Monday, January 30, 2023

The old woman remembers

 Things happen as we age we hadn’t factored into our “old age” plan, if we even had one. Those unpredictable life events that, when younger and full of energy, we plowed through, discarded or resolved. Now, in the last quarter of our life, we may have to turn their resolution over to others. Unfortunately, in our commerce-oriented society, money is the bottom line for quality care. Some elders have family members who will care for them regardless of financial rewards. But many do not, having no spouse, no children or siblings. I can only hope, should I become diseased or disabled, that my son will help me. We do not revere and respect elders. Not true of everyone, but in general. Yet we elders hold many years of life experienced to reflect on, tell stories about which might, in quiet ways, inspire those who are still in the fray. Often, we listen well. But what do we do? We separate our elders from their beloved pets, homes and familiar surroundings. Shut them away in institutional, impersonal boxes. Yes, they are provided with meals, socialization, artificial though it is. Possibly some nursing care. There must be some better option, more joyful and useful to both elder and caregiver I have no answers. As an elder myself I know I can’t take over the care of another. Each day I do my best to care for me. Cook my meals, wash my clothes, clean the kitty litter. But there may come a time when I can no longer complete these tasks. And that is the stuff of nightmares. Or at least of questions I cannot answer, plan for or resolve ahead of time. I can’t predict what lies ahead for me other than possible illness and certain death. And there is no cure for that. I will join the many who have lived and died, wherever they are. I will be past, rather than present or future. See you there. *\

Wednesday, January 04, 2023

Hello again in 2023

 Trying to familiarize myself with blogger after many years.  My flibbity gibbit focus makes it hard along with Miso the cat jumping onto my keyboard.  What to do this year artwise.  Or best to say, this January.  Will have to figure out how to add a photo.  Its like it is all new to me.  Blessings to you all.  Maddie   A watercolor.  I am new at watercolor

Friday, June 28, 2019

Spirit Dolls

The bodies are made with twigs.  In the top doll I padded the twigs with cotton balls before dressing her.  No padding on the second doll and I think I like it better without.

  I dressed the second doll using a flag from a "prayer" flag I made several years ago and hung outside.  The flags weathered nicely but the string connecting them disintegrated.  I will hang her outside somewhere as a guardian spirit.

The faces are earthenware made by Lyn Belisle and ordered from her Etsy shop Earthshards.  At first I thought they might be too big for the dolls.  They look like masks.  But now I have gotten used to the look. 

Joanne Powell Colbert has a free ebook on spirit dolls.  She "invented" the idea. I also read about them on Lyn Belisle's website Lyn  however the ebook link seems to be gone now.

This was very fun to do.  Twigs and scraps.  Free stuff.  I love it. My spirit had been downcast.  Now it's happy.  May the spirit be with you.  Love, Suki