A funny thing happened last August…

This August 2016 will mark one year of my first foray into making jewelry. I stumbled onto this craft by buying a Dremel at Lowe’s in my hometown with the hope that I could learn to drill sea glass and make a simple necklace.

Well, long story short, I haven’t mastered the Dremel yet but In the meantime I have learned how to design and construct some very nice pieces without the use of this handy little crafter’s drill.

In the coming weeks I hope to redesign this blog and start to showcase some of my past work and show current pieces I am working on also. I would like to try my hand at selling eventually but I still have much to learn.

It’s all good though as I have my regular job and this is something I might consider as a side business. We shall see where the Lord leads me in this endeavor. Either way I am having a lot of fun in the process.

So long for now….

A New Year and a New beginning

As much as I love Christmas and everything it brings with it, I also am somewhat relieved and glad when it is over with. I always go overboard with my decorating, shopping, eating, etc., etc. So, by the time I get to New Years Eve I am over it and ready to move on to a wonderful and exciting year ahead.

Normally, New Years Eve for me is very uneventful and I like it that way as an adult. I usually spend these last days of vacation time taking down the tree and putting away everything back into its place. I know that most people would find this extremely boring and not much fun. However, for some reason at this time of the year I always seem to get energized to want to clean out and get rid of old items that I no longer need nor want.

Yes, I am strange. Usually people associate what I do with Spring cleaning but not in my case. If I waited until Spring that would be sort of procrastinating on my part. Now, mind you, I do also commit to a certain amount of cleaning around that time too but I usually reserve the major stuff for right at the beginning of the New Year. I guess for me it’s all about getting a fresh start and a new perspective, which I hope will take hold in many aspects of my life this year.

I am sorry to say that I have been lax in doing exactly what I am doing right now. Yes, writing and uploading items to this blog. I am woefully aware that I haven’t posted anything in about a year. I can use a multitude of excuses but I won’t. I will only say that I’ve been busy, like everybody else, and sometimes coming in to make myself write is the last thing I want to do. I know, shame on me but it’s true.

Anyway, I have started some new projects in the past year and I’m hoping by the grace of God that he will let me know if I’m meant to do more with these projects than just revel in them as a hobby. In my current position I only have approximately 5-7 more years to work and then I can retire in my early 50’s.

Therefore, I am already looking at ways in which I might start a second career. I guess I’ll see what this New Year holds and just take it one day at a time. You never know what’s right around the corner….

Happy New Year to everyone on WordPress and to my friends and family near and far!

Hope, glory and pride

Today is just another Monday in the minds of most of us that have to get up and punch a time clock every day. I know by myself that Monday’s are interesting because it’s the one day of the week that I don’t have to get up early. I can sleep in just a little bit and still have time to do what needs to be done before I have to be at work at 12 noon. I will admit that it’s nice on the one hand but when you know your work day won’t end until 9 p.m. then it’s a little less thrilling. I have no right to complain really as I know there are plenty of other people out there that have much more intense shifts to work. I applaud those around me that put in the longer, harder hours of work than I do.

There are so many difficult positions out in the world that require a stamina that I just don’t possess. The policemen, firemen, doctors, lawyers, construction workers, missionaries to foreign lands, soldiers, and many, many others have my utmost respect for what they encounter every single day.

I know particularly that the soldiers from our great country put in many long, arduous hours to train and become equipped to do battle all around the world. They leave their jobs, families, and their country behind to go into countries where Americans are not necessarily always welcome. They put on heavy armored vests, weaponry, and other tactical gear that they must haul wherever they are called to go. I have always admired and appreciated the sacrifices of those that go into the military. However, I don’t think I have comprehended it quite as much in the past as I have now.

Somehow with age and maturity I am beginning to see more vividly the ramifications for those that go off to war and then what happens when they come back home. I will admit to being a real news junkie and I have seen countless reports on 60 Minutes and other news broadcasts where our soldiers leave home with high hopes of what they can achieve and accomplish in a faraway land. The only problem with this is when they return home. In many cases, they return a mere shell of the person that they were when they left.

