Friday, June 24, 2016

Five Minute Friday: Rest

Five Minute Friday
Write for five minutes.
What you see is what you get.


Rest.  We all need rest, but so many of us don't get enough rest.  Rest restores and refreshes the body.
Rest enables the mind to solve problems.
When we rest our mind, but feed the the brain a problem to solve or an idea to develop, the mind, in a state of rest, allows the process of creativity to begin.
Why do we not get enough rest?
I know I don't get enough rest.
For some, small children do not sleep through the night, but when they do, they teach us the gratitude we should have for such a gift.
Rest.  We all need rest.  Even our animals.  Pixie rests most of her day.  Pixie sleeps, gets up, then she sleeps again.  
I have wondered that since jelly fish do not have brains, do they rest?  Isn't that amazing?  A creature without a brain that can survive in an ocean.  I am most impressed with that creature. 
The Man of War Jellyfish is one of the most feared jelly fish since its sting can kill.
This is a creature without a brain.
So, I continue to ask, does a jelly fish rest?
I don't know.  Perhaps, they are like my dog, they rest all the time.
The End!

Thursday, June 23, 2016

My Secret

whether you journal for yourself
or blog publicly,
which part of the process do you like the best?
My guess would be the writing, more specifically,  the enjoyment of writing. 

Most of my writing is writing for me,
just for me.
I love the process.
Whether spiritual or not, 
the process of writing is, for me, what it's all about.

I always carry a notebook in my purse for random thoughts.
I use my Ipad and phone to record other  thoughts and ideas.

I take a lot of pictures.
They are a journal, too.
Writing without words is an interesting concept, don't you think?

So, I have so many journals filled with blather and love.
I wonder what will happen to these when I die?
Perhaps, all of this will be of no value to the ones I leave behind.
I'd like to think some one, some where, will value the life I lived and recorded,
but, perhaps, no one will.
I don't know.  

Memories are just bits of time we have kept with us as we walk our journey called life.
Some memories are wonderful!
Other memories are those bits of time we want to leave in a minefield and explode.
Nevertheless, they are part of our lives, part of what made us who we are or were.
We only take love with us.

Can I tell you a secret?
I have a silly dream that one day, one of my journals will be found in an old bookstore by someone interested in history.
I have a silly dream that this person will buy that old journal, read it, and write their own story of my life.

Silly, right?
It's just a dream, and now you know.

I just like to write and dream.
How about you?


Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Worth Repeating: So, what Do You Do on a Rainy Friday? Ramblings on a Wet Friday.

Looks like fun, and it did brighten up and otherwise gloomy day.
I knew I had to do this.
I've always wanted one.
Now, finally, at my age,
I'm getting one
It's almost finished.
The rain helped to get it going.
Halloween is drawing near.
I'm wearing it on that day,
on any day I want to dance.
Do you know what IT is?
Well, it's tulle right now, 
but soon it will be a
I needed more than I bought, so it was back to the fabric store for more tulle.
This time I added some white for an accent.  
You'll see it next week when I'm finished with it.
I can hardly wait.

I'll dance in it, too.
I love to dance.
I wonder what Pixie will think?
She'll just lift up her head, then go back to sleep.
Maybe, I'll make one for her, too?

Saturday, June 18, 2016

Changing the program up a bit: Today will be 5 minute Friday: Lose

The June day when the day is the longest is coming soon.
I really don't look forward to that day.
That long day tells me that the light of the day will become shorter
I look at the glorious sunset.
Right now,
the sun is the focus of my sight.
Look! Look!
The sun is almost setting!
I love this time of day, but I do not look forward to cold, dark days of winter.
Life is good.
Summer flies by fast.
It's just begun, summer, that is,
and now, the days will begin to shorten.  
Dark days are coming quickly.
The temperatures will rise then fall.
I love the warm days.
I love the long days.
Look at that glorious sun.
i'm litterally riding into the sunset!
I remember those words from the TV westerns I used to watch as a child.
I love the days that are warm.
I love the nights that are cool!
These are summer days.
Then the cool of autumn begins to bite.
Soon  the dark winter days will be here.
Sunrise.  Sunset.
sunset.  Sunrise.
It's a cycle of life and living.
As life comes into the world, one day, we must leave the world through death.
Sunrise.  Sunset.
The light makes  us grow.
Challenges.  Storms.
The sun is hidden, but today, the sun is beautiful!

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Worth Repeating; inspiration Flies

Imagine my shock when I looked up and saw this sculpture.  It's called Sky Diver, and from where I was standing this amazing character looked like he was in free fall.

