January 27, 2016

Jars



I have a problem.
I collect jars.
Not just pretty jars or vintage jars...I keep jelly jars and pickle jars and salsa jars.
It's a perfectly good jar.  With so many possibilities.  Glass doesn't break down, it's sturdy and unaffected by oil, glue, and even marker comes off of it.
You can pack leftovers in a jar.
You can put nails in a jar.  Send a note in a jar.  Fill a jar with happy thoughts...
            I ♥ JARS!


What do I do with jars?
Store stuff, make salad dressings, fill with bulk spices and herbs, to name a few.... 
I've been keeping jars as functional storage for years.   
I put nuts and bolts in them, tiny terrariums, clothespins, game pieces, miscellaneous tiny toys my kids would leave around...Legos, army men, marbles, micro machine bulldozers, barbie clothes, 
doll shoes, hair clips, money...yes...lots of pennies!



But my favorite thing to do with a perfectly good jar is propagating tiny little plants to later transplant or put in my garden.  Seven years ago, when my youngest son was in first grade, he gave me a potted impatien planted in a tiny little clay pot for mothers day.



I kept it in that clay pot in my 
kitchen window for a year. It was tiny mind you, so it required lots of attention.  Water, occasional visits to the shade, and a little tilling of the dirt in the tiny pot kept this lovely little gift continually blooming. It was the sweetest little flower sitting there.   But this is an annual, right?  Well, my little friend survived four seasons indoors and I had no plans to let it wither away like any other annual. So, I decided to cut a small shoot off the main stem and see if it would grow roots in a small jar of water in my window.And that it did.



Well, here we are, seven years later and that little boy is taller than me and in 8th grade! And I've been propagating that same little plant all this time.  I have several potted in the house.  I continue to take cuttings and place them in a jar of water and let them sit in my sunny window.  I place them outside in the spring and summer and they really thrive, giving me more to add to my collection.



A few years ago, I started filling more jars with cuttings.  I've now done this with coleus, sweet potato vine, geraniums, creeping jenny, a few herbs, and some terrarium plants that I have forgotten the names of.  I still go out and buy annuals for my pots because I enjoy the vibrant colors.

I eventually fill a pot with dirt and transplant them or create a terrarium with them.
It's very easy to do this, it adds great color to otherwise cloudy winter days, and it's an inexpensive hobby that can be shared with your kids so they can watch something grow.  And, Mom's...when your sweet little boy or girl brings home that lonely little sprig in their hand painted pot, guess what...you can keep it growing as long as you like!
xo






October 4, 2015

For the taking....




There for the taking.
You offer it up to me and I am consuming it.  
You've taken my breath...like a leap into frigid water.  
You're touch is with me, somewhere beyond my skin, below my heart, deeper yet, you found me. 
You stripped me of my layers, you came for me, broke in, yet now I'm strengthened and whole.
I am vulnerable and weak to you, but not afraid. I'm stronger than I was.
Raw and unbridled desire fills me. Boundless joy calms me.
You offer it up to me and I am consuming it.
You're there for the taking.

Pliability

There are gifts associated with a life full of challenges.  One of those gifts is the ability to ebb and flow with the curves and sharp turns life may throw at you.  I've had my share of challenges and I'd like to think I'm very adaptable, but I'm realizing that in some areas of my life, I'm afraid.
But I am learning...to be more pliable...more courageous. What will you do if an unexpected circumstance arises?  Are you prepared? I'm not talking about planning for retirement.  I'm talking about illness, death, job loss, but also, and much better, the inner voice within yourself that calls you to become your truest self. Do you seek a better life?  Are you willing to walk toward the changes required to achieve it? 

Lingering and lumbering along in complacency while hearing an inner voice begging me to walk in a new direction is creating inner conflict.  And the body will seek to find balance and calm itself.  I attended a seminar recently where this concept was discussed...homeostasis.

 HOMEOSTASIS

:  a relatively stable state of equilibrium or a tendency toward such a state between the different but interdependent elements or groups of elements of an organism, population, or group
When I was in Anatomy and Physiology just three years ago, this was a term used to describe the balance the body is constantly trying to achieve by adjusting hormone levels, blood sugar, electrolytes, etc for survival. Our bodies want to live...so in order to keep the cells functioning, biology does what's necessary to keep our cells happy.   So whether it's physiological or emotional, the body will seek to find the quickest way to this state.  

In life, while encountering conflicting ideas, we are most likely to take the path of least resistance back to our comfortable place...and usually that is not where we want to be.  How many times have we admired those brave mavericks that took the first step into something new and then we watch with awe as they discover a happier self?

Be a maverick of your own life.  Don't linger over decision for too long. Walk toward what you fear and it will get smaller as you approach.  Once you get there, guess what...you can change your mind. There may be a cost or a loss to try something and then think better of that decision but sitting still has costs too.

Be brave and courageous and daring!
XO♥