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Ahhhhhh…..winter.

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Winter would not feel so cold if our yards could look like this….

even with the snow all around..

.this sure would be nice to see in the morning.

Here are some other beautiful flowers to cheer you up during this long cold winter some of us have been going through.

Look very carefully at them and you will find they are made up f painted bodies.  How cool is that???

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Stay warm.

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I go to nature to be soothed and healed, and to have my senses put in order.
John Burroughs

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I have spent hours on our lake waters the past three years…and each year I am amazed by the changes of the landscape and the wildlife that find a home within.  However…. …Where are all the ducks, geese, small wading birds and muskrat???   Why would there be many one year and almost none  the next???

The only thing that comes to mind is the differing water levels each year.  This year the lake water were extremely high…and moving too fast….could that be the reason???

Was there no place for nesting to take place??   I miss  watching the young grow up…and looking forward to finding them each time I  visit the lake.

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 However…the  Turtles…the beautiful painted turtles seem to be a constant in the landscape…everyday around 10 am.

I love to float beside them …near the reeds…as they  hug a piece of driftwood and raise the heads toward the sun in unison, is always a special moment.

thCAXRF6AP For everything you have missed, you have gained something else, and for  everything you gain, you lose something else.

Ralph  Waldo Emerson

Yes…I am missing something this summer…. the creatures …however…I have  spent more time observing the trees and the plants as they grow and change during the summer…more than ever before.  I have observed the changing of the shores…how the rain , sun and wind affect the growth, in and around the waters edge… how the water surface explodes some days with new growth…and how it can  visually change from being glasslike in one spot yet  choppy with waves in another.

Ahhhh…change.  Mother Nature seems to embrace it and accept the consequences .

Now…if only I could be as flexible as she.

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“I’m drawn to places that beguile and inspire, sedate and stir, places where, for a few blissful moments I loosen my death grip on life, and can breathe again. It turns out these destinations have a name:

thin places.”

 Eric Weiner

It was not until a few years ago , when my sister told me about her thin place,…that  I first heard this term.

 She shared with me…a favorite beach she likes to spend time at….where wild horses can be seen running on  the sand… a location she called her thin place.

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I immediately  wondered….what is it that makes a place… thin….how does a person know if they have  ever been ….to a thin place??

Is it a place where the… spiritual…the physical ….the mental….and the natural….have  a fine line between them?..

when they are indistinguishable from one another???

Is a thin place….an actual physical location???…or is it a state of mind???

Some have said that a Thin Place… cannot be described with words.

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So that got me to wondering….have I ever found myself in a thin place?

…the first thing that came to mind was…

my kayak… paddling all alone…. on the lake or down the creek in my kayak…

Yes…I do believe that is MY thin place.

A place where I can be alone but never feel  alone….where my mind can breath and my body relax… where life as it is ….seems to disappear.

Perhaps that is why I look so forward to the end of a long cold Canadian winter… a chance to once again….return to that place…my Thin Place.

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Have you ever been there?

Have you found your….

Thin Place???

Have you found your place….next to another?

Do you both sparkle?

Do we help each other sparkle?

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photo …copyright..Michelle Beaudry

This got me wondering  about sparkling….do I sparkle?

….How about you?…..have you found your place?…your constellation??

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…Do you sparkle?….do you care?

I think there are days when we all sparkle….however….I know there are days when I don’t.

Hmmmmm……

I wonder …is  there is a way to keep my  sparkle ??….

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Have a look …..a very careful look.!!!!

 

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Is it true that we often see …only what we WANT to see??

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Is this a leaf….a bug….an elephant?????…..Look again…it is really  a person standing on his head..covered in body paint!!!!!

I had to look again and again before  I was finally able to  see this for what it really is.

 

 

 

 

Expectations

looking forward to…anticipation a looking for as due,proper, or necessary thing looked forward to…a reason or warrant for looking forward to something;…prospect for the future, as of advancement or prosperity…the probability of the occurrence, duration, etc. of something

We all have expectations….of life….of our friends and family….of events….and ourselves……..we have expectations of zillions of things.

Many of those we are not even conscious of…take for example….a voice on the radio….. I can listen to that voice for a long time without much thought about the person ….until one day … I  when I saw  a photo of that …VOICE/person… I was surprised with what I saw…I don/t know what I had expected… however…what I saw did not seem to fit… I actually was impressed with what I saw..

So that goes to show that our expectations can not only disappoint us….but in some cases…far excede our expectations….What made me think about this subject was this …my blog.  Upon developing it my thoughts were….hmm…not exactly sure what to write….and if I do…who will even want to read it?

