thursday

Apr. 13th, 2017 07:48 am
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I see a tree that has been damaged, splitting, cracking apart but still alive and bursting with life. Spring is happening.

I had a headache most of yesterday and felt fuzzy. My tinnitus was extra loud. But in it's own way it was a good day with lots of talking to friends, lots of crying, which was just what I needed. Getting used to life as it is. Hazel drove me to the store for some shopping and carried the groceries in for me. I made progress on the crocheted baby blanket. Watched episodes of Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt - good silliness. Dave swept off the front porch and back porch and made them nice. He mowed the back yard for the first time this year too. I ate my supper out back at the picnic table. We (Dave and I, Hazel and Rossy) walked Andy down to the creek and threw his ball with the ball thrower in the lower yard. Hazel has got a great throwing arm - I think cause she is so tall - and Andy got a really good work out. He loves to chase the ball.

Tomorrow Johnny and Alison and Chloe and Mike are coming for a visit. Chloe wants me to show her some new hiking trails where she can take her ARC clients. I think we will show her the trail to Rainbow Rocks - it will be a relatively easy walk that her clients can handle. Mike and Dave are going fishing.

It looks like it's going to be a beautiful day today. I have a big pot with a passionflower vine in it. I might have killed it with neglect over the winter but I want to get it planted outside soon - there might still be hope for it. I won't be able to lift it myself but I bet I can get a grandkid to help me. I am not very good with most houseplants, except succulents. I think the passionflower will have better luck outside, even with our winters - they can withstand some freezing.

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I had a busy day yesterday. I went to my usual OA meeting in the morning (we had a newcomer! - good news cause our meeting is so small (2 to 4 people) normally) and then came home to change vehicles with Dave. I had taken the car by mistake and I should have left the car for him to pick up Johnny and Alison later. From there I took the truck to Oil City to gallery sit with Chloe from noon to 6. Such a long cold sit. The recent unseasonable warm weather is gone now. I wore just a sweater that morning and should have worn a winter coat. The gallery is down a little flight of stairs from the street door and there seems to be a big leak of air coming in that door. Three people came in to see the show. I crocheted on the granny square blanket I'm making for Chloe - made 6 squares in 6 hours. She read two and a half graphic novels. Chloe left with her friend Kiyomi to have lunch and I made myself a bracelet with the beads there while I was alone. It is an interactive art project and when I was finished I thought it would make it easier to have the beads sorted into separate trays for the people who came after me and started to do that. I put the other bottle caps out and started to separate the 3 colors into them. Then I looked up and saw the title of the art piece. It is interesting to see how we want to compartmentalize things - we do! I did. So I dumped them all back in together and put the caps back on the other 2 bottles.

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How I left the piece.

At 6 we headed over to the A and C Buffet for Sebby's birthday dinner. Afterwards we came home for cake and presents. I had difficulty with this cake - the recipe I found did not make enough to fill a 9 by 13 pan (I found that out after I baked it) so I made a second cake and made a double layer cake out of the 2 of them. Sebby's main interest is music and guitar, bass and keyboards now so I put a guitar on the cake.

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His favorite color to wear is black so I got black candles.

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I love Sebby's looks.

We sat around the rest of the evening talking and watching Andy catch things and bring us things. Some people wanted to see what the shock collar felt like and had a contest to see how high they could stand it. Most people didn't want to go above 6 but Johnny went to 10. Lots of laughter - are we backwoods rednecks - shocking each other for entertainment? Maybe we just had a lot of young people together...

Also I want to mention a movie we watched a couple nights ago - very strange and odd, but something to really make you think. I'm going to put it on the list of my all time favorite movies but it probably isn't for everyone. The Lobster.

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Feb. 11th, 2017 08:58 am
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My day - walked with Dave and Andy in the morning. I took the LX3 camera that can do double exposures but I accidentally had it on black and white settings so they turned out a little disappointing to me. I wish they could have had the red in the sumac, the blue in the sky and the brown in the weeds. Here they are anyway... )

Tonight Jan and her husband Leon, Nancy, Dave and I ate out at the Villa Italian and then went to the Diversity art show. Really enjoyed the art - a couple of my favorites:

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"Resistance" by Carol McDonald.

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"Diversity" and "Water is Life" by my daughter Chloe.

