Saturday, November 20, 2010

Found in Translation

Please listen to the music

I was lost

but now I'm found

and for this I am thankful.

It took just one HIGH tea date

in an enchanting, candle lit corner of my city

with the GORGEOUS Suzanne from Privet and Holly

and a thrilling virtual visit to Erin's ART AND GARDENS

where I finally found my wings

and crown.

Since childhood, I was always told that there was either an artistic and FUNKY BeNt to a person's life

or a FIXED "intelligent" stability to one's character.

WEll, I was pegged into the artistic CORNER of life since I was old enough to hold a crayon in my hand
and charm my parents with silly scribbles

and WOW the family with my interesting Spanish vocabulary that sent them scurrying to the dictionary to find that my babbles were grammatically PRECISE.

As an educator however, I was quickly forbidden on the "other side" of the DIVIDING LINE, often placed in a certain category with comments such as, "Oh, she's the ARTSY teacher."

"She teaches her students language arts through theatre?"

"Hmmmph! I do it the RIGHT WAY."

To my chagrin, the evil eye

and twisted maxims of culture

have left me confused about the validity of my GRAY MATTER.

However, seeing Suzanne
and listening to her MIND

and learning about what she is passionate about

reminded me that you can be both


and HIGHLY INTELLIGENT at the same time.

I pondered this even further when I returned Erin's visit one day and saw this on her sidebar:

Perhaps imagination

is just intelligence

having FUN.

TOUCHÉ. NOW that's a new TRANSLATION that has helped me FIND my way back where I belong

Thank you, Suzanne and Erin.

Please go take a peek at Erin's BEAUTIFUL paintings

visit Suzanne's ELOQUENT writing style

and give THANKS for who you are.

Photo Credits:

Wings for Victoria Secret by Danielle Rech Horse
Model Photography by the genius Swede Sølve Sundsbø

Original paintings of white horses used with permission by the artist, Erin, from Erin's Art and Gardens
Me in a little sombrero con mi mama circa 1960
Original drawing by Anita Castles Crowns and Cottages ©


Stephanie @ La Dolce Vita said...

There is no doubt in my mind that you are both intelligent and artistic. Both qualities shine through here. I remember certain people growing up who tried to pigeonhole me into "smart" or "arty. One teacher actually told me you cannot be both! I told her there can be no smart without A-R-T. Hang in there and be yourself. We are exactly who we are meant to be.

Angelsdoor * Penny said...

Be still my heart... Oh Anita, what an inspirational post!!! Images and words that speak to my heart.. Just BEAUTIFUL ! The horse paintings are magnificent.. She is an amazing artist.. I will stop in to visit these two amazing women. The photos of you are wonderful. I love the one of you as a child. You are truly a one of a kind my friend.
Loving thoughts,

Stephanie @ La Dolce Vita said...

Hello Anita - I just popped back in answer to your last comment on my site. The bedrooms were part of a holiday show house I visited. I appreciate the sweet sentiments, but I am not actually Jewish - the room was merely decorated that way by the designers. No need to publish this comment - I just wanted to set the record straight, as it were.

Rattus Scribus said...


If intelligence really is imagination having fun, and am thoroughly convinced that it is, then you have an intelligence the likes of which philosophers should envy. An intelligence that is all about "sit still while instill" is easy. To break outside boxes people and society constantly seek to put us in, that is nothing less than heroic.

Love you

Beach House Living said...

Taking ones artistic side and blending with intelligent makes for one amazing journey. It also keeps the rest of the world on their toes.

Thank you for sharing the horses, they are beautiful.

"Create Beauty" said...

Oh what a beautiful post!!! and I love that quote, how true! You and Suzanne had a magical day, and those horse paintings are awesome! I've wanted to do a large close-up of the Afghan Hounds, now I'm certainly inspired even more!

There is dust everywhere in this room that use to be sparkling.... mustn't complain at my dear one sanding my table I'm painting in here though.... although would have liked to have covered things up first! Now to go do another coat of white paint.... enjoy your weekend, my artistic and intelligent friend!!!

~ Violet

Sarah said...

No question you've been blessed with both intelligence and artistic talent. This post was sheer delight. And as a retired educator, I applaud you for teaching with artistic style. That the best! Lucy students whose lives you have touched! ~ Sarah

Seawashed said...

I was born an far back as I can remember I was drawing and painting. In school I was different but embraced my difference and by High School I was confident as an Artist. But College sent me for a loop and after 1.5 yrs. I changed my major from Art to something 'more important'. By suprise I became a teacher...and was able to use my arts in teaching. But am just now finding my way back to 'being an Artist'. So I understand you completely. One thing I do like about the Arts is that it opens peoples hearts and disrupts the 'labels'. Art frees free Anita. ox~ kerrie

erin's art and gardens said...

this is such an amazing and inspiring post, filled with beautiful imagery and your wonderful enlightened musings. to be included here has just tickled me, overwhelmed me, honored me and humbled me so........
thank you from the bottom of my art, i mean heart........

Marfi-topia said...

