Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Bits and Pieces of 2013

Elk Mountain
-3 days of rain 
-nesheim's visit

"our molting season, like that of the fowls, 
must be a crisis in our lives." -henry david thoreau 


-made many bead trees
-rain & snow

"worrying is like praying for what you do not want."  -anon.


-epic trip to italy - arezzo, florence, assisi & rome
(greg & i kissed under the sistine ceiling!)
-my birthday
-one day of rain in oklahoma
-rain in rome

"your gentleness has made me great." psalm 18:35


-late winter mix storm - from 84 to 30 degrees
-flooding, hail, tornadoes
-spring returns to the prairie though
-flowers return
-wild harvesting begins
-roadrunner appears
-greg gets bit by a brown recluse spider in norman, ok

"when a man or woman is truly honest, it is virtually impossible 
to insult them personally." -Brennan Manning

"Our Backyard Wildflowers" SW Oklahoma Wildflowers 

a beastly and beautiful month:

-flowers appear in full glory again
-record cold day of 48 degrees
-rains, hail, tornadoes
-greg and sons survive an F5 tornado in moore, ok
-i planted a garden
-i exhibited my wildflower watercolors
-we saw Bernini exhibit in Ft. Worth
-bunting birds return
-prairie king snake appears

"spring is coming, spring, my joy.
now i will prepare for my journey."
-franz schubert



-the standing cypress flower takes the show this year!
-my first swim of the season
-grasshoppers and a hailstorm demolish my garden
-greg's b-day
-we met Johnny Depp
-and a toad moves into the garden for a while

"i think that having land and not ruining it is the most beautiful
art that anybody could ever want." -andy warhol 

"Rain" encaustic
-total of 8 days rain in july (in Oklahoma!)
-cool temps
-created many encaustics
-cicadas and praying mantids abound

"in nature there are neither rewards nor punishments; 
there are consequences."  - robert ingersoll  


-pacific coast vacation (california & oregon)
-started new job

"any landscape is a condition of the spirit."  
- henri amiel


-5 days of rain
- gulf fritillary abundant
-almost stepped on a rattlesnake
-medicine park art walk
-created lots of encaustic
-cedar flute gift

"behold, I have given you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, 
and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing will injure you." 
luke 10:19


-6 days of rain (32" for the year)
-sumac season
-3rd anniversary

"ten thousand flowers in spring, the moon in autumn,
a cool breeze in summer, snow in winter...
if your mind isn't clouded by unnecessary things,
this is the best season of your life."
-wu men


-early snow and ice
-extreme weather shifts
-early hanukkah
-scorpion bite
-'Time' art show at Leslie Powell
-saw exhibit 'Of Heaven & Earth 500 Years of Italian Paintings' in okc
- made lots of medicine bags

"work at least as hard in the invisible world 
as you do in the visible." - rumi


'The Juries' - greg's musical comedy performance
-breathtaking icescape transformation

"when going through something difficult, unfair or painful, 
only God can reveal the immensely beautiful 'other side of the coin.' -sd

~      ~      ~      ~      ~      ~

I think it's safe to say, THE YEAR IS OVER!
The joys and pains,,, the bitter and sweet of 2013.

I welcome 2014
as in the words of Rumi,,,
'be a blank paper,
an empty spot in the ground
for seed to take root....'

May it be good to you -
kind to you
and astound you -

Thank you for following my year.
Whether you comment or not, I appreciate you 
and pray great blessings over you. 
May you understand the beauty of your soul
and power of your path on earth....


  1. Despite some bad happenings, you have had a wonderfully creative year. I wish you a great 2014

  2. A whole bunch of a year 2013 was!
    Now let us see what 2014 brings!

    1. Bring it! :)

      (Lily - you sent the perfect card today! It made me laugh. Could not have been more perfect.)

  3. lovely flashback! I also love fresh starts! Wishing you all the best for 2014!

  4. That was fun, looking back at all the happs on your prairie. The snake, the toad, the beauty!
    And the trips you took that meant so much.
    Now then. It's the year of the horse.
    Saddle or bareback, hmmm?
    Happy new year prairie sis

    1. Happy New Year Lynn! Saddle for now.... ;)