Saturday, February 25, 2012

Warping to weave.

“From time to time, people tell me, “lighten up, it’s just a dog”, or, “that’s a lot of money for just a dog”. They don’t understand the distance traveled, the time spent, or the costs involved for “just a dog”. Some of my proudest moments have come about with “just a dog”. Many hours have passed and my only company was “just a dog”, but I did not once feel slighted. Some of my saddest moments have been brought about by “just a dog” and in those days of darkness, the gentle touch of “just a dog” gave me comfort and reason to overcome the day. If you, too, think it’s “just a dog”, then you will probably understand phrases like “just a friend”, “just a sunrise”, or “just a promise”. “Just a dog” brings into my life the very essence of friendship, trust, and pure unbridled joy. “Just a dog” brings out the compassion and patience that makes me a better person. Because of “just a dog” I will rise early, take long walks and look longingly to the future. So for me and folks like me, it’s not “just a dog” but an embodiment of all the hopes and dreams of the future, the fond memories of the past, and the pure joy of the moment. “Just a dog” brings out what’s good in me and diverts my thoughts away from myself and the worries of the day. I hope that someday they can understand that it’s not “just a dog” but the thing that gives me humanity and keeps me from being “just a human.” So the next time you hear the phrase “just a dog”, just smile, because they “just don’t understand”.” 

(by Janace Moss, sent to me by my daughter, on Facebook.)

Just wanted to share it with you, it seemed to say it all for me.  
Because Roy is not 'just a dog'.  Trust me.

Today I took a drive, (permission granted from said head) to put on another warp.
I feel like the itinerant warper.
But my good friend, Sheila, was jonesing.  Loom bare.  No warp.  No weaving.

We got a dusting of snow last night, and today it was chilly, and the wind was whipping.

I took my spool rack and tension box with me.
She has a sweet little studio in her side yard.

I wanted to get the warp on, but also I wanted to teach her how to do it herself.

We got the warp on in time to go to Steininger's in Salem, for lunch.
I had curried butternut squash soup, and an asparagus, bleu cheese was so, so good.

After lunch, we went back to the studio, tied on the new warp to the old one, and pulled it through the heddles and the reed, tied on, and her loom is ready to go. Whew.  We put 50 yards on this time, so she should be OK for a while.

Time to go home.
I love driving through the country side.

Someone says:
Have a nice ride.


Anonymous said...

How nice to have a studio separate from the house! I'd like that if we lived in a small house that did not have room for my office. Just a little get-away or hideaway all to myself. Love it!

Cait Throop said...

OMG, I want that studio!!! And your lunch! We have about 6 inches and the plow is here doing out drive. Horses are unhappy cause they can't find the grass! I have "just a dog" too...and "just a horse." And then there are "just the cats"... :)

Kathy said...

Sometimes, 'just a dog' is so much better than 'just a person'. You don't need to explain anything to 'the dog'. The love, the tailwag, the licks, following whereever you go...and cuddling...unconditional. Just feed them, potty, and walk them, play a little, talk to them and love them back....pretty awesome...NOT just man's best friend, but WOMAN's best friend, too.
Oh, what a lovely studio!!!!!!!!

rosek1870 said...

"Just a dog" so touched my heart. I hear that a lot lately as 2 of my 3 dogs are not well and some of the ladies I work wit just don't understand. I hope you don't mind but I am passing it on. Glad you were feeling better today.

Christine said...

You make house calls?! Please come! The Indiana weather might do you good. LOL

Oh, how I dream of a log cabin studio.

claudia said...

I have 'just three dogs". And "just a cat'. And "just four chickens". Every single one of them just makes me feel the most loved, most wanted, most needed. Little do they know, it is just the other way around!

karen said...

Being owned by four wonderful dogs, I absolutely loved the story! I had to share it with my friends. Thank you so much for sharing it. Be well.

Acorn to Oak said...

That dog story is so well written. I love it! Thanks for sharing.

What a cute studio!

All the snow pictures are pretty. I especially like the one with the sheep.

Franny V said...

I have a friend who, when I mentioned one of my cats was diabetic said, "Why don't you have it put down? It's just a cat and you really can't afford the medication." Some people don't get it!

On another note, that salad looks yummy! I'm a sucker for blue cheese!

Kate said...

great pictures today! The sheep is my new computer wallpaper - thanks. Hope you have a good "head" day.

Need A Latte Mom said...

Wind us whipping here too...starting to feel like the Wizard of Oz.

Love her art dream.

All I can think about when I see that sheep is ... oooo, roving.

thecrazysheeplady said...

Beautiful post, start to finish. I'm glad you are able to keep slogging on...for yourself and the rest of us who enjoy your stories and lovely photographs.

Cupcake Murphy said...

I've never understood the Just a Dog people.

Welcome to my world.

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