At first glance, I thought this was an old, soft, yummy leather jacket. Then I discovered it was a wood carving! I’m beyond awestruck.
I love this dog – not only because the work is amazing, but because I want to reach out and PET him! How in the world could someone make wood look so soft?
Beautiful, isn’t it? It looks so NATURAL, like reeds in a pond… Somehow, there is a calming influence, as well.
“Running with scissors” – I hope this child is just THINKING about it, rather than doing it. I’m amazed at all the different textures – the smooth face and hands, the metallic look of the scissors, the hair, and the material of the shirt. Simply stunning.
It seems it’s always something, doesn’t it? We had rain all day yesterday. Today and tomorrow we’re having some wonderful sunshine, but we can’t relax and enjoy very long! (Limited risk of severe thunderstorms Thursday, then again Saturday and Sunday…
We are in Arkansas, in the third circle from the center. I would much rather be somewhere in the western U.S. for a few days!
We’re in the green blob here – I’d rather note be in ANY blob…
Hope you’re not any severe weather color!
My cleaning efforts may have ended where YOURS begin, but this is a nice, big change from what was there before.
When I began a couple of days ago, you couldn’t tell that there was counter top there. It was piled to ‘there’ with all sorts of things and to say finding things was a challenge would be an understatement.
Guiding you through this photograph, The blue and silver cover is on my newly swept-off and wiped-down Elliptical Trainer. If I’m not doing something pretty strenuous during the day, I’m trying to put in 15 minutes or so on this.
I now have my seed starting stuff organized on the left end of the counter. The other stuff is organized so I can FIND things! I threw away a ton of stuff – more or less, and even my husband was amazed.
Later, he put stuff that didn’t belong on my counter. I found it piled up and brought him out to show him that he was very helpful in making my counter ‘disappear.’ He looked a bit sheepish and moved the stuff. :0)
This probably won’t last, but I feel in better control of my gardening stuff now. I have another group of supplies out by the square foot garden that lives in trash cans by the shop. That makes them close and easy to find and use out there.
I FEEL like this sweet, wet doggie right now. We just got home from running errands. We tried to wait for it to stop, but this is the perfect rain, calm, steady, soaking – and it will probably go all day and all night.
We decided that we would set up rain barrels and some other stuff, so we made several stops trying to gather barrels, spigots, barrel pumps, etc. We only got about half of what we needed, so it’s good we can search the net to come up with things we can’t find locally.
We changed our mailbox decoration this morning, swapping the Easter Bunny
For Wyle E. Coyote.
Now we’re beginning to dry off a bit. We’ll make some lunch and enjoy listening to the rain, rather than being out in it… :0)
What a beautiful bunch of girls all dressed up for Easter. Can you imagine keeping them all clean long enough to get to church services and back? And the white shoes would be a full-time job!
I loved getting ready for Easter every year when I was a child. I always got a new outfit for Easter. At church the children would carry flowers up to the altar at one point in the service, singing as we walked. I loved it.
One year when I was a young teenager, my mother got me a truly glorious outfit. My first (and only, I think) Angora sweater and a tweedy skirt. The sweater had 3/4 sleeves and was the shyest shade of pink. The sweater was truly fuzzy and I loved the pink cloud that surrounded me when I wore it. I felt like a princess!
An all-time favorite thing was black patent leather shoes. I LOVED the way they shined. They made me feel very dressed up and special.
Do you remember any special outfits you wore for Easter?
When I was a Blue Bird (baby Campfire Girl) our mothers got together one year and got a baby chick for each of us for Easter. We were THRILLED to say the least. They were so CUTE! They were so little and brightly colored with dye from the chick sellers. I honestly can’t remember what color mine was, but I loved it. I named it “Clara.”
I made the best home I could for Clara, and religiously fed and watered her, cleaning out her shoe box house regularly.
But then a sad thing happened. She started GROWING. Her dyed feathers started coming out, being replaced by much stiffer chicken colored ones. She pecked me – hard! – when I would try to bring her food or change her water or clean the shoe box. She didn’t like me at all no matter what I did. She grew too large for the shoe box. I didn’t want her anymore.
Thankfully enough, one of the mothers decided she would raise any unwanted chickens and get a rooster. We all gave our chickens to her. We visited at first, but the chickens seemed much more interested in each other than us, so the visits dwindled off to nothing. When the chickens got large enough, they started laying eggs, and finally some became dinner.
I was horrified, even though Clara never liked me. I couldn’t get the picture of the cute little dyed chick out of my head. I was a city kid and never really thought about where the eggs or chicken I ate came from!
