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The worst thing about yesterday was its failure to ever get totally light, dawn dawned in its customary fashion, but then hung around until dusk fell, leaving us to go about our business in a gloomy half light! Still we managed to get to New Ferry, Birkenhead and Bromborough and we went to the bank, bought new shoes, bought craft bits, had lunch, bought a stool and failed to find a circular fluorescent tube for the morning room. When we got home we placed an Asda order. In the evening we watched another episode of Morse and I made some more cards and invitations. For anyone who's interested, my Christmas card count is now standing at 15.
Last night I scanned my painting, so I'll post it here like I said I would.


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takahe
Jan. 11th, 2006 08:32 am (UTC)
Wow, that painting has power! Wowee! That is great. I love the light on the people, they look wonderful. And the variety of people, and the perspective of them. And it just draws you in. Whee!

Thank you SO much for sharing this!
vivh
Jan. 11th, 2006 08:38 am (UTC)
I really like the people too, they just seemed to come alive as I was painting them, I almost felt as though I could write a story about each one! But I think I'll leave the writing side of things to you!
takahe
Jan. 11th, 2006 08:44 am (UTC)
MAybe one day I will write the story behind someone in that painting!! They sure have life in them!

One day. When I have... time!

BTW it's odd, sometimes when I go to reply to your comments, they don't appear in the box above my comment box, just the icon appears. Do you know why that is? It means I can't cut and paste your comments into mine! *shrug* not really important...
vivh
Jan. 11th, 2006 08:54 am (UTC)
I've no idea why that is happening, Ian might know, but he and David are off to London today, because he's got a job interview today, I'll ask him later, sometimes the quote button doesn't appear when I'm replying to comments.

One day. When I have... time!
Time, our best friend, our greatest enemy, it's so precious, and we never have enough of it.
takahe
Jan. 11th, 2006 08:58 am (UTC)
-Time, our best friend, our greatest enemy, it's so precious, and we never have enough of it.
The comment was there this time!
And yes! You are right about time. We have as much time as Beethoven or Einstein, they say, but raising children - that's like a huge Time Sponge!

And at least I had an extra day today. Yesterday I thought several times that today was going to be Thursday! I was overjoyed to find it was Wednesday, all day!
vivh
Jan. 11th, 2006 09:05 am (UTC)
And at least I had an extra day today. Yesterday I thought several times that today was going to be Thursday! I was overjoyed to find it was Wednesday, all day!
I know that happens in the holidays, though it's always nice to find you have more time available than you were expecting!!

I bet Beethoven and Einstein, wished they had more time too, even though to us they seem to have achieved so much, I'm sure there were lots of things they wanted to do but never found time for!
takahe
Jan. 11th, 2006 09:12 am (UTC)
-I'm sure there were lots of things they wanted to do but never found time for!
You're probably right, after all, we feel like that and we're maybe not quite as immensely talented as them LOL!
vivh
Jan. 11th, 2006 09:51 am (UTC)
Very few people seem to excel in one area of life without some other area suffering, happy geniuses are a minority.I think that's because excellence requires not only abundant natural talent, but a dedication and focus, which must take time and energy from other aspects of existance. I know for sure that Mozart and Beethoven had really unhappy personal lives and heaps of problems.
Time is the enemy of the brilliant, perhaps even more than ordinary people!
takahe
Jan. 11th, 2006 09:56 am (UTC)
-excellence requires not only abundant natural talent, but a dedication and focus, which must take time and energy from other aspects of existence
Whereas you and I can dabble delightfully with our thumbs in all sorts of pies and remain, on the whole, relatively content *g* (well, I try, I really try!)
vivh
Jan. 11th, 2006 10:11 am (UTC)
Yeah well I'm very content now! Though, when I was young I yearned to be a great musician, but then I got too busy having fun with friends, and getting married and having children, every now and then I wonder if I made the right choice, and every time, I come to the same conclusion, I did!!
takahe
Jan. 11th, 2006 10:16 am (UTC)
You're just wonderful, you know that?
And you can still be a great musician, in our little world. Like I'll be a great writer LOL!

I am falling asleep here over my own story! I have to go to bed! And it's goodnight from me. I hope Ian does well. Have a lovely 'rest of the day'!
vivh
Jan. 11th, 2006 10:25 am (UTC)
Sleep well!
moth1
Jan. 11th, 2006 12:00 pm (UTC)
The worst thing about yesterday was its failure to ever get totally light
I am very excited about having found out about the quote button!!! But yes, yesterday was dark all day!!! This morning is weakly sunny.
Your painting is awesome. It is reminiscent of a painting by my favourite artist, Mackenzie Thorpe, called 'Bringing them home' which shows a shepherd bringing his sheep back to the fold - all Thorpe's paintings are metaphors for human/spiritual things. They were going to cast a bronxe of it in Richmond, Yorks (where his studio is) for the millennium, but the project fell through. I can never remember how to spell millenium.
BTW Beethoven and Einstein didn't have to shop, cook the dinner and wash up. So we're doing OK after all. Nor did most famous women e.g.writers like the Brontes or Austen. Like Takahe says, looking after a family is a time sponge, even if you enjoy it!
vivh
Jan. 11th, 2006 05:39 pm (UTC)
Thanks for your comments about the painting, I never find it easy to post paintings, but it's nice to get feedback!

I agree entirely about looking after the family being a time sponge, but with or without that responsibility, I don't think anyone has time to do all the things they feel passionate about, or would like to try. We all make choices about how we spend our time and energy, and I think it's important to be happy with those choices. I think we're doing wonderfully, not just okay, even if I did nearly burn the tea by writing this comment! *g*

BTW I like your icon, and its message.
moth1
Jan. 11th, 2006 06:09 pm (UTC)
. . . burn the tea by writing this comment . . .
I suspect there's also a factor of a real genius being focussed on one thing at a time. And as most women go in for multi-tasking . .!
I could never choose which of my various hobbies/pleasures/whatever to settle down with!!
Oh, and I think the quote button is only there if you answer in lj, not when you answer from a notif.
moth1
Jan. 11th, 2006 06:11 pm (UTC)
P.S. Like you can't choose your icon in notif replies - just have to go with default! Glad you like the quote one - another of my flist sent me the quote and I used a site called minifesto to make the icon. Details if needed . . .
vivh
Jan. 11th, 2006 06:45 pm (UTC)
I used a site called minifesto to make the icon. Details if needed . . .It's okay My 11 year old knows how to do icons like that, I'll just ask him sometime! But the quote really appealed to me!!

I never use notif replies, but I guess it's true then too, but I think whether the quote button appears normally depends on the length of the comment you're replying to.
moth1
Jan. 11th, 2006 06:52 pm (UTC)
Feel free to use the quote - it seems to be in the public domain!
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