Monday, May 24, 2010


Several googly-eyed Roros get ready for their new owners.

Sunday, May 23, 2010

"it shall be life"

Thus, if there are afflictions, there are also comforts: great consolations, great chastisements. There is a comforter, and there is a chastener. Every man must taste of death: every man must taste of life. It shall not be all bitter nor all sweet for any. It shall be life. The unseen ministers of a stupendous equity have their eyes and their hands about every man’s portion; ‘as it is written, he that had gathered much had nothing over; and he that had gathered little had no lack.’

It is the same earth for all; the same earth for the dead, great and small; dust to dust. The same earth for the living. ‘Thorns, also, and thistles shall it bring forth,’ and God provides the flowers too.

(J. Sheridan Le Fanu, Wylder's Hand)

Friday, May 21, 2010

~* the shop is up! *~

The Bikbik & Roro shop is up! Well, the skeleton of it is anyway (technicalities sure are a chore). With God's help it shall be officially open in the next few days (weeks?), with a few Bikbiks and Roros :)

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Mrs Harriet Maybell-Winthrop


OK, I don't really know her name. But wasn't she a beauty?

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

having a great life

The other day a nice customer service lady at one of the major clothing companies was emailing me about my order, and in closing she wrote the usual, "Hope you're having a great weekend".

It was a routine, standard courtesy and I don't think she expected any response from me, but on the spur of the moment I decided to write this back:

"YES, I am having a great weekend really. I've been enjoying myself with my kids, spending so much fun time with them, shopping, eating well, and then having a lovely peaceful home to return to to rest and relax. I am so blessed!

I realise as I get older that it really boils down to one's attitude, doesn't it. like, you could choose to fixate on something that you think isn't right in your life and let that get you down, or you can choose to rise above it and be grateful for all the blessings you do have.

more and more I see that it is wasteful to think that you'd be happy when such and such happens.. like you'll be happy when your knee stops aching or when you've gotten or done whatever.. you have to choose to be happy NOW, whatever your circumstances, and not waste any time worrying or fretting about the future or what you cannot change.. being happy and content really has to be a conscious choice one makes".

I apologised if that was too much information, but explained that I had been contemplating life a lot lately. Now I didn't expect an
y response from her (except perhaps a mental rolling of the eyes at her end), but this is what she wrote back:

"You are so right. Life is way too short to get caught up in the little things. Thank you for sharing that. I needed to read that and be reminded. It really did make my day".

Honestly, I felt SO happy when I read that. You just never know when, how and to whom you can be a help and a blessing, however small.

Monday, May 17, 2010

latest distraction: cat vomit


Sophie contemplates the results of her sensitive stomach and unnecessarily rushed eating.

Am I a sea, or a whale, that thou settest a watch over me?

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

keep smiling


And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus (Phil 4:7).

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

O, this is handy (and look at those adorable illustrations)!

Monday, May 3, 2010

So I get the flu, right after getting the flu shot. Fine. I requested "drowsy-causing" meds, but needless to say, they had no effect on me at all. Headache, sore throat and the excessively sensitive hot-cold of a fever have got to be among the more aggravating human sensations available.

Saturday, May 1, 2010


Moon. Lighthouse. Flower. Tree. Starry night. Orange balloons. Perfect.

As Le Fanu wrote of his Dorcas Brandon: "I suppose she knew I was looking at her; but she showed always a queenlike indifference about what people might think or observe".

my sketchbook at 16




Nice hair.

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