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Friday, April 14th, 2017

It is Spring on the edge of the Rockies! We get a little snow or rain overnight and next day, new green colors! Grape Hyacinth blooming, bees on dandilions, shrubs and trees beginning to leaf out. The blue birds are gathering their nesting materials, several mystery birds are here on a regular basis now, the honey bees are active. The Sandhill Cranes are nesting, Eagles sitting on eggs.

(7 )10 day old chicks are happily chirping away in a brooder pen in the dining room, just under my seedling table. They will eat from my hand now. Zooey took the “leave it” quite seriously and will not let Stella (the cat) near the chick pen! We’ll see what happens later, but it’s our intention that Zooey, a herding breed, regard them as “Hers”. (We will also have appropriate predator proof penning outside when it’s time.) I still fantasize about having a pair of geese for her but that’s a long shot .

On a different note: What a beginning to this year! One of my sisters died New Year’s Day (expected, difficult anyway).
Jeff and I both had the Flu in January. He recovered quickly, I spent an additional 2 weeks on antibiotics. February was a blur but we did get the hardwood floor installed. Hooray!

First week of March we got the call that Jeff’s mom was in ICU: Off to Colorado within the hour. We were with her and the entire family when she passed, at peace and aglow with love and loving.
Came home, went back the next week for her services.
Came home again and two days later, we were both ill as was the entire Colorado branch of the family. Flu B.
Jeff was out of commission for several days. I ended up in the hospital with flu, pneumonia and several domino effects. I am still “flat”. It is not easy or fun. It’s been a few weeks now: lots of meds, lots of tests, regular blood work: there is no magic bullet. It’s getting difficult to maintain a sense of humor, although anything that concludes with the statement “pretty good for a woman your age” makes me laugh. . The chickies were/are my mental health fix

All of this is giving me cause to reflect on relationships, on community, on the balances I work toward in my life. Since I’ve been ill, social contact has been minimal – I have not been contagious for a while but have zero energy and no desire to pick up a bug and I miss my peeps!

This has made me realize how out of touch I have become with long term, deeply valued friendships and professional cohorts. I am so sorry! We take these things for granted and maybe think Social Media stands in.
It really does not. Fair to note however that many of us were so disheartened by the after effects of the elections that our energies have been elsewhere???

To you all, my apologies for not keeping properly in touch. Life changes, sometimes it is challenging, but you know who you are, friends of my heart. Be well. Do your work in the world. Know you are loved and appreciated.

drop a note or two and let me know how YOU are!!!

and now it is 12/1

Sunday, December 11th, 2016

We’ve enjoyed sub zero temps the last few days but there is some snow. Deer have been as close to the front door as I, but they don’t come in the house. They are enjoying the last of the herbs: parsley, thyme, marjoram. Some snapdragons…. it’s cool but the dogs object for some reason.

New work is on the walls and under the needle. We’ll see. Right now it is not ready to share.

There is current work in Billings at the Toucan (Billings) and in Helena at the Studio Art Gallery.

My Billings house is scheduled to close the 14th (wish me luck!!! I don’t want a continued rental),

In sadder news,  my sister is probably on her way out these next few weeks. I wish her smooth passage, and am so very sad for her.

Hold your loved ones close and have your screenings! Folks! so much of this is treatable with early detection.

 

 

november 21???

Monday, November 21st, 2016

Going into Thanksgiving week, we are enjoying balmy weather! So far only one little snowfall here at 4200′, but lots of snow icing the high country. My “gardens” all succumbed to heavy frost about a month ago, right on time. Next year’s plans include more native wildflowers and (heaven help us all) I’m considering some chickens and a couple of geese. yikes! The four colonies of honey bees are thriving. They seem to do well in the super insulated horizontal hives. I love the free form comb they build. Next year (assuming they winter well), we will take some honey.

 

Some of you have been following the saga with my sister. Today’s update: we may not be able to bring her here from another state. The paperwork and transfer (or not) of benefits is not conducive. It may also be she could not physically make the trip.

I will continue doing what I can. we’ll see.

