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sometimes i go to town, and sometimes i work.

November 17, 2013

while life here in wonderland keeps me content most of the time,

i do occasionally go into town.

(for something other than physical therapy,

which requires sensible clothing.)

this week jenny and i went for a petit dejeuner at cheese importers,

which is such an exquisite establishment!

it’s like a mini-vacation to france,

a decided step up from armchair travel.

i digress…

when i get home from such an outing

i am often loathe to change back into regular clothes

and bring a sudden end to the experience.

this week i remedied that situation with a little

camera practice using the remote that i always

forget i have.

(as in i think i’ve used it three or four times–

since i got the camera in 2006.)

anyway, the weather being gorgeous made me

take the camera outside and get to work,

because practice = work.




and yes, this is work–

i know because i have to learn as i go AND

the work was rewarded later that night when

two owls sang a duet in this very spot

for a solid fifteen minutes.

it was magical!

as i went back inside and kept wearing my go-to-town clothes

i thought back to another event in the past week

when i got to dress up and see my friends from school

at a social event.

at said event i came face-to-face with the realization

that in our society we are defined by the work we do.

i was asked repeatedly what i do these days,

and i’m telling you that this was a MUCH easier question to answer

when i had a job, as in one with a title and a paycheck.

this is more than compensated for, however,

by getting to do what i love without pay.

so here is my answer:

in addition to falling from horses, breaking bones,

working at rehab, and performing miraculous recoveries,

a)  i make eco-prints


i research projects and images and then try it out with my bargain basement equipment.

i like it this way, because i am being resourceful.


the more i experiment (practice) the better the results.


i make photos and transparencies of these pages to use in other projects.

b)  i photograph my world to document the wonder i experience each time i step outside my front door






c)  in summer i garden, but year-round i work with plants


d)  lately, i knit


and knit


and knit.


this is yesterday’s cowl,


and this one went on the needles tonight.

(it was only after downloading these photos on the computer tonight

that i realized that my sense of color extends to the accompanying beverage of choice.)

e)  i keep a ridiculous number of journals, some poorly and some with commendable regularity


recently pages have recorded ideas/inspirations/colors/patterns



experimented with recycling old materials in new ways


experimented with design ideas for use in large scale projects


planned a new storage system in the studio to make better use of space

and make materials easy to locate when needed


and planned out projects for the months (year) ahead.



as you see, i’m still “working”,


which makes me hungry!

and horses?

oh, yes!!

i’m madly in love with our band of gypsies and a little paint,

and today i haltered them one-by-one and brought them to the farrier

for their december pedicures.

i’ve also graduated from simply driving the tractor at pen cleaning time

to officially scooping the poop again.

yep, i’m back to my duties as mother mucker.


this makes everyone around here a whole lot happier!

especially me!


i made plane reservations for early december to get back home

to california to see my dad.

we’re going to put up the christmas tree, bake cookies,

play carols, maybe even sing and dance,

because this is our one wild and precious life

and we are going to celebrate it!!

be well, my friends,

and whatever it is you do–

take time to celebrate your one wild and precious life, too.


8 Comments leave one →
  1. Laurie permalink
    November 17, 2013 8:36 am

    california can’t wait for your arrival!
    i know how much you have been yearning for this, and it makes me heart-happy that you can finally get here!

    what a christmas gift!
    i’m sure the absence will have served to make your time with dad that much sweeter . . .

    • sassysistersink permalink*
      November 18, 2013 8:54 pm

      i am happy and relieved that i can finally get back home. this morning i got a call telling me that my dad had gone to the hospital, but fortunately he is back at home and apparently ok.
      i agree– this time will be especially meaningful following a long separation. i’m looking forward to it.

  2. November 17, 2013 12:45 pm

    your photos always feed my soul.

    • sassysistersink permalink*
      November 18, 2013 8:55 pm

      thank you.
      that means a lot.

  3. Brandi permalink
    November 17, 2013 3:00 pm

    So glad you’re able to shovel poo again!! 🙂 It means good things for your healing, and I’m glad.

    • sassysistersink permalink*
      November 18, 2013 8:57 pm

      thanks, brandi! it’s funny how we measure progress, but for me shoveling poo is most certainly a signof healing! mental and physical, i might add…

  4. Mary Harte permalink
    November 19, 2013 2:05 pm

    Beautiful thoughts and I loved seeing the pictures of you. Very nice and your art is incredible Jan! Iove being retired and I could relate so much with what you said. I swear I am busier now than ever!

    • sassysistersink permalink*
      November 19, 2013 3:12 pm

      having known you for quite nearly 40 years (how is this possible?) I know that we are always busy, but it is a creative busyness because we are constantly learning something new! i look forward to spending creative retired time together discovering the new adventures that lie ahead for us!!

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