A random babbling on creative spirits-

Random babbling on the creative spirit~painting, sewing, baking, boys, an irresistable God and the next 200 feet~

Thursday, December 31, 2009

thoughtful quotes, memorable overheards and simple ideas

the root of 'forgive' is give. It is a purely selfish act done without expectations of return. Yet in this we gain everything for ourselves.

'I'm sitting in Tully's doing my math homework. What is perpendicular?'

'Barring any catastrophic event, that's me.'

The more simple the material the more stunning the creative shift may be.

happy problems

She'd been left to the poor farm. There was noone left. There was noone there who knew her.

'I've been electricuted by a fence. I'm never gonna do that again.'

'When I see you, I lose the urge to be responsible'

clear away the mind and it will be a whole lot easier to paddle.

when change comes it cracks things open.

'They'll give you a headache just to be in the room with them.'

'We decided we're going to do half now and half later.'

'The book is totally NOT not for kids. But the play is.'

It's late but everything comes next.

Happy New Year :) in love. trish.

Sunday, December 27, 2009

hibernating


my cozy nook for the week!
she is too fond of books, and it has turned her brain.
louisa may alcott
I think humans should hibernate through the winter months. I believe we are programmed to take time out, rest, rejuvenate by whatever means suit us, and arise again in spring refurbished and renewed.

Me, I'd read all winter long. Curl up on the couch under a cozy down comforter, a stack of books by my side, tea on the coaster, maybe even the fire burning....this is a heavenly winter to me!

As we enter into the other side of the shortest day of the year, as our days become longer, minute by minute, I want to sit warmly, cozily with words and pages and lighten my heart and mind as the skies turn towards brightening~
enjoy your growing days. and indulge in hiberating in your most favorite way! :) in love. trish.

Thursday, December 24, 2009

filling a hole i didn't realize was empty

satisfying a hunger i didn't feel growling.
My boys are all here!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
They are wonderful, healthy, happy and so much fun to have around. Big, boyfully around :)
Filling me with wisdom, enlightening me with their thoughts, amusing me with their uniqueness. Oh what fun it is....in love. trish.

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

peppermint meringues

my favorite holiday yummy! which I make all year long if the urge hits me! in love. trish


duly note: they taste MUCH better than they look here :) I seem to be unable to get much volume out of them....


Peppermint dark chocolate meringues


2 c crushed peppermint candy

1 c mini chocolate chips or shaved chocolate (I love Theo's 94% dark)

4 egg whites

1/4 t cream of tartar

1 c granulated sugar

Whip egg whites and cream of tartar until stiff peaks form. Gradually add in the sugar while still running the mixer. Once encorporated fold in peppermint and chocolate. Bake on silicone baking sheets or parchment (2 baking sheets) in a 225 degree oven, one sheet above the other on two centrally place oven racks. Bake for 30 minutes, switch positions, bake for 30 more. turn the oven off, leaving the cookies in unitl the oven is completely cool. Store in airtight container for up to two weeks.

Monday, December 21, 2009

new wrinkle morning

'Nature gives you the face you have at twenty. Life shapes the face you have at thirty. It is up to you to earn the face you have at forty.'
coco chanel

this morning I awoke to a new wrinkle. Have you ever done that? Overnight, become something you didn't for see?! No warning that it's arrival was imminent? No slow sneaking up on me; first a little crease that comes and goes when I smile, then a thread of evidence-present daily; to a sure enough line that never leaves...
This one just showed up and refused to go away. Sat there at the left edge of my lip, taunting and teasing me with the evidence of it so close to my birthday. Age. I remember wanting to grow up. I remember wanting to be a full fledged adult with all the perks and advantages written into that contract.
I don't remember penciling in wrinkles on my over 30 contract. I tend to not read fine print, but I distinctly feel there was a lacking of wrinkle verbage on my grow old registration.
And while I can see them on others and think them distinguishing, enlivening and even very much attractive, I can not forgive their appearance on my own face~it's just wrong after all! Wrinkles and grey hair; what do they prove?!
It's not that I don't appreciate my age; I really like being just where I am in my years. And I don't deny the reality that 43 years of living very much brings about signs of wear and tear. It's just that I don't' want them on me! :)
Perhaps, as I contemplate this statement, I will have to take that back though. Because if I can't show wear and tear on the outside, must one argue that it has to show up somewhere else? And if not on the outside, does that only leave the inside?! Imagine that; the wrinkles showing up on the inside. The wear and tear of 43 years doing its number through wrinkles on my intestines, grey creeping into my brian, dark spots on my heart. No siree! thank you but no.
I've just begun the cleaning of my insides; the refreshing bath of acceptance that arrives with age; the blessing of wisdom and insight which is allowing me to become one of those beautiful, aging-gracefully beings. I'm okay with keeping the wear and tear on the outside. The inside is quite appreciative of this growing older phase;) I'll keep the wrinkles on the outside: Live them with a smile and hope they reflect the shiny bright gracefully growing inside:) in love. trish.

Saturday, December 19, 2009

when i grow up i want to be....

for years I wanted to be older, and now I am.
margaret atwood

It's my birthday today! I am 43 years old. Or young~I intend to live to 106 so I think I'm still on the 'young' side of life!

I've seen a lot over my years; everyone who's been around for any length of time can say this. I've felt a lot over my years; hopefully anyone who's been around for any length of time will say this! I've learned a lot over my years; unfortunately not enough of the anyone's who've been around for any length of time can say this....

Learning is a personal choice made over the coarse of one's life. It's not about going to school and getting good grades. Or about replacing the toilet without the help of a plumber. Or about following a recipe in order to make a sick cheesecake. I'm talking about the learning that happens only when you've made a dramatic life choice and determined that you were ready to face the repercussions; the learning, of this choice.

Three years ago I made the dramatic life choice to end my 17 year marriage. This was a final decision, coming on the heels of many years of almost decisions. I knew not where the choice would take me. I hadn't a clue what would happen in the legal and financial realm. I was terrified of the consequences that would be coming in my children's lives. But I knew I had to make this life choice. The alternatives were unacceptable. I was choosing to learn.

I failed a few tests. I suffered through moments of completely not getting it. I pulled a few all nighters cramming for the final.
But I also Aced some tests. I also 'got it' a lot of the time. I also came out on the other side of hard work to reap the rewards of my efforts. And I became what I always wanted to be when I grew up; me. Just me. The real, honest, always growing, always trying to fully accept-me. Comfortable, connected, accepted and accepting; me. It feels good to learn. It feels really, really good. I think I'll keep it up for another year. No, another 63 years~Happy Birthday to me :) in love. trish.

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

lessons in home ownership

Floors wet. Ceiling caved in. Insulation trashed. Carpets lost. Pipes riddles with cracks. Wall torn open. No sign of insurance adjustor.
Faith strong. Trust complete. Spirits high. Silver lining shining through. Conviction unwavering. Blessings abound. Panic attacks thwarted....

Friday, December 11, 2009

distress!

out of town guest! yeah~
burst pipes. dealing with homeowners insurance for the first time. boo~
deadline moved up on an article and artwork. ah!
must respond to a hideously official letter.....gack~
I'll come back to myself sometime soon :)
in love. trish.

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

love. that's all~

we are not human beings trying to be spiritual. We are spiritual beings trying to be human.
jacquelyn small.
in love. trish.

Monday, December 7, 2009

Thursday, December 3, 2009

have you seen it yet?!

Somerset studio november/december issue has published an encaustic article by moi! Not only this, but one of the enclosed scrapbooking papers is a redux of my imagery :) too cool. in love. trish.