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a spa day – really!

For real.  A special visit for 2 MapleLea dolls who got to visit an American Girl Salon at the AG Boutique at Chapters downtown Ottawa, right in the heart of the city. They were so thrilled..

First they got to pick their new hair styles, and then the colours of the bows they wanted.  There was even talk of nail polish for their nails, and having their ears done.  We did look at earrings, but when  roller skates were added to the want list.. it was agreed, we would come back on another day. I got to look around for new accessories for their wardrobes that to will wait for another day.

The staff is so courteous, and well-informed, they were able to answer all the questions, well most of them, the girls had about the history and back grounds for a couple of their friends.  Seeing where their friends came from was very exciting for them. they couldn’t stop talking about their experience all the way back home.

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There was a lot of excitement and giggling when it came time for the young ladies to get ready for bed.  I somehow think it will take a wee bit of time to get them to settle down.

Being positive,  sharing a good experience with friends, is always a good way to create happy memories

Appreciation for the uniqueness in each of our friends will build a stronger relationship

Friendships are blessings in our lives.

PL Precept #10  Love yourself and others.

 

 

 

scenes from today

 

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pay attention, enjoy the view

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is some one watching you

flower landscape

stop,  look around,

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Wonders abound

PL Precept # 1  Life is Art

Thursday surprise for Leonie

FYI The dolls still have not discovered the mystery connected to the chest of drawers, they were too excited to learn about Leonie’s surprise package.  It arrived shortly after the noon hour, they saw it being delivered, but of course were unable to bring it in themselves.

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Leonie was thrilled when she got to go out, the parcel was for her!  Finally her guitar had arrived.  It is always nice to receive a gift, especially one you have been wanting for so long.

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To show her appreciation she would practice songs the others liked and play for them later when they gathered around before bedtime.  Silently she gave thanks, she remembered the lesson  in the PL Principles ..#3  Live with a mind of appreciation towards others and things.

Not everyone lives in a happy home, always share your happiness and joy with others, a smile goes a long way.

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each and everyone one of YOU.

Oyashikiri

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guitar and outfit -Mastermind (Our Generation)

Leonie is a Maplelea doll  http://www.maplelea.com

deck chair, Walmart

Lo Mein Monday

charm in Sharon SpringsRemember this picture, it was taken when we were traveling in NY State, I was so taken with the charm found in the small towns and villages.  This gentle façade brings to mind another period in time.  When I was in San Francisco I was drawn to the “Victorian ladies” that SF is known for.  Architecture that is visually poetic in its appearance.

I noted in the last year or so that my delight in finding a book that I really would enjoy and maintain the desire to stay with the writer, till the book’s end had all but disappeared from my “leisure” pleasures.  So, I didn’t read, I busied myself with other hobbies, and “passions”.

I’m not big on most television programs.. tending to watch a select few from time to time.  I like being entertained if I am going to sit down and watch something, I want it to be interesting, and provide “food for fodder”  while having a storyline that provides a balance of entertainment and drama … without the need to bombard me with sexual innuendos, connotations or half naked persons, oh and let’s not forget the bloody killings,  senseless murders and vicious attacks on an other  human being or beings.

Looking through row upon row of books to stage a photo scene with the dolls, I found copies of the Nancy Drew mysteries, and Hardy Boys.  What I was looking for were the books put out by the American Girl division of Mattel* for the American Girl dolls.  At first they were simply cute, adorable dolls, with clothes.  The more I found out about the company, the more interested I became in their purpose.  The marketing has been well researched and developed.

As an adult looking at this “doll culture” it has been a fun educational project, that I didn’t go looking for, but discovered it by accident, have found a “passion”.  I’m reading about the lives of young girls from very different backgrounds, who grew up in different eras.  Each doll has his/her own storyline.  The owner of the doll can learn about the doll’s cultural background, and what it was like to grow up in America during the various years she is purported to have been growing up in.

