A 'Few Good Things' This Week

Sunday, January 21, 2024

A few good things that brought me joy this past week:

This shrub in my front yard, 'Fire Chief' Arborvitae, caught my eye because the cold has brought out it's most beautiful shade of rust red.  I was trying to get a picture of it with my coat and the wood, because it was the most perfect winter color palette.  I took cuttings to have inside and was thinking, "How can I get this palette in my house?"  Only to realize, it's pretty much the palette I have already!


I've been getting outside to walk Monday thru Friday for 30-60min because I think the outdoors is good for both my mental and physical health.  It's been REALLY cold this week, but when I weigh it against walking on the treadmill the outdoors wins every time, lol!  There's something about the crisp air and brilliant sunlight that begs me to come outside and play.  Plus, by the time I bundle up with this coat I have, I have yet to not sweat under all the layers.  

Speaking of walking, I usually walk my hood, but took it to the park one day last week, and it did not disappoint!  It's a county park with your standard trails and a disc golf course.  But, if you frame the view right, there are moments where you can imagine that you're tucked away in the English countryside, which makes it look so beautiful even on a cloudy day.

And as I was ending my walk, the sun broke thru and gave the most brilliant cloudscape that I don't think I would have been able to see quite as well if I was at home.  What a gift!


And finally, I ended last year, and began this year being sick, so last weekend was the first weekend we were able to go do something fun as a family.  And I had been wanting to get back to the High Museum on their Second Sunday which is free for the family.  So we did!

It was nice to get out on the town, and while I was there I remembered that there was a piece of art that I had been really wanting to see in person.  It's a piece by the artist Donald Martiny.  I came across him and his work on Instagram a few years ago, and have wished I lived near a gallery that has his work.  Well, a while back he posted that a piece was hanging in a building here in Atlanta, and I realized when we were at The High that it was only a five minute walk away. It was amazing! I know absolutely nothing about art, but his work speaks to me. I think because, to me, he takes the purest form of art...the brushstroke, and creates sculpture out of that.   

You guys, he creates this BY HAND!  And the color striations, the texture, the bubbles that you would see in a dab of paint that had been brushed thru...he gets all of that to show up in this sculpture.  And I just love that! 

That was my week...I hope that we're all are able to find a 'few good things' in the week to come!

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