Filigreed Leaves

Out last weekend on the soccer fields, walking through the fields, I noticed these on the ground.

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Were these leaves left over from last winter?  Or were they a precursor to the coming winter?

I looked around, and there were more  …

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I was immediately obsessed with the patterns and designs on the leaves … delicately carved, it seemed.  I already had the telephoto lens on ready for the games, and I didn’t want to change lens out there.  I tried to take close-up photos, but it couldn’t get as close as I wanted to.

Just like fingerprints, no two leaf patterns were the same.  I wanted to take a picture of each leaf to study its patterns.  Of course, that would not be possible … but for a moment, I thought about it …

Like a sharp pointed tool, with the leaf retaining its outline and the veins showing, delicate and lacy patterns were cut out …

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Isn’t Mother Nature a great artist?

“By force of will … by nature of entitlement.”

“By force of will … by nature of entitlement.”  from ‘The Way of Kings’ by Brian Sanderson

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I’ve gone back to listening to audio books during my commute again.  Since I now commute on my own, I can sit there with earplugs in my ears, blocking out all the chatter and noises in the bus, the unwanted conversations that people think everybody should hear …

This is the current book I’m listening to.  I wanted a lengthy novel, an epic one, maybe another series, one that would take me ages to read.  Science fantasy was one genre that I knew fit that.  Browsing through Audible a couple of months ago, I had seen one by Brandon Sanderson, that looked to be a good one – Steelheart.  A quarter of the way in, I was wondering if this was Brandon Sanderson’s style … it sounded like he writes for teens, not for heavy, epic, 10-book series … not at the same level of Robert Jordan’s ‘Wheel of time’ series, for which he had been picked to finish the series.  That had worried me a little.  I still hadn’t read the last book of the WOT series – yes, I know, it’s been a couple of years since the last book came out, but I wanted to take my time reading that, knowing that it was the last book, and I don’t really want it to end … yet … Anyway … never mind the reviews, which were all saying that he did a good job with WOT, but did Brandon Sanderson really do Robert Jordan justice by finishing off the WOT series the way Robert Jordan wanted, and in the way that I expect?  I’ll have to find out soon …

Not satisfied with ‘Steelheart’ – yes, it was a young adult novel, which I had completely overlooked to see what type of genre it was in – I went browsing again, and another Brandon Sanderson book popped up – ‘Words of Radiance’.  It was the second book in a series.  hmmmm …. reading the reviews, it sounded like it could be one of those epic series that I wanted to immerse myself in.  But Brandon Sanderson again, after the less than satisfactory experience the first time?  I decided to take the plunge, and used up one of the precious Audible credits to purchase the book.  If I didn’t like the first book – ‘The Way of Kings‘ – then I didn’t have to buy the second book, which had just been released.

45 hours later, to and from commuting, lunch breaks, and a couple of late nights, I finished … and yes, I did want to know what would happen next.  So I purchased Book Two, which had just been released, and for which I did not have to wait four years … hmmm … but then that means that I’d have to wait years for Book Three?  I got into The Wheel of Time series three books in, so I was reading that for story for a good three-four months, before having to wait for years …

As you see, I’m already on Chapter 13, two days later.  It’s got 106 chapters … 106 !!  If this was a printed book, that would be over a thousand pages, right?  (That’s another on my to-do list … read a book that is at least 1,000 pages long … do audio books count?)  It’s kind of slow-going again, these early chapters, but I’m sure it’ll speed up soon.

The quote above is from the first book, ‘The Way of Kings’.  It struck me that this is probably why we have the alphas among us … for them, everything is an entitlement, being the first-born, the leader, the chosen one … If they do not get what they want by entitlement, then they use force of will, using the entitlement, to get what they want.

Hmmm … certainly makes things a lot clearer around here …

 

Be Still … Wait …

This was my message in my mailbox, from the app, “God Wants You To Know”.

” When you are unsure how to proceed, stop.

