A Celebration of Life

A Celebration of Life is a gathering of family and friends to remember the life and times of a loved one who has passed.  It is a time to remember good times and cherished moments of the one who was lost.

I have a fair amount of Celebrations of Life at the hall.  These are not really sad events.  There may be tears and sorrow, but it is a time of sharing good times, funny stories and cherished memories.  A gathering with food, family friends and fellowship helps us remember our loved one and provides a little closure.  You are sharing the memories with others.  When you express your feelings with others, it helps make you feel better.  Looking through all of those photo albums and remembering family trips is good for us to reflect upon our past and the adventures we have had!

Celebrations of Life can take place months or even a year after someone has passed away.  It might take a lot of time to coordinate family members to gather,  especially if someone is in the military and can’t get home right away.

 This type of gathering can take place at someone’s home, a camp site, a park, a restaurant, a church, an event hall or another cherished place, as long as it is a place where your friends can gather easily ( due to some folks having mobility restrictions). It doesn’t have to be elaborate.  Food should be present, (potluck, bbq, catered), a few kind words said, photos (albums, slideshow, framed pictures) and  anything else you would like to have included.

 Remember to take those pictures, they are so important!  It’s okay to keep a momento, a special card from the past.  It is a cherished moment remembered. Start making your own memories today!wall saying

Winter Blues got you down?

I was at the post office yesterday and overheard 2 gentleman talking.  One said to another ” I am ready for Winter to be over”.  I thought to myself, Winter just got started didn’t it? And yes, it did – started on December 21st, so we are only into it 23 days!  I will say that when winter hit, it hit hard but then it eased up quickly.  I am very thankful that I live in the Pacific Northwest where we do not have the extremes of floods, tornadoes, deep snow.

The winter rain that we have returns everything to green, which is beautiful, even though there are no leaves on the trees and shrubs.  That rain in turn puts water back into our reservoirs and lets plants bloom again.  I am no puddle jumper for sure, but I welcome the rain.  IF the winter blues get you down, just keep an eye out for the daffodils which are already popping up – a sure sign of Spring like weather! Spring Snow March 21 2012 011

You don’t remember days, you remember moments

I have a plaque that says “You don’t remember days, you remember moments“.  I often think about this phrase and last night was one of those moments.  After a meeting out-of-town, I was driving home and right in front of me was this most beautiful rainbow.  Not a full-fledged half circle rainbow, but a huge wide bar going straight up into the clouds with all of the colors of the rainbow.  What was different about this was it was 8:45 in the evening and the clouds were turning pink with the sun going down.  It was the most pretty sight to see and I got to follow it as I drove towards home.  I enjoyed it and it was a great ending to the day.  I will remember that for quite a while.  Remember to take the time to enjoy those little moments during the day.  It will make all of the difference in the world!                                        (attached photo not the rainbow I saw, but still pretty!)


Waiting for the paint to dry…

I painted on exterior of garage yesterday.  It was a beautiful day to paint.  I do not particularly like to paint, because of all of the set up and clean up, so when I do get at it, I try to make a day of it.  Then it rained.  What do you do when you are waiting for the paint to dry?   Me – I go to the next task on my list and wait for good weather to start painting  again.


Beach Theme for weddings

Beach Rules signRecently the Beach Theme for weddings has been popping up all over the place.  I’ll take that as a sign to post about that again since it has been my most popular read theme on this blog.  The beach theme can be done in so many color palettes – from sandy colors, to blue sky colors to wood and water colors.  Find a color scheme that you like and start there.  What I get about the beach theme is that it is a simple and carefree look – a breath of fresh air, a destination that you would like to re-produce. Beach theme doesn’t have to be expensive or elaborate.  It can be very simple and still be well done.  I always think of the beach them including a candle that is enclosed in a clear container (that way the candle doesn’t get blown out by the sea breeze) and of course shells and some kind of jute.  (Photos courtesy of Joss & Main).  Check out Pinterest for abundant ideas on beach theme weddings too.  There are lots of different feels for the beach theme you can use including Destination/ Island – Sandals – Tropical – Mariner – Nautical- Wind swept – boating/sailing – Sea Life – California Coast – West Coast – East Coast – Florida Coast, etc.  Whatever it is, make sure and incorporate the theme into your wedding invitations. Beach theme wedding candle white my wedding.comCordoba+CandleholderSeas the Day signMariner+Candle+Hurricane

