"Art does not reproduce the visible, it makes things visible in the first place."

Paul Klee, 1879-1940

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

That moon...

...was utterly amazing this morning. That's all.

Friday, March 14, 2014

So, yesterday...

...I had a birthday.  A big, scary one.  I had a great day, but I still have a bit of a problem with that nasty number.  As I said somewhere else online, for the most part I'm ok with that mostly groovy, cool woman in my mirror...but sometimes she just really rattles my cage.

This is the age of 60:

And this is my baby, exactly half my age, at 30:

After the Candy Cottage chocolate frenzy we went for lunch, and then we had pie.  Well, she had pie; I had a cherry tart.  Which is all ok because we had salad for lunch.  Which cancels out the sugar. Right? Right.  And, anyway, we cut the sweets up, which releases the calories and voids them.  So it's all good.

A beautiful day, any way you slice it

Friday, February 28, 2014


...on a cloudy day

OMG, I'm loving this rain and bluster. Lov.ing.it.

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Sunday, October 20, 2013

I love you, Mom. Forever.

Wish I could bake you a cake...



age 12





1957 or 1958


Sunday, July 21, 2013


...summer Sunday in NYS...

Tuesday, July 09, 2013


Of course this is still heavy after blocking cuz no yarn disappeared but at least it's a little easier to manipulate now that it has had the bejeezus stretched out of it.  I do love those colors and the hippy dippy medallions. Maybe we'll get a blizzard this year.  

Monday, July 08, 2013

July is off to some kind of start, alright...

I'm not feeling energetic but I can't relax, in fact I'm pretty tense. A pinched nerve and watching smoke from a huge spreading fire in East County has me uncomfortable and stressed out at the moment.  Chances are slim that the fire will get to us but that's what we've thought before.  It doesn't pay to be complacent. So I need to take stock of the evacuation closet. And if only I could take ibuprofen...

I've started another project.  This vest (free pattern!) by Elizabeth McCarten is going to be a nice addition if we ever get cool weather again. Interesting that her last name is only one letter different from ours...

I blocked the last thing in my basket over the weekend:

Another cold weather item. Clearly, I need to live somewhere else.  It's a version of Lucy at Attic 24's Japanese flower scarf.  In fact, it is identical in the yarn and colors and, for the most part, in the placement of those colors within the flowers.  I like it when someone else does the creative thing and I do the worker bee thing sometimes.  Same with the vest, no creativity on my part , just labor and following directions.  Sometimes I just want to knit, not think. And it's always nice when something pretty or useful is the result!

Please keep the fire fighters and people and animals in the fire's path in your thoughts...

Friday, July 05, 2013

It was a nice day...

...for a birthday party, America!

Monday, April 22, 2013

Earth Day 2013

Thank you, Mother Earth, for your myriad blessings.  I stand in awe and gratitude.  How amazing are these gifts of yours to us!

Warm, soft air.  With a view.

Tiny gift packages that open to reveal lovely jewels.

Plant a seed: lettuce!              
Or chard.

Or kale. 
Or don't plant a seed...something jumps up anyway!

Aphids? Whoosh! Here come the ladybugs. Nature's insecticide.

How do they know?  Was there a ladybug news bulletin?  And just look at those perfectly placed polka dots!

Tomato forest.  Time to transplant.

There are even ballerinas in Nature.
And basking dinosaurs.

Fields of perfume

...and bits of sunshine


...at our feet.

Something so magical about...

...the sky through branches of  a tree.

Surprises tucked everywhere

...if we only open our eyes to see.

And, maybe my own hair isn't so wild after all.

 I hope everyone gets a chance to go outside and celebrate the planet today.  Whatever the temperature or the location, there are gifts for the taking everywhere we look!  Happy Earth Day!

