attitude, originally uploaded by SuzeArt.

at·ti·tude (t-td, -tyd)
1. A position of the body or manner of carrying oneself: stood in a graceful attitude. See Synonyms at posture.
a. A state of mind or a feeling; disposition: had a positive attitude about work.
b. An arrogant or hostile state of mind or disposition.
3. The orientation of an aircraft’s axes relative to a reference line or plane, such as the horizon.
4. The orientation of a spacecraft relative to its direction of motion.
5. A position similar to an arabesque in which a ballet dancer stands on one leg with the other raised either in front or in back and bent at the knee.
[French, from Italian attitudine, from Late Latin aptitd, aptitdin-, faculty; see aptitude.]
atti·tudi·nal (-tdn-l, -tyd-) adj.
atti·tudi·nal·ly adv.

The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition copyright ©2000 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Updated in 2003. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company. All rights reserved.

1. the way a person thinks and behaves
2. a position of the body
3. Informal a hostile manner
4. the orientation of an aircraft or spacecraft in relation to some plane or direction [Latin aptus apt]

Collins Essential English Dictionary 2nd Edition 2006 © HarperCollins Publishers 2004, 2006
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Noun 1. attitude – a complex mental state involving beliefs and feelings and values and dispositions to act in certain ways; “he had the attitude that work was fun”

Currently, I am working on my own attitude, and worrying about my son’s.  Won’t say much as I’m muddled, to say the least. Said goodbye to an old friend this week. She was 41, with two teenage sons.  Here she is, Helen, in her prime, in my journal…

Look at that smile! This girl had attitude in spades! She had a kind heart, too. It upset me much more than I’d expected when I saw this lovely photo of her on the Order of Service at her funeral on Friday.  We had drifted apart over the last 3 years or so. I’d bumped into her once or twice & we’d been pleased to see each other.  I can’t remember ever having a cross word with her, which is quite remarkable, in 21 years.  Our sons were born 2 days apart & spent a lot of time together as they grew up…  There we are, you see I need to go & create this page!

Go tell a friend that you love them! 🙂

My Love to You All xXx



Feel, originally uploaded by SuzeArt.

My contribution for week 6 of Nancy’s Collage play.

Made in Wales 🙂 I had an unexpected and really lovely short break near Aberdovey from Thursday to Sunday. I’m posting this from Flickr and am in a bit of a rush. Back later…

Love to All xXx

May You Never…

I found this video, May You Never, quite by accident this evening. It’s one of my favourite songs performed by one of my favourite performers. I saw John Martyn live in Birmingham (Odeon) in the 80s. Unforgettable experience… I’m a sentimental fool (note that I left the ‘old’ out, deliberately!) 😉

We’ve had week 5 of Nance’s Collage Challenge and Crowabout herself was feeling ornery this week! (am I right, Nance? ;-)) Testing us, she was, by giving us less help than usual! There was no prominent image this week – up til now there’s usually been a face that jumps out at you & demands to be focused on, but this week there was mostly bits & pieces. I knew what she was up to straight away (yeah, right ;-)), and then my companion suggested that I stop being so uptight & neat & tidy with my attempts. He ripped up & placed the strips that male up the ‘flag’ (or Magic Carpet as Alberta suggested on Flickr! :-)) on the background that I’d made a few weeks ago and wasn’t too keen on, and then challenged me to rip up other images, while he stuck the couple’s faces on the shapes I’d cut out of the shreddie-looking biscuit things…

By the time he’d done that, I’d practically built my messy church-type building. It came from nowhere. I was remembering something I used to love doing in infants school, when we used to rip up different coloured scraps of tissue paper and create big mosaics of fish, or daffodils, or whatever we were doing a project on at the time. It’s good to remember such happy times 🙂 My son made a life-size picture of himself the same way at nursery school when he was 4 yrs old. I know I took a photo – hope I can find it one day…

I have to say that this has been one of the most therapeutic pages I’ve ever made.  Never has one single page made me think so much! I’d best go & do some more. I’ll leave you to form your own opinions…

…and look forward to hearing them 😉 Enjoy!

xXx Love to All xXx

dear prudence

dear prudence, originally uploaded by SuzeArt.

another week has flown by and another song came to mind 🙂 This is what happened when I printed out the images Nance provided us with for week 4 of Collage Play with Crowabout.

Good Things that happened this week:

1) My son was given a full-time job, working for the Council. Hallelujah! Temporary for one month, but much better than sitting at home doing very little and sleeping his life away… fingers crossed, it could lead to something more permanent…

2) The sun shone! For more than 5 minutes at a time & on more than one day 🙂

3) My camera held out for another week! (It’s seriously on it’s last legs now 😦 )

Here’s to a positive, constructive week ahead…

Love to All xXx

Slave to the Rhythm

Slave to the Rhythm, originally uploaded by SuzeArt.

The third week of Nance’s Collage Challenges and I managed to produce this. I’ve had the song going round & round in my head for days now 🙂 I really enjoyed making this page, in spite of not feeling too inspired when I started it. All the drawing and colouring in took me right back to my schooldays. The song came later, after I’d left school!

Well, the days have turned into weeks, and weeks into months and we are already heading for Autumn here. The weather has been awful during most of August & I’m really fed up with it. I thought after the floods last year, we might have deserved a specially good summer this year… *sigh* Ah, well…. back to work for me..

Hope the sun is shining where you are! 🙂

Have a good week. Love to All xXx

If you want to get ahead…, originally uploaded by SuzeArt.

….get a Hat! Or an upside-down cereal dish, if you like! 😉

Week Two of Nance’s Collage Challenge already! I’m really enjoying myself having a go at this ~ it’s reminding me how happy I can be when I just let myself get absorbed in doing something for Fun 🙂

Fun is what’s been missing from my life for the best part of this year so far. I can’t believe how much I needed this challenge to wake me up again, and am so glad that Nance came up with this group idea and put in all the hard work to make it happen… Bless you, darlin’! xXx

I’ve been spending far too much time at The Orchard during the summer months – it’s easier for me to keep up with my work, but I do miss my boy & have an awful lot of sorting out still to do back at home. It’s a real dilemma – spend time at home & be alone with lots of hard work to do, or spend time in the beautiful surroundings of The Orchard, where there’s a huge amount of sky to be seen from every window, beautiful views in all directions, clean, fresh air; where a hammock waits for me to relax in it between rain showers (I’ve had the hammock for many years and this is the first time we’ve had somewhere to hang it), where my dog is happiest, where my significant other of the last 6 years lives….

What’s a girl to do? Cut pictures out and make Art with them, that’s what! 😉

Hope you’re all enjoying yourselves, whatever you’re doing…

Love to All xXx

work like a dog

work like a dog, originally uploaded by SuzeArt.

Haha! At last, some fun! 😀

Dear Nance has just gathered together a group on Flickr, called Collage Play with Crowabout. Each week, Nance will post a sheet of Collage images which the group members will then use to create some kind of Art.

The image of the woman’s face was the one that appealed to me the most from this week’s selection. I had a lot of fun playing around with the printer/copier & came up with this. Great fun! Just what I needed!

Thanks, Nance! 😀 xXx