Friday, May 31, 2013
Perusing the internet, I am certainly not alone with my dilemma. So I'll just be thankful that this service is available. I almost want to pin my handicapped card from the DMV on my chest to prove that I need it. Then again, I'm sure no one even notices or cares, except me.
I need to remember that I'm mostly "invisible" to others - the issues are all internal. So the phrase: "relax and enjoy the ride" definitely comes to mind.
Thursday, May 30, 2013
Today I will also load up my Nook with a couple of books from the library for reading choices.
Yeah, who am I kidding?? I'll probably just watch the movie and nap.
Wednesday, May 29, 2013
Just thinking about another episode of airports and travel makes me cringe - probably because I'm also preparing class kits to teach in Kentucky in another 2 1/2 weeks. (And traveling with 3 large suitcases to get there is overwhelming at the moment.)
I probably wouldn't feel so engulfed if my knee was functioning at 100%. Perhaps the ratio of my dis-ease is inversely proportional with the rate of my healing and mobility. For some odd reason, it helps to think of it like that.
So to increase my odds of getting my usual energy and enthusiasm back for this life I've created (which is oh so much better than sitting behind a desk everyday), after I finish my physical therapy exercises, I think I'll go to the pool for some easy movements in the water. Hmmm, that may mess up my "schedule", but oh well!!
Tuesday, May 28, 2013
But even as I plan my travel, I commiserate with the local population of Mt. Vernon that has to deal with all this additional traffic and upheaval because of the bridge collapse. Their daily lives are affected, while it's only one journey on my part.
I have five routes to choose from.....hopefully I'll make the right choice and the right time of day....if there is one. I just downloaded the Seattle Traffic App to my phone - I probably should have had it on there before, anyway.
So I've done all the preparation I can, and Sophie and I are ready for a long trip home. And yes, it is getting closer and closer to a complete move to the island!
Monday, May 27, 2013
Finding treasures from local artists at the Farmers Market (photos below - the crocheted mat is mine)
- There was absolutely no way I could walk away from this teapot!!
Lunching at the Fountain
Viewing new birds at the feeder
Enjoying our Baha'i study group
Weaving everyday while listening to the birds
Soaking in the sunshine on the deck
Listening to the softly falling rain
While I'm not home to put flowers on my family's graves, I can say prayers for the departed. The peace and tranquility here is certainly not taken for granted - not for a moment.
Sunday, May 26, 2013
The Summer Slow Down Guide
This is the best time to start building a little time for yourself in the early morning hours.It is easier to wake up earlier in the Summer. Your body responds to natural light. Go to sleep with your shades open and let the light in. Wake up 5 minutes early tomorrow and create a meaningful morning routine.
The last place you want to spend summer is behind a vacuum cleaner. A daily or bi-weekly sweep up/wipe down is so much easier without clutter on the counter and stuff all over the floor. Take a trip to Goodwill or your local donation center with anything that means nothing to you.
Wedding invitations, garden parties, neighborhood gatherings and other summer functions are all vying for your attention. You don’t have to be everywhere and you don’t need a fancy excuse to bow out. Spend time with people you love, and attend activities and events that you enjoy. A simple, “Thanks for the invite but I can’t make it.” will do for the rest.
Summer is the perfect time to throw a blanket on the grass and get lost in a book. Try Brooke Berman’s No Place Like Home: A Memoir in 39 Apartments or choose something from my reading list or the ultimate book list. Tammy and CJ are offering their new book, The End of Wishing our Days Away for free until May 31st.
Get into the woods or onto a local trail with your kids, friends or other people you love. Stretch your legs and marvel at how green and lush everything is. You leave everything behind when you step onto the dirt. The air smells different. Noises and views are new and different and a walk in the woods gives you a chance to reduce your stress with every step.
If you want to make the most of lovely summer evenings, leave your phone at home. Seriously, leave home without it and see how it changes everything about how your experience. Trade constant connection, Googling and checking the weather for an opportunity for genuine connection to the people and world around you.
There is magic and wonder about growing something. You don’t have to grow everything. Instead, grow just one thing. You don’t need impressive gardening skills to tend to one plant.
