Monday, July 26, 2010

Random Musings.....

beacon street, originally uploaded by Roberta Warshaw.
Well, the piano is in. It looks really great in the spot we placed it. It just needs to be tuned and then it should be all set. I am looking forward to reconnecting with my piano roots.
I didn’t do much jewelry this weekend. I find it hard to stay indoors when the weather is so perfect. I have been enjoying biking in the Arboretum every weekend. It is about a 13 mile round trip from my place in Brookline. A good length ride for me. I used to be able to ride much further but 15 miles is about my limit these days. Hey whatever, I’ll take it!
Whenever I go to the Arboretuem and sit at the top of Bussey Hill, I am mindful of the fact that a place like that could never exist today. No city would ever allow that much land (265 acres) to be allotted to green space. We are very lucky that our fore bears set aside the land they did when they did because now developers run the show. Their idea of green space now is a bench on a patch of grass in front of a condo building. It sickens me. It really does. What are we leaving for out children and grandchildren?

I am a member of an organization called Trustees of Reservations They do their best at trying to preserve large tracts of land but as land gets more and more valuable it gets harder for them to get people to donate their land.

Friday, July 23, 2010

Pianos and Beads

Copper peyote triangles, originally uploaded by Roberta Warshaw.
I spent the day today cleaning my condo in order to get ready for the delivery tomorrow of my parents piano. Before I left for vacation my place was so filthy and dusty, but I was to exhausted and so had no energy to clean.  I took on the project today. A good old fashioned Feng Shui attack!

I threw out so much stuff. It felt really good. It is amazing to me how much stuff we can amass over time. Even someone like me in a very small (900 square feet) apartment.

Lately I have been trying to help my parents clean out their house, hence the piano coming to live with me. They need to down size and get out of the house. I was shocked at all the things they have kept over the years.Old playbills from the 50’s and 60’s, my mother’s old Navy uniform from WWII, her baby bonnet from infancy, my valentines from kindergarten, my brother’s old G.I Joe. Lots of old textbooks from the 1930’s.... So much stuff. Most of it junk.

So I am, making a conscious effort NOT to save too much crap!

Tonight it is back to learning right angle weave. I don’t know why I am having so much trouble with it. It looks like an interesting stitch but it can be very confusing. I have a DVD I am going to watch later to see if that helps me. It came with a Beadweaving magazine and it is called DoodleBeads with Leslie Rogalski. I hope it helps. I will keep you posted.

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Chesterwood and other Musings

t has been 3 days since I returned from vacation and I am trying hard to adjust. The hardest thing for me is being inside all day after being outdoors for two whole weeks. Between swimming in the pool and bike riding, it was a perfect existence. Although I did get some disappointing news last night about the house. The folks who rent it out to us are going to stop renting it out for the month of August. This doesn’t affect us yet but it is clear that eventually they will not be renting it out as much since their family needs are changing and they will need the house all summer at some point.
So we have it again for next year but after that, who knows. I guess we will have to search for a new house to rent.
We have thought about buying property out there but it is pretty expensive. I suppose if we were considering retiring there it would be a good idea but just for the summer? It just isn’t feasible. I could never see myself living out there all winter long. Too cold. Too lonely. I love the country in summer. There is nothing quite like it. But in winter it is another matter entirely. I have lived in the country in winter and was never so depressed in all my life. Winter is bad enough but at least in the city you can go outside and see people. It doesn’t seem quite so lonely.
Well, I am not going to think about any of that now. I will just savor the good vacaton feelings for now.
By the way, the photo above was taken at Chesterwood. They have a great show there this summer if you are in the area.

Sunday, July 18, 2010

What I did on Summer Vacation

I have just returned from the most wonderful, restful vacation ever. The weather was perfectly hot. Nothing to do but sit by the pool under the umbrella sipping iced tea and lemonade. I taught myself peyote stitch and found myself enthralled with making triangles. I love the shape and the variety of colors and designs!
I know, I know, yet another new style and medium but what can I say? I love trying new things and this was something portable I could bring with me on vacation.

Saturday, July 3, 2010

Tyringham Cobble

cobble4, originally uploaded by Roberta Warshaw.
And so I am off to the Berkshires for some much needed away time. Time to rest and reflect. Figure out what I am doing wrong and what I am doing right. Sometimes you really have to get away from your life in order to really see what you are all about. We go to the same house every year. There is no internet access and no cell service. It is just me and him. Even the cat is not with us. No kids, no parents. Just us. It is our time and we need it.
On Sunday night we are going to see James Taylor and Carol King at Tanglewood and on Wednesday we will see "Richard" at Shakespeare and Company. I love that play. I would love to go see Al Pacino in it this summer in Shakespeare in the Park. Maybe. We'll see.
Whenever I go away I do miss my jewelry tools. So this year I decided to teach myself some bead weaving stitches as I sit by the pool. I am bringing some delicas and a pattern by Kate McKinnon for her Groovy Cuff.
See you all when I return! Have a happy and fun 4th of July!