First I want to share this picture I took the other day. I have a lovely bed of Mexican Petunias, and they are in full bloom now. This shot was taken with my phone camera, which isn’t the best, and I could not get the colors to show true. The flowers are a deeper purple.
This bed of flowers started with one plant my daughter-in-law gave me and spread to fill a space five feet long by about two feet wide. Prolific little buggers these Mexican Petunias, and I find new guys popping up in places I don’t want them.
I hate to kill any living thing – well, spiders in my house don’t count – so I cringe just a bit inwardly when I pull the unwanted plants up. But I console myself by throwing them over the fence as a treat for my goat. She is happy to get this unexpected delicacy, so I figure the plant was not killed, just re-purposed.
This next picture shows the true color of the flowers a little better, although they still look more blue than purple.
And I do love my garden critters, especially since they do not munch on the flowers like the real bunnies do, or sweep down and take cats like real owls do.
So what did you do this weekend? On Saturday I got some writing done, then I went to a concert at the Winnsboro Center for the Arts and met the amazing Sarah McQuaid. She’s a singer, guitarist and songwriter, based in the UK and is on a 7-week American tour. For tour dates to see if she is coming to a venue near you, check out her WEBSITE She puts on a terrific show, blending folk with celtic with her lovely voice and amazing guitar playing.
“Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambition. Small people always do that, but the really great make you feel that you, too, can become great.” — Mark Twain
“Everyone seems to have a clear idea of how other people should lead their lives, but none about his or her own.” — Paulo Coelho
“Any fool can criticize, condemn and complain … and most fools do.” — Dale Carnegie
“A non-doer is very often a critic — that is, someone who sits back and watches doers, and then waxes philosophically about how the doers are doing. It’s easy to be a critic, but being a doer requires effort, risk, and change.” — Dr. Wayne Dyer
“Trying to blow out someone else’s candle doesn’t make yours shine any brighter. In fact, yours is the one that is dimmed the most.” — Dave Erhard
“Any powerful idea is absolutely fascinating and absolutely useless until we choose to use it.” ― Richard Bach
“Pay no attention to the criticism of people who have never themselves written a notable work.” — Ezra Pound
“You’ve gotta dance like there’s nobody watching. Love like you’ll never be hurt. Sing like there’s nobody listening. And live like it’s heaven on earth.” ― William W. Purkey
“People’s disrespect, insults, and criticism of highly successful people just shows how shaky their own position is and how lousy their internal world must be.” — Dave Erhard
“Great spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds.” – Albert Einstein
“The world in general doesn’t know what to make of originality; it is startled out of its comfortable habits of thought, and its first reaction is one of anger.” — W. Somerset Maugham
“When you do work that matters, the crowd will call you a fool. If you do something remarkable, something new and something important, not everyone will understand it (at first). Your work is for someone, not everyone. Unless you’re surrounded only by someones, you will almost certainly encounter everyone. And when you do, they will jeer. That’s how you’ll know you might be onto something.” — Seth Godin
“My courage always rises at every attempt to intimidate me.” — Jane Austin
Thanks it for me folks. Do you have any inspiration to share? Please do. Did you do anything especially fun this weekend?
6 thoughts on “Monday Morning Musings”
May I offer one of my favorites… the pessimist may be proved right in the long run but the optimist has a better time on the trip.
Have a lovely week.
Love that one, LD. Hope you have a great week, too.
That’s awesome that you have a goat…my family thought about getting goats once, but we settled for cows instead. As an author myself, I especially liked the quote by Ezra Pound, “Pay no attention to the criticism of people who have never themselves written a notable work.”
I also have a horse and a sheep, Ben. I like having the animals as they give me a good excuse to get up from my office chair and go outside a few times a day.
That’s great – they will keep you busy; we have a horse also and lots of cows.
My place is too small for cows, Ben. I only have five acres, but there are lots of cows in meadows across the road from me. Sometimes they follow me when I go for a walk with my dog. Cracks me up.