Saturday, July 14, 2018
Thursday, July 12, 2018
The tall one footed fluffy haired flamingo was a gift long ago from my sister Patty. She asked if it was too tacky... (can a flamingo item BE tacky??? I don't think so...) (It's a writing pen!!)
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I Like getting the kitchen boxes down to one level instead of teetering on the verge of avalanche.
I also have this crazy idea of finally organizing my stuff, hence piling it in categories on the table til it's all unpacked and I can see what I want to keep and what I no longer need.
It was a mess like this when I did the studio reorg back in MD, it's always darkest before the dawn.
|Kale salad with chicken, and poodle|
I wanted many items but only got lunch, a really terrific Thai dish made in the worlds biggest wok
I liked this post by Ann at ( https://fretnotyourself)
It was an artistic discussion that really got my creative thoughts flowing. I can't find supplies at the moment but it was so interesting I wanted to go find them! I also loved this quilt, the way the two outside borders blended but also contrasted creating depth.
Hi Y'all. I'm trying to get adjusted to the new cave, I even peed in the back yard. Finally one large enough to handle a poodle's pee. (I wouldn't go at the rental too small yard) This week I've been meeting dogs like
Floyd the pug (hi Aunt Nancy)
And the neighbor's son came over, and we played chase me and we played fetch the ball and I heard Mama laughing from the porch as I dragged him across the yard by a big stick! He was so funny running along while I tugged the stick!
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sundays in the city
shadow shot sunday
Thankful Thursdays pet parade
Sunday, July 8, 2018
THIS WEEK'S WORDS come from "A Short History of Silence" by Jane Yeh: bread, smile, promise, eaves, wrapper, rock, kiss, sleep, porch, candles, doorbell, braid
My offering this week: a bit personal!
IT'S A START
She was so very tired from decision making.
No one told her how hard it would be to unpack each box, find the things she had lived without for six months, and now decide where to put old things in new spaces.
She didn't know how to deal with the fact that she had paid two sets of movers to move things she no longer wanted or needed.
She hated to waste money. She also wanted a fresh start, and each box required decisions about whether to keep the old, or start anew. How would she define their new space, and herself as well in this new setting?
It was a chance to change!
A person can change themselves as well as their dishes or towels. They can be a different person when meeting people, they can define themselves in a new way, life can start again. A do-over sort of.
All these decisions were tiring. She thought the great purge of aught-17 would have gotten rid of all the excess from her beloved cottage but no. Now she was coming to realize she may need more of a fresh start than she imagined. Few of her precious belongings looked right here.
So she had a hard time unpacking, meaning she had a hard time moving on. She was a keeper, wasn't she? Or maybe not totally... maybe she can let go. Maybe letting go is the lesson.
Sitting on the back porch became a haven from the decisions and letting go. She was never good at letting go... broken special cups, old pictures, mementos from trips, old stuff from her grandma, people. This was a new day, and she was coming to see life differently.
Maybe the things were less important now. Maybe she changed, or somewhere along the cross country drive she crossed a line between then and now.
As she sat on the hot porch, watching flying things buzz around her and heat waves rise in the cloudless sky, she noticed a neighbor from the house behind hers, waving.
She dragged her tired butt to the fence, putting a happy smile on her face because she wanted to make friends. This neighbor welcomed her to the neighborhood with an iced loaf of braided bread. She smelled it's aroma, and noted the icing was stuck to the wrapper. Sweet! Sweet bread and sweet welcome. In a few sentences they learned the basics about each other as a starting point.
She liked her! Then the neighbor said they want to move... oh.... so many starts and endings...
as she perched on the rocks between their yards, she felt the old tug of her heart wanting to fit in. Wanting to find a friend with whom she felt safe. Someone to share a laugh with, or a problem. A smile she could trust. Her dog ran over to meet the neighbor too, then the neighbor's two boys shyly approached from the back door with a pretense of needing something. They lingered looking deeply into her eyes, then reached out to the dog who kissed them on their small hands.
