Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Tea for Tuesday was iced tea...sweet tea...

I delivered Miss Rosie to the Barking Box...not that she needed a haircut or anything...LOL. She loves going to the groomers...she sort of thinks of it as a a "doggie playroom". There was a rather large Basset Hound ...with a muzzle on him...getting his pedicure and she thought he wanted to play. Poor Rosie goes through life looking through rose colored glasses. He was definitely not amused with his situation and his beauty treatment. I then arrived early at the studio and thank the Lord the air conditioning was on and not the heat....the room was cool in the morning but I do better in a cool studio than working in sauna conditions.

I had a small ham sandwich ....thank you Erin for the delicious leftovers. As I went back to work my friend Marcia came in and asked me to consider making a quilt for the next Hat Off Fund raiser. "Into the looking Glass" is theme and I am already cooking my idea on the back burner ...I want to create a work dedicated to Howard and his legacy gift of The Works for our hometown. Who would have guessed our hometown would have a Smithsonian associate museum in our town??? We have been blessed and I have until September 2012 to complete my focus donation. I am thinking photo transfer with silk and linen in a painterly approach....but it is early in the design game.

After work I went to pick up my precious pup...and as you can see she does look like a different dog. Our radio has been playing public announcement about the increased presence of the dog ticks/deer ticks that carry the Lyme disease so I had asked the groomer to "take her down to her summer coat". As you can see she is sporting a new do...and not really as happy with me when she went in to the shop this morning, I think she is cute. We both took a nap when we arrived home...to sleep through the afternoon storms...tonight is going to be a bumpy ride!

I am learning about heirloom vegetables from Brent and Josh on the Fabulous Beekman Boys. Now they are working together on an heirloom recipe cookbook. True heirlooms in your families...for now and future generations with Josh having 51% of the power of control of their collaborated direction. I still need to order some Beekman Soap ...natural olive oil soaps to keep the Boys surviving. "Make a sale"...where have I heard this comment before??? They are now cooperating with local artisans for hand knit scarves, a line of heritage recipes, soaps a,d several sauces for homemade ice creams. Every week the boys seem to be discovering ways to expand their income from their beloved farm. I learn from them even if Brent has control issues.

I continued to cut papers for the Arbor Day experience for the children and the weather men are predicting a sunny day!!!! Finally. Thank you Taylor for sharing your scraps from graduate school classes...these are truly lovely papers you have given us to work with. I am really excited about these type of outside activities and I have requested a tent space ...with me living with Lupus I need to remember how to protect my skin from a long exposure ...it can trigger a relapse and I will come out of remission...or my state of remission. It is a daily balancing act. On May 7 I think Julian Lennon....John's son and musician has become the spokesman for Lupus awareness of Lupus. He lost a dear friend Lucy... he had grown up with when she died at the young age of 46. Lucy was the subject of the drawing that inspired his father John Lennon to write the classic Beatles song "Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds". With Julian he is working hard to elevate the Global Profile of Lupus. There are more than five million people living with Lupus and their families around the world.

Well it is time to get back to my work...wow I am always saying YES...but this is a legacy for my man Howard. Imagine and Live in Peace, Mary Helen Fernandez Stewart


  1. Rosie, LOL, jeez Mom cut my bangs. Didn't know about the lupus, how did I miss that. Rest is a big key to balance as I understand from another friend who has it. You seem to have boundless energy thst's for sure. xox Corrine

  2. She is precious for sure! Be well...

  3. Rosie is recovering from her spa day...we rest professionally. Lupus is my constant companion and has taught me to use my time wisely...time is the only real gift we can give to those we love and cherish. Have a wonderful day....I am hoping we do not end up in Kansas tonight...the tornadoes are returning to Ohio. Peace , Mary Helen

  4. Your doggie is just precious!! I had a friend who passed away from Lupus some years back. She was in her late 70's but suffered terribly during her time with it. But in spite of her pain and discomfort, she had a biting sense of humour and a talent to spin some great stories about her little village in Mexico...my gawd, I would leave there sometimes sides sore from laughter.

    She explained the disease to me since I had never heard of it. She told me some people can function just fine, but others, like herself, have problems from the get-go. I do recall she would hate the summer months here...we get that 3 digit weather for weeks at a time, and had to be indoors most of the summer and go out rarely, so I would take over food and check out books for her at the library and of course, stay and listen like an anxious child for her tell her stories. She was a lovely lady and I still miss her after 25 years since her departure from this world.

    So please take care of yourself, my friend, and continue brightening up all those lives you touch! I'll bet you can spin a good one!! LOL


  5. So much fun stuff going on for you! Your puppy is SOOO CUTE! Nothing makes me smile more than puppies! I love them!!!!