29 November 2015

Creative Art



“Art is the window to man's soul.

Without it, he would never be able to see 

beyond his immediate world; 

nor could the world see the man within.”

~Claudia Lady Bird Johnson quotes 


Saturday can be a lazy day for me.
I always feel like I need an extra day
of just doing nothing but whatever
the whim of the moment. 
No household chores
or running errands
if I can help it.
So I snapped a couple of pix
and then played with them 
in my photo editor.
Fun times!

28 November 2015

Just Fine


Every once in a while
I come across a passage in a book
that .... says more than I ever could.
When you find something like that,
read it, then pause.
Sometimes you can relate to the writer.

“Take a shower. Wash away every trace of yesterday. Of smells. Of weary skin. Get dressed. Make coffee, windows open, the sun shining through. Hold the cup with two hands and notice that you feel the feeling of warmth. 
 You still feel warmth. 
Now sit down and get to work. Keep your mind sharp, head on, eyes on the page and if small thoughts of worries fight their ways into your consciousness: threw them off like fires in the night and keep your eyes on the track. Nothing but the task in front of you.

Get off your chair in the middle of the day. Put on your shoes and take a long walk on open streets around people. Notice how they’re all walking, in a hurry, or slowly. Smiling, laughing, or eyes straight forward, hurried to get to wherever they’re going. And notice how you’re just one of them. Not more, not less. Find comfort in the way you’re just one in the crowd. Your worries: no more, no less.

Now get back to work.
 Work with your mind sharp and eyes focused and if any thoughts of worries or hate or sadness creep their ways around, shake them off like a runner in the night for you own your mind, and you need to tame it. Focus. Keep it sharp on track, nothing but the task in front of you.
Work until your eyes are tired and head is heavy, and keep working even after that.

Then take a shower, wash off the day. Drink a glass of water. Make the room dark. Lie down and close your eyes.
 Notice the silence. Notice your heart. Still beating. Still fighting. You made it, after all. You made it, another day. And you can make it one more. 
You’re doing just fine.
You’re doing fine."     ― Charlotte Eriksson


So often, our daily lives are
routine,
monotonous,
repetitive.
When in reality, we should be making
more of our lives than everyday tasks,
noticing the little things that are right
in front of our very eyes.
Even if it's just one little thing every day
that shows us there's more to life.

I notice those things about myself
this time of year.  Holidays and work
in the retail sector -- after so many years
it seems to suck the life out of a person.
I think that's why I make pictures -
whether they're of nature,
or selfies,
being creative is essential to being me.
As long as I'm doing that,
I'm doing just fine.

26 November 2015

Persuasion


“Odors have a power of persuasion 

stronger than that of words, appearances, emotions, or will. 

The persuasive power of an odor cannot be fended off, 

it enters into us like breath into our lungs,

it fills us up, imbues us totally. 

There is no remedy for it.” 

― Patrick Süskind


A photo for a friend who called me on 
not posting photos for a month,
for allowing me to vent 
and ponder what's next ....
Thank you!

25 November 2015

Appreciation


The internet is a busy place.
So many people posting things:
thoughts, dreams, selfies ....
the list goes on and on.
But what does it take to get noticed?

It seems most folks nowadays are on
FaceBook.  And the people with
busy pages (read lots of "likes")
are celebrities, national and local.

Have we become a society who
values notoriety over everything else?
Jumping on the bandwagon of "likes"
because everyone else did?

This blog is a very personal space -
MY personal space.  Ad I've always
thought it a place where I am free to be me.

You're right, it's not something I can
discuss with anyone in my "real life".
Just a simple Gal who likes taking pix
and putting a little bit of creativity into
a life that is sometimes .... too routine.

The number of folks who drop by and
peruse my work has been dwindling,
which is one of the reasons I stopped
posting.  What's been weighing on my
mind is whether or not it's time to
shut it down, maybe move on to
something else, something different.

I know it takes an effort on your part
to log in and look at a blog to see if it's
been updated in any way.  For those of
you who are regular visitors, thank you,
it's appreciated!

23 November 2015

The "You" Within


“And like flowers in the fields,

that make wonderful views,

when we stand side-by-side in our wonderful hues..


We all make a beauty so wonderfully true.

We are special and different, and just the same, too!


So whenever you look at your beautiful skin,

from your wiggling toes to your giggling grin...


Think how lucky you are that the skin you live in,

so beautifully holds the "You" who's within.”

― Michael Tyler, The Skin You Live In

22 November 2015

Saturday Sunshine!


Morning sunshine
is the nicest part of the day!

Rising early,
Sadie and I headed out to
the local park for our walk.

As I stopped to gaze into
the sun to check for birds
or anything else in the pond,
Sadie decided to inspect the
pond up close .....
and promptly fell in!
Slippery, muddy banks
and she couldn't get any
traction and get out on her own.
I had to fish her out of the
smelly water.

What to do with a wet smelly dog
while it's only 50 degrees and breezy?
Hurry home for a warm bath, of course!

21 November 2015

Balance


"We need to introduce a little balance into our lives. 
Part of this balance means not missing out 
on some of the marvels of life around you, the fun, 
some excitement, or other challenges in life." 
~ Catherine Pulsifer


Life has been busy.
Or has it?
When it comes to work, family
and other obligations, 
we need to find balance.
But that isn't an easy thing to do.
I struggle with it ... often.
I found this note about balance:

  • Nobody forces us to live busy lives. We do it because we want to feel a sense of purpose, commitment, and accomplishment. You may have to maintain a full schedule out of obligation—kids to feed or loans to pay off—but there are a lot of things we could sacrifice if we truly wanted a simpler life.

  • If you’ve chosen to do various different things, engage with many people, and strive toward numerous goals, realize a lot will feel out of control at times. The more elements you introduce to your life, the more unpredictable the days will be. Sometimes the uncertainty is both the most exciting and terrifying part. Choose to focus on the former. Why fight the game you’ve chosen to play?


What I keep coming back to is wanting
a simpler life.  As I get older, of course,
things naturally become simpler. 
Kids have their own lives, and my
biggest worry is when and where
to walk Sadie.  But that doesn't mean
I still don't want or need a sense of
purpose and accomplishment as well.
Balance.  So hard to find and define
the line that seems to move every day.

What do you do to stay happy and balanced when life gets busy?