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I really like how the mini bag turned out that I made to carry the little book I want to keep track of my food in. It only took a couple hours to make it (book and bag) last night. I think this little bag would make a neat gift. If I find a friend admiring it I will make them one too. It is a good size for a cell phone or wallet. I'm not going on a diet - can't stand doing things like that - but I figure it wouldn't hurt to be more aware of what I am eating. It might change what I am eating if I am taking note of it.

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This is a bag that was constructed in a similar way, but larger, that I made a couple weeks ago. I ended up not liking it with the thin strap that I put on it. I originally made the bag to carry when hiking in the summer when I wouldn't need to take along extra clothing but after I put in a bottle of water it was too heavy and the strap dug my shoulder too much. Chloe loved the bag when she saw it and I gave it to her. It would be fine with lightweight things in it.

Dave and I went early this morning and picked up our taxes from our tax lady. We owe about $700. I actually made money again last year with my business. Though I doubt this year I will be making a profit. Since I quit offering the made-to-size rings and bracelets I am not getting near as much business as before. I still wouldn't go back to making to-size things. I like making what I want, when I want and making things for fun and to my own liking - even if they don't sell right away.

ace of cups

Apr. 6th, 2017 07:23 am
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The ace of cups, beginning of emotion, the start of feeling, the sprouting of compassion, breaking through of love, an offering of heightened affection. My meditation reading this morning was on self-love and I was thinking about how we hear all the time that we have to love ourselves before we can love others. If I can't forgive myself (a person who I know intimately) then how can I expect to forgive others? We all need forgiven together.

I feel like the news I got at the oncologist yesterday was "good news". If a person has to have breast cancer then I've got the best kind. It's small, it can be helped with hormone therapy and so far it appears not to have spread to the lymph glands - they will know more about that after the operation. I'm active and pretty healthy to start with and it might be a good thing that I'm a little overweight - the loss of some breast tissue won't be as noticeable. The operation is this coming Monday. I will have 3 weeks to heal from that before I start the radiation. Radiation will happen 5 days a week (Monday through Friday) for 4 to 6 weeks. Then I will start hormone therapy - taking a pill once a day for 5 years.

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Something I want to do - start writing my food down as I eat it - just to be more aware. For a while there I lost my appetite and when I did eat I wasn't eating very much but the food I was eating wasn't very good for me - too much sweets and high in fat. I want to make a little book that I can carry with me to keep track of my food. But then I think I will need to make a little crocheted bag to carry it - so now this has become an arts/crafts project too.

I don't understand why everyone is so upset that LJ has asked us to sign a new user agreement. Everywhere you go you have to sign user agreements. And then as years go by you have to re-sign them. Maybe I'm missing something but I don't understand what the big problem is. I'm not going anywhere. I wish others weren't. I like to read the people on my friend's list and I don't want to have to go to multiple other places to do that - I won't go to multiple blogging platforms to read - I'm too lazy to do that. I certainly won't go to FB to do my writing - what I like to write about isn't appropriate for that place. Oh well...
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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.
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Jumbles of rocks.

Dave and I took Andy to Bear Town Rocks this afternoon (that name just sounds so funny to me). It is a place of huge rocks that have been left behind as everything slowly eroded away around them at Clear Creek Forest. It wasn't that cold today - only about 25 F but for some reason it felt bitterly cold - I guess it was the wind. I have not felt as cold as this all winter long. Lots more HERE )

friday

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.

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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.
Mary

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

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tuesday

Feb. 21st, 2017 10:50 pm
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Today was the monthly appointment for Dave to get his eye poked (his way of describing it). The last three times we have seen the same man (a fellow patient) in the waiting room and we are getting to know him better. Today when he came in and saw Dave he said, ah, my friend the forester. He used to be a minister and I bet he was a good one. I like him. I got to talking to him while Dave was in the treatment room and I told him I really enjoy seeking out and finding the big rocks around here and he told me about a place he used to visit when he was young called Painter's Rocks. Back then there was no bike trail, there was only the railroad there and he and his friends would go out the tracks to a place where they would climb a hill. I think I know the place from his description and look forward to exploring it.

After the eye treatment Dave and I went to eat at Perkins. I got what has now become my favorite meal there - omelet with mushrooms, onions, green peppers and pepper jack; fresh fruit and a blueberry muffin (which I took home for later). Then we went to the pet store and got another couple dozen crickets for Yoshi. The last dozen seemed to really perk her up. She is dramatically more lively now. I put the crickets in a transparent tub beside her tank and she likes to watch them. Dave and I enjoy hearing the crickets chirping in the evening too. I'm going to give her just one cricket each day and increase her fruits and vegs to get her to lose some weight. Quit feeding her the freeze dried mealworms - too fattening.

