Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Tuesday's Inspiration

"....I have nothing to report, my friends.
If you want to find the meaning,
stop chasing after so many things."
_____ Ryokan

Monday, August 30, 2010

Monday's Message

"Like a child in a beautiful park with his eyes shut tight, there's no need to imagine trees, flowers, deer, birds and sky; we merely need to open our eyes and realize what is already here, who we already are- as soon as we stop pretending we're small or unholy."
_____ Bo Lozoff

Saturday, August 28, 2010

Weekend Inspiration

For the next little while the pictures that I will be using on my blog will be pictures of some of the beautiful flower beds in my town of Brantford, Ontario, Canada. Hope you enjoy.

"Let life happen to you. Believe me: life is in the right, always."
_____ Rainer Maria Rilke

Friday, August 27, 2010

Friday's Inspiration

Here are a couple more pictures from Niagara Falls. One that impressed me the most was the picture of the hanging planter. These must have been at least 4 feet across.

"As you walk and eat and travel, be where you are. Otherwise you will miss most of your life."
_____ Buddha

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Tuesday's Tatting

I am starting to progress a little faster with the doily I am working on and am now at the point where I only have one more row to do. I don't know where the time goes each day but it seems I just wake up and then it is time for bed. Oh well, better than being bored.

Here is today's inspiration.

"To the mind that is still, the whole universe surrenders."
_____ Lao-Tzu

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Tuesday's Inspiration

These are more pictures of the gardens and flowers that we saw on the weekend. I did not get a chance to tat yesterday so you will have to wait till tomorrow for some tatting pictures.

"Without freedom from the past, there is no freedom at all, because the mind is never new, fresh, innocent."
_____ Krishnamurti

Monday, August 23, 2010

Monday's Message and Niagara Falls

Happy Monday everyone. This weekend my daughter Shannon, Gregg and I went to Niagara Falls. For those who are not familiar with this place, it is one of the wonders of the world. It is an amazing place to visit and will definitely hold your interest. Part of the city which sits on the border with Canada and the United States is a real tourist town with streets packed with souvenir shops, restaurants, attractions, casino, and hundreds of hotels and is the Honeymoon capital of North America.
The other part is natures wonder of one of the worlds largest waterfalls highlighted with beautiful gardens gracing the pathways.
There are the American falls.

Then there are the Canadian Falls.

Here are some of the gardens.

More pictures and some tatting tomorrow.

"Try as much as possible to be wholly alive, with all your might, and when you laugh, laugh like hell, and when you get angry, get good and angry. Try to be alive. You will be dead soon enough."
_____ William Saroyan

Saturday, August 21, 2010

Weekend Inspiration

This is how Gregg my partner planted the turtle mosaic sculpture for this year. To give you a better understanding of how big it is the main shell measures 27 feet by 17 feet and contains over 5,000 plants.

"The mind is never right but when it is at peace with itself."
_____ Seneca

Friday, August 20, 2010

Friday's Inspiration

"If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion."
_____ Dalai Lama

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Thursday's Inspiration

"Well-being means to be fully born, to become what one is potentially is; it means to have the full capacity for joy and sadness or, to put it differently, to awake from the half-slumber the average man lives in and to be fully awake."
_____ Erich Fromm

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Wednesday's Inspiration

Part of our front garden.

"Everything we do is infused with the energy with which we do it. If we're frantic, life will be frantic. If we're peaceful, life will be peaceful. And so our goal in any situation becomes inner peace."
_____ Marianne Williamson

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Tuesday's Inspiration

"Happiness is a quality of mind. It is something we possess within.....
If we do not have it within, nothing outside can give it to us."
_____ Paramananda

Monday, August 16, 2010

Monday's Message

``Believe nothing because someone else believes it. But believe only what you yourself judge to be true.``
_____ Buddha

Saturday, August 14, 2010

Weekend Inspiration

"Everything you do right now ripples outward and affects everyone. Your posture can shine your heart or transmit anxiety.Your breath can radiate love or muddy the room in depression. Your glance can awaken joy. Your words can inspire freedom. Your every act can open hearts and minds.

_____ David Deida

Friday, August 13, 2010

Friday's Inspiration

Lantana blooms and seed head.

"The universe is sacred. You cannot improve it. If you try to change it, you will ruin it. If you try to hold it, you will lose it.
_____ Lao-Tzu

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Thursday's Inspiration

"The soul that is attached to anything, however much good there may be in it, will not arrive at the liberty of the divine."
____ St. John of the Cross

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Wednesday's Inspiration

I managed to get some tatting done yesterday which was nice as I always feel better when I accomplish goals I have set for myself.
This picture will give you a better view of our backyard. I would like to extend an open invitation to all tatters to join me here for some tatting. Any takers?

"People cling to their worldly possessions and selfish passions so blindly as to sacrifice their own lives for them. They are like a child who tries to eat a little honey smeared on the edge of a knife. The amount is by no means sufficient to appease his appetite, and he runs the risk of wounding his tongue."
_____ Sutra of Forty-Two Chapters

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Tatting Tuesday and Inspiration

Here is a photo update of the doily I am working on. I don't seem to have a lot of time to tat right now. With my new camera I have been taking a lot of pictures, about 400 so far, and in the evenings when I would normaly tat Gregg and I have been enjoying our back yard. I am going to try and set some time aside for tatting today and maybe take part in the tat and chat.

"The wholeness and freedom we seek is our true nature, who we really are. Whenever we start a spiritual practice, read a spiritual book, or contemplate what it means to live well, we have begun the inevitable process of opening to this truth, the truth of life itself."
_____ Jack Kornfield

Monday, August 9, 2010

Monday's Message

"The only Zen you find on tops of mountains is the Zen you bring there."
_____ Robert M. Pirsig

Saturday, August 7, 2010

Weekend Inspiration

Our front garden.

"The less effort, the faster and more powerful you will be."
_____ Bruce Lee

Friday, August 6, 2010

Friday's Inspiration

"To understand the immeasurable, the mind must be extraordinarily quiet, still."
_____ J. Krishnamurti

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Tuesday's Inspiration

This is our new hammock stand and it sure is nice to lay in it at the end of the day. The only bummer is that we cannot leave the hammock out as the birds are eating berries right now and they are leaving purple stains everywhere.

"If there is to be any peace it will come through being, not having."
_____ Henry Miller

Monday, August 2, 2010

Monday's Message

One of the rocks surrounding our pond. They all have fossils in them.

"From time to time, to remind ourselves to relax and be peaceful, we may wish to set aside some time for a retreat, a day of mindfulness, when we walk slowly, smile, drink tea with a friend, and enjoy being together as if we are the happiest people on earth."
_____ Thich Nhat Hanh