lost and resting

21 Sep

The slumps are here again. Two exhibits in the same time frame, and as always after intense periods of productivity, that means i don’t know where to go next. You’d think i’d be happy, energized, excited, but i always feel at a loss after finishing. My life is good, i like where i live and what i do at the Day Job, but in the time after the current work is completed, there’s always that feeling of something missing in the stoodio, that search for the Next Big Thing. I wish i could grab back some of the verve i had when i first started blogging 12 years ago: 4 posts a day, tons of enthusiasm, experimentation out the hoo-hoo,  “WOW, OMG, HOLY SHIT, THE WORLD IS SO EXCITING”——— where’d that girl go?

But this time i’m going easy on myself. There’s no race, no competition. I’m enjoying what’s left of my garden outside, admiring the indoor jungle, note making for C***mas at the fffFlower Mines, and not doing much of anything but observing and thinking.

The beauty of old roses:


Orchid cactus:


Funk of the week at the fffFlower Mines, Leonotis leonurus:


Odontoglossum orchid:


A sad sad Medinilla! Lost most of its leaves this summer, but valiantly blooming again anyways:


The Orchid Cactus blows me away:


And the very little i have done with needle and thread, the start of a sixth indigo moon:


….The art of the breakthrough is the practice of figuring out all the ways to not do it on your way to an insight….We find our way by getting lost. Anything other than that is called reading a map.                         Seth Godin


8 responses to “lost and resting

  1. Pia

    September 21, 2016 at 9:09 am

    Sounds like garden time to me. In a minute we won’t want to go back out there for months! So in fact, perfect timing for a slump.

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    • arlee

      September 21, 2016 at 9:11 am

      it’s 4.5C here, and craploads of snow an hour away in the mountains!


      • Pia

        September 21, 2016 at 9:12 am

        Oh… heehee – we’re still around 15, sunny and calm, I’m loving it!


  2. Mary Anne

    September 21, 2016 at 9:40 am

    Nice to see the orchid cactus… I assume it’s from the cutting I sent. They won’t grow in our apartment so I had to rehome mine.


    • arlee

      September 21, 2016 at 9:56 am

      Nope, you senmt me a white schlumberga/christmas cactus, which i still do have and which blooms twice a year 🙂 The orchid cactus was from cuttings given to me by an old old italian man when we lived in BC, in 2007


  3. late start studio

    September 21, 2016 at 12:56 pm

    Sometimes you just have to sit in a funk to find out what it’s all about . . nice surroundings for it. My leonotis leonuris is just starting its spring growth . . . I love it.


  4. Mo Crow

    September 24, 2016 at 12:44 pm

    you can grow Medinella in Canada???!!!!


    • arlee

      September 25, 2016 at 8:12 am

      only as a houseplant 🙂 There’s a couple in Ontario who specialize in them in their greenhouses.



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