wonder • insignificance • rest

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Seek wonder—it is everywhere.

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I am quite insignificant in the scheme of the world.

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Rest is a sign of strength and self-preservation.

different perspectives

I snapped this photo watching “Better Call Saul” the other night.  Our beloved cat, Ms. Karen Lillibridge Govoni is hanging with my husband, Jeff.  When I looked at all of the textures in this image it looked like a renaissance portrait to me.

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I liked how it was so layered—Karen’s paw hanging, Jeff’s stripey socks, my crow painting, the $10/10-year-old blanket from the airport in Vegas, the industrial lamp and the stack of books (Willa Cather’s My Antonia is the white jacket in the middle).  I took this on my iphone 5S. My family has new iphones and I don’t.  I’m not too bitter about giving up my upgrade, that’s what Moms do, right?  I think I only have to wait until 2019.

When I started playing with this photo in Adobe illustrator I wished that I could shift perspectives on how I see things in the world as easily as I can manipulate them by using design software.

Here’s to new perspectives, folks. 

However you can manifest them in your world.

This is the original shot.

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Thank you Margaret Ann.

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I had to post some more photos from my trip to South Dakota to see my family.  Our dear friend and “neighbor lady” (always one of my husband, Jeff’s favorite South Dakota expressions) Margaret Ann took us to her farm south of Burke to plant some radishes, pick some spinach and check out the garden.  My daughter, Lucy got some driving practice in on that trip as well.  I wish the barn cats would’ve let us closer to the kittens, but this was as close as I could get.  Thank you, Margaret Ann.

cats & old distillery makeovers

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How awesome is this 1800 distillery renovation? You have to click through.  It’s really cool.  Keeping the facade was such genius design.

 

CATS:  Does your cat sleep with the person in the family that is under the most stress or sick? Our cat Karen does this all the time.  They are such remarkable pets.  Here’s an explanation that made sense to me about their behavior.

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http://www.innerself.com/Health/Cats_and_You.htm

“Here’s an unknown tip inside the secret life of cats. All cats are empowered to remove accumulated negative energy from your body on a daily basis. While you are sleeping, they absorb it from your body. 

If there is more than one person in the family, and only one cat, it may accumulate an overload of negativity from absorbing energy from so many people. When they sleep, a cat’s body releases the negativity that it removed from you. 

If you are extremely stressed out, they may not have had enough time to release this negative energy, therefore it is stored as fat until they can. Therefore, they will become overweight — and you thought it was the food that you were feeding them!”

Never underestimate the power of LUCK.

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LUCK (Merriam Websters Definition)
noun \ˈlək\
: the things that happen to a person because of chance : the accidental way things happen without being planned

: good fortune : good luck
: success in doing or getting something

I truly hope you have a lucky Saturday!