Thirty Second Water Meditation

December 11th, 2017

Good Monday Morning From Bedlam Farm 12/11/17

December 11th, 2017

Apple Branch Sculpture, In The Snow Again

December 10th, 2017

Apple Branch Sculpture

It’s not yet a year since I made my Apple Branch Sculpture.  But it was conceived with a March snow fall last year and now the snow is back, for a while anyway, and the sculpture looks good again.

The fall was its barest season, surrounded by fallen gourds whose vines wrapped themselves around the branches all summer.

Now the snow makes the sculptures lines more visible, filling in the “Y”‘s of the branches.

I keep adding to it as branches from the big old maples and birch fall.  There’s not much bark left for the animals to nibble on, but I find tufts of wool from the sheep using it as a scratching post.

And if it keeps snowing, they might find its the best thing around to chew on.  Hopefully better than the barn.

Here’s a video of the sculpture when I first made it.  It looks a little different now.

First Snow

December 10th, 2017

We’ve had an unusually mild and sunny November.  Last night we had our first real snow.

I thought Gus might act  like the cats, lifting one paw at a time and shaking the snow from it with each step. But instead, we watched Gus run around in circles, tumbling on his back and getting up covered in white as he and Fate  chased each other around the yard.

He loved it.

The sun comes and goes, but it’s cold enough that the snow isn’t melting.  The donkeys and sheep are nuzzling at it to get to the thinning grass beneath  it.  Or, they’re resting on the dry ground in the pole barn.

Today’s the last day of hunting season, so tomorrow I’ll be able to get back into the woods. I hope the snow stays till then.  I’d like to take a walk in it.


The Third Quilt for Ellen

December 8th, 2017

This quilt just flowed.  It came together so easily.  It’s the third and last quilt that I’m making for Ellen.

I still have to back and tack it, but soon the three quilts will be all done and ready for Ellen’s family for Christmas.

I often wonder how much of what I’m feeling and what I’m listening to goes into my quilts.  I’ve been reading the new Biography on Lou Reed and while I made this quilt I listened to many of his records.

Most of the music was new to me, I never really listened much to Lou Reed, but reading his biography made me want to hear his music.

I love Apple Music for just this reason.  I get to listen to just about any music I want.  They make it so easy.

I used a pair of Jon’s old jeans in this quilt.  You can see the wear in the jeans fabric in the first patch I made and the shadow of the unfaded pocket towards the bottom.  Some of the other fabric came from my friend Susan, who just a couple of weeks ago,  brought me a bag of linens that were her mothers. There’s also two sets of scrubs, and some Indian fabric.

I’ll be finishing it up next week.

Gus’ First Ride On Lulu

December 8th, 2017

I didn’t expect Lulu to start walking when I put Gus on her back.  But he seemed to know just what to do.  This is the first time Gus has stayed on one of the donkey’s backs and they’ve walked this far and this fast.

Gus, Fanny and Lulu

December 7th, 2017

Yesterday I lost the Turquoise necklace that Jon bought me in New Mexico.   This afternoon I retraced my steps and found it in the back pasture.  It must have just slipped off my neck.

I was so focused on looking at the ground, I didn’t realize as I walked in yesterdays footsteps, that the animals were following me, just as they did yesterday.   I picked up the necklace in the back pasture and there were Fanny and Lulu looking to see what I had.

I was so happy to find the necklace I reached down and picked up Gus and put him on Fanny’s back.  As if she knew I was going to take a picture, Lulu walked up and stood right next to Fanny.

They all seemed pretty comfortable with the idea.

Ellen’s Third Quilt

December 7th, 2017


Beginning Ellen’s Third quilt

It’s been a busy day so far, but last night I started working on my third quilt for Ellen.

This morning I was at Hubbard Hall, our local theater and old Opera Hall helping to hang pictures for the Annual Christmas Breakfast.  Jon and I will be going there this Saturday with some of the residents from The Mansion.

This afternoon I’m looking at a few houses with a friend who is moving. But in-between that and my Bellydancing class tonight, I’ll have a few hours to spend working on the quilt.

I can’t wait to get back at it, it’s coming together smoothly so far….

This is as far as I got with the quilt so far.

Minnie And Flo, Staying Warm Together

December 7th, 2017

Get A Pink Potholder and House Of Hearts Tote Bag… On Sale

December 6th, 2017

House of Hearts tote bag and Little Window Potholder.

I looked at the last Little Window Potholder next to the pink House of Hearts Tote Bag on the  bed in my  office/guest room.

What a perfect match I thought, they really do go together well.

So I took them outside and took a picture deciding I’d sell them together at a reduced price.

My potholder holder is usually $15 and the House of Hearts Tote bag is $25. I also still have three more of the pink House of Hearts Tote Bags.

The Potholder and Tote bag are sold, but if you’d like just a pink House Of Hearts Tote Bag,  they are on sale for $20 + $8 shipping.  

You can email me here at [email protected].  I take checks and PayPal.

The House Of Hearts Tote Bags are, as many of you know, made in India by the same women I taught to make potholders when I was there in February.  Soon I’ll be ordering  new bags that the women at House of Hearts are making and more potholders.

Each time someone buys a potholder or tote bag from House of Hearts you are helping to raise the status of the women who work there.

You can visit the House of Hearts facebook page here.