Be still and enter into the silence. Allow your mind to cease its restless thinking. Wait. Let the answer come in its time. “

In my current state of mind, it’s a very apt and timely message.  Did the app people know that?  Or is it just the general state of mind of the world these days, with all the conflicts, rushing from one appointment to another, from one business transaction to another … Yes, I think we all need to slow down a little … stop the restless thinking … empty the mind … and wait for the answers.

Ok … slow down … look up at the skies … watch the clouds drift by …

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p.s.  I need a few answers … :)

Leftovers

Leftovers … a writing challenge from WordPress.

Well, guess what … this blog is my leftover … I haven’t touched it in ages !!  LoL

My brain decided to take a hiatus on its own … There were so many things going on, I had a million and one posts planned out in my head … and yet it never made it to the screen for posting.  Then I decided to post a monthly summary of what I would have posted individually … that obviously never made it either.  And so there it sat at the back of my mind … the blogs (yes, I have more than one) needed to be updated, or I had something that I wanted to write about … I wanted to sit and start posting, then the timing wasn’t right, and there were errands and chores to do, and there were appointments to be kept … And that’s probably why my brain went on hiatus …

So here I am back again – trying to get some regularity back in my life, by writing  … You know how life takes over.  I feel like I’m set adrift these days, nothing that’s anchoring me, and just going through life’s busy routines by rote.  We’ve also had two deaths recently – two aunts, sisters who passed away within weeks of each other, from illness and complications.  Maybe that’s what’s unsettled me too.

I should just write …. without having to over-think it, or wait for the right time, or just whenever in between life … Writing as catharsis, to just let the words out and let it flow.   You know how I know that it’s getting bad?  I haven’t even been able to settle down to pick up hook and yarn and create something out of it.  Can you imagine I went some days without crocheting or knitting?  I tried several times, only to unravel everything and rewind the yarn back into a ball.  I haven’t even felt the urge or the itch to buy yarn, just because I like the colours, or because it’s new yarn that I have to try out.  Maybe it’s because I’m on a self-imposed yarn diet and with the budgetary restrictions in the back of my head, it’s also curbed my impulses to purchase yarn … or maybe it’s because I’m going into withdrawal and there’s nothing extra for a treat.  There you go … So maybe money is at the root of all evil … It’s not letting me buy yarn!  … and that’s what making my brain whirl around and around … Am I starting to blather about nothing now?

Well, it’s a start … I’m writing again … my brain is starting to work again … Things will get better …

 

 

Golden Evening

And I’m back … all soccered out and recovering from a cold …

We were in Dallas for the Dallas Cup 2014, a prestigious international youth soccer tournament, to which the team was accepted/invited to participate.  After the headaches and stress from planning this trip for the last three months and then the non-stop schedule while we were there, my body decided that it needed to rest.  Well, getting the cold (from winter weather in Dallas!) also factored in about the decision to just sit and rest … More on the Dallas Cup 2014 adventures later.

In the meantime, here’s a golden sunset from yesterday’s late evening soccer game.

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Have a good start of the week, all.

 

 

 

 

Going Round and Round …

I’m sure if you were to have a look at my brain waves at the moment, it would look like this …

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That’s partially the reason why I haven’t been posting recently.  The other reason is that I’m still cold – yes, it’s April and it’s spring, but there’s still cold wind blowing, and my brain seems not to have thawed out yet …

It’s the last week before the travel to Dallas for the Dallas Cup – a prestigious international youth tournament.  Somehow, we were ‘volunteered’ to make the arrangements for the trip, and even though we knew that this was coming up, as it often happens, it has suddenly sneaked up on us and we only have five days to get everything together!  Well, as Hubby says, why am I stressing myself out over this.  We’re done with our part – it’s the others who haven’t gotten their act together yet, so let them worry about their part.  All well and good, but they keep calling me, not him !!  It doesn’t count that he’s out of town, so they’re not calling him.  They can still contact him by email, right?  lol

I’ve got my to-do list to work on, and which I haven’t started on.  I’ll get on that tonight … after I decide what crochet projects and yarn I’m going to take with me!  ha!

That should settle me down, right?