Friday, January 30, 2009

I Have A Cold

What a title for a post! I Have A Cold. Well, I do. And this too shall pass. I know that. Meanwhile, I feel sorry for myself!

Quite a lead in for Surrendering to Creative Cycles, the next chapter in The 12 Secrets of Highly Creative Women by Gail McMeekin. The cold is a cycle of sorts -- it will end and I'll feel better about everything! Cycles I understand. By the time you have lived 5 decades on the earth, cycles became a part of you. Listening to the moon. Enjoying the seasons. Which brings me around to another quote I remind myself of often. It comes from Gardening At The Dragon's Gate. It goes something like this: "all four seasons of the year are present in the span of one day. Thus, spring is the dawn of the day, full summer is high noon, autumn falls at dusk and father winter oversees the midnight hour." Life is the same. I'm at the end of summer and entering autumn. I am nearing a crone and proud of it. I actually believe, at times, that I will make a terrific wise woman!

Creativity follows cycles, too. I wasn't very creative this last week and I'm blaming it on my cold, but I did get one journal page done.

This is Teddy. I moved the chair so that I could put my journal in it to take a picture. He decided that it was his chair and if any picture was to be taken it would be of him. Look at his eyes! Too funny!

Monday was the Lunar New Year 4707 - the year of the Ox. I am an Ox -- calm, hard working, with a resolve and a tenacity that at times is tiring! I didn't like how my stencils in the corners turned out -- too much paint (even though I thought I used very little) so I wrote over them.

My word for the year is LISTEN. There's a message to the cycles in my life -- LISTEN!

Happy Day Everyone!


The Bodhi Chicklet said...

I am sorry you're sick. Maybe it's time for a good wallow! You managed to pull this out, regardless. Maybe you need a nap in the sun with your cat.

Sarah said...

What a lovely post!! Sorry about the cold - yuck!! The cat is beyond cute!! Love the eyes - her really is beautiful! Feel better!!

Genie Sea said...

This is what I love about cats. They have a perfect sense of occasion! :)

Your journal pages are lovely. :)

Hope you feel better soon :)

Sacred Suzie said...

Beautiful pages! Cute cat! Wise words!

I hope you're feeling better soon. Illness is such a tough barrier to creativity. You're right, this cycle will pass.

Pat - An Arkansas Stamper said...

Achoo, Achoo! And, God Bless you, Snap! Hope your symptoms fade away soon.

Your cat is beautiful.

D said...

Funny how cats always feel that they should be right in the middle of things.

Lissa said...

My cat(s) are always in my chair, on my computer etc... Love your Chinese New Year/Ox journal pages. Feel better soon:)

Kriebels en Krabbels said...

Lovely post! Hope you feel better soon!

Caroline said...

Brilliant journal page!

I felt the energy yet I've not made anything to honour it (yet) I think you've inspired me to do so.

Thank you.

CynthiaMarie said...

Sorry about the cold -- pity parties are allowed. Enjoyed your share on cycles in a day, very interesting -- sounds like you are already a 'terrific, wise woman!" :) :)

I must confess, I'm the Rat -- sorry about that! My word for the year is TEMPLE --

fun to read you
loving your specialness!

Lisa said...

I really love your journal page! I hope your cold passes quickly.

intothedawn said...

Beautiful journal pages for the Year of the OX! Love the colors and energy. Love your kitty, too-- I swear, he could be a twin to mine!

Rosa said...

Icky colds. Hope you feel better soon.

Kavindra said...

It's hard to decide which is more interesting, the art or the cat ~ that is a very very beautiful cat ... but the art is very intriguing too... :)
I love how accepting you are of your cold!