I realize that lately my posts have been either silly or just about events, for the most part, but I just wanted to write something a little more heartfelt and thoughtful. :)
Lately I've been astounded by this incredible autumn we've had. I don't know how it is for you, but here, we've had an exceptionally dry, warm, sunny fall, and it has really touched my soul. It seems that God likes to speak to me through nature. Sometimes I don't know exactly what He's saying, but I can hear a gentle whisper. I know it's often hard for me to quiet my soul enough to hear the words, but even amid the busy cacophony of life, just hearing that voice is so reassuring.
It is in these moments that I feel the glory of our Creator is present in each moment. Recently, I read 'Practicing the Presence of God' by Brother Lawrence. Must-read. Totally! If we have that presence in our lives at every moment, our lives will brightly shine the grace that we so desire to portray. And then, no matter what we say, or what motive, there is always that presence to come back to. There is always an element of our Creator shining through.
Let us not forget His incredible immensity. For even though listening to and hearing God's voice has been something I've struggled with since I was tiny, it is there. The presence is there, even if we aren't getting the words. I've come to believe that when the words are not so defined as we would like, if we watch our circumstances, and, dwelling in His glorious presence, pay attention to the happenings and beauties around us, we will find the message there, waiting for us to receive it.
So let us revel in this presence, in this voice. What have I heard lately?
"Look around, do you see the colours?
Do you see the changing of life?
I am here. I am within the colours.
They are my very fingerprints!
Yet I am sovereign.
I will not leave you.
You are mine.
I love you."
Hey there! So, this has been a great weekend. On Saturday I sang soprano in the choir for a performance of Beethoven's 9th with our local Symphony! It was absolutely amazing, and I hope I get a chance again in the near future to do something of this magnitude. What an amazing opportunity this was. We had such fun just killing time before the concert, and all in all, it was just fabulous. And,I have a surprise for all of you!
My Mum recorded the whole thing, and I have uploaded it! So you can listen to the entire performance of Beethoven's 9th if you wish, or, if you want to just hear the choral part (Because, after all, that is the best part!) just slide the slider to about the last quarter or so, and you can hear us! (Just listen for the 'Jesu Joy of Man's Desiring' theme) It was INCREDIBLE!!!!!!! We all had so much fun!
Enjoy, and I hope you can sense the immense joy that we all had! (and even though it looks like it, there isn't supposed to be any video, no worries.)
Just for interest's sake, here are the words, because they are so profound and beautiful and touching. Seriously, the choke me up when I think about them. (copied from Wikipedia)
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JOY to you all!
Another silly quiz thing. :) Without further ado, here are a bunch of random questions answered by yours truly. :)
1.How do you most often wear your hair? Just down, but also I use tiny barrets.
2.What do you like better: Sledding or Swimming? Swim. What do you expect of a lifeguard?
3.What is your favorite thing for breakfast? Homemade whole wheat bread and homemade yogurt.
4.Is one of your siblings married? No siblings. :(
5.Have you ever been on a rollercoaster? Yep, in California
6.Have you ever seen an ocean? Goodness, yes!!! I live a 5 minute bike ride from the ocean!
7.Where would you rather go: England or Australia? That's a really difficult one. Maybe Australia? I know several people there, so that helps. But I have family relations in England. Awkward.
8.Tell me something about you that I don’t know? Stealing Maria's idea here: I am a dual citizen of Canada and Switzerland.
9.Do you want to get married someday? Yesssss!!!!
10.How many TV’s are in your house? One, but just for movies, no cable or satellite or anything.
11.What’s your favorite hymn? Hmmm... I think 'As the Deer'
12.Which one would you rather learn to play: Guitar, Banjo, Piano or Violin? I play piano, so I'm going to say classical guitar from those particular ones. But I don't have time!!!
13.How tall are you? About 5'4/2" or 5'5". depending on who you ask.
