Saturday, January 31, 2015

One Fast Month

I can hardly believe the first month of 2015 is history...gone forever. I'm thankful for my personal journal entries. They reveal I did embrace those days.

Today I carried three sacks to Goodwill. More deliveries will be coming. I am reducing my stuff. Slowly but surely.

Another stop was at the antique store to work in my booth. 


These are the three wood candlesticks I bought recently from another vendor. I am undecided about the candle color for the set. I just love the shapes and patina of the wood.

I really hate to see January go as we didn't have snow. I always associate snow with this month. However, I feel bad for those areas that got way too much.  

Monday, January 26, 2015

Evening Thought

Maybe tomorrow I will get done what I meant to do today.

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Back in the Groove

Happiness is creating new art tags with snippets of paper and rubber stamps.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

"...Past Ever Present"

I do not want to dwell in the past, but I love to step back occasionally. My journals allow me to do that. Today I was back in 1989. My children were getting to know his children. We were picking out rings. There were many important decisions, but miraculously they fell into place.

I am taking my time as I read back through these written pages...marking entries that are poignant or sweet or funny or meaningful. For some years I used bundles of bookmarks to remind me of special days. Presently I'm using
Post-it flags to indicate noteworthy passages.

With journals you don't have to rely on a faulty memory. The days are captured on paper in your own handwriting. Events, feelings,'s all there.

And not all my entries have been happy ones.
However, they have told what was real to me at the time. 

Saturday, January 17, 2015

What happened to my plans?

Hi there!

 Once the strain of daily nursing home visits lifted, I thought I would be able to carve out more time for art and other projects. Well, it hasn't happened. Life keeps happening with family issues, grandkids, household errands, unexpected funerals, aging, and more. And then there's just me not feeling very motivated. 

I pass this desk countless times throughout 
the day. But it sits...unopened, waiting for me to gather my thoughts for letter writing. Why is it so hard to compose a letter? I guess maybe I'm out of the habit.

I have a much easier time writing in my journal. Usually late in the evening I will record what took place during the day at the desk in my bedroom closet. 

One thing is for sure. I can't go very long without writing. Even blogging must be returned to after a few days. 

Here's one reason to put off getting things done. 

Kids know how to live in the moment. They know how to act silly. They know how to laugh. I could learn a lot from this little guy.

Monday, January 12, 2015

Slow Progress

Reducing stuff is harder than I imagined. I start sorting through papers and then pause to read pages. Soon I'm remembering too much, hesitating to throw anything away. Then I take a break, leave a mess, and go on to something else. At this rate I'll never get it done.

One Christmas gift was this lovely book. Sharing #32. 

Normal day, let me be aware of the treasure that you are. Let me learn from you, love you, bless you before you depart. Let me not pass you in quest of some rare and perfect tomorrow. - Mary Jean Irion

I putter way too much. I must get back to accomplishing something.
This blog entry is accomplishment #1!

These wonderful old Victoria magazines continue to inspire. Favorite pages get a bookmark, be it ribbon, decorative paper strip, or written note.

One 2015 resolution is to write letters again.

Another resolution is to reread my journals and use Post-it tags to mark key entries. I have started this and have been amazed at the wonderful ordinary days of my life.

I need to stop rambling and make accomplishment #2 happen. Until next time.

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Precious Time

These first few days of January have passed quietly. I haven't accomplished much, but figured that's okay for now. I don't feel the need to rush into anything. With the tree and other decorations gone, the rooms look rather bare. Have been trying to decide what pieces go where. Also making a few changes as I put the house back in order. 

 More bitter cold weather is expected this week. I hope to use
 this inside time to go through papers, organize drawers, sort clothes, etc.

Hope your first days of the new year have been pleasant ones.
Thanks for dropping by. Your visits and comments are always welcome.


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