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Love Yourself

Posted on 22 May, 2018 at 20:30 Comments comments (0)

"Promise me you'll always remember: You're braver than you believe, and stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think."—Christopher Robin to Pooh, A.A. Milne

I enjoyed finding the quote so much last week that I was inspired to look for another to draw upon this week.  It's been rather a trying week and I looked for something to lift me up. Christopher Robin's pep talk to Pooh is simple, yet a really solid piece of advice that we can all benefit from remembering. I have always thought that it's very important to love oneself.  It's a most difficult thing to do however, much easier to say than to do.  I believe that loving and respecting yourself gives you confidence to achieve much more in your life.  

For the most part I'm pretty confident in my work.  I have been lucky in that I am supported totally by my family and friends, and when I first started to show my work publicly, it was the feedback from friends and family that gave me the confidence to do so.  It's a fairly ego bashing venture at times, when you hear criticisms that seem unfair, or rude, but believing in yourself gives you what you need to shrug any negativity off, and makes it easier to concentrate on the positives.  Art is a very personal thing and naturally not all paintings appeal to everyone; another valuable fact to keep in your mind.  That said, it's a most wonderful feeling when a person comments in a positive way about a piece of my work.  One such comment I'll share with you was that upon seeing one of my paintings, the purchaser declared that she had been waiting for that painting for ten years, and that it gave her goosebumps to find it.  That gave me the goosebumps.  

Love yourself.  Have a blessed week.

Motherhood

Posted on 15 May, 2018 at 20:35 Comments comments (0)

“A mother is the truest friend we have. When trials heavy and sudden fall upon us; when adversity takes the place of prosperity; when friends desert us; when trouble thickens around us, still will she cling to us, and endeavor by her kind precepts and counsels to dissipate the clouds of darkness, and cause peace to return to our hearts.” —Washington Irving

Having just gone through another Mother's Day at work, which was busy and demanding, I thought I'd write a bit about motherhood.  For years, in the flower business, I've always been focused on work at this time of year, without reflecting on the day itself.  It lost a bit of  meaning the year I lost my own Mum but my son and daughter are so caring and close to me that they have helped me cope with the void, even though they also feel that same sadness.  My mother had such a wonderful impact on me, whether she was giving me advice, supporting me in my artistic endeavours, or simply just being a sympathetic ear while I had a meltdown or a problem.  I was lucky to have her both as a mother and a friend.  I could tell her anything.

Becoming a mother changed me.  I felt like a completely different person when my daughter was born.  I'd never felt love like that even when my mother tried to explain it.  She added that I wouldn't know what anxiety really was until I'd had a child, and she was, as always, right.  I worried when I discovered my second pregnancy that I might not have "enough love" to go 'round, but miraculously that came right along with the birth of my son.  I didn't sleep one wink the night he arrived, thinking about my completed family and how happy I felt.  It sounds cliche, but I think motherhood is my greatest accomplishment.  My son and daughter are wonderful, compassionate, generous  people.  They have brought so much joy to me, in every stage of their lives, with their humour, their love and yes, their wisdom and my life would indeed be hollow without them, and I am immensely proud of them both. 

The quote by Washington Irving at the beginning of this blog struck me by being so completely accurate to my own opinion of what a mother means to me and inspired me to write this week.  I know I felt that way about my own mother, and can only hope that my children think of me that way.

In a few weeks my daughter will discover what motherhood means to her, as she will be giving birth to her son.  I've heard many times that the love felt for your "baby's baby" is an incredible force and I'm very excited to meet my grandson.  

To all mothers, human and otherwise, I wish you a blessed week.  To all who have lost yours, I wish you peace and wonderful memories.



May Flowers

Posted on 8 May, 2018 at 18:40 Comments comments (0)

The old saying is that April showers bring May flowers and we certainly had quite a few April showers and now we are being rewarded with some May flowers.  I'm seeing my forsythia hedge suddenly burst into cheerful yellow blossoms, it seemed to happen overnight!  And today my white grape hyacinths are out.  I'm so happy to see things growing again.  The lawn is green, it never ceases to amaze me how fast things "green up"; one day it's brown, the next it's green.  Amazing.  A yearly miracle.  Across the street my neighbour has a magnificent magnolia tree.  It's full of those creamy pink blossoms, such a beautiful sight to behold every morning.

Of course I'm seeing a lot of flowers at work as well, being that it's Mother's Day Week.  Buckets and buckets of flowers ready to be arranged, bundled into bouquets, boxed and wrapped ready for mothers everywhere.  This is the last major holiday for florists until (dare I say it....?) Christmas.  No I do not want to think about Christmas when summer is on the horizon.  I intend to enjoy every warm moment, for it's been a long time coming.