Too Chilly outside…

ImageThe benefit Chili Feed and Silent Auction that was scheduled for Saturday, February 8th has been rescheduled for March 15th.  The snowy weather is shutting down most of the activities and events that were to take place this weekend.  The snow is to continue (up to 6 more inches) within the next day.  The benefit Chili Feed will consist of chili (2 kinds to sample), cornbread and cake for dessert along with coffee and/or punch. the silent auction will include local art, gift certificates, lots of other items.  There will also be a ‘cash and carry’ table filled with gently used items that you can purchase.  The cost will be $7 and will benefit Scroggins Mill.  If you are not familiar with this historical building, check out their website at: scrogginsmill.org 

Western themed baby shower

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Alysia’s baby shower was western themed with some fun additions.  Of course there were western boots and western hats, but they were made out of cake, not of leather! The tables were decorated with bandanas, galvanized pots with sunflower pics, rusted metal stars.  The entry table had  welcome baby boy sign inside a lasso and there were mini hay bales too!  Congrats to Alysia and her growing family! Take a look at the hats on the cupcakes.  There are made out of a rolo on top of a pringle potato chip!  Wouldn’t it be cute if the hats were dipped in white chocolate or milk chocolate? 

Lebanon Bridal Show is February 23rd

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January is halfway gone and it’s time to think about wedding season!  Weddings happen all year-long, but majority of folks get married in the summer, when there’s nice weather, when people can travel, when there is enough daylight during the day to do lots of stuff.  When people feel like travelling and doing things! Planning for a wedding can take a while.  The more you look, the more you find – sometimes too many choices! My advice is to sit down and take a look at what is really important to you.  Is it most important to have a photographer take photos on your special day?Is it most important to have great food? Is it most important to have great decorations?  Decide upon what is most important to you,  make it a priority, then you can work on the rest of your list.

With all that said, please visit the Lebanon Bridal Show which takes place on Sunday, February 23rd from 12 noon to 5 pm.  Admission is free and there will be lots of vendors and door prizes.  The event is produced by and takes place at  Santiam Place Event Hall, 139 Main Street in Lebanon, Oregon 97355. 

Visit the vendors to see what services they have that you need for your wedding day.  We are all there for the brides to talk to.  We all encourage keeping your money local, so please visit these local vendors to see what they offer! 


The best to you for the New Year 2014

Root Beer Happy New Year 2013 002As I contemplate the events for 2013, I wonder how on earth the time went by so fast! I look back at the past year and remind myself that I have hosted 6 events (including a family reunion), been a vendor at 3 other bridal shows, joined 2 business networks , purchased a house (and did some upgrades), help move parents, lost a parent, met a niece that has come into our lives, spent many happy moments with others during their weddings, anniversaries, birthdays, baby and bridal showers, parties and  reunions.  I  look forward to 2014 and make some personal goals which include being more health minded (cut down on the sugar, get on my bicycle once again).  Be better with paperwork, be a better business person and be a better friend.

  I follow a blog where one of the posts talks about being a better friend and neighbor.  The blogger talked about being so busy in her life and getting away from the ways of spontaneity – like dropping in to a friend’s house for the sake of a friendly visit. That happened to her when a friend stopped by unexpectedly for a  visit, and it was just what she needed, to enjoy a moment in a hectic schedule of life.

That goes hand in hand with sending a ‘thinking of you’ note or gift to someone, a check in call or a helping hand when it’s needed, but not expected. 

I would also like to remind all to think of  small businesses and be mindful of where and how you spend your money.  Is it really saving you money to drive out-of-town to a big box store to purchase one item rather than look for it at a local small business?  You would be surprised what you can find at your local small business.  Think Small Business and support locally!

With that, I look forward to 2014 and the adventures and new friends it will bring. Happy New Year to you, may it bring you Peace and Prosperity.