You are currently browsing the tag archive for the ‘weird things’ tag.

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….

Advertisements

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 !!!

As I was reading the weekend paper this morning…and after I finished it…there were two things that …for some reason…remained in my thoughts.

Number One..There were  many articles about Charlie Sheen and his antics…his being fired from Two and a half Men…and yammerings about his lifestyle… I must admit…I love Two and a Half Men…and part of the reason it that it always makes me laugh…and…because I like the idea of a character playing himself…which I believe Charlie does…and that I find…so refreshing in some strange way.

Number Two…Luck…I noticed and remembered someone saying  something about luck in an article…it read…

“You have to go out and make your own luck.”

Now that got me thinking all about luck…the dictionary states it like this…. The chance happening of fortunate or adverse events; fortune.. Good fortune or prosperity; success… one’s personal fate or lot.

    So now I am wondering about luck…Can a person make their own luck??…or is a person destined …to have …or… not have…luck!!!…If it is possible to make our own luck….and if we only knew how…we could all be lucky…right???…Or…are we all… lucky at times in our lives…however…we just don’t see it…Could it be …if we looked at life differently…we would realize…we ALL have luck in our lives??

    It seems that we all know people who are luckier than others…and then there are…the others who never seem to get a brake…Are their lives really much different…or…could it be …they deal with  their lives differently???

    For instance…two different people… fall down a staircase…As they both lay at the bottom of the stairs with a broken leg…one person looks up and thinks …how lucky that only one leg hurts…it could have been worse…the second person looks up and thinks…#$#%##$#…why do these things happen to me !!!#$#$#…Same event…different ways to look at it…one feels lucky..the other not!!!…could that be the difference between being lucky and unlucky??… Does a person’s reaction to their life…cause them to not only feel lucky or not…but also to look lucky or unlucky to outsiders???

    Doesn’t that make you wonder …how do people see you???….Are you lucky…or not???…

    How much does ….fate and chance….really have to do with the luck in your life??

     

    I’d stand in line for Confession with old people and little kids, and as the line moved up, I knew when I got into the box that I would lie! Again!
    Mercedes McCambridge

    Wow…does that ever bring back memories….and so I wonder….Are  confessions really good for the soul???…
    Hmmm….I remember when I was just a kid… growing  up Catholic…confession was a regular occurrence for me…. I was so worried that I might forget…some  terrible sin …I had made over the past week…that… …to cover for that…I too …would always end with confessing … I lied!!!…
    Looking back…I remember  I always said that …just in case I might have forgotten a little sin…What little sin I didn’t really know…I thought I was being so very smart in those days…and I never did tell anyone…till years later… And  now I learn that … I was not alone in my cleverness…as Mercedes McCambridge…did the same thing…ahh..great minds….

    Anyway….I will admit that..in those days…confession  WAS ,,,good for my soul..you see..I was always relieved after confession…..I think just the act of  doing it …was penance enough to last me for years…To this day I wonder…was that priest was ever really listening .
    However…Here I am… decades later…wondering if Confessing is still good for the soul…good for my soul??…and so…I thought …why not try an experiment….here goes……Millions of people watch TV …and…millions of them watch lots….and …millions of them lie about it all the time…not wanting to be judged because of it….Well..I will confess….I am here to say…I love TV…yes…I have said it…I love TV !!!…. I love watching my TV….I love getting to know all those characters in the shows…I love seeing places I have been to on my T.V….I love reality shows  and police shows….I love …Two and a half Men…C.S.I….Hawaii 5 O…Law and Order and more….
    Whew….that wasn’t so bad….Yes…I actually think….that was good for my soul…

    Talking about T.V….got me thinking…Last night I …as I was watching  my T.V….I thought  about  some of the weird …unreal …stuff …we watch…stuff  they keep putting  into shows…..stuff that in real life…just would not happen…thing like…
    • when someone is driving, looks away from the road…at a passenger..not for a second…not for 5 seconds…but for 10 seconds or more…and doesn’t get into an accident!!
    • chases…when let’s say the police are running after a criminal…for blocks….jumping over walls…and rolling over cars…and no one is out of breath
    • then there is the squealing of tires at really inappropriate times…like when a car is slowly taking off.
    • when someone wants to sneak up on someone but they keep the headlights on or loudly shut doors
    • when female actors  go to bed and wake up with all their makeup on

    And the best one is …the one that I keep seeing over and over again is….