To quote from the book jacket of the book I am reading now, in the Beforever series, A growing Suspicion, A Rebecca Mystery American Girl celebrates a girl’s inner star  The Rebecca Doll is 1914…. I chose this book because it is a mystery that takes place in and around a Japanese Garden, (growing up with chopsticks, I hadn’t thought about what they look like to others, who see them for the first time, our foods are different in how they are served, and how to some, having to use a knife and fork is challenging =^_^=)

I am so enjoying it.  There are no murders, no vicious attacks, no sex, and it is written in a way that my imagination takes over, and I  am with the girls, as they learn about Japanese gardening, life, and friendships.

You can discover more about American Girl products, stories and games by visiting americangirl.com/play  If you are in Canada, you can find information on the Indigo.ca site.  Look up  Pleasant T Rowland the woman who dared to dream and then make them come to life.

For Canadians, YES there is a Canadian doll, the MapleLea doll, unfortunately she is not found in stores, the company based in Ontario, decided to sell only online.  This way, enabling them to concentrate on the quality of the doll and her clothes.  Again, the main dolls, come from different provinces, and thus you learn about growing up in Canada, what it is like in the different Provinces.

Whatever way you are celebrating this long week-end, Canada Day in Canada and Independence day in the United States., be happy, enjoy each and every moment of your day.  It only comes by once.

Oyashikiri

 

 

 

  • Mattel acquired Pleasant Company in 1999
  • for some reason Josefina Montoya 1824 us not sold up here.  Anyone out there, have her? Her pet goat is Sombrita…

Good Morning 6.26.17

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Good morning, this is our whippet trying to sleep last night, doesn’t matter its summer, and hot, he likes to be covered.  Usually his head is snuggled into his chest or he is on his back, but for some reason last night, he was sleeping with his head on the arm of the chair.  For those of us with a whippet or grey *Greyhound” even though we see their often,  odd way of sprawling out, it never ceases to amuse or endear them  Their ability to contort their length into weird upside down and twisted posses, and then fall asleep that way, is really amazing.

They can in a split second, wake and jump up from the most awkward of positions to a graceful and show-stopping pose.  Why, because he can, he doesn’t think about it, he just does it.

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Furniture has to be covered, he owns every chair in the place.  Almost .. Canaille (our PWD) has hers,  but that doesn’t stop him from trying to horn in.  Extra loads of laundry are done, sheets, towels, and his blankies.  Oh dear, does he sound spoiled…. yes…. I guess they both are.

All this to say, dogs, cats, pets of any kind, are usually accepted for who they are, we can justify almost anything they do, or get up to, and we deal with it. Accidents happen, we deal with it.  As they age, we learn to live with an aging pet, who after years of unconditional love (on their part) and ours, we adjust and walk the path with them.  We do all this without questioning why, they don’t interact with us like another human would, so our compassion, and love seems to just happen.  Another human has a voice and thoughts, that will come out and create a different “reaction” from us.

Throw a penny into a quiet pond, it will sink or skip depending on how you do it, then it will fall into the pond and become one with the pond.  We see gentle ripples, or if we threw the penny, it might make a small splash.  If we throw a rock, we will get a different effect. Either way, once we “action” into, or at the pond, the “reaction” happens, then the pond returns to the state it was in prior to our interaction with it.

When we live in Perfect Liberty, we are like the pond, we hum with activity of our own, life flows.  When something/someone interacts with us,  how they interact, will dictate what our response will be.  We acknowledge the activity, let it go, and return to our
centre” our “core”PW

Living in a state of unconditional love.. is a work in progress, that we must always strive to achieve, if we are to achieve “World Peace”

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Life happens.  The roses are in bloom now, tomorrow or another day, they will relinquish their time in the spotlight, to allow the nourishment to feed the roots, so they can return again.  Life is a series of cycles.  Acknowledge and appreciate every day. Life is good.

There is Joy in simplicity!

PL Precept #11   Always be with God

PL Precept #10   Love yourself and Others

 

PWD = Portuguese Water Dog

lazy mind

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A lazy mind can sit and ponder, wonder and consider her options for hours on end.  there is nothing wrong in daydreaming, or taking time out to unwind, de-stress, or as some of us say, just chill.  However, often it is after spending hours drifting aimlessly through imaginary and often lingering moments of “fantasy”, we emerge and finding that all the “stuff” we had waiting for attention in the “immediate” world, is still there, waiting …..