Take away for some of you:

  1. Have your recommended screenings. Most of these cancers can be dealt with, assuming early detection.

2. Get or be an advocate! Hospice is wonderful. Not everyone has family or partners. You might need an advocate someday. You might have a chance to be one now. It is a good thing to do. Meanwhile, support Hospice where you live.

3. Fight for the continuation of Medicare and SSI and some form of the ACA. It does not take much for medical expenses to ruin even a reasonably comfortable household.

ok. that’s the personal stuff <G>> My website is being updated. Turns out there’s a lot of new work! hooray. I didn’t think that was true.

here’s a teaser:

http://www.cater-woods.com/gallery.php?cat=10

memory-mont

 

be well. be kind when you can.

please keep in touch.

“walker”

Monday, March 14th, 2016
"Proverbs and Songs # 29, Antonio Merchado
(translated by Willis Barnstone)

Walker, your footsteps
are the road and nothing more.
Walker, there is no road,
the road is made by the walking.
Walking you make the road,
and turning to look behind
you see the path you never
again will step upon.
Walker, there is no road
only foam trails upon the sea.

--

Four Moons

Saturday, September 26th, 2015

 

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Sunday, September 27, brings us a whopping 4 moons at one time–the Blood Moon, the Harvest Moon, a Super Moon, and a Total Lunar Eclipse!  Of course, they all refer to the same moon but each has a special meaning.

The Blood Mood refers to the last total lunar eclipse in a tetrad of 4 total lunar eclipses.  This tetrad started on April 15, 2014 and includes the eclipses on October 8, 2014 and April 4, 2015. The next tetrad won’t begin until April, 2032.

The Harvest Moon refers to the full moon in September.  Folklore says that this is the Harvest Moon because farmers can work late into the night bringing in the harvest by the bright light of the full moon. Nowadays I’m pretty sure that headlights have taken over that duty!

A Super Moon occurs when the full moon also happens when the moon is at its closest point to the Earth in its slightly elliptical orbit.  This Super Moon will be about 225,000 miles from the Earth won’t be this close again until November of 2016.  The difference is noticeable in both size and brightness but shouldn’t be confused with the “Moon Illusion” that makes a full moon near the horizon look massively huge.  The Moon Illusion really is an illusion–just bracket that huge full moon with two fingers–it will shrink right back to normal size.

Finally, this full moon with be a Total Lunar Eclipse.  For us, the eclipse will have already have started at moonrise but totality–when the moon enters the darkest central part of the Earth’s shadow–will begin with the moon nicely above the horizon and will last for an amazing 72 minutes!

To find the time of moonrise for your location, go to http://www.timeanddate.com/moon/ and enter your location.

Moon rise is always a magical moment, and watching one with intent makes it even better!

With clear skies, of course.

guest writer, Jeff Ross

Mare-Serenitatis

Mare Serenitatis

dawn window

Tuesday, December 30th, 2014

FFAC

“dawn window: begin again”: My donation for “The 100″, the fundraiser for American Cancer Society.

5w x 7″h, mounted to 8×10”

Mixed media: photo on fabric, lutradur and other surfaces, hand beaded, embroidered, machine stitch.

A Summer dream, made in honor of a sister.
How can you participate? All the details are here:
http://www.virginiaspiegel.com/FFACThe100Fundraiser.html

already?

Wednesday, July 3rd, 2013

7-1     blanket

It is July and this amazes me. Suddenly temperatures are scorching. It is incredibly dry. Keeping the gardens watered enough for survival is a challenge. The bonuses are vibrant color and daily treats from the veggie beds.

My days begin very early. Channeling my grandmother <G> (minus her cigarettes), I start the morning with a cup of coffee and whatever correspondence awaits. Then it’s out to weed a veggie bed and then to the river with the dogs. When we get back it is time to deal with the chores of watering, household stuff, whatever needs doing. By late morning or early afternoon I am, finally! at long last! in the studio.

This is a radical shift from my habits of 30+ years. My peak time for thinking and making was always in the morning. I’d work until late afternoon then shift gears. With the changes in my life the last years,  it has been necessary to alter my routines. The difficulty was identifying the issue and figuring out how to approach the requirements of my new life.  But here we are, working again and moving forward.

Now it’s time to dig out the tripod in order to get better photos, then I can update the website. There is a relearning curve after the sabbatical of the last long while – for example, I wrote this blog entry and promptly lost it! sigh.

