Wolves

Intense, rich … and I see a picture . Holly’s words are evocative and her metaphors enchant.

House of Heart

I still feel you at the razor edge of madness,

the fierce break of waves along the shore line.

In dark eyes that catch mine in dusty corridors of dreams.

I feel you in the vigil of birds at my midnight window

in the sacred dust of bones.

Between sleep and wake

traversing birth and death

there is the faint hint of earthy

candles.

Macabre dreams scatter like

strophes of sonnets

sensations of pearls spilling

like tiny moons through open fingers.

At the boundary I find you

not spirit or rose tinged snow

but flesh and bone.

I am sleeping less now

roused by the wing beats of boreal owls

circling an ancient Cypress,

their knife edge talons entwined in

webs of moss cling to knotty limbs.

Fitful gusts bursting through

barriers ofcreaking walls vibrate

my hemispheres.

A celestial tapestry of recollection

lifts me over the valley to a moonlit

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Pterodactyl

I found a Great Blue Heron, on a garage door.

It’s one of the pterodactyl’s relatives, a great blue heron. The great blue heron is the largest heron in North America.

I’ve never seen one in real life.

However, I have seen many on Tim’s blog. Check out Tim’s night shot of one of these Blue Beauties wading in water.

Tim’s blog – Off Center Not Even is resplendent with nature’s beauty. He’s got magic trees, owls, biblical skies and more. I can’t thank him enough for allowing me to use many of his stunning photos.

Pics taken by Resa – December 1, 2021

Toronto, Canada

The Artist is unknown. The door was unsigned when I found it.

Dead of Winter – Teagan’s Challenge

Teagan from Teagan’s Books has been publishing a serial, “Dead of Winter”. It’s a series of journeys (12 so far). She issued a challenge.

THE CHALLENGE

“Create something using Emlyn’s world as portrayed in Dead of Winter: Journey 1, Forlorn Peak, as your inspiration.  Not a story with my characters, but anything else you please.”

I came up with:

HOW TO KNIT A PONCHO

To take the chill off the fall mornings, when picking apples.

1 – GATHER YOUR YARN AND NEEDLES.

I suggest using a mid weight, natural, unbleached and not dyed yarn so as to not tick off the Brethren of Un’Naf.

2 – LET’S DO A GARTER STITCH. It is the most basic of all, doesn’t curl so won’t need a finish and its boring repetitive nature will please the Brethren of Un’Naf.

(It’s so easy! There are many tutorials online)

3 – MAKE A GAUGE SWATCH.

Cast on 40 stitches and knit 40 rows, then cast off.
Again, many tutorials online.

Block! Use gentle steam, and pat the sample dry.
Make a 1” by 1” square window in the centre of a 4″ by 4″ piece of
cardboard.
Place the window in the centre of the swatch.
Count stitches across. Count rows down.

4 – MAKE A PATTERN.

Using a measuring tape over your shoulder, let it hang from where the
point will be in the back, to where it ends in the front.

Drape the tape from below left elbow, across the back of the neck to
below the right elbow.

For discussion sake – Let’s say you want your poncho to be 60 inches
long (30″ down the front and 30″ down the back.) You need  50 inches at its widest point, 25 ” down each arm from your 7th cervical. (The bone in the centre back of your neck)

Draw a shape! It does not have to be to scale. Here, we have a diamond shape. For a more complicated shape, a full size pattern would be necessary.

For discussion sake, let’s pretend there are 6 stitches & 10 rows in the 1″
window.

Let’s start with rows. If you need to knit 60 inches – and there are 10 rows in an inch – you need to knit 60 x 10 = 600 rows.

However, you will need a neck hole at the halfway point – Row 300.

Okay, so at the 1/2 way point (which is at row 300) you will be at the widest point. In this case – 50 inches.

If 1 inch = 6 stitches, then 50 inches – 50 x 6 = 300 stitches.

I suggest casting on 3 stitches (1/2 inch). Knit 1 row. Consider this your 0 point.

Now you need to increase from 0 to 300 in 300 rows. This is adding 1 stitch per row. It will be wise, so as not to knit a lopsided diamond shape, to increase 2 stitches every other row. Add one stitch on each side, every other row.

At row 300, you will make a neck hole.

Measure around your head and add 2 inches. I have 24 inches.
Divide this by 2 = 12.

Centre the 12 inches at stitch 150, which is the centre of 300 stitches – 6 inches on each side of centre. 6 inches x 6 stitches = 36 stitches.

We now minus 36 stitches from 150. 150- 36 = 114.
So, at row 300 knit 114 stitches. Then cast off 72 stitches (36 for each side of centre.) Continue to finish knitting that row.

Next row is still 300 stitches. You will knit 114 stitches, then CAST ON 72 stitches. Finish knitting the row.

Knit 1 more row of 300 stitches.

Okay, now we need to get back to to a 1/2″ point.

Do the exact opposite! Decrease 2 stitches every other row, at the sides.
When you get to 3 stitches, knit 1 more row and cast off.
Your poncho is done!

