2018 Goals and Intentions Front and Center Full Steam Ahead, while pondering 2017 goals & intentions in the rear view mirror

Title : Just Say No to Botox! It gets to point in life where aging gracefully comes with acceptance of one’s own inner beauty.
Title: “Stand Up and Be Heard”
Title: “Spicy Couples May Not Always Appear So On Outside ” Funny how when arranging shapes of veggies for photo, and putting titles to images strange connections of thoughts happen!

Jan 4, 2018

 

*** Maybe go to last paragraph and read why the photos are here, what they have to do with goals …and then come back here 🙂

Yada yada yada… 2017 already seems far away in the rear view mirror.

What did I /you/ we intend to accomplish in 2017 ?  Hmmm,  were those written down and reviewed within that past 10 days. Did I choose to be grateful for what I did accomplish? Did I do any personal work to resolve and start again?

I, like many folks have great intentions and goals that as  years go by they seem less and less important …or attainable.  Oops, I am sounding way to honest and negative to be posting those thoughts. With that said I am going to ( hopefully not ramble too much ) speak personally here. When I think back on 2017 I know the plan was to get major headway with THE CHEER PROJECT . So where is this at?  TheCheerProject.com is up and running ( despite  theme and plug in conflicts that took it down.) The Gallery -Portfolio is no where near where my intention for it was but a good start. The virtual tour concept of the entire Cheer experience  is still my intention but have not been able to budget that yet. The program I enrolled in to help me get corporate sponsorship for the project has been educational, but not utilized as well as I had hoped.

I designed dirttodelicious.net as a show case to  pull together my many gifts and areas of focus and also as an experiment to  connect the dots of what I am up to and seeing if sharing it all here was valuable to me, and anyone else. A refresher on what that intention was:

  1. My artwork  from The Cheer Project and photographs  of things I grow arranged on my paintings.
  2. Making a visual and literary connection between my artwork and my varied streams of thought.
  3. My ongoing photography of anything else that  I deem appropriate for any of my themes in relationship to “dirt to deliciousness”.
  4. My ongoing theme of learning and sharing ideas  that relate to my personal experiences, research and trial and error re health and well being. Yep I mean  going like feeling like dirt to feeling delicious.
  5. My ongoing theme of creating  recipes and plan to write down and refine those recipes and  photographing before eaten.
  6. Exploring having a blog spot on the  web to write and post imagery that is eclectic in its nature yet multi theme based.

So with that said my evaluation of dirttodelicious.net for  2017 is this:

  1. I did not post anywhere near enough to call seriously active
  2. TheCheerProject.com took over in my time to focus on a  web site and my learning curve with WordPress has become a project all of its own.
  3.  I love having it as a spot to share
  4. It is still a mixed bag of multiple themes but is getting closer to working with my other sites and varied social media to cross reference

It is obvious to me that I have more goals and aspirations than time allows. But that is me… life long.

*** I am wondering how “the universe ” will respond this coming year  between images of what I grow shot on paintings from the Cheer Project and The Cheer Project itself. I opened up this blog post with 3 images of mine that are showing at the art gallery of the Herberger Theater in Phoenix, Az. These three images are part of the show “Visual Feasting ” and will be there Through Feb 26, 2018. Yep stuff I grow on top of Cheer Project Paintings. Who knows, maybe just like how I was chosen by Scottsdale Cultural Council  to create “Emergent” for Influx 6,after reviewing  images of things that I grow photographed against my Cheer  paintings… maybe I will again be commissioned  to create more 5ft x 8ft images like I was with “Emergent”. If you want to see Emergent and hear more about it go to blog post  https://dirttodelicious.net/temporary-art-in…ation-for-influx/

Here is to wishing all of you, all the best you can imagine and so much more. To use a wonderful  affirmation phrase “this or something better ” 🙂

Linda Enger

 

The lizard in distress

As my scissor got closer to him his mouth opened as if to yell for help or gasp for air.

Today I had what was to me a unique and intimate experience with a lizard

I went out to water my seeds, seedlings, and plants… yes bizarre as it sounds I water by hand.

I had in my own sloppy way attempted to temporarily barricade one specific plot against the javelina, neighbors’ cats, birds, squirrels, etc. with 1” fencing and bird netting. This morning when I came outside I found yet another  beautiful lizard that I am used to seeing wandering through my garden, but today he was caught up in  bird netting.

I could tell he was still alive by trying to rearrange the netting, and watch him squirm. I delicately moved the bird netting around, to slowly trim away the netting from this precious creature. Ironically with each move I made, he in turn kept working at moving himself more  into the  bird netting! It appeared to me as if he was being strangled by the netting. As I moved the netting around slowly add snipped closer and closer to his head he was either gasping for air or trying to talk to me, but no sound came out. I talked to him through the entire experience, trying to comfort him and let him know I was trying to help him, and wanting to save him. After I was able to finally cut him free, he immediately scampered off and disappeared.

Sadly but he is a marked lizard with that bird netting necklace he is still wearing. I did not have the nerve to try and hold him to “operate”.

Now when I see him around ( which I sure hope I will) I will know him by his ” necklace”. I will know who he and I have a special relationship from all the other lizards that I see here daily. I need to come up with a good name for him. Not just buddy. But I am afraid that the netting that is still wrapped  around his neck may likely hook on to the many obstacles that wait for him in the course of his life in our garden.

Nice to think that we all have someone looking out for us so when we get caught up in the bird netting of life .

