Sunday, September 10, 2006


I was tagged by the lovely Miss*R to do this book thingey.

Open the book to page 123, go to the 5th sentence, post the next three sentences, the book title and the author.

Unless it might be Oswald, the old Reeve,
For, as he was a carpenter by trade,
He was a little angry still and made
Grumbling remarks and scolded for a bit.

From the Canterbury Tales by Geoffrey Chaucer.

I am not reading this book, actually. It just happened to be the nearest one because Tim bought it at Goodwill the other day and it's still here on the dining room table. I remember reading it in high school. Maybe I'll give it another reading.

So, there you have it. I have not been feeling well the past few days but seem to be feeling some better today. Today is the first day back to church. The regular schedule has returned.

Mike (my 14 year old) and I watched Phantom of the Opera last night. He has loved that movie for quite some time and I hadn't seen it yet so we rented it last night. It was very good. Even though he listens to head-banging music most of the time, I guess he knows the sweet stuff when he hears it. Of course, I guess the "sweet stuff" could be his mother's bias. hehe

We finally got rid of the unsightly junk car that was mucking up the view out the front window. We freecycled it. The guy said it was the nicest junk car he'd ever picked up. lol How's that for a compliment? Tim hated to let it go but it was time. It was driving me crazy. Now I can look at "trashy house" pics on flickr without fear that my home will be there. lol

I've been sketching a lot but nothing really pretty. Pretty much doing visual journaling...and it gets ugly some times. I didn't realize how angry I was. No wonder my jaw has been clenched so much. It does help to put my thoughts into pictures.

Hmm...I almost deleted that last statement because I was feeling that being angry was a bad thing to admit. Interesting, huh? I'm going to leave it because it's ok to be angry. I do try to balance the anger with some good stuff.

Oh, that reminds me. I am reading True Balance with a group of bloggers. Well, I'm not reading it yet. They're a chapter ahead of me. I'm still waiting for mine because I'm cheap and ordered it used. It's a book about maintaining balance in your life. I guess Presbyterians don't usually study chakras but why not? I want to also participate in the Mixed Media Memoirs project and this week the theme is something along the lines of "I feel unbalanced when..." so I might try doing something for that and posting it later today.

I'm struggling lately. Can you tell?

Thanks for all of your encouraging comments. I just love you ladies. I hope there was something prior to blogs for women who were home alone a lot and in need of friends. This community is a God-send to me.


Anonymous said...

Hope you feel much better soon. I haven't been doing any art since I got back home. But am determined I aqm fixing to get back at it full force. One of the first things I do every day is check everyone's bolgs.

Pam Aries said...

Hey there, Miss Froogy head! Oops I said froogy head! hee hee! I sure hope yo are feeling better. Yes, it is okay to be angry and you are among friends here can say what you feel! You should see some stuff in MY journal...

Lisa Oceandreamer Swifka said...

my dear, sweet's not only OK to admit anger it also helps to release some of it when you do. We all run the gamut of emotions from time to time, some not so easy to harness and release...but I find with all of you extraordinary women I have met's become easier and easier to be free about what I feel.

I was tagged as well, will post mine tomorrow. So what is this swap you mentioned about balance? that intrigues me.
the other Lisa(oceandreamer)

Lisa said...

Ninnie, that's usually my first thing of the day, too.

Froogy head, froogy head. hehehe I am feeling better. Having sweet friends sure helps!

Lisa, I'm going to put up some info about the True Balance thing. It's pretty cool.

Emma said...

Lisa I wish I could pop over and have a cuppa with you today! I have not been much of a friend lately, I've been feeling tired and down. It's not unhealthy to feel angry, and now that you have found a way to express that anger, that's got to be a good thing. I haven't been commenting much, but I have found your collage very interesting!

We'll always be around to listen to you :)


Lisa said...

Thanks Emma. Wouldn't it be nice to just sit down and have a cuppa together?

I guess we've both been feeling the same way, although you have had a house full of sick people. I have felt for ya.

Thanks for listening and for commenting. I know how it is..sometimes I read and don't comment...almost in cycles. Don't ever feel badly for not commenting here, although I'm always really happy to hear from you.

Hulda said...

Hi, Lisa, I hope you are feeling better now, it is sad to hear that you have been unwell for the past days. I have missed you, you know I like to have some contact with you. :) and I agree with you, bloging is a nice way getting friends, actually all over the world.

Lisa said...

Hi Hulda, Thanks. I do feel better. I spent as much time as possible sleeping on Thursday and I think that really helped. Nick felt bad yesterday in the same way so I think it was some kind of bug. I'm good now. :) I'm very grateful for my blog friends.

Anonymous said...

Hope you continue to feel better. I think it's hard for a lot of women to admit when they're angry (myself included) - but sometimes you just have to admit it's there and vent it!
Good for you, trying new stuff - I've flip-flopped a dozen times on the True Balance group, but I've just had to admit to myself, that to be balanced I can't jump into everything, everywhere! But it does look interesting. Mixed Media Memoirs is very cool. (Someday I'll get back on that, too.)
Enjoy creating!

Lisa said...

Thanks Tinker!

Isabella in the 21st Century said...

I can't see anything wrong with a Presby reading about Chakras! Once their aligned you can belt out "How Great Thou Art" with the best of 'em! I'm sorry to hear you've been poorly, don't feel bad about getting angry - it's a very natural and often quite a cathartic emotion. Keep well!

Cindi said...

Lisa, I am sorry to hear you are struggling. I have been struggling with my health. I am just staying soar and exhausted. By the time we finish school and I try to sew for an hour that's it I collapse. Saturday I did go to Old Salem Days craft show. I came home and couldn't move until today. That was a lot! Know I am praying for you!

Lisa said...

hehe Plainandsimple! I'll keep that in mind.

Cindi, thanks so much. I do appreciate your prayers. I'll be ok..just have to readjust my attitude a bit. I'm so sorry you're so tired and still hurting. Please let me know (and I truly mean this..I'm not being polite lol) if I can come over and help with anything...other than sewing LOL. I'd be really happy to help you out.