Saturday, January 31, 2009

Over the last few days I have been taking care of my mom as she recovers from minor surgery. (it's always minor these days-stitch you up-shove you out the door!) This has actually been a great time for me. I actually get to spend some one on one time with my mom and some quality time with myself. Also I have access to her computer. It is fairly new. ( are you missing me T-Rexi?)This has given me a chance to read and get to know more about the women participating in 12 Secrets of Creative Women (for more info click on the button in my sidebar)
blogged about being nice and speaking the truth. Her post spoke to me in more ways than one. I commented on my original thoughts. Then I got to thinking and thinking.
Then my gremlins just would NOT shut up.
Am I just being nice? Here I am determined to meet and greet everyone in our group. I read what they have to say. I post. Hmmmmmmm. Then I thought some more and I realized something. Jamie has an encouragement-box and I have one as well. It is reading and being inspired by creative women and their art. So whenever possible I am going to visit them and tell them how they have inspired me. For I believe that Strong, Vibrant, Creative, Beautiful Women should Encourage and Support each other. I learned this from one of the greatest women I know, my MOM. It is so missing in society and it is a sad, sad thing. Of course that doesn't mean that I won't speak the truth. However I won't blow smoke up your arse either. I can't promise you that I will be perfect. In fact I got a little PO'D last night. I felt someone wasn't being very nice. So I got a little snarky on Twitter, in a Saturday Night Live way. So I hope you will give me a pass. Next time I will just speak the truth, wherever it takes me.

Friday, January 30, 2009

It's my 2nd week participating in Aloha Friday.

Thanks to all of you for making a 1rst timer feel so welcome

Here is how you play & I am taking this directly from An Island Life:
Welcome to this week’s edition of
Aloha Friday

In Hawaii, Aloha Friday is the day that we take it easy and look forward to the weekend. So I thought that on Fridays I would take it easy on posting, too. Therefore, I’ll ask a simple question for you to answer. Nothing that requires a lengthy response.
If you’d like to participate, just post your own question on your blog and leave your link below. Don’t forget to visit the other participants! It’s a great way to make new bloggy friends!!
My Story & Question
This morning I was 2/3rds down in my morning cup of java when I realized that something "fishy" was going on. I had just swallowed something that wasn't hazelnut creamer. It was mushy & gross. It was cat food. Evidently, in my rush to get out of the house, I grabbed the wrong spoon to stir my cup. A new blend of Lissa-la-latte has been made. This hasn't been the 1rst time I have done something like this, nor shall it be the last. So tell me what have you done in your rush to get ready that makes you go: Huh,Eww,Duh?
And did it ever involve "Tuna Feast?"

"Scars are souveniers you never lose, the past is never far..."

Name-by Goo Goo Dolls
This song speaks to me.

As does this weeks lesson in:

# 4 Surrendering to Creative Cycles

For I have been navigating through the darkness for some time now. There have been days that I don't know who I am, where I am or where I am going. There is a big, black pit in my house. I've been plunged into a void of grief. No one seems to understand or care. Where is the girl who likes to have fun all the time? Where is the girl who solves all of our problems? They have lost their patience with me. Many have given up and walked away. (*Note* Nothing like being abandoned, when you feel abandoned! )Then again I have lost patience with myself. I have felt guilty and ashamed. Shouldn't I be over it by now? Shouldn't I be doing more of what I used to do? Not to say about the weird experiences, dreams and signs I've been getting. Shouldn't I really just keep my mouth shut and be the girl everyone wants me to be? A time out never occurred to me. That I needed one ,deserved one or that it could be mandatory for my health.Grief and everything that comes with it has clued me in on a lot of things. So has this lesson. It is OK to mourn my loved ones. It is also OK to still love them and to talk about them. It is OK to talk about what inspires me and moves me. It is OK to be quiet. It is OK to be loud. It is OK to be ME. Even if other people do not like it , understand it, or walk away. I will search within myself , outside myself and trust that my creative spirit is reamerging into who she is meant to be. For I shall know my Name:)


Thursday, January 29, 2009

Make a wish at
What do you wish to create?
Ok, technically it Thursday. Sorry a day late but:

No computer access = no written wish on my blog.

I was with my mother yesterday as she underwent a minor surgery. To me it wasn't a small thing, to her it was no biggie. She goes back with a smile on her face, I am trying not to cry. Fear grips me. It takes me back in time to many days spent waiting on hard, hospital chairs for good news. Now it is all over. She is doing fine, on her way to recovery. The healing process has begun.It will take time for the bandages to come off for both mom and myself.


