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. 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.
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I started the baby quilt today and I'm really liking the colors together.

We watched the first episodes of Detectorists tonight and loved it. It's disappointing that Netflix doesn't have the later ones on DVD. Darn.

Had a visual migraine just now and I think it's time to turn in.


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.

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.


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

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

Plans for the day:
The weather man says rain again today but I'm hoping I can get a walk in with Candy before that happens...
Work on the art project.
Continue on business book work for the taxes.


Dec. 4th, 2016 06:46 am
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Inspired by the Five of Stones from the Wildwood tarot. I guess it means that I have to wait out the long night - take some comfort in the spot of warmth in front of me.

Woke up at 4 am (again). Start the coffee pot, feed the cats their wet food, get my coffee and come to my room to sit at my table burning birthday candles and thinking/writing/drawing.

Dreamed last night that I was going out to dinner with Nancy (it was nighttime in the dream) and she was trying out a new wheelchair - it was electric. The sidewalks were icy and it started sliding - I was trying to hang onto it and put my feet on the back of it but my weight was making it go even more out of control. We were laughing but there was a danger of it going farther down a hill and into the woods. I got off and the slide stopped. She was driving back up the hill again but then she dropped the controller (it was like a TV controller). It flew up into the air and came back to her but she wasn't ready to catch it and it fell again. Then it flew up again, like a little fluttering bird. That was how it was designed - that if the person in the wheelchair was to drop it then it would find its way back to them. It kept fluttering back to her and bouncing off cause she wasn't ready to catch it. We laughed and laughed till finally she caught it - end of dream.

Dave went to bed early last night and I watched a couple episodes of Lost. I love that show. It seems so deep and many layered to me. I'm wondering if watching TV before bed (that show in particular) has anything to do with the wheelchair controller in the dream being like a TV remote control?

Dave shot a buck yesterday. There will be meat for him in the freezer this coming year. Maybe I will see a little more of him now.

I got the new torch yesterday and hooked it up to my old tank of mapp gas and it didn't work either. So I tried the new torch on a new tank and it worked. Then I tried my old torch on a new tank of gas and it worked too. So something was wrong with the tank - not the torch. The old tank is full of gas - you can feel it sloshing around in there so that isn't the problem - it must have an obstruction of some sort. That was stupid of me that I didn't try that first before I gave up and thought I needed a new torch. Well, anyway - maybe I will like this new torch too - it has an automatic lighter built into it.
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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.


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.


Oct. 8th, 2016 10:19 pm
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Hazel and I went to the Transit Building today to pick up the art book that I had left there for the "Heal" art show last month. I remembered to bring a camera this time, even if it was only my little ipod, and got some pictures of the old wrought iron elevator and the spiral stairway outside in the alley. Seven more HERE. )

This afternoon Jules and his boys and I biked up to Oil City and back - chilly but we had a bit of sun. Avoided the Applefest traffic by going through Rocky Grove instead of town. Also went to Home Depot and got new fresh grout so I will be ready for that soon. Ate dinner at the Chinese Buffet with Dave and Hazel. Yum.

A new pair of earrings:
"Coming Going" earrings - sterling, brass and citrine Listing HERE

That was basically my day. Watching an episode of Call the Midwife at the moment.


Oct. 7th, 2016 11:09 pm
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I wish I had something more to write about. The mosaic seems to be filling my mind right now. )

I hope to get the final tesserae in place this weekend, let the glue sit for a day and then I can grout it.

Watching the original Star Trek series tonight with Dave. I never watched it back in the days when it first came out. Dave rarely watched it back then either. Cap Kirk has an evil impostor in this episode. There is a weird doglike unicorn creature that has a evil double too. Because Kirk has been split in two he has become weaker and needs to be put back together - somehow.

Reading "Night at the Circus" by Angela Carter - nearly done - which makes me want to read her "Book of Fairy Tales" next.

Applefest has taken over our town. I dread having to drive through it. I have come to dislike Applefest from my remembrances of being a vendor there when I used to sell my jewelry at craft shows. It gets so crowded people can barely move along the sidewalks. The traffic is all backed up and redirected onto the side streets. Jules and the boys and I plan to go biking from Emlenton tomorrow and I hope it won't take too long to drive through Franklin.

Though - now I am remembering some good days. When Chloe was around 12 or so (maybe 10 to 14) she used to go with me and we would set up a little face painting table beside the tent and she made money painting little kid's faces for $.50. Brother John loved Applefest and always came in to check it out with his electric wheelchair and get fair food. Even though it was so crowded he loved slowly working his way through the people. And Dad would come in at least once to see how I was doing. One year it was very cold - freezing cold and he was so happy that he had thought to bring me some hand warmers. Friends would stop by and sit in one of my extra chairs to rest and visit. Those were the good old days. Mainly it was me with my social anxiety who didn't like spending the whole day in public. It was exhausting.
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"Traveling Home" pendant - sterling, ceramic and nephrite jade Listing HERE

Stayed home today, in my room most of the day, working on jewelry. I couldn't sleep last night and worked in my room from 2 am till 6 am too. I watched/listened to a you-tube of the whole Clinton-Trump debate while I worked so I could judge it for myself - did he really sniff that much? Did he really say those things? Yes, he did. I seem to be in a sleepless phase - no nap today either. I did take a break in the afternoon and watched the last disc of season 2 of the Grantchester series. The show wrapped up well but I suppose they could come back with more - I hope they do. I really like that show.


