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Monday, May 17, 2010

Feeling Strong


Just a quick last minute post before tomorrow to let you know that I have done my homework and I'm feeling no fear regarding the surgery. I have had an extraordinary weekend surrounded by beauty in the form of nature, family and friends. I have painted and written. I have welcomed in the fear as well as the love. I accept this bittersweet stew and am happy to have a life, easy or hard it is all amazing.


My flowers have been thrilling me. I love the colors, gathering bouquets, strolling through the beds with my camera.


These little nubbins will be fat, juicy peaches in a couple of months. I love peach season. I am going to do a garden series of paintings this summer. I will show you everything as I go.


Journal entries. Thinking of world religion, always a subject of great interest to me. The desert religions with their wars and soldiers and the eastern religions with kali yuga and Buddha and meditation and peace. Any of them can be good or bad in the hands of good or bad people. The symbols for me are incredibly potent.


Not much to say about this one.


My computer just told me that it's 4 o'clock. I hear the train's whistle in the distance. I have a piece of Tres Leches cake in front of me which I will tell you about in a minute.


But first the peonies. These are all gone now but I took this picture about a month ago and it popped up in this folder so I tossed it in too. I do love me a fat, floppy peony.


And a bearded iris in the colors of the sunrise. 


Figs will be coming this summer too. In the background is a newly planted apricot tree, cherry tree and persimmon. Maybe you can see the grape vines. The grass where I lay on a blanket and nap in the summertime. Splendor in the grass.


Last evening we visited friends who prepared a beautiful meal for us. The filling is a mixture of avocado, lettuce, cabbage, jalapeno pickled peppers, onion, tomato and salsa. Mexican cheeses, enchilada sauce. Served with Spanish rice. I can't think of anything more delicious.


Tres Leches cake from the bakery for dessert. Oh my goodness goodness. This is the best cake I can imagine; my very favorite. My friends know this. My friends are so very good to me and to my family.


This is what we did to the cake in a period of about 15 minutes. There were 8 of us. But still ...


This is Buff Beauty, my yummy musk rose that twines up through the burgundy leaves of the Japanese Maple. 


Siberian Iris and Calla Lilies before being made into a bouquet to take to our friends.


And finally the Golden Showers rose that smells so pretty but whose blooms are short lived. And still the Peace rose has opened today and the mystery rose and I can't keep up with all the beauty in the world - there is just too much.

I'll be back asap to visit your blogs and to post here. Aren't we lucky to live in a time where we are never alone, having the internet to join us together and to help us help each other? I think this is the best time to be alive yet. xo

48 comments:

Leslie said...

Your garden is so beautiful Judy, as are your journal pages and that wonderful food you shared with your neighbors.

I'm so glad that you're feeling strong and happy, and I look forward to reading of your successful voice restoring surgery very soon.

xo

Child in Harmony said...

Very beautiful pictures and words that go along with them. the food looks scrumptious too!

wishing you the very best ...and I look forward to more of your art.

happy day!
~marcia

mairedodd said...

sending positive thoughts and energy your way... best luck...
thank you for sharing the beauty that was your weekend!

rscoach said...

Sending positive thoughts and prayers your way, Judy - know all will be well - sending love and light and (((((HUGS))))) Reva (los angeles)

Jeannine said...

Best wishes to you for a successful surgery and easy recovery!

Joan Tucker said...

Judy , you use sight, hearing, tasting and smell so very well that i just know speech will return with your surgery.. sending every kind of healing wish your way. Go bravely and get it fixed.. Joan T

Girl with One Eye said...

I love the filter over the peonies and iris/calla lilies. SO cool. Where did you find that filter?

And your journal pages with images would be how I'd want my blog or website to look, so poetic and artful. Thanks for sharing.

Ro Bruhn said...

Wonderful photos of your luscious flowers Judy, so much tranquility. Sending you much healing energy and love for tomorrow.

daisydolls said...

Beautiful photos Judy and wishing you all the best with your surgery!!

Snap said...

Your garden is beautiful. Wishing you well on your adventure tomorrow.

Michele said...

All your pictures are so lovely and beautiful, and I just love your journal pages!!

I wish you well tomorrow, and I'm glad you are at peace with the procedure, and hope to hear very soon, that you can talk again!

kluless said...

Judy, you are remarkable - but I never expected anything less! We have never even met in the 'real' world but I will be holding you close and sending prayers and strength tomorrow.

Chris said...

Judy, we are so lucky to have you.
These photos are beautiful. We always go peach crazy around here. And right now, I have peonies in the house of a color I've never had before, a dark purple red thats just opening up. I will take a photo and send it to you.

Good thoughts.

Jill said...

Best wishes for your surgery and looking forward to reading your progress reports and seeing all those summer paintings.

Gill M said...

Dear Judy, I have been a quiet admirer of your blog for some time, but felt it was now time to speak out. I wish you well with your surgery tomorrow. I am also grateful, that even with the problems you have now, your 'voice' has it's outlet in your wonderful and inspiring blog. Thank you.

lyle said...

judy' what a beautiful post! your garden is gorgeous! and your page on world religions is right on! we all will think hard of you while you are gagging away! hope its not too tough! warm wishes, lyle

Digital camcorders said...