Another lovely post from you, they are all thick colorful glitter filled snippets of beauty and yes, much intelligence!
You mesmerize with gorgeous images
then stun with your hypnotic prose.
You are like a beckoning mermaid or bejeweled bird waiting to share it song.
Thank you for sharing with me!

desde my ventana said...

Anita,a inspirating and amazing post filled of beauty and very great words..Thanks for sharing your talent and your art with us,
Have a lovely and rested weekend querida amiga,

Are you are better??

George The Lad said...

Hi Anita
I’ve been pondering your post, I do ponder between keeping mom busy, eating and exercise. I know it’s hard to contemplate, as us terriers are of a higher intelligence than most of your avenge dogs, Balzac must have told you that ;) Any how, you can correct me if I’m wrong, I can take it we have a think skin.
The way I see it, to be intelligent can be gained with hard work, by most people, well all people if they put there mind to it, but to be artistic is a very special gift. So to be the two makes you one special lady. I'm just saying, cus I knew that anyway ;)
Erin’s painting are beautiful, another lady with a special gift.
Have a good week, and don't forget us dogs can read you peeps like a book lol!!!
See Yea George xxx
Regards to Balzac

Karina Gentinetta said...

My goodness, Anita, you are one talented writer. The way you write is art in itself. Thanks for sharing this with us. You are beautiful.


Privet and Holly said...
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Privet and Holly said...

You are way too kind,
dear, sweet Anita!!!
I think that when
kindred souls spend
time together, their
common imaginations
flourish and grow and
build upon one another.
YOU are an absolute gem
and just beginning to
S H I N E !!!!
Love you loads,
xx Suzanne

My Grama's Soul said...

Dearest Anita....I am so very happy for you that your artistic side was encouraged from a very young age...It obviously has grown through the years and shows in all the beautiful posts you always share with us.....A visit to your beautiful spot is always a delight

I was never encouraged as a child to be intelligent side won out for most of my life...but as I have gotten older I have sprouted ARTSY Wings and I don't ever plan on landing on the ground!! (O:(O:



Low Tide High Style said...

What a beautiful post...and so very true! I think we all have intelligence and artistic abilities within us, sometimes others just don't recognize or value them!! Suzanne makes us see the beauty within in us, which is a wonderful gift, and Erin's artwork is simply inspiring!

My children's favorite English teacher, with whom they are still friends, is a woman who made them love the art of language through theater, humor, or any means necessary to help them develop a lifelong love of learning! Kudos to you for doing the same!

Kat :)

Edie Marie's Attic said...

Bonsoir ma belle... oui, I absolutely believe that being "artistic" and having and "imagination" shows intelligence beyond anyone's wildest dreams!! After all we are made in His image aren't we?? And he IS the Creator right? So when we create it is one of our Father's characteristics that shines through and oh how He must adore that in us... so what else matters?!

Fabulous post!! Happy Thanksgiving Anita & Ruben!! I'm so blessed to know you both...

Mille bisous ma artiste! Sherry

heather said...

Beautiful post, Anita! And so true. Just from reading your posts and how much your care about your kids and your teaching, I know you are one of the best teachers they will have ever known! You are intelligent art, my dear!

Deborah said...

You are such an amazing person..
Everything about you sings of your post my dear friend!!
As if you and Suzanne got together...oh how great a blessing is that?!!!
The horse photos are striking...beautiful!!!

Happy weekend Anita!!!

Deborah xoxoxoxo

Unknown said...

How exciting is this? You both have such gorgeous smiles! I am so happy that you got to meet Suzanne, I love her and I think that meeting bloggers in the real world is the most exciting thing ever! Thank you for all of your lovely and wonderful comments this week! XX!

deb famularo said..., brains and artistic talent too- what a combo you possess girl! BE UniQue! That's my motto! So thrilled you and your talented friend had fun! Wishing you and Ruben a wonderful Thanksgiving week! oh, yes my husband was posting a story about a 4 year boy who visited Heaven- only it posted to my blog instead of his and I removed it!!!! But it was a very touching story! It's on his blog now! xOxO love u!

June said...

I've known this about you since I 'found' you Anita. The most intelligent, artistic, fun loving person I know.
I love the picture of you and Suzanne. You are both beautiful women.
Your post is full of the dreamiest images.
hugs to you...

Woolytales Miniatures said...

Nita, you ARE intelligent and artistic AND you have such a gentle soul. What a combination!!!
I am humble to be called *your friend*!!!!(grin)
YOU inspire us all with your grace and tellings. My favorite thing to do late evenings is to come and *sit by your side*. I love you!T.

Createology said...

Interesting post. I seem to have always wandered down the middle and never being too artsy or too intelligent. Somehow I am very happy in my simple little world! :o) Happy weekend...

Unknown said...

You are all that and more...NEVER let people define you. Have a wonderful Turkey Day Sweetie!!


~*~ saskia ~*~ said...

J'adore cette post, ma belle amie! Strong words and awesome images. These words on Erin's blog are keepers.
People who think and act outside of the box are intelligent artists.
Let's have a good coffee on that, I'm off.. oh and make time to put your feet up today! Mille bisous

Rosie said...

