21 February 2019

WEP 28 days

28 days brings to mind cycles.  Cycles of the moon, tides, Lunar happenings.  Yeah they all play a part of the cycle of life I live. 

Not that I am particularly prompt in observing these things.  They're things I notice in every day life.  Like the moon's quiet influence in lives with occasional splashes of spectacular brilliance.  Driving along the road during nights with a clear sky above, I notice the position, the phase and the brightness of the moon.

More often, I check the sky during the day to see if I can see the sun and the moon together.  I'd once read a tale of the moon and sun only being together during certain times of the year.  Yes, this is one of the few things I ponder in moments when I want to let my imagination roam free.  Times when I don't want to have to think about schedules, crises, what am I going to cook. 

I have managed to solve other puzzles wherein I wonder how things work and see if I can solve them without having to research it, check for the scientific explanation or other easily solvable methods.  Like trying to figure how the nozzle knows when to stop pumping gas when one has it set automatically.  Hahaha.

No, I didn't solve that one on my own.  My cousin happily explained it to me when he asked what I was thinking about.  Duuh, I've never made that mistake again.  "nothing" has become my stock answer.

Why do I do this?  Just to see if I can figure it out. 

***And yes this is really late.  I'd written this and set the schedule.  Only when I finally got around to working on my blogs, etc. it was blank.  Hmmph.  Something else to ponder on in those rare free moments.  I will be touching upon this subject in my 1st Wednesday post.  Yeah.***

06 February 2019

Creative Outlets IWSG

Writing is not the only creative outlet I have.  I do traditional arts and crafts, although I haven’t set my hand to beads in years.  I do have a couple projects that need to be done.  The thing is I hate to get started because I did so much that now my fingertips crack within hours of starting work. 

The beading isn’t the problem.  When I have to applique the work to leather is the problem.  I have devised a workaround, using pliers.  A method which requires a lot more time.  So, I only do work for myself at this time.

I also take photographs, mostly landscapes.  I go for walks when the weather is nice or conducive to walking at any rate.  Most times, it’s to fulfill my daily 10,000 steps program.  Since the beginning of this year’s program, I’ve mostly averaged about 2500 steps.  Luckily, we can use a half hour of dancing for 2000 steps.  There is a conversion table.  Pow-wow dancing is lots of steps.  Exercising, gardening and other activities designed to keep us moving.  Healthy lifestyle at the edges of my mind every day.  ‘Cept winter.

I have quite a collection of photographs.  Mostly, for my own enjoyment.  And, perhaps to use for cover designs.  Least til I can afford to hire it out.  Ahh, not hire it out.  Drats, sometimes, my father’s voice pops into my head.  Hire a professional.  Good thing this is written down in my grand plan for my writing career.  Teehee. 

I attend the arts and crafts, cultural stuff the local radio station sponsors every so often.  It’s always interesting to see and hear what other creatives are doing.

The most important one, to me, is sitting quietly, watching the world around me.  I notice a lot of things that I would miss when going about my everyday routine.  This gives me time to think about life, enjoy the memories I have.  Time to recharge. 

I do a lot of coloring, the closest I can come to actually painting or drawing.  I have much admiration for those who can.  Colors, mixing and matching, gives me the sense that all is right with my world.  It’s something fast and easy and also very noticeable errors and mistakes.  I think that’s what gives me the greatest satisfaction, being able to correct any mistakes without have to think about it, without having to hunt out where I went wrong.  I don’t have to analyze anything, figure out anything.  All I have to do is feel the positive emotions and that is good enough for me.