A Place To Ponder
1. an overview shot of my loom. 2. warping of handpainted rayon and silk - Sunrise Blush3.Sunrise Blush woven4. rayon chenille scarves - Sweet Paprika, Aquatide, and Razzberry5. rayon and silk - Thumbalina6. rayon chenille - Smoky Opal
Unfortunately, all the glitz and bling I put into these scarves doesn't show up very well. For instance, on the woven Sunrise Blush I've combined a silver lurex thread in my weft (the threads I weave across the warping). It's very sparkly.... but you can't see it in the photo.
Those are beautiful pics Renee. We can now blow up the pics really big but I'm sure certain things won't show up in the pics.
Those are way better than Easter eggs.
Wow! Renee, your scarves are beautiful. The colors are exquisite. You are a true artist. Thank you for displaying the pictures here.
Thanks for the compliments. I LOVE color. I can feel color. I have no formal training in art or color. I've been told by my weaving teachers not to take any classes on color. They said my sense of color was an innate gift... and learning the rules would only screw me up. I've listened to them. Carol... I'm so sorry for the physical pain you are in. I hope you feel better soon.
Renee, your creations are truly beautiful...I love bling, so where can I purchase them?...
Thanks Coreen.I sell at galleries throughout NH and at a couple fairs. I also sell them directly to anyone that calls. I'm leaving in a few minutes to go to a friend's house for dinner. If you are interested, you can email me and I will give you the details tomorrow.
Yes Renee, have to have the blue scarf...
Carol, if the pain is not going away over time, do you think maybe you should see a doctor...I know you can diagnose yourself, but at least to verify & maybe offer somethiing to help...
Coreen, this isn't my old pain. That one is just about gone. I won't do anything to stir it up again. Earlier this week I had a cough attack that caught me in a slightly leaning forward position. I felt a sharp pain in my lumbar area, an area that never gives me problems. I'm sure I strained a muscle there. No neuro symptoms, just muscle pain. I've just got to deal with it. I try to be very careful what position I'm in when I cough.
Time is the only thing that will heal me. A witch doctor might help but theres not much a normal doc can do. Remember, I treat these things and know. Now if I herniated a disk, that's a possibility but time will deal with that also.
Carol, I too am concerned about your pain. Take care of yourself.
Jan, how are you doing with your new phone? Don't let it intimidate you. It's pretty neat once you learn all that you can do with it. There are tons of free apps you can get. You can Google popular apps and read about them. There's an app for everything. Theres apps for hiking through your neighborhood. Clock your path, distance etc. You can get a Huff Post app. Probably your local news has an app with weather and radar. Theres a Facebook app.
Lots of medical apps. Medscape has pharmacy apps. Urbanspoon has an app to find any kind of restaurant anywhere you are. They know where you are. You should have an app app on your phone. You can use it to look for apps.
Best Marigold Hotel is on HBO. I get a couple days preview. I dropped HBO a long time ago. Never watched it. I've already seen the movie but it was good so I'll watch it again. Nothing else on.
I have a gorgeous view of the full moon rising over the trees across the river. The river beneath it shimmers with it's reflection. I wish I could get a pic of it but I've never been successful doing that. You guys will just have to take my word that's it very special. The Marigold movie was even better the second time seeing it.
Your view sounds beautiful. We have a cloudy sky so no view of the moon tonight.
I feel deep in my soul that that Jesus Christ superstar opera was devinely inspired. It moves me every time I listen to it.
Must move Craig also. He highlighted on his post today.
According to Bart Ehrman, with all the diverse forms of Christianity, the form that won out in the end, became dominant... was all about the money. The form of Christianity that became dominant was the group located in Rome, was more organized and had the most wealth...MONEY. How interesting, nothing has changed.
Carol...Coreen said it best.... it's ALL about the money!And if another Christian group had had more money... they'd be dominant, IMO.But enough of bashing religion for me... at least for this weekend. I want to glorify in my imagined jelly beans (I did not buy them) and chocolate ( I opted for a bag of mini snickers instead). Happy eating!
So nice that TM put up the link to Jesus Christ S...r music. John and I both enjoyed it this morning. Carol, this is one of John's favorites too. He was teary eyed this morning listening to it. I may try to find the CD for it today to give to him for an Easter gift.
