November 4, 2014 Jonya Pacey

Just a quick update post before I tear into homework for the day. All is well and so rather unnerving. Meh. If that shoe drops, I’ll roll out from underneath it. The new position at the Rochester Public Library is going well. I’ll be working at the Customer Service desk that you see as you walk into the library, mostly evenings and weekends, I think. That’s not a big issue at the moment as I really need to be scheduled to train with a number of different people and not go into brain-overload. I reached at point today going over the…

October 2, 2014 Jonya Pacey

Next week is A Monster of a Spinning Week! Presented and organized by The National Needlearts Association, Spinzilla challenges hundreds of spinners to compete in teams for prizes and recognition. All funds raised by our entry fees go to education, so I get to feel good there, and there are some awesome sponsors helping to make this happen. It’s become an important event in the world of fiber arts and I’m glad to be part of a team. My team captains are Lisa Ramsey and Lisa Hanesworth, owners of The Angora Girls Fiber Arts shop in Winona, Minnesota. I caught…

September 29, 2014 Jonya Pacey

  I got the forge, my forge, up and running today at Squash Blossom Farm’s Cow Puja event. Richard Burnett taught me how to start the fire, how to manage the heat, how to set up your tools so they were handy. In the picture above, he is working on a piece he heated in his own forge, behind him there, with a young helper manning the air. I worked at keeping a fire hot, learning how to manage my tools and how to drive from the shoulder; I’m not pounding a nail, after all. I had a great time….

September 20, 2014 Jonya Pacey

Headache most of the day as the weather fronts have ground against each other. Or I have a bug. I took a five hour nap and could do it again although I guess that would be called ‘going to bed for the night.’ However, before the nap Van and I went over to the Castlerock Arms and Armor Museum in Alma, WI. Amazing collection of authentic edged weaponry for an artists’ town along the Mississippi River. I really enjoyed visiting with the docents as well. We also visited The Weaving Studio, Tansy’s on Main, and the Danzinger Vineyard….and no, the…

September 12, 2014 Jonya Pacey

Taking a pause in the day to continue that chipmunk story. See, even though it’s outside, technically, and two rooms away, I could swear that I could smell that dead chipmunk in the basement today. I was letting it desiccate a bit before I pulled it out of there, since the window well is about 5 feet deep and I didn’t trust it to all come up with the hoe blade used as a scoop. Or maybe I was just avoiding the whole think, right? So after moving clothes into the dryer, I went outside and pulled the cover off…

September 6, 2014 Jonya Pacey

Sam does not know how to hunt, which is totally fine with me. Boo, however, must have thought this a horrid lack of skills and so brought her a live chipmunk. Into the house. Right next to me…I wasn’t having any of that! It was a soft catch on Boo’s part, no blood or broken bits. Chippie must have practically ran into his mouth, btw, with the arthritis and bad hips Boo is dealing with these days. Chippie just as calmly rode out of the house in my hands – I thought about scooping him up in Van’s shoe what…

August 14, 2014 Jonya Pacey

Initially, I was going to come here online and moan about not sleeping well and how my headache is still with me and how those two things and stress is going to just make the whole day suck, but I realized that’s wrong. Oh, I’m sure it will contain the need to manage those two things and stress! Plus other issues that crop up during the day. Like negativity. Lack of compassion. Small baby steps towards a stronger community when I want people to take huge freaking giant steps. That’s a post for another day, though, just saying my day…

August 9, 2014 Jonya Pacey

I am on Day One of a 7 Days of Gratitude Challenge, listing three things I’m grateful for each day for a week. I am supposed to be posting them on FB but this feeds into FB so I’ll collect them here where I can come back and review them more easily. I will not be inviting 2 more FB friends each day to join in the challenge, although you can if you want. Today I am grateful for: Being Tired After Doing GISHWHES. I was on a great team with great coordination and cooperation. We did some really cool…

June 19, 2014 Jonya Pacey

There are fourteen Podcasters here today talking about their work. It’s fascinating. The two talking talking now use Google Hangout and load it right up. Others do the traditional editing and work off a script. This is something to explore for the local food movement. ALL of the speakers have needles in their hands. Neat.