    • C.S.I…How each time they are at a crime scene…with those little flashlights…looking for evidence …and they find the one little hair or the one fingerprint which cracks the case..

    I always wonder how… any home could be so immaculate… that only DNA from the night/day of the crime….would be the only debris  there….I sure hope that  a C.S.I crew…never has to come to my home…I am afraid that if they had to search myhouse…they would find a weeks worth of “stuff” to bag…and the case would never get solved!!!

    Ok now…what do these unreal TV things have to do with confession….Nothing…However…I wonder how you feel about confession…would it be good for YOUR soul???…Is it possible that the more a person divulges about themsleves…the more freeing it can become???….If a person had no secrets…if a person’s life were like an open book…or…clear as a sparkling glass window….would it be freeing????

    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.

     

    Dr. Seuss’ birthday…has come and gone !!!

    If he were still living …this past Wednesday  …March 2nd…he would have been 107 years old…Imagine how many more wonderful stories he could have told…all the weird characters he would have given birth to… if he were still alive…It makes me kind of sad to think about such a loss.

    And so…I thought…in his honour… I would share with you…a character ..

    A number of years ago I wrote a fun story about a gathering of …weird characters …which I shared with my daughter Michelle…Later that year for christmas…she gave me the most wonderful gift I could ever want….two illustrations to go with my first two characters…here is my favorite…

    copyright  Michelle Beaudry  2o11

    On my bed

    Are my two skinny Zinks

    With six eyes that just constantly blink

    Having one bigger ear

    And green bugs in their hair

    They sure let off a terrible stink

    By me….2007

    What is so very interesting is that…we never discussed it…This is what she imagined from the words I put down on paper!!!  I don’t think I could have imagined anything so creative in my mind…Sure makes me realize how important the words in a kid’s story can really be….She and I have talked about collaborating on a book sometime in the future…my words and her illustrations…

    What a dream that would be…

    To see it become… reality !!!

    Many ideas grow better when transplanted into another mind than the one where they sprang up.’

    Oliver Wendell Holmes

    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!!!

    “No matter where you go..there you are”

    Confucius

    No matter …where you go…you aren’t far

    Cause …wherever you might be…well…there you are

    And if you think about it ..you will see

    Wherever  you now are… is where you ought to be

    written by Me

     

    My thought for the day.

    Today I really thought about …being creative…yes…creative I said !!!….February is …I love to read month…and…I was thrilled to receive an  invite to ..Minawasta..a local elementary school…..to read Sam’s Weird Afternoon…However…it became a bit challenging today…5 different classrooms came to sit and listen…I was having so much fun…however…I was actually boring myself…It was the same thing over and over…listening exercise…story…help with a new story I am writing…and so…I tried to change it up a bit…get creative.

    Now I must be clear…I read the book to each class as if it was the very first group I had read it to…which was fun…It was the rest of the presentation that needed something…and so…thanks to …Fred Penner and his song…Sandwiches Are Beautiful…I decided to make a song to go with my book…I hope he doesn’t mind….I just took his song and changed the words to go like this…

    My shoes are beautiful…my shoes are fine.

    I like my shoes…I wear them all the time.

    I wear them in the winter and I wear them in the fall.

    If I had  a hundred pairs of shoes…

    I think I’d wear them all.