You will need to block the knit into shape by steaming and patting dry, or spritzing with water and patting dry. Use a measuring tape to make sure you are creating a proper shape. (T-pins are used for fancier blocking, but this is a simple shape, so not needed)

In order to please the Brethren of Un’Naf, do not add fringe, tassels, or create a striped colourful pattern by changing colours of yarn every few rows.

Let’s just hope they aren’t annoyed by the fancy point!

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I’ve read the first 3 Journeys. They are excellent. Teagan is a wonderful, entertaining writer. She gifted me, and anyone answering the challenge a book. I got book 4. Unfortunately, I live in Canada, and the Kindle offer is only good in the U.S.A. Thank you, Teagan! I appreciate the thought.

On Saturdays, you can follow the adventure “The Armadillo Files” on her blog.

Click on the cover of Journey 1, above, and go to Teagan’s Amazon page with all of the Journeys. When there, click on her author’s name, and you will find all of her other books.

You can buy Journeys 1, 2 & 3 0n KOBO. (That’s where I bought mine)

Hullaba Lulu & Thistledown Midsummer Bedlam are also available on KOBO.

 

Gather Around the Chickmas Tree

The holidays are upon us, and this is one sweet Chickmas Tree!

I’m not good at waiting to open presents, so I opened my gift from the Chicklets! OMG! It’s a new Art Gown!

HOLLY opened hers, too! This hat is the best hat, ever. Holly is trying to NOT eat the candy cane!

Wow, look at BETH‘S new reading chair! It’s waiting by the Chickmas Tree for Beth, and here she comes now! I know let’s all sit around Beth and her chair, and sing “The Twelve Days of Chickmas”!

The Best Chickmas song ever! The Twelve Days of Chickmas” – by Georgiann Carlson

Let’s pretend we sang the whole song, and now it’s the Twelfth Day of Chickmas. Let’s sing it out loud!!

🎵 On the twelfth day of Chickmas 🎶 my true love sent to me 🎵

🎵 TWELVE BAUBLES HANGING 🎵

🎵 ELEVEN CHICKLETS PIPING 🎵

🎵 TEN CHICKLETS LEAPING 🎵

🎵 NINE CHICKLETS DANCING 🎵

🎵 EIGHT CANES OF CANDY 🎵

🎵 SEVEN CHICKLETS SWINGING 🎵

🎵 SIX HENS A LAYING 🎵

🎵 🎵 🎵 FIVE GOLD RINGS 🎵 🎵 🎵

🎵 FOUR CALLING BIRDS 🎵

🎵 THREE FRENCH HENS 🎵

🎵 TWO TURTLE LOVES 🎵

🎵 🎶 🎵 and a CHICKLET IN A PEAR TREEEEEEEE 🎵 🎵 🎵🎵

This is one of the sweetest, cutest, smartest and creative 12 days…ever!

To see many more Chicklets (© Georgiann Carlson) posts go the the category link CHICKMAS

🌹💙🌹 Thank you, Gigi 🌹💙🌹

 

Vudu Cat

Christina Mazzulla is a wonderful artist, with a particular passion for her Vudu Cats.

I adore all cats. They are earth’s most capable hunters. The skull on this kitty’s head makes sense.

I wonder what cat people think?

This Vudu Cat is all cozy in hand knit sweater, and surrounded by flowers, bunnies  and hearts.

This graf mural is a collaboration with C. Mazzulla & Wysper.

I can totally read his writing.

Not sure who the artist of the below is. It’s right beside Vudu Cat. Mandala like, it made me think of Stephan Graham at Mandala Vihara

Pics taken by Resa – December 1, 2021

Toronto, Canada

The Artists:

Christina Mazzulla & Wysper

Who is this beauty?

By the same artist who did the Sophia Loren painting several posts ago,

I find this to be a very alluring painting.

Perhaps it’s an image from an Italian film?

Or, is it just made up?

Anyway, I was and still am, drawn in.

Gotta get that reflection in the car. Why else do cars park in front of art?

Sorry, could stop shooting this. I didn’t want to leave.

Pics taken by Resa – December 1, 2021

Toronto, Canada

The Artist:

I see them

Merril is a wonderful writer of stories, prose and poetry. I am particularly smitten by what she refers to as “disjointed, non-linear spy series for Prosery.”

To read more entries in this “non-linear spy series”, click on the Flash Fiction category link at the bottom.

Yesterday and today: Merril's historical musings

Edward Hopper, “Automat,” 1927

I see them at night.

You may say they’re not real, but in the dark hours when you’re not sure if dawn will truly come, they’re as real as anything else. Wraiths, spirits, ghosts? Or the manifestation of a troubled mind? Survivor’s guilt the psychiatrist called it. I have witnessed true evil, and now I carry it with me, always ticking, like a pocket watch that never needs winding. It counts the minutes and hours till I see those tortured souls. Yet, they’re with me always. I dress in their stories patterned and purple as night. I wear them like a second skin.

I’ll never know if I might have saved more people–only that I was betrayed, and that I was fortunate enough to escape. Finding my betrayer has become my purpose for living. In the meantime, I see the dead. Every night.

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