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Wednesday 15th.

Not picture perfect, but there you have it. Leon has his rights. He knows when it is his time to chill, and he takes it.

It is important to be assertive, but maintaining harmony is just as important. Say what is on your mind clearly but don’t be overly attached to your views. Respect the points of view of others and always seek to find a happy medium.

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Oyashikiri

let it go

some days a guy just wants to chill

ohhh ho hummmmm not much going on, just want to hang. Lucky you when you can just do exactly that. In our lives, we tend to have errands, chores and things that we want time to do. When I don’t listen to my body and keep pace with my well meaning mind., the moment comes in a flash. I crash. Then Velcro and I are like buddies in our recliners – chilling!

Remember that learning is a lifelong process. No matter your age, there is something to be learned and there is always room for improvement. Always remember that there is wisdom to be gained from any situation.

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Oyashikiri

Sunday 14th

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My thanks to a dear and wonderful friend, who was out with his camera and came across these new blooms.  Spring blossoms are so welcoming, so darn full of determination .. their crisp green and vibrant yellows peeking out after one of Nature’s last snow flings.

Good Morning, Bom Dia!!

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Being considerate of others is just as important as what works for you

Always be mindful of the situation of others, not just your own.  To have a good relationship with those around you, always think of what is important to them too.

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“Any fool can criticise, condemn and complain, – and most fools do,  But it takes character and self-control to be understanding and forgiving,”  Dale Carnegie

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hidden in plain view

 

Hunger

Oyashikiri

 

PL Precept #19  Begin once you perceive

NH discovering

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Hello on Tuesday.. Was bright and sunny here today, yet where I would be up and out of the house bright and early, I was slow in getting going.  Happens, I may have mentioned that while in NH I was suddenly hit with a flash of recognition.  I didn’t want to shop, or really look around. I had enough!  I’m sorry, for those of you who have had to pick yourselves of the floor, I assure you,  it really happened

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Such things do happen.  Let’s face it, a book was written about the “strange events” that have been recorded to have happened, in the hills of NH. Shrouded Memories, True Stories from the White Mountains of New Hampshire, by Floyd W. Ramsey. 

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Will it last, who knows.  So far, so good, I ran errands yesterday and today, and was not tempted to browse, or “look around”.. I applied myself to what needed to be done, then came back home.   I do have some of my artwork on display  at  Raglan Art Walk 2017  in SL, I have participated for the last couple of years.  I do need to send out some invitations.

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What you see here, is my darling Canaille (Portuguese Water Dog) watching her human “daddy” eating a sandwich while relaxing with his “notebook” after a day of driving his “lovely” wife around touring the wilds of NH.  You can see she is trained on his every move, I think, she believes, that if she waits it out, he will drop something.  LOL he never does, but she never gives up hope.

That is what life is all about isn’t it.  We need to live each moment, focused on what we are doing, appreciating the moment.  When we are “hit” with an “idea” or “inspiration” we should listen, take heed, recognize that it is a  “personal” message”

PL Precept #17  Grasp what is most Essential

PL Precept # 20  Live Maintaining Equilibrium between Mind and Matter

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Blessings/Oyashikiri

card making

I stared at the blank screen for some time, I knew I had an idea, but that idea was not coming through loud and clear.  So I went in search of a picture, since I had already put in a title, I looked into the files where I have put some of the photos of cards I’ve done, when the urge hit to take a picture for my files.

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Typically I do something admire it for a few minutes and let it go.

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This bird arrived the other day,  I played around, stamping the image, and then cutting it out before colouring it.

rocky crab card

 

These pictures are not done to perfection, I was taking them just to capture the “idea’ Being a perfectionist at times, when I have to go back and look at something that I just did candidly, not with an intent, I’m often surprised at this side of me.  I lean towards lazy.  Where I began doing the cards on a lark, since I never really wanted to do cards for a pastime.  However, be careful with your projects.  The cute stamps and dies, soon had me thinking about what I could do with them.  Being the “artist” that I am, I was not interested in what other people have done with them, but rather, what I  want to do.  So…. of course, I end up with some weird combination.  But.. I like them and that is all that matters.

Rocky the crab really caught my attention.. so after I found Crabby here (Xmas card), I had to search high and low for a supplier that had Rocky on hand.  Heaven forbid that I wait for an order to come in.  That is the stubborn streak in me.

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This is Rocky, totally different designer. Who knew that playing with dies,stamps and card stock could be so much fun.

PL Precept #1  Life is Art

PL Precept # 2   To live is to Express One’s Self

Every action in life, will bring about another action/reaction.  In being mindful when doing any activity, from years of following the Precepts and Principles of PL, I see when my “lessons” need to be reflected on, and changes considered.

There is one Principle, PL Principle # 9   I will not have a mind to be dishonest.  I never would have admitted to being dishonest, but I am, to myself, when I try to say or do something, that I know is not really REALLY how I should be doing something, cutting corners when crafting, using a glue that is handy, rather than get up and find the glue that is best for the project I’m working on,  Small things, but small actions add up.

PL Principle 2  I will not have complaints about others, matters, nor the weather.  Rather I will always be creative and will look for shortcomings in MY OWN thinking and actions.

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Chop Suey -Saturday

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Listening intently, even tho’ the message could be one of great value, if you do  not understand the language, you can only watch and listen to the words being spoken and assimilate what you can.  This was my first time to experience such a moment,  My first time in a foreign country where the primary language was totally foreign to my ears.  One of the other participants when we talked of this, said, ” what we need to do is just drink in the essence, and the ambiance of being here”.

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The greatest lessons from my last trip to Japan, were the ones where I learned about myself, how I cope, and that I managed through all the various challenges to come away with heartfelt connection to the country and the people there.

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It is about covering the distance between me, myself and I and my surroundings.  It didn’t matter really what country I was in, or who was there. What mattered was that I was alive, I was taking in new visual and auditory information, and my taste buds were experiencing new and wonderful delicacies.

It all seems subtle at the time, because you are living it, 100% the world is vibrating with newness.  It is the same sky, but … no… it’s not…. you are drinking water, eating food, but …nothing is the same. Things you never thought you could do…ie. enjoy their bathing customs, by the time I left, it was all so natural and part of my day.  You assimilate, you simply live in a mindful state.  If  I had gone there thinking of doing that, I doubt it would have happened

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Life is Art…………………. in nature, when one goes with the flow and allows life to happen,  the results are often extraordinary.  when we try to structure every second of our day, we go against the natural ebb and flow of the world around us.

PL Precept # 18    Each moment is a turning Point

PL Precept #7  Everything exists in Relativity.

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