Thursday, December 31, 2009

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year!
Originally uploaded by Nieve44/La Luz
Here's to another decade!

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Christmas Carol

Originally uploaded by Nieve44/La Luz
The week before Thanksgiving Day
This town puts up it old display
Streetlights hung with candy canes and bows
The earlier it gets each year
The scarcer is my Christmas cheer...
I haven't been to church since God knows when
I'm not someone who usually attends
Truth be told there's just two wishes
on my list every Christmas
Peace on Earth and a snow storm now and then...
but around here winter seems to come
with rain, mud and lots of sun
It's not exactly Currier and Ives...
I don't mind cold if it brings snow
Delivered Christmas day and knee-high
and every makes me wish it were so.
lyrics by Mary Chapin-Carpenter

Friday, December 18, 2009

How to Stay Young


1. Throw out nonessential numbers. This includes age, weight and height. Let the doctors worry about them. That is why you pay 'them'!
2. Keep only cheerful friends. The grouches pull you down.
3. Keep learning. Learn more about the computer, crafts, gardening, whatever. Never let the brain idle. 'An idle mind is the devil's workshop.'
4. Enjoy the simple things.
5.. Laugh often, long and loud. Laugh until you gasp for breath.
6. The tears happen. Endure, grieve, and move on. The only person, who is with us our entire life, is ourselves. Be ALIVE while you are alive.
7. Surround yourself with what you love , whether it's family, pets, keepsakes, music, plants, hobbies, whatever. Your home is your refuge.
8. Cherish your health: If it is good, preserve it. If it is unstable, improve it.. If it is beyond what you can improve, get help.
9. Don't take guilt trips. Take a trip to the mall, even to the next county; to a foreign country but NOT to where the guilt is.
10. Tell the people you love that you love them, at every opportunity.

Monday, December 14, 2009


Originally uploaded by Nieve44/La Luz
The past few days have been really foggy (foggged) as have I. Been sick with the flu this past weekend and haven't ventured out much. So much for thinking that it was allergies! I wish it were! This flu has kicked my butt! In the past, I've gotten flu shots and flu season came and went and no flu. This year many have said that flu shots are poison injections and thus I didn't get one. Hmmm! Oh well, too late now.

This was the weekend I was supposed to get my Christmas tree and put up my Christmas lights as well as get some Christmas cards out but that may not be happening this year. I think instead the money spent on a Christmas tree and cards will go into the Salvation Army bucket next time I pass one up. Once I get past this flu, I will have all I need...home, health, family, friends, loved ones-far and near and more importantly a job, so I won't mind if Santa goes past my house.

Tuesday, December 08, 2009

Winter Blue

the morning after
Originally uploaded by Nieve44/La Luz
Well December came in with a big chill bringing in some snow last Friday and this photo was taken the day after--the big meltdown. Last Friday was so beautiful with the snow falling and I wish it would've lasted longer but who knows, maybe Mother Nature will surprise us again.

Today is December 8th and is Buddha's day. I refinanced my house today a year and a half after I moved in and my how time has flown. This will be my 2nd Christmas at the house and I'm hoping to get some decorations up this weekend and dress the house up nice with some holiday cheer/color and give thanks for the blessings that have come my way since moving in. Any free hands are welcomed to stop by and help with decorations too!

As I close on my house again, it looks like parents are coming close to signing on another house in Katy and thus the big move might be happening in January. This move has been two years in the making and I have mixed emotions and feelings that I've been trying to put aside.

So as leaves change color and fall onto the ground so begins the dying and the rebirth. The leaf here on the photo seems to be still but in reality the melting ice is moving the leaf-in another direction and so too must we move onto other directions.

To me the color of winter is blue and it's one of my favorite colors and favorite times of the year. Some people abhor winter and the coldness it brings but I welcome the wonderful winter blue as it makes me feel happy and alive and thankful for the blessings the season brings. Look around you...there are many in this season of winter blue.