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Jan. 23rd, 2017 08:15 am
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I was cleaning off my art table this morning and came across an old notebook I used to carry in my purse probably 15 or 16 years ago. It had notes about craft shows I was going to, sketches of jewelry I wanted to make - scribbles that were probably made by little Gabe and some drawings that Chloe did to pass the time while she went to the craft shows with me. I just thought this was neat - her version of me and Dave:

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This must have been from the time I was growing my hair back out from when I cut it in 2001 and wearing dresses most all the time. Dave looks pretty much the same - still has holes in his clothes and wearing his ball cap. We didn't have cable or satellite TV when the kids were growing up and John and Dad had taped all the Simpson's they could for us so we would have something to watch. The Simpsons were like part of the family to Chloe and Johnny. They played in the background of the living room all day long. I know some people would frown on letting little kids watch the Simpsons but I thought it was pretty perfect for all of us to watch together and comment on.

Plans for the day:
The weather man says rain again today but I'm hoping I can get a walk in with Candy before that happens...
Work on the art project.
Continue on business book work for the taxes.
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I wanted to get Skye in the picture too. The left group of squares is for Johnny's blanket and the right group is for Chloe's. I'm alternating crocheting the colors so I will get the blankets for the siblings done simultaneously. Each blanket needs about 230 squares. I am about 1/11 of the way done now. It sounds dumb but I look forward so much to the times when I can just sit and do nothing but mindlessly crochet.
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Serendipitously the card I chose from the Golden Tarot deck this morning was this one. It looks like the morning after Jesus' birth - papa Joseph is cooking a meal and mama Mary is admiring the baby - all the wise men, angels and shepherds have gone away and it is the start of a quiet ordinary day. The wheel of fortune in the upper left is there to tell us that things go in cycles - good and bad - always changing. Don't struggle - go with the flow.

I thought we would have a very non-busy day today but that has changed. Chloe and Mike are ready to get the bedroom furniture for their new house from our basement and want to do it today. Good! But that means that I will have to do a lot of cleaning up down there before they get here. The thing (cleaning and sorting through stuff) that I have been trying to force myself to do lately (with no result) is going to be forced on me today (with result)!

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I worked up 3 squares last night with the new yarn just to see how it would do - I love it! I love those colors. I'm figuring that since each square is 6" and I will need to make the blanket 7.5 feet square then I will need to make 225 of these. Sounds like a lot but if I was to make only 3 each evening (while watching TV with Dave) then I would be done in only about 2 and 1/2 months. Sounds like a nice long term project - if I don't get distracted. I do have a tendency to want to give up projects if they take too long.
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Good morning Christmas Eve Day. It'll be a busy day today. First we will go over and watch the grandkids open the presents they are getting from their dad, then Johnny and I will go shopping, there will be foods that need fixed and cleaning to be done, dinner for the family tonight and present opening again. Then the grandkids will be heading off to their mom's house for the rest of the weekend. Actual Christmas Day (Sunday) will be rather dull I imagine. Holiday weekends can get me all mixed up as to what day it is. This year it might be good with the holidays happening on Saturday and Sunday.

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Today's drawing. Taken from a small detail in the "#49 Honors" card in the Dream Inspiration deck. Lots of other confusing stuff going on in the image but these 2 hands clasped in trust seemed to be a good thing to concentrate on.

I got some beautiful yarn yesterday called Red Heart Unforgettable in the Polo color:
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I want to make a granny square blanket with it and give it to Chloe as a gift. The colors remind me of her. As the yarn works up it is supposed to be self color changing and I won't have to stop to tie in new colors all the time like regular granny squares. Then after I see how that goes I'd like to make a blanket for Johnny in the Dragonfly color:
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That should keep me busy for quite a while in the coming year.
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This was inspired by an image in the New Orleans Voodoo Tarot deck. Its card had an angry sea monster devouring a mouthful of snakes. When I drew it though it became something more like a mother snake holding baby snakes - perhaps carrying them to safety. At least that is how I see it when I look at it now. I got myself worked into a bad mood last night and am looking for ways to see things more realistically today. So I welcome the idea of a higher, kinder level of thought taking control of lower versions of the same thing (petty negative thoughts) and taking them away.

What would having a mouthful of snakes feel like?

