As I was wandering about the house today (which I consider a form of exercise…), I was so thankful to be “here” (life, home, blog world), it inspired me to share a glimpse of life beyond the kitchen… plus, an updated photo of yours truly… the weathered version. :) For those of you who follow me on Facebook and Google+ (yes, I joined the ranks), thanks for bearing with any photographic repetition. Here’s what I’m peering at…
I count my blessings every time I look out that window…
Behind each and every blog is a human being — a life in progress — yours (and mine) included. That’s why I decided to share my current “life and times” — a catching up and a jumping off point, of sorts.
(Public declarations mean one must do something about ’em, right?)
Take art, for instance…
When I’m not in the kitchen, I dabble. Or dream. Or both. Actually, there’s more dreaming than dabbling at this point… I’m just now feeling settled in after our trip to Minnesota… but I’m pursuing it!
Way back when, I used to draw all the time — sketches, posters, illustrations, and what not. I also loved wood burning — the texture of it fascinated me. But, somewhere along the line, I put it all away.
(Not sure why, but it’s nothing to get hung about…)
Then “art” started calling my name (again) and I decided to answer back. FYI, I don’t have a clue how to paint with oils yet — the hodgepodge above was a gift from a friend — but it’s messy and fun, and it makes for mighty purdy “art” photos. ;)
Whenever I set up that easel — my easel — I feel like a kid with a new toy. (Tons of possibilities… will keep you posted.) I’ve also joined an artists’ group whose mission is to leave Random Acts of Art in public places. (More fun!) Here’s my contribution…
Then, there’s music… and writing. My constant companions. Best friends, really. They’ve been with me longer than anybody else.
Music and writing are the essence of my life — a source of solace and inspiration — not to mention some pretty interesting characters over the span of 50+ years. (In current terminology, for-eh-vah…)
Truth be told, when I’m not carrying around my clipboard and pen, I’m carrying a tune. That’s just the way it is. (Yes, Bruce Hornsby & The Range are playing right now.)
So, how is it for you? What do you love to do besides cook? (Or is cooking your best friend?) Is there something you’ve set aside?
No matter what stage of life you’re in, creative longings have a way of making themselves known. Even if you can’t do anything about them right now, the important thing is to make a dent.
Whether life grants you five minutes (or 50 years) to scribble something down, throw it in a file and save it for later. Write a “someday list” and review it now and then. (Not the same as a “Bucket List” — I’m talkin’ deep down things that have always been a part of you — unless your lifelong dream is to jump out of an airplane.) Hey, how ya doin’, Missy? :)
“Someday” may arrive when you least expect it — like it did for me. Keep your dreams alive. And, when you finally can do something about them, pick up where you left off and don’t look back. No excuses, no regrets!
By the way… I’ve always loved playing with food.
Enjoying creative license,