Oh Dear one this is So beautiful and insightful...and to be call the artsy teacher is not only an honor but something to be SO proud of. Of All the teachers who molded and shaped me during my years of schooling, there are three teachers that stand out in my mind...My mother(grades 1,2 & 3 in a little two room country school), my grade eight art teacher who encouraged individuality and not only "thinking", but "drawing" outside the box, and my grade 12 teacher who showed both love and patients, always encouraging us to strive for more...she was crazy, and we LOVED her for it...she was "a ray of sunshine on a dismally gray day".
So dear one, you will have found a precious place in MANY a heart already. I know that you will be looked back on fondly, as the teacher who always wore a smile as she skipped down the halls with a spring in her my dear are LOVED.

Now I will be sure to visit both of these sites...(that horse's head is spectacular.)and any one who inspires YOU, must have much talent.

Have a Wonderfilled Sunday dear heart, I will be playing catch up tomorrow with "life" in general...
sending you a smile, a HUG and a lot of LOVE...Rosie

LiLi M. said...

Bonjour Anita!
There are always people who think they know what is important and even worse; they have to tell you (and mostly every one else too). Those people tend to think that what they don't understand is not important. In fact they showcase their ignorance. Of course intelligence and fantasy can go well together as well as feeling or talent of any art whatsoever. When there is money involved those same people don't make that difference. Have you ever heard anybody talking about let's say Walt Disney or Bach or Rembrandt being not intelligent (not to say stupid)? Some people just don't get it, but they never wonder: why don't I understand that flower or that mountain? Of course you can be both artistic and intelligent as on the other hand people can have a highly appreciated education and still be very dumb.

I love that photo of you as a todler! Have a great Sunday Anita! You are doing so well learning Dutch!
Dag (bye) lieve (sweet) vriendin (friend)! LiLi

Sem Nome said...

A bright intelligent artist YOU are, dear friend! You are both and much more. Friendly, sensitive, pretty, charming and all the virtues I cannot write in your language...:o)
Be YOU always and the result will be fabulous, be sure. Write, listen, draw, craft, paint, dance, live! Anita is infinit! A blanc page we receive every single morning and I am sure you draw in yours beautifuly!!!
Much love for YOU! I hope your are feeling well! Special Anita, bye! Bela.

My Shabby Streamside Studio said...

The models on the horses was so moving, thanks for sharing the beauty and sentiments!

P.S. – I’m having a Jeanne d’Arc Living Christmas Giveaway!
Sandy @ My Shabby Streamside Studio

Deana Sidney said...

They are not mutually exclusive! Do you know for all the Chinese are doing in education... what they can't teach is creativity and that is what propels civilization forward. WIthout vision, we would still be gnawing on bones in caves. Those who try to discourage creativity are people who have none and are afraid and jealous of those who do because you can't buy it or learn it... it is inside of you or it is not.
On both sides of the equation, we need to honor one another's gifts.

You go girl.. sing your song with a full voice. Your time is now and we need creative voices more than ever in these trying times.

Happy holidays, lovely Anita!

The Dutchess said...

Wow..this was a very artsy and very intelligent post my dear..

Loved it.. like I love you..:))

highheeledlife said...

Oh my dearest friend... I'm so happy that you were encouraged from and early age to express your creative side ... as for intelligent, I do believe it goes withot saying you are both creative and brilliant ~ I find the way you express your writing and posts to truly inspire me beyond words. hugs.. HHL

koralee said...

Morning sweet friend....the wind is blowing and the white is falling today...I am huddled up in my cozy blanket..going to do some nesting today.

Oh what a lovely post about 2 of my favourite friends...Suzanne and Erin are both such beauties..inside and out.

I have always fallen on the creative side...and I feel blessed that God has given me that really is a gift as we do see things in a different light...I think creative people have HUGE hearts. xo

Sending you some cozy hugs today....xoxoxo

The French Bear said...

Anita, you are so artistic and creative....and very intellectual, my oasis of comfort and peace when I come to visit. Your words and your incredible photos always leave me breathless and like I have been away on a little respite!!!!! I agree with everyones comments..... you do inspire and touch our hearts with your beautiful posts!!!!
Now I am off to visit these other inspiring women!!!
Thank you....
Margaret B

Unknown said...

Anita dearest...I see you as a wee little one and I can't help but think the good Lord knew we were to be friends. I love the fact we really don't operate in the big girl world as much as the little girl world. My favorite candy bar still to this day is Three Muskateers. I can't believe it, I can't, I can't. You are my playmate come true! Proof is in the playhouse of our minds where art and imagination are all mixed in the Tupperware bowl of life and it's okay!

I love the BE DIFFERENT art...however, I really want to stick Tazmo on one end and Sadie on the other! Sticking together like peanut butter and jam...for sure!

Stacey said...

Since hubby's return, i haven't been avidly keeping up with my blog reading. I saw your sweet comment over at Shari's on my b'day and blog redesign-thank you! This is a beautiful and inspiring post too. I think we innately have artistic and intelligent capabilities-we just need the creative inspiration and sometimes an external source of motivation to tap into both.

PS. Added you to my blog roll that i can better keep abreast of your posts:-). Happy Sunday sweet Anita. XX

Simplement ... said...