To my surprise….it now has over 31,000 hits…and I have to say…I am quite amazed about that….and on top of that….people actually took the time to comment….I did take a break from writing….but with the winter months rushing in…and the snow on it’s way….and seeing how many hits I have gotten….I am motivated….I am in a writing mood once again.

How about you….have you experienced any….”GREAT EXPECTATIONS ” lately???

The greater danger for most of us lies not in setting our aim too high and falling short; but in setting our aim too low, and achieving our mark.
Michelangelo

Life…it can get busy and there are times when we can no longer see the forest for the trees…..

here is a thought..

.I heard this many years ago and always thought it was good to remember every once in a while…so I will share it with you.

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A Philosophy professor one day he picked up a large empty jar and proceeded to fill it with small rocks. He then asked his students if the jar was full? They unanimously agreed that the jar was full.

So professor then picked up a box of pebbles and poured them into the jar. He shook the jar lightly. The pebbles, of course, rolled into the open areas between the rocks. He then asked his students again if the jar was full. Again, they unanimously agreed that the jar was full.

Then the professor picked up a box of sand and poured it into the jar. Of course, the sand filled up everything else.

“Now,” the professor said, “I want you to recognize that this is your life. The rocks are the important things: your family, your partner, your friends, your health, your children, and things that if everything else was lost and only they remained, your life would still be full. The pebbles are the other things that matter like your job, your house, your car. The sand is everything else. If you put the sand into the jar first, there is no room for the pebbles or the rocks. The same goes for your life. If you spend all your time and energy on the small stuff, you will never have room for the things that are important to you.”

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How are your rocks keeping these days???

 

Yes…there may come a day when our life will flash before our eyes…would ours be worth watching???

Have you ever had a moment … a moment when something caused your life to flash before you???…a moment when something  caused you to take a serious look at the years that have passed. ..how you have  spent them..something that made you wonder about the years to come and how you will spend them???…If your life flashed before you today…can you say…Yes…it was worth watching or do you think you would want to change the channel ???

Wouldn’t it be wonderful if we had the ability to look back…and change the channel if we did not like what flashed before us???

Well…we all know that is not possible…what is past is past…However .. if our life has not been worth watching…or if our life could be a better watch…do we have the capacity to change that???…Can a person make their life…a …more worth while watch??…In the hustle and bustle of our daily routine…can a person make changes  to  their own channel???…Can we work to change  the inevitable “life flashing  before our eyes” so we will be happy with the channel our life has been on???

That got me wondering…Is it possible in looking back…  that what we see flash before our eyes …is in part …reality combined with our  perceived reality???…Is it possible that the life that might flash before us…is a mixture of…people and events and behaviors…that we have come to believe as our life…but may not have actually occurred as we remember???….Can there be memories of our lives…that  have been manufactured by others…or…redesigned by ourselves to suit our needs and attitudes ???

Reality is merely an illusion, albeit a very persistent one.  Albert Einstein

I wonder about this …as there are days I pick up an old journal I have written …and…I read and find to my surprise that…what I wrote about an event or feeling or behavior of a certain day…is very different from what I… now remember it to have been….In some cases it may have been only a few years and still…my memory has …over time… become distorted…So now I wonder about… if my life flashes before me one day…will it be my real life or my life distorted by time and the tricks my memory might have played.

So now I wonder…How  much of my life …that I remember to be my life…really is???…How much is a distortion of it???…When my life flashes before me one day…will I truly be watching my channel or might it be a bad connection somewhere…causing distortion???…

Only in quiet waters do things mirror themselves undistorted.

Only in a quiet mind is adequate perception of the world.

Hans Margolius

Think about it….How quiet are  your waters ???…How distorted are your  perceptions???



You have probably heard the phrase..Seize the day….however…Can you think of a moment of happiness …that took you by surprise???….A  moment of surprise that you can actually say…seized you???

Tonight I had exactly a moment like that…I was surprised…over come….seized by the moment!!!  Our book club meeting was at my home this evening…The Happiness Project was the book we talked about…and in that chat I had mentioned that…something I would love to do is… to fly a kite!…The evening carried on…good wine…great food..and a few hours later…once the evening was just about over… and everyone began  packing up…one friend said she had a little something for me…Hmm…this was strange…and very interesting…why only for me I wondered…what ever could it be???

She ran out to her car….and…a few minutes later she returned to the  house with a bag in hand….She told us said she had done some house cleaning…and…had a few items in her car to bring to the thrift shop…however…she decided  this one item would be best if  given to me…We were all still wondering…what might it be…and then she told us…

A kite….It was a kite…she was giving me a KITE!!!

