Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Believe in the is good in the world.....................


My heart has been with the families of the German Wings plane crash.............I can't get it out of my mind - not even for a full 10 minutes.
I don't know why plane crashes affect me like this.
Tell me about a car accident
Or a train accident
Or a ship accident - and my heart breaks ( of course it does ) but I don't dwell on the victims final moments
For some reason I focus on the families and their overpowering loss and grief.
Tell me about a plane crash and it's a totally different story - for some reason my thoughts are always with the victims.

I've been thinking about how much faith we have to put in humanity on a daily basis just to survive - without much thought at all.

It's a given in our minds that when the light turn green - we go - never even considering the possibility that some crazed driver will plow right into us.  ( but they do sometimes )

Or that we can walk into a mall and do a little shopping and no one will come in brandishing a gun  We're safe  ( but sometimes we aren't )

Or that we can rest comfortably in a theater watching a movie ( but not always )

Or that we can send our kids to school knowing they'll come home ( but sometimes they don't )

Or that we can get on a plane - and trust that the pilots will get us from here to there...............

I don't want to think of their last moments - it's the last thing I want to imagine - and yet that's ALL I can think about......................the terror - the panic - the chaos - it renders me a  weeping mess.
And leaves me thinking I'm completely abnormal - I feel like I'm carrying a weight that my shoulders can't sustain.

Most of us live by a plan - or at the very least an outline of where we're going and we live our lives according to that to some degree.  When natural tragedies occur within our midst we're tossed outside our world frantically looking for a way to get back in - not even sure we want to most of the time because that world has been fractured -

Still, when it's a natural tragedy we can find solace - in faith - in spiritually - in family - in friendships - and most importantly,  in time.

But this?
This is really just too frightening to think about.

Maybe it's because it brings home the reality that we can wake up in the morning and go about our daily business completely unaware that a stranger has predetermined our fate.
Sat down and methodically rewritten our story with a slash of their pen and changed our ending completely.

I look around in disbelief and think " the world just goes on " as I see
The sun shining
Children playing
People smiling and laughing

And it always takes a moment or two for me to realize that this is what it's supposed to do - in the face of unspeakable tragedy we have to cling to the good and never take a moment for granted.

Or a smile.

I need to remember that more often.

I got the quote wrong - it should be  BELIEVE THERE IS GOOD IN THE WORLD
but the sentiment is right................


Monday, March 30, 2015

A round up of my French Provincial transformations

Good morning everyone !

I've purchased another French Provincial dresser and so I went through my archives for a little inspiration.

I've done quite a few of them - which may make this post may be a little boring so I'll post the after pics and provide a link for those that may be interested in the transformation, how's that?

This piece now resides in an elegant bathroom as a vanity.
Full post HERE

This piece went to an apartment as a media center - I picture a very glamorous type apartment !
Full post here HERE

The next pieces were part of the above dresser as a set - but were separated 
Full post HERE

with matching end tables - complete with transfers
they now reside in someone's guest room

This next piece is in my Daughter's guest room 
Full post HERE

A few of them have gone red like this one
Full post HERE

And this one

So it should come as no surprise that the next one coming ( and staying this time ) is this one !
Except the makeover on this one will not involve paint 

Another French Provincial !  Being picked up Tuesday evening!
I sent an email - and this was my reply

Hi Suzan.You'll have to call later this afternoon & ask for Alice.
Thank you.

I know I drive a lot of you crazy by sticking songs in your head but sometimes they just fall in my lap.

( apparently she's not 10 feet tall )

Have a wonderful Monday one & all !


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