happiness starts with you

November 29, 2020

Sunday’s Inspiration

“There is a time for departure
even when there’s no certain place to go.”

~ Tennessee Williams

“I know this transition is painful
but you’re not falling apart
you’re just falling into something different
with a new capacity to be beautiful.”
~ William C. Hannan

Happiness starts with you
Not with your relationships
Not with your job
Not with your money
But with you

You’ve got a new story to write.
And it looks nothing like your past.

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“the beauty of independence
departure
actions that rely on themselves.”

~ Walt Whitman

Freedom is being you
without anyone’s permission

If you planted hope today in a heart that felt alone
if you caused a laugh that chased tears away
if someone’s burden was made lighter because of your kindness
then your day was well spent
This is a print of my original mixed media design. Its printed on acid free paper with an elegant linen texture. Its subtle linen finish enhances the artistic aspects of the work. The image has a white border around it for framing. Its signed by me(the artist) on the back. I will ship it with

Be the flawed, quirky, beautiful & magical person that you are

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Often, it's the deepest #pain which #empowers you to #grow into your highest self.
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Often it’s the deepest pain
which empowers you to grow into your highest self.
~ Karen Salmansohn

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and then she decided to dance with her soul

when in doubt . . .

November 28, 2020

picture of the week

“when in doubt”
taken November 27, 2020
f-stop: f/5.6; exposure time: 1/100sec (with flash); ISO 400
focal length 300mm
CANON EOS Rebel xt
edited in PhotoShop

“When in doubt, wait
when doubt no longer exists for you
then go forward with courage.”

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live life happy

November 27, 2020

picture of the day

black ant
taken October 30, 2020
f-stop: f/9; exposure time: 1/500sec; ISO 2000
focal length 55mm (with macro lenses)
edited in PhotoShop
CANON EOS Rebel T6
available at Picfair

“Life only comes around once
so do whatever makes you happy
and be with whoever makes you smile.”

~ unknown

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picfair (bugs, spiders, bees)
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Inspirational quotes to live your best life! Find your life purpose, inner peace, happiness and joy through being spiritual and mindfulness. Love yourself and love your life.

It doesn’t have to make sense. It just has to make you happy.

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thankful and blessed

November 26, 2020

picture of the day

squirrels looking at you
taken September 15, 2020
f-stop: f/5.6; exposure time: 1/200sec; ISO 400
focal length 300mm
edited in PhotoShop
taken with Canon EOS Rebel xt
available at Picfair

May all the good things in life be yours
Not just at Thanksgiving
But throughout the coming year

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Wild Turkey - hope this poor sweetie makes a quick getaway before thanksgiving :o)
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Happy Thanksgiving!

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American Folklore: The First Thanksgiving

November 25, 2020

This comes from the book American Folklore and Legends by Reader’s Digest.

Hope you enjoy!

250 THANKSGIVING PICTURES and IMAGES
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“To most Americans, the first Thanksgiving is a “legendary” and real event”, much as it is depicted in the modern painting by J.L.G. Ferris. A gathering of Pilgrims and Indian friends, meeting to offer thanks for God’s bounty. Historically, it is said, that God was not mentioned except for a brief grace. Rather, the Pilgrims celebrated their first harvest with a three day banquet, spiced with tests of skill and strength.

Gothic Cloister CHIEF MASSASOIT Cyrus Edwin Dallin 1997.8
Chief Massasoit
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Chief Massasoit, an Indian ally, was invited to dine with them. He showed up with 90 ravenous warriors, no tribal women were in attendance. The even was not a holiday for the five Plymouth women that had survived, they had to feed 145 diners.

The settlers couldn’t have been so elegantly dressed, neither were the houses/cabins built as depicted. The ten months of hardship they endured, killing half the original party, had to have taken a toll on the survivors. Just trying to survive would have been a strain on every aspect of life. The Pilgrim’s log cabin homes were built and fashioned with hewn planks and had wooden shutters. No leaded window panes. (I read in a book we have, One Night Stands In American History, which I plan on using in the near future, that wooden chimneys were outlawed in 1631 in Massachusetts. Yes, wooden chimneys were used!! How crazy is that!!)

Building a Home | Plimoth Plantation
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The settlers feasted on venison, wild fowl, eel, shellfish, lobster, corn, dried fruit and, yes, probably turkey. Everything was washed down with homemade wine. Cranberry sauce and pumpkin pie, two traditional treats, were absent from the dining table. “Except for knives, there were no utensils. One ate with one”s fingers or scooped up food with crude clam shell spoons.” Food was placed in wooden trenches, according to the book.