Now…is that synchronicity…serendipity…coincidence…karma…or what????…

I think we all were in awe of the event for a moment…and  I…I was so thrilled that …without even thinking …I gave her a big hug…and then we all laughed…Yes I was seized by that moment…how could I not have been????…Here we were …talking about happiness…and my evening ended with me surprised and thoroughly taken/seized by an unexpected  moment of happiness!!

So what about you???…any such moments of late??…Have you ever been the person to give  such a moment to someone else???… …Have you been the receiver of such a moment of surprise???

That has me wondering if…Is it possible for each and every one of us ….to make such moments occur…or…are such moments completely out of our hands???…Do we each have the capacity to be able to make happy moments for others???

Once the weather cooperates…you will find me out in a field….flying my newly acquired, gently used, kite!!!

Thanks to (V)…for providing us all with a moment of happiness.

I continue to read on in my book…the book chosen by my reading group …The Chicks in the Sticks….to discuss at our next get book club get together…The Happiness Project…and although a number of the “chicks” did not find it interesting or compelling at all, I did. Have you ever started reading a book… one that seemed to appear in your life…just at the right time??…Have you ever thought about that book…and wondered if you had begun reading it 6 months ago…. you would not have enjoyed it as much??…Well for me this book appeared at just the right time in my life…at least that is how it seems to me.

So you may be thinking …why a book about happiness???……Is she is unhappy??…I don’t think so…I am generally a happy person…so…I can’t exactly explain it… however… since I began reading it…I can truly say…I am a happier person …so my thinking is…why try to understand it?.

So how happy can one person be?…If like  honest Abe says...you are as happy as you make up your mind to be... does that mean we never have to be unhappy if we don’t want to be??… I suppose if we had more control over our mind and how we think from moment to moment…maybe that is true…However…I don’t know about you but…it is those darned old emotions that seem to get in the way…they seem to have a mind of their own some days…a mind that seems separate from the one I have control over…making it difficult to keep that happiness quotient up at certain moments.

From what I have now read…it is believed that happiness is not the opposite of sadness…that they are two very different emotions…So ..Does that mean …they can both exist together…side by side???…Does that mean a person can be happy and sad at the same time???…I got to thinking about that and what came to mind was my mom’s death…and yes…I think that is true…I was so sad that she had passed away…yet I was so very happy that she did not have to deal with any more treatments…so…yes…I do believe …happy and sad can sit at the same table.

So would that mean ..

in the absence of happiness…a person is not really sad…but rather…less happy…and in the absence of sadness…a person is not necessarily happy…but rather…just not sad…

Something to think about….

I have been reading a book about happiness which got me thinking about…what is it that makes me happy?…What are the things I like  or would like to do that bring a smile to my face??…What is it that I consider to be fun??…The more I thought about it the more it made me wonder about fun…How often do we find ourselves  doing  something  with another person…something that is fun for them…but really not at all for us?…How often do we tell ourselves we are  having fun… but not really??…How often do we do something that is fun for us…How true are we to ourselves about fun and happiness??

Now I realize that there will always be things we do along with  others that may not be fun to us…and sometimes we should… because we want to spend time with them and so we share in their fun times…The problem comes when we allow someone else’s fun times to override ours .

For me???…I am happy…I am having fun… when I am spending hours in my sewing/craft room…and when I am reading my book to a group of children…doing a crossword puzzle with my husband…Fun for me is having an afternoon coffee with a friend….a long walk with my husband or… looking for that heart-shaped rock to add to my collection…just to name a few.

However…I  also think it could  be fun  to go fly a kite with my husband!!! …Yes a kite!…We have acres of open land around us..perfect for kite flying…I remember how much fun flying a kite was years ago…. Now how strange a thought is that?…I haven’t flown a kite since I was young …but for some reason…I think if I were to go and do that…it would make me happy…it would be such a fun time…So what am I waiting for???…I suppose I should work on it..I think I will plan to do just that in spring…I will just go and buy two kites and make a plan…Maybe I can even get a bunch of friends to join us…that could be even more fun.

So now I wonder about all of you…did something  fun immediately came to mind for you???….What is it that does.. or would …make you happy??…What  is that for you…  that is or would be  fun and make you smile???….How often do any of us pay attention to our fun factor??…How often do we actually think about …FUN???

I suppose if we wanted to be a bit happier…if we wanted to have more fun…it might be a good idea to develop a FUN list and add to it each time we become aware of another thing that makes us happy….then ….just like our task to do lists…we will have a happiness to do list …however instead of crossing them off as we do with our tasks…we can mark them with a star each time we do one…each time we have one of those fun times…and watch our stars add us and our list get longer and longer as we find new fun things to do. …It can be our very own FUN scale!!!