     

     

    To my surprise…the kids…whom …I must say… were wonderful listeners…were …even better  singers!!!…That little addition to each presentation…made all the difference…for me anyway. I still have 4 more classes in Minnewasta Elementary…to present to…but with more activities…I am now ready for more classes.

    Ahhh…the life of a published writer…fun but tiring…Hmmm…what exactly happened ???…I thought I had retired with lots  of…freedom…no demands…sleeping in late…right???…WRONG!!  …..but I wouldn’t change a thing….It is easy to forget what fun kids can be…how they can make you laugh..laugh…and laugh again!!!…Now how bad can that be???

     

    Last night…I was given the gift of laughter…over and over an over again…as wonderful friends…entertained me with photos…stories…gifts…cards…writings..books…and songs…that I will never forget..!!  What a night!!!!…I was encouraged to wear…  a plastic , glittery tierra…a shiny beaded necklace…a mask …. as I blew out candles …did  blowing of soap bubbles in the frozen outside with friends…Lots of clowning around all night…made me feel…Forever Young.

    So…Why did they do that you might ask???…Why give me the gift of laughter???….Well…Maybe because they just wanted to …or…maybe because it has been a long winter and we all needed a laugh…or…could it be because I sent out invites to all of them…and asked for it…a night of laughter????…Yes…I did ask for laughter….and why not???…Remember the old song…It’s my party and I’ll cry if I want to???….Well….I thought it was time to change that to…It’s my party and I’ll laugh if I want to…and so…being my party… I laughed…and laughed and laughed…I laughed so hard..for so long …that my cheeks actually ached  !…I must say..it is all … “Thanks to a bunch of wonderful friends !!..the why is not important.  

    So that got me to wondering about…asking  for and receiving something…versus… hoping/wishing  and waiting for…something to appear or occur in our lives….But how many of us…who really want something  from someone..do nothing to get it ???…How many of us… would rather wait and wish and hope???…and …how many of us find…we  are only  disappointed time after time???…How often do we NOT get what we would like???….How often do we keep waiting…keep not acting or asking???

    Is it possible that if we don’t ask or act…we could be waiting forever???….Is it possible that  we could be constantly dissapointed…over and over again???…Does all the wishing and hoping… give us what we would like..???…Have you ever really thought about that???…Now I am the first to say that wishing and hoping are great attributes..in some situations…and definitely have their place… in the bigger scheme of things.

    However…Many years ago…when my mortality was staring me in the eyes…I began to think about all the little things I had always hoped to get…the little things I had always wished would happen ..the little things that had now… become big things …Those  very little things that…the  longer they never occurred …the bigger they became… in my mind…It is not a bucket list but rather….my little plastic pail  list…..I began to look at that list and decided it was time to take action…Just like the other night…for my birthday asking  for a night of laughter…and…laughter I got!~!!..How simple was that????….All I had to do was …ASK ..!!

    How did I feel about that???…Asking for something???….Would it have been better to get it without asking???…Might I have gotten it if I didn’t ask???? …well…I will never know….but with my cheeks still aching from the laughter I received…it couldn’t have been …any better !!!

    “Stop the mindless wishing that things would be different. Rather than wasting time and emotional and spiritual energy in explaining why we don’t have what we want, we can start to pursue other ways to get it.”

    Greg Anderson

    So..my question is….what are we all waiting for.???…If there is something you would like.. !!! …It doesn’t matter if it is a laugh from your friends…roses from your husband….a wonderful gift for your birthday….it might even be a night out at a restaurant for dinner….or…a little hug…or maybe…that simple little swivel disc for exercising…(that is a story for a later day)…If you want it ….act/ask…why have we been waiting ????….

    Do all  good things come to those who wait????…..or rather…is it…Ask and you shall receive…!!!

    Hmmm….something to ponder….


    Yes…You may have guessed…I have been away on holiday…Maui Hawaii to be exact….great to get away for all the snow and cold to break up the cold Manitoba winter..

