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.

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Thursday Thought of the Day ~ Success, Impossible, and Things Are Just Things

I have SO many thoughts going through my head these days!
{it is even interrupting my sleep, which is not really common for me usually, but this week it is!}

It was hard to pick just one Thought of the Day, I have more than one huge thought plaguing me on a regular basis these days.

I am currently going through my year end reports for the taxes, and am realizing what a tough year it has been.

Change after change after change. When one thing wasn't working, I tried another, and then another.
source: behappy.me
As disappointing is was to see on paper just how difficult the year has been, at least I gave it my all and kept trying. 

Plus, I have been confronted with a coming year full of other big changes. A new chapter, I like to think. {Someday, I will write a book, and there really will be chapters.}

But these changes are daunting, kind of scary, and are making us examine the past 10 years of our lives. At times, it doesn't seem possible we can do everything we need to to to make these changes. 
source: ffffound!
But I know that if we keep at it, and plan carefully, it can be done, it will be done! {It HAS to be done, the alternative is far scarier...}

It is this that keeps me up at night, the long list of things to do, what order and how they can be done. 
{Luckily, the 'should it be done?' question doesn't keep me up. We already decided it most definitely should be.}

The sad part is that much of this worry has to do with STUFF, and THINGS. The stuff and things we collect, that we save for no apparent reason. 

The things that accumulate over years and years.
source: Google via Pinterest
We sometimes get too attached to stuff, forget that it is just things, and probably not important things. But letting those things go is sometimes so difficult.

Over the past week I have had to re-organize and re-imagine my life. And I have come to this conclusion:

I will continue to succeed (even if that means finding out what doesn't work), I will get it done (and therefore it will not be impossible!), and focus on the important things (which may not actually be things at all, and let the rest go).

A heap of thoughts for today. Don't let them keep you up ..... 

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Featured Artisan ~ Betsy from Poly Clay Cafe

Betsy is like me in a way, having fallen in love with art at a young age, then venturing off into a corporate world. Hers was technology. 

We both also found inspiration in our daughters. I feel like I can relate to her, and have just been 'wowed' by looking through her shop. 
More Info
This is just a sampling, hard to believe it is clay.
Be sure to visit her shop, and leave her a comment! 
She would love to hear your thoughts.

Poly Clay Cafe

Poly Clay Cafe

Featured Artist

Share the Love Blogger’s Unite

Poly Clay Cafe is the Featured Artist this week on Share the Love Blogger’s Unite! Stunning pieces in polymer clay by Betsy Strebe!

Distinctive handmade-by-me polymer clay items.

I guarantee that everything in my shop is one of a kind, designed and made by me. My only helper is my cat, she keeps the beads from rolling on the floor! 

You can Find Poly Clay Cafe on: Etsy Blog Facebook

Walking on Wednesday ~ Excuses

As you may have guessed if you are a follower, I have not been keeping up with my workout schedule.

You may have noticed I stopped writing about running and walking, stopped posting my workouts, stopped talking about it altogether!

Well, you are right. I have slacked. Big time.

I did manage 2 workouts last week, but I barely remember them. They were at the beginning of the week, then I didn't go at all the rest of the week.

This week, I am NOT off to a good start. Haven't been at all. 

I know, you are saying 'well it's early in the week yet'.
Yes, but tomorrow is supposed to be COLD! Chance of snow.
Yuck.

Plus, I have SO much to do, I just haven't had the time to spare. 
Yes, this is an excuse. I know. 

But I successfully have talked myself out of getting out there several days now. I reasoned that the time it takes to walk (or run) plus the necessary shower afterwards was just too much! I could accomplish so much on my list in that time.

Lame. Yes.

So here I sit wondering if I should walk downtown to pick up dinner. Probably should. Maybe I will!

Or maybe I will just drive so I can accomplish more of the things that have to be done before I get too tired.....

Or maybe you just don't care. 

I know you don't ~ we all are responsible for our own excuses. 
I wouldn't care to hear excuses either, our actions are all up to each of us. 
source: Real Social Dynamics
Don't be lazy, keep going, keep trying and MOVE IT!
I will now take my own advice.

Monday, February 24, 2014

Music Monday! Paradise City



What better way to get back in to Music Monday?
Some G~n~R of course.
(old G~n~R...old stuff.....)

