Sometimes I Sits and Thinks …….

Sometimes I sits and thinks

And sometimes I just sits ……

                                                ~  AA Milne

 

I have been contemplative for a whole month.  I didn’t realise it until I arrived at the epiphany last night.  I was busy telling myself to get on with  ….. something, anything really.  I have a dozen projects at varying stages from starting off to half way through and only one of them has made any progress in the last four weeks.

I was sitting and thinking – or just sitting.  Or gardening and thinking, or just gardening.

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Sometimes I was driving and thinking – but mostly just driving.

And then I was introduced to a new blog.  My pal Frank held a blog party and I went along and met some lovely and interesting new folks, including Robin and I read this on her blog

I want to be magic.  I want to touch the heart of the world and make it smile.  I want to be a friend of elves and live in a tree.  Or under a hill.  I want to marry a moonbeam and hear the stars sing.  I don’t want to pretend at magic any more.  I want to be magic.                                  ~  Charles de Lint

 

I heard myself take a sharp in-breath as I read these words and something deep, deep down inside of me sat up and smiled.  I have so much magic in my life and I want to be magic too.  I want to experience what it is like when I live every day looking into the world around me and seeing the magic in nature, in people, in events; knowing anything is possible and trusting in it and keeping that in the fore-front of my mind.  It is time, said the deep-down, smiling some-one, to stand up and be counted; to put your money where your mouth is; to walk the talk and live in the trust.  It is time to put aside all doubt, all fear and celebrate what you know to be true.  Life is a miracle and it works in you and through you and is found in every one and everything – the seen and the unseen!  I know these things, I just don’t always allow myself to live in them and with them.

I went to bed and slept fitfully.  My head and heart were tingling with excitement and possibilities and newness and potential and wonder.  Somewhere during the night I realised I had been sitting and thinking and sometimes just sitting, letting everything settle and just be, because now was the right time to simply live in the magic.  And, as always, someone else had to proffer me the way forward.  Alys had asked me if I thought procrastination was sometimes a cover for fear.  “It’s always a cover for fear!”  I had replied and heard myself. Thank you Frank, thank you Robin and thank you Alys!

And did you notice, right there we had an example of magic in action!

I have been learning a poem.  Inspired by my friend Christi who taught herself a multi-layered, beautiful poem in three short weeks, I blundered about picking and discarding and not quite finding the right one until another blogging friend, Kerry, posted this on her site

I will arise and go now, and go to Innisfree 

And a small cabin build there, of clay and wattles made;

Nine bean rows will I have there, a hive for the honey bee,

And live alone in the bee-loud glade.

And I shall have some peace there, for peace comes  dropping slow,

Dropping from the veils of morning to where the cricket sings;

There midnight’s all a glimmer, and noon a purple glow,

And evening full of linnet’s wings.

 

I will arise and go now, for always night and day

I hear lake water lapping with low sounds from the shore;

While I stand on the road way, or on the pavements grey,

I hear it in the deep heart’s core.

~ WB Yeats

When I first heard this poem spoken, many years ago now, I wept.  For me, the perennial gypsy, it has always represented my longed for home, my safe haven – my place on earth.  Now I have learned it and say it to myself many times a day and let it be part of me along with the new acceptance of magic.

I am ready to begin work again!  And this morning, just to solidify the whole deal with another sprinkle of serendipitous magic my fat-bottomed friends posted a ‘Getting Fierce GOALFEST’ which I bravely/foolishly/fool-heartedly/wisely/positively/magically joined in with and vowed – VOWED –  to complete the mixed media painting that has been languishing around in the art room and various other rooms of the house for some three months and which is destined for my dear friend, the lovely Alys.  I have until the end of the month………

The lovely Orlando is recovering well from a bout of spray poisoning which included a quite spectacular bout of projectile vomiting.  The lovely Siddy is off getting his first hair cut – and incidentally only his second adventure sans mumma ever.  I wonder how he is doing, but I did get this post up and out in record time without him!

