It seems like it's been so long since I've posted. I've sat here in this seat many times over the past couple of weeks with the intention of posting, but after staring at the screen for a few minutes, I found myself rising up out of the chair and leisurely puttering about instead. Felt good. Sooooo good. I can't tell you how much I've enjoyed my "vacation". You see, I gave myself the entire month of December "off". Sure, I made some jewelry and worked on some artwork, but for FUN! :) Not for production or "work". Delicious, I tell you. I'm in the phase of getting ready to get back to work. :) From now until the girls go back to school I'm setting up the house and life to facilitate a very intense schedule coming up...for the next few months...almost a year! :) Studio organizing, putting Christmas away, "taking inventory" of things I've collected and see what ideas are sparked and renewed. Again, delicious. Deliberate movement. Conscious action. Preparation for riding the wave I invited. Here we go!!!....
We don't see much snow around here. One or two days a year of heavy, heavy wet, gorgeous snow. We had two days of it this year and on the second day, when I finally surrendered my efforts to keep the white, pristine blanket untouched to retain it's magical effect on the land, the girls and I bundled up with the intention of cutting criss-cross marks as much as possible with the sled. A cheap plastic sled - it lasted about an hour being pulled behind the quad. Not sure which cracked it - the bumpy field or the high pitched sqeals of delight. After that we moved on to a large innertube which eventually popped. Not ready to be done, we rummaged around the shed and found a HUGE wok (yes, a wok) my dad had given me. About 3 feet across with welded on handled, tied it to the quad and resumed our play. We found it the BEST sled by far for fast spinning for sure! Darkness tried to fall but the snow and the fat moon kept the world visible - magically so. Vince came home from a long day to find us in the fields and decided to join in. The four of us all had our turns spinning and whizzing and rolling and laughing until our sides split to then re-enter the cozy home through the laundry room where we could promptly shed out soaking clothes laughing and recounting the adventure.
The biggest story of this time is this...the heavy, wet snow threw a tree on my mother-in-law's house. In limbo, we're working on getting the tree removed to determine whether it's inhabitable or not. It's a hard place for her to live in many ways. Over two mountain passes, heated with wood - all fine if you aren't a woman with health issues, very limited income, and a new hip and no one very near to help haul in the wood or scrape the ice off the porch. So, with a large branch speared through the entire house, right through the kitchen, she is here with us staying in a bedroom. Lots to figure out. Lots to do. Workbees to hold, things to gather, wood to cut. Good thing I keep the boots and work gloves handy.
I'm putting the final touches on my pre-order book special and will let you all know as soon as it's ready. I feel way behind with this, I tell you, but my mind is clearing and focusing and zeroing in on my intentions for the coming year!! I can't wait to see what is in store for me!