This day was not a waste

19 Mar

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Some days are harder than others. Today was a very sick day. I’ve worn my pajama sweatshirt all day. My hair is dirty and I couldn’t get a shower. I moved from my bed, to laying in the recliner. I entered a few contests and checked email. My husband made me lunch and I sat up on the couch to eat. Then, I laid down on the couch and watched some TV. I got up and made a very easy (5 minute) marinade for some chicken and stuck in the fridge. I felt so awful I went back to bed and watched some LOST. I got up and turned on the oven and put the chicken in to bake. I laid back down on the couch and wrote this blog.

I’m tempted to think this day was a total waste. But it wasn’t! This day was not a waste!

How can I say that? Every day, I know that I am loved and valued by God. And if the only thing that happens today is that I give my heart back to him in love and devotion, then my day has not been wasted.

 I will sing to the Lord as long as I live. I will praise my God to my last breath! ~Psalm 104:33

So all day long, when I was tempted to feel that this was a wasted day, I closed my eyes, and remembered how much I love God for loving me, and I mentally lifted my heart up to him in worship.

What an amazingly valuable lesson I have learned in the midst of a very difficult situation.

Orchids and Plumeria

11 Mar
8x10 Orchid Original Watercolor © Melanie Pruitt 2014

8×10 Orchid Original Watercolor © Melanie Pruitt 2014

5x7 Original Watercolor © Melanie Pruitt 2014

5×7 Original Watercolor © Melanie Pruitt 2014

To keep my self warm, I’ve been painting tropical flowers! These are my 2 most recent paintings. Both are SFA (Small Format Art) and both are painted on 300# Hot Press (a very smooth surfaced paper)

You can click on the pictures to see them in my Etsy Shop

I hope they send a little sunshine your way!

Penguins

10 Mar
5x7 Original Watercolor © Melanie Pruitt 2014

5×7 Original Watercolor © Melanie Pruitt 2014

 

What an icy snowy winter we’ve all had! In January, I painted these little penguins for an EBSQ exhbit! I was practicing some new techniques to create texture and I love how the background rocks turned out!

This little painting is available in my Etsy Shop. It can be purchased alone, or matted, or matted and framed.

Blessings

9 Mar

God blesses those who are poor and realize their need for him  ~Matthew 5

Before I became ill with M.E., I always did all the menu planning and grocery shopping for our family of 5. We were often on the run with little league, musicals and ballet, but I always had meals planned and prepared for the family. Accomplishing this on a minimal budget was challenging, but I always found a way to make it work. I even got very good at planning a 2 week menu and doing one large shopping trip every 2 weeks.

As my illness progressed, it became harder and harder to do the grocery shopping. My husband started coming with me to help me out. Then I had to start using the stores electric scooter. Eventually, I just couldn’t do it anymore. And I had to leave it all up to him.

The thing about grocery shopping is that no matter how detailed you make the list, there are decisions that have to be made in the store. And he makes different choices than I do!

He would get home from shopping, and I would help him unpack the groceries, mumbling under my breath at every choice he made that was different from what I would have chosen if I had been able to shop. 

When I allowed this to frustrate me, it was hard on our relationship. He was doing his best, and I wasn’t so much frustrated with him, as I was with the fact that I didn’t get to make the choices any more. I wasn’t accepting the new fact that I needed him and I wasn’t embracing his willingness to add another huge chore onto his already long list. My eyes and thoughts were on what I was losing, not on what I was gaining.

Sometimes it’s overwhelming to realize how reliant I am upon other people, especially my husband. This imposed dependence has quite the potential to break down even a good relationship. The harder I try to hold onto independence, the more it challenges the relationship.

The same goes for my relationship with God. Living the last 12 years with M.E. has shown me just how much I need Him in my life. The more needy I become, the more I am blessed by God’s presence and activity in my life.

And just like my relationship with my husband, in order to experience those blessings, I have to let go of control and admit my needs. It’s only then that I can see the blessings of his provision and faithfulness.

This is just one of the things I am glad to have learned in this journey with M.E.

