I love being a massage therapist!

I’m a people person and I absolutely LOVE being a massage therapist. It’s one of my greatest passions in life. I use all different types of massage techniques. Little tips and tricks to get right where the pain is. I’ve had clients tell me all about my aura while massaging them. How it changed from a calming blue to bright orange to gold as I was working on them. To me, massage is kinda like putting a puzzle together. A client comes in saying “this” hurts. Can I fix it? Well, yes and no. First of all, I tell them, I’m not a dr so I can’t diagnose anything. But I will do a posture analysis and ask you several questions to see if I can find out why you’re hurting. See how it’s like a puzzle? You never know until you get in there and ask. I love my clients. I love learning about them as they lay on my table, warm, comfortable and relaxed. I always always always let them take the lead as far as conversing. If you need that down time from a really stressful day, please, relax and get into the soothing music that I play.  Allow yourself to let go. To be still in the moment. And most times they fall asleep. That’s ok. I take it as a great complement.  I’ve taken your body to a place of utter relaxation. Allowing you to fully rest and digest. I love that. When was the last time you allowed yourself to fully let go and relax? Don’t you feel that this world is sometimes too fast paced? Do you know how bad that fast paced life can be sometimes for your body? Like I said, I’m not a dr, I can’t and don’t diagnosis anyone. I just know the effects of stress on your body isn’t healthy. And in this day and age of fast paced living, a good massage therapist can really help you to relax.

Condo Living…

Who would of ever thought in my 50’s I’d be living my life in a condominium complex.  Condo living….HOLY SHIT! I’m old!!! Wait..?! What?!?  (Honey! I’m joking!) Relax. Sheesh! Today is SUMMERIZE THE PATIO DAY!!!!!  Woot Woot!  This tells my inner clock that it’s time for summer.  Haha… wait! If I’m being true to myself I’d say it like this….WWOOOOOO… HOOOOOO!!!!!! LET THE PARTY BEGIN!!!!! It’s time to blow off all the cobwebs, wash the glass panels, tidy up the joint. Then it’s time to pull out the bright colored rug.  Add some outdoor plants.  Hang the driftwood wind chimes and cute ocean decorations. (All of which I will be making in the next few days) And finally deciding what flavor of margarita to start the season

with….aahhh…summer….*sigh*

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“What’s the difference sitting in these chairs now that we’ve decorated?” says the hubs.  (Me rolling my eyes) He just doesn’t get it. Dude! Are you serious?! It’s more about the feeling it represents.  It’s Summer time.  Time to chill my friend. Kinda like our idea of Mexico at the beach.   Beach parties, BBQ’s, staying daylight until almost 11:00 pm. A time to hang out on the deck, watching the fishing boats come in and out of the harbor.  Speaking of which….Hang on……here comes a fishing charter boat. As we sit back and watch, they land a big salmon (or that’s what we guessed) everybody’s standing around the fish, taking trophy pictures with it.  Ya, it’s got to be a big one. So as we watch the group, the discussion comes up that we (the hubs and I) should take a picture of them taking pictures and then race over to where they dock their boats and sell the picture we took of the group back to the group. Did that make sense? (because I could go over it again, if you want, but wouldn’t you rather have a glass of wine and move on…..I sure would 😉 ) DSC_0103 Sounds great in theory, right? The town’s only 6 miles away. However, it takes 45 minutes to get there. You have to drive all the way around the harbor to get to the other side.  Point I’m trying to make is… it’s a long ass drive and neither one of us seriously would do it.  It’s SUMMERIZE THE PATIO DAY! You never know what’s going to happen.

. DSC_0118  DSC_0122     DSC_0233   DSC_0275     DSC_0322 WHALES!!!!!! We saw whales!!!! 2 Gray whales, maybe 4. But definitely 2! I must have took hundreds of whale photos. They were out in the harbor just….playing. They must have been out there for a good couple of hours.  We think it was a mama and her baby. And it’s so funny.  The hubs and I just watched a documentary last night called The Hunt of The Killer Whales on like Nat Geo or some channel.  I should show it more respect than that because it was a really interesting documentary. I highly recommend it. And what a perfect way to see them hangin out playing before they have to make that dangerous trek to the Artic.  Anywho…… While I was waiting for the whales to come up for a breath, I saw this deer nibbling some grass in the front of the condo. DSC_0372 We spent the whole day out here on the deck. Now it’s cold. The sun and its warmth flew the coup! But not these little dive-bombing birds.  Damn dive-bombing birds!  And the honkers….the damn Canadian Honkers.  Noisy bastards! Even when its cold and the day has set, the wildlife in front of my deck is alive and well. (Sorry. I had taken some pictures of the crazy birds but apparently photography and alcohol don’t really mix.  Who knew?!?) So you see honey? That’s why we get excited for “Summerize the Patio Day”!! What sets the tone for your summer days? How do you get ready for summer? Inquiring minds want to know.  Ok, well really it’s just me. Until next time Peace Out Home Skillet!

My mom and her iPhone

IMG_1691This is my mom. The leader of my life.  With her new iPhone.  She’s learning.   She’s learning how to do things my 5 granddaughters (all under 5) can do without blinking an eye. My mom has to struggle to remember. “Now how do I do this Teri?” “Well Mom, you go like this…click here and then push this button and then this button and look, you can see your text messages”.