There is a big difference between living in the past and just visiting. Set aside a little time to reflect on and learn from your past. Celebrate your accomplishments, forgive your shortcomings and be grateful for all that you’ve experienced. It’s shaped who you are today and you are wonderful.
If you are willing to break out of your routine and break up with your to-do list, there is more time for you to enjoy the most meaningful adventures. Learn more with the Make Time self-study course.
Summer is a time for slow meals, dangling feet over docks, stargazing and lazy walks. There is no agenda, just pure joy. Learn to cultivate dolce far niente and embrace time and space to linger.
Whole, fresh food is less expensive, easy to access and completely delicious in the summer. Go to your local farmer’s markets and discover what a tomato is supposed to taste like. Try a simple vegan recipe and eat real food. The best way to change your body and your health is to eat better food.
That’s joywalk, not jaywalk. I want you to be safe. Instead of walking for exercise or walking to get somewhere, take a joywalk. Go slow. Stop and smell flowers. Say hi to people when you pass them and walk just for the joy of it.
Saturday, May 25, 2013
On a beautiful, sunny day, nine of us gathered for the inaugural basket class at Anadaré.
We had a wonderful time working on Contemporary Coiling with wire and waxed linen. Of course, class time was scheduled around ferry times. We had room for an additional table and even more students if need be, so the plan for the studio works! Lovely setting, delightful students - yes, life is very, very good.
Friday, May 24, 2013
I'm sure I'm not alone in calculating the adjustments I will have to make in my own, very small sphere of life as a result. Hmmm, little things, like: how am I going to get home?? All the alternate routes on very small, two lane roads and bridges are going to be completely overloaded. Oh, I have a plan, but it will involve a MUCH longer drive. Ah, the things we take for granted, like bridges and infrastructure.
So I will simply make sure I have enough water for Sophie and myself when I do start my trip home. And plan ahead with packing the kitty litter box for Sophie. And she will simply get to be freed from the kitty carrier if need be. Very simple choices at the moment.
But the thought certainly did cross my mind: this may be the opportune time to decide NOT to leave the island at all!
Thursday, May 23, 2013
Once that is all done, and the nectar is cooled, I put out the seed and nut bird feeder and the hummingbird feeder. This trip the hummingbirds were there within a couple of minutes. It took a little longer for the other birds to find the feeder, but I was rewarded with some colorful visitors - red-winged blackbirds and black-headed grosbeaks.
It's so nice to be welcomed back by the sunshine, the salt breezes, and now the birds. Sigh. I'm home.
Wednesday, May 22, 2013
Materials for basket class prepared and packed - check
Hummingbird tablecloth to crochet - check
New art basket to work on - check
Dragonfly clock for bathroom - check (a little whimsical, I admit)
Eagerness to return to the island - undiminished! Ah, one of these days my "visits" will be to the mainland, not the other way around.
Tuesday, May 21, 2013
The pattern is free on-line: http://www.crochetnmore.com/babysabcsafghan.htm. (I made one 9 years ago for my first grandson, and I still love this pattern.)
Monday, May 20, 2013
Now trying to get back into the groove, packing up for Lopez and preparing for my first basket class on the island. Life is so delightfully full!
Sunday, May 19, 2013
KarmaTube is a project of ServiceSpace, an all-volunteer run organization. Our aim is to enable individuals to contribute in meaningful ways to the world around them. Together, we hope to "be the change we wish to see in the world." http://www.karmatube.org/index.php
DailyGood leverages the internet to promote positive and uplifting news around the world to more than 100,000 subscribers through the daily and weekly newsletters. Readers receive a news story, an inspiring quote, and a suggested action that each person can take to make a difference in their own lives and the world around them. http://www.dailygood.org/
I think the trick here is to read or view, get inspired, and then perhaps follow one of the suggested actions. We're not going to change the world without making the effort and DOING something!!
Saturday, May 18, 2013
Her basket was quite fine.
She forgot to thaw out dinner,
So we went out to dine.
She says they are a must.
They really look quite lovely,
But she forgot to dust.
She says the twinings fun.
Three rod wale and braiding rims,
But the laundry wasn't done.
"Expect her late" she said.
I guess she really was too busy,
Cause she never made the bed.
Using new techniques for sure.
