Friday, July 22, 2016

Remains Of the Days

This is what remains after two days of binge watching
with My Darling Daughter.
After Best Beau left last weekend she stayed on
through my Birthday, and this very little
tv viewer, mwah, watched 20 episodes of Vampire Diaries
in a day and a half.
She built a pallet of foam and pillows after removing 
the furniture from the den, and we ordered in food,
polished off some wine and some Moscow Mules.

Hannah had begged me to watch for months
 and so over a couple weeks 
I had made it through Seasons 1-5 
and 2 episodes of Season 6 before she arrived. 
She was thrilled. I struggled through Season 1 
not really into it and then like millions of other "girls"
(rolling my eyes here) I fell for 

Damon


Yep
That bad boy Ian stole my heart
as he vamped his way through
Mystic Falls.

Those of you who desire never to speak me again after
this admission, please know that I do understand.
But oh baby, is this guy ever the bad boy, gotta love em guy.

Season 7 is not on Netflix yet,
but once I can obtain, I will binge once more and 
then actually watch the final season as it airs.

This is embarrassing to admit but if 
Brooke Burke Charvet
can admit to incontinence,
er, I guess she says bladder leakage;
then I can admit to a slight
deviation from "high brow" television..
oh yeah and I also 
do Walking Dead
Game of Thrones
and I did True Blood
anyone sensing a theme?

anyone still speaking to me?


Z

Those of you who judge?
Watched Bachelorette, Duck Dynasty,
Housewives of (pick the city) or the Kardashians lately?

Now that I would NOT do! lol
Enjoy your weekends
with your secret obsessions







Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Studio Retreat


I have retreated to the studio big time.
Blasting a little Kenny Rankin, Alice Peacock,
 One Republic.
Then Eva Cassidy,
Joao Gilberto, Adele, Warwick and
Mathis.
But still loud.

I have struggled back and forth faithful to 
 paper or fabric. Last night
I fiddled with both.

Anything to keep my mind off
the world and it's madness.
Escape Retreat Reflection


Sunday, July 17, 2016

Surprise!


Two of the kids were home last week.
Surprise visit

Darling Daughter and Best Beau
Celebrating their five year anniversary
Now they're off to do films!
Howie was over the moon,
with his best playmate here.

Those crazy two keep so busy.
My personality could not handle it,
but they seem to thrive on it.
The laughter and sweet tender looks 
back and forth gives this mama such joy.
*****
Focus on the good stuff
because the bad stuff is really bad
these days.

How do I hibernate even deeper than 
I already do?

Z


Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Musings and Insanities

Hello!

The quiet periods seem to be stretching out longer and longer
but that's OK for me and for others doing the same thing.

So here is what has been happening around oldgreymare.


Spent some time working on a new class I'll be teaching
at a brand new store The Paper Bunny.
I met the darling owner Mary when she came to my last
sale and she bought loads of my creations,
some furniture, and then toured the house.
After seeing my paper works in some of the rooms, 
she asked if I would teach. 
Sure enough!

THE STORM
We had a big one here.
Trashed my yard front and back, 
left me piles of hail
that looked like snow drifts and 
scared the daylights out of Howie.


That's hail still on the ground hours later


My driveway and street

Speaking of the pooch..
Once again we were at the vets in an emergency.
This time it was 9 am 
but the fear was just as severe.
He had started bleeding profusely and well,
I feared the worst.
Turned out to be colitis, (they think)
and we did a regime of more pills, more tests, more$$$$.
Bleeding stopped, tests came back fine, and

now we wait.

That's Howie storm sniffing at the fireplace grate.
I never need weather alerts, I have Howie alerts.
Long before the sky darkens, Howie starts the sniffing.

The World

Some days I cannot even bear to watch or read the news.
Insanity reigns.

Hitler's clone is running for our presidency

Trump supporters need to pick up a copy of Mein Kampf . Bet they'll love it

"If you win, you need not have to explain...If you lose, you should not be there to explain!” 

