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Renewal!

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 9, 2012 by dianaswonderworks

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Happy Friday to you! I was busy yesterday, thought I would fill you in. I got up early and headed out to the local welfare office. A friend of mine works there and I had promised later that day to help her set up for the Dinner Bell. Every Thursday night, during non tourist times of the year, several people get together and prepare a meal at the church. Sue (my friend) does the cooking for this event. The food is paid for by donations and the church there. The meal is served to those who can attend, they can donate if possible or just eat. This is a wonderful service for the older generation, financially challenged or anyone just wanting to get out and have dinner with other people. Last nights dinner was pork roast, peas, mashed potatoes (from scratch), gravy, rolls ans for dessert ice cream pies. There is also a spot set of to serve yourself beverages, and those consisted of regular coffee, decaf, fruit punch and ice water.

So, after she got out of work at noon at the welfare office, we walked over to the church to get everything set up for dinner. One of the other ladies met us there with her fiancee, with the food. They picked it up at the grocery store on their way over. Her name is Judy and his is Earl. Earl did not stay long, busy with the police, some one had stolen his truck recently and it has not been found. The thief was caught, but the vehicle is missing. Anyway, we dove in peeling potatoes and preparing the pork roasts for dinner. Six bags of potatoes and four huge pork roasts later, we began setting up the dining room. Once everything was set up and cooking, more volunteers began arriving to finish setting up the food, and serving the guests. The long and short of it, was we had a busy day, and I for one really enjoyed, feeling like I was part of something again. That really has been the hardest part about not working (obviously other than the lack of funds) not feeling like I am needed for anything. That is why I decided to do this, just to see if it helped. It helped a lot!

Once everyone was fed, we ate, and then the cleanup began. Lots of dishes, they used real plates and silverware. So we had all the pots, pans, baking dishes, serving dishes, plus the usual plates and silverware. It was really fun, we ll cut up with each other and laughed a lot. It was one of the best days I have had in a while. getting out of the house was great, but being able to do something that helped some one too, was wonderful! It was a chance to reconnected with a few faces, I haven’t seen since I was working and meet new faces as well. Nice night.

Today, it is back to looking for work, and a few errands to run. I feel so much more optimistic and worthwhile too. Maybe with any luck I will paint today too. Wishing you and yours the best of times today and all weekend. Sending you my love as always, diana

 

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In The Beginning……

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on March 6, 2012 by dianaswonderworks

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In the beginning I was taught to not trust, to not expect anything from anyone, except maybe harm. In the beginning they told me life was hard and fraught with peril and sadness, struggle and pain. In the beginning they wanted me to work hard, no matter if it was hard work or even if it killed me a little everyday. But even in the beginning, I thought they were wrong! All the good that surrounded me, and all the love and caring people shared with each other, was so very obvious to me.  How could it be that no one around me was seeing this? It was sadly, the way my family thought and taught us to be. My voice was always quiet, never had a lot to say, but when backed into a corner I always stood up for what I believed in. One day, I said it all out loud, and from that day forward, I was the stupid one, The daughter who was the black sheep, the prodigal child, who deserved nothing more than pity at best and ridicule at worst. So here I am, still wondering when we are all going to wake up and smell the roses.

Once upon a time, in a simpler world we all took time to appreciate the things that were around us. Smelling the flowers or the fresh breeze. Looking into the sky to see what shapes the clouds would make or what stars were in the sky. Feeling the air on our skin, and the rain drops and snowflakes on our tongues. Once upon a time, when we were not so busy being distracted by all the noise, and trinkets in our hands and pockets, we remembered to say hello to the person walking past us on the street. Not some monotones gesture, but a true greeting, full of warmth and friendliness. Once upon a time, our neighbors were like our family, and they were all loved and respected for whatever they offered to us and society in general. All people had worth, all people were deserving of love and companionship, all were regarded as special in some way or other.

This is not about a “Oh woe is me” kind of blog. This is about remembering some of the things we used to value. This is about taking a moment everyday to reflect on the value of all life and its connection to us. Remembering the simpler  times, and cherishing those moments, in the hopes that these qualities can return to us. Looking for the beauty around us, will only increase the chances of seeing more beauty. The more we appreciate it, the more beautiful it becomes, the more we see to appreciate! So, for my part, today I am focusing on the things that make me feel love. The things that fill my heart with joy and happiness, the things that make peace a living breathing part of my life. Today, I am working harder than any other day to bring that part of me into fullness. My goal, is simply to rejuvenate myself to the sweetness and bliss of the child they tried to change. To bring back to life that zest for living, and the joy of seeing, the happiness of dreaming and the bliss of some ones simple gesture of love and kindness! Today, is the newest beginning in a process of reclaiming the ecstasy of that happy child, full of  naivety, not in the way people think, and maybe even then some. Sometimes ignorance of the ugly things in the end spares us. Spending too much time focusing on the horrible things will always jade us, and in worst cases ruin us. How can we love anything or anyone, when we fear everything that is around us?

Hoping your having a great day! Sending my love to you as always, diana

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Learning To Trust Again!

