Monday, August 13, 2018

STILL LEARNING ABOUT LIFE.............................


It always amazes me how little one actually knows about  living life.  I believe, if you are wise, one will actually slow down enough to really examine how things are.

I, for one, spend quite a bit of time re-examining past events and their outcomes.  Perhaps this is a result of growing old gracefully not necessarily about feeling guilty or regretful.  

Often I come across sayings or quotes that I believe would have been meaningful to me in my earlier years.  There are a million of them out there...but two seem especially relevant 
to me personally.  

FIRST:  "BEGIN WITH THE END IN MIND."

SECOND:  "LOVE MANY, TRUST BUT A FEW, LEARN HOW TO PADDLE YOUR OWN CANOE."

Unfortunately, my parents were too busy just surviving for the majority of their lives....so little was said about the future of one's life.  The day to day existence of managing events far outweighed any wisdom that would have been  imparted to me or my brothers.  I know they did the best they could with the knowledge they had.....just as I have done with my children.....but I do often wonder how much wisdom would have been passed on if things had been a little easier for them. 
Sometimes life can be so very overwhelming.....leaving little energy for passing on pearls of knowledge.

Not complaining today....just stating some observations as I reflect back on earlier times in my life.  Wanted to put this out in the Universe today....perhaps it can help in some unexpected way.

Many hugs,
Jo

       Photo credit: somewhere on the web

Friday, August 3, 2018

I'M BIMBELLING HERE..........???




O.K.....so you might ask.....what is bimbelling?  Came across this word somewhere in my reading.  It is akin to putzing or puttering around one's home or property.  I'm ALWAYS doing that.

Thought I would share my  latest adventure into the bimbelling world...covered Brad's dad's old bench in an old scarf I have had for years.  While I was at it I decided to also cover an old cream lampshade with the same fabric.  


We also hired a friend to help us hang this gigantic mirror that has been sitting on our floor for the last four years.

Little projects being completed with little or no cost to us.

Next on the list:

This pillow remade with fabric from an old tote that was falling apart.


  
While I was at it, I used the pom poms on the tote to embellish a favorite jacket..



Also used a strip of the African print on the edge of the pillow above.



Added part of an old scarf to a Euro Sham on our bed to fluff up the room a little.

Used the rest of the old  scarf to cover the front of a little pillow on this chair.



Have not sewed this piece yet but I will get to it soon....and last....my little altered art piece.



Used the same fabric from the tote purse...stuck it in an old frame and added a small piece of an old  beaded vest I had in my stash.

All in all it has been a very creative time around here with my "bimbelling".

Hope you enjoyed my little treasures.  I've been trying to do at least one creative thing every day.  It is my time for myself.  Hopefully all of you are doing some "bimbelling" of your own.


Stay well...
Jo




Thursday, July 19, 2018

ALWAYS AND FOREVER A PLANT LOVER



I am always tickled when I see yet another post in social media about collecting plants....as though THAT was a new thing!  


I have always had plants once I had my own home.  In fact...in my early twenties and thirties I had as many as 150 of the little friends living with me and my family.

I do admit that number became little over-whelming as I had my children and life became more complicated....but I never disposed of my friends...I just became more selective in which ones I was willing to nurture.  Actually, that is kind of like life....you only keep friends you REALLY VALUE.    

Anyway...my plants have been with me through thick and thin...in fact they used to travel with us when we would leave AZ for the summer.



But...due to time and age factors (both mine and my plants) I have cut my numbers significantly....(the plants..NOT my age)  haha.....  My next several posts will be about amusing plants stories...yes...they can make you smile once in a while...
Just like any longtime friend will do!!

Keep smiling.
Jo





Thursday, June 28, 2018

IN THIS SEASON OF DARKNESS.................................



It seems as though there is nothing positive that is being shared in the news of the world as of late.  This can cause one to pause and reflect on our situation.

Music lover that I am, I often seek solace in song.  Yesterday I came across one of my favorite CD's....THE PRAYER CYCLE.  

It really does not matter who or what one prays to...I think it just matters that we PRAY.  When you pray...you believe there is hope....and all of us need hope.

This particular piece is about GRACE...I want to share it with you.

Father won't you carry me
For the ocean is wide
Father won't you carry me
For my boat is so small

Father on this moonless night
Help me cross the stormy sea
Out here in the darkness
Help me find my way back home

Father won't you carry me
For the ocean is wide
Father won't you carry me
For my boat is so small

When all appears lost and hope is on the wain......just Pray..

