touch the sky

“Why is Mama on da swings?! Mama! Get off dere! Swings are for KIDS!”

When I was an ‘appropriate’ age for the swings, I always imagined that my life would be spent largely in other places. I wanted to have coffee in Paris. Walk alone in the rain in the green fields of Ireland. Work in Africa. Nap in the afternoon in Greece. Buy groceries in Frankfurt. I wanted to go places, not on vacation, but to live and work. But time passed and my life has not much resembled the life I intended to have.

Time is a funny thing.

Occasionally, Time means everything, other times, it means nothing at all. It ever moves forward – be it steadily, lurching or crawling - but sometimes, there are moments when you leap backward through Time and are transported to another time in your life, as if jumping from one lily pad to another in a pond. When I lean back on a swing, pumping my legs so that I swing higher and higher trying to touch the blue sky with my toes, I easily leap from lily pad to lily pad.  And while the blog has stood frozen in time for twenty months, my bountiful life has carried on.

In my time away, we have all continued to learn and grow, my children have grown and become more wonderful and inspiring with every day and I have been sick again, had surgery again and have been doing my best impersonation of a Phoenix, again. Though much of my recent journey was very difficult and I was often frightened, in pain and frustrated, I was emotionally well-sustained by the lessons I’d learnt from the creation of My Bountiful Life.

I began this blog years ago when I was so sick that I confided to my doctor that I was afraid I was dying and she told me that she couldn’t tell me that I wasn’t. My health was not improving, but something had to change. I began first by working to increase my own awareness of all the Good Things in my life – the big and the small. I looked for, and found, joy in the most mundane things. And then I began to record them here. This time, I knew that I was not dying, but the months of misery took their toll. I remembered though, that I had already discovered that it is the smallest things that hold the greatest joy, and the practice I’d already had of seeing and grabbing onto that has carried me through.

I left the blog because it was a time of severely pared-down priorities, but I never intended to leave it forever. It gives me too much. A few months ago, I began the process of switching to a new (wind powered!) server, and finding someone to clean up the software issues, kill the spam and deal with the fact that my site had been hacked. So, while nothing has changed here in almost two years, everything has changed. It’s all shiny and new.

It is time. Time to shake off the ashes. Time to pick up the scattered pages and write the next chapter.

Today, we bought four one-way tickets to India.

A regular reader emailed me to ask me if I had taken down my last post (from yesterday – spice tins at the top). I hadn’t. I could see it in Firefox, but not in Internet Explorer or on a Mac. When I looked at the html for the post – it had been altered and was full of spam. Nice.

I’ve fixed the post and you can see it now, but still don’t know how it happened. :/ so uhh.. yeah. Changed my passwords and now I’m going to run some spyware trap stuff and hopefully it’ll be fixed.

I love the spammers. Seriously. Only, not really.

I have a recommendation for you – just in time for holiday shopping.

See that? That is where you get amazing jewelry. I’ve known Kristy for umm… six years or so and I got my first pieces from her in 2001. I’ve picked up more since then. And I’ll tell you, I *never* wear her jewelry without being complimented on it. Strangers stop me to ask about it. No joke. One of the bracelets, well, to be frank, I abuse it. I put it on a few years ago, and rarely take it off. I shower with it on, sleep with it in, swim with it on… you get the picture. So now, picture my face when, about six months ago, it, after years of abuse, finally BROKE and all the beautiful stones were tumbling around. uh-huh. I carefully collected them up and when I was in California last May, Kristy graciously restrung them for me. I put the bracelet back on immediately and it hasn’t come off since. Maybe I like it, ya think?! *grin* Her stuff is just beautiful and so unique. I went to a show in LA and tried to get photos of her table, but it was swamped! All my photos are of the back of a crowd of women. I just couldn’t get in. And since I like LOVE my My Little Pretty stuff so much, and the stuff I’ve given as gifts has always been VERY well received, I thought I’d share the link with y’all.

Here is her most recent press release:

My Little Pretty Debuts Meaningful Circle of Eternity Necklace & Earring Set

KristyNovember 8, 2006 (Los Angeles, CA)—Inspired by the recent loss of her beloved grandmother, My Little Pretty designer Kristy Nuttall created the Circle of Eternity necklace and earring set. The night before her grandmother’s funeral, Kristy created a special necklace for herself and her Aunt Sherry, her grandmother’s daughter.

“I designed the Circle of Eternity necklace and earrings in my grandma’s honor for us to wear that day because our circle of love will never end … even when our loved ones pass on,” said Kristy. “We’ve both been wearing them all over the place and I’ve been stopped over and over again by people asking about it.”

At her latest show this past weekend, Kristy began making them and they’d sell out each time she and Sherry shared the touching story behind the set. There are two versions of the set, priced at $44 for the larger circle necklace and $40 for the matching earrings, and $40 for the smaller circle necklace and $37 for the earrings, and they’re available at www.mylittlepretty.com.

Eternity from MLP

So go have a look. I bet you can find something for all those hard-to-buy-for people on your list. And even something for yourself ;)

And now, I must do my knit blogger duty and do this:
Scott Eric Kaufmann is a graduate student presenting a paper on blog memes. So I’m doing my bit and linking to him. And I’m going to ping technorati and ask you to participate too :)