    I am now back and ready to blog once again…   However…as I am still in the process of unpacking…it may be a bit before I have time to sit down and write….lots to share.

    The true test of character is not how much we know how to do,but how we behave when we don’t know what to do.
    John Holt

    Character…let’s first be clear on what character …in this sense …really is….The combination of qualities or features that distinguishes one person, group, or thing from another…..A distinguishing feature or attribute, as of an individual, group, or category. …Moral or ethical strength….A description of a person’s attributes, traits, or abilities reputation.

    How much do you … really…know how to do…and how  much do you not???…When  moments occur…the moments when you don’t know what to do…the moments that are difficult/new/stressful/emotional….how do you behave???…When all that knowledge and ability you have learned…is of no help …how do you handle yourself ???….Are these the moments we are given..the small opportunities that appear when we can...rise to the occasion…to step up to the plate…to do the right thing…and is it at those moments that…. we  show our  true character???…Do you know how much  character/moral and ethical strength you display????..

    There are always moments in everyone’s life when…we find ourselves in “new territory”…in a place we have never been before…and although we may have years of experience and oodles of wisdom…we find ourselves lost!!…Sometimes we muddle through…other  times… we discover something new in ourselves…or…at still other times….we find that  we fail miserably….How about the times when you can’t think of the right thing to say at that moment…but…realizing after the fact…what you should have said????…How often have you fumbled??

    Take for example …….pregnancy…death…sickness…divorce…of  someone we know…How do we handle those MOMENTS???…What do we do and say when we next see that person????…and…do we go and see them…or do our best to avoid it all????….I remember after being diagnosed with Breast Cancer…I was very fortunate ….to have the opportunity to observe…how family/friends/acquaintances…and even strangers… handled the news and how they behaved …It all made  me wonder …what have I done to others in the past…how have I behaved???…have I risen to the occasions???…or…Have I failed miserably …in their eyes???…What kind of character have I displayed in my life???

    Life is quite interesting in that…we remember how others have behaved toward us…at those difficult moments…but…do we have any idea of how we behaved toward others???…Will we ever know what effect our behavior has had on others????….What kind of character have we displayed through the years???…

    I wonder…if  we had the ability to get feedback …at times  when… we don’t know what to do…how would we fare???…How about you…how would you fare???….Maybe we do get feedback….but just choose not to see it….Could it be that ‘those moments” are so very difficult…very emotional…very stressful…that we are not able to read the other person…and the  feedback they are giving ….the feedback that although we don’t hear them say it in words…if we look…we can see it in their eyes??

    Do you think it is true…. that a person’s heart is in the right place…most of the time…and…that everyone’s aim it to develop a strong …good character???…Is it possible that when a person appears to have a flaw in their character…they just …Don’t know what to do???…and fumbling…they truly do the very best that they know how…at that moment in time???

    So…what do you do when you don’t know what to do???

    _____________________________________________________________________________________

    Another most expensive item…a gold plated coffin…now…who said “You can’t take it with you???”


    “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????

    ___________________________________________________________________________________________

    Another most expensive_______________________-

    A golden Monopoly board…

    Today I was thinking about my blog…about writing…and about writing about writing….If I remember correctly…I began this site because I was in the midst of having a book published….and…with all that I had researched…I felt obligated to have a site and blog…I will admit…I was a bit lost in the beginning…but after a few weeks…I realized I wanted to share my publishing experiences with you…and I did….but somewhere along the line I got lost…maybe it was once I had the book in my hands…or could it have been once the decision-making had stopped..Doesn’t really matter…but what does matter is I lost my direction.

    I now wonder….Did anyone really notice???…Did it really matter….as you keep coming back…for whatever the reason…and so now I am in a dilema…Do I get back on my original road???…or do I keep following the one I am now on???…I once wrote about having a personal Legend…and at that time…I seemed to be a bit more clear than I am now….So…I ask myself…Self???…where do you want  to go???…What will be …. your Personal Legend????

