Friday, March 20, 2015

Peace

Hello everyone,

I've been working on a contribution to India Flint's Solace Project, and today, finished it up!  The top is raw silk dyed with tea and ??? (I forget)...embroidered with DNC embroidery floss...sometimes one, sometimes two strands...I had to fill in the letters quite a bit after the first go round. Then I backed it with silk from worn out long johns dyed with eucalyptus and liquidamber leaves...it's very soft and hangs nicely.  The words are from the bluegrass gospel song "Peace Like a River"

I've been participating in a classical guitar class that takes place in the community center art room...one day I was feeling "observed", turned around and noticed these stacked up chairs...

Gilly has really perfected her rarin' to go, sit-up pose...

Buggy came to visit Gilly one day.  Gilly looks a little nervous because this was a first, but it turned out fine.

I'm struggling with the end of a bad cold that has a very unenjoyable cough...today I rested nearly all day.  Now that it's almost bedtime, I'm wide awake.

That's all for now...Happy Belated International Day of Happiness (yesterday)!

xoxo, s.


Tuesday, March 3, 2015

A test

Hello everyone,

Perhaps I have just figured out how to create a post from the ipad.  This ia a test!
Next I will have to figure out how to make the picture bigger,  and now it is time for lunch, but overall, I think this might just work.  

'til later, xo, S.

Monday, February 9, 2015

Celebrity

Hello everyone. Well, as mentioned in the previous post, the California Groundhog spent a fair amount of his hibernation praying for rain. And it rained!!! So he has been awarded a Gold Star! He doesn't really understand, hence his puzzled expression. He says,"I was only doing my duty as a citizen." A humble and modest citizen who deserves to be rewarded for spending his time well.

There was much rejoicing over the rain, which appears to have stopped, but we were glad for every drop!

Raindrops appeared elsewhere:

Gilly helped me in the garden...the weeds are weeded so easily when the ground is wet.  Afterwards she rested.  As did I.
That's all for now!  xo, s

Monday, February 2, 2015

Groundhog Day!

Hello everyone,

No real excuse for my absence from blogland, except...hibernation.  Being quiet, pondering, stitching...I even took a calligraphy course because I thought it might be fun to embroider a different sort of alphabet, and so, to practice, here is this year's Groundhog Day card (ink):

I've really been enjoying embroidering on pieces of indigo dyed by Glennis:
A study of waves and fish:
 A fish evolving (note hand-knit socks):

The following is perhaps going to become part of a very small book.  MAYBE.


Unfinished but more of the same story:
A real life story about a bird and a fish:

Gilly and I went with members of our training class to an informal agility event at a winery south of here.  It wasn't a competition but rather a chance to practice.  It was quite advanced (no fences to contain the participants, most of whom didn't need fences to remain contained) so we decided to just watch.  Apologies for the picture which is taken from away off where I took Gilly just to test her recall skills.  She is very good about returning when I call her at the dog park, but this was different!  It was a beautiful setting and wonderful to be out of town.  The dogs were amazing to watch, some so skilled at doing exactly what was asked of them, some a little naughty, providing much amusement. The grass is still green from our last good rain (before Christmas) so it doesn't LOOK like a drought, but...

That's all for now, I hope you have been enjoying Groundhog Day, a time of shadow mysteries, midway between Winter Solstice and Spring Equinox.  It goes by other names, Imbolc and St. Brigid's Day...a few hours devoted to taking our bearings, one way or another.   xoxo, s.



Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Christmas Eve

Hello everyone!

Well, tomorrow is Christmas, and Gilly and I go off to the farm to see our friends.  We were there on Thanksgiving also...when we go, the cats are excused from participating and spend the time, perhaps reluctantly, in a separate room.  Gilly is very curious about them...this time she jumped up into their sculpture and then as you see below, wanted to ascend to greater heights.  She is wearing her stability outfit, which didn't seem to help calm her down very much, so we've been working on her serenity a lot and have made some progress which will undergo a test tomorrow.

Another event was the coming down of a famous tree on my skyline.  A lovely pine that died.  I won't show you the entire sequence...it was very methodical and there was a lot of grinding up of branches...it took two days.  I think the tree had a good life, and better it be taken down than allowed to fall down, but I miss it.

We've had LOTS of rain!!!  One early morning we went for a walk and decided not to go very far due to the great windiness that assailed us at the corner:

Then the power went out, so I drove down to the coffee shop and embroidered there for a couple of hours...that was rather fun, and I've decided to do that (publicly embroider) more often.

One of my very favorite things was ordering and receiving these wonderful tea towels from Jean:
Look at those patterns!!! I am keeping the one on the left and using the others for Christmas gifts. They are very absorbent and happiness producing.

We had a little solstice/art party here on Sunday...the second annual...quite a lot of work, but quite satisfying...this year it was 4 hours instead of 5...a friend and her daughter made beautiful food so I didn't have to worry about that...(phew!)  Now I'm looking forward to getting back to embroidering etc. etc...I will show you more of that in the next post.  Meanwhile, in closing, here is the very small, rather oddly shaped Christmas tree with its 3-D felt star on top.

I wish for you a kindly holiday season, with the best of everything, relaxation, light, laughter, good company and good food.  Love to each of you and thank you so much for stopping by...it means a great deal to me.  xoxo, s.














Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Happy Thanksgiving

Hello everyone!  We have had some rain!  Here is proof.  A glorious delicious wet soggy puddle!

The persimmons were very large this year, perhaps in response to the drought...the leaves are almost all orange now, falling rapidly...

Here is the stump of a tree limb that was chopped off to make room for the path. It looks so deep but is actually flat.

A moon that's not quite finished:

This next one is part of a new story cloth.  I'll say more about it in another post, because it represents a new train of thought, a metaphysical train of thought, and the words haven't lined up right just yet:

And here is the next phase of this one!

Tomorrow we're going to the farm to celebrate Thanksgiving, and here, instead of a picture of Gilly to represent the creaturely world, I offer you one of our local wild turkeys, whom I hope will still be foraging happily in the woods all day tomorrow and on and on.

I am very, very grateful to you, dear readers, for dropping by to visit, and I wish you all a Happy Thanksgiving!  xo, s.


Thursday, November 6, 2014

post trip post

Hello everyone.  I am home again and glad; it was a very good trip, just a little longer than usual. I thought I'd start with a painting I did years and years ago...every now and then I feel like bringing out the paints again, but not yet.  They are still sitting on the shelf. Waiting...

And just a very few highlights from the trip (I took most of my photos with the ipad, but I haven't learned yet how to post them, so we have to make do with regular camera pix, leaving out fun times in New Jersey altogether, alas):

Going east, color in Colorado:

The painted mountains at Glenwood Springs, Colorado...all the color had faded by the time I came through heading west:

Here is the beach at Truro, on Cape Cod, where we had our 52nd!!! high school reunion:

In the brand new Denver train station there are many wonders...pastry for example.  You will not find these on Amtrak unfortunately, because of cost cutting, but how wonderful it would be if that were to change...

Most of the time I've been quilting on my grandson's quilt, but I also began this story cloth...

this one is a memory of spring:

And here is Gilly, also glad to be home...snoozing of an evening...

That's all for now.  Love and xxx's, ~S.