Thursday, December 30, 2010

puts it all in prospective doesn't it?

i can't get this out of my head.
after viewing this a few times, i will admit, things that bothered me before aren't anymore.
but now i got a WHOLE new batch of things to worry about!

i wonder, does this mean we humans, we on earth are really insignificant....i mean in the scheme of things? or does this mean that we are being educated and groomed to take our place in the universe?
or does it simply mean (if everything you see is a projection of your mind) that our minds are ever expanding?? WHERE is a good quantum physicist when you need one???
i think i shall watch this video again.

first off happy new year to you all
bernie's sick again, with either a terrible cold ( i better not get it) or the flu or something...he is of course going to work daily.
we got a midwinter thaw here so i am going to dump big pond and give the two upper pens small sorta tubs (concrete mixing pans, just large enough for 7 gallons and one duck)- i hope to clean the basement and the night crates as well as retarp the two pens near the house...i could sure use two more small draft proof pens near the house which i doubt is going to happen-- i am planning on dumping all my manure in the garden beds

also, the seed catalogs are coming in the mail.....i know leek seedlings are at the top of my list this year. i want to dry a few pounds for winter use as homemade creamy leek sauce is to die for.
tomatoes for drying, salsa and fresh, peppers as always. BEANS BEANS BEANS.......i hope for a better freezer harvest.
cucumbers...... i need a lot more as my nephew cleaned me out of kosher dills!

we've also switched phone companies after all these years..... verizon finally screwed up so badly that i've had it and we went to the cable company for internet and phone!
same phone number though

now here is our 'holiday' gift..... actually it was on an obscenely low sale so i got it, them.........the SET----- amazing huh? how long have i been drooling over them? that big one is 5.75 quarts, the little ones a bit over a cup.... i paid less for the set then i would have for JUST the big one, (a LOT less......... wow) and got free shipping to boot....i had wanted the matt black which is the commercial ones, but at the price i paid.....well.....
and if cookware could be sexy......... THAT is sexy.... (and ignore the humble and slightly dirty stove top it is sitting least you know that this cookware will be used, loved, washed, and appreciated so very much
i waited so long for it
oh and the little ones........ timbale recipes...... or desserts, like individual peach cobblers
anyway, as soon as bernie can taste again, it's going for it's maiden voyage..... i got a roaster waiting for this..... and most likely i need to find some fresh leeks (hopefully local and freshly pulled) for the event.

the other thing that arrived yesterday was the mail!
they are wonderful, and i put them on the tree, i intend on getting more..... they actually were delivered before the holiday but we've not been to the post office to get packages so they sat.
i gave one to my postmaster to watch over him......... he's a wonderful man and an asset to the community. not only does he watch over us and the mail, he is on our search and rescue squad.
(and the most honest man in the universe- he returned a very large sum of money in cash that a person lost......if anyone deserves angels watching over him.........our postmaster does)
anyway i recommend this link to you all if you'd like to get some of the angels for yourself.
i got the sets of small ones (the tie on ones) to hang on the tree and the set of small santa's, i am hoping to get all the rest of them to do a tiny tree in them.
now christmas i found is more fun for me without the hype......without the gift stress... i found that just doing what i enjoyed and not anything else (sorry about the cookies, that i did enjoy but the mixer was weak.....and with the surgery etc......well you know......) well that made me happy.

so now it's 6am
my fire is burning brightly
i need to get either back to bed or get dressed for the day
and i wish you all a happy new year
(and i got the dentist tomorrow)

Sunday, December 26, 2010

snow? really? we live in the snow belt....what a concept!

however there isn't any snow..... oh ok a tantalizing flurry here and there....
i occasionally wake up to a dusting..... but other then that ....nope nada
meanwhile the SOUTH gets snow
paralyzing crippling stop everything SNOW
i'm thinking mother nature is got pms or senile dementia after all these years (or maybe the axis of the poles have shifted enough to really send us spinning out of control)

ok well maybe it's a good thing? maybe not

now how was everyone's holiday?
i had a good day, in spite of bernie being grumpy.
i talked to a few close friends and my beloved sister in law (even my nephew texted us eventually....although i am still annoyed with him, i do still love him dearly)
we had a very nice dinner thank you very much.
and bernie got to actually watch some tv on the computer (
we kept warm
we played with cats and watched budgies
hugged a few ducks
petted chickens
no we did NOT exchange gifts..... for a bunch of reasons, one of which is, we really have a LOT of stuff as it is, and no room to put more......and another is..... outside of a kitchen and a large addition, we really don't need anything
bernie was a bit grumpy about no presents but he had to admit that he doesn't need anything either.... if we need or want something we usually can just afford to buy it

now today right now, bernie is tossing wood up on the deck.
i don't think we need anymore in the house as i am again tripping over it...... (and this is WITH the new inside log rack, -i am going to get another one for 'cold' wood)
i do have to say that this wood while not quite dry or seasoned enough is a nice mix of hard woods. a lot of apple, cherry and birch and some serious oak, maple and hickory logs,.......
as soon as i can i am going to order about 9 more cords..... 3 cords at a time and get it stacked up onto actual racks not pallets
it would be better to have it sooner rather then later and still order the seasonal cords in the summer.
bernie disagrees but i think it would be better to put a two year season on them
i can see how much better it burns, less ash and all.........
which reminds me i need the ash bucket dumped
ok so now bernie is grumpy again as he realized that he has to go to the feed store
ahem, i did mention it friday ...............................

now today is my sister in law colleen's 50th birthday
we are going to call her and sing very very loudly and very very badly
i wish they lived closer
i would bake her a cupcake cake ( giant cupcake shaped cake)
her and i get along wonderfully, we tend to think the same way and enjoy the same things

well bernie the grumpy is going to the feed store
so i am going to get the wood in for him while he's gone
he's getting bagels on his way home then

Friday, December 24, 2010

merry christmas to all, happy holidays to all

first off, yesterday my mother in law was rushed to the hospital. after a lot of phone calls, i finally got to speak to her.....she sounds weak but alert and should be returning to her assisted living facility today.
i asked her if she's been getting my weekly letters and she said no, and that she didn't get her hat either that i sent. i am not sure if she's confused or what as then she did said she got the hat.
colleen called down there as well, and she asked colleen, 'how did you find out i was in the hospital?'
when colleen said 'bina', my mother in law seemed to remember who i was.
i have to call the guardian and tell her about this

it's a bit before 3:30am, i couldn't sleep so i'm down here and while down here i am stoking the stove.
i ordered a half tank of oil to be delivered next week
and i ordered a staub 5.75 oval cocotte that comes with two small individual cocottes ( a promotional set) for an unbelievably low price as well. for less then i would have paid for just the oval by itself!
it's not the matt black that i wanted but a deep burgundy..... but i really wanted the oval for roasted chicken
i still have a chef's pan to replace and a few 4 quart long handled saucepans and then i am pretty much done with pots and pans (except to replace two small nonstick for eggs)
i am going to start on knives next, i still need a boning knife, and a 6'' chefs, plus maybe a serrated edge for tomatoes and bread. i decided that i will also add a second paring knife as we fight over the one we have now.
oh and a bundt pan....ours finally crapped out (gee we got it used and that was almost 35 years ago)
and i still need to replace the kitchenaid that bernie dropped. it is on it's last leg, as even the repair wasn't enough to save it.
i would like to have our 'morgue' table lowered about 4'' if i could get someone to cut that down off the legs for me. it would make my life a lot easier.
if we EVER get the kitchen done, i want some lowered counters. like 28''.

now i hope this finds all of you peaceful, happy---surrounded by love, laughter, good things to eat and warmth.
i wish for you all new year wishes of easier lessons learned, feelings of security and just the right amount of solitude to collect your thoughts, without feeling lonely; small unexpected delights, occasional flowers and a ton of icecream!

happy holidays everyone

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

the lunar eclipse

has started
i'm down here stoking the stove and periodically watching the moon disappear slowly
i look out back in the blue silvery light and can easily see how our ancestors saw fairies, and demons lurking just beyond the shadows.
not to mention wolves
i also feel a slight thread from my DNA to theirs
some of the mystery and wonder that they felt, in watching the night and the planets.
at that time of course they didn't know that this was a planet.....
although they did know a lot more about moon effects on us
i wonder what we all would do if our technology suddenly just stopped?