Jul. 25th, 2016 04:28 pm
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Kathy asked me just now in an email if I was keeping busy. This was my answer: Not that busy right now. I did go on a bike ride with Candy this morning on the Clarion Highlands trail - very hot and muggy. Miserable really, but WE DID IT! I'm babysitting Andy at the moment and watching old Twilight Zones with the fan blowing on me. Last night and the night before I remade 150 clay leaves, 75 flowers and many more rocks to replace the ones I didn't like. Just waiting for the clay elements to dry now so I can bisque fire them.

Andy trying to find a cool place to be just now. I could hear the jingle of his collar tags as he was trying to dig a hole in the tub and went in to see what he was doing.
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Doing some updates to the laptop so here I am in front of it - which usually means if I'm not reading something or looking up something then I am writing something on LJ. Writing about the plans for my day today - what's on my mind. I plan to put up our older tent in the backyard today. The one with one big room (holds 2 cots very nicely) and an attached screened porch room. I want to put it up and leave it up for the rest of the summer. Even if it ruins the tent having it exposed to the weather all summer I want to do it. If it did get ruined THIS is what I would get to replace it. I like having a tent that I can take my afternoon naps in - just a place to go outside to be alone. It fulfills the same need in me that the goatshed used to. I think I will fit it out like I used to have the goatshed - with a bed and a table for sitting.

Other things I hope to accomplish today:
Check on the clay elements in the basement and see how the drying is coming along. I have them covered so they dry slowly. Since they are flat they have a tendency to curl up the edges while they dry and I don't want that.
Start work on 2 jewelry orders I have - one is a ring and one is for a bail for a carved stone.
Hopefully fit in an etsy-a-day too.
And a bike ride - it is a super beautiful day.
The dishes need done.
The stuff from next door is still dominating the living room - I need to get on with sorting through it. I have looked in some boxes and it just seems too difficult to let go of that stuff. Which sounds dumb - not anything I need but there are so many memories there. A box of my dad's old 8 mm movies and the projector. They have already been put onto a dvd but I can't stand to get rid of them (yet). Some old cut glass relish dishes my mom had in an upper cupboard. Those are just a couple of the things - as soon as I look at that sitting in the top of the boxes I turn away from the job. Stuck. Stuck again. Stupid.

Yesterday we watched the first episodes of the series "Huge" - about a summer weight-loss camp for teens. I think it is geared towards young adults but I really liked it. It shows overweight kids as real people and they are the stars of the show. The characters in the show have stayed in my mind with me today. I wish there were more episodes to watch - the show only lasted one season.


Apr. 29th, 2016 09:41 pm
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It feels like I had a productive day for once. First thing this morning I did the dishes and then I made a pendant ) to give as a gift to my niece Laurie on her 50th birthday next week. I haven't been at my workbench for quite a while and it was nice to be there. I got some new ideas for things I want to make and even ordered some stones. Then I met my friend Char for lunch - afterwards I stopped over at the post office to mail the package for Laurie and went to the hardware store to get some doggie stuff. I had a thought come to me during the night that we should try putting a leash on Andy 24/7, even in the house and we might get better behavior - maybe we could thwart him when he takes an interest in chasing the cats. And teach him to "come" better. He will definitely come when you have a treat but hardly any other time! I got a 5/8" thick braided rope - one that he can chew on and he won't hurt it - and made a 7' leash with it. So far so good - I hope it will be helping him to see he can't get away with things now. Dave took Andy with him earlier to plant trees and when he came home I gave him a new squeaky toy pig and hooked him up to the new leash. He had fun carrying the leash around in his mouth - prancing and happy that he had a new "tug rope" (it is made of the same kind of rope as his pull toys). Then I played fetch with him for a while - throwing the little pig in the air for him to catch - he succeeded a few times and was very proud of himself. For 2 hours tonight I worked on the basement. In my mind I thought just another hour and I might get it wrapped up but no - even after 2 hours I see I have quite a few more hours to put in till it's ready. My feet hurt after being on them so long. Now it's time to watch a bit of TV - Call the Midwife - the episode where the babies got switched. A tear-jerker as usual.
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1. Ate a power bar and banana for breakfast.
2. Played with computer manipulated photos.
3. Ate spaghetti and veggie meatballs for lunch - dessert was an ice cream sandwich.
4. Took a nap with Dave and Andy.
5. Put up 4 bluebird houses in the yard with Dave. I held the pipes while he stood on the ladder and pounded the pipes in and then attached the boxes. 2 of them we will be able to see from the house. One of them will be pretty easy to see from my studio window - the other with binoculars from the kitchen window. The other 2 are out of sight of the windows.
6. Ordered 4 dried gourds. I want to make them into birdhouses and hang them in trees around the yard. Excited about birds and bird houses right now.
7. Ate a dinner of sauteed onions, green peppers and veggie sausage, buttered toast and green beans.

