Optimistic Voice

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Resurfacing


Holy cow, it’s been awhile.  Aside from the excitement of Randy’s eggs, my last post was on November 1, which also happened to fall on my first date with my boyfriend.  In the last three months, I’ve gone from a lonely blogger to one in love, my little pigeon has become an adult and flown the coop and as Spring approaches, life continues to unfold.

I’ve been focused on my new relationship, the holidays, the stress of money, work or lack thereof and living space.  I’ve decided it’s time to get back to some creative expression.  It’s so easy to get caught up in the necessities and sensible acts of progression.  It’s so easy to forget the things that make you tick.

My boyfriend, who shares my first name, and I have been inseparable since our first date.  We did get to know each other for small while before then, so when we realized our attraction it was a matter of surprise, excitement and relief when our hearts unfolded into our romance.  Just this past week, he made a little space for me in his one bedroom apartment.  It’s a walk-in closet with a little window  that’s bright and sunny during the day and lit by the warm glow of an evening lamp after dark.  After informally co-habitating there for three months, I’m convinced that it will be my peace and sanity.  A place all my own, where I can simply focus on myself, what I like to do and still hear the TV in the next room.  At first my silent response was, “you want to put me in the closet?” Now I’m not sure I want to leave.

I still have my own apartment, but it’s somewhat emptied of the everyday needs and has turned into more of a storage compartment for my furniture, art supplies and various half used toiletries in boxes, among other things.  That may change again soon because of the size and practicality, not to mention current renovations underway at my place (new kitchen, carpet & paint yay!), but for the next few months I will enjoy this little gift of serenity.

Yes, I did make a curtain out of a pillow case & an apron. :)Image

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ragdyand:

As I revisit my blog after three months of dormancy, I appreciate and relate to this entry by Lisa Arends. The warmth of spring rounding the wintry corner in Southern California brings new growth that will surely flourish with hope and optimism in the coming months.

Originally posted on Lessons From the End of a Marriage:

Sakura of Fukushima-e (福島江のサクラ)

Ahh, February. It’s not quite spring but we are well over winter. In the south, the trees and flowers are jut beginning to stir. The first signs of the cherry blossoms have appeared. The daffodils are letting their yellow undercoats peek out at the tepid sun. Tree branches are rounded with the soft buds of the new leaves. The stirrings are not limited to the plants. Joggers are beginning to fill the trails, especially on those days between cold and rain fronts. The squirrels are out in force, digging up the acorns they buried months ago. The birds have lifted their self-imposed ban on song and their chirps and warbles fill the mornings once again.

It’s natural to hibernate when the world outside becomes too harsh to bear. It’s instinctive to curl up and tuck in, settling into a protective stasis. We do it annually to some extent as we…

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and what a sound it made.

It popped so loud,

it made her proud.

Bubble gum girl

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Originally posted on A Nine Pound Hammer....or a woman like you, either one of these will do:

a little chocolate now and then doesn’t hurt ~ C. Schulz
Valentine Day

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Happy Halloween!


Tomorrow I will be painting at the Dia De Los Muertos celebration at the San Pedro Art Walk. Happy Halloween!

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Originally posted on Schoenbaum Arts & Crafts Gallery Shop:

 

Wednesday, October 31, 3pm-7pm
Long Beach Marine Stadium (HALLOWEEN) Farmer’s Market

Friday, November 2, 9am-2pm
San Pedro 6th Street Farmer’s Market

Saturday, November 3, 9am-2pm [NOT CONFIRMED]
Huntington Beach Farmer’s Market at Peter’s Landing

Sunday, November 4, 9am-2pm
Orange County Great Park Antique/Art Show

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Originally posted on Little Bird Storytime:

This is the result of 3 months of molting. I could make a boa for Halloween!

Randy’s Feather Box 10.31.12

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Cuddle time after bath.

Randy went for a flight today with her friends. My schedule is starting to pick up and when I’m busy Randy gets neglected. She is a very social and intelligent bird, who needs lots of stimulation. I decided to brave the dreaded louse fly and let her out for an afternoon flight.

As always, when she came home it was time for a bath. I gave her a quick bath in the sink this time, then bundled her in a towel. It takes a long time for birds’ feathers to dry. Birds control their temperature by fluffing their feathers. When a bird is completely drenched and cannot fluff, it risks hypothermia and can die. It’s important to keep a bird warm after bath while its feathers are drying.

I wrap her in a warm towel, use the blow dryer and place her nest under a warm heat…

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Halloween Body Art


To make a private appointment or book a party in the Los Angeles, Long Beach or Orange County areas, please visit: www.southbaybodyart.com. I have some last minute spots available!

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