This is my kind of art!  I love abstract!  I love sculpture.   I love joy and hope!  This sculpture has everything I like about art, except for glass.  So, I decided that one day, and I'm not sure when, this sculpture will be a bead.

It should be fun to make.  I'm not sure how I'm going to do this, but when I do, and it might be a while, I'll show the bead.  I have a feeling that with this one, the glass will do what it wants to do.
We'll see.

Soon, my pretty, very soon!

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Be Kind

If there were more kindness in the world,
we'd have a kinder world.

If there were more kindness in the world,
there would be more  love in the world.

If there were more kindness in the world,
people would be nicer to each other.

If people were nicer to each other,
our world would be a better place in which to live.

There would be less hate, less violence, fewer lost souls.

Be kind, even when they aren't kind to you.

Thursday, June 9, 2016

It's Not Summer Yet, but....

The mint is ready, and we have a bumper crop.
So, this morning when the air was cool, I set aside time to cut some mint.
I cut enough mint to fill the dehydrator
3 times
hardly a dent was made in the crop of mint.

The neighbors have asked if they could take some.
If my knee had not been hurting, 
I would have dug some up for their yard and planted it for them.

I'll have plenty of mint for tea this winter.  I'm sure I won't have to buy any mint tea.

My neighbor is such an innovative gardener.  She grows stevia and mint together.  Then she dries them together.  When she makes mint tea, she has her sweetener mixed in.   Sandy convinced me to grow stevia, too, but I don't have enough to dry, yet.
I've bought the processed stevia in the grocery store.  
It's nasty.
This home grown stevia is the best!  When my stevia grows enough, I will mix my mint with it to dry.  Should be good, and it will keep me warm this winter.

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Worth Repeating: Shhhhhhhhh! It's a Quiet Walk

An autumn mist
my world,
my world of small blocks,
my world,
where I hear the sound of mist falling around me.
Walking on this quiet day
with only the sound of the mist in 
my world,
Pixie and I walking, we hear the mist fall,
my world,
near heaven
on a quiet day
in the rain.

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

This is What I Had for Breakfast...

And it was DELICIOUS!
My friends, most of whom will eat eggs, pancakes, toast, oatmeal, etc.
for breakfast, have a hard time believing that I would actually eat this amazing pasta dish!

Do you ever eat "weird" things for breakfast?

Here's a quick list of my favorite

1) pasta and shrimp
2) pizza
3) carnitas with refried pinto beans
4) ham sandwich
5) a bowl of mac and cheese.

What do like to eat for breakfast?

Monday, June 6, 2016

Thursday, June 2, 2016

When Memories Stir...

A quick view,
a touch,
a scent 
can all bring back memories.
I find that when these memories surface,
they can also bring back the emotions of that moment.
With happy memories,
I smile.
That's why photos are so important to me.
Living in the moment is important.
I know a lot of people feel that you should live entirely in that moment, whether on a trip or attending an event,
but I have found that if I want to remember the joy of that moment,
a photo brings the emotions, too.
I was cleaning out a drawer yesterday, and I found this vial of perfume.  I was very surprised because this vial is over 40 years old, and it belonged to my mother.
Emotions really stirred in my heart. 
She died 34 years ago, and the scent of the perfume is strong.  She used to wear this everyday.  I don't remember the name of it, but she loved this perfume!
She was an exceptional woman who carved her way through the business world, and, in an age where women rarely rose through the ranks, she worked her way up in her company from a secretary to vice president of the firm for which she worked.
She was sought after as a business woman. 
She was well liked in the community.
I still grieve for her, but I have had to accept the fact that she cannot be with me, except in spirit.
So, as I drink my glass of wine tonight, I toast my mother and thank her for bringing me up in the way she did.
I have become strong.
I have borne a great load on my shoulders.
If it hadn't been for her, I would have never known how to do this.
So, I remember the blessing of her mothering, and I give thanks for that.
I was truly blessed.

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Worth Repeating: For the Love of: Art and Humor

Finding art around you isn't hard.
Yesterday, I pulled into the parking lot at church, and I saw this car in the parking space next to mine.
Of course,
I had to take a picture.
Both headlights of the car
had eyelashes!
A lady, walking into the building stopped, and together we giggled.
I do mean we giggled at the sight of a car with eyelashes.
Art evokes emotions.
Art is expressed in different media.
Art is a creative skill.
Using that definition,
eyelashes on a car's headlights is a form of art.
I wish I could find eyelashes for my car!
Where have you found art in an unusual and unexpected places?