Though I was thrilled with the gift, I really think it would have been better if the moms hadn’t done it. Looking back on it now, it would have been a better learning experience if we had raised undyed chicks as a group, learning to take good care of them in good weather and bad, with the idea of raising them to be egg-layers- rather than pets; with the future of growing to the age to become dinner one day as the natural order of things, replaced on a regular basis with more chicks. With that perspective, maybe I wouldn’t have been so horrified at the outcome.
Please reconsider the idea of giving these as pets. I think the really pretty miniature painted turtles aren’t sold anymore. Unless you’re ready to console the small child whose pet dies (as most of these do) or are set up to actually raise full-sized chickens and rabbits, please get your children and grandchildren other gifts instead.
I love Easter Bunnies!
We lived in Tulsa, Oklahoma when I was a child, and we had two rabbits as pets. I don’t remember whether we got them as babies, but they were cherished pets for many years. We named one “Peter,” of course. The other my parents named the other “Welsh.” I didn’t get the joke until I was almost an adult – Welsh Rarebit? It was probably a good thing, since my sense of humor as a young child didn’t include jokes about cooking rabbits…
We had practically indestructible cork tile floors. I remember the rabbits running down the long hall that connected the three bedrooms in our home. They were so sweet and playful.
Nothing made me happier than a lap full of rabbits!
I would love to have rabbits as pets again, except that our two dogs and cat would probably not be welcoming…
I was preparing to vacuum and mop the tile on our first floor today when my husband came in and suggested we go buy flowers for the deck.
We came home with -
- 4 mandevilla plants – 2 deep red and 2 yellow,
- 2 wave petunia plants – 1 deep purple and 1 lavender with darker purple ‘veins’,
- 1 hot pink geranium plant,
- and 8 purslane plants – 2 orange, 2 yellow, and 2 pink, and 2 white
We still would like more plants, but this got the deck almost completely planted. We got the programmed watering system going, too, before we stopped.
Since I came in and promptly fell asleep in my chair while we were supposedly watching the news, my husband suggested when I woke up that we make a KFC run.
Now he’s watching a really violent movie while I do ‘other things.’
Today was a wonderful distraction from the path I thought I would take today. The floor will still be there waiting for my attention tomorrow. :0)
I had a delightful surprise today at Lunch Bunch – a very merry un-birthday party!
My birthday was March 9th, but my friends forgot in the heat of lots of stuff going on. Today they had a belated party for me! I received two pairs of wonderful earrings – a beautiful gold dangle-y pair with lots of intertwined rings, and a pair of “Ginger Snaps” earrings, a type I had never heard of before.
I may be the last person in the world to hear about these, but it’s a wonderful idea. The earrings have magnets in them, or are magnetized. Colorful ‘fronts’ snap into the back to make the earrings. Then, whenever you’d like, you can change the fronts with other designs! My friend Kay told me where I could get more fronts.
I got a set of three votive candles in little glass holders that sat in a tray. When the candles were in place, there were pretty rocks to go around them, kind of like a Zen garden. I also got another jar candle that smells just like a bouquet of flowers. Two beautiful birthday cards – one made us laugh out loud, and pretty gift bags – one a bright spring yellow and the other a beautiful large bag with balloons, 3-D cutouts and glitter!
We had a nice lunch, catching up on the week’s events. As we left, my husband immediately drove to the place Kay told us about, insisting I find a second pair of ‘fronts’ for the new Ginger Snaps earrings. At the shop I saw my good friend Martha, who showed me a bracelet and necklace she was wearing in the same Ginger Snap idea. There is also jewelry to shoes and other things, too. I hope whoever came up with this idea makes a fortune. A truly fun, innovative idea!
A very merry un-birthday to me!
(They assured me I don’t have to be ANOTHER year older because of two separate celebrations…
Spring has FINALLY sprung in my yard. I THINK we’re over the freezes now. I’m delighted that my square foot garden plants made it through what I hope was the last one covered by sheets. As I walk around my yard, my spirits get higher and higher. If spring has come to you, send me some pictures. If it hasn’t, and you’re one of the ones who just got more snow, I’m trying to send hope your way.
I have two azalea plants in planters in the front of our house. I love this color!
“An optimist is the human personification of spring.” - Susan J. Bissonette
This is a camellia plant. It’s in a planter on the east side of the house. Every year it blooms, is gorgeous for one day, and then we have severe weather that beats the poor plant to a pulp. Maybe this year…
Here’s a close-up of the big, fat buds.
“It’s spring fever…. You don’t quite know what it is you DO want, but it just fairly makes your heart ache, you want it so!” Mark Twain
For a short time each spring the display of deep purple iris going down one side of our driveway lifts our spirits. My husband remarks on it every day as we leave or come back up from errands. I’m not sure if these are the twice-blooming variety that we have elsewhere or not. I hope so! (There are also yellow iris that bloom at a different time.)
