Saturday, May 9, 2015

Side trip within larger trip

Hello everyone. Although I'm home now, I wanted to show you this garden that I stumbled on whilst in Portland. The Chinese Classical Garden.

A haven of tranquillity right near the train station. There was a tea room where I had a very delicious tea egg. 
Then a musician appeared playing the Chinese violin. Beautiful clear tones enhancing the peacefulness of the whole experience. 

Some recent work:
This was inspired by the marmalade bush that was still blooming when I got home:

Here is a rearing up donkey with flowers: part of a series that's becoming a Very small book. 

On May Day I went to see the Morris Dancers who were giving thanks to the rising of the sun!

And here is Miss Gilly, with whom I was quite glad to be reunited. 

That's all for now. Today is National Train Day and yesterday was World Donkey Day!  So much to celebrate...Xo, s. 

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Resuming trip

Hello everyone: my train has just left Milwaukee...this is the Menominee River...we didn't stop long enough to have a look at the station, although we did have a chance to walk about a bit. 

Family visit was grand. There was some face and leg painting. 

I worked a bit on a very small ode to spring...

Spring was glorious:

This was taken in the very early morning. 

It rained!

On Earth Day I was invited to read at grandson's school:

This is where I am right now!
Still in Wisconsin. 

More soon. xoxo, s. 

Wednesday, April 15, 2015


Hello everyone. I'm presently in Chicago, waiting for the train to take me the rest of the way across the country. I'm hoping to be able to post from my iPhone so here goes.

My grandson's quilt is keeping me busy.

This is a shirt embroidered for my son...the eagle is placed on the front shoulder instead of the mid-front.

Some photos from the trip so far:
Approach to Dallas. 

Interesting mural in St. Louis.

Desert in bloom. Tucson.

OK. That's all for now! More later if this works. xoxo, s.

Friday, March 20, 2015


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'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 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 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


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.