i also wonder about the miracles that surround us.... in this very technology that would have looked like the most powerful magic to our ancestors
i can't help but wonder if this technology is to prepare us for even more freedom as entities
or as consciousness taking our place in helping with the unfolding fabric of the universe?

more and more lately i have been envisioning a model of the universe and the souls throughout it as an interlocking membrane of light, with pinpoints being the souls and direct but interconnected lines between everyone/everything

i've also found that at this time of my life, i am truly starting to see things that were put into motion when i was 20
things like how i think about art, about living a quality life
things i believe about how people and families need to interact to stay healthy
being in your 50's, despite the pain and aches, does lend a bit more clarity to life
i am starting more and more to see people as here for an education
that being physical slows it all down enough for baby steps
and as we progress it shows in technology
now while we are concentrating on that area.....relationships and social functioning is neglected but i believe that the pendulum will swing back and that area will be addressed

i also wonder that if it all came to a halt today
how would we function?
how would we keep warm? without gas to power chain saws
how will we fell enough trees to burn wood?
where will all these trees (enough to heat everyone) grow?
obviously something needs to be looked at here
and what about elderly folks who can't axe down a tree then haul it and split it etc?
do we just put them out to die?
losing possible accumulated wisdom?

gee i swear i need to get more these questions will keep me up long after the stove is warm

PS: sorry flicka and everyone, time got away from me
i'm sort of in a half sleep most of the time right now......the midwinter sleep deprivation time is very early this year.......... and prolonged

Thursday, December 16, 2010

5am and i said i was going to sleep in today

stoking the stove
when it's this cold overnight, (and it will get colder in january/feb)
i get up at night to stoke the stove AND get up early as well, so when i feel i can catch some zzz's i go back up and try
this is the 'sleep deprived' part of the winter
i am doubly concerned this year as i know that stack of wood out there is not seasoned enough, it's still pretty wet, and hissed when i tried a couple of logs off the top
i am going to have to break into that stack this week....(actually this WEEKEND)
wet wood doesn't give a lot of heat, it expends most of it's energy turning the water to steam which means a cold fire
which means creosote buildup, which in turn means lack of draft, and possible chimney fires
i wanted to get at least another 6 cords and put them up to season for next winter, bernie says we don't have the room........i say we can't afford not to
so early spring i am ordering cords most likely 9
i am also thinking of adding a biomass stove (pellets, corn, barley etc), ideally that would be a furnace in the basement but i am not sure if that is something that's made yet.
and a three day burn would be a very good thing on that-as long as the hopper didn't clog
anyway, i was going to go sleep in today
most likely i'll go up in a little while and try to catch some sleep
i'm starting to think i better turn off the phones when i do that
yesterday i was woken up
folks don't realize that this weather has up all night, and they are used to me being up by 5 normally.....
but i do need more sleep right now since it's broken up all night
and that mean going back to bed at 6 for another 4 hours..........
so be it

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

i been thinking about different people in my life

and how they move in and out of my life
i always quote that saying

'People come into your life for a reason, a season, or a lifetime. When you figure out which one it is, you
will know what to do for each person.
When someone is in your life for a REASON . . . It is usually to meet a need you have expressed. They have come to assist you through a difficulty, to provide you with guidance and support, to aid you physically, emotionally, or spiritually. They may seem like a godsend, and they are! They are there for the reason you need them to be.
Then, without any wrong doing on your part, or at an inconvenient time, this person will say or do something to bring the relationship to an end.
Sometimes they die.
Sometimes they walk away.
Sometimes they act up and force you to take a stand.
What we must realise is that our need has been met, our desire fulfilled, their work is done. The prayer you sent up has been answered. And now it is time to move on.
When people come into your life for a SEASON . . .Because your turn has come to share, grow, or learn.
They bring you an experience of peace, or make you laugh.
They may teach you something you have never done.
They usually give you an unbelievable amount
of joy. Believe it! It is real! But, only for a season.
LIFETIME relationships teach you lifetime lessons; things you must build upon in order to have a solid  emotional foundation. Your job is to accept the lesson, love the person, and put what you have learned to use in all other relationships and areas of your life. '

i swear as i grow older i find that more and more true. i have had relatives move in and out of my life, bernie always says to me when they move out of my life 'they got what they wanted, it was time to move on'

i often wonder what exactly i am to learn from that
and that it is a lesson on a cosmic level i have no doubt.
but i just wonder what it is exactly?
could it be that even if we are related, if there is no real connection there it doesn't matter?
or is it......
we are truly only connected by love, and we don't get to chose our relatives but we FIND our real family in friends?
or is it........
maybe their times and lessons in my life ARE over and bernie is pretty much right (cynical but right)
the odd thing is that somehow if i really want to know, i find out stuff about them and their lives.
maybe that is an 'ask and ye shall be answered' thing or what
finding me isn't too hard, but you actually have to look a bit with the right information i think.
and they have

i sometimes think of the gatherings when i was a kid, there was good and bad.
i cherish the times here when family and close friends have gathered around our very cramped table in the living room and ate and laughed and talked.
they are tiny shining bright spots in my life
and i so could have that weekly or even daily
but maybe then i would not appreciate them for the very special gifts that they are......moments out of time.

anyway, it's 2am, and that's what i am thinking of while i wait for the wood stove to heat enough to go back to bed
(tomorrow it may be parallel universes at 2am........who knows where my mind is half the time. it's not always easy being me)

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

it hurt

yesterday was worst then the first time and i am still in active pain
it was so bad bernie even felt sorry for me
meanwhile i gave him my plague

midway through the dentist had to shoot my mouth up in the front, which hurt and tasted aweful
on the way home it was so bad it felt like my teeth and face had been cut with a broken bottle
and then punched
right now it's down to just feeling like i've been punched a few times
this one was really bad

oh man

i'm downstairs with the wood stove, even though bernie built a fantastic fire for me this morning....i could and should have gotten more sleep
oh and the phone line is still out with that hum
i used bernie's cell briefly to call into the voicemail and the only message was from the phone company inquireing about how satisfied i was with their 'solution' to my tech call on friday
what EFFFING solution
i don't have a phone!

i may end up ditching them and getting a cell.......... but no land line then

meanwhile i am tired right now
really tired
i ended up drinking like a quart of eggnog......i couldn't eat so i drank eggnog
not the best thing i have done lately

i long to get back to drawing, which i am hoping that now that the worst of this is over i can do....the periodontist said that i can call the regular dentist and start the rest of the work, the fillings etc.
i think we're going to have to look into a bridge or something so i can chew as well.
i only have two molars left that sorta almost meet to chew with.
oh well, such is the joys of aging

today the phone company is to come fix the line
i am hoping that we get a nice guy, the last guy that came was a doll. ( the one who picked the loop up when the tree fell on it)
the one before that a jerk
i hope they also come early, because then i surely will go back to sleep
and wish for tomorrow to be a less painful day

Monday, December 13, 2010

rain and rain, and more rain......oh yeah and RAIN

so here is to flooded duck pens
wet wood and if we aren't careful....iced over paths when the temps plunge again

today is the second periodontal thing
i am going to take theraflu daytime and tylanol
the first for my nose
the second for the needles
i am not looking forward to this
although the folks there are wonderfully kind
it still hurts

in budgie news we got a new toy for them yesterday
so they spent about 24 hours doing the 'budgie death stare'
now they are all climbing it, exploring with their beaks. (it's a parrot thing)
i love to see them stimulating their little brains.
they are just such a funny lot of tiny birds to watch go about their daily lives.
bernie loves to watch them too
i never did finger tame them but that's ok, they seem very happy as they are
i put music on for them too a lot of the times, listening to them chirp along.
they prefer something happy with a bouncy beat.
i wish i could let them out of this big flight cage to fly around the house but between the ceiling fan, woodstove and three's not too safe
so they got their big flight cage and a lot of climbing toys, i hope that is enough for good cardiac health for the little guys

i need to finish getting my holiday 'cards' out
i would have finished last week but got sick as a dog (i really hate being sick or in pain so i whine A LOT)
tomorrow is the phone company to fix the line problem
any time from 9am to 7pm
so it's wednesday for the post office
meanwhile i need to find some mindless waiting room and shaky hand knitting for the dentist

Saturday, December 11, 2010

2am, 6am they all look the same in the dark

i wasn't expecting the sleep deprivation part of the winter for prior to the actual winter...

it's been so cold that i've had to get up at about 2 am to stoke the stove, and then come down when bernie leaves to make sure there's enough wood in it

he can't do the 2am as he doesn't get enough sleep as it is

i think we are going to start going up at 8 maybe that will help him?

