Wabi-Sabi


Wabi-Sabi (noun) Origin: Japanese | The discovery of beauty within the imperfections of life and art.

This yet another Japanese aesthetic that has a very deep meaning in which life and art are viewed as beautiful not because they are perfect and eternal but because they are imperfect and fleeting.

We experience happiness as a series of pleasing moments. They come and go like clouds, unpredictable, fleeting, and without responsibility to our desires. Through honest self-work, reflection, and meditation, we begin to string more of these moments together, creating a web-like design of happiness that drapes around our lives. Tara Stiles

Every time I go home I find that everything has changed.  I mean some of the things are the same, but for the most part, it is all different.  Like in my brain that one laugh, that one smile, that one experience remains, but all of the emotions have changed.  It’s like starting over each time. Sometimes that makes me happy and sometimes that makes me sad. I try to hold on to the happy and ignore the sad.  However, it’s possible that the sadness and the anger and the misunderstandings help you to realize how fleeting the happy times are and how you should be holding on to them even tighter. These happy times are exactly the wabi-sabi that makes it all so beautiful.  That in the end, makes it all so very beautiful.

I get those fleeting, beautiful moments of inner peace and stillness – and then the other 23 hours and 45 minutes of the day, I’m a human trying to make it through in this world. Ellen DeGeneres

fleeting: Albatz; Tina; philos; ana; yamoto; xanbarbara; swati; penross; barbara; chris; mugdha

Day 25 ~ SunFlower


I do love me a sunflower.  I have always loved them.  Even though I am allergic to them.  To me they mean summer, sun, beauty, light, happiness.  But did you know that in their early stages they will follow the sun from sunrise to sunset?  I did not.  Or that as they mature, they face East?  Neither did I.

On highway 395 from Spokane to Deer Park, there are several sunflower farms.  Every time I drove out, to visit dad, I would stop and take pictures from the road, but I always thought they were just fickle.  One time they were all facing this way and one time that.  I had no idea they followed the sun.

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I always thought sunflowers were beautiful, but did you know that the yellow petals are one flower and the fuzzy brown centers are actually individual flowers?  ME NEITHR !!!  There can be as many as 2,000 little flower in what I used to think were just the seeds that I loved to eat.

What I have always known is that sunflowers are amazing.  They are native to the Americas (I am too).  They are used to feed, to heal, and to bring light to someone’s day.

“I want to be like a sunflower so that even on the darkest days I will stand tall and find the sunlight.” – Unknown

In honor of this majestic plant, I created my own version of a sunflower for my grand-daughter.  I hope you enjoy.

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“look at its shape, with vibrant yellows and oranges, a sunflower can brighten your day…it’s as if it is smiling like a happy face painted on the sun…so if you do only one thing all day, let it be to smile, so you can brighten the day of others around you, just like the sunflower”
― Bodhi Smith

baydreamers; vovazinger; paul; cee; sue; ritva; jason; mike; albatz

Day 23 ~ When we all were black and white


When I think of black and white photos .. I think of the olden days.. like… you know.. my mom and dad’s era and before.. A romantic period of time that was all black and white. The photos were glorious in that you just can not determine when they were taken.  There is something so special about them that it makes me want to go back to that time and meet all of the folks in the photos.  I think that black and white photos are more interpretive.  When photos are in color you can often guess the era and sometimes even the location the photo was taken.

“I think it’s because it was an emotional story, and emotions come through much stronger in black and white. Color is distracting in a way, it pleases the eye but it doesn’t necessarily reach the heart.” – Kim Hunter

I think that is why I love black and white photos.  With black and white, you can get away from the distractions and focus on the content.  It’s like an Alfred Hitchcock show.  When you are not allowed to see all of the details, your mind has to make up what is not obvious. It’s more attractive and more mysterious in my opinion.

A final few of my favorites from the past.  Just can’t get enough of the black and whites.

Day 15 ~ please support local businesses


I bought a duplex a few years ago to help my kids out during their trying and growing times.  They have diligently paid their rent up to April 2020.  They are both studying online and working in the service industry in various roles.  What this means to me is I am carrying the weight of the mortgage now.  The mortgage, the city utilities, and randomly sending them items to keep them comfortable and going.

