Saturday, February 27, 2010


I felt the need for some adventure this week. Travel is always an adventure and I've been doing a lot of it. Plane, Trains, Automobiles, Buses, Light Rails..... I haven't taken a boat yet, but that can easily be arranged. There is something about travel that is so "adult". Managing schedules, getting to locations, figuring out what to do when you get lost. All part of it.
I think it is the excitement and anticipation that can be invigorating or a little anxiety producing. I used to LOVE to fly. I don't as much anymore, I think the anxiousness takes over and there are so many more hoops than air travel pre 2001.
I'm disciplining myself to travel with my passport every time I get on a plane so I am ready for anything that comes up. This week it was handy. I decided to head to Vancouver to see the city while hosting the Olympics. I'm sure it was decorated for the event and I want to return when it has gone back to what ever normal is for Vancouver. But, it has wonderful architecture, a nice waterfront, friendly people, and an air of sophistication about it. It certainly is in a beautiful setting with the mountains all around.
The travel by train, the Olympic atmosphere, the excited activity in the area, and lovely vistas made for a terrific adventure. I'm so glad I went, though at one point I did ask myself "What are you thinking?"
I'm mindful as I get older that adventures are rewarding and worth the twinge of nervousness associated with them.
I wonder what adventure is in store for me today in Seattle?

Sunday, February 21, 2010


Birthdays are fun! I had a blast celebrating mine, two sons' and grandson's yesterday. The really great thing is that I truly feel everyone had FUN! Family events, at least with my family, can be touch and go. Kindness and courtesy always-but, I think fun was the word of the day. They not only dutifully participated in craft-making but would have done even more of it if I'd bought more supplies! Who'd have guessed? Ezra was the main do-it-yourself tye dye cupcake decorator and did two! He only ate the top half of the second. I love his mismatched socks. You can't go wrong with some chalkboard fabric for a tablecloth, some gel icing and white iced cupcakes, a little polymer clay and some chili.
Mindful of how important fun is-I tend to take life a little seriously. I can't wait for the next birthday!

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Love, Love, Love

Valentine's Day is just a recognized reason to share the LOVE! I'm all about it and probably don't express it nearly enough. I'm planning to spend more time DOING it this year. Hoping to get all of the family that is available next Saturday at my house for a big Birthday and Valentine's celebration. My two sons, grandson, their paternal grandmother, and I have birthdays between the end of January and the end of February and then there's Valentine's Day. Hope you are spreading some love today.
It's really what life's all about and the more you give away the more you get in return. Do something loving for someone today-you'll be glad you did.
Happy Valentine's Day!

Friday, February 5, 2010

Down to the River to Pray

It was an emotional day for the Knopfs, friends and family yesterday as we said a formal goodbye to Bill. As with all families there are some strained relationships that are forced to cross paths at times like these. Awkward moments and rehashing of "should I have said or should I have done" add to the emotion, too.
I was very proud of my children for having the desire to sing and the incredible courage in the midst of their grief to stand up in front of a couple of hundred people to do something for their relatives and to honor the memory of their grandfather.
I am mindful of the incredible power of love today and my heart overflows with it for them.

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

It's the little things

This is an update on my Loose Change the World endeavors and spreading some love with my free printables from Kind Over Matter.
I put together some things to carry in my purse. It is a challenge to do this unobserved. I left a card at the bank Friday and the card and change in the change holder at the grocery today. It was fun! How about you, spread any love lately? Mindful of the fun of giving things away and brightening someone's day with a surprise.