Mar. 20th, 2017 09:05 pm
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Didn't sleep well last night. Went to bed early (for me) around 10, and then woke up at 2. I ended up going out to the dining table with my ipad and listened to music on it and crocheting. I'm making a colorful granny square bag that I can take with me when I'm hiking to hold things like water, keys, camera, emergency granola bar, phone, compass. I will just leave my gps watch on it all the time. Went back to bed around 4. But then I did not want to get up at 7 when my alarm went off. Reset my alarm for 8 and tried to sleep. Didn't get my early morning meditation stuff done like I like to each day. Today was hiking with Candy day and we went back to the Kennerdell Tract. Hiked the Strip Mine trail, the Bear Wallow trail and came back by way of the Pipeline trail. We didn't see any bears on Bear Wallow but there was a lot of mud to wallow through. When we got back the hike was four miles nearly exactly. I wasn't sure I wanted to go farther than that today. The sleepless night, the worry I've been having just makes me distracted and my left heel is hurting a lot again.

Still carrying the IR camera. Here is photo of a bright green mossy rock with Candy's hand. I color-corrected the photo for skin color otherwise the whole thing would have been bluish gray:

And another of the trail near a little pond. Also color-corrected but this time in a different way - for a bluer sky:

I mention worry - sometimes I think right now I worry more about the future of the US and the world than I do about what is going on in my own body. If this biopsy shows something bad than that is just me and our family that is affected - if the US government doesn't take care of our own people then the whole country is affected and if they make stupid decisions then the whole world can be affected. I have never before felt our world so drastically in jeopardy. To have a selfish, mean spirited, rude, twittering and childish billionaire in charge of our future is just plain scary.

Thank goodness though, there is something else to think about. Grateful for:
getting ready for biking season,
reading (Life after Life, the new granny square book and the Red Book),
Andy (who is getting better everyday and becoming a good dog),
Milo and Skye (relaxing animals to have around)
Yoshi (odd creature)
the kids (Jules, Chloe and Johnny),
the grandkids (Hazel, Sebby and Rossy)
my friends who care about me,
and sister Kathy who I will be hopefully seeing soon,
and a future with chickens!
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Sunday - the day that Dave and I usually drive somewhere and take Andy for a walk. But Sebby agreed to go along today so we wanted to take him somewhere special - not just for an ordinary walk in the woods. We thought it would be neat to go back over to Kane to see the railway viaduct bridge that used to cross Kinsua Creek. It stood and was used until it fell in a tornado in 2003. I couldn't find the regular camera I usually carry on walks so I took the infrared camera instead - it made the rusty steel look nice and dark compared to the snow on the ground today.

Looking across the valley. More... )
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A page I did this morning in a book that I share with Mary in Houston.

I do a page spread, send it to her and then she does the same and sends it back to me. I can finally send it back to her. I've had it in my keeping for nearly 3 years. The thing is, if I don't do something right away and send it back right away, as time goes on I feel like what I do will need to be better and better the longer I have it. After three years the art that I put in it (to my mind) will need to be something incredibly wonderful - and I doubt I can do something incredibly wonderful - so I am stuck. But I decided today - just do it. Do whatever is on my mind today - no matter how simple.

I know I am a visual person. That's why I love maps. I love to match the image with the reality of things. Or use images to understand reality. I need (want) to do more art, more drawings, do more art therapy. Back in January when I was doing art-a-day I felt so good. I need to get myself sorted again.
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"Autumn" pendant - sterling, enamel on copper and red CZ stone. Listing HERE

Andy and I are passing time watching "The Secret Life of Pets" today while Dave went to a rattlesnake seminar at the local sporting goods store with his friends. Well, maybe it's just me watching - Andy's sleeping. It's a good thing - as he is getting older he sleeps more and more each day. It used to be a tough job to babysit him all day - it's getting easier.