Playin' a song beggin' to go home.

I have been feeling like going home. 
Not necessarily the home I grew up in.
But where I grew most, where I started my own home.

Ah well, home is where you make it right? 
So, home is where I am with my family.
Home can be anywhere.
I have just been wanting my home to be located somewhere else.

Either way, this is a rockin' tune to get through a Monday after a completely gorgeous weekend.
With more snow on the horizon, we all could use a little G~n~R to get through.

Take me down to the paradise city
Where the grass is green
And the girls are pretty
Oh, won't you please take me home? Yeah, yeah

Sunday, February 23, 2014

Sunday Update ~ When Your Brain Can't Write

Wow, it has been over a week since I have written.
The week actually flew past.
I did try to write, but every time I tried, my head went completely silent.

It was not as though it was empty.
It was full. It was racing. 
It was contemplating and figuring and planning.

But it had nothing to write. When I tried to type, my mind went silent.
There was nothing I could put to words on the screen.
(I wanted to say words on paper, but that is not the way anymore is it?)

The words were gone, my mind could not speak in writing anymore.
It could only contemplate, figure, and plan.

That was my week. A head full of things, yet nothing to write.

This coming week, however, I already have Music Monday planned (though not yet written), and things I could post for other days too. I think my head will have an easier time of writing this coming week, it has already been thinking in writing, and I have been able to get through this post rather easily.

The week 'off' from writing was a cleansing of sorts. (I even cleaned out 2 entire closets too! A true cleansing!!)

It showed me that, sometimes, you should not force the writing. It is better to just let your brain do what it has to. Let your brain contemplate, figure, plan. And when it is finished, the writing will come again.

A couple of question to my fellow writers: 

What has been the longest gap in writing, or blogging, that you have gone through?

Was it hard to get back to it when you did? 

Please share - writing is tough at times for all of us, and to know we aren't alone sometimes eases the burden we put on ourselves, no?

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Well, Maybe I Am NOT A Good Patient

I so thought I would feel better this morning.

I was so wrong.

The alarm went off at 6am (I forgot to turn off the alarm after we got the call that school was cancelled for today) and I felt like my head was about to explode. I felt completely terrible!

Thank goodness I could turn it off and try to get more sleep.

I grabbed the end of the toilet paper roll (we are out of tissues.....) from the floor and began the cough, wipe nose, cough, blow nose sequence, all the while cursing the world.

Two hours later, I woke up again feeling slightly better, but only better enough to get to the kitchen, start the coffee and take some medicine. 

The coffee was good, and the medicine seemed to be helping because I managed to check all my emails and finish a feature blog and do some other promoting. I even managed to sweep the kitchen, tend to the birds, and take the meat out of the freezer for dinner.

BUT, with each passing minute, I felt worse, and it seems grumpier and grumpier.

I met questions like:
"So, do you have a cold, the flu, or some infection?" 
with a somewhat harsh:
"I don't know, I am not a doctor!" 
Followed by a curt: 
"OF course, it is a stupid cold, honey!"

And perhaps I was not so sweet when hubby said: 
"Your nose is getting red from wiping it." 
DUH. 
I said:
"I know!!"
He said:
"It's going to start hurting." 
I said: 
"IT ALREADY DOES HURT!!! But I HAVE TO WIPE!!"
And then I sneezed and coughed and added the spent tissue to the pile.
source: Raige Creations
The tissue is actually the roll of toilet paper I started with late last night. It is now three quarters of the way gone, my nose is so sore, and I am taking more medicine dammit! 

And YES, that IS the last load of laundry there behind my tissues.... I didn't get folded yesterday! 

So what? At least it's clean!! (and yes, I have to thank hubby for being the one who actually did the laundry.)

Perhaps I am not the good patient I thought I was. 

Featured Artisan ~ Grahams Bazaar

This week meet Sebnem and Darral, a husband and wife team from Canada. How can you not love their creative shops, particularly when their motto goes something like this: 

'We live to discover, create, share and love ♥ We enjoy laughing, loving, learning -- LIVING!'

Be sure to visit them online - they have everything from hats to clothes (even for your pup) to photos. They love to create!
(and who doesn't need a Viking Hat?)

Grahams Bazaar

Featured Artist

Share the Love Blogger's Unite

Grahams Bazaar is this week's Feature Artists on Share the Love Blogger's Unite! 

