Sunday, October 31, 2021

One Down, Two to Go

 I finished the first of the Christmas Stockings. This one is the first of two that needs to be mailed. I'm a bit leery about that part. Problem solving ways to make sure they arrive at their destinations.

Anyway, here is the first one. I hope he likes it πŸ™‚

I did some things a bit differently than I ever have before, which I will add here so I can remember in the future.

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πŸ“ŒI made a braided leather strand for the hanging loop.

πŸ“ŒI added a homemade pocket on the back.

πŸ“ŒI stitched the holiday items (mini-stockings & Christmas tree) right on the stocking body.

πŸ“ŒI used a Giant doily for the snowflake - wrapping it around to the other side too. It was the only one  (size) I could find. I also threaded leather through it and added a 'sun' button.

πŸ“ŒI did not add any batting (Warm & Natural or regular) behind the heal & toes or individual items.



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This one hold lots of "music" for the music he and his gal make together. Some of the fabrics, used on her stocking back in 1995!

There are buttons as gifts, to represent nature and to add some texture and fun.

I have to add that I just love the mini-leather loops on the mini-stockings!

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May you accomplish things that you want to, need to, decide to

May you accomplish things on time, within no time frame, slow or quick

May you accomplish things and keep going

xo


All photos NAE @pomegranate trail ©2021

Friday, October 29, 2021

Growing

 

Making marks, keeping time

Connecting, remembering

Family, friends, all

Tradition



I saw this on the news the other night and popped it into a post for later, as it is such a sweet lil story. I chuckled at her comment about her height moving down the door - "reduces as the years go by" (as I had just mentioned that over at Liz's art house) and how it makes a difference if you had your shoes on or not. Her desire for precision!

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Huell viewing last night:

Snow Goose Festival

How could I not send this on to Grace, as it was right up by her in Chico, CA.

Makes travel look so good and feel so missed.


On my lunch break, I look up to see this most interesting tree. Do you see it? A few pink flowers left and some sort of fruit? seed pod? How had I missed it for two days, especially since I walked right under it?! It reminded me of a tree seen before, possible down to Coronado? I even think I wrote about the park down there with all of it's different kinds of trees, did links and everything! I looked and couldn't locate it though.  Oh well, no matter. 

I did another search...Google image search with my photo and it told me it was a "tree"!!

That gave me a good laugh.

I know I went through all of these same steps in the past and that probably Liz and Mo told me what it was, but my brain seems to be on high delete mode 😜





I met a young girl, age 4-something, TK class...everything she said about the 'monster' she was making with a variety of materials and 21 goggly eyes, was said with very wide eyes, her face an Exclamation Point!! Almost every sentence ended with "Of course!"

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May you find happy little surprises, as long as they don't land on your head!

May you stand tall as you are in the moment

May you enjoy the circle

xo

Photographs by NAE ©2021

Wednesday, October 27, 2021

Respectfully Sharing

 

Just watch...

Just listen...

So much of what we put forth, attempt to say is right here.


May we walk beside one another

xo

Monday, October 25, 2021

Rust

 Just some photos tonight.

Old and new

Manmade and natural

Sculptures













May you connect things however you like,

even if it only makes sense to you

May you sculpt a beautiful life

xo

Photos by NAE @pomegranatetrail ©2021 

Saturday, October 23, 2021

Finding and Getting Lost

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If you need to get lost for some time, try this...

My Garden of a Thousand Bees

Such a fascinating look at bees, with truly wild photography!

AND/OR

Try out one, or both, of the links below to check out the story of Helen Jean Taylor, an amazing potter and person of community.



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If you need to get lost, finding beauty, inspiration, and community...

Check out my page (also above) for other's blog/web homes.

It is a work in progress, but I did make some big changes today.

Looking for The Same Old Place


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I've completed two more CMB using the green warp yarn.

That brings the count up to: 18, I think...I may have to do some re-counting to check on that!

2 are set aside for Mo & Rod, when mail is more easily delivered

2 are set aside for others, but may go out as CMB instead (we'll see)

When I started making these 'green warp' bags, we made guesses as to how many it would make...

"I said 30 and he said 20...we both revised and I said 42 and he said 30"

Those estimates from the first 'green' post may need to be revised again!


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Upon heading out today, the first thing that got my attention was the Very Loud Song of tiny birds.

There were SO MANY! And their songs, joined at one time was SO LOUD! I thought J. would be able to hear it due to the volume, but the pitch was just too high for his hearing range. Moments like this have me longing for a way to record and play back for him in a way he could hear. Their songs were marvelous!


Can you see them better now? All of those tiny dark dots are birds! Amazing!


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Today ended up being a new version of our outing last time. Stopped over to pick up something, using the afore mentioned gift card...then before coming home, we headed up that canyon to see if the bags were gone. The one on the gate was and I sure hope it was the little girl who found it! We then got carried away taking a drive in that general area (and forgot to look for the two at the park, which I'm sure are gone as well). One thing I discovered today was that I had absolutely no idea how many houses were back there! Seeing all of the houses, which were built in an area that was raw land when I moved here 30+ years ago or when he lived here as a teen, is not something we are fond of. It's so crowded with over-sized tract houses and large SUV's (even though many of the houses have 3-car garages!). For me, us, it just symbolizes so much of what is wrong with our country's attitudes and values these days.