14.What is the prettiest thing you have ever seen? Tiny island forests on a foggy day, with moss and the light streaming through the fog, and you can seriously SEE the faeries!
15.Describe where you live and what it looks like: A white house in the middle of a neighbourhood. ;)
16.How many bedrooms is in your house? 3, but one is an office.
17.How many rooms are in your house? 8, if you don't count the hall.
18.What’s in your basement? We only have a crawlspace.
19.Do you keep your room clean all the time or is it a mess? Relatively clean, but very lived in.
20.Do you wish you could have your own room? I do have my own room.
21.What do you do for fun with your siblings? Imagine them.
22.Do you get mad easily? Can do.
23.Do you cry a lot? Yep!
24.Do you like tuna? I'm veg...so no.
25.Is your mother pregnant right now?Nope! That would be really weird.
26.Would you rather go back to the Oregon trail or the Cherokee Indian trail of tears? Please fill me in. What did I miss?
27.Are you part anything (Like, Indian, Irish, and so on)? 1/2 Swiss, and the other half is a mess of celtic/anglo-saxon origins.
28.Do you prefer to Email or written letters? Depends on from who. Usually emails suffice just fine. :)
29.What was the last wedding you attended? I was really little!
30.How many aunts and uncles do you have? 4
31.Are you mad at one of your siblings right now? Haha...no.
32.If you got in trouble and you were given a choice for punishment which would you choose: Not seeing any friends for a month or no computer for a month? Depends on what your definition of friends are. If you just mean people you need/want to see, then that would include music teachers, and I really can't afford to go without them for a month right now, so I would choose computer, but if teachers down count, then I would say first option.
33.How many times have you gotten in trouble? *sheepish grin* Not TOO often, I hope!
34.When was the last time you went out of town? Um, Saturday. For Beethoven!
35.Do you like to play inside or outside better? O.U.T.S.I.D.E.!
36.Do you like to listen to music? Yeeeeeeeessss!!! Now...who might that obsessive person be, Maria? Not ME! :P
37.Do you want to have a big wedding or a small one? Small-ish.
38.Do you want to live in the country or city? Country...country...country. Island? ISLAND!
39.How many pen pals do you have? Lots of email-pals. :P
40.Do you say “shut up” or “Be quiet”? When I really want someone to shut their trap, I'm in no mood to say 'be quiet'. Haha!!!
41.If you could have only one of the following for yourself which would you choose: A computer, a Cell phone, An Ipod, or a TV? Laptop. Totally.
42.Which kind of car do you like better: Dodge Viper, Lexus, or Mustang? Those all suck. Toyota any day.
43.What kind of things make you mad? Completely closed-minded people,
44.What kind of things make you happy? Talking to God, vivid people, crisp fall air
45.Do you speak your mind? Uh...yeah. Ha! Unless I don't think the people around me can handle it, in which case I crawl into my invisible turtle shell. :)
46.Do you prefer to talk to old people (Over 60) or people your age? Anyone. Seriously! Although there are some people my age that are awkward to talk to.
47.What do you find more interesting: A Encyclopedia or a dictionary? Encyclopaedia. Fascinating stuff!
48.What would you rather do: Go clothes shopping, or Go to the library and read? Library by far. Shopping is terribly bothersome.
49.Where do you normally read? On my bed, in a cozy chair, outside, anywhere.
50.Do you have a desk in your room? No, I tried that and hated it.
51.Are you smart? Depends on your definition.
52.Do you have good handwriting? Mediocre. It used to suck, but I grew up, I guess.
53.You don’t have to be their best friend, but who is YOUR best friend? This is an awkward question. Can I just say that I like a lot of different people?
54.What is your favorite vegetable? Something crunchy and flavourful!
55.How many brothers do you have and how chaotic is it? None. But I am pretty chaotic for a girl!
56.Does anyone in your family have black hair? Nope.
57.Do you like to dance? Yes, but I'm not so good at it!
