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Oh My God, he’s dead!

I’ve been in the printing business a good part of my life. In my recent years, more art related. Call me crazy, maybe it’s the artist in me, but most artists are emotional! Yeah, I DO think so, I’m around all of them everyday, and we all are emotional! (Well, maybe some our cool and calm, but for the most part we are emotional creatures! Let’s see if I get any comments on this one!) We pour our love into our creations and artwork, we get excited about stickers, we LOVE ETSY, we LOVE LindaGeez, we love West Elm, we LOVE letterpress letters (ok, I love letterpress letters), we love Target, we get excited about paper and envelopes and crystals and yes, we even love colored Sharpies! Yes, I’ve been known to say, I can’t WAIT to go shopping for all the little things that I don’t need! That is the funnest stuff to shop for! So anyway, you get the idea! There are great days, and not so great days, but all and all, we stay CALM AND CARRY ON!

Me and Mike, Anniversary 2013

Me and Mike, Anniversary 2013

But this day, happened to be a really good day! My LindaGeez shop was doing exceptionally well, I received some really nice feedback and I was feeling good!  You’ll feel good too!

So I got home in about the same amount of time as usual.  Mike and I got home just about the same time this day. So, it was going to take me a bit to make dinner, sooo, the big guy thought he’d do his exercise early that night! I had a bunch of cooking to do, so he had plenty of time!

So, I thought, let me pack up my LindaGeez jewelry orders, and my LindaGeezFlowerPower Letterpress letters to ship out! I’ll get that done real quick and be right back up to finish dinner! So, I ran down into my workshop in the basement and went to my shipping table. Normally, it’s so quiet when I’m in my jewelry room! When I’m designing, I usually have my iPod on, but, I was enjoying the quiet and I thought, well, I just have a few things to pack, so I didn’t have any music on. Well to my surprise I heard a lot going on upstairs! The exercise room was right above me. I heard this noise and then this loud moan and thump! I quickly turned around! I tried to fly upstairs with my warm furry croc shoes that I wear in the basement, grabbing onto the stair rail! I flew into the room praying not knowing what to expect…………….

 So, let me set the stage, here’s what I walked into…. Here’s Mike, white socks, burgundy and ivory jammy shorts (very old, a bit too short, a bit too tight, crooked), shirtless, Big leather Bose headphones, moaning (singing) to Led Zeppelin….happy as a lark! Naturally he doesn’t hear me flying into the room, his music was loud enough to pierce his eardrums wearing his soundproof headphones and his back was facing me! So, I totally startled him! My heart was beating like crazy and filled with relief, I just about died laughing! He was into his routine and didn’t stop and I left the room, closed the door, stayed calm and carried on!

So, I guess that’s the lesson learned! Stay calm and carry on!

Life is busy! I have lots of things to take care of, lots of things to do, usually not a bit of extra time! But, I must say, my hobbies keep me balanced, give me a bit of carefree time and I enjoy how much my customers love my creations! It gives me great satisfaction to read the feedback my customers give me! In fact, I appreciate my customers  loyalty so much, I often like to take the opportunity to thank them! It’s because of them, that my little LindaGeez shop is growing so much! So several times a year, I email my customers secret coupons codes to use in my shop for any of their purchases! It’s my way of saying thank you back to them for coming back time and time again! You too, can get these secret sales emailed to you once you purchase from my LindaGeez shop! So,  take a moment to browse through my shop and see what makes everyone keep coming back for more of my jewelry! I love shopping for the nicest stones and gemstones, handmaking PMC fine silver pieces, hand forging metal pieces, and designing great pieces of jewelry you will treasure forever! So, when you have time, take a peek at my wee little shop! LindaGeez! Thanks for all your support, I love you!

Hammer Copper and Turquoise Cuff Bracelet

Hammer Copper and Turquoise Cuff Bracelet

I also collect letterpress letters! Wooden letters are my favorite to collect! And it also seems to be a favorite of a lot of people! I also sell these letters too! So, if you are interested take a peek at my LindaGeezFlowerPower Shop!

part of my letterpress collection

part of my letterpress collection

So, until next time….keep calm and carry on!

Love and Peace…Linda

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Fifty Ways

question05 50 Ways to Say Goodbye (listen to the tune) Where have I been? Well, I have too many hobbies and work too many hours….don’t we all! Time has escaped me and I have not hardly written at all! So, what has driven me to the keyboard? Well, there are more than 50 reasons I am saying goodbye to processed foods and reducing carbs.

Fast forward, It’s been one month! I have had no pasta, no rice, no crackers, and the only flour I’ve had has been in the pumpkin muffins that I bake on Saturdays! This is a pretty big deal, not because I don’t like to eat healthy, more because the amount of time I am spending shopping for fresh vegetables, fruits and cooking! The hours in the kitchen have been increased! It’s hard to fit everything in on a daily basis. It seems dinner is a little later now, there are more trips to the grocery store, and no easy does it I think I will stop at Panda Express on the way home with dinner! But, I am dedicated to this new lifestyle change for health reasons and to help me lose weight. So goodbye to Panera Bread, Starbucks, Panda Express, Olive Garden, and more….haven’t been there in a month!

The great part is Mike is doing this with me! That makes it so much nicer! Although he isn’t a cook, he is 100% in agreement to try to eat healthier, and will eat anything I prepare! This is quite a feat for the big cookie monster that he is! He does have a sweet tooth, that is for sure! And along with a better eating lifestyle, we are BOTH hitting the exercise room….elliptical and exercise bike, here I come. Weights are being added again next week!

