Maggie on Elm

Sunday, February 10, 2013

By Popular Demand....

Several friends asked me to "blog" again.
They missed my posts!
Imagine that!

So what have I been up to lately?
I am knitting my first pair of socks on two circular needles. It feels like I'm getting away with something as the two socks grow in parallel rows. The yarn is dyed using a fancy computer system so stripes and checkerboard patterns automatically form without my having to change colors.

[And now I see I need to update systems to Google Plus in order to download photos. And I had wanted to show you my socks! I'll see if I can do photos.... later.]

Two weeks ago I made my own ricotta, mozzarella and a vegan brie! Not hard. But it is a time intensive process; in particular, the vegan brie needed first 24 hours and then 16 hours to sit.

So, I wondering.....
Handmade. Homemade.
Am I a Luddite?
Or do I have too much time on my hands?

And no.

I'm here using my laptop. I play games with family on my phone. I enjoy reading on my Kindle.
And there never seems to be enough time for all I want to do, write, read, draw, photograph or paint.
Never enough time for all the people I want to see.
It's also not ego....I know there are far tastier cheeses and better made socks.

I think I like process. Knowing how to do stuff. I've churned my own butter, woven my own baskets, sewn my own clothes, printed my own film in a darkroom, and more. It's that behind the scenes look at the things I use and enjoy that draws me in. I like tools and hardware stores and recipes and patterns.

Sometimes I fantasize about how I could contribute if I were a part of the crew lost on Gilligan's Island.

[Right now, it's time to go behind the scenes and figure out this photo thing.]

Tuesday, January 03, 2012

Happy New 2012 Year

Simple resolution this year.
To find delight in each day.
But, it's I have a complicated formula with activity codes (including 0.12 Other_________Please describe) and a star rating divided into hours.
Any score of one or above is good.
Look out for days in the decimals; example: 0.50!!!

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Tuesday, November 17, 2009

St. Margaret's Day

St. Margaret's Day Festivities included
bringing in the Haggis.

Ross carried the tray.
Our Piper and Drummer played.
Mack served.
And Betsy took the photos.

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Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Addicted. . .

It was so bad.
I stood in front of Jacalyn who was waiting to take my order dressed in her Rita's tee and cap.
I couldn't make up my mind.
Mango is good.
Pumpkin spice might be the ticket.
And I always enjoy cherry.

What to do?
I bought all three.*
(*With my "Buy two, Get one FREE" coupon.)

Fortunately, Sue was there to eat one of them!
Thanks, Sue.


Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Award Winner!

I am just home from the Artists' Reception for the Parkland Art League show at the Jewish Community Center, Allentown. Here's my news. Micala Cardinale won fourth overall for her pastel. Yes, the very same basket of flowers you first saw on this blog. Did I call it, or what?

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Saturday, January 31, 2009

See June 02: "now the eyes of my eyes are open"

M.C. blew M.S. and I away when she showed up with this almost complete pastel. If you look at my previous note for June 2, 2008, you'll understand.

This arrangement was a birthday gift for M.C. Now all three of us have done drawings of it.

And as I see it, this is the most successful one.

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Wednesday, January 14, 2009

with and again

Everyone's invited. . .

galeria perdida
projects:: para/site
elonda billera
with and again

artist's reception january 17, 2009
5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
2519 holman street, houston, texas

Here's the thing. This is my daughter's show. I'm the proud mama and I'll be there!!!

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