Monday, April 26, 2010

When was the last time you saw something nice for someone? It seems like kindness is a thing of the past. People complain about how our children are turning out and how our society has changed, but I feel like most people are the cause of this. Not just the few extreme.

Take a minute and look around you. Look at your elderly neighbor's yard. Is there something that needs to be done? Maybe the lady next door has always had a beautiful flower garden, but in the past year or two you have seen it start to look like it needs attention. Maybe there is someone you know who has lost their job or has been ill and there are things that they could use some help with. Is someone around you doing something in their yard that look like they could use an extra pair of hands to get the job done easier? Is that cranky old man down the block just in need of a smile or a cup of coffee with someone who really listens to his stories of the past?
Why don't you reach out and help them? Knock on the door of the lady next door and ask her if she would let you get her garden ready for planting. Or pick up a few extra annuals when you go to the nursery and ask if you could plant them in her garden. Offer to help the person who needs an extra hand. Make an extra casserole and take it over to the family who just suffered a job loss or the person who has been ill or invite them over to dinner. Take the cranky old man down the block a cup of coffee and sit on the porch and listen to his stories. Fix up a pretty basket with everything needed for a meal or a special treat along with the recipes to make them and anonymously set it on the porch of someone who needs it. You would be amazed at what a simple friendly smile and a hello can do for someone's day. Reach out to your neighbors and offer a helping hand without them having to ask for it. I'm not saying that you should force unwanted help on someone. If they say that they don't want or need your help, don't push just offer again another day. Let them be. But how often does that really happen? Most often, if you offer to help someone, they will smile and accept. Who could build a wonderful friendship that will last a lifetime. Think about what you will be teaching others with your actions. Think about what your children will learn from you...especially if you bring them along and have them help.
Rather than wondering what has happened to society and our children today, do something to change it for the better. Think about someone else today and do something nice for them. I think you will be amazed at the change it makes in our world. Something simple for you to do, can make all the difference in the world in the life of somoene else. It can also change the world.
I hope you all have a wonderful day!

Friday, April 23, 2010

I have been playing with the camera again lately. I have always loved taking pictures of the world the way I see it. I love these three pictures. They give a pretty good idea of who I really am. Especially since these are all items I have around the house. They are all things I love. I made the fabric rose and saved the lace from a sheet that wore out....the garden junk is working it's way into the rest of my world ...the necklace is one I have had since I was a teenager.
I love all three of the pictures and can't decide which is my favorite. I think I am going to mat and frame them and hang them in my bedroom. I would love to know what others think of them. Please leave a comment and let me know?

I went with my daughter this week to check out the school she is going to attend this fall. She is going to do something that I have always wanted to do. I checked to see if I qualify for student aid so that I could finally go back to school and do what I have wanted to do for a very long time. Unfortunately I don't qualify for aid so if I am ever going to get to go back to school, I am going to have to sell a lot of art to pay for it. Bummer! Oh well, I guess if God wanted me to follow my dream, things would work out a little better for me in those areas right? Maybe someday...

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Well All....This has been a week of emotional rollercoasters...and it is only Tuesday! Last week I was having trouble with my right kidney again and in a lot of pain. Finally on Friday, I gave in and went to the doctor to find out what was wrong. I think I already knew, so I put if off as long as I could. After doing an ultra sound, she sent me over to the cancer treatment center and had them do a bunch more tests including an MRI. They determined that I had another tumor and it was blocking the blood flow out of my kidney so it was filling up with blood and was under a lot of pressure. They did emergency surgery to remove the tumor and then sent it to the lab for a biopsy. Monday I got the dreaded call saying that it was indeed cancer and that I had to go in today to meet with the doctors that have been working with me over the past few years. This morning I got a call from one of the doctors telling me that he wasn't convinced by the test results. He said that the results were conflicting. He asked me to come in before our meeting and have more blood drawn and he had already ordered another biopsy on the tumor. When I got to the scheduled meeting, the doctors had come to the conclusion that it was not cancer after all. There were pre cancer cells found in the tumor, but no real cancer. The path of treatment decided on is that I will still under go radiation treatments to be sure that all of the pre cancer cells are gone, but I will not have to have any chemo treatments. Yay!!!!!! I am now more than ready to be off this rollercoaster! I am ready to get on with being creative again...hopefully more so than I have been recently. I will post pictures as I create.

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Was working on my study for my Bible study group tomorrow night....and something occured to me. If we don't share what we learn, there is no point in learning it. Please, everyone, share what you know...whether it is from God's word, something new in your hobby or business. The knowledge is useless if you don't share it with someone who doesn't know it...

Just my thoughts tonight. Please feel free to leave your two cents.

Sunday, April 4, 2010

This post goes out to Kirk and Carol. They are friends that I met online on the Garden Junk forum of the Garden Web. They are very creative artists whose artwork I have admired since I first started seeing it a couple of years ago. This is a wind chime that I made last summer. I haven't found a place to hang it outdoors yet so it is still hanging in my studio.
The dragon fly that I placed at the bottom of it was something that I recieved in the Junk Train that was generated on Garden Junk. This was a box of treasures were collected and placed into the box. The box was then mailed to the next station. The recipient kept what they wanted from the box and then added new treasures to replace the ones they had kept out and mailed it to the next station. JT was the mascot who rode along inside the box and had womderful adventures. You can see the fun we had with her in an earlier post here. The Junk Train was a lot of fun and this is something I created from one of the treasures I rescued from the box.

The actual bell part of the wind chime was created from a wine bottle that I got when my kids and I went out to dinner at Olive Garden. It was so much fun embarrasing my teenagers by asking for something that they were going to throw away. I cut the bottom out of the bottle and added a chain and a couple of washers.

and a creative and fun wind chime was born. I love the sound of it when it chimes. Kirk and Carol, I hope you like it up close as much as you thought you did at a distance. It was inspired in part by your blue bottle chime.