08 January 2017

Listen Up!

Since I didn't do an end of year round up, I thought I'd do some posts on what I'm reading, listening to, writing, knitting, baking. Something like that. First up is what's on the iPod of late.

Listening to the David Bromberg Band's newest CD - The Blues, The Whole Blues, and Nothing But The Blues.

Next up that gets a lot of play time on my iPod is Krishna Das. He mainly does Hindu devotional music called kirtan. He has a wonderful voice and very soothing songs. The following video is called My Foolish Heart.

I like a bit of metal in my life, so I'm listening to Disturbed's Immortalized album. I keep coming back to the least likely song on the album, a remake of The Sound Of Silence. The power of David Draiman's voice is phenomenal.

Okay, Okay, I'm still a few years behind on things. Listening to the last Linkin Park album The Hunting Party. It creeps into my playlist when I least expect it.

And we'll end with a blast from the past - at least for me. I've always liked John Denver, and I make no apologies about it. My favorite song of his below.

01 January 2017

It's 2017 - More or Less

First sourdough loaf of 2017. What kinds of things are on the rise for you this year?

I'm not a big fan of New Year's resolutions. But after the train wreck that was 2016, I thought I'd look at what I could be doing more of, and what I could be doing less of. So here is a kind of mash up of end of 2016 review and 2017 goals.

Do more of – writing, of course. Poetry is foremost on my mind, but it's been pointed out to me where I could strengthen my older fantasy novel, and in doing so, maybe generate some ideas for the all over the map middle of my second novel.

Do more of – submitting my work. I was a bit slack in 2016 about submitting poems, and was kind of happy when they were rejected so I could work on them some more. Thanks to some help from a stellar editor, I have a better grasp when something is done, or on the verge of abandonment. This is the year I also need to submit my now completed/edited/mostly finished poetry book. I did get work accepted by magazines I'm fond of, so that's a plus.

Do less of – worrying about said poetry book. If I let myself, I would fine tune word by word, comma by comma for the next 10 years. In that way lies madness. I need to let go, and go forth as is. Same with the fantasy novel. This year I vow to throw those children in a snowbank and get on with creating.

Do more – creating. Not just with the written word. I've been slack on my painting, drawing and printmaking. Even photography hasn't been as robust as in previous years. I signed up for a watercolor course, a digital photography course. I've been making jewelry. I need to work with my hands in order to let my brain get on with the writing planning.

Do less – hopping from project to project. I know, I know, the above sounds like that's all I do. But as in knitting, I am going to try and finish one project before I start another. It may not happen, but that's the goal.There's a satisfaction in finishing something that carries over into the next project.

Do more – knitting. I let myself slack off over the summer and it was hard to get going on Christmas knitting, but I struggled up out of the mire and did it. Same with weaving. The hardest part is warping on, and that can be done to music to make it go faster. Spinning might take a back burner this year until I figure out the long-draw. This is where videos aren't cutting it as teachers. I need a real person to position my hands and point out my mistake that I'm not seeing.

Do less – angsting about what 2017 will bring. Much of it is beyond my control.

Do more - outside. I need to take more hikes in the mountains, walks on the plains. Not only is it good for jump starting my overall creativity, it's great exercise. The gym can get boring – although it does put you in good shape for shoveling piles of snow off the driveway. Over and over again. (Anyone got a snowblower for sale?)  

So that is a quick list of my plans for 2017. How about you? Anything you'd like to do more or less of? Let me know in comments. Happy 2017! Go forth and conquer!

26 December 2016

Happy Howlidays from the Periphery

My Christmas was merry, how about yours? Elf hats aside, my humans did okay with spoiling me. My revenge is jumping in the show piles they just shoveled and knocking them down. I doubt I will get dressed up for New Year's!

Is this really necessary? It's an affront to my dignity, I tell you. I tolerated it because you humans seemed really amused, but... And no, I do NOT look like the Max from How the Grinch Stole Christmas!

18 December 2016

Christmas Countdown - Handmade for the Holidays

He sees you when you're snacking, he knows when you're awake. Rumor has it Merlin reports directly to Santa regarding naughty and nice lists. That stare tells me I've been naughty. I better make amends!

It's been a bit busy here on the Periphery with a mad scramble toward Christmas and putting the last touches on things. So naturally I've been procrastinating in my own way, by making things.

Homemade dog biscuits in the hopes of getting back on Merlin's good side. Specially formulated for senior dogs - but Shhh. Don't tell Merlin. He still thinks he's a pup.

Meatballs - from my mother's recipe. Merlin and Max are hoping to score a few of these. That would put me on the Nice list for sure.

A new brew of kombucha is percolating. Not for doggies.

On the handknit side, a lace cowl made of Peruvian wool. With all the cold weather we've been having, someone will need some stylish neck protection. Now onward to socks! Onward to mittens!

On the jewelry side, one of many pairs of handmade earrings being fashioned. This version of a Celtic Knot is in copper with glass beads. I learned a spiffy way to make earwires from YouTube.

Max remains indifferent to the whole Christmas thing, preferring to lounge on the bed and watch Star Wars. Of course, his place on the Nice list is assured - unless it's up to his brother.

11 December 2016

The Most Interesting Corgis in the World do Winter

I don't often play in the snow but when I do I'm sure to embrace my inner Husky and roll around.

I don't often stop for photographs, but when I do, you get my winning grin.

The ball? Uh, I rolled it up into a snowman, why?

Sneaking out the gate? Uh no, not me. I was merely checking security. Yeah, that's it...

I don't often baroo, but when I do, I make sure the whole neighborhood hears me.

Why yes, a nice cup of water with a shot of whiskey in it, please.

I don't always roll in the snow, but when I do... nope, I'm lyin'. I ALWAYS roll in the snow

Snow is all well and good, but quality napping is where it's at.