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Be Flexible and Keep Going!

I’m sure you would agree that there’s never a shortage of stuff to tinker on and there’s almost always a shortage of time.

Over the course of the last 5 years, I’ve gone through many changes. There’ve been many interruptions and disruptions during this time. When I stop to consider this, I realize that the so-called disruption is just life happening. I mean, hey, life happens ya know?

I admire the qualities of being focused and driven to achieve whatever creative endeavor you’ve got going on. But, here’s what I wanted to say in this post — it’s important to be flexible with life, especially for the beginner artist. The pursuits we chase can seem to evade us. This is life and this is part of the creative process. It’s on us to go with the flow rather than against it.

We can’t control life. We can only control ourselves. I can get frustrated with myself when I wish I’d already have completed this project or have already begun that part of the project. Sometimes, I think I should be better at something than what I actually am. Here’s where flexibility is a must when it comes to living a creative life.  It’s usually a positive thing to push yourself or work with some pressure, but flexibility is a key ingredient to going the distance for what we’re creating.

It’s easy to get ahead of ourselves, thinking of the finished project. Starting or working steadily to a middle point can be hard because we can get in the way of ourselves. Flexibility can help us come to the finished project, being flexible with life as she unfolds before you. It can be that we need distance from our work, sometimes shit just happens and we have to start fresh, sometimes there is no time, other times there are too many options. Being flexible lets us stick with our creative adventures, ideas or projects. Things can be up in the air sometimes. Regardless, we just keep at them!

Girl with blue hair and her dog hugging her

Monchichi, my girl, my muse, keeping me going with an encouraging sweet hug!

California Black Squirrel Rescue Operation

Last Fall while walking to my car on the beautiful campus where my day job is I stumbled across these two little rat looking things. I didn’t know what they were, but being familiar with most of the wildlife on our campus, I figured they couldn’t be rats.

There were two, laying helplessly on the side of the road, not in direct danger of being run over by a car but certainly in danger of being picked up by the ferel cats on the campus. Although I was running late to pick up my husband after work, I just didn’t feel it was right to leave these little innocent newly born creatures there. They needed help if they were going to survive.

I called up my husband and described them to him. He said they had to be squirrels. And it made sense because our campus has so many little squirrels being busy about the campus. It looked like these little guys had fallen down from a tree because there were parts of what looked to be a nest close by. That’s what threw me off … nests and squirrels?

squirrel nest

I quickly learned that squirrels do have nests up in trees. Yes it’s cliche, but you really do learn new things every day.

 

I went to grab a soft towel from somewhere so that I could pick up these two vulnerable little creatures and take them to wildlife care center so they could get them in good shape and release them back onto the campus.

These are them!

img of newborn black squirrels

The reason I know they are black squirrels is because our campus has them all over … plus the wildlife vets confirmed that they were eastern gray squirrels with a genetic mutation. Pretty cool, huh? Well, what’s even cooler is that they aren’t even supposed to be so many in California. Black squirrels are way more common in the MidWest — Indiana, Ohio, Wisconsin. I feel totally lucky to have seen them and to have them in my own backyard so to speak.

black baby squirrels wrapped in a blanket

I was honored to rescue these little guys. I let the wildlife vets know where they were from and requested that they be brought back to our campus because they have a very fine home waiting for them.

I named these two newborn squirrels “East” and “West”.

Here’s what they look like now –

img of a very black squirrel

 

…looks a lot like Truffle, my itsy bitsy chihuahua.

Chihuahua in Halo bed

Sayonara!

Nothin but a WeeBitThing …

Brisbane City Wide Garage Sale

We finally gathered enough (good) stuff to get together for a garage sale. It was a lot of work, as usual, but it turned out so well!

All of our hard work was worth it. I left the day job early so that I could start to pack up the night before the sale. I woke up early on Saturday to pack our breakfast, lunches, coffee and water. We started laying out our stuff at around 7:30 am. We were quite lucky to end up on a very visible high traffic spot.

The garage sale was nice because it had a friendly community vibe; it was a city wide garage sale but I hardly consider Brisbane a city, it’s more like a small town. It was also very nice that we didn’t have to travel very far, making it so easy!  Over all, for my first time selling there, I really liked it. It was very organized and the people that put it on were very helpful and friendly. The buyers were nice, too.

The Brisbane Friends of the Library put it on, so the proceeds of the participants went to a good cause, keeping the library going. Knowing that what you’re doing is going to help something bigger than yourself is always a good feeling.

The Lion’s club put on a barbecue which we got to be right next to. Their barbecue went really well and their burgers were excellent. They let us know that they used all grass fed beef. Yummy! 🙂

The only thing that would’ve made it better was if our babies were with us — Truffle and Monchichi couldn’t make it. We thought it might get too hot for them or thought they could get into trouble somehow…

Here’s the hubby trying to sell his comic book collections.

Brisbane Garage Sale, Selling Comics

Momz is happy the sales keep coming!

Brisbane Garage Sale Selling

Here I am working so very hard!

Brisbane Garage Sale

Even though I was busy selling, I managed to walk to my neighbor’s lot and shop around. I found this treasure in their “junk”. Tadaaa!

Image of Ceramic Pottery Jar

So this is a multipurpose Pottery Craft Made In the USA jar that’s in the Robert Maxwell pottery style. This was born circa 1970’s and could be found in department stores like JCpenney’s.

I heart lovely little things! When I saw this my eyes lit up. When I touched and held it, my heart lit up. I had to get it.

As for the rest of the day, it went very well. We made lots of money$$$, too. At the end, we all ate like kings and queens. We lived happily ever after. The End.