"If you tell a big enough lie and tell it frequently enough, it will be believed.” 

"I use emotion for the many and reserve reason for the few.” 

"The victor will never be asked if he told the truth. ” 

"The very first essential for success is a perpetually constant and regular employment of violence.” 

"Humanitarianism is the expression of stupidity and cowardice.” 

ALL ADOLF HITLER 
or did you think these were Trump's?


Brexit Regrexit

At least we are not alone in political
idiocy but I find no comfort in that.

Climate catastrophes all over the world.
Gun violence
Terrorism
Folks feeding the fear
I know the world has suffered many dark times,
but I cannot remember a time in my life
where it felt so universally doomed and damned.

I hibernate in the summer anyway
as you all know.
but this year is an extreme.
I was just telling DD 
that I filled the car up with gas on June 26th.
The last time I got gas before that
was April 23rd. 
Two months, one tank.

When you no longer "shop" for entertainment.
When you can walk to the market...
the savings add up.
I've cut my budget by one third in the last year.
I do feel good about that.

And of course I always feel good about the kids.
Dearest Son changed jobs with loads more
opportunity, responsibility, and $$$$ 
He's having a ball in the CA sunshine.

Darling Daughter is constantly working on films, 
often alongside boyfriend Blake. 
They are adorable and happy
and the three of them get together often,
doing crazy stuff like 
moonlight skating

and Mama is thrilled.

Hallelujah - gives me hope

Happy Summer to ya

Z








Thursday, May 26, 2016

Crusty Tattered And Torn











Simple, Soulful, Soothing

Monday, May 16, 2016

And Then We Went Back Sunday Night

Mother's instinct;
cannot explain it, but we
know what we know,
and I am not his mother but
 I knew Howie was just not right.
Although he was walking around 
and waggin' his tail and poopin' and peeing and 
eating and drinking,
this pooch had something wrong.

Sunday night around 9:30
he refused to get out of his bed,
and I was so afraid that if I went up to bed,
in the morning
he might not be with me any longer.

Sooooo
off again driving cross town to the emergency vet.
I opened the door saying
"we're back" to Angela at the desk.
This time he POOPED on  
the door stoop, not even making it into the 
room. A very crowded room of people
found this to be hilarious and of course
Howie was acting like all was well.


After hearing his story, Angela and
several other pet owners weighed in that he was 
just depressed and quite a few believed he 
was having "visions" of a returned ghost Justice....

I hesitated about a second and
even though there were two critical cases
ahead of me, we waited the 3 hours,
(now almost 1:00 am)
AND
the vet found that Howie had hurt his neck
and the behavior was due to pain that came and went.
When he got excited, car trips, vet trips etc
 his adrenalin activated and he pushed through the pain.
I recalled that he refused to use the doggie door
since Friday and the vet and I had an ahah! moment 
of he did not want to lower his neck!
Closer examination and BINGO

Lots and lots of $Benjamins$ later we came home
 and within a couple hours of meds he jumped on the couch
for the first time in three days,
and went into a deep dopey sleep.
I started weeping I was so relieved.

They advised I keep him off the stairs,
 and keep an eye on him,
since he would be "high"
so I slept (barely) on the couch.
This morning he is following me everywhere,
and very active in between pills.
I'm exhausted 
or the word of the weekend 
"pooped"
and now I have a stiff neck from couch.




Ghost Justice watches over him
and we'll both be sleeping the day away.
I am so grateful.

Saturday, May 14, 2016

Saturday 2:00 A.M. Scare

Upon my return from the market 
early Friday afternoon Howie 
greeted me in his usual way jumping 
and twirling and begging for treats.

I had found some new organic Bakery brand 
treats and gave him two.
(sweet potato and carrots healthy crap ya know)

He and I then took naps and later in the 
day I noticed he was walking and acting funny.
It turned very hot here in lala land
and I thought he was panting and 
being lethargic because of the heat.

