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Diva Challenge 102

“The key to successful aging is to pay as little attention to it as possible.” Judith Regan

So here I am, another year older.  I’m happy to report my birthday was much more relaxed than last year.  I spent most of my birthday week with my work team mates at a regional meeting.  Connecting with my friends and colleagues and sharing ideas and catching up are the best part of these meetings for me.  I have a long list of “stuff” and ideas to implement prompted by the diversity that always breeds creativity. My birthday itself was a long and very productive work day (thanks to that list of “stuff”) followed by a lazy evening with my husband at home.  Much better than the hospital waiting room where I spent my birthday last year.

For the last few years, my husband has been using the occasion of my birthday to gift me with a special Zentangle related trip just for me.  It started with my first certification seminar with Rick and Maria in 2011.  This was a much needed break from the chaos in our lives at the time and a chance to heal my spirit.  Just as my work meetings allow me to reconnect with friends and colleagues and refresh my thinking about my work; these trips offer me the opportunity to refresh my creative spirit and connect with my Zentangle friends.  This year it will be Tangle U in Northampton, Mass.  I am sooo excited to have this opportunity to meet so many of the rock stars of the Zentangle world I have only admired through their books an blogs. 

I’ve never been one to make very much of my birthday.  I think it’s because my birthday falls just after Christmas and seems pretty anticlimactic. I have friends and family who begin announcing and celebrating their big day weeks in advance.  Other are so caught up in the number, fudging what it really is, to the point they lose track of their real age.  To each his own.  I’m okay with the number, 52 this year, and I rarely raise the subject of my upcoming birthday.  I had to think a few moments when asked by a team mate about the date last week.  Being remembered with a little note or simple “Happy Birthday” is great, much more is a little embarrassing.  What I DO celebrate is one more year to enjoy my Dad, treasure my children and grandchildren, and thank God for good health and a sharp mind.  And be grateful to have found my other half so early in my life.  He’s my polar opposite, preferring sports and numbers, early mornings and a “do it now” attitude.  The man possesses no inclination toward creativity, though he appreciates art and beauty and has the sensitivity to encourage me to explore and enjoy those things he doesn’t understand. What more could you ask for in a mate?


Zendala Dare 40












A few things to know about Louisiana: 

  • Possums sleep in the middle of the road with their feet in the air. 
  • There are 5,000 types of snakes, and 4,998 live in Louisiana. 
  • There are 10,000 types of spiders. All 10,000 live in Louisiana, plus  a couple that nobody has seen before.
  • Squirrels will eat anything.
  • Unknown critters love to dig holes under tomato plants. 
  • Raccoons will test your crop of melons and let you know when they are ripe. 
  • If it grows, it sticks; if it crawls, it bites. 
  • A tractor is NOT an all-terrain vehicle. They do get stuck.  
  • Onced and Twiced are words.  
  • It is not a shopping cart, it is a buggy. 
  • Fire ants consider you their picnic.
  • People actually grow and eat okra.
  • “Fixinto” is one word.  
  • There ain’t no such thing as “lunch.” There’s “dinner” and then there’s “supper.”  
  • Sweet tea is appropriate for all meals, and you start drinking it when you’re two.  
  • Backwards and forwards” means, “I know everything about you.” 
  • “Jeet?” is actually a phrase meaning “Did you eat?”  
  • You don’t have to wear a watch because it doesn’t matter what time it is, you work until you’re done or it’s too dark to see.  


For the Diva Challenge this week, Laura Harms asked for representations of the place we live.  Gumbo, the swamp and sugar cane all come to mind for my home, south Louisiana.  This made my tile pretty easy to accomplish.  I also think of the crazy culture down here – maybe it’s the humidity (we blame everything on the humidity.)  Take a look at for some more fun stuff about life down here and a few great jokes too.

I have also decided to share my gumbo inspired tangle: Okra.  Bon Apetit, y’all!


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