Sunday, February 13, 2011

the week

it's been an odd week....a lot of 'heaviness' in the air. there've been more than the usual number of spats and aggravations in our little abode.  i think cabin-fever has reached it's peak and we're all quite ready for spring.

i woke up this morning thinking i wanted to open the windows. which i did, ever so briefly...but, oh - what a difference! it gives one hope. :)

most mornings of late i'm woken by the tip-tapping of doggie feet around the bedroom -- our ancient boy Tyler can't quite hold his bladder like he did in his younger days and nature's call is coming ever earlier. apparently i wasn't quick enough out of bed today and i followed him to Sebastian's room where i caught him lifting his leg against the table (Tyler, that is).  i'm not sure he even realized what he was doing.  thus it is to be an old dog.

i'm reading Lord of the Rings -- first time, although i've had the book for years. (GASP! i know, right? where have i been?). i haven't got far - i'm exhausted by bedtime these days -- but i've found the foreword to be of great interest and have enjoyed a quiet giggle at the way Mr.Tolkein views his critics. this also stood out {on the topic of suggested motive and meaning of his story} ...

     "The prime motive was the desire of the tale-teller to try his hand at a really long story that would hold the attention of readers, amuse them, delight them, and at times maybe excite them or deeply move them.  As a guide I had only my own feelings for what is appealing or moving, and for many the guide was inevitably at fault."

this actually brought tears to my eyes....because i think it's a lovely way to look at life in general; that if we act from a desire to amuse and delight, to share and encourage then we are approaching our lives with a beautiful purpose. inevitably, someone is gonna dump all over it, but that needn't be our concern. i think that's the part i struggle with most....the surrendering of perspective.


and there was art commissioned for the downstairs-bathroom wall. i'm on a mission of un-beige -- i don't fancy painting the walls from their delightful shade of industrial beige (far too much upheaval involved there)...i much prefer the splashes of colour a smattering of fabulous art can provide.

from the Creature Feature Savannah

B was away on biz-ness on Friday and Saturday so there were bonus trips to Nanna and Grandad's and the baking of brownies and procurement of ice-cream for a movie night.  we watched Skellig the Owl Man....absolutely wonderful.

and in amongst all that....we just carry on as we are.


  1. *hugs* I understand heaviness, it is sure in the air to, both sides of the Atlantic. Just carrying on is a good plan. Loving Savannah's Creature Feature series!

  2. I love that Tolkien quote. So endearing! It puts all my thoughts about LOTR into perspective. My own edition of that book does not have a preface from him.

    Beautiful art.

    The air here is heavy also, clamped down with humidity and other things. We are being very light with each other. I hope for more open window days soon for you.

  3. Been thinking about you! I need to do the same thing: OPEN the windows! and move some of this energy around.
    nice quote!
    lovely art!

  4. Great post, I must get round to actually reading LOTR, I love love love the films, (and no its really isn't just that extremely handsome Viggo chap with his intensely blue eyes and lucious locks!) I have watched them so many times. I had the first one on whilst labouring in my birthing pool with my third baby, I had to get my midwife to stop watching it and actually deliver my son! My hubbie has read the books many times and is a devotee. I am so looking forward to the Hobbit coming out when they finally get filming! I must read that too, I got half way through some time ago. I too have been throwing open windows. I just cannot wait till the doors can be flung open too. Oh and I love that artwork, fantastic! I would love to be able to paint, I really do admire people that can. Hope you are having a great week, Blessings, Liz

  5. Oh, I am excited to read Tolkien too! Jeremy is making his way through the series, for the second or third time. To amuse and delight ... yes, so beautiful, so inspiring, isn't it?

    I'm sorry to hear about the heaviness. I understand. Life IS heavy sometimes. Spring is near though :), which always helps.

    Kisses and hugs to you ...


  6. Such inspiring images ... beige, beware!

    Spring ... ah, we had a taste and it was lovely ... now snow is in the forecast and I was starting to get all gloomy about it, when my girl discovered the news with glee! Snow? Snow! Catching snowflakes on our tongues ... ah, the freshness of a 6 year old perspective :)


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