Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Musing on a Wet Morning

Under a Red Umbrella
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I woke up to darkness and rain.

And I loved it.

Parker padded into the living room holding his blanket and his Creeper and asked, "Is it morning?" because the house was so dark he really couldn't tell.

I put a mason jar out to collect some rainwater, and took the trash to the street because I forgot to do that last night.

By then it had quit raining and there was some blue in the sky.  Tree frogs were singing up a storm in the palm tree in my back yard.  That tree must be FULL of those noisy amphibians, but I can't ever see them.

Just before 10 the sun went away again.  A second night had fallen. Then the rains came pouring down.

THIS is the kind of rain that I love.  HARD rain that can wash away impurities.  But not so much thunder and lightning that makes it a nightmare.

On a perfect day I could open my bedroom window and crawl under the covers with a good book.

Its not a perfect day however, it is a work day.  So as the cleansing water pours from the sky outside I get ready for the real world in here.

When the thunder finally does break free and rumble over the sky, and Spencer starts to cry, Parker comforts his baby brother.  "Its okay, Baby." He says. "You're protected."

Skyfalls cleansing kiss.
Sudden shouts from Heaven come.
Brother loves brother 

There will be a lot more rain in the next few days as tropical systems throw their curving clouds our way.

 I can't help but find it symbolic.

Like I said earlier, I'm looking at the removal of my gallbladder as a symbolic good thing.  Then I find out that not only is this surgery happening on the first day of a new month, but its also happening on a New Moon.  Then there are the rains, finally come, washing away a summers worth of dust and debris.  

Good things are going to happen, I'm sure.

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Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Leaves of Grass - Wordless Wednesday

I have not played with my camera too much lately.

Too much work.  Not enough play.

There was the one day, though, when the grass was taller than my youngest son and I thought I might take a few shots from inside of the jungle, and this happened:

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Good Spirits and Surgically Removing My Gall

For a little while now I have felt like something GREAT is going to happen to me.  That some WONDERFUL thing is right over the horizion and I just have to be patient and it will rise up and greet me.

Which is funny because for three weeks now (Sunday will make 4 weeks) I have been in a great deal of pain.  I have a stomach ache that is pretty much constant and I've had 3 more ATTACKS of sharp and brutal pain.

A visit to my doctor, an ultrasound, and one surgeon consult later we have decided en mass that I have gall stones and plans have been made to remove my gallbladder from my body on September 1st.

So there's that.

And somehow still, despite the pain, and the fear (how am I going to afford this surgery, how can I afford to be out of work, what if something goes wrong?) I still feel like something AMAZING is right around the corner.

Which, with me being the queen of the pessimists this cheery outlook is kind of scary.

But several times a day I still find myself things, "Something GREAT is going to happen SOON!"

I told a friend today that it may sound silly, because its a minor surgery (comparatively) but I feel like I need to look at this surgery as a good thing.  As a new beginning in a way.

Because what is gall?

Well, in my body gall is bile.  It is what helps digest my foods.  Stored in my gall bladder and squeezed out as it is needed.

But, there is another definition of gall.

Mirriam Webster also defines gall as: 

something bitter to endure
bitterness of spirit

a cause or state of exasperation
to fret and wear away by friction

There are a few more negative definitions too but you see my point.

So I can see this not only as a surgery to make the pain go away, but also as a forced diet (fatty foods will do me badly afterwards) but the physical removal of my gallbladder can be seen also as a metophorical removal of whatever biter spiritual parasite has dug into me.

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Waiting Room - Wordless Wednesday

Is there nothing more thrilling than a waiting room.

This one was pretty.  Dark floors.  Nice ferns.  The other side was marble floors.

It was also hot as the surface of the sun in there!

Had a surgical consult.  But that is where I spent my morning, and I spent my afternoon/evening at work.

Noner needs more time to blog.

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Crecent Moon

“But even when the moon looks like it's waning...it's actually never changing shape. Don't ever forget that.”
Ai Yazawa,
Nana, Vol. 14


Monday, August 8, 2016

Tales of a Dream Desk

Its still on my Wishlist if someone wants to buy it for me.
Today while window shopping on amazon I popped into my Wishlist to drool over all the things I've wanted but could not purchase.  And there, right in my wishlist, was this desk you are looking at right now.  This lovely desk, with a lovely small hutch over the top, in a lovely brown color.  This Desk...

See, I've been looking at desks for a while, really wanting a desk for my bedroom.  But my bedroom really is packed wall to wall corner to corner and there is no room for a desk in there.  But...

I don't really like the desk I'm currently using.  I mean, it has served me well for most of my life now.  But its wobbly.  It is tiny.  It is not photogenic.  And currently its full of silverfish.

I told my husband, "I need a new desk, the silverfish are eating all of my papers!"  And he said, "Bring some boxes home from work.  You can take all the stuff out of the drawers and take it outside to go throgh it and I'll spray - (insecticide) - it."

Oh well.  No new desk.

But today, the desk above, my current dream desk, was on sale for ONLY $98!! 

I say ONLY in a semi-sarcastic way, because $98 was a great deal for a desk that was $150 the first time I saw it. But as broke as I am $98 is still far, far, far away from my $7 budget.

*insert longing sigh here*

Then I got inspired.

I have a lot of stuff around here that I could try to sell.  I have a lot of stuff around here waiting to be made.  I have a few PPV sites that I write for that I haven't actually written anything for in a while.

Suddenly $98 seemed very doable! 

I love it when I get all inspired!

Trying to do mental math (which really hurts my brain) I ran back to amazon to get the affiliate link to link my desk to this blog post and.... *poof* it was back to full price.

Well, that was pretty demoralizing.  I mean, it was probably going to take me a month or more to get up to $98.  $150 was impossible.

Well, that's a bummer.

But then, when I looked again a few hours later, the desk was back to  $98 but there was only one of them in stock!

So, whether or not I become the proud owner of my current dream desk is still to be seen BUT.... the moral of this blog post isn't about a desk at all.

Its about using what you have to get what you want.

What I want is what most of the world wants.  More money.

Now, I live in a house with ac and running water and food and I've got it pretty damn good.

But that doesn't stop me from wanting better things.

Now, I know I can make money by selling my crafts and unused craft supplies.  And I know I can make money by blogging.  And I spend a lot of time thinking "If only I had _____ then I could make ______!" instead of giving it a gosh darn try with what I already have!!

What I need from you, my loyal readers, is just a little help.

If I post about something I'm selling and you don't want to buy it, you can still SHARE it.  Someone out there wants it I'm sure.

While we're talking SHARE, I need you to spread my 'ish around social media like crazy.  The more eyes that touch my stuff, the better my chances at everything are.

Oh, and if you're gonna shop for something for yourself from amazon, click one of my links first.  You don't have to buy what my link takes you to, but anything you but from amazon afterwards will give me a small commission at no extra cost to you!

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Camera Fun - Wordless Wednesday

I let my son play with my camera one evening while we were outside. Here are the pictures he took of each of us.

First he took his first Selfie.  He's such a ham.

Then he took this picture of his little brother pretending to be a puppy dog.  Turned out pretty cute.

Then he took this sneaky picture of me from behind.

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