Posts Tagged ‘laughter’

Anxiety Lesson Two

October 5, 2016

Apparently I didn’t get a good enough grasp on being calm. This was another week of fret fests, although I am delighted to say one issue after another was solved with a minimum of fuss. My family calls me Anxiety Woman, able to leap to the worst possible conclusion in a single bound. In an attempt to train myself to react better next time, I pulled out all my old mantras for courage. Then a new one came my way, in the form of a tee shirt.

Lani Longshore tee shirt

I’m only marginally Celtic, but I’ll take anything that keeps me from running in circles. Even knowing that anger and anxiety are often linked (anger being a fear response in many cases), the shirt makes me laugh, and laughing makes me less anxious, and that’s always a good thing.

Another good thing was finishing one of my Colors of the Vineyard challenges (and I do mean finishing, not abandoning).

Lani Longshore tree

I sewed on the last bead, took a deep breath and said, “Self, this is good.” The sleeve is attached and the label will go on soon.

Lani Longshore tree detail

Even better, it is now a perfectly reasonable time to bring out the Halloween decorations. This year I’m adding a new item.

Lani Longshore pumpkin with crows

The pumpkin is molded from heavy plastic. The beads are ready-made appliques. I couldn’t decide between two of the offerings at the store, crows or bats, so I got both. After all, the pumpkin will be seen from several angles. Why have a blank side when I can have bling everywhere?

Lani Longshore pumpkin with bats

Luck and wisdom!

One of Those Years

January 8, 2014

If you can predict the future by the first week of the year, 2014 will be the year of “oops”. This was the week I forgot to put the yeast in the yeasted pastry. My daughter discovered the blooming yeastie-beasties in time for me to make another batch, and the unyeasted pastry tastes just fine toasted.

 

The next “oops” came when I tried to read the letters on a decorative textile. I was certain the word was in Russian, but there was figure that looked too weird. Then I rotated the piece.

 

Clearly a chicken, clearly not Russian

Clearly a chicken, clearly not Russian

 

If I’m lucky, I’ll be able to laugh at myself all year long.

 

The week also brought some lovely surprises. The first surprise came when I stopped at my local quilt store to buy some thread. I took a brief glance around the shop and discovered this amazing fabric.

 

Lani Longshore Viking fabric

 

How often do you find Viking fabric? I bought two yards.

 

The next surprise came when I helped a friend with an estate sale. She let me pick whatever I wanted as a thank-you, and I found the cutest little lunch sets and a 50’s-era cup and saucer.

 

Lani Longshore lunch set

 

I’ll be eating in style at the next brown bag event.

 

Last, my friend Ann Anastasio gave me my very own miniature flamingo set.

 

Lani Longshore flamingo

 

Yes, I’ll definitely be giggling all year long.