Saturday, August 25, 2012

An Abbreviated Life

You may feel the same way. It's hard sometimes to find the time to pause and really sit with life. Some days life feels like liquid in a cupped hand, spilling out in all directions. It's hard to keep up so we try for shortcuts, like the computer and emails instead of writing notes or even waiting for the phone to ring someone up. My Father- in- law is and has always been a funny guy. He just recently received a lifetime achievement award and sent us an article along with a note. This is how things were done in the good ol days, unlike the way I'm showing you here but the way he signed the letter made me laugh, it was signed "Love etc. Paul" HA!

I did want to pause for a moment and thank all of you for being so wonderful to me. I can't emphasize how much I appreciate your support. Thank you first for finding me floating in the etsea , for continuing to be interested in in my work, for sticking with me and appreciating me for being who I am. Don't think for a moment I don't appreciate all of you too.

I hope you all have a wonderful weekend that doesn't only include restocking the groceries and vacuuming the carpets, pulling weeds or mowing, though the last two would be the better choices in my book. I hope you can find a moment to just sit and "be".

with gratitude and love etc. Ro

21 comments:

  1. OH RO!!!!! thank you SOOOOOoooo much for sharing your dad-in-law's article. How wonderful to see and read about him. Just brings it home, how amazing the Darrow family is.
    lots of love and appreciation!
    xoxo debdove

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    1. Thank you Dovely, I enjoyed reading about your talented mother as well, I'm sure the two crossed paths at some point don't you think?

      xoxo

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  2. Thank YOU for creating a thoughtful, entertaining & ETC place for me to pause!!!
    Enjoyed the article about your FIL. So great that he continues to make fantastic art!!!
    I've been on vacation (pausing) in n. calif this week, enjoying cool air & especially hanging out with dear old friends!!!! xoxo etc :)

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    1. he hee etc. etc.....we're gonna have to use that one more often.....so much sincerity....NOT!

      YIPPIE good for you, glad you got out of the cooker, w o n d e r f u l !!

      Thank you for being interested etc.

      xoxoxox n stuff :)

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  3. Very interesting article, your father-in-law sounds like a fascinating man! Beautiful artwork. You Darrow's are an impressive bunch :)
    And to just sit and "be" sounds great!

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    1. He's really something so talented.

      I did sort of *sit yesterday, hung out with friends, I hope you had a good weekend too DJ.

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  4. Ro, today I did happen to mow the lawn...thank you for the heart-felt blogspot.

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    1. I say to mowing, it's kind of rhythmic and you get to be outside, just like hair or vacuuming though it's never finished, you get the winter off, in Germany, that's good.

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  5. I read the whole article about Paul... What an amazing man who is so deserving of such an award. His artwork looks fabulous and I love how he has been a "recycler" in his artwork for so many years. He also looks pretty darn good for a man of his advancing years! I am sure he has been an inspiration to so many. Thank you for sharing this.I am off to the flea market to enjoy some browsing,
    Jenni

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    1. Hi Jenni,

      Thank you for reading and being interested, I'll pass along the compliment about his appearance that will make his day! He really is quite inspiring on so many levels.

      I went antiquing yesterday just like you, FUN!

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  6. Awwwwww, Ro, this is beautiful--thank you so much sharing. Paul's art IS amazing, and the way he is so open to a variety of ways to express himself and make art simply inspires!!!

    This has been a full weekend already, one of those you first described, with the liquid of time spilling forth in so many ways--one of those weekends where Every Moment Matters. Thank YOU for sharing as you do...and the points of light you create....





    And in honor of Neil Armstrong, I'm off to wink at that sweet ol' moon....

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    1. I love his artwork, we're so lucky to live with several large abstracts. Art has truly been his life, everything revolves around art.

      I know how much you have on your plate, time feels like quicksilver, cant keep hold of it.

      Oh I know about Neil, he was just on DWTS, I like that, "wink at the moon" presently it looks like it's winking back at you!

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  7. Things I love:

    * "finding me floating in the etsea..." (I'm so glad I found you, too)

    * "Love, etc." (Utterly perfect)

    What inspires me:

    * people who live a FULL life, however that may be for each person (I would have loved to have heard your father-in-law's reaction upon hearing he had won the award!)

