The Waiting Gain – by Annette

It’s all write!  Honestly that would be punny if it weren’t so true.  I write ALL the time and there are even times when I ENJOY it (insert wild, hysterical laughter here).  Actually I always enjoy writing but there are times the processes are not exactly what I would have hoped. Okay here’s the scenario…

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Numerology, The Personal Year – by Annette

Let’s see, what am I inspired to do this month?  Well, I am inspired to share with you a little something about numerology.  Numerology shows us the meanings behind the numbers in our lives and how we can use those numbers as partners in our lives (my personal way of explaining this, not completely textbook).  So I shall continue with my personal way of explaining this to you in this manner and we shall explore the meaning of a Personal Year in numerology.

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An Inquisitive Mind is Nothing To Waste! – by Annette

So, what is ‘claring’ anyway?  I mean seriously, when we use the word DECLARE what are we saying?  Are we taking something away and if so what are we taking away?  For example, when we de-frag a computer we are taking away things that are hindering its performance.  When we de-clutter, we are removing clutter.  Hence the initial question.

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What fur you upset? – by Annette

Oh my gosh; I just heard the greatest the funniest thing.  A friend and I were yakking on the phone about having dogs and she related a conversation her daughter had with a neighbor recently. When the neighbor brought over their puppies that my two friends are going to be dog sitting for over the next couple weeks, the doggies jumped right up on the couch to make themselves at home. The dog owner was horrified and just kept apologizing over and over again for the ‘bad-behavior’ of the doggies. The daughter laughed and reminded the dog owner that the first 3 letters in the word furniture isadmin-ajax.php FUR!

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Three Cats, No Waiting – by Annette

Who is soft, grey and moves about so quietly one doesn’t  realize he is there until he is upon you?  Oh Kitty!  That’s right, we have been blessed with a new, but not really new, four-legged here in the house and it is so cool.  This magnificent creature hasn’t even been here a week, as of this writing but he has already seemed to make himself right at home in all the rooms of house as well as the rooms of our hearts.

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Winter View – by Annette

From my office window I can see these beautifully tall pines in the corner of the property. Sometimes I get lost just gazing at them and wondering how they can just stand there year after year, winter after winter.

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Tis The Season to be Inspired – by Annette

So I was sitting here thinking about what I have been inspired to do these days and I have to say that as this is the month of Christmas, I have been making cards, gifts and a big old MESS everywhere I land!  Seriously, this is MY time of year and I have a blast creating from my heart. This makes me smile because I have also always been known as the ‘creepy aunt’ where my nephews are concerned because I gave the presents they could not return.

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Merry Christmas – by Annette

I have absolutely always LOVED Christmas! My childhood experiences were memories in the making even though at the time we were totally oblivious. In our household Christmas was all about Santa, cookies, snow, cards and presents. Neither of my parents followed any religious path so while we saw pictures of Mary, Joseph and Jesus, they were a cool family who happened to celebrating right along with us.

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My Time of Year, Autumn is… – by Annette

Autumn is my favorite time of year. I love the colors, the smells, the foods and the temperatures of autumn and I imagine they love me too! For all of these wonders and miracles called to me, coaxed me and welcomed me as I was born this time of year! My lusty cries were first heard just days before Halloween 4 weeks prior to Thanksgiving and exactly 2 months before Christmas. Ah yes, I came into physical existence in a most wonderful and glorious season!

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Inspired To Do – Pureed Root Veggie Soup – by Annette

So, here we are in the time of year (at least for purposes of submitting this article to the magazine) where we are thinking of nourishing, warm yummy things to eat. Okay, okay so many of us are ALWAYS thinking of things to eat so I stand corrected. What I am speaking of is actually that time honored tradition of sitting down to a steaming hot bowl of soup when one is ready to have a tasty meal. That time of year is actually ANY time for me while others wait for autumn or winter to enjoy these delights. With that in mind I am going to give you a favorite recipe of mine and I do make this all year long simply because I eat mostly vegetables. This is a vegan recipe however you can do whatever you like to make it fit exactly how YOU like to eat and let’s hope that is what happens. Hold onto your hats for you are about to learn how to make my PUREED ROOT VEGGIE SOUP.

