Summer coming on

My backyard berry bush is in full swing, I’ve been picking about a pint a day for the past 4-5 days. I’ve been freezing, using some in smoothies and considering jam if I looks like I’ll get enough.

Now we’re getting somewhere

I’m so happy to be making progress with this new format. Tonight I was able to import all of my old posts from Blogger so they are now archived in WordPress and I’ve made new pages for future uploads of music and artworks for sale. Nothing is set in stone here and I reserve the right to change things anytime but for now I feel like I’m going forward and it’s an exciting feeling.

For such a long time I’ve been creating things and just keeping them all to myself always thinking that my creations are not quite good enough or ready for prime time. I can no longer do this. I must release these things into the world. I’ve been waiting for everything to “be just right” and the only thing that’s happened is I’ve gotten older and I’ve got a bunch stuff that I can’t take with me. It doesn’t matter to me anymore if anyone likes or appreciates it. Everything must go so I can create more while I still can.

Making progress



I’ve made some headway today with my new site/blog. The menu links are not totally functional but I’m getting too tired to delve into any solution to fix it tonight so I will sleep on it and come back to this problem sometime tomorrow after work. I’ve posted one of the many sunset pictures that I’ve taken from my backdoor over the past several years. I have what is known in real estate speak as an “ocean peek” not a full on ocean view. I find my peek totally satisfactory save for the telephone pole that is always in full view. Every picture I’ve taken features the damn thing and so I’ve been trying to learn to live with it best as possible. I hope that in the coming days, weeks and months this site will develop into a fully functioning entity where I can express myself in a way that I haven’t ever. I want to share my thoughts, ideas and the things I make with who ever is interested, or not.

A day to get well

Ladies vases

I’ve been under the weather for the past couple of days. I seemed to have picked up a version of the bug that has been going around. All I could do was sleep. Save for a couple of doctor’s visits and a trip to the mechanic for a new timing belt, I was feeling like crap. Late yesterday I was able to sit up in bed and expend some brain power on learning how to use my new web site blog system. I think I’m getting somewhere but it’s been slow going since Dec. when I thought I would be using it right away. I’m starting from scratch and this new site won’t look or be like the old one, which thought was very pretty. I like to think that I have an affinity for new technology and have an ability to adapt to new things and change fairly easily but I am frustrated to no end by the learning curve. I love to learn new things but new computer software and equipment present their own challenges as they force me to modify my behavior in a way that maybe I don’t want to just yet or ever. I am dragged kicking and screaming down a path that will usually end up with me finally getting comfortable with a new system and next one is right behind it.


Getting closer

Incrementally, I am making progress as I learn to use this new interface. Good times!

Orange rose on the grounds of the Rosicrucians Society in Oceanside
Orange rose on the grounds of the Rosicrucians Society in Oceanside







This thing is bugging me!

No, not the necklace pictured here but this crazy blog has a mind of it’s own when it comes to formatting. It doesn’t seem to like when I save things to draft and return to edit and post later, at least I think that may be the problem. Maybe it’s time to explore new blogging options…

Just over the horizon

A recent photo of me and my cello by Kyle Cassidy

I’m getting ready to go back to work and this is the last weekend before life changes for me in a good
way. I’ve been self-employed for the past 14 years but the last 4-5 have been extremely challenging as
it has been for so many people. I will be starting a new job and I’m really looking forward to it.
A regular paycheck will relieve some of the financial pressure that I’ve been under and I’ll be able to
continue making art and music. I feel so very fortunate that things have worked out in such a good way.
I’m not out of the woods yet but I can say that I am turning this ship around and am hoping for smoother
sailing in the near future.
That said, I’m going to try and post pics of some new trays that I’ve been making. This weekend!

(apologies for the crappy formatting, thanks again Blogspot!)

Life on Earth

Everyone is in such a hurry to end it or destroy it when what we have is a beautiful thing we should take care of and nurture. It isn’t always easy but it beats the alternatives.
Anyway, this is a beautiful song by Antony and the Johnsons whom I’ve had the pleasure of performing and hanging out with. I’m a lucky gal!

The Place Where I Make Things

When we moved into our house 10 years ago I had visions of an art studio with walls or at least one wall that was painted white but it wasn’t to be. The 2 car garage that is my studio and laundry room was immediately set up so I could get to work on beads for Tucson. The place never recovered, I just kept adding stuff to the room so that now it would be a major undertaking to give the place white walls. I felt inadequate for a long time, my studio would never be good enough for HGTV. I’ve since come to love my messy space since making any major changes to it now would only mean that I couldn’t work in it for a while.

A sad day in America.

It looks like I have to post this from my blogspot as YouTube wouldn’t link to FaceBook. If you are squeemish about race relations in this country, do not watch this and if you don’t like the F bomb, don’t watch this. Very powerful and it makes me sad.