Saturday, May 9, 2015

humid and hot saturday

i've been a barely adequate nurse 
for two days.
my dad thought nursing would be a good career for me.
i thought
i'd like to be an artist,
whatever that was.
my partner is healing from a successful hernia operation.
helped by so many good wishes from friends:
my initial made by therese, 
gold on walnut, 
i like that.
and here i am watching gary frost
 using the plough at syracuse university's bird library's conservation lab.
a photo found in the ethers by tim ely!
it's from when my hair was more brown than white.
about the book project:
 the printing is complete, 
we think,
after a really frustrating day
when only one side would print on the big press.
the next day an elf brought over a stack of printed magic.
my happy dance
wrecked my photo.
 the printing was excellent, 
the photography lousy. 
i can only say that all my photos were like this,
i was so excited!
 i harvested slippery elm bark
 as the ferns came along,
they are MUCH bigger now, 
now, when it's 90 out.

and here's a little something-
a stationers binding that i saw online 
and didn't save the source.
but i quite like it.
surfacing here a little bit to say that i am swamped
but fine, sniffling the pollen,
feelin' allright.
nursing with a smile.


Ms. said...

The care of a loved one is a special kind of burden for the heart. I wish you and him well. Meanwhile your photographic offerings are lovely despite your inner critic.

aimee said...

here, too, too hot! you are doing SO MUCH and most of it is terribly exciting...sending big hugs to you both and a speedy recovery!

Judy Martin said...

Another hug for you and your loved one.

What will you do with that elm bark? Is it for paper making or for dyeing or for both?

been catching up on your blog, Velma ...and it is so peaceful. Be well.

Velma Bolyard said...

michelle, you are so kind, and he is doing well, indeed
aimee, too hot, and i am doing alot, but it never seems enough (are you listening?!)
judy, thank you, th eelm bark makes lovely paper, but i have added it into shifu and sometimes even twined some string with it. we'll see, but the tree needed harvesting.

Mo Crow said...

love the old photos the embrooidery tne collecting & here's a link to the binding -
"The copy of Caesar’s commentary on the Gallic wars survives in an early 16th century limp vellum case binding; it has a flap at the fore-edge designed to be secured to a piece of vellum on the front cover with an alum thonged tie."

Velma Bolyard said...

mc, thanks!

onesmallstitch said...

well wishes to you both. first it is too cold and very quickly too hot, not good for all living things. love the picture of a long haired Velma.

Velma Bolyard said...

jean, i still have long hair, it's just mostly white now!

Barry said...

Hi V - hope said partner is healing well. Happy dance is good - love the printed stack. And spring is offer such bounty - hard to think of you in spring as we silently cruise towards winter. Go well. B

Velma Bolyard said...

barry, as always, i have a hard time imaging you moving into winter even though i know it...healing is very good so far.

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