Monday, August 07, 2006

Work and Play

I've had a lovely weekend. It's been both productive and fun -

On the productive side, I've managed to keep up the decluttering process. I tell myself to do something every day, even if it's just a small amount. Most days, once I get started, I do a little bit, and then a bit more, and a bit more, until I have decluttered a satisfying amount each day. The more I let things go, the easier it becomes to let go of more. I spent all Saturday evening sorting and tossing magazines. There were a few that I've browsed and chosen to keep in the past, some of them for a decade or longer. I almost didn't peruse these particular magazines because I simply assumed that since I'd kept them before, I must have had a good reason. Curious about why I was keeping them (yeah, right, I couldn't even remember), I did look through them and was suprised to discover that there wasn't a single thing in any of them that I could imagine I needed to look at or read again. It was very exciting - it made me wonder how many other things I have tucked away that I am only keeping out of habit. Sort of like the story of the woman who cut the end of her holiday ham before baking it. She didn't know why she did it, she only knew that her mother had done it. When a friend challenged her need to cut the end, the woman called her mom to ask the reason. Her mom said she did it because HER mother had done it. So the woman called her grandmother and asked her why she cut the end of the ham. Her grandmother explained that the reason she cut it was because the only baking dish she owned was too small for the whole ham. So, how many things do I hang onto because I haven't really thought to ask myself why or if I need them. Speaking of letting go, I drive by this sign every day. Today I stopped to take a photo:

I was surprised to find this smaller message underneath the larger letters. I had always thought the wording was just accidental:

On Friday I went to a couple of thrift stores and found some great stuff for my grandbaby-to-be. I also scored a Buffy the Vampire Slayer board game, never played, for free! I also found something I've been searching for for almost two years. It's going to be delivered tomorrow. When I get it set up, I'll take a photo and show you what it is.

The play part of the last few days - Saturday I went to our local Art in the Garden Show. Today I went up to Lake Almanor and managed to squeeze in both an Arts and Crafts Show and a Quilt Show. Lots of beauty and art to inspire and please the senses. Lots of bumping into friends and chatting with friendly strangers. I hope to upload some quilt photos and talk more about it on my studio blog. I won't manage it tonight because I was sidetracked one too many times and I finally got a chance to try out the Citrico tequila in a margarita and so I'm starting to feel verrrrry sleeeeepieeee. Check back tomorrow.

On the way home from the quilt show, I stopped to take some photos. I loved how saturated the blues and greens were in our normally dusty and dry mountains.

I will show you a couple of things though, before I go off to bed. I'd recently noticed that my family had lost or broken almost all our kitchen glasses. I was down to two glass glasses, the rest all plastic. I'm not a big fan of plastic. I found these at the craft show today. Aren't they too bizarre and funny!? So next time you come and visit me, you can pick your own poison. Hehehee.

This saucer and tea cup yelled at me from about twenty feet away. It feels perfect cradled in my fingers. I picked up a dozen other cups and none of them felt right in my hand. Just this one. Isn't it purty!?


Blogger kristen said...

very pretty cup and saucer. that would have called to me too. and i pick up lots and lots of cups (i like BIG coffee/tea cups) and often they just feel wrong. it's nice to find one that feels just right.

so, how did you like the citrico?

oh! and i love your glasses! too funny!!

and the water tower (i think that's what it is) -- very cool.

8:03 AM  
Blogger Janet said...

Good for you! I'm still at it too. Each day I make myself get rid of something. I love the "Let go" photos. How appropriate.

The "poison" glasses are too funny. I'd love to visit just so you could say "Pick your poison"

And finally the tea cup is beautiful. I understand what you mean about it feeling just right in your hands. That's important to enjoying what you drink from it.

8:19 AM  
Blogger Deb R said...

That cup and saucer rocks!!!

3:29 PM  

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