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Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Beltane

It is Beltane, May Day, The Day after Walpurgis Night. We Survived the Original Friday the 13th involving the demise of the Knights Templar. Just saw a strange Internet headline; times of day when you are more at risk for death. Really? Do I need to know this? I once played an Internet game that said I would live to be will over 100, and would die October 2, 2061. It freaked me out no end; I kept thinking of missing the Holidays. Life is hard enough. On a lighter note, I went yard saling for the first time, and enjoyed it. No guilt, no nothing. I found a bulb planter for .25. I tink it made my weekend. My black hollyhocks are thriving, and we expect blossoms. It has been too cold and damp to plant anythingk but it will warm up, so I will be looking at flowers. I'm using a n old wicker sette as a display for colorful plots, and an antique enamel teapot to plant in. It really has seen better days. There are tips for living green everywhere, on more sites than one can mention. Today I heard of community shreds, where you can take confidential papers to be shredded safely. This is one more way to battle idendity theft. Last week, I bought a tiny doll made from orange peels at our local SERV store. I am constantly ammazed by uman creativity. While I don't advise hoarding, I try to think recycle and renew. I was thrilled at my yard sale to buy three unused packages of note cards, in different colors, for .25, and a box of business quality resume paper for .50. I can use these for my work/research and also for art projects. I love that kind of bargain. Yard sales, and trades, and thrift shopping, when done right, are great ways to recycle. I have to applaud my friend and her business Reusable Usables which has been a big success. She takes donations of all types of used items, and clean cardboard, glass, and plastics, and turns them into projects. Artists really enjoy here. Our friend Jean O'Melia is anoter inspiration. She creates dolls and figures from all kinds of found objects she sanitizes, paints, and recombines. I could have a wole museum just of her idesas. I love the Somerset Publications like The Art Doll Quarterly, because they feature found art, and reusing fragments of old dolls, buttons, scraps, and bits of paper ephemera. The zines, books, collages, paper dolls, clothing, jewelry, etc., created are fantastic, and this type of art encourages green living and recycling. It is also great to get kids involved; they can unplug themselves for awhile and engage in some summer activities. It has been a strange week; the wind toppled speckled birds eggs onto the cement. The sparrows and chickadees love to build nests on my light timers. I've done ER and triage for serveral baby birds over the years. My mom and I collected hatched egg shells from robins and other birds, but the birds were long gone. There are fat rabbits everywhere. Very cute. I would love a small pound, surrounded by our rocks and stones with a few water plants. Any ideas? Also saw the local African violet show and was struck by the terrariums and gorgeous blooms. Many were ruffled and two tones, and there were reds, and fluted flowers that looked like orchids. I was both inspired and jealous. My fantasy this week would be to be holed up somewhere with flowers, good coffee, and the piles of books and NY Times Reviews I'm dying to read. What is your weekly fantasy?

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