April Edition

April Edition

Thursday, April 17, 2014

"When Writing..."

"Write about what everyday
life offers you;
the thoughts that pass
through your mind
and your belief in some
kind of beauty--
describe all these with
heartfelt, silent, humble
sincerity and, when you
express yourself,
use the things around you,
the images from your
dreams, and the
objects and the people
you remember."

--Rainer Maria Rilke

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

"How Well We Bounce..."

"Life is not about how fast
you run or how high
you climb but how
well you bounce!"

~Vivian Komori

Sunday, April 13, 2014

"My Appreciation"

My Appreciation

I never feel alone in the woods,
For there in the quiet, one can hear
Without distraction the voice
Of our Father, whisper to
The listening heart.
Or, when walking through
The forest after a storm,
As sun beams penetrate the
Thick canopy of branches
And thousands of drops
Of water roll and fall
From leaf to leaf.
When my subtle senses
Are once more awakened
By the sweet smells of
Damp earth, pine needles,
And soft, fragrant mosses
And I am reminded
Of the miracle:
That is my life.

Delisa Marchetti

Friday, April 11, 2014

"The Poetry In A Pot Of Tea"

"Each cup of tea represents
an imaginary voyage."
~Catherine Douzel

"There is a great deal of poetry
and fine sentiment in a chest of tea."

~Ralph Waldo Emerson

"Strange how a teapot can
represent at the same time
the comforts of solitude and
the pleasures of company."

~Author Unknown

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Teddy Bear Tea Parties

"I had a little tea party,
this afternoon at three
Twas very small, three guests in all,
I, Myself, and Me
Myself ate up the sandwiches,
while I drank up the tea
Twas also I who ate the pie
and passed the cake to me!"

-- Author Unknown

I was going through one of my treasure boxes today and came across a drawing my niece Olivia made for me when she was about 7 years old.  Today she is a grown woman and an accomplished artist with her own business.  

The picture was a crayon drawing of a Teddy Bear Tea Party, I gave for her and another dear little girl named Sarah.  I set it up at the dining room table with a lace cloth, pretty china and tea cups.  I had a special tea pot, in the shape of a cabbage with a little bunny on the lid. 

Each girl was invited along with their very best stuffed animal friend.  The stuffed animals each had their own place setting, and the largest brown teddy bear, wore my husband's Sherlock Holmes hat. :)

I served apple juice in the tea pot and had little finger size peanut butter sandwiches, cut carrots on a pretty crystal tray and cookies.  As the girls and I talked over our "tea", we entered a beautiful make-believe world where teddy bears, bunnies and stuffed squirrels, conversed with us and shared our sandwiches. 

Afterwards I brought out paper and crayons and we drew pictures of the party.  When the drawings were done the girls gave them to me as a present, and I folded them carefully away in my treasure box, to be rediscovered and enjoyed again, again.  It was a very happy day.

I think Teddy Bear Teas are so important for young ones, both boys and girls.  Sitting at a table, using silverware, learning how to eat on nice dishes, drinking out of china cups and carrying on conversations while doing so...is becoming a lost art.   

A Teddy Bear Tea, doesn't have to be an expensive affair.  Remember you are doing it for the children, not trying to recreate something that you wished you had when you were young.  This is very important because if any party gets too big and too elaborate, it can sometimes take on a nervous energy, which is at odds with what you are really trying to accomplish.  Keep them short and appropriate to the attention span of the young one.  

Children absolutely love one on one attention.  They love to learn and to be praised.  Children also enjoy learning good manners and take it in stride when it is done in a way that is gentle and does not embarrass them in front of others.

It is truly a privilege to be allowed into a child's inner world, and the only way that happens, is when we build a bond of trust.  When we share things together.  

It is good to get down on our knees and play with children on their level, but it is also good for them to be taught how to share some activities with adults where physical play and running about is not the center of attention. 

There is a time to play and be boisterous, to climb trees, run  and explore.  Then there is another time to be respectful, restful, to communicate, listen and learn about how other people think and do things.  

Sharing teddy bear teas, and other such pretend games, with the young ones in our lives is just one of many ways we can  encourage that side of a child to develop and grow. 

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

"...Whispers of Encouragement..."

"If someone listens, 
or stretches out a hand, 
or whispers a kind 
word of encouragement, 
or attempts to understand, 
extraordinary things 
begin to happen."
Loretta Gizartis 

I hope everyone is having a nice week.  It has been raining very steady for the last two days.  I have been in a great deal of pain today, with the fibromyalgia and my other issues.  It is especially effecting my fingers, making it hard to type and impossible to knit.  As much as I wish it to be otherwise, my day is turning into a "blanket on the couch" kind of day.  

Fibro flares vary in intensity.  Some days I can still function fairly well and work through them.  Getting up, moving around, and keeping as active as possible, usually helps my  pain and stiffness.  But, then on days like today the flares leave me feeling like I have been run over by a relentless freight train.  The pain and fatigue are similar to the sensation of having a real bad case of the flu, leaving me aching all over with my joints inflamed.  All I want to do is take a nose dive onto the couch and pull up the covers. Weather and barometric pressure can also effect fibro flares as well.  

Prior to this last flare, I was working on a new pair of socks for the county fair in October.  The craft entries in our fair are becoming less and less each year so the organizers are encouraging everyone to enter many projects so that there will be more to see in the display.  So Spring is a good time to get started.

I have an idea this year to do a sock display with each one knitted in a jewel tone and then I will decorate them with  beads of the same color.  I am working on the "emerald" pair and they are coming out just the way I hoped they would.  This is my first pair using the "toe-up" two at a time,  technique.  The top of the sock is done in a mosaic pattern.  They also have an unusually decorative ribbing around the ankle. Hopefully I will be able to get back to them in a day or two.  I will post some pictures when I get them done.

Everything here in my little part of the world has turned green overnight.  I am so happy to look out my windows and see the bright new leaves and blades of grass.  I hope you are having a lovely Tuesday afternoon.  I am going to close for now and rest for awhile.  I send my love to you all and until next time...

With Love,
Delisa :)

Monday, April 7, 2014

"...Most Deeply and Vitally Alive..."

"Seek out that particular
 mental attribute which 
makes you feel most deeply
 and vitally alive, along with 
which comes the inner voice
 which says, ‘This is the real me,' 
and when you have found 
that attitude, follow it."

William James