Monday, October 27, 2008
I just googled feathers and here is what I came across:
"When you find feathers upon your path it could be taken to mean that you are on a higher spiritual path (whether you accept it or not), and it may be a sign of encouragement as you philosophically travel on this path.
Finding feathers on your path is also symbolic of having a lighter outlook on life or a particulary situation. When we see feathers in our midst it is considered a message that we need to lighten up, not take things too seriously, and try to find the joy in our situation."
This all makes sense to me, but I'd still really like to know what God was saying to me specifically with these blue stripey feathers. If anyone has any insight, please share!
Sunday, October 26, 2008
Friday, October 17, 2008
We went to an artist's reception at Miss Jackson's last night in preparation for the show tomorrow at Utica Square. I knew Miss Jackson's was an upscale place that sold some jewelry, but having never peered in any of their other windows, I didn't know what else they had in there. They had closed the shop for the reception and you had to go in the only set of doors they had unlocked and sign in. The shop was very nice as were the people in it. They had the hors devours (that was how I knew it was going to be classy, along with the word "reception" on the invitation) in the middle of the store on a display. They had shrimp cocktail, little mini-sandwiches (only able to determine one plate of them were cheese/cream cheese sandwiches, not sure what the ones that had a touch of pink were and I didn't ask), an assortment of cheeses, and a nice fruit tray with melons, strawberries, and fresh pineapple chunks. That was in the middle of the store. Towards the front, they had several trays of cookies and fancy brownies. In another part of the store, they had a mini-bar set up and I think they were serving wine, but Pooker and I had little cans of Coke (when we asked for Coke, they gave us the ice cold little cans). I told Pooker this is the type of life he can expect being married to an artist--you know, the finer things in life. He smiled. The food was good, two employees we visited with (Ron and Katie) were really nice and made me feel welcome, and even though I only knew two other people there and didn't visit with them long, I had a very lovely time. They made an announcement while we were there about how much advertising they had been doing for this event and told us to be sure to sign in at the information booth before 10 am and get your goodie bag. She said she was really impressed that some of the stores really stepped up for this goodie bag. I don't know what that means, but I am excited to pick up my goodie bag. I'm sort of imagining the swag bags at the Oscar's, but even if it were some coupons and a few samples, I'd still love it. "Goodie" just implies goodies and I do like goodies. I've got to tell you, I'm really impressed with the organizers of this event. This will be my first time to be at this one and I'm pretty excited about it. With the reception and the warm attitudes, they made me really feel welcome and special even. That's always nice because that doesn't happen often. Ron looked at my map and told me what shops my location was by (I'm not really familiar with all the shops in the Square) and he told me it was a really good location to have. I wouldn't have known that. We left the reception (the people at the door told us thanks for coming and hoped we were successful on Saturday--Nice!) and went to look at the area I'd be in so I could get an idea of what it looked like and how I want to set up. The spot did turn out to be nice and was packed, even at 7:30 at night! I think I even have room for my canopy. I'm looking forward to tomorrow, not because I'm hoping to sell to people, but so I can be out with my art on a nice day, meet some nice people, and just be. If I sell something, bonus, if not, more beautiful paintings for me! (Not that I'm not biased or anything, but I do like my own work! And I'm okay with my art being something I do for myself, my family, and friends.)
Thursday, October 16, 2008
The leaves have really been catching my eye with their bright, happy colors. It's harder now to pick out ones to take pictures of because the ground is covered with them, but I manage!
It is nice to be able to go on our walks without sweating a whole lot. It has been cooler here lately, maybe mid-60's to mid-70's when we go out and it is so refreshing. I try not to think of what I need to do during the day while we walk. I like to let my mind wander and think of things, maybe get ideas or think something through. I like to think and as long as there aren't many other dogs out, this is where I do the majority of my free thinking. There's just something about thinking outside, in the wide open, that makes it seem like anything is possible. I like possibilities.
Wednesday, October 15, 2008
So, please pray for grace and strength for Grandma. Keep praying healing for Grandad's body, but also for complete healing to his mind. We think that it will help his mind immensely to be home and to continue therapy and heal from there. And we believe that Grandad will be restored completely in mind and body. I'll keep you posted.
Mushrooms, mushrooms everywhere! These mushrooms are all growing within five feet of each other. The first one looks like it has crushed chocolate candy dusted along the top of it. The second one is beautifully flower-like. The third looks like a delicate bow (one of those made out of raffia) that should go on top of a gift. These fourth two kind of look like they belong in a fairy tale (like some of the toadstools in Alice in Wonderland only lacking the Cheshire cat sitting on top of them).
Sunday, October 12, 2008
We just got done with having a booth at the Indie Emporium. I'll post about that later when I've recovered a little more. I'm a little behind from working so hard on all the crafts, which I have taken pictures of but have yet to download off my camera along with our second trip to the Fair, a birthday party for my niece and nephews, Indie, and lots more nature shots I've taken on our walks.