And to finish, here are a few more shots of Siddy helping with the gardening.5 sept

 

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Thanks for coming by today, I love that you did  🙂

 

 

 

 

 

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89 thoughts on “Sometimes I Sits and Thinks …….

    • Your visit brought me back here to re-visit this time in my life Cynthia – I am amazed it was only [almost] two years ago that this epiphany occurred! I still court the magic of every day! Though I haven’t learned another poem by heart since ….. It is a fabulous poem isn’t it! Thank you for visiting and leaving your lovely message ❤

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  2. Pauline, I too have so many things in various stages of completion and look forward to getting back to them. It’s good to hear Orlando is doing better that must have been quite a scary period for you.

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    • Hi Lois – goodness I have completely lost track of you with your change-over. I just tracked back and see you have moved and the new place is almost finished! Congratulations on it all – I hope you are feeling happy with how everything has gone. O is fine again – and yes, it is never nice to see your pets suffer and worse when you know it is because someone doesn’t believe their choices harm them. I just have to stay positive about my boys health 🙂

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  4. Just so glad I went backwards to see if I had missed a post. This is lovely. I would give myself a break, though! You were gardening and enjoying the summer time, along with maybe feeling like you were ‘on vacation’ from writing. I am so glad another blogger, (nice name, ha ha!) got you spurred on with Yeats and her own personal magical poem. I loved this description of how she would spread magic, feel magical!

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    • I was indeed enlivened by those offerings and now I am looking for another poem to memorise – it is such a good thing to do and is very good for the memory as well…… Thanks for going backwards, I appreciate it! 🙂

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      • Yeats and A.A. Milne… fine choices of words of wisdom and light. My Mom liked the days when memorization was part of the curriculum. She can still recite poems and passages of books, but forgets (3 x or more) that she watered the same indoor plant, until it spills on the carpet. I am smiling not complaining. The Light Brigade and poems of oceans are her favorites, recently.

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        • Just stopping by, my Mom got up for Sunday breakfast, (she and one of my brothers are ‘night owls,’ in our family.) Anyway, she absolutely loves your Siddy photos! Pauline, I went back and showed her your puppy photos, too! The time when Orlando was watching silly Siddy take out his toys, growl and shake them, trying to get him off his haughty perch, to come and play! So adorable! Take care and appreciate your thoughtful comment, along the way this week!

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          • This was a very nice message to wake up to Robin. It makes me very happy that your mum enjoyed my Siddy and Orlando’s carryings on. These two are my versions of ‘grandchildren’ as I have not been blessed with any – so you can imagine how loved and cosseted they are! Thanks again for sharing – it really makes me smile!

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  5. I am in love with that glorious poem. It calls out and tenderly lures the gypsy in us all with it’s siren song. Lovely stuff Ms Pauline and if you are going to wrack your brains over a memorising task, what a beautiful reason to wrack…Earl says “gud unya Sudi eet podz aye du tu” yeah, “Yu du tu” alright sunshine! We had…I say “had” in HUGE inverted comma’s there, a large stack of used pots that we had been meaning to move to the shed…now we have a lot of plastic all over the new enclosure…sigh…Siddy looks scrumptious with no eyes. How on EARTH did he manage to find his way around with all that fluff in front of his orbital region?! Spray poisoning? Poor Orlando! 😦 I hope all of that projectile vomiting solved the problem but I bet you were worried as hell. Hugs to you Ms Pauline on your internal journey and your external “doing” I admire someone who can get up and attm. My up and attm is focused on the garden at the moment. Again, I adore that poem. It is soul food 🙂

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    • I am glad you love that poem too – I have always liked it, but having lived with it and learnt it by heart I am totally in love with it now! There is a new liveliness in my heart which I am sure this poem and it’s images has put there 🙂

      Plastic pots and pottles are a great favourite of young Siddy – he now upends and scours the recycling bin for anything that might possibly be chewable or edible or playable with in the way of plastic pottles………. I am beginning to feel obliged to find more plastic as I don’t actually have that much around. I suppose it is helpful for the recycling effort – the plastic is greatly reduced in mass and sometimes disappears altogether …… oh dear!

