Getting To Know Me

 

All About Me

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Please note:  Not only is this post weeks in the making, but has also been edited many times.

 

I am far from extraordinary.  From the “norm”.  From what everyone thinks I ought to be or from what they thought I would.  I have deviated from the path that other women my age of the world have taken.  I guess it is because I am not suppose to have anything about me that sets me apart from anyone else.  I am a Plain person.  Of course, I am quite unique in my own way.  I enjoy things that other people might shy away from or think weird.  I really enjoy the company of my praying mantises and my horse.  I am fiercely independent and enjoy solitary activities such as embroidery and reading and bible study and photography.  But there are times I like to socialize.  I have a group, Beauty In Decay Project, where a few of us get together and explore abandoned buildings, homes, and sanitariums.  We explore in the tri-state(NY, OH, and PA) area.  It is a photography and a preservation project.

 

I have never come oupro-pic-march-2017t on my blog and explained WHO exactly I am.  My name is Heather.  I am 33 years old.  I am happily married and have a 15-year old stepson.  I think I never explained because I just haven’t had the exact words to do.  Or perhaps I fear that people won’t understand.  I follow the Mennonite religion, though I am not a baptised member of any church.  The closest church is over an hour away, but I don’t have a ride there or otherwise I would go.  I pray every day that the Lord would plant a seed in my town for a church.  I do what I can to follow the Lord in my heart, my actions, and my thoughts.  My family doesn’t understand it.  My husband doesn’t understand it and wonders why “such a beautiful girl would dress this way”…actually I get that a lot.  I try and try to explain until I am blue in the face that it has nothing do with that.  I am not dressing for other people.  I am dressing for the Lord.  My husband, it is not that he is not a Christian, he is just not as devout as I am.  I want something more out of life.  I am in the world but not of it.  I want to spend my life after death with Christ.  But I don’t want to sit here and seem “preachy” and have you click away.  I want to introduce myself to what followers I have(thank you very by the way) and to any future followers I have.1-peter-3-3-4

I think, after my best friend moved away a month after I was married, it really affected me and I never went out and seeked any other friends.  Also, I suffer from fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue, hemiplegic & basilar migraines, herniated discs, and disc degenerative disease, and live with chronic pain daily, so that does not help in going out and seeking a social life.  Plus I cannot work because of all of this.  I’ve had over a dozen surgeries and countless medical tests in the past decade and a half, so I’ve been quite isolated and not had a whole lot of opportunities to go out and meet people.

1424697843259However, my best friend and I still talk.  Thankfully, she still has family here in town so she pops in and every now and then when she’s in town.  She’s the greatest thing since sliced bread, that’s for sure!

I collect a few things.  I collect vintage cameras, nutcrackers, owls, and model horses.

 

I really, really want to add these two to my collections:

Currently I Am eading:

 

Currently I Am Watching:

 

Looking forward to: 

Hulu’s tv interpretation of Margaret Atwood’s classic novel, “The Handmaid’s Tale”.  I’ve read the book and watched the movie, so I am excited to see how well this turns out.

 

Some East Embroidery Projects:

 

Current Embroidery Projects:

I love house plants!  I am amassing quite a collection…

I also have a fern, a parlor palm, and a Dracaena.

I also collect knives…

Those are just a few that I have.

 

A little more personal…my Chris and I, our anniversary is 15 August 2015.

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This is my dear husband, Chris.  This was shot at The Bistro.

Chris works at a local restaurant, The Bistro.  Though it’s run by brothers from Pakistan, it includes a mix of fine American and Paki dishes, but more American dishes.  It is one of the two 4-star restaurants in Olean, NY.  They have dishes here that you would more commonly find in a big city compared to small-town Olean.

I am a stay-at-home housewife.  I am on permanent disability because of my back and other chronic and debilitating health problems.  I have 6 herniated discs in my back, two cages, and disc degenerative disease.  I’ve had two back surgeries.  I suffer daily from chronic pain as well as severe basal migraines several times a week.  I also have fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue.  I also have bouts of IBS too.  This is not an inclusive list but I will say that a decade ago I hemorrhaged for three days which led to an emergency DNC and a hysterectomy a week later at age 28 after suffering for a decade from severe endometriosis and four surgeries from that.

I do what I can to bring in a meager income to add to our family balance.  I sell some of my embroidery locally plus I am a “mother’s helper” to my friend Mara.  I watch her daughter while she is at work until her husband gets home for a couple a hours and she pays me for it.

I stay active but some days it is very hard.  The 15 medications I am do alright for the most part.  I suppose I could be a lot worse off.  Nothing is a 100%.

My favorite seasons are spring and summer.  Fall is pretty and I absolutely loathe winter & snow.  My favorite colors are lavender and cream.  My favorite soda is Dr. Pepper and cream soda.  I love the clean scents of hyacinth, lavender, vanilla, and cotton.  I love being out of doors, out in the woods or by some water, with my husband fishing or out on the kayak, with my just wandering around, checking out the nature, taking pictures, and notes, and samples.  We love to go camping.  I love to explore, hence the urban’xing.  Want to see a cool shot I took last summer at an abandoned tuberculosis sanitarium?

