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Little Free Library

Have you seen a Little Free Library pop up in your neighborhood? They are showing up everywhere and I love them. The idea is simple: Take a book, leave a book. That’s it. There is one in my old neighbourhood that is exclusively for children, made out of an old newspaper box, with a chalkboard painted on its side for children to draw on. I was recently asked to paint one for the Cougar Ridge community, and it is now up and running, and is one of four in the area! If you want to get your own, click here!

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Unsure Mazes

The Sketchbook Project, p. 29-30.

I’m like one of those lab rats running around a maze, always coming back to the same spot. I’ve been keeping track of my back issues, and I’m on a (about) 2 month cycle of feeling good and treating myself well, and then letting all slide (which mean sitting more than I should). I have that tightness in my lower back again. It always scares me when it starts, and I am very much aware of how I focus on the negative and want it to go away. This doesn’t help at all.

I recently started meditating again (there have been lots of fresh starts for meditating!!) and I can really see the benefit now, especially with the back trouble. My “witness” part of me is easier to spot. The witness doesn’t feel the pain, but rather, notices that I (my body) am feeling pain, and that I (my mind) is stuck in the pain. This awareness lets me deal with it better, and allows me to remember that it won’t last forever.

I just finished reading “Room” by Emma Donoghue – it’s a touching, frightening, wonderful story, told from the point of view of Jack, a 5-year old boy. Jack likes to do “word sandwiches”, where he combines two words to make a new one.  My favourite in the book, one that is appropriate for me right now is “scave”. I am scared and brave at the same time.

Magnets and Pins!

These are the magnets and pins that I worked on in December – custom orders from five different people. I had fun making them – I really like when people have ideas for what they want to see on my magnets. And art. With the art it is a little harder to customize exactly the way a person wants it, but luckily most people just give me an idea of the colours they like and the words they want, and then I run with it. To me, custom art doesn’t have the magic and spontaneity that other pieces have. They are close, and perhaps I am the only one who notices it, but they are more like “work” and a little less like “art”. I don’t find this to be true of the magnets, since I am always searching for new words to put on them, so I am happy to have input!

On a totally different topic, I’ve eaten about 10 of our freshly baked lemon honey drop cookies. Okay, maybe more. Who’s counting? As long as there are enough for the kids tomorrow, it’s fine!! I finished reading “Women, Food and God” by Geneen Roth. It would probably be a great book for some, but I didn’t learn a whole lot that I didn’t already know.  I’d recommend it to anyone sick of dieting or wanting a different relationship with food, but there is nothing earth-shattering about it. I’ve just started “Room” by Emma Donoghue. It’s got me hooked already – I think that’s mostly because it is written from the point of view of a just-turned-5-year old boy, and I have a boy who is almost 5. The relationship (as he sees it) with his mother is so touching and I can just sense it will get heart-wrenching…