Inspiration

I happily reblog this post from my friend Mary’s blog, Walking My Path. I love the photo and the quote from Chief Dan George that accompanies it. I want to keep this quote handy especially for those times when life is not so gentle with me when I need something uplifting.

Check out the rest of Mary’s blog. It is a thing of beauty and of quiet inspiration.

Walking my path: Mindful wanderings in nature

In response to The Daily Post Weekly Photo Challenge.  This one calls for Inspiration.

DSC_0267 - Copy“May the stars carry your sadness away.     May the flowers fill your heart with beauty, and may hope forever wipe away your tears. ”                                      Chief Dan George

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Progress on the Unfinished Project – A Saturday Stitching Post

imageMany craft people who I know have old projects that were started a long time ago but got pushed to the side in favor of other projects. My oldest such project is from 2002. In March of this year as the weather turned warm and I was thinking of spring, I remembered this design of two rabbits with a flower pot.  I brought my project out of hiding. On March 28, I published a post about the project named Hide and Seek – An Unfinished Object.

2015-04-04 13.29.53The project when I picked it up in April.

Back in 2002 I had messed up in counting stitches in the left hand center area of the design beneath the back of the bunny and above the edge of the flower pot. It was a complicated part of the design and I was having trouble finding my way to correcting the design. I needed a break from it so I set it aside in favor of other projects.

This spring I decided to resume my work on it and last updated my progress on April 18 in Saturday Spring Snow and A Stitching Post.I made up my mind that I would not start another project until I had finished this one. Progress has been slow. Because of the level of detail it required intense concentration. At times when I otherwise might be stitching that I just couldn’t face up to the level of detail involved. I ended up not stitching as often as I normally would have.

2015-04-18 09.05.45Progress as of April 18, 2015.

imageProgress as of June 26.

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With my stitching on July 4, the top half of the design was completed. That felt like a bit of a milestone.

image I adjusted the fabric on the scroll bars to allow work on the bottom portion of the design and continued my stitching .

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A Close-up of Progress on July 10, 2015

Part of the thrill for a stitcher is watching the design evolve. The second bunny in the design is taking shape. After all the cross stitches are completed, top stitching will be added to define features of the design.

This weekend I hope to find much stitching time so that I can make significant progress. The next project is waiting in the wings but I have to stick to my resolution to finish this one before I start another one.

[Project Details: Hide and Seek from  For the Love of Cross Stitch, May 2001.  Design worked on 32 count antique white linen using 2 strands of DMC floss over 2 fabric threads.]

Rest Is Not Idleness – A Wednesday Words Crush Quote

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Rest is not idleness, and to lie sometimes on the grass under trees on a summer’s day, listening to the murmur of the water, or watching the clouds float across the sky, is by no means a waste of time.

John Lubbock

Many people of my generation grew up with an overly developed work ethic. We heard a lot about being productive and not wasting time.  Those ideas were indoctrinated into us.  Thus spending time just watching the clouds or the birds or trees can sometimes instill feelings of guilt because we are not being productive.  I have to embrace the philosophy in this quote. I need to learn to feel good about doing absolutely nothing.

John Lubbock (1834 – 1913) was a British banker, liberal politician, philanthropist and scientist.

On Wednesdays I participate in Words Crush Wednesday Favorite Quote Challenge hosted by Rebirth of Lisa. Check out the blog and join the fun.

Trees and Stones – A Wednesday Words Crush Quote

Rock FaceBelieve one who knows; you will find something greater in woods than in books. Trees and stones will teach you that which you can never learn from masters.

–St. Bernard de Clairvaux

Many of my favorite quotes celebrate nature. I am especially struck by quotes that are significant and meaningful over great spans of time. Today’s quote means as much today as it did when it originated in the 12th century.

Bernard of Clairvaux (1090 – 1153) was a French abbot who was canonized by Pope Alexander III in 1174. In 1830 Pope Pius VIII bestowed upon Bernard the title “Doctor of the Church”

imageOn Wednesdays I participate in Words Crush Wednesday Favorite Quote Challenge hosted by Rebirth of Lisa. Check out the blog and join the fun.

John Muir – Words Crush Wednesday Quote

John Muir

I am reminded of the beauty that surrounds us. The serenity found in nature helps to calm a stressed and restless soul. I need to spend more time enjoying and appreciating the natural wonders of which we are benefactors.

John Muir (1838 – 1914) was a Scottish-American naturalist and author. He was an early advocate of preservation of the wilderness it the United States.

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On Wednesdays I join Words Crush Wednesday Favorite Quote Challenge sponsored by Lisa on the blog Rebirth of Lisa.

Check out her blog and other quotes.

Photo Credit: Carrie Miller. View towards Silverton, Colorado, with the mountains beyond.

Hummingbird in the Snow

On Saturday I posted pictures of our first hummingbird of the season.

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Rain was forecast for Sunday. The rain began in the morning.  It soon turned to snow.  Within minutes there was a layer of snow covering everything including the hummingbird feeder.

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The hummingbird came swooping around the feeder shortly after the picture of the feeder was taken. We removed the snow from the feeder and the hummingbird soon came back.

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I took my first ever picture of a hummingbird in the snow.  We also saw a second hummingbird who we believe was the female. She made a brief visit but we did not see her again. The snow melted by noon.

Have I said that I love hummingbirds? Just another thread of my life.

The Sensitive Plant – A Words Crush Wednesday Quote

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And Spring arose on the garden fair,

Like the Spirit of Love felt everywhere;

And each flower and herb on Earth’s dark breast

Percy Bysse Shelly, “The Sensitive Plant

I celebrate spring.  In truth, I celebrate nature and every change of seasons. Right now in springtime, I am smitten with the beautiful gifts of nature.  It seems appropriate that this week I would choose a quote that celebrates this season of rebirth. It is also appropriate that in the continuing cycle of life I quote from a poet who wrote 200 years ago.  This poem, like all great poetry, stands the test of time. An emerging spring marks the end of every winter and this poem eternally celebrates the seasonal change.

Percy Bysshe Shelly was an 19th century English romantic poet. Some consider him to be the greatest of the romantic poets. His poetry was considered to be radical for the time as were his political and social views. Among other things his writing reference incest, attacks on religion and free love. He was not well-known in his short 3o years of life as many were afraid to publish his poetry.  His fame came after his death.

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Harbingers of Spring

We have not had enough snow in New Mexico this winter.  We have not imageexperienced six feet of snow as did the northeastern part of the United States.  We did not have an ice storm that essentially shut down the city for much of a week as has happened in part of the country. Four to eight inches of snow were forecast over this past weekend.  Although it was spitting snow for a while we had no noticeable accumulation.

I stepped out on the back deck Sunday morning and I heard a chorus of birds singing loudly and beautifully.  We have a heated bird bath mounted on the deck and it was very busy.  The bird bath was visited by mountain chickadees and black-capped chickadees, sparrows, pine siskins and house finches, all of which we see consistently through the winter months.

imageThe special visitors yesterday were a group of robins cavorting in the bird bath in spite of the gray, frigid, windy conditions.  Once the robins have arrived, can spring be far behind?

Overnight temperatures are in the teens.  I hope those robins have adequate protection from the cold.