Monday

Moving On

Working from home
always inspires me.
So, 
We are moving on:
Me and this painting.
Both
loving,
living,
moving,
breathing,
challenging
ourselves
and
each other...
Not finished
yet.


Previous stages herehere, here, and here.
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Friday

Still A Puzzle

Don't ask me, where this is heading to, because, right now, I'm not having the slightest idea. :)

Would you like to see some of the previous stages? It's possible here, here, and here .

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Thursday

I Love It Here

It's getting colder here. And the heating system is totally centralized and collectivized since the Soviet time, when these houses were built.

That means, the heating will be available only after certain conditions are met even for the ones, who can pay for it.

And, after that, it will be adjusted for the whole house at once and stop only in the spring. But that's not the problem for us right now.

It's pretty chill in our apartment. Our pets are moving closer to sleep.


This is the absolutely closest, as it gets. And, for each of them, this is a true act of bravery.

As it is my bed, I sleep between them as well, when I do. And love the warmth around me, especially - from the dog. Although, sometimes it's challenging, when the dog forgets herself. :)

Yes, it's fall and it's getting colder. The first snow forecast by the end of the week.

But look at all this glorious beauty I see right now in the neighborhood...




...and our house entrance...


... and a little piece of the view from my room!


You get it, why I love it here even at this time of the year, don't you? :)

(BTW: the flower shop is in the flat building on the bottom of the image.)

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Inspired By Music

YAY! I got a pretty big translation job yesterday!

The deadline is tough and I feel sorry for the owner of the flower shop, who is working more hours to set me free for this job.

But it's a totally different work and a totally different money. My heart is just singing!

To concentrate and shield me up from the noises my both younger kids and their friends make, I started listening to this music.


Unexpectedly, it got me painting. :) So, this painting looks next to this right now.


It's impossible to make a better image of it as there is not much daylight here right now.

OK. Back to work! :)

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Wednesday

Inspired By The Same Book

Yesterday, I finished reading "In The Shadow of Babylon" by John Schwartz. Still fascinated by it.

This might be another character from it sketched with a ball point pen on a scrap in the flower shop. :)

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Tuesday

Beauty All Around

It's getting really beautiful here lately with the colorful foliage and all the late bloomers. As the weather is mostly really nice, I try to enjoy and capture the beauty around me, when ever I see it by daylight.






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Monday

Inspired By A Book

Hi, everybody! I' m really sorry for letting you wait for a new post from me, but my life has been quite hectic for the last couple of weeks. Working 4 jobs doesn't let much time nor energy for anything else.

But I promise to write here more regularly to keep you up to date with my humble life. I really miss writing and I miss the contact with you.

One of the good things about the long boring hours in the flower shop: I can read. I hardly can remember a time, when I read so much and so regularly. :)

Right now, it's "In The Shadow Of Babylon" by John Schwartz. And I really like it!

Yesterday, it even inspired me to sketch a young man. Not sure yet which one of the characters it is. :)


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Friday

Another Intense Week

This week has been pretty intense again.

I'm settling in the flower shop and practically living in this corner of a supermarket entrance for the most part of my waking time. :)


Thank goodness, they have a free WiFi there and our old ASUS notebook works well enough to keep me online for the boring time, when nobody needs my services.

As I have to work long hours from Sunday to Thursday, there is not much time for anything outside the shop.

But being busy always makes me super prolific. So, not only does our home look cleaner and I cook regularly, but I even reorganized my room and put up an extra table for jewelry stuff.


For now, I don' t actually find the energy to make anything. So, my plan is to use the hours that I will spend in the gift shop for making jewelry. Let's see, how it works. ;)

Because of the life intensity I didn't add anything to my diary for 10 days, but, yesterday, I resumed writing in it again. I feel a real need to do it.

Yesterday, I stumbled upon this article. Seems, like writing has many great benefits not only for me. :D

And playing with art supplies, most definitely, has them as well.

Last Saturday, I gathered leaves in the town and, since than, have experimented now and than using them and acrylic inks on the canvas I started last week adding some texture.



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Saturday

Time of Big Changes

The last couple of weeks have been full of big changes for me inwardly and outwardly.

Weather is unusually warm, and on most days - sunny, but the trees know, it's autumn.


Love my hometown Liepaja! It (actually "She" in Latvian) is so beautiful at any time of the year! :)

Step by step, I'm returning to my usual cheerful and hopeful self, that sees beauty and goodness in everything.

And the sandplay therapy is helping me a lot.

And I have a day job. Since last Thursday, I work in a flower shop.

The salary is low and the working week is long, but there are lots of benefits as well. The biggest one: the shop is in a building right next to our home. :)

And things in the shop, that was ready to sell my creations, have started out really well, especially - regarding jewelry with semi precious stones.

The owner is interested in all kinds of cooperation with me.

So, I decided to spend a couple of hours every week in the shop to take in orders and jewelry for repair. And my desk at home looks mostly like this, when I get to it.


But I still started a new painting last night. :D


Thank goodness for the slow years and months before! My life seems gathering speed very quickly right now. And I love it!!! :D

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Sunday

An Intense Week

The week started with a still inflamed jaw and my first therapy session.

I felt really tired after 2 and 1/2 hours of telling "my story" and crying, but the conversation really helped me to change the way I was looking at my situation.

On Tuesday, I started to work at a tailor's shop. It was more of a learning than working, but I managed not to ruin this top. :)


Needed 2 full working days though to sew it together the right way with 2 machines I had never touched before. :)

By the end of the week, it was pretty clear to me, that earning a living as a seamstress isn't for me.

But I learned a load over there and leaving the house every day worked for me in many other ways as well:

1. on most days, I walked to and from work and discovered lovely streets and beautiful trees on the way
2. I visited my mom twice on my way home, one of the times, I met my sister at my mom's as well
3. I started to get used to a new routine
4. I made some new acquaintances
5. the owner of the tailor's shop might appreciate my other services in the future
6. I found a shop that would be glad to sell my creations including paintings
7. I was feeling much less depressed than lately

Late on Saturday night I had a crying attack, when I stopped keeping me together and just let out all the stress.

But it wasn't too severe, and I even managed, somehow, to explain my condition to my youngest son, who came to me asking what happened. :)

Cool, right?

In addition, on Saturday night, I discovered the first decent job offering after months of searching.

I e-mailed my application right away not expecting to receive any answer sooner than on Monday, if any at all.

Today, the director/owner invited me to a job interview on Wednesday, although I had forgotten to attach my CV to the e-mail. :) YAY!

I really hope I get the job and it's really fulfilling, not only bringing in some money.

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