Tuesday, June 26, 2012

How Old Are You?


Heard this little joke recently and had to share with you:

"My young grandson called the other day to wish me Happy Birthday.
He asked me how old I was, and I told him, 80.

My grandson was quiet for a moment,
and then he asked, "Did you start at one?"

This one made me laugh out loud...

PS. And no -- I am not 80!

Thursday, June 21, 2012

In The Bloom of Summer

"When you take a flower in your hand and really look at it,
it's your world for the moment.

Most people in the city rush around so,
they have no time to look at a flower.


I want them to see it whether they want to or not. ” ~ Georgia O'Keeffe

We are celebrating the first day of summer. And what could express the season more eloquently than flowers in a garden. So in search for suitable candidates I went.  You can imagine how thrilled I was, then, to find these wonderful beauties I photographed on our holiday last summer.

Suddenly I found myself longing to be able to paint them. And I could see them done on huge canvases, in the bold and brilliant style of well known artist Georgia O'Keeffe who once said she decided that if she could paint a flower in a huge scale, you could not ignore its beauty.

Although I have tried my hand at painting a few times long ago -- my first earnest attempt was a tiny posy of pansies -- I wonder if I'd have the courage to attempt something quite so bold.

If you were going to paint one of these, which would you choose? The rose at the top, or one of the two poppy poses?  I think I'd choose the first poppy pose... or maybe the second one.

On that note, I'm wishing you a happy and beautiful summer day!

Now where are my paints......

Saturday, June 09, 2012

Knee Deep In June

SITTING at my desk on an early morning,
I have a glorious view of...

Bright blue skies with wispy clouds...

A bush of deep purple lilacs peeking over top the fence
from the neighbour's yard...

The Toba Hawthorne tree coming into bloom and,
nestled on the branches right now, some cheery red-stained
purple finches.

'Tis a lovely morning, fresh and bright with anticipation for gardening and hanging out in the sunshine a while. The birds earlier were a-tweet and a-flutter but it's quieter now as I type.

So, what would you be seeing from your own 'perch' this morning?

Wishing you glimpses of the beautiful today!

Friday, June 01, 2012

How Do You Nurture Your Dream?


"In your heart, keep one still secret spot where dreams may go
and be sheltered so they may thrive and grow."
~ Louise Driscoll

How do you nurture your dreams so they may thrive and grow up? I believe one way to do this is to create some real time and space in our daily living routines. And before you yelp, I don't have time I'm too busy, please read three tips that I'm finding helpful when I keep them in mind:

1. It doesn't need to be big chunks of time. I read a book once where the author talked about not falling into the trap of thinking that a dream has to be a big 'all or nothing' pursuit. You know the idea that if we don't have lots of time to spend on it, we shouldn't even begin at all, that we should wait for a more convenient season when we're not so busy. 

One day I shared with a blogging friend that I have some book ideas forming in my heart, but that I was waiting for when I had lots of time to work on them. At least three to four hours a day, five days a week. And since I didn't have that kind of time available, I put it all off, because I, too, had fallen for the idea that it had to be 'all or nothing'. 

2. Small beginnings make progress. But then there was dear Matty encouraging me to find myself some writing time. In an email she said: "Just get it on paper. Don't worry about how it reads right now. Thoughts. Words. Sentences, maybe. Even pictures. Just get it down! Make yourself a gift of 30 minutes or 15 or even 10 to do this... I know this book is in you wanting to be born. Won't you let it?"

Talk about timing... certainly a message I needed to hear. That's when I decided to give myself the gift of working for 20 minutes a day. That's all. Twenty minutes just for my writing. 

3. Make the time enjoyable. I started imagining how I could make these few minutes a special time in the day. Kinda like when, years ago, I started a gratitude journal, and throughout the day I eagerly looked forward to what I would include at day's end in my pretty notebook.

So now, I started thinking about how I could create a writing interlude in my space, a time of day and a place where I would feel the freedom to just 'be' without that tugging that something else needs doing first. And, rather than use my computer during this time, I would find a large pretty notebook and write in long hand, with a pen in hand. That helps me to get in the creative mood. Maybe I have a cup of tea or sparkling water in a stemmed glass, and perhaps keep a copy or two of the my old Victoria magazines to browse for a minute or two to fan the inspiration of seeing words written by another writer.

I was getting excited! This writing event wouldn't have to be textbook grim, the I've-got-to-get-this-done kind of work, but it could take on the flavor of an eagerly anticipated celebration. Talk about feeling nurtured. Invigorated. Audacious even!

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So we're on our way. We'll let you know how it unfolds. And, Matty, here's a kiss in the breeze for being that loving friend (who by the way lives over at Lazy Bee Farm

Back to my original question... how do you nurture your own dreams? Are you making even a little space in your life to taste and see that this is a good thing, so well worth pursuing?

Now, here's wishing you a dreamy weekend with glimpses of heaven!