      I am a little upset with my ‘neighbour’ [I put that in quotations as there is nothing neighbourly in what he does] as I have asked him not to spray on my part of the property and also to warn me when he intends to spray so I can keep Orlando inside. But he doesn’t follow either request and my poor boy gets quite sick from his poison. I am relieved when he throws up as he clears his system out and has a good sleep and gets better. This one was quite spectacular though. Luckily I was aware he wasn’t feeling too good and was keeping an eye on him and got him to the bath tub in time – I was really really glad he was in the tub!! 🙂 He is back on form now.

      I see you are enjoying your garden [and working so hard – much admiration!] My little effort pales in comparison, but I am already picking spinach and lettuce leaves for my evening salad 🙂 Love it!

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  6. What a wondrous post, Pauline, and incredible responses from your adoring blogging friends. It’s so appropriate that you should write a post on life magic because you have brought so much magic to the world of blogging. Your tireless, witty, knowledgeable, ubiquitous comments on other’s blogs and your own beautiful posts have cast a very wide web of admiration around the world. You are so giving and supportive of others – embracing their blogs, their poems, their quotes – that the magic just had to head your way in spades. Sit with it, contemplate it, and thoroughly enjoy it, Pauline – you deserve truck loads of magic in your life! Sending gorgeous Orlando huge, huge hugs. Can’t wait to see handsome Siddy’s makeover! Have a magical day. xoxoxoxoxox

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    • Great Scott Dani! That is extremely kind and fullsome praise indeed – you have to remember I only respond with what I am inspired to think and feel when reading your posts – I can only be all those things when all my blogging friends are being so as well! We are a lovely magical circle of friends I think and I have been made very happy by the mere fact that everyone who has responded here has got what I was saying and knows it for themselves.

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  7. Goodness Pauline, I don’t know where to begin!
    Your post was wonderful to read (you have such a lovely way of expressing yourself) and I’m so thrilled for the excitement and motivation you have found. Even better was reading through all the comments. You are well loved indeed, Pauline, and that’s because you give so much to others.
    Good luck with completing your GOALFEST goal (I have confidence in you) and I’m so glad that Orlando is better and I can not WAIT to see Siddy’s new look 🙂
    Enjoy the magic!

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    • I feel I have been extremely fortunate in the people who have gathered about me here in the great blogging www Laurie – you guys all offer me so much and it always lifts me up and makes me a better person for a short while. 🙂 I have simply become aware of the magic that is always here.

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  8. There is magic in the air! What a beautiful and reflective post, Pauline. You paint such wonderful pictures with your words. I’m taking some of your positive attitude and generous spirit into my life and I know you don’t mind it all😄

    I am glad that Orlando is feeling better. Sid seems to be having a ball in the garden. I like all your photos😄

    Have a great week!

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    • Thank you for taking it Elaine – I am happy to inspire you to remember you have it already 🙂 Siddy has a ball where ever he is – he is a daily reminder to me of the joy of living totally in the moment, I am learning from him 🙂

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  9. I’d already read your post and found the pictures and quote and poetry delightful. Today I received a greeting card with a picture of a little boy and girl on the front. The message: “Sometimes I sit and think. Sometimes I just sit. But if I try to stand and think, I get really confused.” And the inside message said, “I’m not good at multi-tasking.” 😉

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    • Ha! That is so cute – and serendipitous too Marilyn – it must be sitting and thinking time globally 🙂 Thank you for coming by and taking the time to comment – and welcome! 🙂

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  10. My goodness, Pauline, what a powerful, enlightening and personal post. I can see by all the comments preceding mine, that you’ve touched many. I echo their words, too: you are magic, and you spread magic with your warmth and humour, your art and craft, your sage advice and knowing ways.

