musings, mutterings, and creative muddle. . .

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Falling into Winter

I LOVE Spring. I ADORE Summer. I like Fall except that it reminds me that summer is fading and winter is soon to hit. I dislike winter - so cold and dark. But necessary. I get that. . .

I LOVE to piddle around in my yard during the warm months. Not doing anything serious, water plants, eat the sweet grape tomatoes growing in my whiskey barrels, clean the filter in my patio fountain, take photos (especially with my new camera - thanks to Hubster <3 all="" at="" being.="" exceptt="" just="" nothing="" or="" p="" simply="">
My garden handtools hang on the rake head that's all hidden behind a a vintage wooden greenhouse tray/flat to protect them from the weather.  I LOVE how I can use the tray to carry whatever I need to do whatever it is I'm piddling on. And I LOVE how my tools hang here waiting for their next chore, their next adventure. <3 p="">

This year, I got a bit of a late start on piddling and yard-adventures due to The MisStep. . . Some pots just didn't get filled with flowers

Weeds didn't get pulled

And a few of my favorite outside-treasures seemed forgotten in a corner of the yard. I disliked not being able to do all the things I usually did as-soon-as-it-was-warm-enough to be outside enjoying the sunshine.

But, despite the neglect, my gardens

- and not just the weeds - bloomed their little hearts out

under the watchful eye of bird girl.

This self-motivation and perseverance seen in my gardens made me realize that we all can bloom and grow in beautiful ways even under the most adverse of conditions.

But, a little taming, a little control, a little less chaos can be very good for the soul. . .

Whether it be fences to contain us. . .

Or dreaming of bigger wheels to get us farther.

The world is as big as we allow it to be.

Despite the season we enjoy most, despite the season we may be in our life, we can choose to share it and go through it with those that are like-minded (even if they turn our back on us. . . like Zayda is to Jaz in this photo.

But sometimes we just must go it alone. . . . 

With ears perked, ready for action, taking a rest from the world (and action) when we can.

Many times we gotta just let things flow. . . not get us down, stay bright. . .

Stay perched and ready to fly once the sky clears, the air warms and conditions are right to allow our heart, mind & soul to soar

Even though I LOVE summer and am not fond of winter, I see the need to have those few cold months to allow me to curl up in my cocoon, rejuvenate, drain my batteries that have been charged by the warming sun. . .

All the better for me to really recharge, come to life and appreciate the birds chirping, flowers blooming, the sun in my eyes and on bare arms. Spring & Summer bring me to life, Fall & Winter encourage me to enjoy my favorite months of the year to the fullest.

Have a Best Season of Your Life Kind of Day -

Robin Z

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Orange You Glad???

Knock! Knock!

(You're supposed to say 'Who's There'?)


(Orange Who?)

Orange you glad I didn't say squirrel???

Maybe I did. . .
A picture is worth 1,000 words. . .

Especially if one of the words is 'squirrel'. . .

and another is 'orange'. . .

Friday, June 12, 2015

Mis-Stepping Out

I missed you!!!!!

My last blog entry was three looooong months ago (to the day), mere minutes before The Mis-Step that changed my world, my day to day routine, my life, my attitude, and my ankles. . . . and proved that couches can be important, Warrior Princesses do exist and I have the Very Bestest Hubster in the Universe!!

The story - I slipped on a single solitary step (in my tall home where three flights of stairs live) on my way downstairs to have lunch with Hubster. Neither of us got lunch that day. . . . 

(The scene of The Mis-Step)

That bottom one. . . right there. Dumb *&^%$ step. Thank goodness the landing was there to catch my fall. Or something like that. Hrmph.

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Beautiful Blinged Up Box By YOU!

I. Love. It!!! And I just can't wait one more day to show you the end-results of *our* project. . . . You are all were a part of this creation. . . a sweet little old box now blinged up and holding blingy parts. . . SUPER SWEET!!!

I went with the old rusty water hydrant handle, an over-sized rhinestone (missing one rhinestone, in fact) button up high on the top. . . I think it shows off the curves that the creator cut into the wood nicely. On the front, I wanted to keep it simple to really show off the old wood, chipped paint, and rusty nail heads. I dug around in my parts stash and came up with an old somewhat rusty skeleton key (to my friend who prefers her keys to face downward, I'm truly sorry. It just fit so nicely and framed that front cut out that I couldn't help myself) that fit wonderfully!

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Nesting with Nests

All the holiday decorations have been packed away for a little while now (no more bright red or pink ornaments and hearts for another year) and there's some time before pulling out the Easter decorations - so what to do in between? Do you have special decorations that aren't part of any holiday? A collection of bottles? Or tin toys? Or????

I have nests.

Why nests? With a name like 'Robin' you either hate it and do your best to avoid it, or you embrace it and run with it. Once I outgrew those school days of nicknames, I learned to embrace my name as a part of my favorite time of the year - Spring.

And I LOVE decorating for the warmer months. I tend to lean toward more muted earthy tones - browns, soft yellow, robin's egg blue (of course) cream, rustic-white. . . bird nests fit into this aesthetic beautifully!