Come visit me on Instagram

I’ve been very negligent with posting regularly over the past several months. I guess I’ve just been afflicted with summer laziness.

I finished a whole slew of crafty projects, though, so I plan to share them with you in the very near future.

I recently began posting photographs on Instagram and have discovered it to be a fun way to share my pics, so I invite you to come and take a look! Simply click on the link below, or copy and paste the link into your browser, which will take you directly to my Instagram page. Then just click on “Follow” and you’re good to go—you’ll be able to view photos from now on whenever I post them:

https://www.instagram.com/donnamarrin/

Until then, here are a few pics from my recent day at the Toronto Zoo…

Sleepy skunk
Snoozing lions
Prancing peacock
Hungry rhino
Lovely tiger
Baby giraffe
Colourful bird
Orangutang fishing with a tool

Finishing a creative project feels SO gratifying

In these trying times, there’s absolutely nothing better for the soul than having one or more beloved hobbies to lean on. When you have a creative passion to turn to, you reap a wealth of healthy benefits:

  • Working toward a goal that you’re passionate about gives you a sense of purpose, which makes you feel happy and content.
  • Working with your hands as you immerse yourself in a project of your choosing is beyond relaxing. It’s the next best thing to meditation!
  • When you complete a project, you feel new stirrings of excitement as you think about the next.
  • Seeking out and experimenting with fresh ideas and new challenges takes you on a learning journey that never ends—your mind is ever expanding onto new pathways to discovery.
  • Finishing a project gives you a deep feeling of accomplishment. It’s a confidence-builder.
  • You are never bored. Your hobby is always there, waiting for you to dive in.
  • You learn more about yourself. Hobbies help you to explore and discover new skills, as well as unearth hidden talents that you may never have realized you had. 
  • It’s this simple: not only is it FUN to create new things, the act of doing so fills you with pure JOY!

With that said, here are some projects I’ve finished over the past few months. I still have to write out the patterns for some of them, which I’ll post for you at a later date.

Happy hobbying to you!

Toronto Blue Jays baseball cap and booties for a special new baby
Little drawstring bag
Easter bunny headband
Lemon meringue slouchy hat
Grey & cream pocket scarf
Blue jeans blue crocheted hippie skirt
Teal tie top
Rose lace top
Pen & ink doodle drawing: The most priceless things are wild and free
Pen & ink doodle drawing: You already have what you’re looking for

Merry Christmas to all!

It’s been a year of sheer insanity, but if I were to sit down right now with a pen and a piece of paper, I know I could still make quite a list of things to be thankful for.

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to everyone, and let’s hope that 2021 is filled with more sunny days than cloudy ones.

You never know what you’ll find in the trash…

Paul & I went for a walk at a nearby conservation park this evening, and as we passed a garbage can, we spotted this little fellow looking up at us amidst the trash!

We assumed he had fallen in there and couldn’t get out, so we tipped the can on its side and he ran out, stopping in the distance by a tree. He sat and watched us as we walked to a nearby park bench and sat down. Then after shooting us what appeared to be a dirty look, he hightailed it right back to the garbage can and climbed back inside. Paul went over and dropped in his KFC macaroni salad as consolation for having mistakenly disturbed him. LOL!

(We returned to take one last peek on our way out of the park. He’d eaten every bite of the macaroni salad and was working on what looked like a sandwich bun.)

What’s ten times worse worse than dumping a full cup of coffee in your lap?

DUMPING THE ENTIRE CUP INTO YOUR LAPTOP KEYBOARD!!!

Yep. That’s exactly what I did a couple of weeks ago. I’ve always been as clumsy as the day is long, so I make a point of being extra-careful whenever I have liquids anywhere near my devices.

Except this time, when I bumped the table beside me, my full cup of coffee (with no lid on it) literally flew up into the air and landed upside down on top of my MacBook, which was on my lap. Every last drop drained into my keyboard.

I raced to the kitchen like a bat out of hell, holding the laptop upside down to drain over the sink while yelling every curse word in the English language. Once drained, I shut it down and raced it over to my awesome tech guy, who said he’d do his best to dry it out and clean it up, and we would hope for the best that I hadn’t fried it.

