May the lilt of Irish laughter lighten every load.
If Google translate is working today, Amhráin Ghrá means Songs of Love. We need more of those today. If it’s not, if there’s an error in what my title says—and I’ve just said something insulting—please forgive my ignorance. 😉 Just trying to spread some Irish love today.
Anyway, I couldn’t resist adding this to my Going Green series. Nothing says GREEN more than St. Paddy’s Day!
I’ve never mentioned this before, but my laptop is falling apart. I can’t close the lid because something broke and the monitor screen is barely attached—it’s hanging by a thread. The battery no longer charges as well, so if I’m working and the cord somehow disconnects, the PC shuts off instantly and I lose what I’m working on.
Needless to say, I don’t use my laptop to take quizzes or exams for school. If it disconnects during those, it’s pretty much an automatic fail. Fortunately, my sister gave me a hand me down. Older sisters are cool like that! It will work for now, until I’m ready to invest in something new and improved.
Anyway, I bring this up because the borrowed PC is still on Windows 7 and I can’t load my Photoshop on it. Bummer! That being said, another blogger mentioned the free program GIMP. I’ve been trying it out, and this morning I used the Kaleidoscope effect to make the image I’ve featured here. I think it’s pretty fun!
I thought I’d add a gallery here to show the original, the kaleidoscope version, and a square version (that I call lights) that I made in Photoshop last night. It’s a fun and unusual display of Green. I’m not sure if the reader will distort this, but I will give it a shot…
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I thought I’d do something different for my new series Going Green. A black and white photograph to represent my thoughts on simplicity and contentment. It’s not screaming its significance, but I’m pretty sure it will do the trick.
Why do we fritter our lives away, wasting time on things that don’t really matter? Are we still hellbent on keeping up with the Joneses or—better yet—hoping to surpass them? Are we worried we won’t get our “fair share” if we don’t jump out and grab it like everyone else? Yes, that means bathroom tissue too but it goes much deeper than that.
In thinking about all things green, one negative emotion came to mind and I thought it best to get it out of the way before moving on to greener pastures (no pun intended).
ENVY: painful or resentful awareness of an advantage enjoyed by another joined with a desire to possess the same advantage. Merriam-Webster. The feeling that you wish you had something that someone else has. Cambridge.
The grass is not always greener on the other side, so why fritter away the hours trying to get there. Enjoy the simplicity in your life. Find contentment. Time is short, so love what you’ve got while you’ve got it. I don’t know about anyone else, but while things are slowing down (with school and work shutdowns and stay-at-home advisories), I’m going to use any extra time I find to soak in the quiet, get some spring cleaning done…
…and appreciate what I’ve got: My health. My family’s health. A roof over our head and food to eat. And… as it stands… enough tissue to make it through the night (same as it always is).
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First things first: I made it to 10,074 steps today… Yay!
Second, it’s just weird out there. I took my mom to the store today and—after zigzagging through the aisles for what felt like hours—I realized that making “healthy food choices” will be MUCH harder than I anticipated. Why? Because there was NO foodto choose from! Nothing good anyway. It may come down to take what you can get if people keep stockpiling their bunkers.
My mom has a cabinet that I call her Doomsday Cupboard. She says she likes to keep food in there because “she’s always worried that something may happen.” It’s a great concept, I’m just not sure how much nutrition we’ll get out of minute rice, baked beans, canned chili, and marshmallows. I’m glad we have our garden!
It’s nice to open my reader and see that it’s business as usual around here. To a certain degree anyway.
So… I’m going to do a new series. School is slow right now (that old WordPress class is a little too easy!) and I’m afraid there’s not much to talk about on the lifestyle changes at the moment (Yawn). I WILL be doing more Food Fun Facts, but I’m going to wait a couple of weeks for things to settle down out there.
Anyway, since Everything Red was so much fun, I decided to stick with the color theme. This new series is called….. drumroll, maestro…….
According to color psychology, green is the color of growth, the color of spring, of renewal and rebirth. Green renews and restores depleted energy. So today’s green is a slightly modified photograph of a beautiful mountain top I visited in Colorado. In times like these, there is nothing more rejuvenating than being back to nature, and down to earth.