Wednesday, August 10, 2005

Summer of Surprises

If I had made any plans this summer, I can’t remember many of them. It has been a summer of total spurs of the moment.

I may have had an idea about making the vast amount of quilts necessary for my imagined one-person show, but have I? Nope.

I may have hoped that this summer would be the one when I really got into surface design and made up some wonderful stamped or shiboried fabrics, but have I?

Nope.

I may have had some plans about doing some large scale paintings, or some small scale artwork involving watercolor, colored pencils or pastels, but one painting hardly seems like a major thrust into the field.

Nope.

I have on the other hand, been enjoying myself in ways that I never dreamed would happen. I have actually relaxed enough to have a nearly normal life. Stress free, mostly. Really.

Stress has always been the motivator for me and yet we all know it is a killer. I try to keep stress away from Dave, as it is not good for him, but hey! Is it good for me?

Nope.

Good decisions, like hiring Angie to dye my kits for example, has really made me step aside and take a breath. Because she is doing such a fabulous job, I can make my dye days more productive and less angst ridden. I allow myself to only dye fabric until the dye solution is gone, whatever that amount that is. The results are superfantastic, because I don’t stress out about it. Duh.

Another good decision, buying The Car.

Seeing how happy Dave is, relieves me of trying to MAKE him happy. I can’t and that always causes stress. I know you know what I mean. I cannot will him to be happy. But he certainly is and that is worth a bijillion bucks. (He murmurs, “I can’t believe I am so shallow that a car could make me this happy”). I swear I haven’t heard him refer to himself as ‘happy’ as often in our whole marriage as he has since the owning moment. That’s a good thing.

Having fun with my girlfriends

and especially having had two parties, a family visit

and a blogger visit here in the last month. So so so important to me and my entertaining gene. We in the family are burdened blessed with this gene, and it really makes us want to make a nice meal, have a clean house and laugh really loud way past bedtime. Not to mention using my new dishes, woowoo!

Mostly though, the stress reliever of all time is having the Blog. It clears my head and starts my day. When I write to you and hope you read it, I feel so connected and not rejected. How this helps is so strange but it does. It puts all my ducks in a row and then wraps it up in a pretty ribbon.

And now to prove the rule I am packing my bags to go to our art quilt meeting and then Frieda and I are going to Tommy’s house on Lake Michigan, near the Indiana Dunes, for a night and a day of artplay. Woowoo! More social life!

I am giddy at the prospect! Plus she has wireless DSL, so prepare for mucho pictures. Double woowoo!
















12 comments:

  1. Melody, thank you! Your blog is a part of my daily routine. I look forward to reading it every morning and learning something new each time, or just having a chuckle.
    I am so in sync with you on stress. I have seen the damage it can do. Avoidance of stress has been my mantra for a number of years. It is tough to "let go" of all the details I think I must control. Life truly is better when you "let go." Both Chris and I felt truly blessed to be guests in your home and to meet you and see your work. We hope to see you at Stitches. Have a great time with the girls!!!

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  2. My day is also brightened by your friendly, newsy, artsy blog. It has been enlightening to see that the fabulous and famous have quite ordinary lives that are oh so much quite like mine.

    Glad you are de-stressing, have a wonderful time! Truly nothing better than a laughter filled play time with girlfriends to keep you happy and sane. Jen

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  3. I read your site everyday if I can. It's always so bright and positive. Stress can be so detrimental. Anything that a person can do to relieve it is always a good thing.

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  4. Good for you Melody...being driven can be kinda hard on oneself. Glad Dave is happy!

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  5. I am so happy you and Dave are happy. And I am so glad to be blog fodder. Have a great time at Tommy's!

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  6. Melody, I have a very good (and driven) friend who when asked at her 50th birthday party about her future plans stated, "its all partying from here on out". You keep up your de-stressing and happy vibes!

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  7. melody i am glad you have a blog too, because i don't think i would have felt confident enough to send an email to you about moving to chicago, if I hadn't gotten the feeling of how approachable and friendly you are. and if we don't end up neighbors at least we won't be too far apart to get to know each other a little better. there is nothing better than an art playdate with good friends. it is energizing and inspiring. Have fun!

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  8. Hi Melody. Although I have not been able to write my blog in a long while, I have enjoyed yours. Your musings touched my heart today and formed a word-quilt, which I offer with a hug...

    Red Car Won

    The plans I made like petals fell
    When moments blossomed new
    And all the planned tomorrows
    Were nothing but ‘to do.’

    I saw with sharing, love and care
    Joy truly filled the while—
    As friends and family brightened days;
    and red car caused a smile.

    We each can find a treasure
    In moments seeming small,
    Like diamonds shine our givings…
    Reminding, “Love Is All.”

    (c)2005 Olenka

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  9. Good for you Melody. I'm with you on the stress, 100%. I've always lived for deadlines and pushing myself to the limits, but I find lately that my body can't handle stress the way it used to, and stress has taken a big toll on me the last couple of years. So this year I'm really trying to be smarter and not push myself so much. If I can just let my body heal and get back to where I was the beginning of last summer, I'll be doing very well. Stress releavers for me: yoga, gardening, playing with the new puppy, visiting with family and friends, floating in the lake on a rubber raft, and ignoring my cell phone!

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  10. Is your mind spending to much time on What is stress? Do you sometimes wish life were simpler? It can be.

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