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'Night!

Thursday, February 11, 2010



Tex has it right - it's time to crash.

Wishing myself and all of my Spark Pals eight hours of restful sleep.

Sleep well, my friends emoticon

  
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SILVERWITCH59 2/13/2010 10:11PM

    emoticon Nighty night

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MEOWMAMA3 2/13/2010 6:37PM

    Meowmama REALLY likes this! Purrrrrfect! emoticon

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JERSEYGIRL1950 2/13/2010 1:34PM

    Oh that's so funny at first it looked like his tail wasn't attached..LOL

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More Energy Than I Can Hope For

Thursday, February 11, 2010

I am a pretty energetic person; goodness knows I have to be to be able to teach 25 4th, 5th, and 6th grade children all day. But, I wish I had some of Stella's boundless and enthusiastic energy. I can't begin to match it, so I am eternally grateful for our bubble machine. Stella gets her exercise, and I get thoroughly entertained. I hope this is entertaining for you, too. emoticon

Wait for the Bubbles to Come Out



Get a Running Start



Mom Can't Levitate - But I Can!





Not to Mention - Fly



Life is GOOD!




emoticonLove you guys,

Chris and Stella

  
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MEOWMAMA3 2/13/2010 6:39PM

    Stella is quite an athlete and happy camper! emoticon

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STARLASUE 2/12/2010 12:12PM

    Stella is just too much! She could win the Olympic High Jump event. Great photography by the way. love that last shot - pure joy in her face!



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LMB-ESQ 2/11/2010 10:07PM

    OMG... that is so funny! I just can't get over how cute she is! emoticon

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1HKNRN 2/11/2010 8:41PM

    So cute, looks like she loves the snow. I have 3 golden retrievers that are just delighted by the snow fall of the last 4 days. I can barely get them to come in the house. Gotta love those happy dog smiles.
I have to learn how to put pictures of my "kids" on my spark page.

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THE_SILVER_OWL 2/11/2010 8:41PM

    emoticon What a happy face your blog has given me this afternoon. Love it!

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LIVE2CLIMB 2/11/2010 8:30PM

    Stella is absolutely beautiful! I love that poodle smile. Thanks for sharing.

My standard is 14 and her age does show...she has some arthritis and is hard of hearing. Still she has so much puppy left her. Sometimes she forgets she is not as nimble as she once was and she'll fall. But she always gets right back up and wants to play more.

Comment edited on: 2/11/2010 8:45:14 PM

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PATTYSH 2/11/2010 7:19PM

    That is great! That ranks right up there with my son's silver lab, Diesel. Diesel rings the back door bell when he is ready to come inside! Cracks me up every time!

Thanks for sharing---

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RASTUS55 2/11/2010 7:02PM

    LOLOL I LOVE IT!! No one can relate to the energy and happy nature of these guys unless you have one. I appreciate those characteristics about them so much. Stella smiles the whole time...she is having a ball! Great dogs!! Gotta love our Stella! My Standard is 10 and he doesn't act a day over 6 months of age. I have not seen any decline in his energy or enthusiasm. That probably why they are so long lived! Thanks for the post....Stella always makes me smile!
Ruth
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0309COOKIE 2/11/2010 5:08PM

    Stella is so very, very cool. Love your blogs about her!

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On My Day off I...

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

I took advantage of my day off to spend some quality time with my new Cordoba flamenco guitar. One thing about teaching, it does not leave me with much time or energy at the end of a work day, so a snow day is a luxury in terms of being able to put in some good music time.

I had noticed that the ebony on the neck looked dry when my new guitar arrived and that has been bothering me. I had also heard that the strings that come with this guitar are cheapos, and not very good quality, so I had purchased some high quality flamenco strings to replace them at the same time I ordered my Cordoba.

