Sunday, May 10, 2009

Driftwood Art

One of my hobbies is called Driftwood Art. I have been taking this class for about five years. The technique we use is called the LuRon Method. The wood we use is what is called found wood. Mostly driftwood but also wood that is found in the forest.

First, the wood is cleaned by washing with a garden hose to remove any loose debris. Then it is further cleaned by using a sharp tool to remove any dead wood. The object is to get down to good wood. Then we sand the wood until smooth and then comes a technique called boning. We rub the wood with a smooth deer antler. This process seals the wood and gives it a shine. Originally the process was taught to the founder of the LuRon Method, Lucile Worlund, by the Makah Indians.

Here is an example of Driftwood Art.



Want to see more? Visit the Northwest Driftwood Artists Website by clicking here.

Saturday, May 2, 2009

Feeding Time

This is a picture that was emailed to me. Perfect for a Spring day!!


Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Boston Children's Museum

While catching up on my blog reading this morning I was reminded of a place I frequented often as a child. It was the Children's Museum. At that time it was housed in one of the large mansion homes located across the Jamaica Way from Jamaica Pond in Jamaica Plain Massachusetts.
I started going there when I was probably about 8 or 9. I was a Junior Curator and did a stint in the live animal room. I remember they had snakes and mice (I didn't know at the time that the mice were actually food), and a few other harmless animals. I also learned bell ringing at the museum. It was how I learned to read music. There was also a stuffed baby elephant in the museum named Molly. She had been at the Franklin Park Zoo when she died.
The first time I ever heard of Molly was in one of my Dad's stories. He had lots of them. According to my Dad he was sitting outside the museum one day when a large truck pulled up in front. At this time the Museum was located on the grounds at Jamaica Pond. The guys opened the truck and there was the stuffed Molly! You can just imagine how this must have looked to a young boy. The men asked my Dad if he wanted to help carry the elephant into the Museum and he jumped at the chance. So, every time the Children's Museum was mentioned Dad would say "I helped carry that elephant into the Museum"!

Monday, April 13, 2009

Busy Weekend

I hope you had a nice Easter. For me it was a busy weekend. First I found out that I won a contest held by Michelle on her blog Boulderneigh. Be sure to check out her blog, it is one of my favorites and I've been reading it for a long time. Anyway, Michelle is a shepherdess and held a contest on how many new lambs would be born at Boulderneigh this spring and the number of rams and ewes and how many would be gulmogets. (It's OK I didn't know what gulmogets were either until I read Michelle's blog). You need to check out the pictures Michelle has of the new babies on the blog. I can't believe I won.

Saturday was opening day of the Issaquah Farmers Market. It was a rainy day yet it attracted a large crowd. Since this was the first day and with the winter weather having been so bad this year, the farmers didn't have much in the way of produce but did have some flowers to sell. There were quite a few crafts people there but still a smaller number than in past opening days. I think the weather combined with the slow economy, convinced some to stay home.

Sunday started with Mass at 7 AM. Then I was invited out for lunch by my brother-in-law because my husband had to work. Brunch was at Muckleshoot Casino. Muckleshoot is my favorite casino but I'm not crazy about their restaurant that had the brunch. The Tulalip Casino has a much nicer brunch. So, we had brunch and gambled a little and it was a fun day.

Today and every Monday I go to my Driftwood Art class. I will do a post soon on driftwood art. So, it has been a tiring but enjoyable weekend.

Monday, April 6, 2009

Convalidation

Yesterday was a big day for Bob and I. We had out marriage blessed by the Catholic Church. They call it a convalidation. Bob and I were married 18 years ago at Little Church of the West in Las Vegas. When I learned that I needed to have my marriage blessed in order to continue receiving sacraments there was no question that it was something I had to do. I did it for my spiritual well being.
It wasn't a hard process. The fact that we both were only married once made it much easier. So, after Mass yesterday we went to the Chapel and in front of about 20 of our friends, pledged ourselves to each other once again. During the ceremony, I held a Crucifix that belonged to my Great Grandfather. It is over 100 years old. It was passed down to my Grandmother and then to my Mother, who passed away last year. The Crucifix was a way of having them with me on one of the most important days of my life.

