Monday, May 25, 2015

"Sew" Unlikely

"What do you think you are doing?"  (I don't know why I still ask this question).  "I'm going to operate this machine.  You spend hours in front of it so it must be good mustn't it?"

"I doubt if you even know how it works for if you did you would know that the needle is sharp and could stick you and you not only need to operate the needle part you must make the pedal below go up and down".  "Aha -- so if I were to sit here and operate the needle you could make the pedal go up and down."  (hmmm this one has an answer for everything).

"No, it has to be a coordinated action done by one person.  I'm sorry to tell you that this is sew unlikely to happen that you might as well admit its impossible". 

"Yikes!!  Please don't use the "I" word in front of me, or any other Unlikely as it is banned from our language as being a useless and negative word".

I admired his spirit so much that we compromised and I made a nice place for him over on one of the fabric bins. He'll be in on all the action that way and won't be taking chances with sharp needles.

"It is impossible to live without failing at something, unless you live so cautiously that you might as well not have lived at all, in which case you have failed by default." - J. K. Rowling

Friday, May 22, 2015

The Sense of Smell

Every time I open a drawer in my bedroom there is that slight scent that takes me outdoors on a sunny day walking through fields of lavender.

In mid-afternoon I stop everything, if I can, and take up a small square of dark chocolate.  I break it in four pieces letting the scent speak for the taste I'm soon going to have.

How many beautiful scents can you think of?  Some of mine are new moan grass, herbal teas (any kind *smile*), sun warmed pine needles on the ground, anything sweet baking in the oven.

Sometimes a memory from the past comes flooding into my mind with just the slightest scent that represents that time.  

"Nothing is more memorable than a smell.  One scent can be unexpected, momentary and fleeting, yet conjure up a childhood summer beside a lake in the mountains." - Diane Ackerman

Monday, May 18, 2015

"Totally" Unlikely

Just so you know what I'm putting up with...here is a picture of a decorative birdcage complete with its painted bird and faux bird's eggs.

That was then, this is now.  My birdcage has been taken over by "Totally".  There she sits, perched on the nest apparently waiting for the chirp of new born baby birds.

I explained to her, very gently I might add, that it is totally unlikely that these 'eggs' will ever hatch because they are not REAL!

Obviously, she is taking no heed of my words (a very definite trait of the Unlikely's I might add).  So there she sits.  I do hope that she has a LOT of patience.

"With love and patience, nothing is impossible." - Daisaku Ikeda

Friday, May 15, 2015

Our Five Senses

Once again the 2 am Boogey man appears.  In my case he isn't there to scare me but to flip the button on my brain so that all the gears and cogs and whatever else is in there are running at full speed --meanwhile my body says "go back to sleep"!

My thoughts wandered into the world of the five senses:  sight, smell, sound, touch, and taste.  Aren't they wonderful?!   They basically help us survive in a world that isn't always very good for us.  They also give the gift of all the joys our world has to offer.  Without one or more or all of these senses our lives would be quite different.

Sounds like heavy thoughts for the middle of the night but you know me, the 'good' stuff usually outweighs the bad stuff.

Please bear with me while I spend a little time, thought and words on these five gifts of life that we have been given...

"Observe, record, tabulate, communicate.  Use your five senses.  Learn to see, learn to hear, learn to feel, learn to smell, and know that by practice alone you can become expert." - William Osler

Monday, May 11, 2015

"Really" Unlikely

Oh dear!  Who is this sitting atop a heavy drill atop the work table in the garage?  Of course we had to have a conversation because if this drill actually started up it would vibrate "Really" right off the bench onto the floor.  Pointing this out was something "Really" did not want to hear.

So once again - I had to compromise with one more Unlikey by promising him that he could watch the next time the drill was turned on.  Of course I cautioned him that it wouldn't be me who turned it on -- I am averse to any heavy duty machinery (and by my definition pretty much anything other than an iron or sewing machine falls into that category).

"Okay", said "Really" - "Just let me talk to your husband he'll understand".  Hmmm I might have to eavesdrop on that little conversation.

"Do not wait; the time will never be 'just right'.  Start where you stand, and work with whatever tools you may have at your command, and better tools will be found as you go along." - George Herbert


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