't really remember when I started this; I'm going to guess probably 5+ years ago. In any event, Happy Anny!! I'll try to be more attentive to daily writing. No promises, but it's a goal.

Blessings!! :-)

Friday, May 23, 2014

My "20"

Twenty thankful things right now:

1) Books, read and un-read.Currently reading "Mr. Owita's Guide to Gardening." Love!!!!

2) Sitting on the patio in late evening, listening to the birds 'wrap it up' for the night
3) Hearing those same birds begin their song @ 4:00a.m. like clockwork
4) Seeing something different in the same setting each time I walk the same path


5) Reflections
6) Cutting my son's hair & giving him a shave. Silent precious bonding
7) Seeing the beauty in everything (including this dive bar! Lol.)

8) The distraction of cooking a tasty meal
                    
9) Midday Connection (podcasts, especially)
10) Walking w/no destination nor time clock


11) Catching good vintage shots w/the camera
12) Hiking/walking trails13) Fresh herbs/veggies/fruit
14) Making original cards/random sending out into the Universe
15) PBS Channel(s)
16) My mother's wisdom, knowledge & friendship
17) Jesus Calling
18) Photography guide/simple tips books
19) Inner Peace (practiced 24/7)
20) Comfort in my own company








Friday, April 4, 2014

Making a Deposit

How do we make deposits to our souls? By making time for things that are important to us. Hang out with our girlfriends. We can go and check out a new coffee shop. Read a book. Read the Bible. Spend quiet time alone with God, and go to church. How about going to get our nails done? Pray. Pray a lot. We could even turn our cellphones off for a change. Wait, what did I just say? Yes, we could turn our cells off. Listen to worship music. Take a drive. Except compliments and blessings without feeling guilty about it, and learn to quote scripture. By soul searching we can come to realize how much we need these things. - See more at: http://www.backroadsliving.com/soul-searching/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+BackRoadsLiving+%28Back+Roads+Living%29#sthash.BiyavzHW.dpuf
I love this article I found at "Back Roads Living. It makes so much sense to take time to deposit into our souls. After a very whirlwind week with my continuing job search, today I felt completely spent. I am not sure if it is the action of the week, or that I haven't been consuming food as I regularly should. I spent several hours laying in bed reading this wonderful book. A deposit for the soul, indeed.

“There was a time in Africa the people could fly. Mauma told me this one night when I was ten years old. She said, “Handful, your granny-mauma saw it for herself. She say they flew over trees and clouds. She say they flew like blackbirds. When we came here, we left that magic behind.”
Sue Monk Kidd, The Invention of Wings: A Novel
How do we make deposits to our souls? By making time for things that are important to us. Hang out with our girlfriends. We can go and check out a new coffee shop. Read a book. Read the Bible. Spend quiet time alone with God, and go to church. How about going to get our nails done? Pray. Pray a lot. We could even turn our cellphones off for a change. Wait, what did I just say? Yes, we could turn our cells off. Listen to worship music. Take a drive. Except compliments and blessings without feeling guilty about it, and learn to quote scripture. By soul searching we can come to realize how much we need these things. - See more at: http://www.backroadsliving.com/soul-searching/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+BackRoadsLiving+%28Back+Roads+Living%29#sthash.BiyavzHW.dpuf

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Sunday


“For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand so that we would walk in them” (Ephesians 2:10). When we think of this verse, we usually think about “good works” as ways we can help others, and that’s true. Remember though: In the beginning when God was getting creative and bringing everything into existence, He evaluated His creation and decided it was “good.” Creativity can minister to a person’s heart the same way a meal or a hug might. (Inspired by "Project Inspired")
I listened to this very Podcast on this subject on the iPod (Midday Connection) while I created at my desk. I call this set of photo collage, "The Blues" compiled of the color blue that inspired me. Creativity inspired by God, indeed! :-)

Sunday, March 23, 2014

NaBloPoMo 3/23/2013


One day when browsing around, I came upon the "Suspended Coffees Program." How cool is it? You go into participating stores and donate to the cause; when folks come in that can't afford coffee, they turn in one of these cards & the store will give them a free coffee & a bagel or danish.

When I read about it, I had to know more. I Googled it and sure enough, a very small coffee shop downtown participates. I donated & had a great conversation with "Tommy B" who ran the place while his daughter was out. He said he lived in Chicago but came here to help his daughter/grandkids. He's 100% Italian and wears a black fedora cocked to one side.

I didn't have my camera, but he told me to come back anytime to take pix. I was disappointed to learn our sorry-ass local 'newspaper' hadn't found this gem news worthy. How can you support the small businesses if you don't know they exist? Sigh...


Anywho, Tommy B treated me to once of the best Chai teas I've had in a while, and gave me cards to pass out. The cards aren't necessarily for those who are down; they make nice 'have a coffee on me' gifts. The key is being motivated enough to participate.