Yesterday’s Tailgate

The knife and sheath as it set in the packaging.

After Mass Catherine and I did our usual tailgate party at the local Thriftway. The weather kept us inside at the little spot where there is a bar with stools though so a tailgate in name only. But spirits were high and Jessika joined us after completing her business so there was the three of us.

In the first days of our tailgate parties both Catherine and I would get donuts and coffee. Usually “Monk’s” coffee which is produced from our local monastery. Anyway Catherine being the mindful person that she is soon switched over to bagels and cream cheese but Felipé hung in there with donuts. But yesterday due to her good influence I made the big switch to the more healthy fare.

I knew that the whole bagel and cream cheese process had a problem with having to try and cut the bagel and spread the cheese with one of those stupid through away knives. Beside which a through away knife is in itself a problem. So I grabbed a knife in the kitchen utensil aisle to use and reuse in the future.

I’m glad that you are hanging in there with me here in my story because it will be worth it, promise. I know it sounds pretty mundane but that only increases it’s value. Being able to find meaning in the every day happening is a valuable tool.

So, we get over to the bar with all the components of our feast and we are happy campers. But as I grab the knife, see that is a problem because that is not accurate. I really grab the plastic packaging that the knife and it’s sheath are in. So, I am staring at it and seeing that it is really really packaged well. It is enclosed in this heavy material that is not going to yield to scratching at it with a house key. This is a serious wrapper with the edges welded together all the way around so as to tell you this is a serious implement within.

As I stare at this puzzle and try to figure out the solution so we can have breakfast Catherine, the dear, grabs it from me. See she is hungry too. She looks at it one second and skillfully bends and folds the heavy wrapper and positions it just so and the blade of the knife cuts it’s way out from the inside. Huh? Can you see it?

What is this? It is very creative thinking to come up with this solution. To see the answer contained within the problem is what happened there, yes? And furthermore on the next level this is why we need each other.

Hey have to go and walk this AM. Still clearing the trail of debris.

Problem solving loves, Felipé.

Saw A Coyote On Our Way To Mass

There a pic and a map of North American showing the range of the coyote.

Catherine and I try to make Mass every one although we missed last week because of the storm. We went today and saw a coyote on the way there. Actually seeing a coyote here doesn’t happen that often even though they are numerous enough and always around. He or she crossed the road way ahead of us and we drove up and stopped looking at the critter in the middle of a snowy field an easy rifle shot away. Everybody seemed pretty casual about the whole encounter.

And now hours later I am here thinking is there a Cancer Coyote? If you’ve been around here for a while you have heard of Cancer Campers and Cancer Commandos. But what about Cancer Coyotes? Coyotes conger up the idea of a critter semi wild that seems too survive no matter what comes up. A critter that can live up close to it’s enemies and yet hardly be seen. A sort of ghost creature, the consummate survivor. What if there was a being that could survive and even thrive in the shadow of cancer.

This whole idea is intriguing to me and I think that we can do something with it. OK, you were there Sunday February 17th, 2019, for the birth of the Cancer Coyote.

Birth of a concept loves, Felipé.

(The pic is from The Sportsman’s Guide to Game Animals by Leonard Lee Rue III. The caption in the book says, “The coyote’s face betrays the cunning which has enabled it to outwit it’s enemies, especially man, and extends it’s range throughout the country.”)

Impossibilities Perhaps

Flowers from Padre Tomas.

Oh man, we are still digging out from the Great Snows of ‘19. The landscape is pretty busted up as it reveals itself as the snow rots and uncovers it. My beautiful plum tree lost two major limbs, that’s what I am mourning most right now. But we got My Rebecca’s car out to the pavement and gone. She was so antsy to get out of here.

And yesterday after my hospital visit I made a pilgrimage to see Trudy James extraordinary person and producer of the short documentary Speaking of Dying. Trudy is retired now from hospital chaplaincy and made this film which came out in 2015, same as Phil’s Camino. We had a couple of hours to gab and that was productive. And I have a copy of her DVD if you want to watch it.

And back to the impossibilities thread, I would like to keep that going for a while longer. In a minute I must run for today but will be back tomorrow for more. It’s all good right?Don’t have to reinvent the wheel every darn day.

Miss you, love you, Felipé.

More On Impossibilities

I just couldn’t find a pic I liked til I came across this old standby.

I had a good time writing yesterday in the early morning. And Cris our SABC sent the Comment in the day before to spur me on to thinking about impossibilities.

