Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Sweet Salvage ~ Comfort & Joy ~ Part II




So now we're back for the 2nd installment of the "Comfort & Joy" Christmas Event at The Sweet.   I was particularly enjoying the Silvery Grey and Green Christmas Color Palette this Season, it gave a frosty feel to a day that actually was about Ninety degrees outside!  *LOL*




Don't get me wrong, I Love a Desert Winter, you don't have to shovel Sunshine and I prefer a year round temperate climate.   I'm not really a four Seasons needy person... so skipping actual Winter doesn't bother me one iota.  We lived in plenty of harsh Winter climates during my Lifetime, I'm Good if I never Live thru another harsh Winter again.  *Smiles*




But a frosty illusion, well, I can handle that... and something about Silvery Grey and Greens does that for me... nice illusion and I can still stay Warm and enjoy the Sunshine.  *Winks*   The abundance of Salvaged Wooden Stars really made an impact en mass.




And tho' I don't do it at Home since I don't wanna risk them falling off the Walls, I Love the Christmas adorned Taxidermy too.   Mine at Home just aren't as securely anchored to my Walls as I feel they probably are in the Shop to have any Lovely but heavy Decor added to them.  *Le Sigh*




I've been admiring this Ex Voto Rosary for quite some time, alas, not within Christmas budget, which as you know, already got strained with my purchase of the Killer Typeset Cabinet.  *LOL*   A Cabinet which has all the drawer trays out, but which is still so heavy it's presently still sitting in the Hallway awaiting being schlepped Upstairs to the Art Studio Loft!  *Big Sigh*




With The Young Prince still having major Kidney troubles, and all of the Testing they did coming back Normal and inconclusive as to what's wrong, I just don't want him trying to help me schlep it Upstairs right now.  So, it may hafta sit in said Hallway thruout the Holidays {which is such a good look lemme tell ya, bwahahaha}... but, I'm just not sure how to wrestle it up the steep stairs solo and don't wanna risk it.




As it is I've presently got a meld going on of Autumn Holiday Decor coming down and Christmas Decor going up all over the house.   It's kinda a mish mash of a Halloween-Dia de los Muertos-Harvest-Christmas going on!  *LMAO*  And I'm cleaning and de-cluttering otherwise untidy spots where stuff just ends up piling up over time.




I always envision our Home looking Tidy, Clean and Decorated for the Holidays like you see in those Magazine spreads or in an Open House for Sale during the Holidays.  In fact, there's a house very similar to ours for Sale around the Block and the Imagery on the Listing is Sublime in every room... Yeah, I want it like THAT... but... whatever.  *LOL*




I have delusions like that you see because I actually Believe that some people might actually Live that way and their Homes probably do look like that most all of the time??!??!   These imaginary people on the Canvas of my Imagination have Children with Editorial Bedrooms too... in fact, I see Imagery Online to prove it!  *Smiles*




Their Kiddos Rooms don't look like the bowels of Hell, in fact, their Kiddos Rooms on a bad day probably look better than any Room of our Home on a good day!   I do ponder how they manage that, what are they putting in the food or beverages of said Children to make them so Tidy and Compliant about keeping their Rooms so Lovely... it must be Magic... or perhaps strong Medication, I'm just not Sure??!!!  *Winks*




And I can't even say, well, perhaps their Kiddos are still small and young enough that they either don't have much actual stuff to play with yet or Mommy can easily run damage control.  Because when The G-Kid Force were smaller and younger and had practically nothing, their Rooms still looked post apocalyptic!  And I would have Needed an entire A-Team to run adequate damage control behind them!




I was Amused last Night tho' when The Young Prince came Downstairs to inform me he was going thru all of his possessions and probably getting rid of most of them.   Wanna know Why?   He'd rather get rid of it all than have to clean it up or keep it Organized and Tidy he said... OMG, it was so hard to keep a straight face as my response!




I envision going up there when he's done and seeing a Mattress, his Desk and Industrial Stool, his Video Game Console, his Retro Dining Set and his Grandpa's Wheelchair which he uses as a Gaming Chair... and NOTHING else!?!   We'll see how deep his Purge actually is, but he sounded dead Serious.




