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Life recently has been:
Feeling anger at liars and addicts and how they make life difficult for the rest of us.
Working at letting go of anger and trying to understand.
Driving long distances with Dave to funerals or family visits.
Keeping up with the animals we have - making sure the cats are fed everyday, the cat litter is cleaned, the dog is fed and cared for, the bird feeders outside are filled, and Yoshi! (silent lizard in a glass box - easy to forget).
Bills are paid, mail looked at.
Tried to get the car inspected before yesterday - now it is illegal to drive it.
Wishing I could sleep a full night so I won't be so tired all day. I am happy if I can make it till 5 - even 4 looks good.
Finding proper foods to eat - not doing very good at that - my breakfast that I am eating as I write this is what is left in the bottom of a bag of SunChips. I long for apple pie.
Talking to people - minimizing my feelings, watching my words and guarding myself - very tiring.

Yesterday we took Andy with us to State College rather than leaving him in his box at home (with the grandkids coming over after school to let him out). He likes car rides and I almost think the excitement of riding in the car tires him out as much as a big run in the woods would. We needed to take along his travel box and put him in it while we were inside talking to Dave's family and when we ate in a restaurant but most of the day he got to sit in the backseat watching for things (at one point 6 deer ran across the road in front of the car and Andy saw them!), sniffing the air from the window or leaning his head on our shoulders. The day was very rainy. Driving at 70 mph in heavy rain on an interstate highway (or driving at less than 70 with everyone around you passing you at 70) is stressful. There was a place when we got to the top of a mountain nearing State College where there was thick fog - actually I think what happened is we got up into the cloud layer that was raining on us before cause the rain seemed to stop then. Difficult driving - good to get home and finally relax last night. I'm hoping we won't have to deal with any more of the problems that Dave's brother left behind (for a few weeks) and maybe we can get back to a normal life again - work through the grief of losing him without other issues.


Mar. 3rd, 2017 08:51 am
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Another snowy day. Pretty. Another day to stay in listening to music on shuffle and work on enameling and jewelry. My goal - have something to etsyize later.

Editing - adding on:
I have fallen into a habit of doing something - painting some enamels on, putting them up to dry, setting things out with solder and flux on them, letting them dry, etc and then coming over to the computer and *wasting* time while they dry. So here I am again. Things go so much slower this way.

I ordered a pound of truffle salt last week - I told Dave about it this morning and he exclaimed, a pound!? It was cheaper by the pound. I am looking forward to putting it on eggs and popcorn. Maybe one of the reasons the thought of a chicken coop keeps coming into my mind - truffle salt is on its way.

A letter I just wrote to the president - I put my own words into a petition that I signed:

President Trump,
Please take care of our earth, water and air. You have a chance to be a good president - one who could be admired in the future. Someday people will either remember you with horror at what you have done and the things you have ruined or with affection for the care you took with our natural world and its people's needs. I'm hoping you will choose the second option.

I hope he reads it. Though that's very doubtful.



Feb. 22nd, 2017 09:11 pm
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Finished a new batch of wings for making human-birds and some other enamel elements to go with faces and stones. I spent nearly the whole day in my room today and I'm ready to get out of here! Though I did take Andy for a walk to the creek and lake with Rossy earlier.

Good night!


Feb. 1st, 2017 09:44 am
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Decided to make four more mask faces for the book and remake another that I didn't care much for. That will keep me busy today. I'd like to finish it up, bind it and be done with it - get on to other things - jewelry and taxes...

Snowing still. I hope to get out for a walk down back with Andy at some point.

Dave made us fried mush for breakfast this morning - delicious! He put a big plate of them in my spot and I said no way can I eat that much! Do you mind if I get another plate and only eat a few? So I took them off the big plate and ate them one at a time. I guess cause I was eating them one at a time they didn't overwhelm me and I ended eating them all. Oh well.

This was a picture I took yesterday when Dave and I were eating breakfast at the Log Cabin restaurant. A place I have not been to since I was a kid.

I remember it as a place people went for steak dinners. The ice skating rink was before my time.

Listening to the sound track from "Oh Brother, Where Art Thou?" today.


Jan. 22nd, 2017 10:18 am
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Another foggy moist day.

