Art is subjective

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 After all, it is the artist who decides just how best to utilize their art supplies and on this day, Ethan decided his mouth was an appropriate canvas. He’s not a traditionalist , he tends to color in streaks and circles to express his artistic view but ,to each his own and the main thing is to engender a love of art . After all , the world is filled with natural art and beauty and who’s to say, a two year olds view of those wonderful vignettes isn’t correct if he sees them in streaks or has to taste his crayons before he uses them! I am hoping to teach him both coloring within the lines and outside the lines as I see both methods as valid .Would that the world could understand that but I’m only concerned with him right now so, embrace the day and see the beauty! Good morning!

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Today I want to be a turtle

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    I want to be this turtle, just floating .getting a little greener with each passing day.Nobody really messes with this dude, he’s a bit cranky but then snapping turtles often are, not that I want to snap at anybody ,just want to float in warm water and watch the world go by. This was one of those mornings, the rain came and of course ,here came the drip, drip, drip sound on the ceiling of my bedroom and it is not the same as raindrops hitting a tin roof. This brings memories of drywall bulging downward filled with water and having a saw cutting down a hunk of the ceiling which has still to be painted so sleep is hard to return to but getting out of bed was worse. I’m up now, dressed for the day and hoping that the ceiling holds till  the next dry days next week. I like this turtle, just look at that floating stance, he’s not concerned with any thing, after all he turned his back on the camera as if to say, ” I am too cool to mess with you, I’m just hanging out!” Float on turtle and continue your greening, it’s a good look for you! Morning!

Being silly

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Yes, it’s not dignified to wear balloons on top of the head nor does it inspire the masses to follow blindly but what it does do is bring a smile to the face of the observer. It’s just silly and sometimes we all need a little silliness to get us through the day. A little lighthearted laughter can lift the spirit and heal the soul. This little one is currently going through what I fondly refer to as the “50/50 Time” part angel and cute as a button and part devil whose temper tantrums will go down in history so during those times, I try to remember the “Balloons on the head” and other silly but super sweet moments . There was a snippet of the Atlanta Braves on the TV last night and he started doing the “Tomahawk Chop” which brought a big grin to my face, this is a fan ,if not an athlete in the making and if he ever does go all the way and has the drive and skills to be a professional athlete, I hope and pray he keeps the silliness and some balloons around to get him through the tough times. Good morning!

The cold is back!

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 Luckily, this is not how it looks out my window this morning! The few flakes that might have showed their frosty faces in my neighborhood yesterday tucked tail and ran when I looked in their direction with my “eyes of flame”! Winter is banished from my neck of the woods. I have had enough of the cranky old dude Old Man Winter and have told him to leave and not come back til December or i will move “Boober” in next to him! He cried and begged to be  shown mercy for the last time he ticked me off, I fixed him up with that “Talentless Swift’ person . His therapist said he should be back to normal in a thousand years or so….However , the brilliant and bright sun has returned and is working his hardest to warm things back up and has assured me that things will be back to normal by the weekend,bless his hot little heart!It was really hard to climb out of my warm little nest in my bed this morning but I managed and so far my day has gone fairly well so, it is the camel day and sunny and warm air is returning so all is right and wonderful n my little world! Good morning!

And just like that,it’s Tuesday!

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 One day closer to Friday and we now have Monday behind us with a brand new day stretching before us full of possibilities.I’ve heard this kind of sentiment all my life, to regard ones life as new and open to anything just like a young child does.They do, it falls to those around them to take that unbiased way of looking at the world around them away and some of us are all too happy to disabuse them of the optimism they are born with. Mostly to protect them ,for there are people just waiting to rend and tear that fresh view of life to pieces and we want them to be prepared just a bit so as to limit the emotional damage if nothing else but some go farther, as if the bright shining face of innocence hurts their eyes and shrivels their warped soul and they have to blot it out,to dim that light and cause their world to be a little darker. I believe we need more light and more youthful exuberance like my grandson in the picture, more joy in life ,more happiness in being loved and more optimism about the adventures that await one in the world.It’s getting rather crazy out there ,the again, it really always has been but we just didn’t know about it but as for me, I will attempt to face life with the spirit of a child because let;’s face it, old and grumpy just isn’t a pretty sight! Good morning!

Monday came anyway

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       I did my best. I slept and piddled around and played with the grandchildren and did what I could to extend the weekend but Monday came around again anyway.Not that Monday is quite so bad for me as my “job” is pretty cute when he wants to be  and generally speaking, I tend to miss him on weekends but it was nice to wake up when I wanted to and to take those nice long naps on my bed. I could slumber on the bed when he’s here but my snores can sometimes wake the dead so I dare not risk it once I have him down for a nap. The darned cold has snuck back in with Monday which doesn’t please me but the greening up of the view out my window does,now if we can just avoid freezing off those tender new shoot and beautiful flowers  but hopefully that won’t happen.Now to prepare my coffee and start my day and my week so good morning!

The child inside

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       Even the child inside is dragging today.Waking from a sound sleep for reasons I’ll not go into in the wee small hours of the night,has resulted in a start to the first day of spring that is less than perky and sparkling. In fact, right now before the coffee has a chance to work its magic, I bear a surprising resemblance to Eeyore in more ways than one. However I am fighting against the sad sack and energy-less persona and am determined to greet Spring with a smile like the one I bore on that day so very long ago. Yes, that’s me, mugging for my mom and her camera and if one looks carefully at the old photo , you can pick out the daffodils lined up in a row behind me so we know it was snapped in the spring of that year. Hard to see color in a black and white photograph but one can tell the grass on which I am sitting is green and after the winter, green is such a welcome color. The grays and browns of winter are necessary for nature during its winter rest but the child inside rejoices at the return of the green shades of spring and the promise of the sun and fun of summer. Winter isn’t loosening its frigid grasp on parts of this country but take heart my frozen Yankee friends, it will give up soon and you too will be frolicking in the warm Spring sunshine like a child. The worries and stresses of the winter will ,hopefully, slip away and the renewal of spring will bring joy and relaxation to us all. Let the child inside take over and enjoy the life one has been given(hush Eeyore, I  have almost finished the first cup of coffee and my perkiness is returning!), it is the first day of Spring!! Good morning!!