58.Can you sing? YESSSSSSS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
59.If you could go to one of these countries for a month, which one would you go to: Australia, China, Africa, or Europe? Um...Africa and Europe aren't countries! I'd go to Switzerland. :)
60.What is your Dad’s job? Self-employed dental technician. (NOT dentist!)
61.Do you go to work? I teach four music students.
62.Do you like Soccer or football better? Soccer. Football is weird.
63.Do you think this quiz is dumb? Kinda
64.Do you think it’s annoyingly long? Yes.
65.Which would you rather be: A waitress, a teacher, a writer, a Sports player or an Artist? I am an artist, and I am a teacher, and I like to write. I think I can write of ever being a sports player.
66.Do you prefer dark colors or light? Light, but sometimes dark colours work better. For on me, I like BRIGHT colours!
67.Which March girl from little woman are you more like? That's a hard question! Partly Jo, partly somebody else.
68.If someone asked you to play in a movie would you say yes? Not so sure. Don't think so.
69.What exactly do you want to be when your older? Music anything. Teacher, performer, etc. And a Mommy!
70.Who wants more and gets it? Odd question. No one?
71.How many pairs of shoes do you have? Several. Performance, church, day-to-day, summer, etc.
72.How many shirts do you have? No idea!
73.How many pairs of pants do you have? Maybe 8-ish?
73.How many skirts do you have? 8-ish
74.Do you sew? Yep, love to!
75.Which would you rather do: Sing a song in front of a thousand people or write a Novel and try to get it published? Sing, but it would be scary!!!!!!!!!
76.What is your favorite blog? Beautiful Grace, and The Life of CowgirlE, Babyslime
77.Do you blog? Uh, yeah.
78.Has anyone ever thrown surprise party for you? No.
79.Do you laugh a lot? I try to!
80.Have you ever cried in front of other people besides your family? OH yeah! All my teachers, (past, present, and future) friends, etc. etc.
81.Do you like to be annoying? Not particularly
82.Have you been complimented lately? Yep.
83.Have you ever built a snow fort? !!!
84.What is your favorite thing to do in the winter? Hot chocolate. Mmmmm
85.Is there a lot of shouting in your house normally? Nope!
86.How quiet-or loud- is your house right now? I am listening to Beethoven's 9!
87.Have you ever cut someone’s hair? A doll! And mine, when I was little.
88.Have you ever colored your hair? *sniff* No. Well, yeah, with food colouring. Haha!
89.Have you ever had more then 20 people at your house? Don't think so.
90.Favorite kind of toothpaste? Green Beaver!
91.Have you ever written a story? Yes!!! Funnnn!
92.Have you ever gotten anything published? Um...I don't think so, but it's all a blur. My name has been published quite a bit, though! (music)
93.What is your favorite kind of bread? Homemade, home-ground, whole-wheat.
94.Does your Mom work? Around the house.
95.Have you ever had a sleepover with more then 2 people? When I was little we had slumber parties all the time.
96.Have you ever slept in a tent? Yep! Go camp Bob!
97.Have you ever driven a tractor, or at least steered one? *sniff* nope.
98.Do you go shopping a lot? Not really. Although I spent all of Saturday afternoon shopping in little stores and thrift stores, though I never bought anything. That was actually fun!
99.Skirts, dresses or jeans? Jeans/skirts
100.Do you have a dog? 2 cuties.
101.Do you have neighbors within a 1/2 mile of your house? Unfortunately, yes.
102.Do you have a tree fort? I did when I was little at our old house.
103.Do you dry your hair after you shower? What on earth do you need a hair dryer for? We have AIR!
104.Do you eat fish? It is very un-veg.
105.Have you ever played PS2? Haha! No! (PlayStation2, Maria)
106.Have you ever ridden a horse? Yesss!
107.Do you own a horse? *sniff* no. :(
108.Do you own cows? For milk and hugs, yes. For meat: NOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!