i am sitting here right now, listening to my budgies chirp and watching my cats soak up the heat of the woodstove (and feeling sorry for my red sore plague ridden nose)

i put some of the celtic woman caroles on for bernie who promptly went out to the post office and the feed store!

actually it's pretty peaceful right now in spite of my plague

i was also chatting online to a wonderful friend of mine in Sweden about this time of year, and how she longs for the return of the sun and the light.

i realized that really the rituals, holidays, celebrations at this time of year were originally designed to help us all THROUGH this time of early darkness.... and limited light

i can also see why the Christians hooked so much Son stuff on the Sun stuff
it does seem to so seamlessly play off each other (man them Christians had GREAT PR)

i think that this time of year tends to lean a person towards introspection. and as a species over the millennium we've developed ways to cope and survive.
however i do think maybe this introspective period is a good thing, maybe even necessary to our development as a species as well as our soul growth

now i will go on record saying i really dread the holidays, as mom died on the solstice and the last time i saw my dad was the 10th anniversary of my mom's death..... and evelyn 'notthemomma' also died on the solstice
i miss them all terribly.....but really i shouldn't as they do visit, and for them it was a birth to the other side.
so that got me re-examining the older rituals.
from folks tuned into the change of the seasons and the light.....
how tuned in do you have to be to be able to tell within a DAY (less then an inch of change in the noon light) without all our modern instruments to the changes of the earth?

now what if some of the great philosophers were right, ??? what if is it 'so above so below'
and this is sort of a classroom reflecting our inner world as well as the after worlds (quantum physics tell us there ARE parallel universes)
sort of a fractal spinning off endlessly......?
seems to boggle my mind but somehow seems to fit
and religions? where do they fit?
to me they are attempts to help map out the essentially unmappable.
and the great teachers or 'god's' of these religions..... teachers, guideposts......
maybe a resting place to catch our breath and decide which way we as a species want to develop next?
what if it is all more fluid then we realize?
and the physical world is sort of the brakes on the fluidity until we mature enough to handle the total chaos of it all?

any way for me it's all connected as well as all disconnected ( it ain't easy being me)
i always feel there are half truths and full truths that i can not put into words, let alone draw...... that somehow i am missing the conveyance of information that is sitting right behind but i can feel and sense.

now how does all this fit into the holidays? well it's that time
of introspection......and that is what we are to try and understand
some of the great mysteries of consciousness
where did we come from?
where are we going?
and how?

Friday, December 10, 2010

bitter cold and it's not even christmas yet

what is going to happen at the end of january -beginning of february?

well today bernie is speaking to upper management (at upper management's request)
about my health insurance.
they are going to work a way for us to afford it
so i should still have health insurance
bernie had canceled it, but was called back and told not to that today he would be filled in on what is going to happen.
for me this is a miracle as we can't afford that much for insurance, and i was pretty scared as my health isn't the best.

right now i am watching the cats all lazying around the woodstove on the floor.
i need to clean the ash out later today
monday is the next periodontal visit, and i looked last night, ......sure enough it would seem like it works a little. we'll see monday what the dentist says.

i am a bit better today. yesterday was horrible, high fever, chills, i couldn't see, headache, stuffy nose, STUFFY HEAD, you know how it goes
i had to put the ducks out and so i was out side in this sort of helped me!
i am not feeling great but i think i can function a bit today
although since it's this cold, i have to get up at about 1am to stoke the stove
and then i get up again at 5
so i am pretty tired.
ok make that really tired
bernie wants oil in the tank so i can sleep through the night but the studio never does get warm with the furnace. and i hate to hear the furnace kick on so i think i would still get up and come down to do the stove

today all i plan on doing is trying to rest
i do have to get to the post office, but that may wait until tomorrow

i would like to bake us a few cookies just for us for the holidays if i can..... we'll see
it may only be snickerdoodles or something easy like that

ok i have to go now
i am still very tired

Thursday, December 09, 2010

can you spell P L A G U E

it's beyond a cold into plague realms.
complete with red rudolph nose
eye ache
sore achy body
runny nose
sore throat
you know the works....with a cherry! (that would be the dripping snot)

and this morning bernie got the stove going, then came up to kevetch that he wants a tank full of oil so that it's warm when he goes down
that so isn't going to happen
as soon as i get a bit better i'll get up at 2am and stoke it

that one nice chunk of wood he had the other night in there would be nice to have a cord of just for over nights
but i got it going good now, he put two little splits in with one larger log, that will only get you an hour in a coldish stove.
i threw more in and got the chimney thermometer up to's going good now

i dreamt of budgies last night....i dreamt i had an english one (in soft pastel shades of green and yellow) that was so tame it sat on my finger, but i didn't have cage space for it so i had to sort of 'hang' it on my shirt cute huh?
and i also dreamt that my little shit of a cat thaddeaus peabody wandered out with the ducks and chicken in the morning
so today i have some stuff to pack to go out
it was supposed to have gone last week
it may not get until saturday with this plague...but the good news is that it's so cold out, any germs will be long dead on it!
ok i think it's time i go
i got green stuff coming out of my nose
and i can't breath much
i wish NO PLAGUE on any of you...................... (but a bit on a few of my enemies)

Wednesday, December 08, 2010

it's that time of the year

when we find out about new medical insurance
and we found out that it's gone up about 6 times what we are paying now.
so we found out, we won't have insurance unless something drastic happens
it will take our food budget, and our utilities and some extra that actually isn't coming in to pay it
so much for that
i do agree with a national health care but to allow the insurance companies to do this prior to all that is terrible
i am not sure this is what the government had in mind

and why they (bernie's job) do this every holiday season to us i will never know

and while we're discussing other crap stuff, i found out that i am not going to be able to go to the stroud manor luncheon that i was invited to....... there was a problem with the tickets, not being confirmed and something else.
but hey, i got the periodontist monday so maybe it's ok?

in more pleasant conversation, i woke up at 4am to a very nightly warmed house and still an open flame in the wood stove. to say i was happy .........well i was thrilled.
so i stoked it up and it's going good now, good enough that i can go back to bed if i'd like
(and i am thinking of it)

today i have to do a butt load of dishes.
mostly pots, (i was busy painting so didn't get around to it)
bernie still hasn't found the rest of the paper that he moved off the printer stand and 'put somewhere' including some of the card stock i really was looking for.
someone remind me of this when next he tells me i am disorganized
remind me how he took all the paper from the printer stand that i use in the printer and hid it somewhere in the studio (most likely under wool)
as well as how he put a moth infested piece of felt in the unspun roving bag.....

gee maybe i better go back to bed? hopefully get up on the other side later?

well he did put the tree on for me, it does look so pretty.
and i see that the fire can possibly take one more log so i should be fine for like 3 hours sleep!
since it appears i am coming down with a cold maybe that is a good idea?

Tuesday, December 07, 2010

i finally refound it!

i am not much of a tv or movie person, however i do love 'what dreams may come'
it's got everything!
dalmatian, paint, art, an amazing toy diaorama of heaven and an enduring love story.
first everyone dies then they all live happily ever after
the visuals are like being inside a tiffany window
anyway i finally found (online) a clip that includes marie's toy diarama of heaven....i would sooo love some stills from that but at least i got to see it again.
it fascinated me

lots of things fascinate me
birds and birdcages
fish and fish tanks
i think i like contained visuals
maybe it's a boundry thing?
the cage, the tank, the frame saying 'here, this is the border, nothing more nothing less inside'
i know i like my work better when i border it
now that doesn't mean to not color outside the lines
but at least some things have definitions

or some other bs like that.

yesterday when i put the ducks out.....falstaff went on walkabout
up to the front of the house and the VERY BUSY road
scared the shit out of me.
i saw him just as he was climbing the front hill
i chased him and got him to come back to the lower driveway.....
he was so upset that HE RAN into the A frame pen
except i had been planning on putting him out back in the big pen so that the little girls could have the upper pen and a bath
and i was so right to be scared as we were awoken at 4:30ish this morning by a nasty accident next door....
someone hit the neighbors mailbox and trees
flashing cop cars all over but thankfully no ambulance so i suppose that no one was hurt
we didn't look

now it's cold here
really really cold here
i am blowing through wood
so i have to bring a lot in today
i have some mail to get ready for today
i want to paint a bit more
put some of the decorations up in the living room
do dishes and make some pork with acorn squash.... (i have high hopes....we'll see how much other then painting i get done)

i am trying to let the muse lead me...... since i need more drawing painting time, i think when i don't go 'away' to paint or something i get a bit drifty anyway....
i notice i get less and less done and i get space-y-er......
is that a word?
ok coffee is done
stove needs more wood
ducks need out and my drafting table calls me

ok the link for donna

Monday, December 06, 2010

thank you all

i wasn't sure if anyone would like those ornaments i do
they are/were an sort of way to use up scraps from doll making, i would dye all the silk ribbons for the dolls and the tiny roses were all leftover from triming dollhouse doll hats!

