Monday, June 30, 2008

Pinky flies.

Another Pinky video-Now he flies!!!

Update on Pinky the Parrot

This is Pinky taking his first flight :-).
See how he has grown since the first post
and video about him! I am amazed. He has a GREAT mom and dad :-). He may be getting a name change soon as Pinky no longer fits him. My friend parrot-mom says that he is a total clown and very sweet. I am in love...Have a wonderful Monday all.

Friday, June 27, 2008


I am all talked/written out, but wanted to share
a couple photos I took of my garden at work. One
day a week I get to garden, and it is heaven to me.
Here are two photos of some of the flowers I planted
a couple years ago. The orange is a lily, I think, but I
have forgotten the names of the rest :-). If anyone
out there knows, please feel free to enlighten me.
Have a wonderful Saturday everyone. OXOXOX

Thursday, June 26, 2008

e.e.cummings' day. Yay

I am loving him so much these days. This poem he
wrote fits perfectly with my last two posts, only
cummings makes it more clear and says it in such
a wonderful way that I read it in awe.
since feeling is first
who pays any attention
to the syntax of things
will never wholly kiss you;
wholly to be a fool
while Spring is in the world
my blood approves,
and kisses are a better fate
than wisdom
lady i swear by all flowers. Don't cry
-the best gesture of my brain is less than
your eyelids' flutter which says
we are for each other: then
laugh, leaning back in my arms
for life's not a paragraph
And death i think is no parenthesis
What a great way to start the day. It is my day
off and after doing some chores I will be playing with
clay-I will have photos soon of all my efforts.
This photo is one I took a couple days ago.
Have a happy, joyful Thursday!
*I did type this poem as it was to be read, but blogger
mushed it all together, does anyone else have this trouble?*

Tuesday, June 24, 2008


Yesterday's post was not meant to be about death, but rather
life and the full living of it. I do think I went a bit off on death
though :-). I neglected to write the second half of the story.
When you are living as if this day will be your last, you
tend to live more aware and fully in the present, at least I
think you would, but since I have never been told that it
was my last day, this is just a theory :-). If I am living in the
moment, life gets really exciting. I do different things than I
normally would and life lights up and becomes new.
If I am asleep and just making my way through the day and not
paying attention, then I go by habits and life becomes dull and
ordinary. I do not have time to be dull and asleep! I want to
eat life up. I want to take risks and be fearless. I want to move
with the moment and stay aware. This is taking a lot of practice
and I find it is most hard to move in this world when fully awake.
I get sleepy by the sweet soothing talk of others that are asleep.
Does anyone else find it hard to stay aware and in the now? Why
is it so hard?
This photo is of Dottie or Dot as I call her, she is my brothers dog.
My brother is doing much better, 98 percent of his eye sight is back, yay.
Have a most wonderful Tuesday.

Monday, June 23, 2008

Living and dieing

This is Max on his favorite chair. He likes to talk to me
from this chair :-). I have been thinking a lot about death
and life. Lots of death and sickness has been happening
around me the past few months and then George Carlin
died. It has made me think more and more about how
we (I) get caught up with petty concerns about what has to
be done and how to be and act and what do I look like and
why did so and so do this and that, on and on until I all of
a sudden become present and realize none of any of it means
a hill of beans :-). The thing is any of us can die in the next
second, minute, today, tomorrow or twenty years from now.
No one knows how or when. Eckhart Tolle says, and I will tell it as I
remember it from one of his lectures: It may be two days or fifty
years, but when it comes, it will come too soon and it will be NOW.
What all this means for me is: How long will I waste anymore time
on petty, worthless things? I know it is hard to always
remember my path, I am human after all, so I am kind with
myself when I fail, but I continue to attempt to remember it
more and more and to live in the moment and to find some precious
thing, no matter how small in all my moments. OXOXOXOX
P.S. George, I loved you, rest in peace, dear man.

Sunday, June 22, 2008


This little sweetie belongs to a friend of mine, she and her partner made this video of them feeding Pinky. Isn't he a doll? They have to feed him as mom was not doing her job. I am so in love with this baby, I wanted to share him with you :-).

