~Living a life of sophisticated domestication deep in the heart of Texas~

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Mood musings....

...or, what's on my mind.

I'm feeling very sorry about the passing of Amy Winehouse...and trust she will cross the river and that her path will be well-lit and soft under her feet, that she and her loved ones will be blessed and their sorrow eased.

I'm feeling confused and dismayed about the horrific occurrence in Norway. I just do not understand how something so awful can happen to so many good people with good things ahead of them. What???

I'm playing 'hide and seek' in my mind. Let's see, how shall I put this? Hey, I'm "IT" and in control, am I not? Well, soon...IOW, Shawn is going to be in control of her work and recreation and rest schedule and now she's been let off the Hammer (the. worst. ride. at. the. Fair), she's not about to grab a front seat on the damfreakin' Rollercoaster. I think you probably get what I'm saying here...

Are things good? Compared to what? Yes, the answer is "Yes," and I'm grateful. Not just because I don't have the emergent and tragic dealings of those I've mentioned above, but because my dream Came True and I've been granted some of my wishes.... and fully expect to be granted more. Hopefully, I'll have facilitated some blessing in the lives of others and be the "Come True" in someone else's dream, before this life, this time, is over.



Monday, July 11, 2011

We are...

...enabled to apprehend at all what is sublime and noble only by the perpetual instilling and drenching of the reality that surrounds us. We can never have enough of nature. ~ Henry David Thoreau

When our friend Jack shared this picture, it really spoke to me. I'm not quite sure what the artist is trying to say, and I really have no idea what the photographer was thinking when snapping the picture, but I just really wanted to borrow it and share it with you.

I was thinking about it again today, when I came upon this Thoreau quote and put it all together. ;+)

I admire the idea of beauty hidden in the mundane, the notion of lifting something wonderful and whimsical right up out of the ho hum, finding a reason to smile in spite of imperfect, yet-to-be-ideal circumstances. Like SGTex tells me from time to time, "But Honey, this is earth." LOL

You know me...I'm always taking an idea and stretching it until it nearly snaps.....

The "bloom where you're planted" concept is so completely and utterly simple.....trite, in fact. Yet, in some cases that very small idea can become so powerful as to be one's mantra.

The mosaic work (play?) on these steps certainly conveys that one can find happiness right where one is, in the moment. One doesn't have to avoid the day-to-day, ordinary, the not-new-anymore in order to be surprised and find joy right under one's feet.

So, I guess what I'm seeing here is *extra*ordinary, sublime.

Some clever person went and prayerfully unfurled, unswirled, unwound what amounts to a lovely, magnificent mandala.



Tuesday, July 5, 2011


It's not like she hasn't been on our hearts since the day she was discovered to be missing...All over America tonight there are porch lights turned on, candles lit and social network discussions. We're speculating as to what really happened, why did the jury come to the (in)decision that it did, who in their right minds would set Casey A free, what about the grandparents, who was telling the truth and who and what went wrong the day she died. I'll never look at duct tape the same, and I doubt that any sentient being has not been affected by all of this. What will you be thinking, the next time you see a little brown-haired, bright-eyed girl turn and smile?


Saturday, July 2, 2011


Let freedom never perish in your hands. ~Joseph Addison

Look at this!!

Not your typical 4th of July greeting card, but I'm sure it got some attention back in the day, lol..... I thought it was cute~ I wonder if one of those "Don't try this at home" kind of warnings came with it.... ;+)

Anyway, here comes the 4th of July in America again. I'm a big fan of fireworks and music and picnics, but this year my heart goes out to those who have lost so much in the fires around Texas and New Mexico and elsewhere. I'm kinda hoping that we can set aside our pyrotechnics for after a few rainy days and maybe find other ways to celebrate our patriotic gratitude and enthusiasm. That's probably expecting too much, and I do know of a few people who have their hoses and buckets handy, lol.

Fireworks or not, a lot of barbecue, fried chicken, apple pies, potato salads and watermelons will be enjoyed by those who are really glad about being lucky enough to do so in the land of the free and the home of the brave.

Happy Birthday, America!!!

Shawn & SGTex