Crafts – String Bag

Finished my 4th string bag and have started another.  In a crafty mood with fingers and string rather than words and paper.

 

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Art Is Life

Art is Life or Our Life is our Art.

My thinking gets into a negative loop that plays over and over when I am depressed. Writing a poem, drawing a picture, going for a walk seems somehow to change the negative pattern enough to inspire different thoughts and actions. The feeling of accomplishment at having completed a poem, a picture or a walk to the mail box is a bonus of life-lifting proportions.

Art is not an addendum to life, I think it is the very centre of it and when we get so far removed from being creative that we forget how, that is when life begins to deteriorate.

©Sharron R. McMillan

(Written in response to Emotional Well Being And The Power Of Art
Published on November 3, 2018 in Arts/Growth & Wellness/Mental Health by Hugh Macaulay Coast Independent online.)

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Winter In The Garden 3


Leeks are still green and growing.  We’re still picking carrots from underneath the mulch in a separate bed.  Nothing quite like a fresh carrot on a cold frosty day.

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Winter In The Garden 2

Swiss Chard

We could still be eating fresh chard these days if I’d remember to go out and pick it.  Even
after light frost it persists.  And so do the weeds.  Dreaming of gardens and spring. . .

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Another Puzzle Done

Games We Played

This one was filled with memories of the many games we played together over the years.
Remember the Game of Life? Little pink and blue people you put in little cars and drove through the cliché life of school, job, marriage, retirement in a big house.  And Checkers we used to play with Salty Ken at Keats Camp, outdoors under the huge cedar trees.  I think I’ll dig out all those old games and see if I can coerce anyone into playing them with me.

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Get High – For Free

Sing in the shower at the top of your lungs,
you’ll feel great all day.
Smile at others
and you’ll get smiles right back.
Breathe cool, green forest scents
and you’ll be light-headed with happiness for hours.
Stare at sea gulls riding the waves
and you’ll laugh out loud unembarrassed.
Hike through ferns, cedars and moss,
you’ll feel elated and get the munchies.
Get high for free.
Warning – free highs may be addicting.

©2019 Sharron R. McMillan

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Winter In The Garden


New fennel shoots are poking up wondering if winter is over yet.  Not yet. . .

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Primrose Blessings


January –
cold, dark mornings,
misty afternoons,
rain, rain
and more rain.

But there you are
blooming,
noticed only by those
with heads hung down
like mine.

Blue beauty,
a lovely gift
to my drippy day.
Bless you primrose.

©Sharron R. McMillan

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Junco At The Feeder

His nibs keeps the feeders filled and we are surrounded with happy birds all day long.

Junco ‘Oregon’ Junco hyemalis oreganus

Ground-feeding sparrows. Common year-round resident in BC Canada. In winter they fold their feet under their bodies and fluff out their feathers on the snow like a quilt.

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Witch Hazel In Bloom

Witch Hazel Hamamelis virginiana

Flowers: Blooms January, wonderful scented yellow flowers which bloom before leaves.

Use:
Leaves – Astringent for bruises, dermatitis, hemorrhoids, varicose veins – topically.
Lotion is distilled from twigs.
Forked twigs as divining rods for water witching.
NOT FOR INTERNAL USE.
Meaning: a spell

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Braided Maple Bark

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No Where To Go But Up

☂”And there’s no where to go but up.”  Mary Poppins

Elder daughter, middle daughter and I went to see ‘Mary Poppins Returns’ last night.
Loved it!  Go see it if you can. Imagine. . .

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Frost On Moss

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Brrrrr

A frosty Monday here.  We had torrential rain in the night and at one point it sounded like hail.  Now the ground is white with frost and hail/snow.  And it’s cold!
But we’re cozy snuggled in by the wood stove until Spring.

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Mushrooms Still Popping Up Here and There


Frost doesn’t seem to have discouraged the mushrooms around the yard.

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