Sunday, January 16, 2011

lighting your way

January 16, 2011- Small Stone 

Lighting Your Way by Teri H Hoover

Blackcreek, NY-July 27, 2009

Moving aside impossibilities
the path has became wide.
And for a brief moment, a bit of light.

I am walking along my path, set with a direction for my energy. A lovely path of connection, allowing my heart a safe place to be.  Unwanted ambivalence steps onto the path.  The sources are too many to name.  My heart retracts, my breath restricted- there is an ominous darkness ahead. I have learned to  turn directly to God, who takes my hand and carries my fear - so I can breathe. He laughs and says, be here with me, I will light your way. 

Saturday, January 15, 2011

all zipped up

January 15, 2011- Small Stone

All Zipped Up by Teri H Hoover

Winter has January all zipped up. 
And there will be no flowers in the garden for quite sometime. 

Today I took a class with a very fun friend. We made jewelry out of zippers.  We laughed a lot. We are very good at being very silly together- For years our brains have bounced ideas off each other and we appreciate and encourage every creative endeavor we undertake. From painting walls our favorite colors to finding the perfect dog bowl. From making mosaics on the side of a gas station to creating a  new garden. I have always gone outside the box but she allowed me to go outside the box without apologies. She gives me confidence to let my art out... Let my heart out. Love you L L

Friday, January 14, 2011

finding balance

January 14,2011- Small Stone

Finding Balance by Teri H Hoover

Ceiling of the deck room, Blacksburg, VA- Jan 14, 2011

Laying prone on the unvacuumed floor, she felt flat as piece of cold black slate. Breathing in she could hear the purr of the heat pump, the whir of an automatic timer, a slight rattle of a heat duct and the sigh of her dog, all with great clarity. Breathing out, they all moved away -like a train pulling out of a station.

There is nothing like laying on the floor in the middle of the afternoon- and then doing it again at 10:30 at night so I can remember what I wanted to say about it. I was following yesterdays  kind suggestions from my yoga teacher.  The body has so much to say - but right now I need to give it the sleep it needs. Today was a good day - I could go on about it-  but you will just have to take my word for it. Blessings from the floor.

Thursday, January 13, 2011

an easy unbalance

January 13, 2011- Small Stone

An Easy Unbalance by Teri H Hoover

Blacksburg, VA- Jan 13, 2011

-words slipped from her mind 
like the setting of the sun in winter-

At my mid morning class as I lay on my back -
I observed my body's unbalanced feeling.
My left side felt grounded and connected.
my right side was tight and unmanageable

Too many late nights on the computer will do that.


It was suggested to envision an 
of sides while deep breathing.
And to  incorporate asymmetrical poses-
maybe tomorrow-

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

blustering with the flow

January 12, 2011- Small Stone

Blustering with the Flow - by Teri H Hoover

Huckleberry Trail, Blacksburg, VA- Jan 12, 2011

The wind yowled like a lonely cat.
A darn cold cat.

At some point it had blown hard enough to disarm some smaller branches off the ragged trees. Mostly it had just littered the trail with vines; delicate as the curls on the forehead of a blond haired child.

So today I am like a wind that only blew hard enough to move some of the tiny tasks  off my to-do list.   And I am quite satisfied with that. 

On the flip side I might not have been as strongly supportive to my  husband (who is unable to travel due to the weather).  It is interesting to see how people handle the non-planned things in their lives. His answer is to plan some more.  And right now that is making me smile.

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

along the edges

January 11, 2011-Small Stone

Along the Edges by Teri H Hoover

Huckleberry Trail, Blacksburg, VA- Jan 11, 2011

So today was a day for interior work- again. (Except for my walk)
Things like going through the Christmas cards to cull addresses- SO you can organize your contact list -SO you can get the needed addresses to your daughter, for the wedding invitation list. 

A day to get the soy sauce out of your new jeans, by doing some laundry.

A day when you ponder if you should go out and by the next size down in those very jeans cuz you are feeling lighter. (the thought of a store kills that idea).

A day where you turn on Pandora Radio, but forget to turn on the speakers for two hours. 

A day when you are organizing your two calendars, and realize you missed a get together on Sunday.  

A day where you try to figure out how to work your new phone - so it does not keep turning off when you are trying to take photos during your walk.

A day when you get your blog post done before dinner. 