i am going to see how much workbench time i get after the holidays
i'm still not totally sure about etsy for crafts it is so crowded now.

well it's about 5:30
i'm stoking the stove
bernie got it started but didn't put anywhere near enough wood in it
so good thing i came down
i put a hefty log in and am waiting for it to heat
i really wish i could go back to bed though, i need a wing chair and ottoman in here i think

this week i have a dream class online on the 8th, it was free so i signed up
i may have that historical society luncheon on the 9th
lesley won the tickets, but jen's dog ate our two
so we'll see

i am still slowing getting stuff to send to that soldier in afganistan (he was just home on R&R to see his family, and is now on his way back) i hope to get the last stuff this week so i can send that out.
i should send it all down to his mom to pack it up as she really packs things tight

let's see, right now at 5:30 am i can't think of anything else to write !!!!!!!
so i'm going to say have a wonderful day to you all

Sunday, December 05, 2010

da TREE .........'tis UP

here is our tree, bernie put it up with me directing....he forgot the strands of pearls (which i need to restring, they are very expensive vintage faux french pearls all hand dipped that my mom used to embroider on wedding gowns) there are a lot of my handmade ornaments.
i make tiny 2'' boxes that are the right size for expensive pieces of jewelry... padded inside.... hahahaha
out of silks, satins, velvets and velveteens. With imported vintage laces and trims (yup totally insane.. it's leftover stuff from dolls)
i also make silk ribbon embroideries....on silk with silk velvet backings, my handmade rayon tassels, and my hand dyed silk ribbons....

silk ribbon embrodery grapes

acorn box, silk satin, velveteen
there are other ornaments like delft painted blown eggs, and small dolls etc, but these are what bernie put on this tree (mainly he couldn't figure out where the hell he'd put all the other stuff)
so there you have our tree, and a small sample of what i do around here...... besides drawing, dolls, canning, baking, cooking, knitting, annoying folks.... and playing with the animals.
please leave me a comment ok? my friend lana wants me to open an etsy store, which i have been thinking of...... but i am not too sure about doing crafts for it...i think i can sell prints of my drawings and paintings however so all let me know ok?

Friday, December 03, 2010

it's this week went FAST

today i have to run back to town to finish errands i didn't get done yesterday due to traffic.
there were a few fires and accidents so instead of sitting in long lines of cars....i figured tomorrow is another day
i have to get to office max for padded mailers and a shipping tube
to kmart for some christmas balls (cream colored if i can find them, clear if not)
and then to the po as i have stuff to go to sweden ( it's long overdue and even though i made a box i wasn't sure it would make it over there......sooooo i need to buy a tube mailer)

the duck pens are still soaked.....there isn't too much i can do about them until the ground drains
today is malcom's day with the pond...
the ducks got a reprieve with the pond due to the rain
as we brought the hoses in for the winter
i can maybe keep a small concrete tray pond in rotation but by the house but the wadding pool that they use out
and this spring i need to pick up a few more ponds for them

i am not doing holiday cookies this year
between my mouth and the not too healthy kitchenaide........well it just ain't happening
(it should have been started already anyway)

we did however get the studio opened enough to get a small table and chairs in here
and when i get the drafting table, my desk, and some small bookcases up on wheels things will be easier for me
we are going to put a tree up this year.....IN the studio
this house doesn't have a good place to put a tree.....
we've tried it in front of the arch in the living room
in front of the windows (no room there)
in the studio ( it doesn't show from the front then)
i know a solution would be a few small trees.... a half tree or narrow one in the living room in front of the windows.......
one in here
but really i don't have that much energy by the holidays
we were supposed to scrape and paint the front entranceway but never got that done
(WHAT did we DO while bernie was off?)

anyway this year we'll put a tree up....... we didn't last year (except my halloween tree)
that is if bernie can find where he put it.....
i don't know what he does with stuff like that
and i am pretty sure i can't lift it down even if i knew where it was
so what are you all doing about holidays? are you?
do you?
what do you do?

Thursday, December 02, 2010

bernie's back at work

for two days then he's got the weekend off
it's to snow over the weekend so we won't be stacking this wood any time soon
he stoked the stove up for me before he left
but i came down anyway

thankfully we did get a good start on the studio
maybe due to the horrific rains we had
i didn't go down the basement yet though to see how bad it is down there

really i think that bernie needed this time off, not just to rest but he's been going pretty much flat out at work for three years. i think that the down time helped him

well i don't have much to say today, i most likely am going to set myself down at the drafting table.
i am pretty sure that the father christmas illustration that i see so very clearly in my head is not going to get down on paper, which is a shame but something WILL get down on paper even if it's a pumpkin or a black and white fantasy woods drawing
(compete with tiny beings peeking out...... i don't know how they happen though)
i am realizing that when i am not doing something creative and/or absorbing i whine..... a LOT
and yet if i am doing something good i could fall on my head and not really care much

now as an aside to vicki in ut, i wish your dh luck, .. maybe he can start a small pt business based out of the house? and i hope something good (work/money wise) happens to you by the new year, so you'll have some ease of mind

Wednesday, December 01, 2010

flooded pens again!

yup rain,
good news: it filled my ponds up now that the hoses are away
bad news: my pens are flooded and my property is floating down hill

bernie put the ducks out today for me
tomorrow he goes back to work (i think he can't wait)
he got to see part of what i go through with the rain here
he's not happy
malcom is however estatic.....he's playing in his pond

this morning someone from bernie's job called before 9 am woke me up.......gee thanks
and it was something that could wait until either later, or tomorrow but naturally this person being so important and all......... had to wake me up

ok now today's edgar cayce quote ( i 'like' the edgar cayce quote thing on facebook)

Official Edgar Cayce Page

But stay close to music, close to those things of the art and artist temperament. For these bespeak of those things of the spirit. For, as music is of those activities that span the differences, so is art an expression that reminds one of those things that may attune the mind oft to the realms easily forgotten. 3253-2

hmmmmmm think someone is trying to tell me something? i'm thinking... yeah.

actually drawing has been on my mind a lot lately, so we need to get this drafting table straight or i am just going to have to get a table top easel.....(which i may need anyway, but at least for now my drafting table surfices)
i have gotten a clearer picture of this project in my mind
so maybe it's time to make up a dummy book?
could be

meanwhile it's pouring out
so bad that the path to the pens looks like a waterfall
the woods out back are hard to see through the rain

ok, i am doing a lot better now with my mouth thank you everyone who inquired or sent me get wells
i get to do this all over on the 13th again (minus the extraction)
then i get the bridge or denture or implant or whatever
now today it's hurting
actually it's hurting pretty bad right now
but i think it'll be ok soon
i hope so as i was invited to a luncheon at our local historical mansion next week

bernie goes back to work tomorrow and i think he can't wait
what are we going to do when he retires?
oh my....... find him a job?
add on some rooms to the house ? his and hers?
i am thinking
ok i have to go as this is actively hurting now

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

bit better

i was up most of the night, i just couldn't get comfortable
fawn helped me by sitting on my pillow all night
i didn't have the heart to move her so in addition to achs and pains (getting old sucks as does dental stuff) i had fluff on my head...... so i was getting night sweats too
but i wouldn't move her
she was purring loud enough to vibrate the bed !!!

this morning thaddeaus cut loose with a loud and extremely LONG demanding meow in bernie's ear when he bent over to add wood to the stove
thaddeaus wanted his fancy feast and he told us so.......
normally he does that to me
but the boy realized that i couldn't bend over so dad would have to do it
oh and when fawn got up.....thaddeaus got into my arms and put his paws on my shoulder and slept that way
i should be glad he decided not to walk over my face like he usually does
calpurrnia was a good kitten and slept on my ankles....