One of my fav's got kicked off Idol last night. I didn't vote this week because they are all so good, I did not know who to vote for. Idol is going down in TV viewership. May not last too much longer. It is definitely a woman's year to win this thing. there are now 5 women and 2 men left in the competition. The guy that was kicked off is actually hispanic but looks more white. He has an amazing voice. I hope he will get picked up by a record company. Mariah Carey was crying when he was announced as the one to leave. He was one of her favorites too.
I hope the Supremes vote wisely and ethically on the Gay/Lesbian human rights issue. I have been trying to figure out for weeks what SCOTUS means. Just got it! :)
Carol, I will eventually get to all the stuff I need to learn about my phone. I am still working on the taxes. Am about to finish those. I need to just take my time and go at my own pace on everything. If I try to follow someone else's ideas about when I should be doing something, I get stressed. But thank you. I did find out that the IT guys with the nurs program will program in my e-mail and other things too. so my plan is to go there next week and spend some time with them. I need to make them some home baked cookies too. They help me out with so much.
A good -Good Friday to those of you here for whom this day is important.
Early this morning, after listening to JC Superstar, I found this National Geographic site about the Gospel of Judas. I do have a couple of books on the subject that I haven't read yet. A Coptic language text of that gospel was found not that terribly long ago. It was carbon dated to AD 280, plus or minus 60 years. A translated text was first published in early 2006 by the National Geographic Society.In contrast to the canonical gospels which paint Judas as a betrayer of Christ who delivered him up to the authorities for crucifixion, the Gospel of Judas portrays Judas's actions as done in obedience to instructions given by Christ. It also indicated that Judas was one of Jesus's closest disciples. While listening to that info, I came across the issue of which form of Christianity became dominant and that wealth was involved. I just found that interesting. Even though I am not religious, I do find the subject interesting. Like I said before, it started after I read the Da Vinci Code. I think it must have started for many after that book was published. The educational channels on TV were full of shows about it, usually around Easter time. Not so many any more. The interest died down.
Jan, I had that rock opera blasting full volume here this morning at 4a. I hope I didn't disturb any of the critters outside.
You can probably find that CD at Walmart or Sams cheap but maybe they mark it up this time of year.
I saw a live production of Jesus Christ Superstar back in 1973 in Boston. If memory serves me correctly, there were a number of Christian groups that found the play blasphemous... not only for it's use of modern slang and idioms... but also for it's questioning the divinity of Christ.I also recall an uproar of some within the Jewish community. Saying it depicted only Jewish people as the killers of Jesus.I thought the music, singing, and production values of the play stunning.
The entire album is on youtubeJesus Christ Superstar (1970) full cd
Rick just came home from skiing all day with his brother at an area in Vermont. They stopped at a little deli in Brattleboro on their way home. They told him they were famous for their cannoli... he bought 2 to give to me. I will share them with him tonight while watching a basketball game.It was great talking to you on the phone today, Coreen... I had fun!
Renee, I really enjoyed our talk too...I find it refreshing to hear everyone's voice...Hope I didn't take too much time away from your weaving... Canolis...hmm...my favs are from Libby's on Wooster St., New Haven...they come in flavors...chocolate, pistachio, strawberry...
And just had my traditional Good Friday treat...pizza fritte(the only day I have pizza fritte)...fried dough sprinkled with sugar or tomato sauce, parmesan cheese...it wouldn't be good friday without it!...a little salad w/gorgy cheese of course...its all good...
Coreen... don't worry about my time... I can make it up anytime... or not... the choice is mine. But hey... didn't notice an accent on you. Bet you didn't notice one on me either :) I've never had pizza fritte... sounds good.Carol... Jan... hope you both have fun celebrating whatever you celebrate this weekend. You too, Coreen.
Renee, I do take this seasonal opportunity to review, appreciate, and study some of the concepts/creations that we associate with this holiday season. This ranges from studying some of the historic background of the religion associated with the holiday to enjoying my seasonal Gold Brick eggs. So I guess you could just say...Happy Chocolate Egg day because it's getting as much or maybe more attention than any of the rest.
