Dead Skunk

Skunk Wrap

Here is one of my favorite second hand clothing store finds – a genuine vintage fur neck piece. What the fur actually is, I don’t know, but it sure looks like skunk to me.

It makes me think of this childhood ditty we used to chant:

Dead skunk in the middle of the road.

Didn’t look to the left…

Didn’t look to the right.

Now he’s a dead skunk in the middle of the road.

Singer Songwriter Loudon Wainwright III wrote a novelty song called “Dead Skunk In The Middle Of The Road” in 1972 that uses similar words. This is making me mistrust my memory of the ditty as a childhood thing. I clearly remember chanting the words around a campfire with a bunch of my college Outing Club friends about the same time. I also found a reference to The Beatles riffing on the song. Ah, memories!

 
 
 
 
 
 

Scenes From The Desert

Arizona Dreamin’

Who knew? June is actually the hottest month there! Landed in Phoenix airport at 9:30 at night – 104°. Yikes! Flagstaff was a tad cooler.  At least it cooled down at night in the mountains.

Hot Seat

The Hot Seat

Prickly Pears in the Works

Prickly Pears in the Works

Sedona Red Rock

Sedona Red Rock

Arizona 1

Wonderful Cactus

Big Hole in the Ground!

Big Hole in the Ground!

Luna Moth at the Butterfly Habitat in Pheonix

Luna Moth at the Butterfly Habitat in Phoenix

Toehold in the Red Rock

Toehold in the Red Rock

Downtown Sedona

Downtown Sedona

Terrain at the Grand Canyon

Terrain at the Grand Canyon

Red Rock Up Close

Red Rock Up Close

Feeding Time for the Butterflies

Feeding Time for the Butterflies

Grand Canyon

Grand Canyon

Bell Rock - Home of the Vortex

Bell Rock – Home of the Vortex

Gnarly Tree at the Canyon

Gnarly Tree at the Canyon

Flagstaff Neon

Flagstaff Neon. I love that they sell chop suey!

More Pricklers!

More Pricklers!

The Road to Sedona

The Road to Sedona

Arizona 9

Koi at the Butterfly Haven. At least someone was cool!

 

 

 

 

In The Vortex

Vortex MapI just returned from a trip to Arizona to visit old friends. One of the sights we took in were the amazingly beautiful red rocks of Sedona. What a magical ride into the town it was. I can see why mystics and dreamers are attracted to the outworldly landscape. I had forgotten that Sedona is thought to be a spiritual power center, in part because of the vortexes found in the area.

Vortex? What is this vortex you speak of? According to a handout I picked up, a vortex is “the funnel shape created by a whirling fluid  or by the motion of spiraling energy”.  Vortex examples include water going down a drain and tornadoes.

Look at the map and you will see that there are 4 major sites in the area. These are considered energy vortexes and are supposed to interact in a positive way with your own personal energy center when you get within a quarter mile of them.

How could we not go and check it out? Depending on which site you visit, your masculine, feminine or balance of the two sides could get a boost. Since we were limited for time (didn’t want to miss dinner back at the ranch), we decided to pick one. Bell Rock seemed ideal as it was described as a quite powerful vortex that would work all three angles. It also had an easy trail and was on the way home.

Bell Rock is impressive. When you see it up close you can see the actual spiral in the rock on which equally twisted juniper trees grow. Juniper trees growing in a helix are supposed to be an indication of a strong vortex.

So, did we feel the energy? Even though we walked part of the trail to get even closer, none of us did. They say the power is subtle, so maybe we didn’t notice it. I do feel a bit more balanced lately, though, or was it the acupuncture?

Bell Rock Trail

Bell Rock Trail

Celestial Crochet

Celestial Quilt 3

I started making these sky motifs well over a year ago without anything in particular in mind. I figured I would eventually put them all together somehow. Making motifs is a great way to learn crochet stitches and new techniques without a big investment in time and yarn. I prefer DK and Fingerling weight yarns because I like the dantier look you get. Sparkle yarn is perfect for a night sky.

Life Happens. Finally, after a much too long hiatus from fiber work of any kind, I have begun to piece the motifs together. I will need to make many more to get a decent sized hanging. I think I might also sew on some accent beads when I am done.

Celestial Quilt 1

Decisions, decisions….

Celistial Quilt 2

A pile of motifs

Celestial Quilt 4

It took awhile to decide how to attach the irregular shapes. I came up with a web for this paisley design.

 
 
 
 

Beacon Hill Pocket Gardens

I went on a great garden tour this week where I got to explore a number of hidden pocket gardens on Boston’s Beacon Hill. Most homes in the area had pretty window boxes as well. Take a look!

Beautiful Wisteria

Beautiful Wisteria

Topiary Rabbit

Topiary Rabbit

Boston 1

Love the Colors on this House

Silver & White

Silver & White

Boston 7

Hydrangea Window Boxes

Herbs in a Wooden Palate

Herbs in a Wooden Palate

Tulip Garden

Tulip Garden

Cherub Fountain

Cherub Fountain

Colorful Window Box

Colorful Window Box

Dolly Tea Party

Dolly Tea Party

Interesting Fern. I Need to find out what it is!

Interesting Fern. I Need to find out what it is!

Painted Garden

Painted Garden

Guess Who's Coming To Dinner!

Guess Who’s Coming To Dinner!

The City in Bloom

The City in Bloom

This Cherub Gets Around

This Cherub Gets Around

Grass Heads

Grass Heads

Old Vines

Old Vines

Wonderful Gnarly Tree

Wonderful Gnarly Tree