Dear neighbor,

I thought to send a weather report from south-SOUTH-east-of-Vashon (aka Argentina):
-Buenos Aires woke up yesterday with 12*C ~53*F after experiencing 39*C ~102.5*F the day before. We are now free of bacterias, as that is the definition of “pasteurization”, right? High temperatures followed by low temperatures, and now high again 24*C~75*F.
-The North of the country, neighboring with Chile, got SNOW!!! By the 26 of January, there were 42*C~108*F.
-In the South of the country, where the Perito Moreno glaciar is, people were enjoying a dive in the water… the layer of ice was melted… it was 38,5*C ~100*F (the highest temperature ever recorded was 35*C)

I can only say that the 4-seasons lemon tree that I have seen always with yellow lemons since I live where I live, now has green lemons… the whole neighborhood is commenting on that fact… Nature is at lost…

I didn’t have much time to reflect on this whole phenomenon, but I would like to believe that this craziness is just trying to remind me that “what seems most impossible may happen too”… I know it is “kinda-fairy-taily”, but who knows…!

Melted-Frozen-At room temperature Loves,
Cris

So, you probably have a story in this same category, about impossibilities that is. You could tell us about it maybe.
It seems to loosen up my thinking if it has become too rigid. Have to keep things loose and nimble to come up with creativity. Maybe that should have a capital C, the way I am using it?

We need a new canopy shelter for the rock pile at the beginning/end of Phil’s Camino. The old one didn’t survive the storm. Maybe I can get by a Home Depot to grab one while I’m here in civilization.

OK, that’s about it. Time for lunch.

Impossible loves, Felipé.

About Our Impossibilities

Stole this off FaceBook yesterday and it seems to fit today.

Early in the morn here at the ranch. I am up buzzing on my steroids from yesterday’s treatment. Sometimes these are some of the best blogposts when I am “the life of the party” high. Things have been lean as of late with the weather uprising that we have been experiencing but hopefully we are on the back side now.

With all the freezing and thawing here locally, that movement has shaken a memory out of my brain. It is a memory of years ago with My Rebecca my new love in my life and my year at the U of Washington studying art metal casting. This was mid 1970’s with disco and those crazy flowery shirts. Nobody but nobody dressed in all black and stared into a cellphone all day but I digress.

The University kept us gnarly sculpture students out at the edge of the campus hidden out behind the baseball fields where no one would find us. I worked in the foundry where we were casting with aluminum, brass, bronze and iron. I am trying to remember but aluminum melts at 1200 degrees F, to bronze at 1800 to iron at 2200.

It was all very esoteric and at times scary. We had huge furnaces fired by natural gas and coke. We ran around in silver suits and the heat would blow our long hair back as we poured the molten fun.

And the finished pieces after weeks of work were exciting to view. We made those! And our pieces were durable as they were beautiful, good for two thousand years at least. Well that is the world that we lived in and it brought on a certain mindset or a certain way of thinking about the world around us.

And this last few weeks with all the freezing and melting of the water in our environment with the four storms that we endured, it shook loose memories of those days. We then moved through the freezing and thawing of metals as easily as we commonly move through the freezing and thawing of water. This movement between the physical forms of water we take for granted and that is with us in our shared knowledge. But we sculptors were privy to this world where all metals were basically “frozen” as most people normally experience them.

We were thawing scrap aluminum screen doors and making art. And brass plumbing faucets and making art. And scrap bronze from ships to make more art. And busting up old cast iron heating radiators to to put in a cupola with coke and forced air to raise it to 2200 degrees and make some more art. We were nuts concentrating on the art but the process made the world liquid for us. Things like cars, silverware and ships were just temporarily frozen and waiting for us to change them into something else and maybe something better. It was a swords to plowshares world.

And now after all these years I bang my knee on the step of my tractor Juliet and I instantly feel that it is pretty darn solid and immovable but there was a time…

More tomorrow.

Good one Felipé. Happy St Valentine’s Day! Love of course, Felipé.

Made It To The Big City

Sticking to the main roads I braved it into the hospital for treatment. The city itself is largely empty as most folks are still on forced vacation. And the new Seattle tunnel is open for business which made the traffic a breeze.

Yea, it will be good to have this storm and it’s cleanup in the history books. It’s been hard to have an independent thought as of late, nose to the old grindstone as it were.

