My husband has a new interest since Covid began. He is learning to play the keyboard, music theory and composition. He composed this piece of music which I find to be light and refreshing. I hope you enjoy his first piece 🙂
Thanks for the positive feedback on my previous two orchid posts. I will make this my last one for now even though I have many more. So here goes:
I still have lots of orchids from last weekend’s Show to share. I hope you enjoy them :). I am learning more about photography and thinking about getting a macro filter (rather than a macro lens) as I love taking close ups. Any suggestions would be welcome.
Last Thursday I suggested our U3A Course participants take on a creative challenge of their choice, to do something creative each day for 7 days. I couldn’t convince them to do the 30 day challenge though. We meet again in the morning and I am looking forward to finding out what they have been up to.
My 7th photo is shot of our morning tea tomorrow: Mini blueberry muffins!
This is my offering for today. I really must get out a bit more so I have a bigger range of photo options! The jasmine is flowering beautifully at the moment. I wish I could include the perfume with the photo.
Here is another quote :
4. Just for Today, I will take care of my body. I will exercise it, care for it, and nourish it, and not abuse it nor neglect it; so that it will be a perfect machine for my will.Author Unknown
With all the current restrictions it is hard to keep up the good habits. I can’t go to the gym but I can go for a walk. Not quite the same though. It is tempting to start baking yummy food with the excuse that I need a ‘treat’! It would be so easy to gain a few kilos.
On the other hand I think it is good to get up and do my usual routine of doing my hair and dressing reasonably well – it makes me feel better anyway.
Don’t think I will ever achieve the “perfect machine” as the quote says but hopefully fit and well enough to fight off the pesky bugs turning our lives up-side-down!
3. Just for Today, I will adjust myself to what is, and not try to adjust everything to my own desires. I will take my family, my business, and my luck as they come, and fit myself to them.Author Unknown
How did you go yesterday with remembering you are as happy as you make up your mind to be? Confession time – I didn’t do so well but the quote kept coming to mind so I wasn’t totally unaware that my happiness is in my own hands.
I needed to do a collage of photos and so went looking online. I found an app that is fairly easy to use and I am having fun learning what I can do with it.
Here are some wildflowers from our region:
Here is an image of some of the popular tourist attractions where I live:
The app is called Phototastic (I am not making any money out this post!). I signed up for a free trial for 7 days.
The pretty blue fairy wrens had nothing to do
When one of them spotted a pretty blue stone
One said “I will fly close and inspect it for you”
He soon called out for help to carry it home.
Just at that moment very close by, a little girl is born
She is very sick and might not live
Her parents are indeed quite forlorn
The fairy wrens decide they have something important to give.
They magically carry the precious blue stone to the babe
And cleverly hide it in her tiny navel
They disappear quickly into a nearby cave
And wait for news via twitter or cable.
The little girl is now better and going home to stay
Her lovely eyes are becoming a pretty shade of blue
The tiny blue stone glows within her each and every day
As she gets older the wrens decide to give her a clue.
She learns that the little blue stone
Is full of love, wisdom, truth, beauty and kindness
It is always there to help her when she feels so alone
It frequently helps her out of a mess.
Inside she becomes beautiful, wise, honest, loving and kind
But others don’t seem to know about her little blue stone
She wants to tell them, if they look carefully, they too will find
There is a special gift inside each of us waiting to lovingly bring us home.
NB. Looking back through my old writing files and came across this one I thought I would share.
Barbara Mallon (A Year of Creativity) says that:
Sometimes in order to go forward you have to go back to earlier times when the path you were starting out on was still covered in virgin snow.
She poses the following questions and suggests you write your responses in your Creative Year Journal. I will include my answers to the questions in this blog.
My favourite childhood game was…. “let’s pretend.” This included dress-ups, shop keepers, TV characters …
The best TV program I saw as a child was … Lassie Come Home or Black Velvet or Mr Ed. I also loved Popeye cartoons …
My earliest memory of school was … my very first day! I did not want to stay there and I got stuck into Sister Kevin by kicking and screaming – much to my mother’s horror!
The toy I loved most was … paper dolls that you could dress in paper dresses (anyone remember them?), dolls & teddy bears, musical jewelry box and wind-up toys.
If I had the perfect childhood I would have grown up to be … the person I am now but maybe would have got there a bit quicker in a more favorable environment.
The best gift anyone could have given me as a child would have been … their full and undivided attention.
NB My answers included multiple items whereas the questions mostly asked for one thing. I couldn’t decide so included those strongest in my memory.
Even if you don’t want to blog your answers you may enjoy giving some thought to what your answers might be. My answers were a surprise to me!