Monday, May 11, 2009

I'm Back.....

"You can't stick it on with soap, Peter. It needs sewing. That's the proper way to do it. Although come to think of it, I've never thought about it shadows, I mean."

~Wendy in Peter Pan~

Hello dear friends, I am back from my break and I am so excited this morning! What is the reason for my excitement you might ask? Is it:

A.) Because yesterday marked my 300th post and that means an upcoming give away? (Details coming soon!)
B.) Because I had such a fun and fab week last week that I now have some blog inspiration?
C.) Because I am fired up about new writing and art projects?
D.) Because I updated my tutorial blog and now have eight wonderful sites added to my lower side bar that share awesome vintage graphics free for use in art projects?
E.) Because I survived the frenzy of American Idol fans, all 20,000 of them, that descended upon our town, making a simple but necessary 15 minute errand a three hour ordeal?
F.) Because I am simply back in the land of blog where some of the best neighbors and friends reside?
G.) All of the above.
H.) Some of the above.
I.) None of the above.

OK, here is why I am super duper, beside myself, over the moon, giddy with delight, and delirious with excitement.....this morning, I SAW MY SHADOW!!!

At first it was faint, like a timid little bunny rabbit...Then it quacked, happy as a duck in water...Then it let out a dinosaur roar quoting, "Some things start out big, and some things start out small, very small. But sometimes the smallest thing can make the biggest changes of all."A small change appeared as a smile tipped the corners of my lips.
A joy bubble released in my heart at such a simple blessing as a brief beam of sun allowing a moment of childlike play.
As quickly as it came it began to fade, waving goodbye...
leaving behind a brightened heart.

This might not be a big thing to many of you but we are experiencing a serious season of rain in our region which is causing damaging floods and we have not seen hide nor hair of sun nor shadow. Our rains are not over, with more in the forecast for this week.

Since this beam of light was right over my sewing table I gave some serious thought to grabbing a needle and thread and sewing my shadow back on Wendy style because like Peter Pan's, mine keeps hiding. The sunbeam was extremely brief but like a beacon of promise of brighter days to come.
Today, sweet friends, I offer you an Irish Blessing:

May the raindrops fall lightly on your brow.
May the soft winds freshen you spirit.
May the sunshine brighten you heart.
May the burdens of the day rest lightly upon you,
And may God enfold you in the mantle of His love.

And if that doesn't work to brighten your day, get out your flash light and make some shadow puppets because it really is the smallest thing that can make the biggest change in your attitude or your day.

Miss Sandy


Aunt Amelia's Attic said...

Congratulations on your blogging achievement.

Thank you so much for a whimsical entry today.

Wishing you lots more sunbeams! Yes, lots and lots and lots more.

'Aunt Amelia'
Dear you,~~
Aunt Amelia's Attic

Sand Flat Farm said...

Good morning Miss Sandy!

Good to see you back. We've been following the rains and flooding in those areas. Keeping you folks in our thoughts & prayers for sunshine and drying up and safety for all.

I really enjoyed your Mother's Day post! It was lovely and serendipitous in itself! Hope you had a good Mother's Day - to me, every day is Mother's Day!

Wow - 300 posts! I just passed 100, intended to do a giveaway and am still going to do it. We got so busy and occupied with my FIL being in the hospital and passing away and just life in general. You know how that goes! Congratulations on #300! We love reading your blog - you are so talented in your writing!

Lorrie said...

Glad you're back - congratulations on your 300th post!

Sunshine is so cheery, especially after dark rainy days that seem to go on and on.


Bonita said...

Welcome back and congrats on the blogging achievement!

I have a friend in Conway, Arkansas who was excited about seeing Idol Kris come home. Sorry you had a three hour delay!

Anonymous said...

Welcome back Sandy! Congrats on the 300 posts. Georgia is having its share of rain too. In between showers, I keep running out to play in the garden! Enjoy your week.

KathyB. said...

300 posts! Your shadow might need double stitching to hang on for that much excitement!

We are having a lot of rain today too, after a lot of rain, but some sunshine appears long enough to how me some perspective, very much I appreciate the sun after a long season of rain!

bee'nme said...

Hi Miss Sandy!

What a delightful post...congraulations are certainly in order for reaching the 300 post milestone...hurray! That's quite an achievement! It was very exciting to read all about your inspirations of late and things that have you energized and excited...can't wait to see some of your new projects that will emerge! I must say, your whimsical soliloquy on shadows was priceless...I'm glad you had the sweet bit of sunshine as a deposit of things to come..I wish I could send you some from here...we're having an abundance at the moment. It was great to catch up with you...coming here is always a joy!

Have a blessed week!

Hugs & Blessings,
Becky S. at Just Bee 'n Me

Vee said...

Two visits today to absorb it all... You make me grin and I do understand how wearing and wearying continual gray days can be. I'm glad that a bit of sunshine found you and that you were able to create all of this out of that. It's as if you are spinning gold from dross. I haven't seen your tutorial blog for ever so long and wow! What a wonderful resource that is. I'll be visiting it more often now that it's registered that it is there.

Susie said...

It was nice to feel the excitement in your words Sandy. I'm glad you got to see some sunshine.

We took a quick trip to AR this weekend to pick up mom. I couldn't believe how much water there is standing around.

Laura Ingalls Gunn said...

Oh I am ever so glad your back. I can't wait to see what you have dreamed up for your 300th post.
Thank you for all your prayers dear friend. I truly felt them.
I leave for Minnesota to visit my granny on Sunday. I am helping her downsize and move. She told me to bring an empty suitcase. :)

Fete et Fleur said...

Welcome Back, Sandy!

I really don't care for American Idol and have never watched a show except for a quick preview of it. I'd rather do shadow puppets on the wall. What a wonderful way to lighten the heart.


Barbara H. said...

Congratulations on your 300th post!

Wow, I hadn't thought about the chaos AI could cause in a city.

I will go check out the graphic sites. Thanks for sharing them!

Andrea said...

Delightful post! And, yes, congratulations on your 300th post!

Your inspirational words continue to bless me and so many others.

Blessings and joy to you, dear one.

With Christ's Love,

bluemuf said...

Miss Sandy, What a fun post and congratulations on your 300th post.

Hugs karen

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