I got a four album 2 CD set of John Prine music yesterday and put it into my system of music. Had a whole evening of John Prine last night. He is a great storyteller. We had run out of netflix movies to watch so it was nice to just listen to music - I crocheted and Dave interneted and Andy tried to get our attention by bringing us newspapers. I leave a pile of old ones in the kitchen where he can reach them and if he is bored he will bring one to me. I say thank you and take it and put it up on the table. He looks at me expectantly, probably cause I used to give him little treats when he did this, but I don't anymore. I talk to him for a while and he tilts his head back and forth as he listens to me and then he goes away to find something else to bring me. If he brings a toy I will throw it and he will catch it. He is very good at that. Amazing really. Another thing I will do to just pass the time with him is get a handful of his kibble and toss pieces so he can catch it. He doesn't like it that much in his bowl and it will sit there all day long uneaten but if I'm throwing it he eats it. He is a dog that if he isn't sleeping then he feels the need to be busy DOING something. Sometimes he will just pace the house with a toy or chew bone hanging from his mouth. The living room is set up with a chair and 2 conga drums in the middle of the space so he can go in a circle around that and keep moving.

The plan for today? I hope we get out and walk with Andy somewhere. And I hope to paint on my art project.


Jan. 21st, 2017 09:11 am
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Did not watch the inauguration yesterday. We couldn't have anyway since we don't have regular TV - can only watch DVDs. But I might have watched it just to see what he had to say and to try and decipher what it really means. Most the time I don't miss having broadcast TV - it is a real blessing not to have the news blasting into my world.

Took Johnny back to Clarion last night. We carried his stuff up to his apartment and while he sorted through his things I plugged in the fridge and cleaned it (Dave made a comment - you can do that?), then we ate dinner at a Chinese buffet and shopped at Aldi's before we dropped him off. Sad to see him go.

Very happy with my laptop and how nice and fast it is now. Maybe I should (could) invest in some new programs (Office and Elements). I saved a lot of money by not needing to get a new laptop at this time so I could spend some money on updated programs.

I've been invited to participate in an art show called "Diversity" at the Transit Gallery next month. I wasn't sure what I could make for it or if any of my older art would be appropriate but I thought of something neat last night that I could do. Kind of excited about that. My to-do list is growing and I'm feeling like I need to get more focused on work and creativity.

my day

Jan. 18th, 2017 08:38 pm
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As the day went on things started to seem a lot better. Even though I was ready to give up on my laptop and start grieving its loss Johnny wasn't, and he tried new things with it today. He quit using the recovery discs I had made for it and instead installed Windows 10. Not something I wanted to do - I like Windows 7 and didn't want to learn a new thing but as the day went on I got myself ready for a new adventure. Hopefully that is the answer. So far so good - we are still loading my files back into it.

Crocheted a while. That was calming. Went through the Christmas cards and made sure the return addresses matched the ones in our address book. Some of Dave's nieces and nephews moved to new houses last year. Did some business book work in preparation for figuring out state sales tax. Helped Johnny make templates and cut material for the chairs that he is reupholstering. Walked down to the creek and to the lake with Dave and Andy as dusk was falling. Made part of our dinner - the raviolis and green beans, while Dave grilled salmon. So all in all a productive day in spite of the blaas.

And now David Z is coming so Johnny can look at his old computer - to advise him if it can be saved...


Jan. 10th, 2017 07:01 pm
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"Gypsy" pendant - sterling, enamel on copper and tiger-eye bead. Listing HERE

This is another pendant where I made use of a really lovely hand-painted enamel face from my friend Cindy R.

My day: Dave and I took the Kia to Meadville this morning to see what was wrong with the four wheel drive. It needed to be put on a diagnostic computer. The actuator is bad. I have an idea what that is but not a real understanding of it. I think Dave is going to try and get a used part and get it fixed. It would be way too much money to have it fixed at the dealership. We had breakfast in Perkins while we waited. Raining lots today - melting away the snow. Came home and fooled around with more preparation of pages from LJ that I want to someday print off. We went back and picked the car up. I drove the Kia the long way home and took the road through the Geneva Swamp and French Creek valley while Dave stayed back and shopped at Walmart. Came home and did some computer work and then finished this pendant. Dave just came in and asked me if I want to watch the movie, Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children with him. I do - so will finish this up...

