Monday, September 22, 2014

Too Soon...

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photo by Deanna Piercy

I want to paste these first fallen leaves back on the trees
and nudge the sun a bit higher in the sky.

I haven't had enough suppers of sweet corn on the cob,
my salty fingertips slick with butter. 

I never got around to making ice cream with juicy peaches
and the homegrown tomato season is never long enough. 

Soon we will wrap our necks in colorful scarves,
fading tans hidden beneath cosy sweaters.

And I will mourn the barefoot days of summer.
                                                 by Deanna Piercy

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Celebrate Yourself with the Celebrating Womanhood #selflovechallenge

Celebrating Womanhood #selflovechallenge


This is the third annual Celebrating Womanhood Event. This year, instead of shining the spotlight on another woman, it's all about YOU. Or, in my case, ME.

The challenge is to share three positive things about myself. Now, let me just say that this is much harder for me than the previous two years of this event. I've been thinking about this for a quite awhile and really wasn't sure what I'd share until today. Actually, that's not quite true. As I'm writing this sentence I am still debating about one of them. Let's both see what I come up with as I type this, okay?

1. I'm an empath. If you aren't familiar with the term, here is a good explanation. In short, empaths are deeply in-tune with those around them. I believe this trait has helped me be a good mother and was very helpful during my time as a hospice nurse.

2. I am a very good, intuitive cook. I rarely follow a recipe exactly and I can always whip up a tasty meal from whatever I happen to have in the house.

3. I like my dimples. When David and I were dating one of his nicknames for me was "Dimples".

Whew...that was kind of tough. Now it's YOUR turn!

If you don't have a blog, share on Facebook, Twitter, a favorite email loop (as long as they don't mind off-topic messages), or just write it on a Post-it note and put it on your bathroom mirror. You can also share on our Facebook page. I'd like to see what you come up with so please leave me a link if you put it on your blog or just share your three positive things in the comments. (There are only a couple of "rules". Pop on over to the announcement post to see those.)

If you write a blog post add the link to your post to the linky below. When tweeting, use the hashtag #selflovechallenge. Don’t forget to check out the other bloggers!

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Friday, September 05, 2014

Take the #selflovechallenge - Celebrating Womanhood Event

Celebrating Womanhood #selflovechallenge



For the past two years, we've let you get away with shining the spotlight on another woman. This year, it's all about YOU. As women, we often have trouble putting ourselves front and center. We're not important, not pretty, not smart, not talented. Just not enough.

But that is SO not true, and we challenge you to break through that barrier. Join the #selflovechallenge on September 16, and share three positive things about yourself. If you don't have a blog, share on Facebook, Twitter, a favorite email loop (as long as they don't mind off-topic messages), or just write it on a Post-it note and put it on your bathroom mirror.

Men can participate, too, but we really want women to embrace this. You are amazing, and it's time you owned it!

Your three things can be just one comment each, or you can give background or elaborate in some way. The positive things can be anything: a physical trait, a talent, a facet of your personality, or anything else you can think of.

The only rule is that you can't add any qualifiers.

YES = I have beautiful eyes.
YES = I get a lot of compliments on my eyes.
NO = I have pretty eyes. At least that's what people tell me.
NO = I guess I have pretty eyes, but no one can tell because of these stupid glasses.

Just acknowledge and accept that you have gorgeous eyes and move on. ;-) We're not looking for affirmations here. Find three things you can love about yourself just as you are. Sure we can all improve something, but you are amazing RIGHT NOW! If you honestly can't think of anything, ask your friends and family. You should love yourself unconditionally, but sometimes we need a little help realizing that there is something about us to love.

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Wednesday, September 03, 2014

I'M GOING TO PARIS!!!

This past Friday night was one of the best nights of my life. I'm hesitant to even blog about it because there is no way I can do it justice. However, I'm going to give it a whirl.

