Wednesday, October 06, 2010

Is the Cup Half Full or Half Empty?

Today I had the opportunity to sit with some ladies, when we had a lunch break during a school workshop. The conversation was an eye opener. I was so reminded about how blessed I have been throughout the years. First there was the topic of having babies. One lady mentioned that she only had one child because she endured a 36 hour labor, the next lady was single but she coached her sister through an 18 hour labor and ended up with wrists that were sore for over six weeks. My longest labor lasted 9 hours, and my shortest two and a half. I would do it all over again, when I think of the wonderful children I have.

Then they talked about houses. Houses in this economy. So one mentioned that her property values had gone down over 150,000 dollars and they felt bound to the house but are paying over 2,000 dollars on their mortgage. The other lady, felt burdened with hers, after her divorce and struggled to make ends meet. She hated the drudgery. I have my struggles but God has been so good to me. I've made adjustments, cut cable, limited excess spending, quit using the dryer, turned off the fans, etc. It's not easy, but I am grateful I have a home. When I think of all the people who don't have a job and would love the opportunity to have a home and to take over the drudgery of mowing the lawn, paying homeowners, etc., I just thank God.

Then they talked about children. Children making bad choices. My kids. I didn't want to start bragging about them. I love them. I bless them. I pray God leads them everyday, closer and closer to Him.


Don't get me wrong, I was empathetic about their situations. I felt their pain and frustration, but it would lessen, if they would back away for a moment and looked at it from another perspective. They have bills but we have a job to pay our expenses. They have a home, but they could be homeless. They have children; they might have never had them. So all in all, we can see the cup half empty or half full. My life isn't perfect, but my cup is full and I thank God for the reminder today of his goodness throughout all my years.

How about you?

Tuesday, October 05, 2010

Mangoes are for Sale

 
 
 

Finally put up some recent paintings up for sale on ETSY.com. I hope you get a chance to visit my blog and etsy story. Let me know if you like what you see. Thank you!
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Sunday, October 03, 2010

Flower of the Day

 


Verbena means festival in Spanish. Have no idea if it means anything as festive in English, but the name fits this happy little flower so well, doesn't it? It brings joy to those who take the time to enjoy its bright colors. Made for our enjoyment by our Creator who loves us!
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Beautiful Visitor

 
 
 
 

The pictures I think speak for themselves. It is a Gulf Fritillary, not to be confused with the Viceroy or Monarch. I plan to put these pictures up on my ESTY store if you are interested.
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Around the Garden

 
 
 
 

Checking on my flowers and veggies growing in my garden. The bean had flowers yesterday which quickly closed by noon, so today I knew I had to snap a shot early or lose the opportunity. So I did. An insect has gotten on the leaves and carved a strange design, but I like it. The tomatoes are thriving, as well as the verbena. I love the verbena with its rich purple which the camera doesn't really capture, but I will have to play with it to adjust the light. On my morning stroll I came upon a feisty dragon fly which refused to stop and pose. So I caught him as well as I could in mid air.

Later I had a very surprising encounter with a butterfly. See next entry.
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Maitland Art Festival

I am just hoping I will be able to attend. To plan my visit to the Festival, I went online to get details surrounding the Festival. In the process, I discovered a very talented artist, Lori Pitten Jenkins, who is the featured artist at the Festival. Her work is down to earth yet refined. You can tell she is a well trained artist because of her composition, but her art is more than technique. You can sense her love for life which comes right through her artwork. Her choice of brilliant colors and subject attract the eye. Her use of light and the clever yet natural contrast between subject and setting, juxtaposes ordinary topics in a whole new light. Take for example using newspaper pages to contrast meticulously painted ingredients for a Southern Boil is fun and typical. You can see her work here. Really enjoy!

Steve Harvey

Steve Harvey, a well known Hollywood comedian, and relatively new host of Family Feud was on TBN recently and made a comment that was the best explanation I had ever heard between having a gift and passion. He said it much better than my paraphrase, but the point is that it was so clear. A gift is something that you can do well and it comes easily, while a passion, is something you have a deep desire for. It really clarifies things for you when you know that what is your strength, what comes naturally for you is a gift. A gift should not be ignored. It can be your livelihood. That is not to say, that you shouldn't pursue your passion, it is just going to take a bit more effort to get to where you want to be with it.