now today it's dark and overcast
bernie is still home thankgoodness
we have to finish up my studio or no drawing or painting will be happening here
we're trying to put my drafting table up on casters so that i can move it out of the way.......we're also trying to do that without putting any holes in the oak legs (this thing is as old as the hills, heavy as shit, and was given to me by my dad)
there are a few other things that need to be up on wheels, a book case, desk, two file cabinets and a long workbench
i think that the custom room plan stuff is going to be moved to the living room and some of the stuff in there will be moved out here
i really need the walls painted or white washed or something in here though
it's so dark in here
and not just today cause it's dark out...... it's got that dark paneling
and i'm going to paint it!
well i'm off now
i am starving and need to make some soft stuff for me
i got to go back on december 13 for the other half of my mouth
i thought it was being done in 4 seperate visits but it's being done in two
thank goodness
cause the anticipation was killing me

Monday, November 29, 2010


i'm home
the novacane is wearing off

the folks there were extremely nice, supportive and caring
good thing cause it hurt like hell
the extraction was the easiest part, the dentist just cut something and the tooth popped pulling either
the initial injections were killers
the lady said cause they were near the nerve bundles......yup i can believe that
and i had a lot of problems cause i have a very small mouth, it's hard to get in there to work

oh man
btw, the dentist had a tree up and all
and he did the tree himself.
i was very impressed cause that tree was NICE
not overly done
not sorta half baked
he nailed it
that tree was perfect
the decorations were the right scale and the right placement

i saw a hawk too hanging in a glide over the meadow beyond.
i couldn't see too well as i had my computer/reading glasses on

right now bernie is getting the RX for motrin filled
i took two tylanol arthritis though in the meantime
good thing i ate

as the shots are wearing off i can feel my teeth and gums ache
but i think it may not be as rough? i hope
the extraction i am praying won't be rough cause when he got that tooth out boy i could taste and smell the blood and the infection up in there

anyway i am in my nightgown
and i am waiting for bernie to get back to take the ducks in for me
i think it's going to be a very early night tonight for me

Sunday, November 28, 2010

studio cleaning

among other things
bernie is helping
a lot of the 'big' work is done, the endless sorting and labeling
he moved the second big shelf over to the north side of my studio
i am wondering how i got moved out of the brightest (lighting-wise) side of my own studio?

calpurrnia got a tick on her yesterday, yup, winter is here.
i washed small throw rugs and have them hung drying one is out and one is by the woodstove
we'll be bringing the hoses in today as soon as they thaw

i suppose winter is actually here now
the solstice is around the corner

my watercolor area is about ready again, however i don't really have a doll making area now.
i need to do that again, as well as my 'general crafts'
i been thinking more and more of how i want the duck drawings to go
interspersed with stories is how it has to be, along with facts and of course the black/whites mixed with the color work
i think i need to make a feather border too maybe? we'll see

this morning phoebe was very happy btw, she was eating ice chips... she LOVES ice chips
think 'duck potato chips'
so now her beak is bright red!
she is also a bit shivery, ahem....... phoeb??? stop eating the ICE
oye oye
this week is the first surgery
oh man
i am hoping i can function enough to sit and draw, if not
i will be up in bed, trying to read
now the last bad oral surgery i had i was 21, and was so sick for a month (two surgeries two weeks apart on wisdom teeth)
i couldn't wear glasses so i crocheted a rainbow colored granny square blanket
red, yellow, blue, green, purple, orange with black borders
it's around somewhere as it was red heart
this time i am thinking i may just sleep
we'll see how bad i am
right now i am listening to floyd dark side of the moon
i miss thea right now, so pink floyd, yes, zepplin.......all remind me of her

also i signed up for an online dream seminar on the 8th..... someone remind me ok? at 4pm
cause i remember dreams from when i was a little kid
i dream in full color, with taste, smell, touch etc...some dreams i found to be prophetic, some are stories (they actually unfold like movies- i like those kind a lot too) but all are remembered..... a lot of them vividly... a few of them in bits and peices
so when that online seminar thing came through and it was free i was sooooooooo there

gee my studio looks so empty!
ok off i go for a turkey bagel

Friday, November 26, 2010

thanksgiving is over

ours was extremely subdued.
i didn't even bother to clear the table!
we sort of ate next to each other while bernie watched something on the computer
we also ended up with half of what i had planned for our dinner.
no acorn squash stuffed with apple pie filling (home canned apple pie filling)
no pumpkin pie as i didn't bake that pumpkin

just turkey, gravy, mashed tators, rutabaga, stuffing and a salad

i still feel terrible about thumbprint. bernie does too.
just terrible
i know that his aggression was partly my fault
cause of his being hand raised ( i really did think he was a girl at first, and i guess i should have let nature take her course when he wasn't eating in the beginning but i couldn't help myself, i just had to feed him) but malcom was also hand raised (not like thumbprint though) and he is so far acting like a normal drake, he stays away from me and the herding stick.
i did have to yell at bernie for going into his pen without the herding stick
now i want NO ONE around the drakes without herding sticks.
although falstaff still is the best drake in the just point and tell him and he does what you ask.
i suppose i'll settle down eventually, it's still very new

we didn't hear from the family so i expect over the weekend.

and i'm downstairs now at this very dark hour because bernie is snoring and calpurrnia is wrecking the place.

i have to say though, i have been having horrible terrible feelings lately
it may be some depression, which i get around this time of year anyway.....
either way i think it's escalating
i am getting broody (not like a chicken)
i am brooding over bad stuff that happened and i am not sure how to stop it
it's not as horrible when either i am out with the ducks or at the drafting table
or talking on the phone
but all the rest of the time it seems i can't get away from my own thoughts

i miss my parents and my friends who have crossed over.
even though i do occasionally see them i still miss them
i miss having the family close enough to visit
while colleen was here last time it was magical...... we all sat at the table at night and laughed and talked, we felt surrounded by golden light
i hope that colleen and raymond when they retire move up here.

also yesterday was our first snow, it started while i was putting the ducks out, and didn't stay long
it was mixed with sleet and freezing rain then just rain
the babies were not impressed and spent the time in their little pond
i switched out pens between falstaff and the big girls and he spent time in the pond as well
he shivered but he took a few baths
he really is an exceptionally good drake, i suppose i am very lucky with him, as he was feral when i got him.

today bernie's home
i hope we will be stacking wood
he is got monday, tuesday and wednesday off this coming week as well
my surgery is monday
i am dreading it

i am hoping you all had a wonderful holiday yesterday
at the very least peaceful and restful

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

the day after

no one slept last night
not me
not bernie
not the cats either
in fact cats kept walking all over me all night and sniffing at me, pawing at me

i put malcom in the back part of the big pen again
and the little girls in the front part of the big pen
so far malcom seems like a perfectly normal drake
not exceedingly aggressive......nothing like thumbprint

i missed a few spots of blood in the back pen, the girls didn't however.
they investigated it all
i did put down fresh bedding after i hosed it all out

a lot of folks have been calling to make sure i am ok and i am pretty grateful for that.

i put up the turkey (finally) that should have been finished monday into the stock pot and plan on canning it as soon as i can
i need to do more dishes

bernie felt pretty bad, as he really liked thumbprint, and if any of the ducks were his, it was thumbprint.
he thought he was a really neat little guy
meanwhile i am living with the 'what if's' and the 'where did i go wrong with this creature'
and of course the ultimate 'what the hell did i do'
and it's never easy coming to terms with having taken a life
but at least when you raise something for that purpose you have a lot of time to deal with it
and you sorta are ok with it

i have realized that i will never be a person that takes a life callously. That i have a very deep reverence for life
however i also do realize that i know there are times when it has to be
that with the best available knowledge i have at the time.....sometimes that is the answer
i also realized again
that as much as i hate it
i am strong enough to make really hard decisions........or maybe it's what i want to tell myself.
the only other alternative would have been to basically put thumbprint in prison, solitary confinement.
that isn't a life for a flocking or herding animal
and so i go over and over and over in my head

now i am trying to put something together for us for this holiday
i am conflicted as to all the stuff going on in my head

i know i cried really hard again last night, when bernie got home and we talked about this
and i know, i didn't sleep
so i guess i am still human right?
that this bothered me and bothered me deeply, in spite of folks making a joke out of it
now maybe they made a joke out of it because it bothered them?
(however that would be poor taste no?)
i hope it did bother them just a tiny bit, as i kind of think that it should, just simply to make sure a person still has a bit of compassion left

ok folks you all please have wonderful holidays ok?
and let me know about them
so i can live vicariously ok?
take good care


