Monday, September 25, 2017


Today we had a really interesting HALO around the sun... with several "Sun Dogs" as we called them in New Mexico. 
My hubby came home from running errands, and said... "Get your camera and come here quick!".. LOL.
It was incredible... and seemingly right over my house! 

It's an unusually hot day as well... and I find that silly things are wearing me out... but alas.
I was able to get a few things made in the studio this weekend; and am excited about photographing and listing them into the Etsy shop. There will be 3 pair of earrings, all of which feature charms by Vincent Cav of Inviciti Jewelry. There are also 3 pendulum sets to photograph and list, and 3 more that are almost finished. I also made a Sterling Bar Necklace, and complimentary earrings that have the most stunning Herkimer Diamonds on them. 
Every day I get to do work I love... and it makes me happy.
See you all tomorrow.

Saturday, September 23, 2017

for the weekend

...enjoy your weekend.... see you all on monday...

Friday, September 22, 2017


Well, I am slowly getting through the books we have in the house 
(as well as some I have borrowed from the library)... 
so I thought I would do a post on the ones I have finished up:

* Duke (a bio of John Wayne) - Ronald Davis. Not sure how factual it is, but it was really good.

* A Consensus Handbook - Seeds for Change
* An Electronic Silent Spring - Katie Singer
* The Green and the Black - Gary Sernovitz
Silent Spring - Rachel Carson
-- all books on fracking and ecological concerns. Good, but depressing.

* Gift from the Sea - Anne Morrow Lindbergh. Written in the 50s. Still good.
* Twenty Days with Julian - Nathanial Hawthorne. Who knew Hawthorne wrote this? I didn't. Probably the first ever... "dad alone with the kid" kind of books.
Confessions of a Pagan Nun - Kate Horsley. Didn't like it. Really thought I would.
Toujours Provence - Perter Mayle. A collection of short stories from an ex-pat living in France.
--all older books I had, that I was saving to read.

* Hardcore Zen - Brad Warner. Interesting.... but a bit hard to follow at times.
* News of the World - Paulette Jiles. Surprisingly awesome. I really wasn't giving it much credit, but couldn't put it down til I finished it.
* The Thinking Woman's Guide to Real Magic - Emily Croy Barker. Here again, I thought it was going to be bad. It was LONG (600 pages) but surprisingly good.
* The Anthropology of Turquoise - Ellen Meloy. Reading it right now. I think it's been on my "To read List" for over a decade... it's really good.

And there you have it... the latest books (13!) that I have read in the past month.
See you all tomorrow!

Thursday, September 21, 2017


Gigantic old crow
screeching from atop a pole
"Fall is here! Fall's here...."

And now a blue jay
is singing a sweet refrain
"Leaves are turning! Fall's here..."

Even the deer, who ate
the few of my brussel sprouts
said, "prepare for Fall!..."

as the fog rises
slowly from the mountain tops
"at last.... Fall is here."

Wednesday, September 20, 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).


Irma and Ira LeFond could not have children. 
So when they were presented with a smiling baby girl at the Catholic Charities home in  Natchitoches, Louisiana, a  mere 5yrs after they had married... they couldn't say no. Not that they would have. They didn't care if the baby was a boy or girl, black or white, sick or healthy. Of course, they preferred healthy... and she seemed to be a strapping, cheerful baby.  She slept well, she ate well.. and she grew quickly. In fact, almost too quickly. By the age of 9, she was as tall as her mother. By 13, she was taller than her father. And by the time she was 16, she was 7 feet tall.

Faith, as she was known, had a somewhat lonely child... her height not-withstanding. She was a bit awkward. She fell a lot; never really getting used to her long limbs and loose muscles. She was shy. She was smart. All these things set her apart, and by and large, she didn't mind so much. Her parents were kind, and she liked where she lived. But she longed to see more. 

One day, an "Oddities and Wonders" show came to town. Like traveling circus shows of the day, they had dog shows, small people dressed as clowns, feats of wonder and amazement on the flying trapeze and so much more. Most of all, Faith noted that they had a very handsome Ring Master named Charlie. Charlie noticed her too... and was smitten. Soon they were married... very much in love... and traveling with the show. Faith became the "Giant Woman of the Swamp" .. .eluding to her bayou roots. ... and she loved being in the spotlight on occasion. They had a good life, and Faith had no regrets. 
Here in the photo, you see Faith, her husband Charlie, and her parents Ira and Irma
 -- on the occasion of Faith's birthday (see her flowers?). 

Tuesday, September 19, 2017


Happy Tuesday!
The leaves are changing so incredibly fast here...
I am afraid to blink for fear I will miss the changes of the colors. 
Today is a Spanish music... tacos and margaritas kind of day. 
I can almost smell the roasting of green chile peppers in the offing... 
Have a good one! I am off to the studio.

Monday, September 18, 2017


Somehow, I have lost track of not only today... but this entire weekend.
I'm not quite sure how that happened... but I feel like I need a sort of do-over.
Fall is coming very fast these days... and it seems  like the leaves are turning much quicker.

I've been working hard at trying to finish up some projects... but my mind keeps whirling at 100 miles per hour
 coming up with ideas for new projects... such is the nature of the beast, I suppose.
I did, however, get 3 new scarves finished up and photographed so they will soon be going into the Etsy shop. YAY!

So for now, I will be content with what I have gotten done... and will see you all tomorrow.