Once this week is over I shall concentrate on other upcoming events, including the birth of my little grandson, who is due to make an appearance in early June.  Much excitement!!

 Happy Mother's Day to all the mums, dads who take that motherly role, foster mums and fur baby mums everywhere.  Thinking of all who've lost theirs.

Have a wonderful, safe and blessed week.


Happy May Day! Coff.

Posted on 1 May, 2018 at 18:40 Comments comments (0)

Happy May Day!!

According to my car today, the outside temperature was 29C.  We went right from Spring into the Summer temperatures.  I'm still hacking and wheezing, coughing, blowing, aching and suffering from sporadic painful sneezes.  This cold/flu is as stubborn as the winter was, and is refusing to go away.  One of the more annoying features of this situation is my total inability to taste anything.  This is inconvenient as well as annoying as I hosted a party on the weekend and couldn't taste any of the food that I prepared.  I hope it was okay.  I can only vaguely differentiate between salty and sweet when food hits my tongue but anything else is just texture and temperature.  So I've pretty much lost interest in food, which is what I was trying to do earlier by going on A Diet.  I don't reccommend this method of appetite suppression, however if I'm able to lose some of my winter fat, I'll consider that at least there was a tiny plus to all this suffering.

I'm heading into my busy time at work.  Mother's Day has crept up on me and I can only hope that this rowdy party in my chest/nose and head is over and done with.  Going through a major holiday in a florists is challenging enough when you're in peak health never mind coughing your head off  into the flowers.  Right after Mother's Day I'll be hit with Prom.  I'm not keen on Prom.  Scores of corsages and boutonnieres with the fiddly wristbands and ribbons.  Wiring and taping until my fingers protest.  There's at least six schools nearby so Prom can last for six weeks or more.  It's an exciting time for all these kids though, they're very serious about their floral needs.

Obviously I've had nothing to do with painting other than ordering some paint from the art supply store.  I'm usually pretty excited to open the new tubes but sadly I just unpacked the box and set them aside for another day when I can produce something other than a soggy tissue.  It's only six or seven weeks until my first summer show and I'm just not ready.  I'll probably do the usual and have a frantic couple of weeks when I'm panicking and painting furiously to meet the deadlines.  I have to place another order soon, that should hopefully give me a little jolt.

Well there's not much other news this week.  I'm tired.  That is all.

Wishing you a blessed week.


Happy May Day! Coff.

Posted on 1 May, 2018 at 18:40 Comments comments (0)

Happy May Day!!

According to my car today, the outside temperature was 29C.  We went right from Spring into the Summer temperatures.  I'm still hacking and wheezing, coughing, blowing, aching and suffering from sporadic painful sneezes.  This cold/flu is as stubborn as the winter was, and is refusing to go away.  One of the more annoying features of this situation is my total inability to taste anything.  This is inconvenient as well as annoying as I hosted a party on the weekend and couldn't taste any of the food that I prepared.  I hope it was okay.  I can only vaguely differentiate between salty and sweet when food hits my tongue but anything else is just texture and temperature.  So I've pretty much lost interest in food, which is what I was trying to do earlier by going on A Diet.  I don't reccommend this method of appetite suppression, however if I'm able to lose some of my winter fat, I'll consider that at least there was a tiny plus to all this suffering.

I'm heading into my busy time at work.  Mother's Day has crept up on me and I can only hope that this rowdy party in my chest/nose and head is over and done with.  Going through a major holiday in a florists is challenging enough when you're in peak health never mind coughing your head off  into the flowers.  Right after Mother's Day I'll be hit with Prom.  I'm not keen on Prom.  Scores of corsages and boutonnieres with the fiddly wristbands and ribbons.  Wiring and taping until my fingers protest.  There's at least six schools nearby so Prom can last for six weeks or more.  It's an exciting time for all these kids though, they're very serious about their floral needs.

Obviously I've had nothing to do with painting other than ordering some paint from the art supply store.  I'm usually pretty excited to open the new tubes but sadly I just unpacked the box and set them aside for another day when I can produce something other than a soggy tissue.  It's only six or seven weeks until my first summer show and I'm just not ready.  I'll probably do the usual and have a frantic couple of weeks when I'm panicking and painting furiously to meet the deadlines.  I have to place another order soon, that should hopefully give me a little jolt.

Well there's not much other news this week.  I'm tired.  That is all.

Wishing you a blessed week.


