Monday, August 1, 2011

august first

first splintless handwriting since april,
the quote is from leslie avon miller: paper has it's own language"
today i drove two hours to lake placid to see my orthopedic doctor.
i can now be splintless during the day, 
as long as i'm not being too rough. 
i wear the splint at night for another three months, until i next visit.
the tendon is healing, 
about 50 percent,
slowly but surely.
 a surprise awaited me in the mail, 
 a drop spindle made by kevin from a morgan kozo shaft, 
and an inscribed whorl
"expressly made for velma, ms. shifu"
and on the very bottom, the morgan logo
susan sent me her first shifu the other day. 
i was so very moved.
(it included a "map" of our workshop learning.)
a repeat today, of tears welling up,
when this lovely memento from the morgan arrived.
the enthusiasm for shifu and spinning kozo continues:
 in cleveland there is a shifu group.
this summer i have seen it happen: 
when someone is sparked by an idea, 
or an idea catches them, 
or something resonates and compels and needs to be explored.
so after lunch i slept deeply, 
adjusting to my finger's allowed mobility is strange
adjusting to being home and quiet for a time
also strange
adjusting to thinking about some books that are 
brewing, brings excitement.
august, indeed.


Penny Berens said...

Some healing takes oh so very long. Take it slowly.

iNd!@nA said...

good to see that you are unencumbered! [or should that be disencumbered?] x

Valerianna said...

yay.. glad you are in the middle of it, or something like that.
Happy August healing.

Velma said...

p-i'm done with impatience...
i-better than dismembered!

Velma said...

v-better than mid-april!

aimee said...

oh, MY!!!!!!! i am so glad the day has come! and i knew that drop spindle was being perfected. of course it was going to be on its way to you soon!

Leslie Avon Miller said...

Wishing you a fully functioning finger very soon! I am so pleased you enjoyed the words...they came up from the deep well and made themselves known to me. They are not really "mine" but for all of us. ;o)

Velma said...

it's so cool, aimee
and leslie, thanks again!

Bonnie K said...

Life is so beautiful. Blessings are abundant, when one lives in gratitude for even the littlest things.

Velma said...


jude said...

oh such good news. and for home to be strange, isn't it so nice to sense how different a place it is from all other places.

Anonymous said...

your august has started in forward gear - may it continue at a moderate, steady pace.

Velma said...

j & j, strange is ok, i feel like i'm getting acquainted. i like moderate for a change! and steady is necessary

Marilla said...

Glad for you that you are semi-splintless,and able to enjoy some calm time at home. Hope to see you at the market and hear about your trip and teaching.

leFiligree said...

i hope writing and making will be good physical therapy

Fiona Dempster said...

V I have really enjoyed reading of your travels over west and the joy of family reunions, and now days without the splint - life is good! What a lovely bunch of mail happiness as well...I hope the healing continues and the book ideas keep drifting in and become real.

mjc said...

Congrats on becoming splintless by day...

Velma said...

splintless by day, but at night...bwahaha! actually, it's so tender, i'm wimpy by day. thanks l, f, and m.

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