PS - I added a new little informational thing to my Wood Thrush Studio Blogspot about the flower wafers and four seasons pendants. It always surprises me when I go to post there that it has been so long since I did it last. My last one (before today) was November 2015.


Mar. 16th, 2017 03:16 pm
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"Spring" pendant - sterling, enamel on fine silver and faceted "salmon sorbet" cz stone. Listing HERE

I will probably list the autumn pendant tomorrow and then that will be it for The Seasons.


Mar. 16th, 2017 03:10 pm
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Nancy's father's desk.

Visited Nancy [ profile] kyana today at her house and loved seeing how she has fixed up her middle downstairs room as a studio and sitting room. A couple more views HERE. )

Just before I left for town I got the news that I need to have a breast biopsy - the mammogram on Tuesday showed some suspicious tissue. Now I am fighting the urge to get anxious about it. Thank goodness the biopsy will be next Wednesday so I don't have to be in suspense very long.
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"Winter" pendant - sterling, enamel on fine silver and faceted white CZ. Listing HERE

Still snowing. I haven't been outside yet. Dave did the outside chores (filled the bird feeders, brought in the garbage cans and got the mail) before he took off with Andy so I didn't need to. Busying myself with baking and jewelry.
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Today would have been the 43rd anniversary of marriage to my first husband if we had stayed married. Thankfully we didn't. I knew it wouldn't last even as we were standing there in front of the magistrate. But we tried to make it last as long as we could. I was pregnant with his baby and we wanted to "do the right thing" - apparently the right thing in 1974 was to get married. When the anniversary date would come I would always think of the old quote, Beware the Ides of March. His mother chose that date for us - was she even aware? My parents were of the mind that I should not marry Pat and should come back home to live with them. It took me 9 years to come to that same conclusion. We divorced in 1983. A big year for me - later that year I met Dave.

Anyway - after not being married to Pat and not needing to cope with his way of life anymore I found I could be much friendlier to him. Near the end of his life he even came to live with Dave and me and sleep on our couch for 6 months while he got his living arrangements figured out. I was very glad we had that chance to do final repairs to any hard feelings and put the focus on being grandparents together.

BTW - I see now that a person can get The Red Book: A Reader's Edition (Philemon) new for only about $25. It doesn't have the pictures but it is smaller and much easier to read. It is highly recommended (if you don't care about the art).

Still snowing. And cold. Supposed to get windy later. We didn't get a lot of snow like they did to the east. Only about 6 inches here I would say. Decided not to make the effort to drive over and walk with Jan today. I just want to stay in and get caught up with stuff. There are 5 old bananas in the kitchen that need made into bread...
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Studying the Red Book.

When I made the Diversity Book recently I needed a holder for it to be displayed properly at the art gallery and Dave made me a really nice stand that could hold a book at an upright angle. Now that the show is over I have the book stand at home and thought right away, it would be great to put Jung's Red Book on it. I got the book back in 2009 for Christmas but only skimmed it. It was too big to hold or see it on my lap or flat on a table. Now that I have a new interest in examining my emotions and thoughts the Red Book might be really great for inspiration. I set it up and opened it this morning and was going to take a photo of it on the stand when I saw Skye stalking up to it. She acts like it is something really strange and fascinating. Maybe it is this page with the crosses in the "eyes" in particular? After I took this photo she settled down on her haunches and studied it for a very long time.

I took one photo yesterday when Candy and I hiked around Two Mile Run:

Some weak morning sun.

It was cold but didn't seem that bad - we were both bundled up in layers. I wore a double set of gloves. But after we got moving and hiking up hills we got warmed up and even had to take off our hats for a while. I went down to one pair of gloves eventually.

I guess today the big snow storm (Stella!) is supposed to come. I have an appointment at the hospital to have a mammogram at 2. Dave will be driving me in the truck though and it has four wheel drive so I'm not concerned. Maybe it won't be bad yet at only 2 or 3.
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Every time we go to the lake it seems there is a different bird or animal to see there.