That is a good day. 

Monday, January 10, 2011

the pause

January 10, 2011- Small Stone

The Pause by Teri H Hoover

Taos Inn, Taos, NM-June 8, 2010

When I said I was making peace 
with winter-
he paused.

This digitally transformed image is from a photo I took last summer while on vacation in Taos, New Mexico.  Do I day dream a bout summer in winter? Al the time. While making peace with winter - I still dream of summer. 

Sunday, January 09, 2011

what angels see

January 9, 2011- Small Stone

What the Angels See by Teri H Hoover

Kitchen Window, Blacksburg, VA- Jan 3, 2011

There is an angel in the window.
She is there all year long.

What does she see?
A stunning string of days held together by grace.

Saturday, January 08, 2011

imaginary mountains

January 8, 2011- Small Stone 

Imaginary Mountains by Teri H Hoover 

A mind wanders-
When my eyes are allowed to see 

Huckleberry Trail, Blacksburg, VA - Jan 8, 2011

My imagination takes a ride-to the sky above a mountain range

Friday, January 07, 2011

my imagination

January 7, 2011- Small Stone

My Imagination by Teri H Hoover\

Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA-Jan 7,2011
My Imagination
Showed up on a White Horse

As winter stretched out before her, she knew she needed to relinquished her disdain for the season.  She had weathered the Buffalo winters of her childhood by taking quiet pleasure in the comfort of her room- spending her free moments drawing and dreaming.  But make no mistake she held no enthusiasm for snowflakes and icicles but there was not the dread or sense of oppression.

Recalling this resourceful contented child she half halfheartedly willed this child to return. 

As she watched the little white horse walk unfettered by the cold she began to feel she could too.

Thursday, January 06, 2011

words from the sky

January 6, 2011- Small Stone

Words From the Sky by Teri H Hoover

Huckleberry Trail, Blacksburg,VA-Jan 6, 2011

Leafless arthritic branches


Edgeless winter clouds


Wednesday, January 05, 2011

one year and one day

January 5, 2011-Small Stone  
One Year and One Day by Teri H Hoover    




Upstairs sewing area, Blacksburg, VA- Jan 5, 2011


Bedroom, Blacksburg VA- Jan 5, 2010


One year and one day ago I started this quilt top.
I had a pattern but of course I did not stick to that.
I had a timetable.
A very realistic time table
with plenty of time to wander and return.
The next step will be to hand the quilt over
(to a friend)
to be machine quilted-
Another realistic move-
it is 
too BIG
to hand quilt.

Over on Joanne's blog Whole Latte Life
she posed the question -
"Do you come into the new year as a lion or a lamb?"
The responses in the comment section 
make this post really fun.
My answer:
  I am a lion in sheep's clothing-
kind of scary huh? 

My work style tends to be rather 

indirect -

but my courage bubbles up 
and keeps me moving in a general direction.
With that my quilt top is completed!

Delayed by a day- 
Delayed by a dog- 

Done in a year and a day.

Here is a link to the day I began my quilt top- 

Tuesday, January 04, 2011

my plan

January 4, 2011, Small Stones
My Plan by Teri H Hoover

Upstairs Sewing area. Blacksburg, VA- Jan 4, 2011

Plans scatter like unsewn quilt pieces near an open window.

My plan
To finish the quilt top.
Princess Peppers plan 
To go for a two mile walk

My plan- to finish the quilt top.
It is ok to have plans -
but I am not inadequate-
if that plan goes for a walk

I have always had a hunch that my projects, endeavors, journeys
and in short my life  
is poorly planned 

It all stems from not hearing Gods will-maybe I am deaf. 

So I will  balanced myself,
short circuiting the little whispers that say you have failed.
I know in my heart that despite all my faultiness 
that everything is filled with beauty and love-
because love is bigger than all my unfinished endeavors.

Monday, January 03, 2011

exposing the mantles faults


January 3, 2011    

Exposing the Mantles Faults by Teri H Hoover                                                                                                                                                


Backyard Garden, Blacksburg, VA- Jan 3, 2011


Sunday, January 02, 2011

not even

January 2, 2011 
Not Even By Teri H Hoover

My Street, Blacksburg, VA- Aug 7, 2010

not even half 
of myself 

Feeling like I might be run over at any moment.

A River of Stones