Wednesday, June 07, 2006

Today is a good day.


I don't remember where I read of this practice, but it is a wonderful thing.
Set your mind to catch sacred moments every day. Always be ready to awaken your mind and aknowledge that you are seeing/feeling/smelling/thinking/encountering something really damned incredible.
This afternoon Frommage and I planted our third and final garden bed. Spinach, carrots, chard, onions, leeks and lettuce. The sun was shining on our backs, the wind in the aspens overhead, our hands digging in the dark peat.....and there it was; sacred moment. No words, just seeds and dirt and wind and sun.
I tend to have somewhat of a dark mind....dwelling on stresses, problems, regrets. Setting a hook in my mind to catch these sacred moments has given me some valuable transendence over my usual brain-muddle.
Here I am, today, I called in sick to work...HA!
A sacred moment with my oriental lily, 'Aruba' who has been rocking our world for the past two weeks. Last year we let it bloom in the bedroom window and the heavy, vanilla-musk scent of the blossoms smoked us out of the room. It was so powerful we couldn't sleep and had to move it downstairs. 10 blossoms this year! Last year it had six, and the year before that, only 2-3, I think... I overwinter it in wood shavings in a 40-50F degree garage all winter. Apparently, Asiatics and Orientals are super winter hardy, but I just don't want to risk this one to the surreal subarctic winter temps we have here. Posted by Picasa

More Transfer Station finds....



Here is a very nifty coat that, sadly, does not fit....I'd keep it.
Instead, a possible sale at our garage sale coming up.



Great fodder for the garage sale! I've been going to the TS more and more, as spring edges it's slow way into summer...
I'm hoping this garage sale can afford us a couple of weeks of groceries. Perhaps one could see my transfer station searching and dumpster diving as the female 'gatherer' instinct....
I am always so proud to show my finds to my husband. Posted by Picasa

Transfer Station Finds as of June 7



Remember my description of the Transfer Station?
I found 2 wool sweaters: one black, already partially felted, which I'll felt the rest of the way and use for....um...something. This white one you see above has been taken over by The Floofer. It's made of some very nice wool, so some night when I have free time (insert disbelieving laughter here) I'll frog it for re-knitting. Re-use, Reduce, Recycle and all that.



Martha Stewart magazines. These types of magazines portray life as a little too....perfect. I like the recipies, though.



A 2' window box. A little ratty, but useable.



Glass vases I can sell at a garage sale. I know some folks to take umbrage to this...finding stuff on the TS platform and selling it. I say it's a 'finder's fee.' I say that it is an excellent way to recycle. I can sell these items VERY cheaply at a garage sale and the folks that buy them are happy to get a deal. Also, they don't have to stop by the TS to find/get them. It's so much better than any of this stuff ending up in a landfill. There are always bags of perfectly good clothes left at the transfer station. Over the course of the day, scavengers toss them around and they inevitably get very dirty and ruined. When I find good clothes still clean, I bag them up and eventually make a donation to the Salvation Army. What goes around, comes around.
It's a source of unending frustration and sadness to me that my town doesn't have any recycling systems at all. Alaskans used to be able to be known for their hardiness and frugality. Not so in the age of Walmart, which arrived to blight our town just last year. Still, there are a lot of folks like me, perusing the TS goods.... Posted by Picasa

Remember the Potato?



Do you recall my post, Birthday Potato Voodoo?
Here it is, ready to be planted in our newly constructed
garden boxes.
This is a VERY creepy photo, I think.
Notice the extremely hairy partial leg in the upper left corner....
This is the leg of my extrememly hairy (and lovable) husband.
We'll have to wait and see what magic this potato creates underground...
P.S. I did tear the 'head' off and planted it separately...two plants=more potatoes. Posted by Picasa

Belated Art Update.....but a big one



I created several pieces for the "Doll" invitational. Quick and fun,
using photocopy transfer. I actually don't like dolls all that much. It was
a challenge to approach this subject in an art style that I liked. The pieces
came out really well, I'm happy to report. I re-used some old frames
and voila...


All three "Doll" pieces together. Left to right,
"The Sum of Her Parts"
"Every Piece"
and
"Not a Piece Forgotten."
I'll take a picture of them up in the gallery.



I'm in two invitational group shows this month. This
is "New Talent x 11" (which was 'New Talent x 10'
until the actual opening....)
My two pieces are the larger, matted and framed paintings,
"Seed" and "Seed Harvest."



Here is the 'doozie' I keep telling everyone about. The
red painting is "Red Message," which got the most
comments and compliments. Hey, it's my favorite, too.
I went early to the openings, so the crowd isn't too dense in
these shots.
Overall, successful shows. Posted by Picasa