~~ "It's All Life, until it's Over" ~~
Kilgore Trout

~~ " In the absence of justice, what is sovereignty but organized robbery?”" ~~
Saint Augustine

~~ “Nobody would do anything if they knew what they were in for.” ~~
"Amarante", in "Milagro Beanfield War"

~~ "May you Walk with Beauty All Around You" ~~
Navajo Blessing

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Ceramic Puff Deer

When I went to ceramics a couple of days ago, the day the contractor was supposed to show up but didn't, I had to unload the tall kiln all by myself. But I did it! It was fun. No one was there to tell me not to, either. I don't trust myself to load it but I can still unload one.

Here are the deer. I have a small "forest" of 18 inch high Christmas trees, and they will feel right at home within that at Christmas time.

Today I have to start scrubbing that knee with some special soap. My biggest concern in all of this is that this surgery will activate Fibromyalgia or Gout. It's the knee that is affected the worst by that last bit of fun. Friends have said that it's too bad that you can't just see the surgeon one day, and he can't say, "Ok, I'll see you tomorrow and we'll get this puppy done up."

Speaking of Puppies, Wolfie is getting very anxious that his "pack" is going to leave him behind. He stands on his back legs and clings to DH's or my knee, with those brown eyes pleading to say that we won't leave him. I'm starting to worry more about him than myself! He doesn't get to go on this one, but he did get his shots today. I wish I could say that I'm just going to get mine. Maybe he would think to himself, " I don't really want to go there again. Is Dr. B your vet, too?" This little dog just has saved my life. I'm so happy he has his forever home with us.

Ok, I'm off to restart a search in my beads for the perfect ones. I keep finding things to toss out over there in that end of the big room. I need to find those beads! Wedding gowns with all that gorgeous beading on them have given me ideas.

Small Lecture on Happiness Alert!:
My DD called today to announce the good news about her test. She was convinced that she'd failed it but she did well! So much lost sleep for nothing! I hope she sleeps well tonight. We talked about how we struggle for happiness. We agreed that there is just too much deplorable news in this world and that a person has to make their happiness out of small things, while still working to help on the big picture issues.

This is the only way to live in this disturbing modern world, though, honestly, it's been true since long before the Vikings started slavery in Ireland, for one thing - long before. I've been told that St. John took Mary to an island sanctuary so that she would not be disturbed by the events that were coming. She became a contemplative. And those greedy, aggressive Romans just went right on from there doing worse things to other populations for decades.

A person has a right to spend some of their time in the moment with beauty or happiness. Woody Allen made a joke once, that if he knew of one person anywhere in the world who was suffering, he couldn't be happy. Since we literally know of millions of people and other sentient beings who are suffering, to go on with life and be productive, we have to give ourselves "windows" of free breathing and beauty as we go through our days.

Go out there and just create your happiness, if even for small windows of time. It's just as natural to do this as it is to breathe. The creator put beauty all around you. It's for you.


  1. I too, have a small forest of trees--my glass aboretium--from 3 inches high to 15--some from the dollar store--some blown crystal (and $$!) I think displays like that (forests, glass or with animals are lovely.

    (and your message of creating happiness, is just the one i need--to constantly be reminded of--so i'll make a special effort to do it!)

  2. Helen, your forest of glass trees sounds really lovely. Perfect for winter decor and for the holidays.

    In this world, we all need reminders to create happiness. It's constant. I want to be in the deep woods in a forest of giant redwoods by the sea, and just wake up there all the time. hehe

  3. Very good message! Good luck with the knee...and those little deer are precious!
    :) Paula

  4. Hi Paula, Thanks, the knee is going along well. Better every day, and it isn't any better than that.

    I'm going through answering past comments, and this one got a little away from me. Can't wait to meet up with you and have a nice chin wag and get in a little knitting or crochet time in. Yay!


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