Black and White photography: understated sadness

Dearest odyssians,


Just discovered after returning home that our favorite pillow which cushioned us through 15 years of dreams was thrown away because “it was old”.  Also lost, the sacred energy imbued in it by thousands of nights of dreams.
We were not ready to let it go. We are inconsolable.
Some things are great because they are old and worn and worthless to every single other person in the world except for you. They are sacred to us and that makes them relics legends priceless.  The person cleaning up is blind to this.  And will never understand. Why attempt to explain.  Guilt will never bring back 3000 long lost dreams.
What does it mean to have to start anew with a new pillow? What will our dreams be like from now on?
I hate this so…
A devastated o and om.


24 thoughts on “Black and White photography: understated sadness

  1. “What is REAL?” asked the Velveteen Rabbit one day… “Does it mean having things that buzz inside you and a stick-out handle?”
    “Real isn’t how you are made,” said the Skin Horse. “It’s a thing that happens to you. When someone loves you for a long, long time, not just to play with, but REALLY loves you, then you become Real.”
    “Does it hurt?” asked the Rabbit.
    “Sometimes,” said the Skin Horse, for he was always truthful. “When you are Real you don’t mind being hurt.”
    “Does it happen all at once, like being wound up,” he asked, “or bit by bit?”
    “It doesn’t happen all at once,” said the Skin Horse. “You become. It takes a long time. That’s why it doesn’t often happen to people who break easily, or have sharp edges, or who have to be carefully kept.”
    “Generally, by the time you are Real, most of your hair has been loved off, and your eyes drop out and you get loose in the joints and very shabby. But these things don’t matter at all, because once you are Real you can’t be ugly, except to people who don’t understand… once you are Real you can’t become unreal again. It lasts for always.”

    Margery Williams, The Velveteen Rabbit

    • True. But I still liked ruminating in the pillow sauce they left behind. This sauce being Purely imagined, as only odie drools when he sleeps ;)
      Hugs and happy new year. You’ll see 2014 long before we do so better write this early!!
      O and om

      • Hi a.d.
        We are well on our way in 2014. Already 2 days in and its snowing like the devil just got iceskates. And a snowboard. Despite all our new years was a good one. I enjoyed some rum of course. Odie got an extra does of catnip.
        How is summer down in th e aus?

      • (Sorry hit reply early. This is part 2).. how are things down in the aus. Did you have spiced wine for new years?
        We hope you have a blessed and exciting year. We hope all your plot twists work themselves out great. We hope all your dialogue is crisp and witty. We hope there are no log jams for ideas. We hope the words flow like niagra. And we hope you tuck into sokw bacardi in the spirit of the pirate twins.
        All the best!
        Hugs o and om.

      • What lovely sentiments – thank you so much. :D

        No, alas, we did not sit up and see the New Year in, so decided on a champagne breakfast instead, which we enjoyed with cheese on toast (is there a better way to start the year?).

        I do love your “pirate juice” and from now on, that is what rum is called in this house, too. But no, no rum, not even Bacardi – although we did watch the entire stack of Pirates of the Caribbean over the Christmas week (does that count?).

        Weather has been warm, which is to be expected down here, but I hear half of the USA is covered in snow, which means much of Europe will be, also. I hope you are keeping warm and that O has got lots of catnip.

        Cheers and hugs to you both.

      • hi ad.

        of course pirates of the Caribb counts. sometimes watching movies is as close as we can get to the real thing. minus the weird monsters and lovable cliches…
        we’ve never been privy to champagne breakfasts- just tuna and chicken in a can (odie) if the day permits.
        pirate juice is great. just remember the old greek adage “the poison is the cure” transformed into “the cure is the poison.” too much of a good thing is sadly bad for us. but most times we forget those words and plunge mouth first into a nip of the stuff. and by nip we mean a barrel.
        weather has been beyond intolerable here (and in your parts as well, I’ve read).its been -15 f on a good day. they say its supposed to warm up round these parts to a balmy 35 degrees f. looking forward to my florida reprieve vacay in a few weeks-that should break the doldrums. we had two mild winters (relative to what this year has thrown in our frozen faces) before this one. so i guess the law of averages had to plunge us to arctic depths and give us polar whiplash before unleashing us whole hog on springtime. til then we expect cold and snow cold and snow…
        saw a news article about all of the bat colonies that died because of the extreme heat in aus. terribly sad. is this is the wave of the future. extreme weather polarity for both of us? my gut says yes, and odies knit sweater also says yes.
        hope things cooll off down there as they warm here.
        hugs- have a nip of the good stuff for us :)
        o and om

      • Sorry not to have gotten back to you earlier – I’ve been sick. Not pirate juice or anything similar, food additive poisoning in my case. It has cleared out of my system and I am on the mend, but not up to blogging yet.

