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.

I have had a dreamwidth account since 2010 but I only use it to back up my LJ now and then and never post there. The last time I backed it up was in 2012 but I am backing it up today. I have a different name there: Summersgate. https://summersgate.dreamwidth.org/ I don't want to leave LJ and don't plan to leave but just in case something happens to LJ I will be covered. I will still be posting my entries on LJ.

spring

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

I will probably list the autumn pendant tomorrow and then that will be it for The Seasons.
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Dave and I walked Andy down to the lake today and saw 2 Canada geese paired up and scoping out a nesting spot, then on the way home in amongst the sumac there was a flock of robins. Orange breasts and red seed pods against a blue sky.
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Last evening Gabe and Rossy and I walked to the Sandy Creek Tunnel. One of my favorite tunnels - since it is straight it is never totally dark inside - well, it is pitch black in the middle but you can always see both entrances and get silhouettes of things so that is reassuring. Rossy was playing around and hiding from us - can you find him? HERE )

Jan and I also went biking yesterday. I think I have a biking convert. This was the first she had been on a bike since teenage-hood but she did really well riding my old bike even though it was a little too tall for her. We went 10 miles down to Belmar Bridge and back. We also discovered a really nice camping/walking place by the river near the mouth of Deep Hollow where it goes into the Allegheny. There is some exploring that will need to be done there in the future.

Today looks like it's going to be a really nice day. I need to work on ceramics in the basement - I hope I can get disciplined with that - the outside is calling loudly. I want to get and plant some flowers too.
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Yay! I love seeing them flitting around out there.
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Garlic mustard and Lake Wilhelm in the background. Berdella, Jan, Sue and I walked a short distance on the lake trail today - focused on the idea of nature journaling - noticing plants, the weather (overcast and cold with a little early drizzle), and any animals (an eagle perched near its nest, ducks and geese on the water, songbirds hidden in the treetops, chipmunks, crows calling). Jan said she knew where there were some trillium flowers that she wanted to get a photo of near mile marker 11. I took a small sketch book and did some little drawings.

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More photos. )
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Mama and Papa Goose and their 7 goslings on the Allegheny River today. They were just floating downstream as we watched. The adult geese always stayed on the outside of the group with the babies between them.

The world around here is waking up more and more all the time. There was a heavy rain and thunderstorms last night. Candy and I biked down to Indian God Rock this morning. An overcast day and cool but it wasn't too cold on the bike cause I wore gloves and covered my ears. Saw white trillium flowers on the river bank. A charm of gold finches fluttered up in front of us. Earthworms on the road. Tiny baby green leaves dotting the woods. The electric blue of an indigo bunting hiding in the bushes. Millions of mayflies coming up off the river. The smell of flowering trees on the wind. Three More. )

We have been doing things to get ready for spring around the yard. Dave helped me make 4 gourd birdhouses - I scrubbed them, he drilled and cleaned them out, I painted them with 3 coats of polyurethane and we hung them in trees yesterday. Now we have 6 gourd houses in all and 4 wooden blue bird houses - something will nest for sure I hope! This morning I got out the hummingbird feeder and the oriole feeder and filled them. Haven't seen any yet but I want to be ready. The hummingbirds have arrived on May 1st on other years.
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Spring is coming - my favorite month (May) is coming. Things are starting to green up along the edges. There are little wild flowers everywhere - violets and blues and yellows scattered in the green.

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The woods are getting greener.

It rained last night and storms were forecast for this morning but Berdella and I went for a walk at Lake Wilhelm anyway. Luckily it didn't rain on us and it was quite fresh and breezy. Even though I'm pretty sure I will never walk the Appalachian Trail or do any overnight hiking that requires carrying a big pack (tent, sleeping back and lots of food and water) I still want to imagine myself as a hiker who doesn't care about the rain or weather. I was glad when Berdella agreed to brave the threat of rain this morning.

Now that I have eaten lunch and posted here it's time to get down to the village and vote...

friday

Apr. 8th, 2016 07:33 am
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All that rain yesterday turned to snow during the night. Woke up this morning to a skim of white on everything and more snow drifting down. Pretty. I'm glad I remembered to fill the bird feeders last night.

During the night Skye came in and slept on the bed beside me. Andy was sleeping on the couch so she felt safe to come in the bedroom. If this issue with the dog and cats could just be resolved and the cats could feel safe to be with us again in all areas of the house all the time I would be SO HAPPY.

Going to visit Jill's sister Sally today with Nancy. Sally is in a nursing home now and will really miss Jill - Jill was a big help to her.

I'm *almost* looking forward to working in the basement today. Maybe because I can see the end in sight now. A couple more days hopefully and a work space will be clear.
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The snow came last night and put a white crust on everything. Very cold this morning. When the snow melts off I suppose it will take many of the early blooming flowers in the trees and bushes with it. Tulips, crocus and daffodils are hardy and will recover.

wednesday

Mar. 30th, 2016 08:53 am
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morning-spring-birds
Good morning springtime birds.

I like it when others write about their day, at the end of the day - summing it up. But I seem to do better with writing at the beginning of my day - writing about my plans for the day. I prefer to look at the potential of the day rather than looking at it when it is over. Unless I have pictures - then I will spend time writing about that.

Today I have no car so I have limited choices of things to do. The last time I looked at the basement I thought - if I could just get myself to spend 6 hours there I would be able to create the work space that I need for ceramics. Six hours - either do an hour a day or do one big push. Could I possibly get myself motivated today to do the big push? The only thing I can imagine myself doing that would interfere with basement work is if it gets very warm (it might get up in the mid 60's) I will escape up the road on the bike - it would be my first ride of this year. The back tire is going flat - I have to pump it up before every ride. Should fix that before the season starts...
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It feels like not much - but my days are full so there must be something.

