A daily dose of collage creativity, in images, words and thoughts. Always remember, "Everything will be alright in the end...if it is not alright it must not be the End"

Thursday, December 08, 2016

Preparing for TreeSpiritedWoman - Art Journaling Class

Using the book Tree Spirited Woman by Colleen Baldrica as the inspiration for this Class at Mayslake Peabody Estate.  Weekly readings out loud, discussion and then time creating on these pages without judgement and openness for intuitive responses to what we have read. As I like to say it's the RAW stuff...Real. Awesome. Wholesome. that gets brought to the surface. 

I will do a few more things to these pages with instructional documentation...but love the threads.

The Class is a GO!!! Can't wait and there is still room and time to sign up. 
 See the Supply list Here 

Tuesday, December 06, 2016

Our Carl

Accepting and witnessing the little guy's health slide gently in the grace of Elderhood.  Carl had his check up and he's 15 now had some blood work done and it shows his Kidneys are starting to fail. With a flash of reality....and choices to make we opted to change his food/diet, no more chew's with high protein, no processed stuff and he get homemade Sweet Potato chews I made a few days ago. We don' t know when and how long he'll have with us but we can make it as pleasant as possible.  His Spirits are always high...what lesson we can all learn by that. I myself have begun a bit of grieving for his lost.  I now he's here still with us...but can't stop what is real from rising up...

He has stopped coming up stairs to the studio with me...His judgement of sight isn't as good as it was before when he goes down stairs...best take his lead on that...he knows when it's not safe. But he's still my side kick buddy. Because of his hearing loss...Hank our Great Dane has been a motivator to get him to listen...Hank will jump up on his hind legs and come down on his front one and you can feel the movement in the floor...before you know it Carl come from where ever he is...so amazing how the watch out for each other. As Crazy as it sound...Carl is smaller but in the Dog world that doesn't matter...Carl is the Elder and runs the house.  And Hank Respects it.

OK...On with the day's agenda and feel better about our situation with Carl and his health....a gently easy does it way of life now.

Sunday, December 04, 2016

Hunker down...in a book or four embracing Dyslexia

Last Section of my Creative Vision Board....
warm with a sweater a good book and a cup of tea
 in grossed in words, stories and day dreams. 

Too funny how things work out....A quote from a meditation book I read in the mornings..."Today I am learning to embrace my complexities and contradictions and to be grateful for the richness they bring."

I love books....the covers, the pages, the smells and the knowledge in them that I struggle sometimes to grasp and have to use other ways to comprehend them so it really sinks in.   I also love making books as of journals.  I know there are whole lot of other that like them too.

This morning NPR sent out a email that I snag on to now and then  this morning it was about What is Dyslexia  and also the audio Unlocking Dyslexia  

Amazing being a dyslexic person...which is hard for people sometimes to believe, I've had to over come many obstacles and still have flashbacks and fears around it.

I sit in the morning hours before most people wake in the homestead here. Alone at the kitchen table with the sounds of the house and the light of a candle.
I'm reading stories from The 13 Original Clan Mothers, following the months.
Kent Nerburn's book-Calm Surrender- Walking the Path of Forgiveness,
Seven Philosophies for Native American Woman,
Studio Stories-Illuminating Our Lives Through Art.
The Artist's Rule-Share this with my book club...over the past year,
And my personal spiritual studies....

Besides reading them I underline things as a way to help me comprehend, looking words up for better understanding and listening to the word being said when I use the internet/google...then I will type out these areas that I've underlined. (got files saved on many books I've read)   And if I find a willing soul I'll share the notes with them...Like we can connect this way? ...but what I'm finding out this is a complex way I've found to help myself learn...and not everyone is or chooses to read and study like this.

It's all good because what is most important is there are many ways to learn and feed my need for knowledge and despite the dyslexia it's my mountain to climb and while I'm doing that as the quote from Rosa Macaulay shared the Richness this all brings to my life.

Filling my well of many topics,  be it personal and bigger then I....the point of this blog post was the relationship on my vision board with the woman, book and a cup of tea or coffee.   How despite the complexities of reading and writing I still hungry for the words, audio or writing....And when listening to the Audio of NPR this one surely speaks loudly...luckily know that my son has dyslexia early lead us on a path like the little girl in this segment.

OK rambling but also exploring....feeding my needs I guess you say.

Thursday, December 01, 2016

Riding Lesson Last Night

As I rambled about yesterday and the many things on the list to do...this was one of them at the end of the night.  Horseback riding lesson on Wednesday night...and this is Lee, a big boy and I believe a Quarter horse....need a whole class and study about this stuff but I'm doing at a slower manageable pace.