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , on March 4, 2012 by dianaswonderworks

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Well, just my thoughts in general these days. It is funny how life can spin you around from one thing to the next. Right now my life in many ways resembles my life twenty or more years ago. I have been very studious about it.It only occurred to me a few weeks ago, how much my life right now mirrors my life back then. Constantly looking to see what the lesson  or lessons I need to remember so I do not find myself in that place again! So many of the circumstances are like a dream from yesterday, faces and names have changed, but the similarities to that point are unmistakable One thing I know for sure, is that I cannot and will not repeat it, just fix what I missed.

I do know that I have changes so much. I am not as timid, still quiet and laid back, but not afraid to be myself! Even if being me costs a friendship or any kind of relationship. Maybe it isn’t about learning anything other than the fact that I am different, even better than I was before. My confidence is greater, my love is stronger, and my outlook on life in general is so much better than it was. I am happy and comfortable being alone, but not denying that I will one day soon will be in love again. This time it will be better than ever! Knowing more about myself and what I like and don’t like helps. But even more so, the fact that desperation is not part of my vocabulary anymore. Knowing I am okay by myself, makes it easier to see things more clearly and rake my time, before those rose colored glasses get in the way.

The bottom line is that learning to love is easy, learning to trust is the hard part. Truthfully, how can u really love in a pure way, when u cannot trust in a pure way. No strings attached, no drama, no guilt or rules, that is the hard part. Learning to trust is easier when you realize, that if some one fails you, it is okay. It is not a reflection of you, it is only a reflection of the person who betrays that trust. And guess what? That is the one who should be doing the soul searching! We must learn to trust, we must learn to love, it is in all of our best interests to do so. We not only grow as individuals by doing this, we grow as a race, when we learn to give the best of ourselves to our self of course, and then to others (whether they deserve it or not), and to the planet or world we live in. Just remember, even we do not deserve the kindness others show us, it is not about deciding who deserves it. If it was based on this, none of us would ever see an act of kindness, it is about the one smart enough to know, the act of kindness is what we deserve to give ourselves. When we learn to be kind to ourselves first ( knowing we don’t always deserve it), it becomes easier to be kind to everyone and everything else, no matter what.

Hoping you are having a wonderful weekend! Wishing you a great week as well. As always sending out my love to you and yours, until we meet here again, diana

 

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Holding On!

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on February 29, 2012 by dianaswonderworks

 

What are you holding on to? Something occurred to me the other day. I have heard it before, but never really took it to heart. It is that, you can’t move forward without leaving the past (or present, whatever the case may be). I never realized how true this is and how it can impact your life. One thing I learned is that by letting go of the old, you clear room for the new. Your life is like a big closet, and it can hold a lot! But we fill those closets fast, believe it or not. Once that space is full, there is no more room, unless you clean it all out.

What I mean to say is that, if you want new clothes, when the opportunity to get rid of some old things, do not hesitate. Give it away, throw it away, lend it out. When you let go of all the old stuff, it will make room for new stuff. You will be surprised and amazed, how quickly new things will come into your life, when you are willing to let go of the old. The more new things you receive, the more happiness you have in receiving it, the more likely more new tings will come your way, and even more likely you will be to let go of things that you do not need anymore.It works for stuff, relationships, jobs, work, money or whatever you need to bring into your life! I am not recommending you give away your last shirt or pants, or even your last dollar. I am not saying you should be haphazard about how you live your life. I am saying, quit being afraid of letting go!

A new chapter in your life could be on the brink. You stand at a precipice and look over your life ahead of you, and sometimes the things we cling to are like an anchor. It keeps us rooted in the same place we have been for days, months or even years. If you want to bring about change in your life, you have to be willing to let go of those chains. it takes the  weight off your heart and the pull off of the tow, moving you forward into a brave new world. Have faith, all is not as it appears sometimes. It may seem like you are losing more and more, you feel like the world has turned against you. However, once you let go, you will be surprised to see all those things come back to you, bigger and better than ever!

For example.,. water will stagnate when no current is there. No movement, causes it to sour and become dead and lifeless. All life in that pool of water will eventually die as well. But, if you clear out the waterways to and from this body of water, before you can imagine it, life will return! New plants will grow, species will return and the water will become clear and healthy again. We are no different, we need growth and constant new creations to keep us happy and interested in this life. But, we must do the work, and be willing to let the old things fall away, return to a place in childhood. Return to a place where all is new and wondrous, where standing still is not some sense of false security. Go to a place where all things are of value, and be willing to share those things and move on to greater things!

Anyway, off my soap box I go. I haven’t got the winning ticket, just yet. But, it is close I am sure. I am ready to embrace a new chapter in my life! This time I am going to do it different. I want to see what it is like to be worry free when it comes to money, and further see what I will do with this opportunity when it is my turn! Wishing you lots of love and health, as always sending it to you and yours, have a great day, diana

 

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Happy New Tomorrows!

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Giving Hope For A New Year!

