“God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change,                               Courage to change the things I can,                                                                                             And wisdom to know the difference.”

That’s my mantra for the summer! So many things outside of my control but I can’t let it frustrate me.  I’m going with the flow!

I was hoping to teach a class or two this summer but I can’t get the ground underneath my “Big Tent” levelled so I can’t work out there yet.  Last year I did quite a bit of damage to my ankles working on an unlevel floor.  I won’t do that again because the damage isn’t going away. I now have to wear serious supports all the time now and my mobility is significantly less than what it was.  I have to accept that when you have both forms of arthritis, it just ain’t going to be easy.

Fortunately, I still have an ample supply of dyed and printed fabric to work with so it’s not disaster.  And I AM going to the Quilting By The Lake Workshop to take a class with Kerr Grabowski that I’m so looking forward to!  That will generate lots of new ideas for what else I can do with some of these pieces I already have on hand and it will get me making some new stuff when I come home.

I’ve been spending a lot of time on my computer these days.  I have to change course now, though, and get outdoors more.  I have some herbs and some summer squash to get in the ground.  Billy has all the tomatoes in.  This year they’re all the indeterminate types started by our “honey” guy – the beekeeper that keeps us stocked up.

Do any of you have those new attachable lenses for your cell phone cameras?  I got one with macro and fisheye lenses and I’ve been playing with it.  Maybe I need more practice and maybe they’re not what they should be.  I dunno! Here’s some of the results of my experiments with them. These are the good ones.

These…not so much!  LOL!

Let me know if you’re happy with yours.  I’ll be practicing more!

Let’s go see what happening over at Off The Wall Friday!


Posted by:turtlemoonimpressions

The natural world is phenomenal and so much of the man-made world - our architecture, our cities - are stunning accomplishments. They exist hand in hand in both beautiful expressions and sometimes disastrous manifestations. Our entire existence with the natural and the invented is intertwined – each dependent on the other, even as my art evolves, each breathing in the wake of the other. Surface design is one aspect of the process that I love. I thoroughly enjoy the play with color, value and construct, particularly the improvisation which starts with one thing, an idea, a glimpse of a vision, perhaps something that captures my eye for a moment in time and it grows organically. I become focused on whatever piece I'm working on and follow my muse to find my way.

2 replies on “My Summer Mantra

  1. Going with the flow is a good approach, although you would probably prefer a level pond to a flowing river for a backyard metaphor this year. Luckily you were wonderfully prolific last year. I got a new cellphone but no extra lenses yet. It does take much better photos than the old one and I like the “live” shots that move, although not sure how I would use them.

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