As soon as we’re born our mother feeds us. She shares milk and the family shares food and drink. On certain occasions we share food and drink with our friends. We share advice and sympathy with those we know. We help others by sharing our time. We may help with errands, visit others when they are sick and lonely or share money, clothes and food. We may share our skill in a certain field with or without payment. To help others after our death, we may share our body organs when we die. At some times of year we share more by giving presents.
Trying To Share!
There is no definite time of year for sharing. It continues all year round. Let’s keep it this way.
We great danes, Stellar and Venus, were born in sunny Cyprus. Our ears and paws are warm. We don’t like wet stuff falling on us. We keep dry inside. Now it’s cool. We curl up into balls. Our ears and paws feel cold. She tells us to lie down. We curl up in our snug day beds. She drops covers on us. We’re snug as bugs in rugs!
We just want to stay under our covers.
Me-Keep old towels for your dogs. Use them to dry wet dogs and wet paws. They make good blankets too.
We great danes, Stellar and Venus, can smell something like flowers. It’s like the stuff she eats when she rips the paper, goes click and puts a bit in her mouth. We don’t get any. She bangs nuts with a long thingy. In the smelly room, the noisy thing goes zzzzzzz. She pours dark brown stuff into paper. Now she puts them in the hot box and sits down. Then something goes rrrr, rrrr. She opens the box and prods them with a stick. He comes in and cuts them with a shiny thing. They go in the cold box. We don’t get any.
Mmm, I’m Venus and I love the smell!
Stellar likes the smell too!
Me-Try pecan and chocolate pie. Double the recipe and bake two pies so some is for another occasion. Add whipped cream and swirl on top if you like. Add a few walnuts. Semi freeze. Cut the pies into slices, wrap each slice in tin foil, bag and place them in the freezer.
Find recipes that are just a stir of ingredients which you empty into a container and cook in the oven.
“Where’s the cake mix bowl for me to lick?”
Cake just taken out of the oven.
CAKE-After baking, make holes in the base of the cake with a skewer. Wrap your cake in tin foil. After a few weeks add brandy into the holes with a spoon. Wrap up the cake again. Roll out your icing and place it on top of the cake when it’s ready to eat or use the cake as a decoration.
TERRINE-Double the terrine recipes to save time on another day. After cooking, partially freeze them. Make cuts across the terrines, wrap each slice in tin foil and return the slices to the freezer.
You want to give something special. You want to give something original. You may want to stick to a budget price.
PAINT A SIMPLE SUNSET PICTURE IN ACRYLICS
Find one of your sunset photos.
Buy from an art shop, children’s store or large super market:
A small plain artist’s canvas. A small artist’s brush. A few small tubes of acrylic paint in the colours of the photo. Remember you can mix colours so you only need to buy a few tubes. Black and white are useful.
Pinks and greys for a girl maybe
Print the photo in the approximate size of your canvas on to paper (optional).
Use a soft pencil to copy the shapes from your photo/print on to the canvas (optional).
Mix your small blobs of acrylic paint on a piece of cardboard or grease-proof paper.
Brush your first colour on to the canvas in all the obvious places. Repeat with other colours. Leave to dry.
Fill in with more colours/shades and add layers by placing some on top of dry areas. You can thin the acrylic with water to make a lighter mix. Leave to dry. Continue until you are happy.
Add your signature!
Purple and orange for a stronger look
You can, as well, use an artist’s palette knife for your paintings to give them texture like these. Make sure your paintings dry in a safe place away from children and pets!
Well, we great danes, Stellar and Venus, hear her with the noisy thing again. She holds the big shiny things and goes click click, click click. Then she puts tiny bits into the cloth. Ouch! We lie down and wait until she finishes. Zzr zzr, zzr zrr it goes.
The Shorter Purple Dress
Sewing On The Panels.
Me-I removed some cream polyester/chiffon panels hanging from the base of a purple lace dress. They looked stylish but the dress looked better without them. I gave the shortened purple dress to a friend. My different black and cream dress is a little short for me, so guess what? The panels I removed from the purple dress will lengthen it. I cut them in half, folded them and pinned them to the dress. Yes it’s better!
When she sits like us, we go up to her and she strokes us. She says, “Sit” and we do too. We great danes, Stellar and Venus, sniff the book she opens. It smells of grey spotty stuff, dust and tiny creepies. She looks at the long thread of drool that’s hanging over the book. She wipes it off me. Now she’s happy again and throws our soft thingys for us.
Stellar, my library assistant.
Me-Over the years we have accumulated forty photo albums. Of course we have various digital albums too which grow by the week. However, the old albums have moved house with us many times. They were rescued and dried after water damage and used for special occasions when we searched inside them for archive material to reveal at weddings etc. We can’t throw them away. The family history is hidden inside. I use my mobile camera to photograph and edit each one of many pictures. I sharpen the black and white pictures of ancestors and our separate childhood years and I enhance the remaining colour photos. I store them and share the folders of the single lives of me and my partner, from our births to our marriage. Our family see us both with a new perspective. Maybe they see us more as individuals now and they understand how our personalities developed. They see links between the older and newer members of the family.
A few photo albums, a family tree, some large black and white pictures of ancestors are all digitalised and shared now. On to the next album!