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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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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:

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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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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... :-)

friday

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.

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.

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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.
Mary

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

~
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thursday

Mar. 2nd, 2017 07:20 am
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I woke up very early this morning - 5 am. Snowing - did not expect that - though I should have. March is too soon for winter to be over around here.

Looking forward to a big day of jewelry making and enameling. Maybe I will get some jewelry finished and get back to etsyizing things. I did get the last of the stuff added up for income taxes last night and emailed our tax lady to set up a time to see her. I feel like things are getting done - progressing properly.

Talking more with Dave about a chicken coop. I found 3 kits offered by our local feed store that I wanted him to look at to help me choose one but then he said that there is an Amish place on the way to Clarion that he would rather buy from. So good. Maybe I will finally get him on board. I really like the idea of fresh eggs from our own chickens. The vegans next door have said that they would be willing to eat sterile eggs from happy chickens so I could feed the eggs to them too. When I'm not home Rossy says he will help out and take care of them for me. I think that would be a good thing.

Oh good lord - just looked down on the floor - as the day is getting lighter and I can see things better - there are parts of a dead mouse strewn all over. Gad. That is the bad thing about cats. Skye had a mouse in here on Tuesday - still alive and playing with it so I took it outside. I should have taken it farther away. It's possible that mouse found it's way back in the house and this is it. Horrible.
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Rossy pulling the minnow trap up.

About a month ago we had a flood and water came up from the creek. Some minnows got left behind in a tiny pool in the gully. Rossy and I were concerned about what would happen later when the pool dried out - the minnows would die. So Rossy and Dave put a minnow trap in the pool a few days ago and today Rossy remembered it when we were walking Andy down there. If we would have thought ahead we would have brought a bucket. There were 7 minnows in the trap. Since we had no bucket for transport it was decided that the fastest of us (Rossy) would run them to the lake. He did an excellent job with his young legs and got them there alive. On the way he thought to give the minnows a quick dousing in some other pools of water to keep them moist. Definitely a hero. A couple pictures of eagles obscured by snow flakes and one of a sunset. )

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.
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Snow patterns.

It was a big hike (almost 6 miles) and we were very tired and sore footed afterwards - down a huge (to me) mountainside and then back up again - but it was very worth it - beautiful snow falling with some sun breaking through now and then. I used the pin hole setting on the camera again. Many, many photos HERE )

Afterwards on the way home we had a late lunch at Taylor's Pub. Hot coffee, fish sandwich without the bun and french fries. The waiter was someone that Candy's sons had grown up with - it was nice to hear how much he liked their family.
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I'm just annoyed that it seems like to keep our president and government from doing stupid things we are going to have to get out and march and protest about everything now. Though I haven't marched or protested anything yet - I just talk about these things with my friends and family who are like minded and concerned too. I want to live my life in peace and let the government take care of itself - that's why I vote - to have people that I respect take care of all the people in our country, our land and our relationship with the rest of the world. Now it seems that we might have to personally go out and protest the government's decisions to have things go properly. I spend time every morning meditating just so I can have a serene mind - getting mad every day about my government is counter-productive.

Onto other thoughts...

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The pink line.

Going to hike with Candy today. Try a trail that we have never been on at the Kennerdell Tract of the Clear Creek Forest. It's called the Dennison Run trail. I'm imagining it will take us over flat land for about 2 miles before it descends down into Dennison Run (where we have been before). Dennison Run has a nice pathway with lots of little foot bridges crossing the creek till it comes to the Allegheny River, then you can climb back up the mountain to the Kennerdell Lookout. From the looks of the map it might be about a 5 mile hike. Afterwards we are going to eat out somewhere - make a big day of it. I'm going to dress warmer today than I did yesterday and put on water-resistant pants too. A few days ago while exploring down back with Rossy when climbing over rocks I strained a ligament in my groin - that is still bothering me - so I hope today goes okay - going to take a stronger walking stick.

Still snowing - it's going to be a cold but quietly beautiful day.
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The snow stopped falling and Dave and I did decide to get out and hike somewhere with Andy. There is a game lands over by Marianne and Clarion that the North Country Trail goes through. We had walked to a certain bridge by way of the NCT last summer but thought we would try and reach it over game lands roads this time.

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Andy was funny - he was afraid to go over the open slats of the bridge and was all hunkered down as he went. On the way back he had no fear - had figured it out.

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Toby Creek. I used the "pin hole" setting on the camera - thought it expressed the overcast look of the day.

My feet ended up getting very cold - heading to bed with a hot rice pack now...
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Have you ever had it happen to you where the more you work on an art project the dumber it seems? But I have put too much time into this to abandon it now - need to see it through. I painted all the faces - 20 in all. Here they are laid out in what I think will be the final order before gluing them into place. )

Snowing right now - big flakes - so pretty. Dave and I thought about driving over to see Chloe and Johnny today and taking Andy for a walk in the game lands but now it doesn't seem like a very good idea with roads being bad. Will probably walk to the creek with Andy at least.

friday

Jan. 27th, 2017 06:43 pm
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Movies. "Me Before You". Just my kind of movie - sad - sweet and it makes you smile. Heartrending too. Sam Claflin plays a young quadriplegic man and Emilia Clarke is wonderful as an adorable caregiver. Gets my recommendation. Jan lent us a lot of the "Vikings" DVDs and we are starting them now.

