Nest Feathers and Twine - Formally Artist's Block Studio

The things that make a house a home and the stuff that holds is all together.

Years ago I started this blog with a mindset and goals that I have found have changed direction over time. I am excited to say that this blog has a new name.....Nest Feathers and Twine. I hope you come by and visit often. Feel free to get comfortable and kick off your shoes and join me on this journey of metamorphosis.

Thursday, July 07, 2011

these gifts tell me i am being heard and i am blessed....

before this arty girl plays show-n-tell,  i feel i must warn you that this girl woke up once again at the bottom of her hilly pile of pillows, totally sheet faced and drooling...yet again.  normally i sleep at about a 45* angle to help keep the vertigo from becoming too spinny...oh, but sleeping flat feels oh-so-good. 

 the beast is beyond naughty today.  today is the really bad kind.  my brain and body are not connected today.  i have been sent to my room, grounded for the day. 

imagine if you will sitting on the spinning tea cup ride when it suddendly starts up in the middle of talking, walking, swallowing, typing....then the floor unexpectedly drops out and you fall down the rabbit is worse than that today. 

i tell you these things not for your pity, but so that you will understand if a thought i type out is misspelled or seems to be incomplete you will understand why.

i am in a bit of a hurry to type this post today...the hubby's  interest in what i am typing, while i am typing, was quite....invasive to me, although his intentions were true and sweet, the interest in what i was doing quite sincere.    while trying to type for the last 2 hours i have been staring at the back of his beautiful balding head and feeling his hot breath on my arm and as much as i love this man i want to pop him swiftly but gently on the back of his head and demand he go find something far, far away to do....i have just sent him to the store to pick up the needed ingredients for dinner, and with a gentle kiss on the cheek.

i  love this man, i love this man, i love this man....but my need for privacy to write something that in an hour or so i will publish for the world to see is vital.  just the same as when i am creating.  due partly i am sure because as much as this arty girl and grown and become sure of herself the old childhood monster is still there in the closet.  the monster that never told her what she did right and good.

i feel so vulnerable in the 'during' of it all.  once it is done, this girl is sure and steady enough to proudly play show-n-tell....

father's day i had the most beautiful experience and i feel i have seen a bit of a continuation of that experience over the last couple of weeks.

after being given the gift of so many heart clouds floating in the sky on father's day....i turn my head up each time i go outside since then just hoping maybe i will see just one more heart shaped cloud.  just one more sign from God that He is hearing my prayers and that he is bringing us out of latest trial better than before. 

i stepped outside for just a moment the other night and gazed at the stars and thought...just send me one shooting star to let me know we are gonna be ok....before i even completed the thought i was answered.  one quick shooting star. 

about a week and a half ago a nasty storm began brewing and while watching a live view on tv i noticed there was a beautiful pink glow in the sky just ahead of the storm clouds...i grabbed my camera and ventured outdoors with high hopes of catching some neat storm clouds on 'film'. 

very quickly the pretty pink in the sky was replaced by 'ominous' (our local weather peeps fav word as of late) clouds.

waves of clouds dropped down from the sky and swirled and then were sucked back up again.  these were tornados trying to form according to the weather people. 

the dark cloud on the right hand side was like a waterfall in reverse.  i have never seen anything like this before.  it was amazing and mesmerizing more so than scary at the moment. 

as i snapped photos i began thinking about the heart photos i witnessed and captured on father's day and wished for another...never dreaming of what i would see....

 now, i do know that if you want to see something bad enough, you will.
that once you notice a green car, pregnant woman, babies in strollers you will see them everywhere, right? 

maybe had i not had such a desire to see heart shaped clouds i would not....i choose though to see it as my wishes come true...

in the photo above if you look near the center where the dark clouds meet the lighter ones you will see a heart....
 see the top right...a heart....

 now again....there it is above, not so zoomed in, at the lower left corner of the photo.

a few moments later in another area of the sky...bashfully peeking out from behind another cloud...

 above, over to the left....

there are a few other happenings that we have experienced....seeing a certain quote at just the time it is needed, hearing words from a friend, just when i needed it and no one else knew i needed it. 

there are times when the current circumstances in/of our life have been too much, where i have found myself losing my newly found faith in the Divine, in God...and at just the right time something happens...just the right and oh-so-perfect something....and if i had not told anyone out loud what i needed and when i needed it... then it must be something that is bigger than myself. 

maybe the sky has always been filled with lovely heart shaped clouds,  but it took having faith to be able to see them. 

i have fallen in love with the night sky....every night a new view, new colors and shapes.

a few nights ago the sky rippled.

on the 4th...

a field near our home, so still and peaceful..

crossing the bridge from missouri to illinois

 my idea of watching fireworks at the highest point in an illinois park....not such a good idea afterall.

on the way home from our drive to illinois the moon began to turn from yellow to orange to the most beautiful red.  

i tried to capture the moon while we were driving down the highway and ended up with quite a shaky image, last night i did not get to watch the moon turn red...but it was so beautiful and i was surprised that my camera was able to capture a few clear photos at a distance in the dark.

 as the moon began to set behind some trees it looked as if it were cracking and breaking up.

but before the moon set....the night sky looked a bit like this...

i was heading inside when a part of the sky caught my eye, the pink halo around the blue-ish clouds was beautiful....but watch and see what happened as the clouds changed shape again, again, and again.

i walked in the house in awe...once again.

so now how about some show-n-tell of the arty kind...

normally i end my posts with pics of a sleeping pet....but i thought i would shake it up a bit tonight.

 sam, above, sleep texting....and below max, morphed with the aid of picnik.
nighty night...sleep tight.

Quote for the moment

"Never give up, for that is just the place and time that the tide will turn."

Harriet Beecher Stowe

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