I've often pondered how so many people, for so long have continued to be so passionate about "religion" and all the fantastical aspects of it. That's a miracle in my opinion. Even Frank Lloyd Webber's and Tim Rice's creation of the Jesus Christ Superstar musical is a miracle in MHO. Have you ever pondered how a person can create something like that? Where does that kind of talent come from? I've been listening carefully to their interpretation of the story. I can see how some could have been critical of it. Always people looking for something to criticize. I often say that it's far easier to criticize than to create. The intelligence needed for each fall at opposite ends of the continuum. Well, I'm in awe of that rock opera. I would think that it most likely brought the Easter story to many who would not have even been interested in it. For some, it may not have knocked on any brain cells when it passed through their ears, they may have just appreciated the beautiful music. That's OK as long as they appreciated something.
It's just like your beautiful scarves Renee. Do people ponder how someone created that loom that you use to make your creations? Do they ponder where the talent came from to put the various colors together to come up with the finished product? Do they ponder how difficult and how long it takes to prepare the loom with the yarn that is weaved together to make the product? I do. How long does it take to put all that yarn on the loom to make your scarves? How long from beginning to end to make each scarf? How much yarn is involved for each scarf? Have you ever thought of adding info like that to the tags on your scarves?
Once you have all the vertical yarn attached to the loom, do you have to weave each horizontal piece of yarn through all those vertical lines, one by one? For someone who isn't into pondering, they may think that loom does all that by itself. I wouldn't think it could but maybe I'm wrong. If it has to be done by hand, a pic in there would probably help people realize just how much of an effect is involved in the creation of those scarves.
"Effect" was was suppose to read "effort" in the last sentence above.
Carol...of course I've pondered all of that... of course I know that my sense of color comes through me from the universe (my word for God). I just don't make a big deal out of it... I just let it flow and weave.I do think there is something one could call God... and it/he/she is EVERYTHING. What I don't bother with is the trying to define it and put it in a nice neat package... and especially have someone else (preacher, rabbi, priest, pastor, etc. etc.) be the one defining and wrapping it. And expects me and everyone else to conform to it.I say... look around you... God, the universe, whatever it is.... is screaming at us with creation. No two anything is exactly alike. It's screaming at us DIVERSITY. For me... that's all I need to know. I don't have to gaze at my navel for hours and ask why (but if you do... go for it!)... I just live my life.And most importantly... I trust my feelings.
No pizza frittatas in our area. Never heard anything like it. What flavor of canoli's did ya get Renee? And I bet you two wouldn't notice an accent for each other. Just like Jan said she didn't think I had one. It's all in what you get used to hearing.
Rick and I are going out to breakfast now.... I'll explain to you later why your suggestion of putting all that info on my tags is not a good idea.
Here, we have a variety of accents around the area. There's the deep woods country accent. Strong accent and the Cajun accent, another strong one. New Awwwlins has its own accent.
How about answers to my other questions. Sometimes I feel like I talk to myself here. I ask a question and I'm ignored. I expect that on the Trail but have a harder time dealing with it here.
Some of my questions are rhetorical and I don't expect an answer. Some are just an expression of a ponder ie what's the meaning of life, and I also don't expect an answer.
Renee, we can answer that naval question but I assume its a rhetorical question. I feel the same way you do about God and I hope you guys don't see me as preaching. I'm just pondering
I wasn't specifically speaking to you Renee when I said I feel that some of my questions are ignored.
I frequently had help from above in my professional career and I recognized it when it happened. One example that's on the top of my head is...this young healthy fellow came into medical one day. He described having this episode where he woke in the middle of the night with this sharp pain in this chest, coughing and having difficulty breathing. When I saw him he was feeling just fine again, no symptoms. It would have been easy to just say..well, if you have any more problems, let me know. There are many explanations for why those guys could have those symptoms. They are frequently over doing push ups trying to show off for the other guys. They'll start with 1000 push ups after not having done any in a long time. They come in wondering why they are having chest pain. They can't put the fact of doing all those push ups together with why they are having some chest pain. Well, with this guy, instead of just blowing it off because the symptoms resolved, something told me to listen to his chest. I did and didn't hear any breath sounds on one side. I ordered a chest x-ray and he had a collapsed lung. If I wouldn't have gotten that suggestion from above and followed it, he could have ended up in a very serious situation. I sent him to the ER and they put in a chest tube. That kind of thing happened fairly often. When it did, I always looked up and said...thank you.
