Saturday, May 24, 2014

juxtapose and tears

 this is one of the four chipmunks i've relocated this spring
 this is what keeps me sane
 and some of the insane stuff:
photos that won't rotate
shanna leino made the etchings on this little snippie
 the spine of the binding from my book from tim's class
with some of tim's paper
 and the text block
 the stairs are almost complete in the new place
all the woodwork is yellow birch.
harvested locally.
 the living room looking into his room 
 white trilliums on the turn
 i think this is the seed head from coltsfoot
 indigenous violets
at the new place
 a new rodent has appeared!
a black squirrel
first i've seen around here
 i've caught 3 woodchucks 
this year
two live trapped and relocated
you can see both traps here,
chipmunk and woodcock hostels.
i take them far enough away 
they won't return.
 postcard from gabby
again the photo problem!
 a print from suzanna
whose pup insisted it come to me.
 i don't usually get this sort of message
but today
after going to the after hours clinic
(why? i'm cleaning the garage and barn
stepped on a nail,
and it's been too long since the last tetanus)
and you rule was with this amazing book--
 in maine i sold some paper
and had several conversations,
one with todd and his wife--
i don't remember in that great rush their faces,
but i do remember talking about 
the book he wanted to make with my paper
and katie mcgregor's paper
for the pages, and i asked
for a photo (i always do-i love to see what people make!)
 well, todd sent me a book!
 beautifully bound
 with sky blue mcgregor paper
after the morning's medical intervention,
i found this beautiful gift in the mail.
thank you.
thank you all who have sent me 
little somethings in the mail.
this week has been rocky in several ways.
but i feel sustained by affirmations 
of the importance of fine craft. fine work. good work.
and those amazing human beans (as the bfg called us).
thank you.


aimee said...

oh, foot friend. you are a remarkable and precious bean! love the gifts. you give a lot, too!

Valerianna said...

Nice to get gifts after the clinic visit.. and the stairs, beautiful! NY chimpunks look a lot more like red squirrels than chimpunks?

ronnie said...

so I take it that chipmunks and squirrels aren't the best company? they look so cute and little and sweet.....

Votedwithourforks said...

That black squirrel is a cutie. Is he/she a colour variation on a grey squirrel or a different species?

Velma Bolyard said...

valerie, it does look like a red squirrel in this picture, but i assure you it had full striping and was nice and fat. and grand gifts
ronnie, ronnie, they will eat you out of house and home, leave calling cards behins and bring all their relatives. besides that, red squirrels in paritcular like to eat your electrical wiring, especially vintage stuff like mine.

Velma Bolyard said...

votedwithourforks (what a name!) it's a variant of the gray. not so common south of the border, but a few occur around here.

Velma Bolyard said...

aimee, foot friend indeed! beans and feet and friends and gifts. smiling here.

ArtPropelled said...

I'm swooning over the birch flooring and stairs. What a treat to live there!

Velma Bolyard said...

robyn, it will be if it ever get done!

Anonymous said...

Velma, patience is definitely one of your virtues- the new building looks like it is progressing nicely, if a little slower than you would wish for. trapping the wee beasties is a gentle solution but I wonder if it solves the problem? hope the foot is o.k.

Velma Bolyard said...

jean, you're right, the problem isn't solved, it just gets moved. here, new critters will move in. but, for now, a little peace.

neki desu said...

your place is going to be awesome. lots of rooms with a view.
take care of that foot, please

Fiona Dempster said...

This post seemed to tell me how rich and varied our lives are - from injury to animals, to books, to friends, to paper, to irritating technology…we are full and varied folk for sure. Hope your world is righting itself a bit now...

Velma Bolyard said...

neki, it is just beautiful, and the little pucture looks good.
fiona, spring, being an edge between winter and summer, has such richness...and excitement, for sure

Alice said...

Todd's book with beautiful spine & cover, a treat to see, thanks for posting. Please be careful where you walk.

Velma Bolyard said...

catherine, you're so right, and i am watching my steps!

Suzanna said...

Gilly will be so pleased to hear the raindrop arrived! Sending good wishes to the foot...

Velma Bolyard said...

suzanna, the foot, sigh, now the other one has a dislocated toe.

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