Had some drama in the Area though...You see Lee's a fella that is a lead trail horse...and he's good that, though that means he's not to friendly with some of the other Geldings.  So as a more season rider-Darlene purchased a horse a few months ago, she is getting him use to the whole area and riding. Well a new experience with Lee and Herbie...as Herbie her horse was having some issue and then when I tried to pass Lee got in to his staging mode and reared up his hind end and kicked the wall. I think...and wanted to keep that going but I was able to stay on and move him a way and stop him...while the check on Herbie...then the trainer had to work with Herbie and find out what the issue was with the area in the one back corner and get him to work with it...But what I noticed with the behavior of Lee...he just wasn't putting up with any one around him.  And this gave me a chance to work with  keeping him away from the horses.  Plus I happy to say the canter part of things I wasn't so afraid and was able to get him up into the canter...just have to keep working on the kiss sound to keep him going..though there were moments I felt I was on a barrel racing horse and had to slow him down....I felt there was some pinned up energy going on with Lee. But who am I, just a beginner.

What does this have to do with Art and Life...discipline and progress not perfection. I want to do better I want to be able some day to hop on any horse and ride and know what I'm doing.  So I've sent  out  good intention or some may say a goal to seek.   So that means there is a journey involved here. A process, taking small steps to learn more.

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

A Crone Manifesto

I have many things on the list to do today but I find myself wandering...searching and seeking the deeper parts of self.  I don't mean self of Ego...but the self of truth,  again I spiral inward on a journey of Know Thy Self.   I'm in a good place one were the really self want to come out and not to worried about what other think.   I know it shouldn't matter but it does..we all know it and do it...but there is a stronger awareness on the side of "Who Give's a Damn"  these days...and really get going on Living a Creative Spiritual Life.

so I wander...on a trail but off my normal and find

A Crone Manifesto....from this blog -Tess Giles Marshalls

·         I will banish the word ‘should’ from my life
·         I will laugh a lot, including gently at myself sometimes
·         I will gather my community of loved ones close about me
·         I will speak up bravely when I need to
·         I will demonstrate that a little eccentricity gives spice to life
·         I will live more simply, leaving space for what’s really important to me
·         I will treat my body to movement and to delicious, nourishing food
·         I will compromise as little as possible
·         I will find all kinds of occasions and people to celebrate
·         I will live in a profoundly creative way, understanding that the word creative does not always refer to the arts but to a deeper current running through life
·         I will, being human, feel fear and regret sometimes; I will not allow those feelings to define me
·         I will ask for help when I need it
·         I will mark the significant moments of life, large and small
·         I will mourn my losses fiercely, in my own way
·         I will fall in love when I feel like it
·         I will work to heal our beautiful planet home
·         I will do and learn things I’ve always wanted to do and learn
·         I will forget to worry what people think of me
·         I will discover my gifts and offer them freely
·         It is entirely likely  I will wear Purple. 
·         I will live a spiritual life, although not necessarily a religious one
·         I will keep an open mind and an open heart
·         I will learn to cackle
Wearing Purple will be something different....and No I'm not lost...I would say I'm finding myself as a woman, friend, wife and artist.   This new year I will explore the areas of my own personal interest more deeply.
How about you?   

How Do I Thank Truth?

How to Thank Truth.
What does it mean to Thank Truth?  
Live in gratitude
Gratitude for my path
Just as it is unfolding.  
Cut myself some slack
Pat myself on the back
Lighten up
Maybe even embrace a little humor, even if it is dark humor
Don't take myself too serious

Self Reflections: Creator, Spirit of All That Is, help me remember that the path of my life takes me toward truth.  No matter how crooked my path, no matter if I stray far off the path laid out for me, eventually I WILL embrace my Truth.  And I will thank her for my journey.

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Getting outside as much as I can

 This Past Monday morning I found myself wanting to get back into the routine of things and walking in the woods is one of the best ways I found to do it.

This Morning I was thinking to myself that I hadn't seen any deer out there in the woods...as I came around the bend there was a doe and fawn together.  It was a welcome sight. 

 The first post goes in up at my Dad and Mom's place in Packwaukee WI.  Randy and my dad pound the first post in to see how the ground will be...as it was pretty packed down.

 The Road way was made by many renters of the property where all the garages are in the back ground.  What it is, is an vacant alley way.  It showed it on the survey.  My dad talked to the neighbors to let them know he was going to do it.  A bit of a change for them all.
 Post all in a row...great Job Guys!!

 Now to the other side of the property need to go in about four feet or it's right in the middle of the big white pine...and that's not going to happen.

 Getting the string all lined up as a guide for the posts.

 Break time...
 Day two we had to put in the bigger post for the gate...a little concrete in the hole and it's good to go.

 A big colder the second day and some fog hanging on.. but then we did start at 8:00am to get as much time in as we could.

 This is the other side with no gate..

In town there is a a big garage with the bike hanging there I had to snap a picture of that. We sent up Saturday Morning early and stay over night then finished up by about 12 ish and then head home, with a stop at Red Lobster...Long day..Randy was so cute...He said he was showing off for me with pounding the post in with the post tool that sit on top and then you pound it down...But He won't be showing off for a few days as he's a bit sore.  

It was a good time,  I loved being out side and help them I heard the sand hill cranes go over but could see them...the clouds were too thick. but it was great to be of help.  I was mainly the runner for what they needed. And I spent the rest of the time bending the behind in the air picking up sticks  

Soon they will be in the new place...Can't wait though there is much to toss out first at the old place.