Thursday, April 15, 2010

I dream of Harry's Bellini . . .

I love this week's POTD theme - dreams/goals. Ahem! . . . er, you may have noticed the name of my blog . . . ? What would we do without dreams? Well, here are some of my dreams . . .

My husband, Lee, took this picture of me in January 2009, right after I got my computer. I'd worked with computers practically all of my life, but had never had one of my very own, and, frankly, up until then, had never been particularly interested in owning one. I had always just simply shared my husband's. Lee, and I mean this in the nicest sense, is a computer geek, and the one great disadvantage of sharing a computer with a geek is that you will never find your stuff in the same place twice. Lee would load programs, remove them, "improve" them, move files around, and it all made perfect sense to him, but to me, turning on the computer was more adventure than I wanted just to check the balance on my checking account. Clearly, this little computer chick (moi), was ready to fly solo . . .

I really like this picture of me, and, in many ways, this is how I see myself. I dream about staying home and writing the "Great American Novel" (or, at least, the next bestseller) . . . I dream about being mistress of my own time . . . and in my dream, my hair always looks good and I'm wearing lipstick . . .

This poem, by Langston Hughes, hangs on my vision board . . .


My sister-in-law, Barb, made me the "Dream" glass pendant a while back. It's become part of my vision board.


This is just one section of the vision board, but do you see the picture on the lower right corner? Yes! It's Venice. La Serenissima - the most Serene Republic, as it was once known. Seeing Venice is both, a dream and a goal for me.

I have it all planned out in my head. Yes, I want to see the Basilica di San Marco, that gorgeous Byzantine cathedral, built to house the remains of St. Mark . . . Of course, I want to quietly glide down its sleepy canals in a gondola, manned by a handsome gondoliere . . . Naturally, I want to visit the island of Murano, where all that marvelous glass is blown, and, who knows, perhaps pick up a little something to bring home . . . But I also I want to go to Vivaldi's Church, the church where Antonio Vivaldi worked as choirmaster while he composed some of his masterpieces. I read in "1,000 Places To See Before You Die" that the "Four Seasons" is performed here regularly - by candlelight! Finally, I want to sit in Harry's Bar, the original Harry's Bar that drew Hemingway time and again, and drink a "Bellini" - its signature drink - while watching the tourists stroll happily through St. Mark Square . . . Sweet dreams are made of this . . .

10 comments:

Amy said...

I love the concept of the 'Dream' board! what a great visual to have when you get down in the dumps or need inspiration.

pat said...

I LOVE it that you not only have a dream, you have it all planned out! Way to go!!

janett said...

I love your vision board, I hope you get to make it Italy one day. :)

Joanne said...

Love your board! I hope all your dreams come true!

Barb said...

Maria, May all your dreams come true. You are an excellent writer. I can see you at home writing your novel with lipstick on and looking good. Here are the words to a song I wrote as part of my guitar lesson a few weeks ago. I don't think you ever get too old to dream.
"Won't Quit"
There's something inside that won't let me quit
Somewhere within the light is still lit
The beat of my heart echos desire
To reach the goals that I aspire
So don't tell me no cause' I won't hear you
I won't give in til' I do what I know I can do
A battling force, won't surrender
I'm still here a contender
Won't let myself down, I believe in me
With help from above, His way I will see
So don't tell me no cause' I won't hear you
I won't give in til' I do what I know I can do

Esther said...

I love your dream board! It really puts your desires in front of you so that it makes it easier to acheive them. Good motivation and inspiration too.

Suzy said...

Awesome post, great dreams and a wonderful photo of yourself!

Reds said...

Great idea having a vision board! And love your pic!

annabelle g said...

...a dream is a wish your heart makes....I love the idea of your vision board :)

Nicki, said...

A lovely picture of you and so insightful to keep and maintain a vision board. I had something similar when I worked outside the home - it mainly had pictures of the kids. I eventually took the plunge to become a stay-at-home-mom. I now do some work from home, but I'm living one of my biggest dreams - being mom!