Cat Fights and Tornados

I didn’t know whether to call this blog post “Planning for Everything” or “Cat Fights and Tornados.”I thought that Cat Fights might catch your attention.

It is summer time, so you might open the house to the welcome cool breezes at night. That’s why it’s easy to hear the cat fight outside your window at 3 am. But this time it sounds like it’s inside the house, and it is! The intruder cat leaves quickly when confronted by a skinny naked husband armed with aluminum shelving. In the morning there is an odor of the unfortunate kind on couch cushions. I’m guessing this was the epicenter of tangled conflict yowling bits of fur. So, even though I’ve been cleaning like crazy to welcome house guests, I have not planned for this! Today there is an extra important thing added to the very top of the to-do-list. Buy and use Nature’s Miracle Enzymatic Formula.

Cousins, brothers and myself have been planning a big extended family 100th birthday party for my Dad, as well as pre-party and post party visits. As we all know, having a deadline can be useful. The party is conceived and nurtured with care, repairs and weeding given months of attention (outside and inside). Many hours of conversation begin and continue and continue, in order to figure out: sleeping arrangements, menu to please a wide range of ages and allergies, airport transportation, parking and potties, plenty of entertainments that are specific to a hot farm setting in Mantecca CA.

Tractor Ride

Hay Bales

The horse is ready

Pre-party choices are airplane rides and horseback rides. Party activities include reciting poetry, singing, drawing, and children washing the feet of elders. After-party round robbin activities will include brushing donkeys, climbing hay bales to drive remote control monster truck, guessing games in the oak grove, and tractor rides followed by popsicles.

A lot of the work has been done, the party is days away, and everyone is both nervous and excited. We have planned for everything. Will mother nature be kind? The large impact of an earthquake, erruption, or destructive hurricane make a skunk encounter or cat fight pale in comparison. We cross fingers that unplanned events are small and of the delightful sort. (For example, my youngest grandchild recently enjoyed the lovely combination of sitting in a warm puddle and eating a popsicle.)

Learning to pour water

Puddle and Popsicle

Does planning relate to creating artwork? Yes. Does planning relate to marketing artwork? Yes. One must plan to succeed. One has to show up and do the work. And, just like the planning for a big party, the ideas are conceived and nurtured, the setting repaired and weeded. And there will be happy accidents, as well as breathing in and out and dialogue. Order and Chaos. Planning and letting go….. What if …. I put this and this together? What if …. I substitute hazelnut meal for almond meal in the recipe?

Granola –  You will need 1/4 c. warm honey. I usually heat this first,  for a little bit in the microwave, so that it can pour easily. (Or place honey jar in hot water).  In a large glass bowl mix together: 4 cups oats, 1/4 c. whole flax seed, 1/2 c. sunflower seeds (can be raw or roasted salted), and 3/4 c. hazelnut meal. Microwave for 6 minutes. While you are waiting, put 1/4 c. oil (I use peanut) and 1/4 c. honey and 1 t. maple extract in a 2 c. glass measuring cup. When the oat mixture comes out of the microwave, put the honey oil mix in for 1 minute. Pour bubbling oil over oats and stir well.  Allow to cool completely before storing in glass jars in refrigerator or freezer. Granola is versatile. Use with any fruit or yogurt. It’s good mixed with peanut butter and jelly! (ooey gooey yummy chewey). It is nice on top of grapefruit and avacado.

At the Art Reception

When I attend an Art Reception, I usually seek out the company of another artist, preferably to sit one on one in a quiet corner. The patrons are OK too, but the conversations differ. I have thankfully out grown the extreme shyness of my youth. It is no longer impossible or painful to talk to… Read more »

How Small? How Big?

The size of a project makes a difference. You might have to get a riding lawn mower! Buy lots of trowels, so the kids can help with the weeding! Budget more than one quick weekend to paint the house! In the fabric art that I do, the two extremes of big and tiny seem the… Read more »

Powerful Habits

‘Ground Hog Day’ was a movie that dealt with the concept of repetition, waking up each day to the beginning of the same winter day, over and over. The main character began to notice this caught- in- a- loop dilema, and as a result made small changes in choices he made. So, I’ve been thinking… Read more »

Using again in a new way

Recycling is not just for plastic, cardboard, and newspaper. The concept of using something again, in a new way, can be applied to many parts of our life, from letter writing, to baby toys, to recipes, to artwork. Cousing Janet has taken the Facebook concept share photos and stories and redirected it to a letter format. These… Read more »

Harder than arranging the towels

My daughter likes to regularly scout for home decorating ideas on the internet. She got very excited after seeing several examples of artwork arranged in Salon style on the wall behind one’s TV screen. Salon style means lots of artwork hung close together top to bottom and side to side. The idea is to balance… Read more »

Seasons of Life

“To every time there is a season, a time to live, a time to die” —or something similar to this. And also the bit about under heaven. This sentiment makes it’s way into wedding vows and sympathy cards. A time to get hip replacement (modern miracle) A time to breast feed your newborn baby non-stop… Read more »

Pendulum Swinging

Politics also go through a seasonal cycle, but instead of the sweet and nurturing circle we experience within seasons of the year, political climates are right and left, pendulum swinging back and forth. The trapeze is up so very high! The political tribes have opposite view points on so many things – Are rules for the… Read more »

The weather promises to change

Can you guess which one of these images represents December and which one represents March?   Which image is April and which is October?     I have been creating small (10X14) abstract artwork for each month of the year. I use a combinatiion of hand painted and commercial fabrics. All applique and quilting is done… Read more »

A day in the life- mid August

      The mid-August brisk air (55 – 65 degrees) is perfect for removing the algae from around the edge of our small pond. This task is only done while wearing knee pads (making crawling easy) and in the early morning cool air before the yellow jacket wake up bell. Before this task I… Read more »