Sunday, April 28, 2013

The Little Bookcase

a friend made this mini bookshelf for me. 
 i needed a little case for all my tiny journals and other small books. :)

these are art journals, travelogues, and quote books. 
some contain info on certain topics.
some i bought, but most i made out of
recycled material - like favorite cards from friends.
there's even my little wedding planner on this shelf.

the smallest journals are thumbprint size! my latest creations.

Happy New Week!

Friday, April 26, 2013

in our backyard

zody with eyeliner! ha!

greg plants a tree below.
prairie ragwort

beautiful evening in our backyard...

happy weekend!

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Lake Lawtonka's Gift

We went to Lake Lawtonka this evening to check on our sailboat.
The lake was really up thanks to the abundance of rain from last week.
The beach and boat ramp were mostly under water. 

I found many wonderful bases for my tree sculptures!
I'm so excited about these washed-up pieces of wood!

 This smooth weathered wood will make the 
perfect canvas for a nautical painting!

I hope we'll be sailing and swimming here soon ~ ~ ~

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Earth Day Again

Lost and Found Nest
 I wanted to post something for Earth Day yesterday.
However, I got caught up in a wonderful busy evening.
I attended a workshop on Native American flute playing. 
The Ethnomusicologist from OU came to
Cameron University for a presentation.
I learned quite a bit and now I'm itching to buy another flute:
I'd like to add a cedar to my sunflower instrument.
Hope this isn't going to become too addicting. :)

I usually like to spend time outdoors on Earth Day, but I got
home around 7ish; just enough time left for a small stroll around
 the neighborhood trail with Zody & Greg.  
And Greg is home again in the evenings.  Two months of night 
rehearsals for the latest musical 'Drowsy Chaperone' are over. 
I saw a performance last Friday and it was so much fun.

Today, we received our 10 trees from the Arbor Day Society.

While I wait for warmer days to plant these seedlings, I'll just
fashion a wire lilac tree - my latest commission.  :)

The accidental surprise in the paint palette.
"We could have never loved the earth so
 well if we had had no childhood in it..."

Here's to another earth day!

Sunday, April 21, 2013


peaceful moments in the living room today... 
 when i look out of the window, my eyes are in love with the
greening of Prairie Hill right now.

Friday, April 19, 2013

overflowing with rain

lucky for my neighbors, the rain run-off went around their house and filled pond #1, which spilled into pond #2 just below our property. 
and flowed into the biggest pond #3
and through the pond, across the street to spill down a waterfall and hopefully dump into Medicine Creek and not into someone's house!  

 tornado warning sirens blared across sw Oklahoma wednesday night!
it all broke lose around 5pm.  i left work and opted to take shelter at my parent's
 home about two miles away.  I couldn't join greg or zody until 9:30pm.
they had their share of sitting in the closet,,, and greg fought
 the rain water from flooding the house.  it was dramatic, but nothing like
some other headlines in our nation.  natural disasters are more comprehensible
than man-made destruction. our weather was not disastrous, but you know what i mean.   
ahhh, the abundance of rain! cup-runneth-over rain! prairie hill is greening out!
and hopefully the dormant seeds and roots of flowers will feel the refreshing and
respond to the rays of the sun now.  it's been an odd season (again). 
 there seems to be no 'normal' anymore.  drought seems the norm,
fire seems the norm, floods seem the norm.
like nature, we have to be flexible.
grow roots. adapt. remain strong.
have a peace-filled weekend dear friends. 

Monday, April 15, 2013

bleeding heart for boston

i took this picture in boston last year...
(this is how i feel.)
it was my first visit there.
i fell in love with the place. 
the history and harbor held a fascination for me.
it's truly one of the most wonderful 
towns you could visit.

fear no terror!
feel your heart
strong and solid...
filled with peace.

i pray for this lovely town...

Sunday, April 14, 2013

saturday & sunday

we went to the OU campus for a free outdoor Iron & Wine
concert yesterday.  he is such a wonderful singer/musician,
but the concert crowd was so rude. we could hardly hear the
music over all the talking.  this was not a rock concert, but
just a great voice with an acoustic guitar. what a lame shame
that so many people lack concert etiquette.

that's a roadrunner in my back plot!  he snatched a little
 lizard and took off with his lunch.  i hardly ever see roadrunners,
much less in my backyard!  but we do live in the wild, so i shouldn't 
be too surprised.  i thought this was a gift from nature and i'm glad
i got some pictures of him!  we've had a lot of bird activity,,,
red-wing blackbirds, cardinals, woodpeckers and even a 
crane is hanging around the back pond lately!
wild harvesting has started.
(i love spring's bounty)...

wild onions
yarrow tea
both yarrow and plains onions grow on my property and all over the 
surrounding area.  so my sister and i enjoyed a cup of yarrow tea and 
we cut the tiny onions into yogurt.  i added the mini onions to feta meatballs 
in the evening. i love that we can do some wild harvesting right out back
on the southwest oklahoma plains!

yarrow has many healing properties. 
a little goes a long way when it comes to herbs and other edible plants.

here's a lot more info on yarrow in case you're interested:

to a healthy spring week!!

