Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Life is Beautiful?

I've been in a bit of a dark hole lately even though I have MUCH to be grateful for. I don't know what it is but I wake up everyday and don't want to get out of bed. But I do. Because I don't like feeling this way. I'll climb my way out of this hole. No worries. I'll get it. Thank goodness for my little surprise that came from my sister. I could use the vitamin C and sunshine! Thanks Carla!!!!

I recently acquired 2! paintings. I can't tell you how much I love these. They definitely bring me pleasure. I know material things are not supposed to be where I get my joy but it's art. That's not a material thing really is it? The first is Evening Rose by Kevin Fitzgerald who is a local artist that I've always admired. It is actually a glicee print. I bid in a silent auction which I never do because everyone has more money than I do. I got lucky for a change. The 2nd is a painting by my good friend, whom you've seen in my blog before, Deb Rolig. This painting is called "Monkey Madonna" and I have long adored this painting. I've tried to take a couple pictures to share with you. It was hard not to get a glare. Check them out.

Now this gave me a chuckle. I found these pictures on the kitchen table this morning. What on earth do you do with that many pictures of your son in a singlet?

Johnny always did like a picture of himself. We were just reminiscing about this photo below that he had to have in 8 x 10 size to hang in his room. He told me he was positive he looked hot that day. Now when he sees it he wants to get rid of it. I of course do think he looked hot. Like a little surfer boy with his curly hair. So cute. I miss those curls.

Oh and I finally cleaned the aforementioned teens room. I walked in there one morning and next thing you know I was cleaning. Scary. Maybe that was the cause of my funk. Or maybe it's the damn reading glasses and lack of memory. I better shutup now because I see my dark side is about to spring a leak.


Blogger Willowtree said...

Mary, I'm sorry about the funk. I wish I had something clever to say to help, but sadly, unless you want to start on medication (and that's an open ended proposition) you just have to ride it out. Good luck, things will pick up eventually.

2/26/2008 04:07:00 PM  
Blogger JM said...

Hang in there, spring sunshine can't be too far away, can it? I love the Monkey painting, it's quite the catch; congrats!

2/26/2008 04:29:00 PM  
Blogger betmo said...

hugs to you- i know exactly what you mean. :) and no- art doesn't count as a material thing- it's beauty shared with the world. hang in there- when things are in the hole- the only way out is up. things have to start looking up :)

2/26/2008 04:39:00 PM  
Blogger Coffee Messiah said...

Dang Mary, how's he ever going to find anything! ; (

As for the funk, politics has done that to me since last yr, not to mention "how many years" of gws dirty little war games?

BTW, how's Michael?

Cheers to ya, from snowy indy-anna.

Will be going to Greensboro, NC for a month or 2 of some training. Do you know anything out that way for fun/interest?

2/26/2008 04:56:00 PM  
Blogger Carol said...

Hi Mary,

I relate to your "don't want to get up" feelings. I feel that way every once in awhile. I hope this fog moves on out easily for you.

You are a much braver person than I am. I never cleaned anything in my young-un's dumps. Some things I just didn't want to know...

Peace, oranges, and great art to you!

2/26/2008 07:52:00 PM  
Blogger Carla said...

I'll take a small pic of Singlet Johnny for my fridge if you have any left over.
Funk= work out - maybe outside, like running. (I know you do, but its my only solution. And cleaning the house but you already do that too)
Love the Art!

2/27/2008 07:30:00 AM  
Blogger Mary said...

Well you all certainly know how to make a girl feel better. It was definitely nice to read your comments last night. Thank you!!!

2/27/2008 08:24:00 AM  
Blogger dawn said...

Hi girl, I've been in a funk of my own maybe it's the winter blues. I'm glad you are getting up and around I'm pushing myself also. I like the paintings. I haven't asked lately but hows Michael? Anyhoo gotta go just stopped by to say hi

2/27/2008 10:57:00 AM  
Blogger CHEWY said...

Great purchases of those two paintings. (I clicked on them to view larger) Mandrills are cool looking with their painted faces.

2/27/2008 03:02:00 PM  
Blogger Mary said...