So……what is it that makes you happy and brings a smile to your face…what kinds of things are your fun???

Let me know at 3rdwave@mts.net….I think it could be fun to share our fun with each other.


When I first read this quote……it reminded me of the old song….Love the one you’re with….then…without warning… all of a sudden the quote….necessity is the mother of invention…popped into my my head.

Do what you can …with what you have... .has long been my mantra…even my husband will attest to that…It drives him crazy when he sees me doing just that!!! ..Who needs to go find the  jar opener when you have a spoon right in front of you?…or… How about the  lowly little butter knife… that can be easily transformed into a screw driver when required…I remember how my mom would transform a simple white tissue and a hair pin…into a hat for me to wear in church… on days that I forgot my Sunday bonnet…

For centuries …mankind has been doing what they can with what they have …If you don’t own a jar opener …and you need to get it opened…you will find a way….you will figure it out…Isn’t that kind of thinking….that  separates us from the other species???

I thought about this as I watched the news today…as I looked at the footage of the thousands of Japanese who have lost their homes…and everything they owned…people who are most likely…finding out how inventive they really can be….at a time when they have no choice but …to do what they can…with what they have…where they now are.

I think back to the years when I didn’t own a screw driver…and then I think about now…Today …I have access to a multitude of them…red, yellow and black handled…straight,phillips and square headed ones…Is my life better or is it just different?…All I can say is that…now…I spend more time in trying to find…the correct  screwdriver for the job…I will admit that my butter knives are in much better shape these days… and that screw heads no longer get chewed up…which seems to make my husband much happier.

It seems the less a person owns…the more creative they must be…with what they have...out of necessity most likely…So that makes me wonder about people who have lots?…The people with the jar openers and the multiple head screw drivers??…How creative do they have to be?…I wonder about me…am I less creative now…or just ….creative in different ways?..hmmm…something to ponder???

So yes… I will continue to….do what I can with what I have...The only difference is that…these days…I happen to …have more .

And now….here are a few pics of … doing what you can, with what you have..where you are…..

Sometimes you just have to do…what you have to do !!!

If the human brain were so simple that we could understand…we would be so simple that we couldn’t.

Emerson M. Pugh

Some days I think about how nice it would be ….if our lives could be simpler…not our minds…but our lives….however…Could it be that…we would need to have a simpler brain…to live a simpler life???….Could it be that… our lives are so busy and complex …because our brains are so complex??…Maybe it’s not the brain…but instead…how full it is …Can it be…the more filled  our brains …the more complex our  lives???…Can it be that simple???

When I first developed this site….I thought I would keep it simple…..mostly ..because I didn’t have much knowledge about sites…blogs …etc….My brain was not so full of such info …and so my site…was simple as well…however….it has been over a year now…and in the process of it all…I have learned so much about site building….and with all that information embedded in my little brain….life here…writing on my site…what was… a simple little site..is beginning to be….more complex…You see…..I feel the need to change up the header photo on a regular basis….and ….changing the content ….I now know how to add widgets…other sites and more…which is just the tip of the …blog  iceberg…I wonder how much more info there is …. to learn….how much more complex can one little blog/site get?…. My life…writing on line …has become …less and less simple!

And so… simple or complex…is one better than the other?…

OH NO !!

I think I must have accidentally hit a wrong key….I can`t get a question mark/””$/$!!!!

Like it or not…it is time to learn more…till next time.

 

Can you imagine

what you would do…

if you could

do all you can??

 

Now that is an interesting thought…What can you do???…Do you really KNOW…what you CAN do??…We all know what we  have done…what we would like to do…and…just as clearly…what we can’t and don’t want to do…but how many of us really know what our capabilities really are???…How many of us really know what we CAN DO???

We all know what we have tried to do…and we know what out of those we are actually able to do…but…the possibilities are endless for what we CAN do…what we are able to do…don’t you think???…If you haven’t tried to do something…you will never know if you CAN do it…Imagine having the opportunity of trying EVERYTHING !!!…Hmmm….that makes me wonder…what have I not tried to do in my life???…

I think a list is in order….scuba diving… compete in a 10 k run…grow a bonsai tree… make 10 queen sized quilts…drive a combine…fly a plane…hit a target with a rifle….write a novel…walk 5 dogs together…learn to plan the violin…ride a horse….knit a sweater…or maybe…be an entertainer…invent something…and the list could go on and on….