I am blessed because I am still employed, but this extra cost is still a struggle.  They are blessed because I bought the duplex for just such an occasion.  Never, ever expecting such an occasion. I know I am blessed and do not take it for granted.  They know they are blessed and do not take it for granted.  We are lucky.  Not everyone is so lucky.

I watch the news and see families getting evicted from their homes because they cannot work.  There is no safety net for these folks.  I hear people bastardizing landlords for evicting people who can not pay their rent.  That’s not fair.  The average landlord (like myself) is not rich.  The average landlord did not spend their life savings to purchase a house to keep random folks afloat.  COVID is not the landlord’s fault.  COVID is not the renter’s fault.  We are all caught up in a horrible situation.  There is no safety net for these folks.

The average person out there has no safety net.  I hear blame going around.  “Well they should have saved more money for an emergency.”; “Landlords are beasts and should not evict their tenants.”; “Tenants should not take advantage of their landlords.”; “Why do so many people need to get free food?”.  The questions and the blame keeps on escalating because this is an unexpected and never-ending situation.  There is no safety net.  All we seem to have are political figures who have A LOT of money (not their fault) holding back for political reasons in providing even a small safety net for the people who are really trying to stay afloat.  Really good people who are really trying hard to just stay afloat.

I really empathize with these folks.  There was a time, not so long ago, that as a single parent who was trying to put myself through university and only living on about $7,200 – $17,000 annual income for close to 15 years. I also had no safety net. My house was robbed 2x in six months and I was advised to move from that neighborhood.  I had no safety net and had no way of moving.  I had 2 small children and ironically had nothing really worth stealing. Blaming others for their situation is so unfair.  I luckily and eventually moved away from that situation but it took over 15 years. I cannot imagine how it would have been had COVID occurred on top of everything else going on in my life.  I would have drowned.  It wasn’t that I wasn’t trying. I just had ZERO anything set aside for an emergency.  I CANNOT IMAGINE.

So I encourage others to not pass blame or judgment on folks standing in food lines, evicting others to save themselves, losing their homes and needing more help.  Becoming homeless, hopeless, and helpless.  Where ever you are .. whatever you are doing .. give something.  Even if it’s just a smile or some form of recognition for the struggle that folks are feeling and going through. Give people some dignity.  There is no safety net out there and sometimes it’s no one’s fault.  Sometimes it is (VOTE VOTE VOTE)!

I am blessed and it’s tough for me.  I don’t have a lot extra to give and living in Africa right now, it’s tough to support my local businesses.  I want to emphasize that supporting local businesses during these trying times is so important.

My current favorite is a local artist from Spokane, Washington.  I have received a specially drawn Christmas card for nearly the past10-15 years.  He just put these cards on ETSY and I think you all should check them out.  I have also purchased some of his bigger art pieces (below).  I am a fan of Dali and Dr. Seuss so you can see why I’m a fan of Billy.

One thing I really like about his work is if you look closely at the art and the cards, you will see that he has some reoccurring characters.  The art represents the people that have been in his life that currently are now permanently residing in his fantastical worlds.

I hope you enjoy.

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My favorite cards

Even if you do not want to buy, stop by and comment on the newest cards.  If you love them.  I’m sure you can comment that you want a bigger print.  You can visit his ETSY site here:  THELOUNGEGALLERY

Day 14 – Orange you glad I’m still here?


“I feel a little dizzy,” said Orion. “But also wonderfully elated. I feel that I am on the verge of finding a rhyme for the word orange.”

“Oxygen deprivation,” said Foaly. “Or maybe it’s just him.”
― Eoin Colfe

Orange is my favorite color.  I do not think orange gets enough attention.  We all know that Orange is the New Black but that is not enough. Orange is a great pun, part of a pivotal knock-knock joke, an impressive part of sunsets.  There are way more than 50 shades of orange.  But no one cares.  No one takes note.  Not any more.  Not on my watch.

Today’s post is dedicated to this very important issue.

What does the color orange mean?
Orange. Orange combines the energy of red and the happiness of yellow. It is associated with joy, sunshine, and the tropics. Orange represents enthusiasm, fascination, happiness, creativity, determination, attraction, success, encouragement, and stimulation. … In heraldry, orange is symbolic of strength and endurance.