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End of the road - where the gully starts. Rossy and I walked with Andy to the creek and lake this afternoon - I wanted to show him where you can climb down into the gully and go to the lake from there. More HERE )

Andy was very good for me on the walk - stayed close - most the time. Though he must have eaten something rotten when I couldn't see him cause as soon as we got in the house he threw up a big pile. Yuck.

Other than the walk to the lake and watching "Me Before You" I have had a big day of painting and working on my art project. Just 8 more faces left to paint of the 16.
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"Seeing with the Heart #11" pendant - sterling, enamel over copper and turquoise. Listing HERE

The snow is falling faster and the roads are getting bad. Glad I'm in the house with no place to go.
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Because I am a mainly a morning writer I think I write about different things than a lot of the writing I see here on LJ. I don't have a day to recount - I have dreams and feelings that have come up during the night to deal with and put in their proper place. Many times I wake up weighed down with doom and helplessness. It is during my morning meditation time that I try to get back to or reach a place of hope and balance that I can carry with me through the day.

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The card is from the Paulina tarot deck. Perhaps I will see this as a reminder to concentrate on being a good partner today.

It snowed all day yesterday - off and on. I never did get out for a walk - I had an urge to go to Two Mile Run but that frittered away as the day went on. Rossy was over here and he and Johnny were playing video games together and I didn't want to break that up. Dave took Andy hunting. I wish I could drive my car in the snow but I don't feel safe with it anymore. A couple times so far this winter I have had it stuck in the driveway. Something happened to the transmission during the summer and it has no 4 wheel drive anymore. We have an appointment to have it looked at on Jan 10th. Dave says he will drive me in the truck if I want to go somewhere today. I would like to get some fat quarters and lots of cheap rice so I can make the microwave heating pads.

Last night Johnny and I made 2 versions of tacos - venison and veggie burger - and then invited Jules and his boys over. It was nice to have everyone here for that. Andy entertained us with his tricks.

The snow is picking up. Looking whiter and whiter out there as the morning goes on.

sunday

Dec. 18th, 2016 11:55 am
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Silence (Osho Zen Tarot) - #17 usually stands for The Star, a card that holds out the promise that we can eventually find peace of mind. My little drawing is referring to my hope that the dog and the cats can come to a place of peace someday. As I have said before Andy is not mean at all but the cats are afraid of him and he doesn't know how to just ignore them so they can relax. It was kind of cute this morning - Milo was on the bed in my room and Andy put his nose right up in his face. Milo laid his arm over Andy's nose and was pushing him away. But of course that wasn't enough to tell Andy to back off and finally Milo brought out his claws. Whimper, whine, whine from Andy as he went dejectedly away. Andy is getting better about being in the cat's world (my room) but the cats are not getting better about venturing into Andy's world (the living room).

The card might shed light on another problem I have that I am disturbed by. As usual the messages I get from my inner, higher self are to try again, forgive, be calm. But the messages I get from the outer world and my ego are confront, reject, be angry. So this card is another source of good advice - reach for the Silence (within). I was up for many hours last night (thinking resentful thoughts). I crocheted a whole washcloth while drinking a cup of sleepytime tea. Finally felt like getting back to bed around 4. As I have always said, and this is something I have always known - COMMUNICATION is the answer to most every problem between people. Getting myself ready to communicate in a calm, honest and non-blaming way is my job right now.

Snowing lightly at the moment. I love being comfy in my room and being able to look out the big window at the bird feeders and weather. Though soon I need to get dressed and go out and fill those feeders.

Ha - they just called - and I calmly talked. Perhaps I got my point across - I hope so.
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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...

saturday

Dec. 17th, 2016 07:43 am
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Seven of Pentacles from the Tarot of Metamorphosis and my drawing. I could hardly figure out what the card was showing except for the little spaceman in the lower left looking at the broken old machinery or whatever it is in the sand. My drawing is an attempt to draw a skeleton from memory. My memory isn't that good. I guess I will take the meaning from of all this that it is time to wake up and sing - since I felt inspired to put a bird there. Even things that are dead can be awakened. My morning meditations seemed to be saying it is time to let go of the past and let go of harsh judgments. I can, and do, let go and forgive myself and others in the distant past - it is the recent past that I have a problem with.

Yesterday was another day where what I thought would happen didn't. The weather and life just don't go according to my schedule I guess. It is good to stay open and be willing to go with the flow. Johnny decided not to come home till Tuesday but Dave and I did get out for a drive and I picked up some more cotton yarn in attractive colors. We also had lunch at Valley Dairy. They have good fried fish.

Yesterday they were predicting freezing rain for this morning. I imagined all traffic would be coming to a stop but they are traveling okay on the highway out front. Of course the salt truck just came by about an hour ago. It might be worse on the little roads.
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"Sun and Rain" pendant - sterling, sunstone, enamel on copper and ceramic. Listing HERE

And Snow:
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Jan and I ended up getting out for a walk - it turned out to be a beautiful sunny day. I especially liked the pattern of the soft bumps of snow at the edge of the road.

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