Since the neck needed some attending to, I decided to go ahead and restring. Restringing a classical or flamenco guitar is a bear! First of all, the nylon strings are slippery as all get out, and second of all, they don't have the convenient little ball at the end that a steel string has, that keeps the string in place while you wind it. You have to kind of lace those slippery little devils around each other, hopefully in an attractive manner. So, the whole process takes a while, especially when you are relatively new at it.



This is a close-up of how I restrung her.



And this is how she looks with an application of guitar honey buffed into her neck, and restrung with good strings. Pretty sweet, methinks emoticon

I also made yummy smoothies for DH and me, got the bubbles out for Stella to chase in the snow, did the laundry, talked to my son, Jesse, on the phone, and played lots and lots of music.

So, perhaps this was a boring blog, but it was an absolutely delightful snow day! Sometimes, just having leisurely time to take on projects is just the perfect thing.



  
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MEOWMAMA3 2/13/2010 6:48PM

    Cool! My mom played the guitar when I was a kid. I never have heard of guitar butter, so I learned something new! Sounds like a productive and positive day off! Good for you! emoticon

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RASTUS55 2/10/2010 8:47PM

    What a beautiful Guitar!! You are really inspiring me to get back to my guitar and maybe get some lessons. I need to work on it first or get a different one because this is a classic guitar that I have and the neck is so wide ...it is very hard to get my fingers on the strings because of the width! I love music to very much...it has always been the center of my life! A great way to relax!
Ruth

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FIREBELLY 2/10/2010 6:55PM

    Oh! I love it... your reflection, I mean. Very cool! I enjoyed reading about your restringing as well. It sounds like you had a full day. Thanks for sharing.

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PUDLECRAZY 2/10/2010 5:07PM

    Thank you for your comment!

I just noticed something cool about the top photo. There is enough shine in the top of the guitar that there is a reflection of me taking the picture. I didn't plan it that way, but it's a great effect.

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SHEAGREER1 2/10/2010 4:40PM

    LOVED THIS, I CAN SENSE YOUR PASSION FOR THE GUITAR AND YOUR MUSIC.,.....THANKS SO MUCH FOR SHARING.

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Video Blog for Stella Fans

Tuesday, February 09, 2010


Wild maniac poodle enjoys the snow!

Poodles + emoticon = emoticon

Now you can see what a little fireball my Stella is.

I apologize for the lousy videography. I was hoofing it through the snow and using my little Canon PowerShot.

Have a happy day

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Chris

  
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JABULONESTAR 2/3/2011 12:24PM

    Wow I think this is fabulous for your cannon power shot camera :) Go Stella Go! Yep Jabulani would love to play with her. They have the same energy level :) Fun! Thanks for sending me the link. I loved watching it.

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MEOWMAMA3 2/13/2010 6:45PM

    This wins the Joie de vivre award!

Delightful...and love your choice of soundtrack!
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MYTIME2SPARK 2/9/2010 11:03PM

    Too cute!! I tried to get Gus, my brown boy, out in it today but his precious poodle paws must have been too cold because he wanted right back in! Now little Gracie, the black girl, LOVED it--could barely get her to come in!
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Thanks for a great video!

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RASTUS55 2/9/2010 10:09PM

    OH HOW I LOVED THAT!! I needed this video to make me smile and laugh. Puddles are just the most energetic fun loving dogs I know. I love the way they smile when they going buck wild like she is. FUN STUFF! I could watch a video of her all day long! Thanks so much for hoffing it through the snow....that was a great cardio huh? LOL!
Ruth
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0309COOKIE 2/9/2010 9:14PM

    That video brought me such joy! I used to have a standard poodle and I miss him so. That music couldn't have been any better! What a beautiful and fun dog you have. Thanks for sharing this.

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MARY1313 2/9/2010 8:37PM

    HAHAHA!!!! Loved it! perfect music!

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STARLASUE 2/9/2010 7:32PM

    Wonderful - thanks for that. What an energetic pup! Love it.