Monday, March 30, 2009

Farmers Market Meeting

Saturday was our annual Issaquah Farmer's Marker meeting. This is the meeting where the market manager goes over the rules for the market and new craft vendors get their crafts juried to see if they will be accepted to the market.
Before I left I checked out some of the items these new vendors had to sell and I'd say 80% of the items were jewelry items. Just what every market and craft sale needs is more jewelry.......NOT!!
Every craft show I participated in, in the last few years, has had an abundance of jewelry. So much so that I think a lot of people don't go to craft fairs very much because of this.
Does anyone else feel this way?

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Leavenworth, Washington

One of my favorite places to visit here in Washington is Leavenworth. After browsing through my photos, I thought I'd post some of the photos I took on a day trip there.

This is a photo of a painting at the entrance of a restaurant......


This is a picture looking west from the center of town. Those are the Cascade Mountains. Seattle is about 2 hours away in that direction.......


Leavenworth is a Bavarian style tourist town. Any building or home built in the town has to be in the Bavarian style. It's a very beautiful place. Here are two examples of the building in town.....




And here is a picture taken that day of one of my dogs, Rocky.....

Just west of Leavenworth is Lake Wenatchee......



If you would like to read a funny story about this day trip just visit The Diego Dog blog at http://www.diegodog.blogspot.com/

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Sign of Spring

It's that time again. This Saturday is the kick-off meeting for the local farmers market. It's a time when we all get together and renew friendships from last year. The market officially opens for business on April 11. There are a lot of us vendors that have been with the market for years. Our market is evey Saturday from April to October.

I am not a farmer. I sell various items that I make. Right now I am working on checkbook covers. I don't know how well they will sell at the market but they have been selling so well at the local Senior Center that I have to make more for the market. If you'd like to see a couple of examples of the checkbook covers check out my Etsy store.... http://www.tobeewe.etsy.com/

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Happy St. Patrick's Day


Feeling down

I just deleted the posting I planned to write today. As I explained in that post, I have been feeling a little depressed and thought I'd write about the things I've gone through in the past few years. I started writing an essay about it all but found I couldn't do it. I don't want anyone reading this to get bored. I don't like feeling sorry for myself and giving a detailed essay is not something I can do. Friends say I should write about it. That it is good therapy and would make me feel better. So, I decided to write the abbreviated version. Here goes....

Blacked out at work
Diagnosed with fibromyalsia
Quit job
Went on disability
Diagnosed with melanoma on my face
Had large portion of cheek removed
Diagnosed with Stage 4 throat cancer
Had to have all teeth removed before radiation
Radiation
Chemo
Couldn't eat
Feeding tube for 9 months
My Dad died
My sister died
Had knee replacement
My Mom died
Had to have knee replacement redone
Stopped breathing twice
Developed blood clot that went to my lung after surgery
That takes us to just about present time.

Please don't feel sorry for me because one thing I learned when I was going through cancer treatment was that there is always someone worse off than you are. No matter how bad I felt I could look around and see people sicker than I was. Feel sorry for them, then find someone you love and give them a big hug and let them know how much they mean to you.

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Red Sox

A few weeks ago I was at church when someone who knew I was from Boston asked if I was a Red Sox fan. Now I have to admit, that since I now live in Seattle, I'm not as big a fan as I was when I lived in Boston but "Once a red sox fan, ALWAYS a red sox fan". Due to health reasons, I haven't been to a baseball game in a few years. When I did go to a game between the red sox and mariners I'd wear both a red sox and mariner hat. Half the inning the red sox hat, half the mariners hat.

When I was young I was a big sox fan. I used to go on the weekends with my sister Mary or my friend Kathy. We would usually sit in the bleachers behind the bullpen. It used to cost $1 to get in. No ticket....you just handed them a dollar as you went in the gate.

I'd give anything to go back to one of those days!!

I had a big crush on Tony Conigliaro back then. If you're not a red sox fan or you don't know Tony's story, you should google him. His was a life too short with an amazing story.

Things have changed a lot since then. Those $1 seats now cost at least $26 if you can even get a seat. Mary and Tony are gone. I'm 3000 miles away from home. The red sox actually won a World Series.

Not a very good photo of Tony & I. This was taken when I was 15 (1967-before Tony's accident) in the player's parking lot at Fenway Park. After Tony's accident, I received a post card from him thanking me for a gift I sent when he was recovering.