Me thinking out loud today.

xo

Jo
        Poem:  THE PRAYER CYCLE
Photo:  The internet somewhere

Monday, May 28, 2018

Sunday, May 13, 2018

HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY TO ALL MY OTHER MOTHERS.............



Mother's Day is always a bittersweet day for me.  I lost my own beautiful mother many, many years ago and miss her still.

However, I had been fortunate enough to have many other wonderful women in my life who have filled this need when necessary.  My beautiful Aunt Ruth, my best friend Jan, my sister-in-law Sandy, friends Mary, Lainey, Marilyn...just to name a few.  All these women have been there for me
when needed and helped me tremendously through happy as well as difficult times.

The other side of this coin is my son....SCOTT.  Scott was born on Mother's Day...51 years ago.  He is no longer here and on this day I can remember with complete clarity his birth and all that it entailed.  I MISS HIM....it is just that simple!

Not trying to be maudlin or sad, it just is what it is.

HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY TO ALL THE MOTHERS AND THE OTHER MOTHERS OUT THERE.

Here is sending all of you a big smooch.


xo

Jo


Wednesday, March 21, 2018

WHEN WAS THE LAST TIME YOU DID SOMETHING FOR THE FIRST TIME?



Yesterday in my yoga class, our instructor asked us the above question.   I must admit....there were a lot of puzzled looking ladies staring back at her.  Everyone one of us can get stuck in a rut with our lives.  In fact,  it does seem easier to do the older one gets.  Your world can become so small that you have absolutely nothing to look forward to.

When I left the parking lot, I vowed to begin each of the coming weeks with something NEW to look forward to.  It does not have to be a costly endeavor.
It can be as simple as going to a movie by yourself, stopping by the near by library that you have been promising to go to for years,  eating a simple lunch or dinner at a new restaurant, taking a creative class of some sort ( just make sure it is something you have not done before).  

Some structure is a necessity in every life...but if you get too STUCK IN YOUR WAYS...you will never learn anything new.  I truly believe for our important self care all of us must move out of our comfort zones and DO SOMETHING NEW FOR THE FIRST TIME.

My little rant for today!  (o:}
Stay well and happy.

Jo




Wednesday, February 14, 2018

FINDING SILENCE WITHIN....................................



I have spent most of my adult life trying to find silence within....that calmness we all seek...free from anxiety and worry.  This 71st year of my life I am going to focus on just that!  

It seems as though I am not alone in this endeavor as yogis and meditators seem to lurking around every corner in social media.  I know this is certainly not a new situation in our society....in fact it has been around since the beginning of man only their anxiety came from a different source...(not getting eaten alive by predators);  although some would say that situation exists today, as well.  :)


Each one of us approaches this area of our life in our own way, for me it is starting a yoga class.   Over the years I have neglected my self care always focusing on my husband, worrying about my adult children or fussing with my home.  This year is going to be a year of self care and hopefully I will continue this for the remainder of my life.


I have set up a small Buddha fountain in my dining room and surrounded it with plants.  It gurgles water all day long and each time I pass it reminds me to be present with the right intention and the right thought.

I also attend a yoga class no less than once a week and try to go more often...combining a meditation class when I can.

As my yoga instructor so aptly quoted yesterday......
"YOU CAN'T CALM THE OCEAN....BUT YOU CAN CATCH THE WAVE."  

I'm going to try to do just that......wish me luck.

xo

Jo

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

ON WISDOM............................................



"THE ART OF WISDOM IS KNOWING WHEN TO SPEAK YOUR MIND....AND WHEN TO MIND YOUR SPEECH."

Don't know where I found this, but I think it could certainly apply to the world of today.

Just saying'
Me





Wednesday, September 20, 2017

A QUESTION FOR THE UNIVERSE............................



"The most wrenching fear that one experiences is the fear one feels for others..when one loves, one fears for the other." David Brazier


Why is doing the right thing oftentimes the HARDEST thing?
When rescuing becomes EN-NABELING ...you have totally missed the target.  This has been a hard lesson for me to learn and I have suffered greatly because of my fear. Perhaps this time the lesson has been learned.  Who knows?

Just me....
Jo  




STILL LEARNING ABOUT LIFE.............................

It always amazes me how little one actually knows about  living life.  I believe, if you are wise, one will actually slow down enough ...