Je suis touchée par la grâce et la poésie de ton blog ...
A défaut d'en comprendre les mots, tes images m'emmènent dans un monde féérique ...
Bisous doux petite fée.

Crystal Rose Cottage said...

Anita....I don't know who could doubt your "smarts" or your "arts"..You, my friend definitely got it going on and I am in awe of you!~Hugs, Patti

Kathy's Red Door Welcome said...

I've always believed the most creative people are the most intelligent! I also adore Suzanne so you are most certainly in good company. Hope you have a fabulous Thanksgiving!

Champagne Macarons said...

Bonjour darling! How I've missed you. How are you? I'm doing well. Looking forward to Christmas break!
This is a lovely post. You have the gift of intelligence and artistic ability, and so much more!
How is the renovation? I look forward to seeing photos!
I hope all is well with you.
Wishing you a beautiful week!
xoxo, B

Simplement ... said...

Merci chère Anita d'avoir pris le temps de m'expliquer ...
Celà me touche beaucoup.
J'ai la foi et je rends grâce chaque matin de tout ce qui m'est accordé.
Je te souhaite le meilleur et t'embrasse tendrement.

Rosie said...

Sweet Anita...
oh dear one how are you dear.. Hope your day was full of rest and relaxation. I finally managed to update my blog. This is such a very busy time for me, it seems I am forever running behind the pack.
Made a few banana muffins today, and that always brightens my day.
My tree arrives tomorrow and I am ready to put up a little Christmas.
Well my dear, my hands are sore and so I will have to make this a short cuppa....sorry
Have a glorious week inspiring each of those little budding artists... ....For THIS is your calling..... rosie............

Pierelantijntjes said...

I'm so glad you've found your "crown" Anita. I love your post, and makes me think about my place in life.
have a great week,
hugs Ester

It's me said...

Wowwwww.....Anita ...what a great post !!!....lovely to seee her erin's painting........i like your blog !!...i follow now....hope you will visit my tooo....and maybe will follow me to....have a nice week Ria...

Anonymous said...

Some of the most wonderful teachers I have ever had were not only intelligent but artistic as well. They were the teachers who knew how to reach each student and make learning fun. Be who you are Anita because I know you are a great teacher!You also have a beautiful heart which is so important in these trying times we live in today.
I hope you and your family have a lovely Thanksgiving :>)

Queen Of The Armchair aka Dzintra Stitcheries said...

Oh Anita!!! Thank goodness you are found...and WOW teaching through theatre, how cool is that!!! I am so pleased you found your wings...I love who you are...Dzintra♥x

Such a Wondrous Place this Faery Space said...

This has me in tears. You are not to question the beauty of you. For when you do, I will swoop in and I will show you how thankful I am for your ways. You are well-versed in so much. Intelligent, talented and oh so, kind. I, too, am questioned about my upbeat methods, looked at like I am a dumb blonde who couldn't possibly know Proust or understand Shakespeare. I have people who don't understand my imagination, nor want to see that as valid intellegence. Those who know me, really see, understand my deep and still waters of dreams, intellect and compassion. I completely understand. I completely hear you and you must know that you are appreciated. This year is hard. All challenges are given light and you embraced yours by seeking delight instead of woe in immersing yourself in art and what is good. I applaud you always, but, especially today with tears on my cheeks. Brava friend. I will never forget this post and I must put that quote on my sidebar. Thanks for that. Blessings to you and write me anytime dear. You are brilliant and shiny, too, and that is what some are jealous of for they don't see that they could be, as well.

Anonymous said...

Delightful and inspiring post, Anita! I love Erin's paintings & have followed her blog for some time now, and I just (just before coming here!) visited Suzanne's blog and left a comment there! So fun discovering we visit the same peeps! :)
Have yourself a wonderful week!
~ Zuzu

Martina said...

Dearest Anita - i so love this quote at the end here! Isn't it great - and true? Yes, because life is meant to be fun sometimes, just look at all the silly prettiness, playfulness, and phantatsie in nature. Nature isn't grey and dull, and neither are we. And the kids you're teaching will surely appreciate your "artsy" side. Love your post, all the lovely pictures and your ability to integrate them into a story. Hope your week starts on a joyful note, xox

Barbara said...

You don't have to be one or the other...YOU are both. We all aren't that lucky though. I am NOT artistic, but I do have a great sense of humor and, hopefully, intelligence. That's good enough for me!
What a lovely, thoughtful post for Thanksgiving week. I hope yours is joyful and filled with family, friends and good food!

Marmee's Pantry said...

What a great post ~ a true inspiration. I have always told my girls, "Why be like everyone else? ~ Who wants to be like everyone else?" And..."Even if you like a certain trendy style, put your own twist on it."

And now that they are 22 & 19 yrs old, I'm happy that they ARE finding their own 'intelligent style' & others are attracted to it, too.

Thanks for the confirmation.

Blessings from Ohio...Kim<><

Don said...

Wonderful post.. I'm glad I found you.

Burlap Luxe said...

What can I say, your beauty is inside-out, and of course you can be "ARTSY"
and HIGHLY INTELLIGENT at the same time.