Weather; Enjoying It And Under It.

Posted on 24 April, 2018 at 20:40 Comments comments (0)

Yes!  Finally Spring has arrived and with the arrival of warm weather I've become the reluctant recipient of The Spring Cold.  Or 'flu.  Not sure which one and frankly I don't care.  I just know that I am not feeling well and I can't stop coughing.  So this weeks contribution  will be short and sweet due to my not being able to concentrate very well.  Of course painting is out of the question as well, so it's a rather dull blog!

Hopefully by next Tuesday I will be much better and not as much of a wet blanket.  Nice weather here at last, and ironically I'm under the weather.

Have a blessed week.

Mother Nature Fancied A Snow Cone

Posted on 16 April, 2018 at 10:15 Comments comments (0)


I was housebound on the weekend due to a very large, slow moving storm system that started as rain, changed to ice pellets, then freezing rain, then rain again and is still occurring (as rain) as I write this.

There was a small plus to this activity as I used the time to clean everything that has been neglected this winter. I never seem to have much free time between work at the flower shop, work at the Meaford house and work for upcoming art shows. It's a busy life and one I enjoy immensely but having a "free" day is a bonus. Today is such a day, hence my writing my blog on Monday, rather than my usual Tuesday effort. So I'll start with the obvious topic, the storm. There was plenty of warning from the weather experts and I have to say, they were pretty much bang on with their predictions. On Saturday it started in the morning as light rain, as I went out hastily to pick up a few essentials and my new glasses. By the time we got home it was raining fairly steadily but almost as soon as we were indoors the ice pellets started and continued for hours until there was a buildup of two or three inches. The porch at the front of my house was built unfortunately to be level with the entrance door and it wasn't too long before the outward-swinging glass storm door decided not to open. With a bit of patience and gentle but steady persuasion however, it finally scraped over the ice and we were able to at least squeeze out to scrape the step. This resulted in a wedge of ice crystals ending up inside between the two doors which I collected in a plastic cup to dispose of in the sink. It looked distinctly like a snow cone and I struggled with the idea of adding some flavouring and colour to complete the effect. The porch was scraped several times in order to keep up with the buildup and heavily salted to ease the process. The driveway was a different matter, as it quickly became impossible to shift, especially with the next little treat Mother Nature decided to unleash; freezing rain. Hours of freezing rain put an icy beauty onto the trees and hedges but encased the ice pellets with deadly efficiency into a solid mass of thick ice which is still there now. The street is a disaster. I keep peering out of the window in between the raindrops to determine whether the rain has stopped but not yet. I will try and shift some of the mess off of my driveway when I'm able.

Yesterday in the midst of all the gloom I was surprised to see a robin outside, ironically a sign of spring in this part of the world. I read today that apples were a good treat for hungry robins so I've put some out and to my delight spotted just now a very wet specimen having a good go at the slices I scattered. He looks rather bedraggled and thoroughly fed up but at least he's able to have a little snack. I imagine the animals are a bit perplexed at Mother Nature's fickle behaviour; as am I - being fairly certain we'd had seen the last of the wintery weather. Upon reading the gloomy weather predictions regarding this storm I charged up every device we had, including my new nifty portable charger and thought about sandwiches for dinner should the power go down. I did all the washing and ran the dishwasher in anticipation of a prolonged outage. Luckily it didn't happen in my area although I know others were not as fortunate. I can't help thinking that if I hadn't taken all these precautions my power would have been most certainly been out.

Today my two cats are treating the weather with all the respect it deserves and are curled up cosily with eyes tightly shut, snoozing soundly. Oh to be a cat.

Have a blessed week. Hoping that the ice will have melted and will be just a dim memory by the time my next blog is written.

Twitter Art Exhibit 2018

Posted on 10 April, 2018 at 19:55 Comments comments (0)

Last weekend was the opening of this years Twitter Art Exhibit, held in Canberra, Australia with all the proceeds going to Pegasus Riding Academy for the Disabled.  My daughter and I had sent our little postcard paintings weeks ago and were thrilled to see they had been received, you see when the work arrives, the curator for that year has the daunting task of scanning, watermarking, and tweeting, posting on Instagram and Facebook every single piece of art.  There were over 680 submissions, so you can imagine all the work that makes.  