However, we were curious about the possibilities of other hiking places, it was a beautiful day and I was in no hurry to go back into "The Box" (our apartment), so we went on a drive-about and then I came home for further learning.

Stevenson Ranch

You can see what it looked like before in this Bare Land photo. I lived here then and remember the building of the Marketplace and new houses, I just didn't realize the size of the destruction project. I also remember how those of us not thrilled with this building used to joke about all of the "stepford wives" coming down to shop at the new Walmart. Obviously extravagant sameness is not my thing.

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I became curious about why one of the roadways was completely closed off and learned about it:

Document

This led me to a map or two.  Yay! I love seeing the whole, all of the pieces put together and so many of the places we've been or drive on a regular basis. When I looked at the wider view, I thought I could practically put a dot for all of my old "drive" or "hike" posts in every area shown! wouldn't that be fun, to have the skills to make your own interactive pop-up maps?!

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Okay, so you CAN do this!!! Just a quick Google Search Away

Of course, many of them have a cost involved and are quite complicated in the amount of choices, but it still looks so fun in a creative thinking way.

I may get seriously lost in this!

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MAP

Wider Area Map

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As it turns out, Mentryville, from my last post is a MRCA park, which I then read all about. I discovered they kinda mean business about those parking fees - haha.  Also learned that the road J. took a short walk up is probably old Oil Company land (and yes, there are "no trespassing" signs now!) But, more importantly, I learned that many of the places we go are a part of this system. Interesting. The learning really never stops.

MRCA Park

For whatever reason, my love of maps?...my interest in going into nature?....my fire-tracking?...at any rate, I really have enjoyed looking at these different maps and seeing all of the Open Space, all of the shapes of green to show these parks or other open land.

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These old, long memories of Judy Stevens (written in 1997) were interesting as they contain so many locations I have traveled to, explored as day trips, have personal memories of or visit on a regular basis. I even learned a word, which I somehow had never seen/heard before (wonder why that is?). Yes, I still listen to the recorded  pronunciation every time!

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Judy Stevens's last paragraph states...and I agree~ "No one wishes to live in the past, but I do believe that in today's ultra-technical society, it would be advantageous for our youth to comprehend and pursue some of those uncomplicated activities which so often afforded us some peace of mind while they live their lives in the fast lane."

Yes, both, right? Getting out there and fussing with a computer to read & learn or make your own map! Balance, right?

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I have overloaded this post with content and links. It helps me to put it all down in one place...these posts sometimes have a mind of their own...I am fully aware that you, as a reader, may not read the whole post or follow all of the links and that is okay by me! Maybe you'll even be inspired to learn more of your own area! Enjoy however you do πŸ˜€

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May you never stop learning and sharing (I think I always say this!)

May you never be embarrassed  to say what you don't know or to ask for help 

May you hear the songs of birds and get lost now and again

xo

Photos by NAE @pomegranatetrail ©2021 

Sunday, October 17, 2021

All Shall Be Well



We went out today to return a coffee maker. This one only lasted 2 months. The two prior lasted 11-12 months, but we thought that was because they were the cheapest we could find. This one was not one of the cheapest.  We find this ridiculous. Anyway, the nation-wide, big box store...which is known for its generous coupon system, does not return "electronics" after 60 days. My time had 'expired' I was told. I stood there in disbelief. A product is only made to last for a month and after that you're on your own? Really? After a few questions and complaints and statements regarding standing by what you sell on my end, the manager agreed to give me a store credit "this one time only" so I wouldn't be "disappointed". I already was disappointed....in the manufactures, the store and her attitude. She was rude to me and unkind to the young gal who had started my transaction and then needed help. She was bossy, speaking to me like my expectations were so wrong. I heard her giving the same treatment to another woman as I walked out with my gift card. She was telling her that she'd let her return her fan..."this time". So, I now have a gift card in my purse and you can bet I won't buy "electronics" with it! Oh, and for now, instant coffee will do just fine!

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Upon getting back in the car, I asked if we could take a short drive into nature. I needed to get the stink of that experience off. So we went right instead of left and headed up towards Mentryville and towards the Pico anti-cline. It is dry as a bone, but the geology is fascinating. We opted out of the $5.00 parking lot and stopped at the beginning of the road in. While he went for a short exploratory walk, I stayed back and watched a young girl and her daddy(?) park and head in on foot.

They paused to chat about what they were seeing and pointed out things of interest on the hills.


So, I planted a CMB on the gate, hoping she'd find it on her way back.

I considered hanging it right on their car, but thought I would rather give her the gift of 'finding' instead.

I hope she did.




The light on the Cottonwood trees and a beautiful red tree in a backyard along the road was amazing today. We discovered there are Walnut trees back up this canyon.




On the way back out, we stopped at a County Park, Pico Canyon Park.