He slept for hours and then around 10pm
 he seemed to rally a bit and jumped 
on the couch with me. 

Hours later as he jumped down he whimpered 
and then he really began to act
completely out of character.
By 1:30 a.m. I knew I could not wait and loaded
him into the car for a run to the all night
emergency vet. 
I was weeping the whole way over thinking
I cannot do this again, not so soon after losing Justice.
how will I ever tell Hannah?
how will I ever afford more vet bills?

As we got out of the car he perked up a little
and was wagging his tail again.
The gal at the reception desk unlocked the door,
as they had been waiting for me, and Howie
charged into the room

WHERE HE PROCEEDED TO 
POOP

A GIGANTIC PILE OF POOP.
A PILE THE LIKES OF WHICH I HAVE
ONLY SEEN HORSES AND ELEPHANTS
DEPOSIT.

The gal looked at me, and then at the 
pile and said
"NOW THAT'S A HEALTHY POOP!"

As soon as he was finished 
he jumped all over the girls 
and explored the entire facility.
I meekly inquired...
"so he was just constipated?"

Howie and fiber have issues?

Bless those girls they did not charge me, 
and be grateful
I'm not sharing a photo.

I'm too old for this shit...
or Howie shit..

sigh


Saturday, April 23, 2016

The One Where She Falls Out Of A Tree

The One Where She Falls Out Of A Tree

Yep
that would be me

Suffice to say I was an idiot,
 and did something really stupid
and got banged up,
bruised and battered.
Couldn't even admit my stupidity to 
DD and when I finally did,
boy was she mad at mama, 
and then she tattled to big brother.
(and when Annie reads this I'm gonna catch hell)

I'm OK now,
for the most part.

SO what the heck have I been doing
and where have I been?

Reading
I check out about 20-25 books a week.
(I watch very little tv 
and I am a fast reader)
Currently re-reading 
A PRAYER FOR OWEN MEANY
an old favorite.

Purging
 (can you believe it - still?)
Girl pals are having a sale here today, so
I've been doing preview sales
 to closest buds, and
treasures are flying out the door.


Spring Cleaning
Since I'm selling off pieces that means 
rearranging and discovering where all the 
dust bunnies have been hiding.

Sewing
Pillows for a friend and
pillows for me to change things up a bit.
Dug out an unfinished quilt that I was dying to make
and decided I should finish it before I actually do.

I have lots of stuff I've been thinking about,
and percolating upon, and I will
probably share a few rants and 
musings soon.

Thank you for all the kind comments 
and emails about our sweet Justice.

Howie is never more than 6 feet away from me
these days. He was always a sweetheart,
but this new mellow, clinging-hugging pooch has 
pulled my heartstrings into
a knot that will never untie.
He likes to be close
REALLY close


I'll be back soon

Z








Friday, March 4, 2016

There Are Tough Days


Justice and Liberty

We loved them well
and we received unconditional love in return.
Libbey has been gone 10 years,
but she is still so very much in our hearts.

Justice left us today.

10 years from now I will still miss her.
Howie will search for her.
I will remove one bed,
and one bowl from our home,
but Justice will never leave our memories.





Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Canada Geese Gift


Driving home today and here were maybe 75 Canada Geese
grazing on the lawn in front of my kids grade school!

And yes, they are Canada Geese, not as most people say
Canadian Geese. 
That drove my dad crazy.
Anyhoot almost wrecked the car as I 
swerved into school driveway.

This is NOT a normal site 
here in lala land, so cars everywhere were 
pulling over and out came the iphones.
 A geese gift

Brunch party last Sunday was a blast,
and the best ladies I know were happy and fed
and so kind to me.

Another year with oldgreymare.


Thursday, December 3, 2015

Merry and Bright





These two make an entrance each year


Advent I made many years ago




Vintage copper lamp from my folks


Real cotton bolls used as snow








I had scraps left over from my
 leaf garland last month so I made a paper chain.


