Wednesday, September 30, 2009
Tuesday, September 29, 2009
Monday, September 28, 2009
Saturday, September 26, 2009
Art of the Month Newsletter
“We must consider neither risk nor profit, nor any material gain from our activity,
but simply do the most creative thing we can with the resources we have in hand,
not counting on any other resources ever coming to us.
There is no other way to live that will be satisfying and effective for us.”
John David Garcia from Creative Transformation
Thank you for your continued interest in my artistic gifts and passion for animals, travel and nature (it’s my honor to share my photographs, drawings, egg carvings, urns and more)!
I have been reconnecting with SO many friends from my past on Facebook lately. As a result of our reminiscing and sharing, I ran across my file of crafts projects—which as the quote above indicates, is creativity just the same as is ‘fine’ art. Here are a few of those fun items from the 70’s and 80’s (everything from latch hook to birthday cakes and clothes)!
For MORE craft photos you can go to the beginnings of my ‘Crafts album’ at http://www.facebook.com/album.php?aid=2018886&id=1359067232&l=42bfce8e2f
Please feel free to pass my blogs and website info on to others like yourself who enjoy my creations.
As always, if you would like your Judith K. Nelson artwork spotlighted, please let me know and I will do a “special edition newsletter” just for you!
If you ever have any questions or might want to ‘brainstorm’, let me know.
Judith K. Nelson, aka “Judy”
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Friday, September 25, 2009
AFFIRMATION: “I ASSUME THAT WHAT I DO WILL BE SUCCESSFUL” Iyanla Vanzant
From: The Universal Bank of Infinite Abundance (UBIA)
Officially approved by the CEO of the Universe
Administrator: Angel of Abundance
September 25, 2009
Deposit into YOUR account: $133,000 - One hundred thirty three Thousand Dollars
The following is from Iyanla’s book Until Today! Although it’s nothing we don’t already know, it can be a powerful reminder for us all:
A successful life is the result of making the assumption that we will be successful.
Let’s make the assumption that we know who we are.
Let’s make the assumption that we know what we want to do. When we are not sure, let’s assume that we will figure it out.
Let’s make the assumption that we will do what we want to do. If we put our trust into positive assumptions, they will undoubtedly work on our behalf.
Many people assume an identity that is given to them based on the assumptions other people make about them. We may try to live up to external assumptions. In some cases, we may have to live down to these assumptions. Under an assumed identity, we might make the assumption that life for us will be hard. If we lay claim to a negative assumption, it too will work on our behalf.
Then there are those who assume drama and terrorize themselves. They assume that someone is out to get them. They assume that the difficulties they faced in the past are waiting for them in the future. They assume that if they were to fall down, they will be unable to get up. They assume that while they are down, someone will come along and kick them. Of course if they get kicked in the face, they will incur hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of dental and plastic surgery bills. Has it ever occurred to us why the unpleasant things we assume will happen often do? Perhaps if we put our trust in some positive assumptions, they too would take place.
Until today, we may not have realized the power of an assumption. In fact, we may have been giving our power over to an assumed identity or a dramatically negative assumption.
Just for today, let’s begin to make positive assumptions about
our lives and
others in our lives.MOST OF ALL, let’s enjoy SPENDING our entire $133,000!!!
Thursday, September 24, 2009
Wednesday, September 23, 2009
All the way home Mom seemed really sad. I wish I could help her remember that living each moment, not looking back or forward is the way to enjoy her life--like we animals do. And she needs to stop acting so brave, strong & happy all the time (like she thinks she should). I know she loves having me with her, but I just can't quite communicate as well as I used to, so sometimes even with me here she feels lonely. While we were at Auntie Robyn's house Mom enjoyed how Sugar looked into her eyes, could play and doesn't require so much work--all the things I used to.
So now that we're back home I will again begin deciding when it would be good for me to get on with my next life and let Mom figure out what's next for her. Especially true after the nightmarish night we spent--not even worthy of giving any power with words!