Today 1 of my wishes has been granted and I am grateful.

Monday, January 26, 2009

The women in this group fascinate me. I am drawn to them. Their words and their works speak to me. So beautiful, yet painful at times. Do I belong here?Amongst the gifted? For I feel so at home yet lost at the same time. Which reminds me: my book has been lost somewhere in the "third realm" of the library. Tomorrow I will finally get to check it out. Today I rely on my intuition and the magic and power of three.

The mother,sister,daughter,
wife,friend and child in Lissa is
She is a champion of the underdog,an iconoclast, the mouth of the south
and a rebel with a cause. (and sometimes without.)
Lissa can "shake it like a salt shaker", whip it up with Woo-Woos
spice up the rice and mix naughty with nice.
She is not a cat to be crossed nor a minx to be messed with.
More than once the almighty have withered,
fallen and quite possibly turned to stone in her presence.
No harm shall come to those that Lissa loves.
Risk is always a part of her repertoire.

Irony is as well.
Lissa will risk everything on anything, on anyone or everyone,
yet not herself.
She will shake it, bake it and make it.
Yet to create it and take it to another level?
Hell No! She won't go! It's too risky.
If she says what is really going on in her head,
it might "mash someone's potatoes."
Lissa could write about life,love,grief and pain and actually submit her work.
Then again, there is a risk of rejection and that just won't do.
Lissa needs to get get a grip.
She needs to rip those snakes of doubt from her head and start taking some risks.
Or one day she is going to look in the mirror and find
that she has turned to stone.

There are some awesome giveaways going on in the blog-a-sphere.
Here are some that might be of interest to you

1. If you are Freaking Out over your frizzy, unmanageable hair. You can get it straightened out
with a misikko Hana Flat iron soAlign Center head on over to
and get your entry in by Jan 31

2. Do you have a Valentine Day Dilemma? My friend, forgetfulone does. Give her a gift idea for her husband & you could win a $50 gift certificate to tinyprints
Hurry & give her your ideas by Jan 28

3. You could carry around a lot of your stuff in a tannerbananer tote.
islandlife has a nice white Aloha bag to giveaway
Sign up by Jan 30

4. Valentines day Gift Guide
14 days of giveaways
Everyday there is something new to win for one day only.
Today's giveaway ( Day 7) is for a: Jockey Being Family Teddy Bear & Build-A-Bear Gift Certificate
This Valentine Day Giveaway may actually be hotter than the love in your life!
Head on over to: momfuse
or just click the button on my sidebar:

5. Pick out something for yourself or your little one.
prairie-mama is giving away a $30 gift certificate to goodforthekids
Winner chosen on January 31

is obsessed with twisted-silver
She likes it so much that she wants you to have a bracelet for yourself! enter by midnight Feb 1

7. What would you do with a $50 Amazon gift card? Lori is giving one away
enter by Jan 30

8. The Vision Board: The Secret to an Extraordinary Life by Joyce Schwarz
I need vision. I crave it. I so want to win this book! Kathryn Antyr aka the collagediva
Has one to give away. Enter by Jan 31

9. I follow a lot of awesome blogs. There are book blogs that usually contain a review & a giveaway as well. Please check my blog roll.

Friday, January 23, 2009

It's my first week participating in Aloha Friday.
I look forward to meeting some new friends in the blogasphere!
Here is how you play & I am taking this directly from
An Island Life:

Welcome to this week’s edition of Aloha Friday.

In Hawaii, Aloha Friday is the day that we take it easy and look forward to the weekend. So I thought that on Fridays I would take it easy on posting, too. Therefore, I’ll ask a simple question for you to answer. Nothing that requires a lengthy response.

If you’d like to participate, just post your own question on your blog and leave your link below. Don’t forget to visit the other participants! It’s a great way to make new bloggy friends!

Here is my question:

What is your favorite drink/beverage?

They're everywhere. Including the internet.
They'll steal your identity.
Your words & your pictures.
So be sure to protect your assets.
Let your visitors know on your
blog that theft will not tolerated.
Feel free to use this sign.
I snatched, I mean borrowed it

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Is your blog tired of being plain Jane?Mine are. That is why I am ready for a new layout. One that represents me & my blogs. However I just don't have the artistic skills & technical knowledge to get the job done. I must acknowledge that I need help. Guess what? It just so happens that there are two awesome giveaways for "Blog TLC" as I write. Which is wonderful, because I have 2 blogs!
It's time for a New Year Makeover, w/o cutting calories. I plan on getting myself a new look for free and so can you! Check out my 2 previous posts ! Read on and remember:
You have to be in it-To win it!