First we went out to dinner with these beautiful people:

David and Joy Winchester

Then we went to my birthday party. David had rented out the upstairs of Vintage 22 (local wine and dessert bar) and several people worked very hard to decorate it in Pinterest-worthy style. I know if I try to name everyone I'll forget someone but Lisa and our niece, Leslie, organized the efforts and many dear friends pitched in to make it a night I'll never forget. 

We had a great turnout and even my parents came (I'm not sure they've ever been in a bar!). There were cheese platters, freshly-baked bread from Papa Gjorgjo's, and several bottles of wine. Erin West made macarons (one of the flavors was Earl Grey!), Karah Thompson baked the gorgeous cake, and Lisa made caramel whiskey chocolate cupcakes. All of which were beyond delicious!

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There were fun decorations with a Paris theme. Lindsay Oliver did the French calligraphy on various signs and cards while Erin made the Eiffel Tower centerpieces:

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They decorated with some of the lights we use at Happyland Music Fest (which I still haven't blogged about yet):

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And had a place set up for photos:

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There was a beautiful (HUGE) coffee table book which Leslie bought and had set up as a guest book:

Huge coffee table book bought by my niece, Leslie, and used as a guest book at my party. Can't wait to read it all! #dpbirthday

A guitar handmade by Lee and Emily of Pandamonium and signed by our HMA friends:


This gorgeous flower arrangement designed by and gifted to me by my friend and favorite floral designer, Lori Bell who works at Ada Forget-Me-Not Floral:


Gorgeous birthday flowers designed and gifted by Lori Bell #dpbirthday

And there was wonderful music provided by Rowdy Folk:

The only picture I managed to get of @RowdyFolk at my birthday party #dpbirthday

There were around 40 guests who are very dear to me. I mean it. These people are family in the truest sense of the word. The love I felt from each of them absolutely blew me away.

After perhaps an hour of mingling David called everyone to attention and gave me his gift:


video by Jamie Pittman

That's right. That wonderful man is taking me to Paris! I've wanted to go ever since I was a little girl and it's actually going to happen. We are going for a week the end of October. David already has plane and hotel reservations. Now we just need to get passports. That is, as soon as David can get a certified copy of his birth certificate.

Now I just need to start brushing up on my French. Parlez-vous Fran├žais?

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Tuesday, September 02, 2014

Late summer melancholy

Hay bales and late summer sunshine
Photo by Deanna Piercy, taken on my parents' land

My Facebook feed is full of people all excited about fall. They are sharing pumpkin latte recipes and talking about decorating for Halloween. My Pinterest feed is rife with knitted scarves, hearty soup recipes, and crafts made with fall leaves. I went to visit my parents' a few days ago and my mom had taken fall decorating to a level rarely seen when temperatures are still frequently in the upper 90s.

I'm happy for everyone who is so eager to embrace their favorite season. Truly, I am. And it's not that I don't like fall. Early autumn is quite lovely when the sun begins to lower in the sky and bathes everything in a golden glow. And I do look forward to those first few mildly cool and rainy days because there is little I like better than curling up under a quilt with a steaming cup of tea and a good book and that's the best weather for it. 

However, there's something about that first leaf I see flutter to the ground that fills me with sorrow and even a bit of dread because of the coming winter. I do my best to talk myself out of it but the truth is I am a summer girl. I was beginning to think I was alone in this until Melanie, a Facebook friend, shared this poem:

Absolute September
by Mary Jo Salter

How hard it is to take September
straight—not as a harbinger
of something harder.

Merely like suds in the air, cool scent
scrubbed clean of meaning—or innocent
of the cold thing coldly meant.

How hard the heart tugs at the end
of summer, and longs to haul it in
when it flies out of hand

at the prompting of the first mild breeze.
It leaves us by degrees
only, but for one who sees

summer as an absolute,
Pure State of Light and Heat, the height
to which one cannot raise a doubt,

as soon as one leaf's off the tree
no day following can fall free
of the drift of melancholy.

