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Monday, January 28, 2013

Things that Bring me Pleasure

I love a little collection of "things"
to live around me always
When I move 
I do drag some of the above along for the journeys..
collected often on the journey.

They sit out in the 
living room
lounge
bedroom
kind of depends.....
I moved my jar of shells from the first beach life I  lived in
from the bedroom
to
bathroom 
where I felt I would admire them more...
Things under glass are always deliciously interesting...
I often put not only my darling French peg dolls in the jars
but ribbons....
and special objects...
The displays are then used for various 
away show times stuff...
or
a photo shoot
and 
often as a piece of 
creative inspiration..
I guess now on saying that
I live within a creative space...
I prefer that than some pristine stand alone bowl..
well it would be filled with things to peer into !
I think in a world that is marked with so much fear by nature, political in fighting, religious & nation divides as well as those dreadful acts of nature..
to have a few little inexpensive anchors is handy if it makes one feel snug....
That cocooning trend that Faith Popcorn identified many years ago now as the world shifted...
It still is a continuing trend..
changes it's shape a little but maybe it is one of those fundamentals 
that Maslow identified in his heirarchy of well being..
security ? 
Who knows & I just love my stuff...
so that is what is important  

Sunday, January 27, 2013

Summer in the Geraniums

I am fond of geraniums..
Happy..colourful
and 
they are along my side path...
Lots of them..
Much self seeding is going on now that someone is watering them regularly.
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Decluttering...
I decluttered about 4 or 5 years ago now..
&
Now I look at everything that is loitering with the potential that it is next on the declutter pile.
I hear friends talking in earnest these days that they have begun to declutter
It is a freeing experience to shed much of the STUFF we have held onto for years
For me...
The mover of houses & into new areas
Decluttering is really a must do.
Sometimes we run 2 systems..
Photographs come to mind, 
They are large, heavy & take up a whole carton when packing..
A lifetime of memories
that can be squeezed onto a computer stick..

I declutter in my business designs when I take stock.
I have originals stored on files....
But times I look at something & think that now has to GO..
So if I am at a function selling I take them to sell as a ridiculous price..
Everyone is happy !
Or I sell on line...
Then there is space & a little order.
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I am not an orderly person...
but !!! 
when decluttering continues 
it becomes much simpler to be orderly...
Slowly turning a bad habit into an easier lifestyle !

On saying all that, I think there is a time in our lives where we collect, nest basically...
because our future has a longer length to it..
when WISDOM arrives things take on a very different slant..
When disasters strike all around ....
one questions what is all this storing about..?





Thursday, January 24, 2013

I know what door it is !

I know it's the ladies  room....
I discovered this the other evening when I was in a hall
It is just a most divine maybe vintage flashback to an elegance of an era now gone by
The tiles were beaming and expansive & the door was fabulous 
and
as a design feature
How practical to have a frosted ripply sort of glass in the main door so one would knock someone coming in or out the toilet..
Gracious & manners 


Sunday, January 20, 2013

SUMMER..it is....

Jeanne D'arc magazine says it in the nicest way...
Good job we have a good imagination here with summer being a hard lady...
or as some would say she is Hot Hot Hot...

I endure the heat with a good amount of whinging....
and 
often my whining seeps over to What Will I Cook for dinner ????

Anyway had a whinge....

In a couple of days I have a talk to give....
About my work & passion...
So really I should be getting some grip on that...
I find it is very difficult talking about one's achievements to a group..
I so want to change the way that is often done...

Then in early Feb I have another conversation at a local U3A luncheon which I do love their title it is
Food For Thought...
I puzzle after I accept why.... do I think I can talk with an interest & not bumble about...
I only came up with the answer that it challenges me...

So on this messy odd post... I will cook dinner & then give the conversations a little thought.  





Monday, January 14, 2013

Living Each Day now.....


I have been letting the reviewing of my picture journal settle & sift within...
Looking at the pictures pinned to the fridge & one on my webpage..
So that I have a little reminder of what I really want perhaps !!!

See the words Hatching a new life that is the saying I clipped & stuck into my notice board just for this purpose... another is an article I want to reread called 
Seeing With New eyes...
And the UK  new Cottage ...which attracts me, as an ideal for later !
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As I converse with friends ...it is so interesting the views they have of changing the scenery to their lives.
This always excites me as I feel I am on the right track, and sometimes I wander off a bit ahead of my friends & aquaintances...
Not all, I have a few wonderful friends who are keeping me company always as I stroll along on my journey.

Several friends are  going looking for new places to live..
to begin a completely new way of life...
Much distance between their life now & what they are seeking ...as they slow down in their careers.
Most still are active in work or hobbies....
I think some of us have passionate relationships with our work & creativity...
Which sure keeps & gives me company !

Another friend is looking towards a very new future ..
It is astonishing the brave steps we often take...
That could drop us way over the cliff ...
but 
somewhere in our makeup is this sense of renewal.
.It is rather tricky for me to explain at the moment...but to say their is movement...
It is exciting... 
one friend remains in the same place but shifts sideways as circumstances change...
There are few role models for these journeys....
I think perhaps it is a very individual thing.

It is I guess the baby boomer's interpretation of the world.
It isn't a desperation of aging, it is more a live each day now...
Toss over the conventions we did live within after an initial break away in the 60's & 70's
Now
We are set free  to choose again,
because we did live that in an extreme way as the 1960's altered the course of a huge generation..
That scared our parents senseless & each day for us something shifted sideways..
Music was a key...
Freedom from the constraints of a strict society..
Jobs galore was the benefit of taking off to see what one could find, earn a living, not a career..
But somehow we did the career etc....
but now
We are taking to change again...
I'll be as interested as the next person to see what comes next on this wonderfully interesting journey...