Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Bunkum or True? #MondayMusings #MicroblogMonday #OpenSlather #SoCS

As usual, I started the year telling myself I would blog regularly but fell by the wayside again.  I'm really not sure what I want to blog about and it's put me into a dilemma.

Should I change what I write on the blog or should I stick with the randomness of it; that is should I change to a niche blog or just carry on with anything that comes to mind?

I tossed up the idea of keeping the blog to some key themes like ficton stories (something I want to pursue a little more), and arts/crafts.  But then I would miss these random ramblings.

I face a dilemma - to change or not to change?

Change is good isn't it? Or is it just bunkum?

What are your thoughts? Please share in the comments. And to those who have been reading my blog, what do you think - change or not to change?

P.S - I thought perhaps a change to the look of my blog will bring some different energies.




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#MicroblogMonday
#SoCS (stream of consciousness) prompt "bun"
#openslather


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Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Lord Hear Our Prayer ... #FridayReflections #MondayMusings #MicroblogMondays #openslather

For such a long time, mankind has prayed for peace in this world. I am a great believer of collective consciousness, that combined, our prayers and thoughts truly manifest and I am sure that the peaceful warriors vastly outweigh the destroyers.

Why then is there so much destruction on Earth both in the form of natural and man-made calamities?

This is a question I ask myself over and over again? What is lacking in our prayers? I am convinced it is not a lack of sincerity.

Today is a public holiday in New Zealand - Waitangi Day. I took the day off yesterday to make it a long weekend and that gave me time to ponder over this question. But the answer seemed elusive.

Then when you least expect it, the answer comes. So yesterday as I was focussed on my art work (a hobby I absolutely love), the answer popped into my head ...

The Lord, the Universe simply can't bring peace into this world because they gave us free will. The only people who can bring peace is us. But how? And then this thought manifested in my head:

The only way to bring peace to the world is if we all act with love, kindness and compassion. 

And so my prayer each day has changed. Instead of asking the Lord, the Universe to bring peace, I now pray that all our acts be done with love, kindness and compassion, and that our actions are beneficial to those around us.

Have you ever pondered this question and what do you think, how can peace prevail on Earth? Share your thoughts in the comments.

Sharing the art I was working on when these thoughts arrived:

created for the pick a stick Feb challenge #PASC0218
details on this in another post.

Post written for:
#FridayReflections hosted by KohlEyedMe and Corinne Rodrigues - "Something significant that has happened to you in the last week/ month"

Linking to:
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#MicroblogMondays
#openslather

Wishing you all a peace filled week.


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Tuesday, January 30, 2018

January Gratitude ... #GratitudeCircle #MicroblogMondays #MondayMusings #openslather

January has flown by so quickly. It's been a good month and there are many things to be grateful for.

This year I chose nice surprises as my words for the year. I am grateful for the many nice surprises that came my way. But that's a post for another day.

I am grateful for 4 weeks of rest and relaxation. I enjoyed my holidays though I did not go anywhere. It was good to chill at home with the family, good to laze around, wake up late, do some artwork and crafting, read, and watch TV. And it was also good to catch up with friends.

Grateful to my mother for knitting a baby cardigan for a workmate's new born baby. My mum is awesome at knitting. It's her hobby. She also knits for the hospital neo natal intensive care unit and donates her knitted work to them via our local community centre.

pattern my mum is knitting
still a work in progress but should be finished in a couple of days.

and here is the finished product


And last but not least, today I am grateful for the cooler weather. It has been so hot, we've been melting.

Hope your January has been awesome. Share some of your special moments.

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Monday, January 22, 2018

Like A Cat ... #PASC0118 #MicroblogMondays #MondayMusings #FridayReflections

2017 went by so fast. I had to face many challenges and my creative interests took a back seat.

This year I hope I will not be missing out on these.  I am also hoping to take part in some arts and crafts challenges and to start off here is the first one:

This is the pick a stick ATC challenge for January 2018 hosted by Shel C. See https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_3Mk4CqFkBg for details. This is the first time I'm taking part in an art / crafts challenge.

Steps to create the ATC (artist trading card)
1. grimy
2. cat
3. pad
wildcard: curl
colour: white

So here goes:

Step 0 - prepared the background using gelatos and glad (plastic) wrap.
This is a technique I enjoy doing.


Step 1: added some paint to make it look a little grimy                    
Step 2: drew the cat - a challenge but it didn't turn out too bad      
Step 3a: added the frond as curls. didn't turn out as I wanted but ..


Step 3b: inked the borders with a blue ink pad
Final step: add some text                                 
colour white - frond and the labels                  

"Tread softly like a cat" is something I tell myself each day when I am walking around at work. Some people walk around so noisily It also reminds me of my karate days when my instructor would say to us - land softly like a cat.

Hope you enjoyed this.

Have an awesome week.

Linking to:
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#FridayReflections prompt "missing"


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Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Nice Surprises #WOTY #MicroblogMonday #MondayMusings

Usually by the end of the year a word just pops into my head that I take as my word for the next year.

No such luck this time. I tossed up many words but they did not resonate.

Then while reading a post and commenting, the words Nice Surprises popped in. So this year instead of a word I am going for a phrase.

Nice Surprises has a positive ring to it and a bit of mystery too.  I didn't want to put any boundaries to my word as I know words are powerful. My word for 2017 Andante certainly proved to be true. My blogging was at Andante pace and I regret that. But Nice Surprises feels open and boundless.

So I am looking forward to the Nice Surprises coming my way and hope that you will have some Nice Surprises too.

our Christmas surprises


If you've chosen a word or phrase, please share in the comments below. Or if you have written a post, leave your link in the comment and I'll drop by read yours.

On a side note I've been decluttering. And I hope that when I donate to the Salvation Army, someone else will get a Nice Surprise too.  Check out my decluttering post on my photo blog.

Have a wonderful week.

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#MicroblogMonday
#OpenSlather

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Tuesday, January 2, 2018

2018 Is Here At Last ... #MondayMusings #MicroblogMondays

2017 is finally over. Thank goodness.

The year was a mixed bag for me, some memorable moments and many challenges. I am glad to see the end of it and looking forward to 2018.

At the start of the year I chose the word Andante and blogging certainly and unfortunately went at the andante pace which I regret.  Words are so powerful.

So do I have a word for 2018?  Haven't decided on one yet but tossing up a few ideas ... write, achieve, create, learn, enjoy, fun ... will see if anything else unfolds or if one of these jumps out at me.

Have you chosen a word or have some new year resolutions? Please share and tell me a little about it.

Wish you all a fun filled 2018. Happy New Year

Auckland Sky Tower - 1 Jan 2018

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