1. The "snow light" this morning. There is a certain light that comes in the windows on sunny mornings when the world is covered with snow. I can remember as a kid laying in bed in the morning on a weekend, looking at the ceiling and just knowing that it had snowed during the night because of the quality of the light that came into the window.
2. That Dave is getting older - and so am I. But it is like I read somewhere recently, "I can't do the things I once could do - but I don't have to". I find that very comforting.
3. Watched a few episodes of Rumpole of the Bailey. We really like him.
4. Looked at the hummingbird migration map for this year. I see from previous years we can expect them close to the end of this month. It always makes me almost tear up when I think of the brave hummingbirds flying all this way, working their way northward to us. This is one thing I really look forward to - the hummingbirds arriving. And now that I have got a group of orioles feeding at our jelly feeders I look forward to that too. I think they will get here about the same time.
5. Saw lots of stuff in the basement while working there. Saw a kit to make a Boy Scout "talking feather".
6. Saw a ring I nearly finished making that had a tiny mosaic of stained glass in it. I never grouted it.
7. Found Kenyon's original Rabbit Rabbit - the one that got me started:
I think it is interesting how inadvertently the rabbits get expressions on their faces that you might not be intending them to have when you draw them.

Heard Andy barking at something when I got up from my nap. Came out to find him in a stand off with Milo. Milo was in the spot by the living room window that is a favorite for all the animals. I held onto Andy's collar and brought him closer to Milo. Their noses were about 4 inches away when Milo hissed and ran away.

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Back to enameling bluebirds.

The GPS watch has been telling me to "Move!" all day. I don't think I have yet moved enough to satisfy it to stop reminding me to move. Yesterday I walked 21,343 steps and traveled 9.3 miles. Today so far I have gone only 849 steps and .3 mile. I haven't even got out of my pajamas and it's nearly 5.

I took a long nap this afternoon and had a dream about my mom and brother John. This is the second time in a week where I was bawling in a dream - missing family members who are gone. Maybe it is this time of the year. The stark coldness and how nature is dead here. It is easier to slip into the other world and see the people there. I was crying in the dream cause I knew within the dream that it would soon be over and they would be gone. I couldn't hold on. As I woke up it was like I was rushing upward through dark water into the light. There was even a sound like the sound effect that they use in "Lost" - the rushing sound when they are switching scenes and going into the past. We've been watching Lost - me for the second time and Dave for the first time. And as I'm watching I'm thinking, I know even now that I'm going to want to watch it a third time someday. It's one of my all time favorite TV series.
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Photo by Gabe.

Mr Drysdale and Granny in the background. Dave got a 40 episode DVD set of the Beverly Hillbillies and we have been on a marathon of watching them this week. In this photo I was looking up at Dave while he was using the remote, trying to get some interesting characters on the TV for Gabe to get in the picture. I was hoping for Jed to be in a photo but I liked how I kind-of matched Granny's expression in this one. I had a crush on Jed back in the day. I know - strange - but he was always so wise and I liked that about him. Of course back then I wanted to be Elly May. Now I relate more to Granny.

Update on dental work - the decision is to get the tooth pulled (no surgery needed) and then get a bridge since it is a front tooth. Very expensive. Nothing needs to be done right away though so that is good - I will continue to save money for it.
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Had to think of a quick pic tonight - almost forgot. Web cam. Me, Gabe and Dave watching the tele-visions.
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44. Do you hold any convictions that you would be willing to die for?

Die for? Sounds very serious. I would not die for any organized religion or political system, or country. I might be willing to die to try to save someone else from death.

A very busy day today - cleaning house - making food - visiting with family. Everyone just left. Here's my self portrait for today - taken by Chloe:


We've been watching the Fargo series - first season - the ones with Billy Bob Thornton. Looking forward to tonight's episode...
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I saw this over on [ profile] med_cat's journal this morning and liked it:


A different way of saying, "If given lemons then make lemonade" or another of my favorites, "Am I living in the problem, or am I living in the solution?". I welcome anything that can help me change my attitude for the better. I do believe I am a natural depressive and at root melancholy.

We are watching Rectify as one of our shows on netflix dvd. Last night we started into season 2. I find it riveting and strange. I have no idea where it will go next - I can hope for a happy ending but that doesn't seem to be where it is going. I hope the show actually has an ending and is not one of those that got canceled midway and leaves you hanging. Don't tell me if you know...

Wonderful Wednesday. A day to putter around here. Going to get to work soon though. My options:
Jewelry work.
List an etsy item.
I could puzzle over that broken bracelet again.
Listen to Alan Watts.
The eternal basement.
Unload and load the dishwasher.
Make silicon molds of little things for molding clay elements later.
What I would really like to do is read the last 35 pages of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - the very last book in the series - so close to the end now!


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