I have not returned to blogging here on a regular basis yet, as you might have noticed!
I wanted to suggest if you missed my posts here, you can find me on blipfoto almost every day. Blipfoto is an international photo journal site. You can look at my journal here. The idea is to post one photo a day taken on that day and then write about it, if you wish. Since my main creative activity recently is taking photographs, I have gravitated towards sharing them there . . . instead of here, at least for now! You can sign up for a free blipfoto account and be able to comment, or just visit and read as often as you wish. Not much art is going on here yet as my supplies are only minimally unpacked. I think that should change in the not so distant future but there is a lot going on here at our new home (work to beautify) and I am allowing my art studio to unfold in it's own natural time.
* I wish only the best for you and your families * I hope you are happy, healthy and doing well * Smiling and laughing and creating! *
My very best to you and yours
The greatest honor of a lifetime is to be who you are.
~ paraphrased from Joseph Campbell
Last weekend Steven said, "I'm coming to get you at 4pm at take you out on the river in Chelsea." I was pleased; he was arranging a date! Chelsea is the boat that we bought from Lucas Boatworks about a year ago. It was hand built by Dave Lucas and Howard Heimbrock. Chelsea is an unusual boat because it is powered by a Briggs and Stratton riding lawn mower engine (!) and looks a bit like the "African Queen" with the canopy top.
I took a short video and a bunch of photos while out in the boat with Steven and our 2 dogs, Asia & Chloe. I remembered about the video yesterday and enjoyed putting it together with a few photos and some music ~I'm learning! But I think it came out good -most importantly, Steven loves it! If you do not see it below, here's a direct link. Only 2 minutes long and a lovely boat ride. Won't you join me?
Asia & Chloe having a chat?
So that felt very good to be creative making that short video. Then today, I started moving things around in my office/studio space and on my lanai (porch) studio space. Cool! I was happy to be finally interested in trying to figure out how to arrange things related to my art so I can get back to that. I moved a green plastic set of drawers full of interesting fabric & goodies, out of the garage and under my work table on the lanai. Then I thought, why not move those two plastic towers filled with rubber stamps out to the lanai as well? They did not feel like they were working well space-wise in my office/studio, so why not? Here's what I've come up with so far . . .
It is comforting to me because the green drawers were in the same place in my old studio. The strange boat you see there is a barge that has been brought in to build our dock!
The drawers of rubber stamps will work so much better out here where my big work table is, probably where they will be used the most. They were behind the big box on the floor in the photo below. They were pushed right up against the wall in my very messy and unpacked studio. These drawers kind of blocked the flow of things and I am happy I got the idea to put them out on the lanai with my table instead. All of this makes me think about unpacking the "studio" boxes in the garage and finding a home for things in my new space!
Please excuse the mess! I have a smaller inside studio now, but with the addition of the work space out on the lanai, I think eventually I will have a very workable and quite pleasing arrangement. I will keep you posted as things progress.
I'll get there!! wow, here is an apropos quote:
Conditions are never just right. People who delay action until all factors are favorable do nothing.
Today I was blessed with unexpected gifts: I found two packages stuffed into my mailbox. Elizabeth sent me a yummy handmade journal she created. It has a painted and stamped canvas cover and a hand stitched signature inside . . .
At DeSoto memorial National park, the walking is good . . . .
I'm heading back to NW Bradenton today for an appointment and have decided to walk at DeSoto Memorial National Park afterwards. If I don't go to Nia class, I will walk a few miles to keep the calories burning and my metabolism good. In about 3 weeks I've lost 4 pounds, which is good! Being brave, I added the widget for the fitness app I am using to the sidebar, here on my blog. It will sync with the check-ins I do for my weight on the site. I've been eating a lot less than before - 1200 calories and rarely drinking wine. But it is really going okay. There are conflicting reports about drinking wine or not with fatty liver disease, so I am mostly avoiding wine. I used to enjoy a couple of glasses each evening. My disease is not alcohol related, but the inflammation can be aggravated by it. Not having any saves a lot of calories too!