        Re the future – please, please, do not believe the hype.

        Australia has not had a hot spell above and beyond anything we’ve had before, it’s been relatively mild here. There have been no bat death due to “excess heat” – but plenty get killed at wind farms.

        Our years are getting cooler at this end of the globe, same as it is at your end of the globe. So much so that a “scientific” expedition out to “find proof” of global warming got stuck solid in Antarctic ice – in Summer! – which caused much hilarity, I must say. They had green reporters with them and a green senator, too. But, true to form, they declared that the ice proved global warming and are trying to put on a brave face, only it’s not working.

        In the news, they mysteriously turned into a tourist ship.

        Their rescue ship got stuck, then another. They disrupted the refuelling of the Antarctic camps and may have cost real science a whole year (as the delivery window for food, fuel and equipment is small) for three countries working in Antarctica (Australia, China and France). They were eventually rescued by the Chinese helicopter, so all are well, but people are not happy with their sloppy planning and their determination to ignore reality (i.e. “there is no ice”).

        Bottom line? People the world over are seeing through this now. Those guys have grown rich on the lie of global warming. The models – all of them – are wrong. Not a single prediction (or projection) has come true in 30 years. There is no evidence of anthropogenic influence, not one scrap – Climate changes and oscillates naturally. It has since the dawn of time.

        I hope I haven’t trodden on the toes of any of your beliefs. If I haven’t, and you want facts and figures and science that actually shows and shares it’s data, check out WUWT

        It’s all about climate, the site is visited by more scientists and engineers than you can poke a stick at (views are up at around 170 million – no joke – it’s the biggest site for climate and winner of the Best Science Blog for 3 years straight). It was there I learned that the “consensus” consisted of 27 individuals, that the Hockey stick got rid of the medieval warming period – which was hotter than now – and learned about Climategate.

        There has been no warming for 17 years. We are actually beginning to cool – as you can see outside your window.

        Cheers and hugs to you both.

      • Hi ad…
        No worries at all about comments. This is a forum to share. My only thoughts : pollution is bad in any form and should be eliminated. We are not great tenants of this wonderful Planet. We cant kill her, but we are certainly trying.
        Just read that supposedly a cold spell rivaling 1654s (or was it 1645?) Is headed our way. .. next week well have solar flares and a heat wave. Cant make heads or tails of any of it frankly, and that’s prob by design. Lets see what happens – we have no choice. Last thought, If we are causing warming we will never stop and fix it… I know our species to well. .
        On these lovely notes. .. hope u are well.
        Hugs, o and om

      • First off, a developed country takes care of the environment. Secondly carbon dioxide is not pollution, it’s plant food. I’ve been following the climate-front stuff for years now, really digging into it, and I know where the hype is and where the lies are coming from, and why (billions of dollars in funding – skeptics don’t get any, politicians want the calamity so that they have reason to raise taxes and be seen to “fix” it).

        Human being are NOT warming the planet as far as any evidence is concerned. The human “fingerprint” is not there. Look again at those so-called scientists who hide their “data” and keep moving the goalposts.

        The Earth is fine. So are we. We are part of nature and BELONG here. We are NOT a sin upon the planet. So please throw those thoughts in the bin – fear-mongers manipulate people THROUGH GUILT.

        That’s all I’ll say, as this is probably not the place for such a debate. But if you are interested and want to know what’s going on for real (not on the news), check out the link I gave you. There, scientists put their data out on display and discuss the science.

        All the best, always, to you and O. :)

      • No. It was food additive poisoning – it almost put me in hospital (it came on rapidly in the middle of the night and I couldn’t breathe) and dropped me for three weeks. I’m still getting over it, but can at least last the day – I’m now strictly on what I call “Grandma’s diet”, food-wise, if I have to chop it, wash or peel it, it’s probably okay. All packets and instant foods are OUT.

        I even ditched the wine and my coffee consumption has dropped to a single cup a day. :(

      • Thanks, OM. The main problem has always been starches, mainly wheat. When that’s in my system, it opens the door to a lot of other nasties, and unfortunately I let wheat and maize starch creep in over the Christmas holidays. I’m back to what I know gives me optimal health – protein, lots of leafy veg, fruit and water. I have incentive now not to stray again.


      • Oh yes. The holidays always throw us off too. Though this year I made sure to reduce odies bourbon ration (even as I increased the rum.)
        Good to hear youre better and are staying on the straight and narrow ;) glad your new book is coming together. Congrats!
        Cheers, o and om


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