Tuesday, November 23, 2010

thumbprint is dead

he got way too aggressive today, climbing the chainlink fence, and i realized that if he got out, someone in the neighborhood could get hurt, seriously hurt so i called one of the uphill neighbors to come shoot him.
which he did
i don't feel good about this
however it had to be done

it took me a while to gather myself to go and clean up the blood
i did however, and it wasn't easy either
but it had to be done as well
i let malcom out into the full pen
poor malcom saw the entired event as i couldn't get past thumbprint to get him out before thumbprint was shot

i keep thinking somehow i failed thumbprint
and i feel bad i had to call the neighbor to shoot him (as he was so bad i wasn't sure the vet could even handle putting him down)

but then this person made a joke about it
and a bunch of other folks joined in with treating this like a joke

so my already nightmare of a day turned even worse

today it seriously sucks to be me
not only did i fail that little guy somehow
but now i am a joke, my pet is a joke

and i am very angry that a life is gone and that life was treated as a joke

Monday, November 22, 2010

monday again...... gee didn't i just see you 7 days ago?

we won't talk about the weekend
ok we won't talk about DUCKS and the weekend

specifically thumbprint...... who is going to go into the freezer ASAP
or the bloody bandades we got all over us
he's so over the top with teenage raging hormones,  that he's getting dangerous

we ate the last of the beets from the garden, bernie naturally hated them
i was so happy with them they are soooooo sweet
i blanched and froze 11 packages of broccoli from the freezer (from a big sale at the store, as the groundhog ate all my broccoli)

today i have to finish the thanksgiving card to my MIL and mail that, can the turkey, do a SHIT load of dishes (thanks to bernie and his bringing home three BAGS full of dishes and containers he'd left at work)
and i didn't sleep
so i finally got some this morning which means i just got up a bit ago

so my day is going to be a nightmare
and i still have to deal with that drake

Friday, November 19, 2010

why is it?

there are tons of things in life i don't quite get.
i don't quite get politics
i don't quite get lying
i don't quite get hurting other people just because

today i don't quite get all of the above and the need for calpurrnia to wake me at 5am
but then i digress

right now i am being over ridden by a fear of this tooth stuff i got happening on the 29th
i live with a lot of fears actually
some i can sort of keep in check and some skyrocket out of control at 3am
i worry a lot too
i worry about bernie
the global economy
maintaining our health and freedom both as an individual and as a country/world
i worry about the cats and birds in my care
i worry about this little house too

now i don't know why i worry as much as i do
i figure part is the disease(s) i have (one causes the other and the other like a chain of dominoes going down)
and part is from observation of things around me

now i'm pretty sure i'm not alone, so how do you all deal with worry?

i was reading about misconceptions that are generally believed by americans
i was appalled at the lack of critical thinking that leads to folks swallowing that without any objection
actual downright stupidity!
i remember being told by someone older then me in ALL seriousness
that Obama had gone to hawaii to seal his birth records
there are a few things wrong with that statement
  1. hawaii is a STATE, so if the man was born there, ahem, he is a citizen of our country
  2. birth records are always sealed period, you need to prove you are either that person or somehow connected to that person to receive them
now those two things alone should have clued folks into the fact that the 'obama sealed birth records' thing was not quite the truth.

i shudder to think that there are people in this country that will lie ......OUTRIGHT lies publicly in the limelight without being called on it

ok now on to this week cause i can't deal with the fears anymore
i need to get to the post office
i have mail going out
i need to pick up mail coming in

and somehow through it all i need to find some ambition to get some stuff done around here

anyone have any ideas on that?

Thursday, November 18, 2010

thanksgiving cometh........closer, and closer and CLOSER

i can't believe it's the dying of the year (or the beginning of the new year if you are pagan)
meanwhile my insane brussel sprouts finally decided to sprout!
with 1/4'' sprouts so far
so what? put the plants in the ground in JUNE next year?
plant them in pure compost? feed heavily?
switch varities?
it's november .........doesn't the brussels sprouts realize that?
mother nature is SO not watching the store.

ok i am behind yet, still........ yeah like that's news
i got most of the dishes washed after trying to dry out all my day pens
i got the baby girl ducks out finally
i managed to get the drakes out without them hanging up on my legs
and managed to get them in as well!
i did not kill one baby drake yesterday either
unlike sunday when thumbprint looked like a goner......

i can't get the woodstove going AGAIN
no kindleing today

now i plan on clearing the table and getting the good dishes out with the good silver and all that for thanksgiving
plus a tiny bottle of wine for bernie
i ask you
how long do you think we'll linger at the table?
italians linger for hours
when colleen is here we linger for hours
bernie eats and gets up
35 or so years married??? he's practically italian, most of his cells have mingled with mine
he GETS UP? from the TABLE?
so i am thinking why bother with the china, the silver, the wine?

but i may do it anyway, i'll see how i feel on the big day

how about you all? any traditions you folks have?

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

rain today

and no more cesspool woes it looks like
only cost 500 bucks!!!!!!!!
but we're going to have the roots routered out in the spring (from the pipe and a new pipe put in i think)

i made chicken breasts with creamy leek sauce with penne except it was rotini as i couldn't find the penne
it was good
bernie liked it
then he spilled koolaide on my WOOL felted hand made purse

yes it's stained

now today it's raining, and my body feels like a truck hit it, dragged it, backed up over it, and hit it again.....
my teeth hurt too

meanwhile bernie brought me home a ton of containers and dishes etc that he'd left at work
so i got dishes all day to do
gotta love him right?
cause i am not big enough to drag and hide the body

meanwhile the baby drakes were good boys yesterday
so maybe it was just that they THOUGHT since bernie didn't correct them immediately that it was OK TO BE aggressive to mom too? but by monday all things returned to normal so they realized OOPS......MOM MEANS BUSINESS..........
now lillianna is growing flights in so is bitchy as hell
phoebe is not too pleased either but no one is fighting
amelia and prudence have decided that mom is great and that 'we love mom to pet us'
that's a huge relief as i was worried that they would NOT come around
but they did
now if i could ONLY get all four girls to not fight and to be friends
it would make my life a lot easier

other then that
i suppose the stress, dread and pain from all that is coming with the gum surgery (not to mention the current pain) has me so i can't knit, i can't seem to paint or draw without mishap
today i plan on digging that latex out of that end of the studio and reclaiming my work area
after i do the endless dishes that is

yeah, that's today
after tylanol
i hope

Monday, November 15, 2010


cess pool issues again
this time it is a clogged pipe and looks like it's going to cost us big

meanwhile i have to sit by the phone waiting for their call, as they will sandwich me in between other jobs

so now that was our weekend......... how was everyone elses?

it was warm this morning, in the high 40's so i didn't light the woodstove
i did however notice jackass neighbor (remember that ass?) last remaining abandoned un-neutered tom cat in the yard today......
they are gone but their legacy still lingers on like a malignancy

i am still trying to clean up the latex in the studio, still trying to get the omph to knit, still terrified of the periodontist on the 29
still out of sorts

next week is thanksgiving....... we may be having DUCK if thumbprint doesn't settle down.
he decided to go for me sunday...... so we had more drake discussions.....he's a persistant little monster
and to think i was worried about him LIVING?
more like i am personally ready to cut off his fool head myself

we got that new log rack, it's really nice, holds a lot and is sturdy
it's a bit too close to the woodstove however for my comfort
i do however like it a much so that i am thinking we need to get a second one for on the deck..... slightly bigger.... it holds a 1/4 face cord, so one that holds half a face cord would be good for the deck i think....... and they do come with covers too!

bernie has decided that he doesn't want that horrible candied yam with marshmallow thing that he normally eats on thanksgiving!!!!!
(who are YOU and what did you do with bernie?)
we are going to have roasted sweet potatoes!
i am going to miss my mashed for the gravy but that's ok

this year we are most likely going to roast a 21 pounder and then can a lot of it
i have two in the freezer and i think i can get one more free one.....i hope anyway.
we are getting hit with some extra expenses that i didn't anticipate with the cesspool/pipe thing

meanwhile today bernie has a new guy starting, Ismael! i kid you not........ without the whale! naturally when i heard his name i had to ask about the whale....
thankfully bernie doesn't remember moby dick so he won't say anything that this poor guy hasn't heard a billion and two times.

in just odd little tidbits, i found the text of the book 'what dreams may come' that the movie was adapted from..... i found the complete text online!!!
cool huh?
so i got it up and i am reading it
HERE is the link
i was originally looking for the image of the toy theater that is in the daughter's room when robin williams has his scene with her and the chess game.......
i ran across the book online and naturally couldn't resist reading it
so i am reading that on and off
and i am also reading "Good Wives: Image and Reality in the Lives of Women in Northern New England, 1650-1750"   by Laurel Thatcher Ulrich
and a few cook books (bread bakers apprentice, a book on soups etc)
did i mention i love used book stores?
i am going to see if i do have books to trade for cause i want more how to's and cookbooks

well it's almost 9am, and i am drinking my coffee
i have given the budgies their food and water, and given the cats their hot fancy feast with olive oil and probiotics
i need to get the hellion ducks out next
most likely taking those damn baby drakes out one by one
have a nice day everyone
and if you all have time
talk to me about what your traditional thanksgiving 'must haves' are?

