Finally. A day of focus in the studio. In the picture you see some of the results. And it feels really good. I have a kiln load cooking for a friend who rents space in the kiln to fire her work. She has almost a full kiln load. I did put in the mermaid I made last week, but she was the only thing dry and all I actually had room for. This batch will be ready in about 3 – 5 days (the box there will take longer as it is pieces of clay slurried together and will take longer to dry – I’m thinking that’s for the oriole nest. It has writing on the back wall and goddess images drawn on the front "frame." It is totally a new experiment so we’ll have to see if it’s worthy of the oriole nest.)
We also took Gracie to the vet for her rabies, lepto and kennel shots, a blood test so we can get her heart worm medicine and a general once over. Apparently she has bad back "knees" that click and may need surgery at some point if they bother her. And she hasn’t been spayed – the scar we though was a spay scar is a belly button scar according to the vet. Meanwhile, she and Sueno play alot more, she’s a lot less skittish (with me anyways, it’s going to take longer with Husband. But the plan that she is to be my dog has worked perfectly). Gracie is actually starting to act like the young dog she is: very prancey, very chew on every shoe I have and anything else she can get her mouth on despite the fact that she has her own toys which sit ignored (she likes Sueno’s stuffed animals though). No luck yet with the potty training thing, but we keep her in the hall and foyer when we aren’t watching, which is tile, so that’s a bit better.
Son called last night sounding really good. He has passed his one month probation with the house and is on a looser tether. He is working. He is going to AA and NA meetings.
Yesterday was a very good day. If I can shoehorn myself out of the house to go drive, I may check out a potential venue in Leesburg Va. It’s raining here but the news says not in Northern Virginia. Or I may just stay and work some more in the studio since I’m on a roll.
High Vibes Game of Tag: Have been tagged by Taexalia, based on a new alternative tagging site called High Vibe It, a social media site for all things alternative and cool. (Do check out the blogs she tagged other than this one; they’re great!) The tag is to write 5 things one does to up one’s vibes and then tag others.
1. Walk around my yard barefoot. See what’s blooming, what’s changing. In the summer watch frogs jump into the pond as I go by. Count the goldfish to make sure they are sustaining themselves (yes, for 15 years they have sustained themselves by my doing nothing more than counting and not cleaning the pond in the spring)
2. Get my hands in clay. I guess this should have come first. If I can just get myself into the studio and a piece of clay into my hands, the world straightens itself out and I find the flow. Why do I keep forgetting this?
3. Sit down with the dogs. Love them up. Get dog kisses in return.
4. Play Luxor 2. Okay. This may not be a high vibe thing to a lot of people, but for me it shuts up the Head Hamster and engages the logical mind so the creative mind can have free rein.
5. Clean something: the kitchen, my shelves, sweep the floor, put away clean clothes, my office, my studio. When chaos reigns everywhere, there’s nothing better than a good area clean out to make things feel more manageable.
thought for the day: More than one author has speculated that during moments of unusual penetration, we may actually look into the implicate process, sensing information that is not available in the explicate order. Psychologist and futurist David Loye refers to this as the abilitly of the mind to "range" in the impliate order. At these times the conscious mind taps into the timeless well of the cosmic fabric. We might imagine this as the basis for certain extrasensory experiences that are not bound by location in time and space. The most reliable form of ESP, for instance, is "remote viewing," in which a person in the laboratory is asked to imagine what someone else is seeing. The other person can be anywhere in the world. Is this done by ranging in the implicate order? Allan Combs and Mark Holland, Synchronicity: through the eyes of science, myth and the trickster