So, Pilgrim Farmer John HBC (PFJ HBC) and Farmer Cathy are off today on the beginning of some fun stuff. They are driving to Santa Monica in the motor home to start their cross country bike ride. PFJ said it’s all because he can. More power to him I say.

I saw a pic of the labyrinth in Chartes Cathedral, France today on FaceBookand it has mesmerized me. Will see if I can move that over to the blog:

Birdseye view of the Chartes Cathedral Labyrinth. Gorgeous!

I often think that in former lifetimes I was involved in helping out with the construction of some of these structures.
Wouldn’t that be a gas! Or how about laying out and doing this labyrinth? I missed my era, for sure!

Looks like my chemo is nearing it’s end for the day. Time to sign off for now. All good loves, Felipé.

Tough Sledding

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I think we got that tough sledding designation going on here. It’s knee deep out there and has the consistency of wet concrete. It is amazing that I can reach you where you are but hardly get a hundred feet outside with this stuff. We also sustained some damage overnight to trees and outdoor gear. On the bright side maybe the worst is over but a long way from normal. The next phase is flooding.

But we are warm inside. Got some food to cook today and taxes
to work on. So, we are making progress where we can. And blogging with you of course. Yesterday the wifi was on and off but maybe it will hold here now for us.

I’m not walking the trail this afternoon and it will probably be closed for a while with the snow and debris. So, stay home and stay in touch. And archery classes are canceled also.

Well, I wish that I could be more exciting or poetic or something. Just a little worn out at the moment. Time to text the neighbors and see how things are going there.

February loves, Felipé.

Some Of The Chickens Make It To Freedom

Winter of 2019

News becomes important during these snowstorms. We look for connection to the outside world and maybe a laugh. So, when cable decides to happen and give us a signal to the TV we get stuff like this, about the great chicken accident on the Interstate here locally. A semi going too fast ran into a world of slush and it hit the barrier and spewed birds all over. They were running hither and yon and some made it into the surrounding neighborhood and freedom. Yea.

We are hanging around here waiting on the fourth storm to hit. We are on standby to help neighbor Michelle keep her greenhouses cleared. And the weatherman is saying that with all this moisture is warm air so some places will get rain and some snow. And that is heavy snow so we hope for the rain.

Got a Comment from Ronaldo ECBC saying that he and Ann are planning on being here in April. They are touring the States before their move to Spain and living along the Camino. This is exciting, dynamic. We will have a Bureau Chief right there to send us reports. So stay tuned as this develops.

I am going to make a run to town this morning for supplies and to get Catherine to her dental appointment. So, have a list and can pick up something for you at the store.

Well, have to go. Love, Felipe.

The Next Storm

We had tapas here a few weeks ago, what happened?

The next storm is coming in around 4 PM today. The weatherman is talking about 4-8 inches in this one. We are all patching things together and helping each other out. I’m about ready to make a big pasta sauce to feed people stopping by.

Just phoned in to the hospital to cancel an appointment I have for tomorrow morning. Don’t need an extra headache. Still have to make it in Wednesday and Friday so that’s enough fun.

Yesterday at some point when the cable come back on I was watched a clip from the Mr Rogers show. It was the one where he had Itzak Perlman on playing his violin. That was lovely but the important part was that he was shown also walking with his crutches. He had polio as a child. So, he was shown in two different modes and his quote (roughly) was, “I had to separate my ability from my disability.” I can so relate to that with my cancer journey.

The day dawned today with beautiful blue skies and chilly temps, had that Colorado look. Now the clouds have rolled in and it is starting to look ominous. Well, maybe I’ll start the pasta sauce so it can simmer. OK, that’s the situation here at the ranch.

Fun times love, Felipé.

Snow Day

Beautiful afternoon!

Feeling pretty isolated here at the moment. About a foot of snow has accumulated here at the ranch so far from this storm. And another one rolling in tomorrow. The power and cable are down to the whole island. Gee wiz.

I got the 4 wheel drive Suburban out this morning for a spin around this end of the island. Catherine and Dana and I went down the road to help a friend clear off her greenhouse. What a chore, we were all exhausted. Good clean fun I guess.

This looks like the old fifty year storm to me. Originally I got stuck here on Vashon fifty years ago in a similar looking snow situation and never left. Oh, Wiley just called and the IGA up in town just got power, progress.

The sun is breaking through and it’s doing the winter wonderland thing outside. Maybe I should get some pix. Well, there is is for now.

Hunkered down good loves, Felipé.

PS ~ the power came on just in time to cook dinner!