"…By what stretch of arrogance do you think a life form that looks like you is more important than a life form that doesn’t?”Joel Salatin

Nothing is more beneficial to your wellbeing than to look for and acknowledge those parts of everyday life that you enjoy.

"If you are happy where you are now, why does it matter how painful it was to get there?" -- Abraham

"It is no bad thing to celebrate a simple life." -- Bilbo Baggins a.k.a. The Hobbit by JRR Tolkien

"And forget not that the earth delights to feel your bare feet, and the winds long to play in your hair." -- Kahill Gibran

“And forget not

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Looking For That Which Pleases Me

Snow laden Ohio -- photography by Kelly Millard

The sky is beginning to lighten.  Since I can't see any stars, I assume we have cloud cover.  But as I begin this brand new day, my dominant intent is to feel good.  Nothing is more important, more essential or more beneficial to my wellbeing than that I feel good, that I look for that which pleases me.

Some friends went to Ohio for the Thanksgiving holiday and sent the picture above of the snowy road and snow laden trees.  It's so beautiful! It reminded me of a description my sister-in-law, Linda, offered after she and her husband Stan drove to New Mexico for Christmas with family and friends. She talked of driving through the snow in the wee hours of the morning, all alone on the road and how peaceful it felt.That may be an experience saved for those of us who don't live with snow on a daily basis in the winter.  

Ohio Moon

My friend, Linda Marcum, and I are planning a trip to see her family in Ohio next year.  I sent her  this picture and asked her if we might want to go to Ohio in winter.  She grew up there and she said, "No." most emphatically.

When the Northeast got a million inches of snow last month, I saw a picture someone had posted that showed an open door way packed with snow all the way to the top.  It looked like a white wall. And I wondered, how do folks deal with that?

So today, I'm glad I live where snow is rare.

It's one of those natural beauties that I'd just as soon experience in pictures and videos.

My waterfall bit the dust yesterday.  Deidre and Andy had just recently fixed the crack in one of the levels.  It has worked perfectly since then, but yesterday, all the water in the holding receptacle vanished over night. I guess the cold cracked the plastic again. So I went on line to see if I might find another one. I've come to the conclusion that it was one of a kind.

Zen Fountain made of concrete
I went to Youtube and watched a couple of DIY videos on how to make fountains out of concrete.  This one for a Zen garden was interesting. You can watch it here

I love the ones where they feature women building things because it makes me feel like "I can totally do that!"

I've been stuck in the world of "men's work" and "women's work" for at least 60 years, and I love the new women carpenters, plumbers and auto mechanics.

I watched how to make a waterfall out of terracotta pots and saucers.  That also looked very attractive and I think the sound of falling water would be louder than that of the concrete ball. I want to hear it.  I want the birds, bees, butterflies and dragon flies to hear it, too.

You can watch how to make this Terracotta fountain here .  I'm thinking if I used bigger pots than they do in the video, it might make more noise.

So I have a new project for next spring -- making some kind of something to replace the beautiful sound of falling water.  I already miss it.  

hypertufa planter 

I also watched a new video on how to make planters out of hypertufa, which is a mixture of equal parts of Portland cement, peat moss, Pearlite or Vermiculite and water.  I've tried this stuff before and it didn't work for me. But this new video shows a different way to form the mixture.  It looks like it will work  -- so I'm looking forward to doing some of that, too. Hypertufa pots look like concrete but are much lighter, easier to handle and plants grow very well in them. Plus they'll last for decades!

In looking for things that please me, I also got news that a good friend who moved away is happy with the changes she has made, and that pleases me more than she can imagine. 

A young writer friend, Van Fleming, won a contest and his sci-fi/fantasy story will be published in an anthology to come soon!  Since the book isn't out yet, I can't offer a link to it, but here's one for a great interview with Van.

Lady in the Purple Dress by Shefali O'Hara

Shefali O'Hara is making a name for herself down near Austin with her remarkable art work.  She's amazing because she only recently started painting. You can see Shefali's other paintings here

My friend, Nicole, has had two successful "virtual book parties" to launch her new dream which she calls "The Whole Plot Thing" -- to help self published and independently published authors get news of their books out to the public! She is also compiling a list of beta readers and plans to offer editing services soon. If you're interested in see what Nicole can do for you you can check it out here

And the end of most days looks like this.

I'm happy and I feel fine. Life is good.