“Sitting quietly, doing nothing, spring comes, and the grass grows by itself” Zen Proverb
We love wisteria, and have been trying to get some to grow happily on one side of our yard. My husband is trying to get it to grow up into a nearby tree. Each year we seem to have more blooms, but they don’t last long.
“Expect to have hope rekindled. Expect your prayers to be answered in wondrous ways. The dry seasons in life do not last. The spring rains will come again.” Sarah Ban Breathnach
These are mystery flowers. I have no idea what they are! I’ll try to get more pics as they open up. :0)
“If I had my life to live over, I would start barefoot earlier in the spring and stay that way later in the fall. I would go to more dances. I would ride more merry-go-rounds. I would pick more daisies.” Nadine Stair
Are they trying to rent it out?
I’ve told you I’m hopelessly spoiled. Here is another example -
I was just getting off the elliptical trainer (after ignoring it in the garage for a year) and came inside to ask my husband if he would like a salad, or would prefer a sandwich for lunch.
My husband was standing at the stove, cooking bacon! He had eggs out, and English muffins, as well. He refused to let me help, even with the clean-up!
We ate a truly beautiful brunch together. I told him how wonderful everything was. He replied that he wished I hadn’t come in before it was ready because he wanted to surprise me. I told him he DID surprise me, and that he was definitely a keeper (even after he scared me by becoming quite ill after we finally got the ham radio antenna up together yesterday). He replied that cooking a meal for me at least once a year was hardly payback for my cooking for him every day.
I’ve had a beautiful surprise brunch. I’m getting ready to go for a haircut now, and we’ll spend the evening with long time good friends.
How spoiled can one woman get!
I don’t remember what childhood game it was where you could shout “Overs!” and have a fresh start, but I’ve loved the idea ever since.
I’ve made a lot of changes over the years, and my life is getting better and better. I’m encouraged by the fact that as long as I’m alive, I can keep shouting, “Overs!”
The latest change I’ve made is ‘living with intention.’
- I do ONE thing every day from my ‘have-to’ list. (Usually this one is time-sensitive and results in bad things if it isn’t done on time.)
- I do ONE thing every day that gives me a sense of accomplishment. (Lately this is choosing one thing in my house that would benefit from my new “Every-28-year-clean-out” project. Every day I can look at these and feel I’m making progress in what is essentially a never-ending project.)
- And I do ONE thing completely for FUN – for the joy of it. I consciously take time to do something that makes me smile. (like an art project, reading a book, planting flowers, – something I formerly postponed because of my previous long-as-my-arm ‘to-do’ list)
I’ve decided to add one more thing to my “living with intention list” – EXERCISE.
I’ve thought about this a lot lately. I’ve felt guilty because I haven’t. I’ve made endless excuses because I don’t really enjoy it, yata, yata, yata.
Why have I decided to do it NOW?
I want to do it for ME. I want to feel good more of the time. I’m already trying to eat healthier, with more fruits and more veggies, and less of everything else. The exercise will hopefully be another piece in my desire to do everything I can to get my body in better condition so I can do my ‘living with intention’ as long as I’m breathing.
I have an elliptical machine in the garage gathering dust. I’m going to clean that up today, find my MP3 player, program the machine and get started again. I won’t promise to do any particular number of minutes every day. I’ll only promise myself that I’ll get on it every day, particularly if I’m not out in the garden, taking a walk, or doing other exercise that day. When I used it before, the pain I have in my joints lessened over time. I’m hopeful I can achieve the same, or even better results again.
I’ll also make a promise to myself to consciously move more each day than I have been. It might be the Wii Fit, it might be an exercise video, it might be the ‘yoga for geezers’ video I have in the living room bookshelf. It might be walking around the house or I might get to the point where I can walk down our steep driveway to get our mail and actually make it back up to the house without wheezing for half an hour!
“As long as you are breathing, you can start over.”
I double-dog-dare-you not to at least smirk when you see the joyously happy face of this child.
Yesterday I had fun at Wal-Mart with my husband.
We were about 2/3 finished with our shopping when he turned to me and asked, “Do you know that man?” I said, “No, I don’t.” A little bit later my husband asked, “Do you KNOW these people?” I answered, “No.” He finally stopped the cart and said, “Then why are all these people smiling at you?” I smiled, kissed his nose and answered, “Because I smiled first.”
Happiness IS contagious. If you carry it with you and show it to others, they respond – if only for the few seconds it takes for their faces to light up.
We’ve all seen a happy baby delight everyone around. The sourest, curmudgeon-y faces will practically crack open as they respond to a sweet baby’s smile or laugh. They try to talk to the baby and get him or her to smile or laugh again. It’s beautiful to watch, isn’t it?
With all the awful stuff going on around us, it’s good to know that we can each do our part in making the world a happier place. And the more happiness we spread to others, the more there is.
Let’s get the happiness virus moving today!