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BOO-YAH! – by Annette

Bats! Rats! And a wild assortment of bones, ghosts and tombstones!! Welcome to MY house for Halloween and thanks to my sister Lorraine, the fun is about ready to begin.

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My Mother Wore an Ankle Bracelet – by Annette

The broken ankle bracelet; I found it AGAIN one day when I was sifting through a box of costume jewelry in preparation for a yard sale my sister and I were hosting. Of course there were some pretty chains, lots of earrings, scattered pins were scattered throughout the box and then there was this one lonely little broken ankle bracelet. Most of what I found I could see my mother wearing for dress or casual in fact I had most likely seen her wearing quite a bit of it of the years but I cannot recall ever seeing her in the ankle bracelet and that thought held some fascination for me.

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park-tici-pating – by Annette

Can there be precious little, more fun than to escape for a day? Just pack up a snack, a pad of paper and a couple good writing pens, grab the camera and head to the PARK! Honestly what that does for me is remarkable and I must say that each and every time I return from my foray into this other world I always return recharged, renewed and relaxed. And it might be a different place for you as you may prefer the beach, mountains or the back yard. Your goodie-bag may include a good book, paints, sketch pad or merely an iPod, a blanket and some sunscreen. No matter who we are or where we are, everyone can put a little more fun into their life when they ESCAPE for a few!

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An ISBN to Call My Own – by Annette

Yes, I am the literary packrat! What do I mean by that? Well, if I have written ANYTHING and I mean nearly anything that I am convinced will have some importance down the line, I will save it. This means I have boxes and boxes of paper just about everywhere in my home and that is not really an exaggeration. This also includes journals, note pads and the magical scraps which have managed to escape the recycle bin and live to see another day. Gee, don’t get me started on how many ink pens, markers, pencils and other writing implements I have but one would think having devices of mass creation would be required for the amount of paper I have accumulated over the years.

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It’s Sum, Sum, Summertime!

Ah, summer! What a magnificent time of year here in the great State of Michigan is summer and this summer is no exception. We have had interesting summer weather, Farmer’s Markets, friends who have shared their outdoor cooking and fresh mowed lawns! Concerts are everywhere, car shows each weekend, art festivals in nearly every village and hamlet and people are taking trips to the WATER (lakes, beaches, water parks, back yard pools) to participate in the entire EXPERIENCE!

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Just Ask

“What can I do for you?” a familiar question one might hear when they are over burdened and of course the individual asking is truly looking for an answer. People ask because they honestly want to be of help, of service so to speak so why would you NOT have an answer for them that would allow that other someone to actually DO something to help you? See, many people don’t respond to the asking with the answer that brings the situation full circle because they have issues with letting people help them, issues that have the potential to keep them forever detached from the very thing they need in life and that is to feel useful. How in the world can that make any sense? Glad you asked!

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Because I Care Enough to Send the Very Best!

What am I inspired to do? Heck what am I NOT inspired to do. Never mind that would be a rather unappealing list of sundry and curious actions and activities so I shall address the original question with this response. I am inspired to create GREETING CARDS! Oh yes I am and much to the delight of friends and family all around the globe I have a blast doing this. Naturally it would be much cheaper to simply wander through the local card shop and snag whatever I needed. And of course there is always the ubiquitous display at the grocery store for pity’s sake because it makes all the sense in the world if one if going to grab the decorated cake from the bakery, the posies from the floral department along with the wine and rotisserie chicken, why not toss a card into the cart; remember they sell postage stamps too! Okay that just put several specialty stores out of business right there yet I mean no harm to anyone’s mercantile; I simply enjoy creating my OWN versions of the celebratory visions I see in my head and feel in my heart!

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