It is a well-maintained park with lots of magnificent oaks and benches to sit and enjoy. While there I wondered aloud if there was a trail up to the top of the mountain...turns out there is! Online searching taught me that there are steps, which lead to big views! There seemed to be folks who come to 'exercise' there, along with one man asleep under a tree (that was a bit unsettling, just the way he was lying there in the dirt). But the steps and views...Oh, wouldn't that be fun! There really were such beautiful big oaks and good spots to plant the last two CMB I had with me. I can't believe we haven't done more exploring here, it's so close to home!






The wide open trails between the trees gave this place a feel different from other places we've been.

The blue sky through the giant oaks was really something.




On the way home, he ran into the store for a forgotten item and I sat...looking. Folks may see the view above only...cars, buildings, city...but this is what I saw...


I saw the painted clouds, wispy below the power lines...white against that bright sky...the green leaves reaching up...like Grace was talking about, next to and with, but maybe not into necessarily. Thoughts. And out of my side window, I watched two Turkey Vultures circling, incredibly high in the sky. They didn't show up in the photo, but I kinda liked that. I like putting that big, wide open space here, holding nothing more than a memory, an idea of what was...so you may imagine too. I thrive on Big Space.


Of course, in putting these thoughts here, I was led to some research based on what I'd seen, where I'd been and conversations here (a pride of lions commented Deb G) and over at Grace's. Here is a little of that pondering:

The quote below came from here:

Collective Nouns

"Vultures circling overhead, riding thermals as they search for carcasses are called a ‘kettle’. A group of vultures perched in a tree, meanwhile, are called a ‘committee’, a ‘venue’ or even a ‘volt’. Then, when the vultures descend to the ground to feed on a carcass they’re called a ‘wake’ which we think is beautifully descriptive. This makes a total of five collective nouns for a single type of animal, which is quite exceptional!"

Here is more information:

Turkey Vulture facts


This short venture out really helped get me back into my happier headspace!

The following quote came from the same friend who shared the Small Kindnesses poem. She sure shares great stuff. Thanks go out to her, again.

"All shall be well, and all shall be well, and all manner of things shall be well." 

~ Julian of Norwich, 14th century 

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May you get out when you need to

May you walk and sit and be...and share

May that space between the leaves hold you for a spell

xo

Photos by NAE @pomegranatetrail ©2021 

Friday, October 15, 2021

Random


 These days...

we lean in to the old and comfortable

we participate in the new and brain challenging

we let our hands speak and our hearts listen

we learn and remember

we cherish...

These days we certainly cherish the people, activities, places important to us

we cherish what we've had and what we continue to have and our ability to travel on

we cherish the natural world around us

These days we appreciate the big, the small, the in between

we appreciate our movement and our resting...

we dwell in it all, in it all

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Thursday, October 14, 2021 - Late Evening

We are big fans of Huell Howser over here, but y'all know that! Tonight's two episodes were about the Skunk Train, which looks like great fun if we are ever up North. It's pretty funny how many places we've been because of this man, Huell or how many times in our travels we've announced "Huell's been here!".

Tonight I even discovered, for the first time, that the Chapman University, which archives his videos, has a map of places he's visited! Now, that will give us something to do someday.

The second episode was about this farm near Fresno. It was such a beautiful, peaceful episode about a family peach farm. Just listening to David Mas Masumoto and his family reminded me of my last post, of so many of you and your posts too. He was so eloquent (as was his daughter), philosophical (in an easy to digest way!)...so kind. When I discovered he is also a writer, I went looking (of course) and spent time looking over his page at Amazon and reading more about their farm online. Here is the episode, perhaps you will enjoy too:

Masumoto Family Farm

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Last night, a rather sleepless night. Awoke remembering a job of long ago. 

I was 20 and newly married...got a job at a family owned pharmacy right next to my apartment. In fact, all I had to do was go through a hole in the fence and I was there! I don't remember much about the job. I only lasted 2-4 weeks, can't recall. It was a mutual decision - not a good fit. My main job duties were to manage the Hallmark Card Department. I had already worked in a Brand New Department store setting up the Hallmark Department from scratch, so no problem I thought. Ha. The husband/father owner was the pharmacist and the wife/mother owner spent time telling me How to keep up the cards and do the other tasks. "You have to put the envelope behind the card and make sure they are all in their correct spots". Really?! She watched me like a hawk as I did this simple task. When everything was in order, I was instructed to clean up the cigarette cartons. This meant I was to very neatly rip off the ragged edges of the opened boxes on the shelf behind the counter. I was not to ever be idle, between cards and cartons and dusting shelves of breakable knick-knacks. Their son who worked the register, was quite idle...he was mostly idle and he ripped open the cartons without a care in the world. He was a wonderful creator of ragged edges. He sat around behind the counter doing nothing and directing me. I did not care for him, nor he me. 

Who would have guessed that 40 some odd years later I would so enjoy sewing ragged edges.

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I also awoke with a word.

PRIDE

According to Dictionary.com, it is defined as such:

noun



I find it interesting how pride can be both positive and negative.

This led me to thoughts of a favorite book: Life is So Good

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Worried Man Blues

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May your random thoughts be productive, in some way

May there always be music

May you lean in, reach out, hold up

xo

Photos by NAE @pomegranatetrail ©2021