Rush Ranch – Eastern Oregon
Listening to: Soundtrack to Interstellar
People are interesting. There is hope for this planet, one person at a time. I truly believe that. Here are three of the people interactions with “strangers” that I have had this week, that show me how precious people can be to each other:
1. My husband and I were walking up to the entrance of our favorite restaurant. A group of five women came out of the entrance and started hugging each other, sharing goodbyes and good wishes. It was so lovely that I stood there just watching their joy. After they finished and moved away from the entrance, I said to them “Gee, we feel left out”. And they laughed, and hugged me! Me, a complete stranger, hair in a ponytail and wearing flipflops, they embraced me. I smiled for hours afterward.
2. After our well equipment failed, we asked the neighbor if we could hook up our hose to their extra wellhead to water our horses. They kindly said yes. Their elderly mother was visiting, and every time my husband went over to turn on the hose to water the horses, he would sit town on our side of the fence as the horse trough filled. The elderly mother would go sit on their side of the fence directly opposite him, and they visited together long after the trough was filled. I so WISH that I had taken a photo of them, but I didn’t want to intrude on that precious time.
3. I was invited to an Open House, for a beautiful garden. It was a very big garden with all manner of plants and trees, fireplace, water fountain, brick patio areas, and too many things to really mention. One of the amazing things was an iron dragon sculpture poised along the waterfall. It was rather amazing, with individual iron scales, and wings. One of my neighbors that was there told me that the artist lived right in my same town! How did I not know this? A woman that builds dragons out of iron? And scrap machinery, old farm implements, etc. How did I not know there was a female welder that created amazing things in her workshop?! About 30 minutes later, I was introduced to a beautiful spirit names Tracy Case – the artist. I held onto her hand for much long than I should have, but I wanted to feel her energy and countenance for as long as I could. She didn’t seem to mind. So gracious, and I hope to know her better one day.
This is Tracy’s dragon before it was delivered to its new home by the waterfall.
Since the well equipment failed, it is going to be a very expensive fix. (Minimum $5K – haven’t received the final bill as the work is still ongoing…) If a new well has to be drilled, that will be around $30K. I decided that I just couldn’t afford to attend a reunion that my siblings were having in Tennessee, in August. It is an expensive flight, and of course the expense of being there and doing things together……..it was just an expense that I just couldn’t justify in light of my humble bank balance, and the unknown final total of the well fix. So, I broke the news to my sisters and brother, and the sisters got together and bought my ticket! I was very humbled at their desire to have me there with them, so I am totally over the moon about how wonderful and kind they are. They are very special people. I am blessed beyond measure!
So that was my week. Despite well water issues, I had an opportunity to participate in the Pixel Scrapper August Blog Hop, called “Good Vibes”. The color palette was just too much for me to handle:
but the other designers were able to come up with some great stuff! It was interesting to me that I had issues with trying to design with these bright colors. I don’t know if that it a personality issue, or a level of experience issue. I think that it is more of a preference issue because I would have selected the pastel colors, but not the primary colors.
Please check out the PS Blog Train Forum to download everyone’s designs.
I put some things together in hopes that you will find something that you can use. As always these are free to you including unlimited commercial use, and all I ask is that you pass along a kindness to a stranger.
And I wanted to pass along another site that will provide freebies to you – are you guys following Far Far Hill? She usually provides paper downloads on a daily basis, and they are always lovely. (Warning – there are sometimes graphic ads on the download site….)
Thank you all for your words of encouragement and support as I work to improve my designing skills!
Blessings and Blue Skies,