As the opening night drew near, Twitter was a very busy place, with a lot of postings and retweeting.  It is encouraged to retweet the work of other artists, and I have connected with many of them.  Opening night was a busy one, with 127 works sold!  Imagine my delight then, when on the morning after I received a tweet from the buyer of my little postcard 'Green Apples'.  This gentleman said that his wife spotted my painting right away and made her husband line up to get it.  He jokingly said that he'd been instructed to "smash people out of the way" if necessary. I was delighted with their enthusiasm of course and thought things couldn't be much better when I was looking at a shot of the gallery walls and saw my daughter's painting 'Black And White Cat' with that glorious red dot indicating that it was sold.  Both of our works on opening night!  What a wonderful thrill!

Traditionally at the opening night of Twitter Art Exhibit, David Sandum, the founder, announces the location and curator for next year's event.  It's going to be held in Edinburgh, Scotland.  I'm already thinking about it.

Have a blessed week.


Spring? Are You There? Hello?

Posted on 5 April, 2018 at 9:25 Comments comments (0)

I'm a bit late in writing this week's blog as there was a family birthday on Tuesday.

I was in Meaford for Easter Weekend.  We are putting a new roof on and it was pretty cold, especially up on top of the house.  On Saturday I was gazing out of the front window when I spotted two robins hopping about.  I got excited and announced, "I'm sure spring is here! I've seen two robins!" This was met with some doubt from my family, especially those involved in the re-roofing process, as they stamped about, blowing on their numb fingers and pulling their hats down over their ears but I was very sure.  I noticed a few shoots of daffodils making their appearance in my flower bed which reinforced my belief.  Yes!  Finally after the long winter Spring was really here.  The Earth was waking up from a long restful sleep, ready to renew itself.  I love Spring.

The next day, Easter Sunday, fell on April Fools Day.  Apparently I was just eight days old the last time that happened.  I don't remember that.  Upon waking that morning I decided to play an April Fools joke on my husband and got up to look out of the window.  With a horrified gasp I shouted, "Oh no!!  It snowed overnight!  I can't believe it."  He shot up asking how much...?  "A lot!"  I said and laughed when he ran to the window.  Of course it hadn't snowed at all and I felt smug at having pulled off a joke.  But the smugness dissipated pretty quickly when Mother Nature decided to trump my joke and sent down a few minutes of a very serious looking blizzard.  Yes.  That's right it snowed for about twenty minutes, covering everything with a neat white blanket.  Luckily it melted fairly quickly but it was proof that Mother Nature always wins.  So far we've had very heavy rain, (at least it was liquid precipitation), gale-force winds and single digit temperatures.  And that is this week.  We are to have those single digit temperatures until mid-April.  I say it's time for some warm winds, some appearance of green things growing, and the chance of any solid precipitation falling from the sky to be nil.  Time for Spring.

Have a blessed week.


Feeling Grateful

Posted on 27 March, 2018 at 18:35 Comments comments (0)

I'm feeling grateful today because I'm pretty sure that we've seen the last of Old Man Winter.  I'm not totally confident about this because I feel as though I should be whispering that sentiment....but here's been no real snow to speak of the last few weeks apart from a slight dusting which didn't have much impact.  I'm so glad that I don't have to monitor the Weather Network or Environment Canada on an hourly basis to see what Mother Nature is up to.  We had rain today and it was a welcome sight.  It wasn't terribly warm, just 2C but the precipitation was in a liquid form and that's all I cared about as I went about my day today.  I'm looking forward to seeing spring flowers emerge from the ground.

I'm feeling particularly grateful today for small simple pleasures, such as the hot cup of tea I enjoyed after work, the stranger who today opened the door for me with a huge smile, or a snuggle from one of my cats.  My little grey female was just on my lap amusing herself by moving the cursor with her chin on the mousepad of my laptop.  It made me laugh at the intensity of her manner as she stared at the screen. She's such a funny little cat, with many little habits that I find so endearing; she's always licking her lips and smacks her tail on the floor when she wants attention.  When laying down there's always one rear leg hanging out somehow.  She always has a comment to make and meows in twos.

I baked some brownies today for a future event and although I wasn't totally satisfied with the results, I managed to sneak a few pieces that were a bit too crunchy and they were delicious.  I should mention that I'm trying to diet and I'll be very grateful if these illicit snacks don't add any noticeable wieght....I think that might be wishful thinking though. 

I heard from a dear friend today and I'm having dinner with her tomorrow.  This is definitely something I'm grateful for.  I've known this lady for more than 35 years and unfortunately as we both lead pretty busy lives, it's not always possible to meet on a regular basis but when we do manage to arrange something it's as though we saw each other yesterday.  

I'm feeling the most grateful however for my family, my health and my work.  These things are of upmost importance to me and I realise every day how lucky I am.

Have a blessed week. 





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