Tuesday, September 22, 2009
There were souvenirs (I even got a lobster shaped dog cookie) and they looked at lots & lots of photos. In fact it was so much fun I didn't eat my dinner until late. And it was really tough to go to sleep. After taking me out twice, Mom finally simply comforted me to sleep.
Monday, September 21, 2009
9/19/09 Both of us dogs got our walks today. I noticed when we returned that Sugar was howling mournfully--could it be that she misses us? OR does she think she is the only one who gets to go on walks? I must admit that while I don't want to be played with or even sniffed too much, I really enjoy having Sugar here with Mom and me. I sure wasn't hungry in spite of the exercise--I think it might be that Mom didn't make my food 'soupy' enough. She sure gets concerned when I don't eat when or as much as she thinks I should.
Finally before Mom went out for a bit in the afternoon, she put my food down and I was hungry enough to lick my fancy bowl clean before my afternoon nap.
It was an uneventful night.
9/20/09 Something was in the air today... Mom didn't feel like taking walks, but rather scurried about the house doing little things that she hadn't done since Auntie Robyn & Jim left. Once Mom talked on the telephone and then seemed sort of down. I think maybe she is sad for her Great Aunt who is very old, like me, and doesn't feel very well. And I also think she is beginning to miss her 'own kind'. Once again we dogs can feel that there is energy building. Hmmm...
Saturday, September 19, 2009
Sugar finally got a sniff in when we were outside together in the afternoon. I sure do appreciate that she isn't using her extreme energy around me. Sometimes I think she might be avoiding me a bit too much, but I guess she just can't figure out how much interest she should show. She's a perfect companion for me at this time in my life. I often wonder if I ever could have really played with her since she's about 4 times bigger than I am and has that tendency to 'hunt', chase and run--she's a Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever after all.
This all makes me think of the walls that I understand humans talk about a lot. In my case this invisible brick wall is working well to keep my little world peaceful. On the other hand, my little world can get lonely since it keeps some of the joy of living out. It makes me sad sometimes that Sugar tunes me out and vice versa. So I guess the trick is to figure out how high or thick of a wall I need and want, which isn't an easy thing to do.
Friday, September 18, 2009
9/17/09 I thought it was going to be another lazy day as time went by. But regardless of all Mom needed to do today, she finally got me outside. Although it was a very short walk which is probably a wise thing after not much exercise for a while, it was awesome. I was confused by all the new smells but thoroughly enjoyed them at the same time. It was so exhilarating that I once again did my version of running.
Mom went out to lunch and all was well all day long... I even had a peaceful evening and night's sleep.
When my days are so uneventful, I can do lots of reminiscing. I remembered that Mom's creativity 'spilled over' to her many dogs years ago. She had us "paw paint" and I might say some of us had a real knack for it. Some of us not so much. I hope you enjoy my artistic offering.
Thursday, September 17, 2009
Wednesday, September 16, 2009
Tuesday, September 15, 2009
Monday, September 14, 2009
Saturday, September 12, 2009
Friday, September 11, 2009
One thing you'll notice if you ever come to visit Sugar is she has a huge stash of toys--I mean really lots! Katie and I used to be spoiled and love our stuffed toys, too, but Sugar has us beat by a mile. Mostly she likes the ones that squeak, though. Katie and I weren't particular that way. And Sugar, being a bigger dog, also loves her tough toys. Jim plays with her really hard--Mom never did 'rough house' with us much. Since there were two of us, sometimes we'd get in a squabble over which one of us should fetch the toy. Katie wasn't much for sharing. In fact we didn't really 'connect' in such a way that we had much of anything to do with one another. I think it was because her mind wasn't quite right from the beginning. We dogs can sense those things--more quickly than our humans can...
