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Competition – How to know

Posted by thecanvasgrey on June 9, 2012

Competition is competing against oneself whether the ego will let self see it or not…therefore, bad sportsmanship exemplifies the ego against itself and all its faults…good sportsmanship accepts that for today the best was the best….center reflects enjoyment/thankfulness of the competition for all that it is.

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Bah Hum Bird!

Posted by thecanvasgrey on November 24, 2009

So let me get this straight…I have to get up at 1am Thursday morning to start the big bird, go back to bed at 2am and then wake up on the hour to baste until 5am and then start preparing 20 side dishes, 2 pies, 2 cakes…all between one oven and a small microwave, set the table to look like something from Martha Stewart’s Living, look like I stepped out of Vogue as I serve it…then do two loads in the dishwasher whilst washing all the big stuff which puts me at about 1am Friday morning and then I’m supposed to get up at 4am and stand in line to shop in over crowded stores for bargains whilst everyone else watches football games and marathon TVLand episodes????

BAH HUM BIRD!!!!!!!!!!!

What I REALLY want is my own reality show just to get this documented!

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The Huge Heart Award

Posted by thecanvasgrey on April 1, 2008

This award when given to someone from me will come with no strings attached to do anything but know that I appreciate them, I’m thankful for them, and I think they are pretty darn special.  Once given it can be shared or held close, posted or not because it is simply my way of saying thank you for being who you are and doing what you do.

  

Mere, this award has in part been inspired by you so you will be the first to receive it!  You touch my heart with your love of family, commitment, boundless energy, compassion and openness.

To Ms. Mercedes the HUGE HEART AWARD! 

 

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The Art of ABILITIES

Posted by thecanvasgrey on March 18, 2008

I believe that life should be about what we CAN do.  After all not everyone can run a race much less win it.  Not everyone can focus for long periods of time to solve/work on the theories of time and space and how we can invent a worm hole.  Nor are most of us able (in my case willing) to strut themselves among the red carpet/reality crowd (ick). 

So in my corner of the world I am about what we are ABLE to do.  Figuring out the big picture for our lives, sifting in desires, gifts, love, passion, responsibility, compassion, abilities, education, understanding, desired outcome and more.  Then placing the pieces in order, minute by minute, day by day, week by week, year by year so that at some point we can see a masterpiece taking shape before us.  Our lives…what we are capable of doing throughout the course of a lifetime. 

I’m proud of both my kids.  I think they are worth every minute of thought, work, effort, joy, heartache, sweat, tears, planning, change of plans, money, time, all of it…they are worth it all.

Sometimes there are moments of unexplained, unexpected, unknown gifts displayed before me and I am in awe. This is an example of that wonder and surprise from Big Boy last year at the age of eight. 

He titled it “DRAGON”

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Excuse me while I…

Posted by thecanvasgrey on March 4, 2008

well, pat myself on the back…well, let someone else pat me on the back and then pass it on cause if feels so darn good that everyone should do it. 

But first a pause for the cause….this important break for the brainiac in me… some appreciation and thought.

There are so many bloggers that make me think,

                                                              make me stretch,       

make me realize that we all have similar thoughts,  

                                                                    difficulties, 

                                                                            fears,      

                                                                                worries, 

                                                                                           triumphs…

that we are all human. 

That maybe the most wonderful part of humanity is reaching out to each other.  That on a broader scale we are more alike than different.  We are diverse but the same. 

We are born, we live and we die. 

A complete circle. 

Circles seem to be significant.  God scattered lots of circles around. 

What significance must circles be?  

Okay, too deep for today….so on with the award!   

I was bestowed by Maddy, whom I hold in high regard for more than a couple of reasons (she’s my Wonder Woman link), the ROYAL BANANA award, I slip you not!!!!

banana.gif     She thinks my blog is yummy!!!!  The feeling is mutual!

I’m going to pass this on to my entire blog roll (see right column under Brain Waves) of blogging buddies that have yummy blogs to me.  Please add these as you can if you want to your blogs!

Have a wonderful day (24 hour cycle, you know that circle thing).  Ta Ta!

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Plowing AROUND the Stump

Posted by thecanvasgrey on February 18, 2008

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In 2006 we’d removed a VERY old tree in the back yard.  We wondered and wondered how we would remove the stump.  We just left it there eventually putting some potted plants on it.  Within a year it started to decay and last Fall my husband removed it completely with VERY little effort.

So when an email came to me recently (thanks Shawna) it had something about “plowing around the stump” and it really settled in with me.  I’ve always been the jump in and get it done now person.  Work before play, work hard then play hard kinda person.  Ya know the person that can’t rest until the stump is out, roots and all.

So I’m trying to adapt  this “plow around the stump” into my life a bit more.

For example, I’m getting tired of going to the Y constantly to just maintain (losing is a lost cause…for now) my weight.  Especially through the cold and muck of winter (not to mention the flu going around).   So as I’m learning to “plow around the stump” I abandoned our 1980 circa Super Nintendo, pushed my cheap, frugal self to the side and got a Wii to get us off our duffs while enjoying ourselves as a family.  I also got the exercise trampoline…FUN!

My kids are finicky eaters so I’m constantly trying to find ways to get them to eat more variety.  I’d be much happier if they would eat vegies raw or steamed but now that I’m to the point of disguising them by any means necessary.  It doesn’t always work but when it does I’m dancing on the clouds that I found another healthy dish they will eat.  Sometimes that means it comes from a frozen bag or from a can.  Cooking two times a day, seven days a week is a stump I’m more than glad to abandon and plow around!

