Friday, July 18, 2014


I've been back at Dao's (my amazing daughter) house babysitting the salt water fish. I could have brought Cole home with me and gone back to check up on and feed the three cats......but the fish! Those guys do need a bit of watching over. They eat twice a day and need to have the light adjusted so that they sleep (I guess that is the reason??) And besides, I have bonded with "Blue Boy": he gets the "wiggles" every time I approach; so I spent some time reading beside him and he just stays by my side. Who knew that fish could be so endearing? 
The last year has been one of immense stretching (and we know what that means). So......I decided to take these 5 days off, away from the computer and the usual cares of the world. I still worked, but tried to put a little emotional distance between "me" and the other (sometimes rudely intruding) stuff.
I've taken time to just "be" in quiet with Jones and Cole; to listen to the silence; perhaps quiet my busy mind.
I went back over some blog posts and realized that my latest posts have been reflecting my current state of not quite knowing my center.
These are some photos from past blog posts where I was closer to my center

Shamrocks reflect my feisty Irish nature. I've let myself bury that part of me...........not to my benefit.

My beloved orchids have suffered from neglect. I will replace the lost ones.

My joy over Mia's healing and prognosis has been overtaken by other silly cares....... no more!! I am returning to my grateful heart.

The amazing sunrises from my window will retake their appropriate place in my day.

I'm refocusing my attention on glorious amorphous and living forms.

Refocusing on creating or recreating....(not on the restoration disasters of the past 6 months)

Designing new pillows.....(a new pair of Scalamandre "Le Tigre" silk velvet pillows is in the works)

Remembering my true passions. And focusing on those things that endure: love, light, joy, giving and soul filled objects.

So I am planning a few personal adjustments in the next few months.......just setting my sights. 

Jones and I are going home today.....Jones goes back to his beloved dog park and pals and I'm going to sort out and clean up my office (yuck!)
Be well.

Mary & Jones & Cole


  1. My favorite parts of this post is seeing Mia's beautiful smile and big eyes - pure sunshine!! And the aquarium. When we were young, my 3 brothers and I all had our own fish tanks. Yes, our parents indulged us, and thought keeping fish taught us responsibilities, etc. I kept Malawi cichlids. Have a great weekend, Mary!

    1. Hi Loi, Yes, her smile makes me happy, too.!! When are you setting sale??
      xoxo Mary

  2. I love all of the features this week - so much inspiration! Thank you for graciously hosting this party,

    1. Hi Laura. Thank you--have a super week-end.

  3. Dear Mary, my friend. You have been through so much the past few years and yet come out into the light. When I look at your life, your beautiful family, your amazing business, all of the glory that surrounds you, well I can see you are indeed blessed. I thank you for all of the encouragement, grace, and friendship you've given me during these times.

    The Arts by Karena

    1. Hi Karena, Thank you soooo much. This week has been another challenge, but I'm taking it as exercise. Have a wonderful week-end. xoxo Mary