Saturday, August 6, 2011

Origami and the Art of Folding Sheets

Nope, we can't fold origami swans, frogs or flowers, but we can fold sheets.

Imagine Mr. Miyagi from The Karate Kid speaking in your ear, saying "Top - bottom, now side - side." There you have it, fold until it forms a neat rectangle. Now you, too, can fold sheets. This completes the instruction for the top sheet; the mantra for the fitted sheet goes, "left pointy finger - right pointy finger - now all corners onto one pointy finger." Square up neatly, then into a rectangle. Lay the rectangular fitted sheet on top of the rectangular top sheet (add pillowcases) and fold in each end to the middle. The end result resembles a very neat linen burrito.

We have learned to appreciate the 'zen' of laundry. While doing laundry isn't rocket science, it has its own charm and discipline.

As with anything, practice makes perfect. Towels must be folded in a consistent manner to make refreshing a motel or lodge room or even a cabin a model of efficiency.

Sheets, ah sheets - the lesson in Zen... With mountains of laundry from the motel, lodge and cabins, the art of folding sheets is sometimes a challenge but always a process... and definitely a lesson in philosophy. There is great satisfaction in watching a mountain of chaos transform into a neat stack of order through your efforts.

May you discover the extraordinary in the ordinary.


Thursday, August 4, 2011

Inspiration is in the Details

All our friends and family are experiencing record heat. Even here in Branson, the numbers are high and the temps are HOT! In that vein, all efforts at entertainment have involved indoors and air conditioning...

Last week we saw Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows: Part II in IMAX 3-D. Great fun, although a little sad to see Harry all grown up.

This week we were re-inspired by James Garrett and his Tribute to John Denver at the Little Opry Theater. The musicianship was superb and the tribute was inspirational. Garrett recounted personal stories of John Denver and provided insight behind the songs. Always loved John Denver's music and storytelling ability. The show was a reminder of how short and bittersweet life is. It served to reinspire us to remember some of our original dreams and re-focus our goals. Great show!

As a treat, we had lunch at Joe's Crab Shack at Branson Landing. The crab was great! Don't criticize the photo, crabs travel sideways anyway.

In other news, the tomato plant is thriving in the heat and producing multitudes of cherry tomatoes as a daily treat. The summer colds have passed and we are all well, if not a little wilted in the heat.

May you all find inspiration and remember your dreams.

Be cool - K&J