Andy watching the swans. More HERE )

Also finished 3 enameled elements today:

More flower wafers used in the heart shape - Autumn, Spring and Eye.

Full moon tonight - I can see it out the window.

Going to be cold again tomorrow. Candy and I are planning to hike anyway. It is supposed to be 17 and with the wind chill factor it will seem to be only 8 F. Back in February when it was 70 it was hard to imagine it would get this cold again.
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But the evening will be much lighter! I will like that part of it. I'm annoyed at having to go around and change the clocks though.

I have been thinking more about my traveling pains lately and found some interesting reading material about them under TMS (Tension Myositis Syndrome) or Mindbody Syndrome. Long ago I read a book by John Sarno MD called "Healing Back Pain" and it helped me immensely with a mysterious and very painful lower backache I had at the time of my dad's heart bypass and subsequent loss of vitality. I guess in the years since I had forgotten how tricky my subconscious mind can be in producing body pains to mask other painful emotional issues in my life. I just ordered another book by Sarno called "The Mindbody Prescription: Healing the Body, Healing the Pain" and am looking forward to reading that.

Cold - snowing the tiny flakes that if it was raining would be drizzle.

Dave just called me to breakfast - French toast... :-)
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Baby chicks at the feed store today.

Dave and I visited the feed store just now - him to check on a trailer tire - me to ask about baby chicks. I found out that baby chicks will not be available (individually) after Easter. Though you can special order 25 at a time. I don't want 25. Just before Easter is when I get back from Florida. I wouldn't want to get them now and stick Dave with the job of caring for them when I'm gone. I guess we will have to wait and see what is still available when I get back. Maybe it will all work out if it's meant to be...

Edit: I see now where I can get as few at 10 by mail. That could be an option that might work okay too.


Mar. 10th, 2017 01:18 pm
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Saw the doctor this morning - and he tells me that I am doing great. Don't know what causes the strange traveling pains. I guess it is something I have inherited from my mother. He is wondering if it might be a shortage of vitamin D so I will get tested for that. At this point though I am just going back to my former thinking about it - it's psychological and manufactured by my mind to distract me from other things. The less I think about it probably the less it will ache; wherever it is settling at the moment. Right now I'm not having any pains at all.

We had a lovely snow fall last night - woke up to a lacy fairy white world. As I was driving home from the doctor's office the sun was shining for a little bit and warming things up. It was just at that moment of warming when the electric and phone wires let go of the snow that had accumulated on them. The snow was falling off in long horizontal lines that broke apart as they fell, disintegrating before they hit the ground. I had fun watching for dropping lines of snow as I drove home.

I just ordered the yarn to make a baby blanket for Mara's new baby boy. He will be born in July (maybe June?) and I wanted to make a granny square baby blanket for him. The main color will be heather gray with fern green, soft red, aqua and antique white multi-colors. I'm having the yarn shipped to my sister's house in Florida so that while I'm there next month I can work on it in my spare time. I'm sure we will be busy going places and doing things too but I'm finding I really like to just crochet to pass the time rather than watch TV or read. I can talk and be present for others as I crochet. It's not as isolating as reading can be. I have fallen in love with the granny square method - so easy to pick up and carry around and hold while working on it.
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"Night Flowers" pendant - sterling, enamel on fine silver and black onyx. Listing HERE.

Still enjoying finding uses for the flower wafers. I like multicolored bits of things on black.


Mar. 9th, 2017 08:26 am
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This is the nest box that I can see from my studio window. We might actually have some bluebirds this year! We put 4 bluebird boxes on poles (and hung 5 gourds) around the yard last year and got barn swallows (in this one) and the rest of the nest boxes had wrens. Just before I took this picture there was some starling action. A starling came down and alighted on the box and the bluebirds chased it away.