Anyway...
Here's a couple photos I took yesterday while Dave, Chloe, Mike and I were taking a walk in the woods. )

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Nov. 25th, 2016 09:25 am
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Rest - inspired by a Soul Cards card this morning. Today will be a good day for rest. I woke up with a very stiff back this morning. My feet and back were hurting last night too. Not used to all the stooping and cleaning and standing on my feet I did yesterday. But I feel our birthday party/thanksgiving dinner was a success and I'm glad I got the house spruced up as much as I did. It had fallen into a pretty dusty grimy state of disrepair. Hazel helped a lot. Dusted things and helped me cut up celery and apples and pare potatoes. Reminded me of when I was young and helping my mother in the kitchen. I definitely helped her a lot on the holidays but also helped her most afternoons just with little things like preparing vegetables, cleaning carrots, shucking peas or corn and paring potatoes for dinner. At the time I felt like it was interrupting my *busy* life of sitting in my room reading but I'm glad now I learned how to cook from her this way.

Andy was VERY good with all the company we had here last night. He was a little too excited when Chloe and Mike arrived first but we held him in one spot away from them till he got calmer and then let him go to greet them. He wanted to jump up a bit but soon got over it. I'm glad they were the first arrivals cause they are used to dogs and Chloe has special charming abilities with most animals. From then on as other people arrived he became calmer and calmer with each new arrival. David Z brought his little sister Lori who has Down's Syndrome. She walks with a walker and Andy was very respectful of her - though after about an hour and she didn't eat the cheese on the plate she had set on a low table beside her (the usual table that Andy is allowed to sit on and look out the window) he gently reached over and ate the cheese. Lori and I looked at each other and laughed. Hazel brought out the laser light after dinner and Andy chased it for us. Very funny.

So - back to my usual life today.
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Angel watching over the world - choosing caterpillars to turn into butterflies. 2 more versions done with the Prisma app. )

Hazel and I drove to Clarion University last night to an Allies meeting - it was going to be our first one - but it was canceled. We found out later that the cancellation was announced on facebook a few minutes before the meeting was supposed to happen. Not much help to people like us driving an hour to get there who don't have data plans on our phones to get that kind of information. Oh well. Hazel and I had a good time anyway. Ate at Taco Bell and on the way home I chose music for us to listen to from my ipod. Hazel requested not to have songs about death (she knows me too well) so I searched through and found songs that skirted sad but still with a little touch of melancholy.

Today I'm going with Dave to see the eye specialist in Meadville about his macular degeneration - hopefully this time the appointment was actually made by Sears. Though now I'm wondering - usually a doctor's office calls you a day ahead of time to confirm that you know about the appointment. We never got a call like that. If Sears Optical messed this up again...

Happy birthday Chloe! When I was young they had a saying, don't trust anyone over 30. You only have one more year.

sunday

Oct. 23rd, 2016 08:34 pm
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"Rose Garden" pendant - sterling, Czech glass bead and "salmon sorbet" pink CZ stone Listing HERE

I finished this pendant in the morning and then Dave and I drove over to Chloe and Mike's house in the afternoon so Dave could do some electric work (put up a ceiling fan for them) while I helped Chloe carry some old boards and junk from the back porch to the burn pile. A beautiful sunny day. It was nice to work alongside Chloe outdoors. Afterwards we all went up to Fox's Pizza Den in Tylersburg and had dinner. The name Fox's Pizza Den just doesn't sound like it would have that good of food but it was really good! The pizza crust was handmade and delicious. I'm hoping to get back up there sometime and do the Rail 66 Trail ride and eat there afterwards if I can get someone to go with me. On the ride home we watched really pretty shreds of pink clouds stacked up in the west as the sun set.

Etsyfication and computer time over now - time to go out and watch evening TV with Dave - we are watching Mad Men. Kind of depressing - so much smoking, so much drinking, women treated like children - but things were really like that in the early 60's. The show is cleverly done and easy to get caught up in. I wish they would do more flashbacks on the characters so we could find out how they got that way.

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Jun. 27th, 2016 06:56 am
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I liked the wet texture and the runny-goo look of it this morning.

It's a moist morning - leftover rain drizzling down.