 

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This was a patient’s room. Since this was TB hospital. these doors opened so their bed could be wheel out any season so they could reap the benefits of the fresh air. Back then, it was believed the fresh air would cure the TB, no matter what time of year. I just love that peeling paint! It is the lead in the paint that makes old paint like that peel. This place is located in WNY.

From time to time, I may share some shots on here with you I’ve taken for my “Beauty In Decay Project” or for my personal photography.  I absolutely love to shoot nature and wildlife, and landscape  photography.  Here is three more great shots I got last summer…and btw, usually any shots that I post are for sale.  All you have to do is contact me.  I also sell prints for reasonable prices and I frame and matte them myself too!

Three long trees in a field just before a storm…
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He snuck up on me!
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This is the last look he gave me before he left.

I really, really hope you’ve enjoyed this post.  I’ve put a lot of time and effort into this.  Like I said before, it’s been a few months in the making and been through edits multiple times.  I’m kinda nervous about putting this out there lol 🙂  I am just nervous about negative feedback is all.

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Heather

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Your Inspirations For Tuesday 14 March 2017

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The peace that we are looking for is not peace that crumbles as soon as there is difficulty or chaos. Whether we’re seeking inner peace or global peace or a combination of the two, the way to experience it is to build on the foundation of unconditional openness to all that arises.
– Pema Chödron

What You Seek Is Seeking You

Inspiration for the Day: Try to be at ease even in the midst of the day’s chaos.

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Your Inspiration For Monday 13 March 2017

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No matter what situation we find ourselves in, we can always set our compass to our highest intentions in the present moment. Perhaps it is nothing more than being in a heated conversation with another person and stopping to take a breath and ask yourself, “What is my highest intention in this moment?

—Jack Kornfield, “Set the Compass of Your Heart

Everything preaches the dharma—nuclear waste, skunks, flowers, grass—and does so fully and completely.

—Roshi Nancy Mujo Baker, “On Not Being Stingy

God wants you to know that faith is exactly what it takes to get through uncertainty.

Faith is not necessary when you know how things are going to work out, – that’s knowledge. It’s in the time of unknowing that having faith is what sees you through to the other side. Faith is what gives you strength. Faith is that light in your heart that keeps on shining even when it’s all darkness outside. Now is the time to keep that faith alive!

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But also for this very reason, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue, to virtue knowledge, 6 to knowledge self-control, to self-control perseverance, to perseverance godliness, 7 to godliness brotherly kindness, and to brotherly kindness love. 8 For if these things are yours and abound, you will be neither barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. 9 For he who lacks these things is shortsighted, even to blindness, and has forgotten that he was cleansed from his old sins.
2 Peter 1:5-9

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Your Inspiration For 08 March 2017

Some inspiration to guide you along your day for 09 March 2017…BE INSPIRED today!

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If we train ourselves to reach for a snack or pick up the phone to text-message whenever we feel frightened or bored, this is definitely training. The next time we feel uncomfortable we will also tend to reach for some comfort outside ourselves, eventually establishing a deeply ingrained habit, another brick in the wall of our mental prison.

—Gaylon Ferguson, “Fruitless Labor

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No work or love will flourish out of guilt, fear, or hollowness of heart, just as no valid plans for the future can be made by those who have no capacity for living now.
Alan Watts

When it is impossible for anger to arise within you, you find no outside enemies anywhere. An outside enemy exists only if there is anger inside.
Lama Zopa Rinpoche

You want to know about anybody? See what books they read, and how they’ve been read…
Keri Hulme

When a distraught mother asked [the Buddha] to heal the dead child she carried in her arms, he did not perform a miracle, but instead instructed her to bring him a mustard seed from a house where no one had ever died. She returned from her search without the seed, but with the knowledge that death is universal.

—The Buddha, “Who is the Buddha?

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I love Rumi…

Inspiration for the Day: Try to pay attention to your intentions.

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Your Inspiration For 05 March 2017

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Always do your best. What you plant now, you will harvest later.

– Og Mandino

Let each man exercise the art he knows.

– Aristophanes

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Always keep an open mind and a compassionate heart.

– Phil Jackson

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Your Inspiration For 03/03

Enjoy some inspiration to boost your day…

“Walls and fences cannot instruct the grasses and trees to actualize spring, yet they reveal the spiritual without intention, just by being what they are. So too with mountains, rivers, sun, moon, and stars.”

—Dogen, “Everything is Holy

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“If your spiritual practice and the demands of your everyday life are not in harmony, it means there’s something wrong with the way you are practicing. Your practice should satisfy your dissatisfied mind while providing solutions to the problems of everyday life. If it doesn’t, check carefully to see what you really understand about your practice.”
– Lama Yeshe

Inspiration for the Day: Ask yourself if it feels like your life is getting in the way of your spiritual practice. If the answer is yes, look at how you can change that.