My sign is the sign that has the scales - you know, the things that always try to keep everything in balance. I must admit that I fail in this endeavor on a regular basis. I'm so busy juggling things to keep all my balls in the air that I often miss the ball completely!
But the one ball that I never seem to miss is the ball of beauty; I have to have beautiful things in my surroundings.
They don't have to be expensive things and they can be as simple as the home made cards above or the beautiful tea-cup that I often use for my tea.
But they do have to beautiful, wouldn't you agree?
Oh my, another award has been sent my way. I am always surprised to have been chosen as I feel that all of us in blogland deserve special awards for just being ourselves and letting it "all hang out" in cyber space and not being afraid of never finding it again once it is out there (if your computer skills are like mine - you will understand this comment). :))
Anyway, Lori of http://storiesofmyancestors. blogspot.com nominated me for this award.
Thank-you so much, Lori.
She said that this award is given to bloggers whose sites are creative, funny and entertaining and to those bloggers who take the time to make insightful posts as they scoot around blogland.
I feel very fortunate to have a few loyal readers and I would like to nominate all of you; but, alas, I am told to only nominate two:
So here goes: I would like to pass this award on to -
KeKe at Theatre Du Boheme http://inmysepiastudio.blogspot.com
Julie Marie at http://idylhours.blogspot.com
They have become wonderful followers and they have blogs that are both creative and beautiful.
Today I met with my Friday women's group to discuss world events. The topic for today was Global Crime. You know, drug trade, cyber crime, human exploitation and the list goes on.
On leaving the meeting - I was left with the thought: we as individuals can do so very little to fight the huge criminal element in our world. What can we do by ourselves to give ourselves piece of mind.
I immediately came home and pulled out my dog-eared copy of the above book.
The first sentence reads, and I quote:
"We live in a time when the ordinary life is more elusive than the extraordinary Some days I'm overcome by feelings of nostalgia for the days when people seemed deeply and satisfyingly engaged in their ordinary activities."
In blogland where we see such beautiful pictures of everything, we are often envious of that persons home or that persons stuff and the pretty pictures they share with us.
She is so clever in her posts, and I'm not. She is so talented, and I'm not.
After thinking about this for a minute, this is what I came up with. Your home IS the shelter for your spirit. It is the spot that makes you -- you, and special.
Whether you are a gardener,
tremendously spiritual, or not;
Make a spot for yourself that is yours alone to unwind and contemplate, where you can simply sit AND DO NOTHING. I know this is hard for most of us.
But, I do believe, that it will bring you back to the core of who you really are.
I believe it will get us out of wishing we had what she has or my blog is not as clever as hers. Or feeling so out of control in this world of uncertainty.
Find your special spot and just disappear.
It will make you feel safe and calm when you need it most.
Let's all make it our goal to have more calm and reflective days rather than less.
O.K., I admit it - I splurged on myself this holiday and bought myself an antique mannequin. Of course she is from France, and I have named her Minnette.
I chose this name from many French names because of her minute waist. Can you believe that women used to be that tiny!
Anyway, as I have posted before, my childhood was less than perfect - and I really never had much of a chance to play the things little girls play; i.e. DRESS-UP. So, I decided with this the new year I was going to embark on things I have not done - thus - MINNETTE!
I change her outfits often with whatever fancies my spirit for that day. Although it is not me wearing the outfits, it certainly allows me to express an artistic side of myself.
You might ask, where do I have her displayed? You guessed it - right smack dab in my living room in all her splendor!!
She makes me smile - every single day. Isn't that what life is all about?
Have a wonderful day, dear friends.