September 30, 2008
September 29, 2008
This past weekend was a bit of a wild ride, starting out with Jason feeling violently ill with a migraine Saturday morning and afternoon so in an attempt to give him some peace and quiet, Isabella and I locked ourselves in her bedroom, put make-up on one another, ate raisins and banana bread and this is what happened:
Jason was feeling a bit better by the evening, so we walked Isabella to the park so she could expend some of her childhood energy there ^-^ We went to Tilden park on Sunday after buying some much-needed bunny food at the pet store first. Poor Mabel has quite the appetite and was all out of pellets in the morning! We brought celery with us and fed the animals at the petting zoo and then hiked down a trail leading to a little lake. We heard mewing coming from a patch of brambles and discovered a kitten all alone. The poor thing was wild though, and although we were there over an hour trying to lure her out, she wasn't having it. We may return tonight with some 'kitten catching' props and hopefully we'll be able to help her. She was so small. Just a baby..
The day is sunny, as usual, but there is a cool breeze that hints of the crisp autumns I experienced in Ontario. I even smelled snow when I woke up yesterday which I know will never fall here in this part of California but nonetheless...My connection to the seasons runs deep and I feel each change as if it were my own self, not the earth, but then as humans we are part of nature, aren't we? So it makes perfect sense.
September 25, 2008
September 23, 2008
September 19, 2008
Taken from an article at www.treehugger.com:
"Just over a month ago, reader James noted that "in a growing number of residential developments in the USA, the local government or community covenants legally prevent residents from doing 'unsightly' things," including hanging wet laundry out to dry. Columnist Alex Beam of the International Herald Tribune came across similar findings while attempting to emulate Al and Tipper Gore's efforts to live a carbon neutral lifestyle:
I am seriously considering line-drying my washed clothes, which would further erode my standing in my very proper neighborhood.
Did you know that clothes dryers account for as much as 10 percent of home-energy use? "If ... New Englanders would use the clothesline or wooden drying racks, the savings would be enough to close several power plants," reports the pro-line- drying Web site Project Laundry List.
Alas, we do not live in a "right-to- dry" state, like Florida, where the legislature has granted homeowners broad rights to hang out their clothes.
Richard Monson, the president of the California Association of Homeowners Associations, told Legal Affairs magazine that a clothesline in a neighborhood can lower property values by 15 percent: "Modern homeowners don't like people's underwear in public. It's just unsightly."
Honestly, I think clotheslines are beautiful.
Yay! I sold these two prints on the weekend! The lady who bought them found me through a 'clothesline' search on the internet. I cannot tell you just how much I love clotheslines. Unfortunately I don't have one right now, but do not fear! I can draw them! Such is the solace of an artist..It's a funny thing though..I have done the 'clothesline' search myself, many times in the past and recent past. I love synchronicity. It reminds you that things are not so haphazard and uncoordinated here on this place called earth; That there is more. I knew that of course, but it's sooo nice to be reminded here and there.
September 15, 2008
On Saturday we made good use of the perfect weather and took a drive down to our favourite vineyard in the Napa/Sonoma wine region (-: We were hoping to catch a peek at the grapes on the vine, as we always seem to come a month too early or a month too late! We love this particular winery because it is much smaller than the others and consequently has a warm, welcoming feeling.
The lady facilitating the wine tasting this weekend was a delight; She gave us a complete lesson on wine making and a tour of the machines and tanks! The other times we've visited, the employees were equally as friendly and jovial, making for a really pleasant experience (-:
If you are ever in the area, definitely go in for a visit! The wine room is small and really friendly and wine tasting is free!
September 12, 2008
It is not true that we come to live on Earth."
~from an ancient race that dwelt in Mexico~
September 11, 2008
I love foraging for wild Sage. Unfortunately you must brave the scorching heat of the desert in order to collect it. Luckily I had my giant gardening hat with me as we traveled across the country this summer. It was growing everywhere, from New Mexico to California, covering vast fields and hills! Wonderful! I think my harvest bundles are nearly dry so I can start wrapping them into smudge sticks. When I lived in Ontario we had to buy our white sage. This is so much more satisfying.
I love this one of Isabella wandering in the desert. She loves rockhounding as much as Jason and is a really good sport about the intense heat, braving the sun to look for her treasures.
September 10, 2008
September 8, 2008
I want to run down the street letting everyone know, and it brings me a certain degree of sadness to know that many, many people would rather dwell in misery and ugliness of spirit. What a waste.
When Isabella was little I made almost all her sweet little clothes out of vintage hankerchiefs and tablecloths. She wore blowy apron dresses and loved them. She just asked me to make her a new one the other day! She's so much bigger now but it warms my heart to know she loves aprons, dresses, skirts and pinafores as much as a do.
It seems that I have run out of tea, and also have a passionate desire to create something beautiful (-:
September 6, 2008
September 5, 2008
I'm so sad that she has passed away (she was 92) but she will continue to inspire me, forever. I wish I could live my life in such a way that it inspires others to live truly and follow their dreams while I am following my truest life path as well. Until that time I will revel in the wisdom of great, beautiful souls like Tasha.
Here is an excerpt from her website, written by her grandson, Wislow Tudor:
~Here are a few things we learned from Granny: Never use the word “can” when you should use “may.” Always take your hat off in the house. Pay less attention to what people say, and more to what they do. “It is a woman’s prerogative to change her mind.” Life is short, do what’s important to you. Never use tea bags, use real tea instead. Feed yourself properly. She could always tell when you weren’t eating well. “I’ll make you a real supper.” Have a wood stove in your house. Cats make the best hot water bottles. Don’t dwell excessively on the past. Be positive. Plant a garden. ~
I love it. But I am happy and sad at the same time.
Mabel is housetrained now, which means she may hop freely around our home from morning until night causing mischief and looking really, really adorable. Did I mention she loves raisins? She's a wild woman if a raisin enters the vicinity. Truly.
September 4, 2008
I'm inside, looking on etsy, looking at blogs and dawanda, artwork, artwork, everyone else's artwork. I am a bit overwhelmed; I've been at it for too long. This is a good thing to do but usually at night, and only for a time.
On a happier note, I sold a print last night:
Yay!!! And on one more happy note, I should say that Mabel-bunny is getting quite comfortable in her new home. She has been here for only two weeks but already she is busy bumping the cats with her nose, running wildly through the living room and hopping over to visit me each time I sit down. Sweet little thing. I think rabbits are such brilliant creatures.