He doesn't even want Stuff for Christmas, just $$$ loaded onto his Account so he can indulge in his Gaming Obsession.   Young Men his age seem completely Obsessed with this Gaming thing, they look like Young Bookies running a Numbers Game with their headsets and how interactive it all is verbally, I'm completely Clueless about the Appeal.  I also thought he was up there talking to himself incessantly so I was actually Glad it was Real People on the other end of his Headset!  *Bwahahahaha!!!*




In fact, he'll go without eating if I didn't insist he take a break and refuel himself when he and his buddies are deep into this Gaming thing together.   My Eyes glaze over when he's trying to explain it all to me, I'm quite Sure I will never become an avid Gamer.  *Winks*   In fact, my attention span for Games in general is abysmal so The Force know how antsy I get if they wanna play a Board Game with me.




Princess T Loves Monopoly, but she'll make up different shorter rules so Gramma can get thru it to a place where someone is considered a Winner.  *Ha ha ha*   I don't think I've ever played a Board Game by the Rules, I don't have the Patience or attention span to see it thru to completion, I'd rather make something up to move it along quickly.  *Smiles*




The good part about that is that The Force almost always Win and beat me and I don't Care.  So long as it's OVER I'll be content to be the Loser.  *Winks*  I guess I just don't have that Competitive Spirit, never have, probably never will... if I can Opt Out of something I don't really wanna do and am completely bored with, I'll be OK Losing.  *Ha ha ha*




The same with Kid Movies, or for that matter, the TV Shows Men totally dig and I can barely even pretend to have any interest in whatsoever.   Ya wanna watch The Disney Channel or Ice Road Truckers with us they might ask me.  Sigh... well, if they look like they NEED me in the room squirming impatiently in my recliner pretending to actually be watching any of it with them... Yeah, Sure... *LMAO*




But I've done it, out of Love... because Lord knows nothing else would have kept and held me captive thru any of it otherwise without the natural reflex of trying to immediately Escape!  *LOL*   The Man Loves his Alaska Reality Shows... ALL of them... and some of them I can almost get thru if he insists I sit and watch one with him... except for The Otts!   I ask him first if it's The Otts... he knows what I'm talking about... {you will not find it so don't Google it... it's my Code for a Show I simply can't stand!  LOL}




The other day The Otts had a Thanksgiving Marathon set of Episodes... back to back... and I'm Sure he watched them ALL!   "You might Like their Thanksgiving Episodes Honey...", he calls out to me... NO... NO, I will NOT, I respond!    I felt like Sam I Am refusing The Green Eggs and Ham... only I'm pretty Sure my Story would not end with me Liking The Ott's Thanksgiving Special!  *Bwahahahahahaha!*




He really would Like me to go on a Vacay to Alaska, so's I'll discover how much I Love The Wilderness!!!   Shit, I don't even Like being this far outside of the City in the boonies of Subdivision Hell just a half hour from Metro Phoenix Honey!    The Trees are Magnificent he counters... Yeah, well, once you've seen one Tree you've pretty much seen them all I responds.   I just can't see myself out in the middle of nowhere, hundreds of miles from anything, just Admiring The Trees for hours or days on end!  *Winks*




Besides, I've lived in Upper Michigan and Maine... Cold enough, plenty of Magnificent Forests I already seen, so... I'm Done... not even anywhere on the Bucket List to visit Alaska to see theirs.  *LOL*  Take me to Bora Bora instead on the Vacay I says... but you've seen Tropical Islands before too he counters... well, not ENOUGH of THEM I respond.  Besides, if I wanna see Magnificent Trees, swaying Coconut Palms on the Beach are pretty Awesome too! *Smiles*




And there are probably not a host of Wild Animals traipsing around Bora Bora that would be inclined to Kill and possibly Eat me and I'd Need a Tour Guide with a loaded weapon to protect me from!    He forgets that he told me those Stories of the years he spent working for a Resort up there as a Tour Guide with a rifle ensuring that The Tourists got back safely and without incident!  *Bwahahahahahahaha!!!*

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Happy Thanksgiving from the Arizona Desert... Dawn... The Bohemian


Monday, November 20, 2017

A Grand-Daughter's Wedding



One of the Grand-Daughters recently got Married... WOW, they grow up so fast into Young Women don't they?!?




The Wedding was in Pittsburgh, in the Winter... and so... well, we couldn't be there in person due to our particular situation.  I'm so Glad they quickly Shared all of the Beautiful Imagery!