    I’m delighted to hear you’ve arrived at such a powerful place. I can hear the joy and the energy in your voice.

    I’m so glad to hear that Orlando recovered and sad that it had to happen in the first place. Siddy is the cutest little gardening companion a woman could hope for (please don’t tell Mouse I said that). Everything looks green and lush. Spring: it’s in the air, and it’s in you. xoox

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    • Spring comes and goes Alys – some days really warm and others really cold. Today it can’t quite make up it’s mind. I have one more planter box to finish planting up and no more room 🙂 The front step is about to get vegetated!

      I’m loving all the comments to this post – so happy that everybody gets what I was trying to say and everybody recognises it in themselves too. That’s magic! 🙂

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  11. This is such a moving post. I love that the way forward has opened up to you. And by the way, I think that both reading and writing blogs can help open one’s mind to the magic around us. I remember Lucy (Attic24) talking about how much more aware she is of the changing seasons and colours since she started blogging. That’s a wonderful thing, surely? On a more sober note, I’m sorry that Orlando has been so ill. Big hugs to him from afar, although I’m sure his feline dignity would prevent him from accepting them. And please tell Siddy that he has a big fan in rural Oxfordshire.

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    • I agree totally – every person who influenced me through this latest episode is a blogger, I think that is pure magic! Orlando is accepting hugs from everyone these days, so have no fear of rejection. Siddy takes it for granted that everyone loves him – doesn’t occur to him that they would not. Isn’t that an amazing way to be?

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  12. I’m so happy to hear you’ve set you sails and catching the magic that no doubt is to found in the ether of everyday life. Sounds like you’ve got your compass at ready and I can’t wait to see what you’ve created for Alys. Your garden looks well on it’s way even though it’s just spring, must be all that fluffy help you’re getting, LOL

    I actually think the time I ‘just sit and think’ is rather time well spent. Maybe we don’t have to be productive at every turn. Maybe just soaking in what we’ve built so far is important. It’s a good to rejuvenated sometimes. That being said, nice to set goals. Knowing you’re going to arrive somewhere’s spectacular makes the trip so much more fun.

    Loved your photos too Pauline 😀 I can see Siddy is a very entertaining companion. Sorry to hear O had such a severe episode. Cats can get dehydrated so easily. My gosh, hope sweet Orlando is on the mend. Now, I feel inspired and off I go, thanks for this ❤ ❤

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    • I’m glad you left feeling inspired Boomdee – heavens knows you inspire me often enough! We nursed Orlando through his bout successfully and now he is quite well again. I just need to be more vigilant to keep him safe.

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  13. There must be something in the air. I stirred myself to do some weeding today. 🙂 Can’t wait to see Siddy’s new look. Poor Orlando having to suffer so. How undignified.

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  14. Wow … awesome post … and the paragraph following the Charles de Mint quote is very powerful! … thus I’m touched to think of the small role I played in the post. … so in more ways than one, thanks for the magic.

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    • No, thank YOU Frank! The magic is in seeing how all these activities and words and people all came together to make one small epiphany happen in a far flung corner of the globe. Imagine how often it is happening all over the place – we never know how we influence and help others while simply doing what we do and being what we be 🙂 You gotta love blogging!!

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  15. A definition I read of magical said, “beautiful or delightful in such a way as to seem removed from everyday life.” This is you, Pauline! You’ve already got the magic and this lovely post proves it.
    Poor Orlando, I hope he continues to recover. I hope you’ll post a picture of Siddy after his makeover. I love that little fella! xo

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  16. I’m going to echo several others. I love this post. ♥ I love the poem, too, and the idea of memorizing one that touches the heart and soul. Thank you for the shout-out.

