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Ah, Sweet Mystery of Life …. (krissie)

13 Dec

Photo on 12-13-16 at 1.13 PM Argh! That’s my anthem and my life – not Jenny’s website, but every bit of aggravation and frustration that word means.
Thank you all for your posts of hope etc. It was wonderful to read them. And yes, I know he’ll never be “normal.” I just want some stability and hope. Crap.

Anyway, had a good weekend. We did a staged reading of Katharine Paterson’s (she of The Bridge to Terabitha and others fame) play “Good King Wenceslas” and I got to be the romantic lead! It’s a ensemble play, but I got to play a mousey little woman (whose name is Mouse) who finds true love and bravery. I did the first act in a baggy sweater and my hair in a bun, did the second half with makeup and long hair and a flashy red shawl around my neck. And I was good!

Interesting thing – up until this summer I thought I was an adequate actor. With the right role I could be very entertaining (the Mayor’s wife in Music Man) but generally I was not distractingly bad – I did the job. But I actually got good this summer in To Kill a Mockingbird, and I was good in this one too. Which is cool. Trust me, I have no false modesty – I do think I’m glorious in many areas, but I recognize my limitations. So actually beginning to get good at this is a treat.

It was also a good thing to keep my mind off worrying. We’re going into a NAMI meeting tonight and having dinner in the big city, so that will be nice. We’ve got Tim in a decent hotel for now, but he’ll have to leave on the 23rd and we’re not sure where he can go. Of course, that’s ten days away and who knows what will happen with him. He missed his appointment (the one he was supposed to do when he got out of the hospital) which comes as no surprise but it doesn’t bode well. He’s still not terribly with it, but that could be the new meds (assuming he’s taking them).

Ah, but I made the dress for … I keep renaming her. Now I’ll call her Leslie … anyway, I made her a charming dress and I’m going to do some more sewing. it makes me happy. My grandchildren aren’t coming for Christmas after all, which is okay. It simplifies things and it’s much better for them and their mom, so I’ll just do without them. But it makes Christmas simpler.

dolls That’s Kirsten in the St. Lucia outfit, Anna in the chair (with a tiny vintage Mr. Spock by her side) and Leslie is wearing the dress I just made. Now I just need to get back to my book, which I’m loving. It’s just so hard to get things done when you’re being pulled apart and worried.

So, today shrink and support meeting. Tomorrow make an apron for my SIL and bake pans of ziti for a thing our theater group is putting on for the school. Thursday I have lunch with a friend (Miranda Neville is her pen name) and go to the school dinner. Friday I curl up in a ball and scream …

No, it’ll be okay. I’m going to celebrate Christmas, damn it!


23 Feb

Sometimes your friends don’t tell you anything.  Mind you, I’m just as bad — I probably didn’t mention DRIVEN BY FIRE to Lani.  But every Tuesday Audible releases the big new audiobooks, and I saw Lani’s new Lucy March up there, and I went to grab a screen shot from Amazon and found it had been out since December 15th.  Which, trust me, is a shitty time for a book to come out because everyone’s too busy with Christmas stuff to look for books to read.

519XpXMNkbL._SX304_BO1,204,203,200_ But anyway, here it is, way too late, but if it’s anywhere near as good as the first two it’ll be a treat! If I remember correctly the hero is based on Benedict Cumberbatch (double yum) but then Lani, like Jenny, can go through a lot of variations before they end up with the book they’re happy with. Which is really much healthier than the way I do it – if the book isn’t going write I beat and pummel and whip the thing into shape, when I should be better off ditching it and starting anew. That’s what happened with Black Ice. I was 80 pages into a book that wasn’t working, it was driving me crazy, and I tossed it and started Black Ice and it was a revelation.

Speaking of which, I have to get back to pounding and pummeling. though the current MIP isn’t a disaster – it just needs shape.

Happy reading!

Make-It Monday

3 Aug

Welp, it’s almost six and Krissie hasn’t posted All About You, so she can do that tomorrow.

In it’s place, here’s a craft recommendation. I found a great stash-busting afghan pattern from Julie Yeager, the Modern Blanket of Flowers for $3.99. […]

It Must Be Bunnies . . .

11 Nov

Krissie and Toni will be back in Vermont and Louisiana by tonight, and I am back in bed with my laptop. Life is good, but it was wonderful this weekend. We got a lot done, and along the way there were bunnies. Bad pictures to follow. […]

Jenny: Make-It Tuesday

4 Nov

Speaking of Beth and her fiancé . . .


Jenny: Cottage Saturday: Writing Counts, Right?

1 Nov

I’ve actually been working on the house, but nothing I’d take a picture of yet. And I’ve been crocheting for sanity, but nothing I’d take a picture of yet. But Toni and I have also been brainstorming the book we’re writing with Krissie–Krissie’s coming to stay this week and Toni’s coming on the weekend!–so I’ve been writing and collaging and doing charts and graphs. That counts, right? Okay, I’m completely letting down the team on Cottage Saturday. Have some collages:


Toni: Reconstruction Thursdays – Comfort Zones

23 Oct

big cog


It’s been a long while since I’ve posted. I’ve been unable to really blog about forward progress with the building, mostly because there hasn’t been much. We’re still waiting on the committee to approve the new colors, and until that time, a lot of stuff is on hold. That hasn’t been a hardship–which, I know, is odd–but simultaneous to all of this, we ended up with work spread out from New Orleans to Texas, which means Carl is running like a crazy person, making sure we’re doing okay. He needs to be here for the building stuff, so the committee taking forever ironically worked for us instead of against. I think all of that is going to get resolved in this next month, though. Fingers crossed.

Meanwhile, last spring, I applied to The Arcanum, an online photography school that used the mentor/apprentice construct to teach. The idea being that each photographer would naturally have their own path and things they were passionate about. Instead of creating a “one-size-fits-all” type of curriculum, the guys starting the school opted for a flexible program where each master/mentor/instructor can help each student hone their skills and then aim at their specific goal.

One of the school’s initial leaders is Trey Ratcliff, the first photographer to have an HDR (high dynamic range) photo hanging in the Smithsonian. If you follow that link and see his stuff, you’ll be gobsmacked by how amazing it is. Really, he’s just mind-blowingly good.

Our teacher is A. D. Wheeler, in our particular group, and he’s pretty damned phenomenal as well. We have a great group of photographers, all with varying skill sets, which makes for a terrific learning experience. I love that the Arcanum is set up so that you get a lot of feedback at every step from fellow photographers. It sets us up to learn from each other, and then, in improving in an area, we have to figure out how to be more articulate about that skill when critiquing someone else… and having to be articulate helps us refine our knowledge, which improves the skill… and so on.

Last year, for example, I went to a party at a friend’s house where she has an old car just going to seed in her back yard. I tried to get some shots of it, but there’s a lot of shade there, no matter what time of day, and I could never get anything that I felt happy with. This was about the best I could get, then:

Old car



After a couple of months in the Arcanum, I was able to go back and, even though I was rushed, get this:

Barbara's old car