They have been a Lovely Couple for quite some time now, Childhood Sweethearts in fact.




The is the other Grand-Daughter, the Youngest Sister, also growing up so quickly!!!




And the other Grand-Daughter, the Middle Sister, who was always such a Tomboy and Athlete... that it's hard to recognize her now as a Beautiful and Feminine Young Woman!




So Today I'm taking a brief break from the "Comfort & Joy" Series of Posts to Share in our Joy and Pride of adding yet another new Grandson to the Family!

  


Congratulations from Gramma Dawn!!!   Love you all!!!   Mwah!!!

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Blessings and a Happy Thanksgiving from the Arizona Desert... Dawn... The Bohemian

Friday, November 17, 2017

Sweet Salvage ~ Comfort And Joy ~ Part I



So it was time to make the Monthly Pilgrimage to SWEET SALVAGE for this Month's Christmas Themed Event "Comfort & Joy", which is always one of the most popular ones for obvious reasons!   It's my 2nd favorite Theme behind the Halloween Themed Event and I'm eager to Enjoy it coming around now that Halloween has passed!




I mean who doesn't like a Christmas Event or spending time with Santa just prior to the actual Holiday arriving?   It gets you into the Spirit of the Season, which sometimes I need to ease into since I hold onto Autumn so steadfast. Yet I know I must start thinking of Gifts and swapping out the Seasonal Decor as we transition into Winter and the subsequent Holidays coming up!




I know that Christmas will be here before we know it and I'm one to like to Prepare, I don't like to wait til last minute to do anything or I wouldn't revel in festivities and relax during the Holiday Season properly.  I like to Savor my Holidays, all of them, I don't like to feel Rushed or harried and stressed out during them.




I hadn't intended to make any major purchases for the Home, but then I saw this... be still my beating Heart... a Dove Grey Antique Typeset Cabinet!  Yes, it came Home with me, ton's of storage for my Art Studio Loft supplies. Besides, one can never have too many of these if you can Score them for the right price so I wasn't going Home with non-buyer's remorse!




But that's not even the best Back Story behind a purchase this day...  the Laws Of Attraction and a Serendipity Miracle was about to transpire.  You see, two YEARS ago at the Christmas Event I wanted to buy these two Antique European Grain Sack Christmas Stockings but another Customer beat me to them dammit!  I was crestfallen, since I had this one in hand but the Customer had already asked for both to be put in the back for her so I reluctantly relinquished it when the Shop Gal had explained they were already SOLD!   *Sob!*




It was something I never quite got off my Mind about the ones that Got Away by the slender margin of Time that they did!  So last Christmas Event I looked to see if they had any more of them, they did not.   This year my Mission Statement was to look and see if they did... and imagine my Surprise to find THE two exact Stockings from two years ago!  *Gasp!*  I recognized each due to particular OOAK Boro Style Mendings!  Turns out, that Customer that beat me to them a couple years ago, never showed back up to pay for them!!  WOW and Booyah... must have put my Gypsy Mojo all over them or something, huh?!  *LOL*




And then I Scored this Stocking Created from an Antique Victorian Crazy Quilt and Cigar Silks for a mere Nine Bucks... Damn, it was getting Good to be Me this day!  I got to spend more time than usual browsing and having time to check out since The Young Prince was still Home Sick from School, so I had my Full Girl's Day Out rather than a Marathon 30 minutes of browsing, shopping and covering the Event via Photos, which I stand in line to get in longer than that!




Princess T said she'd walk to School so I could leave earlier than usual, so I even got Good Parking and a decent place in line near a bench so I could sit down.   At first I was sitting on the sidewalk until someone gave up their bench seat, so it wasn't too bad waiting in line for this very popular Holiday Themed Event, color me Happy!   Loved my Friend Michelle's Boudoir Dolls, but I'd pretty much blown all Budget constraints buying the Typeset Cabinet!  *LOL*




Oh well, I'll just Sell Off more of my Treasures during the time leading up to the Holidays to make up for the unexpected splurge, that always Works for me!  *Winks*  I don't mind Letting Go of several things I already have in order to Fund something I really want that I happened upon and couldn't waffle on deciding to Purchase lest it be one to Get Away!




I also got this lusciously faded but still vibrant Red 1950's Horse Show Ribbon...




Here it is at Home being held up by Princess T so you can see the Scale of just how big it is... and how luscious the now ombre Hues are of it!






