Friday, October 26, 2012

I Don't Want To Know

Tonight I took a walk after I'd finished work. I telecommuted today so at 5:00pm I felt the need to just get outside and breath some fresh air. There is a very nice 3.2 mile circular walk that I take...sometimes it is just enough.

I was about 1/2 mile from returning to my home when I saw this giant leaf on the sidewalk. I couldn't believe my eyes. How had a leaf grown to such proportions? I picked it up and carried it home with me, all the time marveling at my find. Like a little child who had just found an abandoned kite, I was beaming. The first thing I thought of was that I would go home and Google it...I will find out what type of tree could grow such a fine specimen of a leaf. Then I stopped myself. Isn't that just like us nowadays? We find something wondrous, something we've never seen before, something we don't understand and our first instinct is to 'go home and Google it'.

I decided not to.

I held that leaf by the stem, twirling it in my fingers, and wondered about where it came from. There were no huge maple trees in the area.  I let it dance about in the breeze as I strode down the street. I held it up and it caught the air like a sail. It would have made a beautiful sail for a little boy's wooden boat. Maybe it was a leaf that never fell from the tree last autumn...or the autumn before that...and just kept growing. A strong leaf that didn't want to give in to the inevitable; that loved its life so much it would not give in to the call of Mother Nature. Or, if I were to use that elusive imagination of mine I might believe that it belonged to a giant maple tree in a world hidden by clouds in the sky...and it somehow found its way down to earth...for me to find. I thought it would make a lovely cradle for a pixie baby in the woods, it was certainly large enough. Hmmm, maybe it was the hat from a woodland elf which had blown away and now he was wandering about the mushrooms looking for it.

I'm sure there is a perfectly logical reason for the leaf, for its size, but I don't care to know it. I loved that feeling of child-like wonder I experienced during that last 1/2 mile of my walk.  Our creativity comes from places we haven't visited in a long time, when we didn't have all the answers, and when we couldn't pull the answers out of cyberspace with a few clicks of a button. It's okay to 'not know' sometimes, to make-believe we have the answer. I think that when we can let go of needing to have all the answers, the door will be open for the answers to find us.


Friday, October 19, 2012

Bread and Puppet Museum

What can be said about the Bread and Puppet Museum...a lot, but whatever is written about it cannot come close to actually experiencing the museum.  This strange, frightening, yet fascinating museum is located at 753 Heights Road (Route 122) in Glover, a small, winding country road in the Northern Kingdom of Vermont.

Every inch of the museum, including the ceilings, are filled with fascinating puppets, drawings, and carvings - just to name a few.  The puppets range from 5' tall and soar to at least 25'!  On the visit in early October, four of us had the museum all to ourselves, which was great, yet spooky.  Throughout the two-story museum faces peered out and down at us from every angle, such as the two in this photo.  There has never been quite a museum like it that I have ever visited.

If you find yourself in the North Kingdom of Vermont, make this museum a "must stop" destination!  You can read more about this fabulous museum at Bread and Puppet Museum


Monday, October 15, 2012

Update to selling on eBay

Well I've been selling eBay items for about 2 weeks and I've sold 2 items and shipped one out today!  There are a few that I haven't sold but will re-list in a few weeks.  I have other items to put up for sale in the next few days so it will be interesting to see what comes of it all!  I am excited to be a part of this
'extra income' adventure. 
Well off to 'photograph' the next few items that will be up for sale!! Maybe I'll have a cookie or two first!
Chat later.
a/k/a Deb

Thursday, October 11, 2012

10/11/12 and the question "Why do I...?".