    Isn’t it wonderful to find and be magic? 🙂

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  17. I love this post, Pauline! There’s so much to think about and respond to. I also love to hear that you are getting back to your life of creating. I agree that sitting and thinking and contemplating is important for us all . . . but then it’s time to move ahead. I find, for myself, that getting started is the most difficult part. It’s that whole thing about an object at rest staying at rest. Once I BEGIN, I keep moving. And Yeats reminds us that we have to GO to get to Innisfree–it won’t come to us.

    On a more family note–so relieved to know that Orlando is okay!

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    • Thank you Kerry! Yes indeed, that first phrase was not lost on me either. As all these little interplays in the blogging world began to come together the magic of the whole thing just grew and grew until it went BAM through my head in the middle of the night. Isn’t it wonderful how we influence and help each other without being aware. I am so happy and grateful you are there 🙂

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  18. OMC that poor Orlando…he must have felt terrible. So glad he is feeling better now, Pauline, Here’s a smoochie for my furriend ❤ Your garden looks like magic. The veggies look so good and furresh. We only have garlic left in our garden, I guess Granny hasn't that magic touch like you have..or she has and the snails like it extra ..MOL 😀 ..but you have a great helper, Siddy is inspecting the pot from all sides 😀 I think Summer brings a time to consider life and that it takes some time to get into the flow again…and if it's magic…well, let it shine 🙂 Pawkisses for a Magical Day 🙂

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    • Thank you Granny and Little Binky ❤ ❤ Orlando is quite recovered and enjoyed your smoochie! My garden is taking off quite well, I made lots of compost over winter and am sure that has given everything a great start. I am enjoying the magic!!

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  19. Beautiful, inspiring thoughts and words Pauline. I so relate to being present and appreciative in the world. Poor Orlando – I hope he is feeling better. Siddy remains too cute for words – can’t wait to see how he looks after his first haircut! We are now wallowing in paint fumes and still with the builder’s dust… plus very patchy internet connectivity so no blogging for the time being. : )))xox

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    • Has it been three months Anne, all this renovating? Makes you appreciate why folk just sell and move on. Are you going with the flow or hanging out for your life to resume? It will be lovely to read your words again and see Monty happily running about! Orlando has quite recovered and is completely back on form. He was teasing the puppy mercilessly this morning! Siddy is a different boy with his haircut – I don’t know why I waited so long!

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  20. I hope Siddy behaved himself. Max (Lhasa apso x terrier – exactly the same look as Siddy) is so naughty at the groomers that I have to go with him to hold him down!
    I hope your magic grows and grows and flourishes into beautiful creations and profound contentment.

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    • Siddy was apparently a most happy and obliging customer – he was pretty bouncy when I arrived to pick him up. Relief all round really 🙂 You must let me know if he still looks like your Max when I put up a pic of him next post. How big is your Max? Siddy is also Lhasa Apso and much bigger than a full grown Shih-Tzu already. Currently weighing in at 6.4 kg, I’m unsure where he will end up – possibly a small horse? 🙂

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      • Max is big – about 12kg I think. We used to have a terrier x Shi-Tzu and she was about half the size… and much less naughty! Max is white and tan, but when he’s had his hair done he looks rather like a Moomin and very camp… and then we refer to him as the Snork Maiden! I have to say that he has got better over the years about being groomed – he’s nine now and we’ve had him seven years – but he was maltreated as a pup (he came from a rescue) so goodness knows what trauma he’s had in his background.

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        • Poor Max – the Snork Maiden! 😀 So now I’m thinking my boy can easily double in size, he’s only half way through his growing time. Max is most blessed to have found a loving and accepting home!

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  21. I can only say that this is a magical post, Pauline! I love that Yeats poem too – and well done you for throwing down your goal and setting to till the end of the month. I read that post too and am still procrastinating over it! I also love the Buddha in your garden.

