Saturday, January 1, 2011

Ringing in 2011

Today was a good day. I went to my friend's house for brunch, played Apples to Apples, ate french toast (on Texas toast bread) with bacon and a wonderful fruit salad. I had a mimosa and we laughed and laughed. It was good medicine.

My back and neck are still stiff and sore from my "Hair" incident on Thursday - I liken it to being in a car accident. How long does whiplash last, anyway?

One funny thing that happened was that my friend, B., had made some hand-bound books and left them in storage at her mother's house. Her mother wrapped them up this year and gave them to B.'s partner. They didn't really have anything to use them for, so they gifted them to me, along with a beautiful red, yellow and pink scarf (photos of the scarf later - it is beautiful).

I knew immediately that I would use the new journal for a starting place this year. I have been looking for a way into art journaling again. I have struggled so hard to get back to it - wanting to, feeling the weight of perfection and expectation from myself. I decided to join the Art Journal Every Day Challenge/Project and this is perfect for a start.

I can't sit and look down too long, so I only worked for about 35 minutes tonight, but here is the cover of my first 2011 journal (I will have several, I'm sure.

My first 2011 Journal cover. Made by BJB.
While I was working on the journal, I put in "Yentl" and listened to the brilliance of Barbra Streisand's amazing movie and music. I love this movie. I can't believe it has been so many years. I think it has been 26 or 27 years since the movie was out.

Happy New Year, everyone!  I'm looking forward to 2011! Many good things are headed our way. I can't wait!


  1. What a wonderful gift. I love what you did with it. Your pain is something I know well. I found if you take uncooked long grain rice and pour it into a long tube sock fill it about half way full. Tie our sew the end. place in microwave 2 min to heat. 1 min to re heat if it get cool. Place this on you neck or back and it takes the pain away or makes it easier to deal with. The moist heat works wonders. I still use mine for even a head ache.

  2. Dear friend,

    I spent some time thumbing through your blog pages today on a break at work, just to reconnect with you in my mind and heart.

    Just want you to know that you are on my mind and I hope you are well.

    Much love.



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