Friday, June 20, 2008


This painting is called "Slipping Glimpser(for de Kooning)".
de Kooning said he was always slipping and then seeing things
as he slipped :-). No words in this piece and it really is about
nothing at all or everything. What ever you want :-).
It measures 40"x 40" and is mixed media on board, which
is Venetian plaster and acrylic paint. Again the colors are off,
the rust color is not as intense as the photo shows. I can't
believe I actually paid someone to take these photos :-).
My brother update: he made it home and is hoping his eye
sight rights itself soon. The doctor said it could come back
normal or stay blurry :-(. Have a wonderful Friday. OXOX

Thursday, June 19, 2008

e.e. cummings

I have rediscovered e.e. cummings and I am in love all over again. So once a week I will have e.e.cummings day and post a poem. We start today :-). I also want to thank all of you for your lovely prayers and thoughts for my brother J. They believe he had a blood clot and they can find no more, so they are releasing him this afternoon from the hospital. They still don't know what caused it and that for me is the scary part, but for the moment all is well. Have a wonderful Thursday and enjoy the poem. Photo is by Geraint Smith.

may my heart always be open to little

birds who are the secrets of living

whatever they sing is better than to know

and if men should not hear them men are old

may my mind stroll about hungry

and fearless and thirsty and supple

and even if it's sunday may i be wrong

for whenever men are right they are not young

and may myself do nothing usefully

and love yourself so more than truly

there's never been quite such a fool who could fail

pulling all the sky over him with one smile

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

My brother

This lovely photo of the ocean by Geraint Smith.
This will be a short post. I want to ask all of you,
no matter what or whom you pray to, to please
send some good thoughts to my brother J. He
is the brother who just came for a visit and he had
a stroke on his way home, actually he had two.
He is in a hospital and still has not made it home.
This stroke affected his eyes and so far we are
not sure what caused them. He is in the hospital
until they figure it out. This is a bit scary. I just
talked to him and he sounds fine, but it is still
scary for those of us who love him. Thanks everyone.

Monday, June 16, 2008


Resistance is on my mind. In my spiritual practice I have been
working on getting rid of ego (in as much as you can) and saying
yes to life in the now. Resistance gets in the way. A lot. At the
moment I am resisting a whole list of things. I am resisting getting
older, I am resisting having to work and not doing what I love for a
living. I am resisting this sinus infection, the cutting down of the tree
at work and so many things I could write for an hour, but I will spare
you. Instead of resisting I would like to accept what is going on.
I don't have to jump up and down with joy about it, but I want to move into
acceptance because resistance just makes things worse and it makes it all
go on a lot longer than it would if I accepted what was happening. I KNOW
this and yet, I still resist :-). I will learn sooner or later. It feels better
having written it down :-). If any of you want to add your two cents
in about this topic, feel free. Have a lovely evening all.

My wandering heart

This is the photo I submitted to Pia for the Wandering hearts
project. Go to her site if you don't know about it. I don't know if
mine will be accepted, but at least I tried. I waited until the last
minute like I tend to do :-) and sent mine in at 10pm last night.
I will write a post tonight to make up for all the boring ones of late.
Have a wonderful Monday. OXOXOX

Sunday, June 15, 2008

Happy Sunday

I still don't have anything of interest to say, but thought
I would share these photos I took at work. I hope you
are all having a wonderful weekend.

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

I'm back

It's really Saturday, blogger keeps messing up!
Hey, I missed you all while I was gone. Two
whole days away from the computer. It is good
to get away though and take a break, do some
different things. I had a good visit with my brother
and his wife and their dog Dottie. I miss them already.
It was a full house, but we managed. Back to work and
real life. I have a lovely sinus infection due to all the
construction at work. I think I will take it easy today.
I will write a more interesting post tomorrow I promise.
Have a great Saturday.


