Saturday, June 20, 2020

Summer Salutations

Each day brings new opportunities, allowing you to constantly live with love—be there for others—bring a little light into someone's day. Be grateful and live each day to the fullest.
(Roy T. Bennett, The Light in the Heart)
 
Hello friends!
I hope this finds you doing well.
In all honesty, I constantly feel like I am having an existential crisis, trying to practice gratitude while being aware of so much injustice in this world.
I wonder how it is that so many people seem to have lost their way,
have forgotten their humanity.
Sometimes I feel like I think too much.
It's a battle to find balance, to find ways to spread a little light and love especially during this time of social distancing and a lockdown with restrictions that change slightly but seems to have no end in sight.
It's been a week since I last walked.
With temperatures already in the high 90's every morning, I really have to push myself to get out there, but definitely feel that some time in nature is very necessary for my peace of mind.
Saturday is Caturday in the world of Instagram and there's always feral kitties to feed along the way.
A little cross-stitch and crochet pillow I recently made for a friend as belated birthday gifts.
Today marks the longest day of the year.
And apparently tomorrow morning in my part of the world there will be a partial solar eclipse so I'll be on the lookout for that.

Happy Summer Solstice.
Stay safe.

Friday, June 5, 2020

The New Not So Normal

Hello Friends!
It's been awhile.

The last time I posted was on Earth Day, April 22nd, and now here we are in June.
Today, June 5th, just happens to be World Environment Day.
Everyone has been talking about how the earth has been able to heal and breathe while we've all been quarantined and under curfew or lockdown for the past few months.  I had really hoped all that indoor time would mean that the environment would truly be cleaner and free of garbage, but that isn't the case at all.
During a beach walk on Sunday, I picked up plastic along the shore.
And on a walk the next day, I passed by a park only to see trash strewn all over.
When January 1st rolled around, I had high hopes for 2020.
A year of perfect vision as I saw it.
The words and mantra I chose were
FOCUS, FOLLOW-THROUGH, FINISH!
I started off strong, but by the end of February, Covid-19 was here and nothing has been the same since.
And we now have a new kind of litter to deal with.
We are on day 80-something of quarantine.
 A partial curfew started March 14th and then from May 11th through the 30th we were put on full lockdown with (thankfully) a 2-hour period (4:30-6:30 p.m.) for exercise within our own neighborhoods.

My husband and I took full advantage of that time to walk.
As a homebody, I always have plenty of things to keep me busy, but for my husband, it was a bit of a struggle.  He has never sat still or been at home for that length of time.
He was finally able to return to work this past Sunday, though once again with shortened hours.  There aren't enough businesses open yet and therefore not enough customers.
We have a 12-hour window for movement, 6:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m.  Masks are supposedly mandatory but there are many who don't wear them.  I take mine with me and wear it when necessary.  If am walking alone and there is no one around, then I see no reason to keep it on.  
I even crocheted one and tried it out one night.  Although comfortable, I did wake up with a few bumps on my cheek the next day so I'm not sure if it was from the heat or from the cotton I used.
A proposed re-opening of the country is planned through September.
It's going to be a very slow process.

So back to this year and how it is unfolding.
If you've followed me for very long, you know that I always try to see the bright side and stay positive, but my mind is currently racing with all that's happening in the United States.  It is necessary for me to write my thoughts down just to keep them from swirling around in my head.
I am disgusted and appalled that we are still steeped in the lies of the past.  

We need progressive ideas to shake people up and wake them from their slumber.
Humans are designed for forward motion yet some people dig their heels in so they can continue living off the backs of others.
To stop moving and evolving is to become stagnant and that's when the scum starts to take over.
Corrupt politicians and intolerant individuals perpetuate the economic inequality and systemic discrimination that tears away at the fabric of any society.  It has gone on for far too long and change is much needed.

I do not understand why people get all up in arms when they hear the words "progressive" or "liberal".  Unlike the current status quo, there is no hidden agenda.  We should all be in favor of public policy that rectifies the detrimental impact of  the moral floundering and ethical failings that we are currently faced with.

In order to stay optimistic, I have to believe that we are at a turning point.  This will be the year of upheaval so that next year, and in the years to come, we can look back and realize that it was a year of shifting and refocusing for a better future.

I hope that you are all well.
Stay safe! 
Spread love!
Take care,

Wednesday, April 22, 2020

Earth Day

Today marks the 50th anniversary of the first Earth Day that was organized because of growing environmental concerns.  Government agencies were established and policies were passed, but a lot has changed since 1970 and it's obvious that there's a whole lot more that needs to be done to protect people and the planet.
Today's prompt for the art challenge was mountains.
I thought advice from a mountain would be an appropriate sentiment for earth day.
Took myself on a walk around the neighborhood so I could leave a little love and photograph my mountain doodles in natural surroundings.
An awake heart is like a sky that pours light.
(Hafez)
Living intentionally.
Planting gardens.
Connecting with nature.
Conserving and repurposing.
Simple ways that we can celebrate Mother Earth every day.

Happy Wednesday,

Tuesday, April 21, 2020

Challenge Complete (or so I thought)

One of the local craft supply stores hosted a 30 day art challenge that started on March 23rd.
The goal was to be creative with a prompt a day, 
I made it through day 8 but then got some news that made me feel quite anxious so dropped the ball on the whole thing until my friend, Aruna, sent me a link on the 15th of April letting me know that it was World Art Day.
After reading the article, I decided to jump right back in and catch up with the prompts I'd missed,
days 9 through 24.  And then I continued on.
Day 25: Coffee
Day 26: Grapes where I showcased my crocheted doll from Tblisi, Georgia and handmade jug from Sofia, Bulgaria, both bought on trips we took last year.
Day 27: Pigeon
Day 28: Donut
I crocheted a donut coaster and made vegan chocolate donuts from a recipe by Nora Cooks.
Day 29: Cat
Jingles, of course.  My green-eyed girl and a couple of tiny cross-stitchings.
And the prompt for today, day 30, the final day of the challenge is kiwi.
But, it turns out, it's actually not the final day!
Darn! :)
I was glad it was over.
Aruna let me know that there are actually prompts until the end of the month so guess I'll have to put my creative thinking cap on til then.

Have a good Tuesday.

Monday, April 20, 2020

Joy Spotting

Hello Friends!
I figured it was high time I checked in here since my last post was 6 weeks ago.
I hope you are faring well wherever you are.
We've been in lockdown since March 14th and have had an evening curfew in place for many weeks now.
I've been keeping myself busy with cross-stitch and crochet.
Did you know that daisies fold their petals at night and open up with the morning sun?
I sure didn't until I watched them from my bedroom window.
I grew daisies from seed on my balconies and as they've dried up, I've collected seeds so that I can plant again next year.
Last year I planted pumpkin seeds and one of the vines came back this year.  
 
I get blooms but nothing else.
Although walking paths, parks and the beaches have been closed to discourage gatherings, I still sometimes take a walk around my neighborhood.
Yellow is the color of sunshine, hope and happiness.
 Will keep this short for today.
 And be back with more tomorrow.
From  my house to yours, with love,
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