Thursday, February 4, 2016

wall, now, bag

* The deep snow has created a wall just outside the back door which make the dogs hesitate before leaving the house. They gamely go out and I see them bounding through the drifts to come in later covered in white.

* The spa is totally closed because of the snow---another appointment is made for a day in two weeks time....but I need care now. Later they call back and have found an opening in two days. 

* Working on a bag using colors I love.

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

stuck, 1915, nisei

* The day begins with my feeling overburdened by caregiving. When I attempt to back out of the driveway the car gets stuck. A neighbor from across the street comes to push me out. A neighbor who has had nothing to do with me since I moved in. A neighbor who brushed me off when I crossed the street to say hello four years ago.  I tell her to please do not hurt herself pushing my car. Her sister drives up and lends a hand. Marcos next door then comes to push. Oh, golly. My feeling of isolation and despair diminishes. The store when I get to it for medicine is full of jubilant college students regaling of snow adventures (I learn later they have a snow day from school). The pharmacy worker is kind to me. A stocker is cheerful. I arrive safely home, no more car stucks. The driveway has been shoveled  and the sidewalk is clear. When I sigh with relief as my head hits the pillow at night I stop and enumerate all the people who were kind to me today.Thank you all.

* "The Cut"

* Midnight in Broad Daylight

Thursday, January 28, 2016

warmish, Matthew, day

* A warmish day with no wind when I find myself outside in my favorite chair wrapped up in an old house coat, two hats plopped on my head. The dogs yarf at one another with no response from me as I find my eyelids much too heavy to continue reading........

* "Who is Matthew?"

* A contented birthday.

Monday, January 25, 2016

a letter

* A letter. A basket case. Breaths. Insomnia. Isolation. A list. A phone call. Relief. 

*"When it hurts we return to the banks of certain rivers."

*"I am made and remade continually."

*"First I drink the coffee, then I do the things."

*"Impossible goals are made up of a series a small possible goals."

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

birds, courage, red

* For 2 days birds have been chirping across the road.

* The courage of the squirrel caught up in the high branches of the tree.

* Red, I mean really red, lipstick.

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

van, slippers, book

* A white van with 9 tall men inside. Each man wears a tall white cowboy hat. The brim of each hat touches the brim of the hats next to it.

* Quilted thick house slippers that please the wearer.

* Sole Survivor

Monday, January 18, 2016

receipe, film, book

* Recipe for getting dressed on a winter's morn: 
   1. heap a pile of clothes# to wear for the day on an unmade bed    
   2. plop 2 fuzzy dogs on top
   3. take a steamy hot shower
   4. dry skin with a nubbly towel
   5. smear thick body lotion, warmed by above steamy shower
   6. dash to the bed/dogs/pile
   7. shoo dogs off clothes#
   8. dress
   # preferably corduroy or fleece

*  "Truly, Madly, Deeply"

*  Hebrides