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Sunday, April 15, 2018

my kind of crazy...





First of all, I'm going to say that even though I've missed my pottery and exercise classes this past semester, I have to say that I did get a few things done that needed doing. Accomplishing tasks have taken on a new meaning these days.

I have at least a dozen clay creations ready for the kiln when class resumes, I finished several quilted pillows - some for my cousin and some for myself, and the most exciting accomplishment (although it is still in the works) is that I actually have gone through boxes and boxes of old paperwork in the computer room and either shredded or refiled the contents. This is the job that I've been dreading and have started and stopped over the last few years.

Some of the boxes contained old papers and bills from both my mother and my brother's estates. I couldn't throw them out without going through them in case something of importance was stashed inside. I did come across some letters and things that I felt worth keeping.

And in the course of doing this, I came across boxes of my own writings; journals, web pages, letters to my siblings, letters to my kids, essays on life, poems, and stories I have written over the years, both finished and unfinished. This slowed me down as I had to re-read some of these. But by doing this it motivated me to get on with the one I started this past year (The Gift of Time and Money)... and possibly to complete some of the others. I really like the feeling... it's like the creative muse has returned and stirred things up.

Anyway, it's Sunday morning and I've already been up for a while, made pecan waffles for DH, read the Sunday paper (yes, we still occasionally pick up a Sunday newspaper - very 'old school' I know) and done a few things around the house. Now it's time to write this blog and perhaps get back to working on "The Gift...".

Oh, another thing I want to mention. It's most likely not going to be of any interest to any of you, but like anything else that has us use our brains to learn new things, I think it could be helpful. (I'm not a game player, but I do enjoy this) My grandson put a program on my laptop called "MindCraft". I guess it could be called a computer *game*, but in creative mode, it simply allows you to build a world... from the ground up: create towns, houses, gardens, caves, etc. and people it with villagers and animals. The villagers and animals move about on their own, the chickens lay eggs (which you collect), the wolves chase the rabbits (and I chase the wolves), and day turns to night. 

So far I've built 2 walled towns a good distance apart, planted gardens, built homes, guest houses, corrals, etc. -  and in one I made 'a maze' that is interesting to watch either the villagers or the critters get lost in... but eventually find their way out.  There is another mode to this game - survivor mode which is very different and not to my liking  - although my grandson prefers this one. In this one you have to create things 'in order to survive' - like weapons and tools, etc. (and in this one there are Zombies!). 

Anyway, it is an interesting diversion - makes me wonder what other computer programs like CAD for architecture or programs created for animation must be like. Creative technology - I like it! 

While I was googling a saying I once knew to end this post, I came across this and it seemed fitting:


"Happiness lies in the joy of achievement and the thrill of creative effort."   
 - Franklin Roosevelt


Have a great Sunday!



17 comments:

  1. I do feel like we are kind of crazy sisters, Rian. I love this post, and I'm glad the creative must has returned to your home! Love your last three admonitions, too. :-)

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    1. Thanks, DJan. Crazy sister, huh? I like that. I enjoyed your post this morning too... although I haven't commented yet, but I will.

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  2. Yes, there is satisfaction in making sense from a lot of stored papers.

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    1. There really is, Joanne. We keep so much junk... thinking we might need it at some time, but after 10 years I would think not.

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  3. Both of my grandsons like Minecraft. It became popular a number of years ago and the ma who created it made lots of money. I do not know if I have the patience for something like this...but it is good for minds.

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    1. I knew my grandsons liked Minecraft, and although I'm not a 'game' person, I was curious. So when my eldest grandson came to visit, I asked him about it... and he showed me the different versions.

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  4. My younger grandsons ?played? minecraft in school a couple of ears ago. I think it had something to do with maths but don't really know.
    Good for you, going through the dreaded papers, sometimes the thought of starting is worse than the actual doing.

    Diana

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    1. No math involved... at least not in the game we have... unless you keep count of your stock. But there may be other versions. I wouldn't know.
      And you are right about the dreaded papers. The thought of starting was intimidating.

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  5. my son plays Minecraft, which i think could be the same game you're referring to, it has tools & weapons you have to make & you have to build shelters to keep the zombies out, i like the sound of the creative version better though! I myself am a World of Warcraft fan, have been playing it since 2006 & love it, microsoft also have a few free games to play as well that i like, as i love solving puzzles & doing jigsaw puzzles & playing solitaire.
    thanx for sharing

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    1. I'm familiar with World of Warcraft although I've never played it myself. Again... games aren't generally my thing. But... creating towns and gardens and a beautiful peaceful world with birds and horses, etc. is interesting. There are underground mines everywhere (thus 'Mine'Craft I guess) so you have to build around them or close/open them up... there are also rivers and mountains and lava, etc.

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  6. My grandson was into Minecraft. I think he has given up on trying to interest me in various video games and programs. My granddaughter used to laugh hysterically at my fumbling with video games, but my grandson really tried to teach me and would would get a bit frustrated at my fumbling. I think I understood the intent of Minecraft, but the actual execution of it eluded me. I'm afraid my grands think I am rather dense. Sigh.

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    1. Olga, I do understand. Tried to play video games with that video player with the buttons a few times with grandkids. Could never get the hang of it. This is played with your mouse and the keypad. It does take a while to get use to how to move about, (there is a method) but again learning something new should be good for me.

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  7. I am not into games either but you have made me interested in Mindcraft. Think I will check it out. Thanks.

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    1. You might want a son or grandson to help. In the trial game that came with Windows 10, only survivor mode was allowed. If it wasn't for my grandson's knowledge of how to put only the creative/peaceful mode on, I wouldn't have gotten into it.

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  8. Your post has given me energy! Oh, it is such a good feeling to get through big jobs that we keep putting off. Dan and I finally got around to cleaning out our file cabinet, going through every paper in every folder. I love the quote by Roosevelt. That is so true!

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    1. It is a good feeling (to finish a task). Sometimes taking baby steps leads to the same result. I told myself I could go through at least one box a day... and it worked.

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  9. Dear Rian, it's wonderful that you found your earlier writings and also something that you want to continue to work on. I'm never happier than when my "creative juices" are flowing and I suspect when that happens you are happy too.

    As to that computer game. It sounds like fun--that's another way to be creative! Peace.

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