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A casual blog highlighting my life with kids, grandkids and kitties...Also an avenue to show some items from my etsy shops.

**Please note..The other half of my life is dovoted to helping feral and free roaming cats in Walnut and the surrounding areas. You can learn more and follow our activites there at Walnut Iowa's Feral Cat Program! **

Friday, August 6, 2010

Foxes Find a New Home...

Totally in Love with this !!!
Once in a while you enter the thrift shop and you hear yourself let out an audible that makes others take a look over at you and wonder if you are OK. This happened to my friend Cheryl this week. She entered one of our thrift shops and saw this beautiful piece of artwork. Knowing how I love foxes, she grabbed it up and purchased it and then presented to me as a gift! It's signed and dated and appears to be colored pencil sketching. I am so happy with it and I love it dearly. I didn't wait even a day to yank down a different picture from my living room wall and put this one up in its place. I don't know what it is about it, other than there is so much "life: in the faces of these animals. Is it a mama fox with her baby? Maybe sisters? Brothers? I'm going to build my own fairy tale around this one and say its a daddy "fox" loving and protecting his little girl "kidlet". My fairy tale. Thank you soooo much Cheryl! I'm sorry, but you wont be seeing this one for sale in my shops.

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Legacies are More or Less What Someone is Rememberd For

I've been think a lot lately about Legacies. About what it is. Today I looked it up and this is what I found:

"In historical terms, a legacy is something that is handed down from one period of time to another period of time. A historical legacy can be a positive thing or a negative thing. For example, the invention of the wheel (for carts, as a pottery wheel, as a grinding wheel to help turn grain into flour, and as an early water wheel) in Mesopotamia can be seen as something positive. The development of slavery was a negative legacy.
Sometimes countries or civilizations can leave a legacy. In Athens, in Ancient Greece, people voted on their leaders. They created an early form of democracy. Greece, and later, Ancient Rome voted for their leaders for many generations.
Some families pass objects and ideas down from generation to generation. These objects and ideas can also be called legacies. It may have to do with a person or many people. Individuals can leave a historical legacy. More than 2000 years ago the Greek Mathematician, Euclid of Alexandria, collected and wrote down ideas about geometry and measurement in a text called Elements. Students still use these ideas when they learn about mathematics.
Legacies are more or less what someone is remembered for."

Over the last couple of years Ive contemplated making a Baltimore Album quilt as my "legacy". Ive pondered the blocks I would make. Something about cats, something about my love for Jesus, my family, flowers...I ran out of ideas before I ran out of blocks that I would need to make an album quilt. I also ran out of energy just thinking about all the work involved and the fact that I would most likely have to design my own quilt blocks to get what I really wanted. The other factor was, who would I leave it to without hurting feelings? Worse yet, maybe no one would even want it and it would end up in a garage sale. I ditched the Baltimore Album Quilt idea.
But the idea of a legacy has been simmering in my brain. The last ten days though, have brought it to the top of the "stew" and here I am looking it right in the face.
My revelation is that we don't "make' a legacy...our life is a legacy. Positive or Negative, what we do, what we think and how we live is leaving behind a legacy that will affect those around us and behind us. We don't choose to leave something we slaved over and created behind and call it a legacy...
I'm sure this isn't a new concept for most people. Not even for me. Its something I know, but it never hit home, so to speak. Maybe its because Ive turned 60 in February and in two days my hubby will turn the same age. Maybe its because in the last ten days, I have watched two families who are very dear to me loss their mothers. Maybe its because I'm looking around myself and realizing that to put up with unnecessary drama in life is stupid and a waste of time. For whatever the reason, I'm examining my life and hoping that the legacy I leave will have nothing to do with fabric and thread, but everything to do with my Faith in Jesus, my love for my family and friends, and the pursuit of helping other people.
My dear friend Kathy S. lost her mother, Jan last week to a short but brutal battle with cancer. Yesterday was the beautiful and loving celebration of her life. Kathy's 11 year old niece wrote a tribute to her grandmother that included a bible verse that she said reminded her of who her grandmother was. " Duet 6:5 Love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength." This little girl is Eleven...and this verse is the legacy that Mrs. S left for her grandchild. It's what she will be remembered for.
Its worth thinking about. Its worth pondering. Its worth wondering. What is the legacy I am leaving for mine? Will it be worth cherishing or will it be garage sale material?

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