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Thursday, February 28, 2013

George Carlin Talks About "Stuff"

   LOOK WHAT I FOUND!  THIS OLD 'DRAFT' IS A GREAT EXAMPLE OF HOW ONE CAN NOW ACCUMULATE ELECTRONIC CLUTTER!!  I WROTE THIS POST LAST YEAR, NEVER FINISHED IT...NEVER POSTED IT!

  NOW IT IS THE FIRST OF MARCH 2013 AND I AM PREPARING TO ONCE AGAIN CLEAR CLUTTER.  HOW DO I KEEP CLEARING IT AND IT KEEPS STAYING AND GROWING??!!

  LAST MARCH I DID CLUTTER CLEARING THAT INVOLVED REMOVING 'AT LEAST' ONE THING FROM THE HOUSE EVERY DAY.  SOME DAYS I CLEANED OUT WHOLE JUNK DRAWERS OR CLOSET SHELVES, WHILE OTHER DAYS I QUICKLY THREW AWAY ONE THING AS I TROTTED OFF TO BED.

        I'M ACTUALLY REALLY EXCITED TO DO THIS AGAIN. 
IN JANUARY - I WROTE ONE SMALL STONE EVERY DAY.
IN FEBRUARY, I HAD THOUGHT OF DOING A ______ (SOMETHING) EVERYDAY.  BUT, I'VE MOSTLY BEEN SICK EVERY DAY (DOES THAT COUNT? HA!)

SO NOW HERE WE ARE AT MARCH, AND LIKE LAST MARCH IT WILL BE CLEANING TIME AGAIN!  I WILL USE THE SAME PLAN AS LAST YEAR: REMOVE AT LEAST ONE THING FROM THE HOUSE EVERY DAY.  I ALREADY HAVE A BAG OF OLD CLOTHES FOR THE GOODWILL READY TO GO FOR TOMORROW. 
I'VE ALSO BEEN WORKING ON GETTING RID OF THE DUPLICATE AND TRIPLICATE PHOTOS I BROUGHT HOME FROM MY MOM'S THINGS.  THIS JOB HAS BEEN VERY TIME CONSUMING...BUT EASY ENOUGH TO DO WHEN ON THE COUCH NOT FEELING WELL!

I WANT LESS...LESS...LESS!
I AM WILLING TO PART WITH MORE OLD SEWING/ART/CRAFT MAGAZINES.
I AM WILLING TO SELL SOME OF MY ART.
I AM WILLING TO SHARE, SELL, GIFT SOME OF MY FABRIC.
(LEAVE A MESSAGE OR EMAIL ME IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN ANYTHING)

HERE IS A GOOD ARTICLE THAT I HAD IN AN OLD POST.  I THOUGHT I'D SHARE IT AGAIN IN CASE SOMEONE ELSE IS READY FOR INSPIRATION FOR SPRING CLEANING.

~I'VE TYPED THIS IN ALL CAPS TO DIFFERENTIATE IT FROM THE OLD 'STUFF' DRAFT I FOUND.  NOW, WHEN I POST THIS, I WILL HAVE SUCCESSFULLY CLEANED OUT ONE OLD DRAFT AND BE MOVING FORWARD TO MORE 'STUFF'!!!

SO, WITHOUT FURTHER ADIEU...
THE OLD DISCOVERED POST ABOUT 'STUFF':


   
*Please Note: Remember, this is George Carlin...profanity included.

This is where I've been...surrounded in Stuff.  Pondering where stuff fits, in this phase of my life.  I feel like I am suffocating. 
I take photos back to my sisters and somehow end up with another batch to bring home.

Little me from the never-ending photo stash!


Some stuff is easy to decide about.  The photo below shows a piece of artwork that hung in our dining room during our childhood.  There were others that surrounded this center piece, but this is what's left.  Every time I touch it, another piece comes off in my hand!  Can you find the 2 two-headed men?  Well, I don't think they were meant to have two heads, but that is how 2 little girls saw it!  Oh my, how we studied that picture over the years.  I think I will put the two-headed men on the shoe project!  In fact, there will be many new layers added to the shoe!


