As a member of the local American Legion yesterday I went out to the Tahoma National Cemetery to honor our fallen soldiers.While there I also took a moment to sit and think about my dear life long friend Robert Larson as well as other friends who have left me.
Today Veterans Day 2014 , my good friend Ken Vensel, hiker, photographer , mountain tour guide, invited me on a hike. Ken likes to take photos of waterfalls and mountains and all kinds of other stuff. We usually do most of our hikes under the light of the full moon. We have done today’s hike many times but always on snow shoes. It was fun to see what things look like without 12 feet of snow on the ground. It was an amazing day for a hike as the sky was clear ( not so great for the guy with the camera) the temperatures were in the low 20’sF ( not so great for the girl in yoga paints and no gloves).It was obvious to us both today that winter is here, even though just last week the temperatures were in the high 60’sF. We hiked the Common Wealth Basin Trail which is also part of the Old Pacific Crest Trail. I counted at least 20 plus waterfalls during our hike today. I can hardly wait for the snow so that we can head back up on snow shoes! Ken is also one of the artists that will be showing at the Columbia Winery with me from Jan 5- March 31.
I was challenged to make three different geese. This is goose number 2 , My Friend Denny kindly went through his art supplies and donated hundreds if forks to I have names this goose after him. All I have left to do is to put a bottom on him. This goose is made completely out of spoons and forks and a few scraps of metal for the frame.
In order to grow I am constantly challenging myself to try new things. I was asked to make some geese for a local tasting room to have on display. After completing the first goose I decided I wanted to try something new ( well at least new for me) so I posted a note on Facebook that I was going on a Fork Hunt! The next day my friend Denny Croston forked me! He cleaned out his shop cabinet and loaded me up with forks! I have to spend some time in the shop cutting off the handles I am hoping to have this little goose done next week. I am going to call him Denny.
Thanks to my friend Anette I ended up taking an unexpected trip down memory lane today. We drove to Steilacoom and looked at my great grandparents old place along with my Uncle Chet’s old house which still has the green lantern sign out front. In looking for a photo I found a fun bit of history about the place so I have linked to it above.) The bridge down to the old boat house was stacked up on the middle of the street so we were unable to access my first secret childhood beach. We left and ventured down to Sunnyside beach to sit in the spot where I sat with my dads father aka my grandfather. My Grandfather had retired and taken a job as a park care taker, he had a small trailer that sat where there is now a lovely piece of art. I loved spending summers between his house and his mothers house!
Anettte and I sat and watched the ferries go to and from Anderson and McNeil Island.It was hard to believe how wonder it was for a late October day. I shared the stories of hoe my uncle Kenny used to let us kids ride the ferry for free if we would sing him a song.
On the way home we admired the handy rock work around Western State hospital that was done by yet another of my great uncles. I charged the stories of my grandfather walking down the beach and dropping fire crackers so the girls would jump up. At the time I did not know he was hoping to get a glimpse of their titties. I love where I am from and where I live.
I am pleased to be curating an art event at the Columbia Winery to start off the new year! Save the date now for our Meet the Artist Happy Hour,January 9th 2015 from 4-7 PM
Participating artists include:
Today’s featured artist is Sheryl Brown