Why did this happen? It’s called the horrors of war. Yes, we have continuous news coverage it seems of what goes on in other countries all the time but we still can’t truly know what these men and women have experienced unless we’ve been in their shoes. I know that I can’t imagine what it’s like to have your best buddy lying next to you dead after you’ve been hit by a roadside bomb. I don’t know what it’s like to lose a limb, or feel the pain of shrapnel tearing into your body. I don’t know what it’s like to come home and constantly relive the same horrific experiences over and over and over each and every day. I will admit that I can’t comprehend any of it.

What I do know is this. As an American, I do know that I can proudly honor and salute those that have served in the military over the years. The Greatest Generation just recently had the 70th anniversary of D-Day and I watched intently the NBC special with Brian Williams of the soldiers and what they endured. I shed quite a few tears that evening and it struck me like never before just what sort of impact their sacrifices have had on my life and so many others. Obviously, there are many other wars and conflicts that this great nation has been through in the last hundred or more years that should be honored as well.

So, with hope, glory and pride, I salute all the armed forces in this great land of ours for everything they have done for us. This 4th of July I would ask everyone to please remember what true independence and freedom means.

Stay safe and have a very Happy 4th!!

 

 

Confrontation: my least favorite word

I’ve been trying to enjoy a much-needed day off today from my work and yet I find that I keep coming back to one thought in my mind. The subject that I keep thinking about and that seems to just keep gnawing at me is the idea of “confrontation.” Confrontation is not a word that I’m particularly fond of, especially since I’ll get to do some of it next week when I perform yearly evaluations. It’s one of those ugly words that I wish that I never had to face, whether at work, home, church, etc.

I typically like to think of myself as someone that gets along with everyone. However, as long as I’ve been a librarian, I know that this is not always the case. I have spent 20 years now in this field and I can definitely tell you that the job gets harder to do every single day. The general public seems to get ruder, cruder, and less-prone to doling out respect to anyone else on a regular basis. I find that on some days nothing I say or do is ever good enough, quick enough, or done exactly to the public’s specifications. I certainly feel as though I try very hard to accommodate most people but there are rules to working in a library too that have to be followed just as there are in other places of business.

In any case, I have found myself over the years dealing more and more with confrontational situations at work and it’s very hard to deal with sometimes. I try to maintain a stiff upper lip and then sometimes collapse from exhaustion once I leave work and get home. I guess there is a certain sense of burn-out that goes along with serving the public for as long as I have too. I find myself wishing on more than one occasion that I could trade in what I do for a few weeks to give myself a break. I know that it’s not possible but if it were I would certainly be willing to give it a try.

Anyway, I suppose I will keep on doing the best that I can when dealing with the general public and with coworkers too. I can only hope that someday my fortunes will change and perhaps I will have the chance to be in a less-than-confrontational position. In the meantime, I am going to strive to stay as motivated as I can and pray for guidance from above. I certainly need all the help that I can get as this summer season approaches.

Until next time..

Let it go, let it go…

I am utterly transfixed by the latest Disney movie I just watched on Saturday evening with my husband, Graham. If you haven’t already guessed, it’s entitled, “Frozen” and has some of the best themes in a cartoon movie that I have heard in quite some time. I really wasn’t sure what to expect when I first started watching it but soon I realized that the movie was a bit darker, on the one hand, than I originally figured it would be. However, good always prevails in the end so I am happy to say that if you haven’t yet seen this movie, please go make a point to do so. I rented my copy from my library so I didn’t have to pay a thing. If you have a local library, I would suggest going there and seeing if you can check one out.

I think one of the biggest surprises in this movie is that in the end love does conquer all but it’s the way in which love does this conquering. Usually it’s the guy that wins out in the end with a magical kiss, but this time it’s completely different and I thought that was pretty cool. I’m not going to say how it ends because there  may be many out there that have yet to see it. All I can say is, Wow, the music was incredible and my new mantra is “let it go, let it go.”

I know for most of us it seems that our days get filled with having to be in many places at once. This movie proves that you need to take time out from our busy hectic days and to just let it go for a short time at least. Anyway, this was a very beautiful movie and I highly recommend it to anyone, young or old.

Anyway, I apologize for not having written for quite some time. I’m pretty busy with my job and sometimes this ends up taking a backseat. I will try to do much better in the future. Thank you to all those that happen to follow me. I wish each and every one of you all the best in your daily endeavors.

Blessings to you all,

Christy