And just for the record….this is the 2nd time I came across the very nasty reality of bird netting. If it does what it is intended to do then a small creature, be it bird or bunny or lizard or fish or whatever … can get trapped in it, not having the strength to break free from the powerful plastic….and can die stuck in it. GRRR, how did I not think of that when I bought lots of it to “protect” our garden.

I am done with bird netting! With that said I am repurposing the bird netting to my art materials.

FYI – several weeks later I have seen a lizard several times in the same plot where I operated on him/her. I still do not know if it was only one lizard caught up in netting twice or two lizards. Either way they would be happy to know that the organic gardening facebook groups I am a member of suggested using Tulle instead! So I am now experimenting with  bird netting being worked  into a mixed media piece for  THECHEERPROJECT.COM , which to be honest is as difficult to work with as trying to maneuver it around a peach tree!

Okra to sooth my aching heart

The shape of okra reminds me of tear drops and yet I do not feel at all sad when looking at okra…. well that is except for when my plans have been destroyed by various natural predators in my garden.

Time… where did mine go?

2 alt titles seem so appropriate to me:
Relishing the gathering
or
Time…where did mine go ?

How is it possible to loose time, like a missing sock in the laundry?

Or should I spend more time reading the book I think it is called The $64 tomato?

With all the things that are important to me and my priorities…. eating home grown is one of them… but then again so is my art, and family and friends, and movement/exercise that does not mess up my back and wrists like gardening seems to. And of course we all have bills to pay… and dues to pay.

So many choices … how much time ?

 

Why are we here ? Please introduce yourself :)

I think it best for me to introduce myself again . As I wander through this project of learning word press and all the side bar issues that come with having a functional blog I live and learn ( hopefully like all of life) . I recently got introduced to Word Fence plug in and now wondering who are these “people ” that keep trying to log in as administrator to this site ? How distracting life can be when we attempt to make delicious  stuff and reality sets in and we have to deal with the dirt of life. Sound familiar? I guess I need to understand better how to create my sign up so you can introduce yourselves to me!  With that said I would love if the subscribers or any visitors that feel inclined post a response : How did you get here and what  are you ideally looking for from this blog ? I started this blog knowing full well that the mavens of marketing and blogging and blah blah blahhhhing say focus on a few topics in your blog site. SO what is the fluid evolving reason for this blog site?  Connecting my art ( both photographic and Chakra healing paintings  as part of my Chakra healing project ) to  my writing  as I focus on other of my life passions : organic gardening/sustainability, creating delicious recipes, finding new ways of healthfully getting out / staying out of feeling mind /body  dirt and being more delicious!  I have a lot to say and more to show. Where this site goes is fluid . Professionally I have been a photographic artist for decades. I have within the past 4 years years started working with abstract acrylics and working on creating the Chakra Healing Exhibition Research Project . More on that another time. I am looking forward to the exposure this blog has as a venue leading to support of my projects and also assignments, purchases , exhibition space. There is no shopping cart set up here ( yet) nor amazon connection ( yet) but I am considering them as options in the future. Thank you for being here. I would love to know what brought you here and what you would like to see more of and well… more about you!
NOW, please introduce yourself  🙂 -Guggenheim_entry5789©_2015_Copyright_Linda_Enger_Photography

What if mother nature wore mascara in the desert ?

-Okra&Cucumbers7886fusion

Sometimes I feel that my attempt at gardening in the summer is truly some sick joke I am playing on myself. After months of pampering, and after finally getting 5 yummy pickling cucumbers … I have now successfully killed several more plants it seems. Too much/ too little water, gazillion degree heat, too much or too little fish emulsion, etc etc.  Wondering if these will be the last cucumbers I include in my art for many many many months ? AND I LOVE CUCUMBERS!!!! Ironically I have grown to  also love dripping paint, which by the way  is really not a good summer outdoor activity here either.  The paint seems to dry before it even hits the canvas. I have been thinking… ( dangerous I know ) …this paint technique with this color paint makes me think that the desert dweller mother nature’s mascara is running .

Cucumber triplets

consistent with my mini veggies I harvested my first 3 cucumbers yesterday ( yep finally ) and today it appears the same predator the devoured my one of my eggplant leaves now has taken down several cucumber plants
Consistent with my skill for growing very small veggies , Friday I harvested my first 3 cucumbers. Yeah, go ahead, say it … “really” ? Yep It is almost mid August . Today it appears the same predator that devoured the leaves off one of my eggplants the other day has now done its business to several of my cucumber plants. Sigh. SO , I guess I am grateful to have harvested these yummy small cucumbers!

The strategy of the pit

There it was, in plain sight.

An early morning reality check glaring at me

 

It sat there as a bold statement saying

“GOT HERE BEFORE YOU…. HA HA HA HA!”

Yep, the birds and squirrels were in cahoots again .

My precious peaches  had been covered up with bird netting and recycled Trader Joes Sweet potato bags … for what ?

The competition had done what they do so well .

And as a statement of defiance

One single completely  cleaned off pit sat far away from my single peach tree.

It was strategically placed  near the recycling bin so I would be sure to see it.

Of course it lead me to review the tree and wince at the activity they had already done with my peaches even though they were not ripe yet.

And so I was reminded in that “mindful moment ”  that they were  many steps ahead of me .  I had a choice to make . Let it go? Excuse me. Hell no.

The peach pit glared at me reminding me how the birds and squirrels were smarter than me!
The peach pit glared at me reminding me how the birds and squirrels were smarter than me!

The coverings of the peaches just got more intense… to be continued.