We have had time to reminisce while looking over these belongings.  My three nieces laughing at the photos and the extra long formal gloves, wondering at the need for a silver, glass-lined butter dish and not understanding the urgency, concern and sadness that my sister and I embrace as we are propelled through family history.  It's nice to be able to share some of these moments with them.
I long for my own children to be here.


“If you want a golden rule that will fit everybody, this is it: 
Have nothing in your houses that you do not know to be useful, 
or believe to be beautiful.”
-- William Morris, "The Beauty of Life"


All photos by Nancy A. Erisman ©2011

Sunday, February 24, 2013

Motherless Child




 It looks like this outside...


It's bright, breezy and brilliant blue!  I'm trying to enjoy the view, as I continue to recuperate.   I visited the doctor once again for a new treatment plan.  Hopefully something will work soon.  I've not had asthma this bad in years.
I don't like it.

So, today there is a part of me that wants to whine and call out for my Mama.
Like today while having a breathing treatment (learn more here) and a painful steroid shot to my back-side, making me want a mommy to take care of me!
When I see mother & daughter pairs in the pharmacy, I wince in the knowledge that those days are long gone for me.
She and I can no longer take care of one another.
I miss that.
The last many days I've been thinking of her and missing her.
It is not a particular time related to an anniversary or a special occasion.

But, maybe it is because I've felt so lousy the last few weeks.  
Maybe it is because I've had Jude on my mind.  Her current journey brings back so many feelings for me from over 4 years ago when I spent time with my Mama as she passed on.
It was a surreal time.  A time I was so honored to spend with her.
Maybe it is the stories of loved ones gone told by the slow cloth sewers that brings up even more stories of my own.

Whatever this is all about, I woke with this refrain playing 
through my head and heart this morning.
It seems to fit.




     
Odetta Sings "Sometimes I Feel Like a Motherless Child"


This amazing version is good for the soul.
As is the coming of Spring and blooms on a special rose bush.

The Mama Rose Bush February 2013

I'm ready for Winter to wind down and Spring to arrive.
I'm ready to feel as bright and beautiful as the recent weather!

Now I think I'll drink some Ginger Ale and rest :)

PS Here is another wonderful version...this one by Mahalia Jackson:
I know there are others too, but I'm stopping here.  Which version is your favorite?

Sunday, February 17, 2013

A Little Something


I see this old faded sign on my new commute.  For some reason, it always catches my eye.
If it were for Ginger Ale, I could understand as I've been living on that bubbly beverage!
Sick again.
Sick of being sick.
So no funny crackers this time around.

I've also been working on the Gathering Blanket.  Slowly but surely, names are being added in a colorful display of community.  We got to use it, as is - in process- at our Lunar New Year celebration last week.  The parents in attendance were excited to see it coming together.  As a members name gets written on the muslin cloth, I ask them to select a color for me to stitch it with.  The adults tell em their choice, while the children are given three or four colors to choose from.  As I hold out the a small group of thread colors, the children physically pick which one they would like.  It has been most interesting to see that everyone of these under two years old children have gone straight for one particular color, with no wavering!  They are very definite in their choices!  At this point in time, there will be 12 children and 10 staff members included.  These numbers will of course change as children and/or staff join the classroom.  I've completed just 7 names so far.  At the rate I sew...these children will be in college by the time I've got this first group done!!

I've also been working on a little gift.  I can't really show it yet...but I can show parts!

Delicious textures!
Trails
My signature on the back
That's all for this update.  Hope my post finds you all well...healthy and enjoying doing what you do!
As for me, I'll continue to stitch, share, watch old home movies & the humming birds in my fuzzy purple bathrobe on the couch!
Here's a Ginger Ale toast..."To us!"