Did y'all hear the story about that Tulsa dentist/oral surgeon who had such filthy conditions in his office and is suspected of possibly transmitting some serious communicable diseases? I hate to say this and scare people but those kinds of things aren't totally uncommon, especially in private offices where there aren't agencies overseeing their safety practices. I ran across things like that too often. When I had my diabetes ed center and went to health fairs, I found that some/many of the health care businesses doing diabetes testing were using equipment designed to be used on only one person, to screen blood glucose on the public. Doing that could have/might have spread some serious diseases. I would go over to tell them and they would just look at me like I had some disease. Anyone getting any test done, anywhere, should make sure that whoever is doing it, is doing it safely. Be careful at health fairs.
Hep C germs, which is one disease that I would least desired to have, can stay alive on many things used by barbers, beauticians, tattoo parlors, pedicure/manicure places etc.
The dentist had 2 offices, one in Tulsa and one in Owasso. Owasso is the town I grew up in and have many friends who live there.
I went over to my granddaughter's house to visit last night and see the Grands. Took some pictures with my new phone but do not know how to download them. I did set up one of my e-mail accounts on the phone this morning. I am gradually able to do this. Sorry about not answering your questions Carol. Now I need to look for them.
Hep C is worse than Aids, I believe. We had a dear friend who died a couple of years ago due to Hep C. He had a liver transplant in CA about 3 years before his death. But this new liver developed CA. RIP Carl. I met him through Lobie, our dear canine friend. I walked her every day and Carl was one of the groundskeepers for the Univ. He always kept treats for Lobie. We talked most mornings. Then we started missing him and found out he was ill. We knew him before and after he had his liver transplant. We visited him in the hospital just before he died. He died the same day my BIL in Tulsa died. We were in Tulsa and found about his death when we returned home. He was an artist too. I did post a picture of him here 2-3 years ago with 5 of his dogs.
The Grands??? A question Jan. You usually are the guilty dog when it comes to answering my questions. Sorry. I've asked you the same question 3 times and was ignored every time. For most smart phones, there's a cord to hook it to your computer. You use Apple computers so I know nothing about them.
Renee, a lovely way of saying what and how you perceive God or whoever that is. I like the following that you said too."What I don't bother with is the trying to define it and put it in a nice neat package... and especially have someone else (preacher, rabbi, priest, pastor, etc. etc.) be the one defining and wrapping it. And expects me and everyone else to conform to it"
Sorry Carol, I am terrible at details. By the time I get to the comments section where I comment, I forget what you have asked.
Jan, I never lost a patient with HIV either and jail/prison is a hot bed for that and Hep C. I have lost patients with Hep C or dealt with their severe illness.
Did you know the worst thing you can call someone in Japanese is "you dirty dog." LOL. I don't know about "guilt dog" though. I don't ignore your questions purposefully, I just forget.
I knew that about Japanese from John. His uncle/granddad lived in Japan a year and then brought back a couple of Japanese young men to live with them a year and go to school after WWII
Grands are my 2 great grand babies.
You are right, there is a cord to hook to the computer. I have had little time to fool with my phone because of work and trying to finish up all that stuff from our trip: taxes, lawyer, property manager stuff. I came home with a mountain of work still to be done on that. Not John, he just sits and plays with his technology. Besides that I have a job and the house and yard to contend with. Some days I just get tired of working - on everything.
Ok... I'm back. And before you ask Carol... I had eggs benny. And the cannoli we had last night were vanilla with tiny chocolate chips on the ends.... yum!No... I don't think you're preaching. You just happen to be where I was 30 yrs ago. I'm not online as much as you probably are. I tend to be here more in the morning. At night... I just want to sit with Rick, watch my games, and crochet.
Carol...the first thing you should know is that I have been weaving for 37 yrs... 20 of it as a professional production weaver. Like anything that someone does over and over again... at this point in my career, I'm very fast and make weaving look easy.The number one question I get from customers is "how long does it take you to make that?" I've been taught in marketing classes to never answer that question directly. I usually say "I never just make one. I put on a warping long enough to make 3-4. I'm always in the process of weaving what's on my loom, getting ready for the next color change, and finishing off the scarves I've already woven." All of which is true. And that explanation always seems to answer the question.
