Lambs In A Sweater

December 17th, 2017

Fate making herself small in Gus’ bed after the gathering.

I think Jon was joking when he suggested making pigs in a blanket for our gathering today.

We were at the farmers market and just passed our friend and handyman, Jay who was selling lamb sausage straight from his farm.  I bought a package, thinking lamb instead of hotdogs.

Instead of pigs in a blanket, we could have lambs in a sweater.

I was in the living room when I heard a strange sound coming from the kitchen.  Since it wasn’t a sound I had heard before, I  went to see what it was and there was Fate, head hanging low as she skulked out of the kitchen.

The sound was the plate clanging on the stove top, when Fate reached up and ate half the sausage.

Fate went through a period of stealing food from the countertop, but she hasn’t done that in a long time.  The sausage did smell especially good, I guess she just couldn’t resist.

With only half of the sausage left, we pulled some Piggy Dogs out of the freezer and ending up having some pigs in a blanket along with our lambs in a sweater.

 

Making Our Own Holiday

December 17th, 2017

Scott Carrion, Jon and Ed Gulley at out gathering today.

We had a gathering of friends at our house today.  It was something  that Jon an I have rarely done together.

I’m feeling different about the holidays this year.  Better than I have in years.  As if I’m finally free of the expectations, demands and guilt  that for so long have come with the season for me.

So Jon and I are sorting out just what this time of year means to us and how we want to experience it.

With all the pressures of the past subsiding I can see that, for me, this time of year is really about the darkness and cold.  The short and cold days making me to want to retreat indoors and withdraw into myself.

This year, I’m seeing this a perfectly natural.  And instead of trying to fight it, I’m embracing it.  Even looking forward to that feeling of melancholy that always settles on me this time of year.

One of the reason’s Jon and I moved to Cambridge was to find community.  Todays gathering was a recognition of that community we have found here.

We wanted to surround ourselves with our friends and create a space that was welcoming and warm.  Where conversation could draw people closer together.

I did get unusually domestic about it, as Jon wrote, in a very funny piece, on his blog this morning.  And it was surprising enjoyable, to plan and cook for the day.   But there’s also a part of me that doesn’t believe that the people I see as friends really want to come to our home and spend time with us.

What I experienced today is that  when a gathering of people comes from the heart, and not some kind of obligation, it feels really good.  And the people we want to be with, want to be with us too.

Last year, I wanted to pretend the holidays didn’t exist.  I wanted to ignore Christmas and everything leading up to the day.  But this year, I feel like I’m figuring out what I want from the season.  What it means to me and how Jon and I can create our own holiday.

And today, gathering with friends at our home, was a part of that.

Zero and Sunny

December 17th, 2017

It was a cold and sunny zero degrees outside when I fed the animals this morning.  The cats found the sun on the back porch and only later in the afternoon did they come back into the house.

The Forth Quilt For Ellen, Almost Done…

December 15th, 2017

I was in the zone with the quilt I was working on today.

It’s the fourth and last quilt for Ellen.

I stopped to have lunch and took a walk with the dogs, but then got right back to it, not wanting to disrupt the flow too much.

That creative space was hovering just outside and around me.  I only  had to step into it and allow it to happen.

 

I’m almost done….

Sheep Through the Barn Siding

December 15th, 2017

As I closed the barn door this morning and saw the light coming through the space in the barn boards.

I didn’t know what I’d be able to see through the space in the barn siding until I was up close to it.  As much as I love the shape of the space and how the chicken wire fills it,  that I could see the sheep on the other side,  made the picture really for me.

 

Thirty Second Grass and Ice Meditation

December 15th, 2017

Studio Dogs

December 15th, 2017

One More Quilt For Ellen….

December 14th, 2017

Ellen Stimson, who commissioned the three quilts, from me is a writer.  And a really good story teller.

In her last email  she told me the story of how her son and his girlfriend met when he took care of a dog she found.  Then she asked me if I could make one more quilt for Christmas for her son’s girlfriend, Maral.

Maral’s from Iran and this is the her first Christmas in America.

Jon and I first met Ellen a couple of years ago at Battenkill Books where she was doing a reading of her Christmas book An Old Fashioned Christmas: Sweet Traditions for Hearth and Home.  It’s a book of stories and recipes.  I know Ellen’s house is very good place, for someone new to this country, to spend their first Christmas.

Ellen sent me a list of Maral’s favorite colors.  I ordered another roll of wool batting, which came today, and started working on another quilt.

Time is short with Christmas only a little more than a week away, but since I don’t have to ship the quilts (Ellen lives close by in Vermont) it should all work out.

Here’s the progress of the quilt so far….

This is what the quilt looked like when I left my studio this evening.

A Warm Spot

December 14th, 2017

Jon was pretty sick yesterday, but he’s almost completely  himself today.  I’m doing my best to get him to rest.

When I came in for lunch Gus was napping on Jon’s shoulder, the two of them just waking up.

It could be Gus was just trying to find a warm spot in the sun, but he’s never done that before.  So maybe  Gus has the makings of a good therapy dog after all.  Or maybe he just wanted to snuggle with Jon.

Either way, they both found a warm spot on a cold day.

Morning Chores with Red

December 14th, 2017