January is here, and for me it is like a breath of fresh air. Life returns to whatever is normal for each of us without the holidays and the additional demands placed upon us by them. It is a month of resolutions, new beginnings, and fresh starts. So, as I sit here with my coffee, my kitty trying to sleep on my shoulder, having started and deleted this post several times, it is time to "take a deep breath," "exhale," and look around at all the things there are to be thankful for, not what "has to be done," and relax!
So for today remember . . . "Let us not allow the demands of our lives to push us so far and so fast that we rob ourselves of life's simple pleasures!" ~ ~ ~ Linda Miller =)
Not doing a lot of blogging right now, so busy with important projects. But to stay in touch I try to share things that others have done that will bring joy to your day or a smile to your face. In addition to my cat Cricket, and her buddies, my niece has a very talented golden retriever! This brief video should bring a smile to your face!
So for today remember . . . A dog is man's best friend! =
My love for words, color, shape and texture have always been the foundation of my artwork. Drawing words has always been difficult! My inner critic has never been happy with my lettering thus it has been missing from most of my work. Much practice has been done to remedy this and I am sharing my newest drawing as it evolves (with words!) from start to finish!
So for today remember . . . Each of us has much more hidden inside us than we have had a chance to explore. Unless we create an environment that enables us to discover the limits of our potential, we will never know what we have inside of us.~~~ Muhammad Yunus
Spending time with friends is so important! While out for a walk with a dear friend this evening we encountered a tree just begging for us to stop and take a photo.
So for today remember - - - "He who plants a tree plants a hope." -> -> -> Lucy Larcom, "Plant a Tree"
Have you ever started a project and then ended up doing everything but the project? A friend once called this "chasing rabbits." It can also occur when you are having a conversation with someone and you lose the point because you start "chasing rabbits" and get off track. It happens to me all the time. For example, today, given my desire to get rid of STUFF I decided to tackle the one thing that is bothering me the most, my closet. Went to the closet, took a picture of before and was getting ready to start and... had to send a text message to a friend to get a recipe for turkey soup. Recipe sent and just so happens, friend is going to be in the area so I invited her to stop by for a visit. Out comes the vacuum cleaner, lighting my favorite candle to share the wonderful scent and sitting down here to write. Let me not forget to mention the new door handles for the front door that have been lying on the kitchen table for several days now, that I decided to take care of since I was in the kitchen working on my turkey soup! How many rabbits is that? Chase all the rabbits you want! That closet is not going anywhere and Friends are IMPORTANT! I think perhaps Erma Bombeck said it best!
So for today remember.....
IF I HAD MY LIFE TO LIVE OVER-> -> -> -> Erma Bombeck
(written after she found out she was dying from cancer).
I would have gone to bed when I was sick instead of pretending the earth would go into a holding pattern if I weren't there for the day.
I would have burned the pink candle sculpted like a rose before it melted in storage.
I would have talked less and listened more.
I would have invited friends over to dinner even if the carpet was stained, or the sofa faded.
I would have eaten the popcorn in the 'good' living room and worried much less about the dirt when someone wanted to light a fire in the fireplace.
I would have taken the time to listen to my grandfather ramble about his youth.
I would have shared more of the responsibility carried by my husband.
I would never have insisted the car windows be rolled up on a summer day because my hair had just been teased and sprayed.
I would have sat on the lawn with my grass stains.
I would have cried and laughed less while watching television and more while watching life.
I would never have bought anything just because it was practical, wouldn't show soil, or was guaranteed to last a lifetime.
Instead of wishing away nine months of pregnancy, I'd have cherished every moment and realized that the wonderment growing inside me was the only chance in life to assist God in a miracle.
When my kids kissed me impetuously, I would never have said, "Later. Now go get washed up for dinner." There would have been more "I love you's" More "I'm sorry's."
But mostly, given another shot at life, I would seize every minute...look at it and really see it ... live it and never give it back.STOP SWEATING THE SMALL STUFF!!!
Don't worry about who doesn't like you, who has more, or who's doing what
Instead, let's cherish the relationships we have with those who do love us.
A full day working at my art table, which, as I write this reminds me of what a special table it is. A gift from a trio of creative artists who collaborated together at this table, before it came to me. It is a beautiful wooden table of maple color, with wheels attached to the feet, which makes it easy to move if necessary. I was told once that all my furniture should be on wheels because I liked to move it around so much! Creativity comes in all forms =)
So for today remember......."Creativity takes courage!" -> -> -> Henri Matisse
about me. . . daughter, mom, student, sister, teacher, artist, auntie, friend, and lover of quotes and nature! We all wear many hats, these are just a few of mine!