After all this time, I hadn’t figured out what I really wanted to do with my planting. Then I saw this…

Maybe the idea was in the back of my mind, but I've wasted a good portion of the day (which I could not afford to do) opening and closing web pages on getting more tree and plant ideas (which I can't afford to buy right now, anyway). I suppose going out and placing landscaping barrier … Continue reading After all this time, I hadn’t figured out what I really wanted to do with my planting. Then I saw this…

Other than writing, what I would love to do most in my life…

YouTube is weird. Like really weird. Thankfully the page has been littered with good videos on music. I've been rather delighted and teary-eyed the past two hours because of things I'd forgotten, and I found more things I wish I'd known about far sooner. And my heart is aching in my chest because of all the … Continue reading Other than writing, what I would love to do most in my life…

Pushing Myself to Clean Better

Once again, the angels of duty and responsibility have reared their heads and declared war on my demons of procrastination. Though in my defense, it wasn't entirely wasted time. I WAS doing necessary and relevant things outside while the weather was good. But damn, this place is a few dust bunnies and dirt clots away … Continue reading Pushing Myself to Clean Better

The Hell of a prolonged creative paralysis, especially when it’s mostly your own fault.

The phrase popped up in my mind, out of the blue a few minutes ago. I didn't even know it was a legitimate thing until I Googled the phrase "creative paralysis." But apparently that's the proper term when it comes to what I've been beating myself up over the past several months. Writing notebooks have … Continue reading The Hell of a prolonged creative paralysis, especially when it’s mostly your own fault.

Steal Like An Artist: 10 things nobody told you about being creative, by Austin Kleon

My Copy: 9780761169253 (image from bn.com) This was just the book I needed to read at just the right time. I picked it up when I was browsing for books that would help me get over this inability to think and create that I've been talking about lately. I'd seen it before and that day … Continue reading Steal Like An Artist: 10 things nobody told you about being creative, by Austin Kleon

Learning new things in the garden a little at a time… & knowing you’re gonna go WAY past your initial investment if you don’t watch it.

I didn't get too much done today--too much work outside the home and I was nodding off mid-day, so I napped through quite a bit of it. Bummed me out because I had plans, but sleep needs to happen, too. What little I did do happened in my garden, and as I let myself SLOWLY … Continue reading Learning new things in the garden a little at a time… & knowing you’re gonna go WAY past your initial investment if you don’t watch it.

Q #117: How do you find your dreams again, or make new ones?

This feels like a dumb question to me, but it's one that's been on my mind for some time. I had dreams about how I wanted my life to turn out: a good teaching job, hubby and kids, not filthy rich but comfortable enough and not one paycheck away from losing everything or being unable … Continue reading Q #117: How do you find your dreams again, or make new ones?

Playing with New Years Resolutions. Learning how to prioritize me.

Naturally, health is going to be on the list. The difficulty is this week especially, I have to focus on finances and getting things corrected before all the tax season stuff gets really going. That's what I hate the most, but today and tomorrow I'm dedicating myself to getting it all cleared up as best … Continue reading Playing with New Years Resolutions. Learning how to prioritize me.

Overcoming depression & a lack of artistic inspiration with a fish tank (or two)…

image from crookedbrains.net I've been missing in action because being the parental figure/food god of pawed or feathered beings wasn't enough. I had to add fins to the mix this week. A. Lot. Of. Fins (and antennae). At first I was going for flippers. I love turtles, always have. And I went to the pet … Continue reading Overcoming depression & a lack of artistic inspiration with a fish tank (or two)…

Looking for Inspiration in an Insular World

I call myself a "recovering recluse" for a reason...I'm a work in progress on the social front. A VERY slow work in progress. Like pouring a bad concrete mix. Oh well. I suppose I'm wondering how to find inspiration beyond parks, pretty sunsets and cute puppies (or kitties, or sloths, or whatever else). I'm hoping … Continue reading Looking for Inspiration in an Insular World