Bright Blessings
Sue

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ARLENEF999 2/9/2010 7:14PM

    Greay Video She certaintly has a wonderful time.She is like Moose It must be a poodle thing.They run like the wind.Everyone I know that has a poodle says they are all happy dogs.I love to watch them romp. emoticon

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KATIEGLEN012 2/9/2010 5:45PM

    Hmmmm...I am a lab person, but I have to say Stella has pizazz!!!!! She is a hoot! Barkley, my current lab, will make tunnels in the snow, but Stella is a romper! I loved the video. Haven't known any large poodles...but Stella is my favorite!

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PUDLECRAZY 2/9/2010 10:02AM

    emoticon Laurie! You mean you NEVER ever want to have one???

Chris



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LV4TAY 2/9/2010 9:52AM

    Oh, that just made my morning. Only poodles can be so graceful and so goofy at the same time. And that was the perfect music. Thanks for sharing.

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JERSEYGIRL1950 2/9/2010 9:50AM

    How awesome is that..my little one has never seen snow but I bet she would love it. Thanks for sharing

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LMB-ESQ 2/9/2010 9:41AM

    Good grief, she must keep you hoppin'! She might even put my two to shame! Does she ever sleep? Good thing you have lots of land for her to romp on. She looks like so much fun... I swear Chris, you're changing my mind about poodles!

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Repeating Lessons

Tuesday, February 09, 2010




There are lessons and there are Lessons. I have found, over the course of my life, that I have three lessons that repeat themselves again and again. At first, they were revelations. Next, they were frustrations. Why didn't I get the message? What's wrong with me that I can't learn these life's lessons? Now they are old friends. I meet up with them, laugh, and embrace them.

My repeating lessons:

emoticonSlow Down

emoticonRelax

emoticonStop Thinking

In a fast paced and competitive world, it is easy to get caught up with believing we need to speed up to accomplish our goals as well as to work harder and longer. Society values our intellect over our intuitive and spiritual wisdom, so we live in our heads rather than trusting the wisdom of the heart and body. Life becomes dominated by dogged pursuit of goals, most often goals set by others.

The great irony in life is that what we believe to be efficient is actually the obstacle that prevents true accomplishment. By hurrying to get things done, sticking tightly to a predetermined schedule, and by trusting only our logic, we miss many opportunities to live, think, and grow more creatively and expansively.

I keep learning these lessons in art, in music, in teaching, in martial arts, in meditation, in yoga, in relationships - the list is endless. Every new endeavor I have taken on, the lessons can be pared down to the same three.


Slow Down - live in the exact moment without thinking ahead to the next one. Hear the note I just played resonate until completion, feel the exact movement I am making, fulfill each moment before moving naturally into the next.

Relax - release the physical and mental tensions that hold me back by letting go of expectations and trying so hard. How? By slowing down, living in the exact moment, and by not thinking so much.

Stop Thinking - allow the innate knowledge of my body, my heart, and my spirit to take the helm. I love to think and my mind works overtime, but intellectualizing and analyzing each detail can get in the way of deep learning. Our brains are only one part of the beautiful entity of our beings, but they can dominate our actions to the point where intellect can actually interfere with true learning.

All three are distinct, discreet, yet intertwined and inseparable. Each time I believe I completely understand and have integrated these lessons into my life, they are presented to me again on a new level. They have enriched my life beyond my capacity to express their deepest impact, and I cherish each opportunity to meet them again in their next metamorphosis.


  
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STARLASUE 2/9/2010 9:05AM

    Love the trees. And your blog is so true. I think we all have had to learn these over and over again. Thanks for your insight.

Bright BLessings
Sue

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LMB-ESQ 2/9/2010 6:51AM

    This is beautiful! And so true!

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NAKIOMA 2/9/2010 6:21AM

    What beautiful sentiments = thank you for writing them out.............

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SELINASART 2/9/2010 2:49AM

    Thank you for sharing, perhaps if we all took time to slow down, relax and stop thinking the entire world would be in a better place.

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