taking stock #009

telling their stories so that history isn't lost

It seems that these posts come most when I need to stop and smell the roses.

I was telling a girlfriend today that…

…someone pressed fast forward on my life, and I can’t find the stop button

I’ve been having moments lately when it seems that life is going to overwhelm me.  So I stop, sit in the sun and take 10 minutes to remind myself that I can do this.

those roses are smelling sweet

Making: beautiful photos to go with the amazing stories of the residents at our local retirement home (a little sneak peek above…)
Cooking: meals in the slow cooker – it’s an afternoon sanity saver
Drinking: lots of water… still
Reading: A Beautiful Anarchy by David Duchemin – a book about the human longing to create
Wanting: to get it all done!
Looking: at places to visit in Morocco
Playing: with logos in Photoshop Elements
Deciding: that life is too short not to travel
Wishing: for that weekend away… still
Enjoying: the colder nights and the warmth of our fire
Waiting: and waiting and waiting and waiting
Liking: my new Moment camera case
Wondering: …
Loving: having my Girl home!
Pondering: lots of things
Considering: all the options
Watching: nothing at the moment… all of my favourite t.v. shows have finished
Hoping: that my passport arrives before Daughter leaves
Marvelling: …
Needing: the kids to turn down the stereo… does this mean I’m getting old?
Smelling: newly turned soil from my freshly planted winter veg
Wearing: socks and slippers – not attractive, but I have warm feet!
Following: world events and wondering what the blue blazes is going on
Noticing: that my eyesight is getting worse, quick
Knowing: that I’m just going to have to remember to have my glasses with me more often
Thinking: that it’s nice to have the bed to myself for a couple of nights
Feeling: just a tad overwhelmed at the moment – have I bitten off more than I can chew?
Admiring: grit and determination
Sorting: through fonts I’ve loaded on my computer… I had to print them out so I could remember what I’d installed…
Buying: too many things online
Getting: up early for my morning yoga session and loving it
Bookmarking: recipes in my essential oils books
Disliking: insincerity
Opening: mail
Giggling: at the dog every time she groans when she gets up – sucks to get old
Snacking: on tamari almonds – yum
Coveting: that 24-70 lens still…
Wishing: that every now and again the Boy would stop talking… just for a few minutes
Helping: my Girl prep for her tutoring sessions – helps to have a Mother who was a teacher
Hearing: the dog snoring

In the comments, I’d love to hear:

How do you deal with the overwhelm?

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2 Responses to taking stock #009

  1. Jane July 27, 2016 at 5:43 PM #

    Hello again Tasha, I really love your ‘hands’ photo and the fact that you are taking photos and listening to the stories of the residents at your local retirement home. What a very special and important thing to do. I would love to hear more about this.

    • Tasha Chawner July 27, 2016 at 6:01 PM #

      Hello, Jane!
      The ‘Hands Project’ is very special. I’m only in charge of the photos, with a friend of mine taking care of the resident’s stories.
      I love stopping and having a chat with each of the residents as I’m photographing them. Hearing their stories. Getting to know a little more about them. And loving that when I come the following week, there are “hello’s” and “how are you’s?” and “lovely to see you again’s”….
      Funding is being finalised, and once the photos are done and stories collected, then we’ll be framing each resident in preparation for a gala showing in December.
      I am thrilled to be a part of this project because their stories are simply amazing. And it makes me think of my Great-Grandma in particular, the stories that she did share and the ones she took with her when she passed away.
      Will keep you posted if you’d like to come to the ‘gala’!!
      T xo

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