Something new for Thursday.....
I've been in my lab creating my version of an orrey, that was my inspiration anyway, that and the moon that is smiling these past nights..... something stellar this way comes.
First off I want to thank all of you for your nice notes and for your concern, it's been very hard to keep up with everything. Have you ever felt like someone threw you into a sinking ship, handed you a teaspoon and told you to start bailing? I can see the hull now :) We are not back on the trail but things are beginning to look up, become more manageable anyway. I'm sure by next week we will all be back in the pink again.
It's been a rough go, the mental exhaustion grew into physical as any caregiver can attest to....
but in the end I know I would not have to think twice about proceeding in any other way.
I'm still working, sending birds off into the wind, sometimes with Jo at my feet even though she does not like being in my studio. Life still chugs forward and I just keep bailing.
Most of you know my dog Banjo by now. Banjo is my dog but she also is my heart. We adopted her 11 years ago from a rescue group after finding her on the computer, on a site called petfinders. She was found on the side of a highway in Oklahoma where a kind trucker, gal pulled over and gave her a lift to Texas, then to California. Her name when we adopted her was Clare which was serendipitous since she would be living in Claremont. Banjo was diagnosed with cancer last week after I noticed a suspicious lump while I groomed her. It has been a rough few days for not only me but for our family. Banjo is one of those dogs who goes with the flow, she has a very calm temperament and suffers very little stress, which makes vet appointments a bit easier since I think it takes more of a toll on me. Banjo wags her tail and demonstrates her impeccable manners which makes everyone fall in love with her.
*Dr B. tapped his lap and tried to get Jo to put her feet on him which she wouldn't do. I told him she was trained not to do that, then he felt foolish for trying to make her misbehave, Banjo wagged :)
Banjo had surgery yesterday by a very talented and funny I might add, veterinary surgeon. I should have saved the note Banjo wrote to him but as it turns out it was the first note he'd ever received from a dog so he kept it :) Banjo's prognosis is very, very good, I spoke to her surgeon last night who is quite sure he got it out before it had spread which was a collective sigh of relief here at the Darrow home. The reason I am sharing all this is because, I have gotten so far behind with communication and it's hard to pretend all is well when suffering brain cramps and heart cramps, not to mention, trying to work with all this going on.
This is why I have been happily repeating the same pattern this week, not only did I want to "Bird Girl" ya all up. I'm sure I couldn't have designed anything new if my life depended on it.
Sometimes groundhog day is just the thing to keep your hands busy while your brain hurts.
I'm going to saw more birds after receiving more notes and list more orders today.
These two are flying off today.
Thank you again for your orders and always for you kindness and understanding.
Much LOvE, Ro & Jo
I thought you should see my friend Chester's mate, she is shy for a Scrub Jay and keeps her distance, I can always tell who she is by her scrawny tail. Poor girl, a perpetual bad tail day, Chester's affection obviously goes deeper than looks.
I thought you might like to see phase two. These are all so pretty with their various unique stones, I don't think I could choose a favorite.
It's been so lovely the past few days, we are experiencing rain after such a long dry spell the grasses in the hills have all turned brown and keeled over.
The thistles are still green and blooming. You probably already know they are in the same family as the artichoke but does anyone know if the interior of the bud is edible? I tried to pick one to bring home but this plant is a beast and wouldn't let go. Maybe if they were delicious we would like them better. :)
Oh and it started to rain and it felt so good I watched it collect on huge leaves of the castor bean....
invasive, exotic grown for the oil, responsible for sarin gas.
*True, and I looked up the spelling for Sarin so if my computer is confiscated, I will be on a list. I'm still watching Fringe now I'm paranoid.......Ha!
I watched the water run down the tributaries of the leaves and start to fill the small crater lake. When you are rain starved you enjoy looking at it......."hello friend, why don't you visit more often?
I do want to show you more of my trip and I will when I have more time, right now I'm making more birds, thank you "Bird Girls" for keeping me chirping! I thought you might like to see the view from my bench, not bad, not bad at all! I'm in the pink!