Thursday, January 10, 2019

Thursday thoughts - topographica

In which our plucky heroine is all up and down...

realised that I have been trying to post every day, in the idea of my "today's gratitude" being a seed. But I might not have something to say every day...

Some friends and I were having an online discussion earlier today, about the inevitable planetary disaster that we are all in the middle of. My own ending comment was "I feel helpless to shift anything on a macro scale, and soaking in that feeling doesn't activate anything for me save a desire to die sooner. Instead, I do what I can to live lightly and thoughtfully, and bring tiny modicums of brightness and beauty where I am able. Will that turn around the train wreck we are living inside of... surely not. Will that help me to be able to lie down at the end of my life and say I did what I could, the best I could manage... hopefully just a bit."

Rounded up the various TNT sewing patterns each into their own new manila envelope, so that when needed all the pieces will be together and findable. Everyday dress/pinafore, bias front blouse, straight front blouse, knit top, and the tee shirt for my Mom. Still need to find the sports bra, the princess seam pinafore, and the empire waist pinafore. The loose cropped leggings are a pattern too large to easily fold up, since I made that one using blue-tape

Today I found out that the fees for our local municipal pool use have gone up over 30% since this time last year. I had stopped going to the pool as a budget economising measure, but now my PT wants me to start water exercise again to help my Wonky Ankle. I will find the dosh somewhere, but ouch. Sure wish that income and access rose in a commensurate fashion.

edit: not sure what happened to my photos, they weren't this fuzzy when I uploaded them...

This afternoon, managed to get outside, though it was a bit chilly for just an underdress.  Because the black linen is a shadow stripe, alternating very narrow bands of gauze weave with solid, it will be comparatively cool to wear layered underneath other garments, at the indoor events where this level of fancy clothing is intended to be worn. This is not camping clothing, though the shot silk trimmings would look splendid indeed in firelight!

Below, as worn, the shot silk block printed parts will be visible, but the black linen is mostly covered by an overdress...
And, I grabbed my wool and fur hat, since it was much too chilly for an uncovered head. The vaguely Byzantine overdress and my Viking hat are not meant to be worn together. WIth this sort of outfit, I would more likely do a layered headdress, possibly like this one, with a silk/linen veil, tablet woven Laurel headband, and decorative temple rings... I need to weave myself a headband like this, since the one in the photo was my elevation gift to my pal Marya.

Okay, so now I am googling "what to do with my hands in photos". Apparently it isn't just me that struggles with this silly thing. Especially if I have no pockets to stuff them into. It is a trivial first world conunudrum, but since I must needs take photos for various online challenges, it never stops puzzling me....

January SMART goals (x=extra)
1 braided linen cord old bathing suit1#
2 2019 calendars black knit top cuffrecycle bin
3 black linen undergowngarlic planted -
4 -
gloves mended -
5 -- -
6 x x x
7 x x x
8 x x x
9 x
x x
10 x x x
11 x x x
12 x x x
13 x x x
14 x x x
15 x x x

today's gratitude - I have a bicycle, and the ability to still ride it, and a nice flat neighborhood to ride around doing errands in. Plus, riding my bike makes me feel a bit like I am still 10, in a good way...


  1. Or you might have something to say but not feel like saying it, or you might want to save up several somethings and say them all at once...

    Back when I was blogging, I started out full of inspired thoughts and was posting 5 or 6 times a week in the first year. In the second year, it was twice a week. By the end of third year, I'd dropped down to once a month, and I only posted 6 more times before I apparently ran out of thoughts altogether. People like yourself who consistently come up with creative and inspiring content for more than a decade are absolutely amazing to me!

    1. I don't think that I have more to say than most folks, but simply that I keep doing this blogging thing, primarily for my own amusement and edification. It is, I guess, my other secondary avocation, besides the SCA, which is, if not central, then closely adjacent to the central part of my life

  2. I chuckled at the "what to do with my hands" issue ;-) For the record, I think your approach in the black linen underdress (spectacular, btw) is great. It looks as though you're welcoming us to the blog room.