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Saturday, January 25, 2014

Slow Stitching

Doing more on 'the cloth'.
It's really been a slow one.
I sew on lunch hours and 15 minute breaks.
Those times also hold eating and getting my walking in.
Needless to say I may only do 5 stitches at a given time!!

Oh my.

However, the more I stitch on this one...
the more I fall in love with it!

It already holds so much story, thoughts...heart.
I often meditate on the one who will receive this one.
That feels very good.

Last week I worked on this part.




I don't know why there are these holes in the base cloth.  Perhaps from the dyeing process of long ago.  Perhaps just some sort of wear and tear.
But, I didn't want to cover...hide them.  
I liked them.
They're life.
Imperfect.



And all this while, every time I see them when working on 'the cloth', 
I think of this:

“There is a crack in everything.
That's how the light gets in.”
~Leonard Cohen, Selected Poems, 1956-1968


So, I circled the 'cracks' in full spectrum magic,
as an honoring of them, of the cracks.

I think to myself, through life's imperfections, we can find joy or healing or growth...
we can find whatever it is we need by just embracing the imperfections of life, of ourselves.
We can find Acceptance and Love.

This is good.




Photos by NAE @pomegranatetrail ©2014



Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Out of the Mouths of Babes


This is all I have tonight, but it was just what I needed today.

Walking through the play ground, a group of two year olds rush over to say hello and give hugs. One reports, "I went to Disneyland". Another one answers, "I went to Disneyland". A third one places his hand on his chest and says, "I'm me."

And that's what really matters folks!

Saturday, January 11, 2014

Sunrise-Sunset




Because, really, 
the sun rises and sets with our children.

Sunrise-Sunset choices made

Prayer cloth
To hold prayers, tears, hope and...

Adding the sun

Family heirloom handkerchief
Day sky courtesy of Deb

Capturing Sunlight


In honor of CJ


Photos by NAE @pomegranatetrail ©2014

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

News

News today
Twelve year old son of friend

cancer.

Nothing is right with the world

Sleep does not come
Helpless feelings prevail



Whatever your belief system,
please keep this beautiful family of four in
your thoughts, wishes, prayers.

That is what she has asked of us right now.
That and a miracle.

With Love, Nancy

Saturday, January 4, 2014

New Year's Day Walk - Not a Sunday!

New Year's Day was a beautiful sunny day for taking a hike.
With football looming in his viewing future, we opted for a short hike at
I have gone to this park for various events and adventures for close to 30 years.
I've been there 12 out of the past 13 years for our local pow wow, a favorite for me.
I took my children & grandson there to see the animals and the old train and houses of Heritage Junction.  In fact, many years ago, when my children were in grade school, we happened to visit the park on a day when workers were busy making some Adobe bricks to add to the ones saved from the old Mitchell schoolhouse.  I'll always fondly remember watching those men mix the Adobe with their bare feet!  What a great learning experience that was!
If you want to learn more about William S. Hart, you can start with this link or Google for more information.  There is even a video clip at the park with our favorite Huell Howser.

This day we went specifically to see the herd of American Bison, 
which after all these years I'd never seen!  

 Come along and walk with us...

Windmill on the path

A place to rest in the sun



There they are, feeding on the hillside!

There are 13 in the herd at this time

They're big animals!


Really big!  And golden in the sun :)


A gift from Walt Disney, because everyone gives a heard of bison as a gift!

After a long view of the magnificent animals and 
a friendly chat with the park employee feeding them, we continue 
up the hill to the "Mansion" otherwise known as the museum.
It was closed for the holiday, but there was much to explore outside around the buildings.

View

Lines and Patterns

Crows & Seagulls
~click to enlarge all photos~

 As we stood on the top of the hill, observing the view, a flock of crows going to my left...momentarily merged with a flock of seagulls heading to my right.  It was hard to get a picture before they were gone.

Comfy chairs on the porch


The artistry of porch posts

Stump

Growth

Trails
 The trail below loops around the hills, following the area the bison roam.  It is about a 5 mile hike.  We hope to do this hike soon.

One trail
Sparse

I declare 2014 the Year of Us!




 Before we head home, we stop to visit all of the animals. 
There are a variety of birds, ducks, pigs, potbelly pigs, a deer,
 the biggest cow I've ever seen and these guys!

I noticed their 'lines' this day.
The curved line on the horse's face and the beautiful black line on the little donkey.
After hanging out with Jude all these years, everything looks like stitch to me!

Hello There!

We will be going back for more hiking here.
There are a couple of other trails that lead off of the main paved one.
They look worth exploring.  And there is that loop too.
We also hope to go back soon when the museum is open.
For now, I'm glad you could come along with me!


Photos by NAE @pomegranatetrail ©2014

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Happy New Year 2014

Happy New Year 2014!

Main Street New Year's Eve

May your year be full of twinkles and fun!

Leather wear anyone?

I'll post the latest walk/hike soon...
Until then, I'll just keep going...


I've added the non-twinkle photo to compare.
I don't know how I keep animating these photos!


Photos by NAE @pomegranatetrail ©2014