Bedlam Farm Open House Banner, Making It Work….

September 19th, 2017

This is the third or fourth time we’re hanging our banner for the Bedlam Farm Open House on our front lawn.

We hope more local people  who are driving by will see it and come to the Open House.    We’ve been using the same banner and I’ve been sewing a piece of fabric, with the new dates,  over the original dates, with each Open House.

This time instead of sewing the fabric with the dates onto the banner I’m trying some industrial Velcro.  Quicker and easier to change the dates, we’ll see if it works……

Kim McMillan and Her Needle Punch Pillows at the Bedlam Farm Open House

September 19th, 2017

My friend and neighbor, Kim McMillan is back with her work at the Open House this October.

Kim is working on something new.  It’s called Needle Punch and she explains it all in the video.  She will also be showing and selling some of the aprons and she’s working on something new, a drape made from silk and wool scarves.

The Bedlam Farm Open House is October 7th and 8th.  For more details, click here.

Cackling Like Baubo

September 18th, 2017

One of my new “I Love My Belly Potholders” that I started making today.

I was looking for something else when I came upon Baubo’s story again.

Baubo’s an ancient goddess, but mostly known as the old woman, in the Greek myth, who helped bring Demeter out of her depression when her daughter Persephone was lost in the underworld.  Baubo did this with her bawdy sense of humor.   She lifted her skirt up and showed  her vulva to Demeter and the other women in the room.  Demeter laughed so hard she started to come out of her depression.

Jean Shinoda Bolen writes about Baubo in her book Goddess in Older Women.  She says  sharing laughter with other  women our age, about our vulnerabilities, is healing.  It’s the kind of humor that’s always compassionate and wise, never cruel or at someone else’s expense.

I have to admit, I often find myself cackling like a witch when I’m with other women.  It’s not a regular laugh.  It feels old, like I’m pulling it up from a  muddy well deep inside me.  It’s suggestive and knowing.

I was never one to talk about sex when I was younger, but the older I get, and the more comfortable I become with my own body, the more I’m willing to talk and laugh about sex.  I think being loved by Jon and having and enjoying good sex, after years of not having it, has opened me up too.

The more I read about Baubo, the more I wanted to be like her.

Shinoda Bolen says Baubo doesn’t let her aging body stop her from being herself.  “She is a sensual sexy woman who laughs and dances.  Good humor and experience become enhancements to earthly sex.”

Then she writes  “it would be in the tradition of  Baubo  to take up Belly dancing after fifty.”

In my last bellydancing class Julz was showing us one of the dance moves (I wish I could remember which is was) then she said, “Okay, now do it dirty”.   I let out a cackle worthy of Baubo.  When I noticed I was the only one laughing that loud, I thought about feeling self-conscious, but then I noticed I didn’t really care.  Part of it was that I was in the company of other women like myself and part of it was that cackling just felt so good.

Maybe it’s happening.  Maybe I am getting to be more like Baubo all the time.

 

Gus On The Furniture

September 18th, 2017

 

Gus snuggled in a blanket on the couch.

“So,” I said to Jon as Gus curled up next to me on the couch, “I guess we’re letting Gus on the furniture.”

We never really talked about it. It’s a given that Red and Fate don’t sleep on the furniture. They’ve never shown any real interest, so it never really came up.

But Gus is like the cats when they come in for the winter.  He just makes himself at home.  He acts as if all the furniture was put there just for him to have his choice of where to sleep.

And, he’s hard to resist, he’s such a snuggler.  He loves to curl up next to a warm body or cuddle in the folds of a blanket.

And he can easily jump up on all the furniture now, except  the bed,  it’s still to high.  But that’s  only a matter of time.

This afternoon when I came in from my studio Gus was sitting in my pink chair.  The same chair I used to have in my Studio Barn at Old Bedlam Farm where Frieda and our barn cat, Mother, used to sleep.

I looked at Jon who was reading in the chair next to the pink one and he just shrugged.

I pushed Gus over so I could sit down.

Having a dog on the furniture is something new here, but we all seem to be in agreement about it.

 

Good Monday Morning From Bedlam Farm 9/18/17

September 18th, 2017

I think Gus wants to be friends with all the  sheep. First Zelda, then Socks now Suzy.  This morning Gus gave Suzy a kiss and she seemed to enjoy it.  She even hung back when Red chased them all into the barn, maybe looking for Gus to join them.

“Waking The Other” Jackie Thorne Reading Her Poem

September 17th, 2017

My dear friend and poet Jackie Throne is coming back to the Bedlam Farm Open House on Saturday and Sunday October 7th and 8th at 2pm.

She’ll be reading some of her new poems and I’ll be selling her book Gone to Ground. 

Click here to visit Jackie’ blog Creative Journey Woman and see more of her poetry, writings about her cats and other animals, her painting and photography.

Bedlam Farm Open House Updates….

September 17th, 2017

Posters for the Open House

The Bedlam Farm Open House is going to be here in just a few weeks.

And things are still coming together to make it special.

Kathleen O’Brien and Jackie Slade, Bellydancers  from  Sister’s of the Shawl,  will be at the farm on Saturday at 1pm.  They’ll do 3 ten minute sets of Beledi Tribal Bellydancing  between 1 and 2pm, with time in between to talk to the dancers.

Kathleen is one of the teachers in the belly dancing class I’m taking and Jackie is a student and dancer.  I’m very excited to have them at the Open House and to be able to share the power and beauty of Bellydancing with everyone who will be there.

Also, Poet Jackie Thorne will be at the Open House on both Saturday and Sunday reading some of her new poems and selling her book “Gone to Ground“.   The poetry readings are at 2pm.  Mary Kellogg will also be there reading some of her new and old poems.  You can see more of Jackie’s work on here on her blog Creative Journey Woman.

And if you’re looking for something to do on Saturday at 4pm after the Open House, Paula Josa Jones is having a  reading of her new book “Our Horses, Ourselves”  at Battenkill Books.   Paula’s book is about how to use movement, breath and touch to better communicate with our horses. You can find out more about Paula and her work here on her website Paula Josa-Jones Performance Works.

For more information on the Bedlam Farm Open House click here.

 

Thirty One Second Blackbird Meditation

September 15th, 2017

Hand Truck Joy

September 15th, 2017

My new handtruck and shipping envelopes for potholders, and tote bags, all delivered to the back door.

What a beautiful sight on the back porch I came home to.  And I bet it was one of the UPS guy’s easiest deliveries.

Sometime between the last Open House and last week, I decided that I wasn’t going to move all the stuff out of my studio into the house and back again, for the Open House, without a Hand Truck.

And why  I never thought of getting one before,  I can’t say.  But with it, the prospect of making my studio into a gallery is  so much less daunting.

I never would have imagined a Hand Truck could bring me such joy.

 

Here Come The Sheep….

September 15th, 2017