I’ve babbled on about trying to reach 101 goals in 1,001 days, mostly because I sometimes feel I have no direction. At the very least I think that my MS-related fatigue certainly impacts my motivation from time to time. And for the last few weeks, I’ve been feeling pretty blah–not quilting as much as I used to, not reading as much as I used to, and complaining more and more about nerve pain, fatigue, and wanting to sleep.
I figured it was time to try to shake off my little funk, and with that came my list of goals. I threw in a couple of fun ones that required nothing more than feeling a little extravagant and spending some money (i.e. brunch on the waterfront with mimosas–so far, no takers on that one but the weather isn’t especially nice until after the 4th of July). I didn’t add too many splurges though, because I really don’t need anything at all.
One of the things I added to my list was buying a fine art print from Deann Hebert. I had a little extra motivation because a little birdie (my email that I rarely open) told me a lot of her prints are retiring on July 5th! My only problem is that I had so many on the retiring list that I loved, it was hard to choose just one.
I had my heart settled on Dirt Road Dreamer many months ago. I had others that I really wanted, but sometimes I have to be a grown up and live within my budget. There are so many beautiful reproduction prints of her paintings of barns, fields, cows, and churches that made their way to her list of retiring prints. Unfortunate for me, but probably better for that budget that I only chose one.
The Old Weathered Barn. A stranger came by the other day with an offer that set me to thinking. He wanted to buy the old barn that sits out by the highway. I told him right off he was crazy. He was a city type, you could tell by his clothes, his car, his hands, and the way he talked. He said he was driving by and saw that beautiful barn sitting out in the tall grass and wanted to know if it was for sale. I told him he had a funny idea of beauty. Sure, it was a handsome building in its day. But then, there’s been a lot of winters pass with their snow and ice and howling wind. The summer sun’s beat down on that old barn till all the paint’s gone, and the wood has turned silver gray. Now the old building leans a good deal, looking kind of tired. Yet, that fellow called it beautiful. That set me to thinking. I walked out to the field and just stood there, gazing at that old barn. The stranger said he planned to use the lumber to line the walls of his den in a new country home he’s building down the road. He said you couldn’t get paint that beautiful. Only years of standing in the weather, bearing the storms and scorching sun, only that can produce beautiful barn wood. It came to me then. We’re a lot like that, you and I. Only it’s on the inside that the beauty grows with us. Sure we turn silver gray too… and lean a bit more than we did when we were young and full of sap. But the Good Lord knows what He’s doing. And as the years pass He’s busy using the hard wealth of our lives, the dry spells and the stormy seasons, to do a job of beautifying our souls that nothing else can produce. And to think how often folks holler because they want life easy! They took the old barn down today and hauled it away to beautify a rich man’s house. And I reckon someday you and I’ll be hauled off to Heaven to take on what- ever chores the Good Lord has for us on the Great Sky Ranch. And I suspect we’ll be more beautiful then for the seasons we’ve been through here… and just maybe even add a bit of beauty to our Father’s house. May today there be peace within you. May you trust God that you are exactly where you are meant to be. –author unknown
Now I’m still waffling around on my “only choose 1” decision, because I really love these other prints, too! (These cows are just way too cute for their own good.)
Right now my walls are mostly covered in mini quilts and pictures of my family. I have some other frames that have been filled with pages torn out of books, so this is a fun splurge for me, and a nice pick me up after a pretty lousy few weeks.
I might have to tell my dad I want a print of cows for my birthday. It worked for cowboy boots last time.
But maybe I should just keep reminding myself that I don’t need much of anything to be happy because my simple life is just dandy, as is.
Do you have a “someday” wish list of purchases that are an absolute splurge or a favorite artist whose work you simply adore?