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Couch Cat – Blue is my thing, what’s yours?
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12 April 2019
Author   Jackie Wilson Asheeke
I am a blue guru.  Blue is my favourite colour without a doubt.  My colleagues at work, my kids, family members and friends will confirm that this is the primary colour of my wardrobe and accessories.
  All over my house I have blue vases, bottles, glass art works, paintings and graphics, decorative pillows, ceramics, and other items collected over the years. 
Different shades, tints, and hues of blue have different meanings. For example, dark blue can be seen as elegant, rich, sophisticated, intelligent, and old-fashioned, royal blue can represent superiority, and light blue can mean honesty and trustworthiness.
While only a couple of items in my blue collection are expensive, the others are items I found at garden or street sales in various parts of the world over the last 30 years.   Each item is a valued possession because when I look at them, they make me smile…and that’s the point of my love for the colour blue. 
Some books say that blue is the color of the sky and sea and is often associated with depth and stability. It symbolizes trust, loyalty, wisdom, confidence, intelligence, faith, truth, and heaven. Blue is considered beneficial to the mind and body. It slows the metabolism and produces a calming effect.
Quite wrongly, people use the term ‘feeling blue’ as a negative thing.  However, for me, seeing all kinds of things like flowers, bedding, curtains, house paint colours, furnishings and artwork in the various range of blue colours is soothing.  In fact, it lifts me from the blues.
I crochet a lot when I am at home chillin.’  Usually, I use yarns in various tones of blue or violet.  I enjoy creating sweaters, caps, scarves, afghans, baby blankets and couch throws in my favourite colour range.
There are complicated colouring books for older folks...yes, I have one.  Colouring the various designs on each page allows me to use ranges of blues, deep greens and purples to create random, intricate patterns.  It is also a way of creating something soothing while on mental autopilot while I allow my brain to think of creative topics for articles, create schedules for my workload, sort out conundrums, deal with my internal issues or just shut my mind down for an hour to meditate or pray.   The colouring book is cheaper than a psychologist.
According to www.bourncreative.com, blue gemstones are believed to aid in creating calm and relaxation in crisis situations or chaotic situations and to gain the courage to speak from the heart.  Bring on the sapphires, blue topaz and tanzanite - I accept all gemstone gifts!
Another website claims that staring at the colour blue is an appetite suppressant.  Whaaaat?  Lordy, let me find a blue refrigerator and hang blue stuff all over the kitchen. 
Allow me to share with you some ‘blue’ photos I found for my Blue Bayou board on Pinterest.  Have some fun and enjoy the blues (great music!), chase the blues away (be happy), stare into the blue (space out) and sail off into the deep blue sea of imagination and fun.