Share Your World – January 22, 2018

I’ve been thinking about creating a blog post the past few days – but have done nothing about it. Because. Because I don’t want to spew my frustrations with our world all over those of you out there who are able to get through your days without thinking a great deal about what’s going on – I don’t want to discourage those who are better than I at ignoring, although I don’t doubt they are happier and more at peace than those of us who can’t seem to ignore. So. Today I will post – but it will be a post sharing my world with Cee and all of you.

List 2 things you have to be happy about? I have a roof over my head and my larders are full. I have my kids and my friends. I have my furry girl. That’s more than 2, isn’t it? See how lucky I am?!

Have you ever owned a rock, pet rock, or gem that is not jewelry? Oh yes. I’ve had a habit for many years of picking up small rocks various places I visit – most often when it’s a beach, but there are some mountain rocks involved too. And I have a number of gemstones that are not set into any kind of jewelry. Nothing of real value, other than their natural beauty. Come to think of it, that’s probably of great value in ways not monetary.

Are you a hugger or a non-hugger? My parents were not touchy feely people and hugging didn’t happen very often at home, so I’m usually pretty reserved. There are some people, however, that I enjoy hugging and being hugged by.

What inspired you or what did you appreciate this past week? Feel free to use a quote, a photo, a story, or even a combination. This past week I appreciated those things I too often take for granted. I appreciated the fact that the weather cooperated and allowed me to get into town to shop for food (for me, the furry girl, and the feathered friends outside). I appreciated that the winter storm warning never amounted to much of anything down here in the basin. I appreciated that my house is warm and cozy, and that I can control what I do and when I do it without guilt. I appreciated having internet access, which allows such easy and convenient communication with my kids. I appreciated having those kids in my life, for all these many years.

Sometimes I need to remind myself of all of these things, and Cee’s prompt every week is a big help that way.

I did do a little inking during the week too – adding to my accumulation of tiles and other media, but still struggling with what, if anything, I want to do with them. Anyway, here are three new ones – a 4.25″ x 4.25″ inch tile that could grow up to be a coaster; a 6″ x 6″ tile that could grow up to be a trivet; and a 4″ x 6″ (approx) ink that might grow up to be a note card or greeting card of some kind.

Wishing you enough, today and everyday.

About Carol

I'm me - nothing unusual, just me. Widowed, 2 grown children who are my best friends, 1 dog, retired, loving being retired. I am woman, I am strong.
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26 Responses to Share Your World – January 22, 2018

  1. I too have thought about posting, but I don’t know what to say about the state of things these days. Your post was a nice distraction from all of that. I have a collection of shells I gather from places- do they count as rocks?

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  2. dawnkinster says:

    I have many more than 2 things to be happy about too, among them being retired, having my Katie-girl, getting ready to head south next month, and so much more. I too pick up stones, usually on the shores of the ocean or a Great Lake. I have a whole bowl of them now and I try not to accumulate more…but it’s hard. My parents didn’t hug us either growing up, though during their last years they were beginning to. I hug now. Life is short.

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    • Carol says:

      South to the lake? Does Katie get to go?

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      • dawnkinster says:

        Yes to both of those questions. It’s just that stuff keeps getting scheduled. I had hoped to go sometimes in January, but realized I had two concerts with my Aunt. There’s no Ann Arbor Symphony in Feb so am trying to get down there then. Now Katie needs her teeth cleaned and the first opening was 2/2…so she’s getting that done. And I need my mammogram and they don’t have anything till 2/5….but they’re going to look for a cancellation for me. I have to watch the weather too, so that I’m not driving down in a blizzard. Never fun. So all in all I’m not sure when Katie and I can start our adventure.

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  3. Carol — “Oh yes. I’ve had a habit for many years of picking up small rocks various places I visit.” Ditto that! And your inks? Gorgeous!

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  4. leendadll says:

    I also grew up in a non touchy-feely family but I was quite the touchy-feely person in my 20s and 30s, making up for lost time I think. But then Life started burning me and I stopped setting myself up for pain

    I really like the mountain ink! I was thinking of you when I read about an “acrylic pouring” workshop coming up this week. It’s very abstract and taught by the person who teaches alcohol ink and silk painting. I’m debating about taking it – seems interesting but the $60 price tag is a bit high for a 3 hr class that I’m unlikely to ever use again.

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    • Carol says:

      ive seen examples of poured acrylics as well as resin with acrylics or inks poured. I also just learned they now have water cleanup oil paints (I’m probably the only one that didn’t know that). I quit painting with oils years ago because of the cleanup. But, I don’t need to find something else to go buy.

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      • leendadll says:

        I’ve never done any kind of painting on canvas. I know nothing about any mediums. $60 still seems expensive to me. I think silk painting was $50 plus i bought a 2nd scarf during the class. Alcohol ink was about $35.

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    • dawnkinster says:

      I took a watercolor pouring class several years ago. I’ll never do it again, but it was so much fun to try. Take the class! Think of it as 20/hour….for a really wonderful experience. Beats going out to dinner which might cost you that much for an hour.

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  5. Cee Neuner says:

    What a marvelous post for this week. Carol, you do have a charmed life. 😀

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  6. lakeafton says:

    I like all three inks, but the mountains particularly appealed to me today. Whose to say what I’d pick yesterday or tomorrow?

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    • Carol says:

      One of our privileges – changing our minds. Something about those mountains, maybe the simplicity, appeals to me too. That one was mostly finger painting. It might be said I’m regressing.

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  7. jay53 says:

    I hear you Carol. Nothing I can say, except you all have my sympathy.

    I do like your inks. I’ve watched you develop from the beginning and become a confident artist, producing some beautiful, emotional pieces.

    I’ve been thinking about posting, too, but I’ve been feeling rather negative. Lots of pain in my life at the moment and it kind of fills your thoughts, but I don’t want to constantly post angry or miserable pieces. I might just do one about my ‘hidden disability’ though, because it’s part of me, after all, and why should I hide it? Maybe I should pick up something creative, too.

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    • Carol says:

      I often find that writing about something that’s bothering me gives a new perspective and, often, seems to lighten the load. I’d say go for it!

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  8. I appreciate that your posts give me something to think about and to appreciate visually. Beautiful inks.

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  9. Stacy says:

    I am very happy that it snowed for a day here in the Deep South. It was so cold that it didn’t melt for three days!

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  10. Robin says:

    Your inks are gorgeous, Carol. Is the first one for sale?

    I find it difficult to post, too, without ranting or at least bringing up certain subjects. That’s one of the many problems of living in interesting times. I pick up rocks, too, and shells and feathers and other bits and pieces (bones, glass, etc.). I have been trying to collect them by photographing them instead (takes up less room), but it’s not quite the same.

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  11. Lisa says:

    I have so many post ideas swimming around in my head….but time to really flush them out into coherent sentences is limited these days. I collect shells from vacations to the beaches. Seems like I have more than enough, but can’t seem to pass up a pretty shell. Temps are back up into the 50s for a few days, thank goodness. There is a lot in the world that is disturbing–always is–I’m trying to focus on the positive things in life just to maintain my sanity. Hope your week has been enough to make you happy.

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    • Carol says:

      My week has been fine, which leads me to think about happiness – which could lead to a post or part of one. Maybe. When I feel frazzled or harried, I go online and find a recording of the sound of ocean waves, then pretend I’m there.

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