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , on January 1, 2012 by dianaswonderworks

 

Well, for all of you, hoping you had a wonderful New Years Eve! Hoping this new yer brings all the beauty, success and love you seek. For those of you who don’t know, I am an artist, trying to make my way in life, with my art. I recently lost my job, an opportunity to make my life the life I want now waits for me. I also, an\m new to the area, where I am beginning this new phase in my life. A couple of months ago, I had the pleasure of meeting a very nice woman, with five children. She is a single Mom, and the father is on the west coast. He is not helping with these children, obviously in a day to day way. I honestly don’t know his role at this time. I have been too busy trying to help her get focused and stay true to her dreams. I would rather her not dwell on things that will only bring her sadness or resentment.

Anyway, through our talks she was finally making the movement forward to get her life on track. She was working, lost her job, not much of a loss, since she was not getting a head anyway. She had made the decision to move. As of January first, she was going to stay with her mother in Maine, so she could save some money and get back on her feet. So far, so good. Yesterday (December 31, 2011), was her last day to move, and she left for Maine to make the last of her runs. It was cold, and the roads were covered in black ice. I am uncertain of the details just yet. She lost control of the vehicle and it through her from the vehicle, causing (so far as I know) two broken vertebrae. I will be sure to update you on any information as I get it. To say the least, she will not be working anytime soon. Five children is a lot of groceries and bills.

I made a decision last night to do all I could to help her and her family. She is lucky to be alive, and I do not want pity for her. I just want to help her get back on her feet, those children need her. My hope is to send you an opportunity to help. I am starting a new site today on Facebook. It is called Art For A Dollar$ (http://www.facebook.com/pages/Art-For-A-Dollar), it will be a page, to go and join a dollar raffle to win a piece of art (prints), by the artists who make them. As a side note, we were going to sell prints as well, for those who just wanted to purchase. From these purchases, my associate and I have agreed to give 50% of all direst sales profits, to Kim and her family. We want to help her and her family get through this tough time, and heal, so their futures can be brighter than ever. Starting the new year with joy would make a huge difference for them. We have a chance to take a tragic moment, and turn it into something glorious. I want to be part of that. I am hoping you do to.

Please look us up on Facebook, or send me a message here. Be happy to take donations, or make arrangements to sell you some artwork, to make this a reality for the whole family. Please come check us out, watch for any new updates. I will be sure to mention Kim in the title, so it is easy to spot. Haven’t checked my lottery today, so not sure of that outcome. It would be such a blessing to make my dreams come true as well. Keeping you posted, sending love to you and all you love for a new year, love diana

 

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Love Lives On!

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on August 8, 2011 by dianaswonderworks

 

Well, hello to you all today! Was just thinking today about cliches and sayings we are all familiar with. It is funny how we constantly say things we don’t live up to or even really understand the real depth of those quotes. “You never lose the ones you love.”, for example, “The ones we love are always with us”, “They live on in our hearts.”,  or “They are always in our thoughts.”. So as I was thinking of loves gone by and all those people I have lost through death and circumstance today, it occurred to me that they really are always with us. All we have to do is allow ourselves to believe it and look for them in our hearts and thoughts. It all started well a long time ago. One person in particular haunts me, not in some dark and sad way. He always seems to show up in those moments of confusion or despair that follow us all. He always brings love and a smile to me, but mostly he brings words, to calm the soul. hope for my future and things like that. I have allowed myself to being open to his help, and in the process have learned something else. He is not the only one who still loves me and thinks of me. Lately, and in particular another has been haunting me in my dreams, but again not to hurt me or confuse me. They all seem to be coming just to hold my hand and bring reassurance about our roles in each other lives. They also come to remind me that no matter how life has separated us, they are always with me and continue to love me. It is a very comforting thought. I am realizing that no matter how alone I may feel sometimes, they are always only a blink away. All I have to do is think of them and be willing to hear what they will bring, then the answers come.

It is strange how life can bring us full circle to things we understood as children, but have been twisted and taught out of us. Then as grown ups we find ourselves needing this love and help more than ever and have lost the keys to that help. Some may think it is futile and silly, or maybe even obsessive, but from where I see it, that is not the case. We were all meant to touch each others lives for a reason, and I am happy to continue to learn from what they bring to me. I do not love my life dwelling on the past, but I do find myself thinking about my life now. In those moments when I am searching for the next step in the journey, sometimes they come with words of advice and guidance. I am realizing how helpful and thankful I am for it. For those of you who understand this, you know what a blessing it is. For those of you who do not or have never tried, I suggest you give in to it. Not in a way to look back and dwell on what was, that will not help you go forward. Just remember a smile or a loving gesture and know that it is always there with you and that even though life may change things around you the love that was shared was real, for that moment and like a deck of cards, you can always use it to serve you at any given moment.

We have all been given the same tools to reach out and help each other, but more so, the tools to help ourselves. Never doubt your ability to bring all the good things in this world right to your doorstep. All you have to do is be brave enough to open the door and except what lies there waiting for you. We make things fearful by our own lack of understanding of something. Just look and see for yourself what wondrous things await inside yourself, great things and small things all lying there for you to pick up and bring love to yourself. Hoping you are having a wonderful day. Sending love to you all, as always, diana

 

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