for every sale of w.i.p. tees, w.i.p bags, beetle badges & sacred heart badges (along with some of our woolly knitted goods) we make a donation to Salam Neighbor. when Meg & i were working on turning her illustrations into wares we both agreed we felt the need to give back to something, this little seed was planted within & nearly 9 months on Marlon & i came across a film called Living On One Dollar. we have a tendency to watch documentaries in the evenings which highlight folks doing positive things in the world & this ticked the box. the following morning i fell down their rabbit hole...
some days i feel quite hopeless & powerless when i look out into our beautiful world but then i recall what Rick Hanson says about how we can fill the Well drop by drop, or not even aim for a Well, perhaps start with a Bucket instead. then drop by drop fill it, the best way we can. whether its through meditation, intentional attention, caring, kindness, compassion, empathy or giving (and that includes our own selves), and by doing so, slowly but surely the Bucket/Well will start to fill up.
since our store opened exactly 2 weeks ago today, we have raised $260 for Salam Neighbor through sales of our wares, & that is because of you & each day another customer & another little drop gets added to the bucket... we cannot thank you enough!
so on days when i feel a little unsure of how to make a difference, i come back to my breath, sit quietly, knowing i am not alone in this feeling & a connection comes into being, a connection to other like minded souls, finding ways, big or small, little or large to fill the bucket the best way they know how & in turn i sense a feeling not of hopelessness or powerlessness but one of hope & one of power.
tis all go here at curious.and.coe HQ. me & my brother Mouse were put on packing duties as the orders started flooding in. we took this job very seriously & decided to both clean up before we began
by the end of opening day i was completely wiped out, i do not recall a day when i had not spent 22 out of 24 hrs asleep on Marlon's bed. it was rather good to see how the other half live but i must confess it was not for me. i am hopeful after the first few days of excitement things will return to their usual slow paced living.
this morn i asked Tif to take a photo of me on my desk,
i felt it most important that folks can see where i send out the Milo Mews from. it is in the corner of Marlon's bedroom, they set me up with an old folding table from the garage & Tif kindly stuck a few beetle & moth pictures up for my entertainment. you see dear reader, i do like a bug or two, in the summer i can be found on insect duty, Tif does ask me not to be, but i cannot help myself & thus any bug or flying thing that finds its way into my nest will also find its way into my tummy. please do not judge me, it is just my way of keeping the fly population down around here.
do i have anything of any interest to report in aside from my love of bugs, i fear not, although i have heard on the grapevine Little Olive (a small dog with an olive spot) who resides with us had 23 teeth removed a few days back, 23!!! how can that be i exclaimed to myself, i then went through many reasons why cats are far preferable to dogs & especially when it comes to matters of hygiene. i also noted dogs appear to eat anything & everything no matter what it is, or where it came from. i on the other hand being a cat am super picky & only eat the best choice cuts of kibble & of course, ripe juicy flies that happen to come a knocking.
it is finally here, hip hip hooray! tis 'grand opening' day!
i cannot believe it has actually happened, i did not think i would ever have an online store again but as they say, never say never. this time around a lot of the behind the scenes nitty gritty has been taken on by Marlon, & i for one am truly thankful. i have come to the conclusion it is much more fun with two & not just one.
this morn i was gripped with a rising panic, the little voice from the depths with his mantras of negativity "what if it all goes wrong?", "what if folks do not like the store?", "what if you are not enough?"... around & around he went, i swear he threw a few good cackles in there too for good measure.
"ENOUGH" said Tif "ENOUGH" (for i have started talking in uppercases/capitals at times like these or when i get super giddy about something. i once was quite against such a criminal use of capitals & oh so judgmental of those who partook in such crimes & then i got off my high donkey & dared to look outside of my narrow minded view of uppercase use. oh the freedom that came, oh the joy of POPPING a few in here & THERE). & thus i found myself saying "ENOUGH" to the little voice within, stopping him in his tracks... "what if" i said "what if it all goes RIGHT, what if folks LOVE the store & lordy, dare you even dare such a thing, what if you are ENOUGH?" & all went quiet within. i heard a little shuffling, a little gahumping & then a small quieter voice came from below "well yes, i guess that is a possibility, one i didn't dare to dream of before... "
mister muchly came into the studio to play, today. he had got wind we were taking photos of mister muchtees & wished to get in on the action. when Marlon told him there were just a few gray shirts left he got a little sad but soon cheered up when Marlon told him we had a whole new color shirt coming in, hot off the local printers press.