Thursday, February 21, 2013


As everyone is packing and preparing themselves for 82 degree weather.....

Yes, it very very very hot here but for a lot of you that will mean thawing out and for others it's same old same old!

All I have left to do is buy groceries!!!  I am forcing myself to stay away from the internet and to STOP buying things!!!  LOL!!!  I have truly lost control this year but we have so much to be grateful for this year:

TERI:  has a beautiful grandchild and two more on the way!

EILEEN:  Is being treated for what could have been something so much more serious!  And she will be okay!

LILLIAN:  Bought her home and though struggling somewhat, has found her independence which is what she craved for.

JACQUIE:    Looks absolutely amazing and is healthy and gorgeous.

SUE:  Has gone through one of the hardest years she has probably ever lived through but has persevered and travelled and kept her head above water!

KAREN:  She too bought her home this past year!!!

ME????  Hell, my son is sober for the first time in years.  He has been clean since December and there is NOTHING ELSE I could ask God for!!

We will celebrate these things, celebrate being blessed with the opportunity of being part of a such a special group of women!

But most of all we will just celebrate being women!!!  It's not easy to be a woman.  It's much harder than men know..... But it's all good!  We make the world go round!



  1. Well said, Elena!!!
    Lots to celebrate!

  2. I am so excited to come celebrate with all of you amazing women. I am looking forward to getting to know each and every one of you better this year. Last year I was the newbie and checking everything out. Thanks Elena for being the Queen and spoiling all of us. You are amazing!!!!

    It has been a hard year with my Dad having five bypasses this past summer and being diagnosed with Lewy Body Dementia but God sent us some wonderful sitters that are taking great care of him. My niece delivered two healthy yet premature babies and I get to spend lots of time with my five year old great nephew that has autism. I did buy a new home around th corner from my dad and should finally have the old one ready to put on the market next week. I will be so happy when it sells and I don't have to worry about that any longer. God has blessed me with a wonderful family and friends and even though at times I am stressed and overwhelmed it is all good.

  3. This morning I woke up grateful that I am not one of those third world laborers who work 18-hour days, never know what it's like to have a full tummy and never travel more than 20 miles from home. That thought makes me grateful for this unfulfilling job that eats up most of my day and energy, because it allows me to get out and play with some mighty creative people.

  4. 82 degrees ????
    this will be a shock to my system!!!!
    hope theres a good breeze
    Cant wait to see everyone again

    1. Living in the north pole I am sure that coming to the Keys will be a shock to your system once again!!! You can thaw out while you are here!

  5. In addition to dodging a bullet health wise, I am grateful for my friends, my family, and my sense of humor. All three get me through each day and keep me (relatively) sane. I guess we should also be thankful for the internet, because without it we likely wouldn't even know one another, and what a loss that would be.

    1. I am not sure about the "sane" part but I am good with everything else!! LOL!

  6. I am grateful for many, many things but most of all, this year, I am grateful that I get to join all of you lovely ladies at Keys 4 Art!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    1. I am excited that after all this time you will finally be joining us!!! It will be a wonderful experience for you!! Promise!

  7. I'm grateful I have medical insurance, and I hope the day comes when everyone can get the medical care they need. I'm grateful for a warm home on a cold night, for a soft bed after a long trip, and each time I pass a homeless person on the street, huddled under plastic bags and ratty sleeping bags, I wish they could have that, too.

  8. I am grateful that we are still in our home after getting huge pay cuts over the past few years. My husband and I still find moments of joy in teaching. The political direction of education bothers us because we truly care about our students. Dave will be able to retire in a few years and he is telling me to conjure up my second career! I am thankful that I can sneak away once again to spend a fabulous
    week with the best artists I know! I have wonderful friends and a loving family to help me get through
    turning 50 last June! But, hey! I can kick and stretch- I'm 50!!!

    1. Hey, 50 rocks, and 60 ain't too bad either. I'll let you know at Keys4Art2018 how 70 is, LOL.

    2. Welcome to the club Jen!!! I am 52 and have no idea how that hell that happened!!! I was 20 last week!!!