I'm still in the bits and bobs my friends!
I fell down the rabbit hole of playing with little treasures...
And I really liked it.
But you might have already guessed that over the years.
My sister and I are both lovers of tiny things and this and that's.
Keys to secret doors.
Pocket watches that have stopped in time.
Antique spools of thread.
The list goes on...
Oh how I love rusty things.
I love collecting keys too.
You should see all the rusty treasures I collected on the road over the last year.
I put them in a huge jar and gifted them to the hatter for Hanukkah.
The jar is crazy heavy.
He's been giving me something called commendations for years.
My commendations are always I.O.O.F medals & ribbons.
Love them so.
The old doll head is a 20 year ago find in a ratty little old stuff shop.
It was in a case and quite costly, but it was labeled as an old Mennonite doll head.
And so, I had to have it.
Antique door knobs and sea shells sure make me happy too.
Put it all together and you have another inspiration palette.
Dried flowers turn into paper art don't they?
I put all the treasures on a painting I am working on.
I've been doing a lot of art making lately.
Sculpting like mad and throwing paint every chance I get.
It's such great therapy besides being my life calling and all :-)
If you want some great inspiration filled with tears and awe...
You must watch Chef's Table (whole series is magical), the episode on Grant Achatz is really something.
Season 2, episode 1.
( I watched on Netflix)
They are all wonderful episodes, but even though I knew his story, I still sobbed.
I felt so inspired and encouraged about life in general, despite trials and tribulations.
Life is hard, it's our job to put it into perspective and try to see the good.
I've been practicing this thing...
Whenever I have a bad or stressful thought I immediately say, throw away that negative thought and replace it with something positive. Don't catastrophize and don't spiral into the what ifs.
Since I was 18 years old I've been on a quest for inner peace.
Sometimes I'm floating on cloud 9 and life is easy, but sometimes it's more complex, as you know.
It's just the way life is, so I find ways to make it better for myself.
I love being happy and enjoying my days.
If someone starts to tell me something I find very stressful I tell them, please don't tell me about that, it makes me sad. Can you give me a positive spin on the topic?
It's also important to let friends know that, you get stressed out too, and when they try to lump all their problems on you it's a very unhealthy feeling for you too.
I have friends I bounce my stresses off of and listen to theirs and it feels good to talk to each other.
But other friends don't bounce back and forth, they just drown you.
And then you have to say something.
You can do it all with tact and kindness and honesty.
"I don't know about you, but I want to keep my life as positive as possible."
And while I like being there for people so much, there will be a scant few who over do the need to lean on you.
By allowing someone to lean on you too hard, you not only do them a disservice, you do yourself one.
It's important to say, I love you but I'm finding this very stressful.
I tell my friends (and myself) things my dad has told me since childhood.
Be brave and be strong.
Don't drown in a glass of water.
Isn't it so easy to drown in a glass of water when you are stressed out?
My dad always says, it's important to talk to yourself.
Talk out your worries and fears and put them into perspective.
I talk out loud to myself while walking around my garden and it works so well.
And so, I try to share that with friends too, as well as do it myself.
It's so important to be mindful of our own health - mind, body and soul.
Be good to you and focus on the little things.
I'm not sure how I veered so dramatically.
But there you go.
A bunch of knick knacks made me go all deep somehow, hahaha!
Anyhow, I for one can say...
I so appreciate you being here.
When you share your thoughts and ideas it means so much to me.
I love how we've been sharing so much lately.
Thanks for that.
What a great thing to have such kindred spirits meeting up here from time to time.
Lots of love!
Bunnies in my garden.
Don't let the dogs see them, luckily the bunnies always out run them.
And yes, the gophers are still trying to kill my whole garden and they took out one of my vines around my veggie garden arbor, as you can see in the back drop. Darn things.
A rose bush was toppled over yesterday by them (they eat the roots) and I'm trying to save it along with my Cleveland sage.
The trials and tribulations of being a garden keeper :-)