A Special Interview and HUGS for my Online Friends

30 Years

9 Mar
30 Years

30 Years

I celebrated 30 years with this adorable man in February! He’s my best friend and I love him more every year!

Processing…slowly

25 Feb

I know you haven’t heard from me in several weeks. Mostly, that’s because I am processing some thoughts and feelings about my illness. And I process very slowly these days.

This picture of an old computer made me laugh. It brings back childhood memories and it’s a great representations of how my brain feels right now.

I’ll share that story soon, and share about our 30th anniversary celebration as well as some of the things I’ve processing as well. Stay tuned… and be patient… while. I. process.

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Keeping my eyes above the waves

28 Jan

As I struggle with some of the deepest crashes I ever have, this is my prayer!

“Spirit lead me where my trust is without borders
Let me walk upon the waters
Wherever You would call me”

New Winter Teas

13 Jan

Now that December has come and gone, I can share with you two new teas I’ve created for Mellie’s Tea on Adagio! Both of them were created specifically for someone special, but both are also for sale!

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The first one I created as a Birthday present for my son’s girlfriend who also loves tea. And she love mint. And she love chocolate. It’s called “Kayla’s Coco Mint”. It is a refreshing minty green tea accented with vanilla and then sprinkled with real peppermint leaves, candy canes and cocoa nibs.

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The second one I created for my son! He too loves tea and this one was part of a Christmas present. It’s called “Chris’ Coconut Chai”. Coconut and Chai spices are not flavors I would automatically consider putting together. But once I tasted a coconut chai, I knew I wanted to create my own blend. Starting with a Masala Chai, I’ve blended in coconut and cream with real chunks of coconut and ginger. It’s delicious!

Just in case you are wondering… I don’t make any money from these teas. I do get Adagio points when one sells and when I’ve accumulated enough points (there are other things I can do to earn points too) then I can use the points towards a discount on tea purchases. I just create these because it’s fun! I recently bought myself some of the Autumn Garden Spice black tea I created using some of these points!

Let me know if you try any of my teas and tell me what you think!

 

New Photographs in my Etsy Shop

10 Jan

I’ve been doing a bit of updating in my Etsy shop and I’ve added some photographs. They are all available in 5″x7″, 8″x10″ and 11″x14″ sizes. I’ve also offered a wide variety of finishes, ranging from a normal glossy photo, to mounted laminated photo’s and even printed canvas! The prices start at $13 and go up from there. The shipping may seem a bit high, but I have a great printer that I use from home, and they ship directly to my customers with USPS Priority Mail. They are quick in printing and shipping, and the items are high quality and well packaged!

Aloha Auction

Bouganvillia AuctionCherry blossom auction

 

 

 

 

 

live aloha auction

Cherry Drop AuctionPlumeria Auction

 

 

 

 

 

Ruffled Petals AuctionTropical Sunset AuctionYellow Rhodie Auction

 

 

 

 

Come take a look at my Photography section on Etsy. Or click on each picture to go directly to the 5″x7″ listing of each photo.

I’m really hoping to improve my photography skills. I’d love to expand into micro photos in nature, unique landscapes and even, maybe someday, doing infant, children and family portraits!

I was really excited the other day when I received an email from SLR Lounge. They, along with several other companies, are sponsoring a “Studio Jumpstart Mega Giveaway”. It includes a camera (which I desperately need!), a Kelley Moore Bag, a Profoto Studio Kit, a travel tripod, Lumapix Fotofusion Extreme, $100 at Phlearn, a Peak Design Capture Clip, and SLR Lounge Lightroom Workshop Collection v5. Wow!!

If you’re interested in this giveaway, Click HERE, and you can read all about the products and enter the giveaway. And you will give me an extra entry too!

Clematis

9 Jan

Clematis

I wanted to share this new painting with all of you! I used a reference picture that my son-in-law shared with me. I’ve had this one sketched out and waiting to be painted for several months now. I finally got it done and entered it in the “Better Late Than Never” exhibit on EBSQ. It won Clouds Mention which was really cool.

It’s for sale on Etsy and you can click on the picture above to see the listing!

Thanks for your support!

A Special Interview and HUGS for my Online Friends

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