But she never seemed to care about
Her mess still on the floor.
My live is now complete.
My wife can weave for hours
And the house will still be neat.
And I'm already peeved.
I cursed and raved and ranted
Cause she taught the maid to weave.
Friday, May 17, 2013
Sigh. Will continue strengthening with the physical therapy and exercises. But unfortunately, the crutches will have to be with me, at least part of the time, for a bit more. Pooh!
So my celebration was a bit premature. Ah well. I'm learning the intricacies of airline travel with crutches and wheelchair assistance. It's always good to learn new things - yes?? At least it might be faster getting through the security lines??
Thursday, May 16, 2013
After 9 very long weeks, I finally have the go ahead from my doctor to try living, albeit slowly and carefully, without those blasted crutches!! I would so be doing a happy dance right now.....except dancing is not on my list of acceptable activity for 3 - 4 more weeks.
So I'm dancing in my heart. Yes, I'm a bit slow in navigating around. And yes, I still take stairs one at a time leading with my good leg. Ah, but it's progress! Physical therapy is helping so very much - if it's offered as part of the healing process, I don't know why everyone doesn't take advantage of it.
Now if I can just not over-do it for a while longer....
Planning my trip back to Lopez next week is even more exciting!
Wednesday, May 15, 2013
Tuesday, May 14, 2013
A variety of full-turn twining starts found on http://natural-history.uoregon.edu/collections/web-alleries/plateau-basketry-collection-sally-bags/sally-bags-image-index.
Monday, May 13, 2013
Sunday, May 12, 2013
Well, well, well - who knew? I would love to attend this summit on slow living, but it just doesn't fit into my travel plans this year. These annual summits started in 2011, so I can only hope that there will be one in 2014 so I might attend. But even reading about it on their website (please see below) was educational.
The Slow Living Vision
The Slow Living Vision is of an Earth where humankind, honoring and celebrating the profound connectedness of all people, places and living beings, gives back by co-creating mutually supportive communities, bioregions and economic systems — and where we combine the wisdom of the past with a vision for the future to ensure a balanced, fulfilling way of life for all generations to come.http://www.slowlivingsummit.org/what-is-slow-living/
Saturday, May 11, 2013
We have three, huge baskets this year. Instead of fussing about who is watering them while I am on the island, though, I think we'll rig up a drip watering system. I'll still need to pick off the seed buds to keep them blooming, but at least I won't worry.
Friday, May 10, 2013
If you are new to this type of drawing, which absolutely anyone can do without any artistic drawing ability at all, you may want to check out: http://www.zentangle.com/. Oh - and it may be habit-forming, so proceed with caution.
Thursday, May 9, 2013
But at the risk of boring everyone else, I will keep my list to myself. I remembered reading about birder types, and offer it here:
- Complete birders (carry scope and all the gear)
- Hard-core birders (never quit)
- Competitive birders (longest list, first to call the identity)
- Bird counters (know # of species seen)
- Bird listers (keep lists of who, where, when)
- Trophy birders (looking for that special lifer)
- Bird hunters (make long and inconvenient trips to spot a trophy species)
- Combat birders (all of the above, plus are sure to impress others with their expertise)
- Car birders (stop every 100 yards to look)
- Walking birders (travel at ½ mile/hour)
- Standing birders (suffer from warbler neck)
- Sitting birders (wait to see who shows up while reading)
- Solitary birders (loners)
- Bird watchers (watch 'til it flies away)
- Bird spotters (hone in on wobbling leaves)
- Bird listeners (head slants to one side)
- Bird photographers (hoping for that one great shot)
- Bird banders (have licenses)
- Bird feeders (hang feeders from RV)
As I continue to ponder why, all of a sudden, I'm intrigued by bird watching, I find that I am not alone. Part of an interesting article entitled "Middle Age is for the Birds" says:
For example, I used to think that a fondness for birds and bird watching was sort of sad, something lonely people did in lieu of having real pets and real relationships. Lately, however, I sit on my front porch in the predawn darkness in my pathetic pajamas, wrapped in a blanket with my mug of tea, and I listen to the dawn songs of mourning doves, robins, wild turkeys and owls, and I realize now how very important they are. The birds remind me of the perfection of being. Unlike humans, they don't try. They are not out to impress, not encumbered by fear and judgment and doubt: they just are themselves. I listen to their songs, smiling and silently apologizing for my former arrogance. http://www.more.com/member-voices/your-stories/middle-age-birds
Wednesday, May 8, 2013
Tuesday, May 7, 2013
- a study group on the Bahai Faith here at Anadaré
- a visit to the Lopez Historical Museum (and they even have baskets!!)
