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crossing the road

Africa - Leopard tortoise

leopard  tortoise meandering along on his/her way, likely oblivious to the spectators following his journey.  It’s intent is to get to where it is going.

In the pouring rain today, sirens could be heard coming from different directions as I made my way across the city.  It was a constant downpour, so I wasn’t hurrying. I simply pointed myself in the direction I was headed, and followed the traffic in front of me, mindful of the speed limits and the traffic lights.

From the news this evening, I learned that in the early part of the day, there had been a lot of accidents with cars, trucks school buses going off the road and highways  due to the slippery conditions.  The usual pictures of vehicles in the ditch and the complaining that the darn weather was the cause of everything that happened.

I, like the tortoise accept that we live on this beautiful multi-facetted planet.. .. we are responsible for our actions. When one foot goes in front of the other, or a direction is taken, we are moving, it is me, myself and I  making the choices that move me through the day.

It is not the weather that had me leave the house without an umbrella, it was a choice I made to leave without one.  If I am walking along the road and it is so wet that the puddles are like small lakes, I have to know that a car could go by and I will be drenched.  It is not the car’s fault if I do get splashed.  That’s life.

Does that sound callous, I don’t mean to, it is just that life is what it is, and wet weather is part of living on this earth.  Winter in some countries means, snow, cooler weather, and slippery roads.  It is life.  If you know you have to deal with such things, why is it a surprise when winter weather  does what it does. If you have lived here for a lifetime, then, it happens every year.  It is not something new.

Happiness is a state of mind we choose to live in.  If you decide that negativity is all you see around you, then perhaps you need to re-evaluate  what you do with the positives that come your way.   Because positives are out there.

When we are able to have a thankful attitude, when we appreciate what we have and not dwell on what we don’t have, our perspective on life will change.  We will grow as individuals.  Our lives will move in a positive direction.

The 21st of each month, is Thanksgiving in PL (Perfect Liberty) – Let us be thankful for all the blessings we have received this past month.  Giving thanks, and showing appreciation, we move forward into tomorrow. Hearts open to unconditional love.

Oyashikiri

 

 

 

 

 

 

being YOU

africa hippo rhino

Remember the saying, “the glass is either half full” or “the glass is half empty”  Is this fellow walking on the bottom, or is he coming up for air.  Some days it is hard to tell, if its a good day, or we are just used to the “ambience” and tempo.

“I am so busy” I heard someone say, ” I just can’t get anything done”

I would wonder, then what have they been doing that they are so busy. If we are focused on the moment, then each moment we live through, is an accomplishment.  When we go out to lunch, after we have had our lunch, didn’t we accomplish what we set out to do. We ate lunch.  We actually “do” things all day.  Is it that we don’t acknowledge our accomplishments, that we are always looking ahead, and not satisfied with the present?

Have I been listening to too much Pi.   Unless you have heard of the book, seen the film or listened to the CD  you might not recognize my reference.  That’s OK, my musing can be confusing.  Life of Pi

PL calendar day 20    You are YOU, Others are Others

You have your own way of doing things, and others have their way of doing things. Don’t worry about what other people will say.  Simply take care of the task at hand.

Can you believe we are already mid month.  Please have yourself a grand day tomorrow.  Enjoy it to the fullest.  Make each moment count.  A moment wasted on negative energy, is a moment you are not smiling.  Happiness makes for a great day.

When you smile, others will too.

Oyashikiri

 

Life of Pi by Yann Martel

 

a winter’s day

winchester fog

Driving through the take out lane, I saw the fog was lifting. earlier, not even an hour or so, I could see only two car lengths  in front of me

I was heading back towards the city now,  with each passing mile, the sky got brighter

building across from po

bright enough, that I thought to stop to take a picture.  Usually I am driving by this site during the work day, and the road is just too busy.  I may have mentioned that I have been wanting to get a picture before the whole building disappears.  It has happened before, I am driving  along a road I travel many times a week when suddenly I realize that a building has disappeared.