Sunday, November 14, 2010

a touchy woodstove

and a lazy sunday morning.......well sort of

today we have to stack some wood
and do something in the studio
as i spilt that white mask the other day and made a huge mess.
(then since latex reeks of ammonia, thaddeaus peed on it all)
meanwhile the studio is starting to think about defrosting
the woodstove is giving me a hard time
oh and the new woodrack...........GREAT holds about a 1/4 face cord
just we have no place to put it!


so meanwhile i am drinking coffee with my wool hat on and my layers of sweatshirts etc
yesterday we went to a new to us used book store
i scored a bunch of cook books, a few knitting and craft books and a book on goats
bernie scored a couple of books on WW2 history which he loves

yesterday thumbprint decided that bernie was his 'bitch'
we had a discussion with thumbprint last night.... in drake speak
(which involved wiggling his butt while holding his head down and then hoisting him on his back in the air which he did NOT like at all)
today we will be hiding me while bernie takes the boys out so i can see if thumbprint learned
and if bernie learned........
cause bernie needs to remember how to handle them.....remember my gum surgery is coming up and he'll be responsible for them for a few days

now being the wonderful loyal wife that i am (i can't even type that with a straight face)
i laughed hysterically hearing about how thumbprint wouldn't get off bernie's leg
then naturally had to point out that me the 'little woman' had no problem with any of the THREE mature drakes here
and that they all obey and get the hell out of my way when i tell them
somehow i am thinking he'll never really make a farmer
or even a country boy......
he's always going to be a city boy at heart
although his latest woodpile looks well stack if not well covered

let's see, in budgie news..... the love affair between captain cuttle and emma is still going on but has settled down a bit.... last night all the girls were hanging together while captian cuttle was reduced to romancing a ring toy.
i have got to get the other two boys soon........
i would like a violet factor pied, and i think a bright lime green or a pastel lime green
that is colorful enough i think for this cage
i have to say i do so enjoy them and their antics, and even though i didn't tame them, i love to listen to them talk and watch them interact
they need new apple branch perches too, i should cut them today while i am out there (and thinking of it?)

bernie remembered i was looking for rutabaga for thanksgiving and picked two up the other night for me.
i had forgotten i had asked
that made me feel so much better
i really was upset with him for not having that four day weekend....he's so tired and he needs a change plus we need stuff done around here that i need help with
so he's agreed to take black friday off, as well as the following monday, tuesday, i have the gum surgery on monday.
(no i am NOT looking forward to that, it's the first of 4)

i am getting a box of stuff together to send to a friend's son in afganistan, i got toothpaste, qtips and tpaper so far
i am going to get to a cvs or riteade and get some stuff too
i would like to send chap stick, zinc ointment
goldbond, hard candy, playing cards..... and other odds and ends
kevin is going over by spring it looks like so i should get one together for him too
oh and i broke down and texted that kid
he does worry me

well it looks (and feels) like that woodstove is starting to catch, i want it hot enough to clean the chimney if i can get it up there
and the studio temp has risen 2 degrees now......... bernie is going to start breakfast in a few minutes
and after i have some work to do in there

have a nice sunday you all

Saturday, November 13, 2010

a bad mishap

i was working on that painting, just starting to do a color layout (which was not working btw)
and spilled an entire brand new bottle of liquid mask or frisket
now here's the thing about frisket
it's a latex, and reeks of ammonia
and it's better to let it dry and then pick it up
so i did
meanwhile we discovered that the former homeowner painted the floor with a water soluble shit brown something or other
latex is also water soluble
what a mess
now as you all remember i have cats
three cats
all naughty cats
none so naughty as mr thaddeaus peabody................
who promptly peed all over the papers that i covered the mask with
so now i have mask, papers and peed to clean up
and the latex isn't completely dry yet
plus i am out of mask
and i am thinking
that this painting hates me and doesn't want to come to live
meanwhile i think the mishap was caused by my very large, very heavy but totally beloved drafting table, which i can not move wheels
(another 'bernie will help' that never happened.......)
so i need wheels and a leg cradle or something to get this thing mobile
and then i need to refigure the studio yet again due to the woodstove

and mr PEE body is sitting on the floor right next to me, trying to make up to me for peeing all over the latex

oye oye oye
oh and for the record........the watercolor paper didn't stretch right anyway

now we have delayed errands.
bernie was sent to the PO with the inducement "perhaps your title is there"
ha most likely not but thats ok
i did all the duck water etc last night so all he has to do is walk 7 ducks OUT......... they will walk on their own two feets
while he follows with food bowls and closes the pen doors behind them
how's that for easy
i'll be getting dressed

so susan, i hope it isn't echo-y in here.....i posted, it's a crappy whiney post but it's a post

to end this a bit lighter
amelia (she was called bigfoot until her gender became more then obvious) loves her momma and wants to be held a lot......think lilli with gray and brown feathers
prudence likes mom but isn't sure she wants holding yet
all this while lilli is telling mom that mom is a female doggie......without parents
cause lilli is growing in flight feathers in this late molt from hell
but at least the two sisters (lil and phoebe) aren't fighting too badly

and i can't wait to sit and draw ducks
maybe after i get this mess cleaned up

maybe i should think of a tabletop easel
or a french easel without the legs (cause the french easel has the draw that pulls out to the front, more convenient for someone without a lot of space no?)

Friday, November 12, 2010

i'm thinking that the wood is wet

cause i am hearing hissing in the wood stove.

ok i am laying out a new painting, which may or may not happen.
it's santa in his workshop.......sorta

you all saw the old guy (yup it turned out to be just a study, but i sort of thought that)
i was thinking, if i was that toymaker..... what would i want to be surrounded by?
THAT question lead to a LOT of google imaging......
so i started a digital file
(yup this is how i work in color)
i got images of wing chairs and sextons
toy theaters and fireplaces
night skys and art nouveau windows
draperies and brandy snifters (no i don't drink but i figured an old guy that traveled the world would)

and as i type 'old guy' i realize that he is about my age! hahahahaahaha oh man-funny how it's the other person that's OLD

and colors, ok deep rich wine reds, glowing ambers, dark icy blues and greens out the window lit by stars and snow reflection and inside glows from the fire
polished wood
aged leather
deep and heavy velvet draperies

ok so that's what i see in my head
now as to what is going to happen on paper......well we'll see

ok so that's what i am involved in now

and you?

