January 2016

Louise Gray Tindell:

“My creativity is an act of my soul. I am rooted in the creativity of the entire universe. As I flow creatively, I give to others the gift of my example. . .”

“The present moment is filled with joy and happiness. If you are attentive, you will see it. . . But we have difficulty remembering that we are alive in the present moment, the only moment there is for us to be alive. Every breath we take, every step we make, can be filled with peace, joy, and serenity. We need only to be awake, alive in the present moment. . .”
—Thich Nhat Hanh


January—Our new roof and a new central A/C
February—”Playing on the edge.” On the third of each month
March—A female family gathering
April—A family Easter party, work for the adults and play for the children
May—A wonderful massage & lunch gifted from my daughters
June—A Minnesota vacation with wonderful friends
July—Inside/Outside at Spirit in the Arts—Always a creative evening
September—A beautiful wedding at Foresthill
October—Physical Therapy for my left shoulder which I really needed
November—Asilomar Weekend with special friends & Creative Edge in Monterey
December—My Uncle Max turned 97 years old and is still going strong


January—Precious, Beautiful Rain with no flooding in our area, a double blessing

The future has always been unpredictable but it now seems it moves far too fast and with little regard as to who gets trampled by events. I have been meditating, closing my eyes, breathing in, opening my heart, letting my imagination grow into a sunny large field, relaxing, and letting go of my fears this moment. Each day I see the smallest part of me and/or see the expanded part of me.

Nana Louise is always coming up with creative and educational ideas for the grandkids. This summer I took a huge box, letting the kids paint with chalk and decorating with stickers, all over with their favorite choices. I, of course, had to cut a swinging door with a knob and cut a window on the back. The grandkids love playing in it. It is simple and yet is in continual use as they have time to themselves and stimulate their imaginations. Also, the boys love listening and talking about the books, bringing their favorites to the couch. I love it too.

We had my daughter, son-in-law, and our grandson moving in our home late September until December. We were glad to help them while they were looking for another house. They were surprised their old home sold in a week, leaving them two weeks to vacate. We all worked together and enjoyed their company. One of our grandsons really enjoyed always having an adult around that he trusted and knew they loved him. When they left, we were happy to be able to open all our doors and they were happy to be in their new home, especially our grandson having his own room again.