I do walk around the neighborhood, but DeSoto park is beautiful.
I love that part of the walk goes along the shore. I am fascinated with it.
But the woodland paths are interesting too . . .
look who I found last time!
I wonder what I will find there today?
There is no wilderness like a life without friends; friendship multiplies blessings and minimizes misfortunes; it is a unique remedy against adversity, and it soothes the soul.
Lenna & Kathy Oravec at Nia on Siesta beach - December 4, 2012
To conquer fear is the beginning of wisdom.
If you think you can do a thing, or think you can't do a
thing, you're right.
~ Henry Ford
Above are two quotes pulled randomly from a document on
my computer, that contains all of the quotes I've collected because I love them. 15 years
ago, my son Decklin created a program for me that randomly selects a quote I can
add to my email signature or anywhere else. With a click of the mouse, a quote
is chosen randomly from a very large list and copied to the clipboard, ready to
be pasted anywhere. I love this program and still use it! So often the chosen quote
matches my current thoughts or state of mind; it’s quite uncanny.
I wish to say I am sorry for my leave of absence from my
blog. It has been a while since I have had so little to share with you! I think
most of you know I have recently moved house and that has been the main culprit.
We have been here in our new home 4 weeks now, which seems incredible.
I have not begun to unpack and organize my studio – I only
continue to put this job off. A lot of other things are going on and so doing
this was another decision making process that I did not feel I had the energy
to face. And it still remains undone! Instead, my creative outlet recently has
been my photography. Lately I have been working hard on catching up with the uploading
of my photos and you can find them here on Blipfoto where I keep a daily photo
journal, and also on flickr.
Since I like to use this blog to mostly share my art
making process, I have not had anything to share with you! I do know I will
make art, work in journals and create with paper & fabric again, but I am
not at that place yet. We are doing a large amount of landscaping with the help
of many talented people and that takes a lot of time. I am very seriously
working on my health issues by exercising daily and sticking to around 1200
calories a day – fresh, wholesome, mostly vegan foods. I found out recently I
have a chronic liver disease (fat cells in my liver) that can be reversed by losing
the extra weight I have been carrying. I have lost 2 pounds in 2 weeks and
while that is slow, I think it is good. Only 28 more to go!
So, do not fear! I will return with my art when I get
things organized here. In the meantime, I will check in when I can but you can
almost always find me on Blipfoto. The weather is beautiful here in Florida now
and I am still dancing in Nia class as you can see by the photo above. All is well and I truly hope the
same for you.
My friend Joanna who lives in the UK, sent a wonderful card and mail art envelope to us celebrating our recent move to a new home on the river. Her card and envelope are just so lovely, I wanted to share them with you. My own art stuff is still in boxes . . . so I thought you would enjoy this gift we received from Jo. : )
Below, a photo of Joanna taken for an Art House Co-op project we were both in together called, The Meal. I love this photo of her and Rosie Mae! It helps me to imagine her "across the pond".
This was so beautiful to find in my mailbox . . . I was grinning!
I just love this envelope and the card! xoxo
Wow. Then look at the back of the envelope, bellow!
Joanna knows I love quotes and this one is just perfect for Steven
and all the canoeing he is doing these days. ; ^ )
Thank you Joanna! Please go say hi to her on her blog, Fiddlesnips.
"Live with intention. Walk to the edge. Listen hard. Practice wellness. Play with abandon. Laugh. Choose with no regret. Continue to learn. Appreciate your friends. Do what you love. Live as if this is all there is." -Mary Anne Hershey
My husband Steven met Paul Anderson through Lucas Boatworks. After discovering a similar interest in woodworking, Steven gave Paul some of the very nice, harvested wood that was my dad's -some cherry and bird's eye maple. There is truly more wood stacked up than Steven can use! Paul is a very prolific and accomplished woodworker; past president of the Florida West Coast Woodworkers Club . . .
