Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Catching Up

     How can I catch the tail end of a TV program that the Captain was watching, and end up in tears because one of the characters died. Grant you, it was ER, but I haven't seen that show for years. What is up with me.

     I had this open, hoping to at least start a post. I've been thinking that I might try posting this way. I don't always have a lot to post, but if I start, save, then do a bit more till I feel I am finished, then publish....I'll see how that works. It's worth a try.

     Another day - We went to a community picnic last evening, an annual event. People from two small communities get together to eat, laugh and catch up on news. The communities have changed a lot over the years, and now there are a lot of little ones. They had special games for the kids, including a pinata. They had a great time swinging at it, and of course gathering up the fallen candy. What I really enjoyed was the opportunity to play my uke with three other gals, one on a mandolin, and two with guitars. We had a fun time. It was a new experience for me, playing with others. We played a lot of old songs, some I didn't even know, but just followed along. We played before folks ate, and then for a while after. I was having such a good time I didn't realize how sore my left hand and arm were getting. I finally had to stop, though I hated to. Today, my hand and arm are a little sore, but it was well worth it. Such a great time.
     Desire to do something different hits me every once in a while. I was going through my cupboard, and saw my clay supplies. One package had not been closed tightly, and was drying out a bit, and not very malleable. Mmmmmmm, waste not, want not. I tried to soften it a bit with water, but it really wasn't workable enough, so I formed some different shapes and then began scraping, which is something else I do to lose myself in. 

The sticks are not clay, but carved Popsicle sticks. (Don't ask)

It is now 3 days after my uke playing, and my arm and hand are still hurting. It can't all be from that evening of fun, but I don't know. I have been helping Dawn out in the raspberries, not doing too much, just tending the UPick. I'm not helping today, so I thought I would finish this up and post it. Looking back, it is a real mix of things. I took some pictures in the field, and also the almost finished result of the 'scratching. 

The rows of berries

Even though it is 3 weeks into the picking there are still lots of berries

They are tasty

A berry pickers best Blue and Yellow friend

close up of sunflower, including earwig in petal

clay things, painted, but not varnished
sticks painted up

The varnishing will bring out the colours a bit more

Back to the field, and the rows of sunflowers

The field fairies have built a home in the shade of the sunflower leaves

Picked berries for an order

And....finally I will post this 



  1. Hi Bonnie
    I love your clay art and those raspberries look so delicious.
    It must have been fun playing your uke ... sounds like it was a great time at the community picnic.

    Take care of yourself and rest your arm...


    1. The clay art is a good way to loose myself. I think now I might take up painting rocks. I've seen some really neat things on line. My arm is better today. Thanks and hugs back. :)

  2. Gosh all those raspberries - now I'll think of you when I see them in the market. I've seen some great painted garden rocks. Your clay work is so delicate.

    1. I have lots of little rocks on hand so I'm trying a few small ones. Will leave the larger ones for another day, when I find one that really strikes my imagination.

  3. Bonnie, this blog post had the feel of a journal--a little bit here, a little bit there. How cool that you were able to play the ukulele with other folks. Hope your arm and hand are feeling better now.

    1. If I lived an exciting life like Flat Kathy, perhaps I could turn this into a journal, but the only things that she and I have in common is rain and fog :) Still little twinges in arm and hand every once in a while, but that's the fibro fun......

  4. I loved this diary post, Bonnie and am glad you had such a good time at the community picnic, despite the subsequent sore arm. Your clay art looks great and i really admire your creative talent. As for the raspberries, mmmm....

    1. The berries are now finished for the season. Yesterday morning was the last picking. Dawn will now be able to spend more time in the orchard, catching up. Thank you for your kind words. I have started painting a few beach stones now....