On a lighter note:
Talk to you soon.
Caution: Approval may lead to finality.
Sleeping blades of sparkling dew,
Sighs the grass as if the prey,
Crimson red glows from the East,
Evidence of morning play.
Hello, Monday, can be friends?
So let's look at them up close and personal.
This is the king -the ruler and probably my favorite. (shh don't tell) He is a cookie jar. I bought him at a yard sale out in the country around 25 years ago. I gave $3.50 for him. There was another jar and I kick myself everyday for not buying the additional jar (and for other things). But I thought the one I bought was something I didn't need and I certainly didn't need two of them. I am not sure if this is a Shawnee jar. It has USA stamped on the bottom. He looks like those I have found in my research and they were Shawnee cookie jars.
Today looks much like this
But I feel more like-
I am standing in a field of wonderful blooms. Do you see me?
Or near enough to count the petals.
It is Friday, rain or not, I feel sunshiny.
God is Good and Friday is my favorite child.
The way the old store looks makes me wonder did I just dream that life as a little girl living across from it. The wind blows and life changes -it seems.
Where are you old life, childhood of past. Take care, because your continuation doesn't last. Time goes by but memories linger until disease takes them or death takes them and other people forget. Tell the story. Journal it.
This is a chicken that my Grandma Maternal tied up for me at her house, so that I could have a chicken pet. Now don't go calling the ASPCA or PETA. I didn't hurt the hen. In fact I loved her, I hope you can see that on her face, how loved she felt - well until - I won't finish the sentence.
Growing Up Country.
2. Go to bed before midnight and STOP working on that blog. (Yes, most days I make my bed -don’t judge me. It just makes me feel better.) Our body needs adequate sleep.
PS I wish you could see the painting above my bed in the picture. It is the painting in Journaling Woman's blog header. Here is a better picture.
3. After waking up and with squinted eyes, I head for the Java. This is just me, my routine. You don’t have to drink coffee (Dr. Lovely Daughter). Don’t forget to eat breakfast, either at home or at work. Since, I am a grazer I take Cheerios to snack on at work, so that I won’t eat unhealthy things, when I get the munchies.
4. To meet Monday and everyday, JW tries to stay close to her source of faith and strength. She reads her Bible and prays. This is the only way my soul stays peaceful, this also gives me purpose in our world. And I just keep reminding myself that I am not here to add to the world’s chaos, which helps my Monday morning blues. Now, If you are saying to the computer for JW to get off the soapbox, I say, you need to consider that you are a spiritual being. You are heart, soul, body and mind. All parts of you needs tending, to be healthy.
5. As I am heading out the door, I almost always repeat a verse that I learned years ago from -said Bible “This is the day the Lord has made, I will rejoice and be glad in it.” Ps. 118:24 Being joyful on Mondays is a test of my willpower, but I give it a good try.
6. Allow plenty of time to get to your job. YOU already know how traffic can be. Road Rage should not be your car companion, nor should texting while driving - I will add.
7. Once I am at work, (I really am a very nice person, ask almost anyone) I say as cheerfully as my sleepy voice and muddled mind can muster “Hello, how are you?” to the first person I see. Usually, these people seem glad to be acknowledged and even though their response is kind of like Charlie Brown’s parents voices in my mind, it helps me to be civil from the beginning. My attitude seems to be my governor as I begin my day. Happy or grumpy is really my choice. (But, in my defense I am not a morning person.)
Now this is just for fun. If you work with people on Mondays, you may at the end of the day be thinking:
“Some people are like Slinkies - not really good for anything, but you still can't help but smile when you see one tumble down the stairs.” Author Unknown (to me)
"Everyone has a photographic memory. Some don't have film." Author unknown (to me)
ONE MORE for the technology field people out there:
"I just found out that the brain is like a computer. If that's true, then there really aren't any stupid people. Just people running DOS." Author unknown ( to me)
After Monday is over, I will be fine! Really! I am a nice person. Really!
My 1800's Primitive blanket chest. So wonderful and simplistic.
I am not sure what wood it is made from, but it is very sturdy. It measures 30½ x 20x 13½ inches. It was most likely made in the late 1800’s by my great grandfather. It was given to Paternal Grandmother by her mother, and then passed to Artsy Dad then to Journaling Woman.
I keep (shhh) gifts in it. It is a wonderful and charming piece of furniture in my bedroom. And it’s really nice, if you think about it, to use a piece of furniture that your family before you made and used.
They had children
(collectively -many children)
But, Journaling Woman, Electronics Man and Shepherdess Woman are only concerned with two of those children.
They begat their first child.
(Don't worry Electronics Man and Shepherdess Woman you all come later, just enjoy that first child, will you?)
Look at those folks, they are so gorgeous that they should have been in pictures.
Then there were three.
Here they are- the next begats -beautiful brilliant children (JW has to keep the peace). Baby girl trying to stand and little boy proud of his squash.
Can it be that they are getting even better looking?
In this photo, I have made two pillows. The bluebird I drew on white cotton and painted it with acrylic paint. Then I edge it in green and white flower print. The large pillow behind it was two napkins that I found on clearance at a department store. These pillows are in my bedroom. Isn't fabric just beautiful?
This pillow is from the tablecloth I mentioned earlier. I used a plate for a pattern. I also saved the gold edging around the tablecloth and used it to edge the pillow. Behind the round pillow is one of two red pillows that I found at a thrift store. They were very clean and barely used (very important to Journaling Woman).
This pillow just represents a pillowcase, another alternative to reusing pillows that you have but want to make match your decor. This spare bedroom has a nautical theme (sort of), so I chose this fabric print. I love all things associated with nautical, don't know why unless it's that JW is a Pisces.
And that's it for now. One last note about making pillows. Your pillow will look much better if you make a pillow insert first out of muslin stuffing it with the fiber instead of just stuffing the decorative fabric. Your pillow will be smoother.
There you have it, pillow talk from Journaling Woman. Now don't you feel like making a pillow?