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Tuesday, November 09, 2010

so much for a 4 day weekend

it never happened....... two day weekends rarely happen
i am up and started the woodstove or i'm TRYING to start the woodstove
it apparently does NOT want to start
cranky vi
cranky morning
cranky woodstove

i also don't want to go to the periodontist on the 29
which bernie not only forgot but probably won't take off the days he promised me he would to help me after the oral surgery


i got that chicken stock all's the same color as good apple cider....a deep amber color.
i have so much to do today between the kitchen and town...... stuff i didn't get done saturday
and yesterday turned out to be all day just to pick up chickens

ok i think i got the woodstove started......
first thing this morning i must go to the post office
after chickens and ducks i have to do dishes and process meat and make some pickles
i am going to plan a shopping trip tomorrow i think
depending on how much i get done today

meanwhile due to the road call and chicken run
i've eatten processed food and now am exhausted.......NO ENERGY
so it's going to be interesting

i am still trying to get the house warm, i didn't know why bernie didn't throw a log on the fire this morning
oh and i have to bring in wood too
oh man
i better go i am behind before i ever got started

Saturday, November 06, 2010

da pot da pot ***

***da STOCKPOT !!!!
da chickens da be in da stockpot all nice and cozy.

we got chicken stock
i got them stewers going
unfortunately i am still sick so the ducks got out late
i got my stock going though
i didn't eat much yesterday but still had 'issues' this morning

i think it's got to be viral as bacterial i think would have passed so to speak already

meanwhile i will attempt to stay vertical long enough to get something done today.

i got enough wood in for today and part of tomorrow but i need to get an indoor woodrack
it would help big time
and no more lost mice UNDER the wood on the floor huh?
makes sense no? then please tell me why i put it off for 5 years?
i'll see what lowes and home depot have, but i may end up ordering from amazon simply because they deliver.

anyway this one is short and maybe sweet as i have to try and get vertical and get something done
maybe i hope
wish me luck

take good care everyone

Friday, November 05, 2010

fast fast

cause yesterday i was sick and got slow slow so am behind behind
oh boy
before the rain comes back i think i need to get the wood in no?
and the ducks out
i had an 'issue' with malcom........ gee am i tired of testosterone right now
i felt his little beak on the back of my legs while i was trying to close off the back pens
his 'love taps'
when i got him, his head was in the mud
i also noticed that thumbprint's back was all muddy

malcom did end up in the air....... he wasn't happy and i got a stick to herd him with
damn boys

i really need the new pen finished and now i need yet another pen

in other news i am behind in cooking, cleaning, chicken chores and a mole is running around the basement that the ducks and the chickens have not caught yet

everyone that promised me help with chores naturally (my nephew specifically) didn't show up
bernie is working this weekend so wood stacking looks like my job totally
he's also moving his shop to bethlehem this coming week so maybe he'll get home earlier then 9pm?
7 would be nice
6 would be better, his base day is 12 hours...he works from 6 to 6 but 6pm usually is more like 7 or 8 pm....
on salary so that is 60 base hours a week........
no comp time
plus 24/7 call
no down time

he's exhausted and when he drops dead the company he works for is going to be shit out of luck
they need him
he needs them
it wouldn't do any good to anyone to kill him off from exhaustion
i don't know if he'll listen to me
i doubt that they realize it (or believe me the ceo and pres would put a stop to it..his company is wonderful when they do realize something)

meanwhile thaddeaus just puked breakfast all over the place so i gotta go


Thursday, November 04, 2010

and stewers are in the cooler

but naturally today and the rest of the week is rain rain rain
just warm enough to not get good draft
cold enough to need a light fire
did i mention it's raining? so the wood won't be dry if i take it in today
(i am struggling to light the fire)

bernie found one of my halloween mugs that had gone missing somehow, i saw it this morning.
it was my favorite with the witch on it
today, if i don't go out with jen ( i owe her, as we didn't do her errands yesterday) i have dishes to do
lots of them...
i just did them all i don't know where they all came from
last night i did a roast, so that will be either sliced for tonight or cubed for stew
i have some other meats to do and then the stewers
oh and it looks like the woodstove finally took!

i been thinking after 5 years of woodstove, when i get too old to do the wood (like last week)
we had better put in a duel fuel stove that does biomass such as pellets, corn, etc.
it won't cook though
a good biomass stove that has a soapstone surround and can be cooked on would be good .....really good i think
so would passive solar....
so anyway back to chores
it seems like that's all i do anymore ......chores
or entertain family
or errands
i do love duck and chicken chores (not mucking but grazing them and stuff)
i like some of the gardening...... harvesting it wonderful most of the time

maybe right now i am a bit tired and a lot overwhelmed at what still needs doing?
i have to finish putting the garden to bed and still some garlic to plant
i have to clean the chickens and the basement
i need to tarp the back pen run
and i could really use some help finishing off the duck pen plus some inside pens for the ducks to be kept seperate
it would be more efficent to have a long bank of pens that are connected huh?
i need a jack of all trades that works for cookies

speaking of cookies, my kitchen aide mixer is shot
so i need to find a new mixer
now kitchen aides are not good anymore
not the new ones
and a hobart (who initally made kitchenaide and is the gold standard) cost 2035$ for a 5 quart
so that's out of the picture ( and they do come in RED too .....shit)
i want something that can beat the cookie doughs and take the big batches,
i would like a tilt head if i can get it
and i would like bigger then 5 quart if i can get it
does anyone have any recommendation?

part of the issue with the cookies last winter was the mixer wasn't taking the doughs
i struggle a bit every year but since bernie broke my kitchen aide it's never been the same, even the repairs sucked on it
it sounds like it's about to fly apart even just creaming butter

anyway, i am sitting here drinking my coffee, watching the fire on and off
listening to the budgies chirpping morning songs to each other
it's about light enough in spite of the rain to take the birds out

prudence and amelia are so cute when i put them in the basement, they keep asking me to put them in with the boys, but i can't now.....the boys jump them
so i spend that short time talking to the girls and telling them they are good girls
this molt for them isn't as extreme as lilli and phoebe's molts are this year
so they will be coming around to tame faster..... they are starting pretty good now

ok i am going to finish this coffee and read my email

Wednesday, November 03, 2010

waiting for the sun to come up

it went from black to gray-ish and i am waiting
i have to get everyone out early today as i am going to pick up doomed chickens for whacking today

(retired layers who are going to be stewers)

i put amelia and prudence in the basement last night with our chickens..... so lights out was early.
they get the front of the big pen today and the bathtub (yesterday was boys bath day)
who said that duck ownership was easy? it certainly is mobile!
and feather filled! since with this molt there are feathers all over the place!

i got a good fire going in the stove now. it started up quickly without matches this morning, that is always a plus
now today after the chickens ( and whatever errands jen is dragging me around on) i will have time.
i am hoping that during this time
i accomplish the following
  1. box for the unit in afganistan
  2. socks finished for jen at spirit trail (yup had to rip them out)
  3. a section of the studio gone through and papers shredded
  4. thanksgiving baking started
  5. a new mixer acquired
wow, i realize that is not a huge list considering what all really needs to be done but it's what i got now
i also would like the woodstove looked at by a professional or at least me and a 'professional' who i won't trust as far as i can throw them
i think it needs resealing and it's not air tight any longer

bernie is in bethlehm today, his company is donating a wheelchair lift equiped van to someone .....he'll tell me more later
he's supposed to be making the full time move to this office in about a month
i hope so
as he's so terribly exhausted right now i am actually worried about him

ok my beloved chicklets
it's light enough to see my own hand outside
so i am going to get dressed now
and finish my coffee........

you folks all have a nice day

Tuesday, November 02, 2010

today is tuesday

it is election day, i had intended to vote
i got my card and all
then found out that i don't know who to vote for
oh man
from what i can see not one of them is worth the air they are breathing!


now the other stuff i gotta do is get the title to the white van for bernie (send it away to harrisburg)
i got more wood to bring in (*told him to leave what he tossed on the deck for me today)
go to the pet store and the post office

i want to get a leslie sansone dvd, i have one from like the 80's that i used to use daily (and did a jane fonda one every other day with it)
i can't get out to walk so i have to do it here, and since the weather is getting such that i won't be out to the garden a billion times a day, i am figuring a daily walk aerobic thing should be started
and we should probably move the 'entertainment' thing to the other room (the entertainment thing is a joke, it's a 20 year old 15 inch tv, with a vhs player and a cheapo terribly balky dvd player.... see what i mean.....we don't actually have tv so that's that)

now this morning when i came down, the studio was still at 67 degrees but the stove was nothing but ash
i am stacking and burning it now
took a bit to start up
i am blowing through wood right now though, and i realized that i needed to get at least 6 more cords so i can have them stacked for NEXT the dryer the better for these stoves
even slightly damp or green isn't good at explain that to bernie please

speaking of whom..... he needs a vacation.....a true rest until he's bored
he won't listen to me
but he's sounding bad, he has a cough he can't shake (got me worried sick too)
and he's getting like 4 hours sleep a night
saturday he almost rear ended some guy who was making a left, then he forgot the headlights on in the van during the DAY, then he did something else that had me upset but i forget right now what that was
all stuff that is silly but due to him being sleep deprived

even when he's gotten home early, he gets calls in the middle of the night....... by crews by accident. but that wakes us up and it's not so easy to go back to sleep then

well so that's today
more or less
i am trying to figure a better way to keep the ducks seperated out
now that the babies are hitting puberty
teenaged ducks......
adult ducks with pms......
did i say oye???