    * you

    What I did this weekend:

    * watched the sun rise, a cup of decaf (!) in hand

    * mindfully wrapped a small gift and crafted a card for a dear friend who was recently published

    * told my mum if she tells me one more story about red bellied black snakes, water dragons, or--now--jumping ants that are venomous and bite, I will NOT be visiting her in OZ *shudder*

    I didn't get to "wink at that sweet ol' moon"...but I'm up early enough to say good morning to the rising sun!

    Have a beautiful Sunday, Ro.

    xxx

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  8. Aw well I feel the same about you Ash, my FIL once made tee shirts that said "Living Treasure" on them, if I had one I'd send you one :)

    I have to tell you, the arts council couldn't figure out how to contact Paul, someone found my blog and sent ME an email, isn't that something!

    You are quite a generous gift giver, I can vouch for that, those cards are just awesome!

    The moon goes to bed early these days.

    EEEkkkkk at least at home you know what your dealing with. When I went to the Sonoran desert I found out there were havalinas and I saw their tracks, was dying to see them, I didn't know I was supposed to be afraid of them, obviously I never did see one. Jumping biting ants, NO WAY! I'm not good with snakes I can't identify either, I like to know just what I'm up against.

    I had a very good weekend, I hope you did too!!!

    xoxo

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    1. Aw...'Living Treasure'...=)

      I had to look up those little 'skunk pigs.' Apparently you would have been able to smell them coming! This bit gave me the willies, though:

      "They defend themselves with their long tusks, which sharpen themselves whenever the mouth opens or closes."

      I'm just a big weenie when it comes to anything that slithers, scuttles, bites or stings...and now, jumps! Although "good news" according to Mum's neighbors: the red bellied black snakes keep out the more poisonous snakes! (I'm gonna see whether she'll just meet me in NZ. At least there the only things I have to worry about are ornery sheep and over-amorous bulls!!!)

      Lovely relaxing weekend. Needed the mental break!

      xxx

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  9. Hi Ho, Ro!

    Thank you for the sweet love note you sent us all. Right back atcha, as they say! You've drawn a bunch of interesting, friendly fans into your world wide web :-). It's really a tribute to YOU that you have such a following for your beautiful work. ♥

    That article on Paul! How fascinating and how inspiring to read of a man with such continuing motivation -- to be so prolific! I soaked in every bit of the article, and appreciated how well written I thought it was....

    Congratulations to him (and big cyber hug from this instant admirer) for winning such a prestigious award! I love the pieces that were shared in the article, and can only begin to imagine the amazing work he has produced - and continues to create.

    Thank you for sharing about a person (and relative!) so special to you ♥ :) ALL of you are so talented!!

    XO

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  10. Hi Ho, Ro!

    Thank you for the sweet love note you sent us all. Right back atcha, as they say! You've drawn a bunch of interesting, friendly fans into your world wide web :-). It's really a tribute to YOU that you have such a following for your beautiful work. ♥

    That article on Paul! How fascinating and how inspiring to read of a man with such continuing motivation -- to be so prolific! I soaked in every bit of the article, and appreciated how well written I thought it was....

    Congratulations to him (and big cyber hug from this instant admirer) for winning such a prestigious award! I love the pieces that were shared in the article, and can only begin to imagine the amazing work he has produced - and continues to create.

    Thank you for sharing about a person (and relative!) so special to you ♥ :) ALL of you are so talented!!

    XO

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  11. Hi Ho, Ro!

    Thank you for the sweet love note you sent us all. Right back atcha, as they say! You've drawn a bunch of interesting, friendly fans into your world wide web :-). It's really a tribute to YOU that you have such a following for your beautiful work. ♥

    That article on Paul! How fascinating and how inspiring to read of a man with such continuing motivation -- to be so prolific! I soaked in every bit of the article, and appreciated how well written I thought it was....

    Congratulations to him (and big cyber hug from this instant admirer) for winning such a prestigious award! I love the pieces that were shared in the article, and can only begin to imagine the amazing work he has produced - and continues to create.

    Thank you for sharing about a person (and relative!) so special to you ♥ :) ALL of you are so talented!!

    XO

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  12. Sorry, again on my old computer.....multiple messages. There is a NEW one in the making! Yay!

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