Friday, May 22, 2015


It's a sunny day up here on the hill.
Folks are getting ready for the up-coming Memorial Day weekend...
and I can hear some hub-bub from the town echoing through the hills here.
And me? I did some special orders this week...  a couple strands of knotted pearls, a set of prayer beads... and some earrings.
Today I hope to sit a bit in the pretty outside and listen to birdsong while I make something else.
So... off for now... and here are some photos of my surroundings.

See you all tomorrow for my weekend post.

Thursday, May 21, 2015


Stormy days... oh how I love you.

Yesterday and today I have been working on some prayer bead sets... which I will show you later on this week;
as one is being sent to a friend and I don't want to ruin the surprise.
I am slowly getting some rest that I need... and working on a few things...
and trying to help my mom... who is having some issues as well.
So for today... rest.... be well... stay safe.... and roll with those glorious storm clouds.

See you all tomorrow.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015


the familiar... and the unexplored
all await your tenderness
your gentleness
your treading softly on weightless feet
below skirts muddied with spring

Today I am thankful for the cooler temps
bright blue skies and puffy white clouds
the songs of jays building nests
and a little energy to make something creative.
These are some simple earrings I made this week.

See you all tomorrow.

Tuesday, May 19, 2015


It's been "no spoons" days ... for awhile now... which is supremely frustrating.
However. Yesterday the daughter and I took a short ride to a neighboring town to take care of our recycling. In the 6 months since we last went; we have accumulated only 1 (large) bag of actual garbage; a huge box of glass and some catalogs we got in the mail, and then about 12 kitchen size bags of plastic recycling. It's amazing, really. And I am proud of our family for doing what we can.

On the way home, we stopped to see a friend... which was awesome...
and we stopped at a couple spots to take some photos.
The photos for today's post are at one of those stops...
fields of mustard and wishes... blue skies and butterflies...
and so it goes...

See you all tomorrow.

And today is Jim and my 25th Anniversary... so Jim, THANK YOU... and I love you.

Monday, May 18, 2015


Sometimes you have to take a step back and breathe...
and really look.

My camera is dying.
I have taken photos ever since my dad put a Kodak/Brownie Hawkeye in my hands at the age of 6.
And I've taken (almost) daily photos as part of a personal challenge; since 2009.
But... these past couple of weeks has put a kink in that; as things are slowly but surely going bezerk on my camera.
The tragic part in all this... is that it is the only camera I have at the moment.(I have one digital SLR camera, and one lens)
I have a couple antique/ collectible cameras... but they require special film... and most don't work anyway...they just look great on a shelf. Plus, there is the whole issue of finding a place that develops film...

The daughter and I watched a movie last night; on the life and work of Sally Mann.
It was awesome. For me; it drove home the idea of just do it. 
Don't wait for acceptance; don't wait for brilliance... just do the work.
(sounds like a good friend of mine). (here is an interview she did).
I love her work... and I love her work ethic.
She was always working on her art (and still is actively working).... which I certainly understand.

So. Time to do some research.
Time to save my pennies.
Time to make some coffee...

See you all tomorrow.

(The photos for today's post were taken last week on a random drive on some back roads here.
We came across this stunningly gorgeous old general store? or so it appears to have been.
I wanted to do it in black and white... and so I have.)

Saturday, May 16, 2015

for the weekend

Yay! the weekend is here... and I hope you are all out and about enjoying it.

This whole week, I've been trying to rest and recoup from a Lupus flare; and what that essentially means... is that I've done a little housework, a bit of cooking, maintenance type chores... and not much else. I have, of course, checked on my mom and run errands with her and such... but for me; artistically... not a whole lot has been going on (except for my photography... which I work on every day).
But, Jim has completed the first week at his new job.... and loves it. Which means more to me than anything. Soon there will be the figuring out of budgets, and figuring out a savings plan... things like that. But for now... it's sunny... and things are blooming like crazy all around us.

And per my usual routine here; here is a list of links for you to look at in your free time:
*a true account of the life-changing magic of tidying up
*a friend and I were talking about this the other day... the healthy use of facebook
*I've posted this in the past; but she was such an inspiration
*some great photos from 1913
*31 things people from PA have to explain to out-of-towners
*something to think about
*news for CSI fans... here... here... and here
*coloring! (I've always wanted to publish a coloring book)
*this looks cool... and it's nearby! (and more on the artist)
*sculpture! from bones!... and in shells.

So. Because I've been trying to rest more... I was able to watch some good programs on TV...
Thanks in large part, to some extra channels we were given as a preview this week.
(and a small rant on how I wish we could just pay for stations we want... instead of all this package crap).
One of the shows I caught was THIS. Stellar. Truly. And the episode I saw featured THIS artisan, 
Then I saw a couple recorded concerts! One featured this lady (and info here),
and another featured this band. Awesome.

Thanks for looking, and I'll see you all back here on Monday.

Friday, May 15, 2015


on the most troublesome of days
under cloud filled skies
i write; pen in hand
untold fables
tales of old... and new
wild-eyed wonders
through the eyes of children
in muddy boots
longing to run free
while the sun still shines