What CAN we do???…We may never know… however…the more things we try to do… the better we might know what we are ABLE to do.

Can you imagine

what you would do…

if you could

do all you can??

 

 

 

 

 

 

I wonder exactly what Tennyson meant when he said…the shell must break before the bird can fly???…Is he saying that events occur only after others do???….or might he mean…that nothing good comes without effort???…or that …if you want to soar you must break through your shell?…I am sure that…if I wanted to look it up…someone has analyzed and interpreted the meaning of this…however…I don’t care to find out.

This all brings me back to my school years and english classes…which I never did really like….It was not the reading that was my dislike…but rather…the interpretation of what I read…well.. not exactly…I had no problem interpreting…It was that I often did not come up with the same one as the teacher’s…which meant that…I was wrong…I had not understood…and so my grades reflected just that….To this day I don’t understand why I had to think like the teacher.

To this day…I think about that…and how great it is… to now…be in a place where I can interpret a story/book..anything for that matter…anyway I want…or…not !!!!…Does that all really matter???….Isn’t a good book …much like a great painting…to be enjoyed …from your mind’s eye???…It all makes me wonder about… how we see and enjoy things…like a good book..Might it  be the symbolism that jumps out at you..or the poetic tone ….or maybe the character development…or possibly even the visual picture it paints in your mind….You might focus on the vocabulary…or…the structure of the story  ….that helps you find enjoyment in it…or maybe it bring back memories….Why do we HAVE TO interpret it at all…but rather…enjoy it!!!!

“Chicks in the Sticks”…a book club I belong to…has caused me to think about all of this…We discuss each book… I suppose we interpret it to some degree…and often there are multiple perceptions …and I find that so very refreshing….many different ways a story is perceived…understood…and enjoyed…I am not really a “group” person…but in this case…it is freeing in a way…and the “group” is what makes it so…and the group…is often attended by a different complement of readers…which again makes it very interesting…hearing a variety of takes on the same book…without getting bad grades!!!

So I ask you…is understanding …simply someone’s perception???…It is said that a person’s perception …is…their reality…and if that is so…is it possible to ever change that reality???….Would a person’s perception have to be altered???…and if so…is that ever a possibility???…Think about it.

When you look at the pics below….what do you perceive??????

Is this a horse in the water…or…a seahorse ???

Are these shoes made of loaves of bread…or…loafers???

A chair covered with grass…or…a lawn chair???

A snail pulling envelopes…or…snail mail????

I went to a birthday party the other night…did not know what to bring…

my friend …Vicki …was turning 5o..

and so…I bought 50 beautiful rocks…put them in a fancy bag …yes…it was a bit heavy…with a note..

You should know that….5o ROCKS !!!

Then … strangely… I found these on the web….

and thought to myself…synchronicity or serendipity??…

and I just had to share the photos with you….

you can see more on the link below…

 

http://www.justabovesunset.com/200902/html/stone_clouds.html

Copyright © 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010 – Alan M. Pavlik …rock art photos site

By the way…60 rocks also!!!

I am at my annual Quilting Retreat this weekend …with some of my quilting buddies….By the time it (the retreat) is over… my fingers will be sore…my eyes tired…and…hopefully…I will have one of my unfinished quilting creations…finished…finally!!!

Have a great weekend…I know I will…


“Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak.

Courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen.” 

— Sir Winston Churchill

Courage….ever think about it….you and courage???….Is it having the strength to stand up and speak???…or…Is it being strong enough to sit down and listen???…..Or…is courage having the knowledge….to know WHEN to stand or  when to sit???…Is such courage something that we learn or something we are born with???…Is courage something we can all aspire to…or…is it something alludes us???

It all makes me wonder …if there was some kind of meter…a meter that could measure….this courage…A meter that  could measure…not how often you speak up or sit and listen…but rather…the success of those moments you do so…the appropriateness of them…A meter that could measure the times you …courageously fought your impulses…and instead…showed  your courage…showed your ability to control   actions and not let them control you….If we had such a meter…10 being the most courageous…1 being the least….how would you fare???…a 3… 5…or are you a  9???….Is it possible for anyone to be a 10??

There are times when our emotions cause us to be impulsive…to make wrong decisions…to make situations worse and more difficult…They are the times when we act before we think….when we don’t have all the information…when courage is the very last thing in our minds….when our focus is off…our perspective is all wrong…It is at those times that our meter…if we had one…would register much closer to zero!!

So next time you go to say something in a moment of  emotion…consider… should you  STAND/SPEAK…or…. SIT/LISTEN…and think about that meter and where you would like it to read….zero or ten????  …How courageous can  you be????

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