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I LOVE to design and to paint whimsical items that will put a smile on your face. Each day I share my simple life with you as I try to encourage, to inspire and sometimes JUST to make you smile as I recount my life growing up on a dairy farm! I've never had many material items in my life, BUT I have been blessed beyond words with love and encouragement from WONDERFUL Parents who instilled in me WHAT was important. I have had EVERYTHING that I needed and WAY too much of what I wanted. I am slowly learning to be a better person each day through my interactions with my friends on Facebook. Some day I hope to be as good as people seem to THINK I am! I am BLESSED! Welcome to my little corner of the world...Please stop by and visit often!

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Not Leaving on a Jet Plane, Tuesday, December 8, 2015

One of my favorite activities is to sit on the back porch and watch the planes.

I live about one hour north of the Nashville Airport and it is probably less than 30 miles, as the crow flies.

The back of the house faces south and depending on how the wind blows, I can hear the planes slowing down and can start to see the lights and the shape of the planes.  Tonight, the sky was clear and I could watch some planes climbing toward the sky and others coming closer to the earth.  It was another reminder of just how great it is to be alive.  Technology and the foresight of mankind are fascinating.  Our world is so much smaller than it once was.

As I watch the planes, I wonder about the people who anxiously await possible reunions, happy occasions, sad occasions, job transplants, business trips, maybe a soldier coming home for the holidays…my mind just wanders.

As a small child, Daddy would take us to the airport to watch the planes.  As we know with everything, it was a different world back then.  People DRESSED to fly…now, trying not to have a hairy armpit or leg of a stranger crammed into your own personal face is the goal!  Ugh…

The funny thing about Daddy is that he would not fly, but he sure was fascinated by the process.  Because he didn’t fly, I have to say that I was able to drive across so much of our beautiful country, stopping to see some amazing landmarks and meeting and watching some fascinating people.  I still fondly recall in my mind’s eye, the site of seeing a cowboy in Montana, wearing spurs!!  Also, it was there in that little diner, that was as far from a 4 star restaurant as one can get,  that I had the biggest cinnamon roll EVER (with a pat of butter on top) and the best I have ever tasted. So many great memories are crammed in my heart.

I have been blessed to fly to some fun places and am grateful for my many opportunities, but I have to admit, that other places no longer call to me.  I am perfectly content to stay where I am, and try my best to find ways NOT to have to leave…I would still like to see New England in the Fall and Prince Edward Island, but other than that, I am content.

I wonder how many are content at this time of year.  I see posts about how busy some people are, and as they list WHAT they have to do, I see no JOY in the season…I see anger and resentment and then those “We are keeping Christ in Christmas” posts, by the same people LIKING and SHARING every snowman that is on the internet, often followed by some advertisement for the NRA or Republican party….hmmmmmmmmm….I REALLY do wonder what people mean when they say they are keeping Christ in Christmas…(nope, I am neither Republican nor Democratic…I HATE that I have to tell people on FB that about me and I hate that I KNOW that about people)

I don’t understand…It’s not like we haven’t known about December 25th our whole life!!  SIGH…

What I DO KNOW is if you don’t have Christ in EVERY DAY of your life, He sure isn’t going to be present at Christmas…AND if He IS in your life every day, then those who see you will KNOW and don’t have to be TOLD that you are Keeping Him there…I think THAT is the problem…is seems that post was created for people who Having Christ in their lives is SUCH a rare occasion, that you have to TELL people…MAYBE??? I don't understand...and really, there are PEOPLE who celebrate Christ everyday...he was NOT born on December 25th, you know! 

I just pray for that person and try my best to not “feed the monster”…

I get frustrated seeing how much people are spending on gifts.  A precious lady from South America shared in a painting group how she had recycled some things to make oven mittens and towels and had painted them to give as gifts.  Her gifts were made from the heart and were being given with a PRIDE for helping recycle.  THAT lady gets it!  She understands the meaning of Christmas and the importance of helping to save our glorious earth from our wastefulness and greed.  

Well, my FRIEND sure KNOWS about being Naughty...it is sometimes TOUGH for me to remain NICE!  ROFL

I have another friend who GETS it!  I am sharing pictures throughout this post of the gifts that a friend from THE CAPE sent me.  These gifts HOPPED on a plane and traveled to my small town in Middle Tennessee. I cried when I opened the package.  While I was expecting absolutely nothing, I was shown a kindness that can’t be expressed in a simple THANK YOU.

YUMMY for my tummy!

I told Lynn that I wanted to be like HER when I grow up.  Now, let me assure you, I will NEVER grow up and I see little hope of being that generous!  I’m trying, but I am not there yet.

A Cynthia Erekson Pattern painted by Lynn Barbadora...This is painted on heavy Canvas...LOVE!!

To have someone to take their time in this busy world to paint something, to me, is priceless…
Charcoal tried to eat this...I think he knew it was NOT true!!

To take the time to wrap it and ship it, is remarkable…

I think Charcoal is ready to eat them...He has licked the packaging...He said he did NOT know what Naughty was, but he was SURE it would taste good!

To love someone enough to THINK of such an unselfish gift, is KEEPING CHRIST IN CHRISTMAS…

It doesn’t happen one day a year…

It doesn’t come from a store…

It comes from the HEART…

Again, I come to you with words of how blessed I am!  I send the gift to you of being able to recognized the MANY blessings that pass through your life every single day…take a breath…it is a GIFT….~charlotte


  1. Each and every one of us receive GIFTS every single day.........we just have to remember to open them and be grateful.......BELIEVE in the MAGIC my friend. xoxoxoxox

  2. An absolutely awesome post, my friend.


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