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Cherry Blossoms (tree sculptures)

file photo from weather channel
I had a request to make two cherry blossom trees as an
anniversary gift.  Their first date occurred by the
Washington DC Tidal Basin during the blooming
season of the cherry blossom trees.... April.
I struggled with the color because I kept seeing pale
(white) and she saw pink.  So the bead trees are pale pink.
Instead of two trees, I made three.  The third one
representing her young son - very close to her.

Monday, April 8, 2013

The Pantheon and its history.

First glimpse of the Pantheon.

The Oculus
Raphael's Sarcophagus
The Pantheon is a magnificent ancient temple - later converted into the church of  
Santa Maria ad Martyres. Dating from 125 AD, this is the most complete ancient building 
in Rome and one of the city's most spectacular sights. Until the 20th century, the Pantheon
 was the largest concrete structure in the world. Michelangelo studied its great dome before 
starting work on the dome of St Peter's Basilica.  The Pantheon was dedicated to pan theos,
 "all the gods." When it became a church, it was dedicated to the Virgin Mary and all the 
martyrs. The Pantheon is the burial place of several important Italians (including the artist Raphael). 

The Pantheon was originally built in 27-25 BC by the magistrate Marcus Agrippa (his name appears on the inscription outside), to commemorate the victory of Actium over Antony and Cleopatra. This original temple burned down in 80 AD.  The Pantheon was completely reconstructed in 125 AD by Hadrian, a cosmopolitan emperor who had traveled widely in the East. The second temple was dedicated to every known god, from which the Pantheon gets its name. Hadrian himself is credited with the basic plan, an architectural design that was unique for the time.

The Pantheon was maintained and restored by the emperors Septimus Severus (193-211) and Caracalla (211-17). During its two centuries as a functioning temple, statues of gods filled the niches. Animals were sacrificed and burned in the center; the smoke escaped through the only means of light, the oculus.
After Christianity replaced paganism in Rome, the Pantheon was abandoned for a time. Public pagan worship was prohibited in 346 and most pagan temples were closed in 356. Fortunately, a decree of 408 ordered that temples were to be put to new use; thus some have been preserved and were used as secular buildings.

The Pantheon remained unused until the Byzantine emperor Phocas (602-10) gave it to Pope Boniface IV (608-15). In 609 AD, the Pantheon was consecrated as a Christian church. It was the first pagan temple in Rome to be Christianized, although the practice had been common in the East since the 4th century. The church was dedicated to the Virgin Mary and all the martyrs, thus continuing the tradition of a "catch-all" place of worship.

In 667, the Pantheon was stripped of its golden roof tiles and looted of anything of value, but the building was partially restored by Pope Benedict II (684-85). It was subsequently robbed and restored again several times.

In the 16th century, Michelangelo came to the Pantheon to study its dome before he began work on the dome of St. Peter's (whose dome is 2 feet smaller), and the Pantheon's roof was stripped of bronze for use in Bernini's baldacchino in St. Peter's. In 1563, the bronze doors were restored.

The Pantheon is widely praised for its feats of architecture and concept of space. At 43m (142 ft) wide and 43m (142 ft) high, it is a perfect sphere resting in a cylinder.

Pantheon floor plan
The Pantheon's huge dome is a perfect hemisphere of cast concrete, resting on a solid ring wall. Outside, the dome is covered in almost weightless cantilevered brick.  With a span of 43.2 m (142 feet), it was the largest dome in the world until Brunelleschi's dome in Florence of 1420-36.

The portico (porch) is made of 16 monolithic Corinthian columns topped by a pediment. The inscription M·AGRIPPA·L·F·COS·TERTIUM·FECIT means: "Marcus Agrippa, son of Lucius, during his third consulate, built this."

The bronze doors leading into the building (which are original and were once covered in gold) weigh 20 tons each. The walls of the Pantheon are 7.5m (25 ft.) thick.

The oculus, the only source of natural light in the Pantheon, is a round opening in the center of the dome. It is 27 feet in diameter and open to the sky (the floor is gently sloped to allow for runoff of rainwater).

The main altar of the church is opposite the entrance, and the original 7th-century icon of the Madonna and Child can be seen above it. 
Some 2nd-century decoration from the temple can be seen in the niche just to the right of the apse. The niche just to the right of the entrance carries a fresco of the Annunciation by Melozzo da Forli (15th century).

Monumental tombs are set into the walls of Pantheon, including that of the artist Raphael (on the left side as you enter). Vittorio Emanuele II, first king of a unified Italy, and his successor, Umberto I, are interred here as well.