Inside verse outside play is a stump that is difficult for me to leave alone.  Big Boy has so much anxiety about bugs that the only place he will play is open spaces with few flying insects.  Young Son is all about adventure and the outdoors.  This limits us to the yard since one is in and the other out unless I take them to the park (which I do).  I feel guilty about the days of my childhood when we roamed the wilds.  I’m sure that Mom got so many things done while we learned about freedom (to be more than a few feet from an adult), limitations (not to go too far away) and responsibility (come back at predetermined time, watch out for each other).  But in my world, this isn’t possible.  So I have to compromise, as tough as that is and think of other ways to do these things. 

Finally the stump that has been the most difficult for me.  Connecting with others.  I’m naturally a very outgoing, giving person.  I’ve connected with a few people since moving here eight plus years ago but to be honest, nothing lasting, nothing deep.  All my close friends are physically far away.  We only get to visit periodically.  I’ve been praying for a direction, to imagine how I can remove this stump.  This last weekend God revealed to me the reason why… WHY…which isn’t mine to know or question but He let me in on it all the same!  How blessed am I that I now understand why I’ve been in a type of solitary confinement (girlfriend wise).  I’ve been patient and He is showing me.  I’m so thankful.  So glad I’ve been patient (NOT EASY). 

So now I’m happily plowing around this stump knowing that it isn’t moving…but I AM!

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A Blogger Friend Award…it stole my heart!

Posted by thecanvasgrey on February 15, 2008

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 My blogger buddy FXSMom sent me an award on Valentine’s Day and it is so very cute!  Thanks so much!

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WoW Wii Mii Woves Mii Wii

Posted by thecanvasgrey on February 12, 2008

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We happened to be at Wally World last week in the electronics department when the first shipment of Wiis in three weeks came in (talk about LUCK) and got the last one, they were gone in less than an hour.  We got it for the rock bottom price of $249.99 (yes people are paying much more at eBay and Amazon.com).  Even my frugal, cheap fanny couldn’t pass that up.  We’ve been playing on my Super Nintendo from the 1980s.  YES, kids, that’s how cheap I am.  But I’m a Nintendo kid born and raised and Mario is my fav (okay I love Link too). 

Long story short, if you have young ones who love gaming like we do, don’t hesitate and get one.  I don’t know all the particulars but it hooks to your computer and you can download the old stuff.  Plus you can play other people via the net.  This is something I’ll have to figure out after I’m a pro or ace on everything.  ;-0  The most important thing it does is get you off your bottom and into the game. 

Wii comes with Sports which is fun!  Of course I had to get Super Mario Galaxy as well.  After huffing and puffing around on the Sports we sit and play Mario then back to huffing and puffing.  The thing I love about Sports is you can play as actively or as passively as you would like (or can).  So perfect for people who have young kids but aren’t so young anymore!  AND I’ve discovered an old love again TENNIS!!!!  I could play it all day long tho I don’t because of my kids, “MOM, I thought we were supposed to SHARE!”

Check out Hawty McBloggy, my Game Girl Rocks.  Her blog has got tons of stuff about all types of gaming and also about Wii.  Plus you can check out her contests too.  She had a caption contest recently that made me bust a gut.  Yes, I participated and got mentioned too…which is really cool!  She has some very, very, very funny stuff on there so check it out when you think you’d like to move up or over to something different in your gaming sphere. 

At any rate, this is part of my “plow around the stump” thinking for the new year.  I’m not joining them because I can’t beat ’em.  I’m moving around them to something that everyone can live with.  So our love of computers and gaming transfers well to the Wii Sports.  Now I feel like they are getting some activity during the winter months.  

I play it HARD and just can’t beat Hungry Hubby who just bats at it hard and wins.  I’m all over the floor but I win the exercise/hard working award!  I’ve noticed we’ve had more energy this week.  Our steps are lighter and our wind is longer…just image the tip top athletic condition we will all be in by Spring!   ***wink, wink, nudge, nudge***

I’m not done with this ANY time soon!  😉

Posted in Appreciation, Awards, Awareness, Children, Family, Fun, Games, Health, Humor, Kids, Life, Links, thankfulness, toys, Trends | 8 Comments »

Do you wanta get funky with me or go to Funkytown?

Posted by thecanvasgrey on February 12, 2008

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Mercedes gave me another blog award for being funky….and I love it! 

In celebration I’d like to give everyone a treat with this rendition of Funkytown which I’m pretty sure you’ve NOT heard before! 

If you would like to be awarded this award for your funky blog, please drop me a line or comment and I’ll pass it right along to you and link you back!

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An award…who ME???

Posted by thecanvasgrey on January 29, 2008

Well I can hardly pass up an award from a friend of mine now can I???

My friend and blogging buddy Mercedes at Mercedes World has bestowed upon me the following award:

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As part of this award, I gather, I must bestow it upon others and so I’d like to award a few of my favorite blogs:

Fighting Windmills for her commitment, thought and kindness to others!

Whitterer on Autism for her wit, wisdom and kind, kind heart!

Hawty McBloggy for her energy, fun and dedication to girls in gaming!

Mother of Shrek for teaching others to view things differently!

Teaching Tommy for sharing your adventure with Tommy!

Each of these women have shared something that has touched my brain, heart, spirit more than a time or two and I thank you ladies from the bottom of my heart! 

That goes for you too Mercedes!!!!

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