Paralyzed From the Brain Down - April 3, 2020

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To say the past weeks have been weird is an understatement. I have been trying to work from home, but it's difficult. What's worse is that I'm home more, but am completely unable to paint! I'm paralyzed and I can't figure out what's wrong. My husband says all psychological problems are inherently fixable if you can articulate what the problem is. So when I can't articulate it, I feel worse, like it's only ME standing in the way of feeling better. If only I were smarter.
One fun thing is that my siblings and I are all talking more online. Yesterday we had the best conversation because one never-available-when-we-group-call sibling actually took part! Unfortunately, they also got mad when I took a (lot) screenshots. I touched up one of the screenshots to show how they should really feel about me. 

I'm thinking of downloading some filters for my next meeting at work and looking like the potato lady I can't stop laughing at this picture. 

And laugh…

No Art-ing Today! (but here are some pretty pictures) - December 15, 2019


Try as I might, not every day has art-making in it. On the third Sunday of each month, I play organ for our church congregation. Today we sang Christmas carols - it's my favorite month of the year! I enjoy singing them more than playing only because I'm still nervous each time I play in front of everyone. One nice thing about growing up is that I'm not as embarrassed as I used to be when I make a mistake.


Every other week we have a standing appointment to go over to Brian's dad's house and visit. I really like my in-laws! Ken and Barb (yes, their real names) are kind and fun. Their home is beautiful and clean (aaahhh....) and decorated for the holidays. I love the feeling in their home.



We still haven't put our tree up yet. Maybe I can bribe the 12yo to do it after school tomorrow... (how much Dr. Pepper would that cost me? Is it worth it?)


After visiting the in-laws Brian and I went to Martin Hansen's house for gospel study. Today we were studying Revelations. My study of Jewish culture is sporadic at best and their use of symbolism really confuses me. I am not sure where to find good resources to learn about what I'm reading - so much of what people write is a mix of fact and opinion that I can't tell what is truth.

A funny thing about truth - I don't know that there's anyone who really gets it right. Even church authorities get it wrong sometimes (that is a hard thing to swallow) or I realize that I'm confusing doctrine with practice and, and, and.... Anyway, I think that intention matters more. Trying to understand and keeping an open mind for new information is important.

I learned tonight that the four horsemen are actually leaders of the different dispensations - Enoch is the white horseman, Noah is the red one, Moses is black and the pale one is - darn, I can't remember. Anyway, seals and dispensations and suns darkening and moons turning to blood. Apocalypse is from the root apo meaning "remove" and kalypto means "cover" or "veil". Apocalypse is uncovering the veil - probably to give us knowledge and understanding.

That being said, it's late and I haven't been home much. Tomorrow is a long day at work (6-hour meeting) and I have to get some shut-eye. I have two dental appointments this week and I'm looking forward to them both being DONE. Finally this tooth pain will be over. (hopefully)

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