Last night we watched the movie, Song of the Sea. It's an animated movie by the same people who made The Secret of Kells. I loved it. It even made me cry - which always makes me give a high rating.
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"From Darkness into Light" pendant - sterling, enamel on copper and black mother of pearl stone. Listing HERE

It always surprises me that at the end of the day I can't readily remember what I did that day - takes effort to remember. But now that I'm thinking of it: Dave and I braved the freezing rain this morning (it wasn't that bad in Dave's truck) and went shopping at Giant Eagle. Got stuff that would be good for us - carrots, avacodos and brussels sprouts. Got some stuff that we will enjoy in the evening too - sharp cheddar cheese, crackers and blackberry wine. On the way driving home I got a call from my niece Laurie that my sister [personal profile] earthmother45 and she would like to facetime with me so when I got home we did that for a while. It was really great to see them! I always assume that stuff like that won't work cause our internet is so slow and limited but facetime must be better than skype is. I barely used up any internet. I figured I may as well use it since when Johnny gets here later it will be all gone anyway. :-) Made lunch of avacodo, brussels sprouts and left over cheese perogies. Stunk up the house with the brussels sprouts. Dave and I both took a nap. Got up and finished this pendant. Dave and I took Andy for a walk down to the creek. It was nearly dark so I didn't take my camera but it really was beautiful. Very misty with fog hanging over the snow. I saw a branch of a elm tree that had little buds on the dark twigs and then there were bright drops of rain hanging from them. I want to remember how that looked - maybe I can make a piece of jewelry that somehow replicates it. Dave was having a hard time controlling Andy (getting him to come back to us) till finally he figured out that he hadn't turned on the e-collar before we left. He did finally come to us and he got the collar turned back on so we could feel safer bringing Andy back up to the house. We need to worry about the highway if Andy won't come and he isn't on a leash. So now here I am listing this and next I'm going to make dinner. Avocado again, left over brussels sprouts and not sure what else. Maybe nothing else - eat light and then later have cheese and crackers...


Dec. 6th, 2016 06:51 am
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Inspired by #18 The Moon card from the Gaian tarot. Mystery, marvel, being open, delving into the dark and the unconscious, praise for the mystery.

Not much going on today - a day to be at home. Which is a good thing. Will work in my room most the day probably...
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"Evening Window" pendant - sterling, iolite, kyanite and "tanzanite" CZ. Listing HERE

Etsyfication done - now to settle into a evening of playing zombie and catch with Andy. He didn't get his usual run with Dave today and has lots of extra energy.


Oct. 21st, 2016 08:53 am
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Thank you for your kind comments about Dave's eyes. I think we both are in a state of grieving the loss of health. At this age more and more things are starting to go wrong. Though, of course it could be worse. There is always that thought and remembering what we are grateful for - in general we still are pretty healthy and get outside and do lots of things.

Right now it's not a time to get out and do anything though. Rain again today and dark - cold. I did finish painting the grout on the mosaic with metallic paint yesterday and I really do think it turned out well. I'll get a good picture later of it. I still have to fix the glass globs that lost their color (I ordered same stained glass paint that I hope will work) and then I will be done and can deliver it - yay! For today I can get back to some jewelry work - the perfect thing for a rainy day. And too I have some paperwork that needs done that I can do in the living room and watch Andy at the same time.

Favorite foods right now: boiled chestnuts, tortilla corn chips and fresh apple cider! That's what I had for dinner last night and I hope to have it for lunch today too.
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Usual morning routine:

