Sunday, August 23, 2009

An Octopus on Rollerskates

"Talent without discipline is like an octopus on roller skates. There's plenty of movement, but you never know if it's going to be forward, backwards, or sideways."

H. Jackson Brown Jr., author

Not only do I sometimes feel like that octopus, I'm sure I often look like one as well. Problem is, I can't skate very well at all!

That being said, I thought I'd share some images that might shed some light on where my eight legs and arms are spread.

The flower gardens:

The fruit & vegetable gardens:

The yard:

The house exterior:

Before Reno

After Reno (A few things left to do)

A little added luxury

The house interior:

First Reno

Last Reno

Ensuite when we bought the house

Ensuite after reno

(There are a lot more renovations,an entire house full, but I think the pics above give you the jist of how big a reno this is!)
Of course, there is my top priority, family & friends; and I guess what has clearly become my last priority, the studio; and, lest I forget, the blog. Oh, and of course there's the off & on day job, the commuting to the city (45 minutes one way); the daily chores, including gathering everything from chanterelles to fiddleheads to blueberries; making jams and preserves; etc.;etc...Ever heard of an octopus with 12 or maybe 16 arms?

My husband often says "There are two reasons things don't get done: you don't want to do it or you don't know how!" After writing this post I conclude that there is a third reason: TOO MANY THINGS TO DO!


Willowpudgy said...

It seems it would be fairly easy to be distracted from your creating, when nature has created so many wondrous things that are around you and that you appreciate so much... What else could you do when you see a weed that needs picking or a garden desperate for tending! not to mention the house's constant cries for attention! It's a shame that you don't have more time to express yourself more through your art - However the environment and life you've created is definitely a work of art in itself - your true and ever changing masterpiece...

Karin Bartimole said...

that is an hilarious quote - but wow Sonia, beautiful! Your house and garden are full of gloriousness!! You guys have done a lot of work, it's obvious, and now you can enjoy it all. The garden is just the epitome of abundance!! I'm sure you've put a lot of hard work into it, too, but what joy you get from that work. I'd love to be able to stroll through smeilling the flowers and nibbling on the fresh produce - and then take a dip with you :) I hope time slows down and some of those extra legs can be given a rest, so you can sit back and enjoy the fruits of your labor.
xox Karin

ArtPropelled said...

Busy as a bee flitting from flower to flower. It's going to be wonderful to sit back and admire it all when it's finished.

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