Saturday, February 14, 2009

Sacred Life Sunday: Primroses in the Snow

One rare and lovely time this week when I was feeling particularly good I stepped outside to take a few pictures.

I saw the primroses planted by an angel (actually our gardener, Angela, but pretty close) right after the snow. They were a surprise.

They brightened my day. On this sacred Sabbath, it is good to rest and remember that there is so much grace in little things. Kelly has been writing about this on her blog as part of the Grace in Small Things project. I thought it would be the perfect theme for this post.

I haven't blogged for 10 days, which is unusual for me. I've been working on getting my health together, and have been plagued with very low energy and a flurry of "migraines from hell" that finally abated this morning. I'm actually doing okay though, because of the hope that I have in a full recovery, which I think will come soon, in the next few weeks when I get my hormones balanced. I feel so grateful for everything in my life. Especially for the ability to afford health care, to pay for the hormones, to be able to stay home and rest and take care of myself, and more. I feel extremely blessed. Thank all of you for your wonderful support during this time!

For Valentine's Day I made LoveHubbie an unusual Valentine. It's sort of a shrine or maybe better, a diorama with little messages for him hidden throughout. The centerpiece of the assemblage is an old refrigerator part that I could have discarded but was inspired to use for this. I used an additional refrigerator part in the center-upper right as well. That's what happens when your refrigerator needs repaired! I anchored them with superglue (they were heavy!) and then in wax covering the whole back of the box about 1/4 inches thick. I painted them and then put all kinds of little hearts and glittery embellishments all over. I made some gift tags and used some acetate hearts as well. It was so much fun. I think that this is the sort of thing I enjoy most of all---completely unpredictable one-of-a-kind playful art---that actually ends up making sense to me in the end.


Kim Mailhot said...

Hi Olivia !

So glad you were able to get outside and let some healing air in !
Happy Love Day !

Your love shrine is so awesome ! Lucky Love-Hubbie !

laundrygirl said...

You look so great! That photo of you smiling made me smile!

Olivia said...

Thank you, Kim and Kristine, I'm so glad you enjoyed my post. I am going to learn to really use my camera again so I can take more pictures.
It's good to see you both here at the happyluau :)

Blessings and love,


kikipotamus said...

I'm glad you have been putting your health first, resting and giving yourself what you need.

And lucky Love Hubbie, indeed! It looks like you put a lot of time and thought into this shrine full of special messages.
Love, K

Olivia said...

Thanks, Kelly.

I did put a lot of time into it, and it was all pure fun time. I had no idea what it would turn out like, and really enjoyed the freedom of it.



patti said...

You may not be feeling well Olivia, but you look great in your pic - the power of primroses!

Your valentines day art looks good enough to eat! Very sweet messages!

Rick Hamrick said...

It's so good to hear that you are experiencing some relief from the low-energy times and whacked-with-a-board migraines!

CrystalChick said...

GREAT picture of you!! Glad you've gotten relief from those migraines.
The flowers are very pretty. I haven't been in my yard for so long I can't imagine there's anything but weeds and dust out there. The dogs seem to like it though. ;)
Your Valentine collage for LoveHubbie is so awesome. You really have some neat stuff going on in there. Some day I would like to try art like that. Looks like great fun. You certainly are very creative!!!

Have a great week.

Karen said...

Your Valentine's assemblage is fascinating--I love how it all comes together when you just play--it's that serendipity thing!

That picture of you in the fur hat is WONDERFUL. I think it must capture something of your essence--your joie de vivre, so to speak. I know you may not feel like it, esp after struggling with migraines, but you have such wonderful, loving energy about you, and somehow that picture captures it for me.

Cuñao said...

The flowers are beautiful, especially juxtaposed with snow.

Your Vday diorama is neat, I like the variation in shapes between curved hearts and straight reused industrial parts. V creative!

Angela said...

You look beautiful, Olivia, and that Valentine is absolutely brilliant!

Olivia said...

Thank you so much, Kelly, Rick, Mary, Karen, and Angela! You folks are the greatest and I appreciate your encouragement so much.

And a special welcome to Cunao, a family member of mine from Brazil...welcome to the happyluau :)

Love to you all,