Wake - try and remember dreams - go to the bathroom. Last night I had a dream about Andy - he was a tiny puppy (a stage we never got to see him in) and we were taking him home for the first time from Dave's brother and sister-in-law's place (not the place he really came from but in the dream they had been keeping him for us). I woke up feeling like a failure in the dream - like we will never get Andy trained. I post good things about him here on LJ (I love him!) but he has a lot of bad traits. Dave has ordered an E-collar (nice name for a modern shock collar). It does more than an old fashioned shock collar though. It will make a beep, a buzz (vibrate) and you can set the level of shock from a small tingle upward in 10 increments. We are both hoping that as he gets used to it that it will just need the little beep or buzz to get his attention - that's the way it is supposed to work - not as a punishment but as a training tool to get his attention. He's not a calm dog at all. A shock collar will not make him calm - I know that - but it might make him behave better so we can take him for walks as he grows up to become naturally calmer. That's the hope. He has got it into his head that walks are for jumping up and biting our hands and for trying to get the leash out of our hands. He thinks it is a big game and when we yell at him to stop or hold him so he can't do it it is all part of the game - he calms for a second but starts it up all over again. He is not "bad" or mean - just too playful and too rough when he plays at this "game" of get the leash. It has become impossible to walk him. And that is sad - something has to be done. I suppose we need the help of a trainer but the one we first went to did not work out - it's a problem that needs solved.

Toddle out to the kitchen, let Andy out of his cage and make coffee.

Get on the computer and start reading stuff - emails and LJ and if it is Sunday morning, like today, I look forward to reading PostSecret.

Drink coffee.

Make breakfast - today peanut better on toast with a banana on top. Take pills.

Write in my paper journal. Date it and write plans for the day - record dreams and worries.

Brush teeth, wash face and dress for the day.


Today looks like a wonderful sunny day. Maybe I can get Dave interested in a bike ride. There is a 4 mile rail trail near Lucinda that we have never been on and it is kind of near Clarion so we could take Johnny's mail to him too...


Sep. 18th, 2016 08:42 pm
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"Friends" pendant - sterling, ceramic and blue cz - Listing HERE.

I have LITERALLY spent the entire day (except to go out to the kitchen to get food) in my room either sitting at this computer or at my workbench. Time to get out of here!

end of day

Sep. 16th, 2016 08:41 pm
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Didn't get all I wanted done today. Took a nap in the tent but didn't take it down. I figure there will still be some time to enjoy it before winter and there will be another dry spell for dismantling it before winter too.

Hazel saw a little goldfinch hopping, flopping around the front yard this afternoon. My first thought - leave it alone. We did. But it was still there a half hour later so she moved it farther back in the yard, away from where the cars park. Another half hour goes by and I start to think it might be an injured adult and maybe if we kept it safe for a while it could heal. I cleaned up an aquarium tank and set it up with a branch, water, grit and sunflower seeds. The little birdie was very active hopping around but never eating or drinking. Dave came home and we looked it up. Very possibly it was just a young bird that couldn't fly yet and it needed it's parents to take care of it. The article said to put the bird in a bush or low tree so we did around 7 o'clock. It hopped through the branches and seemed to know what it was doing. I heard lots of pipping from some birds in a nearby tree. I hope it was the parents. So that took up some of my day.

Other than that my day did go as I expected. The mosaic back board got painted white, I re-fired some of the ceramic frit elements (still don't like them), and I waxed Heather's necklace so it won't oxidize so fast. I watched the movie/cartoon The Triplets of Belleville (I liked it a lot - clever and strange) and a movie I am watching now - Me and Earl and the Dying Girl - both recommendations from fellow LJers. Glad I got them.


Aug. 7th, 2016 11:09 pm
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After getting up around 7, and having a coffee, I went back to bed and slept in till 11. Woke up and felt ready to start my day for real. I redrew the mosaic design all over again from scratch. Then I spent a long time on the phone with my sister - talking about happenings in her world and discussing my designs for the mosaic. It is good that I can email photos to Kathy so she can give me an extra eye to see with. After getting off the phone I cut and shaped the new clay parts that I had drawn. Lunch time came and I ate cinnamon almonds and chocolate almonds with coffee. Folded clothes in the living room. Andy likes to steal clothes from the basket while you are folding so you have to be on guard all the time. Dave said he would like to go for a bike ride, where ever I wanted to go - so I thought Belmar to Fisherman's Cove would be nice - he had never been there. A beautiful sunny evening - sun slanting along the river valley. By the time we were returning the sun was under the hills and it was getting dark. We saw a doe and 2 bucks in velvet on the trail, and driving home later we saw 3 more deer. Pink streaks in the sky and deep shadows. Home - more clothes folding. At the moment we are watching the film, The World Within. About Jung and his ideas - lots of stuff from The Red Book. I'm not paying it enough attention as I am writing here - will have to rewatch it later.

