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It’s my Blogaversary!

WordPress has just notified me that I started blogging four years ago today.

I was so nervous back then: debating whether (or not) to press ‘publish’ for the first time, wondering if anyone would bother to read the words I’d so painstakingly cobbled together ~ which might sound like a contradiction in terms but that’s how it felt. Awkward and clunky and so draining that I almost gave up before I’d started. If I hadn’t been anonymous, hiding behind the pseudonym ‘Wightrabbit’, I might never have pushed that button!

I haven’t kept count, so it came as a complete surprise that it’s four years since that shaky start. I’m so glad I decided to jump in ~ from the comfort of my Big Yellow Chair ~ and join the on~line community of writers, poets, artists and more, encouraging each other with kind comments and good~natured humour. It’s great fun and truly inspiring!

There are serious aspects too ~ learning about different cultures, from the words and pictures of blog~buddies all over the globe; sharing experiences and ideas, contributing to movements like ‘Occupy Blogosphere’ and ‘Nurturing Thursday’, designed to send out waves of positivity into the blogosphere and encourage us to take care of ourselves.

And each other. That’s what it’s all about!

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Nurturing Thursday is hosted by Becca Givens, author of the inspiring blog ‘On Dragonfly Wings with Buttercup Tea.’ To read more about it, or to find out how you can join in, press this link.

Other ‘Nurturing’ contributors are:

Crowing Crone Joss

Inside the Mind of Isadora

Laurie’s Notes

Pocket Perspectives

And…..finally….to read my earlier ‘Nurturing Thursday’ posts (all 14 of them!) please visit Wightrabbit’s Blog

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‘Working hard for something we don’t care about is called stress. Working hard for something we love is called passion.’

The above quote was shared on Facebook by SOULspot and I thought it fitted well with this photograph of me in my new creative space.

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Early on Sunday morning, The Artist caught me out in the Kaboodle, clad in two onesies and a crochet throw to keep me warm. (It may only be August but it already feels like autumn in the UK.) I’d been there for over an hour, playing around in my art journal with coloured pencils and pens. As you can see, I’m so absorbed in my ‘work’ that I’m not even stressed by what I look like.

Until recently art, crafts and writing took second (third and fourth) place ~ way behind my other commitments. Now I’m retired, I have time to enjoy these things ~ and more. So ~ even if you’re in a job that you’re not wild about right now ~ don’t forget to nurture your passions!

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Nurturing Thursday is hosted by Becca Givens, author of the inspiring blog ‘On Dragonfly Wings with Buttercup Tea.’ To read more about it, or to find out how you can join in, press this link.

Becca has also written posts on her own Art Journalling experiences, in which she calls herself a ‘perfectionist~in~rehab.’ I definitely align with that!

Other ‘Nurturing’ contributors are:

Crowing Crone Joss

Inside the Mind of Isadora

Laurie’s Notes

Pocket Perspectives

Nurturing Thursday 54

“Happiness consists not of having, but of being. It is a warm glow of the heart at peace with itself.”
― David O. McKay

On Friday August 8th, (8.8) I participated in an on~line global meditation for Peace, led by Deepak Chopra. Over 100,000 people joined in and shivers ran down my spine, as people from all over the globe introduced themselves with the words, ‘I am Peace.’

#IAMPEACE was trending on twitter and I changed my Facebook profile picture to this symbol, provided for that purpose by The Chopra Center:

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I’ve always been a committed pacifist ~ even as a little girl I could see no sense in fighting or arguing. It seems such a waste of time and doesn’t really solve anything, so I try my best not to. But, during the introduction to the mediation, I realised that there are areas of friction in my life ~ and now that I know about them, I have to nurture my happiness by tackling them!

Deepak tells us that ~ when we are at peace within ourselves ~ all sentient beings will sense those vibrations and be calm in our presence. So, to connect with this aspect of inner joy (or at least try to,) I’ve been continuing my daily practice ~ meditating to the Sanskrit mantra ‘Shanti Hum.’ (I am peace.)

‘This level of peace is the core of stillness within that gives us steadiness and quiet comfort when circumstances in our life may be confusing, as well as when times are happy and fulfilling. This spiritual peace is our calm center that keeps our life in balance.’
From Oprah and Deepak ‘Expanding Your Happiness, 21 Day Meditation Challenge.’ Day 3.