I was able to see my blood work results online last night and it seems that I have a high amount of white cells in my urine - maybe I have a little UTI going on. I really don't drink enough water. I have heard before from others that UTIs can cause all kinds of unrelated symptoms - maybe that's my Traveling Pain. Will talk to the doctor about it tomorrow.

Today - lunch with Nancy and more jewelry work. The wind has died down - overcast skies today. We might have snow tonight.

my day

Mar. 8th, 2017 06:40 pm
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Sitting at Dave's computer at the moment trying to figure out how to fix it. The first thing I always think to do is run Malwarebytes to see if malware is causing the problem. The data base needs updated. Doing that...

After my blood work this morning Dave and I had the buffet breakfast at Eat-n-Park. Then home so I could get ready for hiking with Jan. We went to Two Mile Run. There was a wind warning today - there was supposed to be winds up to 25 miles per hour till about 1 - then it was going up to 40 mph - gusts of 50 mph. I was worrying about being safe in the woods but I just didn't want to give up the idea of a hike. It was a very invigorating morning - bright sun, dark blue sky, clouds scuttling overhead, the treetops whining in the wind and rattling. My new walking stick has holes to help adjust the height and the wind was playing the holes like a flute. I was a little afraid of falling limbs and kept an eye on trees ahead to see if there were any hanging dead branches that might fall. I figured if it was a live branch breaking we would hear that and have a chance to run but a dead branch could just come loose and fall. Thankfully we survived ;-) - which made the morning even more amazing and encouraged me to be full of gratitude to be out in it. Afterwards we stopped at Dawndi's restaurant and we both had fish sandwiches with fries while watching the wind blow leaves and loose building materials across the parking lot.

The traveling pain thing was having fun with me today. On the way to Two Mile Run my shoulder ached a lot but after we started hiking I went back to having a mild pain in my heel and no shoulder pain (at all). After we got out of the woods and back in the car the shoulder started up big time - almost unbearable while we were eating. When I got home I took two ibuprofen and put the heating pad on my shoulder while I napped. Woke up with everything good again.

Dave and I took Andy to the lake this afternoon. The wind was very strong and throwing up white caps on the lake. The sun seemed extra bright so it was hard to see. The outside world seems very intense. The wind chimes on the back porch are going crazy.

I took one outdoor picture today. The Two Mile Run lake as we were leaving:


Mar. 8th, 2017 07:37 am
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I have some free time this morning - woke up too early. This is the morning I'm going for blood work so there is no coffee to help me pass time. I love the routine of making coffee and slowly waking up with meditation and journaling. I got the reading and writing out of the way so I thought I would start some new enameled trees - other seasons - fall and spring.

This makes it a little more difficult to work. Though she is very careful not to disturb anything I still can't get into some of the enamels with her there.
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"Summer" pendant - sterling, enamel over copper and gold CZ. Listing HERE.

Such a rainy day today! I stayed in all day. My left foot, which I thought had a heel spur has been perfectly pain free for the first time in 2 months. I have no idea why - makes no sense. Dave conjectured (kidding) that maybe I had so much pain in my foot yesterday because I was breaking the spur off when I was hiking and then it traveled up and lodged in my shoulder in the night. It's all a mystery to me.

wild geese

Mar. 7th, 2017 09:38 am
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Wild Geese
by Mary Oliver

You do not have to be good.
You do not have to walk on your knees
For a hundred miles through the desert, repenting.
You only have to let the soft animal of your body
love what it loves.
Tell me about despair, yours, and I will tell you mine.
Meanwhile the world goes on.
Meanwhile the sun and the clear pebbles of the rain
are moving across the landscapes,
over the prairies and the deep trees,
the mountains and the rivers.
Meanwhile the wild geese, high in the clean blue air,
are heading home again.
Whoever you are, no matter how lonely,
the world offers itself to your imagination,
calls to you like the wild geese, harsh and exciting --
over and over announcing your place
in the family of things.

~ I came across this poem by way of a link that [ profile] bobby1933 shared yesterday. It really spoke to me too.


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