In nature it’s the color of vivid sunsets, fire, vegetables, flowers, fish, and many citrus fruits. In our contemporary world, orange is the color of marmalade, Traffic cones, life rafts, cheetos, and Halloween. Orange symbolizes energy, vitality, cheer, excitement, adventure, warmth, and good health.

“Plants are more courageous than almost all human beings: an orange tree would rather die than produce lemons, whereas instead of dying the average person would rather be someone they are not.”
― Mokokoma Mokhonoana

Orange was a symbol of the glory and fruits of the earth in the early Christian church and was also known as the wisdom ray.

“In my head, the sky is blue, the grass is green and cats are orange.”
― Jim Davis

The canary’s orange colour isn’t a natural thing. Initially, the birds were a green-brown but cross-breeding made them yellow, combine this with a diet of red peppers and they become orange.

“FALLING IN LOVE WITH OCTOBER

Leaves descending to the ground,
Orange, magenta, green & brown
The cool crisp breezes in the air,
Autumn season must be here”
― Charmaine J Forde

Orange has one of the strongest measurable physical effects of any color. Orange stimulates the appetite, increases energy level, and even stimulates the thyroid to boost metabolism. Orange is powerful. We can’t ignore it, which explains why people have such marked reactions to it.

“The orange of the golden carp appeared at the edge of the pond. . . . We watched in silence at the beauty and grandeur of the great fish. Out of the corners of my eyes I saw Cico hold his hand to his breast as the golden carp glided by. Then with a switch of his powerful tail the golden carp disappeared into the shadowy water under the thicket.”
― Rudolfo Anaya

Orange relates to ‘gut reaction’ or our gut instincts, as opposed to the physical reaction of red or the mental reaction of yellow.

The color orange is a very hot color and often provides the sensation of heat. While orange is a common color associated with summer and the hot sun, often associated with being the main color of harvest and autumn due to the changing color of the leaves and pumpkins.

“Meanwhile the sunsets are mad orange fools raging in the gloom….”
― Jack Kerouac

“An orange day, a happy day, a brand-new day in the secret language that only the three of us seemed to understand.
“Mmmmm,” Daddy said, taking a bite of his roll. “Orange wakes you up, but cinnamon makes you remember.”
― Judith Fertig

It’s no surprise that such a powerful color inspires negative associations as well. Orange can be strident and exhausting if it’s overused. Too much orange is overpowering, and a large number of people consider orange their least favorite color. We associate orange with danger, and its attention-getting properties means most designers use it sparingly.

With its enthusiasm for life, the color orange relates to adventure and risk-taking, inspiring physical confidence, competition, and independence. Those inspired by orange are always on the go!

“I am captivated by the beautiful colors of Fall,
Show me,show me,
Show me All!
Orange, yellow, purple, reddish-brown,
And the rustling of the leaves as they fall to the ground.”
― Charmaine J. Forde

“Orange pekoe flavor, with that gold confection dust on the top.” She holds one up to demonstrate. “Mascarpone filling.” She bites it clean in half and shows me the middle. “Rose jelly in the center.”
“Sounds good to me. What shall we call it?”
“I don’t know.”
I reach over and pick up a macaron, the texture, weight, and balance all perfect. Symmetry, lightness, both shells with excellent feet, wedded together with a smooth filling. Nodding with approval, I place it on my tongue. She is right; the orange and rose flavors melt lustily in your mouth. It’s just like Mama- all bright and full of surprises.”
― Hannah Tunnicliffe

Now I ask you again.. ROOOAAARRRRNGE you glad I am still here?