Monday, March 9, 2009

Saturday, March 7, 2009

Woman of the Future

When I was in high school I wasn't a standout at ANYTHING. I wasn't on any sports team (mostly because I worked after school). I wasn't one of the "popular" girls. So, you can imagine my surprise when one day I came home from school with my friend Kathy and my Mom said "You have a letter from City Hall". I opened the letter and I said "This has to be a joke". I handed it to my Mom and she and Kathy read it. Kathy fell on the bed and started laughing her head off.

The letter said I was named "Woman of the Future". It said two students from each high school in the City of Boston were named Man & Woman of the future. We had to go to city hall on a certain day to receive our citation from Mayor Kevin White.

I tried to find out how it came to be that I was chosen but never did.

All in all it turned out pretty good. Mom and Dad went with me to city hall and were very proud when they saw the write up in the Boston Globe. And Kathy and I got one of the best laughs of our lives.

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Saturday, February 28, 2009

Boothbay Harbor, Maine

One of my favorite places in the world is Boothbay Harbor, Maine. One day my niece and I were walking down the road and came face to face with two deer. We saw the large buck first. He stood looking at us and we stood looking at him. It was an amazing moment. For the longest moment we waited for each other to make a move. Finally when he ran off we spotted the other deer in the woods. She was waiting for him.

Last time I was there was in August. One night we had dinner on the pier in the harbor at a restaurant named McSeagulls. I tried fried lobster for the first time. It was good but I think I'd rather have my lobster steamed. My Grandniece ordered Lobster Macaroni. When it was served everyone ooohhhh'd and ahhhhh'd. Here is a picture.......


It was one of the nicest food presentations I've ever seen.

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Places I've Lived

Over the years I've lived in the four corners of the United States. I was born in Boston, Massachusetts and lived there for most of 38 years. I really love Boston. The history is so amazing there and the weather is the perfect four seasons. I would move back to New England in a second if I had the chance.

In 1972 and 1973 I lived in Venice, Florida. It was kind of an adventure that my BFF Kathy and I took. We had an old blue van that we fixed up like a camper. One day we packed up and drove to Florida with my dog Phineas T., an afghan hound and Poco, Kathy's small dog. We lived at a camp ground in the van and in a tent. Florida is a great place to live but I missed Boston and went back there after two years.

In 1990, I moved to Orange County, California. I was engaged and my future husband was living there. On June 10, 1990 we packed up my '87 red Chevy Camaro and drove across country. I couldn't wait to get to OC. I had always wanted to go to California. It was so much fun there. We did all the tourist things.....Hollywood, Beverly Hills, Disneyland, Knotts Berry Farm. I think we went to the beach every chance we got. I liked living in California but I really missed the green grass and trees. Most everything is cemented over there.

In 1992 we moved to the Seattle, Washington area. Well, there sure is a lot of green here. That's because we get so much rain. Did you know that there is even a rain forest here in Washington?



Mt. Rainier showing off it's lenticular clouds.

Friday, February 20, 2009

Today's Funny


Changes

After writing my last post I got to thinking about how much has changed in this world since the early 1970's.

I guess the major change is the computer. In 1970 we were still using typewriters and one of the computer's ancestors.....the punch card machine. Do you remember those? I remember using those little rectangles that were punched out of the cards as confetti.

We now have cell phones, flat screen TVs, laptops, ipods, remotes for the TV.....yes, we used to have to get up to change the channel on the TV. We only had about 4 channels to choose from. Every time you changed channels you had to adjust the "rabbit ears" antenna that sat on top of the TV to get a picture you could actually watch.

We had no DVDs, CDs or even 8 Track. We played our music on a record player. It wasn't yet called a turntable. Albums played at a speed of 33 1/3 RPMs and the single song records were called 45's because they were played at 45 RPMs. Record players also had a 78 RPM speed that was used by some records.

I do embroidery on an embroidery machine. What my machine does in an hour used to take days to do by hand.

All my photography is done with a digital camera. There was no digital in the early 70's. We had to load film into our cameras and there was no erasing and do overs.

I'm sure those of us who were here in the early 70's can think of lots more things we didn't have back then.

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

My Favorite Job

When I was 19 years old I got a job at WMEX radio station in Boston. It was such a fun job. I worked with two DJ's....John Garabedian and Bud Ballou. It was a part time job. I worked from 5 to 10 PM. Mostly I answered phones taking song requests. I also did some typing work when it needed to be done.