Your garden is getting even more beautiful. I totally admire those shots. Have a great day!

jgr said...

Your garden is so beautiful! I'm sending you many healing thoughts and prayers. Looking forward to your next post.

Jill Berry said...

You have the best cooking friends of anyone I know, and you live in a botanic wonderland.
Holding you up today Judy, and feeling full of fierceness and admiration.

Love to you and John, and big hugs for this journey today.

BJ Lantz said...

Thinking of you and sending belly bumps & big hugs your way, Sistah Judy :-)

XO ~
Sistah Beej

risa said...

Thank you for sharing your beautiful photos of a wondrous bounty of goodness...a reminder that amongst the hard times in life there is still beauty...if we look. Good luck. You're in our thoughts!

rebecca said...

you are as delicious as this mexican cake.
as beautiful and authentic as every flower.
holding you in grace.
xoxoxoxo,
rebecca

Kim Mailhot said...

Beautiful, beautiful blooms. Love to you, and prayers and wishes...

gigi said...

I've been following your beautiful blog for some time but have never commented. Your art, your garden, your life are so inspiring to me. All the best to you --may your surgery go well.

gretchen said...

Sending love and best wishes for a successful surgery, Judy. Your voice will always be heard because true friends listen with their hearts!
xoxo, gretchen

Beth said...

Judy, thinking of you right now, and imagining all the beauty of that incredible bearded iris, and the love of your many friends, flowing toward you and surrounding you. Looking forward to your news.

Lorie said...

Sending heartfelt prayers your way.

Lorie in Phoenix

lorrie grainger abdo said...

The frustration of not being able to talk is unimaginable. But, you are not voiceless. Those of us that follow your art and life through your blog hear you and appreciate you. Very best wishes for a successful surgery and recovery.

And so it goes... said...

Yummy, yummy everything! The food, the flowers, the journal pages. I feel your calm...a great way to head off to surgery... relaxed & prepared. It IS a wonderful time to be alive! Here's to medical technology! With that & all the healing energy flowing your way, I have no doubt you'll be a "talkie" soon! deb/debbie/debra

La Dolce Vita said...

your pages are as stunning as your garden! my peonies have not even opened yet!! and so looking forward to that and lilacs!
wishing you ease for the surgery and that it goes quickly and smoothly and your voice is restored... many blessings to you!

Cindy Swan-Eagan said...

Best wishes, beautiful, gentle Judy. I (as so many others) will be thinking of you in the days ahead.
Cindy

AnnK said...

I hope for all good things for you, Judy. Thank you for sharing so much with us---this blog is a true gift to its readers.

Ocean Lotus said...

wow your garden is indeed lovely - i am thinking of you and speedy-pleasant recovery - we all love the voice and sights that welcome us here - so hugs back to you - be well

Kimber said...

Thanks for sharing the beauty of your garden.
Can't wait to see your summer art adventures.
Sending positive energy for your successful surgery and peaceful healing.
Take good care!

Seth said...

Wishing you all the best with your health Judy! Thank you for sharing all the beauty in this post -- and the cake!

Lynn said...

Praying, thinking, hoping, sending positive energy, healing energy your way...know you will be fine. Soon this will all be behind you...
Life is good. All the beauty you posted today comes from you, is you. You are it.
Hugs and more hugs. Just want you well. I mailed the CD to you today!
It will be waiting for you to use soon.

xoox

lilasvb said...

art, cakes,flowers, all so ymmy

Meri said...

Love the photo treatment. And I'm holding healing energy for you through your surgery and the days after.

Sharon Lovejoy said...

Sending nothing but love, prayers, and positive thoughts.

With love,

Sharon Lovejoy Writes from Sunflower House and a LIttle Green Island

mary lawrence said...

how could anyone feel but peace and calm in the lovely garden you have cultivated...sending love and positive healing thoughts for a successfuly surgery, restoration of your spoken voice, and pain-free recovery
xoxo
mary

Marit said...

I thought of you off and on yesterday - you were on the back of my mind somehow... Yes, Internet is powerful! Very! I do hope you felt the good thoughts I sent your way, and I hope the surgery went well. Get better soon dear, and thanks for the wonderful, beautiful photos you show. It makes me believe that life IS good!

Clare Wassermann said...

All the best for tomorrow's journey and thanks for all the photos

Patty said...

Sending healing thoughts to you yesterday and today. Your journal
entries were moving-thank you.

bridgette said...

dearest judy, i just now read through your recent blog posts and found out what has been going on with you. I have been absent from the blogworld due to dealing with my own personal loss. But I just want to say that I am thinking of you and wishing you good healing energy and a quick recovery from your surgery.
much love, bridgette
ps: tres leches cake is my all time favorite too!!!!! yum, yum, yum.

Deb's Artful Journey said...

I have been thinking about you all week and hope all is well. Sending good thoughts your way.

femminismo said...

"Just to do a little something every day ... make a little headway. That makes all the difference." - Judy Wise (which words have ever been truer? I love reading your pages as much as looking at the images. The "Superman" type religious guy is really something else.

The Journal Challenge said...

great pictures...absolutely wonderful

art spirit said...

Thinking of you, sweet Judy!
Love the garden photos-but that food is making me HUNGRY!
Much LOVE to you...