Christmas Wishes

Earth Light
Earth Light

 

Yesterday’s ice is hiding under new snow, and east of the mountains a white Christmas is on the way.

Wishing everyone the little gifts of life that are so often, as Rumi implies, closer than breathing in and out.

Finding Little Gifts
Finding Little Gifts

Family Having a Merry Early Christmas

Ms. Santa Paws
Ms. Santa Paws

 

December 19th was our family Christmas. Santa DogClaws and Mrs. Paws were there, along with the Skjersaa boys, wives, and kids.

Santa Claws
Santa Claws
Dad Skjersaa
Dad Skjersaa
Kid One
Kid One
Wife One
Wife One
Granddaughters One and Two. Kid One's beautiful, fun, funny girls.
Granddaughters One and Two. Kid One’s beautiful, fun, funny girls.
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Judy and Flora

 

Kid Two and Wife
Kid Two and Wife

 

 

Light a Candle

 

 

Light a Candle
Light a Candle

Lighting a candle is a long-held practice in many cultural, family and faith traditions. The practice is common across international borders and societies. Lighting candles can bring serenity, focus and comfort, and peace.   Breathe, relax, and light a candle for peace within

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Daily Greeting

Hope is the thing with feathers
That perches in the soul,
And sings the tune without the words,
And never stops at all,

Emily Dickinson

Feeding Birds
Feeding Birds

In Memory of John Glenn

 

Holiday Greeting
Holiday Greeting

This poem was today’s “gift” appearing on Panhala’s daily email post.

In Memory of John Glenn, who got to see the world is one

All The Hemispheres – Hafiz

Leave the familiar for a while.
Let your senses and bodies stretch out

Like a welcomed season
Onto the meadows and shores and hills.

Open up to the Roof.
Make a new water-mark on your excitement
And love.

Like a blooming night flower,
Bestow your vital fragrance of happiness
And giving
Upon our intimate assembly.

Change rooms in your mind for a day.

All the hemispheres in existence
Lie beside an equator
In your heart.

Greet Yourself
In your thousand other forms
As you mount the hidden tide and travel
Back home.

All the hemispheres in heaven
Are sitting around a fire
Chatting

While stitching themselves together
Into the Great Circle inside of
You.

(“The Subject Tonight is Love” – versions by Daniel Ladinsky)

Holiday Greeting Art

Yesterday I submitted fourteen images to Looking Glass Gallery, located in the Bend River Mall annex. Seven are Solstice greetings and the other seven are holiday themes.  Watch for future post and more images.

My Solstice art is not easily photographed, as it is painted on Yupo (a plastic paper) with acrylic inks.  The inks leave a high gloss finish which reflects everything making it almost impossible to photograph.  The image I’m posting will give you an idea of my expression  of the Return of the Sun or the Solstice celebration. Inside each card is a brief explanation of the meaning of Solstice.

Solstice
Solstice

Getting Ready for a White Christmas

OK, so I’m snowed in.  Great.  Actually I’m not really snowed in (darn) because I have a Volvo 4WD and I can never claim to be truly snowed in.  It’s gotten me out to the main highway via our long back road when it was covered with at least 3 feet of wet snow, and I was breaking trail.  Nevertheless, it’s really coming down today, and I’m happy to stay home.  I’m posting a shot of my back deck taken this afternoon at 4pm just as the light was fading.

I added to the fun today by donating my beloved Subaru to OPB.  It was very easy, but kind of sad.  We did a lot together over the last 18+ years, and now she’ll become a radio program. Good cause.   Only one problem, the doors are frozen shut with my ski stuff inside.

12/7/16 First Big Snowfall
12/7/16 First Big Snowfall                                                                                                                                                                                     

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Subaru
Subaru

 

Bye Bye

Giving Thanks on Thanksgiving 2016

I posted this poem last Fall, but it’s one of my favorites:

“Slowly,

She celebrated the sacrament of letting go.

Then orange, yellow and red, Finally she let go of her brown.

Shedding her last leaf she watched its journey to the ground.

She stood in silence wearing the color of emptiness

Her branches wondering how do you give shadow with so much gone.

She stood empty and silent stripped bare leaning against the winter sky.

She began her vigil of trust

                                                              And then the sacrament of waiting began.”

Winter is the season I “wait” for each year, anticipating the peace, surprise, and absolute beauty of snow all around, on the ground, in the trees, flakes falling through the cold skies.  Thanksgiving in the past marked the first day of skiing on the mountain.  It still does for the younger part of my family, but now, a bit older and a whole lot more cautious, I’m blessed with “slow beauty”  – or cross country skiing.  Isabella and I venture out daily, she wearing bear feet and I my skis, to feel the blessing of all that is in and all around.  I’m thankful for the quiet of winter and “trust” that the snows are here to stay.  A fire in the wood stove, holiday lights inside and out, a blanket and a good book to end the day is what I have?  (Just read “Lab Girl” – so good and funny – and now “Boys in the Boat” – well written.)  Thank you all for being but, yet, one more blessing that I can give thanks for.

Wishing everyone a Thanksgiving filled with love, kindness, wellbeing, and warmth – the warmth part is for those who prefer  temperatures that would melt snow. 

 

Isabella

 

The young ones on the mountain
The younger ones ski on the mountain on Thanksgiving
Slow Beauty
Slow Beauty

HAPPY BIRTHDAY Terance Olaf Skjersaa II, November 12th

Wow! Forty-nine years ago this amazing being, finally, hit planet Earth – wide eyed, curious, and late. (Those of us who love him run on a different time schedule  – Terry time.) He was to be a Halloween baby, but instead he kind of waited for his dad’s birthday.  Happy Birthday to “big” Terry, too.  Nevertheless, he, young Terry, genuinely enjoys the festivities of Halloween.  Last year he was the flagger we all got to know during the long and short waits of our 2+ year road project.  This year our neighborhood has been crawling with Bend Broadband technicians. Yep, that’s him, although he claims to know little about computers, etc.  Hope BBB doesn’t catch on to him.

Flagger, 2015
Our beloved flagger on the pipeline project-and his favorite witch.
Terry and Rene
Bend Broadband out trick-or-treating. 2016
Terry, Happy Birthday
Happy Birthday

Fall Projects

Winter Aspen
Winter Aspen
Summer Aspen
Summer Aspen

 

Just waiting for Fall Aspen

and lots of time.

I love the detail in pieces like these

when I can get lost in the details.

It’s meditation at it’s best for me.