Last day to enter: February 3

Lori has teamed up with


"Let it go" & "My Own Utopia" called my name when I looked at Vanessa's
What layout speaks to you?

Last to day to enter Jan 24

I was drawn to "Mom of Four" & My Lumpy Pillow"

Be sure to check out the gallery< & find some designs that spark your interest

Reading is my passion. Therefore I have joined the
100 + Reading Challenge at:

I have finished 3 books so far. However 1 doesn't count toward the challenge since I started it in Dec.08.

Bonus Book
12/08-01/09*The Shack by William P Young

January 09

1. The Lace Reader by Brunonia Barry
2. Life Among The Dead by Lisa Williams

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Sometimes life can get you down. I've been there. Yet I found that it can be the smallest things that bring me joy. It can be a phone call from an old friend, a joke in my in box, a plate of mac-n-cheese, a home made card from 1 of children,an unexpected compliment from my hubby, fixing/repairing something all by myself, reading a good book,listening to & dancing to a fabulous song,a deal in my weekly grocery ad,a rebate check, scoring a valuable treasure at a garage sale or (even better) on the side of the road & opening up my mailbox to find a nice surprise.
Like it or Love it
You have To Be In It To Win It

I hope you enjoy my blog.
What I have to say,my reviews, links to great giveaways
(and hopefully someday, a few of my own)

I am excited to be a part of The Next Chapter

We are reading12 Secrets of Highly Creative Women

However I just started & haven't received my book.
This weeks secret is honouring you inspirations. I thought about this for some time. However after many scribbles, crossed out paragraphs & paper in the garbage can, I have decided to follow the Leah and Jamie(part 2)

1. When did your creative awakening or reawakening occur?
According to my mother, I was 3, I knew what I was going to wear & what I wasn't. I had my own idea of fashion. Still do.
Yet I remember writing poetry in the 5th grade & falling in love with rhyme. Since that time, I have been like a turtle, in & out of my shell.

What talents do you have naturally?

What elements (fire, water, wood, air) draw you toward them?
Water & Air. I dream of water & flying. I am a mermaid moon goddess.
I feel peace and tranquility around these elements. Connected to something greater.
**note-My son heard me read this question out loud . He said that I am Fire. Is that because of my passion for life, that I am a protective lioness when it comes to those that I love or that he has seen me angry?**

Where and when do you create? Where and when do you wish to create?
I create whenever and wherever I can. Scraps of paper will do. The thoughts come and go.
I wish for more time, more space. to create.
There is so much in my head.

What activates your creative energy, and what drains it?
The irony is that anything can be a catalyst: people,music,poetry,books,nature etc.When the mood strikes, I just go with the flow. Positive or negative I try to use it in a creative, healthy way.I do, however make an effort to remove toxicity from my life.

6. Do you use creative rituals?
Does fantasizing about a room to myself count?
I try and then just stress myself out.
Sometimes you just gotta roll with it.

7. Does nature influence your creativity?
It depends on where I am & what I am doing.
One thing I do know is that the full moon moves me.

8. What has been your greatest creative hurdle so far?

GRIEF. It nearly destroyed every part of me.

I've just joined Wishcasting Wednesdays! Todays prompt from Jamie is this:
What do you wish for your space?
First I have a question. Jamie, were you at my house or in my head last night?. As I sat at the computer, then in my overstuffed chair, then at the table on my back porch, in my office (that would be the "loo") & walked to my mothers house, all I longed for was space. It seemed everywhere I went, that I was being interrupted.I couldn't even find a quiet place in my own head!

A single, male friend of mine lives in a big,beautiful house. Off to the side of his master bedroom is room with a big picture window, french doors that lead onto to the back deck & a fireplace. I dream of having a room like this. I would add built in shelves for my numerous books, a corner desk for my computer & a porch swing to be hung from the ceiling so I could glide in front of the fireplace. Also there would be a door, with a lock on it. Maybe with one of those signs on it, like you use at a hotel. I could put up "Do not Disturb","Creative Genius At Work" or "Touch this Door & I Won't Make Dinner"

I wish for this. I also wish for the space that I do have to be a little more spiritual & creative. For it to be kept clean & for things to be put back in their rightful places.(notice the angels facing backwards--they scare my daughter-they look at her.)For time to meditate & relax in it. Be it in warm water or empty and dry with pillows, paper & pen.

