We really do! (Love the month of December) Not only is it the month we celebrate Christmas, but it is also Mermaid Shelley's Birthday month and that means another beautiful reason to celebrate and gather with friends. Happy December to all!
Mermaid Shelley shares her tips and tricks to the perfect holiday bird.
Let's talk turkey! Are you intimidated by baking the big bird? It's not so hard. And, here's just the help you need!
This time of year turkey definitely takes center stage. Preparing it is surprisingly easy. Here are some good guidelines when you decide you want to tackle that turkey!
What size of turkey should I buy? When buying turkey, figure on approximately one pound per person. If you want leftovers, estimate about 1½ pounds per person. Also note that the younger the turkey, the more tender the meat. Wild turkeys are another great option. Check with your local butcher well in advance if you go this route. More Turkey Tips
We have had a pretty, colorful, sunny fall here in Eastern Washington until recently. The wet, windy weather has moved in and this morning we woke to a dusting of snow! It's like November is saying hello.
My house faces East and although we don't see the sunset, we do see colors and light from the sunset, reflecting on the hills and mountain across the lake. It is almost as pretty. Last night there was a glow on the top of the hills, the sky was bright blue and there was a lovely blanket of snow. So beautiful.
How's the weather where you live?
We are busy busy - working away on our holiday issue of Mermaids the Magazine. Come see us. We are adding more daily and will be for the next couple of days.
I have a creative muse who loves to hang out in my studio office while I paint or write. Her name is Janie and she purrs! I also have a sweet muse of the canine variety named Bear, and he snores. I love them both so much!
(muse: a guiding spirit - a source of inspiration.)
Do Something every single day that makes your heart sing. ~Marcia Wieder
If we could do even one little thing every day that makes us feel so blessed and happy that our heart sings, we would be filled with JOY. When I start my day off with gratitude my heart sings at all I have to be grateful for.
What makes your heart sing?
Some of the things that make my heart sing
Kissing my baby grandson's head and inhaling his sweet baby scent.
Snuggling my sweet kitty, Janie. Scratching her chin while she purrs.
Kissing my puppy, Bear and telling him what a good boy he is.
Spending time with my children - talking and listening.
Praying and thanking God for all of my blessings and counting them, one by one.
Discussing the joy we feel about our children with my husband.
Oh, that first delicious sip of coffee in the morning.
Jumping into the cool water of my lake on a very hot, summer day.
Laying on a blanket on the grass in the shade on a summer day.
Toasting and sipping a dry Gin martini with my BFF and Mermaids of the Lake partner, Shelley.
Listening to music that makes me remember wonderful things from before.
Watching a thunder storm over the lake from my porch.
Laughing with friends!
Reminiscing with my best friend since high school about our college days.
Sweet time alone to create in my art studio in the early morning.
Opening a new, large-size box of crayons and enhaling the familiar scent.
Dangling my feet off of the dock in the cool water.
Spending time with my parents and knowing that I can be 100% myself.
Sitting on a mossy rock in the spring and soaking up the scent of the earth after a long, cold winter.
Coming home after traveling and feeling grateful for my little spot of heaven on earth.
Inhaling the scent of rain on the pavement on a hot summer day. It reminds me of childhood.
Biting into a warm-from-the sun, just picked tomato.
Having lunch out with friends.
Cooking a delicious meal in a just-cleaned house for friends and family.
Sliding into bed with fresh sheets and comfy jammies.
Reading a book that transports me inside of its pages.
I could go on and on and that makes me happy! Even in the midst of trying times, sadness, and grief, I can count on one of these things from my list bringing me even a moment of JOY that makes my heart sing.
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