Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Inspiration and Desperation

Thank you everyone for your lovely Valentine's Day wishes yesterday.  I hope each of you had a wonderful day!

My day (and Mr. Tide's) consisted of straightening up for a home appraiser to pay us a visit yesterday afternoon, followed by what I can only term as an "interesting" evening.

We sent Bugs, our son, off with the dogs for a few hours while the appraiser was here, and after he had been gone for a little bit the phone rang.  He informed Mr. Tide and me that he had gotten a little bored while hanging out with the pups at our farm property and had gone for a bit of a joy ride around the fields.

Sounds like a good idea right?  He was in a 4 wheel drive vehicle after all...but what he failed to take into account was how soft parts of the field were, and how where a big tree had been uprooted last fall there was now a small pond that had formed where the roots had once been. 

He made it by said pond on the way in, but on the way out he wasn't quite so lucky and ended up with the front end of the truck deep in muck and mire.  This meant that I would need to hang out to meet with the appraiser while Mr. Tide ventured over to try and get the truck unstuck! 

Needless to say, this wasn't exactly how I had envisioned our Valentine's Day evening would turn out, but hey, no one was hurt, well except maybe our son's pride, so it was all good.

Several hours, and a bit of desperation caused by a few failed attempts, plus a tractor pull or two later, the truck was free but nicely covered in mud.  The dogs were perfect, and behaved beautifully for having been through a 5 hour ordeal which they thought was going to be a simple outing.

The best part was as I was driving home I had to go through a retail parking lot and I got some rather confused looks from teenage boys who initially thought..."ahh cool, they went muddin"...followed by a really confused look that I can only imagine went something like..."what the heck, that old lady went muddin?!"

I'm happy to report that today was much calmer.  I was able to get lots of work done, and I was even able to tap in to a little inspiration provided by some pansies I bought last weekend.  They are so pretty, and so was the weather today, so I went outside and gathered a few to bring inside and put into my tiny glass vase which is perfect for things like pansy blossoms.

Oh, and the truck, well Bugs took it to the car wash, so it's feeling much better now too!

What has inspired you lately?


  1. Glad that all is well with your son and the truck. Love your photographs. they are quite spectacular.

    - The Tablescaper

  2. You never know how a day is going to turn out, do you? LOL! Your photos are really gorgeous, Kat!

  3. I think it's funny when you pulled up in the muddy truck. ha!

  4. Love your pansies! Hey who said that only the young can have fun? Have a good day.

  5. Guess that Valentine's Day won't be forgotten anytime soon huh? LOL Glad to hear everyone made it home fine :o)

  6. I'm glad everyone..and everything is alright! I love your beautiful DREAM...and the lavender colors! ♥

  7. You go girl - out mudding in a truck. What fun. Glad it all worked out.

  8. How 'Boy'! Glad the outcome was not so bad.

    Pansies and sweet peas, such innocent flowers...

  9. Glad that all went well with the truck! I had to laugh at the picture in my mind of the boys and the muddy truck-LOL!!!

  10. Those photos are more than beautiful.
    I would have loved to see a photo of your boy stuck in the mud. Or better yet, a photo of those confused teen's faces.

  11. Bet Bugs won't do that again in a hurry. Glad all was well in the end.

  12. Love these pictures!

  13. We all know that you went muddin', now come on! ;) LOL! I am glad no one was hurt and hey it is a Valentines Day story that you won't forget. :)
    Beautiful photos, love how you added the words too.

  14. So glad everyone came out of the mud okay.
    Your photo's are so pretty, Kat! YOU are the inspiration here.
    Have a wonderful weekend...and stay out of the mud! LOL

  15. I just stuck in the mud today! Timely post!

    Love your photos in this post, your work is what is inspiring me right now. :-)

  16. I love all the gorgeous hues of those pansies and how you used the textures with them. And what? no pictures of the mud splattered truck! I find that if I just put on my shades and act natural, no one even bats an eye around here. haha xo ~Lili

  17. Linda told me about
    this post when we
    were junking and lunching
    together on Thursday : )
    Glad everyone came out
    okay and had to laugh at
    the muddin' comment!

    Hope Saturday is treating
    you well, my friend!

    xx Suzanne

  18. Oh no! I have a story kind of like this one....and oh boy, nerve wracking to say the least! Glad to hear that every thing came out in favor of y'all.

    Kids.....gotta love 'em.


  19. Haha! Too funny! Glad Bugs and the truck are okay.

    The photos are beautiful!

  20. Exmosa exposición una gran obra maestra; excelente trabajo muy bien retocadas, y me encanta el título... Tener inspiración en la desesperación todos, y todas lo necesitamos inspirarnos y pintar la vida de colores por qué bastante negro ya nos han coloreado el futuro para eso están los grandes artistas para colorear la vida.



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