Category Archives: Life Lessons

#52CafeCards Week 17 – Q

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Week 17’s Mixed Media Altered Playing Card Challenge presented by Maremi’s Creative Cafe on Facebook was Q – Quote. Here are bubbles that I referred to during last week’s post, Peace. I found a quote I think it works really nicely with them for this week’s challenge.

“The ancestor of every action is thought.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson.

Even in the simple action of blowing bubbles, you must have thought ahead to have the equipment available. After deciding where to blow the bubbles, then the action follows.

“The ancestor of every action is thought.” it’s a good quote for us to realize that we need to think about our actions and not act before contemplating the consequences of our actions.

Our world today is the most reactive I have ever seen. It’s a scary time to be alive. There have been a lot of those in history. As a fan of the Star Trek optimism, it feels like we are going backwards instead of forwards.

Be thoughtful,

Kimberhew

#52Cafecards Week 15/O – Obsession

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I just finished the card for week 15. Week 15’s Mixed Media Altered Playing Card Challenge presented by Maremi’s Creative Cafe on Facebook was 0 – Obsession. While I had been posting the a few weeks behind. I got behind creating. I had a weekend off and hoped to get some time to work on my art, writing, poetry, and blog. Some creating done however not what I needed for here. There is always hope.

Artistically speaking, I am embarrassed by this creation. It was rushed and looks it. I couldn’t find my cards so I used a manila envelope cut down to size. I didn’t dry it enough or wait for it to dry after gluing on the magazine. It just went down hill from there. Sorry! I debated about making another and never letting this one see the light of day, but sometimes being vulnerable with our failures as well as our success helps us grow as people and artist.

This weeks topic obsession is one I didn’t want to face. I have more of obsessions than I care to admit. When I sat down, the truth crept into my creation. While this isn’t one of my favorite creations, I do feel that as much as I hate to face it, I am obsessed with my weight. Desperately trying to loose fifty pounds again.

What is your obsession? Are you in control or the obsession?

Pondering,

Kimberhew

Ancient Ancestors

Every few years I renew my interest in our family genealogy, I find it amazing the amount of hard work others put into it. This time I hit the jackpot and a family line previously undiscovered took me back to 160 AD. I am still skeptical but it is fascinating to think that my family tree includes Kings, castles and nobility of several nations.

If this new info is correct, I am related to an infamous person who was beheaded and Shakespeare wrote a disparaging character based on him. Yoohoo!?

But really how does this affect my life? It doesn’t change or disparage my blue collar roots. It won’t change the facts of my grandmother life (a descendant of this line as well) or my life.

During World War II, my grandmother went in to a diner. She didn’t have very much money. Ordering a cup of hot water, she added ketchup to the water enjoying her tomato soup. They charged ten cents for the water. Every time I recall this story it makes me sad.

Whose in your family history? I love to collect stories especially the stories of family. What do those stories say about you?

My story about my grandmother makes me grateful that I have never been hungry enough to call ketchup and water tomato soup. Maybe the beheaded ancestor explains my dislike of politics? Who knows? Maybe it’s all me! LOL

Know your Story,

Kim

 

Long Time No See

I know that life happens to all of us. I seem to be particularly unable to balance life. People have always been my focus in life, usually this has been family. For the last twenty one years, my primary focus has been on my three children. I have experienced being the sandwich generation for the last six years.

However, this last year has been elevated to new levels of difficulties. I am planning on a series of post to share these life events. Highlights – engagement, graduation, vacations, aneurysms, ICU, Rehab, MRSA & infections, recovery, wedding, separations, and the big one Divorce.

I have joined a creative community on Facebook Mariemi Cafe and working on their #52CafeCards Challenge. Hoping to sharing my creative playing card created for the challenge, a letter a week with a theme. We are six weeks in for this years, I will probably keep this blog a week or two behind so I can make sure that I have the card ready.

Ready? I hope so. See you soon.

Blessings,

Kim

Abandoned, Good or Bad?

Abandoned, a word that evokes such emotion. Sadness and fear are my most predominate feelings. The abandoned house, family, pet, etc. . . Things left behind.

It’s not always a bad word or action. I have several projects that I have abandoned. Some are just waiting. Some, however, are abandoned and I will never work on them again.

That is truly a good thing. They weren’t a waste of my time because I learned something. They just aren’t worthy of more of my time.

What have you had to let go of and truly abandoned? Was it a good thing or bad?

I abandoned playing a musical instrument. I was not good and no amount of practice was going to help. It was a good thing. I was able to focus on more enjoyable pursuits: my love of photography, writing, painting, or simply creating what interest me at the moment (sewing, knitting or crocheting, etc. . . )

Don’t give up on something truly important to you but learn to prune your life.

Blessings,

Kim