Handmade Accessories Gifts Photography http://www.etsy.com/shop/GrahamsBazaar 

All creations in our shop are limited edition and unique... Our inspiration comes from everything, everywhere. We live to discover, create, share and love.

You can Find Grahams Bazaar on:

Etsy Facebook Blog Etsy Shop 2 = http://www.etsy.com/shop/sebsurer 

Are you On Fire for Handmade? 
http://onfireforhandmade.com 
Shop at On Fire Gift Guide! 
https://onfiregiftguide.com

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Walking on Wednesday ~ Fuzzy Headed Snow Day

source: someecards.com via Pinterest
It started yesterday, but I didn't want to say anything.

Throat hurting from the post-nasal drip that started, but I just took some Advil hoping for the best. 

I hate being sick, mainly because I still have to DO STUFF when I am sick!

source: Philosody via Pinterest

Then this morning, I woke up before 7am (wha?? no school and I am up before 7am??). I felt it in my nose and sinuses. 

I have a cold. 

And, I don't have any tissues.

I have a fuzzy head, and not just from the medicine I took while the coffee was brewing.

Actually, today may just be the perfect day to take advantage of accomplishing little, and complaining to anyone who will listen.... school is closed, businesses are closed, and everyone is home and kind of bored. 

Perfect audience for my whining.

But that isn't how the day played out, of course.
source: Pinterest
I DID manage to get a nap, but woke up to clean the oven (son cooked....well I never cleaned it after the lasagna...you know what happens when you don't put a pan under the lasagna dish.....)

I have one load of laundry left to fold, got the other three done before my nap.

I have dinner to cook, but at least it will be chicken soup. (leftover rotisserie chicken because as I said I started to not feel good yesterday...so went for the easy dinner)

I can handle all this. This is actually a nice easy day for me. 

I HAVE had days when when I felt much worse and had to do much more , so I actually am thankful that I can browse Pinterest, and scroll through my newsfeed, and babble on about my silly cold, and ENJOY my fuzzy head because I DON'T HAVE to do any figures, any stressful analysis, and moving things, or shoveling.

My only fear is that I may spread this to my family. Two of which are of the male persuasion. 
source: Pinterest
Until then, back to Pinterest

If I am not back in 2 hours, give me 2 more.

Thank you snow day, and thank you Sudafed. 

Monday, February 10, 2014

Music Monday! Should I Stay or Should I Go?

Sitting here on this chilly night, with snow on the ground from a 'mini' snowstorm that hit us today (so I had to go get son from school 2 1/2 hours early). 

This is before the 'big storm' we are anticipating tomorrow through Thursday.

We are passing the time watching the Olympics, feeling the chill more looking at the snow and ice, and keeping an eye on the scrolling school closings across the bottom of the screen.

As of now, they haven't closed school. But son is anxiously awaiting the news 'School Closed Tuesday.'

But the uncertainty is frustrating.

Click here if you are having trouble viewing video.

Will he stay or will he go?

We will probably get a call at 6:13 am (the usual time the automated calling system gets to our number). 

So I will be up anyways. But he may get to sleep in. 
photo courtesy of volcanic

Maybe I will get to go back to bed...we will see.....in the meantime we can at least enjoy The Clash.

This indecision's bugging me.....

Friday, February 7, 2014

I Hate Moving Things!

Just a small complaint today.
Well a few rather large ones actually.

We need to move these things from their current location, and let me tell you I am extremely tired of moving things. 

If there IS a bright side, we only have these things to move at the moment. 

We have managed to sell many of the the displays we ended up with at the close of the business. 

I should be thankful for that. And I am.

But, we still have large, heavy things to move. 
It is seemingly neverending.

The sad thing is, I suspect we will be moving things many more times. 

Either moving things from storage to the booth, or slowly moving things we don't need from our house. 

We are trying to lighten our load.


Moving, moving moving.

The last move was quite the ordeal, and I do not want to have another "adventure" like our family move here. Never, ever again.

All these moves now I hope will make our next family move much easier than it was last time. 

Am I too young to be talking so much of downsizing? Who cares. 

I am tired of all the 'stuff'. I will be a happy lady when moving is no longer part of our regular activities. 

In fact, this may motivate me to finally de-clutter my closet, and my sewing space, and the rest of the basement, and the front hall closet, and....wow there is a list.