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Useless orange facts:

  1. Orange is the color between yellow and red on the spectrum of visible light.
  2. In painting and traditional color theory, it is a secondary color of pigments, created by mixing yellow and red.
  3. It is named after the fruit of the same name.
  4. In English, the color orange is named after the appearance of the ripe
  5. The orange color is one of the carrots, pumpkins, sweet potatoes, oranges, and many other fruits and vegetables.
  6. Carotenes are pigments that convert the light energy that the plants absorb from the sun into chemical energy for the plants’ growth.
  7. Similarly, the hues of autumn leaves are from the same pigment after chlorophyll is removed.
  8. In Europe and America, surveys show that orange is the color most associated with amusement, the unconventional, extroverts, warmth, fire, energy, activity, danger, taste, and aroma.
  9. It’s the national color of the Netherlands and the House of Orange.
  10. In Asia orange is an important symbolic color of Buddhism and Hinduism
  11. In the 18th century, orange was sometimes used to depict the robes of Pomona, the goddess of fruitful abundance.
  12. Her name came from the pomon, the Latin word for fruit.
  13. Oranges themselves became more common in northern Europe, thanks to the 17th-century invention of the heated greenhouse, a building type that became known as an Orangerie.
  14. The French artist Jean-Honoré Fragonard depicted an allegorical figure of “inspiration” dressed in orange.
  15. In Ukraine in November–December 2004, it became the color of the Orange Revolution, a popular movement which carried activist and reformer Viktor Yushchenko into the presidency.
  16. Regarding painting, blue is the complementary color to orange.
  17. As many painters of the 19th century discovered, blue and orange reinforce each other.
  18. The painter Vincent van Gogh wrote to his brother Theo that in his paintings, he was trying to reveal “the oppositions of blue with orange, of red with green, of yellow with violet … trying to make the colors intense and not a harmony of grey”.
  19. In Confucianism, the religion and philosophy of ancient China, orange was the color of transformation.
  20. In Europe and America, orange and yellow are the colors most associated with amusement, frivolity, and entertainment.
  21. It is often used in marketing campaigns to recreate these feelings to potential clients, and consumers.
  22. Orange is the color most easily seen in dim light or against the water.
  23. This is why it is the color of choice for life rafts, life jackets, or buoys.
  24. Highway temporary signs about construction or detours in the United States are orange, because of its visibility and its association with danger.
  25. The word orange derives from the Sanskrit naranga and the Persian narang.
  26. Naranjas are the oranges in Spanish.
  27. The blood used on the set of Sweeney Todd, had to be orange to render properly on the de-saturated color film.
  28. Orange was a symbol of the glory and fruits of the earth in the early Christian church.
  29. It was also known as the wisdom ray.
  30. In Feng Shui orange represents fire. Colors are very significant in the ancient concept.
  31. The nobility were the only ones during the Elizabethan Era who could wear orange.
  32. Orange is often biblically associated with saints and represents strength and courage.
  33. The first operator in Europe to commit to pushing NFC across its territories was the mobile network giant Orange.
  34. Orange’s well-known slogan was “the futures bright, the futures orange”.
  35. An orange vehicle apparently says you are a fun-loving and trendy person.
  36. Frank Sinatra had a love for the color orange, once saying “Orange is the happiest of colors
  37. The color of the United States Army Signal Corps is orange.
  38. Orange is a very popular color in the world of sport with American football teams including Chicago Bears, Cincinnati Bengals, and baseball teams including the San Francisco Giants having their primary color is orange.
  39. The fruits’ orange appearance isn’t a common occurrence in other parts of the world.
  40. Vietnamese oranges and Thai tangerines are orange on the inside and yet bright green on the outside.
  41. The Netherlands soccer team, or ‘Oranje’, play in orange kits.
  42. An orange’s skin turns orange as the weather cools but in hotter areas, the chlorophyll stays and the fruit remains green.
  43. The canary’s orange color isn’t a natural thing, initially, the birds were a green-brown but cross-breeding made them yellow, combine this with a diet of red peppers and they become orange.
  44. Originally carrots weren’t orange.
  45. The most common color was purple.
  46. The orange variety came about by the 17th Century when Dutch growers seemingly crossbred white rooted, mutated yellow and wild carrots.
  47. Every 25th day of the month is known as “Orange Day” by the UN’s campaign called UNiTE to End Violence against Women.
  48. The day is to raise awareness and act to stop violence against women.
  49. Consumer research has proven that an orange lawnmower is easier to find in long grass than a blue one, this was why in 1977 Flymo changed from blue to orange.
  50. Orange is the Dutch Royal Family’s color. Descendants of William of Orange, the color became the symbol of the Netherlands.

Orangey: Eliza; meander; arlene; amy; susanne; Bren; JoAnn: Ally; Mike: cordeliasmom; Suhita; stoner