Saturday night I received an unexpected call from my 17-year old son who lives 1800 miles away. He was calling from an anime convention in Denver. I could hear his excitement as he told me about the event and the costume that he put together.
He described the records he painted red and how they represented his characters method of time travel. He thanked me for sending him some money and how he used it to buy a custom made dragon that he wore like a cape, its wings attached around his neck. I loved hearing all of the details and mostly loved how he was excited and called to tell his mom.
It reminded me of how I would call my Dad when I was excited about something or had good news to share. Now I'm imagining the joy it must have brought my Dad whenever I called. There was a time when I was the one living 1800 miles away. I was in Colorado and my Dad in New Hampshire. Now I'm in New Hampshire and my son is in Colorado. Roles have shifted with time.
Now when I have good news who do I go to? Both of my parents have passed in this last year and it feels strange. I've been a little sad this last week thinking about how I don't have them to call any more and at the same time grateful that my son still feels a connection with me. I'm grateful too for a loving and supportive husband. Who would have thought 1-1/2 years ago that I would have this relationship? I'm still amazed. I'm grateful too for reconnecting with my sister. With our parents gone, it has brought us closer. I'm grateful for my friends - and I'm lucky to have plenty who celebrate life right along side me.
As you can imagine parenting from a distance is a challenge. I'm finding that I'm more of a listener and encourager than anything else. The distance has taught me to ease up and loosen up on trying to control my son's journey.
When I look at this photo I see a creative young man who is bright and sensitive. I love our deep philosophical discussions and his dry sense of humor. I sure do miss this young man. Thank you Loki for calling me and sharing your joy.
After work a sweet young girl was riding her bike on the side walk wearing purple sequin boots like the ones pictured above. She was so cute with her boots and shorts, her helmet askew. She was so friendly and asked what I was doing.
Girl in sparkly purple boots (GISPB): "What are you doing?"
Me: I'm going to the grocery store.
GISPB: And then what?
Me: I'll go home.
GISPB: And then what?
Me: I'll make dinner.
GISPB: And then what?
Me: I'll go to the gym.
GISPB: And then what?
Me: Come home and go to bed.
GISPB: And then what?
Me: I'll start it all over again.
We both giggled at that last remark as I was getting into my car. She was so adorable waving to me as though I was her long lost auntie. I loved her spirit and it lifted mine. Her boots reminded me of SARK, one of my favorite authors who also loves the color purple and would have loved these boots and this sweet girl. I'm so excited that SARK is one of my guests for the upcoming Journey of the Heart online class. Her books (she has 13 published and over 2 million sold) have been a constant source of inspiration over the years. They have given me the encouragement I've needed to live a DARING life and to take a playful approach. It is so cool that I get to interview this mentor of mine. Yeah!
You know I think I need to get me a pair of sparkly, purple boots.
~ Kathryn Costa, Collage Diva
PS: This "Creative Joy' post was inspired by the Creative Joy Retreat with Jennifer Louden, Marianne Elliot, & Tracey Clark.
After I finished my previous blog post this morning about listening to my heart, I was feeling like I needed to get out of the house and in nature. Today is my mother's birthday and the first time that she is not with us. I've been thinking of her all week anticipating this day and Mother's Day just right around the corner. Feeling rested and in good spirits I was up for an outing to one of my favorite places, the ocean.
My mother also loved the ocean and I thought of her as we drove the windy coastal road from New Hampshire to Maine. By late afternoon we stopped by Nubble Light (Cape Neddick) pictured above. (Click photo to enlarge).
The tide was coming in and the waves were crashing hard. My photos don't really capture just how awesome it was but fortunately we did get it on video and plan on incorporating it into one of the videos for my upcoming Journey of the Heart online class. In the video, we look at surrendering those things that we are struggling with and letting go of our worries. It is a montage of gorgeous ocean views with waves crashing and the tide ready to carry what we have to offer it.
Once again the ocean soothed my soul and today I feel relaxed and happy, restored and renewed.
Happy Birthday Mom. I know your smiling down on me today.
We had a HUGE snow storm here in New England over the weekend.
My darling husband is really a big kid and a romantic. I love every moment! This is perhaps the sweetest valentine I've received.
For New Years Eve I picked up these little frames at Michael's craft store and inserted vintage New Year card images into them. I thought I would rotate images into these little frames throughout the year. Here are my King and Queen of Hearts.
All of the images came from a collage sheet from AlphaStamps where you'll find some fabulous images.
I love these little frames!