    And so …to find out…you will start reading  a bit more…writing about writing for a while …so I can see where it takes me…And speaking of that…I have just received a final layout for Sam’s Weird Afternoon T-shirts…That’s right…T-shirts…My publisher is supplying me…with a few… along with the book order I just made a few weeks ago !!!…Just one more little item for me to use to market my book….and now I have to decide how and where I will use them….For 2011…I have another idea up my sleeve…ahhh…but one thing at a time…it is so easy to get ahead of myself.

    The snow is falling ever so gently as the sun is going down..Oh…who am I kidding…I can’t even see the sun for all the clouds in the sky!!!…I just thought it was a nice sentence to end on….

    “What the bajeebers”  is this woman talking about??? …you must be thinking…Give me a minute and I will explain…

    However…. before I do…I first  want to discuss a human phenomenon….we  all fall victim to….I don’t know if there is a catchy name for it… but I suppose this word will explain….reinforcement …you know what I mean…those occasional events that occur …that encourage us….to do something over and over… with only occasional chance for it to occur again ….any time soon…Let me give you an example…The  kids in our neighborhood…during the summer months…spend hours on our street… skateboarding…  trying to make a certain jump….and..after attempting it …what seems like hundreds of times…are finally successful…It is that …that one in a hundred success…that will cause them to keep at it for hours and hours…with the  slight hope of making that jump again.

    Yes…we have all been victims to this phenomenon….whether it be at work…or at play…Even though we are reinforced…only occasionally…for some  weird reason…that teeny little bit of reinforcement…it seems…is all it takes to do the same thing again and again…

    And so…now my story…..One day this week…our neighbor next door called on the phone…” Look out your window!!” she said…” In my garden”… so..my husband and I …went to the back garden door windows…looked out…but could not see a thing…”Right in the middle of my garden” she kept saying to my husband as he held the phone receiver to his ear…and again…we looked into the yard next door….neither of us could see a thing…So..we decided to open up the back deck door to see better…and it was then…something…that had been curled up… resting on the snowy ground..right in the middle of the garden…stood up!!!..What a surprise… a beautiful deer stood there….and what a majestic animal it was…It gently shook the snow from its body…and…very slowly walked off into our back neighbor’s yard…as if without a care in the world.

    We had seen …what appeared to be deer tracks …in our  yard over the past while..as well as in the neighbor’s…and although they, our neighbors… kept telling us that they often…watch them ….the visiting deer… I had never seen even one…I was beginning to think…there really were no deer at all… that our neighbors were just making it all up…that it was some kind of joke or something….but on that one day…I became a believer…yes…out of the snow the beautiful animal stood…just long enough for us to catch a glimpse…a glimpse that has me now looking out of my windows…over and over again…with the hopes of one more little glance….And although I have not seen a deer again…I will keep on looking…just in case.

    So now…think about it…Is there something you find yourself doing…over and over again…with only a glimpse…a glimmer…a possible  moment…that reinforces  you to keep on doing it??? …How often do you find yourself a victim to this???…I know for me…for instance…during the summer months…I have sat in my garden…with birdseed in hand…still as a statue…with the hope of a bird landing on my hand and eating…and although it has only occurred  2 times …ever…I am sure that ….next summer…I will again…go out and put bird seed in my hand…in hopes of  one little creature…eating from my hand…Hmmm…deer…birds…???

    ____________________________________________________________________________________________

    Here are a few more hotels/rooms …from my collection…interesting and weird

    If you think you can do a thing or think you can’t do a thing, you’re right.
    Henry Ford


    I am sure, like me, you have all had times when you …thought you couldn’t…and…surprise!!!!….you couldn’t….When you were young…it  might have meant getting a good grade in school…or…learning to sew…or maybe…it was getting a date…or… making it into a team or becoming cheerleader…In those days …I suppose we all had times when we couldn’t and didn’t….Why though…did  it  seem there were always those who “COULD”…I wonder if they always believed they could..and so they did…or was it that they never actually considered they couldn’t??