The promise of friendship...please let it be!
She hoped it would work out this time. She dreamed of it as she fell into an exhausted sleep each night. She wanted to belong here.
With a smile they parted to return to their respective work, but it was a start.
Friday, July 6, 2018
|note the water spraying down from the arch!|
I Like post #96 ) and interviewed several artists, as I do, which makes it even better for me! I love to hear about other people's creative process, how they overcome obstacles, and how they approach making art.
We were having such a nice time, visiting with dogs and people, hearing music, that I forgot to take a lot of photos.
Milo had a great time too, meeting so many nice dogs in all shapes and sizes.
He approaches with manners, slowly and tail wagging. Then picks up on their energy. Older dogs will cause him to just sniff quietly, and younger ones cause him to puppy bow and leap in the air as invitation.
Don't you wish people could be so intuitive! And open to meeting? He's not fool hardy, he stands at a respectful distance from big great danes, and tiny chihuahua's with sharp teeth, but overall he greets all of them.
I took a lot of time in this booth, talking to the artist as I really wanted several of his pieces.
That piece is about 54" across and oh the colors!
One must do the work, in any art form. You grow by making... step by step one success or non-success leads you to the next idea. Then it's not enough to imagine it, you must make it. Enlarge the pic to get his name and info on his card. I suspect we'll contact him and commission some pieces.
We wanted to buy many pieces of art, but being in closing shock still, and not really sure what direction we want the house to take, we held back til we saw these small macrame bracelets...
Even my quiet, non jewelry wearing husband found a wonderful subtle wristlet that the artist fit to him.
The maker said he puts his on and wears it night and day even in the shower. His had been on for weeks and showed no signs of wear.
She carried home her own artwork from the show.
Thursday, July 5, 2018
I just love the lines and swirls of this baker's rack which used to live in the dining room in MD and held our microwave.
It doesn't fit in the kitchen here, so it's living in the living room. The formal living/dining room inside the front door. It's repurposed at the moment to hold our entry stuff, leash, hats, purse, poop bags, you know and all the swirls are perfect to drape it on!
Win! At the moment that room is full of big boxes, so we'll see how it changes at time goes by.
We went to a craft show in Colorado Springs last weekend and it was small but glorious. It deserves it's own post with artist interviews and pretty pics but to note it, I'll show you one now... I loved it!
I loved being at the art show with the peeps!!! I met SO many people and dogs, felt the spray in my hair from the fountain, ate stuff I found on the ground (don't tell Mama)
I could have taken this little girl home with me! She was so full of fun!
I have no idea what this is...
I had a grand time dragging my peeps from dog to dog, from kid to kid, and petting all the people there. There were dogs in artist's booths too, heh heh little surprises for me to find, and I did. Mama should do that, have a booth and take me! I'd sell out all her stuff!
That's it for now y'all, don't fur-get to visit the other people keeping it pawsitive this week!
If you want to see how I celebrated the Fourth of July, click here! ( happy-birthday-america)
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https://comedy-plus.com/ Awe Mondays
Our World Tuesday
Travel_Tuesday Our World Tuesday
http://sky watch Fridays
Thankful Thursdays pet parade
willy nilly Friday (random images)
Wednesday, July 4, 2018
I love what America stands for, I love our constitution that protects our rights, I love it when Americans stand up for freedom and stand with countries that also stand up for human rights!
Our country was built on immigrants, freedom of religion, the right to do one's very best in life.
May we all remember the people who fought to create a safe place for Democracy and citizen's rights to speak their minds. It's our right and privilege to let leaders know when we disagree with them, in order to maintain the values we hold true.
This morning we attended a neighborhood party, a bike parade led by the local fire fighter's. It was a safe place to gather, meet and chat with people we live near, for kids and dogs to play. Want to see some pictures of the day?
The firemen sprayed the kids with the big hoses
|from great Danes to boston terriers|
|chewing up a bottle helps a poodle calm down|
|How cute is this corgi? Also a year old|
Wednesdays around the world