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Tuesday, January 27, 2015

MT Baker and Mukilteo Ferry

This is a few blocks from home. 
One of the many ferries. One of the many volcanoes is further away but can be seen from home sweet home. 
( if it's a clear day).,

The ferry runs from Mukilteo to Whidbey Island. 

It's time for a jaunt to the island I think. 
Although their record probably hasn't changed of setting up speed traps in confusing places where speed limits change rapidly in close proximity to one another and per usual Washington has a lot of signage competing with speed limit signs (which are very small). 

Oregon, on the other hand, has clear signage and huge speed limit signs. 

You'd think Washington wants people to get tickets!!
(yes)

Maybe I won't go after all. 
Too bad for merchants on the island that 
Visitors are taken advantage of. 
Maybe the Merchants will pressure the state to modify these signs and policies?











Monday, January 26, 2015

Time to order Kiku starts

New couple owns Kings Mums. 
I'm glad they'll be available once again. 
I think they need a program ppl can use online to order efficiently. 

I can give them the information but not sure they'll have time or resources to do it. They're very busy and may not have enough hands to manage it all. So I hope help will just show up. 
Anything can happen. 

Call them to order a paper catalogue. 
I'll pick
Mine out eventually. 
Let the planning begin!!

 *** UPDATE Jan 27, 2015
The  new owners are having some difficulties getting  licenses for selling the patented mums. It seems the organization responsible, (I'm guessing), hasn't been very responsible. 
The new owners sent out catalogues thinking they only required an inspection. I  am curious about this patent business, who is selling them if the cost is to sell 33,333 cuttings a year? And how will those holding patents make any money if they have such a high policy for sales?

 These certain mums are patented cultivars, and the list is not short, of what they will be unable to sell. I wonder if the past owners knew about this or if they grandfathered in  or what? But the organization that own the patents I guess require annual sals of 33,333 plants a year. (isn't that an odd number?)

I hope for the sake of these young people that there's a misunderstanding. They have bought Greenhouses and etc and set up a big business only to come so far as to be excluded this way.
 It is really a shame.

If you can help, please lend a hand.
 These flowers are very important. Thanks..








Saturday, January 24, 2015

Slowed down with a cough...

But I'm hoping to get out into nature again soon. Snow or rain forest. 
Maybe Vancouver, or wave watching in a storm. 
Meanwhile staying warm at home ...


Yellow roses...









Wednesday, January 21, 2015

My birthday week. The celebrations began officially yesterday.

Happy Birthday Aquarians! You're the best and the brightest and the freest and 
Most amazing people. 

My ascendent is Aq too so my feet are nowhere near ground level. 
And my Mars and Mercury are also sponsored by Aquarius. 

Don't let any dreary boring signs pull you down!!

On my birthday.... Swans in the Skagit valley..


I received this (double wave) Tsunami blown glass by David Wight, glass artist who studied at Pilchuck with Chihuly. 
In cobalt. 
A birthday present... Thank you you know who you are. 


I love the jellyfish blown glass too

I've been waiting for a piece I love. 
Chihulys are nice but I'd want an extravagant chandelier so big house essential. 

These are pretty amazing. 
But hmm, I also wanted a beautiful chesterfield leather sofa. 

And I need my Eilerson Arizona love seat and chair redone. I want it done in probably, indigo Italian leather. 

And I still want to build a nice round wooden house. 

And I found this estate in NM
53 bedrooms!!!
Seriously. I need this place for workshops and as an ashram. 

I fully expect the universe will download the money since its impressed the idea so fervently. 


Here's the Suzani wall and tsunami wave! 
Beautiful piece of art and art. 



Sunday, January 18, 2015

Suzani's

Suzani from Bukhara with peppers
Left

Center 
Silk on silk Boysun
Suzani

Right
Oy-Palak
Samarkand, all silk velvet


Boysun silk suzani
On the chaise


Approved



Sunday, January 4, 2015

A very few things I'd do if I had money to work with...


For myself, a few coming up. 




The mums btw were saved, if you read about Kings problem with the mums last year. 
A couple bought out Kings mums, so I will begin ordering plants soon after all, this year.
I really missed doing them
Last year. I was learning so much more each year. Surely I have it down now^^!

I could use a greenhouse but have made do.
Here we don't get the sun and warmth to dry the ground to force feed the plants the phosphrous they need for blooms. However, due to the coolness, the blooms last much longer.
Everything's a trade off.
Nothing wrong with making do.
I put my Kiku under the back porch to protect them from damage on the delicate petals because the rain disturbs the bloom.
You learn other ways of accomplishing things, as you do with glazes and throwing pots or designing tiles or sculpting, as the process goes along.

I'd hoped Paul Allen would get involved and save the day for Kings mums. I was sure a man like him  interested. I couldn't think of anyone else in the area who would care one way or the other. I had a hunch, but things worked out. But the nursery has been moved to Oklahoma.
I was hoping he would hear of their plight and get involved, but he is a busy man,
 a fellow Intp plus born a day after me. Amazing man I think. 



I'll be receiving new suzani's this week. 
This isn't one. The palak is not in my budget.
But it's beautiful isn't it. 
My museum will need a few palaks..
I will be posting suzani's as they arrive and after I have them cleaned and pressed...
My daughter gave me one for Christmas!




Below: A silkscreen I got for Christmas, "Finefish", koi, in the shop being framed. 
Remind me of Japan and how much I love that country and admire the esthetic 
And how I'd love to go this spring to view the cherry blossoms. 

I miss my friends in Japan and especially miss Nagaoka in the fall. I'd love to have my own Japanese 16th century style home complete with garden and koi pond. Mums and peonies.



This pillow top arrives Tuesday. 
I got some money for Christmas and temporarily forgot I need a new computer I'm saving for, among other things, and I bought Suzani's  and stuff. Stay tuned. 

Had a nice trip searching for snow over Christmas and New Years I did find some colorful snowy places. The earth is a miracle of beauty and amazement. 


I've had friends, ( men I dated) tell me they'd give me half their lottery winnings just to see what I'd do with the money. 

I have to laugh. 
I do believe most of them meant it. Darn they didn't win! 

As a strong conceptualist, I have an inventive mind. 
 I download ideas like people download facebook. 

It can be frustrating but usually another interesting idea comes along, so I'm always entertained and happy within myself. 

But I do have great ideas arrive that would serve community. Many of them have already.
My strength is in conception. And I see answers to problems. 

Not necessarily in incorporating things which would take a lot of energy with institutions etc like banks, to accomplish them. I've had businesses before and they were successful but I always have to move on to the next idea. 

Still...my library ideas are so unconventional. I wish I wish someone would lend an ear. One library was started when I introduced the idea at a public forum years ago but I moved away and didn't get to oversee it. The wrong person in charge. Changes everything. 


My traveling yurt museum of art. 
Drooling over this incredible proposition. 

Making a difference begins with children, and art. Art anyway isn't what is made. It's a way of thinking. The thought is first. 

BTW Hello Fairbanks Alaska!






Friday, January 2, 2015

In Search Of Snow..

The Mad River

Such a beautiful refreshing place..










Winter Wonderland


Bald Eagles
and

Bobcat Tracks



Mule Deer Tracks crossing a Frozen Davis Lake


Along the Mad River