Sunday, September 30, 2007

Another Great Quote

This quotes interests me in the way that it can appeal to pretty much everyone, no matter where one stands on the issue of war.

War may sometimes be a necessary evil. But no matter how necessary, it is always an evil, never a good. We will not learn how to live together in peace by killing each other's children.
Jimmy Carter (1924 - )

Friday, September 28, 2007

Great Parenting Quote

I've recently found this and I really love the reminder. I love Dyer's stuff.

"Love is the ability and willingness to allow those that you care for to be what they choose for themselves without any insistence that they satisfy you."
Dr. Wayne W. Dyer

I like this one, too:

"It is paradoxical that many educators and parents still differentiate between a time for learning and a time for play without seeing the vital connection between them."--Leo Buscaglia

Fun Friday!

What a lovely day! We've had a nice tour at the local Council on The Arts and learned more about what they offer (LOTS of cool classes and they're so open to ideas and on the lookout for so many NEAT things!) and a fun time at the library playing lots and lots of board games! Whoever says homeschooled kids don't get any socialization is SORELY misinformed:

I'm kicking myself for not taking more pictures. After that, we all grabbed lunch and then our new AWESOME neighbors and friends (also a homeschooling family) came over to our farmhouse and cut our grass for us!! (We don't yet have our own motor lawn mower). I can not say enough nice things about them (our friends, not motor lawn mowers, though I'm sure they're very nice, too). We are VERY grateful for their service--it's been such a bright spot for us. This is the second time since we've bought our farmhouse that friends have done this for us and it really helps us recognize all the more how blessed we are to have such wonderful friends. I love how we all love and help one another--isn't that an ideal world? :)

We also enjoyed playing in the backyard, touring the farmhouse/clinic, touring their house (our new neighbors', not the lawnmowers'--c'mon, keep up), a great summer rainstorm, a beautiful rainbow, and playing and skateboarding at a gorgeous local park with yet more homeschooling friends (we're apparently ubiquitous)!! We LOVE and are grateful for our friends!! SUCH good people. We're thrilled. :)

Disturbing story on oh-so-many levels


Dishwasher makes $59,000 mistake

So sad. On so many levels. I don't know where to start.


A- Attached or single: Very Happily Attached

B- Best Friend: My Very Happily Attached Husband (and we love hanging out with our kids). I also have some great close girlfriends.

C- Cake or Pie: Pie, especially if it involves chocolate. Or peach pie in the summer--mmmmm. But I'd rather eat sushi than pie.

D- Day of choice: Mondays. Truth.

E- Essential Item: Computer (Essential food? Sushi.)

F- Favorite Color: Blue

G- Gummi Bears or Worms: Blech. Neither. I prefer salty. And if it's sushi, all the better.

H- Hometown: Swansea, MA

I- Indulgence(s): Do I indulge? I guess talking and blogging.

J- January or July: Hmmm, both for different reasons.

K- Kids: Two great kids!

L: Life is Incomplete Without: Love.

M- Marriage Date: December 20, 1996

N- Number of Siblings: One (much) older brother

O- Oranges or Apples: Both are good--depends on the season. But I'd rather eat sushi.

P- Phobias or Fears: Hmmmm, don't want to talk about it. :)

Q-Quote: "It is a lesson which all history teaches wise me, to put trust in ideas, and not in circumstances." --Ralph Waldo Emerson

R- Reason To Smile: My Family. Our good friends. Living our dreams.

S- Season: Summer (read: sandals and beach)

T- Tag Three + : I tag Emily (because she's addicted to blogs, too), Jen (because , well duh, I don't even feel like there has to be a reason!), and Terrie (because I want to see her not-yet-perfected blog) . . . I hope she still loves me after that wise mouth comment. :P

U- Unknown Fact About Me: Hmmmm, I'm pretty much an open book. Remarkable how much I can talk and reveal. And those things I don't tell? Well, c'mon, you think I'm going to blog them?!

V- Vegetarian or Oppressor of Animal: Oh dear. When you put it that way . . . geez. I guess I'm an oppressor of animal, BUT there is a vegetarian lurking deep down inside of me. Only she knows how much I like sushi. :P

W- Worst Habit: I have very little time awareness. I don't like to look at my watch because I worry that it's rude to those around me. I mean, because I'm mindful and very "in the moment." Yeah, that's it.

X- X-Rays or Ultrasounds: Ultrasound. Not a big fan of radiation. What a weird question.

Y- Your Favorite Food: Sushi (you couldn't tell by now?)

Z- Zodiac: Pisces

Thursday, September 27, 2007

More decorating

Loving decorating!! It looks AMAZING!! Mark's setting up our cool quote collage--a picture of Emerson and 3 quotes by him and a picture of A.T. Still (founder of osteopathy) and 3 quotes by him--very cool!

Me, setting up the stereo (patient room) with relaxing music and sounds--feng shui, ocean waves, and celtic music.

From the waiting room into the foyer where you come in--we have a "We Support Local Businesses" board--big deal around here and we DO support local businesses, so . . . . We're also setting up a suggestion box--we LOVE that we can!! No insurance company restraints! HURRAH!

It is SO relaxing to sit and relax in our clinic!! The water fountains are so neat!!