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    • Hi Jenny, I’m so glad you enjoyed it. Lol about your dilemma with the fat bottomed ladies – I just made my promise, closed my eyes, pushed the ‘post comment’ button and held my breath …… no turning back, gotts do it now!! I love my ‘Outdoor Sid’ too. I have an ‘Indoor Sid’ and now a puppy, also named for the Buddha in an Anglicised manner – Siddy’s proper name is Sid-Arthur. 🙂

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  22. “right time to simply live in the magic”

    Well, Ms. Pauline, you are magic…you are walking magic:-) Everyone adores you for you are a beautiful moonbeam in this world:-) Your garden is looking beautiful and it seems to be making you happy,too!
    I see parsley. I see lettuce. I see arugula + food for your magical soul!!! Just remember you don’ t need to want…you are!

    :-)When I was a small child I had a dog just like Sid. His eyes were no where to be found-tee hee:-)

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    • Robbie ❤ ❤ ❤ My courtyard is full with all kinds of yummy salady foodstuffs and sweet peas and petunias and lobelia and all manner of herbs. There is nowhere left to sit!!

      Siddy now has eyes! It is a bit of a shock for him I think and I hardly recognised him when he came trotting out from the grooming room. But he looks very handsome. I shall put some pics on the next post. xoxo

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  23. 🙂 My first very quick visit back here for a wee while and I find you have had an epiphany!! I can really relate to this Pauline and love the quote (love, love) and the poem. Sometimes I can spend days just sitting and thinking, sometimes I wish for magic…. The quiet times soothe the soul and then I can feel the magic that is already there if I just take the time to become aware of it.
    Sorry poor Orlando has been sick and hope he is on the mend! Lovely photos here xxxx

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    • We are always somewhere in a process of becoming aren’t we! I love these times when I am jolted back into the mystery of life and I am so glad I decided to share it here today – look at all these fabulous women who know exactly what I’m talking about 🙂 [I am hoping for a fabulous man or two to drop by also who will get it and join in with us 🙂 ] I had to look the quote writer up – he is a Canadian novelist and fantasy writer and now I want to read some of his books!

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      • Yes, we are 🙂 🙂 It’s certainly lovely and his books would be nice to read, any man that writes words like that has got to have something special, the “magic”.
        It’s funny because years ago I used to fear the times of what I thought was just sitting and stewing but now I embrace them – it’s doing what the body and mind needs at the time and I enjoy now seeing where it takes me.

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  24. When I got to the paragraph that ended with the line “I know these things, I just don’t always allow myself to live in them and with them” I jumped up, pumped a fist in the air and yelled “YES!” We definitely need to be more intentional about acknowledging/embracing/celebrating the magic in our lives as well as in our splendid selves!

    And I may be a bit biased, but I think it was BRAVE to take the VOW – because we both know that making that public declaration will obligate you to do what you’ve been wanting to do in a finite period of time. I’m looking forward to celebrating your finished piece and my well-oiled, well-ridden bike at the end of the month!!

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    • I’m loving our new connection – your blog post was the icing on my epiphanic morning! Your fist pump made me laugh out loud, there we all are missing the wonderful stuff and ourselves in the process. Let’s keep each other on track!!

      I think your commitment to get your bike up and running and to actually ride the thing is way tougher than my pledge to complete a half finished painting and I really, really want you to not only fulfill it but go further than!! And be so freakin’ pleased, proud and happy you’ll be fit to burst!!

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  25. Great post Pauline. I am glad real Orlando is OK and I am sure young Siddy will be pleased to have a trim and also pleased to be back home with you. There is magic in all creation I believe including what we create. ❤

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  26. This is a wonderful post! You’ve gotten me all excited about living the magic way, trusting, noticing. You’ve been composting on many levels. Your art will embody it. This post does. 🙂

    Congratulations, too, on memorizing the poem. It’s so lovely. I say my poem at least once a day, and it is becoming part of me and is so comforting. Who knew? I memorized “Jabberwocky” this week, just because I’ve always enjoyed it and never got more than the first stanza memorized. It was easy compared to “Layers.”