Two days ago I got a tick on me. I have found that I am very allergic to them. This one tried 3 times to get into me and everywhere it tried I am incredibly itchy now. From past experience I'm pretty sure the itch will last for weeks. I hate it. I took Benadryl this afternoon, maybe it helped. I did nap but now I'm working to not react and start scratching again. I'm going to pick out a pair of pants and treat them with pyrethrum now that we are having weather warm enough for the ticks to wake up.
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Hiking. Two different places. Sunday it was Dave, Rossy, Andy and me going out on the game lands to a hill overlooking Polk. We went out the wide open trail till it came to the woods. From there the trail winds its way through the trees and is harder to find, but all you have to do is stay on the top of the ridge till you get to the end. That's where you can see Polk far off in the distance. An interesting thing about yesterday was it was a day when the snow fleas were out. On the way I noticed that the snow looked kind of dirty but it wasn't till I looked beside a fallen log at the "dirt" that I saw it was snow fleas. They come out in droves on certain days and hop all over the snow. By the time we were starting back at 4 pm they were all gone back into the snow again.

Today Candy and I went out to "Window Trail" over the Allegheny River at the Kennerdell Tract. Which is another place I love to go. Sunday's hike was only 4.5 miles but it felt much longer - I got to feeling so exhausted and sick. Maybe I was coming down with something - or maybe it was the chocolate chip mint milkshake that I had on the way home that made me sick. Came home and went to bed and slept 12 hours. I got up this morning feeling much better and the 6.5 mile hike today felt good.

Pictures HERE )

Sometimes it seems like all I write about are these outings. I do love them. I love seeing things in nature. I love taking photos too. When staying home there seems to be nothing much to say or write about.

Tonight: watching Rectify (end of season 3) - now we will have to wait who knows how long to see what happens next.

I made a big pot of red lentil soup tonight and invited the vegans next door to come over for supper. After we ate I showed them the laser light machine I got. It shines red and green lights that move in patterns - you could shine the lights on the outside of your house or inside your house on the ceiling. Before Christmas they had them for $50 at Joanne's but the last time I went in there they were down to $15 so I got one. I shine it on the ceiling in the living room. Andy doesn't know what to do and tries to leap up and get the lights off the ceiling. Funny.

wednesday

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.

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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.

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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.

sporks

Jan. 8th, 2017 11:15 am
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Recently I bought a set of 4 sporks. I like them for certain foods - ones that roll off your fork but there is still some stabbing that needs done. They aren't that good for everything though. You can eat cereal or soup with them but it's hard to get the last bit of liquid out of the bowl.

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The main problem is which bin should they go into?
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This morning Skye wanted to sit right on my journal book and look at the candle with me. When it got very low she put extra attention on it and then when it died and a wisp of smoke came towards her she looked ready to run. She got a whiff of it and gave a jerk but stood her ground.

I had a weird dream last night that I can't understand. In the dream I had put Andy out back and I also had a baby that I laid out there on the porch with him. It was a very young baby - couldn't crawl yet. When I went back out in a few minutes to bring Andy back in the baby was gone. I had such a feeling of guilt but I didn't want to call the police. I felt like we could find it if we searched the yard. We couldn't find it though. It wasn't like Andy had eaten it but he hadn't guarded it like I thought he would. An old disheveled lady (or maybe it was a man) came into the yard and I questioned her to see if she had anything to do with taking the baby. I was convinced she hadn't but I just didn't want her there and ordered her away. She wouldn't go and I started to push her. She still wouldn't go so I just gave up and went back to the house. Jill was on the back porch smoking a cigarette and as I went by her she said don't worry, she would make sure the old lady left. I had gotten to the point that I was going to finally call the police but I knew then that I would be an object of ridicule and disgust for losing my baby this way.

This seems very far fetched but I think the baby (that I was supposed to take care of) might be my food abstinence. Yesterday I overate way too much. Johnny had brought home some baked goods. Today I really want to watch myself with food - have just 3 moderate meals. Seems like a strange meaning to ascribe to the dream but it's all I can come up with that is bothering me at this time.

