Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Ideas Flowing!

Lots of creative ideas flowing through my mind lately, especially when I'm trying to fall asleep. Some nights it's much harder to fall asleep than others.

I know that many of them will remain creative flashes, part of my irregular nighttime rituals, never to be consummated, others I will try and they will not work as I had hoped, and then some will be better than I could have imagined. (Just got another idea just now!)

Sometimes we all have creative droughts - I'm now having a creative rainfall. I write some of the ideas down in a journal in hopes that writing them down will allow me to sleep a sounder sleep.

I hope to get the chance to work on some of them in the near future. I need an Art day soon!

Today's quote comes from Charlotte Bronte: A ruffled mind makes a restless pillow.

Saturday, January 16, 2010

Life Out of Balance

This film came out in 1982 - I really liked it then - take a
look - it's short. The entire film (without commercials)
is powerful.

Today I begin to put my life back into balance. I am
optimistic and positive that I will succeed.

Several things in my life have thrown my personal life
off kilter and I intend to right that beginning today.

Today's quote comes from none other than Einstein:
Life is like riding a bicycle.
To keep your balance you must keep moving.

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

I Heard a Bird Sing

I heard a bird sing

in the dark of December

A magical thing

and sweet to remember.

”We are nearer to Spring

than we were in September,”

I heard a bird sing

in the dark of December.

Oliver Herford, I Heard a Bird Sing

Monday, January 11, 2010

Palindrome Day 01-11-10

Okay, so I like numbers. I'm a geek - but unlike one of my friends, I do not read, nor shall I ever even pick up " The Journal of Recreational Mathematics." That sounds like an oxymoron to me if I ever heard one. But that's me. (And while I haven't actually seen the Journal, I'm told it does exist.)

I have my great-grandparents clock. It's a mantle clock and it never worked until last Saturday when I moved it and it started to tick-tock. Then it began to chime - and I never knew when to expect it, so it freaked me out a little at first. I figured that it didn't work and that this would not last. But it has.

Well, I've become accustomed to that clock. To the tick-tock and it's gentle reminders that time is passing. I like to think of my great grandparents marking the hours of the day (and night) with this clock. It's soothing, somehow.

My Grandmother used to have a number of clocks in her living room (about 6 - don't quite know why) and when I'd sleep on the sofa at night, all I could hear was all the clocks ticking - it would take me quite a while to wind down and go to sleep.

Happy Palindrome Day!

Today's quote comes from Harvey MacKay: Time is free, but it's priceless. You can't own it, but you can use it. You can't keep it, but you can spend it. Once you've lost it, you can never get it back.

Saturday, January 9, 2010

Procrastination... or why I wait until later

This image looks serene to me, so I thought I'd add it to help me settle down a little bit.

I have always been a procrastinator. It's a hard habit to break. I once bought a book about procrastination and it sat next to my bed, unopened, for years. No lie.

I have before me a large task with a deadline, which makes meeting it a little easier and the reward once done will be well worth the work. I have to move two eight foot bookcases that are crammed full of books, journals and knick-knacks before I get a furniture delivery on Tuesday.

That means not only de-booking the shelves but moving furniture so that the shelves can be moved. So things will look very bad before it looks like I have accomplished anything.

Been very busy lately and have had no time to do much about it but think about it and now the time is here and what am I doing? Writing about it instead of doing it!

Today's quote comes from anonymous: Procrastination is the key to prolonging life. (I like this quote - it was the only positive quote that I found!)

Sunday, January 3, 2010

Baby, it's Cold Outside

Cold weather is okay with me. I can handle it better than the heat and humidity in the summer. Layers, layers, layers... I enjoy the snow and ice - to a point.

I love the patterns that Jack Frost leaves on the windows in the stairwell.

Long list of things to do today before returning to work for a full week. Most of them are chores, but I'll be sure to include something fun.

I wrapped up a wrap on New Year's Day - just have to tack down the ribbons. One more UFO off my list.

Completed projects: (hope to add to this on a regular basis)
  • Wrap
In the UFO queue (as of right now - more to be added):
  • Blinging the grey felted scarf I made for my sister
  • Finishing (adding the pin and the ultrasuede back) the pin I made for my other sister
  • Completing a chevron scarf
  • Reworking Romantica (a pattern from Marcia DeCoster)
  • and the biggie - Geo floral beaded cube by Laura McCabe
Today's quote comes from one of my favorite playwrights, Moliere: Long is the road from conception to completion.