Girl! you are a "women" to love!

I want to thank you for the beauty you show in so many ways. Through your writtings that speak to us with an inner voice that takes our words away in amazement to how beautifully you write. We hear every word you have to say, and want to live it right alng with you.

Is it not so special to meet with a friend and take a moment to listen to what they may have to say. You are a friend I would love and feel comfortable spending soulful time with.

I always instill in my daughter Hannah, to find passion in what ever your mind wants to learn. Go with a creative mind, and the beauty will shine.

Anita, your creative mind and beauty shines.

"Vous avez un esprit créatif et éclatante beauté."


Country Wings in Phoenix said...

Hi Anita Sweetie...
I absolutely adore this post. Being different is what makes each of us, who we are. You my dear shine with the highest. I love your artsy features as that is who you are meant to be.

Your childhood photo is just precious. I love it. You were precious then, and are beautiful now. Isn't it funny how sometimes are faces don't change, just mature?

Don't ever change Anita sweetie. I love the woman that you are. You are "YOU" in a nutshell. B-E-A-U-T-I-F-U-L. Yes breathtakingly beautiful. The smartest thing Ruben ever did, was snatch you right up. Each of your students will forever be a better person by having been touched by your love of art and teaching.

Thank you for reaching out and touching my life Anita sweetie. I will stop by and visit your two beautiful friends as well.

Many hugs sweetie and so much love, Sherry

Queen Of The Armchair aka Dzintra Stitcheries said...

Thank you Anita...we had a wonderful dinner...yes all 3 of us LOL!!! You have a wonderful day...Love and hugs, Dzintra♥x

Kelly Frances Dunn said...

Hello Anita! Ahh, the celebration of life and all things "artsy". I love that word, as that's who I've always been. For so long I tried to cover up that seemed that being left brained was more cherished for a time in my youth. My parents always encouraged the gifts I had and I remember being in the most unpopular art class. I would walk alone with portfolio in hand to a class of 3 or 4 others. Everyone else would be in Home Economics while I was in a messy frock! This was awesome and I'm so sorry it's been some time since my last visit. I'm happy to hear you had high tea with kindred spirits. Amen to that. Happy, Happy Thanksgiving! XXOO

Unknown said...

Dearest Anita, you are not only incredibly artistic and intelligent, you have something what I call intelligence of the heart! You write (a gorgeous blog) and draw beautifully, you make music, you teach and reflect on your life and the people around you, you are mindful and grateful. Combining the two halves of our brain successfully is a high achievement.
And usually you get some kind of genius!

One day I would so love to meet you in person!

(I became a midwife before I was able to study art and design, looking back it has helped me finding my ways. Later, after many life interruptions I started working as a designer, but art is waiting to get the better of me....)
Think me a soul mate!

Fete et Fleur said...

Dearest Anita,

I've been struggling with getting my computer working. It picked up an awful virus and some spyware. It took a week, but I was able to fix it on my own and with a whole lot of prayer. I will visit these lovely links you have left.


Rosie said...

Oh my dear, every time I stroll through this post I get are sooo amazing...I am truly blessed to call you friend.
Well my tree arrived today...oh she is very white and really doesn't need any adornment to make her any more beautiful. Ah, but alas, I do love a little embellishment... Adding a bit of sparkle is what SMILES are made of. It will take a couple of days to pull it all together. I do love Christmas
Bill has tomorrow off, so will come with me to shop in the morning, which should make for a bit of FUN.
I have made arrangements to take my ladies out for a little staff dinner on Thursday evening, so will be on the hunt for "trinkets" tomorrow as well...a good day it will be :)
Have a JOYfilled week my dear...xoxox.... Rosie

koralee said...

Happy evening sweet friend...I am not sure what yours is like but ours is blistery and freezing..true Canadian to find my rice pack and stick in on my feet..I am always cold!!!!

Hope your day was a good one...I think if I remember you said you had meeting.

Have a great Tuesday. xoxoox

jade said...

Sorry, that i´m so late, my dear friend!!!!!! I love, love, love your wonderful post.........thank you so much for all your inspiration!!!!! Wish my English would be better ;)), to tell you, what i feel!!!!!! To visit your blog is to be in a better world!!!! Have a wonderful week, my dear Anita,

Hugs Jade

PS: The white horses in the snow take my breath away!!!! The pictures are so full of beauty and peace!!!

Anonymous said...

This is so eloquently written. I don't think there is reason to peg anyone into one corner. Of course, a person can be creative and intelligent! So great you got to meet Suzanne...she is such a sweetheart. I can totally picture you to getting along like old friends! xo

Burlap Luxe said...

Mon ami, je suis béni d'avoir un ami comme vous. Je vous souhaite un séjour rempli d'amour et de baisers ET JE VOUS SOUHAITE UNE BONNE JOURNÉE trop.
Action de grâces d'amour pour vous, votre famille et remplis de vacances!


PS. Anita,
I really only have one daughter "Hannah Bailey Callaway"
Yet her friend Denise is so close to us and I have raised her when her Mom moved away so she finished 4 years of High school with us 3/4 of the time with traveling back and forth for her visit to family.

