Pause, center, proceed

It’s been a while! I’ve taken a break from the chairs to play with some bowl turning. I was driving to work the other day and saw that the city tree folks had taken down a tree, and left some nice short logs perfect for bowl turning. Jury’s still out on exactly what sort of tree it was (best bet is liquid amber), but I’ve been having fun playing with rough bowls. (The picture above shows a nearly finished bowl based on the cherry limb a friend gave me last year).

Meanwhile, I developed a gnarly blister and abscess on my toe, so that kept me from walking around a lot this past week. My condo shows it! As much as I want to get back to my chair making, I’m looking around this morning and seeing total chaos. Time to pause, clean up the messes, and then move forward. It’s not always fun to do the maintainence, but I appreciate it afterward.

On top of all of this, a good friend of mine was recently diagnosed with colon cancer that has spread to her liver. No news yet on the prognosis, but my gut says it’s not good. What is it about turning 40! I seem to know people left and right who are hearing cancer diagnoses, and 40 is way too young… Anyway, I’m worried, sad, angry… and trying to take it in stride…

So I think today is a slower, self-care and meditative day. I usually go up to Oakland and see my sweetie on Sat night, and we have plans to work on a mosaic project at the Institute for Mosaic Art tomorrow.