Tuesday, May 26, 2015

True Words Tuesday: Lost and Found

Stop waiting around for someone to love you back.

If he won't commit,
if you can't count on him,
if he betrays you,
if he doesn't keep his promises,
cut him loose.

No matter how hard it seems at the time,
you'll be better off.

The YOU who is you at the core,
your soul you,
will applaud you for taking a stand,
for asserting your right to be loved 
by someone worthy of your love and attention.

She's waiting. . . .
for you to discover what you've been missing.

Friday, May 15, 2015

This Time Last Year. . . .

This time last year,
I took a road trip to Pullman,
to the Washington State University campus.
I wanted to view some documents and photographs
 in the manuscript collection.

In some ways, it was a walk down memory lane,
not just because the documents related to my family's history
as pioneers in the Washington Territory, but
because the library is just a stone's throw
from where I lived in my freshman year,
my "wheat country" experience,
before I came to my senses and back to civilization & Seattle
to graduate from the University of Washington.

After seeing what I'd come to see,
I jogged off the highway and took some backroads
to see what I could see.

The answer was traces of the past.

©2014 Meri Arnett-Kremian

Things abandoned.

©2014 Meri Arnett-Kremian

Things collapsed.

©2014 Meri Arnett-Kremian

It made me remember that permanence is an illusion,
that everything changes,
that certainty is a joke.

A year ago,
my puppy was just a little nugget. . . .
in fact, I didn't even know her yet.

A year ago,
I was owned by two houses,
my father hadn't yet been diagnosed with sarcoma,
Oliver was still choosing to let Logan speak for him.

Now Dad has refused all further treatment,
Oliver has found the gift of gab,
I'm settled in to the new house that's now Home,
and the world just keeps turning.

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Dropping Out, Tuning In

I've been hibernating here,
enjoying nesting and making
this house my own.

I've started playing
 at digital collage again.

I've even started writing again,
in fits and starts,
but that's better than the output
of the last year.
Maybe I'll even start coming here
a little more often.

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Making Some Art

The frenzy of organization has abated.
It's time for some art making.

"Elements" by MeriMagic on Polyvore.com

Friday, January 23, 2015

My Word!

Writing the title for this post
"My Word!"
made me smile.

That was one of the phrases my Grandmother
used to exclaim when she was flabbergasted.
Another phrase was "Land's sake."
Not sure what it meant, but she said it 
every once in a while.

It's taken some time, but I've chosen my word for 2015.

I definitely can use a boatload of inspiration.

What's your word for 2015?

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Share the Joy: Hiatus

I have, as you might have noticed,
been lying low.
Everything in my life has revolved around getting settled in,
arranging furniture.
Putting things away.
Getting used to and creating "home" in a new place.

It just feels like some doors have closed
and others are waiting to be opened.

I have felt a longing to reconnect with my art-making,
with my writing, because those things bring me a deep and abiding joy.
Right now, however, blogging (which sometimes takes me away from "real writing")
isn't high on my list of priorities.

So though I think it's imperative to cultivate and notice joy
(because where we put our focus is critical to what comes into our lives),
I have decided to take a break from hosting Share the Joy.

I may come back to it when I feel like it's time for company.
But right now,
it's time to nest and create the space I want to inhabit. . . .
beautiful, serene, uncluttered, and cozy.
It's come a long way since I moved in 11 weeks ago,
but I'm still in hibernation mode,
getting everything just right.

I hope you'll understand.
And when I reprioritize blogging and hosting
this meme,
I hope you'll once again join in.

Be well, my friends.

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Share the Joy: Happy New Year

It's time for festivities and celebration. . . . 
the end of one year
and the beginning of another.

As for me, I'll eschew the crowds and alcohol
and curl up to watch episodes of "Call the Midwife"
(a BBC series set in London's West End tenements
in the late 1950s -- you can find it on Netflix)
and drink Snapple.

I know, pretty boring, eh?

The simplest things bring me joy.

What about you? 

How are you cultivating joy? 
Celebrate it.
Share it.


1. do a post that tells and shows what gives you joy.
2. capture the URL of the specific post and paste it into 
the Mr. Linky box along with your info.

3. Visit other players and let their joy infect you.

Leave them a comment because everyone
 enJOYS getting positive feedback.