Building and sharing the castle has been an adventure. We hope those of you who have become our friends will call and let us know how you are doing.
It's sad when our government and judicial offices become so entangled in minutia created by legislators that they are unable to use common sense, hear the facts on construction standards used and that their mass appraisal system has no latitude to take into account anything that does not fit into the commonly used building practices on which they base their assessment.
It's sad for the public to no longer be able to use the castle for their special wedding or events because of a taxation which makes it impossible for a Mom and Pop business to stay in business (only using our home for less than 5% of the year and to be taxed for the entire 365days as though we're a Wal Mart is unconscionable.)
What's sadder still is that all of you that have a home based business could be taxed as a commercial property for all year even though it is part time! Watch out all you part time businesses that work out of your home you may be next - forced also to close your doors because of outrageous assessments.
Hope you have a Merry Christmas! The Christmas Eve at the castle will not be held this year!
Have you ever considered where the word horse power came from?
When the beams for the castle were being made, I had the privilege of visiting with an Amish master craftsman Daniel Schwartz. It was in his barn I saw the horses harnessed to a beam as they trod around in circles. One, two, three or four horse created the power to drive the saw.
It was amazing to watch when Daniel ceased sawing to chat with us, the horse would immediately stop also, without a word from him. When asked why Daniel said the horse no longer felt tension and knew he didn't have to work.
Interesting that tension drives even an animal to work and lack there of does not. We all need a certain amount of horsepower in our lives to motivate us to grow, develop and become the best of who we are meant to be. This horsepower is
pushed by the tension we have to create a better home for those we love. Enjoy the tension and the benefits of your personal driven horsepower.
Happily Ever Afters only happen if we are willing to make it happen. Remember date nights once a week, a passionate kiss daily, holding hands and listening when the other speaks will all create the ambiance for a long life of many happily ever afters.
Let your light within shine thru.
Each of us, as women have a Princess within.
Live so that special gift you've been given will light up the world and your life!
Troubled waters are best crossed with a sturdy bridge.
Relationships also can withstand most storms if there is a firm foundation. When the torrents of an unleashed stream of criticism or harsh words, wash away common sense and the desire to be civil, It is imperative to have your relationship based on something bigger than self. Thus giving a reason to work thru the difficult times with kindness as the bridge to help over troubled waters. Remember the other person may be hurt, tired, frustrated and in their normal way would never mean any criticism. Be patient, generous with love and remember the bridge of kindness.
Signs given are often distorted by inclement weather, poor vision or numerous other obstacles.
It is the same as signs given in a relationship. Weather, mood, lack of understanding or even sheer near sightedness may contribute to going in the wrong direction. And that direction might take you so far off course that it seems impossible to go right.
Realize, the sun will shine again and melt the imperceptions created from misread signs. Patience, willingness to look beyond self all help in restoring a clearer vision.
Wipe away distortions and inclement weather from the signs our loved ones give. It will help us see more clearly what their true needs are and who we are.
Thus thru the storms of life we grow closer and more able to assist those loved ones in need. It becomes less about us and more about them. Then thru this veiled life we finally see more clearly.
Every home should be a mans (or woman's) castle
whether in the huts of Africa or the palaces of Europe. It is often in the most humble circumstances where love and selfless concern is shared most...
Perhaps this comes from serving others instead of self. Sadly, the more we have, often, the more we want and the less we share with others. But it doesn't have to be so. Share from your heart, look for good to do today and your life will be happier.
Brides Balloon & Bentleys model from Norms online Bridal
Photo: JML Photography,
May every young love, wake each day as morning breaks to that dawn which dispels clouds of doubt and anger. Replacing the darkness of self concerns with the light of love for a new day and with the one you care most about.
Happy Valentines Day!