Here are some words that have been “borrowed” from the Native American language(s):
Not a complete list…

hominy – prepared corn, coarsely
moccasin – box, case, shoe
opossum – white animal
papoose – very small; child
pemmican – grease, fat; a paste of dried and pounded meat mixed with melted fat and other ingredients
pone – baked (as in “corn pone”); unleavened corn bread
raccoon – he scratches with his hands
sachem – or sagamore – chief
skunk – small urinating animal (according to the Legends book, I can’t find any other meaning other than “foul smelling”, but it is believed that that a skunks odor can ward off disease )
squash – green thing eaten raw
squaw – woman
tomahawk – ax
wampum – white strings(small cylindrical beads traditionally made by some North American Indian peoples from shells, strung together and worn as decoration or used as money)
wigwam – dwelling

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Wopila Tanka!

(Lakota/Dakota: many thanks!)

“Gratitude turns what we have into enough”

~ Melody Beattie

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Happy Thanksgiving!

show me your soul

November 25, 2020

picture of the day

September Rose
taken September 12, 2020
f-stop: f/2.4; exposure time: 1/446sec; ISO 50
focal length 3mm
LG-M257 cell phone camera
available at Pixels
edited in PhotoShop

“Hers is an old fashioned heart
that holds timeless love
She’s a three page love letter
in a world of relationship status updates.”
~ JmStorm

In A Gentle Way

a macro image of maple buds budding in the spring with Mahatma Gandhi quote
“In a gentle way, you can shake the world”

“Be weird
Be random
Be who you are
Because you never know
who would love the person you hide.”
~ unknown

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“Have you heard of Murphy’s Law?”
“Yeah”
“What is it?”
“If something can go wrong, it will go wrong”
“Right. Have you heard of Cole’s Law?”
“No, what is it?”
“Thinly sliced cabbage.”

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come in and get cozy

November 24, 2020

“chop your own wood, and it will warm you twice”
~ Henry Ford

fun with words/my thoughts for today

a pile of wood!

We had a cord of wood delivered today! Makes me happy! This should last us a while… as we were down to the last we had, I can rest a little easier knowing we will be warm a little longer! Plus, I’m going to have two dead trees felled/cut down here soon. The guys who delivered the wood can do it at a reasonable price.

Before enlightenment:
chop wood, carry water
After enlightenment:
chop wood, carry water

~ Zen Proverb

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May free firewood always be available
no chop chop

Most of the wood we use for the wood stove is free, coming off my property or my boyfriend’s work buddies, but he’s been really busy working on roofs so he hasn’t had a chance to get any. Besides the dead standing on my property, we’ve almost exhausted what I have. Almost, not quite.
Need to keep a good, healthy ecosystem! Which I have. The only thing I’m really missing is a good water supply! But that’s another post…
Can’t let things get to be a fire hazard either…

To everything there is a purpose

good and hot
toasty warm

Standing dead: or dead standing, are trees that are dead but haven’t fallen to the ground yet. Often times they are called “snags” (forestsociety.org). I’d prefer to leave some standing dead or dead standing trees, as they provide food and shelter for wildlife. But, at the same time, I need fire wood! So, sometimes, the trees need to be thinned out. (Mother Nature helps sometimes!) The two trees I’m going to have felled are huge, black gum trees. They keep dropping limbs, and I’m scared they could come crashing down on us when we’re walking around or doing yard work. So, they need to come down. And to be honest, I’m surprised they haven’t come down yet.

Not all the trees in the forest make good firewood. - Sudanese proverb

Not all the trees in the forest make good firewood.

~ Sudanese Proverb

While looking at the forest society website, I didn’t realize that a dying tree goes through certain stages before collapsing. But it makes sense… I’ll have to do another blog on just that and the critters that benefit from each stage. I can tell you, that just observing these trees from time to time, I have noticed all kinds of things – from fungi, to woodpeckers, and bugs. Which is what dead wood provides, or provides for.

Best firewood Quotes, Status, Shayari, Poetry & Thoughts | YourQuote
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“Memories are like firewood
to be used in cold times.”

~ AnirbaN

Well, my brain is at a standstill and I can’t really find anything on the net to inspire me. So I will leave you with this…

“A man may plant a tree for many reasons.
Perhaps he likes trees.
Perhaps he wants shelter.
Or perhaps he knows that someday
he may need the firewood.”

~ Joanne Harris

(for every tree I cut down, I replace it with another)

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where you may be!
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Find Your Fire

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