Saturday, April 18, 2009

Creativity Relieves Stress

This was a beautiful Saturday. Sunshine sure does make a difference in the way you feel and think and cope. I love my life and wouldn't trade with anyone else in the world, but we've had some stressers lately. My grandparents need to be moved from Assisted Living to the Nursing Home; We just found out last week that my mother-in-law has stage 4 cancer of the pancreass, lung and intestines. She was here for my son's wedding in September and seemed just fine and looked beautiful. That's a wake-up call right there to not take your blessings for granted. You never know what life is going to hand you; My daughter-in-law's (Dee's) grandfather, age 72, most likely is suffering renal failure and the family is being told he'll need to go into the nursing home. He had a kidney transplant last year. All of this has come about this past week. And that's not to mention the state of the economy and how that is affecting all of us.

So today, I knew I needed to relieve some of the stress and concern and to wake up to this beautiful sunny day was the perfect start.

I then started work out in one of my gardens. This is the first day I've been able to get out there and start cleaning out the fall and winter mess. The physical work felt so good, and then to see the cleaned up garden and the green sprouts coming up just does something for your mind and soul. Then I sat on my porch swing for a little while and looked out at the lake.

The other hobby I have that totally relaxes me and does wonders for my well being, is "creating". I quilt, knit, cross stitch, and most recently blogging. Well, I just bought a new camera yesterday. We are leaving for San Antonio for my son (Brandon's) graduation from Air Force Basic Training next week (more on that on next post). Anyway, I finally came to the realization that I could no longer get by with a 35mm camera and got a new digital. I'm having so much fun with it. How did I live without it?

So what better way to relieve stress than to combine all my hobbies into a new project. I started a new blog page to showcase my "Charming Creations". I've had so much fun all evening working on this. I hope anyone reading this post will check out my new blog at http://mycharmingcreations.blogspot.com/ It was started and will continue as a constant work in progress for my own mental well being and new creative outlet. At the same time, I hope you enjoy.
P.S.
My "babies", Ellie Mae and Fergie. Aren't they cute? They also make me feel good. Although Fergie, on the right, now 2, is still eating poop. And he doesn't care what animal it came from. Duck, deer, geese, or Ellie Mae. Isn't that disgusting? When and how will he stop that?

5 comments:

Snooty Primadona said...

Your doogies are so cute & look so sweet!

My M-I-L died from the same cancer and it was so hard on us to lose her. So, my good thoughts & prayers are with you.

I tried to add you to my blogroll & blogger wouldn't let me. Wonder what that's all about?

StitchinByTheLake said...

I'm so sorry for the illnesses in your family. That time comes in all families but it's so hard to see people hurting - our hearts hurt with them. When I'm feeling like things are going downhill sewing always lifts my spirits. I love to embroider and to applique and to piece - I can't do the hand quilting much anymore because of arthritis but thank goodness I can still do the rest. I hope to work in my garden this weekend - that's going to be fun! blessings, marlene

Nina Knox said...

Hey Snooty, (Love that name) Thank you for your thoughts and prayers. MIL not doing well.
I'm still learning the technicalities of this blogging thing. What is blogroll? Is this something different than "following". If I find the answer as to why it wouldn't let you add to blogroll, I'll let you know.

Nina Knox said...

Thank you "Stitchin" for your thoughts. My stitchin is also done by the lake, and yes it does lift my spirits and helps me stop dwelling on negative thoughts. I also hope to work in my garden, but I have so much going on this week. I'll update in a new post as soon as I can. Did you check out my other blog?

MzzLily said...

I'm glad God gave you sunshine to help lift your spirits today. It seems at this point in our lives we have a lot of those situations to deal with. Gardening helps me too.

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