And that, my friends, sums it up perfectly. 

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Birthday: Part 1

Yesterday was my birthday and Round 1 of the celebrations. David is hosting a party for me Friday night and sent me off on a mission to buy a new dress. I went to Norman and finally found something. I'd much rather shop for books or records, though. 

After I got home we went to Rib Crib for one of our HMA shows, Gambit. My parents joined us there (my dad loves Gambit's music) and my mom brought me a homemade chocolate cake. Yum!

Several friends joined us, including Corinna of Boots Kill Too who surprised me with this beautiful, handmade dream catcher. The picture doesn't do it justice. 

The beautiful #dreamcatcher made specially for me by the talented Corinna of Boots Kill Too

My pretty birthday flowers. The purple roses are from Lisa and Justin; the arrangement in front was from David. 

Birthday flowers

My parents gave me this pretty candle. The colors didn't show up well but the container is a dark purple which goes perfectly in our guest bathroom. 

Pretty candle from my parents #birthday

My friend, Renee gave me this bracelet, ring and mug. I love them!

Bracelet, ring and mug from my friend, Renee #birthday

Lisa and Justin also gave me this adorable antique giraffe and my favorite candy. 

Antique giraffe and favorite candy from Lisa and Justin #birthday

It was a wonderful day and I felt so loved. 

Monday, August 25, 2014

A new tradition...

Last night we began a new tradition - Family Dinner. Our niece, Leslie, recently moved here and she is the one who deserves credit for the idea. And because our definition of "family" is broad we had a few others join us as well. 

David grilled burgers and we all had an enjoyable time eating, talking and mostly laughing. I then suggested a group photo. Isn't this nice?

First weekly Sunday Family Dinner

And then David got in on the action and staged this:

It was quite a party.

Wouldn't that be a lovely family Christmas photo? They are all a bunch of nuts and David is the head squirrel. 

After dinner we enjoyed a hilarious game of Cards Against Humanity. It was a wonderful evening and we are already looking forward to next Sunday night. I think I'll make lasagna. 

Staying out of trouble


If it's true that staying busy keeps one out of trouble, David and I are positively angelic these days. Here's just a glimpse of what we've been doing the past week or two:

Pandamonium and the In Between
Pandamonium and The Inbetween

Austin Fisher and Dwight Martin #hmagigs
Austin Fisher and Dwight Martin

It's a beautiful night on the patio. Come see us!
Mandala and Thomas, with guest drummer, Sully

Ashley and Angela at Vintage 22 #hmagigs #livemusic
Ash and Ange at Vintage 22

Moloko Litso at Vintage 22 #hmagigs #oklahomalivemusic
Moloko Litso at Vintage 22

Ada Shakespeare Company @ Ragsdale Conversation Emporium
Ada Shakespeare Company performing at Ragsdale's Conversation Emporium

Brittany and Tessa #livemusic #oklahomalivemusic
Tess and Brittany at Rib Crib

United Way Family Fun Night
United Way Family Fun Night at the park - I helped Ada Homeless Services with the hot dogs.

Rasheed Lowery - this guy is amazing! #livemusic #hmagigs
Rasheed Lowery at Papa Gjorgjo's North

Ash and Ange #hmagigs #livemusic
Ash and Ange on the patio at Papa Gjorgjo's North

Ray Davis and Greg Allen #hmagigs #livemusic
Ray Davis and Greg Allen at Vintage 22

Rock me like a Southbound train #RowdyFolk #hmagigs
Rowdy Folk at The FieldHouse

Church choir rehearsals have started back up as well. And the picture at the top of this post is from the Soundgarden/Nine Inch Nails concert we attended last Sunday in Dallas (didn't get home until 4 a.m.!). Oh, and David had his wisdom teeth out Tuesday morning.
This week will be more of the same...PLUS my birthday! Hope you all are doing well and enjoying your summer as much as we are.