Thursday, January 03, 2013

Yesterday's pile

This is what went out yesterday. Believe me when I say that this is just a scratching of the surface of what has already gone out and what will go out in the future.  Just a day, a single day...arghhh. There are two actual groups in my purges at the moment (this does not include any clothing or fabrics or yarns, books, etc.):  new or newer or non-collectibles, and collectibles/antiques.  The newer/non-collectibles go in the give-away or swap meet pile in the garage.  The collectibles/antiques get wrapped and put into boxes to be sold at some point.  Which presents its own issues...how the hell do I get rid of it all...?  I don't really want to pay for a booth in an antique shop, nor do I want to get all involved in eBay, Craigslist, or the like.  I could have a yard sale (which I do intend to do at my house in NY for those things there that I'm purging.)  But here in El Cajon, out here in the boonies, a garage or yard sale is not a great solution.  We don't live in a neighborhood, a sale of this kind would not attract anyone way out here.  I'm just not sure what to do.  Consignment?  I may just get so sick of the whole thing that I will donate it all and some lucky thrift store will get a hell of a bonanza one of these days.  Cuz there is a LOT of nice stuff in the things I'm getting rid of.  A lot.  I just don't want it any more. I'm done.

Wednesday, January 02, 2013

A new year...

Things are moving out the door in our house lately, in great numbers.  The theme here is 'less is more.'  We are in a real clean it out and get rid of it mode.  Amazing how good and freeing it feels.  My very real commitment is to get rid of at least one thing every single day of 2013...that will be 365 things gone from the house in a year.  And most days since I've been purging there are several(!) things that go.  So, if I have to pick a theme or phrase or some such thing for this next year, that is it: Less is more.  Onward!

Saturday, October 20, 2012

Today would have been your 95th birthday.  I will never stop missing you.  I love you, Mom. xo

Tuesday, February 07, 2012

Rain, rain, where are you????????  You promised!!!  According to the weather report, there is 0% chance of rain by 1 pm, but 90% chance by 2 pm.  Fast moving "storm", I'd say.  We'll see how that goes.

ETA @4:15 pm:  Oh, hey, I guess it's started...Well, I mean, I think they will call this mist "rain"... STORM WATCH 2012!! Hahahahahahaha!

Monday, February 06, 2012

Well, the weekend sure went quickly.  

We went to see The Descendents Friday night, which was good.  Intense, but good.  I didn't realize it was as serious as it turned out to be, but it was very human, too, and quite funny in parts.

Before the movie we had dinner at a new veggie restaurant near the theater.  I  am pretty excited, I must say.  Veggie restaurants are not that easy to find, and we go to this indi film theater fairly regularly.  Don't know how long this one will last.  I can only hope for the best.  It did take the place of a Pizza Nova and people are a little mad about that.  But, if PN were doing that well, wouldn't it have stayed open?  (I will miss the salad I always got there, though; it was yummy.) Anyway, my dinner was scrumptious.  Veggie-stuffed quesadilla with salad.  Yum.  It's cool because at this place there are a ton of veggie choices and just a few meat-eaters' choices...nice to have that kind of menu when I'm so used to menus where there are only a couple veggie choices...veggie burger, salad, and maybe a veggie broth based soup, if I'm lucky.  Oh, and sometimes pasta with marinara sauce or maybe a cheese pizza...tired of those choices! So, yay!

A few weeks ago, I remember now, I sprinkled a seed packet in some of the pots out on the patio, and promptly forgot about doing it.  When I checked out there recently I saw that something was sprouting...that was when the vague memory popped up.  But, I will tell you, for the life of me I could not remember what exactly it was that I thought I was planting...until the other day.  I was out there again, poking around, and saw something that made me dig (haha) deeper, and, lo and behold I give you:

It was delicious. And there are at least a hundred more =-)

Now, I am off to the grocery for taco fixins.  I guess I must be hungry.

Wednesday, February 01, 2012

It's tulip time in the grocery store again!  I'll be buying these lovelies every chance I get until they are out of season. We don't grow them well here, our winters are neither cold enough nor long enough.

We had a birthday celebration here recently.(ETA: it was DD's, not mine.  But, thanks!) Pizza, pink cake, pink ice cream, family game night, lots and lots of laughing.

Tomorrow evening I will be headed out to watch/listen to DS perform at a local beach pub.

Lovely, simple pleasures.