You made me wait so long,

so long that I got used to missing you

You came back after a long time I now love longing

for you more than I love you.
(translated by Suleyman Fatih Akgul)
I can relate to this poem so much in my life.
Photo by Geraint Smith.
I will see you soon, I will be away
from the computer for a couple days. OXOX
Blogger messed up-it is really Wednedsday :-).


dagny tagged me:

A) Four places that I go over and over again: These places will mean nothing to you, but Cid's
(organic food store), Mondo video, Kultur Cafe, People's bank.
B) Four people who e-mail me (regularly): My brother J, Robin, my mom, the man who will remain nameless.
C) Four of my favorite places to eat: Bravos, Loki, Kultur Cafe, Joseph's Table.
D) Four places I would rather be right now: Carmel CA, Paris, Africa, Rome.
E) Four TV shows I watch over and over: Seinfeld, Curb your Enthusiasm, Twilight Zone, Star trek.
F) Four people I think will respond: I can't keep track who has already done this, so tag yourself if you feel to.
My posting will be a bit spotty as my brother and his wife are visiting and I am working, so time is limited. Have a wonderful week...OXOXOX

Monday, June 9, 2008


This is the third painting I did about relationship. Do you see the words "Let Go"? They are written in four places on the painting and it is the title of the piece. This painting is all about being alone. The relationship did not work out. The photo is not great and I was not able to fix much in photoshop, so forgive me, but it is close. I wish you could see these painting in real life as there is so much texture that gets lost in the photograph. "Let Go" is large 60"x 47" and it is the biggest painting I have done so far. I would like to go a lot bigger, but I would need a much larger space to work in, as it is I paint in my kitchen :-). This painting is for sale :-). Have a wonderful Monday everyone.

Friday, June 6, 2008

My mind wanders...

I know this photo is a bit blurry, but isn't my dog cute?!
I just had to share. See that big bag of grey stuff on the
table? That is clay :-). I have not been able to do anything
more with the clay as my brother and his wife and one of
their dogs are coming for a visit and I did not want to begin
another project without being able to give my full attention to it.
I have been busy cleaning and relaxing on my days off and I
do believe I am now ready for visitors :-). There has been
a lot going on: at work they are working on the outside of the
building, completely redoing it and all I will say is gee that's been
fun :-), they have another week to go. It will be nice when
it is all done, so I am happy it is happening, even if it has
been a bit of a pain. One sad thing is they cut down a tree and
I hate to see that happen. I did my best to stop it, but short
of living in the tree there is nothing more I could do. At home they
are working on the roads, another good thing, but makes it
rough to get to and fro from my house. Helps me to practice
being detached :-). Nothing much more to say except isn't
life grand :-)? Yes, yes it is. Even when things are not perfect,
they are. Have a wonderful Friday. OXOXOX

Tuesday, June 3, 2008

Ceramic love

I just found this artist, Kathy Ruttenberg and fell in love with her work.
Just wanted to share :-). Go HERE to see. Lovely Wednesday everyone.


Photo by Geraint Smith. Yesterday I was
in a complaining mood, mostly to myself,
muttering under my breath all day. It is
true I had some things to complain about,
but I hate it when I get like that. I started
out like that today too, but I want to change
my focus, so I decided to write a post about
what I was thankful for and what I want more
of in my life, so here is a short list, and you can
add some of your own.
1. My four boys(animal kids).
2. My lovely family
3. All my wonderful friends
4. My healthy body
5. My talent
6. The beach
7. Paris
8. The man who will remain nameless
9. Hummingbirds
10. Dragonflies
11. Butterflies
12. Birds
13. Trees
14. Movies
15. Books
16. Good food
17. Chocolate
18. My lovely car
19. Art
20. All my bloggy friends
Okay, I feel so much better :-).
Happy Tuesday!

Monday, June 2, 2008

My cup

This is my cup :-). In the raw. Can you see the patttern
in the clay? I learned a new trick from a friend and it
made my work go much faster. I finished in half the time!
I think I finally have the hang of it. Next I will tackle a bowl :-).
Now this piece has to dry for about 3 weeks before it is ready
for glazing and firing. Glazing is a whole other thing I have
to learn, and everyone keeps telling me how hard it is :-).
I find working in the clay so soothing and relaxing, I could
get addicted to this. Have a magic Monday.