*Edited... later*
LJ wouldn't let me post this photo of the redrawn design last night but here it is now:


It's become more of a country farm scene now with a house and barn in the distance. I added that stone wall in the lower left too.


Aug. 5th, 2016 12:06 am
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Spent most of the day in the basement - making 200 new clay leaves for the pear tree, 150 little cobblestone pieces and 100 new flowers - daisies this time. This evening Sebby and I biked around Lake Wilhelm. Then tonight Dave and I watched the movie, The Finest Hours. Pretty good - (the story of bravery was inspiring) but some parts were distracting - the fakey way the snow looked, the fakey way some people acted and some of the lighting situations.


Jul. 28th, 2016 10:08 pm
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I only went back to bed for about an hour this morning and have been up all day. Strange for me. Getting by on about 4 hours sleep - and no nap - not my usual. I felt like I had an eventful day - see if I can remember it...

Dave has been busy lately so I have been Andy's primary master - just me and Andy all day long. Taking him for a walk is not easy or satisfying for me so mainly I just sit outside on the back porch while he is on his 50' run and throw his ball for him. But I did work with him with the clicker today. The dog training video seems to push that as an aid in getting a dog's attention. I guess I am just plain lazy though. I do work on training for a few days then it lapses. I never had a dog that required it be "trained" before. Tenzing was born a little old man, set in his ways. Basically a very easy dog to live with. Let him be himself and he was just fine. I find myself comparing Andy to him all the time - probably shouldn't. Andy has a lot of energy and is very playful (which equals always trying to stir something up).

I wanted to work in the basement glazing those new rocks, leaves and flowers so I took Andy down with me - leashed him to a door knob so he wouldn't get in trouble eating the cat's litter. He loves cat poop. If he can escape down there alone I will come down later to find that all the litter has been scattered out onto the floor and the litter boxes are clean. He didn't like being on the leash while I worked so I switched him to a crate that we have down there and he liked that better. I got all the first coats of glaze on the elements. Then it was time to take Sebby to his band practice. He plays guitar in a rock band with some kids from school. While he was at his friend's house David Z and I went shopping at Walmart. I had to exchange a defective Britta water pitcher that I got yesterday. I got one cause I just don't like the taste of our well water and hoped Britta's charcoal filter would make it taste better - it does. Came home, ate dinner and then went back to the basement to put a second coat of glaze on. This time Andy didn't like the leash or the crate in the basement so he ended up in his usual crate upstairs while I worked. I came up around 8 and we have been playing tug, catch and clicker training till a little while ago. Time to wind down from that.

I think I'm going to pour myself a big dollop of brandy tonight and hope to get to sleep, and stay asleep. This medicine (dexamethasone) makes me feel hyper.


Jul. 14th, 2016 10:05 pm
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Another hot day, not as hot as yesterday though.

Dave and I took the car for an oil change and tire rotation this morning. Rossy came along. Shopped at Walmart and then ate lunch at Subway while we waited. We found some good movies in the big bargain bin. Watching Attica at the moment.

Tonight I started underglazing and then glazing the first of 3 coats on some of the ceramic pieces. I have been having perfectionist syndrome lately and it's been keeping me from moving forward. I decided to just "do it" and if it doesn't look right, later I can remake it - but I needed to stop procrastinating. I quite enjoyed myself tonight listening to music as I worked in the cool basement - till my feet started hurting from standing too long.
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Dave and I did another evening bike ride last night. This time we went from the Rockland tunnel to Emlenton where we found that the Little It Deli was closed on Sunday night - that was going to be our place for dinner. So we went on up the street to the Unimart and had pizza there. Photos... )

Today my plan is to get the car washed. It is the most filthy car I think I have ever seen - covered with bird shit. I park it under a maple tree near the bird feeders and it is a mess. I like having it in the shade but it is just getting to be too much. Later we are going to a friend's house with the trailer to pick up a couch and love seat that she is donating to Jules. Looks like another beautiful day. There are fireworks tonight in Franklin - we will probably go.


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