I'm not sure that message got across. So it is just Hannah and myself right now in our live's and living it passionately :)

Please! send me your address I want to include you in on my friendship list.

Martina said...

Dearest Anita, thanks for coming! I admire you no end for being able to get up at 3.30 - you are soooooo brave! Plus your imagination seems to work so well at this time of day - how else could you compose such beautiful posts - and correspomd with so many friends? Love the picture of you and your blog-friend - so pretty! Take time to restore your energy if you can - it is so precious! This whole year has been so exhausting for me as well, but we must take good care of ourselves. Use the rest of the week to relax and do fun things!

myletterstoemily said...

all the truly gifted people are also
highly intelligent. you are the first
to see, understand, and then create.

the rest of us just get to enjoy!


Cindy Swanson said...

So beautiful, Anita! I'm so glad you're using both your artsy and intelligent sides to full means a blessing for everyone who reads your blog. Have a wonderful and blessed Thanksgiving!

Barb said...

Hi Anita,

I wanted to stop by and wish you a very happy Thanksgiving.


Susan said...

Dear Anita, The Lord has indeed gifted you with an artistic bent, :) amazing intelligence, a compassionate heart, and a passion for life!!... Not to mention a HUGE heart that overflows with LOVE and encouragement! Your students are truly blessed as are those of us who call you friend!
YOU, my dear, are on my list of things I'm thankful for this season. Wishing you and Ruben a very Happy Thanksgiving!

"Create Beauty" said...

Ok! My speakers are now working and I can hear the music!!!!

Oh Anita, whenever you doubt yourself, come here and read these comments and let them be healing balm to your soul...

~ Violet

Barb said...

Hi Anita,

Thank you for coming by. November has been a difficult month with Tommy passing away. Very quiet around here. Hopefully Dorothy and the girls will be in town for Christmas- that will add some life to this quiet home.
Jeff is deployed and will be gone for a year. Big sigh. Dorothy and the girls are supposed to move to the base in Hawaii in Jan. Since that is Jeff's home base, they will be there when he returns in October. Another big sigh......

Big hugs,

Burlap Luxe said...

to you too love :)

koralee said...

Tag....I'am it....yes tomorrow is the start of my parent/teachers conferences my friend. What a good tag team we make.

Only tomorrow and Thursday evenings. Not nearly as demanding as yours.

I just had to pop over and officially wish you a Happy Thanksgiving....may your fun you celebrate at home?

Love and hugs....what would I do without you????

Rosie said...

snifff....sniffff....Mmmmmmm...dear heart, what "little treat" have you got baking in the I smell something spicy...mayyybeeee...ginger cookies? Oh I hope so, cause that last batch was CrAzY good!!!
Oh my sweet, sweet friend you must be so tired, but Anita you are all done my dear... ...INHALE...Ahhhhh...the hard part is all made it. Now you can concentrate on having Fun, and getting that castle of yours whipped into shape for the holiday.
And Thanksgiving is upon us...yippeee...your turkey sounds delicious! TELL ME MORE...please. Are there any veggie dishes you can share...I LOVE trying new recipes.
Well, THE TREE IS UP...and she is very silver...How is it that the tree looks SO different every year? Last year she sported a little turquoise...just a touch.
Oh dearest had such a lovely shopping day...brought my chauffeur/ parcel carrier/ boyfriend...GLORIOUS...if only I could have this luxury every week. So dear one I have so enjoyed this Wonderfilled cuppa, with my dearest kindred.
Have a blessed day you...Rosie

Oh, tomorrow evening is the night..."puttin' on the sparkle" and away we go...smilin' off to my fluffy nest...yawn...oxxoxox

Julie@beingRUBY said...

Dear Anita
again a beautiful thought provoking post... and a subject very dear to me.. I am an overly analytical person... coupled with perfectionism and 20 odd years in IT.. .makes me NUTS!! hahaha... but just this last year I have found art again... I am sure.. it is saving me!!! I will tell you much more about it some day.. but for the moment I so concur!!!

Thank you for your always gracious and kind comments my way... truly lifts one's spirits to see your visits.... Have a wonderful wonderful week.... ciao ciao xxx Julie

PS... Love Erin's art of course!!!!! and so glad you met up with one of your blog friends... xxx

Christmas-etc... said...

Shakespeare, Da Vinci, El Greko... dear Anita - these are just three of the most artsy people in the world ever and three of the most intelligent too! I think you are in very very good company!!
Many blessings!

Tish Jett said...

Oh, my dearest, dearest Anita,

You are art, intelligence, beauty and infinite kindness. I cannot tell you how happy I am that you (and Ruben) are in my life, even if, for the moment it is only virtual.

I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving. I really do miss it. For a few years we celebrated with friends, but we've all sort of forgotten it and what a perfect holiday it is.

I shall keep my promise to you two. Don't worry.


jerilanders said...

Well, I've never thought of myself as highly intelligent, that's for sure.... but If "imagination is intelligence having fun" then I AM a genius!! My imagination is so vivid it's ridiculous sometimes. I would sure like to go back in time and tell THAT to my 2nd grade math teacher,hah!
PS tell Ruben I loved his caption on my sheep post. Here is why, my dad LOVED Al Jolson, and I grew up hearing dad play his records over and over again."I'd walk a million miles, for one of your smiles, my Mamie"!