Got three Hand-Made Christmas Ornaments festooned with Antique Bling and Sepia Seam Binding, some were as low as only Three Bucks each!




In fact there were so many Lovely Christmas Ornaments and Seasonal Decor that you could have outfit your entire Christmas Theme right from here with OOAK Creations!




Not putting some Santos Crowns into my Stash was very difficult, there were just so many to choose from, but once I reached my self-imposed limit on spending, I had to put the brakes on!




I would have liked to have gotten one of these Blinged Out Trees made with Yarn Spools, some dripping with Bling way more than this, but which got snapped up before I could even Photograph them!  I am sure they Sold Out, I actually had this one in the back until I saw Typeset Cabinet and had to take some Smalls and put them back to justify the larger Purchase.  *Le Sigh*




But the "One for Gramma" thing had gotten slightly out of hand, and we've got so many Grandkids now that I really had to refocus on Budgeting to ensure Gifting was sufficient for all of them during the Holidays!   As it is I sprung on upgrading The Young Prince's Phone and giving his previous upgraded one to Princess T with a new number since she begged for a Phone for Christmas and he'd been Jonesin' to Upgrade again as part of his Christmas Gift.  *LOL*




You know how these Cell Phone Companies make it so easy now where it's like five bucks more for the rest of your Life... just kidding... for two years... so it's totally doable and stretches out the Gift Buying Budget considerably for these two!  *Whew!*   Only the Young Prince talked me into Upgrading my very Old Smart Phone too, which is so Ancient they don't make nor repair them anymore and it was beginning to have 'issues'.




One would think I'd be Delighted to Upgrade... I am NOT... the Technology has increased exponentially and I'm almost in tears trying to learn New Things with being so Tech Challenged.   New Phone needs fingerprint access and a slew of other High Tech shit that The Young Prince had to do for me coz Lord knows I'd of never figured it out on my own, I couldn't even answer my first call that came in on it!  *LMAO*




Luckily it was one of my Senior Friends who feels the same way about enhancements of Tech Gadgets so we had a good laugh about it... as I had to ask another Family Member to answer the Call for me!  No, I don't have a Receptionist now, but I Need one to answer Calls just now til I figure this New Gadget's Upgrades out GF!  *Winks*

  


My Dear Friends at The Sweet totally 'Get' my Challenges and Rejoicing of Dark Subject matter... like being way too Happy that I had a Sick Kid at Home so's I could spend more time at The Event this Month!  *Bwahahahahaha!!!*   I know, that's some twisted sick shit huh, but they 'Get It'... and don't think I'm a horrible Parent!  *Smiles*




Mostly coz they all know the Back Story... like how I spent all day before the Event handling The Man's Acupuncture Appointment and then talking to the VA Patient Advocate about The Problem with the CPAP Fiasco.  Yes, the Advocate actually called me back and Praise God, she's the exact same Advocate I had been assigned five years ago right after The Man's Catastrophic Accident that was instrumental in finally getting me some rehabilitative Services for him!




She even remembered me and our Situation... like I'm that Unforgettable... LMAO... well, I suppose we are kinda a Stand Out Situation with our damned tragic Comedy of Errors Vida Loca which is more complex than an Epic Novela!   *Smiles*   "Now, be sure to take some time for yourself!", she reminds me, like I don't already know I should and as if it's ever just that easy... I assured her the very next day was my Girl's Day Out and it's my one day a Month I Guard with my very Life!




She also asked me if I'm receiving more Services than five years ago?  I assured her I have qualified for just a few, after the Adoption of The Force... but that VA is still quite the convoluted Dog and Pony Show, tho' slightly getting better... so if she could help a Sista out again, it would be most appreciated!   She said I should be getting and qualifying for more Help... well, YEAH!!!  Duh!!!  *Ha ha ha ha ha ha*  But we won't hold our Breath... just do what you can for us Okay?!  