I didn't sort through the stuff in the living room yesterday - didn't have time before the party. But I did create a space for it and it's now up against the wall out of the way. Dave and I also carried the old exercise bike out and put it on the back porch in readiness to take to salval someday. That made more space too.

After everyone left last night I worked on the clay things in the basement some more. It is so cool and pleasant down there, compared to the miserable heat upstairs in the summertime. Long range goal (this is something we have wanted to do ever since we moved in here) - create a summer living space in the basement with couch, TV, table and chairs. Maybe that goal is getting closer. When Chloe gets moved into their new house (I hope this fall) we will have all that area where her stuff is now.

Dave and I both woke up around 4 am this morning - something we do a lot, even though we go to bed at 11 or midnight most nights. We just don't sleep that long at a time anymore. Need cat naps during the day.

Since I titled this "happy?" maybe I should think about that. Am I happy? Yes, as happy as possible today. My life is good and I do know it. There is suffering in the world but I hope I am not contributing to it. It might be my turn to suffer someday but it isn't now. I fear for the future but if I make an effort I can let go of that and live in the present - where all is good. My body is breaking down (besides the blister on my right foot I got injured on my left ankle last night when something in the garage fell on it) but I am healing and capable of healing. My right arm has range of motion problems, my left index finger has problems but I have faith that either those things will heal or I will learn to live with them and it will just become a minor part of life.

Something that was funny to me last night. I was with Chloe in the garage when the thing fell on my ankle. It was a heavy old cast gas heater with a sharp edge that tipped over and scraped down my ankle when it hit. I was in instant shock with the pain and everyone said are you hurt? I had a look and said, it's bleedy and it's hurty, then I checked to see if I could walk and I said it's limpy but I'm still walky. Don't know where that came from - probably being with Chloe - she brings out the lighter side in me.
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Yesterday Dave and I were at a wedding for his nephew Jim and his bride Vanessa up in North East, PA which is on the southern shore of Lake Erie. It was a really beautiful wedding in a beautiful spot, on a beautiful day.

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Mike and Chloe were there too. A few more photos )

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My feet today - I got a blister from those new sandals yesterday and Andy has made his first casualty of one of my favorite shoes. I do know better than to leave shoes laying around for him to chew and feel lucky this is the first one ruined. I kicked my shoes off to put my feet up on a chair and in about 1 minute this had happened - I assumed the chewing sound I was hearing was him working on one of his rawhide rolls. He has super powerful teeth. I'm still going to wear them around the house as slippers - then if I forget again I won't lose another pair.

Okay - time to get off this computer. I have lots to do today. Remember those boxes I mentioned a couple weeks ago that were brought over from the house next door - old stuff of my parents? They are still clogging up the living room. We will be hosting Rossy's birthday party here today and I must get them out of there. And clean off the dining room table - something that only happens when we have company over. And I need to make a vegan birthday cake. I hope it tastes okay - I have never made one without eggs before.
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Awake at 7 am, which is a little later than usual. Coffee and a banana and pills.
Filled the bird feeders with sunflower seeds and put fresh sugar water in the hummingbird feeder.
Watched the end of the movie Serenity.
Dropped off a book about Remarkable Trees to Bill D in town. Had a talk with him about lapidary stuff.
Met Chloe and took her to breakfast at Amazing Foods. She had never been before and really liked it.
Had my favorite - vegetarian quiche, roasted vegetables and a blueberry scone. They had the most delicious little hot sweet red peppers in with the veggies.
Home to plant the morning glory seeds I started soaking yesterday. Planted the 12 impatiens plants I got yesterday too.
Naptime.
Coffee and sitting with Rossy talking. We set up the hammock on 2 trees in the side yard.
Dinner on the back porch. Morning Star Farms barbecue riblets over buttered toast.
Got out the step ladder and attached the cloth sun screen to the southeast edge of the back porch roof.
A fresh stick of incense and playing fetch with Andy.
Rossy and I work on digging some steps into the hillside beside the house. Not very well done, but at least it is easier to climb the hill now.
Sitting on the back porch till darkness falls. Eating banana flavored popsicles to cool off. I think we will be able to get through another summer without AC if we can just keep in a supply of them.
Watching the movie Cut Bank at the moment.

friday

Apr. 22nd, 2016 10:15 am
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I can see that many times when I write here in the morning it is in relationship to how much time I spend in my room (with the laptop). Put me in front of a keyboard long enough and I will start to type.

