I wiped away the weeds & foam. / I fetched my sea-born treasures home... Ralph Waldo Emerson

Tuesday, May 10, 2016


Hello everyone! Mo and I are still mostly having to stay in and rest and heal. No wonderful beach walks to share with you! [wait! maybe...] And I always worry my non-quilting friends will tire of seeing my busy-work projects.
Remember that old Seinfeld episode where the boys plan a show ''about nothing''?--- LOL. This is similar---a post about nothing! My hip pain is responding to lots of rest and heating pad, although the pain tends to travel [joint inflammation] and now my left hand is also very painful. The good new is the shoulder pain has subsided.
Mo still is for some reason refusing to walk.

I am limiting him to one long walk per day. Usually if he got tired I'd carry him, but with the severe sob-inducing hip pain, I find it hard to heft his chubby self under my arm and walk with him. He tends to do his sit-downs as far from home as he can manage, too.

Mother's Day was sweet. Quiet, but nice. Lovely flowers from my kids..

And a bottle of this fun and soooo pretty rose' from a friend. Oh we need to stock up on this.

Problem is, it's hard to remain indoors once my hip is not so painful. Despite grey and very windy day, my beach is calling to me. Is there treasure after the storm flood tides? Did my birds make their nests in safe places. Let's go look!? Yes? no?
View from the bench at the top of the dune boardwalk.

It's almost low tide, and because it is almost the new moon, it is a very low tide.

Let's go investigate!

Only one piper nest so far, see the cage to the left? Looks like the high water just missed her.

The dunes are getting greener.

See how far out the tide has gone!

Lots of seaweed, like straw, from last week's storm/ flood tides. It looks ugly but is great for finding treasure. It will be raked up at sunset/ sunrise, by the sand-rake truck.

And here are exposed deposits of shells. Good for seaglass though I doubt I could bend over to pick anything up, isn't that awful...

You can see it's cold and grey. 53*, 18 mph wind blowing in off 40* ocean. bbbbrrrr.

Plovers and sanderlings.

I think they like it cold...
And sweet Gully? with two piping plovers. Piping plovers are endangered but the birds themselves are very unafraid, almost tame.



gone to the beach...

PS I think these shots would make really intersting paitings. Big canvases, gloppy acrylic or oil paints....Next trip t the thrift shop I'll look for XXL frames to use.

weird camera flaw shot

Simplified version in acrylic?

click any photo to enjoy a full screen look at the beach!


  1. What the heck? I didn't know you were hurting! I'm so sorry. maybe Mo knows you shouldn't be out until you feel better.

  2. Lizzie...so sorry you're not feeling well. Our fur babies seem to know these things. Probably why Mo doesn't want to walk! Hoping you feel better soon!!

  3. Perhaps a long pair of "grabbers" to pick up objects when your hip is on the fritz? You could jazz them up with your artistic whims. Love you.

    1. We laugh but actually I ve been using the cooking tongs to pick things up!

    2. There's more than one way to skin a cat.

  4. I have some 'grabbers' that fold for storage, they'd be great for you. The grabby end can swivel 90-degrees, too, which makes it easier to grab some things. They cost a whole $10. I use them to get cat toys out of awkward spaces or out from behind furniture without having to stand on my head! Very handy.

    You're right, I think a lot of your pictures would make great paintings - or even just get them printed on canvas from one of those places. A few of wild waves would look cool in one of those glass FractureMe prints, too - make the water look alive. I've seen you do watercolors in your sketch book, but I've never seen you paint - I assume you do, or at least have? I used to a long time ago, sometimes I think it'd be fun to take up again (like I need another hobby). I'm a lot less critical of myself now so it'd probably be more fun! So, I'd love to see what you might paint!

    Maybe Mo is having sympathy pains - you need a little wagon to go on walks with so he can ride back and you don't have to carry him! Maybe you could find one of those 'umbrella' strollers at the thrift store - he'd be cute riding in one, and it might work as a cane or walking stick if needed, too. Don't over-do!

    And we never get tired of looking at your projects, even if we don't quilt. We like to admire!

    1. hahaha. The walks are supposed to be Mo's exercise! No me pushing him in his baby carriage.

    2. PS I do paint, not so well but as always I have every confidence I can do a big beach painting, whether or not that is actually a realistic goal.

  5. Well see, I love Seinfeld so 'about nothing' is fine with me :) I like your quilting posts. I just don't usually have anything educated to say ;)

    WQW! Those irises are so pretty, as is the beach. The lighting in the last few pics is so cool. They really would be great paintings, or like Mel said, have them printed on canvas.

    Sorry you're still feeling some pain. Tongs and those grabber things really are a good idea aren't they? I'll be utilizing them to retrieve cat toys like Mel.

    Are you being too nice to Mo, when he decides he doesn't want to walk? Has he trained you? My neighbor takes treats with him on his walks with his dog to keep him moving. I sometimes fill-in and I don't play that game ;) I was worried he (Gogo) would hold it against me, but he's always happy to spend time with me.

    I really hope you feel better soon. I hope you can make it out to the beach to hunt for treasures that you can share with us.

    I'm glad you had a nice Mother's Day. The flowers are lovely, and that wine bottle! Nice!


    1. Hi Kel! I remember you too love iris. We have a good crop this year.

      I think you may be right about Mo's walking / balking. I never previously gave him treats during walks. After his walk, he has a little routine of tricks he does/ performs for treats only. BUT someone else could have used treats when walking him or even he maybe just smelled them in my pocket and got the idea? Also he may stop because he wants me to carry him, pugs love being carried. And now since I cannot lift and carry him, he has me trained. I throw a treat, we walk 1o paces, I throw a treat, etc. I bought special low cal dry treats but now today he refused to walk for them! He likes smelly bacon pepperoni treats. Mo looks sort of sweet and dumb but he is actually really smart and crafty. He weighs at least 25 pounds so you can imagine I can t lift him and carry him much. I have no idea how I ll retrain him once I am able to walk better again.....

    2. Liz, hello there! I'm so sorry to hear you are hurting and I totally understand, I have a lot of those a days. The grabbers are good, but not like doing something yourself! I think it would be so exciting to find sea glass!! My Rusty is having hip issues too. Must consult with the vet this week. He's heavy and gets very little exercise...sad

      Continue to heal my friend, your I my prayers.

  6. I think Mo might be like the Gorilla ... he is accommodating when everyone is up to speed ... when someone is not, well, she likes to stay in bed/chair/under the chair and hang out.

    Feel better (even though this is late).


    PS Mo, take care of your momma


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