Saturday, July 19, 2014

How is your Time?

"Most of us spend too much time on what is urgent
and not enough time on what is important. "
  ~ Stephen Covey, writer and educator

I am guilty of this at times.  The tyranny of the urgent. While the urgent is most pressing, it is so important not to neglect the important in life.  To do so we need to have dedicated priorities but also need to have discernment and flexibility to choose which urgent matters to give our time.  The urgent will always be with us.  The important may not always be there, especially if we deem it unimportant by the amount of time we allot to it.  Choose wisely.   

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Success or Value?

Strive not to be a success, but rather to be of value.
~ Albert Einstein 

I think that by striving to be of value, we are guaranteed to be successful.   Maybe not successful in everyone's eyes, but at least in your own. However, if we are striving only to be a success, we may push and shove our way and then lack value.  

Friday, July 11, 2014

Resisting Temptation

I do not consider myself as one who sews.  Nevertheless I found myself in a fabric store recently looking at the plethora of fabrics. 
Red, yellow, green, blue.  
Stripes, polka dots, calico, animal print.  
Cotton, sheer, woolly.    
There was every kind of fabric that one could want. 

I found myself getting lost in thought as I peered through all that was available.  My quick run in to pick up an item took nearly an hour and a half!  I almost ....not quite, but almost.....came away with fabric and sewing notions to make a project.  

If I had succumb to the tantalizing ideas that swirled in my head, the fabric would have landed with the other half-baked ideas that sit in a closet just waiting to be brought to a finish.   Next time I will wear blinders when I visit this store.  

Do you have any unfinished or never started projects tucked away somewhere? 


Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Damaging Storm

 Earlier this week a storm whipped up and left a lot of damage to different neighborhoods in my city.  Gusts or 70 mph were registered, and there were reports of hearing train-like noises.  No tornadoes, thankfully, but high winds only can do tornado-like damage.    This poor tree (shown above) was a victim of the wind.  It was a lovely tree providing lots of shade.  It is my neighbor's tree and it fell towards my house.  

The tree clipped the corner of my house as it fell that night--and in fact was resting along my roof.  Damage to my house looks like it was limited to the gutter, but I haven't been able to get up there to take a close look yet.

The swing set also took a hit from the tree. I'm going to have to check it well -- I think its joints have been stressed.

The news reports let us track this storm across the plains to the east and it continued to leave a trail of debris in its wake.  Nature let us know that we are not truly in control of things, even though we sometimes think we are.