~*~ saskia ~*~ said...

Bonjour mon amie, comment allez-vous? Il est froid ici, tres tres froid. Mais ce n'est pas un problem, I get to wear my favorite coat. How is your week so far, up and runing? I sincerely hope your voice is all happy again.
Warm Wishes to YOU for a Wonderful Wednesday xxxxx

Anonymous said...

Splendid post ,Bravo.

Susan Houseman said...

Hi Anita --- Bravo and thank goodness for your wonderful, inspiring blog. I see you as a very artistic, intelligent and refined women. I hope you and yours have a Happy Thanksgiving. xxx susan

La Petite Gallery said...

Spectacular post, Where would the world be with out art. I think you are tops kiddo,
Happy Thanksgiving. yvonne

GwendolynKay said...

To think that if one is artistic , they may not be so intellegent is a crime indeed. You my dear are defeniately both. I am sure I speak for many to say I love your artistic and thoughtful and beautiufl blog.
Blessings and hugs!

Anonymous said...

Dear Anita, I hope you and your family have a truly wonderful and blessed Thanksgiving ♥

desde my ventana said...

Hello Anita,
I think tomorrow is Thanksginving's day in the U.S,so I wish you a wonderful day with all your family,
Big hugs,

Christel said...

Dearest heart, Thank you so much for stopping by with Thanksgiving wishes for me! I too was thinking of you. I sent out an email to the ones clostest to my heart here in blogland, and was sad that even though I was sure I had your email address, I did not, so I wanted to leave you this message to let you know, you are among the people I am thankful for this year. With much love Christel

Tracie~MyPetiteMaison said...

Hi Anita,
Of course, you are both, sweet lady!

Love that amazing horse, don't you think that beauty would be a perfect friend to Monsieur Zeke? I do!
Oui, Zeke is still my associate (he's been promoted from asst.) at My Petite Maison.

Happy Thanksgiving, sweetheart, so good to hear from you.

deb famularo said...

I wish you both a very Happy and Blessed Thanksgiving! Just think, next Thanksgiving your home will be transformed into your new oasis! I hope we're in a home by then too, ugh, the agony of waiting.... patience is NOT my virtue. Keep praying!!! I don't want to think of an alternative to FL, it just HAS to happen!
Lots of love, xoxo

{Bellamere Cottage} said...

Oh my sweet Anita....

You are the quintessential brilliant woman AND fabulous artisan.... Oh, if only I could have so much rolled into one package.... And, beeeeee......u.....ti.........FUL too??? Whew, the Lord blessed you ABUNDANTLY....and I am blessed to be your friend. :-)

What a little cutie patootie you were..... I love that sweet little photo. It's so much fun to see bloggers as tots.

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving dear one..... I'll be up at the crack of dawn cooking my fool head off.....and trying to make my table beautiful too.

Huggies!!!!!! And lovies too.


June said...

Hi dear Anita, I had to come over again and thank you for your sweet message.
I have thought more about your post in the past few days, and thought about the teachers that impacted the lives of my children the most. The teachers who really stretched them and helped in making them who they are today. Two of my daughter's are blessed with so much artistic talent and I was thinking about this after reading your post and remember a particular teacher that they had as a teacher and how she was 'the artsy' teacher in the elementary at that time. After my two oldest daughters moved up from her class she moved away. I have often wondered if this may be one reason that my two oldest daughters and two younger daughters differ so much in their artistic expression. They all excelled in music, thanks to a wonderful music director at the school...I guess what I am trying to say here, is that I am so thankful for the teachers that came into my children's lives who helped them find in themselves that spark of creativity that will continue to bless them throughout all their life. For the teacher that helped them color outside the lines and think outside the box. You are a blessing to every child you come in contact with Anita, and I am so glad that their are other's like you.
Have a Happy Thanksgiving dear friend.
love to you...

Rosie said...

Oh dear one...It's late and I just got home from our little due, and was greeted by the kindest message EVER...Right back at ya, girlfriend...I love you too dear one.
You are so very, very special! Will stop back tomorrow with all the juicy details...Sleep well dearest...xoxo Rosie

Simplement ... said...

Bon thanksgiving très chère Anita ...
Que la Vie te soit clémente et t'apporte le meilleur.
Bisous doux

jerilanders said...

And a Happy and Hearty Thanksgiving to you Anita! Mavis Mudd is quite safe, I never eat my friends. Besides. the Lord of the Manor and myself are off this very morning to North Carolina to set up for an Artshow over the weekend. There is no rest for the weary and once again, we will have our Thanksgiving meal in an out of town restaurant, darn! Meanwhile, back at the farm, all the girls will be feasting on a huge pile of pumpkins and gourds. Cheers! Jeri

Unknown said...

Yes, we were lost, and now we are found. God be with you both,
Happy Thanksgiving Day,
Love Len and Jackie

Martina said...