Rain. Dark skies. Aching knees.

Yesterday Dave and I drove to Clarion to see Chloe and Mike - we had lunch at the Japanese buffet there. They are leaving today for a week in New Orleans for the Jazz Fest. On the way back from Clarion Dave and I hiked around a woods property on the Beaver Creek near the Clarion River. Dave's back is feeling better - good enough to walk around but not to lift things yet. He cut us both walking sticks from saplings and that helped him a lot with his walking. We had fun leveraging small limbs that were laying across the trail with the tips of the walking sticks and then throwing them off the trail. You can sling them quite far that way. I forgot to wear my gps watch - too bad cause it would have been interesting later to see a map of where the trails were that we were on. I also forgot to take my camera. I might have gotten some interesting photos of the trees climbing over rocks.

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An attempt at remembrance.

Which reminds me - soon Jan and I are going to take a class - Nature Journalling: Seeing, Feeling, Remembering that is going to be put on for senior citizens by Goddard State Park. I think it will be pretty cool. I have felt for a long time that I would like to take less photos and do more sketching in nature anyway - maybe this will be a jump start.
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Photo by Chloe. I was talking tonight about giving up this SPAD thing. It is hard to get interesting new photos just by myself and Chloe said - don't stop yet - here, I can think of one. So one more day...
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"Seeking the Hidden Heart" pendant - sterling, rainbow moonstone, carved bone and white moonstone Listing HERE

This pendant uses up the last of the carved rainbow obsidian stones that I got recently. I really like rainbow obsidian. It is a subtle stone but I just like seeing the shapes in there as a little hidden surprise.

Now for what to do with the rest of the day... A quiet Sunday. Today is Chloe's birthday - 28 years old. This morning Dave and I were remembering back to her birth day. It was snowing hard and the roads were bad. Dave, Jules and I got to the hospital and the nurse examined me and told us it wasn't time yet and to go home. I knew it WAS time though and we just went to the waiting room and waited there for a few more hours. When we went back later it was a quick birth after that. I had had a dream earlier in the pregnancy where I looked inside my blouse and there was a baby girl hanging there on my breast - from then on I knew it was a girl and would have been very surprised if it wasn't. When she came out and the doctor held her up I said, look it's Chloe.

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Jules and his new little sister.

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Nov. 14th, 2015 07:32 pm
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Alison and Johnny fooling around behind me.

We had a party tonight for Chloe (28) and Johnny (25) - they both have their birthdays in November. Earlier we watched the movie "Inside Out", and of course I cried. It was really good in a lot of ways - showing the value of emotions and illustrating how our brains work. My favorite kid's movies of all time were "Land Before Time" and "Brave Little Toaster" - I think "Inside Out" is going to join them.

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Nov. 1st, 2015 08:21 pm
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We were driving back from Clarion tonight (Dave was driving) and I was thinking. I finished my self portrait-a-day book recently - did a drawing/painting in it every day for the last year. I must admit I was very relieved when I completed the last one but now a couple weeks have gone by and I feel the urge to start another creative project. Perhaps do a self portrait photo a day for a year. It'll need some rules - something to tie it together. I might use just one camera - the little Sony TX9 which would be very easy to carry with me each day and easy to balance on a mini tripod if necessary. Generally I want to crop the photos to 11 by 8. It will need to have at least one part of my body in it but not always the face - a hand, foot or even a piece of clothing will do.

SPAD = Self Portrait A Day

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Here's a start - in my room in the spot where I do my computerating. Milo by my side - as usual - rubbing and licking my hand as I try to use the mouse. This is "his" bed.

We had a nice day driving to Clarion and seeing Johnny. His fiance Alison had made quiche for their breakfast and then she had gone on to work but he served us the quiche for lunch. She is really a good cook! We sat around and talked politics and about our amazement that Trump is so popular. Unbelievable! I am just shocked that so many people in America are such idiots that they would want that man to represent our country. What is going to happen next? Frightening. Then we drove over to see the house that Chloe and Mike are building. On the way we stopped at the Helen Furnace. It is interesting that originally it was called the Highland Furnace but because of the Scottish accent of the local people it came to be known as Helen Furnace. Some photos of the furnace and at Chloe's - HERE )

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