"Sometimes the most important thing in a whole day
is the rest we take between two deep breaths".
When I found the above quote,
I knew it was indicitive
of how my life is going.
It gave substance to how
I am enjoying life right now
and took away the very slight feeling
that maybe I should be doing more.
I am rearranging what used to be
and adding in what is important to me
in the here and now.
If the laundry doesn't get done on Monday,
or the grocery shopping doesn't get done on Tuesday,
we just dig a little deeper
in the sock drawer
and make a peanut butter sandwich
for that night's dinner.
Those significant items
will get done in due time,
but when they don't,
we just take deep breaths
and enjoy something else in their place.
That doesn't mean that every thing
is at a stand still, however.
Ideas come and go,
some more important than others.
The special ones get done a little sooner,
and if not so special,
maybe we take a few more
deep breaths in between times.
The important part is that we
don't let remorse come into the picture.
This is a fairly new concept for us
so we don't have much to base it on,
but hopefully, it will work out
and we will be able to stick to it.
So far, it seems to be working.
With my back issues it seems to be
more of a necessity than a luxury.
In one of these moments in time,
I had an idea that would
rearrange the kitchen.
When memories are sometimes short
we tend to forget and therefore we repeat the same mishaps over again.
The Cottage is the only home
that we have ever had
that I really couldn't rearrange the furniture in each room
when the feeling would strike.
Because there is no center hall,
there is an abundance of
doorways and windows in each room
that only allow for a
single method of placement.
I, like my mother before me,
am a big fan of rearranging,
and it took me quite awhile
to get used to this way of living.
For some reason though,
the kitchen seems to be exempt from it all.
I have tried numerous ways
of fitting our existing pieces
in different configurations but,
I don't know who I am trying to kid,
because the end results are
always the same as the beginning!
We thought we could use
the large Ikea cupboard as an island
but it was just too big.
This is a heavy piece and not easy to move,
but the Captain is always willing to forgive
as he almost always has to
move it back to its original position.
All this nonsense could have been avoided
if I had just tried my new idea
in the first place.
This little table we have used in the kitchen for some time.
It is smaller scale and fits in nicely...
...enter the same little wooden table
after painting its legs white.
It now has a more farmhouse appeal
and the size is perfect,
even with the larger white chairs.
Now, I can understand the true meaning
of taking a rest in between
a couple of deep breaths!
It makes life so much easier.
I have been practicing free hand drawings
and think it is evolving a little bit.
I see improvement is needed
on the bottom petal,
but now I can see it so, hopefully,
I won't make that mistake again.
A still life practice piece.
Thanks to the Captain and the fairies,
the Secret Garden is coming along.
Although it will take a really long time to come back to what it once was, if ever,
I am happier with it now than I thought I would ever be again.
This coming weekend we will be making a trip to the nursery for some bright color
and a piece of lath which, hopefully, I will be showing you soon.
Watch this space.
I ordered Bernideen's book
that she just had published
and it is really a treat,
especially for my storm damaged eyes!
She did such a nice job
and her garden is simply beautiful.
If you haven't stopped by
her beautiful blog,
You are in for a big treat.
Well, I am off to take
some other deep breaths
so will visit again soon.
Hope all is well with everyone.
It is hard to comprehend
what is happening
in our country right now.
It is an unbelievable and despicable time.
I lived through the times
before Roe v Wade
and it wasn't good to say the least.
I don't know what these zealots
have in mind for the future
but going back is not the answer.
and remember to breathe
and make something sweet.
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