Thanks to everyone for the many messages of good luck and happiness in our new home, but I really must send a special thanks out to Jewels and Frieda for brightening my new mailbox with these lovelies:
(smile) Thank YoU!
Things are coming along at our new home, slow but sure. It is a beautiful spot so it makes the work worth it, but still, it is so much work to pack and unpack! I will get there, and do enjoy seeing things take shape. In the meantime even though my studio is not set up yet and I have to work on that, I am starting to think about creative art projects. The furniture is arranged, kitchen and bathrooms set up, the clothes, sheets & towels are in place too and now I am starting to think of other more arty things. A friend of mine mentioned the Ning Group The Creative Underground and an online year long class offered through them called: 52 weeks of creative abundance. It did not take me long to decide to sign up! Class starts December 21st and is very reasonably priced, with a discount through Nov. 21st (only $52!!). Go check it out and see if it's for you! I am so looking forward to it.
It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye.
We took our first walk around the neighborhood since we moved, today. Our new home is much more in the 'country' with miles of fences to keep animals like horses in.
This neighborhood has a Ranch-like feel, very much . . .
We enjoyed the nice sidewalk, safe off the road . . . me & my sweeties, Asia & Chloe.
What?? This is not a horse!
This llama came right up to the edge of the fence to meet us. Chloe even growled as we quickly walked past! Chloe was definitely really not sure about this llama, who seemed sweet to me . . although I did not get too close either!
Do you see Asia ^ here still staring at the llama? : ) Chloe seems to have gotten over the encounter by now . . . this was a good first walk, about 2 miles, with just one small blister on my heel from wearing sneakers instead of my usual crocs!
Thanks for coming along with us . . . . we are making our way and slowly getting resettled. I am concentrating on the kitchen first, my clothes next, and then my studio!!!!! OH! My actual studio space is too small for my big art table so now it is out on the lanai -a screened porch, very large. It overlooks the water and is so grand! More photos as things come together : )
Even though I am still packing boxes (not done yet) and helping steven hand-carry over a number of odd shaped things, I find myself still here taking some photos. Thus, the new blog header I put together using Photoshop, Picasa and Picnik (through Picasa). Kind of silly, but not really I guess! I still have that an urge to do SOMETHING creative and my studio is completely packed up!!!!!!! This is hard to believe but true. The contents of my desk are the only things in my studio, that have not been packed and will soon be. The printer and scanner are still here, but we will hand carry those over closer to Moving Day. Yesterday Steven moved the studio cabinets over . . .
we are very lucky to have this luxury of moving in a bit at a time.
Chloe investigating the back yard . . . .
This will be a lovely home for us. Thanks for visiting, I'll stop in as I can. One week till we move!
I hope you are safe tonight, thinking of my family & friends in the Northeast. Love, lenna
If I create from the heart, nearly everything works; if from the head, almost nothing.
~ Marc Chagall
I can't believe it! This post marks 1000 posts I have written here since December 8th, 2006. yikes! I did not know that was true until I decided to write a short note to tell you that I would be taking a blog break for a while . . . but if you are a regular reader, I bet you guessed that already. I just finished my Nia white belt training last friday and if you have not been here since then, I changed the main photo of the blog to reflect that -check it out here if you are reading via a feed. The Nia White belt training was intense: long days for an entire week, but very well worth it. I learned a lot and have also signed up for the Nia Green belt training held in Sarasota in February. (That tells you something!!) The Green Belt is an optional training based on embodying the skills to teach Nia. : ) In the meantime, I am PACKING! Boxes and boxes. You would think I would be used to this by now, but no I am not - I am slugging through it all. I do think though, that Steven and I have found our home. One that is really for us, on a canal off the Braden River. Not too far from my mom, either. Our moving date is November 6th - So, I am signing off for a while. Thank you for visiting and for all your comments these past six years!!!!!!!!!!
On tuesday I went to Siesta Key beach for Nia class and took this amazing photo . . .
At least it was amazing to me!! Click on it to view larger. I hope you enjoy and I'll catch you on the other side : ) sending love to you and yours, lenna