The perks that came with that job were the best when you are only 19. I met many recording artists and other celebrities. Probably the most famous was Rod Stewart. It was VERY early in his career and he was not so well known at the time. WMEX was the first radio station to play his hit Maggie May. He played a concert on Boston Common. The concert series was called Sunset on the Common. Anyway, John Garabedian went to pick him up at the concert but things didn't go as planned because Mr. Stewart had indulged in a bit of drinking. If I remember right, he never did do the radio interview.

Another memorable time was when John went to London. He had been scheduled to interview the Beatles but there was a change of plans. When John came back he had a studio copy of George Harrison's new album All Things Must Pass. It was about 1/4 inch thick. Not like a regular album. It was one of the first copies of the album and the only one in the United States. It was a big score for WMEX to have this album. John showed it to me and yes, you know it.....I nearly dropped it.

Monday, February 16, 2009

Lasting Love


Missing Mom

Today would be my Mom's 91st birthday. I miss her so much. She died on January 17, 2008. She was the strongest woman I know. I think I can count on one hand how many times I've seen her cry. Two of those times were when my Dad died and when my sister Mary was diagnosed with cancer. I remember how hard it was when three years before that I had to tell her about my cancer. In the last five years of her life she went through so much being strong for all of us, her family.

I love you Mom, Dad & Mary.........family forever.

Friday, February 13, 2009

Friday the 13th

I don't like Friday the 13th!!
It's not a superstition thing but a bad memory thing. It was on Friday the 13th of December 2002 that I was diagnosed with Stage 4 throat cancer. Only 6 months after being diagnosed with melanoma. I had a tumor on my tongue. Too big to operate. Six one week rounds of chemo. Forty eight doses of radiation. Feeding tube. Lots of yucky days since. I was lucky to survive.....so they tell me.

Agility

Today I went to an agility trial with my friends Sandy and Terri. I really enjoy watching the dogs. I've had dogs most of my life. As a child I had a collie named Laddie. Laddie would walk me to school in the morning and be waiting for me at Noon when it was time to walk home for lunch. He'd walk me back after lunch and was always there at 3 to go home. My Mom said he was around during the day so he didn't just wait there at school for me.

I got my first Afghan Hound in 1973. From then until last year I've owned a total of eight afghans. My last afghan was an American/Canadian champion. I enjoyed showing my afghans but that venture was cut short by health problems.

My first afghan, Phineas T., traveled with me and Kathy and her dog Poco to Venice, Florida. We lived at a campground for sometime and it was quite an adventure. We ended up in Venice because it was the circus winter quarters. In Venice, I worked at Venice Hospital as a maintenance person. Mostly working outside on the lawns and gardens.

Now, due to health issues, it seems like everything I do is such an effort. It's not so much fun not being able to work or do a lot of the things I used to do. I've actually worked since I was 13 years old. First at a senior citizen home. Then John Hancock Insurance Co. for 20 years. I then went to travel school and got a job with Garber Travel in Boston. After I moved to California I worked at Associated Travel. When we moved to the Northwest I worked for a company that made circuit boards and at OfficeMax. I also worked a lot of part-time jobs. I worked at a radio station WMEX in Boston. Ringling Bros. Circus and Lowe's movie theatre along with a few other jobs.

Now that I've become disabled and unable to work I really miss it.

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Maxine


Be A Clown, Be A Clown

One of the things that I did when I was young was spent some time hanging around at Ringling Brothers Barnum & Bailey circus. My best friend Kathy and I were friendly with two Boston Special Police officers who worked at Boston Garden. We went nearly every day the circus was there. We became good friends with a number of people attached to the circus and visited them quite often in different cities across the U.S. Sometimes I went with Kathy sometimes with another friend Loretta. Loretta and I were crazy about two of the clowns we knew. Needless to say those relationships didn't work out.....but they were fun while they lasted. From what I now know, Loretta's Kevin is happily married and my Dean is still a traveling clown.

Anyway, while cruising the net I found Dean online. I'd like to write him to say hello. Nothing more. I'm happily married too. Thing is I don't know if he would even remember me. I mean it was over 30 years ago.

Life in General

While growing up I always wanted to live in a way that when I arrived at this time in my life I could look in the mirror and say "I have no regrets".

I can't completely say I have no regrets but I did lead a life that was fun and gave me lasting memories some good some bad. I find myself revisiting those memories now that I'm older.

This blog is for me to write down those memories. Whether anyone reads this or not is not important. What is important is I write these memories down.