In The Middle

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Happy Birthday Jeanine!

Happy Birthday Jeanine!  She’s my sister, three years younger than me!  We are getting excited around here, as she’s flying in on September 28th with her little daughter Ava and staying for a couple of weeks.  We are taking a bunch of our wares to the craft fair in Ozark, MO the first weekend in October.  We’ll see how that goes with a three year old.  Speaking of her beautiful three year old daughter………..they were shopping the other day in the Disney store when a lady said, “Oh you’re so pretty.  You look just like Dora the Explorer!”  Ava replied, “No I don’t because I don’t have black hair and I don’t speak Spanish!”  Too funny.  She does have big Dora eyes though and check out that yoga pose.  A cross between hero legs and eagle arms!

Ava

Ava

One time, we were observing the bubbles in our Coke.  She said, “Aunt Kirsten, that’s carbonation.”  She’s just a tiny bit smart!  We can’t wait until you guys get here!  We’re gonna have so much fun!


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The Way I See It #31

A few years ago (2004) my mom came to visit.  We took my daughter to go see Beauty and the Beast at the Little Theatre.  She dressed up in her Disney Belle dress and wig for the show.  We went to Starbucks after the play to enjoy a fancy cup of hot chocolate.  On my coffee cup, there was a quote that I quickly jotted down on my napkin.  It was familiar and it turns out it was in a book I’d recently read called  Tales of a Female Nomad by Rita Golden Gelman.  Everyone has made such a huge deal out of Eat, Pray, Love.  I finally broke down and read it.  Was it good?  Yes.  Did I like it?  It was OK.  I enjoyed Tales better though.  The author travels with instinct, trust and intuition as well as minimal funds, and I love it!  If you like to read books about self discovery (where no one paid you a book deal up front) to travel the world and find yourself, I suggest this book.  Her travels are raw and spontaneous.  Rita lived with the people in the villages, cooked on their fires and slept on their dirt floors!  Rita’s quote was #31 on that Starbucks cup as we enjoyed hot beverages that October evening!

Risk-taking, trust and serendipity are key ingredients of joy. 

Without risk, nothing new ever happens.
 
Without trust, fear creeps in.
 
Without serendipity, there are no surprises
 
 – Rita Golden Gelman, Tales of a Female Nomad