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Sure, we can make a list, and we can plot out just how we will get to this project and that one, what materials we will need, even “see” it in our heads.  But all of this is not getting “it” done.

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Maybe a walk will sweep out the cobwebs and give inspiration.  Wow, it is so nice out  here, such a pleasure to be out in the fresh air.  hmmm yes, hear those birds, and look… look at how white and fluffy the clouds are today.

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Oh my goodness, look at the time, where did it go, it must be dinner time, and I’ve not even started to get things ready.  where did the time go.  Must have closed my eyes after the walk, it was only going to be for a few minutes.

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Hello Mr. Crow, will you help me while I start preparing for supper.  I had a good day, thank you for asking, how was yours? hmmmm oh I see, you were busy with your pals clearing up left over seeds at the neighbouring farms.

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Well compared to your day, I guess I didn’t get much done..  but then again, I was “busy” all day.

Can any of you relate….. to my “busy” day, shared with my “lazy mind” ??

Oyashikiri

PL Principle # 14  I will not have a mind to be lazy.  I will not have complaints while working nor be overly concerned and complain about others.

PL Principle #1  I will live paying careful attention, putting Makoto (sincerity) into all I say and do.

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musing 7.2.16

I’d like to use the photos found on social media today, some I’ve used before, to tell a story.(musing)

There simply beautiful, amazing plants in the Universe, depending on what part of the world you live, or visit, some of them will be front and center for you to enjoy and delight over. Each plant has something unique to them, and appear the way they do, often for survival purposes.

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Example, the Amazon water-lily, it can grow to over 2 metres in diameter,  that is, about 9 something feet.  I am not likely to see one in my travels, while I am wandering the parks and countryside in my Canadian  backyard. To deter rainforest animals from eating therm, they have rows of sharp spines on the underside of the leaves.

Strangler-Fig

This picture, is of a strangler fig, where many epiphytes avoid harming the plant on which they grow, the strangler fig  eventually kills its host tree.  It starts out as a little bitty thing, that looks so cute growing among the branches of its host tree, but as it grows, its roots thread their way down into the soil, and its stems keep wrapping around the host tree. It grows stronger with the passing of time, capturing more and more sunlight as it expands and grows till eventually the host tree dies.

That said, the strangler fig is important to the rainforest ecosystem, its fruit is a mainstay diet for many of the animals that live in the rainforest.

I used to talk about this plant during my days in “health care” – regarding stress..  Stress is often seen only as a negative, but in fact it is and can be very positive.  It is all in how we perceive the challenges that come our way.  The obstacle that is blocking out the sunshine making it harder for us to enjoy the sun, is often just like us in the sense that it had to grow big and tall to survive as long as it has.  It had the sunshine, and the rain.  Now you come along, your choice is to give up and live in the dark, or to embrace and enjoy the company of the host you landed on.  In sharing you grow and are supported in your efforts,you get to see that the when you reach for the sun, and let your roots slide down further into the forest floor, you become more stabilized.

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This is a picture of the resourcefulness of the people living in India, they built a living bridge from the strangler fig trees, the bridge is alive and always growing stronger.

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This tree standing in the Nanning Park in Guangxi China, is  what started this train of thought.  The host tree is long gone. so today admirers see only this lattice tree.  When we look at another human being, we see only what is on the outside.  We see where they are at that moment, in that space and time.

Some of us are like the Amazon Water-Lily beautiful to look at, pretty as a picture, but.. under the exterior of  “who we project” is someone very different.  There are so many layers to us, it is a patient partner who will lovingly and tenderly peel away each layer.  This applies to any and every one.  Because a “man” appears strong, and unapproachable, means zip, everyone has a heart, has feelings, feels sadness, and wants love.

When something is impossible it is because we don’t want it badly enough.  Or what we think we want, is not really what is best for us, and Nature steps in, and helps reshape and redirect  every day is a new adventure and a new discovery.

PL  Precept # 1     Life is Art

a very simple statement three words, but it is very profound.

Namaste      –      Oyashikiri 

PL, Church of Perfect Liberty

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