Last night the grandboys, Amber and I walked from a new (to me) game land parking lot to the Kennerdell Overlook (the same place Candy and I hiked on Monday but this time we came from a different direction without all the steep hills). By the time we were coming back it was nearly dark, traveling through the gloaming - kind of magical I thought. The spring peepers were loudly peeping in a trail side pond. If we had started 15 minutes later we would have had to use our flashlights for sure. The crescent moon peeking through the bare branches was beautiful. I forgot to take a camera. Afterwards we drove onward to King's restaurant in Barkeyville and had sundaes (everyone else) and apple pie (me). I am learning more about the roads and hiking trails in that part of the country south of Franklin but on the west side of the Allegheny River.

Friday I tried to get something done in the basement. I did succeed a little. What I wish would happen is we would get the money to build Dave his garage workshop (immediately) and then he could move a bunch of his stuff there, Chloe and Mike would finish their new house and she could move her stuff into it, then I would have room to redistribute and organize my stuff without having to make the decisions to get rid of it. Many times after I get rid of something I wish I had it back. I truly think I am done with that phase of my life but then I see how I could use that thing for something else, or someone else comes along wanting it, but too late, I already gave it to salval. And there is just so much family stuff I can't get rid of - I need to store it somewhere.

At the moment: just found out that last night was daylight savings change time - need to change the clocks. I downloaded a new cd by Karen Dalton, Cotton Eyed Joe this morning and am listening to it. It's raining and today will be another basement day for sure.
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I found out that the rocks out on the game lands by Whipperwill Road that Dave and I visited on the 6th are actually called the Rainbow Rocks. The petroglyphs that were carved long ago into it are covered by modern graffiti and hard to find. Here is what they look like if you can find them:

Rainbow Rocks
We did find them but I thought at the time they would be hard to see in a photograph so I didn't bother - now I wish I had. It is written about in this article.

The grandkids and Gabe's good friend Amber and I went out there tonight.

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Amber and Sebby walking around. More photos HERE )
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My spad for today. When I saw those words on my new pocket journals I thought this explains it very well:

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"I'm not writing it down to remember it later, I'm writing it down to remember it now."

Writing this journal and doing these self portraits helps me to remember each day and what I think about each day. LJ isn't my entirety but it does record a small part of me and what I see and do - what I'm interested in. I included the background of the enameling table in the photo to help me remember later that that is what I am doing right now. Making new enameled bird shapes and other things.

I got a GPS watch today. It's pretty cool (I think). It tells me how many steps I take in a day and it has given me a goal of 7,500 steps. I have walked 871 steps just since I put it on at 1:30 pm so I think I'm doing okay. It also says I have burned 969 calories, and walked .38 miles. I had to walk next door a few times and it measures just moving around the house too. If I hook it up to the computer it will show me those things on a map.

~
Driving North.
The wind is driving us north - north into the bitter cold of mid January.
Blue, gray and white,
dead brown.
Chickadees, nuthatches, bright cardinals and dull finches,
titmice, juncos, and wobbly morning doves.
I can barely hear them lisping through the glass.
But the sun is driving us south.
Each day is a tiny bit longer.
Each day the light is a tiny bit stronger.
Bird songs a tiny bit louder - they will come clearly through open windows someday.

thursday

May. 7th, 2015 02:16 pm
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maple outside my window on this foggy morning

Dave and I drove over to Clarion to have a goodbye dinner with Johnny and his girlfriend Alison last night. Tomorrow they are heading to Reading to spend the summer at Alison's dad's house. Johnny has a job lined up for the summer. We won't see him again till end of August. Which makes me a little sad. We don't see him that much (maybe every month or so) over the school year but 3 months seems like an extra long time.

monday

May. 4th, 2015 06:01 pm
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With carved skull bone beads. Listing HERE

Okay - I think this is it. The last style of bell I'm going to make. I know I have been very obsessed with these bells but I think I have it covered now. Oh - wait - still going to make a string of them on a rainbow ribbon when the ribbon arrives...

Candy and I biked from Franklin to Oil City today instead of our usual hike on Oak Hill. So perfect today - it got up to 80F but the breeze made it really nice. 4 pictures HERE )
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We went to Belmar Bridge and up the Sandy Creek trail - the same place I was on Friday. Even in 2 days time you can see a big change in how much spring is greening everything. 2 more HERE )

Afterwards we ate at the Chinese Buffet and saw [personal profile] kyana and her husband, Wayne. It feels like the world is coming together right now.
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belmar bridge

It was just too nice of a morning to stay home so I drove over to Belmar and biked up the Sandy Creek valley. Lots of nice views from the many bridges along there. I love how this time of year we have the start of little leaves coming out everywhere and dotting the woods with color. This is the first time I have loaded up my bike and gone alone on a bike trail trip so I've broken the barrier now I hope. 11 more HERE )
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spruce

I took a walk around the backyard with the new lens. Even though I think it could do better with a different adapter I was happy with some of these photos. Lots of the same old things I have taken photos of before - but this time a different day, a different season, a different year, and a different lens. 13 more HERE )

thursday

Apr. 23rd, 2015 08:48 am
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Snowing - the fence across the road from us - spring is having a setback.

We watched the very last episode of Call the Midwife last night - going to really miss that show. It was our absolute favorite - along with Northern Exposure - and we are almost done with that too. Dave and I try to pace ourselves and only watch one or 2 episodes a night but everything runs out eventually.

PS - I've been corrected to learn that Call the Midwife isn't over. It continued but without the main character. Glad to hear that. We still will get to see Chummy and Trixy and the rest in next season.

Having problems with my computer - it won't do it's Windows Updates. I feel so dumb sometimes with computers.

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Milo.

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