The world around me is in constant flux.  For some reason, the demolition, began at a time that for whatever reason, I missed it.  I happened to go to the post office one day (it is across from this location) and when I drove out, it was a “WOW when did that happen???”  That was in the fall, and here it is February of the following year, and there it still stands.

building across from post office

I did see an opening in the fence.  However, my common sense, held me in check.  No hard hat, and not wearing my steel toed footwear.  Maybe I’ll get a chance another day. LOL if I were to find rust I would be in 7th heaven.

This adventure took place last week, today, I am looking forward to what’s ahead.

PL Calendar 18    Look Forward to What’s Ahead.

There is no use brooding over the past.  Always try to begin each day anew with a fresh outlook.

What a good teaching to start a new week.  Hope everyone is enjoying a long week-end, and is revving up for a stunning brand new week.

Oyashikiri

 

Jackass Penguins

Africa -jackass penguins

February in South Africa and the Jackass Penguins are enjoying a day on the beach.  Isn’t that always the way, someone is enjoying sunshine while we are experiencing gray skies and rain.  No matter, what is important that in our day-to-day living, no matter the weather, or situation, we do our best.

PL Calendar #16   Don’t hold anything back; Give it your all

“Always approach things with full enthusiasm and energy.  Then, things will develop in a new direction.

Every day is a new day, a new canvas, a new beginning.  Let us celebrate today, share a smile, wave hello, and send love!

Oyashikiri

 

 

 

 

 

oh no!

Barbies 2.11.18Always in for a challenge.  I picked up two Barbies today, one had articulating arms the other articulating legs.  I wanted the one doll to have the articulating limbs.

Barbies c 2.11.18Did I know what I was doing?  The simple answer is ..No..

Hmmm. thought to find something on YouTube.  It could be there but so far, I have not found what I am looking for.  Meanwhile, I now have two dismembered dolls.  I did enjoy the exercise.  However, I will have to put the parts away now till I find out what I need to do, from what I have seen so far, the gals who show restoration of Barbie type dolls, simply switch heads..

But then, they still have a doll that doesn’t articulate the way I want.. you get either the arms or the legs.  Either or.  I’ll just have to do some more research.  Anyone out there, rebuilt a Barbie type doll?

I think that I am left with pieces that may not be re-useable. tsk tsk tsk.

If you never try something, you will never learn. Life is about learning, I will keep you posted.  Tomorrow will be a brand new day.  Here is wishing you all a smashing invigorating start to a new week.  Keep it all together. =^_^=  “rock on”

PL Precept # 7   Everything Exists in Relativity

PL Precept # 16  All things progress and develop.

Oyashikiri

 

 

 

Wordless Wednesday 2.7.th.

breakfast 2.1.18a

shrimp dim sum

fried dace with salted black beans

PL Calendar # 7

Don’t strain, don’t rush and don’t be greedy instead relax and enjoy the process,

Oyashikiri

 

Rust on Canvas

rust on canvas 2.5.18

rust on canvas

1930’s

mixed media

abstract, acrylic, paste, recycled canvas, mega art stones, paint roller, textured Catalyst brushes by Princeton, layering, natural dry,

rust products by Art extra vagance, (Finnabair) made in Hungary

mega art stones -Finnabairn (art ingredients)

In the past I have used sludge from  DeSerres (Tri Art)  I spilled my last jar and have yet to replace it, so the above was done using alternate products found in my inventory.

rust supplies

To achieve a result, often requires more than one product, and when one  ingredient is not available, if we are determined to get the result we are hoping for, we explore what is available, or easy access, and we experiment.  It doesn’t matter if we succeed exactly as we had wanted what matters is that we do our best .. and try.

*** and *** that you are happy and cheerful while you are creating. Happiness is a state of mind. It is the journey that counts. When we are not open to every possibility around us at any given time, it could be a missed opportunity.

Seize the day, make it yours.  Have a great start to a brand new week.  Each day is a new canvas…Play, Explore, Live, take the initiative, be the first to smile and say hello.

Oyashikiri

 

 

 

 

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