After a LOT of praying, I am so lucky to have my laptop back—good as new, thanks to my rock star tech guy, Phillip of Tomigi Computer Sales & Service in Markham, Ontario.

Anyway, I’m back online and hope to share some of the projects I’ve been working on in future posts. For now, here’s Otis, relaxing out in the front porch.

And here’s a silly joke that gave me a chuckle.

Otis could use a margarita…

Otis relaxes in his basket by the window, wearing his Mexican sombrero as he dreams of white sand beaches and tequila shots.
Happy Sunday!

Your Purpose

I’ve long wondered about the force that drives my passion to write. I can’t recall a time in my life when I haven’t had the concept of a story brewing in my mind. Am I destined someday to write a narrative that will touch others? …that might inspire one soul to take a different path? Could my words help influence a decision? …offer a bit of cheer in a life that needs brightening?

I believe that each and every one of us were assigned special gifts—gifts that make us as individual as our fingerprints. Some of us have yet to realize our signature abilities, but they do exist, nestled deep in wait until the time is right for them to surface.

There are those who are verbally gifted. A kind word to someone in need, an inspirational anecdote to raise the spirits, the comfortable chatter that binds a friendship.

Some are blessed with a keen ability to listen. There is no better salve for a troubled heart than the undivided attention of a good listener who truly cares.

Some are gifted jesters. A hearty dose of laughter fertilizes the seeds of lightness and healing to help them take root in the soul and flourish.

Then there are those who, with a swipe of brush across canvas, create wondrous visuals to remind us that beauty exists in the simplest of things…it’s all around us, all the time—there to be seen with open eyes and minds.

And there are those blessed with musical gifts. They have the power to mist our eyes with tears and our souls with joy, simply by unleashing their acoustic ingenuity.

But not every person’s gifts are so clearly defined.

The healing touch a parent uses to soothe a child.

The love that seasons a meal prepared to bring others together.

The smile that lights up a city block.

Every life on earth has meaning. And every living creature has been designed with a master plan.

I believe that our special abilities are tools we’ve been given so we can add a bit of magic to this world and help make it a better place.

So share your gifts and feel your purpose. If you can positively influence even one soul in this lifetime, whether or not you realize it, you will have made a difference.

This gives new meaning to the term “Smart Ass”

My inventive but batshit crazy friend, who I’ll just call “S”, shares with me a love of making crafty stuff… but as you’ll see below, she has taken repurposing clothing to a whole new level.

Here’s a picture of her wearing her new homemade mask.


I’m just hoping she salvaged it from clean laundry.

 

Happy Easter from Otis the Ragdoll Cat

Hello everyone… although I am writing to wish you all a Happy Easter, I am not so very happy right now.

Not after my mother-person tried to force me to wear a dumb pair of bunny ears that she made. Honestly, how incredibly insulting is that to a handsome creature such as myself?Of course, I refused to wear them, making sure to kick and shake my head so that they would not stay put.
Eventually, my mother-person gave up and let them just rest on the floor. I glared at them, thinking that I might like to rip them to shreds.
And what’s with that dumb stuffed bunny she put behind me? Sometimes, she just drives me crazy. But I do love her anyway.

A HOPPY EASTER TO ALL!

Got a couple of overripe bananas taking up space on your counter?

Don’t toss them—treat yourself to the most heavenly Banana Fritters!

Super-easy to make, they’re mini “pancakes” that you can chow down on for breakfast with some bacon and a touch of maple syrup. Or indulge as a dessert by serving them warm with a healthy scoop of French vanilla ice cream.
It’s so easy…

Mash two ripe bananas, mix in one egg, ¼ teaspoon of vanilla, a dash of cinnamon, one teaspoon of brown sugar, ¼ cup of flour, and ¼ teaspoon of baking powder.

Once it’s all blended, drop big spoonfuls into a fry pan greased with a bit of vegetable oil. Use a bit higher than medium heat to brown on both sides, then set on paper towels to eliminate some of the oil.

Optional: I added a handful of raisins to the batter for extra yumminess.

Not optional: Looks like I’ll be adding an extra mile to my walk tonight!!!

 

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