So, I thought along with writing about my hobbies, my letterpress letter collection, my wee jewelry making business, and my family, I thought I’d add a bit of our new healthy exercise and dieting lifestyle change. I must admit, I’m never really hungry, but sometimes I do miss pasta and warm crispy bread and butter! (I do still count calories too, I have an App for my phone so I’m always aware) And, I feel like I can’t fit another minute into my day! Sometimes it’s after 9:00 pm before I get into my exercise room. But, today is Saturday, and both Mike and I both have our exercising done already today!

So, I’d like to share one of my new recipes that I made today, then I’m off to the kitchen to prepare our dinner!

I used Bob’s Red Mill Flour Meal, however, it is quite costly, it was just about $12.00 for less than 1 pound at the store. So, now that I have tried almond flour and I like the results and taste, I am going to use Honeyville Almond Flour, it’s supposed to be even more tasty! It’s $31.99 for 5 pounds….still expensive, but how about that Starbucks….it’s all the way you look at things! http://store.honeyvillegrain.com Also, I just put walnuts on the top only to reduce the calorie content of the muffin. And, a little less honey too.

So, here’s the Recipe

muffinsAlmond Meal Banana Nut Muffins

  • 3 cups blanched almond flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 3 eggs
  • 2-3 (I used 3) bananas mashed
  • 1/2 c honey
  • 1/4 melted coconut oil or butter (I used butter, next time I’m trying olive oil)
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract (darn, I forgot that)
  • 1/4 chopped nuts (I just put a whole one or pieces on the top

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Balance – Peace and Harmony!

My exercise room

My Exercise Room

Click to download and enjoy this dreamy song! I just love it.

So we fell asleep under a blanket of green and blue glowing constellation stars. A cute little turtle that shines stars on the ceiling, Jaden cuddles in between us…both boys were snoring away. So, one would think I had a perfect night sleep. Not Really! Hmmmm, I think I know the reason.

This has been something brewing, something I have been thinking about for awhile, how important balance is in our lives. Oh, I know you hear everyone boasting “I’m a perfectionist”, and most people strive for perfection. Perhaps if we strived more for balance and harmony in our lives, things would be just a little, no a lot nicer! When you are balanced, life is a way more peaceful and harmonic! But sometimes, it just doesn’t all come so naturally and we need to do simple things to support that lifestyle!

It started in November, a big shift in my nightly schedule. So, this really has nothing to do with anyone but me! So, I’m cooking more, and again, all self inflicted, trying to make the night just perfect having Mike home again in the evenings. Nice dinners, extra visiting time, and oh, how Mike loves his chocolate! (Hmmm, see it’s not only women who love their chocolate) And, OMG TV! Sorry, such a waste of time, but I’m now sitting, after a big dinner, feet up, watching TV (and war shows too!) Yes, you can laugh here, war shows seriously, yes I know it’s an important part in our history, something we should learn from, but it is SO NOT me, isn’t there a better way? So, after two solid years of good discipline, a light dinner filled with low calorie vegetables, a few games of Wurdle while digesting (my iPhone game), nightly exercise, bike riding, weights and yoga, and a nice bath with Himalayan salts to relax and unwind, and then sleeeepppp! And now, it’s just not happening!

So let’s fast forward to today! I’ve been slacking about counting my daily calories…first major mistake! (It’s like trying to keep a running total of your checkbook, grocery list and life’s schedule in your head without a little help from your iPhone! Not Good, really not good! (I have this nice little App called Nutrition. You type in everything you eat, it then add the calories etc for you!  It’s perfect, yes you can have perfect Apps!) So, my Nutrition App tallies all the calories, displays in RED on the App icon, so you always are aware of your caloric intake! Second mistake, I started slipping on exercise! First it was a day, maybe two, then it was sporadic, now there seeems to be GAPS! Not Good! Then perhaps that piece of warm crunchy Italian bread with butter will be perfect with our pasta! CARB OVERLOAD! Not Good! And Jaden’s coming tonight so those bakery butter cookies with those cute little spastel sprinkles and some turtle cookies for Mike will be a nice addition. Not Good! Ok, so you’re getting the picture! The balance, it’s not…it’s topsy-turvy (definition: upside down, a state of confusion!) NOT GOOD!

Fast forward again! I love Music! What easier way to make exercise fun but to play music, MY MUSIC, fun and LOUD! So, now for the first time ever, I have an exercise room! It’s filled with music, inspirational fun and happy things! I have flower photographs, lava lamp, my iPod, my father’s oil paintings, meditation and yoga things, lots of peace things, essential oils, candles, yoga books, plants, Jaden’s pictures, just to name a few things! All Linda stuff! So, really, once I get myself in there, it is the best, the greatest 1 1/2 hours of self discipline practice for myself! I warm up, exercise, do light yoga asanas (postures) all in somewhat of an inspirational absorbed state of harmony, yes harmony! I am doing this for me! A pleasing and satisfying discipline that I am doing totally for myself! Yes, perhaps age has taught me that Peace….it all starts from within!

So, learning a little about me, you can see how my little Etsy shop is SO ME! I like to bring to you natural gifts that can make you feel happy! I have pretty flower photographs and notecards, pretty natural gemstone jewelry, wonderful yoga inspirational gifts, and Himalayan Salts and other things that are oh so healing. So, when you have some time to sit back and enjoy browsing, take a look at my little shop and you will see how I just love to bring all of these wonderful things to you!

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So, until next time!

Love and Peace,

Linda


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