Be free-floating, allowing the situation to surround you, and be in it. Take in the full surroundings, including the temperature of the water.
This may bring incredible clarity, presence and focus. This is what is means to be a jellyfish.

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Walking on Wednesday ~ Stay ~ With Some Music

Makes Me Wanna Stay. Don't It? 
Source: piccsy.com via Rebecca on Pinterest

Yes, I arranged to have 2 days off in a row this week, Tuesday and Wednesday. I spent the latter part of Monday at work, sick. And I spent my day off yesterday sick, of course. You are only sick on your days off. I didn't even get my walk/run in. I didn't get my Music Monday done. I didn't cook. I didn't even get dressed until 3:30pm. 

I have to say it was great to just sit and rest ALL DAY long. I really didn't feel like doing anything else, and that I knew I had another whole day where I didn't HAVE to get in by 11am and open and be stuck at the shop all day, well it just makes me wanna stay and waste some more time.
Wasting time
Let the hours roll by
Doing nothing for the fun
Little taste of the good life
Whether right or wrong
Makes us want to stay stay stay stay for awhile


This song reminds me of our time in the Caribbean - the warm weather and sunshine, the lazy days with the kids at the beach, watching storms roll in and feeling the warm rain, letting the kids play in the mud. It came out the year my youngest was born, and we listened to it over and over when they all were little. 
 
So was my time really wasted? I say no, time just sitting around, resting, just enjoying time. Not wasted at all. 

 
We all need time to simply STAY for a while, to just watch the little things happen, to dance in the rain, mouths open.


The poetic musings of Dave Matthews make me appreciative of life and sweetly nostalgic.

I shall miss these things
When it all rolls by
Because it sure does roll by. So make sure you make time to stay, and enjoy, as if 
only for a moment this good time would never end.

Featured Artisan From the On Fire Team ~ Chrysalis Designs

Gina is today's Featured Artisan - and you will see from her shops that her wide variety of handmade jewelry makes her shop truly one of a kind. Colorful and detailed creations await you - be sure to check them out.


This weeks Featured Artisan is Regina Plummer McDonald, better known as Gina, owner and designer at Chrysalis Designs by RM. Gina has beautiful creations and are all true works of art! You can find Chrysalis Designs on:


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Saturday, September 22, 2012

Collections to Keep Me Busy ~ Pumpkin Colored

It's official - It's not summer anymore.
What does this mean?
PUMPKINS!
Perfect subject for a collection - enjoy.

(love that little Laughing Orange Monster - he reminds me that Halloween is not too far away too)


Thursday, September 20, 2012

Walking on Wednesday ~ What Day Is It?










What day is it?
Lately, whatever day I think it is changes throughout the day. I am not sure what day of the week it is most of the time, and date of the month? Forget it. 

Yesterday, I greeted the chimney repair guys with - 
"OH is it the 18th already?" 
- suddenly remembering they set the repair date weeks ago, but wait, weren't they coming the 19th? Oh yes, it was the 19th!

Then later in the afternoon, while discussing an item that was going to be shipped on Friday that we had to package, I said, 
"but it is going to be picked up tomorrow!" 
Well, it was Thursday, right? NO, it was Wednesday. Oh yes, that is why I had blogger open with a blank page waiting for Walking on Wednesday

I think Pooh is right. 
- Today is my favorite day
Even if I don't know what day it is.

Mostly, it doesn't matter the name of the day, or the number of the day. It matters that we enjoy the day, find the joy in life.  Why complicate things and worry about names and numbers?

Have every day be your favorite day.

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Featured Artisan from the On Fire Team ~ The Chickadee Tree

Multi-talented Jessica is the featured artisan today. 
I love her mix of crochet and chainmaille items.


This weeks Featured Artisan is The Chickadee Tree. She has wonderful creations that are created with love! You can find Chickadee Tree on:

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Monday, September 17, 2012

Music Monday! Amadeus Batman

I bet you are laughing. Those two things do not seem to go together, I would normally agree. Under any other circumstances, this is true.

But today, these two things were how I started the day.



A discussion since last night has rocked us. Yes, the 80's are trendy now, strange to us who grew up in the 80's. It was fun then, but to re-live? To be reminded of some of the fashion, the 'whatever' of the 80's - that we could certainly do without.

But once in a while, a song pops back in our heads, and there it sits. And with discussion of the 1980's, this song, Rock Me Amadeus, came up and it has remained there in the forefront of our minds ever since.

No, we do not understand much of what he is saying, so we mumble along until....

Amadeus Amadeus, Amadeus
Amadeus Amadeus, Amadeus
Amadeus Amadeus, oh oh oh Amadeus

Come on and rock me Amadeus.

So why Batman?


