Home, sweet home

Don't get me wrong, I love visiting my family though this last trip was under fairly stressful circumstances, which are significantly less stressful now. I jumped on a plane in quite a rush when I went out there, leaving things here in a bit of a chaotic mess. You know, I honestly don't know who I pray to - I'm still working on that part of my life - but I do have my own form of prayer, and I feel blessed and am so thankful that my mom is doing well. I am always aware of how blessed I am in my life, but right now, I'm a bit more thankful than usual:)

I sure am enjoying being back in the hills now. It's getting a bit chilly here, especially over in my computer corner where I'm typing away, but damn I missed the trees and mountains! Not to mention cats and partner:) While away, I came to appreciate and yearn for central heat, stores being a mere 5 minutes away, significantly more affordable housing, being in a "town". But as soon as I arrived home, I remembered why I live way out here in the middle of nowhere. It's me. It can be hard, it can be cold and frustrating, but it is so beautiful in so many ways. I love that we get most of our electricity from solar panels. As much as I hate lugging firewood around, I cherish the heat that a woodstove puts out. There's nothing like curling up in that glowing warmth and reading a good book.

So yes, I'm happy to be home:) The one thing I'm not happy about is that my carpal tunnel is kicking my butt again. I was really enjoying working on some custom orders on my travels home and then one day my hands screamed, "NO MORE!" So now, I walk around babying this sad little wrist -- at least it's only one wrist right now! Carrying firewood in with one hand isn't the most fun, but it will only last for so long. For now I await the doctor's visit where I will get a referral to either have the CT surgery or go with another cortizone type shot. I can't decide which way I want to go, but one or the other will be very welcome!

I can't even tell you how much I want to be making jewelry right now! GRRRRRRrrrrr!!

Instead I will try to focus on everything else jewelry related. I have so many pieces that I've never photographed and put online. Maybe now I'll get a chance to get it done! I'm so bad... a bit of a hoarder of finished pieces. It's not that I don't want to let them go, I'm just awful at making that happen. In my perfect world I would make my stuff then hand it to someone else to do all the marketing and selling. Problem with that (well aside from I can't afford it) is that I'd miss out on connecting with people. I love the people I meet online in the various jewelry communities I am a part of and I certainly love meeting people who are interested in my work.

I wouldn't trade a thing if it meant losing my online friends. It's funny how meeting folks online goes. I mean, I know that a lot of us wouldn't ever meet if we were out in the world. Whether it be how we look, where we live, what we believe in, what we do - there are so many things that sadly separate us. I appreciate this virtual place where we can just be who we are at heart. At least I hope that is who you are being - I believe I am. I appreciate this place that I can type away without worrying about anything but what comes from within. In my physical world, I'm not the prettiest, I'm shy, I'm depressed, I'm disabled. - I've got my issues. I'm also caring, loving, creative, a good friend and a pretty decent person. We are all so much! I guess all my rambling is coming to the sappy conclusion that I love you guys, I appreciate all that I have and that we have together. Okay now.. enough that crap!!

Happy being, creating, loving, sharing... (see, I just can't stop!)....


Swati said...

Very nice to have you back Shay! And I agree...I don't know what I'd do without my online friends...without you guys. What I liked most about this post was...you finally learnt to appreciate yourself...I had to read that twice! You actually found nice things to say about you!! I totally agree Shay, you are caring, loving, creative, a good friend and a pretty decent person...and so much more! ((((hugs))))

Shay Stone said...

Oh Swati, I do have my moments!
You know I love you and love having you as such a dear friend:) It will never cease to amaze me that we've met through our computers!

Deborah Younglao, Silk Painter said...

Hi Shay! I agree with you about the value of online friends, who support us regardless of our circumstances. I'm so glad to have met you and seen your beautiful work this way!

Deborah Younglao, Silk Painter said...

PS: Your 'neighborhood' in the hills looks so beautiful! It must be inspiring to be always surrounded by so much nature.

Shay Stone said...

Me too Deborah! I'm thrilled to have met you in this virtual world and I get to immerse myself in your beautiful, luscious and colorful work!

Yes it definitely is beautiful and inspiring up here:)

Marion said...

Hi Shay, It is Marion from Spiritedgifts on etsy. Your work is magnificent, just stunning and imaginative. I love that you live out there. I too live on ten acres of woodlands in the Pennsylvania mountains. I love your honesty and I'm delighted that you found and appreciate my work because I got to see yours as well. From one disabled, depressed artist to another...break a leg at the show. I'm really happy for you.

Marion said...

Isn't that a Dar Williams song title...All That I Am?

Shay Stone said...

Hi Marion:) It's so good to see you here and you in turn have made my day! I had seen that you live in PA, which is where my family lives. I'll have to look you up and see whereabouts you are.

I'm so glad to have met you. You've definitely got me wondering about Dar Williams too. I have really enjoyed her in the past and seen her a couple of times but haven't heard anything new for years. Very sweet if she has a song by that name.
I hope we get to know one another better. :)

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