Hey Dawn- It's great to hear from you. Keep pushing. I will too.
Michael is fine. He will be in Kansas soon.

Chewy- I agree they are fascinating to look at and I imagine fun subjects.

2/27/2008 03:32:00 PM  
Blogger Tosh said...

UGH... If we could just go to Florida every March for the entire month!! This is a tough time of year... Come on - haven't we been good? Don't we deserve 60 or 70 degrees. It would make is so much easier to get out of bed.

2/27/2008 07:11:00 PM  
Blogger Hayden said...

sorry about your funk. I always find this is a tough month; my need for sunshine and light is so much higher than the supply. I hope your spirits come back with the sun and spring - if not sooner!

2/27/2008 09:33:00 PM  
Blogger The Future Was Yesterday said...

I know material things are not supposed to be where I get my joy
Then why do we eat a delicious meal? Or take a bath? Or pick that beautiful wildflower alone by itself at the side of the road?:) Because material things are almost exclusively meant to bring us joy. It's just when we look to them for all our joy and happiness, and not within ourselves, that we run off the road.

I walked in there one morning and next thing you know I was cleaning. Scary. Maybe that was the cause of my funk. Or maybe it's the damn reading glasses and lack of memory.
Knowing you have an empty nest takes a lot of getting used to! Cleaning out that empty nest....pardon my French, but that can be a real Bitch and a half!! I urge you to do it on your time schedule, when you're ready, a tiny bit at a time if that's what you can handle, and screw whatever others might think. There's only one you living your life.:)

The leakage might be your soul saying "It hurts, dammit!!" Let it leak unabashed. Just put the reading glasses somewhere you know you'll have to fall over them!:)

Golden years, my dying ass!:)

2/29/2008 01:19:00 PM  
Blogger la bellina mammina said...

I'm in the same place as you are Mary... Can Carla send me some oranges too?;-)

2/29/2008 08:13:00 PM  
Blogger enigma4ever said...

oh Mary...this Winter is seeming sooooooo long.....I understand....but you posted such wonders....great photos...and ORANGES....and the paintings.....so wonderful.....Spring will be here soon.....hang in there......( says I the Siberian Godess....)

3/01/2008 01:38:00 AM  
Blogger No said...

Funk is my middle name...and first and last!

3/01/2008 09:12:00 AM  
Blogger fairlane said...

There's nothing wrong with liking or enjoying material possessions.

It's the worship of material above all else that makes it perverted.

Personally, I'm loving my new car, and I couldn't live without my stereo, cd's, writing materials, paints, canvases, paint brushes, and I must admit, I'm partial to my shoes as well.

3/02/2008 12:03:00 AM  
Blogger Mary said...

Tosh- Cute icon. Perhaps we should just flippin' move.

Hayden- I'm on my way. I think.

TUA- No empty nester me! My oh my if that were true I'd be so far outta here! I don't think there'd be a funk around for miles. Sometimes I get tired of taking care of people. I just want to be responsible for me. I love my family and they will ALWAYS come first but man do they tie me down to a spot. BUT I do think my soul is hurting a little bit but I'm not going to say more on that right now.

La Bellina- I tell you the oranges do help.

E4E- I know I have LOTS of joy. The funk is passing. Just a few little remnants left. And yes, YOU are the one who needs the sunshine! But you truly do seem to supply your own.

No- No funk No! Have an orange!

Fairlane- I have to admit I have strong feelings about many possessions. And more than a few pairs of shoes receive my utmost adoration. I come closest to worshipping a chandelier as I can imagine myself pulling it out of the rubble and walking down the road of life with nothing else. Pretty certain I'd drop it at some point though.

3/02/2008 04:56:00 PM  
Blogger fairlane said...

I have a serious shoe addiction. At the acme of my disease, I had close to 40 pairs.

I'm not sure what the deal is because it's not like I have a foot fetish, but I love shoes.

Maybe it's related to being a Kentuckian, and trying to compensate for the rest of the population.

3/03/2008 11:45:00 AM  
Blogger Gary said...

Nice post and photos Mary. I love the Madonna painting!

3/03/2008 07:06:00 PM  

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