Little things have been a good way to get my hands and eyes working together again.

in-process     strata

Waiting in the wings: a series dealing with my river walks. This piece is ready to be worked on. [altered photo on silk organza, layered on monoprint]. It wants marks, thread, perhaps sticks and stones, we’ll see.

layers

If you are in the US, have a safe celebration of the 4th!

Summer Solstice 2013

Friday, June 21st, 2013

shrooms

This mushroom was growing in my ancient crab apple tree. The large cap measured 7 inches across. Michael would have taken a spore print to identify the  specimen.

 

 

 

cranesbill j-blue

In the garden the pink Cranesbill Geranium and the Johnson’s Blue are in bloom. Also, but not pictured: clematis, elderberry bushes, peonies, columbine and more. The weeds and grasses are especially lush as a result of a cool wet Spring. The positive is the lovely feathery texture. The negative is how tenacious these volunteers are and how thirsty.

 

 

beau-maygracie-may

My helpers and walking companions: OBeauHobo on the left. He’s 4 1/2 now and a wonderful companion. Ms. Gracie is on the right, she is one year old now. She is a bouncy, happy pup and makes me laugh every day. They are both herding dogs and high energy so daily walks are essential. This is very good for me as well.

The river is still running high and muddy but every day we watch eagles, osprey, ducks, geese and songbirds. The wild roses and Russian Olives are blooming right now. Their fragrance compensates for the annoyance of the mosquitoes.

No photos from the studio work yet but I am, finally, at long last, back at work in the studio on a daily basis. Things seem to be going well. It will take me a while to get back into the swing of blogging and updating the website, but it is time and I am ready.

Most of the continent has been dealing with extreme weather this last while. We hear about what is going on in highly populated areas, but the disasters are widespread. Flooding, wild fires, heavy wind storms, tornadoes and we aren’t even into hurricane season yet.

Be safe! Be smart.

On this lovely Solstice, I send you warm wishes for renewal and growth.

just the details

Sunday, November 4th, 2012

There are new images up in Gallery 2 now. These are older pieces, exhibited but not previously offered for sale. Clicking on the detail will take you to the full image and specifics.

detail – “fragments: evening shadows”

 

detail: “night garden”

 

detail: “Peeling Onions”

A percentage of all sales from my website will be donated to Hurricane Sandy Relief.

If you need to make payment arrangements, let me know.  thanks for visiting!

october textures

Wednesday, October 31st, 2012

October 31’st. Warm and windy here but clear. The leaves are all down from the big trees out front but still hanging on out back. The lilacs will be the last to let go.

Our morning walks are beginning an hour later in the morning now, partly because daylight is slower to arrive, partly because the later it is, the fewer critters are out and about, tempting the dogs to run and chase. I’ve managed to find a walking route and routine that (for four days now) has kept Beau from collecting nasty burrs. This is important. He’s a wonderful companion but spending an hour and a half each day trying to comb him out gets frustrating. He doesn’t like it and it feels like a struggle. Saturday he had a serious grooming and “detailing”. That should help. Gracie has a smoother coat and is much easier to comb out.

A light snow, combined with heavy wind brought almost all the leaves down last weekend. What an interesting carpet texture.

Outside the studio door, the “Burning Bush” is in full glory. What astounding color. I hope it holds for a while.

***Most of my time the last two weeks has been directed to learning more about Social Media, rethinking the museletter and working with Coaching Clients. If you subscribe to the museletter, you can expect a new one in the next few days. (updated subscription information is not available yet. If you are not on the mailing list and would like to be, drop me a note and I will add you. You can opt out at any time).

I have room for two more Coaching Clients right now.

If you want more information, click here.

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Of course, for the past several days, my thoughts have been with family and friends and everyone on the Eastern Seaboard who has been, and will be, dealing with the Storm and its aftermath. I am grateful that my nearest and dearest have come through, but heartbroken at the widespread devastation.

Here’s how to help:

http://t.news.msn.com/us/heres-how-to-help-sandys-victims

I hope you are well and safe and if the storm impacted you and yours, I wish a speedy return to “normal”.

all best, laura