Need to do some food shopping today or tomorrow so we can make Christmas Eve dinner for the family. Saturday night is the only time we can get everyone together here for festivities. Dave is making a ham and I will be doing the vegetables - 3 bean salad, mashed potatoes, apple sauce - and probably something else. I try to make lots of things that the vegans can eat. We will have 3 vegans, 1 pescetarian (me) and 5 meat eaters for this dinner.
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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...

sunday

Dec. 11th, 2016 09:24 am
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Inspired by the Quest tarot. The Quest tarot was my very first tarot and it is one of my least liked. It is all robotic and slick and the pips aren't illustrated with stories - just geometric arrangements of cups, wands, stones and swords with a word to describe the card. So I just tried to illustrate "interference" like the word on the card said. Here is the regular version of the 8 of Swords:

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I like this much better cause I am a more visual and emotional person - I like to make up my own stories or see things as a story.

So today I shall guard against feeling confined, unaware and without choices. Or being bothered by annoying interference blasting through my well-knit world.

Still snowing. Though the build up isn't that high - only about 5 inches (so far). Dave and I are going to take Andy for a walk to the creek for sure.

I made a big pot of chili yesterday but I didn't have any green peppers! I think I will get some today to add to it and fix it up. More celery and onions too. Maybe get some good bread to go with it too - or make corn bread - yeah.

summer wing

Dec. 2nd, 2016 05:06 pm
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"Summer Wing" pendant - sterling, ceramic and moon glow orange cz Listing HERE

Now I am out of pre-made pendants - though my new soldering torch should arrive by tomorrow night and I can finish some more of the things I have laid out to work on.

Thinking today how I wish it was summer - instead of cold rain falling and another dark day. I will be glad when hunting season is over too and Andy can go back to having regular runs with Dave. It's just me and Andy cooped up in the house most of the day now. Maybe the only good thing about this weather is it's a good time to cook. I just refined my recipe for creamed spinach - it's in the oven now. I used a pint of ricotta cheese, 2 cups of shredded mozzarella, 2 sauteed onions, a can of cream of mushroom soup, a teaspoon red pepper flakes and a pinch cumin with 30 ounces of frozen spinach and kale and then baked it till bubbly. I imagine it will be a little spicy with the cumin and pepper flakes but I like hot things.

I didn't get much (any) enameling done today like I hoped I would. This morning I went with Hazel so she could get some blood work done and we ate out afterwards. I had pancakes and think I OD'ed on the syrup. I am not used to that much sweet stuff and when I came home I was incredibly tired - went to bed for a long time. A little disappointed in myself.
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10 of Swords - Inner Child tarot.

Usually the 10 of Swords is a very unpleasant card with a dead person laying there, his blood all drained out and 10 swords plunged in his back. The end - hit bottom. Inner Child tarot is not so bleak. As a compulsive overeater (on a day dedicated to overeating and excess) I like the image of the endless cycle (serpent eating it's tail) being held in place with a circle of swords, like a fence around it. One of my favorite sayings is that I need to keep a fence around my food. And just before I drew the card I was thinking about another saying I had recently heard, "Chew More, Eat Less". So the card really seems to be meaningful in relationship to food today. I have a tendency to put too much food on my plate and then feel like I have to do my duty and clean my plate - no matter how full I already am. I like having this morning meditation time to get centered for my day and make plans on how to handle it.

Still lots of cleaning and cooking to be done today before company gets here. That is not exciting to me but I guess I can dedicate one day of my life to being a normal domestic person. I was remembering last night as I was in the kitchen baking a cake that in high school I won the Betty Crocker Homemaking Award - something they gave out back in the 60's. Yes, I know well how to cook and clean - that doesn't mean I like to do it.

I am thankful for:
Dave.
Family. All good people who I enjoy being with.
My good friends who I trust to listen to me and really hear me.
Andy - he certainly is entertaining. Last night Hazel brought over the laser light cat toy and Andy chased the dot of red light all around the living room like a nut. When it was on the ceiling he even tried to jump up and get it there.
Milo and Skye - both good for quiet kitty loving.
My health - which is good and I am strong enough to do what I want to do. I guess I am lucky that I don't want to do anything I can't.

monday

Nov. 21st, 2016 07:11 am
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Nov 21, 2016 - a fresh new day to write in.

I changed over to burning birthday candles for my morning meditation - they burn for around 15 minutes so I am dedicated to staying at my writing table for periods at least that length. Today I burned 2. Lighting a candle keeps me at the table cause I wouldn't want to leave a lit candle unattended with Skye around. My problem is that I get so easily distracted. I need a block of time where I stay focused and this seems to be working.

We are having 13 people here for Thanksgiving. So I ended up writing about what I need to clean and what I need to cook. Hazel does my usual cleaning (sweeping, vacuuming and the bathroom) but there is some deep dusting, redding up and removal of junk that needs to take place that really only I can do. There are 3 vegans that need to be accommodated when I plan the food so no cream sauces, milk or cheese in a good part of the foods. Dave will make the turkey and stuffing for the meat eaters and I usually make the vegetables anyway so that isn't much different from past years. Three bean salad, sugar carrots, acorn squash, mashed potatoes, steamed fresh broccoli and waldorf salad.