  


She complimented me on having a Good Attitude and Sense of Humor about it all... well, ya gotta... whaddya gonna do otherwise, go Insane and totally Postal?   And Today, after my Wonderful Girl's Day Out Yesterday, was back to da Grind... spent taking care of business for The Young Prince.  More Tests on the Kidney Crisis... buried in more Paperwork by The Schools to have his Primary Doc sign off on for Chronic Illness... you know, The Usual.   I took a long Nap when I finally dragged Home... but with everyone but The Man now Tech Enhanced... he didn't want us touching his Old Phone!  *Smiles*




But now I have a Phone Leash on The Tween and her Older Brother put a GPS Tracker on her too for good measure!  *LMAO*  Not that she'll lay that Phone down now she has one, it will be like another appendage and some GREAT Leverage for Behavior Modification!  *Smiles*  She had thought she'd have to wait til she was 14 like Older Brother did, but after seeing her in the She Devil Costume at Halloween, the rest of us concurred it was Time for the added Safety Measure of a Phone!  *Yikes!!!*




Yeah, after getting a load of this... I think all our Friends and the entire Family were Unanimous and in complete Agreement that a Leash of some kind might be prematurely necessary!  *Ha Ha Ha*   If she hadn't looked about Twenty rather than a mere Twelve with just only putting on a very covered up Red Dress, Cherry Lip Gloss, a touch of Mascara and some subtle Neutral Shade Eyeshadow... I might not have concurred.  But this was a Wake Up Call that she was mos def gonna be an Early Bloomer and I wasn't gonna be able to "Uglify" her enough so the Boys won't Notice her!  *Le Sigh*




So when she BEGGED for The Leash, well, that played right into my Hands now didn't it?  *Winks*   The Power over Kiddos who finally get a Phone is tremendous, because this is one Gramma that would immediately not pay your Phone Bill and take that Precious Commodity away should you screw up badly enough you lose the privilege!  *Smiles*




Besides, tho' I Hate the Phone Stores since it's all way over my head and I have to let The Young Prince handle all of the Negotiations for me... and explain everything to me afterwards... we got the Phone Bill reduced considerably!  So that more than covered all Upgrades and Purchases with extra money Monthly in my pocket!  I've taught Grasshopper well, he's an excellent Negotiator, especially to get what he desperately Wants!  That Kid Negotiated his ass off... it took longer than buying a Used Car!  *Smiles*




It also means less Shopping for me to get them stuff for under the Tree coz they wanted Phone shit so bad they were willing to dump 99.9% of the rest of their Christmas List.   So, lower Monthly Phone Bill... Upgraded shit for most everyone... Pressies covered for the most part for them without outlay... Works for me!  I didn't feel quite so Guilty now for Scoring said Typeset Cabinet, which they all Loved anyway when I got it Home... and even Helped unload it for me!  Well, that's not exactly True, I didn't feel Guilty at all actually! *Smiles*




Because if I'm not Worth it, then who is, right?  *Winks*  I'm learning to really treat myself very well... hey, all of the Caseworkers and Advocates say I should anyway so I'm just taking their Sage Advice!  *LOL*  "Did you spend all of my Money?", The Man quipped when I got Home from the Event... well, not ALL of it yet... but I'm Working on that I Joked... and we all laughed... because that's some funny shit, I don't care who you are!!!  *Smiles* 




Besides, if The System ever had to actually Salary me for everything I do for Free in the realm of Caregiving so that it's not on their dime, I'd be a Made Woman!!!   They'd have to hire a Posse of Paid Staff and it would cost them a small fortune every Month to replace me... and they know it and I know it.   So... that's the Default Plan if I ever fold up like a deck of cards and can't do this any more... and in the meantime I Plan to be Good to myself, why not?




Besides, it's Christmastime Baby... and I've been a Very Good Girl this year... well, for the most part anyway... Good Enough I figure...




And if anyone disagrees with that assessment I will make them come on over and fill in for me for a day... or a week... and see how Nice they are when I finally come back???!!!?!   I swear, it could Transform even a Saint into a Sinner, it really could, this Full Time Caregiving Gig!   And all the other Caregivers said... AMEN!!!




Now, be sure to come back since I have loads more to Share in Future Posts... and The Show lasts thru the Weekend my Friends if you want to see and Experience it all in person!

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Blessings from the Arizona Desert... Dawn... The Bohemian

A life touched by God always ends in touching others. - Erwin McManus

I will love the light for it shows me the way, yet I will endure the darkness for it shows me the stars. - Og Mandino (1923-1996)

For creativity to flourish one should try to look at everything as though it were being seen for the first or the last time. - Quote from "A Thousand Paths To Creativity" by David Baird

Is what I'm about to say an improvement on silence? ~ Galen Pearl