Happy Thanksgiving dearest Anita! I hope you'll have a delicious weekend with all your favorite treats and only nice people around! I'll start decorating for christmas time tom. - that'll make the days look brighter. So cold and rainy out here! Stay warm - inside and outside! xx

Rosie said...

Ahhhhh.....yawn....good morning dearest! Oh my sweet, last night was really fun. There were over 500 people there, and about 50 businesses...and a lot of merriment and laughter. We were not the chosen one...but, it was truly a great experience.

Now onto today...Let it snow,Let it snow,Let it snow...YUP, it has been sooooo cold for the last few days, and now IT IS WINTER...YIPPEEEEE!!!
I am thinkin' this is the perfect day for a bit of gift wrapping. The fire is warm and my p.j's are cozy. Has the makin's of a FINE day :)

And you my dear are in the midst of dinner planning...I LOVE your special dishes...Mmmmmmm...Oh I am so enjoying the season. Tonight is our staff dinner...I must say, I have the BEST ladies...I truly LOVE them. They work so hard, but still have time to giggle and enjoy the job. We will have a good girly gab session and a few taste tidbits to go along with it.
Tomorrow, there is a HUGE Christmas Show at the same venue as our due last night...So, my dear husband suggested we go have a peek at this. I think it should be entertaining.

Well my dear friend, it is time to get the ribbon and the gift wrap out and put a few gifts under the tree...May you have a relaxing day enjoying each and every moment with your dear husband. Blessings...xoxox...Rosie

Rosie said...

Oh dear heart, check your email :)

Micki said...

Thank Goodness you found your path to the arts. I love painting too, and anything dealing with nature rejuvenates me. I think that one can be both intelligent and creative at the same time. Look at Audrey Hepburn...she was definitely both,as you are.

~*~ saskia ~*~ said...

Hi dearest Anita, just popping by to wish you a lovely merry happy fun-filled Thanksgiving. Make sure you sit back for a minute and watch your lovely family chit chatting, laughing, being together. I always love these sweet petit moments, they make me feel sooooo rich and fill my heart with pure l o v e
Much love to YOU sweet friend xxxx
Enjoy these non-school days to the max xxxx

chateaudelille said...

I love the description tjat imagination is intelligence having fun.That really works for me!Especially in the classroom.Fiona

chateaudelille said...

PS,my class have made several Madeline stories that are set in Perth, Western Australia.They really are so cute and Im proud of what they have achieved.Maybe when they are done I could show them to you. Im hoping to make a sort of E-Book.

Sem Nome said...

Have a wonderful weekend, dear Anita friend!! May your holiday be sweet and full of great moments!! Bright Anita, rest and have your favorite food:D
I am still anxious about the fabric!!!! Love!!! Bela.

La Petite Plume said...

your Majesty!!!!

How I've missed you:)) I pray you are well. Happy Thanks Giving to your and yours! I read your beautiful article by our beloved Queen, M.A. You looked so radiant! Bravo on this article!!

Royal wishes,

koralee said...

Morning dear friend!!!

Thank you for your kind words that were waiting for me this morning...xoxoxo

Thought about you yesterday around your Thanksgiving table. Oh I love of my favouite where we can really reflect on how BLESSED we all are!

We had snow falling all day was not cancelled but our parent/teacher conferences in the evening I came home had a hot bath...went to bed and now I am up and ready to go!!! No school here for us I am going to venture down to your lovely country and mail my daughters Christmas gifts to the UK. Your mail service is sooooo much faster and such a better deal for us Canadians....but I hear it is Black Friday...should I be worried about that? Does it get crazy busy? Hmmmmm I wonder if the line up at the boarder will be long? I live 5 mins. from the US boarder so head down often. Wish me luck!

Have a great day ......sending you lots of love. xoxoxoxo

pchickki said...

What a lovely blog
I have been a fan of your sisters for a few years. You two are so talented!!
Thanks for making me smile

Champagne Macarons said...

I just love the new look of your blog ~ STUNNING! The photo of Paris in the snow is one of my favourite photos ever. I use that for Christmas wishes time and again. It looks like a dream, doesn't it?
Yes, I am enjoying the time off from school but I have so much to do! I have homework as well. It felt good just being able to sleep in today.
Thanksgiving was wonderful. My dear husband had to work as the medical community never closes. I hope you had a lovely day.
Glad to hear the renovation is going well.
I'm certain school can be wild this time of year. Christmas break will be here before you know it and you will be able to lose yourself in the beauty of your writing and painting. You will be enjoying your new studio before you know it!
Wishing you a lovely weekend, darling.
xoxo, B

Presépio no Canal said...

Imagination is the only way to develop intelligence, I think. Like the creators of the great inventions of the world! Imagionation also brings colour to life! Yes, let's have fun together!

Kerry said...

One word: BRAVO!!

Creations by Marie Antoinette and Edie Marie said...

The most wonderful of post. I just knew you were a beautiful person...inside and out. You are very much loved.
That is why I am so happy you won my give away Dear... CONGRATS!!!
Here is my email, please send me your addy.
I want o wish you a very Merry French Christmas, and May God continue sending his blessings to you,
XXOO Marie Antionette

Stacey said...

Just popping by to say have a great weekend!:-) XX