Thursday, September 10, 2009
Just as soon as we arrived at Sugar's house, Robyn made sure I know how much she appreciates my agreeing to do this with Mom. Not only will Sugar be much happier than coming to my house which would be a big adjustment for all of us. But also "Auntie Robyn" & "Uncle Jim" won't have to drive an additional 3 hours one way to come get Sugar when they return from their trip. I imagine they will be ready for their own beds just as I would be. And I get my own the whole time. In fact Mom figured out how to keep me from having accidents on the carpeting--she put two of my beds together so I can't get out. While that gives me more space to move around I'm still deciding if I like it or not. She keeps coming up with ideas already that might help make our stay easier, like putting a plastic back behind where I eat so my messy mouth doesn't make the wall icky.
I felt nervously active in the evening. While we all watched the big moving picture, Mom put me in a crate so I didn't wander and get stuck behind/in strange places, which was okay for a while. But then I wanted to wander around outside longer than Mom wanted me to. After the last time she had to take me out I sorta passed out though and slept really well. By the way, Sugar was a perfect host—so far…
Wednesday, September 9, 2009
Watching her put things in piles and move them around seems to 'rock my boat'. I'm not sure how I feel about my routine changing. So I wasn't hungry all day which still gives Mom concern when I do that. But once again I finally 'dug in'.
About the only place I get to go these days, except to the groomer (but that's a very short trip) is to Sugar's house. Boy that will upset my quiet, solitary life. Sugar is so big and has a red swishy tail that gets in my face. I'll have to think more about this since I really want to be good for Mom. I guess if Sugar continues to walk around the edge of the room to avoid me, I probably can stand to live with her for a while. She's SO full of energy, she bounces and runs around like a kid and thinks I'm going to be interested--NOT! A little sniffing is tolerable by both of us once in a while, however.
I guess I'd better start eating my food instead of holding out for my bedtime cookie...my tummy and my thoughts of Sugar's enthusiasm made me restless most of the night.
Tuesday, September 8, 2009
9/7/09 Mom woke me way earlier than necessary since I'd been outside once during the night. She sometimes does that just for 'insurance' that I'll sleep later and without an accident. I believe she can sleep more soundly then, too. I had to get up early today because Mom went out with her friend again--no sweat I just waited. In fact I was able to hold things in until she got back, I'm so proud.
This holiday/'vacation' day felt different than other days...slow and lazy for me as Mom still bustled about doing whatever it is she keeps busy finding to do--not so much phone time, though. Great smell at dinnertime--popcorn? Katie & I used to catch kernels as Mom threw them to me, but guess it's not good for me anymore.
So the holiday was slow UNTIL we turned to come back in after last call! A tarantula was almost blocking the door. I really don't get why humans are startled, even frightened like they can be of another of God's creatures. Mom just seems to have a healthy respect for them, giving them a wide berth and never ever thinking of harming them. Still her heart was beating a bit faster when she got me inside. I remember once at bedtime like this, Katie Lou ran across one. Before I knew it she had jumped up and backward about 3 feet! It must have jumped at her and really scared her, too. Seems Katie is the one who usually (not always) had the adventures while I sat and chuckled.
Very peaceful night.
Monday, September 7, 2009
It never got very light today. I think maybe this is one time that I'm happy I can't hear or see very well since I could feel the electricity in the air. My suspicions were confirmed that it was a rainy day when I had to go out in it again to do my 'business'.
Perhaps the cooler drizzly day put me in the mood as I slept really well.
Later a human that was in my life from the time I was born stopped by for something from Mom at the little box on the table. She let me sniff her hand but I didn't much feel like being petted since it was my naptime. She knew because I just didn't act much interested. Maybe eating two meals at a time is becoming a habit, since that's what I did again for dinner.
I sure do hope Mom can fit some more walks into our days since I look forward to them and they sure do keep me limbered up as much as is possible at my age.
So tired, tonight when Mom put me outside for last call that I sat and fell asleep in the yard! Needless to say it didn't take me very long to find that right and comfortable position for sleeping soundly all night.