No matter what the effect it has on warring factions around the World, last Friday’s on~line Global event was an incredibly powerful experience for me. So, I’ll leave you with these hopes for mankind, which brought the guided meditation to a close:

‘Peace, Harmony, Laughter, Love

:)

With grateful thanks to Becca Givens, author of the inspiring blog,’On Dragonfly Wings with Buttercup Tea’, for hosting The ‘Nurturing Thursday’ movement. To read more about it, or to find out how you can join in, (the more, the merrier!) please press this link.

Other regular ‘Nurturing’ contributors are:

Crowing Crone Joss

Inside the Mind of Isadora

Laurie’s Notes

Pocket Perspectives

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This morning I travelled across the island to Bembridge, for my six~monthly dental check~up.

Attending these appointments always brings to mind the monologue ‘I Wish I’d Looked After Me Teeth’ by English poet, Pam Ayres MBE. (I’ve tried to add the link to the poem on her official website, with no luck ~ but you can easily find it if you google the title.)

Pam became famous after she appeared on the British talent show ‘Opportunity Knocks’ in 1975 and is still well known for her humorous and insightful monologues on life.

This one, in particular, struck a chord with me and I must have heeded Pam’s dire warning, because the dentist told me that I require no further treatment this time. My hygienist is also happy with the condition of my gnashers and I doesn’t wish to see me for another year. Yay!

I’m so glad I looked after my teeth!
:)

With thanks to Becca Givens, author of the inspiring blog,’On Dragonfly Wings with Buttercup Tea’, for hosting The ‘Nurturing Thursday’ movement. To read more about it, or to find out how you can join in, (the more, the merrier!) please press this link.

Other regular ‘Nurturing’ contributors are:

Crowing Crone Joss

Inside the Mind of Isadora

Laurie’s Notes

Pocket Perspectives

Saturday Show and Tell #1

This summer most of our time, energy and spare cash have been expended on an outside building project

We’ve been busy transforming this:

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…..into this:

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and this:

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…..into this:

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When The Artist and I were house~hunting ten years ago, a separate outbuilding was one of our top priorities. To tick this ‘must~have’ box, whilst keeping within our budget, we chose a property in need of serious upgrading. Over the years we’ve installed central heating, a bespoke kitchen and modern bathroom; have fenced and landscaped the gardens and erected a pergola to shelter our vintage car and Harley Davidson.

In the meantime the ‘brick~built outhouse’, (no, it’s not a primitive toilet ~ that’s how the agents described the freestanding workshop at the rear,) became a ‘glory hole’, where we shoved anything and everything we couldn’t find a proper home for: toolkits and parts of the old car, which Martin is ‘resto~modding’ (more about that soon); garden implements, found materials and random objects that ‘might just come in handy one day’. I thought he’d photographed the chaos before we started ~ but it was dank, dingy and ‘way too disruptive’ for his perfectionist Virgo nature. Too late now but never mind ~ it was a hovel, trust me!

In my childhood home there was a narrow room which housed two Labradors, a huge chest freezer, the downstairs loo, old coats and our welly boots. My step father ~ a vet ~ refused to refer to it as the ‘back passage’, even though that’s basically what it was. The phrase had connotations which always made him snigger, so he christened it ‘the caboodle’. In honour of this amazing man and because our last name begins with a ‘K’, we’ve decided to name our bright new space ‘The Kaboodle’.

But it’s not going to be a dog house, or a dumping ground. The Artist and I spent most of last weekend moving our ‘stuff’ in.

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As you can see there’s still masses to sort out ~ but it was my birthday on Friday, so we had to take some time out to celebrate! ;)

Now a new month has dawned and my horoscope predicts that this is an auspicious day to embark on exciting projects. So it’s time to shape up and get serious about our new art studio and mini~gallery. I’ve waited long enough for this and now the time has come…..

So if anybody needs me from now on, I’ll be in my Kaboodle.
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http://www.metaspoon.com/homeless-man-bucket-music-miracle/#hQqCX70wTgyi4KUD.03

Above is the link to a heartwarming story, that was shared on my Facebook newsfeed this morning.

I worked in Social Housing for many years, supporting those less able to provide for themselves ~ more often than not through no fault of their own. This experience taught me that misfortune can befall any one of us, at any given moment ~ perhaps that’s even more true in the current economic environment. But, sadly, it’s still not a common belief.

So this video gave me goosebumps ~ yeah, ok, maybe it’s somewhat contrived ~ but that doesn’t dilute the message. Acts of compassion ripple outwards and treating others with respect is nurturing all round.
:)

With grateful thanks to Becca Givens, author of the inspiring blog,’On Dragonfly Wings with Buttercup Tea’, for hosting The ‘Nurturing Thursday’ movement. To read more about it, or to find out how you can join in, (the more, the merrier!) please press this link.