    I keep scrolling back to the picture sequence of Siddy. What an angel. And Orlando is well again, thankfully. You can do magic! Aloha 🙂 xxoo

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    • Siddy managed to get his head almost stuck in that pot! He loves gardening. He collects all the compost and carries it inside for later. Bark chips are apparently quite tasty as are empty snail shells 🙂 Orlando is sleeping on my knee as I answer these comments, he had Reiki and pro-biotics and lots of sleep. 🙂

      You learned Jabberwocky!! All I can remember is ‘Twas brillig’ and the rest is mumbled under my breath. Well done you! You know it is very good for the memory, so we should just keep on learning more and more! I had such trouble getting the first lines of Innisfree, it took a couple of weeks – and then the rest went in in one day.

      We are all magic ❤ ❤ ❤

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      • I know what you mean about getting the first chunk under your belt, and then the other chunks coming faster and easier after time passes. Taking a copy of the poem on a walk and working on specific phrases helped me, too. And yes, good for our aging memories. 🙂 I was surprised I could even do it! But I really really wanted to. Desire is so powerful. It’s the magic. 🙂 xxoo

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  27. lovely lovely post Pauline! I especially like the reminder that procrastination is a cover for fear – I needed that! Also I need to spend more time admiring moonbeams – reflection and attentiveness are all part of the creative process 🙂 ps Siddy is a cutie.

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    • That line on procrastination got me too, Yolanda – I have a magical opportunity awaiting me that I keep putting off and I really didn’t realize why until I saw that – and the REAL reason I’m procrastinating was driven home! Thanks, Pauline!

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    • Thank you Yolanda 🙂 I think this is one of the things women do for each other – the listening and sharing and questioning that allows us to have the vital ‘Aha!’ moment. We know it and just need to be reminded now and again. Yes to admiring moonbeams!! 🙂 Siddy is the best puppy ever and most certainly cuter than ever with his new hair cut!

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  28. Oh, Pauline, how very appropriate. I have been procrastinating and sitting in deep thought as well. The days feel very odd like I’m in a transitory state and I’ve given in to it for a bit. Sometimes we need that down time because so much has been coming at us that we just need to absorb. I’m finding my way back to them as the timing becomes right. I’m letting things flow more than force them. Flow works so much better. I’d love to see Siddy with his haircut. What on earth is the spray poison? Poor Orlando. I hope he is better.Love the beautiful thoughts here and I want to be magic too. Hugs.

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    • You have been working so hard on your house and garden Marlene you may well be in need of some down time! I have also found with myself that after a long anticipated event – me retirement, you your own home – there is a flat lining that happens for a while. It’s all part of the process. Do you think that might be happening for you? Flowing sure is preferable to doing battle against the current I agree! Orlando is nearly 100% again. I have taken photos of the most handsome and very white Siddy and will pop them up on a post in a day or two.

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      • Yay for Orlando. Yes, I think there may be a bit of flat lining going on and the realization that I can’t do it all this summer. Trying to push through has caused an exacerbation of the dizziness. Going for a massage tomorrow. They are essential to my health. 🙂 I realized I made outrageous lists of things to do and totally overwhelmed myself. So now the downtime lets me put what must be done and what can wait into perspective. I know you are doing the same. Hugs to you and chin scratches to your furry family..

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        • I hope you are feeling better now Marlene and still taking it easy on yourself! I am ‘up and at ’em’ as we say down here as I had been quietly observing my navel for almost too long 🙂

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  29. How very magical! Yes, do finish your painting – a vow must not be broken! Hoping Orlando is getting better and Siddy returned even more beautiful 🙂

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    • Yes indeed – it is good to out yourself publicly and feel bound to the commitment when procrastination has the upper hand, don’t you think? Orlando is almost 100% again and Siddy has returned half the size he was and twice as gorgeous! Thank you for coming by 🙂

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