109.Do you like garlic? *licks lips*
110.Do you have a nickname for yourself? Chrissi
111.Do you keep a diary? Yes I do. So vital to self-wellness!
112.Are you close to your Mom? Yes. :)
113.Do you own an American girl doll? Fortunately, not.
114.Have you ever gotten lost? Yep!!!
115.What color is your toothbrush? White and blue.
116.What do you do for Christmas? Christmas eve we light candles on the tree and open one or two presents each, read the Christmas story, and eat Belegtebroetli. Christmas morning we open stockings and the rest of the presents.
117.Do you like country music? Never thought I'd say so, but YES!
118.Have you ever sung yourself to sleep? I think so. And cried myself to sleep.
119.Have you ever slapped someone? Haha...I don't think so, but maybe when I was little.
120.What is your favorite uncommon girl name? Emlyn
121.Be honest; How many times a day do you pray? Several
122.Do you, or did you ever, believe in fairies? It's 'Faeries'. And actually...yes.
123.Do you still play “Simon Says?” Only when I have to. (AWSI, assistant swim teaching)
124.What’s your favorite kind of pie? Pumpkin
125.Do you live on a farm? :*( No.
126.How many ways of growing up is there? Plenty, we are all so different!
127.How many times have you seen a movie in the theaters? Not very many.
128.What do you do to relax? Go outside.
129.Have you ever gone strawberry picking? When I was 14 I picked strawberries all summer. I now despise strawberry picking, and feel sorry for whoever had to
130.Do you believe in the “Once saved always saved?” For the truly saved, yes. Yes, yes yes!
131.Do you like getting your picture taken? Yes!
132.Have you ever won a race of any kind? Go-carts at Canada day!
133.Have you ever helped butcher a deer? Not so veg!
134.Are you afraid of anything? A bit, yes. Afraid of failing, mostly.
135.Do you like the snow? Yes, unless it interferes with plans, but generally, I love it!
136.How old are you? 16.
137.Do you wear glasses of any sort? No, not even sunglasses, usually.
This is a long post, but it's very heartfelt, so it should be fun to read!
This piece began in Oman and was put in a box of goodies for a while. Thanks to Jan and her Wednesday sewing group it is now finished... I think.
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DON'T FORGET TO VOTE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
And...uh...don't vote conservative. Please!
PS. I just did a random search for bloggers who say "VOTE!" and I found this post. I haven't read all of it, but I thought some of the arguments against a Harper government were interesting.... HERE
This item was made in 15 minutes using the embellisher machine.
Here we are again, and it is Thanksgiving time. (Don't mean to confuse any of you US-ers, but I'm Canadian.) How on earth did that happen? Life, I suppose. But now, we are here, in the middle of autumn, giving thanks to our Creator for the beauties in life. Yes, our world is in economic crisis. Yes, Canada is a frenzy of election preparations for Tuesday, and the states is too, whenever their elections are. We are saddened by things that happen continuously, and over and over, I remember things in our past and look to our future and see dread and sadness. And yet...there is beautify, and freedom, and joy, and love, and hope. HOPE! Think of that! What a thing to be thankful for!!!
I have so much to be thankful for. A home, a family who loves me, wonderful friends (even if they do ALL live far away) incredible teachers, people who love me and hug me, 'my' tiny island, music, opportunities, turning leaves, sunshine, raindrops, pumpkins, and faith. Life! It's exciting.
I give thanks for life, for this precious gift of being able to breathe, being able to stop and feel my heartbeat, that precious life-blood flowing through my body. I give thanks for free will, for the ability to make choices that change my life forever, for the many things I have to choose from when I make those choices. Big choices, little choices. Scary choices, exciting choices. I give thanks for the wildness God put into me, for the crazy dreams that drive me forward, for the glimpses of perfection I see at every turn.