Friday, October 10, 2008
Thursday, October 9, 2008
I'm sorry I haven't been posting as regularly as I had been. I promise I'll get back to regular posting soon. I've been really focusing on making crafts for this show (of which, I'll take pictures of them today and post them when I can so you can see what I've been making). I haven't spoken with Grandma yet this week, but I know that Grandad went to rehab over the weekend and they were evaluating him then to come up with a plan to get him back up and on his feet. I'll let you know how rehab is going as soon as I find out.
This large mushroom was growing in our yard after the rains we got from Hurricane Ike. I know the pictures aren't the best, but this mushroom was in our front yard and I was trying to snap the pictures as Brownie and I were on our way for a walk. I didn't really want to be hunched over in our yard very long as Brownie was really ready to get to walking and I didn't want anyone to see me and wonder what suspicious thing I was doing crouched down by my neighbor's driveway (they were nearer to theirs than ours). It's one thing to take leisurely pictures of mushrooms in my backyard, quite another in the front. Can't say this one is beautiful, but kind of interesting.
Friday, October 3, 2008
I know I've shown you a picture of these grape like things when they were bright green, but here they have moved beyond bright green to what I would call the color of harvest gold (not actually the color of wheat at harvest, but what they called the color of yellow appliances, etc. they made in the 70's). They are still very eye catching when you walk past them.
I'm not sure what this is, either. This is quite a closeup of it as it is actually a little larger than the size of a golfball. Their color just catches my eye and I liked how this one had the light reflecting off it.
These massive pods fall from some tree (3/4" the size of a regular banana) and these are the seeds it contains (the seeds are larger than a nickel, but smaller than a quarter). I just thought it was interesting.
I liked these little conjoined acorns, so I had to share them with you. (We have quite a few trees nearby that have acorns in them which explains why so many squirrels thrive in this area.)
Now, I'm not much of a fan of insects, but really thought this fellow's colors were amazing.
This was an egg someone had thrown in the park (definitely would not have shown it if it were the egg of some hapless bird). It's been in the sun so long it cooked what was left of the yolk inside and ants are crawling around in it getting their breakfast. A little gross, but also interesting.
I've also shown you these before, but when they were green. They've moved on to brown (these pods are not to be confused with the large pod/seeds in the picture fourth from the top--different pods altogether--evidently, we've got lots of pods as well as mushrooms).
I'm still working on my crafts and probably won't get pictures taken of them until next week, but don't worry, I'll get around to showing them to you. Please keep praying over Grandad's mind because he still seems a little fuzzy. They are going to send him to rehab soon because his body is healing extremely well and he needs to get up and around. The sooner he starts walking, the sooner he comes home. Side note: They discovered he had thrush in his throat today. They kept harping on him needing to eat, and he does need to eat, but no one thought to check for a reason he was refusing to eat. He was too fuzzy to tell them, but he wasn't eating because it hurt too much to swallow. Good lord. My Grandma is the one who figured that out. She asked him why he couldn't eat more and he said his throat hurt. They looked in it, and he had gotten thrush from the tube down his throat. It took seven days and my Grandma to figure that out? It kind of seems like they don't care too much about their patients in the hospital, just doing what they have to do and ignoring everything else. Thank God Grandma is with him.
I just caught the last couple of rides because Pooker, Mom, and I hadn't quite finished eating before they left to go ride (and you can imagine how important food is at the Fair--one of the main attractions for us). Then, we finished our search for the Watkins Vanilla man before we looked for them "beside the carousel." We could not find them. Wouldn't you know they'd have TWO carousels and sure enough, they were by the second one. They liked riding this slide so much, they went on it twice.
After extensive walking through all the main buildings (and finding the Watkins Vanilla man for my Vanilla roll-on cologne and seeing the man at the toe ring tent for my annual fitted toe ring), we ended up with enough time to eat a few last items and catch an act, which we enjoyed.
It was a fast, quick trip around the Fair, which is why Pooker and I will be going back tomorrow. I saw some seals I hope to get a picture of, not to mention the animals in the petting zoo, getting some fudge for Mom because she didn't have time to get any, getting some Daddy Hinkle's meat marinade, and I'd like a closer look at all the fine art exhibits. (Not to mention one last taste of Fair food for another year--YUM!)
Thursday, October 2, 2008
I spoke to him briefly last night and asked how he was and told him how much I love him. He told me he was still in some pain, that he loved me too, and he said he felt my prayers when he was in the shower. That really touched me as I didn't mention anything to him about how I was praying for him (had told him before the surgery I'd be praying, but not since). That let me know how powerful prayers really are (sometimes, it's easy to forget) and I'm grateful to God for watching over my Grandad.
Sorry about not posting for a few days. I need to blog about the Fair over the weekend, I've got more mushrooms, and I'll show you pictures of the crafts I'm working on for the show next weekend (already have enough art, but needed some crafts in the hopes of being able to sell something--my theory is the more options you give people, the greater the chance of having something that appeals to a wider variety of people. Plus, our booth is in the craft section!). I won't tell you what crafts I'm making because I'd like to surprise you with my craftiness. That will give you something to look forward to.
I'm off to Wal-Mart for groceries (and perhaps some lunch).