We've added more frames to this area (Mark's got like SIX!). We've got 1 more here that we've added (so, 2 of mine, 3 of Mark's) and near his desk are 3 more (licenses and such).

This is in the patient room--the door to the side that's open goes to our house.

The cool quote collage to which I've referred:
More coming . . . the patient room is pretty much put together (and table arrives Tuesday morning) and the bathroom is pretty much done, too--a couple of finishing touches yet but looks very nice--has a relaxing feel mixed with baseball pictures and books! :)

Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Well, no wonder!

Well, no wonder Bush is vetoing expanded health insurance coverage for children! The money is needed elsewhere! Sometimes I wonder if the terrorists (not that we're fighting them in the current war) are getting what they've wanted--a very indebted and financially unstable United States. :(

Tuesday, September 25, 2007

More decorating and assembling furniture . . .

Here's one frustration and one exciting thing to share.

Frustration (straight from an email): ARGHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!! We've already pushed back opening a couple of days and it looks like it's getting pushed to October FIRST because the FREAKING STUPID MANIPULATION TABLE GUY dropped the ball and isn't getting us our table on time and we are TICKED OFF!! This is exactly what we haven't wanted to do--push back opening. ARGH. I'm so angry and stressed out, too. Every little thing is taking forever to do at the clinic. It IS exciting and this IS the fun stuff and we are enjoying it, but today has felt very stressful. We're seeing so many things yet to do and get together and feeling very stressed and drained and spent. We're exhausted. The kids have been acting up more (at least in my opinion--probably they're fine and I'm simply a stresscase) and we've got loads to do and I'm so stressed! And I hate asking people to help. I've gotten better at it, but I feel like we're bugging people all the time these days and so I've been not asking so much but we CAN use the help. It's frustrating to feel that way when it's compounded by financial issues because we're asking for things that we could PAY for but we don't have the money! I'm so stressed. Life Balanced. Bleh.
Sorry to unload. Truth is, we're VERY happy and excited, but we're stressed and tired, too. I always feel guilty complaining because I do see that we're blessed. I do. And we're grateful.

Exciting thing: The newspaper is coming to interview us on Thursday!! We're SO excited (and a little nervous)! We live in a small enough town that, for all we know, it *could* be front page news! This is great advertising! Everyone around here loves local businesses (as do we)! And our first lecture is tomorrow! :)

Okay, enough chatter. PICTURES!!

I've tried to get more close-ups . . .

Love the light fixture . . .

Here's a bunch of "stuff" not in place yet . . .

Check out Mark's built-in desk! He's even drilled holes for wires! He's amazing. That statue thing is an acupuncture guy complete with holes and reference points. That lamp is a touch lamp so that we can adjust the light for acupuncture patients.

This light fixture is a bit different, but softer (flourescent) so that patients aren't seeing spots when they lay down for treatments.

This is the bathroom--even the soap is something like "Japanese Cherry Blossom" from Bath and Body Works (their big soap sale!):

This media shelf (we're decorating it) hides the W/D hook ups:
Here's the cool bathroom floor:

Here's a close-up of the bamboo laminate in the patient room:

Hard at work . . .

When you come in, this is what you see first -- for those who walk in and are curious, we have a basket of brochures as well as business cards.

Yeah, we've moved the fountain, but it looks better here anyway. :P

Aren't these cool?!
Obviously more to do, but it's coming along:

Monday, September 24, 2007

It's really coming along!

We're exhausted! But look at how GREAT the clinic is looking!! We've been assembling funiture and decorating (the FUN stuff!). We've got lots more to do, but it's really looking amazing!! These doors are absolutely REGAL. Gorgeous. This one is from the waiting room looking into the patient room. The door on the right is a "dummy door" so it doesn't usually open, but you CAN open it when you want to (for lectures, groups, etc.).

From the patient room looking into the waiting room--notice the bamboo shades, bamboo floor, etc. Mark's awesome at laminate floors!:

Here we are assembling furniture:

We're doing a very ZEN clinic. No pictures of the insides of ears or toe fungus. We're decorating with relaxing Asian stuff and lots of inspirational quotes and things like that. Several people have commented that they're coming just to hang out and read! :P Doesn't it looks AWESOME?! Cool light fixtures, bamboo plant (fake, but hey), bamboo vase with grass reeds (also fake, but hey), great chairs, cool slate tables. We're amazed and very surprised but thrilled that Big Lots (read: not that expensive all things considered!) of all places has furnished most of our clinic!! Who would've thunk it?!

A couple of nice pillows to make it more comfy. That high table to the right is the sign in table. The box on the slate table is an incense box with some good-smelling incense in it. There's another rice paper lamp, too.
We're working on this corner. That's our cool fountain. It lights up. We don't have water in it yet though. We're putting together a couple more bookshelves--those cool, slanted ones (like these). And decorating them. Very chic.

And lest you think we've got everything just so, see our dining room:

And our porch:

We don't have pictures here (yet) of Mark's AWESOME built-in desk, but it's really great! I'm SO proud of him. Most everything you see is his handiwork--he's so good at this stuff! We've been doing lots of shopping and decorating as a family--it's so fun to be doing the FUN stuff!!