The reason for deflecting the question is because of what people think when answered directly. In all honesty... it takes me approximately 2 hrs of work to set up, weave, and finish each scarf. For the type of one Coreen wanted, I retail it at $90.Most people immediately start calculating and think it means I make $45 an hour. They almost never consider how much I paid for the yarns, the electricity, heat, and air conditioning in my studio, the cost of those tags, the cost for the bags, the booth fee for the fair, the gasoline to drive to the fair and/or the yarn store, the shipping costs if I buy the yarns online... etc. etc. And oh yeah... I sell most of my scarves in galleries... and they take 45% of that $90. And of course... not to mention how many years it took before I could make a scarf that fast.Or as Coreen said here not too long ago.... most people have no idea how much it actually costs to run a business.And that's why no craftsperson would ever put all that info on their tag.
Jan, I love dogs more than people so if I make a dog comparison, it's half a compliment.
Kinda not worth it to have a husband Jan. I often forget what I read also or may have missed it altogether. I have to go back frequently.
Thanks for the food info Renee. I love details about food. You can save yourself trouble if you give details when you first mention any food. I was in the same place 30 years ago also but I'm still there now.
Carol, was complaining in previous comment. Have to complain sometimes. I am sure I would complain if there was nothing to complain about. I am happy to be married to John. there are ups and downs in any relationship. Some moments we see the ups and other moments we see the downs. I have also been battling a headache all week. I suspect it is due to the stress of managing the taxes and the property. I should just sell it. I have never liked managing it. there is some emotional stuff attached to it that even I don't understand in myself.
Jan... thank you for the compliment on my God/universe post.Carol... I really hope that explains it. Now I'm kinda tired from typing so much... :)
Renee, your answers to the weaving questions make sense. One you missed, do you have to manually weave the horizontal yarn through the vertical ones??
I need to get off the computer and phone and do other stuff. Renee, you are one balanced woman. Your comment about getting off the technology at night and spending time with Rick is one I need to pay more attn to. Thanks.
Bye for now.
I'm sorry that I'm so curious. Just one of my flaws.
Just saw something I have to repeat here. Carol, "Love is spending the rest of your life with someone you want to kill and not doing it because you would miss them."This says it all. Now - I will shut up. and bye again.
You guys may think I'm sitting around bored. I wish. I have two places to take care of, herds of animals and am the executrix/trustee of complicated estate. I have a group of highly paid professionals working for me and I still have to do most of their work and pay them for it also.
Husbands I assume require lots of time and attention but I hope they also provide someone who shares lots of the crap that you have to do also even if some of it is only moral support.
Carol.... yes... that's why I'm called a "hand weaver".The vertical yarns are called "a warp or warping". The horizontal yarn are called "the weft".To actually explain the process is much too hard in print. It usually takes an entire book. So I've found this simple video on youtube that gives an overview of the process. It's 9 minutes long. It's basically what I do.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=29yW-hL4NfI
Thanks Renee. I wanted to fully appreciate your art and talent.
I'm also a pretty nosy person. I wish everyone who posts on TM would post their life vitae. I would like to be able to picture where they live and what they do when reading their comments. I do know a little about some of them.
About the accent...or lack thereof...when are you going to start believing me Carol!!!...
When I rest my case Counselor.
The best part of this weekend for me is that The Ten Commandments is on tonight.ahhhh.... nothing like a shirtless yummy Yul Brynner.
I haven't seen the Ten Commandments in years. I have several other things on my TV watching schedule tonight or I would watch it.I have one of those rhetorical questions, don't need an answer, you can just ponder the question. If you want to comment you can. I often feel like if a person talks about their beliefs, that would be considered "religious" they can often feel a little put down, especially by enlightened liberals.I realize that many who call themselves conservatives throw "religious" beliefs around when I'm pretty sure they don't even believe what they throw around and/or if they do, they certainly don't live by those beliefs. What I talk about doesn't depend on what people will think about me. I might care what people think about me but that has never stopped me from sharing my ideas when I know they aren't cool. I know many Catholics who go to church fairly religiously but don't buy into everything their "religion" believes or condone what many in their church have done.
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Coreen, an accent is what someone who doesn't live in your neck of the woods has. You and Renee may sound a lot alike. I dont think you have a strong accent but I can tell you are from up your way.
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