    We all know our minds/brains… are a powerful tool…and we have all heard that we use only a teensy weesy bit if it…like the tip of the iceburg…So that makes me wonder…If we have all that unused power …just sitting beneath the water line…how do we access it???…and if we could…would it make us think more often that…. “WE CAN” ???….Or…if …more and more….we really believed we “CAN”…are we actually accessing the hidden part of the iceburg???…using more of our brains???…without even realizing???

    Are there people with more of the iceberg out of water than others???…Of course…there must be!!!….Surely a rocket scientist…or a brain surgeon…uses a bit more of their brain than I do…writing stories and quilting???…Is it possible at birth …that more of an iceberg can be  above water…just naturally???…and if so…are those the people who CAN and CAN and CAN again???…

    I would rather like to think that…we have the capacity to make our icebergs rise higher…that we have the ability to…if we really want to …to use more of that hidden power…So then…does that also mean that…if you think you can’t…over and over again…and so CAN’T….are you causing your iceberg to sink…your mind/brain to diminish????   Hmmm…now that is a scary thought!!!

    And so…I can…I can….why  would I consider anything else???

    ___________________________________________________________________________________________________

    And now…a new year and the beginning of a new virtual collection

    Ever looked for a different, interesting hotel/room???…this week I will share some with you….

    Yes…did you decide whether to make a resolution or not????….and…if you did…did you choose one yet???…or are you still sleeping on it???

    As for me…I have chosen a few actually…I thought about it a lot and decided on this one…I will go shopping…and buy one piece of clothing…at the start of each new month…Now how is that for an addition to my life….Maybe you shop all the time…but I don’t and it is about time….also….On New Year’s Eve my husband and I filled a box with a few of our bad habits we are willing to try to get rid of….tossed the box  into a fire …along with my Breast Cancer Radiation mold…out with the old…as they say….and…I will do my best …to keep these resolutions…and bring in the new.

    Have any of you heard of the 21 day theory????….What it states is that….if you do…or stop doing….something for 21 days…consecutively…it will then become a habit….If for some reason on day 19…you slip…you must begin all over again with day one….I will attest to the fact that I have tried it in the past…with teeny weeny things….and yes… it actually works!!!….how ever… the difficult part is reaching day 21…And so…I am on day 5 …with bad habits under control….and doing quite good so far…but…I will not begin to feel good until I wake up on Jan. 22…and… am able to look at my calendar with 21 x’s on it….and…with any hope…my bad habits will have skedaddled….for good!!!

    So…how about you…making any changes for 2011????

    Got to go…have not done my January clothes shopping yet!!!..Yikes!!! ….Hmm…will it be a shirt…pants…sweater…??? …Usually just finding something that fits is the biggest battle….so off I go to battle with  …debit card in hand…and the car gassed up.

    _____________________________________________________________________________________________________________

    Before I go…I will leave you with one picture.  My newest virtual collection will begin tomorrow……till then

    How is that for snapping a photo …at the most interesting time…now that could make a fun holiday photo!!!

    Love the holiday season…but happy that it is now over???…Ate a bit too much???…feel as if your clothes have shrunk …just a bit???… …

    Feeling kind of  like  this????

    Well…maybe not quite like this…..maybe these critter will

    help you put  it all into perspective…just a little????

    • 69,768 hits

    Not a wordpress user??? Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog ..get emails to new posts

    Join 275 other followers

    The Blog Farm
    Humorous/Funny Quote Funny Quotes

    posts

    September 2017
    S M T W T F S
    « Aug    
     12
    3456789
    10111213141516
    17181920212223
    24252627282930

    Blog Talk Radio…happiness

    View Sally Gilchrest-Unrau's profile on FiledBy

    quilting …for applique lovers

    %d bloggers like this: