So it snowed here yesterday.
Yeah, that's right - I said S-N-O-W

Why you playing me Mother Nature?
I'm going back to Summer sunsets on the water.

Yes, I am in denial and it's absolutely lovely.

Good morning and welcome to the Coffee Chat.
Autumn has arrived with some mighty winds.   

I'm a little late getting to the post this Monday because I've had trouble not sobbing all day due to a certain death in my TV family.   I know many of you don't watch The Walking Dead, but let me just say this then: gutted.
Doesn't even begin to describe it.

I know, I know - it's just a TV show.   It will be alright.   It's just a character on TV.

No! No!   This was not just a character:  this was the symbol of Hope. 
And now that hope is gone... what shall become of my tribe of survivors?

For who wants to live in a world -- even a zombie infested one - without Hope?

Hakuna Matata people.
It will be alright.   There is always a way through the chaos.

My life goals during the landscape wreckage right now:

Yeah, so that's just my rather awkward segue to this week's topic.
I just have a lot of feelings today,  okay?

Time out for Mom

It's now only a month until Christmas!!   Panic now.   
If you are the calm and collected type, 
please share your secrets to surviving holiday stress.

I think I am going to try and take Christmas easy this year.  That's the projected goal.  Left Brain and I have a plan with regards to the kids ... and the all consuming Gimme Gimme I Want Want Want chat that begins.   More on that later.

 I know Life will probably throw a hundred curve balls.    But I am slowly learning that life only has to be as complicated or difficult as we make it.   With home, school, church and Guides all likely doing holiday activities -- it's gonna get busy y'all.

So, how to stay sane during it all?
I don't have the answer for You -- but I know what helps me.   And really it's just as simple as Listening to Myself.

Short, impatient tone with the kids?   You need TIME alone mama.  Get it.
Restless and cranky, don't know why?   You need to EXERCISE mama.  Move it.
Swirling thoughts and unfocused brain?   You need to WRITE mama.   Let it out. 
Darkness closing in, world pressing upon?   You need FAITH mama.  Pray. Praise.

And through it all I'm just gonna breathe, breathe, breathe.
Ever notice that you tend to hold your breath when you are stressed?   Jaw clenched.   Fists at sides.   Everything is just tense.

Yeah, you can't tense your body if you are breathing properly.  

This is where yoga helps me a lot.    Sometimes I have to do that before I can even pray, or you know, dance around the kitchen like a crazy person.  (I'm sure God loves me AND thinks I'm a complete Dork.   And I'm okay with both.)

So that's what my plan is.   Tune out the chaos, and tune into myself.    Which sounds rather selfish on the surface, but actually -- we all know that we take better care of others, when we take care of ourselves, right?  There's gonna be an upcoming challenge about that dear readers

Until then, onward through the heavy winds and hakuna matata folks.

Next Week:  How do you handle your failures?  Are you a crawl back into bed and wait for it all to pass kinda person?  Or are you a jump immediately back on the horse sort?

Okay, so.. Disclaimer!!

The kids wanted to get a bit spooky due to the forthcoming spooky holiday.  

 (last year's pumpkin carvings)

We've got our pumpkins waiting to be carved.
We've got our costumes hanging patiently in the closets.

Candy may or may not be hiding somewhere in the house where only mama knows.

Anticipation is Thick folks.
I am claim no responsibility for what follows.

Well, except yeah -- I had to make it all.
But other than that; totally not my fault.

First, they wanted to carve the pumpkins immediately.   As in, I have not even finished my coffee yet - it's still at shut the h*ll up level right now mama!!   (No of course I would never say that.  Good moms can say it all with their eyes and not speak.)   Soon coffee cup will be at yes you make speak now level but children --- that's still too early for pumpkin carvin'!!

Cause rotting pumpkins, while perhaps even spookier, do not meet my Halloween front porch aesthetic.

So, let's have fun with photo editing kids! 

Ohhhhhh, fire.   Let's blow one up.
*internal mama's voice, the hell are y'all lil psychos?*
Categorically.  No. 

Although, not a bad idea.  Photographically.  Yes.

Hmmmm, less flame, needs some smoke.
And make it move too.


ZooZoo:  Want kitty!!!

Right.  Coming up.

It's important to note here that ZooZoo was actually calling for our actual real life kitty Cashew and thus that one was not even necessary.

Unless you care to just simply appreciate the fact that I did actually carve that kitty on a pumpkin one year and if that ain't Art, then I am living life wrong.   And I do care about that.

Finally, due to the Walking Dead Season Premiere tomorrow night, I simply had to have a little bit of a fun with a selfie.   I know not all of you appreciate Zombies, so look away now.

I'm not that scary, am I?

You should see me before coffee.

Okay, so we all are watching my favourite Halloween cartoon tonight, and thus I will end this week's Art session on a fun note.  Because if I could actually dance with Snoopy in a pumpkin field under a full moon, well that would be the best kind of living ever.

Happy Arting!

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