For the images that didn't fill the frame, I layered some of my painted papers as seen in this image or scrapbook paper that I had in my stash.
I love homemade valentines. For some inspiring ideas visit my Pinterest board.
I hope you feel loved on this Valentine's day. Be certain to treat yourself like a queen or king!
Kathryn Costa, Collage Diva
PS - After posting this I learned that Alpha Stamps is having a giveaway! CLICK HERE to enter their contest to win four collage sheets.
I've been juicing now for 1-1/2 months and I've been thinking about this post for some time. I'm enamored with the colors of the different fruits and vegetables and have been dying to play. On Sunday, Fernando and I did just that we played in the kitchen. We pulled out all sorts of yummy goodness that we had in the fridge and juiced each thing separately to create the palette you see above. Be sure to click on the image for a closer look.
I know you want an even closer look at the beets and purple cabbage.
Fernando blended up a green apple along with a few pears that had brown skins. You'll see that in the center of this shot. We tend to sweeten our juices with them instead of other fruits as they have a low glycemic index.
What color do you think we will get when we mix it all together?
The beets really held their color. Look at how vibrant this juice is. I have to tell you, it was soooo delicious. My body just soaked it up. This pitcher was an extra huge batch. We don't normally juice this much in one sitting.
If you are interested in learning more about the juicer that I'm using check it out HERE.
One of the top reasons why I love blogging is that it becomes a great record. While many events don't make it to the blog, many do. The collage of photos above highlight 2012. Click on the image to see it larger. (These are not quite in chronological order but pretty darn close)
1. My year started with a photoshoot with my buddy Claudia in PORTSMOUTH.
2. In February I took my mother out for what was to be one of my last dinner outings with her. She really loved Chinese food.
3. I took a blog break in March for the BIG DIG and some decluttering.
4. This beautiful shot was from one of my FIRST DATES with Mr. Wonderful. Imagine a picnic under the pines on a mountain top. It was lovely.
5. Remembering my MOM. She passed unexpectedly in June.
6. Mr. Wonderful and I had a fun visit in MAINE with my new niece, Claire.
7. On my bucket list was to photograph a meadow of LUPINES. Check!
8. Mr. Wonderful is pictured here photographing a gorgeous blanket of FLOWERS that grows along the highway.
9. We love PICNICS. Here we are at one of my favorite places in Maine.
10. My maiden voyage! This was my first time PARAGLIDING.
11. I'm spoiled! This is what lunch looks like at my house. I'm so lucky that I can get HOME FOR LUNCH.
12. The BIG day. We had a lovely WEDDING to celebrate our love.
13. This is a rare treat to visit with my BROTHER and his family who live in Colorado.
14. AUTUMN in New England is spectacular. Our local cemetery was blanketed with colorful leaves.
15. We ended our year with many visits with FAMILY on both sides. Here we are with Fernando's family.
As I look back on this year there have been so many adventures and so many changes. My word for 2012 was EMBRACE. It was a good word that helped me to lean in especially when things were challenging.
How was your 2012? What were your highlights?
Here's to looking back as we prepare to move forward.
Last night Fernando and I worked for hours on our 2013 calendar. We rushed to meet the Shutterfly deadline and take advantage of 40% off and free shipping. Here is a preview of a few of the months. Although I was exhausted, I loved how we pulled together photos from our adventures together.
Pictured here is an ikebana (Japanese) flower arrangement. Isn't it so cute?
Click on any of the photos in this post to see larger.
These beautiful shots came from one of our first outings to Morningside in Charlestown, NH. That was a magical day!
This captures our love for cooking together.
We thought we would end the year with a little silliness.
Today I'm feeling grateful for the photos we've captured of our life together and how easy it is to pull off a project like this.
Today I am grateful for the warm hospitality of Anne and Tom who welcomed me and Fernando to their lovely beach home. Anne had these pink fuzzy slippers waiting for me when I arrived last night. I felt like fozzy the bear covered in hearts.
Anne keeps a basket of shells in their "prayer room" where guests leave their name and date. As you can see Anne and Tom open their home to many people.
Just down the street is the ocean and this piece of beach. I am grateful that we live a mere 50 minutes from the ocean.
I was grateful for the hat that Anne loaned me to keep my little ears warm. I found the sound and smell of the ocean so soothing.
I collected a few shells to bring home to remember my visit. I gave a presentation the night before on gratitude. I felt honored to have been asked to share my gratitude practice with about 50 students and their parents. As I turned a shell over, it became a vessel and perfect place to mark the word of the month, "gratitude."
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