- the meeting of OPALCO (co-operative power company for the islands) on the ferry as it travels through the islands, complete with gifts, lunch, and I even won a door prize [we may be the only co-op that holds it's annual meeting aboard a ferry]
- an excellent concert at a local church: The Baroque Trio Sonata with violin, viola, harpsichord and flute
- a play: Volpone, by Ben Johnson (I will admit it got a bit confusing....I need to read it, now)
- celebration of Cinco de Mayo at the Galley Restaurant
- a trip on the ferry to Friday Harbor on San Juan Island for the day - in absolutely perfect weather
And interspersed with bird-watching, the beach, weaving, reading, and simply basking in the sun (it was sunny and warm the entire time).
Can you say cultural variety??? One would think this was a vacation, rather than simply a long, sunny weekend visit to our island home.
Monday, May 6, 2013
A note for my crutch philosophy: It's amazing what you can accomplish, one step at a time. I certainly didn't go running down the stairs, over the logs and boulders, to get to the beach. But one step at a time, planning each movement, I got there. Determination, but oh so well rewarded!!!
Sunday, May 5, 2013
This particular blog has several valuable insights and ideas. After listing some clutter items, she writes:
Your Sentimental Clutter
Saturday, May 4, 2013
The whole point of coming to the island was to be, as this blog is attempting to document, an artist on the island. It feels that I'm beginning to come full circle on that. Our first weekend in the house last Labor Day, we attended the Lopez Artist Studio Tour, and were amazed at the diverse and talented artists working here. Right then I set a goal for myself to work toward participating in the tour the next year (or perhaps the year after).
I'm delighted to report that I registered my studio for this year's tour! Really, you have no idea just HOW delighted I am. There's something so fulfilling about setting a goal, working toward it, and seeing it come to fruition. This journey started with buying the house (only resident artists of Lopez may participate in the tour - and no, we didn't buy the house just so I could be in the tour), applying to the Lopez Artist's Guild and being juried in (only members of the guild may be included in the tour), setting up the house for a working studio, and making the decision to build up a sufficient inventory of baskets, vessels, beading works, and jewelry to offer during the tour. This latter issue will be a driving force for me during the coming few months - hopefully a pleasant journey.
Color me happy!
Friday, May 3, 2013
This morning we also had the first visitor to the hummingbird feeder. Life is good - for all of us.
Thursday, May 2, 2013
Wednesday, May 1, 2013
I just finished reading two interesting and somewhat related books on women and aging. I hadn't picked them especially for the topic, just that they sounded interesting. And that they were!
Calling Invisible Women, a novel by Jeanne Ray, was truly entertaining. Improbably, the main character (in midlife) wakes up one day to find that she is invisible. Her husband and family don't notice, only her best friend does. Yes, rather fantastical, but it's a very enjoyable read as well as thought provoking about how women of a certain age become invisible to the rest of the world. And it's an interesting commentary on fighting the aging process or embracing it. It is also one of those rare books that makes you laugh out loud.
Lots of Candles, Plenty of Cake is a memoir by Anna Quindlen. Basically, it also addresses defining, enjoying, and embracing midlife.
It's sometime odd how books leap into your hands (on onto your e-reader) that were unplanned, but speak directly to your inner self. These two did so for me - evidently there were just what I needed to read right at this time. It will take some time to fully digest their gems.
Two quotes from Quindlen:
"After the middle ages comes the Renaissance." (She is trying to define and even find a term for this new age of 60 - 75, since we are aging so differently from the previous generation.)
"I thought I had a handle on my future. But the future, it turns out, is not a tote bag."
For the younger set, these could be invaluable to help understand your mothers and their generation. To baby boomers, I think they will help you laugh and embrace this interesting age we're living.