The Architect has the plans…

and I walked most of the property today…

Starting at  the south property line:

20170319_134220the property line is almost in the middle of the driveway across the street. 20170319_134227turning around and facing east, toward the back of the property and the ravine. 20170319_134425I then walked North to the far north corner of the lot, looking back to the south
20170319_134505I walked along the north fence line, looking south20170319_134545again from the north fence line20170319_134630this is the start of the ravine, note you cannot see the fence line along the road due to the elevation.20170319_134648along the north fence line, facing to the back of the property. It goes WAY back, past the brown weeds to a fence line. 20170319_134722no that is not a cow, it is a puppy (??) named Gunner, who belongs to Amanda’ sister April. Looking east to the back of the property at the brush pile on the edge of the ravine. 20170319_134732standing on the edge of the ravine, looking east20170319_134839Ravine and more ravine20170319_134842 20170319_134905on the edge of the ravine  looking east along the south property line. 20170319_134911ravine20170319_135024Standing along the south property line, looking toward the north and the neighbors. This is probably where the house will be located.
20170319_135440On the east property line, looking north20170319_135443on the east property line, looking northeast20170319_135446on the east property line, looking southeast

20170319_135451on the east property line looking south.

Declaration of Conscience

From my UU World magazine:

Declaration of Conscience

From the Leadership of the Unitarian Universalist Association and the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee.

At this Extraordinary time in our nation’s history, we are called to affirm our profound commitment to the fundamental principles of justice, equity and compassion, to truth and core values of American society.

In the face of looming threats to immigrants, Muslims, people fo color, and the LGBTQ community and the rise of hate speech, harassment, and hate crimes, we affirm our belief in the inherent worth and dignity of every person.

In opposition to any steps to undermine the right of every citizen to vote or to turn back advances in access to health care and reproductive rights, we affirm our commitment to justice and compassion in human relations.

And against actions taken to weaken or eliminate initiatives to address the thread of climate change – actions that would threaten not only our country but the entire planet – we affirm our unyielding commitment to protect the interdependent web of all existence.

We will oppose any and all unjust government actions to deport, register, discriminate, or despoil.

As people of conscience, we declare our commitment to translate our values into action as we stand on the side of love with the most  vulnerable among us.

We welcome and invite all to join in this commitment for justice.

The time is now.

The Rev. Peter Morales and the Hon. Tom Andrews

 

Add your name to the Declaration of Conscience: uua.org/declaration

Message from the Universe

Shari, it’s supposed to be easy. Everything is supposed to be easy. Everything is easy. You live in a dream world. You’re surrounded by illusions. And the illusions change when you change your thinking!

Tell yourself it’s easy. Tell yourself often. Make it an affirmation. Eat, sleep, breathe it, and your life shall be transformed.

It’s supposed to be easy,
The Universe

Lesley Riley is speaking to me!

Lesley Riley, an aritst that I admire posted this today:

Start.
Start now.
Just go.
Do it.
Art is at the end of the stART.

If, by any chance, you didn’t go stART and you’re still sitting here reading this, here are five tips, tricks and strategies to help you start:

•    Schedule an art appointment on your calendar and KEEP it. It’s important for both your mental and physical health.
•    There are 72 – 20 minute blocks in every day. Grab a sheet of paper or a journal page. Draw 72 blocks. After filling in your committed time, I’m betting there is at least one 20 minute block available for art.
•    Commit to making art a habit. You have good habits (brushing your teeth) and bad habits (scrolling through Facebook). Use your spare 20 minute block for this new, good habit.
•    Allow yourself to play. Unless you’re working on a specific deadline, spending time creating without an agenda (playing) is more therapeutic and actually leads to more successful results in the long run.
•    Do what you can when you can. If you’re waiting until you have large expanses of uninterrupted time, get over it. It rarely happens. Paint backgrounds while cooking. Alter a book page while waiting at soccer practice. Journal in the doctor’s office, sketch at lunch. If it’s your dream to paint 8-foot canvases, paint 8-inch ones (or even the 3-inch) until your 8-foot time and place arrives.

“Don’t worry about quality. Act. Don’t reflect. Momentum is everything,” says Steven Pressfield in his book Do the Work. Working on something you love creates energy, creates endorphins, and creates a sense of timelessness, which is just what you are looking for…..more time.  Make the T-word your B-word!

I am making a date with myself for Tuesday!

And then I found this message from the Universe:

Starting something, Shari, is the best way to finish something.

And just doing a teeny, tiny something today, anything, from wherever you are, is the best way to start something.

I’m not just a client,
The Universe

WOW!

feministOK I was shocked at some of the reaction to the Women’s March. My great-niece (my late brother’s granddaughter) shared a post that was a take down of the march and marchers.  The article that she referenced was denigrating my right to protest. The poster stated that I was trying to represent her and she did not appreciate it. Well, I was only representing myself… and found great solace in being with 50,000 other like minded individuals who felt as I did… There is certainly something to be said for solidarity, most especially in Texas.20170121_073839

Millennials have a very narrow view of the world. When I graduated in 1967, going to college was something I always knew that I would do but not something available to everyone. Since I was an eccentric artist, I was not required to become either a nurse or teacher (really the only two avenues open to the regular female students). There was no glass ceiling, as it had not been thought of yet.  And after quitting school to get married, I worked in many jobs where, since I was a female, regardless of my position I was expected to fetch coffee for the men! I could go on but will not… Women these days can be anything they want to try for, and I am glad for them, but they do not appreciate the gains that prior generations worked for.  20170121_074324

And I am not implying that I do not have it cushy right now, but in the past as a single mother it was always tough to balance both making enough money to support my son and being able to spend the time needed to raise him in the way that I wanted. I was always feeling guilty, and was often stressed. But we both survived, and I often look back on those years and see how I could have made better choices, but that is water under the bridge. 20170121_130809

I worked hard all my life and now am retired. If the orange one wants to take my social security, I will have to fight him tooth and nail. I have paid into Social Security my whole life and it is my right, not a benefit.

#andsoitbegins has become my mantra. and I am very afraid of the direction that the US is taking. I see so many ominous and portentous events on the horizon, and we must all be vigilant about abuses that could lead us down the dark path.