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Wednesday, August 29, 2012

You Can't Always Get What You Want ...

                            
As the Stones sing so well..."You can't always get what you want!"
Here is some music to read by, to think by, to ponder by...

This is how I am feeling this week.  Do you ever feel this way?  Not necessarily in the dating, finding another human being way.  But in the the general way?
This line from the the song, the title itself was always a running joke growing up.  Ya know, if something didn't work out, this line popped into your head.  You or a friend didn't ace a test, get the guy, make the cheerleading squad (this was not me!!! Just an example of a High School activity!  Haha), weren't allowed to go somewhere, etc, etc, etc.  Whatever!
This was the line to sing!  And sing it we did!  To ourselves, to each other...You can't always get what you want!!!

And the rest of it too...
"But if you try sometime, you might just find-you get what you need!"

One of those life lessons that began to make sense to us as we hit the teen years.
This still pops into my head in certain moments.

But, now I embrace both lines together.
I look for the positive, the creative, challenging problem-solving solution.
I've moved on to feeling that it is OK to not always 'get' what you think you want.
I contemplate what one truly needs.

Today it hit me that there are some things I think I've wanted...
but I've done just fine without them.
Doing fine with less is a theme around here.
Finding alternate ways is an engaging pastime, that's kinda fun!
Creative thinking has become a welcome choice instead of a forced demand of circumstance.

How cool is that?!

Here are some of the things I have been planning.  This post will have to suffice.
But, really, better than that...
this post is another choice ~ that is absolutely fine!

~Like how I'd love to write all the posts that are in my head & actually post them!
Last night, I tried to upload some photos and it seems that my converter drives (I have 2) are not working, or the iphoto has a glich, or ???
I'd like to post the photo of my pin cushion, which is the arm of my couch, which is always covered in pins, needles, and bits of threads.
But, it doesn't look like that's happening right now.

~Neither can I post the beautiful photos of spiderwebs in unusual places (we have an abundance of end-of-summer spiders).  On the neighbor's roof - between various metal roof apparatus.  Between shrub and tree and so on.

~Or the beautiful nubby green yarn I've untangled and rolled into a bigger than a tennis ball size ball, which absolutely glows in the sunset.

~Or the photos which demonstrate what happens to my roses in this ridiculous heat we've had lately (Yep, we're back up to 100+ degrees this week).  My poor roses are small, almost colorless and withered in place.

~Or the amazing humming birds who have finally learned to sit together in a group of 4 and drink to their little hearts content.  One day I even glanced up to see 5 sitting on the feeder.  Two birds together - on one perch, alternating back and forth, rapidly drinking.  I got very excited to see this after watching them chase each other off the feeder for months.
Could it be that they have really learned to "take turns" and "share"???  
This excites the teacher in me!

~Or the cloth of current working: a surprise gift in yellow and blue (so far).

You can't always get what you want...
So instead I give you this post.
And soon maybe I'll figure out the camera thing. 

Because my head is full, but my blog has been empty.

So all the posts written in my head, in the shower, in the car, while shopping, in the midst of doing something else...and then forgotten.  Will just have to be.  Let go of them.  Let them float.
To bad too.  They were really well written! 
I'm really clever in my own head.
And I do love to write!
I will try to keep Joe's and Dee's posts on not over-thinking things in mind.
It applies not only to art, but to blog writing...and to life.

Here's to hoping you get some of what you want...
but all of what you need!
And thanks for reading a long photo-less post!!

Saturday, August 18, 2012

More




      

 More
by I.C. Springman
Illustrated by Brian Lies
Published by Houghton Mifflin Books for Children, March 6, 2012
*Copyright infringement not intended*

A book that demonstrates the question, "When is enough, enough?"  

A wonderful springboard to further conversations regarding 
consumption of material products, living simple, sharing and more!

Do you remember this book from a post I did way back in March?  I stumbled across this book in the local bookstore and fell in love.  I love that feeling when you just happen to land on something really great.  This book speaks to something that I often reflect on (as I know many of you do too) and the artwork is amazingThere are so many fine details, one could look forever picking out familiar objects.  Children love these kinds of pictures, sort of the 'I Spy' ideaI can't think of a nicer way to spend time than curled up with a child and a good book!  Enjoy!

Link for book (also in 'March' link): http://www.amazon.com/More-I-C-Springman/dp/0547610831/ref=sr_1_4?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1331100474&sr=1-4http://www.amazon.com/More-I-C-Springman/dp/0547610831/ref=sr_1_4?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1331100474&sr=1-4

Link for video (in case it doesn't work here for you): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hF8imGRVQDI&feature=plcp

UPDATE:

I ran across this article this morning.  Perfect timing :)

Monday, August 13, 2012

Heat Wave

                                              Marilyn Monroe - Heatwave (scene from There's No Business Like Show Business)

Another day, 8th one I think, with more heat...104 on the porch.  This song always pops into my head, which makes a heat wave much more fun.  The lyrics are pretty goofy, but do sing along~won't you?!!
Of course if you want to sing along with a different heat wave, go here!

Saturday, August 11, 2012

Sunset


The sunset was really something tonight.
Hopefully the clouds will be gone in time to view the
later tonight!

Here are a couple more sunset pictures:


It has been well over 100 degrees for six days now and not expected to cool off in the next couple of days either!
I check on our elder friends, women, and make sure they are holding up well with all of this heat.  "Strong Women" is what my mom and I used to say.
A circle of Strong Women. 

Photos by Nancy A. Erisman ©2012

Friday, August 10, 2012

These Days


Every day this week was over 100 degrees.  This is late afternoon, starting to cool down.
I've been working on a Christmas stocking.  Seems kind of crazy in this heat wave!  This one is for a young man soon to be married.  Years ago I made the young bride-to-be and her family each a stocking.  She was just a girl then.  It's hard to believe she is so grown!  I used to make these stockings a lot back then, but that is a story for another day.
 

The sun sure catches this sap on the apricot tree.  It glistens amber in the mid-day heat.
 

Today, over at Jude's she had a little game looking for rainbows, space or order...looking.
Today, upon walking into a friend's home, I spied this coaster made by a grandchild.  It made me think how in all my years with young children, their use of rainbows in their art has been universal.  What is it about these colors, in specific order and shape that pulls children in time after time?  What is that pulls adults towards this symbol?  What do you think?

Photos by Nancy A. Erisman ©2012

Friday, August 3, 2012

Summer Storm


I notice a certain smell...hear a certain sound.
Is it?
YES!!!  Yes, it is a summer storm! 
I run outside, head back, arms spread wide.
Raindrops the size of loose pocket change.
First one, then a few...then many pound the pavement, pound the brown earth.  The flash of light warns me.  The crack of thunder fills me.   The scent of rosemary holds me.
There is nothing, and I mean Nothing like a summer thunderstorm!
As the clouds shift and move, begin to clear, the hummingbirds come out to play!  And there are many visiting today!
They zoom and feed and fly right by me, buzzing loudly.
They seemed to love the fresh rain air as much as I do! 














Photos by Nancy A. Erisman ©2012

Thursday, August 2, 2012

August Moon


After a good walk while she rose, I was sitting out on a balcony enjoying very good company & the warm night air.
How did you greet the moon tonight?
 
Photos by Nancy A. Erisman ©2012