Other regular ‘Nurturing’ contributors are:

Crowing Crone Joss

Inside the Mind of Isadora

Laurie’s Notes

Pocket Perspectives

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It’s the start of another glorious day, here on the Isle of Wight and it’s going to be a busy one ~ clearing up after our recent building work, so that I can post pictures of what we’ve had done. But before I roll up my sleeves and get stuck in, I’m waking up gently, with a large mug of coconut oil coffee:

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Mmmmm…..

I’ve just read a wonderful post by author Brenda Marroy, on her blog Streams of Consciousness. Entitled ‘Kindness is my Religion’, it echoes my own beliefs so eloquently and is perfect for Nurturing Thursday. I can’t improve on Brenda’s wise words ~ you read them for yourself here.

‘Be kind whenever possible. It is always possible’ Dalai Lama XIV

With grateful thanks to Becca Givens, author of the inspiring blog ‘On Dragonfly Wings with Buttercup Tea’, for hosting The ‘Nurturing Thursday’ movement. To read more about it, or to find out how you can join in, (the more, the merrier!) please press this link.

Other regular ‘Nurturing’ contributors are:

Crowing Crone Joss

Inside the Mind of Isadora

Laurie’s Notes

Pocket Perspectives

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This quote was recently shared on Facebook by The Chopra Center. I think its an excellent philosophy, so I’m passing it on!
:)

With grateful thanks to Becca Givens, author of the inspiring blog ‘On Dragonfly Wings with Buttercup Tea’, for hosting The ‘Nurturing Thursday’ movement. To read more about it, or to find out how you can join in, (the more, the merrier!) please press this link.

Other regular ‘Nurturing’ contributors are:

Crowing Crone Joss

Inside the Mind of Isadora

Laurie’s Notes

Pocket Perspectives

Having Fun with Photos

Until now The Artist has manipulated my images for me ~ he has the Digital Art qualification and the iMac, after all!

But it’s not always convenient for him to drop what he’s doing to add some text to one of my snapshots, or combine elements of three separate photographs to create the effect I’m aiming for. When I get an idea which requires photo~editing it’s frustrating that I can’t just get on with it myself ~ but there’s no way I’m touching his computer when he’s not around. So I wait patiently, hoping that the ‘moment’ doesn’t pass.

Then on Saturday my blog buddy, Lord David Prosser, posted some photos which he’d edited to look like sketches. He’d used an app called Pho.to Lab, which I downloaded onto my iPad ~ and started ‘playing’ straight away:

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‘crayon’

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‘pastel’

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‘under water’ with added text.

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‘bubbles in the air’ (me surrounded by my grandchildren and the dog)
And finally….

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‘magic valley’ (amazing frames)

Compared with Martin’s amazing digital artwork, this is pretty juvenile, I know. But I’m having so much fun that I don’t care!

(((Hugs))) and thank you for the heads~up Lord David
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We’re in the throes of some exciting renovation work at the moment, (I’ll reveal what and why in due course. :)) Over the past few weeks, my Kitchen Courtyard has become less a haven of tranquility, more of a building site:

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With ‘men at work’ in my garden, the pots and raised beds are increasingly hard to reach, so ~ apart from regular watering and the odd sprinkling of Epsom salts ~ my plants have been pretty much left to their own devices. And It doesn’t seem to have done them any harm:

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In fact, despite dust and disruption they are positively thriving, as you can see:

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One again Mother Nature has it covered ~ like she did with our plum trees and the young family of blackbirds. who nested in our ivy.

All I have to do is lend her a hand and be patient, then sit back amongst the rubble and (literally) enjoy the fruits of her labours:

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Home~grown Summer berry smoothie, mmmmmm, divine ~ and Nurturing on so many levels. Cheers!
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With grateful thanks to Becca Givens, author of the inspiring blog ‘On Stunning! I hadn’t noticed how dark the room used to be; how ‘warm and cosy’ had morphed into ‘dismal and depressing’ over time. Wings with Buttercup Tea’, for hosting The ‘Nurturing Thursday’ movement. To read more about it, or to find out how you can join in, (the more, the merrier!) please press this link.

Other regular ‘Nurturing’ contributors are:

Crowing Crone Joss

Inside the Mind of Isadora

Laurie’s Notes

Pocket Perspectives