Showing posts from December, 2013

Christmas blessings

As we go through the last few days before Christmas (and how did THAT happen?!?), the weather reminds us all that we have no control over much of our lives.  All the hustle and bustle that is requisite this time of year comes to a screeching halt when Mother Nature says so.  So we all slow down.  Take our time. And wonder.

And if we really look around, while trying very hard not to slip and slide our way into the emergency room, we realize that even as challenges surround us, beauty abounds.

It is also easy to overlook the fact that others have it far worse than us.  I'm thankful that we still have power, that all my family members are safe and sound where they are, and that we are all healthy and happy.  This is especially true for Whirl, who for the last two days has had an ongoing tussle with the tree, poking his head through the garland, roughing up the tree skirt, and escaping with new "treasures," aka ornaments.  He has finally made peace with it all, and took a ni…

A Week Full of Dis...

It's been quite a week here, and it's not over yet.  The weather has been beyond cold, with highs in the teens and lows in the single digits.  That's more suited for late January or early February.  We've only had a touch of snow, but are going to get walloped on Sunday.

There has been a lot of travel for me this week, which is the first "dis:" distance. Three days of long distance driving, which is not at all my idea of a good time, as anyone who knows me can attest.  I'm a real homebody when I'm not working.  So far, I drove 1.5 hours to the dermatologist, so she could look at some things on my face that have been there awhile but won't heal.  Sure enough, they were pre-cancerous lesions, which she sprayed with liquid nitrogen. Can I just say - OUCH!! Two sprays per lesions, and she found three, including one I didn't know about. That was a couple of days ago, and now they are losing the outer skin so they are weepy, red and sore - how festi…

Should I?

I caught this ad for a used loom the other day.  Despite my best efforts to ignore it, I kept looking at it and finally contacted the seller.  It is located quite a ways away, north of Bangor, and has been used in a school, which is pretty cool.  It is an older 4 shaft Nilus Leclerc Fanny loom, 48" wide.

The pros:

It's larger than my present loom, so I could weave some of the wider things that I've wanted to do for quite some time.

It's also heavier, so I could finally try rug weaving.

It is a counterbalance loom, so the shed will be larger, so, um, I could try rug weaving...

The cons:

It's larger than my present loom, so I'm not sure where I can fit it.  It will fit somewhere in the bedroom I use as a studio, I think, but my brain thrives on order and space, and if the room becomes too cluttered and/or confining, I won't be able to think or create well there.  I'm certainly not willing to part with my smaller 8 shaft loom, though that can be folded when…