A little here, a little there




Friday, November 27, 2015

ho ho ho ho ho?


Dearest son gave me these canisters for B-day.
no flour but flowers 






Star theme is repeated on porch,
and burlap shows up everywhere all year long.




Stars on porch


There are lights in the garland.
Painted burlap banners I create and sell.


These stars and hearts are also on the tree in this room, and the adjacent porch.

ho x 5

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Helen Philpot Thanksgiving letter to the family


I could not say it any better or 
disagree with one word.
(Though I do still have my own gallbladder)
I especially love # 2 #5 #7 #9




Dear Family,
This will be my first Thanksgiving without my gallbladder.  And I just learned that we have one more special needs eater in the family. I'll tell you what, this year I will meet you all halfway.  I'll make the same meal I make every year and those of you with vegitarian, vegan and gluten issues can stop eating halfway through the meal.  Problem solved.
The other rules around the house will be a little lax this year as well.  What can I say? I'm feeling generous.
1. I have new floors. If it's raining outside, leave your shoes outside.  If it's not raining, leave your shoes outside. Molly, those spikes you call heels better not come near my floors.  Leave them at home because if you leave them outside the kids might use them for lawn darts.
2. If you have children, then you are called a parent which means you should be parenting.  Just because you don't care what your house looks like, doesn't mean I don't care about mine.  Keep an eye on your kids so I don't have to keep an eye on my things.
3. Despite modern advances in the food industry, turkeys are only so big.  We are a large family and because of modern advances in the food industry our asses are big as well. So this leaves us with the need to achieve a delicate balance between how much we CAN eat vs. how much we WILL eat to make sure there is enough for everyone.  Please monitor your children (see rule 2) and make sure they take only what they will eat.  And if you don't get enough, don't worry.  There's always pie.
4. I absolutely cook with bacon and bacon grease.  I use lots of butter, cream salt and even a little sugar.  Thanks to the advances in modern medicine, you can bring your medical prescriptions with you  and leave your dietary restrictions at home. 
5. Upon arriving at my house look for the basket on the entry table. Deposit all cell phones in that basket.  Upon departure, you can take the damn thing with you, but in the meantime maybe you can try having an actual relationship with your loved ones.  
6. You needn't bring anything, but if you insist on bringing a dish, then go ahead and bring it.  If it's good, we'll make room on the buffet.  If it's jello salad, we'll make room in the trash.
7. Speaking of trash, mine gets picked up on Wednesdays by a truck .  Your children's gets picked by you today. (see rule 2)
8.  Unlike the Trump's table, everyone is welcome at mine.  Just let me know in advance if you are bringing guests so I can make sure we have enough food to go around. 
9. The best photographs are the ones I am not in.  Point your camera in a different direction.  If you want photos of me, I have plenty to share that were taken in the 1950's.  Back then the camera was kinder to me.
10. If you want to talk politics come sit next to me.  There's a good chance I'll either convince you to change your politics or change your desire to talk about politics.  And if neither happens, I can always turn off my hearing aids.
Happy Thanksgiving everyone.  I am thankful to still be here.  I mean it really.

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Oldgreymare more ho-ho-ho


Top of pie cupboard 
in DR



Brown tree in LR


Stocking gift from Bloggie friend Rebecca, I love it.
Next to MY chair


MY chair space in den


Next to my chair on other side
Stocking garland I made a few years back.
Had all these bakelite/celluloid buckles....


Angel gift from bloggie friend Carole.
Darling daughter has promised for three years to
write titles on books
because my handwriting is so awful.. 
still waiting...


Added frosty brown ferns and twigs to fall display so
I would not have to remove just yet.


Memory bowl turned festive
on coffee table in family room.
Mulled cider candles.
Loose ornaments are balls
pulled off of PB 2014 sprays bought 70% off.
Cut down sprays are also in florals
 and tucked into  tree.
I never seem to leave sprays as is.
I only see them as "parts". 

ho-ho-ho