Most of all, I give thanks for the people in my life, near and far, close and not-so-close, old friends, and new friends, people I've met, people I haven't, people I just knew for a few days, and people who met me when I was tiny, family, or not.
Just to name a few... Mariah, Maria, Camille, Sadie, Lisa, Erica, Tiffany, Gracie, Caitlin, Jessica H., Melissa, Isabelle, Kathleen, Micayla, Sarah, Nadine, Jess F., Julia, Judy, Markus, David, Daniel, Teodora, Vivian, Marianne, Jen, Susan, Rosemary, my Mum, my Dad, and many other people who may not even know how much they mean to me. They may barely know me, and yet...they change me. People like; Iona, Joy, Soozie, Jen G., Josie, Sue, Evelyn, and others.
I know to most of you, they are just names. For you, it is just yet another name in and endless sea of names, and still, behind each name is a person to be thankful for. Only a few of the names live around here, and they are my parents and teachers or the people who barely know me, but somehow each those names I listed have come into my life, they have touched me in some incredible way, and I thank them for that. Everyone of them is a gift, and something to be very, very thankful for indeed.
Ooooh, I struggle. I struggle with being ungrateful. I spend days fighting against feeling sorry for myself because I have no one nearby who is as young as I am that I can share my heart with, and yet, when I look at these gifts that I was given, even if they were just for a short, short while, I smile
This is the sample for a piece based on the mushrooms, I am sure there is lots more potential in this felting/shibori idea. I must buy some fabric to work with, I just used a piece I had. It was all a bit closed in with this sample and the funghi need lots more space around them.
Love the ink cap colours that just appeared. And the felted streamers of thread suggesting spores flying off from the toadstools.
In this issue 20 I found wonderful work of Kathyanne White. She has a blog and website that are definitely worth a look.
Some of her work uses similar techniques to mine (amazing when you think that we worked 1000s of miles apart in isolation from each other) - see the cyclindrical lamp in my blog archive... or here is another image to make it easy.
The tube is a light - usually vertical but shown here horizontal.
It incorporates a perspex tube, printed plastic sheets and layers of dyed plastic, metal and threads. Machine and hand stitching, including staples as insertion stitches.
I intend developing this style of work using more printing on plastics.
I know I have at least two people who are antsy about my blog, so I will try to be a bit more consistent. ;) (You flutists--GOSH!) In any case, I've been spending hours each day researching Canadian politics. Dry, but fascinating. I think I'm definitely Green, but I also am supporting NDP, because of strategic voting. I finally think I am starting to wrap my head around what politics is all about. All I have to do now is wait two years until I can vote! Let's give a big "YEAAAHHHH!!!" for youthful vibrancy in politics!
In non-political realms, I've been chillin' thinking about life, wishing I could dye a chunk of my hair bright red without everyone thinking I'm a punk and want to rule the world, but just for FUN. Oh, the crazy things we do at 16, hey? But that's just a goofy thought and isn't likely to come about just yet, I think I'll have to wait. :)
Life just keeps rolling along, it's Autumn now, and the leaves are starting to fall, and I'm trying to keep joyful about it, learning the beauties and complexities of this incredibly season of completion. I REALLY think that we shoud change the calendar and make the middle of Autumn be the end of the year, because it just makes sense. One day when I rule the world...wait...I said I wasn't going to do that! Hahahaaaa!
I have discovered that I really like the Dixie Chicks! Ha! Go to youtube and listen to 'Wide Open Spaces'. THAT is how I feel 95% of the time!
In any case, I have a bunch of practicing and essay-writing and history-studying to do, so I'm off.
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EDIT: PS. Maria made a good point that I just want to quickly discuss. I agree completely that that we must not forget about the "invisible kingdom which is infinitely more important" than politics. (wonderful way of putting it, Maria!) However, while we are here on earth, we need to make sure that the creation that God has put us in charge of is managed as well as possibly, making earthly politics important. It is also an important Godly responsibility to be caring for our nations. :)