Saturday, December 30, 2017

Beginner's Mind

Happy New Year!  Wishing more love, peace of mind, kindness and compassion 
for all of us in the new year.  Blessings xx

Saturday, December 23, 2017

Coptic Chops

I spent much of the past week making journals to collage in.  Despite all the books I've made in the past five years, these are actually the first that I made for myself with a distinct purpose in mind.

The two on the right in this photo are tall and narrow ~ they have virtually the same size paper as the Midori Travelers Notebook inserts I've been using to collage in.  I like that size ~ each spread is 8.5 x 8.5 (actually the Midori insert spread is 8.25 x 8.5).

The pages in the third journal are 8.5 x 5.5, a standard half-letter size page. This is slightly bigger than the handmade journal I'm also using now for collages (see last two photos below).  I also like this size to work in.

That handmade journal I just referred to, A Hermit's Wild Friends, that I made in a workshop a few years ago, was not designed to do all that collaging in.  The bound spine is/was not wide enough to accommodate adding all that ephemera, which has caused the fore edges to fan out to about four inches already...and I'm not finished with it yet.

Consequently, because the book was constructed with only heavy two-sided tape holding the covers onto the rest of the book, the covers started to pop off the book.  So I just pulled them all the way off a few months ago.  

When I'm finished with this journal, I'll glue the covers back on with PVA.  Or, I'll fashion covers out of something else, and use those cool vintage covers for another journal down the road...probably the latter.

Hope you all have a lovely holiday weekend, whatever you celebrate. xx

Saturday, December 9, 2017


I received a huge gift this week, one that will possibly last me for the rest of my life.

And that's the gift of hearing. By virtue of my being a MediCal recipient (that's Medicaid in California), which provides a full range of healthcare services, for low-income people, not normally covered elsewhere, I was able to see an audiologist and then have hearing aids custom made for my particular hearing loss.

I got them on Tuesday, and other than when I'm sleeping, I'm wearing them all the time now.

Previously I had a pair of hearing aids that were reconditioned devices, matched as well as possible to my hearing loss but not made expressly for me, through the Hearing Foundation in CA, which is part of the Lions Club...that outfit that collects and distributes used eyeglasses to people in need. 

I hated those hearing aids and rarely wore them.  They were an older technology, didn't work well, and were uncomfortable.  They were more trouble and pain than they were worth (and did cost me $400 at the time I got them). 

So I kind of assumed I'd rarely wear the new ones, because I spend so much time on my own.  Now that I have them, though, now that I'm hearing the normal sounds of life being lived, I'm hooked.  It kind of feels like all of my senses have come alive again because I'm running on all burners.

Just a few of the delightful everyday sounds I'm enjoying again ~~ my wind chimes outside.  BeeGee talking to me, and he's quite vocal, especially when he's hungry. BeeGee purring.  The birds outside.  The sound of my own voice.

I'm really looking forward to the next rain we have, because I haven't been able to hear it unless I had the window wide open or was standing out in it.

I'm feeling extremely grateful.  You can't take anything for granted in life, especially when you're poor and older and it seems like things are routinely being subtracted from our lives.  And then a true gift arrives.

Happy Holidays to you all.  Have a blessed week. xx