What I really want to do right now is work on jewelry - not clean or cook. I hope I can fit some of that in in the next few days too.

The snow is holding on - still a white world out there but the roads are clear.
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Candy and I biked 15.25 round trip miles on the Rail 66 trail today. It was chilly but really good. Though both ways - out, and then back again - felt like we were going uphill for some reason. There are some really beautiful views on the paved part of the trail (didn't get any photos of that - sorry). I think they chose to pave that 4 mile stretch first thinking that if folks ride there it will inspire more people to invest in paving more of the trail. I am used to riding on trails that go beside creeks and rivers and it was such a nice change to see other scenery too - farms and fields and open woods. We biked from Leeper in the direction of Lucinda and beyond it a little way to where the trail ends and then back again. It felt to us that this might be our last big bike outing - it is getting late in the year now and something to be treasured. A few photos HERE )

Afterwards we picked up Dave where we had left him to work on Chloe and Mike's house in Tylersburg and we went to Fox's Pizza Den to eat but they were closed. Disappointing but then we went to Montana's in Fryburg to eat instead. I ate too much of a delicious fish dinner and came home to collapse in bed the rest of the day. I just now got up at 9. I was laying in bed and could hear Dave listening to the Beverly Hillbillies show in the living room but it sounded distorted and strange. The theme music was the same and some of the voices were nearly the same but it was different and had music you wouldn't expect to hear - I thought somehow I was still dreaming - weird. Later Dave came to bed and I asked him about it and he said it was a remake movie of the show. So I wasn't crazy! Miss Jane was played by Lily Tomlin. I'll have to watch it later.
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Early - ordered the Cat Stevens CD Footsteps in the Dark.
Walked with Candy - an adventure in the changed woods.
Lunch of leftover Pizza Hut pizza - premium veggie on thin crust and spinach Alfredo on pretzel crust. Dave and I ate dinner there last night and got the special - 2 specialty mediums for $15 - plus we got a senior discount - I think it was only about $14 in all.
Called the mosaic customer and left a message. No matter that I do think the mosaic turned out well I still have this fear that it won't be liked. FEAR. But I made my voice sound confident anyway.
Cleaned off my enameling table - wiped Skye's hair and thick dust off everything and scrubbed out old enamel from the spoons. Before and After. )
Took a nap in the slippy sleeping bag on the bed in my studio. Wonderful dreams that I can't remember now.
Woke up to a phone call from Berdella. Her oldest sister died over the weekend. Sad.
Dave came home with Andy. They got a pheasant but he left it in town for one of his friends to clean and eat.
Dinner - boiled chestnuts, smoked trout (from Dave's friend that he gave the pheasant to), coffee with sweet vanilla creamer.
Opened the mail - I had ordered 5 CDs of Joni Mitchell and the first arrived today. Listening to Song to a Seagull.
Just now - ordered a 5 CD boxed set by Judy Collins - 5 albums for $10! I want to get all the music back again that I once loved.
Plans for the evening: clean some copper and silver shapes to enamel on and then watch some Longmire with Dave.

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.

friday

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.

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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.

monday

Sep. 19th, 2016 09:39 pm
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Candy and I biked around Lake Wilhelm today. I was able to peddle up every hill but 2 - that is the best I have done in a while. I noticed how strong the smells are right now. Smells of autumn, the woods, cut grass, mold and mushrooms, fallen leaves, fish near the lake, smells that I don't recognize at all but they are so intense right now. The trail is littered with millions of little hard seeded cherries that crunch under your wheels. I thought how wonderful it might be to be blindfolded and to pulled in a little cart - to just be able to hear the sounds and smell the smells without the distraction of vision overpowering everything as it usually does.

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The docks at Launch #4. Two more pictures taken at the boat dock. )

I loved that it started out foggy and then when the sun broke through later everything was sharp and lacy. After biking we stopped for lunch at Grantham's Landing and I had my usual - seafood salad. They have the best coffee - or maybe it is the best creamer - anyway, always so good.

While biking I got a phone call that my friend Ron's mother had died so after I got home I changed clothes and went to the funeral home for the visitation. Deb was there with Ron. Visited for about an hour or so and then came home from that and took a tiny nap before Hazel and I went out to Walmart to get her some shirts she could wear when she starts school on Wednesday. So that was my day. Too tired now to do anything productive.

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