Sunday, August 26, 2007

New work and travel update


"Petra" 28" necklace, 18 lampwork beads in earthy, mystical tones and patterns, topaz Swarovski crystals, 13 fine silver hammered rings, custom fine silver clasp. $195. Coordinating 1 3/4 inch "Petra" earrings. $35.

Mellonious Spheres, hollow lampwork earrings. $35. 3/4" x 5/8" diameter.

Lilac Sputnik earrings, $35. 3/4" diameter.

Lots to update you on, so I'll just skim the highlights. A few beads, many travels, countless memories of precious moments with loved ones.

The newest version of Beach Blanket Babylon up in North Beach is fantastic! They now have a Nancy Pelosi character as "leader of the pack" of women lawmakers making a difference in California (to include Boxer and Feinstein). A must see if you're in SF. Mom loved the show and the brief time we spent exploring San Francisco, and a later tour of the wind tunnels at NASA Ames were definitely a high point. Freshly caught grilled salmon with homemade pesto and shared with friends and family capped off a wonderful time.

Had time to play at the beach with my son (ok, so he got more wave time than I did, but someone's got to document it all!), went backpacking in the Caribou Wilderness, and hiked into Lassen's Bumpass Hell area. Lassen is a breathtaking place to visit, and the active thermal areas are amazingly colorful and beautiful. Other high (or low) lights included seeing friends in Oregon, a trip to the ER for an unexplained case of allergic hives, exploring the performance envelope of the potato gun we built last Christmas, and some R/C helicopter flights. Yukon gold offer more than just good taste when it comes to ballistics, we found.

School starts very soon, and we'll be into our fall pattern of incredible weather, shortening days, and thoughts of holidays to come. Starting today some long awaited torch time will return to my schedule, and I'll keep you posted on new ideas.

I haven't settled on my fall/holiday show schedule yet, but likely I'll do one or two events in November and December.

Enjoy the waning days of summer while you can!

Close Encounters of the Wild Kind

This is not my photo, but it's what I saw!

A long overdue update is on its way, but in the meantime, I just had the most incredible up close encounter with wildlife in our garden! I was out watering, with the rain shower hose wand pointed upwards to allow a gentle spray of water to fall on the plants. A hummingbird came to hover near the shower about three feet from me, and clearly expressed an interest in the water. I held the hose still, while the hummer inched closer and closer to the water, until finally its tiny body was getting gently sprayed. He wasn't even two feet from my hand! He bobbed up and down in the stream, and at one point hovered just above it so that his tiny feet were getting washed. He was jogging in place, moving his feet around in the spray, undoubtedly trying to clean them. Once that chore was done, he rotated around to place his beak briefly into the stream to drink, dunked his body to rinse, and then flew off to a nearby fence to preen and dry.

Wow. I sure picked just the right time to go out and water. Every time this image reappears in my mind I can't help but smile.

You hear about those patient folks who stand outside by their hummingbird feeders for what must be forever, to gradually tame those creatures to come closer and closer, until eventually they will sit on the human's outstretched finger. I feel very lucky.

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