Wishing you space, Lissa

Friday, January 16, 2009

I know why my dh loves me. It's not my charm,wit, great smile, or perfect breasts that look like 2 tangerines swinging in a pair of pantyhose. It's simply this:
Junk in the Trunk
That's right, I have it. High quality stuff too, at about .0001% the price of JLo's.
Guess what? you can have it as well.
Every time you get in your car , repeat this mantra:

" I have some super, sweet junk in my trunk"
Before you know it, your lover will be loving all over you.

The best things in life are free or close to it.
Happy Birthday **Kent**
It's nice 2 know for 50 cents
I can still
"Rock your World"

The universe has sent me so many signs, that I expect a meteorite to land on my doorstep at any given moment. Guess what? When it does, I am going to forgo the gloves and just lay my hands on it.Lissa will really lighten up! Give me some time & I will share how some of you have unknowingly sent me a signal.
Until then repeat after me:

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Some of the blogs I follow are giving away some really great books
If you are an avid book reader (like me)you will want to check out:

1.New year, new you? then go see Wendi
for her:
HUGE Health and Beauty Book Giveaway: 20+ Books, 20+ Winners!

2. You could win Letters Between Us & The Gate House
Special thanks to Sandra who helped me out on the whole blogging thing!

3. Sink your teeth into a new copy of Kitty and the Dead Man’s Hand
over at

4. 1 of 5 copies of the The Survivors Club could be yours! Just head on over to:

5. Stone Soup gives away a book every Monday! How cool is that? But you have to be in it to win it!

The road to “you know where "is paved with good intentions. Well blah,blah blah. Here is my list of intentions for last week:

1.Blog everyday
2.Terminate my addiction to cigarettes . Period
3.Bust a move on the Dance Dance Revolution 2 ~via~ Nintendo Wii every other day to get a good work out
4. Meet up with 3 friends (same day) 1 town over ( 45 minutes away) -finally girl time!!
5.Finish my Gremlin box.
6.Clean out the kitchen drawers
8.New haircut-as in layers & color-think: razor sharp,dark & sultry
9.Don't cry
10.Pursue my dream of becoming a philanthropist via the Powerball.

However, this is what I managed to do:

1. Not destroy my computer with a sledgehammer. Read a few blogs that I enjoy when said computer was working.
2. Reduce my Nicotine intake by about 90%
3. Played badminton with dh for a 1/2 hour. It was brutal. I lost, but still looked good in the process(think Mary Katherine Gallagher/SNL)
4. Met up with 1 of my friends & had lunch at a fave Mexican place. We spent the entire afternoon together, drinking coffee, talking about our hair, food, shopping,music, the 80's,love, life, the after-life & grief. **Bonus** The kids only called me twice during the entire time!
5. Put a couple of things in my Gremlin box-It's getting there, the voices in my head can't stop me.
6. Rearranged the kids bedrooms (yes they helped, yes it needed to be done)
7. Meditated..twice. Even though 1 of the times it was only for about 7 minutes. Does under the biggest, most beautiful,full moon count for double time?
8. Got a “newish” hair style-no layers (hair too fine/thin-I knew she would say that!) However I did get a whopping 2 inches cut off the ends! also added some dark brown color underneath to give my hair some ooomph!
9. I cried, but I needed to. I can't hold it in all the time.
10. I managed to donate 3 boxes of clothes & misc. to Goodwill, have another set of clothes ready for the church thrift store. I received a $10 rebate in the mail AND the Powerball is still here, my numbers will come up! When the universe is ready & I'm ready for it:)

Don't put yourself in detention
Based on your Intentions
**Journey ON**

PS # 2 was decreased to 75 % today,when ½ of my blog was erased due to a defective computer mouse.( Arghhhh-Waaaaaa) But alas tomorrow is another day & I will remind my dh to put that darn patch on my me b4 he goes to work.

Monday, January 5, 2009

It is time for ME.
I don't mean that selfishly.
I just honestly believe,
that it time to receive.
Instead of recede,
once again
into the abyss of darkness.
That which has harnessed my soul
for many long days and nights
I have loved.
I have lost.
I have love.
I still love.
I am love.
Grief is a journey
Yet so is life.
for my soul
to seek, to speak
to soar.

"Copyright 1/5/2009 by L.Lutz"