Saturday, January 29, 2011

The saga continues...

"Why would you want that wreck?" asked my friend. "No offense, but eeuw."
Honestly, it threw me for a little while. Maybe she's right, maybe we're crazy.

But Mr. Wonderful gave me perspective again. 
"Our friend sees what's there, how awful it looks today.
You and I are seeing what it can become. We see the possibilities."

For now, the Idea Notebook grows fatter and Mr. Wonderful has hinted that there is a new jig saw from the hardware store coming for my birthday!

Meanwhile, just down the road...

Snow geese are honking, tempting me to escape the studio, Nikon in hand despite the rain.

Astonishing, aren't they?

It's gray and gloomy January but even in the damp there are rays of joyful sunshine, spots of hope.


momto2wasd said...

I love seeing the possibilities!!

Sharyn Sowell said...

Hi Cathy

Thanks, I do too. Mostly, anyway! Sometimes it can be a bit overwhelming though when you've got a friend whispering doubts in your ear! Thank goodness for others who love possibilities, too. Whew. Thank you for the encouragement.


Steve Lospalluto said...

Sharyn, I love the photo of the swan flying in.

Patricia said...

Sharyn, I am new to your blog but have to say that I am excited to watch your dream unfold. Today is my birthday and the theme of my next year is acting on my dreams rather than rolling them around in my imagination. I am turning 60 today and (for the first time) have felt time pressure to articulate what I truly want and need. I don't expect my goals to make a lot of sense to others. Congratulations to you for reaching out to grasp yours and thank you for sharing with the rest of us.

Jeri Landers said...

I don't think you're crazy. I love nothing more than seeing an old wreck revived and beautified and lived in. We did it with our own 120 year old home. Every time I pass by a neglected old place I say " I wish someone would fix that up!" I can just see it as a lovely cottage or a potting shed,etc, etc. Anyway, it will be interesting to see what you do with it! By the way, I see you are a papercut artist. I have been creating painted scherenschnitte for about 30 years now.

Rachel VanHook said...

Beautiful photos...I too am excited to see the changes. It takes a really special person to look at what is and see what can be....

Sharyn Sowell said...

Mary Lou said:

i was thinking of you this morning and wondering what dreams you are planning. my husband and i bought a small house one time . it was our first house and we did not live in it. it was as my husband put it a dump. it had been abandon for years and we got a good deal on it . the year was 1980, we bought the property so we could fix the old house up to use as a rental to help us pay for our first house which was an Amish pre fab i remember it well as it was 65,000. dollars including the well and septic..... and i thought it was a castle. . the old house is still a rental and the first house(which is on the same piece of property ) is now my daughters first house. my mom built a small house on the property after my dad passed away(we live like the waltons) . she died 4 years ago and now that house is my art studio . i just cant believe your neighbor .no matter what the place looks like you will be able to put your special touch on it and make it yours.... all of the work you will put into that house will be treasured memories. and everything that we work for makes it that much better. enjoy YOUR new castle... i wish i was close enough to help scrap paint .
most sincerely,
mary lou

Caroline Simas said...

Happy birthday to you! I know you and know the possibilities you see in this place. You have the gift if seeing it already done and you're living in it creating fabulous family memories. The Lord will guide you through this as you already can see and will bless it no matter what. You are a gift!

Sharyn Sowell said...

From Sharon A:

Love it.
I get why you want that place. . .

for the love of a house said...

Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So, throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the tradewinds in your sails.

-Mark Twain-

Sharon.... trust your heart and more importantly your gut. Your unsupportive friend will be the first one who wants to move in becaue it will be so fabulous. Some people just cannot "see" what is not there. Your gift is that you can.