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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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Evil Ways…baby!

07 Evil Ways (enjoy the tune by Santana) I think they’re gone…for the most part! Since mid January, cold turkey, we changed our evil addiction to carbs! Yep, gone from our lives…well, mostly! Once you adapt to this eating lifestyle, the cravings for sweet, and even salty foods start subsiding.

The most difficult part of the diet is the additional time for grocery shopping, and the extra time in the kitchen. Also, I must say it is much more costly to shop for fresh, and organic foods rather than processed foods. I don’t think I’ve ever seen coupons for fresh beets, or baby carrots, or even brussel sprouts! I mean seriously, how cheap is it to whip up a delicious pasta meal with fresh warm bread! That is something I haven’t allowed myself to enjoy since January! That is the hard part, because I love fettuccine, ciabatta, biscotti, all those things, but I’ve changed!

my tea party breakfast

my tea party breakfast

The nice part, is the big guy too has adopted this new lifestyle change. And although he doesn’t share in the task of cooking, he is 100% enjoying the new food line up too! It’s great to have someone diet and eat healthy along with you! So, Saturdays we stop at Fresh Market for organic eggs, hormone  & antibiotic free chickens, beets, fresh pinneapple…etc.! (Of course the big guy is lined up with the kids for a free cookie, the only time the guy will get a treat because they are off the grocery list! Mike is not quite set free from goodies 01 You Keep Me Hangin’ On Enjoy the Tune by Vanilla Fudge!) These fresh chickens are now cooked in the crock pot for Mikes lunch, no more lunchmeat or processed foods!

Mike's lunch

Mike’s lunch

And every dinner includes a huge salad, fruit and veggies. Sometimes salad is the dinner, other times perhaps, I also serve salmon, or crab cakes or chicken or some other lean protein! But always a salad and at least two vegetables are served with dinner!

a yummy salad for dinner

a yummy salad for dinner

Mike does have Special K in the morning, and a 100 Calorie bagel with his chicken at lunch, but I do not indulge in those simple pleasures! And no more granola bars, and pretzels, and animal crackers and cheez-its!  Also gone are  breads, crackers, processed foods and frozen lunch meals. I have allowed myself a few Way Better Snack chips from Fresh Market a couple of times on the weekend.  These chips are  blue corn chips made with flax, chia seed, quinoa, radish seed and other good stuff. But besides that, no special treats!

a good chip if you are having a few chips and salsa

a good chip if you are having a few chips and salsa

Saturdays are my baking day for the week!  No more grocery store muffins! So baking now includes Almond flour. I’ve given up the processed white flour! I have found that Honeyville flour online is the tastiest and also priced the best. Still expensive, but bakes delicious dense muffins!

some of my ingredients for baking

some of my ingredients for baking

So, before I close, I will include another Paleo recipe that I modified to my liking. It is so yummy! You will find that baking with almond flour yields a very filling dense muffin! These are very satisfying! So, give almond flour a try! I think you will love these!

Pumpkin Raisin Muffins (18 muffins)

  • 2 cups almond flour
  • 1 small can pumpkin
  • 4 eggs
  • 1/2 cup almond butter (this is not butter, it’s like peanut butter only almond butter)
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 2 tsp baking power
  • 2 rounded tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp pumpkin pie spice
  • 1/4 tsp ginger
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 3/4 – 1 cup raisins
  • Walnut Halves

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 F. Combine all the ingredients and mix well. Use muffin liners and line the muffin tin. Fill the liners a bit more than 3/4, almost filled, these type of muffins don’t rise as high as regular flour muffins. Add a walnuts half on the top. Bake 35 minutes or till toothpick comes out clean.

Hope you love them!

So, this week, I’ve got quite a few new things going on. I just bought a new Nikon D7000 to replace my old Nikon D70. (I can’t wait to blog about this!) I’m anxious to get out there and take pictures…the spring flowers can’t pop up fast enough! AND, it should take some awesome photos of my new jewelry ( LindaGeez jewelry) with my new macro lens! And, I have some new jewelry I’m finishing up, and new recipes to try and the list goes on!

But, the exciting news for you, my customers, is I have my customer appreciation sale going on! Check your email for your coupon codes for discounts! If you didn’t receive an email, or your address has changed,  you can email me for the coupon codes, or comment with an email address and I will email you the discount!

So, have a wonderful holiday weekend! Enjoy eating and shopping and being with your family! And when you have some quiet time, please take a peek at my shop! I’m sure you will enjoy some of my new jewelry!

And, please in support of the Human Rights Campaign listen to Cyndi Laupers song…still beautiful! Enjoy the tune! 12 True Colors

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Daydreamer

03 Daydream Believer

The Monkees

What kind of girl would I be if I didn’t honor Davy Jones! A little bit of my yesteryears creeps in my memory. Of course Suze and me loved The Monkees! We sang their songs and decorated our room with their pictures. AND, as any little sister would do (sorry Suze, I always mention that she is older than me), I would love what Suze loved! So, when she said  “Let’s tape Micky Dolenz pic up on our bedroom door”…who was little me to disagree!  Hahaha! Actually, I don’t remember who I thought was “cuter” him or Davy, I just knew I loved all of them too! So, I thought I would share a favorite song of ours that we enjoyed!  And a daydreamer I guess I will always be. Whether it was yesterday, or even today, I still admit, I am a daydreamer!

So, speaking of daydreaming, this blog will be all about things I dream about! I think dreams are healthy. Dreams help us escape from the day to day dreariness that we all must endure! And, although I don’t have enough pages for all the dreams that I have, I will write about one dream that none of us can change in any way!  I dream about TIME! Yes TIME! There is nothing we could do about the time we have….we can’t add more time to our day, add more time to our lives, take any bad times away, or even change the times we have made a mistake or two! No time tunnel here, although that would sure be fun! Enjoy this oldie 2-12 The Time Has Come Today Am I aging myself? Well, it wouldn’t be the first time today I heard that! Does this sound familiar all the “M’s” in the office!

 

Yellowstone

14 Born To Be Wild And, another thing spring weather tends to do to me, is make me dream of a road trip! The destination is not as important and the ride, the adventure, the escape from reality! It’s hard to pick a favorite vacation, we have had so many lovely ones….but I do have a couple of favorites! I LOVED traveling to Yellowstone National Park! AND, I also loved our first real motorcycle adventure…traveling on Blue Ridge Parkway, through the Great Smoky Mountains. Nothing ever compared to the freedom I felt on that vacation! Sony Discman in pocket (pre iPod days), trailer in the back, holding on to the big guy without a care in the world! Besides the sites and the carefree days we had, it was great because I didn’t have to even look at the map for him….I’m not a map person, in fact I think I hate it! Total freedom! Oh, forgive me, I was just daydreaming for a moment there!

Mike - Smoky Mountains March 12, 1996

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