Things that I am happy about today:
-My friend Jan Smiley has joined the blogging world. Her blog is called Full Circle and she's sharing the cool new bell tower studio space she has been granted for the next 11 months. (Very cool!) Congrats Jan and welcome to the blog world!
-Finding art supplies that I didn't even know I had. That's what happens when you clean up and reorganize! It's like Xmas all over again!
-Sushi for today's lunch. I love California roll. (It's the only type of sushi I like.) While I know how to make it, sometimes it's nice just to be able to buy it already made. My local Safeway sells it made inside out (rice on the outside, nori on the inside) with brown rice. YUM!! My pal Lisa gave me a set of handmade pottery sushi plates for my birthday a few years ago so I am going to have an elegant lunch today, just because.
-Being appreciated. Several people have said some really sweet things to me lately and I have to say, it's really nice to be on the receiving end. It used to be that someone would say something nice and I would just brush it off because I was embarrassed. Then one day I realized that when someone gives you a heartfelt compliment, what they were really giving you was a gift. To just brush it off carelessly is like taking that gift and tossing it aside. (How rude!) So now, even when I feel embarrassed, I try really hard to be gracious about it and to take it in, seeing it for what it is. So THANK YOU to those folks (and you know who you are) who have taken the time to email or call and tell me how you feel. I am humbled.
-Rain. Yes, I know it's supposed to be moving into warm weather and sun, but right now there's this cotton stuff blowing around that I am horribly allergic to and so the rain is my friend. If it rains, this stuff gets flattened and it's not so bad. I can't wait till the season for this stuff is over! (I also prefer cooler weather so you won't hear me complaining!) Besides, when it rains, there is nothing I love better than being in my workspace creating art and sipping tea. BLISS!
-The Ladies of Art Pub. It's great to have artist friends who can support and encourage one another. I love that if you have a question about something art related you can post to the group and then sit back and watch the answers roll in. I always learn something new, even if the questions are not my own and it's so helpful to hear different points of view, take everything under advisement and then make an educated decision. I think it's empowering to have a network of your peers that you can trust and rely on. I really do feel that together we are stronger-everyone has something special they bring to the table and I appreciate the generosity of spirit these ladies have.
What's making your world go 'round?