Sound familiar? Is this a bad thing? I don’t think so.  I’m excited at this phase of her life. My mom is turning 75 this year.  What an awesome woman she is. She comes from a long line of amazing cooks and crafters.  She knits, crochets, and makes felt stockings for all the new babies in her life. For my whole life, she has guided me, taught me, lectured me, and kept me grounded. This woman has been my best friend and my sounding board. She’s kept me safe and out of harm’s way.  This woman would lay down her life for me.  She would.  Not a doubt in my mind. Even today.  If a gang of thugs were surrounding me, she’d bust in there, grab two thug ears and drag them over to the curb; give them each a stern lecture that would include some strong Christian morals and values, shake their ears again and leave them wondering “What just happened?”  That’s my mama.  My hero.  So, absolutely Mom.  What else would you like to learn about your phone? I have all the time in the world for you.

So as Mother’s Day approaches, I wonder. Is your Mom your hero? What has she done to become YOUR hero? How has your Mom made your life a better place to live in?

Hey! I’m still here…

Hi everyone.  Hey I just wanted you all to know I’m still here!  I’ve stepped back from blogging for a bit for a couple of reasons.

1) The grandkids came to visit.

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2) My mom came to visit also.

3)The weather has been amazing lately and I just can’t seem to concentrate.

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Does this mean I have Spring Fever?!  Oh Miss Daisy I do believe it does!!!  Woo Hoo for Spring!

However I will let you know that my battery is almost fully charged (grandkids will do that for you).  I have some good ideas for blog posts and a couple of series of posts.  I will continue reading all the blogs I’m following and of course, posting as much as possible.  I apologize for not being more consistent in my posts.  I also promise to not just read your blogs, I have a tendency to read but not post any comments.  I’m going to make a better effort to be more active in my blogging arena.  I just find that sometimes time gets away from me. Does this ever happen to you? Well come on, look at my view! Who wouldn’t want to sit in the sunshine, drink in hand, and admire the waves rolling slowly by.  Oh cheese and rice!… I just can’t seem to help myself.  I love you all blogging community and I promise to you that I will make my presence more known to you (and not in a creepy way).  But…. that view……. sigh…. it gets me every time.

Craft Projects

I love crafting.  I’ve always loved crafting. I come from a long line of crafters.  My mom does all kinds of needle crafts.  My grandmother used to sew and do embroidery and other needle crafts.  I think the thing I love most about crafting is being able to create something from just an idea.  I used to be a huge scrapbooker. But now that I live at the beach, I collect all kinds of beach “stuff” and why not use that to my advantage and make beautiful stuff.  I hope you enjoy what I’ve created.  Please feel free to leave any comments or questions.  I’d love to hear what you have to say.

Even my daughter is crafty! Look at this Family Birthday calendar! Isn't she so talented?

Even my daughter is crafty! Look at this Family Birthday calendar she made.  Isn’t she so talented?

Custom made beach wreath using local  items found on the beach with a handwritten sign.

Custom made beach wreath using local items found on the beach with a handwritten sign

I used local driftwood, along with some purchased shells to make this beautiful wreath. Enjoy!

I used local driftwood, along with some purchased shells to make this beautiful wreath.

Driftwood, shells, seaglass beads & hemp

Wind Chime using driftwood, shells, glass beads, and hemp.

Driftwood, Hemp, Blue/Green beads, shells

Driftwood, Hemp, Blue/Green beads, shells

I used a large clam shell to anchor some beautiful glass beads and small shells with hemp.

I used a large clam shell to anchor some beautiful glass beads and small shells with hemp.

I used a medium size clam shell with lots of glass beads and small hermit crab shells I’ve found on the beach.

I used pieces of clam shells as well as pebbles worn smooth from the sea

I used pieces of clam shells as well as pebbles worn smooth from the sea to make this collage.

This is some of the beach treasures I collect.

Thanks to my friends Tim & Nina for finding all this treasure for me!

Thanks to my friends Tim & Nina for finding all this treasure for me!

Thanks again Tim & Nina!

Thanks again Tim & Nina!

Here I am collecting crab shell bodies.  For some reason there were hundreds of crab shells washed ashore.

Here I am collecting crab shell bodies. For some reason there were hundreds of crab shells washed ashore

And here's  what I collected.  I have no idea yet what I'm going to do with them!

And here’s what I collected. I have no idea yet what I’m going to do with them!

That’s the fun thing about collecting beach stuff.  You never know what you’re going to find and once you find it, what to do with it!  That’s the challenge, isn’t it? Tell me, what’s your crafting guilty pleasure? How do you find your inspiration?

Blogging 101: Today’s assignment: write and publish a “who I am and why I’m here” post on your blog.

Who am I?  I’m a mom first and foremost. Sometimes a good example and sometimes a bad example of motherhood but a mom none the less.  A wife.  A grandmother.  A daughter.  A sister.  A friend.   A Licensed Massage Therapist.  A Licensed Aesthetician.  A big dog lover.  A wine enthusiast.  An “OK” cook.  A person who’s never satisfied with the status quo.  A crafter.  A movie critic.  A voracious reader.  An old softball player. An Aries (and all that goes with it).

Why am I here?  I’m here to learn from other people who have this blogging thing figured out.  I’m here to step outside of my own comfort zone and to take risks and challenge myself everyday.  I’m here to find my voice and learn how to put my ideas into totally intelligent and thought provoking writing.  I’d like to find my niche and turn this into a money making blog.  I’d like to be able to tell a story to make others understand and feel what I’m feeling.  I’m here to share stories, recipes, pictures and experiences.  And I’m here to make friends and have a good time.