Bat-Girl, actually, showed up at our house early this morning.

When I dropped her at school we caught a glimpse of Spiderman too, but couldn't get a picture of him.
It is Spirit Week at school, and today was Super Hero Day. 

It gave me a chance to re-live those home-made Halloween costume days I once enjoyed. THAT I didn't mind re-living. 

I thought those days were long gone once my kids got past Middle School, so really enjoyed the last minute fixing of the ears, making a mask, and pinning of the Batman symbols that we had created ourselves. (actually, my daughter did most of the work, I just lent a hand)

Thus Amadeus Batman is the theme of today. Reliving times of the past that didn't seem like big deals at the time, but looking back, were some pretty good times. Not to mention pretty funny sounding together. 


Sunday, September 16, 2012

Collections to Keep Me Busy - Diamonds ARE a girls best friend!

Since I have been so slack at sharing wonderful collections, I thought this would be a nice one to start the Collections to Keep me Busy feature again. After all, there is nothing better to catch your attention than sparkling things, and this one is full of 'em.

Have a Sparkling Sunday!

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Walking on Wednesday ~ I Just Keep Runn-Innnggg

I was never a good runner.  My sister, she was the runner.
 
Being younger than her, I was the tag-a-long, I was the copy cat, and usually it drove her crazy. So when she discovered she was a good runner, I followed her and ran too.

 
I soon discovered, way back in middle school, that running wasn't for me. I always finished last, and dang it hurt! I was much better suited in the pool, where I always loved to be since I could remember. (I was the one who stayed in our family pool until my lips turned blue.)

 
Add to that a knee injury I got while playing indoor soccer, running was not for me!

 
This was reinforced a few years ago when my daughter was on the cross country team. I tried to run with her, and hurt me knees so bad I could not make it up a flight of stairs. That ended running for me altogether.

 
So now you know I am not one of those natural runners, one of those die-hard, 'isn't running great?', 'everyone should run' cheerleaders.
 
Until recently. 

 
I have been walking almost every day since March, trying to get fit, lose some pounds, and just feel better. My knee could handle walking. But a few weeks ago I thought I would add a wee bit of running to my walk.

 
And it felt great! Do you know why it felt great? 

Because when I was running, my thoughts became focused, my worries became challenges to tackle, my stresses were relieved.
 
When I was running I was accomplishing something that had always been difficult for me. I set small goals - just run to the next corner - and when I reached that corner I felt like I won! I reached that corner, and felt like I could reach the next one too. 

It wasn't JUST about running, it was about the mind-set. It is about focus, determination, and not about just running. 
 
So now, I just keep running. Because it honestly feels better when I am done. Yes, some days it hurts, sometime I am breathing so heavy I think my longs are going to explode. Some days I start out thinking, 'today I am just going to walk', but after the first 5 minutes of walking, I get the urge to pick up the pace. Because... well... why not? Because I CAN! 

My knees are doing great too, which surprises the heck out of me. 
 
So I just keep running. It helps me stay focused, it helps me get through the rest of the day. Especially since some days that is the only really good thing I can say about the day, that I ran. 

 
I just keep running. I will keep running too. It is now something I almost need to do. I need that focus, that clearing of the mind, if only for a half hour, if only once a day. And the good thing is, I FEEL like running. Even if I start out feeling like walking, I feel the need to run.

 
I will keep running, because I just feel like Runnn-Innnng.

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Featured Artist from the On Fire Team ~ Chainmaille by MBOI

This Weeks Featured Artisan is Chainmaille by MBOI

Chainmaille is an ancient art that dates back before the 5th century.  The process involves interweaving rings of various sizes into intricate patterns to create wearable metal art.  In ancient times, chainmaille served the useful purpose of protecting soldiers in battle; but, since there are very few jousting matches happening on modern streets, chainmaille has evolved into wearable art.  ChainmailleByMBOI creates pieces using a variety of metals including Sterling Silver, Copper, Aluminum, Brass, and Bronze.  Almost any pattern that you see can be created from a different metal so if you don’t see exactly what you are looking for, please don’t hesitate to contact us and we will be happy to begin a special order for you.

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Monday, September 10, 2012

Music Monday! My Best Friend

Thanks to hubby, my best friend, I have been listening to some good music at the shop lately. Who doesn't need a little Depeche Mode now and then?

  

 Makes the day feel totally different than The Monkees, and that is a good thing! I like the relaxation I get when listening to Depeche Mode. It keeps me level, and helps me concentrate, which I need today.

My Mondays have become like Fridays because I take Tuesdays off, and today I can't wait until the end of the work day so I can go home. Thank goodness some good music will get me there. 
Thanks to my best friend, I know he will never let me down. And no, there is no 'again', he never has and I know he never will.

TGI Monday!