Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Art With Joanna

We have had the weirdest weather in the last week. It's far colder than normal with lots of rain - as in torrential downpours - flashing lightening and rumbling thunderstorms. I'm not quite sure what to expect next but if I can't be outside enjoying the sunshine, it's good to be inside enjoying studio time.





My garden is blooming beautifully. The plant above was a cutting from a friend and the one below came with the house. I have no idea what either of them are although I really like the spikes and the soft petals.





The rain keeps the garden watered. This is good. It is quite different looking after a yard mostly on your own without underground sprinkling. It reminds me of when we were first married and Howard would be away for work and I'd completely forget about the yard until a few hours before he came home. Then, I'd be out there watering it by hand and desperately hoping it would green up quickly. He's very particular about his lawn.





Today, I'm cleaning house and getting ready for my friend Barb who is coming to visit for a week. Yesterday, I spent the day at another friend's studio in Kamloops. I first met Joanna over twenty years ago and we did a lot together and then, with life and stuff, our lives drifted apart. I was journalling one day and thinking about her and...





... prayed for an opportunity to tell her how much I missed having her in my life. One Friday shortly after that, I walked into the gallery for knitting and there she was checking out the latest exhibit... even though she doesn't live here.





We re-connected and a few weeks ago she came for a play-date in my studio and yesterday I enjoyed the day in her's... which is delightfully colourful as you can see. Joanna is exactly the same way - joyful, exuberant, colourful, outgoing, fun to be around and very, very creative. When I first met her, she taught me to be more aware of details like how the sun shines through the window and creates a pattern on the floor, or the dew on a spider web, or the wonderful swirl of a spiral. I'm so delighted that we're able to spend time together again even though she's very busy teaching Art With Joanna classes in her studio. She doesn't currently have a website. If you're interested, you can email her at JoannaBattjes @ gmail . com.  I didn't hyperlink or connect it because of spammers.





I worked on the black and white and the grey and silver necklaces. Both are strung with closures and are at the finishing stages... read extensive beading and finishing the black stone pendant. I thought the grey one...





... would look great with garnets between the knot beads and then no, it decided it needed a shiny round bead instead. And then it decided those two were enough and I could focus on creating a focal point. So bossy. But fun. I'll work on it more while Barb is here. Tedious work is much more fun with friends. Actually, life is much more fun with friends.

I believe that life is about relationships, that it's important to develop healthy relationships that support the best in each other, and that - unfortunately - when we're going through the stuff of our lives our relationships can be challenged. We need to evaluate whether a relationship is healthy or toxic and to end the ones that don't nurture us but sometimes one ends that we wish hadn't. I am very lucky to have reconnected with several friends in the past couple years that I'm so glad to have back in my life. I had to say sorry. And it was worth it.

Talk soon - Myrna

Grateful - wonderful friendships

13 comments:

  1. Marilyn CieremansJuly 20, 2016 at 6:22 AM

    The flower is bee balm, monarda, bergamot. iI wish you could send some of the rain here in Eastern Ontario. It is so dry.Trees are losing there
    leaves and hanging baskets need to be watered everyday.Hopefully our well will not run out. We had so little snow cover last winter.
    Enjoy your journey.

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    1. Thanks. Now that you say Bergamot, I remember her calling it that. Now to remember. I saw on the news last night that you're in for some nasty weather with storm warnings. Take care.

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  2. Looking at the leaf of the pink flower, it looks to be some form of hydrangea.
    Vancouver Barbara

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    1. OH... you're right. It does have that look. Thanks.

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  3. I am so interested in your comments about re-connecting. I am in that position with some friends from my prior work life. I'd love to read a bit more about "saying sorry". Thanks.

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    1. It depends on the circumstances. In general, there's always something to say sorry for without taking on blame for what is not ours to accept. If we did do something - like overreact to a comment - it's important to say sorry for that specifically. Or if there was an argument and there isn't a specific something to apologize for, we can be sorry that they were hurt. We can be sorry that we didn't stay in touch and that we let so much time go by without connecting. I think letting people know we see them, they matter, we care, and that we want to be connect is the important part and I think there is an increasing need for real connections as opposed to virtual ones.

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    2. Thank you for your thoughtful reply. (And, yes YES, as you say, about the need for real connections. I am heartened by the number of younger folks I've heard say lately that they aren't much into social media and would rather see their friends or, gasp, talk to them on the phone.)

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  4. You can tell the gardeners--we weigh in on plants right away! Yes, bee balm (top) and hydrangea (bottom). The bee balm doesn't need to be fussed over, but the hydrangea needs regular water.

    I just had dinner on Monday night with an old friend--hadn't seen her for a couple of years. It was great. It's always good to hang with your "tribe."

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    1. LOL - yes... and it's not hard to tell that I am not a gardener. We've had so much rain, the regular water part is being taken care of. - - - - YEAH for connecting with your friend. It's always fun to catch up.

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  5. We use the blossoms of the bee balm for tea or siroup and dried in tea-mixtures. Great flavour. It could certainly be used as eadable decoration on salads.

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    1. It amazes me what is edible. I'll have to try some tea. Thanks.

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  6. I am constantly learning more about my garden and plants.

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