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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!!

PL calendar day 14

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

photo -Nick V.

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Hunger

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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.

short story line

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he could hear the birds. feel the heat beating down through the trees, yet without opening his eyes, he knew he wasn’t in a park. the smell of rusted metal, and old oil and grease permeated the air.  his body was heavy, unresponsive, and whatever was on his chest was not going anywhere fast.

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his eyes still closed, he knew, instinctively knew, that the weight on this chest was alive, and it was gazing hard, accessing, patiently waiting.  Did he want to see what held him captive, sooner or later, he would have to look.  The weight on his chest shifted, but did not move away, he could feel the warm breath on his face. He was too stiff, tired and dazed, it would be unwise to move suddenly, if he could at all.  With a slow intake of his breath, he allowed his eyes to open.

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the sun hurt his eyes but he forced himself to keep them open, there was lush vegetation all around from what he could see, he was surrounded by the remains of vehicles, he was in a graveyard of scrap metal.  what he tried to avoid and was not succeeding were the dark emerald eyes flecked with gold that stared into his.  There was no emotion not human anyway that looked into his, just a pair of hypnotic eyes that spoke volumes, but none that he could recognize.

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suddenly the sun no longer gave him warmth.  now he felt a chill, it travelled from his head down to his feet.  This was something very different and very real, This was a she, he was sure, he was being held captive by a she, and he knew… she was wondering just what to do.  She wasn’t hurting him, she wasn’t gentle, she was exploring and sizing him up, but for what.  Why was he not afraid.  what was it that kept him still, and wondering, almost a partner in this unknown dance.

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life is what we make it.  how we respond to situations in life, can change the course or direction of our lives.  live being mindful of who you are and the opportunities around you. =^_^=

This is my story, that I’m sharing with you.  My mind likes to invent when I’m driving and waiting for lights or in traffic.

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

-Mirrors-

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Magic mirror on the wall

remember those words

who is the fairest of them all

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it is 2016

many of us have looked many a time

into one mirror or another

always to find

that whether it is 1956, or 2006

we always see

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the person that we are on that given day

The mirror does not play tricks

It simply reflects back what it sees…

but  … for  us …. we are not always ready for what we see

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no matter how we dress the wall,

using a mirror that is long and tall

if we are short and small

that is what we will see

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I myself, believe I’m a star =^_^=

I really  don’t need a mirror

I believe that I am me no matter how I look or how I adorn myself

so, if its alright with you,

I will enter into this new year (year of the Monkey)

year of the Monkey

with a smile and a hardy happy hug

saying, be who you are, cuz I love you just the way you are…

Every day is a new day, and every moment is a new beginning

Thank you one and all

for being who you are..

Namaste      –      Oyashikiri

PL Precept # 15    All is a Mirror

note-  official start of the Monkey Year is beginning of February (lunar calendar) (8th)

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