I've been realizing with much quicker clarity these days
that I mostly just need simple things.
Such as days where I care and dote on animals...at present time that's 8 sweet rabbits.
I need, no matter what we're doing, as much time as possible with my beautiful bearded hon bun.
I need days and nights full of time for making joyful and whimsical things.
I need calmness and time to take care of myself and my head pain.
I need time to make our sweet sanctuary of a home cozier day by day.
I need abundant beauty which encompasses a whole whack of lovely things such as beautiful music
tinkling through the house, inspirational books that make my heart tingle, time by & on the water,
slow mornings with good coffee, healthful vegetarian fare to eat, time with my folks, etc....
because all these things are as necessary as air to my lungs.
Now more than every I am acutely aware that I get to live things all things
pretty much every single day...if I go about my days smartly...
sure some days are more successful in time well spent than others but hey,
there's always going to be a learning curve!
This new picture I have underway is about growth
especially growth from the pain we all suffer...
growth from all the sore, bruised and raw heartache that we all go through in some form or another.
and whiles I work on it and relive that raw pain of not just loosing a soul bunny
but from other crap going on in life...
I am reminded of my big simple priorities....
and I am reminded that I grow to love all that simple good stuff more so because of the bad times.
I feel lucky....
I feel like I am growing into a continually more peaceful place in my life...
and ya know what else? I really can't wait to show you the finished piece.
One of my absolute favorite times of the day is my night time snuggle with my girl Teela.
It's the same almost every single night,
around 9 or 10 pm she'll go running and pop-corning down the hallway towards the bedroom,
she'll stop at the door to wait and see if I am following,
If I am not, she comes back for me and waits by my legs until I realize what time it is.
She seems to know that Jaks gets his PM meds at 9pm sharp
and that after we take care of him, it's her time.
She jumps up onto the two benches, made specially for her, that lead up onto the bed,
she'll plop down on her favorite fuzzy blanket and gets all comfy for our delicious snuggies.
She'll give me kisses and than she falls asleep, twitching & snoring away.
She wakes up often but falls asleep several times in a row in the cozy golden glow of our star lights.
This is our time, girls only, no boys allowed, seriously, ha ha
she gets really annoyed if Yuuji or Jonathan tries to join us!
When we got her, we were going through a hard time with our big handsome boy Roo,
he had gone crippled quite rapidly due to a neurological thing
and this was just 8 months after we lost our heart Ella Luna (his soul mate).
which was also just shortly after I had took almost a year off of work to help Ella
because she too had completely lost the use of her back legs!
It was an exhausting, difficult time when we decided to adopt Teela
but she was our light and our sunshine through it all.
We would take turns sleeping with her, for almost two months straight.
One of us would sleep in her room
(she was newly adopted and we wanted her to feel safe and loved)
and the other would stay up with Roo Boo and help him as best as we could.
It was adorable, like clockwork even back then,
she would finish her dinner,
(we've come to realize that if we feed the bunnies their big veggie plates later in the night
we get better sleep because their little nocturnal butts are quieter if their bellies are full).
We'd lift the blankets and she would jump up onto our makeshift bed,
she'd crawl under the covers and play with the blankets for about 20 minutes, than she'd fall asleep,
stretched out and pressed against our legs, all night long, she'd stay there for a good 5 to 6 hours.
In the mornings around 6am, she'd start to wake, she'd emerge from the blankets
all sweet, ruffled up fur, all sweaty and warm, ha ha.
She'd than stretch, preen and than layout again along the top of our pillows
for maybe another 20 or 30 minutes
before jumping down from the bed and starting another day in her new home.
We would than crawl into the real bed for an hour or two more of sleep!
We needed to be near her sunshiny attitude & soul as much as she clearly needed us near by.
It was a sweet time of adjusting to our newest shelter adoptee,
amidst the sad and hard but still precious days of caring for our dying handicapped Roo.
The snuggle routine may have changed from a couple years ago to now
but my nightly sweet snuggle time with my girlie fills me and embraces me.
It give me such a warm happy heart, as much now and back than when we first got her.
I feel so embraced when I am with this rabbit...like life couldn't get any better.
Like I am exactly & precisely where I am supposed to be.
Well beside loosing our heart Frenwyck, besides lots of head pain to contend with and all of the usual tribulations that life likes to throw at us randomly, it was over all a pretty good winter season I think.
We've been venturing out for lots of walks on the lake, licking our wounds,
trying to let go & breathe out the bad, as we watch the snow & ice rapidly melt around us.
We've been eating lunches in the Jeep by the icy lakeside..making bets on which ice shack
is going to be left to sink into the lake or whether or not we'll see a truck go through the ice!
We've been talking endlessly about summer....planning, dreaming and scheming for the new season.
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I am Mandy Saile (pronounced Sigh-Lee), I am a maker of whimsical artwork & handmade lovelies. I am a multi-disciplinary artist but my oh my how coloured pencils make my fingers tingle. My work is meant to inspire & act as a reminder towards all the abundant joy & beauty in life whiles also telling stories about kindness & connection, espeacially between us & the animal kingdom. My artistic journey is not an easy one by far for I am a chronic & acute migraine/headache sufferer but I can now see a serendipitous connection between the pain I live with & the whimsical work that I make. When I am not creating artwork or nursing head pain, you'll likely find me just being with my handsome beloved, doting on our wonderful warren of 9 rescued house rabbits, working on our cozy little abode, curled up with books, soy lattes, jazz & chill step or out in my kayak. I make my life & art amongst the green sea of trees, sparkling lakes & crisp fresh air of North Bay, Canada.
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