I will be busy for a long time, because all I need is less.

What is your worst clutter space, or one big thing you wish you could get rid of, but have not yet done so?

oh, and if you need one of these displays, let me know! I am taking any offer......in an effort to never move again....

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Blue Skies and Potential

It was a day that started with loads of potential. 
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 Blue skies. Beauty. And things to do.
source
 Potential.
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Sadly, my effort failed me late in the afternoon, and the day ended rather meh. Like, dinner at 9:30 pm kind of meh.
source: etsy
It turned out to be a total hump day. Luckily, I think I am getting over the hump.
I hope you had a wonderful hump day - did you have a big 'meh' hump to get over?

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Featured Artisan ~ Kountry Kreations

Today, we meet Angie from Kountry Kreations. 

Kountry Kreations is a home based business located in the beautiful hills of Pocahontas County, WV. where she creates a variety of handmade crafts to include thier special Memory Ornaments, quilting, crocheting, woodworking, and glass etching to name a few. She reminds us that her creations are handmade crafts and no two are exactly alike.

She is a busy woman, working full time as a 911 operator, and proud mom and grandmom. You may see her at a craft show if you are ever in her area! Be sure to check out these adorable creations.

Kountry Kreations Featured ArtistKountry Kreations

Featured Artist

Kountry Kreations is this weeks Featured Artist on Share the Love, Bloggers Unite. You will find Memory Ornaments, quilting, crocheting, woodworking, and glass etching to name a few. These are handmade crafts and no two are exactly alike. I learned to crochet as a little girl sitting on my Grandmother's lap. My mother taught me to sew and the other crafts were self taught. You can Find Kountry Kreations On: Etsy Blog Facebook Twitter Pinterest

Music Monday! Two for Tuesday ~ Dog Days Are Over

"Dog Days Are Over"
Florence and the Machine
cover courtesy of moshi moshi records
Dog Days.  Are they over? 
Well, depends on what you think of when you say that. 

The dog days are frequently referencing the hottest days of summer. The days when not much is happening, lazy days of summer, etc. (source)

Other interpretations say that dog days are about nothing happening…progress stagnating.

And the horses coming in? That could be about things moving forward, 'getting a move one'. The horse is about power, wealth, victory. It’s about success. (source)

    

Florence and the Machine interpreted their song quite colorfully back in 2008.


And then in 2010, came out with this less colorful one, more white with splashes of color.

Though hubby disagrees with me on the meaning of dog days, I am sticking with my interpretation of this song: 

The stagnant times are done, things are about to get going again. 

Maybe this is what makes me like the more colorful version of the video. And I am ready to be hit, like a train on a track. 
image courtesy of The Red Fox Lair
How we interpret, and what views we enjoy depends so much on our current perspective. 
Which do you prefer right now? 
Extremely colorful or more white-washed?
And why do you think that is??

Sunday, February 2, 2014

Raige Missed Her B-Day!

I was just enjoying getting lost on my blog.

{does anyone else ever do that? click on the 'you might also like' posts at the end of the blog and find old posts, old pictures, marvel at how good some posts are, how bad others are??}

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And I realized Raige turned 4 this year!

Past toddler years now. It is hard to believe it has gone by so fast.

I noticed, too, that Raige has really grown. Particularly in the style of Toekini's. Check out THIS post, where I was celebrating one year. The Toekini's were different, thinner, more bead-y. 

Should I go back to that style? 

Or keep going in the thicker, wider direction?

I guess there is room for both, right?

What do you think?
Comments welcome and encouraged.
thanks.

Saturday, February 1, 2014

Birds on a Wire - or Can You Say Something Better About This Photo?

Photo courtesy of Buttercup
(my daughter)
Raige Creations
A photo from many weeks ago.
It was a cloudy, rainy day.
My daughter and I were going in to check on our booth at the antique mall.
She was snapping pictures for an art class project.

When we saw this, we were kinda speechless.

All I could say was,
'Look at all those tiny birds on the wire!'
So original.

I could say that I was the one driving, and therefore could not give the attention necessary. But my daughter couldn't think of anything either.  

So I leave it to you to caption, comment, say what you think. Give us a new way to look at this photo. 
What is YOUR perspective on a photo like this? 
Give us a new way to see it.