Today is 10/11/12. I thought that was interesting so just wanted to throw it out there for whatever trivial reasoning there may be. I'm sure I'll get an email today telling me that the next time I see consecutive dates such as this will be 11/12/13 or something like that....oh well, more for the spam folder. But my reason for blogging this morning is not to complain about silly and/or meaningless emails, I do enough of them myself... and many I get are quite thought provoking. Those help to keep my  priorities straight and my complaints about tiredness, financial concerns, time constraints, etc. to a minimum. No, my reason for writing this morning is I need to get my butt off the couch and get back to doing the things I love to do; writing, photography and poetry. What is my problem!! I've been a slacker (my words, not anyone else's). I haven't been a total slug, I've been cleaning...I do this when I can't focus because it requires little of the thinking mechanism in the gray matter.

I just 'organized' my office for the umpteenth time. See the photos below. I purposely took the top 3 photos from a high angle because I didn't want you to see the small pile of 'stuff' I still have in the middle of the floor. That is the last photo. Sure, it doesn't look like much...but those drawers are all the little stuff I might need some day...and need to keep within arm's reach; ribbon, photo corners, red tape, a measuring tape, little tiny notebooks, you get the picture. I figure if I have to keep walking around it, I'll put it away. Hmmm, let's see how that works out.

Also, at one of our JOS meetings, Dianne was talking about how, why was it that we could walk by the same thing (magazine, sweater, notebook, wrapping paper, etc.) in our house...knowing it didn't belong there, and still leave it there for days, even weeks and not put it away!! We all do it...why?? That is kind of up there with my next issue which I realized while cleaning my office.

See these photos below? Three disposable cameras, a black plastic disk with a red plastic overlay, two torn open memory card packages, a Pimsleur marketing insert, and a Braintree Community School brochure. Quite an array of 'what the heck should I do with this' items. These gnats (for lack of a better word for something that keeps picking at you) have been moved from here to there to over there, to inside this to on top of that, hidden in drawers and lying on tabletops. They have no home. Why do I keep them? Will the 'Gods of Clutter' please enlighten me!! 

Let's see...three new disposable cameras (hey, two of them are 800 ISO and the other is a water camera!!) may be useful for ummm, well, a photo project I can give myself when I don't have anything to do...sounds cool, right? And the black plastic disk may be an important piece of equipment that belongs to something I know I haven't used in 7.5 years but will some day and I'll be upset when I can't find the darn piece! And hey, the memory card issue? We all know about the memory cards that disappeared like Houdini's rabbit. Gone!! Vanished!! So I torture myself daily with 'where are they'? Not so much the cost...that has been swallowed up in my ever-increasing's the idea that I blacked out for five minutes and can't remember what I did with them...back in July!! How long must I torture myself about this? The Pimsleur insert is to remind me to go online and see if there is a vocabulary list for part 2...hmmm, seems simple enough. Be Nike, 'Just Do It'. And the community school brochure...well, there is a Zumba class and a Belly Dancing class there I want to sign up for...I think they already began...but I need the brochure to remind me to sign up before they play the last Salsa or my hip scarf gathers moth holes. I guess I need to wiggle my way over to the school and sign up...or toss the brochure in the recycle. (At least Braintree uses recyclable paper for this).

 So, I think I may have broken my couch potato spell with this post. I hope so. Hey, if anyone has some good ideas about what to do with all my cool stuff shown here, let me know! I'm always open for suggestions. Talk later!

Saturday, October 6, 2012

Found an interest

My name is Deb and I've been trying for quite a while to figure out what to do with my free time.  I've decided to sell some items, that I have had lying around, on eBay! I posted my very 1st 3 items today!  It's been a challenge learning how to sell on eBay, lots of reading, and following how other people list similar items.  But I think once I've started it should be a little easier to navigate.  I have a daughter who sells on eBay and she's been a help with questions I've had.
If you're curious to see what I've posted and will be posting, you can go to and when you get into the screen on the top right, down a little you will see Advanced. Click on that and it will bring you to another screen and on the left it will show By seller. Click on that and you will see Enter seller's user id.  Then put pinkserenity16, go down a bit and click search.  Will bring up all, if any, items I've got listed. You can click on the item description to see details!
I'm excited to follow the outcomes!