Monday, April 27, 2009

Why I didn't get any work done...

I know, excuses, excuses. But honestly, there was no way I was going to work this last weekend. I went to a very dear friends 40th birthday party. I don't actually know how his wife pulled off a surprise weekend. He had no idea that so many of his friends were in on the surprise.

We went bowling and meet lots of new friends. Ate some amazing food (love the MoJo!). What a wonderful time.

In fact, I needed the time to recharge. I have been so focused on all these tiny, almost meaningless, details that I was not seeing the forest for the trees. Or even seeing the trees for the lichen (or some other form of fungus or parasite, you pick). You know, the ever present yard crap that no matter how hard you work to get rid of it, it comes back.
More later

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Some thoughts that have nothing to do with anything

I was working away early this morning. And it dawned on me that is would be wonderful if every single person over the age of 19 or 20 in a developed country could experience poverty. Harsh? I don't think so. I am not suggesting that people need to live in poverty to experience it.

When I was 15 or so I went to Mexico. It was not a vacation.I worked in an orphanage, and traveled into the jungle. I saw first hand what it is like to not know where meals are coming from. I have also been very poor in my life. I have lived poverty. I knew what it was like to miss meals, because the meals did not exist. I know what it means to not know if you will have a roof over your head, or lights to read by. I know that what I have today could very easily be gone tomorrow.

See, I deal every day with people who feel entitled. Overly so. Too many people think they are owed something, everything, whatever. They say things like "I deserve...(fill in blank)." But do you really deserve anything that you haven't earned by your own? I don't think so.

This is something that has stuck with me for a couple of days now. It has been something that, while I know I am not expressing myself well, I know I need to express this. I think when someone has that fear, when it is something palpable, they change. Maybe I have too much faith in humanity, but I think this fear (special thanks to Lily Allen for that term) has the power to change people for good. To give them the vision of bigger things. A greater grasp of the inter connectivity.

Perhaps, if people were to experience poverty, they could work toward greater things, and see that they are part of a bigger picture that could be a better picture.

My thoughts and heart goes out to the family of my son's friend, Kyle, who took his own life last night. I am so sorry for their loss.


Sunday, April 19, 2009

I know what I said...

I had said that I would be a very good girl and get many more things posted to today. But, that is not likely to happen at this point. Here it is, 8p.m. and I have photos taken, but not all of them are resized. I don't have anything officially measured. And let me just mention that I spent a big chunk of the day working in the front yard.

I am very glad that I spent the day out in the beautiful weather, instead of hunched over my computer. Now I have a lovely terraced/rocky area, where before we had muck and garbage. It did kind of get away from us last year.

I love these, because they look like little headstones. And I love headstones.

Also, this last week I have had the same thought running through my head. "If you have to lie and cheat and manipulate to get it, maybe you are not meant to have it." Not entirely sure why this has been reluctant to leave my consciousness, but it won't go away.

I will post as soon as I have the etsy stuff ready. Which may even be tonight.

Tuesday, April 14, 2009


The seasons are changing here. Very slowly, but they are changing. We planted our veggies in the garden and are making plans to redo the front yard.
Things are changing over at my other blog as well. We reworked the format. I know that I felt very overwhelmed, trying to get a picture a day that was relevant and of any sort of quality. So, now there will be a picture a week. We are adding the bonus of a little personal insight. Each of us will tell the viewer/reader what the word of the week means to us. I think that will create a deeper connection.
I continue to work on stuff. Posting new items as I get good pictures of them. A bit of a challenge, when the natural light around you is very very gray. But I do what I can.
With that, I am off to more and more work.

Thursday, April 2, 2009

What a busy week

Where to even start...
In addition to all of the normal goings-on, i.e. school, my real job, being a mom, I have been busy crafting up a storm. I am in the middle of two tutus. One for big sis one for little sis.
I have been taking photo after photo, trying to get just the right one for the shop. However the weather here has not been cooperating. I do have two new paintings up. And I was featured on a blog at I am super excited that people are starting to see what i have been doing for the last two years. I am feeling like I am finally busting out of my shell. Break free from all of the stuff (whatever that was) that was holding me back.
So, I think that this will be a quicky post, and I will be off and running to keep up the good work, as it were.
Also, I just love that pic I took at the cemetery at the UofO campus. I think I will be making prints of it.
More very soon.