Jul 29, 2010

New Blog on the Block!

My friend, Susy DeLucca, took the plunge!  She was Googling her name and discovered a blog feature I had done in November of 2007 regarding her successful retail business, Hiatt and Peek.  [Click HERE.]  The idea of blogging so inspired her that she quickly created one of her own, The Feathered Nest, barely making it to bed before sunrise!  (Most bloggers will bear witness to this beginning inertia!)  Within a short span of days she had a Facebook and Twitter account as well.

Susy may be new to Social Networking but she is no stranger to the passions that drive creative blogging.  Her store, now retired, was located in the posh marina district of Long Beach for about 2 decades.  Susy's expertise on antique furnishings and accessories created an eclectic haven for shoppers looking for definitive home and garden accents.  She frequented flea markets and estate sales, filling her shops with vintage lace, buttons and jewelry; antiques; engaging aromas; unique floral arrangements; and enticing displays.

All this combined with her current business projects and a budding ministry to the homeless, well you are certain to be inspired.  Please stop by and say hello!

While visiting Susy recently at her charming refurbished cottage home, she presented me with the above book, Japanese Haiku.  Through my blog, she discovered our mutual affection for haiku so she gave me a vintage tome published around 1956.  It was once owned by a Marcia Romberg Hall as noted neatly just inside the front cover.  The pages are filled with woodcut images and and haiku from the 1600's!  Thank-you, Susy!  What a treasure!

Lavender Fields Forever and a Monthly Tea Swap

Lavender Fields in Apt, France


I was introduced to the above website through a tweet.  I have never ventured far from American borders.  I have only been to Tijuana and Juarez, unless Hawaii counts as another country.  So, until I step foot in any faraway land, virtual travel will have to suffice.

I have one lavender bush planted in my front flower bed.  Our soil is composed of so much clay that I didn't think the plant was going to make it.  But, alas it overcame and has been extremely happy.


Joyce at The Secret Gardener gave me a heads up on a Monthly Tea Swap. is hosting a perpetual tea swap that entails sending out 6 tea bags a month to a recipient that you are matched up with for a 2-month duration.  If you choose to continue, you will receive a new partner every 2 months with the monthly groupings coinciding with holidays.  It sounds like a wonderful way to meet people who are passionate about tea!

Jul 26, 2010

Staying Focused

One of my most favorite organizing and sorting tools is the acrostic.  In grade school, the introduction of the acrostic HOMES (an abbreviation for the Great Lakes: Heron, Ontario, Michigan, Erie, and Superior) really caught my attention.  I was excited!  Not only did I remember each Great Lake from that moment on, I saw the acrostic as a life application for memorizing and making sense of just about anything.

My iPhone is my portable life and the many apps contain features from the ordinary notebooks and stickies to tracking an earthquake or allowing an app to wait on hold for a customer rep, calling me back when they finally answer.

In my ToDo app, I have done my best to organize my life in short little checklists.  One of my lists is an acrostic for GOALS, shown in this post.  The list changes as I change.  The ideal is to review this everyday and identify my highest priorities for each of the 5 categories.

Jul 25, 2010

Spiritual Seeds

We often take a narrow view of the Bible when it pertains to giving. For instance, the following Scripture is often used to encourage the giving of tithes and offerings, and to create the expectancy of a return. This is completely valid. After all, we cannot out give God and He is bound by His Word. However, giving encompasses the sum of ourselves. Basically, whatever we give out — we get back — good or bad. I enjoyed seeing this well known verse laid out in 3 versions of the Bible. I hope you do, too.

Luke 6:38 (New King James Version)  Give, and it will be given to you: good measure, pressed down, shaken together, and running over will be put into your bosom. For with the same measure that you use, it will be measured back to you.”

Luke 6:38 (Amplified Bible)  Give, and [gifts] will be given to you; good measure, pressed down, shaken together, and running over, will they pour into [the pouch formed by] the bosom [of your robe and used as a bag]. For with the measure you deal out [with the measure you use when you confer benefits on others], it will be measured back to you.

Luke 6:37-38 (The Message)  Don't pick on people, jump on their failures, criticize their faults— unless, of course, you want the same treatment. Don't condemn those who are down; that hardness can boomerang. Be easy on people; you'll find life a lot easier. Give away your life; you'll find life given back, but not merely given back—given back with bonus and blessing. Giving, not getting, is the way. Generosity begets generosity.