Friday, August 9, 2013

It's the Little Things

These red orange mushrooms are about the size of a large pin head, the type quilters use to hold the layers of quilt together before quilting.

These mushrooms were growing out of the cracks in an asphalt driveway in the shade. I wonder how long it would take nature to take over what is man made if we all disappeared from the earth? Not so long I suspect. Notice all the moss and lichen growing on the asphalt. These little mushrooms were such a delight and so beautiful.

Then sometimes it's little things that get me down. I couldn't find the checkbook and my passport and it had me really upset. All I could think of was where in the heck did I put them with moving and traveling and all. Finally Gary located them in one of our filing boxes and all was well. Sometimes when things like that happen I begin to think what else will happen next.

It may seem like a bed of roses traveling and living in a motorhome but sometimes it's quite stressful with all the little details to keep track of and not having a home base. Then sometimes I get so excited at little things. Seeing the mushrooms in these photos here isn't as exciting as seeing them in person but I can remember how delighted I was at the time. I've got to remind myself to keep the mushrooms and the future in my mind instead of letting the stressful thoughts take hold. If I had my clay studio I'd work in there and all those negative thoughts would melt away. What about  you, do you ever get in a funk by little stressful things, or do thoughts sometimes get you down? Thanks for reading and for all your comments.


  1. I'm so glad that Gary found your passport and check book. Those are the problems that can make for crazy times.

    The little mushrooms are wonderful. I agree that without maintenance Mother Nature would take over our civilization in short order.

    My little things seem to pile up into one large mole hill. When the mole hill starts to look like Everest I try to turn my back on everything and go into my studio. When I am sane again, solving one, usually very small, problem seems to relieve the mess.

  2. Thanks, for reminding me to go look for mushrooms. I won't find them here on the computer, but I will be reminded that they are out there waiting for me (or something similar)

  3. I often find it's little things that send me over the edge. Then something will happen that lets me put it all back in perspective.
    Glad you found your passport and checkbook. I would have been freaking too.

  4. Just *thinking* that I've lost my wallet or iPhone can cause that sudden rise in heart rate... so, I imagine it's a normal thing. Being able to control this reaction to some extent is helpful. Bio-feedback works, as does any action that calms you physically and/or mentally. But the Brain Doctor (on PBS) says we must be aware that we *control* our brain which controls our physical body. I think his words were "You are not your brain, your brain works for you..."

  5. Whenever I see living things (especially dandylions!) peeking out of cracks and crawling over walls, I wonder the same thing! It makes me feel small, but also like small things make a difference. In short, I guess it cheers me up, as has your post. Thanks :)

  6. I marvel you could get close enough to the ground to capture those little toad's stools at near eye level!

  7. In my life it is the little things (good and bad) which make all the difference.
    I love those tiny mushrooms and like Joanne I am in awe that you could get down to them.

  8. The History Channel has done a series called Life After People that shows all the changes that would occur if we all disappeared. It's really interesting to see how all the little plants and organisms can crumble buildings and destroy roads and parking lots. I think you can find episodes on You Tube or Amazon.

  9. Indeed. It's the little things that drive me nuts. The big things I take a deep breath and think well its not up to me to solve the latest death and destruction in the Middle East...

  10. I'm like Michele, sometimes something can just send you over. I spend a lot of time looking for things, which doesn't say much for my organizational skills!

    I love lichen and moss, what a beautiful contrast with those pretty little mushrooms. I bet fairies live near there!

  11. You are going to have so many stored up memories of this time of travel with your dear husband. I am just happy you are sharing with all of us but I do miss your pottery.

  12. Hi Suzi, thanks, thank goodness Gary stays calm when i am not. Ha.

    hi Barbara, thanks, with all this rain there must be a ton of mushrooms.

    Hi Michele, thanks, yes sometimes all the little things add up to more than a big thing.

    Hi Rian, thanks, I need to control my brain for sure, must work on that.

  13. Hi MM, thanks, I felt rather large next to the mushrooms but also feel small in the greater world.

    Hi Joanne, thanks, I laid my camera on the ground and was stooping down I might not have gotten up if I had gotten down. Ha.

    Hi Elephant's Child, thanks, I was so surprised to see those tiny mushrooms.

    Hi Ms. Sparrow, thanks, Oh I will have to check out those episodes, sounds very interesting.

    Hi Ms. Sparrow, thanks,

  14. Hi Troutbirder, thanks, yes I agree I know the big things are out of my control for sure, some of the feelings of not being about to do anything about them must transfer to the little things being more maddening.

    Hi Jennie, thanks oh yes I think there must be some fairies living near there for sure.


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