Wednesday, August 31, 2011
“I begin with an idea and then it becomes something else.”
Today while I was going out the door to take some pictures I accidently took a photo as I was turning to go out. I didn't realize I had done it until I downloaded my photos of the day.
I liked the movement in the photos so I just played with them. As you can see my mistakes became artistic renderings. I was pleased; what do you think?
PS remember the giveaway mail art will be awarded later this morning
Monday, August 29, 2011
Anyway my computer's working better. My new programs are installed and I have two new editing programs to play with. I'm so excited.
Emily is going great. The doctor is very pleased with her recovery. She spent last week learning how to teach freshman English. She said that instead of sprinkling them with knowledge; they used a fire hose. This week she starts working on her Masters degree and teaching freshman English class on her own. Well, sort of on her own; BYU provides plenty of support and their attitude is you are here to get your Master's degree and teaching comes second. She has also found a study buddy who is doing the same thing and they have agreed to help each other. Good deal for her.
However I am learning to deal with it better and better. Not near as many hospital visits as I am learning to deal with it at home and I have a PA who is helping me through the process of learning to deal. How grateful I am for modern medicine.
Between Emily and I we have truly learned the miracle of modern medicine and a miracle it has been in our lives lately. Add to that the prayers and support from those around us and our lives have been so very richly blessed.
We are both alive and able to continue to see the beauty in this world in which we live.
Friday, August 26, 2011
Thursday, August 25, 2011
I just read a post that touched my soul deeply
Read it but keep the kleenex nearby.
Wednesday, August 24, 2011
Tuesday, August 23, 2011
Thomas Fuller quotes (British Clergyman and Writer, one of the most prolific authors of the 17th century. 1608-1661)
Sometimes there is a fine line between flowers and weeds and sometimes it is hard to tell the difference. Some of my herb plants look like weeds but they are wonderful smelling and tasting and add so much pleasure to the other senses. Some weeds are beautiful and add vibrance to the landscape, but choke out the useful plants.
Even though these Morning Glories are really pretty flowers they are none the less a weed here in Georgia. They are so invasive that they will choke out all other plants, useful or not.
As you can see from this photo of my veggie garden the Morning Glories have indeed taken over. This picture is simply the same picture as the one at the beginning of this post just taken from a different angle where the weediest shows.
I was just going to post the top photo with a short quote on flowers and weeds, but in seeing these two pictures and remembering why I started this blog in the first place I expanded this post to use my photos as a way to show about my survival of all the things that I have been through, both the abuse of my younger years and the struggles with health problems of my more recent years. As a way of expressing what it means to me, what I've learned and how I've learned to see the beauty in spite of the struggles.
Growing up in my household meant living with the unwritten rule of 'Make it look good to the world'. Much like the top photo only the good was to be seen. It was incredibly hard work and those who knew me as a child never knew of the abuse that went on behind closed doors and most still don't know unless they read this post of course.
Then there is the second picture that was just taken from a different angle that shows how this beautiful covering is in reality strangling and taking over the garden. That beautiful covering that masked the problems and kept me from growing, being productive and getting the sunshine, the help, I so desperately needed.
In spite of the struggles I have learned to see the beauty of the things that I learned, the strength that I have gained and the gratitude for being alive.
Since I got a late start on my garden; I have planted some Morning Glories on purpose in my front garden because they are pretty and fast growing and will cover my trellis quickly. I was cautious when I planted them, planting them in a pot and setting it on plastic. I have indeed conquered the weed; tamed it using what I have learned and am enjoying the beauty that it can provide.
PS please remember the giveaway and check it out and enter.
Sunday, August 21, 2011
Wednesday, August 17, 2011
Tuesday, August 16, 2011
Life is short. Break the rules. Forgive quickly. Kiss slowly. Love truly. Laugh uncontrollably and never regret anything that made you smile.