Saturday, January 21, 2017

for the weekend

in a world so big
how can our minds be so small
today is prickly


there is so much going on...
Sometimes you have to take a step back and realize that the world is so much bigger
than we all realize... and compassion for our fellow travelers on this big old ball is a must.

Friday, January 20, 2017


For some reason... it's been a very rough couple of days. 
Here are some cool photos from a few years ago that I edited last night.
There is something almost soothing about the way the pipes are all connected...

Thursday, January 19, 2017


This year, perhaps more than ever before... we have realized the importance of clearing out,
using things as much as you can (and in new ways)... and of salvaging and fixing things up.
To this end, I thought I would do a series of posts on clearing out and organizing, and living a simpler life.
I hope to do one once a week (Check out previous posts on Thursdays!)


This is an older photograph that I took several years ago... but I love it.
So... let's talk about tv for a minute.

We have been without tv/ cable for just over a year now I think. And I'll be honest, I thought it was going to be really hard to live without. ... but I was wrong. Yes, it took some adjusting to... but I really don't miss it. There are certain shows I miss (like Project Runway).. but I have a friend who is willing to let me come and see it on occasion... which is really nice. We visit, we snack, and we watch.
What spurred us on to get rid of cable?... well, the fact that when your income is only $1000 a month (give or take --I'll talk more about this some other time)... you really can't justify spending $100 a month on tv. I'd much rather eat, frankly. But there are other ways you can get entertainment/ news/ movies and such.
If you have internet, you are sorta set. There are websites that show previously aired programs
(so for instance, I can watch older episodes of Project Runway on my computer, just not the current episode). There are places like Hulu and Sling where you can watch tv, Amazon prime does as well... and it's certainly more affordable than cable. There are streaming devices like Roku, where you can pay for just the shows you want to watch. There is also this and THIS.... but I haven't tried them.
And of course, there is Netflix, which we subscribe to and love.

There are other options too.
You can share movies with friends. You can see some great movies (and get to know your friend's better)... you can borrow movies from your local library (ours has a pretty good selection)... or heck, you can read more.
Now, I love to read, but frankly, when we had tv I was much more inclined to watch something stupid on tv than to read a good book. That has changed.
There are other "bonuses" as well. Once we started actually watching some of the movies we had, we decided that we didn't really like them as well as we thought. We then swapped with friends, or sold the ones we no longer wanted. This cut down on stuff we had, as well as brought in some extra dollars... which always helps.

We keep all our movies in this vintage washstand. It works perfectly.
See you all tomorrow.

Wednesday, January 18, 2017


Back in June 2016, I started a new "series" of posts... if you will... 
 And so on Wednesdays; I've been posting an old photograph to inspire your creativity.
Write a poem!   
 Plot out a short story.
 Have inspiration for a piece of art or composition.... let your artistic soul shine.
--and occasionally I write my own sordid story or poem. 
 (you can click on the photos in this post to make it larger to see).


Abitha Jane was a peculiar child. 
She had deep thoughts... and there was always a puzzlement to her gaze that unnerved even the most stalwart of townsfolk. So it was with no great surprise that she ended up at the Frosted Hills Home for Wayward Children, having been dropped off by her very nervous mother... quickly taking her to the stairs, ringing the bell... and running back to Floyd's (her then boyfriend) '37 coupe.
Slamming the door... she caught her stockings on the running boards... and smeared mud on her new secretary pumps.
That child, she must have done it... her mother winced.

Abitha didn't mind being blamed. And she didn't mind being left on the stoop.
 She knew the truth... and truth be told, she was quite relieved. 
She knew she didn't belong in that shoddy hotel down on 5th street with her mother and Floyd.
And this place suited her fine. She didn't care for toys... she just wanted a square meal.
And when the caretakers weren't watching especially close... she would sneak down to the great hall and read books. She knew her education was important, and she would get the finest.
She just knew it.

Tuesday, January 17, 2017


Today was an odd day, and one where I just couldn't seem to get myself around.
I know that there are days like this, and with a chronic illness, I have learned (for the most part) to work around them. I have also learned that sometimes it is best not to "force" things... Ie: if you don't feel up to something... it's probably a wise thing to not do it until you do feel up to it... because you're just going to mess things up and get frustrated. Ah... the lessons learned with Lupus.

On another note, I was VERY productive the other day... and the necklace above is one of the things I made. I've been going through old/ broken jewelry... and had this stamped cuff bracelet. The ends were decorative... but the middle was completely trashed. So... I got out my trusty jewelry saw, and cut off this one end, then filed it until the edges were smooth. Then I buffed it til it had an interesting texture, and was shiny. I drilled a hole in the bottom, and placed part of a vintage earring, that happened to be made from the same material. 
Going through my stash, I found some bulk chain that was a similar tone, and made the chain 20 inches in length, and added a lobster claw clasp. It is a simple design, but so cool that it is completely comprised of salvaged parts.

Keep creating folks....

Monday, January 16, 2017


Happy Maker Monday!
... my series of posts where I feature something the daughter or I are working on, 
and encourage the maker lifestyle.

It's been a very strange Monday... which somehow involved me taking a very long nap.
But this weekend, I was able to do some work in the studio.

These earrings feature pieces I was able to salvage from a broken piece of jewelry.
I love the trillion cut Peridot stones and Aquamarines.

This all-sterling necklace features a gemstone cut Colombian Emerald that I bought 20yrs ago, 
and never found the right setting for it. It has a magnetic clasp, and is 16 inches long.
It is tiny, but mighty in color... and exquisite.

And these earrings are made from some findings that were included in a cabinet I bought several years ago. I don't often work with gold, but these seemed to be just right...

Hope you are all being creative this week.... see you all tomorrow.

(the photo at the top of today's post is one I took out in California a few years ago. It is the front facing of a French Hostel/ Hotel... and is absolutely fabulous. We were able to stay there for a night, and we had a wonderful time)

Saturday, January 14, 2017

for the weekend

waves of mist .... rising
washing desert plains anew
with hope and mercy

(( This is an older photo, and one I had not edited until today.... taken in New Mexico ))